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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-19-2018, 09:25 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,013
Posted By Doug in NJ
Re: 1931 S/W Fordor Sedan Rear Crossmember

Is that cover actually made from 5 pieces of fabric stitched together?

I never got around to replacing mine, and last winter the opening provided an entry point for mice, who set up a breeding...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-19-2018, 09:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,718
Posted By Doug in NJ
Re: 160 B front door window trim

My 160B has 3+2 screws. It is from May 1931, and I have never been able to determine who made the body.

Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-17-2017, 08:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,465
Posted By Doug in NJ
Re: Oversize rear wheel grease seals?

My calculations show that if you can cool the seal and heat the hub to get a temperature difference of 130 degrees Celsius ( 234 degrees F), the seal will slide right in. But doing that would be...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-17-2017, 08:12 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,088
Posted By Doug in NJ
Re: Greasing front wheel bearings, thanks!

Maybe an add-on to help deal with worn-out roller tracks?

Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-12-2017, 09:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,143
Posted By Doug in NJ
Re: 31 fenders

Go look here to see what I did to get one of the repros to fit:


Scroll down a bit to see all the relevant photos. I had an original fender that was...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-11-2017, 06:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,465
Posted By Doug in NJ
Oversize rear wheel grease seals?


I have heard that in the recent past, some vendors were selling oversize rear wheel grease seals. I just bought a pair, and they measure 3.1930" in diameter.
I measured the inside of the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-01-2017, 04:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 982
Posted By Doug in NJ
Removing rear brake shoes?


Is it possible to remove and replace the rear brake shoes without
having to un-bolt and remove the emergency brake carrier?

Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-09-2016, 09:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,352
Posted By Doug in NJ
Re: Brake Rods

I found that the late-style wire springs worked a lot better than the flat ones.
They don't tend to lose their springiness.

Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-30-2016, 02:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,738
Posted By Doug in NJ
Re: Battery Charger Simple Repairs

Great write up! And these days, it's getting harder to find new battery changers with 6 and 12 volt output.

Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-12-2016, 06:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,208
Posted By Doug in NJ
Re: Harbor Freight Blaster A PIA but Works

One more tip: if it's warm enough, wear just a bathing suit.

And always a mask! Otherwise you will be breathing baking soda and lead-based paint dust.

Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-10-2016, 08:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 810
Posted By Doug in NJ
Re: 31A S/W 4D TS Restoration

Based on my experience:

For the roof, I primed everything, installed the wood, installed the fabric, and the molding, masked off the fabric, and then did the final paint.

For the doors, I...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-09-2016, 08:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 761
Posted By Doug in NJ
Re: 31A S/W 4D TS Restoration


There were several different screw types for that wood. The pieces around the edge were mostly held in place by 1/4-20 carriage bolts that went through both the inner and outer pieces of...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-09-2016, 07:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 780
Posted By Doug in NJ
Re: 1931 Model A SW 4D TS Body Restoration

I painted my car's body with single-stage paint. For the underside, interior, firewall, etc. I added some flattening agent to get a semi-gloss.

Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-25-2016, 09:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 878
Posted By Doug in NJ
Re: Anti Rattlers

In my experience, the wire return springs are much better than the flat ones.
The flat ones seem to lose their springiness.

Either type should be installed so that they are being pressed back...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-17-2016, 08:00 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,788
Posted By Doug in NJ
Re: General degreasing - any recommendations?

My car had a rock-hard crust of dust and grease covering all the mechanical parts, and nothing worked at all to get it off. Then I tried Easy-Off, and it did a great job! But it will absolutely...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-17-2016, 07:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,014
Posted By Doug in NJ
Re: 30-31 Headlight Bar Orientation question

No, it definitely cannot.

Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-17-2016, 02:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,445
Posted By Doug in NJ
Re: How to change a steering worm gear?

You can weld some pieces of scrap to the shaft close to the worm end, to give the press something to press against. Then you cut them off and grind the welds down (doesn't have to be perfect, since...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-17-2016, 02:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,241
Posted By Doug in NJ
Re: Progress worth showing

Looks good! I remember my car being in that state.

Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-17-2016, 01:57 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,864
Posted By Doug in NJ
Re: Are all 30/31 headlight bars the same?

A few years ago I bought a nice bar at Hershey with holes exactly as you describe, and a few days later I realized that they were not original.
I filled them in (with metal, not bondo) and painted...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-19-2016, 06:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,046
Posted By Doug in NJ
Re: Brake Service Cross Shaft Reviews

You can possibly rebuild it yourself, if you have access to a press for
getting the levers off the ends.

I had no trouble doing mine:

Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-07-2015, 02:34 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,145
Posted By Doug in NJ
Re: 80+ years of road dirt..ideas?

When I restored various chassis parts of my car, they had a layer of crud that nothing seemed to even soften. I even tried boiling in straight Simple Green, but no luck.
Then I tried oven cleaner,...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-19-2015, 12:28 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 6,139
Posted By Doug in NJ
Re: Shop lighting

I saw some of those LED retrofit "fluorescent" tubes at Home Depot. The light looked nice, but I noticed that the lumen rating was about 30% less than the T8 bulbs that they replaced. So do a bit...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-06-2015, 11:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,081
Posted By Doug in NJ
Re: Inherited a ton of Model A parts...need help with what to do

I have seen parts for sale that somebody sandblasted and left laying around afterwards, and they got all rusty again.

If I buy a part that has (possibly) been sandblasted and primered, the first...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-03-2015, 10:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 602
Posted By Doug in NJ
Punpkin Run show in NJ


Has anybody ever brought their car to the Fleming's Pumpkin Run show this Saturday in Egg Harbor NJ? Someone at Hershey recommended it to me:


Thanks as...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-03-2015, 10:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,141
Posted By Doug in NJ
Re: head liner delema 1931 coupe

First of all, on a coupe, what are the edges of the fabric supposed to be tacked to?
Is there wood, or some other tacking material in the body?

I can give lots of advice for a S/W sedan...
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