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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-17-2020, 10:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 825
Posted By wensum
Re: 4 inch drop axle, front for 31 A

Thanks Chris #12 What I can't tell from the photo is whether the Jeep tie-rod end comes with it's own ball and therefore requires the replacement of the original Model A ball? I have already replaced...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-09-2020, 05:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 825
Posted By wensum
Re: 4 inch drop axle, front for 31 A

I'm curious about the Jeep Tie Rod ends solution? I have a '32 front axle which drops the front about 1.5 inches, but on sudden bumps, the tie rod taps the chassis and I haven't found a solution to...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-07-2020, 06:12 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,099
Posted By wensum
Re: Lightened Flywheel

Thanks for that observation Brent, It was my understanding that a harmonic dampener is most effective at the front end of the crankshaft? Having seen a a flywheel mounted dampener, not only did it...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-07-2020, 06:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 979
Posted By wensum
Re: Do YOU single-clutch ?

As mentioned by Jack Shaft, if you think you've got your double clutching off pat, it's time to try the challenge of not using the clutch except for starting and stopping.
Of the many crash box cars...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-02-2020, 03:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 853
Posted By wensum
Re: Light Switch Problem

I found that the indents were too deep and had to partially fill them with an epoxy filler, smoothed out before the light switch would work.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-07-2020, 03:56 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,703
Posted By wensum
Re: Adding castor to the axle

The chassis on our speedster was assembled by a hot rodding business and without my asking they cut and re-welded the radius arms to give 6-7degrees castor. This enables the car to be driven at 60mph...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-12-2020, 02:36 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,874
Posted By wensum
Re: When going for SCAT crank should you lighten flywheel? If so, how much?

One member of the NZ Model A Club has fitted the pulley to his standard car and reports worthwhile improvements.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-10-2020, 05:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,998
Posted By wensum
Re: Shortened Pitman Arm

I fitted a shortened pitman arm shortened by 2" and it certainly reduced steering effort but increased the amount one had to turn the wheel.
As I could only get full lock on one side, I fitted an...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-27-2020, 02:59 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,874
Posted By wensum
Re: When going for SCAT crank should you lighten flywheel? If so, how much?

These are made in New Zealand "These dampers are made by Murray Horn in Levin N.Z. His Company is Engine Restorations Ltd. His email is horn@xtra.co.nz (horn@xtra.co.nz)
Murray says this is the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-27-2020, 02:53 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,874
Posted By wensum
Re: When going for SCAT crank should you lighten flywheel? If so, how much?

Yes, being a Kiwi it was an obvious route to follow, although like many I was very doubtful that it would make a difference to my problems.
In fact it was a miracle!
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-26-2020, 05:17 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,874
Posted By wensum
Re: When going for SCAT crank should you lighten flywheel? If so, how much?

In building a fast road engine for my speedster I had the flywheel reduced to 35lbs (fitting a diaphragm clutch) and the crankshaft had counterweights welded to it and all fastidiously balanced...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-08-2020, 02:54 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,151
Posted By wensum
Re: High compression head choice.

One needs to realise the improvement in the quality of petrol since the Model A was new.
I run a 7:1 head, still low by todays standards and I am running it on 91 octane petrol without problems....
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-04-2020, 05:28 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,118
Posted By wensum
Re: U. S. Mail

Looks like the radius arms go back to brackets on the chassis instead of the bell housing to keep the king pin inclination angle right? (Castor)
Otherwise, interesting bracket to lower the front...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-17-2019, 02:45 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,637
Posted By wensum
Re: Harmonic Balancer

Surely the sectional belt is only carried in the unlikely but not unknown possibility of a broken fan belt? Then it enables roadside repairs until a normal fan-belt can be fitted in a workshop?
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-07-2019, 02:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,747
Posted By wensum
Re: High compression head vs cooling

Our motor has a 7:1 head and considerably lightened flywheel plus dual Strombergs and the motor can idle as smoothly and slowly as a standard Model A.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-01-2019, 03:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,034
Posted By wensum
Re: F150 overdrive

I have the 41.1% in my speedster which has a lighter body and improved motor and it pulls that ratio effortlessly. However, I was told that the 41.1% was ideal for V8s and the 37.9% for Model As, but...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-16-2019, 04:42 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,247
Posted By wensum
Re: Who Remembers Model "A" Parts in the Sears Catalog?

When I restored my first Model A in '66, Sears was the only supplier of parts that I was aware of here in New Zealand and I bought a main gear cluster from them which did the job. Otherwise we went...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-20-2019, 02:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,653
Posted By wensum
Re: IL-2 and AA collison

Was the aircraft's motor still going at the time of the crash? It looks like the prop may have started chopping into the cab?
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-19-2019, 05:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,823
Posted By wensum
Re: Model B crank in Model A

Back in the 60's I fitted a Model B crank, cam and flywheel to my Model A Block, keeping the B rods and grinding down the mains to fit. It proved to be a very smooth and relatively powerful motor...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-14-2019, 03:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 706
Posted By wensum
Re: adjustable tappets

From my experience it is desirable to get the block machined first to lower the castings in the valve chamber to facilitate adjustment of the tappet setting, otherwise it is a very tedious process.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-01-2019, 02:47 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,102
Posted By wensum
Re: Every 500 Miles!??

When we were young, we just kept topping them up with recycled oil and they went for-ever! Today, with an inserted engine and full flow filter, I change the oil at around 3000 mile intervals. If we...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-28-2019, 03:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,341
Posted By wensum
Re: Radial tires and inner tubes

Thanks again, our car is used for long distance touring and cruises at anything between 90 and 110kph. So far after many miles, no problems with the tubes. The cynic in me wonders if it's a way to...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-26-2019, 04:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,341
Posted By wensum
Re: Radial tires and inner tubes

Thanks Updraught, I read the thread material and really it still did not clarify the tube issue?
The Stahl Sport Radials fitted to my car have "tube type" on their side walls,
They were fitted by...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-25-2019, 03:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,341
Posted By wensum
Re: Radial tires and inner tubes

When I fitted radial tyres to my A I simply re-used the original tubes without thinking that there could be any problems. So far, some many thousands of miles later there have been no problems. The...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-18-2019, 04:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 830
Posted By wensum
Re: Resonant Rattle

A harmonic balancer pulley may solve your problem if it's an engine related vibration or timing gear rattle? As far as I'm concerned it's a miracle device and such a simple solution.
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