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Forum: Model A (1928-31) Yesterday, 09:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 214
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Tie Rod & Drag Link Ball Joints

The function of the ball joints is to enable the front suspension to deflect without adversely affecting the steering.


How many revolutions do you tighten the end plug to compress the spring in...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) Yesterday, 08:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 472
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Oil Leak Worstning Quickly

Oil leakage at the front radius rod ball joint is typically due to:
> The Model "A" engine does not have a rear main bearing seal. It has an oil slinger which does not work well, so some oil leakage...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-16-2018, 08:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 543
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Engine pans

The engine pans also direct air flow towards the clutch and transmission for cooling. I would not count on the engine pans for electrical grounds. A cable connected to a gear shift bolt and the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-16-2018, 07:57 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 10,021
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: I've just got to share this!!!

Brent,
Thanks for sharing that great story!
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-15-2018, 10:17 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,621
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Crankshaft in New Rebuilt Model A Engine Won't Turn

Rule of thumb is that it should not require more than 75 lbs-ft of torque to turn the crankshaft on a new rebuild.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-14-2018, 06:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 620
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: rebuilt engine with cracked block

My guess is that the cracks are from frozen coolant. If this engine were mine, I would run it. Put Barr's Stop Leak in the coolant.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-08-2018, 09:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,306
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Things You Will Do Differently Next Time

Blessed are the younger people who restore cars so we seniors can buy them ready-to-run!
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-08-2018, 09:29 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,512
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Cos of A Restoration

The intent of my question re cost of a restoration is to rank the cost of mine with others. I think that the $60K plus cost of restoring my Victoria is not extreme, and I did all of the work myself...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-07-2018, 08:51 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,739
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Jim Brierley

Get well as soon as you can. I am praying for you!
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-07-2018, 08:43 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,512
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Cos of A Restoration

I have over $60K in my recent 190A restoration accomplished as I state in the initial post. The maximum my insurance company will insure the car for is $45k. There is no way a reasonable restoration...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-07-2018, 09:36 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,512
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Cos of A Restoration

Here's the scenario:
1. 1931 Model "A" Town Sedan;
2. Body off the frame touring class restoration;
3. Full restoration to original with exceptions for touring reliability, and uses reproduction...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-06-2018, 07:53 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 320
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Ford T Handle Wrenches

Thanks for your help.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-04-2018, 01:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 320
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Ford T Handle Wrenches

I have 2 Ford script T-Handle socket wrenches. One has a Part Number 5-Z-2038, and it has a hex socket end measuring 0.671 across the flats.
The second T-Handle wrench has a poorly stamped Part...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-03-2018, 08:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 576
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Sound deadener

Rusty,
I wrote an article about noise & heat reduction that I employed in the restoration of my Victoria. Send me your email and I will send it to you.
My technique uses inexpensive materials you...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-02-2018, 11:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 533
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Model b carb

I second Terry's comment.


It is a good thing that you have a diamond block motor because these are aftermarket engines with all of the service bulletin changes. The 1928 and early '29 Model A...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-02-2018, 10:56 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,091
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: How many miles between oil changes?

As you are using your Model "A" as a daily driver, I suggest that you install Mike's Affordable Oil Filter, run full synthetic or a synthetic blend oil, and change the oil every 3000 to 5000 miles.
...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-30-2018, 08:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 304
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Front spindle.

The Spindle Bolts (AKA King Pins) have a left and right because the bulb for the brake operating shaft needs to be forward of the spindle pivot axis. Otherwise the bushings, roller bearings, lock...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-29-2018, 08:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 461
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Model A model B oil pump questions

I recall that the rectangular oil output opening in the Model "B" pump has a larger area than the round hole in the Model "A" pump. So the output volume of the Model "B" pimp is larger.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-28-2018, 10:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 593
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: "Waffled" rivets?????

It matters not how the rivet was installed, by bucking, by stress wave or by squeezing, with or without heat. The waffle prevents tool slippage.


Hole fill is a function of the hole size and the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-28-2018, 09:57 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,339
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: A400 68C rubber stem bumpers

BadgerA,
I like the color of your 190A. Please send me some pictures of it.

modela1931@aol.com
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-28-2018, 09:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 353
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Door panel help

1. The door latch handle and the window regulator handle have the same design.
2. From the inside of the car, you should see the handle and an escutcheon trim piece.

3. Get a helper and with an...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-24-2018, 08:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 593
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: "Waffled" rivets?????

The waffle prevented the rivet gun and or bucking bar from slipping off and damaging the adjacent structure / body panel.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-21-2018, 07:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 473
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Zinc spray coatings for running board trim

I have the show quality reproduction running boards on my Victoria, but the zinc moldings would not stay on the boards. The edge of the boards has the same shapes as the moldings, so I painted (by...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-21-2018, 07:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 687
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Modern Plate Points #

I have these part numbers, but I have not yet bought the parts to assure the numbers are correct:


Motorcraft DC-12 Condenser, Ford Part # B7A 12300-C;


Motorcraft DP-3 Distributor...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-19-2018, 11:05 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,256
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Aluminum Fan blade...Breaking...

Castings like the aluminum fan can have internal defects not detectable by dye penetrant inspection. Dye penetrant inspection is for surface defects such as a crack in progress.



A crack in a...
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