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Forum: Model A (1928-31) Today, 10:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 603
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Trunk to luggage rack bolt or straps.

I solved the problems with a trunk this way!
Forum: Model A (1928-31) Today, 09:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 240
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Sheared starter drive bolt

With 3/8" diameter Bendix bolts properly installed with the special lock-washers and a new spring, I have been running 12V in my Coupe with a stock starter motor for many years without issue.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-10-2019, 10:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 491
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Side Mirrors

I opened the hole in the mirror bracket to match the diameter of the door hinge pin, and used a hex head bolt in lieu of the hinge pin. Chrome covers dress-up the bolt head and nut.

Slant window...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-09-2019, 03:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 325
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Edgewater NJ Model "A" Assenbly Line

I note some things in the film:
> All the wheels appear to be black;
> Radiator caps are the standard type - no Quails;
> Body when dropped onto the frame already has pin stripes.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-09-2019, 02:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 325
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Edgewater NJ Model "A" Assenbly Line


I stumbled upon this video. My 1931 Coupe was made in this plant. Of special interest to me are:
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-08-2019, 10:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 374
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Distributor Bus Bar Support Assembly wire length

The variation in lengths are factory corrective actions for troubles with the wire chafing / breaking. The last values of 3-3/16" to 3-5/16" are the ones to use in all years.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-08-2019, 10:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 356
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Body to frame question

The body blocks & their rubber pads setup the clearance between the running board aprons and body. I strive to get a clearance of 0.25" after shimming the body for alignment.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-05-2019, 09:05 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,102
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: High compression head vs cooling

In my experience, the engines run cooler due to more efficient power stroke combustion.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-02-2019, 09:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 485
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Wishbone/Trans Connection

Rubber wears rapidly, so it is less durable than the steel parts of the original radius rod ball joint. Given that the radius rod ball is worn, you have choices to restore the joint:
1. Replace the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-02-2019, 08:33 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 894
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Do You Guys Constantly Re-touch Wheel Spokes?

Painted wheels need touch ups often, but powder coated wheels do not.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-01-2019, 12:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 232
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: B headgasket

The gaskets are the same except for 2 coolant holes that are in the Model B gasket. The Model A gasket is on the left. You can use the Model B gasket in both the Model A and Model B engines.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-27-2019, 08:36 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,008
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: 12 volt coil with resistor

In 12V electrical systems with breaker point ignitions, ignition coils start the vehicle on 12V through the coil, and the resistor drops the coil to 6V to 8V once the engine is running.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-26-2019, 12:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 523
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Double Venturi Carb using?

The Ford Service Bulletins, Pages 206, 207, 208 & 209 give an excellent description and operation of the Zenith Double Venturi carburetor.

The Secondary Venturi (#10) increases the inlet air...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-21-2019, 11:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 339
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: 1931 Slant Window Cabriolet outside mirrors

You need reproduction accessory mirrors like these that are on my Victoria.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-21-2019, 11:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 767
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: #1 plug question

You need to be concerned with the hi-voltage components of the distributor that are the body and the rotor. Modify a distributor cap so you can see what is going on as the rotor passes the #1 contact...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-20-2019, 12:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 718
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Proper crankshaft grinding

Check this article

Watch this Model "A" crankshaft being ground...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-18-2019, 11:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 269
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Rubber pads for tail lamp and head lamp stands.

I use one layer of clear shipping tape cut to the shape of the foot print to protect the paint. Works well and cannot be seen. It is also very inexpensive.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-17-2019, 09:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 658
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Data plate rivet holes don't line up

I had this problem when restoring my 190A. Rather than rework the original holes in the firewall, I pulled the holes in data plate using a rat tail file. Look closely and you can see the elongation...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-17-2019, 09:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 402
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Oil pressure . . . normal?

The valve chamber is vented to the atmosphere via the crankcase, so once pumped oil reaches the end of the tube in valve chamber, its gauge pressure is zero.

Oil pressure between the oil pump...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-17-2019, 08:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 330
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Oil Pump Question

Hi Tom,

Thanks for posting the oil pan tray info.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-17-2019, 08:43 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,001
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: B model distributor question

I do not believe this to be a 1932-1934 Ford distributor.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-16-2019, 11:25 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 243
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Bendix Spring bolts

The Bendix starter drives were troublesome throughout the Model "A" years judging by the quantity of service bulletins issued about them. My comments regard the A-11350-C Drive.

Refer to the Ford...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-16-2019, 11:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 457
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Window Riser Handles - Original or Repro?

Most originals are die cast and nickle plated.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-16-2019, 08:26 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,001
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: B model distributor question

The distributor lock bolt is the same 1928 - 1934.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-15-2019, 12:19 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,735
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Removed engine; some improvements?

Replace & rebuild:

Clutch Disc
Pressure Plate
Throw-Out Bearing
Transmission Pilot Bearing in Flywheel
Front Engine Mount Springs
Rubber Pads on Rear Engine Mounts
All Engine Gaskets...
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