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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-16-2021, 10:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 644
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: converting to 1970 v8 points for model a

The truth about points.

First let me point out that my brothers 31 Coupe has been running the same points that came with the car in 1970.

Yes you read right. 1970

Points can go bad, but...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-04-2021, 04:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 818
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Coupe fender value

Any fenders with bead repair, not matter how nice, should be considered suspect until test fitted on a car. As I have learned the hard way there are many ways that fenders could be messed up. Any...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-04-2021, 04:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 922
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: 68C and A400

They will be rubbing on the rubber seal which is like a find sandpaper.

Originally they were pot metal held on by squishing metal posts and the whole unit was plated together. Pretty sure they...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-01-2021, 11:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 962
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Are aftermarket hoods any good?

The repro hoods are decent and workable from reports of people with them.

I have looked at them and the difference is the sides are flat. The factory hood is slightly curved to match the rad shell...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-30-2020, 05:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 329
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Will a 31 Cabrio Quarter fix a Coupe Quarter from the Body line down?

I can tell you with 100% certainty NO.
As an owner of a 68C where I needed the full lower area of both qtrs I researched my options. My brother has a coupe so I could look close. I have also talked...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-30-2020, 09:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 408
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: 31 slantwindow

It is easy to make your own outside panel, I did it using an arbor press and no special tools really.

One of the key parts is understanding metal movement enough to make a panel that has a...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-29-2020, 12:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 629
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Points

Why did you feel the need to replace the points?

Were the point blocks eroding?
Is the wear block fully worn?
Have you properly lubricated the cam?

Just asking as people have this driven...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-29-2020, 09:33 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,756
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: 600w vs 90w

Just stop and take a closer look please!!!

600w is a type of oil, NOT the weight or viscosity of the oil.

For the actual viscosity you need to refer to the charts for the oils.

You also...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-27-2020, 08:56 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,131
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: are you guys putting the little screen inside the iron sediment bulb?

My 30 fordor had a tank that was full of rust. It would clog the valve and I would have to blow back.

I did a flush of the tank and cleared a lot of the trash. I also changed over to a factory...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-23-2020, 08:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,430
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Best spring perches removal?

I can assure everyone that an axle heated up will be MUCH softer and bend with much less effort.

As most know I have this posted on my website where I show how I straightened some axles.

Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-20-2020, 06:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,430
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Best spring perches removal?

Never heat the axle past the temp where the grease will smoke. Which of course really does not help getting the perch out.

What I found works surprisingly well is a long throw air hammer. I have...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-18-2020, 08:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 723
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: 1931 cabriolet roof removal?

Eric, Can you please post a picture?

Honestly it sounds like you have a sport coupe as the cabriolet does not have a metal frame for the top. It is wood with a few metal pieces to hold it...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-16-2020, 06:43 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,233
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Consensus on brake drums

The best value for the average restorer is to pay someone to make up a full set of drums and backing plates. You get all new quality parts that are fit together so they are centered and the shoes...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-14-2020, 09:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 636
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Shock Fluid Replenishment

I have attached a pdf from one of the A club's articles. It lists the Ford requirements for the fluid.

I also suggest that everyone look up the shock rebuilding and testing in the service...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-13-2020, 12:49 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,026
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Coil or condenser over heat

Use to always check condensers and keep a pile in the car.

The burn out proof ones seem to work. The one in my brothers car is like 20-30 years old.

We have a coil condenser tester that makes...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-12-2020, 09:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,043
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: OT: Do any of you have a good source for Hammer Handles?

I bought a Snap-On hammer for $.25 at a garage sale. Older production for sure. The wood handle has such a feel to it. I can pick blind like an extension of my arm.

That being said.

One time...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-08-2020, 04:32 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,241
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Rumble Seat Risk

The first problem is getting thrown from the A.

I did volunteer rescue for 14 years. An open jeep with no seat belts was always fun. People everywhere. This is at low speed in town driving.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-05-2020, 08:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,998
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Tim to sell the old girl

The two avenues of sales are Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist.

Craigslist I believe now charges $5 for cars.

The number of people viewing the ad is huge plus with facebook they target the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-05-2020, 08:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,363
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Fordwood

Years ago I ordered wood from them for a 68C.

They sent me some of the wood, but not all. They never shipped the last top piece.

It did not matter because none of the wood was usable.

Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-02-2020, 10:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 958
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Spring perch removal ?

Never heat the axle past the point where oil start smoking you will ruin the axle's metal. This will make it very soft.

I had a pair of perches that would not move.

Keep in mind I have this...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-01-2020, 02:36 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,326
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: What is a "reasonable" speed in a Model A for one to get "reasonable" engine life

You need to read the history of the A to get a better understanding of how it was really driven back when they were just cars to drive.

Quite frankly they drove the hard and fast all the time on...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-17-2020, 07:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,296
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Paint recommendations

What are your goals in your restoration?

If you are going for show correct then your path is different then look close then I want to drive and have fun.

Paint color is pretty subjective. The...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-04-2020, 10:14 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 327
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: 1931 Cabriolet 68C, Installation of Package Tray

The package tray cover has a bellows that must fit under a strap on the back of the upright seat and be level with it.

So you build to fit.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-03-2020, 09:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 335
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Cabriolet folding top Turning lock

Is this what you need?

I made those with a small lathe and a small milling machine. The brass parts are the parts that the springs ride on that push the button reward.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-29-2020, 11:29 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 960
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Brake Conversion? Or not.

The issue with most brake jobs is a failure to have drums and shoes matching in diameter and centered (for the mechanical brakes).

You need this for either system and it is just not done. What is...
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