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Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 07-14-2017, 11:21 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 13,141
Posted By Flat Ernie
Re: How Ford Gauge Unit Work

You're making it far more complicated than it needs to be, my friend.

From a practical perspective, all gauges are measuring current flow in a closed circuit between the sender and the gauge -...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 07-09-2017, 05:20 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 13,141
Posted By Flat Ernie
Re: How Ford Gauge Unit Work

Not sure what you're getting at - the current aftermarket sending units do work reasonably well and are a reasonably close match to work pretty well with original gauges.

That said, I only replace...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 07-08-2017, 06:52 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 13,141
Posted By Flat Ernie
Re: How Ford Gauge Unit Work

I can't really argue with anything you've said here, except to add that virtually all gauges are really just ammeters calibrated to read whatever we're measuring. Therefore, there is a range of...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 06-24-2017, 08:23 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,897
Posted By Flat Ernie
Re: Radial Tire Clearance 35 pickup

Springs and components should be same as passenger car...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 04-10-2017, 09:59 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,777
Posted By Flat Ernie
Re: 12v Gauges

Wow...he really over-complicated that! :eek:
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 03-31-2017, 08:10 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 56,349
Posted By Flat Ernie
Re: FINALLY…T5 WITH Torque Tube in a ‘35-’40 Ford...The WHOLE STORY!

The T5 is such an amazing potato-head piece of equipment!
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 03-31-2017, 08:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,436
Posted By Flat Ernie
Re: 6 to 12 volt horn

It should have been 'plug and play' - there really is no difference - neither the horns nor the relay care about polarity.

The 6V horn relays have heavier internal contacts and are better suited...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 03-31-2017, 07:57 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,777
Posted By Flat Ernie
Re: 12v Gauges

You can, and probably should use the 6V horn relay. It doesn't care about polarity and the 6V units had heavier contacts. The horn will be much louder and 'angrier' (I like it that way), but short...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-23-2017, 08:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 674
Posted By Flat Ernie
Re: 12v temperature sending unit

This is the simplest way forward.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-02-2017, 01:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,135
Posted By Flat Ernie
Re: Another GAS gauge question/problem

I'm one of those who disagree. ;)

I have used the aftermarket senders on a couple vehicles that have been converted to 12V with no issues.

Based on original poster's comments, I suspect the...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-12-2016, 09:11 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,228
Posted By Flat Ernie
Re: Brockman steel packs

I've got the short brockmans on my '40. Originally, I put long ones on, but it was too quiet. When I did the exhaust on my '36 pickup, I put the long ones on it and swapped in some short ones for...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-14-2016, 10:34 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 9,682
Posted By Flat Ernie
Re: English Ford Model Y

Perhaps...if you went fenderless...and I don't care for the look of cowl steering on anything but race cars or race-inspired cars.

I think one of those offset chain re-drives might work...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-13-2016, 11:55 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 9,682
Posted By Flat Ernie
Re: English Ford Model Y

Of course, if you're not interested in the more traditional flat-head 4-cyl of some variety or another, or a V860 is too much to work with regards to steering and suspension, the Fiat Twin Cam is...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-13-2016, 11:50 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 9,682
Posted By Flat Ernie
Re: English Ford Model Y

If you can, see what they did with the steering. I did some tape-measure engineering on mine - the steering column would come out right smack in the middle of the right head/block area...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-11-2016, 09:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,062
Posted By Flat Ernie
Re: T-5 Modification

You will need the tailshaft housing and the top-cover. You can shorten the shifter shaft in the top cover, but you will also need to accurately drill the shifter shaft for the retaining pin - I...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-07-2016, 11:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,077
Posted By Flat Ernie
Re: 1940 ford gauge cluster

Yep. I think there's a current eBay retailer that's selling them in lots of 5...a little pricier, but Mouser has been hit/miss buying as an individual in the past for me....I used to have an account...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-06-2016, 08:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,077
Posted By Flat Ernie
Re: 1940 ford gauge cluster

Convert it yourself. Use some L7806 for gas, oil, and temp gauges and a 60ohm resistor for the Battery gauge. I did mine in my '40 for about $5 total.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-05-2016, 10:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,351
Posted By Flat Ernie
Re: T5 into '35 winter project

No, the 48-52 pickups are a different beast...even the 42-47 are different enough it's not a simple swap. 35-41 is straight-forward.


What he said. I am in the process with my son's '35 and we...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-01-2016, 10:11 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 56,349
Posted By Flat Ernie
Re: FINALLY…T5 WITH Torque Tube in a ‘35-’40 Ford...The WHOLE STORY!

Yep...could've been a problem/challenge, but they do make a 10-6 coupler and gearsets are available in either spline...sometimes the later ones had a 10-spline pinion...no telling after 70 years! :D
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-01-2016, 09:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,351
Posted By Flat Ernie
Re: T5 into '35 winter project

I think you can fabricate a ball mount so you don't have to split your wishbones, but it may well need to be lowered which will hurt your caster...which can be solved by some careful cutting and...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 10-25-2016, 09:04 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 56,349
Posted By Flat Ernie
Re: FINALLY…T5 WITH Torque Tube in a ‘35-’40 Ford...The WHOLE STORY!

When I was working on mine a long time ago, I actually acquired a 33/34 torque-tube and driveshaft. My understanding is that it would all bolt up to the later rear, but would need the oil drain hole...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 10-16-2016, 01:59 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 56,349
Posted By Flat Ernie
Re: FINALLY…T5 WITH Torque Tube in a ‘35-’40 Ford...The WHOLE STORY!

Great work. When I was doing all my tape measure engineering, I figured out that if my adapter between the rear-most face of the Jeep T5 and the front face where the rear clamshell bolts to was...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 08-25-2016, 08:04 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,883
Posted By Flat Ernie
Re: 1940 ammeter wiring question.

The '40 BATT meter requires a precision 60 Ohm resistor wired in series with the gauge from 12V to get the correct reading.

A voltage drop will always read 6V or thereabouts. You want to read the...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 08-06-2016, 06:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,154
Posted By Flat Ernie
Re: Speedway 5 speed conversion

The 4-cyl Mustang T5 is not all that strong...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 06-14-2016, 09:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,751
Posted By Flat Ernie
Re: buick brake drums on my ford

The HAMB has a post in the Tech Archives with lots of links to various methods to do this...
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