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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-07-2019, 08:55 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 14,521
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: U-Joint Prepacking

I thought that worthless Photobucket stopped holding people's pictures hostage, but I guess they are back at it again.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-03-2019, 10:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 882
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: DId Model "A"s Come With a Spare Tire?

Yep, even in the 70's, the new Chevy pickups only came with a bare wheel, and I installed the tire as part of the dealer prep.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-03-2019, 10:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,369
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Mysterious chips in the oil

Probably junk from the rebuild, but at this point the safest thing to do is pull the pan, oil pump, and crankshaft, then thoroughly clean the engine.


Adding a valve cover oil filter would be...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-03-2019, 09:34 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,634
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: What revs at 60MPH

I would say yes, and for more speed, I'd install 3.27 gears or overdrive.
40 to 45 is an enjoyable speed, but you need to find some good Wisconsin roads for that. Too many fool drivers in Minnesota.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-03-2019, 09:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 423
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Distributor Part Fits

Yes, and that's one reason I balance my distributor rotors.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-02-2019, 03:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 411
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: adjustable lifters

I do the same as Jim and Bob. Never remove the head unless there is a REAL need to.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-31-2019, 04:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 614
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: radiator question

1" on my 1928 with solid motor mount and original pump and radiator.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-31-2019, 02:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 454
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Generator problems

I like to adjust the cutout to close at 6 to 7 volts.
A car battery connected to the cutout case and input will close at this voltage, but many won't close until a higher voltage is reached.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-28-2019, 12:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 896
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: 28 Tudor Sedan

Smart move to keep everything original. That'll make it much easier to fix, and keep the value up. I'd forget the rear luggage rack, as they bounce a lot. Tudor's can carry a lot on the rear floor if...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-28-2019, 12:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 413
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Radiator support rod length?

I had to extend a pair of original radiator rods so they would fit a repro radiator with brackets that were made too short.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-28-2019, 12:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 590
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Perch Pin Play...

Like Jim, I'm also wondering exactly what part you are talking about.
No matter which part, 3/64 is a lot of wear.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-27-2019, 09:54 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 831
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: 1930 Tudor Brake Light Switch Location

It doesn't matter which wire goes to each terminal.
The only time that matters is when using some of the bad repro switches that were sold.
They were so poorly made that one contact hit the case...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-27-2019, 09:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 358
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Pan Gasket Install

Cement the gaskets to the block, then use grease on the pan side.
Next time the pan is removed, the gaskets should stay good.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-26-2019, 06:54 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,553
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Failing gas tank sealant

I have heard that planes can NOT use corn crap gas because it is known how it can mess things up.


Be a shame to see a plane fall out of the sky and hit an ethanol plant. LOL
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-26-2019, 06:42 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 766
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Number 8 Exhaust Valve sticking

A can of Sea Foam in the oil, and another in the gas should fix it.
Just a can in the oil fixed a long time stuck hydraulic lifter in an Olds in less than 5 miles driving.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-26-2019, 06:25 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 909
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Roadster getting harder to start

When you try to start it cold, first have the coil wire 1/4" from a head bolt to make sure you have a strong blue spark. Even new points can have continuity problems from oil or hands touching the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-26-2019, 06:08 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 671
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Front end problems

My temporary front end has worn out spindle bushings, so the tops of the tires can move in and out at least an inch, yet I've never had the death wobble.
First thing I'd check is the toe-in, but...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-21-2019, 01:30 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,223
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Really old gasoline question

Just put it in an old metal bucket and burn it.
If you leave it in an old bucket, it will also just evaporate, but them we will get to smell and breath it.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-21-2019, 01:21 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,210
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Why did my axle break?

Unless that groove was deep and had sharp edges I wouldn't think it will be a problem.
I think worn wheel bearings and axle tube could allow more flex and could be a contributing cause to broken...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-21-2019, 12:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 324
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: 1928 will not stay running

Put the battery on a long slow charge, like use a 6 amp charger for at least 8 hours on a discharged battery.
Lead/acid batteries can be ruined by leaving them discharged or running them to a deep...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-21-2019, 11:43 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,223
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Really old gasoline question

It's normal for the new CRAP gas to do this kind of damage. That corn crap attracts moisture and corrodes (rusts) things like crazy. At least the new vehicles with plastic gas tanks don't have to...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-21-2019, 11:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 513
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Powerhouse generator armature restoration

I took my Powerhouse to an old generator shop about 10 years ago, and the shop owner said he didn't know of anyone that would rewind it, and if he did, it would cost too much. Like Kurt, I just keep...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-21-2019, 10:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 688
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Rare Very Early 28 Abell starter drive Conversation Piece

Yes, the spacer is actually a concave part for the lightweight spring to compress inside, so it doesn't get damaged from the pressure. I posted very detailed pictures years ago, and they may show up...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-15-2019, 06:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 669
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: And the parts come rolling out . . .

In your picture, the more rounded side is showing. When you install it be sure it faces the steering wheel, as the shaper edge will hold better when it faces down to lock against the horn rod groove.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-15-2019, 05:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 688
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Rare Very Early 28 Abell starter drive Conversation Piece

I found 3 NOS Abell pinions at Hershey about 12 years ago, so I made the rest of the parts to complete them. Someday I will use one on my 28, just to see if they are troublesome as reported.
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