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Forum: Model A (1928-31) Today, 08:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 160
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Front bumper bracket tilts downward

From experience, I know that straightening the bracket cold while on the car will bend the frame. Get the bracket red hot with a torch, then bend the bracket.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) Today, 08:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 237
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Carb backfire when release accelerator

Adjust the carburetor with the GAV 1/4 turn open, and try this technique of driving with the GAV:
Forum: Model A (1928-31) Today, 08:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 305
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: "Value" is a movng target

I could care less about what my Model A's are worth except to be sure they are adequately insured for their replacement values. It has been my experience that the cost of restoring Model A's exceeds...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-13-2021, 09:19 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 297
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Victoria Question ??

You need to get a copy of "The Victoria Book" from MAFCA. It is the most accurate and comprehensive book written about the Victoria to date.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-13-2021, 09:11 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 706
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Composition of "Rustless Steel"

I read that Ford initially had difficulty forming stainless steel sheet metal parts, and it took some iteration to get the alloy and process suitable for mass production. i suspect that Ford added to...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-13-2021, 08:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 224
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: thread of the rear engine mount bolts

One of the useful features of Model "A" parts catalogs is that the vendors list the thread sizes of bolts for various Model "A" parts. For examples, Bratton's catalog lists:
> Engine Mount to Frame...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-13-2021, 08:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 300
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Wind Wings

I have a set with the notches, and they are for closed cars. The notches fit into a feature in the frames, and it appears they prevent the glass from falling out.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-13-2021, 08:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 556
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: GAV lever

When you turn-off your engine, leave the GAV in its run position. If parking your "A" overnight, run the engine with the gas shutoff closed to empty the carburetor.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-12-2021, 10:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 518
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Oil interval

Grease has also made major advancements in technology since the Model A was new. In the 1930s through the 1950s, grease was a soap made of principally of animal fats. I still remember the smell of...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-12-2021, 09:51 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 706
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Composition of "Rustless Steel"

Old SAE designations for stainless specified the percentage of its principal alloys. For example 18-8 Stainless Steel has 18% Chrome & 8% Nickle. Currently, 18-8 is 302 Stainless. I do not know the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-12-2021, 09:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 518
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Oil interval

Modern motor oils are light years ahead in technology than the motor oils Ford recommended for the Model "A". My practice is to change the motor oil once per year regardless of the mileage...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-12-2021, 09:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 202
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Window regulator 1932

There are no apparent "B" or later window regulators that are similar to those in the 190A. The A-16202-R (left) & A-16203-R (right) are common to the 68C Cabriolet, 160A Standard Fordor, 160B Town...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-12-2021, 08:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 699
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Ford engines in rail vehicles

These are North American rail cars with Model "A" engines.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-08-2021, 07:37 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,002
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Loud Thud

My front radius rod ball socket is all steel with a cup washer in it to take-up wear on the ball. My friends 1931 Town Sedan makes the same thud noise.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-07-2021, 09:59 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,002
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Loud Thud

In the steering, the shock is axial through the column shaft.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-07-2021, 09:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 490
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Steering wheel & Seat

The Victoria is not an easy car to enter for seating in its front seats. The clearance between the front seat and a wide open door is about 8 inches for seats attached with rods. There may be a...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-07-2021, 09:28 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,002
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Loud Thud

When my Model "A" hits a pot hole in the road with just one wheel, it makes an extraordinary loud thud noise in the front suspension, and it is felt in the steering.

The car has less than 5000...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-06-2021, 10:29 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,226
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: oil leak rear main

Before doing anything major to your engine, blow air through the rear main bearing drain to be sure that it is not clogged or restricted. The drain pipe on the bearing cap should have a 0.38"...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-04-2021, 09:44 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,090
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: 29
Views: 1,576
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: 270
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: 292
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: 582
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: 769
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: 1,654
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"?
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