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Forum: Model A (1928-31) Yesterday, 12:21 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 738
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Rewiring . . . What would you do different?

I will be rewiring my Coupe, so here is what I will repeat and what I will do differently:
>Repeat replacing original headlight connectors with three prong modern connectors;
>Repeat adding extra...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) Yesterday, 11:14 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 531
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Fan cracked!!

The problem with the original fan is its poor structural design and its low fatigue life. Anyone running an original fan is playing with a time bomb! Welding / brazing can further aggravate a fan's...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) Yesterday, 09:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 459
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: clean that carb

It's my opinion that Henry Ford's ignition points are superior in form, fit and function. That is why Ford's ignition points have outlasted all other designs for the Model "A"! The same goes for the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-14-2019, 10:57 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,270
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Asking for a favor

Lightened flywheel + V8 clutch with springs + repro springs in front engine support.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-14-2019, 10:53 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,763
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Max Compression Ratio

Hi Jim,
Do you sell 7:1 heads?
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-13-2019, 08:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 278
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Painting Model A/AA Hubs and Backing Plates

All of the many NOS black Model "A" parts I have owned were dipped in black enamel, and many of them had runs, solidified drips and hard puddles of black paint that didn't drain. The shininess ranged...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-13-2019, 08:24 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,855
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Biggest scare in a Model A

The worst of my scary experiences both involved being cutoff by modern cars. In both cases my Coupe, having mechanical brakes, came to a screeching stop inches away from those cars.


On a road...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-11-2019, 11:49 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,002
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Hershey chatter

Clem,
Play with your trains! That should be good for your health.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-11-2019, 11:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 419
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Synthetic 680

I highly recommend that you all go to and read this link:
https://recondoil.com/gear-oil-guide/
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-11-2019, 07:41 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,763
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Max Compression Ratio

Is there anyone out there running a 7:1 or higher compression flathead for general touring? If so, what is your experience re babbitt life?
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-11-2019, 07:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 255
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: 1930 Model A frame cross member question

The bolts should be a line fit in their holes to prevent movement of the front crossmember.


Per side, there are 2 fasteners in the vertical wall in the frame-to-cross member, 3 fasteners flush...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-11-2019, 07:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,312
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Side Mirror Installation Tips Needed

My guess is that the hinge pin diameter in your car is 0.250". Drill the mirror bracket the same diameter as the door hinge pin. Use a hex head bolt, hex nut and lock washer in lieu of the hinge pin....
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-08-2019, 10:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 563
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Transmission dipstick kit

My solution to ease access to the transmission fill plug.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-05-2019, 12:18 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,005
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Bouncey Car Needs Shocks

Hi Purdy,
Yes you can, but the Houdaille shocks must come off of the car to change the fluid. To get the fluid out, cycle the shock upside down with the drain plug out.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-05-2019, 08:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 603
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Pet Names For Significant Other

I have heard some interesting nicknames for girl friends and wives who ride in our Model "A's." For examples, "backseat driver" and "noise in the front seat." Lets see yours.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-05-2019, 08:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 306
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: 30 Coupe seat upholtery parts

The long strips are draft stoppers. They attach to the side of the seat to prevent drafts from the rumble seat or trunk. Between the top of the seat backrest and the package tray, there should also...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-05-2019, 08:11 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,005
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Bouncey Car Needs Shocks

Thanks all for your advice. I am going to adjust the rear Houdaille shocks to stiffen the ride, and adjust the front Houdaille shocks to soften the ride.


Should the Houdaille shocks fail to...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-05-2019, 08:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 353
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Riveting steel rivets...

You need to be sure that the rivet will expand enough to fill the hole completely. Use a high energy rivet squeezer, or a 3X or better rivet gun. If you cannot get these tools, use heat and make the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-05-2019, 08:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 852
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: New Two Blade Fan

This is a common issue. Use a rotary file or rotary stone and take some material off of the fan uniformly around the inside of the casting. Balance is not an issue when removing material close to the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-05-2019, 08:00 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,522
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: cracked cyl head

This technique works well to get the head loose enough to get it off. Place the lumber on top of the timing gear cover, and drive the wedge in under the water pump.


By the way, the first thing...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-04-2019, 08:19 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,005
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Bouncey Car Needs Shocks

I am concerned that the clamp-on shock brackets for the front axle will work loose and become a maintenance nuisance.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-03-2019, 12:57 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,005
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Bouncey Car Needs Shocks

My 190A bounces too much according to my back seat driver, so I need to put better shocks on the car or she will not go on any more adventures in our 190A. The car currently has rebuilt original...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-03-2019, 08:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 744
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Original Condensers

I have 2 original Ford script condensers for the Model "A." Both are zinc plated.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-01-2019, 09:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 355
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Mallory Ignition

I have a Mallory Distributor, Type 11A, Model YCM that has dual points and centrifugal advance. What engines does this fit?
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-30-2019, 12:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 681
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Spark Plug Connectors

A long time ago, Clem Clements asked me about the two different lengths of spark plug connectors, but I had no answer for him. While inventorying my stash of parts, I came across the variations in...
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