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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-01-2020, 12:05 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,839
Posted By Ernie Vitucci
Re: Engine upgrade

Good Morning...When the Model A was designed, the engineers lived in Detroit and the surrounding area...so they designed a cooling system that met with their experience. Cars coming to the southwest...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-28-2020, 08:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,211
Posted By Ernie Vitucci
Re: Black spark plug ooze

Good Evening...You might wish to do a compression test...should give helpful information...Ernie in Arizona
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-26-2020, 10:00 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,101
Posted By Ernie Vitucci
Re: My Distributor Cam Screw is Stuck

Good Morning...You might consider purchasing a NEW stock distributor from one of the major suppliers... and using it in your car... and then working on the stuck one as you have spare time...it might...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-11-2020, 06:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 512
Posted By Ernie Vitucci
Re: oil leaking

Good afternoon...You will need to drop the pan and take a look...could just be a loose rear main...might be able to remove a shim or two and tighten back up. Clearance should be about 0.015...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-11-2020, 05:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 507
Posted By Ernie Vitucci
Re: Here's one for ya ???

Good afternoon...You might consider looking to see if your ignition switch is shorting to your fuel tank...It happens...cover the area behind the switch with black tape or duct tape. Also examine...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-11-2020, 03:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,161
Posted By Ernie Vitucci
Re: how to loosen stuck motor

Good afternoon...If you don't know anything about the engine...keep in mind that in addition to rings sticking to the cylinder walls, valves can be stuck in the guides, even the distributor gear can...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-11-2020, 03:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 479
Posted By Ernie Vitucci
Re: Radiator Paint

Good afternoon...Were the radiators painted originally...I seem to remember in 1963, my 30 Coupe Radiator did not have any paint on it...perhaps it was a replacement...even in those days...Ernie in...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-09-2020, 02:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,160
Posted By Ernie Vitucci
Re: Model A Engine for Rebuild

Good afternoon...That engine might be worth $100, but until it can be pressure tested to see what cracks it might have...among other sins...it's just a lonely old block with no place to go! Ernie in...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-08-2020, 12:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 938
Posted By Ernie Vitucci
Re: New to Barn 1930 Model A

Good Morning...paul@paulshinn has a number of videos on how to maintain your Model A. You might want to watch a few and see what you think of his advice...sometimes watching a video is better than...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-07-2020, 03:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,157
Posted By Ernie Vitucci
Re: Car fails to acheave high speed

Y-Blockhead...That's a neat new toy you have invented...I'll bet you could sell those things here on the site...or to a couple of the major suppliers...Ernie in Arizona
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-05-2020, 10:49 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,790
Posted By Ernie Vitucci
Re: What is a "reasonable" speed in a Model A for one to get "reasonable" engine life

Good Morning....Agree with wwirz...and said so early in this thread! However, we seem to be in minority...Ernie in Arizona
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-05-2020, 10:45 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,284
Posted By Ernie Vitucci
Re: Why do I have to keep pulling the choke out ?

Good Morning...If you are pulling the choke out all the time, then you are changing the fuel mixture...making it more rich. When I have had this problem, over the years, I have found that there was...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-02-2020, 04:28 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,790
Posted By Ernie Vitucci
Re: What is a "reasonable" speed in a Model A for one to get "reasonable" engine life

Good afternoon...I said this way back at the beginning of this discussion....I've had Model A Fords on and off...since 1963...at that time...we were told...'If you want the car to last, Engine and...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-02-2020, 11:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 908
Posted By Ernie Vitucci
Re: Bratton's Engine spray can paint...

Good Morning...You might try SPACE AGE PAINTS in Mesa, Arizona. 480-835-0971. They are an above average operation and many Arizona Model A types purchase paint there. Ernie in Arizona
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-28-2020, 10:24 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,790
Posted By Ernie Vitucci
Re: What is a "reasonable" speed in a Model A for one to get "reasonable" engine life

Good Morning...I have been messing with Model A's since 1963, on and off. My experience is that a stock engine in a half way decent car, can be driven at 40 miles an hour for as long as...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-27-2020, 11:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 502
Posted By Ernie Vitucci
Re: AA 1930 king pins bushings needed

Good Morning...You might try Arizona Model A...Sammy Guthrie...480-782-0266. He might have good used ones...or NOS...Ernie in Arizona
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-19-2020, 01:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 737
Posted By Ernie Vitucci
Re: Gas cap mystery

Good Morning...Perhaps it lived outside in snow country and a little water was finding its way into the tank and ending up in the carburetor? Ernie in Arizona
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-17-2020, 11:27 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,567
Posted By Ernie Vitucci
Re: Shipping a Model A

Good Morning...Driving your A on this trip might be a great deal of fun. However, I would do a couple to things to make it easier on the car and you and your favorite passenger. First I would spend...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-14-2020, 05:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,228
Posted By Ernie Vitucci
Re: The Battery Game

Good afternoon...I only have two classic cars. Both of them have a 6 volt Optima. I do drive each car a 31 A and a 49 Packard once a week minimum year round and average 7 years on each...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-13-2020, 02:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 940
Posted By Ernie Vitucci
Re: Rusty Coolant

Good afternoon...I agree with number 8! I live in Scottsdale, Arizona...pretty warm...warmer than Lake Forest...I run 50/50 water and antifreeze and in the 15 years I've had this Model A, no...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-10-2020, 10:44 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,083
Posted By Ernie Vitucci
Re: Greetings all - I'm a new owner

Good Morning...The model A shut off valve is pretty old technology that can be damaged easily, as you say. Bratton's sells a 1/4 turn ball valve that connects to your original shut off valve and...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-09-2020, 09:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 317
Posted By Ernie Vitucci
Re: engine won't run

Good Evening...Another couple of places to look...One check to see if the shaft from your distributor to the oil pump is still working. Take the top off the distributor and look to see if the rotor...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-09-2020, 09:32 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,083
Posted By Ernie Vitucci
Re: Greetings all - I'm a new owner

Good Evening and welcome...Regarding the pencil filter...Model A's don't like them as pointed out above. What an 'Old Guy' taught me 50 years ago was to put a good strong magnet in your glass filter...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-06-2020, 10:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,481
Posted By Ernie Vitucci
Re: Model A Tires

Good morning...I also have Lucas Tires that I bought at Arizona Model A for like $99.00 each. They are from Vietnam...they ride just fine and after 7 years and 9,000 miles I don't have any...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-05-2020, 05:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,193
Posted By Ernie Vitucci
Re: Bell housing

Tom...Is the best solution to just enlarge the holes for the brake and clutch so that they fit, or is a different set of floor boards required to make everything look right? Also is it possible that...
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