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Forum: Model A (1928-31) Today, 02:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 132
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Sanity check on lubing springs in place

Don't take the springs apart.

> Have someone rock the car side-to-side and spray the springs on both sides with SAE 10 oil. Do this a few times after driving the car;

> Buy a set of spring...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-14-2019, 07:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 334
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: luggage rack question.

I do not know if the reproduction chrome plated racks are the same or not. However, I have had a reproduction rack and an original rack in my hands at the same time. The original rack is much heavier...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-14-2019, 07:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 673
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Ford's Different Wheel Sizes

Model AA vehicles have 20" wire spoke wheels.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-13-2019, 11:05 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 842
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Wheel painting

Powder coating is the optimum finish for wheels, but it is expensive.

Here are my lessons learned:
1. Be absolutely sure there are no defects in the wheels (especially cracks) beforehand because...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-13-2019, 10:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 846
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Re Insurance

Jim,
Thanks for your informative response. I will be passing your response to the board members of my local club. We are investigating insurance and its cost.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-12-2019, 12:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 420
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: valve clearence

Stainless steel replacement valves for Model A & B engines are the same material for intake and exhaust valves.


The most common stainless steels for automotive exhaust valves are 21-2N and...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-12-2019, 11:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 846
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re Insurance

I am looking to learn about what Model A clubs do with regard to insurance.


Case 1: Not all club members are members of MARC / MAFCA, so they have no insurance coverage at club activities. Does...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-11-2019, 07:38 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,101
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Engine Blow By or Not

The 1st thing you should do is to test the compression in each cylinder. Everything is conjecture until you get some facts about the engine's internal condition.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-10-2019, 04:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 583
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Upholstery Clips - Need Advice

The door upholstery panels for my 190A came with the fasteners in the picture. Aster many attempts, I have been unable to push these clips into the 0.25" diameter holes in the doors. There must be...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-08-2019, 12:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 635
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Dry Camshaft Gear

You can check the oil pump's flow by running the engine with the plug in the side of the block removed. This plug is where a bolt is used to hold up the oil pump during the pump's installation.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-08-2019, 12:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 511
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: transmission oil

"......mixing grease and transmission oil to get the thicker blend...."



I have read vintage articles that this is what a dishonest used car dealer would do to quiet a noisy transmission of...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-06-2019, 09:14 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 142
Posted By Bob Bidonde
New England Meet In Jimny Peak

I just registered for this year's New England Meet that will be held at Jimny Peak in Massachusetts. Traveling with a group of Long Islanders, I will be arriving in Jimny Peak on Wednesday 9/11. Who...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-06-2019, 08:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 389
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Gas tank cap venting?

Blow compressed air through the vent hole in the cap.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-06-2019, 08:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 417
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Your Thoughts on this one.

Lean to the side is caused by friction between spring leaves. Give the front and rear springs a heavy dosing with WD40 so it gets between the leaves. Spring covers soaked with 140 gear oil will do...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-06-2019, 08:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 433
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Stainless steel A.

Stainless steel Fords
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-05-2019, 09:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 368
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Oil Capacities...Which is it?

Dyke's and the Ford Service Bulletins are in agreement:


The transmission should have one pint of gear oil. It has been my experience that more than one pint will leak onto the floor and likely...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-04-2019, 09:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 442
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Torque for rear main nuts?

Ideal torque stretches the fastener to 75% of its tension yield strength to reduce the alternating stress range.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-04-2019, 09:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 448
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Distributor question

Things to check:
> Condition of teeth on the distributor - oil pump drive gear assembly;
> Play in shafts connecting the distributor to the drive gear assembly;
> Resistance from the fixed point...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-04-2019, 09:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 448
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Distributor question

Things to check:
> Condition of teeth on the distributor - oil pump drive gear assembly;
> Play in shafts connecting the distributor to the drive gear assembly;
> Resistance from the fixed point...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-04-2019, 08:44 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,857
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Pulled over by the Police!

Ooops! Caught on candid camera!
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-04-2019, 08:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 359
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: 31 slant window outside door handle sag

This fix works very well. The idea came from Dean Larson of Massachusetts, and I did the artwork.
Attach the spring to a convenient place on the door structure.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-03-2019, 07:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,059
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: The Great American Garage-pics

My 17' x 17' garage is way too small for a good shop.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-28-2019, 10:33 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,857
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Pulled over by the Police!

I was pulled over by the police 3 times that I recall while driving my Coupe.


The 1st time was by an officer who recognized my Coupe was not registered or inspected. I had a Marlboro cigarette...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-28-2019, 10:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,240
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Tire Dressing

I just tried Armorall Tire Cleaner with a plastic bristle brush. After 3 attempts to clean the yellowish film off of the tires each wheel, there is still traces of the yellowish stuff on the tires....
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-27-2019, 12:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,748
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Carpet Attachments ? ? ?

These are the screw-in carpet snaps that go into the wood body sill of my 190A, RH side.
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