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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-17-2019, 10:47 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 726
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: Timing

Original style points require you to remove the distributor cam so that you can pop out the upper plate, to get to the wire connection and screws/nuts underneath the plate.

Modern style points do...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-16-2019, 10:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 726
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: Timing

It works well, especially for a quick timing check or timing set by the side of the road.

You don't really need any "base" to use it.

Turn the engine over until the timing pin drops in the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-16-2019, 10:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 435
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: USB charger socket for 6 V system

Just try a different little plug-in USB plug to put the charge cable into. I have found some that are more picky about their input voltage than others. From my limited trials, until I found one...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-09-2019, 07:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 382
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: Mafca canyon land tour

If you are interested in reading it, Doug Linden is writing a travel log of the journey:

https://canyonlandandback.blogspot.com/
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-05-2019, 10:27 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,563
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: ROTELLA 15W 40 Oil

Shell labelled the Rotella T oils as suitable for both diesel and gasoline engines for many years, using the API star system. The EPA made them stop marketing the oil to gasoline engines because the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-04-2019, 08:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 252
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: Ammeter Reading

Does the new generator have a voltage regulator built into it? If so, everything below is incorrect. The following only applies to a stock Model A generator which is designed to put out a constant...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-03-2019, 10:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 411
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: early/late steering gear swap

The 2-tooth style column was introduced in mid-1929 to work with the '28/29-style steering column. If you can find one of them, it has the better design gearbox on it and the rest of it looks like...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-30-2019, 08:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 373
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: WTB: Driver's seat for '31 Vicky

Thanks, Chris.

So it looks like we need a pair of front seats, the style with the rod across the front. Anyone have some?

Email me, please.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-29-2019, 10:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 373
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: WTB: Driver's seat for '31 Vicky

I'm helping a guy in California that plans to reupholster his early-'31 Vicky. He was told by another Model A guy that he had the wrong driver's seat. Hence the search for the wider seat.

Now it...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-28-2019, 08:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 373
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: WTB: Driver's seat for '31 Vicky

OK, so let me check with the guy. Perhaps he does not understand that his current seat is correct for an earlier vehicle. So that's why he thinks he has the wrong one. He may have the correct seat ad...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-28-2019, 10:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 373
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: WTB: Driver's seat for '31 Vicky

I would say early, because the car does not an indented firewall.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-27-2019, 09:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 373
Posted By Jim/GA
WTB: Driver's seat for '31 Vicky

If you have a front driver's side seat for a '31 Vicky in decent condition, please contact me at MAFCAJim (at) gmail (dot) com

Thanks!
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-22-2019, 03:32 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,486
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: How Far In One Day?

When planning most trips, I start out shooting for 200 miles a day, see where the breaks fall, and then adjust from there.

It depends if it is a one-day drive to get to your destination or a...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-22-2019, 10:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 500
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: Charging?? Canít say it is

Actually, the battery acts to regulate the voltage on a stock Model A with a stock generator (no aftermarket voltage regulator installed). You do NOT want to disconnect the battery from an engine...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-21-2019, 09:01 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 898
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: Oil weight

The October, 1928, Ford Dealer Service Bulletins say to use SAE 40 in the summer, SAE 20 in the winter.

Winter in South Florida probably does not require the SAE 20, not cold enough. And if you...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-17-2019, 04:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 464
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: How many Model A Phaetons were made?

Yes, and when the Model A was new, the phaeton was not really a popular body style. If the weather was not pleasant, you got wet, you were cold, etc.

But it was cheap! Only $395 in 1928! (That's...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-16-2019, 11:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 553
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: Resonant Rattle

Do you have the 2-piece swing-out hood supports on the car?

My Dad has them on his car and if you swing them in all the way, so that the moving part touches the fixed part, they will tap each...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-15-2019, 04:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 352
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: Steering wheel position

The dealer service bulletins suggest that if the spokes block your view of the speedometer, reposition the steering wheel to have the spokes form an X.

I could not find anything in the Restoration...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-16-2019, 09:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 547
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: Radiator overflow

There is a simple test that can be run on any engine called a "block test kit" to check for a bad head gasket, crack in head, crack in block, etc. I got mine at NAPA.

It sniffs for combustion...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-16-2019, 03:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 772
Posted By Jim/GA
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-13-2019, 05:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 772
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: GPS charging on an unregulated 6v system

The various car chargers out there for GPS and cell phone use have varying grades of voltage regulator chips built into them. Some are more tolerant of a noisy 6 volt signal coming into them than...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-13-2019, 05:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,044
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: Re Insurance

I have seen repeatedly in court that waivers are not worth the paper they are printed on. The courts throw them out. Waivers just intimidate average people from suing, but if there is a claim of...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-12-2019, 12:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,044
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: Re Insurance

You are correct about the risk to any member that volunteers to be an officer or a director of a local club. If there is an incident, they will be sued for negligence and their personal assets are...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-12-2019, 11:41 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,162
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: Radiator fill question

You will not see coolant above the baffle when engine is cold. I use a little wooden stir stick that I picked up at Starbucks as a dipstick on the side to the baffle.

When out on a drive, engine...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-08-2019, 10:53 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 667
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: transmission oil

No. Big mistake. Don’t do it.
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