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Forum: Model A (1928-31) Today, 10:50 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,180
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Houdaille Shock Problem

I can't help much with the original seal materials but I do know a lot more about modern seal materials. From most of the info I've seen about the Hoo-Dye shocks, they have a large round seal to fit...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) Today, 09:23 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 2,951
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: babbit tolerance? .000?

If a person does some net surfing on this subject, they will find all sorts of stuff about it for Model Ts & As. Very few are exactly the same in how they attack the rebabbitting and finishing of...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) Yesterday, 06:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 225
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: 78-8620 'A' vs 'C' gen belt 42-48

If you find an NOS belt, you may wish to hang on to it for judging purposes only then stash it away & use a "driver" belt for that purpose. You would not be the only person to practice this idea.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) Yesterday, 06:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 320
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Water Pump Flow Rate

There is a fellow that rebuilds pumps with his own design impeller (George "Skip" Haney) and he is the only one I know of that flowed the different pumps to see how his design impeller compared to...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) Yesterday, 05:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 585
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: What kind of heads are these - 49 Merc flathead?

Sometimes the swap from right to left is done to fit something on the front where the outlets & hoses are in the way. 8BA engines were set up to force more coolant to the rear but folks like to...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-13-2019, 10:55 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,130
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Help with transmission selection

My 69 el Camino came with stump puller rear gears in a 12-bolt but it's an automatic T400 set up. It's rpm is way up there at 70 so it'll get an OD trans one of these days. Since it's a light pickup...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-13-2019, 10:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 347
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: 53 with automatic

The aluminum case 2-speed Ford-O-Matic came on line in 1959 and continued to the mid 60s. The 3-speed single range Ford-O-Matic was produced through a good part of 1959. These two transmissions only...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-13-2019, 10:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 113
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: 52 Rubber Bump Stop

If it is really stiff rubber, use some heat on it to warm it to 140 degrees F or so. The rubber becomes more pliable at higher temps. Make sure it fits the size of the hole there too. I've done these...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-13-2019, 10:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 225
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: 78-8620 'A' vs 'C' gen belt 42-48

Find a belt that works and get a stamp set made to reproduce the markings. In other words, you'll have to find a way to make a reasonable clone using what you have at hand. It seems no one else out...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-13-2019, 10:19 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,186
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Stupid Question #2: how does an iron frame act as a ground on our cars

The skin effect only applies to alternating current. Direct current flows equally through a conductor. This is why DC is used a lot for magnetizing ferromagnetic objects for magnaflux inspection and...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-13-2019, 09:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 471
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: To X-hatch ot not to X-hatch?

I've seen so many worn out and broken piston rings over the years that I just have to say your lucky. An experiment on your own stuff is one thing but building engines for paying customers is...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-13-2019, 09:47 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 2,951
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: babbit tolerance? .000?

He may end up being lucky that it didn't fire off right away but the damage is likely already done. A bearing with no clearance is not a bearing. It's an engine brake. I just wonder where the machine...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-13-2019, 09:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 452
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Railway inspection car

The ones that Ford modified for use on the DT&I railroad were a lot more simple. They used a wood spoke & felloe wheel similar to Model T types with a steel outer rim for ridding directly on the...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 09-12-2019, 06:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 263
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Transmission, 1955 Victoria

Just about everyone has had a situation where they had to shift from forward gear to reverse to get a vehicle unstuck or moving. This was something a person had to be very careful about with a cast...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-12-2019, 05:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 471
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: To X-hatch ot not to X-hatch?

Skiving and roller burnishing is still used for a lot of hydraulic cylinders. Their idea in those days was that it provided a better wear surface. The use of wide profile cast iron rings in 3 and 4...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-12-2019, 05:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 722
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Air conditioning in a open car

In the north country, folks drive their model As in the spring, summer, and fall then put them up for the winter. Here in Texas, folks drive their cars in the fall, winter, and spring then put them...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-12-2019, 09:01 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,886
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Warning about c&g

When folks order new tanks for the old Fords, they run into all sorts of problems due to the fact that the sender bungs are set up for the modern stuff more in tune with the street rodder crowd. That...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-12-2019, 08:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 347
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: 53 with automatic

The soft rebuild parts are out there. The hard parts are the problem. If your case, shafting, hydraulic control housings, and torque converter are all repairable then an overhaul is no problem.

A...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-11-2019, 06:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 427
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: '42 WW2 G8T on Portland, Or Craig's List $7000

The largest trucks Ford made in that era were the big twin engine trucks they hauled the B24 carrier trailers down to Fort Worth, Texas with. They made some more conventional types with similar wheel...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-11-2019, 05:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 421
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Looking for info on CHAMPION cast iron Ford flathead cylinder heads.

The Fenton stuff was at the low end of the market so they didn't share the popularity of the companies that are much better known. Most folks wanted the aluminum heads. I'm sure they still sold...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-11-2019, 05:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 420
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Checking generator output

Is this a 2-brush generator with a regulator or just a 3-brush generator? The 3-brush type is limited on how much voltage it will put out. Only the amperage can be adjusted with the 3rd brush. With...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-11-2019, 01:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 427
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: '42 WW2 G8T on Portland, Or Craig's List $7000

Most contracts were given out in 1942. Those specified many of the items needed for interchangeability. Things were changed for convenience over time so not all are alike but they are close. The War...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-11-2019, 12:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 226
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: 53 cussy Lower Control Arm Shaft

I made tools to hold them in position when replacing the bushings on the 1949/51 Mercury control arms. The are just adjustable support props to keep the arms centered with the inner shafts while...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-11-2019, 11:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 171
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Overdrive solenoid leaking

The pawl is in an area that generally doesn't have much oil flow but it will get some cast off in there. The seal just keeps the oil from getting into the operating solenoid case. If the oil level in...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-11-2019, 11:11 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 2,951
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: babbit tolerance? .000?

The only way to affect a specific hardness on the old cast iron formula was to carefully control what was added in the mix at the foundry. If you look at the note. It mentions taking a reading on a...
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