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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-23-2019, 04:18 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 837
Posted By john charlton
Re: My brothers 29 AA tanker truck overheated w/ cherry red manifold

I lent my AA truck out it smelt hot on its return .I lifted the hood and the manifold was cherry red .On the 5 mile return journey the driver had forgotten my instructions and had not advanced the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-09-2019, 05:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 753
Posted By john charlton
Re: Pickup leg room

My 31 pickup is very comfortable for my 5' 9" frame but I replaced the regular backrest with a thin ply board with 2" thick foam and vynil. In practise very little weight is placed on the back...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-06-2019, 03:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 706
Posted By john charlton
Re: AF700441 is this a big bore engine?

Thank you Ray !!! .Got side tracked a bit on a 1942 Ford GPW Jeep hope to get ready for Normandy June 6th which is my 80th birthday as well .It is not a Model A but it is a Ford!!!

Regards John.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-05-2019, 02:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 706
Posted By john charlton
Re: AF700441 is this a big bore engine?

The AF 3" bore engine block was cast at Fords Cork Ireland tractor plant where they had a foundry which Manchester did not . Final machining and assembly was done at the Manchester plant . The small...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-18-2019, 12:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 378
Posted By john charlton
Re: Pick up engine #

Years ago I bought some remains of a model A van which was on the regular 103 1/2" WB .The original title info for frame and engine number was AA which which would mean it was factory fitted with the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-12-2019, 06:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 478
Posted By john charlton
Re: 1931 Tudor Door alignment

Forgot to add if the frame is very slightly twisted you might need an extra pad on one side at the rad bottom bracket to get a uniform gap across the top of the hood where it meets the cowl but you...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-12-2019, 05:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 478
Posted By john charlton
Re: 1931 Tudor Door alignment

Aligning hood/doors etc etc is a DARK ART . You MUST start at the very front and work back you must have a good hood before you begin . A straight frame is a bonus but good fits can be achieved even...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-31-2019, 02:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 802
Posted By john charlton
Re: cast iron pistons

The 3" bore AF engine was never an industrial engine there never was a need as the 3 7/8" bore A engine was far better suited . AA trucks and vans (small and large) were exempt from the "horse power...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-29-2019, 10:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 802
Posted By john charlton
Re: cast iron pistons

It was most likely used as an industrial engine to run on kerosine or parafine (in England) A special inlet manifold was used where the exaust gas was routed to heat the inlet tract to aid...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-24-2018, 12:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 647
Posted By john charlton
Re: Zenith 3 and Gemmer steering box - Help

The Ford plant at Dagenham (England) built AA trucks into 1936 . These were factory fitted with the fully counterweighted B engine and the B carb . Ford ground a 45 degree slice out of the carb...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-22-2018, 02:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,476
Posted By john charlton
Re: September 28 coupe surfacing

If it has not run for 50 years drop the pan and clean out the goop which right now is submerging the oil pump pick up . Open the valve chest and clean that out too. Take care not to drop debris down...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-08-2018, 12:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 537
Posted By john charlton
Re: Identifying a model A frame

28/29 frames are drilled both sides for RHD and LHD for the steering box.30/31 frames are mostly drilled on one side depending whether the vehicle was built RHD or LHD .However there are 30/31 frames...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-11-2018, 08:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,388
Posted By john charlton
Re: Is this an 'A'?

I think you must be right Bob ,I guess the Russians had plenty of wood, all state owned anyway . I have seen pics of GAZ AA trucks,phaetons,vans etc etc but no steel bed pickups narrow or wide bed ....
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-11-2018, 02:52 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,388
Posted By john charlton
Re: Is this an 'A'?

This is a Russian built GAZ . It is not known how many were built. Several have come up for sale in Scandinavia/Eastern Europe in the last few years . It does seem odd that the USSR would build such...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-27-2018, 02:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,226
Posted By john charlton
Re: Very sorry to inform you all about Steve Ryan

Very sad indeed . I first met him in 1993 when I was visiting with Peter Noyes in Mertztown PA . My son and I had a guided tour of his restorations a first class master .At the time I was restoring a...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-11-2018, 06:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,304
Posted By john charlton
Re: Distributor help!!!

The same thing happened to me . It turned out the points were defective and one of the contacts was not electrically connected although visually the points looked fine . I put in new points and that...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-08-2018, 05:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,327
Posted By john charlton
Re: Front axle repair or replacement

I had the same problem with my 29 fordor . The hole in the axle was no doubt oval and the hole in the radius rod was very worn as well . It would not be economic to repair these as they seem fairly...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-29-2018, 03:11 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,486
Posted By john charlton
Re: 2 door phaeton project, how much is it worth

Hi Ronn we never adapted to base ball . Here it is called "rounders" and played by school girls mainly , It is the same game with bases etc etc . the girl behind the batter doesnt wear a funny hat...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-25-2018, 12:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 418
Posted By john charlton
Re: RHD steering column removal

As Floats says it can be done but it is a bit of a fiddle .Much easier to remove the manifold etc etc. This is my experience with a 28 rhd phaeton .

John in Suffolk County England (ex Camps Bay CT...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-25-2018, 09:26 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,957
Posted By john charlton
Re: 30 PU max safe driving speed

I have a 30 pick up which is completely stock with the 3.78 rear end . It cruises very happily at 45 MPH . At 50 it is not so happy I can tell, this is for extended periods . With modern higher...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-25-2018, 01:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 748
Posted By john charlton
Re: Generator Adjust

My generator is set to 10 amps so I run with the parking lights on for longer trips .On high beam there is a 2 amp discharge so several hours of night time driving which I doubt I would ever do ....
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-20-2018, 10:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 841
Posted By john charlton
Re: Frame year ID

You can see that the frame can be accurately dated as it is in the short time frame when the frame has been punched to take the solid bar emergency brake cross shaft. This frame has the earlier drop...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-17-2018, 04:58 AM
Replies: 170
Views: 18,888
Posted By john charlton
Re: Model A car names

1928 Phaeton "Maria" as her body came from Montevideo

1929 Leather back fordor "Florence" named by previous owner

1930 cabriolet" Henrietta" after Henry.

1931 pickup "Esme" as my sons...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-15-2018, 03:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 417
Posted By john charlton
Re: 30-31 Closed Cab Pickup Spare tire mount

Check the bracket that is attached to the frame, if it is riveted then it is a factory fitment .It then was most likely a customer special order to accomodate a ladder rack on the drIvers side...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-12-2018, 12:40 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 19,737
Posted By john charlton
Re: What is average highway speed for the model a?

Fuel consumption is a big factor here in the UK. My nearest model A buddy lives exactly 15 miles from me so a 30 mile round trip .This costs me around 10 in gasolene which is $13 this is cruising at...
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