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Old 05-17-2013, 06:28 PM   #1
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Default Oh Boy. This can't be good!!

I sold my other car last week and it finally shipped out today. When I got home from work a put the Coupe in the garage and put her up on jackstands to get a better look at things. This is the first thing I see. It's a large cotter pin hanging down through the "weep hole" on the bottom of the bellhousing. Someone must have put it in and not bothered to bend the ends. It kind of make me suspect of what else may be halfassed.
Looks like I will be dropping the rear and pulling the trans.
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Old 05-17-2013, 06:34 PM   #2
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That cotter pin is meant to be there. The ends should be bent outwards. Movement of this pin keeps the flywheel housing oil drain hole clear at all times. Best of all it is fully automatic. Another 'wonder' of the Model 'A' Ford.
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Old 05-17-2013, 06:37 PM   #3
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Thats the way they all look. Can't remember seeing one without a cotter pin in it.
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Old 05-17-2013, 06:38 PM   #4
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No Kidding?!?! Glad to here that!!! Fordbarnd just saved me a BUTT-TON of work!
Thanks!! Todd
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Old 05-17-2013, 07:02 PM   #5
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No Kidding?!?! Glad to here that!!! Fordbarnd just saved me a BUTT-TON of work!
Thanks!! Todd
Ford did that through '48
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Old 05-17-2013, 08:04 PM   #6
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Todd, if you buy a couple good books and read them you will save yourself a whole bunch of money, trouble, and time. I suggest at least The Ford Service Bulletins (complete if you can find them, not the little yellow book — but that's better than none), and Les Andrews's Model A Ford Mechanics Handbook Vol. I. They'll set you back about $60-$80, but well worth it. And they're great reading besides!
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The cotter may have had the ends correctly spread but driving over something like a branch or cardboard box caught one end and bent it. Take no chances. Disassemble the entire car immediately!
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Old 05-17-2013, 08:35 PM   #8
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the cotter may have had the ends correctly spread but driving over something like a branch or cardboard box caught one end and bent it. Take no chances. Disassemble the entire car immediately!
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Old 05-18-2013, 04:58 AM   #9
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Todd, if you buy a couple good books and read them you will save yourself a whole bunch of money, trouble, and time. I suggest at least The Ford Service Bulletins (complete if you can find them, not the little yellow book but that's better than none), and Les Andrews's Model A Ford Mechanics Handbook Vol. I. They'll set you back about $60-$80, but well worth it. And they're great reading besides!
I have volume 1&2 of the The Les Andrews books. I will look into the service bulletins. Thanks, Todd
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I know that it sounds like a trick like sending the new guy to get some "prop wash" but these Barners are straight on. Save your time for some real problems but don't go looking for them.
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Old 05-18-2013, 06:29 AM   #11
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Both Les books and the Barn. Nothing better!!!
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Old 05-18-2013, 06:56 AM   #12
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Get a copy of mac's Antique Auto Parts catalog. It has the best pictures of parts in color. and read it cover to cover then read it again. You will soon become very familiar with the car and better understand what poeple mean when they talk about their cars' "problems" I recommend Les Andrews books also but don't forget his 3rd book on "Trouble Shooting and Diagnostics" Bill G
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