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Old 09-05-2013, 10:33 AM   #141
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Way to go Midgetracer! It's a fine thing you did for a nice lady, her A and yourself.
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:51 PM   #142
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We haven't heard anything in a couple of weeks. Is there any progress being made since the motor seems to be turning over a little?
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Old 09-23-2013, 09:30 PM   #143
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Funny you should mention that, because I was going to ask the same thing last night, but got sidetracked and forgot.

I was wondering if all the valves are unstuck, so all cylinders have compression.
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Old 09-26-2013, 08:45 PM   #144
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Hi All,
Betsy here. Just a little update. I took some time off - poked myself in the eye cleaning out the lilac bushes. Next time someone offers protective eyewear I'm using it. Now, back to Betsy. Since midgetracer turned the motor over for me, I take delight in turning the crank everytime I come and go from Betsy's garage. I soaked the gas valve in carborator cleaner and reinstaled the gas line. Cleaned out the gas tank with that same type of cleaner. I have water/antifreeze for 37 degrees below, and put fresh oil in the motor. Now then, I'm having a bit of trouble lining up the starter for a remount. I cleaned the starter (on the outside) and put it into place. My problem - can't get the bolts to go in. So, I'm soaking them in carborator cleaner over night. I'll go back to trying again tomorrow. My, that starter is heavy! My husband tried to help as well. Neither of us could get those bolts to enter the hole for it. I'll clean bolts and the mount well tomorrow before trying again. Hey, I'm getting closer to putting in a new battery, new spark plugs, and giving the starter a try. Wish me luck! Betsy
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Old 09-26-2013, 09:30 PM   #145
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Please make sure you put the starter bolts back into the same spots they came out of. If you use the longer starter bolts in the wrong holes it may jamb into the flywheel. Common mistake often made.
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Old 09-27-2013, 01:38 AM   #146
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Aaaahhh! So that's why there was an almightly clunketty cklunk noise from my bell-housing when I drove my restored A for the first time. It scared the bejaysus out of me! I was all set to start dismantling things when the noise just went away and never recurred and that was about 20,000 trouble-free miles ago. So what did I break off that didn't matter? I have wondered about that ever since!
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Old 09-27-2013, 06:45 AM   #147
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I would suggest running the bolt in and out of their holes without the starter until they do it smoothly. How freely does the motor turn over?
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Old 09-27-2013, 07:51 AM   #148
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Thanks for that important suggestion, modela@aol.com, I will sure compare the three of them more closely. They look alike, but there must be something different about them. I didn't pay attention to difference in the bolts when they were removed assuming they were alike. Thank you, too, Ross/Kzoo, I will do that too. The crank moves ever so smooth. It has a free flow, but with some resistance. I'll be putting the bolts into the starter today. And, I'll follow these suggestions given. Betsy
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Old 09-27-2013, 07:52 AM   #149
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Thank you, Mad Mac, for sharing your experience. I'm hoping for no noise (only the sweet sound of Betsy's motor) when I put the starter back in. Wish me luck.

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Old 09-27-2013, 09:37 PM   #150
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The engine turns over real smooth. There is plenty compression for a startup based on the "thumb over the spark plug hole" test. I think a startup is in the near future. Hang in there Betsy Model A.
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Old 09-28-2013, 03:19 PM   #151
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My husband and I mounted the starter today. After having soaked the three bolts for 24 hours in carburator cleaner, wiping them clean, doing a practice entrance, seeing which one fit best where, Lynn held the starter in place while I put the first and closest bolt into place, the other two were a piece of cake. I finished that part by connecting the starter foot pedal. Next week, I'm taking my old battery in, have it tested, then replace it with a new one. Next, I'll get some new sparkplugs. Lastly, I'll buy some new gasolene. I'll be driving Betsy before long. Special thanks to midgetracer, my backup expert for Betsy.
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Old 09-28-2013, 04:17 PM   #152
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You want to put the shortest bolt in the hole closest to the block. Turn your engine over with the crank after mounting the starter to make sure that back bolt isn't locking up your flywheel. The engine should turn over with the same resistance as when the starter was not installed.
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Old 09-28-2013, 07:10 PM   #153
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I've been lucky----didn't notice the difference. Now I will have to pull the bolts to see.
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Old 09-28-2013, 07:11 PM   #154
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I've been lucky----didn't notice the difference. Now I will have to pull the bolts to see.
Most of us has done that at least once. LOL
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Old 09-28-2013, 09:05 PM   #155
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Thanks guys. I was forwarned of putting the wrong bolt in the wrong place and hitting the fly wheel. In checking the bolts they look as though they were all the same size. Reluctantly I put them in, and then turned the crank thinking I'd hear a noise, none came. I was much releaved. Perhaps, some Model As have different sizes, then I see there could be a problem if not assembled correctly. Mine was easy! Betsy lucked out!
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Old 09-28-2013, 09:47 PM   #156
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Unless someone changed the mounting bolts, all 3 should be the same, 3/8" x 1" with a lock washer under each.
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Old 09-29-2013, 12:29 AM   #157
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That's interesting, Tom. I don't remember ever working on an A where one bolt wasn't shorter than the other two. But it could be I wasn't paying close attention until somebody warned me about it.
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Old 09-29-2013, 03:36 PM   #158
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Tom, I concur. The 3 bolts appeared to be the same size with a lock washer.
Upon being warned of different size bolts, After inserting them, I turned the crank, gently, and listened for a possible cklunk or metal on metal, but it didn't happen. Whew!
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Old 10-05-2013, 10:11 AM   #159
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An update for those interested in Betsy: got new spark plugs, took out the old battery anticpating puttin in the new one. I'm in the process of taking out the current battery box that's rusted through. Ordered a "new" one. The nuts and bolts are rusted tight. Have sprayed penetrating oil on them, leaving them sit a few days, then I'll try a good socket set on them. Wish me luck in the switch. BetsyModelA
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Old 10-05-2013, 10:47 AM   #160
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I have dealt with a few 'stuck' old engines and the only thing I would advise is drop the pan and loosen or remove the bearing caps. A couple of the engines would have been good engines if I hadn't just forced it to turn over=the bearings and crank had worked on each other to keep it from turning. If you open it up and the bearings and journals are OK you might have saved a good engine. Than you work on the pistons.
GOOD LUCK!
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