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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-11-2018, 08:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 387
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Electric Windshield Wiper

Thanks all for your replies. I will update this post when I find a suitable electric wiper.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-11-2018, 08:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,038
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Is this an 'A'?

In my opinion, the bed on the Deluxe Pickup has less metal, fewer parts and was less expensive to manufacture than a the standard pickup bed.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-10-2018, 09:36 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 210
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Kick panel trim

The edging material at the top of the kick panel should extend up between the dash rail and "A" Pillar.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-10-2018, 08:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 387
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Electric Windshield Wiper

Thanks guys. Bob, I will stop by next week.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-09-2018, 09:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 865
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Engine [Near] Death

Go easy tightening the oil return pipe because you can do some damage to the valve cover and block.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-09-2018, 08:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 878
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Do you polish your balls?

Teflon cold flows under sustained / repeated loads, so I would not use Teflon ball socket parts. However, Teflon is an excellent lubricant, and I would seek a chassis grease that has Teflon particles...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-09-2018, 08:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 483
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Color of Victoria wheels

Two original Steel-Backs I know of have colored wheels.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-07-2018, 11:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 844
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: year when colored wheels became available?

It is reasonable to conclude that Ford dealers had the equipment to spray lacquer during the Model "A" era of 1928 - 1931.



From the website of the Body Shop Business:


The DuPont Company...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-04-2018, 12:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 414
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Service Brakes - 2 Thoughts

Dick,
"My thinking is that a brake needs to be cut if it gets out-of-round." "From experience, the black molded lining material (riveted-on) is inferior to the woven lining material....."


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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-04-2018, 12:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 380
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: radius rod bolt trouble...very odd

Before you panic, try splitting the nut.


The two bolts are secured from spinning by a single pin. It is possible the pin has failed enabling the bolt to spin. If this is the case, you can pull...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-03-2018, 12:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 414
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Service Brakes - 2 Thoughts

For what reason should a Model "A's" brake drum be cut?



My thinking is that a brake needs to be cut if it gets out-of-round.


If the braking surface of the drum becomes grovey, I would...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-03-2018, 12:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 517
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Have you "miked" your brake drum lately

When new, the OEM drums had a 0.140" wall thickness. Allowing for a total of 0.030" depth of cuts in their lifespan, a reasonable minimum would 0.110" remaining wall thickness.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-03-2018, 12:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 399
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Diamond B i.d.

I have 2 "Diamond" Model "B" engines and neither of them has a date. I see no significance to the "Diamond" blocks other than the "Diamond" caster's mark is indicative of an aftermarket manufacturer.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-02-2018, 07:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 387
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Electric Windshield Wiper

I am looking a modern electric windshield wiper with a shaft long enough to fit through the header of a slant windshield car. Has anyone out there done this? I will appreciate recommendations for a...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-29-2018, 10:22 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,028
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Brass gas tank float for Model A

At a full tank of gas and at a near empty tank, does the brass float make noise banging against the tank?

Does the tube go completely through the brass float?
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-28-2018, 09:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 353
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: 1931 Victoria Leatherback

On the left is a Leather Back, and on the right is a Steel Back.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-22-2018, 12:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 761
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Angle engine

The valve chamber dams were designed to accommodate the 3 degree driveline angle.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-22-2018, 12:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 649
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Model B zenith carburetor vs model A zenith.

If it is power and smooth running you desire, go with a downdraft Holley 94.
Forum: Model-A 10-21-2018, 08:06 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 214
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Oil Breather Cap

Still looking for a Model "B" breather cap. Will pay cash or have items to trade.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-19-2018, 10:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 912
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Lets See Your 190A Victoria

A big thank you to Bill Cilker for all of the help he has given us sharing photos and info of his original Steel-Back.
The photos are of my car, not Bill's.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-19-2018, 08:29 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,416
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Stop light staying on

A gauge that fits into the cotter pin hole of a brake rod pin.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-18-2018, 12:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 372
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: What doors will fit open style cars?

The answer to your question can be found in the Ford Body Parts Price List. It will take some investigative digging in the doors section. Make a list of all open body numbers and look through the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-18-2018, 12:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 222
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Sun Visors, Interior

Questions regarding the use of interior sun visors in various Model "A" Fords arises from time to time, so I did some digging in the Ford Body Parts List and here is what I found:
Page 54, Roof:...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-18-2018, 10:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 493
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Largest Size Tires?

What are the largest size of available 19 and 21 inch tires that will fit onto a Model "A" Ford wheels?


In my opinion, a tire with a larger sidewall and larger tread will give a smoother ride....
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-18-2018, 07:22 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 912
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Lets See Your 190A Victoria

Art,
Thanks for posting your photos, especially the wood assemblies. Pictures of the wood for a steel-back are rare, and very beneficial to 190A restorers.
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