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Old 06-19-2017, 10:34 PM   #1
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Over on Garage Journal they have a running post about what you did in your garage today, some interesting stuff there. Thought I would start something like that here, but just keep it to Model A work. I'll start with a short intro. I have 4 As a '29 coupe, '29 CCPU, '31 AA LWB and a '31 Budd cab SWB that I am presently restoring. Today worked on the body which is near the final preparations for paint, and and painted the headlight buckets black. Nearing the one year point on the restoration.
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Old 06-19-2017, 10:38 PM   #2
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Nothing Model A today. I've been working on my other restoration (not Ford). Once that is done, I'll move it on and concentrate on my Model As.
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Old 06-19-2017, 10:54 PM   #3
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Made a bracket to mount a "thing" on the passenger side light on my AA... more to come once I'm done...
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Changed out the bearings in my transmission and put it back together. 105 outside and about 99 in the garage. Spent a lot of time looking for the tools we used a couple of days ago to replace the head on a friends 1930 Coupe. I have 3 A's. 1929 Tudor that I made into a de luxe delivery with the original metal and parts found throughout the states. It has been with my son-in-law for 10 years getting painted. No progress in the last 9. I also have two I trade off as daily drivers, a 29 roadster and a 31 de luxe coupe. Both of those run well with strong engines. I'm getting a tranny together for the coupe and when it is done I hope to have delivery of an overdrive to add to it. Then I will have my hands full in my shop, as it takes me forever to get stuff done anymore. Probably take me four good days to change out the differential and tranny for the one with overdrive and a rebuild of a spare tranny. Old one in the coupe howls in low and second, is fine in third.
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Old 06-19-2017, 11:32 PM   #5
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Getting my body back down on the frame on my 29 Tudor haven't quite figured out how I'm going to tighten those nuts on the rear end of the frame. Floor boards in front are out and so is the one in front of passenger seat. I guess if I can put seat belts in myself I should be able to handle a small job getting the mount bolts in.
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Old 06-19-2017, 11:52 PM   #6
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............... Old one in the coupe howls in low and second, is fine in third.
The bearing tucked inside the rear of the input shaft is working in 1st and 2nd, but not in high gear, so that would be one place to look for the noise.

My tranny sounded like a broken down threshing machine when I bought my Model A, and every part except a couple rollers on that bearing looked like NOS. I was really surprised at how much noise a couple bad rollers could make on that little roller bearing.
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Old 06-20-2017, 12:03 AM   #7
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I actually walked by the front floor mat draped across the small divider wall between us neighbors and thought about reinstalling it. Then thought better knowing that just like last week, if I were to replace it in the car I would need to remove it for a different trouble.
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Old 06-20-2017, 05:10 AM   #8
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repaired the lower wood in my 30 cabriolet doors

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Old 06-20-2017, 05:17 AM   #9
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Yesterday I put the 29 on 4 jack stands, adjusted all the brakes. Much better now. Went for a good country drive, and ended up checking out a 28 roadster that a friend just picked up. Supposed to rain all day today, so clean up the shop it is, right after making the bed, doing dishes and laundry. Life is Great. Jeff
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Today or maybe tomorrow I may finish cleaning up the shop from the last time I worked on the 31 about a week ago. These things must be planned carefully.
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Old 06-20-2017, 09:57 AM   #11
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Putting engine pans on tonight. Pain in the butt trying to reach the bolts on top while tightening the nuts from below.
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In process of waxing it for next Sunday's car show in Michigamme, MI.
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Installing after market shocks.
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Old 06-20-2017, 11:34 AM   #15
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Just finished replacing the Universal Joint. First time in a Model A. Not an easy job without a lift. Bumper jacks...jack stands...wood blocks. At times I think Pop and I are nuts. Holy cow, you have to get that thing up high to get that rear spring to clear. But, we got it.

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Painted my new cast iron brake drums. Tomorrow will be changing the brake lining. I'm getting ready for the Moon On A's tour to Artist Point. lots of hills so my brakes will get a workout.
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On my way to work this morning, I stopped by the A and connected the electrical wiring to the starter and filled the new steering box with oil. I'm partway through a steering column upgrade and ducking the heat of the afternoon is high on the priority list.
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Old 06-20-2017, 12:07 PM   #18
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I am on vacation this week (not working at the office). Today I am working on the distributor of my Station Wagon frame (1930 Station Wagon Restoration). Next I need to take the oil pan out and clean it, in preparation to starting the engine.
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IN BED, in my "MIND", I did a LOTS of STUFF--LOL
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Old 06-20-2017, 12:38 PM   #20
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The "honey do" list is finally done and i'm back to finishing up the new brakes.
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Sanding, painting and varnishing on the woodie/pickup. That is my 15 year old granddaughter. She is the official painter this summer. One more coat of varnish to go. All those rags and blankets are her way to mask. silly kid. ken
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got my order in from bert's they shipped me two different rev, idler gear bushings that were different size. they fix the mistake by shipping me not one but to new bushings. So now I have 3 rev. idler gear bushings. There great people.
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Installing a muffler heat shield.
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Helped put a car back on the road that has been sitting for 5 years.
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Messing around with a mandrel to enlarge the bore of a babbitted rod using TimeSaver. The goal is to take a 0.030 under rod to 0.025 under for use on a 0.020 under crankpin that got scuffed up and was taken down to 0.025 under. We'll see how it goes.
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NEVER do TODAY, what you can put off 'til TOMORROW!
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Old 06-20-2017, 04:28 PM   #27
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Finally replaced all the tires on the '30 Cabbie with new Goodyears.
Changed the oil in the engine and rearend.
Odometer just turned 70,000 miles. Seemed like a good time to do some maintenance
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I installed a "Steering Housing End Plate with Tube" http://www.snydersantiqueauto.com/st...sing-end-plate to (hopefully) stop the steering box oil from filling up my light switch. That turned out to be a fun job. Somewhere in the past, someone installed a freeze plug in the end of the steering box to prevent it from leaking. Then they proceeded to drill a hole in the freeze plug for the horn rod to pass thru, defeating the purpose of the freeze plug... I had to remove the drivers side engine pan so I could use my slide hammer to remove the freeze plug.

Also while I had the engine pans out and was under the car I tapped the frame where the engine pans mount to make it a one man job to R&R them next time.

All back together and Hot Damn, no leak (so far).
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Worked the screen out of the fuel tank and unmoored the cork from the sludgy bottom,so now I have a fuel gauge...and can use the solvent sprayer to clean the tank once i drain it.Drained the cooling system to see why it overheats..timing dead on,no bubbles in the water when running but an ominous sign hit me in the face the last 'block go round'..no windshield frame and when the repop quail 1/4 turn radiator cap popped open it misted me with hot water...and grass..poked around the baffle and found more grass wedged in the top tank...hoping a good backflush will cure my issue..
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I vacuumed the bugs out of the radiator ,with the help of a tooth pick.
Then got under to see if I have any oil leaks. ,no real leaks just a small drop,
found on the floor sometime. Next cleaned front window (bugs) and put on rainex. Next opened a beer lite up a cigar sat on a chair and looked at the car.

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180A Cleaned bolts for transmission tower, mounted and bolted same, checked for operation and adjusted clutch. Mounted top irons of rolling frame to begin disassembly and repair.
150B Continued cleaning cowl for patches and repairs.
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Yesterday I pulled the engine out of a 30 Tudor to check and reset the clearances on the rods and mains. Finished it up tonight. Check and set the valve clearances tomorrow.
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I bought a non-running 1930 Phaeton last week and brought it back to life today. Runs beautifully. So much fun recommissioning a car!!
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Today I disassembled the transmission tower (after building a spring keeper removal tool) and continued with the carb overhaul. Although the speedometer shows about 5000 miles, judging by the wear on the shift lever and the forks, I'm thinking that's not quite accurate.
It's a 31 Deluxe Roadster.
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Been trying to get carb to run right. Cleaned and rebuilt but had a gas

leak. Checked it out and suspect float, even though new not good value

seat , fixed- now to test .
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Can you imagine that if ALL side tracked cars were put on the ROAD at the SAME time????
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I took the hood and radiator off my coupe. I found tiny cracks at the corners of the tabs where the center hinge tube goes through. There were several so I flattened them out and MIGged and ground them. I'm going to paint the coupe so everybody get ready for some paint and body work questions.
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Changed the oil in the huckster. Had a "big" day!
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Had a plugged up rad. Got it re-cored and installed in the Roadster. Running cooler now!
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I'm rebuilding several model A water pumps to sell at the national meet swap meet in Reno next year. Nice job if you like to get really dirty.
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Snagged a hose to extend the solvent sprayer to clean the varnish out of the fuel tank,began soaking and tapping on the winshield frame retainer screws..
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6-21-17 Worked on getting the pesky, stuck windshield frame screws loose on my '31 AA project. With repeated soaking with Kroil one finally broke free. More body work getting the body arrow straight, a-lot of block sanding. I learned body and paint work while going to HS and college way back in the 60s and discovered then that the greater part of a really nice paint job is the preparation. This will most likely be one of my last ground-up projects, just don't seem to have the energy I had years ago. I am also teaching my coming 10 yr old grand-son what this car hobby is all about and how to do it right. We restored the coupe when he was 7, a CJ7 jeep when he was 8 and started on this 31 AA SWB last July when he was 9. This weekend we entered his '29 coupe in a local small car show, he sounded like a encyclopedia on Model As, I am proud as can be that he "Gets It" and has been this way for the last couple of years.
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Did the final touches on putting Bonnie back together after putting in the correct tappets (actual solid '32 tappets) for the B cam I installed a year ago. I had the skinniest base (0.990" aftermarket adjustable) tappets riding on the B's lobes which Henry redesigned for a 1.187" base on a solid lifter. Believe me, grinding valve stems to get the right lash is pure joy.
With a full time job, she went back together slowly, and tonight, I reinstalled the front bumper, splash apron, and hood. My short wife had fun reaching over the hood with a screw driver whilst I spun the nuts on the two bolts from under the dash for the back hood bracket.
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Took 3 starters apart and put 2 starters back together 3 times. Practice run for rebuilding and will learn to test on another day. AA beginner and loving it
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worked on trunk latch and started to replace the rod that operates the door latch (29 coupe)
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Got back out and pulled the radiator,it flow tested good.My aim is to make it a dependable runner.I bought the car for a good price from a guy who threw it together to sell,the body alone is worth what i paid for it.Needless to say its in "unrestored condition"head gasket,belt, hoses, tube on tap this weekend,plus a gas tank cleaning..
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Will finish adjusting the brakes on the new drums and shoes from randy gross. I can feel the stopinnnng power already and its not off the jack stands.
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I just got my wheels back from the sand blaster, now I can mount my new Goodyears and get rid of the Montgomery ward tires.
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Old 06-22-2017, 01:06 PM   #53
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I put in the springs and spacers on the wishbone ball, I was happy it tightened up nice looks like no wear in bell housing like I expected. My first order from Berts very good fast service!
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I worked on headlight/cowl light problems. Have most fixed with one to go. Main problem was the passenger headlight was very dim. I took the bucket off and removed some paint on the headlight bar for a better ground. That solved the worst of the issues. I'll try to fix the last issue tomorrow.
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Old 06-23-2017, 03:34 AM   #55
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Today I put the last hub on the rear end for my '31 Coupe project. Rear end now completely rebuilt minus spring. Got out rear wheels, already painted, and hopefully will get tires on them tomorrow. Soon I will be able to roll that rear end under the chassis. Wet here today in Kiwi. Happy motoring.
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Found a needed part for my early 28 in a wreckers yard, I'm over the moon finding it!


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Old 06-23-2017, 08:29 AM   #57
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Fixed the knocking noise at start up. Turns out the dipper tray in the pan had pin holes in it, so no oil to rods at start up. Soldered hole, checked bearing clearance, all is well. I'm relieved and happy, the engine is happy, no leaks, all is well.
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I finally got the body off the Roadster and pressure washed the frame, engine and tranny, looks good. The body well that's another story, I will have to breakdown and buy a drivers rear quarter. looks like a tree fell on it the upper revile is gone the other side may be fixable if a good one is used as a pattern it's not hurt as bad.
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Old 07-02-2017, 12:06 PM   #59
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'31 Budd cab AA. Well I worked on the windshield the last couple of days, about the only thing I have never done with an A. First was soaking the screws on the frame with Kroil so they would come loose and then taking the top off of the frame. The glass was really stuck in place and I didn't want to bend the frame removing it. Tom on the board suggested using kroil, an oil I use all the time, I sprayed the junction of the frame and the gasket last night, this morning the glass about fell out. Now to clean it up and prepare for paint and decide where I'll get the glass for the CCPU. Things are moving along nicely. Yesterday the weather was nice without rain so I took my '29 CCPU for a ride, life is good...
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Started my 30 which has been sequestered in the garage for the last 6-7 months. Started right up and ran well. Noticed the fuel shut off valve under the dash has leaked a little. Guess I'll have to repair it, are the available repair kits worth it or just replace the whole valve? Thanks and happy 4th to all of you. I was in the Navy during the transition from sail to steam..

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rebuilt the seat riser and made new wood for the cab where the seat back attaches to. Rebuilt a distributor and installed it on the AA. Finished prep for the interior to be painted, still fine sanding and getting the exterior ready for paint. Getting closer all the time..
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I'm convinced God is watching out for me. I was under the car checking it out for the upcoming ride to Gettysburg, and noticed the rear spring center bolt nut had snapped off. My initial plan was to lower the axle and spring and see if I could draw the spring together with a long bolt, clamp it, replace the long bolt with the regular square head bolt, yada yada, while the spring was still attached to the axle under the car. But I soon realized that was not going to be a comfortable and safe working condition, so I removed the spring. As I was tapped out the last shackle, the spring fell over with the shackle still part way in the eye, and son of a gun the shackle broke in two when the spring hit the floor. Well I looked at it more closely, and only half of the crack was clean and new. The other half of the crack was dirty and greasy, indicating it had been cracked for some time already. That could have been a real bad situation had that shackle let go on the road.

So I'm convinced God snapped off that spring center bolt were I could easily see it so that I would eventually find the cracked shackle that was not obviously damaged just by a cursory look at it.
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Last night i replaced the choke rod bushings and leather washer on my 29, Tudor. It has been rattling and vibrating out of adjustment. I found it had some sort of metal permabushing 'thing' mounted in the upper bracket. Not sure what that was about. Pullet it and put it in a baggie incase it was important.

Next up? Remove the column mounted starter button and replace it with a proper foot switch.

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Today I will replace the fuel line, install rebuilt generator, Flush Rust 911 from the cooling system, and attempt to get the lights working (if my parts arrive).
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Here is something you guys might check. On the front spring, those two brackets that clamp on the leaves to keep them straight and in line can get loose. Mine were loose and a friend lost his and his leaves splayed out. Just something to look at.
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Old 07-19-2017, 04:57 PM   #66
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Finishing up on the installation of my new "Ken Davis" shock set and installing my newly powder coated wheels and new tires. Should be driving my barn find '31 Sport Coupe in and out of the garage soon. Few more items to be done and then install my newly painted fenders and Snyder running boards. Yippee!!
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Pulled the engine. Two guys from the local club offered to help. Actually, they did an awesome job and I felt like I was along for the learning experience and they were really the ones doing all the work. The project started as me having a need to replace the clutch. One thing leads to another....

Awesome folks here in the club I am the newcomer.

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Sadly I strayed from the true path and spent yesterday doing bodywork on my sons 1942 Ford GPW Jeep but at least it aint a Chebby !!! . Today out for a long country run in my late 30 CCPU which has a Budd cab so I keep a good lookout for the Model A Police !!! My son and I have 5 As on the road and many more in bits even a 180A deluxe phaeton which I must do someday I have only had it 15 years !!! . My late wife once said " You are obsessed !!!" What can she mean ???

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Hey John keep that boy working , hope to catch in October, Derek & Paul from a stormy wet NZ
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After having poor braking on my 1928 Standard Roadster I decided to check the brake drums on my lathe. I skimmed all four, refitted them and now she brakes like a modern car.
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At the Mid-Atlantic Swap Meet in Lurray this past May , found a Sparton horn that needed restoring and some parts to do it. Re wound the field coils for 12 Volt and painted it with new gaskets, hardware etc. Another part of the restoration done.. Tomorrow hope to paint the interior of the cab. Putting the truck back to its original color Rock Moss Green, my '29 CCPU is the same color. At the swap meet also purchased a very good pair of front fenders, starting to block sand and fixing the very minor imperfections, maybe primer in a couple of weeks.. Life is good when you are driving a Model A!
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John, if I were in the UK, I'd want to hang around with you! You and your son are to be commended! Any time he wants to come here and work with me, he seems to get things done! A few days ago, I crossed 73 y o and some days I feel every hour of it.
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What did I do? Well further disassembly of my red wheeled coupe to paint and cleanup the frame a little. Gee, it didn't seem too bad at first, in 15 minutes the sweat was flowing like Niagra. Well so what! I've been sweaty before! I managed to get the RF fender off after much agita.
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Got out of the hospital today, realize that Afib is back and it may just be time to unload a few unfinished projects to a new home. Spent 24 hours mulling things over and figure the time has come. Enjoy what I have running and part with the rest of the someday................ thoughts. The Delivery goes first.
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Yesterday I finished installing my new spring, shackles and bushing on the front end. Painted the axle and degreased the front end a little bit. I also put the first coat of color on the last couple of wheels. Going to try and get a second coat on all 6 wheels today.






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I charged my battery by driving the car to a car club BBQ.
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Flushed the radiator and refilled with cool clean water.
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Rebuilt bell housing for badly worn pedal shaft and pedal bushings as well as bushings on the clutch release shaft. In fact, the one of the old bushings on the clutch shaft had actually come loose in half and was completely out of the bore. No wonder there was a lot of slop!

Driving the pin out of the pedal shaft was a bugger. Got it all done. Clutch release shaft bushings needed no reaming, but the pedal bushings both needed reaming.

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painted the interior on the '31 CCPU Budd Cab AA SWB yesterday, looks great. Today worked on putting in the seat back support wood and the instrument panel. Picked the best looking speedo I had, cleaned and oiled it and vfy that it worked. After a couple of hours working on the AA, wife and I took the '29 CCPU for a ride on the Blue Ridge Pky and a BBQ dinner.
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Lucky Stripe Garage, You are happy with those mounting parts? Not to be a picky PITA, but if it were mine, I would want at least one gusset on those upper brackets and I'd want to use a piece of angle iron, not a piece of !/4" bar stock, bent to 90 deg. Jist Sayin' Get some other opinions, but I think there's a chance that might straighten its self out my the end of the first year.
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installed stainless steel sleeves in the center barrels of SW sedan with doors removed from car for new stock type vendor's hinge pins. With no lathe available, etc. we used 5/16" stain. steel thin wall pipe reamed to 9/32" to suit and barrels drilled with 5/16" jobbers bit before placing sleeves using undersize pin as a driving guide. Fussy finesse work needing 2 people and to protect paint, but doors are super tight! A slight taper was needed on pin ends and grind the serrations very slightly then dipped in 600 wt. oil and knock them in.
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Well today I got my Model A running like a real car. Turned on the gas, turned on the ignition and hit the starter. Vroom. After 31 years.!! Great Day.!!
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Changed the oil, and lubed the beast. it only had about 300 miles on the old oil but I had the time and energy to do it today.

It really helped that I bought a window air conditioner for the garage, it made it a pleasant experience for a change.
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I thought about changing the old air in my tires that was put in back when Henry breathed that oxygen with new fresh humid air of today. But I thought of the anteek value of that air and decided against it.
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I didn't do anything today, I worked on it so long yesterday I'm burnt out. I may start again tomorrow after a rest. I am retired so I don't have to punch a clock.
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I inherited a 1930 Model A from my grandpa. I got to take it home this weekend and start working on it -- the radiator isn't flowing properly and it overheats quickly. Hopefully it's just full of grease. Anyway, I hope to have it back on the road this fall after this and a few other repairs!

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I inherited a 1930 Model A from my grandpa. I got to take it home this weekend and start working on it -- the radiator isn't flowing properly and it overheats quickly. Hopefully it's just full of grease. Anyway, I hope to have it back on the road this fall after this and a few other repairs!

Take that radiator and lay it flat, face down, pour a gallon of vinegar in the lower hole and let it sit a day or two, drain it back into the jug from the TOP with a cheese cloth filter, then begin filling it with water and always keep the top pointed down and that should break loose the rust and the oil/grease in it. Sloshing the vinegar around will help some, but always try to keep the upper tank at the low point. Try not to let the crud you shake loose back into the radiator.
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Got out of the hospital today, realize that Afib is back...
Wait! WHAT?? Your Afib goes away? And comes back??
My Afib is 24/7. Takes ALOT longer to get anything done these days...

What did I do today? I installed the radiator back in my Town Sedan for the second time this week due to a persistent leak in the overflow tube... Looks like I got it this time.
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Well I didn't work on my A today but I did a run of these cast aluminum throttle linkage levers. If anyone is interested I posted an ad in the classifieds. Here is the link

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Went to help a lady that bought a coupe out of Tx on Ebay. She told me it ran perfectly and the man drove it off his trailer and drove it around with her, showing her how it worked. The next day he left back to Tx and she decided to go for a drive. Started the car and drove the half mile to her gate and it quit running several times so they got it home finally and parked in front of their house. Noticed a big puddle of oil in her driveway. Tried several times since to start it and eventually in a round a bout way I was asked to come see if I could help.
Nice looking, older restoration, the oil read a bit high on the stick, a few rust flakes in the glass bowl coming through the firewall, but not too bad. I sat in it chatting with her and asked if it was okay if I stated it. She agreed and I turned the key on and touched the foot starter and it started immediately. I then turned the GAV about two or three turns until that was closed and backed it out to a good steady idle, about 1/4+ turn. Then I took a friend and we drove it toward her gate. About there it died, obviously starved for fuel, we finally got the gas cap off and drove it back to her house. we found just setting the cap on the neck would starve it into dying. We left the cap off and again parked in her driveway and shot the bull for a bit. then we pushed the car backward after it had sat there for 5 or 10 minutes and there was an oil spot the size of my hand on the ground under the rear of the engine.
My plan now is to have a pencil filter installed in the shut off after all the gasoline is drained, remove a quart of oil, filter the fuel and put it back in, cure the plugged vent in the cap and drive it again. May have to wash out the carb. What else do you see needs done from what I presented? Engine was rebuilt in St. Louis less than 700 miles back, the story goes.
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Finishing up the replacement of the steering arms and tie rod ends on the 29 Phaeton.
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Re- soldered a pin hole in my float and decked the two half's of my tilly plopped it back on and road it up and down the holler.... yes where I'm from its holler.... a couple of times and got it up to temp and it's running at about 180-183 sitting still idling, is this normal?
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Re-torqued rear end axel nuts to 100. They were loose, last done two years ago.

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Coming back from Gettysburg, items I found, replaced the neck on the radiator, pulled the rear glass and windshield installed new rubber seal and beding material adjusted the brakes. Replaced the bolt that fell out on carrier.
Said thank you TINKER TOO (my name for our A) (31 S/W town car)getting us home safe and with out a road side seminar.
PS. what a great trip 1000 miles round trip and loads of new friends.
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PS change the engine oil, rear end lub, greased La machine, ready to go on the next road trip.
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Somewhere in the vehicle history a "door-glass" had been replaced with plexi-glass, and the passenger door glass had a crack.. so while the interior is in the planning stages, window regulators and felt guides will be replaced, and new glass is cut for install. Today is door regulator day.!!
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Old 08-12-2017, 04:34 PM   #98
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New steering day! Very excited to put some miles on... to tired today though.IMG_20170812_155833.jpg
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Old 08-12-2017, 06:16 PM   #99
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Helped a good friend get his 29 AA truck running well , replaced the distributor and the leaky Tillotson . The float was holed . He had no spare so I lent him my Tilly off my Budd cab pickup . Had to put it back on later or otherwise a 15 mile walk home !!!

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Old 08-13-2017, 09:56 AM   #100
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8-11-17 placing a new flange/bead on an otherwise great fender, It looks like they used the fender playing bumper cars, but the flange took all the abuse, the rest of the fender is in great shape. The old fix was old school lead that I wish I could of saved, but the bead was really destroyed and cut in multiple places, you would get dizzy looking down it, and decided a replacement was in order. I learned body work with lead back in the 50s, but this was too far gone and would never be strong. The replacement bead fits good and if I didn't run out of MIG gas it would be done. Still block sanding on the body, getting close to paint time! This '31 AA is a put together from parts without a title, turned in the paperwork to the VA DMV and waiting for the inspector to come and affix an assigned Vehicle ID tag, so I can apply for title and tags. It is a driver so I am not worried about matching numbers etc, just happy to save it from the scrap heap. just passed one year working on it...
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Old 08-14-2017, 06:26 PM   #101
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Back to the bricks, flint michigan, 3 days of events, then Saturday is the show down town, 25000 cars, Script A Model A Club has 40 to 50 cars coming. I picked my speeder, but if rain will drive the 28 or 31. Changed oil, new water, run it for 35 miles.
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Old 08-14-2017, 10:53 PM   #102
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Howdy boys, over the last few weeks I have installed an engine in a '29 model A snowbird and drove it around my field (that was fun!). Last week a club member called and asked if I could repair the seized up differential in his '30 coupe, so, reluctantly, I said yes. He had taken it to a local repair shop, they checked the rear end oil level, EMPTY! Uh oh. The shop didn't want to deal with a model A rear end, so I got the call.
I pulled it on to my trailer and took it home. Since the tires didn't screech pulling it on the trailer I thought I'd see if it would drive off. It did! I drove it in the shop, pulled the rear drums off and found the right E. brake was soaked with oil/grease. Cleaned it and the drum up, with brake cleaner, put the drum back on, filled the rear end with oil, and away she went! No damage to the diff! What luck for me! I've rebuilt a few, and it always takes more time than I think it should. And, I usually have to call Jim Brierley to help me out, since I tend to forget how to do things on occasion. Fixed the horn on this rig too, as it had a wire shorting to the conduit. Damn that's hot! I still have the blister! That poor rig needs a lot more work done to it, but, it'll have to wait until I get at least one of my Overlands running!
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Old 08-15-2017, 12:46 AM   #103
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Fixed a problem that has been plaguing me since I bought the car a couple months ago. Front-end had a nasty low-speed shimmy to it. Sometimes the only way to get it snapped out of it was to speed up to over 25.

Already checked toe-in and the wishbone, king pins and just about everything else I could think of, except for maybe the most obvious.

The Pittman arm was seemingly tight, but closer look revealed that while the nut looked tight, it had a definite wobble to it from around the shaft. Quite a bit, actually. I really had to reef on it to get it tight, but no more shimmy. Not even a hint!
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Old 08-15-2017, 01:31 AM   #104
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Magicbox51. I had exactly the same on my '28 Roadster. A very nasty shimmy at certain speeds. Tightened the pitman arm and no more shimmy!!!!
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Yesterday I swapped out the gear oil in the transmission, the Borg Warner, and the banjo. I noticed right off the bat that gear changes were a lot more smooth. Im going to take the car out today to see if I can master the downshift.
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Moved our s/w and found a ripped black rubber ball under neath,guessed it came from the front radius rod ball by a previous restorer. Pulled the caps expecting to find them repro, but, I found the original caps had been installed upside down, letting the ball flop around. Installed the caps correctly and all is well, fortunately a cheap fix.
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Old Yesterday, 03:05 PM   #107
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Have had an annoying rattle from under the hood . I think I traced it to the throttle link rod touching the GAV rod sleeve . Delicately bent the Tilly throttle arm for a clearance . No time for a test run today so it will be tommorrow (this is one word I am never sure if I spell it right !!! )

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New brakes on the front of my 30 Murray fordor.
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