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Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-20-2020, 06:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 431
Posted By HDowse
Re: rear axle gear ratio chart

Here’s the one I use:
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 10-30-2020, 07:32 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,224
Posted By HDowse
Re: Affordable Ford V8's

The 1939 and 1940 Tudors and Fordors are relatively inexpensive for what you get. The 39 has that classic dash and floor shift as well as the last year for bulb headlights before Ford went to sealed...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 10-18-2020, 07:57 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,524
Posted By HDowse
Re: Fords in Fall 2020

Fall in Alstead, NH.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-26-2020, 06:35 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,014
Posted By HDowse
Re: aviation gas

We use it in our small tools in the fire department just for the reason that it doesn’t deteriorate as fast as auto gas. The octane is 100 and others may comment on any effect that might have on...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-26-2020, 02:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 503
Posted By HDowse
Re: Fun at Mart's. Ol' 59 Flatty! 32 Sedan! Plus vintage machinery!

Hi Mart,
Another great video and especially liked the interior vegetation growing in the shop!
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 07-06-2020, 05:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 600
Posted By HDowse
Handle escutcheon installation

I suspect we've all had some difficulty trying to push the door handle or window crank escutcheon in far enough to remove and then replace the pin that holds the handle to the shaft. I have the...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 06-23-2020, 05:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 757
Posted By HDowse
Re: 40 Ford Radio On Off Volume Switch

Joe at Classic Auto Electric rebuilt my Zenith for me last fall. Give him a call, he might be able to help you out. 620-241-6927. classicautoelectric.com
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 06-20-2020, 07:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 695
Posted By HDowse
Re: Drakes Locking Gas Cap

No, mine seems secure on my 1940 Fordor.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 05-29-2020, 03:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 663
Posted By HDowse
Re: Loose condenser bracket

That sounds about right. Several areas of "restoration" on this nice truck by a well known local fellow have left much to be desired.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 05-28-2020, 03:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 663
Posted By HDowse
Loose condenser bracket

A good friend of mine has had a 1937 pickup in his family since 1937. He'd had intermittent running problems for several years. The truck would start up, go for several miles and then just quit. ...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 05-25-2020, 12:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 945
Posted By HDowse
Re: Mart's Sparks: A turn signal tip from Mart's Garage. Easier than I thought!

Great video! What is the replacement headlamp unit you substituted for the originals?
The new 21 watt bulbs are 12v. Are you running 12v or 6v? Keep your tutorials coming.
Thanks, ...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 05-11-2020, 05:36 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,652
Posted By HDowse
Re: New toy....

I found the hinge pin mirror size inadequate, too. I bought two convex mirror heads from Joe's Antique Auto and replaced the flat mirror heads on both sides with the convex ones. I really like the...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 05-11-2020, 05:26 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,652
Posted By HDowse
Re: New toy....

Great looking car! I have turn signals and seat belts installed in my Fordor. They came from Electro-Tech (turnswitch.com). It's an electronic unit that you fit on the inside of the firewall and...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 04-29-2020, 07:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,070
Posted By HDowse
Re: Flat head RPM range

Here's a calculator I have used to check RPMs at different speeds/differential ratios:
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 04-10-2020, 12:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 583
Posted By HDowse
Re: 1939 ford deluxe Starter Button Question

I have the same problem from time to time with my 1940 Deluxe starter button. There have been some threads here on this problem. One culprit is that the button is merely grounding the wire so...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 04-02-2020, 11:50 AM
Replies: 385
Views: 54,584
Posted By HDowse
Re: New Poll, What Year Fords Do We Own?

1923 Runabout
1929 Standard Coupe
1937 Pickup
1940 Fordor DeLuxe
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-29-2020, 07:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 511
Posted By HDowse
Re: 1940 Headlight Bulb:

The problem is that the available NAPA bulb has the small aiming protrusions and the headlight surround will not fit over those little t**s. You can try grinding off the bumps but sometimes you'll...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-20-2020, 08:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 972
Posted By HDowse
Re: Is the brake master cylinder filled through a hole in the floor?

Use an adjustable wrench, plastic funnel, drip pan underneath, pour slowly, check level frequently and have paper towels or rags ready when you put that last ounce in the mc and it overflows.....;-)
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 01-14-2020, 04:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 563
Posted By HDowse
Re: 37 parts left over

I just installed a 26% cable shift Mitchell in my 4.11 '40 Fordor and have a driveshaft and torque tube if someone in NE wants them. The driveshaft with coupling at the differential end is 68 3/8”...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-09-2020, 08:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,316
Posted By HDowse
Re: Identify Old picture of Model A

Here's a picture of a Briggs leatherback from an ad of a few years ago. The light color surrounds in the b&w photo might be the same.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-31-2019, 07:13 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,056
Posted By HDowse
Re: They’re still out there !

Great find! My 40 Fordor has about the same history, mileage, one repaint, original interior. The previous owners had kept a small Motors record book that the first owner started using in 1940 to...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-31-2019, 01:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 546
Posted By HDowse
Re: Radio repair

Try Joe at Classic Auto Electric. He converted my 1940 Zenith to am/fm and it sounds great.

Joe Dickhudt
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-29-2019, 06:01 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,952
Posted By HDowse
Re: members that have collected other car besides ford

I have a 1946 GMC 1/2 ton pickup that had a cosmetic restoration but nothing done mechanically to restore even the the basics. The transmission was 'noisy in 1st and 2nd but quieter in high'. Turns...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-16-2019, 07:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 697
Posted By HDowse
Re: 1940 Tail Lights

I bought one light from Joe's Antique Auto and it fit just fine. The rubber backing that goes on first took some persuading (stretching) so the chrome piece would fit but it’s good and tight.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-16-2019, 07:04 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,827
Posted By HDowse
Re: Middle of winter

A nice warm fall day in New Hampshire.
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