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Old 02-16-2012, 07:10 PM   #41
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I don't quite know how to answer your question. I had a cousin that died on the Gunflint Trail about 25 years ago. He was Ojibwe and died when his car crashed. We called him "Chief" for years. He was my cousin but he seemed like a brother. He was from Minneapolis MN but ended up working on the Canadian border as an honest to God "Indian guide".
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Chief was my dad, I asked the question in jest, as Chief grew up in Oklahoma, in similar hard times that you describe. Interesting story about your cousin, Ojibwe. Chief was my Model A mentor. Bill W.
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Old 02-16-2012, 07:24 PM   #42
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How about a real farmer. I have had my 30 Roadster for 44 years so I knew the car well. I bought a 9N tractor that had the same Model A engine. When I got it, I looked and the four spark plugs had coat hanger wire wrapped aroung the distributor tips and then around the spark plugs. I got such a kick out of that, that I left it that way for the four years I owned and used it.
No, you did not have a 9N tractor with a Model A engine! There is no such thing. The 9N engine is completely different-distributor in front, not the middle of the head-much smaller than an A and uses the same pistons as the 239 flathead V8, etc.
Maybe you had a homebuilt or some kind of conversion using the A engine. But not a 9N.
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Old 02-16-2012, 10:27 PM   #43
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Alright, I'll take a stab at this. Since I got my 31 coupe from my grandfather, who actually was a farmer in Montana I guess they would qualify.

First off, the frame at one time was bent or damaged, and this was the resulting fix:



There was some evidence of collision damage that I'm sure happened before my grandfather aquired the car since it was in my grandpa's garage for 30 years before he restored it and got it on the road. Whether he did the repair I don't know, but the guy he bought it from was also a farmer so there you go!

Now here are the radiator support rods. You can see the end had broken or bent, and was replaced with a welded on peice with different size threads.



Here you can see the steering column had cracked and was welded up with some metal scraps for reinforcement.



Here it looks like my crank pulley had broken and was welded back together.



My grandpa had a AA radiator in his garage and when he found it wouldn't fit the radiator shell it looks like he cut out the top to accomodate the thicker AA radiator which has the filler neck placed slightly farther back.



I saw this picture in an Ebay auction and thought of this thread. It looks like someone put a water spigot in the fuel line to solve a leaky fuel shutoff valve. (For what its worth I had an extra petcock on my fuel line just outside the strainer for the same reason on my car)



While these things can be a source of frustration when fixing an 81+ year old car they can also be entertaining! You can't help but appreciate what sort of use these cars have seen and the hardships they've endured over the years. Some of us are afraid to drive them in the rain yet they were just tools to the generations that originally bought them and saw some hard times and hard use. You can also appreciate the ingenuity of those that did what they could to keep it working, either from a lack of parts, time or lack of money.
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Old 02-17-2012, 03:27 PM   #44
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More fixes!? The welder is my friend! First is the accelerator lever with a slight(?) modification. Same shot is the cotter pin in the firewall to hold the return spring. The second is the spark advance rod. Two long rods cut and welded together. Third is the hi speed idle rod that was worn and re-welded back into shape. Last is the choke lever at the GAV valve. Wood screw does the trick.
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:34 PM   #45
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Someone removed the door insulation packet and stuck in a piece of wood and 2 screws to fix a crack by the door latch. Even worse, they welded the latch to the door.
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:38 PM   #46
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Roadster pick up door.
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Old 02-29-2012, 11:43 PM   #47
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Got a '29 Chev roadster out of Montana. It had been made into a "pickup" in war years style. One of the pieces that came with it was a wire wheel and hub. Got to looking at it about a year later and found that the hub was welded to the wheel. Then I looked closer. The hub is a Chev six hole and the wheel is a ford five hole. Evidently Ford wheels were easier to find and to take the wheel off you now took loose one nut.
On a similar note last year I bought the remains of a very old time trailer with a '29?? Chev axle under it ($10). I wanted some parts for the roadster and it had a pair of 700x16 tires to use as rollers. When I tore it down I found that it had five hole wheels. They were 16 inch Ford wires ... Mounted on ford hubs and drums and on the Chev spindles. I didn't know that could be done. I had been trying to figure out how to loose the 6 hole wheels on the Chev. Now I know how.
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Old 03-01-2012, 01:24 AM   #48
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Lived behind a blacksmith shop in Valliant, Oklahoma and I spent hours watching the smithy. He could "eyeball" where a fender brace was missing, shape one out, and it fit perfectly almost every time! Arc weld it to the frame, bolt it to the fender, and say,"Well that dude won't ever fall off!"
With a torch he welded up horribly cracked fenders, hit them with a wire brush, brushed them with black paint while hot, and would say, "NEXT!"
Out back, a corn grinder, powered by a hit & miss engine, Aaaaah! the smell of freshly ground cornmeal, combined with the smell of the black paint on a HOT fender! Kinda' smelled like a hot patch burning!
Life was good, and still is! Bill W.
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Old 03-11-2012, 05:48 PM   #49
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Saw this on an Allstate Model A Carb being sold on EBay. Pretty ingenious carb float replacement.
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Old 03-11-2012, 06:08 PM   #50
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Saw this on an Allstate Model A Carb being sold on EBay. Pretty ingenious carb float replacement.

Whet a great fix, wish I would have thought of it.
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Old 03-11-2012, 07:57 PM   #51
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saw this on an allstate model a carb being sold on ebay. Pretty ingenious carb float replacement.
oh dear lord!!!!
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Old 03-11-2012, 08:39 PM   #52
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Can we get a discussion on which bulb would be better for this carburetor? 6v or 12v.
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Old 03-11-2012, 08:48 PM   #53
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Saw this on an Allstate Model A Carb being sold on EBay. Pretty ingenious carb float replacement.
This fix belongs in the hall of fame. What a totally astounding concept. Wonder if it is the same light bulb that appears in the little cloud over the head of a person that has an idea as grand.
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Old 03-11-2012, 10:36 PM   #54
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Saw this on an Allstate Model A Carb being sold on EBay. Pretty ingenious carb float replacement.
What a BRIGHT idea!
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:28 AM   #55
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Wonder if it would work better with a dual filamant bulb?
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:54 AM   #56
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What a BRIGHT idea!
Remember when Ford's advertising slogan was, FORD HAS A BETTER IDEA!" AND THEY USED PICS & REPLICAS OF GIANT LIGHT BULBS I should put one on my radiator cap. Bill W.
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:59 AM   #57
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Why are poor welding jobs called Farmer Welds?? My farmer friends are VERY ACCOMPLISHED WELDERS!! Bill W.
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:49 AM   #58
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This was a bit of work found on a four speed AA shifter, the good on the right, the bad and ugly on the left
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Wonder if it would work better with a dual filamant bulb?
The extra filament weight might sink it.
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Old 03-13-2012, 09:06 PM   #60
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ok Fellas, You'll like this one,
Flywheel puller for my indain dirtbike, could not buy the right tool so i had to make my own, made this way since the threads on the flywheel are finethreaded
KINDA CRUDE!!!
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