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Old 06-05-2020, 04:09 PM   #1
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What is the single biggest maintenance issue, for keeping the Model A driveable. Examble-- Carburator - steering wobble -- shifting gears --Wife complaints -- thing along those's lines
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Old 06-05-2020, 05:26 PM   #2
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Gas, oil water. Drive drive drive.
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Old 06-05-2020, 06:17 PM   #3
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lubricating the chassis, not much in the line of seals to keep dirt out so often greasing is used
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Old 06-05-2020, 06:48 PM   #4
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In my opinion there is no Central or main issue. Every owner has their own issues because every person's expectactions, skills, abilities, knowledge and personal situation is different.
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Old 06-05-2020, 07:37 PM   #5
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Not a big job but I feel that the biggest issue keeping the model A running would be the distributor , as with the condenser and ignition points .
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Old 06-05-2020, 11:41 PM   #6
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I'd have to say, sitting disease. If you want it to stay dependable, drive it. Model A's are a little more resilient than many other vehicles, but they still like to be driven.

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Old 06-06-2020, 06:30 AM   #7
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gas, oil water. Drive drive drive.



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Old 06-06-2020, 07:21 AM   #8
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#1. Keeping the wheels clean is a pain in the derriere! The molded brake linings in my Victoria emit black brake dust, so they have to go this coming fall.
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Old 06-06-2020, 03:21 PM   #9
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I agree with drive, drive, drive. Get her out and run her once a week if you possibly can. I've had my current 31 Tudor for 15 years and she has been on a flatbed one time, in the first six months that I had her. She broke a clutch adjusting rod that appeared to have been half broken for years! If she is new to you, join the closest Model A Club, get help to give her a major tune up...drive her and change the oil every 500 miles and have her lubed at the same time. The same tech at Kelley's Automotive in Fountain Hills, Arizona has done the lube and oil and filter (after market filter) for 15 years and the old girl is HAPPY! Ernie in Arizona
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Old 06-06-2020, 04:54 PM   #10
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Gas wife dist wife rear end wife engine wife radiator wife vac wiper wife trans wife glass wife tires wife brakes wife adjustments wife condenser wife points wife wife spark plugs wifes accelerator pedal wife light bulbs wife polish wife money wife no money wife lost registraton wife new wife wife.
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Old 06-07-2020, 06:13 AM   #11
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Some may say cooling issues, but I’ve never had a problem. For the life of me, tho, I cannot keep my head gaskets from leaking. Even just inconsequentially. Drives me batty.
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Old 06-07-2020, 06:36 AM   #12
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Oil leaks are my biggest issue. Everydamnthing on both of mine leak!
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Old 06-07-2020, 09:38 AM   #13
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IMHO, the problem is the mis-conception of what a Model "A" is.

If you keep the mindset that this is not a freeway flyer and traffic back then was more horse avoidance, then you can enjoy it.

I read so many posts complaining about leaking, squeaking, rattling etc. This is what makes a Model "A".

As the old joke about the British goes, "Why don't they make computers?"
Because they couldn't make them leak oil!!

Embrace the car for what it is, enjoy it, what ever your discipline is.

We have politics to argue about every where else.

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Some may say cooling issues, but I’ve never had a problem. For the life of me, tho, I cannot keep my head gaskets from leaking. Even just inconsequentially. Drives me batty.
Try this method! As per Larry B. Never had a problem in many head installation. Copper Gaskets Only. Mytake!Model A Ford Garage ~ Brumfield Cylinder Head Gasket Instructionss
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