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Forum: Model A (1928-31) Yesterday, 03:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 411
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Re: Installing the control rods

I ran 6lb test monofilament fishing line up through the tube, tying it to the holes in the bottom of each rod. Then I fed the line and rod back down through the tube and used tension on the line to...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-03-2020, 11:10 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 237
Posted By ursus
Re: Rattle can Wheel Paint (Tacoma Cream)?

Check out Rustoleum Warm Yellow.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-02-2020, 09:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 547
Posted By ursus
Re: Tight Valve Guides

The quality and sizing of Model A/B valve guides has been variable over the last 15 years or so. I have sourced mine from EBay when the NOS or NORS guides turn up.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-24-2020, 11:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 826
Posted By ursus
Re: Parts from suppliers

The other problem is the cancellation of swap meets all over the country. I was really charged up for the weather to warm and the swaps to commence, but now that has been put on hold.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 03-03-2020, 02:06 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,118
Posted By ursus
Re: Dealing with the heirs on '32 parts ect.

This seems to be a recurring event these days. In my case, the family called the old guy a hoarder and often expressed embarrassment at the mess around his property. After he died, his collection...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-26-2020, 12:06 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 886
Posted By ursus
Re: Spring Perch Troubles

As soon as you get the bolt off melt some paraffin wax around the base of the perch - you are going to need all the help in getting them out of the axle. This where the real fun begins!
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-18-2020, 12:31 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,306
Posted By ursus
Re: Harbor Freight tape measures come up short

My uncle built homes for 45 years. Before allowing any tradesmen on the site he would check the tapes used by every one of them for accuracy. Some complained, especially when their "tried and true"...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-16-2020, 04:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,058
Posted By ursus
Re: The Diamond Mark Challenge

I have yet to come across a diamond "A" block but have been through a number of diamond "B" blocks that were beyond restoration because of casting flaws, mainly core shifts that resulted in thin...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-25-2020, 12:55 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,283
Posted By ursus
Re: Exhaust port crack.... need help!

Any sealer or epoxy repair will be severely tested in an exhaust port or exhaust valve pocket location. The area is subject to the highest temperatures of any part of the Model A block as well as to...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-14-2020, 12:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,328
Posted By ursus
Re: "B" Distributor timing with an "A" front cover

The "B" distributor actually has 19 degrees of initial timing when timed with the "B" cover. Ford wouldn't have used it if it kicked back on the starter. Ford also supplied a crank for starting the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-11-2020, 05:51 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,406
Posted By ursus
Re: Throttle shaft brass plug for zenith carbs

Now there is a bit of genius! I never would have thought of that.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-09-2020, 12:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 675
Posted By ursus
Re: Question for "B" Carb expert

I believe the other hole is the outlet for the power jet circuit.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-07-2020, 03:12 PM
Replies: 630
Views: 266,793
Posted By ursus
Re: Model A commercial vehicles picture thread!!

I recall a similar vehicle from my childhood, except that it was a '33-'34 Chevrolet and the chill came from block ice. On a hot day the driver was kept busy with shifting his ice around to keep the...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 01-06-2020, 11:42 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 846
Posted By ursus
Re: Making your own gaskets

I found a set of inexpensive hole punches at Harbor Freight that are in SAE sizes up to 1/2 inch and make sharp precision cuts in the gasket material.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 01-02-2020, 01:55 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,411
Posted By ursus
Re: 1933 essex terraplane. John Dillinger's favorite car

When I was in college back in the early '70s there was a fellow student with a '33 Essex Terraplane coupe that he had driven the 800 miles from his home in California. The car was completely...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-19-2019, 03:20 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,179
Posted By ursus
Re: A pic from the time

My father bought his first car in 1939, a '29 Chev 4-door, for $75. He wanted a Model-A but those were running $90, and sometimes $100 for a nice one. He recalled that Fords were the most popular...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-18-2019, 02:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,016
Posted By ursus
Re: Transmission gear/shaft question

On the other hand, it is possible that the vendors' main shafts are sized to match the gears they sell and are not to the original Ford specs.

Also, I have found that even a new and unused NOS...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-15-2019, 01:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 994
Posted By ursus
Re: Coupe versus Tudor survival rates

Years ago I recall seeing a lot of coupes that had been converted to pickups, either by using kits sold for that purpose or by cobbling up something to suit the owner's needs. Most of these had seen...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-07-2019, 11:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,465
Posted By ursus
Re: What did I just buy?

Looks just like the rig they used to use for pulling salmon dories off the beach at Pacific City back in the day. That drum load of cable proved very handy when the tide was unwilling to give up a...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-06-2019, 05:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 956
Posted By ursus
Re: U Joint Quality

There was some discussion of the needle-bearing U-joints on the Early V8 Forum a while back and the consensus seemed to be that this type of bearing was unnecessary in an application where there was...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-26-2019, 12:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 718
Posted By ursus
Re: 1950 vs Modern Quaker State Oil Comparison

Dad spent 45 years working for Texaco, starting when it was called The Texas Company. I recall lots of research reports regarding engine lubrication laying around the house back in the 50's and 60's....
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-19-2019, 12:03 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,510
Posted By ursus
Post Re: Main and Rod Shim Sequence ???

I agree, and recall my Dad telling me to adjust the front and rear mains first and the center main last. He also said that I might not be able to get the center as tight as the others and that was...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-13-2019, 08:30 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,184
Posted By ursus
Re: Interesting read in Hemmings about restoration costs.

When did the price go up? in 1970, Earl painted my '49 Chevy for $29.99, including some overspray on the tires. When I complained, they told me the overspray was a bonus. Scheib always gave you a...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-07-2019, 01:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,583
Posted By ursus
Re: Nice German Brunette

Only 77 amp/hours? I never met a German brunette with less that 500.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-03-2019, 07:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 737
Posted By ursus
Re: Rear Spring

Good idea! Henry Ford put 10 leaves under the rear of the Tudor for a reason.
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