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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-23-2020, 08:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 532
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: installing a front crossmember

The most important aspect of riveting is to get a complete hole fill. You also need to make sure that there is no space between the layers of metal when you buck rivets. Otherwise, the rivets have...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-22-2020, 09:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 323
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Differential Gear Ratio Determination

Without taking anything apart, and without peeking at the speedometer drive gear case, what is your process to physically determine the differential gear ratio?
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-22-2020, 09:07 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,525
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Your most useless NOS parts

I have a collection of NOS Ford parts including starter switches, spindle bolts, shop "T" wrenches, wheel bearings, drive shaft, tie rod, and others. These parts have no service value, so they are...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-22-2020, 09:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 429
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Rebuilding the starter switch

Here is a tip regarding the reproduction & original contacts.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-22-2020, 08:35 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,403
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: 16" Wheels

I collected 18", 17" & 16" V8 wheels and in my opinion, the 18" 1932 wheels give a smooth ride and look better than the others.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-21-2020, 08:08 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,264
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: spark Advance

Will too much spark advance (30 degrees+) increase the combustion chamber
temperature on my Model A engine?

The max advance...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-21-2020, 08:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 665
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Heated Seats In The Model "A"

The circuit to the double outlet has a current of 8A, and the circuit to the single outlet has 3A.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-20-2020, 10:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 452
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Rivets

The rivet length should be equal to the thickness of the structural joint plus 1.5 times the rivet diameter.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-20-2020, 10:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,134
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Chassis painting

Painting was done to all painted parts before installing them onto the frame.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-20-2020, 09:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 250
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: #! Vicki wood sill replacement

The splice joint of the sill would need to be able to withstand bending and twisting. The wood should be the same as the existing sill, and dried to reduce its moisture. Make the splice close to a...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-19-2020, 10:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 665
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Heated Seats In The Model "A"

While restoring my Victoria, I thought there must be a practical and non-evasive way to provide comforting heat for the driver and passengers riding in my car during Long Island, New York winters....
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-17-2020, 07:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 852
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Paint recommendations

Hi Brent,
I am glad you made a comment about DuPont and their Nason Paint. I did not know Nason is no longer made.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-16-2020, 08:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 674
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Sound deadening? Anyone done it?

I used starter roofing shingles to dampen the body panels from vibrating, and HVAC duct insulation material.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-16-2020, 08:36 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,022
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: t 5 tranmission

A Mitchell Model "A" transmission fitted with syncromesh gears is a simpler to install than a T5.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-16-2020, 08:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 852
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Paint recommendations

A single stage urethane is an excellent choice because it is durable and relatively easy to touch-up. It does not require color sanding. Avoid clear coat paint systems because a Model "A" is prone to...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-15-2020, 08:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 663
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Battery Group ???

Here's an overview of batteries for the Models "A" & "B".
Forum: Model-A 10-13-2020, 09:31 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 168
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Parts & Accessories

For sale:
>1930-'31 Cowl Light Arm, original, needs plating $5;
>1930-'31 Cowl Lights, original, complete pair less arms $40;
>Fog Light, KD890, 6" diameter, chrome plated, 6V-8V amber sealed...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-13-2020, 08:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 482
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: U joint felt seals.. how do you fit them?

Try soaking the felts in motor oil.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-12-2020, 07:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 588
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: U joint. How much play is acceptable?

There are 2 u-joints used in the Model "A". The original u-joint (1st photo) was riveted together and not rebuildable. The riveted u-joint should not be used. The replacement u-joint (2nd photo) is a...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-09-2020, 07:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 532
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Tie rod and drag link rubbing

My suspicion is that your Model "A" had an incident in its life that bent the front the steering arm. Changing the front spring is not going to fix this problem because the steering arm and drag link...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-08-2020, 08:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,030
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Compression Test

The 0.100" over bore raises your engine's displacement to 211 cubic inches. A 6:1 compression ratio should produce about 90+ psig, so the compression readings you have are reasonable.
However, the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-08-2020, 07:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 171
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: 1930 coupe cowl

Richard, I have no experience replacing a cowl section, but consider these idiosyncrasies:
> Cowls made by Briggs and Murray likely have some minor differences from the cowl in your Coupe;
> The...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-05-2020, 11:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 299
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Model a fender ID

The fenders in the above pictures are 1931. !930 front fenders look similar, but the 1930 fenders have a piece of the running board apron welded to them.
Forum: Model-A 10-04-2020, 12:49 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 537
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Parts & Accessories

Revised list to reflect sales.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-04-2020, 11:37 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 783
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Rear Axle Taper - What It Does

For those of you who believe that the tapers transmit torque, try driving your Model "A" with both shear keys removed. The only way a taper transmits torque is via friction. Talk to someone who was...
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