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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-16-2020, 12:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 808
Posted By Bob Bidonde
The Diamond Mark Challenge

Where did this myth about the "Diamond" marked engines and parts being superior to factory items come from. I think the diamond is a pattern maker's and or foundry trademark having nothing to do...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-16-2020, 12:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 424
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Motor with no serial number

The motors in my Coupe and Victoria are aftermarket Model "B," but it is unknown when my engines were cast, and by whom.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-16-2020, 11:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 451
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Head Torque

The cylinder head to block joint is elastic in that the head gasket is compressible. Until the head gasket is compressed to its maximum amount, the torque of the head nuts will decay. In my opinion,...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-16-2020, 11:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 476
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Cowl Lites

I am a Model "A" driver, and I use my cowl lights as turn signals and as running lights near dusk. I have a friend that turns his cowl lights on for all daytime driving.
However, I think you are...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-16-2020, 11:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 284
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Model a Victoria floor pan question

Here are more photos of the rear floor pan in the 190A that are also common to the 400A.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-16-2020, 11:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 775
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Body Off Attempt

In my 70s, I removed the body of my 190A by myself using jacks, 5 saw horses, 2 jack stands and two 2x4 studs. The saw horses I use are steel with adjustable leg heights.
>The rear wheels were...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-16-2020, 10:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 492
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: A big job ahead

Ditto Whirnot! With a spring spreader, replacement of the front spring is relatively simple.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-13-2020, 10:06 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 932
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Nice Gasoline Filter

The original Ford sediment bowls without add-ons work very. Any additional filter in the system is a flow restriction.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-13-2020, 09:58 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 993
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Teflon EZ Steer Kit what do you think?

I question the longevity of the Teflon ball socket parts. How many miles before replacement?

Perhaps a grease with a Teflon additive is just as good and much less expensive?
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-13-2020, 09:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 257
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: REbuild Early Vacuum Wiper

This may help you.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-11-2020, 09:24 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 970
Posted By Bob Bidonde

I downloaded these gas tank cutaway pictures from the internet. I do not know who these tanks belong to, but the pictures are very informative of the gas tank innards.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-11-2020, 09:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 413
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: The model a drag link/pitman arm

To keep the straightest line between the spindle ball and the steering arm.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-11-2020, 09:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 828
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Scissor Type Lift

I use a scissor jack from a 1960s Mustang.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-10-2020, 09:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 257
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: 1931 Victoria Door Hinge Mirror

On my Victoria, the pin holes have been drilled to 0.31" diameter and roll pins installed in the lower door hinges. Being springs, roll pins accommodate stock and oversize holes nicely. I cut the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-09-2020, 09:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 502
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Undocumented Victoria Owners

Hi Jim,
Your 190A is a car I would own, but my garage is full. I will be turning my 45B Coupe into a Banger with a warm "B" motor, '31 radiator shell and V8 18" wheels. It is not that your 190A is...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-09-2020, 09:17 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,789
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: “Do not use a file” to dress down breaker points

Since the 1960s I have been cleaning the oxide coating from ignition points with a point file, emery cloth, rubbing them on cement, a nail clipper file, a finger nail sand board file and scrapping...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-07-2020, 10:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 538
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Fuel level 5/8 inch where did this figure originate?

Ditto re Paul Moller, and the context of his words suggest he determined the 5/8" float setting from experience, "The surface of the float as it rests on the float valve should be parallel to the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-06-2020, 12:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 502
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Undocumented Victoria Owners

The record of surviving 190A Victoria Coupes is now up to 532 cars, but there are more out there. The record is the intellectual property of the International Victoria Association, so you need to...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-06-2020, 12:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 586
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: steering box

I put grease in the Gemmer gear box to seal the sector bushings, then I put a few table spoonfuls of SAE 140 gear oil in the box. This technique stops the inherent oil leakage, and I have been doing...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-31-2020, 08:26 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 919
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Bearing fit ... engine oil gravity feed

Bearing clearance should allow crankshaft to turn at about 75 lbs-ft of torque. I do not understand the logic of using 20W50 oil becuase at 50 viscosity, the oil flow is less than a SAE 30.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-30-2020, 11:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 615
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: ARP head studs

As the sud stiffness increases, the stress in the block threads increases, and fatigue life is adversely effected. Why do you need studs intended for high performance engines?
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-27-2020, 02:41 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,263
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Intake manifold getting hot

Paint cannot withstand normal exhaust manifold operating temperatures. Try using stove black. Its a coating used on pot belly stoves of olden days.
A manifold that glows red hot is indicative of a...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-27-2020, 10:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 551
Posted By Bob Bidonde
1930s Cars & Trucks In New York City

This video is long, so get yourself your favorite beverage, get comfortable and enjoy the 1930s lifestyle.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-12-2020, 11:23 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,886
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Non-Authentic Paint Colors & Schemes

It is amusing that many of the responses to this post are the opinions of purists. I kind of expected lots of negative responses.
There is a recurring theme to this post that a Model "A" is...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-12-2020, 11:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 485
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Door Sound Deadning

Originally the doors had a tar-like material smeared on the inside surface of the skin. The purpose of the tar is increase the mass of the door skin to change its dynamic response to vibration & to...
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