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Forum: Model T (1909-1927) 08-14-2019, 11:39 PM
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Looks Like Fun

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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-14-2019, 11:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 555
Posted By ursus
Re: Rear Spring

While on this subject, what is the best way to install a rebuilt spring when the rear end is out? It seems like a struggle to mount the spring in the crossmember before installing the rear axle...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-13-2019, 03:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 595
Posted By ursus
Re: model a engine jumps time

I had a Model A that jumped time every time I hit a bump or hit the brakes. I would then have to pull over and reset the timing again. I went over the distributor several times, switched to another...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-12-2019, 11:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 984
Posted By ursus
Re: Rear Axle Messtoration

Having started this thread and asked for suggestions, I need to follow up. With no access to a plasma cutter or welding torch out here in the sticks, I started in today with a cutoff wheel on the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-10-2019, 09:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 424
Posted By ursus
Re: Rear Main Oil Leak

The cork composition seals were a pinch seal and worked OK if carefully positioned but there was no allowance for wear so leaks were inevitable as wear progressed. The rope seal also worked if there...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-09-2019, 05:44 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 984
Posted By ursus
Re: Rear Axle Messtoration

Brentwood Bob: I do have access to some good housings but would prefer not to dismantle a rear end that was completely rebuilt with new bearings and ring & pinion.

Bob C: Good point about the heat...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-09-2019, 02:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 984
Posted By ursus
Re: Rear Axle Messtoration

Thanks for the suggestions! My current situation is that the axle is intact but out of the car and I have no means of hauling it 20 miles to a welding shop. One concern is that anything that...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-09-2019, 01:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 984
Posted By ursus
Rear Axle Messtoration

Among other modifications, the previous owner of my coupe welded lower shock mounts onto the rear axle tubes midway between the banjo and brake backing plates. He used 1/4 inch steel plate that is...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-07-2019, 09:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,389
Posted By ursus
Re: What’s this Box???

My car had a box on the firewall in that same position and it contained about six fuses for various branches of the wiring system. Pull off the cover and look inside.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-31-2019, 11:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 540
Posted By ursus
Re: Crankshaft pulley question

That is good advice. If the pulley cannot be snugged up with the bolt then both need to be inspected. There were some bolts sold for a time that were too long on the threaded portion and could not...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-30-2019, 06:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,326
Posted By ursus
Re: How much better was the last Model A than the first?

The early 1928 cars may have had a higher top speed than later models, with a 3.70 rear axle, taller tires, 4.3/1 compression versus the 1930-31 head with 4.1/1 compression. Your mileage may vary.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-15-2019, 12:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 675
Posted By ursus
Re: Rear Axle Fastener Torque

I suspect that the threads may have been "screwed up" by the Grade 5 non-Ford bolts and will continue to use them in this situation. I will remove the torque tube, clean up the mess, and replace the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-14-2019, 07:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 675
Posted By ursus
Rear Axle Fastener Torque

I'm helping a guy whose rear axle has a leak somewhere around the torque tube / banjo junction. The previous owner rebuilt the rear end using non-Ford bolts with lock washers all around the banjo,...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-13-2019, 03:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,256
Posted By ursus
Re: Model B engine

Many a Model B engine has been stamped with a Model A or AA engine number by individuals that installed such an engine in their car or truck.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-13-2019, 11:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 871
Posted By ursus
Re: Flush oil/anti-freeze mix from crankcase?

Your antifreeze may well contain silicate compounds that are included as a stop-leak additive. Silicates are abrasive and will damage the rod and crankshaft bearings in the engine. Running the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-11-2019, 12:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 451
Posted By ursus
Hutchin's Horn Adjust

I need to adjust the sound on an older 6-volt Hutchin's Horn. I was told to do this by turning the screw on the vibrator and that this is accessed via the flared horn in front. Mine has a mesh...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-11-2019, 12:52 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 997
Posted By ursus
Re: crank shaft housing stripped can't align nut to dimple to time car

Do what I do: put the car in high gear with the parking brake off and turn the right front wheel with one hand while feeling with the pin for the dimple with the other hand. If you pull the spark...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-04-2019, 02:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 905
Posted By ursus
Re: Engine Swap

QUOTE: "It is a bad idea to have people email the answers. If they are wrong no one will see the answers and correct them. Also the idea of a forum is that everyone can share their knowledge and...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-30-2019, 12:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 688
Posted By ursus
Re: 30/31 cowl lace

What a revelation! I have agonized over this detail after having been told by an "expert" that I would have to partially remove the gas tank in order to install the cowl welting!
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-28-2019, 06:11 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,940
Posted By ursus
Re: Has Anyone Ever Found an Abandoned Model "A"

Years ago I bought parts from a guy that had several outbuildings stuffed with A and T parts. He acquired this trove, along with several cars that he had restored, as abandoned vehicles scattered...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-26-2019, 11:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,146
Posted By ursus
Re: very rare body style

This was a common modification for parade use by Shriner's fraternal orders around the country. A local group had a push me-pull you vehicle formed from a couple of 1936 Chevrolets. As usual, the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-23-2019, 05:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 506
Posted By ursus
Re: BB truck distributor quesstion

The most vulnerable part of the B distributor is the advance mechanism. Even small amounts of rust, grease, or dirt may impede the advance.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-22-2019, 05:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 560
Posted By ursus
Re: Spark Plugs C-4 Take Apart With Green # and letters

Champion C-4 plugs were the replacement for the original 3-X plugs and for the Model-B. They were made over many years and in many iterations: black take-apart, non-take-apart, zinc coated, etc. I...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-18-2019, 10:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,335
Posted By ursus
Re: Checking rod and main bearings

My childhood neighbor had been a mechanic going back to the Model T era. He once showed me how he tested rod bearings without taking off the caps. He used a small copper-headed "sounding hammer" to...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-06-2019, 01:53 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,045
Posted By ursus
Re: It ran when parked ..... at the bottom of the lake

Fine point rustoration in progress.
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