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Forum: Model A (1928-31) Today, 10:41 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 547
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Body Interior Variation

Ford repurposed a section of the Highland Park plant to fabricate the interior trim sets that went out to the different agencies. Whether they also supplied Murray, Briggs, and other subcontractors...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) Yesterday, 05:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 120
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Assembly Manual

Ford didn't publish any that I'm aware of. GM did for quite a few years in the 60s but I don't know about the 50s. It helps to have factory overhaul and parts manuals. Ford used chassis parts manuals...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) Yesterday, 04:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 759
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Early Ford/Mercury automatic transmissions 51'-55'

The metallic plates need a positive shift. If the shift is harsh it generally has a bit too high a pressure at idle. The pressure can be adjusted with the TV control rod.

If you feel better using...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) Yesterday, 12:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 157
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: 1930 cabriolet wood pieces

The body sill members individually are a 3D part with complex shape and transition. Most of the bodies made by Briggs and Murray had a lot of wood. The wood is shaped to fit the body sheet metal...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) Yesterday, 11:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 277
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Where to get a OD solenoid for a '49 convertible?

It's the operating shaft that moves the pawl. The convertibles had a rather unique way of operating the OD due to the beefed up cross member being in the way. They used a rocker mechanism to function...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-15-2019, 06:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 437
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: 226G vs 226H

The pickups with H engines should have the correct stuff to bolt up the trans and clutch. I thing the Ford cars from 49 with the H engine had different mountings and transmission plate than the...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-15-2019, 06:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 282
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: 3 brush generator ????

A person has to be aware of the electrical theory behind the early auto generators used by Ford. They used the most simple design that was available. The field design is such that it will produce a...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-15-2019, 10:50 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,269
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Houdaille Shock Problem

I can't help much with the original seal materials but I do know a lot more about modern seal materials. From most of the info I've seen about the Hoo-Dye shocks, they have a large round seal to fit...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-15-2019, 09:23 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,495
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: babbit tolerance? .000?

If a person does some net surfing on this subject, they will find all sorts of stuff about it for Model Ts & As. Very few are exactly the same in how they attack the rebabbitting and finishing of...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-14-2019, 06:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 229
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: 78-8620 'A' vs 'C' gen belt 42-48

If you find an NOS belt, you may wish to hang on to it for judging purposes only then stash it away & use a "driver" belt for that purpose. You would not be the only person to practice this idea.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-14-2019, 06:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 444
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Water Pump Flow Rate

There is a fellow that rebuilds pumps with his own design impeller (George "Skip" Haney) and he is the only one I know of that flowed the different pumps to see how his design impeller compared to...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-14-2019, 05:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 632
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: What kind of heads are these - 49 Merc flathead?

Sometimes the swap from right to left is done to fit something on the front where the outlets & hoses are in the way. 8BA engines were set up to force more coolant to the rear but folks like to...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-13-2019, 10:55 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,218
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Help with transmission selection

My 69 el Camino came with stump puller rear gears in a 12-bolt but it's an automatic T400 set up. It's rpm is way up there at 70 so it'll get an OD trans one of these days. Since it's a light pickup...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-13-2019, 10:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 351
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: 53 with automatic

The aluminum case 2-speed Ford-O-Matic came on line in 1959 and continued to the mid 60s. The 3-speed single range Ford-O-Matic was produced through a good part of 1959. These two transmissions only...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-13-2019, 10:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 116
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: 52 Rubber Bump Stop

If it is really stiff rubber, use some heat on it to warm it to 140 degrees F or so. The rubber becomes more pliable at higher temps. Make sure it fits the size of the hole there too. I've done these...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-13-2019, 10:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 229
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: 78-8620 'A' vs 'C' gen belt 42-48

Find a belt that works and get a stamp set made to reproduce the markings. In other words, you'll have to find a way to make a reasonable clone using what you have at hand. It seems no one else out...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-13-2019, 10:19 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,203
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Stupid Question #2: how does an iron frame act as a ground on our cars

The skin effect only applies to alternating current. Direct current flows equally through a conductor. This is why DC is used a lot for magnetizing ferromagnetic objects for magnaflux inspection and...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-13-2019, 09:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 483
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: To X-hatch ot not to X-hatch?

I've seen so many worn out and broken piston rings over the years that I just have to say your lucky. An experiment on your own stuff is one thing but building engines for paying customers is...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-13-2019, 09:47 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,495
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: babbit tolerance? .000?

He may end up being lucky that it didn't fire off right away but the damage is likely already done. A bearing with no clearance is not a bearing. It's an engine brake. I just wonder where the machine...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-13-2019, 09:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 468
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Railway inspection car

The ones that Ford modified for use on the DT&I railroad were a lot more simple. They used a wood spoke & felloe wheel similar to Model T types with a steel outer rim for ridding directly on the...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 09-12-2019, 06:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 279
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Transmission, 1955 Victoria

Just about everyone has had a situation where they had to shift from forward gear to reverse to get a vehicle unstuck or moving. This was something a person had to be very careful about with a cast...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-12-2019, 05:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 483
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: To X-hatch ot not to X-hatch?

Skiving and roller burnishing is still used for a lot of hydraulic cylinders. Their idea in those days was that it provided a better wear surface. The use of wide profile cast iron rings in 3 and 4...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-12-2019, 05:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 779
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Air conditioning in a open car

In the north country, folks drive their model As in the spring, summer, and fall then put them up for the winter. Here in Texas, folks drive their cars in the fall, winter, and spring then put them...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-12-2019, 09:01 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,699
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Warning about c&g

When folks order new tanks for the old Fords, they run into all sorts of problems due to the fact that the sender bungs are set up for the modern stuff more in tune with the street rodder crowd. That...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-12-2019, 08:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 351
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: 53 with automatic

The soft rebuild parts are out there. The hard parts are the problem. If your case, shafting, hydraulic control housings, and torque converter are all repairable then an overhaul is no problem.

A...
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