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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-04-2021, 09:44 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 890
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Wire vs lock washers

Safety wire, cotter pins, lock washers, Nylock nuts are security devices that prevent the loss of fasteners that become loose. They do not maintain tightness. The safety wire and cotter pin are...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-03-2021, 10:46 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,339
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Stopping Distances

When I was a newbie to Model A's (1962), I used the emergency brakes for a panic stop. The emergency brakes did a good job of stopping my Coupe, but both emergency brake carriers were bent so bad I...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-03-2021, 10:34 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 233
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Body Style Numbers

Letters were used to differentiate between the first, second and so on editions of a particular body style. For example, a 1928-'29 Coupe is a 45A whereas a 1930-'31 Coupe is 45B. In other cases,...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-03-2021, 10:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 248
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: need a diagram

This is a simple diagram https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTEo0809sZRPL53BMzBQurPhjUuixD-AyCyAA&usqp=CAU
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-30-2021, 11:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 553
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Door Pockets

I am researching front door upholstery pockets. There are 2 types referred to as "set-in" (left photo) and "patch" (right photo). The "set-in" pocket is mounted in a hole cut into the upholstery...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-29-2021, 09:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 698
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Undercoating would like your comments.

In my opinion, the following is a corrosion control scheme for a restoration that is better than undercoating:
> Frame & Running Gear: Powder coat all that gets a black finish. If powder coating is...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-29-2021, 08:46 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,559
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Engine question

This question is for someone who has a running Burtz engine. What is the cost to get to a running Burtz engine ready for installation into a Model "A"?
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-29-2021, 08:38 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 957
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Brake Roller Tracks

The solution to making the brake shoes center is Flathead Ted's brake floaters.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-27-2021, 08:39 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 641
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: How often does a Model A have a need for a tow truck?

If you must transport your broken Model A, the safest and best way is on a flatbed truck.

In the case of my Victoria, the car was new to me and I foolishly drove it before thoroughly inspecting...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-26-2021, 09:55 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,339
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Stopping Distances

This topic comes up often, and it is mostly as an excuse by some to avoid touring on main roads.


Is there a table of stopping distances for a stock Model A?


The only person I have seen test...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-26-2021, 09:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,077
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Good Run

There is one way to find out. Panic stop your Model A at 60 mph!
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-26-2021, 09:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 641
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: How often does a Model A have a need for a tow truck?

I have been driving my 45B Coupe since 1962 (50,000 + miles) and not once did it need a tow truck. On the other hand, my 190A Victoria needed a ride home on a flat bed once in 1993 because the...
Forum: Model-A 04-25-2021, 08:51 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 323
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Stuff For Model "A"

>Want an amber fog light with an incandescent bulb in good condition for mounting on a restored car. I have a 6" diameter sealed beam light to trade or will buy yours.


>Want used 7:1 compression...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-25-2021, 08:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 565
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Intake and Exhaust manifold nut torque

The cup washers on the manifold studs are springs that accommodate thermal expansion. The washers should not be compressed by tightening the nuts. Just tighten the manifold nuts enough to stop any...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-25-2021, 08:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 436
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Advance/Retard rod barely touches Head Nut

The engine moves up & down while driving, so it may be pushing the spark advance rod.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-25-2021, 08:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,043
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Silica gel desiccant

The best way to avoid condensation in the gas tank that causes corrosion is to have a full tank of gasoline.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-25-2021, 08:01 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,312
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: 10mpg

Check this out. Although the presentation discusses why car won't go fast, the performance points also affect gas mileage. ...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-23-2021, 06:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,077
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Good Run

I do not show my Model A's because I cannot sit still for several hours at a show, it bothers me that I have to pay to exhibit my cars, and I have zero ambition to have any trophies. However, I...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-23-2021, 06:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 407
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Bad Rear Axle bearing

Noise and play.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-23-2021, 06:44 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 868
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Where is the water going?

1930 - 1932 radiators are very similar.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-22-2021, 08:39 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,077
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Good Run

The look on modern car driver's faces when I pass them in my Model "A" is funny. Typically they are astonished. This does not happen often, but it adds to the joy of driving a Model "A" when it does....
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-22-2021, 08:32 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 823
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-21-2021, 07:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 564
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Thank You Bob Bidonde

I am glad that my idea works for you. Thanks for the feedback.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-21-2021, 07:44 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,077
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Good Run

Yesterday my friend and I took our Model A's out for a 30 mile ride to enjoy bagels and coffee with a group of car guys. My friend drove his 1931 Town Sedan and I dove my 1931 Victoria.
On a level...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-20-2021, 06:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 502
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: modern point set follow-up

This may be your problem:
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