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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-10-2019, 10:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 467
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: 322
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: 322
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: 367
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: 347
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: 1,085
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: 480
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: 884
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: 228
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: 1,001
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: 522
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: 338
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: 764
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: 714
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: 266
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: 656
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: 401
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: 998
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: 238
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: 454
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: 998
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: 1,727
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...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-15-2019, 11:39 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 12,412
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: How Many Model A's are left ?

The survival number of Model "A" Fords is unrivaled by any other make and model of automobile.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-13-2019, 02:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 867
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Modern Shocks any good?

Before giving up on your shocks, try changing the tire pressure. let the tire sidewalls do some of ride damping. Try 32, 30, & 28 psig.
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