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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-11-2021, 11:17 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,358
Posted By ryanheacox
Re: Longest trip yet...MPG suck!

I tend to get mid to high teens in my Fordor with 3.78 gears and I live in hilly terrain and have a lead foot. Sounds like the carb is in need of some attention, GAV needing to be 2/3 of a turn out...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-10-2021, 09:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 999
Posted By ryanheacox
Re: Andalusite Blue

A PPG dealer should be able to use the code IM121 for Andalusite Blue. My grandparents had our car painted at *cough* Maaco and they were able to get a really good match on Andalusite.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-07-2021, 12:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 620
Posted By ryanheacox
Re: Gremlins in the wiring

Gotta be careful with an internal break. I was pulling a battery out of a Lincoln Town Car that I found out had an internal break after I jostled it a bit while pulling it out and it must have...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-02-2021, 02:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 922
Posted By ryanheacox
Re: what now is best to prevent rust returning?

I'm going to have to experiment with that. I always figured Thermocure was just a concentrated Evapo-rust but it appears not. Either way, it's great at cleaning up a cooling system. The water comes...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-02-2021, 10:53 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 922
Posted By ryanheacox
Re: what now is best to prevent rust returning?

Yup, should have elaborated on that. Start the engine, maybe go for a drive. Probably let it do it's thing for about the same time as a normal dishwasher cycle. The dishwasher detergent doesn't foam...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-02-2021, 09:09 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 922
Posted By ryanheacox
Re: what now is best to prevent rust returning?

If it's starting to look red again here is what I would do.


1. Drain and refill with water and add a scoop or two of dishwasher detergent. This will clean out any grease and oil that might have...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-01-2021, 11:59 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,928
Posted By ryanheacox
Re: Why so many upgrades??

I have done 4 "upgrades" to my car.

I bought a 5.5 head a few years back out of necessity, found my original was cracked and had a tour 3 days later. It definitely does give me more power on hills...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-01-2021, 11:37 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 859
Posted By ryanheacox
Re: Downshifting problem

If you can shift up through the gears okay shifting down just requires more practice. I agree with Ray, you have to rev it a lot more than you think you do.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-27-2021, 03:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 438
Posted By ryanheacox
Re: Limerock Royals Car Show May

I think you may want to check the weather again :(
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-27-2021, 03:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,316
Posted By ryanheacox
Re: Dead A on the side of the road question

I see you're in the Hartford area. We just moved to Newington. The A is still back home but I can imagine driving it around here will be a tad more stressful than back home in the country.


My...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-26-2021, 12:08 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,943
Posted By ryanheacox
Re: Transmission bearings

He or someone else will correct me if I'm wrong but I believe it was Chicago Rawhide.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-18-2021, 11:56 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,134
Posted By ryanheacox
Re: LED Headli9ghts, 6v

Some of the LED replacements are much better than others but I don't think any beat the old standard 32/50 incandescent bulbs (at least not concerning amp draw). I swapped mine back to the stock...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-18-2021, 11:37 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,800
Posted By ryanheacox
Re: High Compression Head Review

And she could start out in 2nd gear and leave it there for around town driving.


Back on topic, glad you're happy with the 5.5 head. I like mine too. No change in top end performance (stock head...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-12-2021, 03:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 294
Posted By ryanheacox
Re: thread of the rear engine mount bolts

To the flywheel housing is 1/2-13. To the frame is 5/16-24. There is a hardware manual that I think lists the sizes for all of the fasteners in the A but I don't have it.


FYI, Brattons website...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-11-2021, 11:05 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 984
Posted By ryanheacox
Re: Model A Transmission

I believe George Bell's video series goes into how the gears wear. Basically if the look good they probably are and if they look bad you can probably still use them if you don't drive much.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-29-2021, 11:17 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,521
Posted By ryanheacox
Re: Front End Rebuild Questions

That's how I had to redo mine. Initially I ran the plugs in 2 turns past flush and it made everything way too tight, hard to steer and slow to self center going down the road. Loosened up the plugs...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-18-2021, 08:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 695
Posted By ryanheacox
Re: Lube Unit

After I put the rebuilt engine in the A the re builder said to change the oil every 100 miles for the first 300 miles (I think that's what it was). I used that "used" oil in my beater when it needed...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-17-2021, 11:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 530
Posted By ryanheacox
Re: tire question

When I did mine I coated the inside of the tires with baby powder, put the tube in, removed the valve stem and gave it a little air. I mounted the tire using dish soap on the bead and then inflated...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-13-2021, 10:21 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,349
Posted By ryanheacox
Re: Headlight Help

For good reliable wiring that is very close to stock I use the 32-50 bulbs, brattons reflectors and ditch the factory plugs in favor of spade connectors. I also run a dedicated ground to each...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-12-2021, 01:05 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,436
Posted By ryanheacox
Re: throw-out bearing

That's like the one that was in my car, same stamping. Never gave any problems. I almost reused it since it felt better than the new FM bearing.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-23-2020, 03:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,151
Posted By ryanheacox
Re: How to clean radiator & engine water jackets ?

Thermo-cure made by evaporust works great. The inside upper tank of my radiator was covered in years of rust. After using thermocure it was clean brass, I imagine the inside of the block was cleaned...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-07-2020, 07:14 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,187
Posted By ryanheacox
Re: Front motor mount

Do the springs look like beehives? If yes, I had those. Terrible design. The springs are way too stiff and the wire connecting them wears into the yoke. Definitely go back to stock.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-20-2020, 09:21 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,882
Posted By ryanheacox
Re: Determining Model A Gas Mileage

I have done the same thing but lining up the F mark on the gauge with the index mark. Ran it down to 1/4 and refilled to that same level. Mine averages between 14-18mpg it seems. I suppose it's not...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-20-2020, 09:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,395
Posted By ryanheacox
Re: Instrument Panel Lamp

Just want to understand this correctly. The light mounts to one of the dash rail screws? Mine is mounted to one of these bolts shown in Bill Cilker's picture. I'll have to check if it has the opening...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-17-2020, 07:27 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,079
Posted By ryanheacox
Re: Brake kit

I don't have any problem with the stock brakes. I can lock all 4 wheels up no problem. If I had wider tires with more of a contact patch I might think about it. In a stock car the tires are the weak...
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