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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-28-2020, 10:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 982
Posted By Tom Endy
Re: Rear Spring Removal

The center bolt on the rear spring serves two purposes:

1. It holds the spring leafs together when the spring is originally assembled. Suppliers sell them longer than need be to facilitate the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-27-2020, 01:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 664
Posted By Tom Endy
Re: Rebuilt transmission noise

The poor quality roller bearing design that has been on the market for the last few years will generally come apart after 300-400 miles and the transmission will become noisy. See the attached.
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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-22-2020, 06:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 597
Posted By Tom Endy
Re: Ignition System Question

The two coils I had was about ten years ago. They both failed early on. The first one was on my 6-volt Victoria. We were headed to Yellowstone from Los Angeles. Every time I stopped for gas north of...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-21-2020, 01:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 597
Posted By Tom Endy
Re: Ignition System Question

"Pertronix Flamethrower epoxy filled coil"

I had one of these on two different cars. Both exhibited the same failure mode. When I would stop for gas on a hot day the temp under the hood would...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-14-2020, 01:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 478
Posted By Tom Endy
Re: Gas cap 30/31 VENTED ??

Lay the cap on a flat surface bottom side up. Fill the outer rim with water and blow through the vent hole with a straw. Bubbles should appear in the outer rim. See attached article.

Tom Endy
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-02-2020, 12:47 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,265
Posted By Tom Endy
Re: Why do I have to keep pulling the choke out ?

See attached article.

Tom Endy
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-28-2020, 03:26 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,747
Posted By Tom Endy
Re: What is a "reasonable" speed in a Model A for one to get "reasonable" engine life

I have always been of the opinion that a Model A was designed to run all day long at 45mph with the engine turning over at 2000 rpms (with a 378 ring & pinion). With an overdrive you can travel at a...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-10-2020, 01:21 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,940
Posted By Tom Endy
Re: Model A only runs 40 miles

Check that the vent hole in the gas cap is open and not plugged.

Tom Endy
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-09-2020, 12:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 653
Posted By Tom Endy
Re: Convert to 12 Volt ?

Six-volts works just fine. The reason the car industry converted to 12-volts in the mid-1950's was so they could reduce the cross section of the copper wire used in each car and save a bundle of...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-08-2020, 11:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 547
Posted By Tom Endy
Re: adapting a 31 steering column support to a Briggs 1929 Fordor

Attached article may be of help.

Tom Endy
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-06-2020, 03:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 431
Posted By Tom Endy
Re: Lining up UJ and Diveshaft splines, any tips?

If you are installing the engine with the transmission attached it will be at a down angle at the rear and it will allow the transmission gears to slide out of neutral and prevent you from turning...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-06-2020, 12:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,185
Posted By Tom Endy
Re: Bell housing

From the beginning of production to November 1928 the Model A had a multi-disk clutch and used a different design bell housing than the after that date. The pedal shaft was 3\4" diameter and the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-05-2020, 03:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,185
Posted By Tom Endy
Re: Bell housing

The early bell housings had a smaller diameter pedal shaft.

Tom Endy
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-01-2020, 09:53 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,459
Posted By Tom Endy
Re: throw-out bearing

The problem here is Aetna bearings are now showing up in the boxes of other quality bearing manufactures. years ago the Aetna problem was solved for me by the supplier I use almost exclusively. He...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-01-2020, 04:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 352
Posted By Tom Endy
Re: Slight high speed miss

If you have a modern wireless lower plate installed in the distributor check to see if there is a burn mark on the slider at the position you have the spark advance set to when traveling at 45 mph. ...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-28-2020, 10:50 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,490
Posted By Tom Endy
Re: Distributor Removal Tip Re Ignition Cable Clamp

I believe it was part of Henry's ant-theft design. You would have to remove the head bolt nut holding the clamp before you could remove the distributor to install a bypass cable to hot wire it....
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-28-2020, 06:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 582
Posted By Tom Endy
Re: bad condensor symptoms

If the condenser is open, such as can happen with the poor quality ones caused by an overheated engine melting the solder that attaches the ground strap to the body, the car will back fire an run...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-28-2020, 02:57 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,459
Posted By Tom Endy
Re: throw-out bearing

The bearing has the word Aetna stamped on the side.

Tom Endy
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-28-2020, 12:07 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,459
Posted By Tom Endy
throw-out bearing

The Model A kingdom may recall that 10-15 years ago Aetna throw-out bearings were carried by all the suppliers and they usually failed within a hundred miles. Well, they are back, but this time they...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-28-2020, 12:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,490
Posted By Tom Endy
Re: Distributor Removal Tip Re Ignition Cable Clamp

There have been several times during a tour that I was able to get a stalled car back on the road by installing my spare distributor and bypass cable. The bypass cable connects direct from the coil...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-26-2020, 11:14 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,490
Posted By Tom Endy
Re: Distributor Removal Tip Re Ignition Cable Clamp

If you take the clamp off, replace it with a spacer the same thickness or replace the extra long stud with a shorter one, otherwise you can bottom out on the threads and not have that head bolt tight...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-22-2020, 03:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,161
Posted By Tom Endy
Re: Condenser Issues

I suspect your coil is the problem, not the condenser. The secondary windings of the coil may be shorting out at temperature, then when the engine cools down it starts working again.

Tom Endy
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-21-2020, 05:59 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,247
Posted By Tom Endy
Re: Rear Spring Installation

Make sure that the square head on the center bolt is correctly located inside the square hole in the frame section. Be careful with a rear spring attached to a rear axle assembly outside of the car...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-19-2020, 08:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,568
Posted By Tom Endy
Re: Loud Noise when car decellerates while i n first and second gears

I had a similar thing happen a few years ago. The noise would only occur when de-accelerating. The cause was found to be that several tabs that connect the engine splash pans to the engine pan had...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-09-2020, 12:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 628
Posted By Tom Endy
Re: Mitchell overdrive photo

Thank you for the response, it is what I was looking for.

Tom Endy
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