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Forum: Model A (1928-31) Today, 12:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 672
Posted By Dick M
Re: Fs ignitions

I know many folks who run the FS ignition. They are always happy with the FS until they fail on a tour. Most Model Aers are not familiar with the FS system and are of no help when a FS failure...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-13-2021, 04:03 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,060
Posted By Dick M
Re: leaking head gasket?

Standard head studs will work with the 5.5 head.

I think post 12 is referring to the test to see if your coolant has any exhaust gasses.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-12-2021, 05:16 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,060
Posted By Dick M
Re: leaking head gasket?

Changing the head gasket might just do the trick. However, when you have the head off, be sure to have it magna-fluxed to check for cracks and also see if the head needs to be surfaced. You need to...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-24-2020, 02:55 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,936
Posted By Dick M
Re: Signs, back in the day

Saw both signs in an auto repair shop:

All complaints are referred to our complaint manager Helen Waite. If you have a complaint, go to Helen Waite.

I only take one complaint a day. Today is...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-12-2020, 02:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,119
Posted By Dick M
Re: Simple to make and use Toe-In gauge

The measurement is between 1/16"-1/32" difference from back to front. I always think about a bent rim which will throw the measurement off. So, here is how I do it:

Drill a whole in a block of...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-10-2020, 12:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 704
Posted By Dick M
Re: Service Brake Cross Shaft lubrication

I have been using the split bushings for 20 years. I lubed them with some sticky red grease upon installation. Checked them about 5 years ago and they were still full of grease. The split bushings...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-29-2020, 02:24 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 964
Posted By Dick M
Re: Brake Conversion? Or not.

I am perfectly happy with mechanical brakes on my 31 coupe.

It will cost you in the $2,000 neighborhood to convert to juice brakes.

You will need some good advice and a good vendor to help...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-26-2020, 01:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 890
Posted By Dick M
Re: *** Annual MAFCA Voting for Directors ***

Jim has two votes from my family. Straight shooter and a good guy. He will serve the membership well. Go Jim Go!!!!
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-19-2020, 02:18 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,267
Posted By Dick M
Re: Ignition timing question

If you are asking what you will see with a regular timing light, you will probably see nothing. If you are asking what you will see with a grounded test light attached to the closed point arm, with...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-17-2020, 12:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 862
Posted By Dick M
Re: PCV valve good idea?

I only put in 4 quarts when changing oil. About 1/2 quart stays in the engine between the valve galley and the dipper tray. That gives me 4 1/2 quarts in the engine. This lowers the oil level in...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-09-2020, 03:21 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,150
Posted By Dick M
Re: Fumbled a piston

I agree the piston will probably function as a piston. However, I would be concerned about the weight of the piston. Generally pistons are weighed in grams, and come as a matched set; that is they...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-28-2020, 02:12 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,324
Posted By Dick M
Re: Engine sits too high for hand crank engagement

Do you have float-a-motor mounts in the rear?? if so, the rubber doughnuts have softened and dropped the rear of the engine. That is a simple fix. Just buy new doughnuts for the rear...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-12-2020, 10:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 698
Posted By Dick M
Re: Clutch pressure plate New or Reconditioned?

Bert's Model A Center has a pressure plate rebuilder. He does a great job. The fingers are preset so all you have to do is bolt it to the flywheel. Steve at Bert's told me he has not had a...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-19-2020, 01:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 369
Posted By Dick M
Re: Clutch / pressure plate

Bert's in Colorado has a pressure plate rebuilder. The rebuilder goes through the pressure plate checking everything. He replaces any worn parts. He only rebuilds stock Model A pressure plates. ...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-19-2020, 01:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 496
Posted By Dick M
Re: New Tires- B F Goodrich or Excelsior Tires

My first 2 sets of tires were Firestones. I went with the BFGs about 8K miles ago. I think they are more stable then the Firestones. The BFGs go straight down the road with little or no wandering....
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-08-2020, 07:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 979
Posted By Dick M
Re: Rearend Leak

Same reply as #2 except I used JB Weld. Ten years later and no leak....
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-05-2020, 12:16 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,626
Posted By Dick M
Re: Radiator Overheating

I have been to your movie a couple of times. Old radiators are not your friend. They create an overheated engine and driver.

After much grief, I purchased a 4 row radiator from Bert's Model A...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-03-2020, 09:00 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 101,511
Posted By Dick M
Re: Manners... A new rule...

I have had my A for 20 years. I have been on this forum for 10 years. I so appreciate most of the folks on Fordbarn. Many times some one answered my questions and helped me solve a problem....
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-02-2020, 04:21 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,089
Posted By Dick M
Re: 600w oil

I have been using a 680 oil (CHEVRON OR MOBIL) in my steering box, transmission, and differential for many years. I find it to be outstanding........
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-27-2020, 11:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 980
Posted By Dick M
Re: Firewall Insulation

I have the Quiet Ride firewall insulator on my Coupe. It is an exact mold of the inside of the firewall. It uses a few screws to attach. It also comes with an adhesive if you want to use it. I...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-12-2020, 02:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,717
Posted By Dick M
Re: More kudos to Bert's Model A Center

A few years ago I was doing a valve job and replacing my valve guides. I needed the valve guide removal tool to do the job. I did not have one so I called Bert's and talked to Steve to place the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-09-2020, 10:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 658
Posted By Dick M
Re: Fan Belt Removal

One thing you can do is loosen the nut on the yoke so that is is even with the end of the threads. You can then jack up the engine enough to remove the belt.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-19-2020, 01:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,157
Posted By Dick M
Re: first time looking at a 30 Model A

Contact Paul Marjerick in Montgomery, Alabama at 334-269-1309. He is the closest Model A Ford Club of America member to you. You will find folks with Model A knowledge at this club.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-24-2020, 02:05 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,671
Posted By Dick M
Re: To rebuild or not to rebuild - that is the question.

$5,000 for the car and another $10,000 for restoration equals a $15,000 Tudor. I might offer that you should be able to find a really nice and mechanically sound Tudor with an overdrive for $15,000...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-19-2020, 11:13 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,424
Posted By Dick M
Re: 30-31 instrument panel

Here is a fix if your bottom screws are too short. They use the same screw size that the outside door handle screws. The outside door handle screws are longer than the dash screws..
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