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Forum: Model A (1928-31) Yesterday, 02:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 410
Posted By alexiskai
Re: Flywheel housing mounting

I had this in mind last night when I put a jack stand under the oil pan to remove the timing cover. I took the motor mount bolts out first and then jacked up the front juuuuust enough so the wishbone...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) Yesterday, 12:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 439
Posted By alexiskai
Re: Terry Chapman Model A engine rebuilder.

I've heard stories about Lubriplate assembly lube hardening into basically glue if you just leave the engine for years. At the very least you'd want to remove the oil pan and head to inspect the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-23-2020, 02:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 927
Posted By alexiskai
Re: Engine upgrade

The second part of that assumption is doing all the work. There are plenty of modifications to the A engine that substantially increase efficiency and do not substantially increase heat output. The...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-23-2020, 11:26 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 927
Posted By alexiskai
Re: Engine upgrade

This isn't strictly true. Heat, beyond the amount needed to get the engine up to operating temperature, is a waste byproduct of combustion inefficiency. The input energy of the fuel is converted into...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-22-2020, 11:33 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 927
Posted By alexiskai
Re: Engine upgrade

Nice, well come over sometime.

Re: driving a car "of the era," the high-compression heads were definitely available at the time. Most heads available now are replicas of period heads. Some other...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-22-2020, 07:38 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 927
Posted By alexiskai
Re: Engine upgrade

If there's an option to just do the head by itself, for less money, that's the most bang for the buck. Larger intake valves won't help much unless you follow up by using a different carb, enlarging...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-20-2020, 09:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 951
Posted By alexiskai
Re: Can anyone share any information about the “birth” of this forum.

The Internet Archive is going to be your best bet for information on previous versions of FordBarn. There are snapshots capturing the old FB from 1997-2005. After that, there's a blackout until Ryan...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-19-2020, 04:00 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,863
Posted By alexiskai
Re: Replacing a loose valve seat

Yep, I got the Snyder's kit with the straight valves and the one-piece guides with shoulder.

Guy did the whole repair on the driveway in front of the shop. New insert, ground all the seats,...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-19-2020, 03:22 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,863
Posted By alexiskai
Re: Replacing a loose valve seat

OK, I just had the new seat inserted and ground in, plus he reground the other 7 seats. Unfortunately I had to take a call and I missed the actual doing of the thing, so I don't know what he used...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-19-2020, 01:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 807
Posted By alexiskai
Re: Printable diagram for adjusting valve tappets

Hi guys, it's a direct download link to Bob's video file, which is not a streaming video, it's an old-fashioned WMV (Windows Media) video. Here's the URL:...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-18-2020, 01:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,002
Posted By alexiskai
Re: Removing rust from engine

I'm in the middle of a similar project right now, and although you want to avoid removing major components I gotta say that there are a lot of reasons to consider removing them. The following items...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-18-2020, 09:30 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,380
Posted By alexiskai
Re: A New Winter House for My "A"

Originally appeared in an 1887 novel (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She:_A_History_of_Adventure) by H. Rider Haggard.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-16-2020, 04:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 807
Posted By alexiskai
Re: Printable diagram for adjusting valve tappets

Would have to share the profits with Bob Johnson, it was his idea. I asked him where I could get one and he said he just made his, so then I had to make mine. I did it using an amazing website,...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-16-2020, 04:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 807
Posted By alexiskai
Re: Printable diagram for adjusting valve tappets

No worries. As I've learned, there will be at least five comments on any post:

This thing is not important
This thing is important and you're not going far enough
I disagree: [says the same...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-16-2020, 12:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 807
Posted By alexiskai
Re: Printable diagram for adjusting valve tappets

Don't worry, if you decide you don't need to use this diagram, I will not be offended.
Forum: Model-A 11-15-2020, 09:50 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 140
Posted By alexiskai
Service Bulletins - PDF on CD, 1928-1937

This CD contains the Service Bulletins formatted as searchable PDF, in two files. The searchable PDF makes it easy to find all references to the subject you want over the years.

Like-new, unopened...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-15-2020, 08:47 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,552
Posted By alexiskai
Re: Head gasket?

I just cleaned my block surface tonight and I mostly used a Roloc green disc and then a white disc, both on a 1/4" shank in a cordless drill. They worked well, but there were a couple spots I wasn't...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-15-2020, 12:49 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 807
Posted By alexiskai
Re: Printable diagram for adjusting valve tappets

Not meant to obviate confirming with a feeler, merely reduce the risk that you overshoot or undershoot your target clearance.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-15-2020, 12:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 807
Posted By alexiskai
Printable diagram for adjusting valve tappets

I've created a printable PDF with a diagram to assist with precise adjustment of valve clearances. This diagram is based on one created by FordBarn user Bob Johnson and shown in his video...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-14-2020, 07:32 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,552
Posted By alexiskai
Re: Head gasket?

Wait a second, doesn't the Ra number go down as the finish improves? You're saying the Ra should be below 65?
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-13-2020, 08:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 903
Posted By alexiskai
Re: Loose Pitman Arm

A drop of oil on the bolt will make sure all that torque goes toward closing the gap instead of thread friction.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-13-2020, 10:08 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,552
Posted By alexiskai
Re: Head gasket?

This is certainly plausible as a theory, but I'm curious what evidence you have that improper timing -> wide temperature swings in the head -> gasket failure. Like, what forensic traces in a gasket...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-12-2020, 11:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 903
Posted By alexiskai
Re: Loose Pitman Arm

Just as a hypothetical, suppose he measures and the problem is the sector shaft. Is he likely to want to disassemble the steering column to replace it? Even if the arm isn't the part at fault, it's...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-11-2020, 04:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 384
Posted By alexiskai
Re: Intro & Adjustable Lifters Question

I knew you'd hit me on that... this is my recollection of the invoice which I do not have in front of me and which used a lot of shorthand. I believe it referred to correcting the journals for the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-11-2020, 03:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 468
Posted By alexiskai
Re: Radiator Paint

Good catch, should've said 223°
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