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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-05-2020, 11:05 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 519
Posted By MikeK
Re: Comments on these leak-down test results

If you do get to the point of teardown, one thing that I found on a few lousy rework jobs relating to compression and blowby issues was way too much ring end gap, either on only one cylinder, or just...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-05-2020, 10:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 506
Posted By MikeK
Re: rebuilt generator

Many years ago when I would rework a genny it would then go on my test bench and run at full output amperage load for 30 minutes.

If I did that today people would scream and complain the thing...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-03-2020, 08:54 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 620
Posted By MikeK
Re: Finding TDC for leak-down test

I would like to disagree with much of the information that suggests a cylinder does not have to be exactly at TDC to perform a leak-down test.

First, there are A) leak-down tests and then there...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-02-2020, 12:10 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 620
Posted By MikeK
Re: Finding TDC for leak-down test

All plugs out. Find #1 with the timing pin. Now make a paint mark on the pulley and set up a wire or sheet metal pointer for it from a front timing cover bolt. Measure around the pulley with a...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-01-2020, 10:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 557
Posted By MikeK
Re: One inch wide insert bearings

Yes, common before the AER and other replacement insert rods were made.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-31-2020, 09:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 504
Posted By MikeK
Re: Best way to seal threads on indented firewall gas valve

Hylomar Blue. Keep it off the first thread. Still perfect after 10 years of E10 in my 160B.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-31-2020, 09:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 377
Posted By MikeK
Re: Do you use gasket sealer on cork gas gauge gaskets ?

I used a light smear of Hylomar Blue on one 10 years ago and still tight after 10 years of E10. Not even a hint of smell.

THIS STUFF...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-31-2020, 08:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 705
Posted By MikeK
Re: Anecdotes About Stalling on Train Tracks in the Model "A" Era

Today's crossings are hard rubber or neoprene moldings, or carefully cast concrete with steel guard channels paralleling the rails. They are close and level with the rails, and silky smooth to drive...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-30-2020, 02:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 764
Posted By MikeK
Re: Would there be any interest in a programmable electronic points replacer?

That device provides MANUAL control just like the advance lever on an A. Additionally, it only has a 15 degree range. The O.P. ('dumb person') wants to automate that function.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-29-2020, 06:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 764
Posted By MikeK
Re: Would there be any interest in a programmable electronic points replacer?

The original post of this thread was for a system to add ignition advance. This device does not do that.

Among the multitude of devices designed to replace capacitive resonance(the condenser)...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-25-2020, 10:48 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 764
Posted By MikeK
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-25-2020, 09:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 764
Posted By MikeK
Re: Would there be any interest in a programmable electronic points replacer?

Adding a potentiometer (throttle position sensor) to a carburetor will be of little value without extensive mapping of a specific engine build because it would not be independent of fuel...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-24-2020, 04:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 869
Posted By MikeK
Re: Bronze Model A Ford Rear Main Thrust Plate & Oil Seal installation

That dirty looking section is actually torn apart alloy from internal porosity and shrinkage. Caused by a combination of dissolved gas from a lot of remelt in the heat, overheated alloy resulting in...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-23-2020, 11:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 500
Posted By MikeK
Re: how to remove oil foam after a head gasket fix?

Old wheels, not your daily drivers. The tilted side loading may want to roll the tire on the rim or otherwise mar your beautiful freshly painted wheels when against the blocking!
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-23-2020, 11:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 919
Posted By MikeK
Re: Wonder how hot the exhaust to muffler gets

There are two basic types of cement or sealer for exhaust manifold & muffler applications:

1) Silicone rubber based. These have an upper limit varying from 600F to 1200F. The lower rated ones,...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-23-2020, 09:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 500
Posted By MikeK
Re: how to remove oil foam after a head gasket fix?

Water is heavier than oil and unfortunately it fills up the dipper trays and stays there when the oil is drained after an issue like you had. Refilling with fresh oil has left you with a mix of new...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-23-2020, 09:07 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,228
Posted By MikeK
Re: Virus time off from school

1) All students in PWCS schools were instructed WHAT TO TAKE HOME. She should have books or materials for each subject.

2) Parents were sent notice 3/20/20 concerning home learning. Did they...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-22-2020, 01:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 865
Posted By MikeK
Re: Painting whitewalls black

And then there are those who point to the whitewalls in several color Ford advertisements and love them. Dealer installed option! I remember in High School (60's) painting white walls on blackwalls...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-22-2020, 01:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 247
Posted By MikeK
Re: Firewall Insulation

No. A much later aftermarket thing.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-21-2020, 09:55 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,228
Posted By MikeK
Re: Virus time off from school

Sounds like fun but you have a month's full time work laid out!

Virginia schools will be closed for the next two weeks and your grand-kids, 8 & 12, will have at least one online exercise per...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-21-2020, 09:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 569
Posted By MikeK
Re: How to get chrome spare tire cover onto the tire

Do not try to spread it open it like a piston ring or a snap ring. Twist it so the open ends are not in line, like one turn of a spring coil. Start just one end down and over the tire and then...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-19-2020, 03:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 569
Posted By MikeK
Red face Re: Hub Hardness and Cutting

So you face the rear hub true and then bolt it on an axle that is 80+ years away from being true with the taper running concentric to the centerline. You may end up better or WORSE than where you...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-18-2020, 07:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 876
Posted By MikeK
Re: Vapor Lock

How clothespins work in curing vaporlock:

1. Clip about 20 all along the fuel line. The metal spring kind work best.
2. Drive 'till you get vapor lock, then coast over to the side of the road....
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-17-2020, 10:58 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,129
Posted By MikeK
Re: 90 degree oil filter hits oil return pipe

Several filters other than the big, FL-1A that holds .88 quarts of oil will fit the same side mount:

Fram PH7328, 3 5/8D x 3 1/4 H .6quart
Fram PH3614, 3"D x 3 3/8 H .4quart
Fram...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-15-2020, 09:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 571
Posted By MikeK
Re: Headlight Lense Restoration

A bit more information on my polishing with cerium oxide comment-. That stuff actually CUTS glass, much like a buffing compound works on metal or paint. That's why I said practice on a scrap lens. ...
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