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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-08-2021, 07:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 672
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Loud Thud

My front radius rod ball socket is all steel with a cup washer in it to take-up wear on the ball. My friends 1931 Town Sedan makes the same thud noise.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-07-2021, 09:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 672
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Loud Thud

In the steering, the shock is axial through the column shaft.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-07-2021, 09:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 472
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Steering wheel & Seat

The Victoria is not an easy car to enter for seating in its front seats. The clearance between the front seat and a wide open door is about 8 inches for seats attached with rods. There may be a...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-07-2021, 09:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 672
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Loud Thud

When my Model "A" hits a pot hole in the road with just one wheel, it makes an extraordinary loud thud noise in the front suspension, and it is felt in the steering.

The car has less than 5000...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-06-2021, 10:29 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 989
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: oil leak rear main

Before doing anything major to your engine, blow air through the rear main bearing drain to be sure that it is not clogged or restricted. The drain pipe on the bearing cap should have a 0.38"...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-04-2021, 09:44 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,051
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Wire vs lock washers

Safety wire, cotter pins, lock washers, Nylock nuts are security devices that prevent the loss of fasteners that become loose. They do not maintain tightness. The safety wire and cotter pin are...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-03-2021, 10:46 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,536
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Stopping Distances

When I was a newbie to Model A's (1962), I used the emergency brakes for a panic stop. The emergency brakes did a good job of stopping my Coupe, but both emergency brake carriers were bent so bad I...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-03-2021, 10:34 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 265
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Body Style Numbers

Letters were used to differentiate between the first, second and so on editions of a particular body style. For example, a 1928-'29 Coupe is a 45A whereas a 1930-'31 Coupe is 45B. In other cases,...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-03-2021, 10:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 281
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: need a diagram

This is a simple diagram https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTEo0809sZRPL53BMzBQurPhjUuixD-AyCyAA&usqp=CAU
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-30-2021, 11:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 568
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Door Pockets

I am researching front door upholstery pockets. There are 2 types referred to as "set-in" (left photo) and "patch" (right photo). The "set-in" pocket is mounted in a hole cut into the upholstery...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-29-2021, 09:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 740
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Undercoating would like your comments.

In my opinion, the following is a corrosion control scheme for a restoration that is better than undercoating:
> Frame & Running Gear: Powder coat all that gets a black finish. If powder coating is...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-29-2021, 08:46 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,613
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Engine question

This question is for someone who has a running Burtz engine. What is the cost to get to a running Burtz engine ready for installation into a Model "A"?
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-29-2021, 08:38 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,076
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Brake Roller Tracks

The solution to making the brake shoes center is Flathead Ted's brake floaters.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-27-2021, 08:39 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 669
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: How often does a Model A have a need for a tow truck?

If you must transport your broken Model A, the safest and best way is on a flatbed truck.

In the case of my Victoria, the car was new to me and I foolishly drove it before thoroughly inspecting...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-26-2021, 09:55 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,536
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Stopping Distances

This topic comes up often, and it is mostly as an excuse by some to avoid touring on main roads.


Is there a table of stopping distances for a stock Model A?


The only person I have seen test...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-26-2021, 09:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,097
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Good Run

There is one way to find out. Panic stop your Model A at 60 mph!
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-26-2021, 09:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 669
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: How often does a Model A have a need for a tow truck?

I have been driving my 45B Coupe since 1962 (50,000 + miles) and not once did it need a tow truck. On the other hand, my 190A Victoria needed a ride home on a flat bed once in 1993 because the...
Forum: Model-A 04-25-2021, 08:51 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 357
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Stuff For Model "A"

>Want an amber fog light with an incandescent bulb in good condition for mounting on a restored car. I have a 6" diameter sealed beam light to trade or will buy yours.


>Want used 7:1 compression...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-25-2021, 08:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 579
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Intake and Exhaust manifold nut torque

The cup washers on the manifold studs are springs that accommodate thermal expansion. The washers should not be compressed by tightening the nuts. Just tighten the manifold nuts enough to stop any...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-25-2021, 08:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 439
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Advance/Retard rod barely touches Head Nut

The engine moves up & down while driving, so it may be pushing the spark advance rod.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-25-2021, 08:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,057
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Silica gel desiccant

The best way to avoid condensation in the gas tank that causes corrosion is to have a full tank of gasoline.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-25-2021, 08:01 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,344
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: 10mpg

Check this out. Although the presentation discusses why car won't go fast, the performance points also affect gas mileage. ...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-23-2021, 06:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,097
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Good Run

I do not show my Model A's because I cannot sit still for several hours at a show, it bothers me that I have to pay to exhibit my cars, and I have zero ambition to have any trophies. However, I...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-23-2021, 06:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 417
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Bad Rear Axle bearing

Noise and play.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-23-2021, 06:44 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 953
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Where is the water going?

1930 - 1932 radiators are very similar.
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