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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-19-2021, 08:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 412
Posted By Pilotdave
Re: Cleaning a Horn Commutator question

This is slightly off topic of the OP, but a Dremel spinning a small wire brush worked well to clean/polish my horn commutator. Done in just a few seconds.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-18-2021, 10:55 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,077
Posted By Pilotdave
Re: LED Tail Lights - Adding Resistors

An update. I switched out the (thermal) flasher unit to a different brand I had on hand. The flash rate is now quite acceptable. Interestingly, the flash rate is identical on both left (includes...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-18-2021, 10:00 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,077
Posted By Pilotdave
Re: LED Tail Lights - Adding Resistors

Synchro909, the turn signals are combined with the brake light in the tail light units.

Patrick, the front directional lights use incandescent bulbs. There are no indications of the candle power...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-17-2021, 06:39 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,077
Posted By Pilotdave
Re: LED Tail Lights - Adding Resistors

Thanks very much for all the suggestions. The car is 6v, + ground. The front flashers are the amber lights that mount between the bumper bars. I'll check their wattage and/or see if there's a higher...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-16-2021, 08:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,077
Posted By Pilotdave
Re: LED Tail Lights - Adding Resistors

Thanks for the link, shew01. The resistors I have are similar, though lower wattage and slightly higher resistance.

I think I've installed the resistors correctly - if anyone has done this and...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-16-2021, 08:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 461
Posted By Pilotdave
Re: Horn Help

The horn sounds when the horn button is pushed, completing a circuit to ground. With the leads connected to the horn, both electrical contacts will read battery voltage when measured to ground with...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-16-2021, 08:19 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,077
Posted By Pilotdave
Re: LED Tail Lights - Adding Resistors

The Signal Stat 900 is a US-made turn signal brand. Synder's catalog pictures it (or one just like it) on page A-170 of their 2021 catalog.

Thanks for the suggestion. I've tried the electronic...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-16-2021, 07:50 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,077
Posted By Pilotdave
LED Tail Lights - Adding Resistors

After installing Signal Stat 900 turn signals a few years ago, I recently converted the tail lights to LED units. The flasher is the old style bimetal type, and the flash rate is quite high. Today I...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-04-2021, 02:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 747
Posted By Pilotdave
Re: 1931 Victoria Front Pass Window Problems

Not saying this is happening to you, but maybe....

I had issues with the window glass in my A400 doors. They both were really hard to raise or lower. I removed the felt tracks and found that the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-27-2021, 10:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,125
Posted By Pilotdave
Re: Tudor Window Felts

Though a bit off topic...replacing Tudor door window glass and felts is a walk in the park compared to doing the back windows!! I recently replaced both back side windows, the rear window and the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-27-2021, 05:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,211
Posted By Pilotdave
Re: Model A News Jan/Feb 2021 Arrived Today

I have checked with the MAFCA office - phone # is active and working properly. Also, members can renew securely via mafca.com by clicking on Join MAFCA and then on Membership Renewal. We appreciate...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-27-2021, 08:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,211
Posted By Pilotdave
Re: Model A News Jan/Feb 2021 Arrived Today

John - pm sent to you from MAFCA Treasurer. We'll get this worked out - more to come.

Dave
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-29-2020, 01:04 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,606
Posted By Pilotdave
Re: Hard Brake Pedal - Update on Post #9

jb-ob, thanks for your input.

So you are saying that I could restore the surface of the existing linings by doing a little sanding.....I will try it and see if I can now lock the drum with the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-28-2020, 09:50 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,606
Posted By Pilotdave
Re: Hard Brake Pedal - Update on Post #9

Hi Paul. Nice to hear from you!

I THINK it's possible that one of the problems is caused by the glazed linings. I don't see how the original hard brake pedal would be related to that, but then I...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-28-2020, 08:04 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,606
Posted By Pilotdave
Re: Hard Brake Pedal - Update on Post #9

jb-ob, thanks for your input! A couple of things:

1. After installing the new shoe I kept checking the drum as I tightened the adjusting wedge and could feel it progress through stages from free...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-27-2020, 06:28 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,606
Posted By Pilotdave
Re: Hard Brake Pedal - Update on Post #9

Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving!

My investigation continues. I replaced one shoe on the RF brake with one I happened to have in stock. This a new shoe with an untouched woven lining with...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-25-2020, 07:45 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,606
Posted By Pilotdave
Re: Hard Brake Pedal - Update on Post #9

You're welcome, Neil. I believe that explaining outcomes and fixes is an important part of a forum like this one.

That said, I have been strongly advised that the inability to lock up the drums by...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-24-2020, 09:17 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,606
Posted By Pilotdave
Re: Hard Brake Pedal - Update on Post #9

Yesterday I replaced the adjuster wedges and adjuster shafts on both front brakes. The adjuster wedges were both badly worn. I can adjust the brakes from free-wheeling to significant friction - but...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-23-2020, 07:57 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,606
Posted By Pilotdave
Re: Hard Brake Pedal - Update on Post #9

jb-ob....I agree with you about adjusting the brakes, but how would a worn adjusting wedge affect setting the brake rods? I plan to pull the wedge out for an inspection this morning....if it looks...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-22-2020, 06:42 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,606
Posted By Pilotdave
Re: Hard Brake Pedal - Update on Post #9

Brent - thanks for your suggestion; the wedge moves smoothly - no binding.

I also checked the cross shaft for any binding or looseness at the bushings - there's no binding - the shaft turns...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-22-2020, 10:47 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,606
Posted By Pilotdave
Re: Hard Brake Pedal - Update on Post #9

Interesting point, Will. I'll investigate.....I'm looking at the photo in the Andrews book which shows the clevis offset from the centerline of the arm and nearer to the backing plate than to the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-22-2020, 07:47 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,606
Posted By Pilotdave
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-21-2020, 06:18 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,606
Posted By Pilotdave
Re: Hard Brake Pedal - Update on Post #9

nkaminar, I believe the problem is in the front. I'll pull the front drums and check.

Will, I checked the rear brake levers. They, as well as the photos in Andrews Vol I, have the clevis angled...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-21-2020, 02:04 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,606
Posted By Pilotdave
Re: Hard Brake Pedal - Update on Post #9

nkaminar and Will - thanks for your suggestions. I did check both front brakes with rods disconnected at the brake levers and front wheels off the ground - I can spin the wheels and instantly stop...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-21-2020, 12:17 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,606
Posted By Pilotdave
Re: Hard Brake Pedal - Update on Post #9

Thanks, katy. I've watched the cross shaft while my spouse was working the brake pedal - no interference to the cross shaft motion.

Dave
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