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Forum: Model-A Yesterday, 09:59 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 841
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Parts & Accessories

Revised list to remove sold parts. Prices reduced.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-29-2020, 12:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,503
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Heated Seats In The Model "A"

I thought putting the heating pads under the upholstery, but I did not do so because the pads become inaccessible should they require replacement.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-29-2020, 11:54 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 945
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Black spark plug ooze

I had this same problem, and it turned-out to be the piston rings were not sealing properly in my rebuilt engine. I used synthetic oil before the rings seated. After changing the motor oil to SAE...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-29-2020, 11:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 410
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: About spark plug gap

The spark plug gap is set on the basis of:
> The amount of hi-voltage available to jump the gaps in the distributor & spark plugs;

> Volumetric efficiency of the engine's intake system;
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-24-2020, 09:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 686
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Condenser mount

Try this condenser mounting.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-23-2020, 10:15 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,267
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Leather main bearing

I once used a 16 Penny nail to link the ends of a broken fan belt together, and it got me home that way. The wildest thing I ever saw was a Model A on the interstate with a pair of Visegrips sticking...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-23-2020, 09:59 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,977
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Bone Stock or Modified?

I wonder why some folks keep their Model A's stock. In a stock configuration, a Model A is not safe to drive in modern traffic. Certainly nobody of sound mind would drive a Model A with an original...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-22-2020, 10:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 594
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Ignition System Question

Ditto re the Petronix Flamethrower failure.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-22-2020, 09:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 458
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Rear water pump grease fitting

The most significant reason a leakless pump gets its name is because the shaft cannot move horizontally, and it has a modern seal under the packing nut. However, even a leakless pump will start to...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-22-2020, 09:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 810
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Lightened Flywheel

The flywheel plays an important role in the dynamic response to the engine's vibrations. When the flywheel & clutch are lightened, the consequences are:
1. Lightening the flywheel & clutch reduces...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-21-2020, 08:55 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,727
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Most Difficult Restoration Tasks

Cutting-in the back corners of the top on a Sport Coupe is a scary task. If the cuts are not positioned so they are hidden by the valence, the top needs to be replaced. Scary!!!
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-20-2020, 12:30 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,727
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Most Difficult Restoration Tasks

Looking back at all of the restoration projects I have had hands-on, the most difficult tasks that I recall are:
1. Bending the exterior roof molding on my Victoria;
2. Installing a top on a Sport...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-19-2020, 07:43 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 948
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Sick engine

The very first thing you should have done is a compression test of the motor.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-19-2020, 07:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 327
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Crank guide model A

Is this what you are asking for?
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-17-2020, 12:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 740
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Bent timing pin

Could it be that somebody actually tried to lift / hoist the engine by the timing pin? Or could it that somebody bent the pin to advance the timing? Or could it be that somebody banged the engine...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-13-2020, 08:33 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,602
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Head gasket?

Are copper head gaskets for the Models "A" & "B" still being made?
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-13-2020, 08:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 321
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: 60-A and 60-B Body Tags (Briggs)

Thanks for posting this Steve. To me, it solves the mystery of why some 190A Victoria Coupe owners think that Briggs built 190As, which they did not. Of the 591 Victoria survivors on record with...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-12-2020, 07:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 932
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Loose Pitman Arm

My solution to this problem is:
>Widen the gap in the arm that the lock bolt squeezes;
>Shim the gaps that may exist between the arm and sector using steel sheet, not aluminum and not brass.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-12-2020, 07:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 929
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Brake kit

I have Flathead Ted's brakes, and they are much much better than the stock brakes. Put Flathead Ted's brakes on all 4 wheels. The difference over the OEM brakes is that Flathead Ted's brakes give the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-12-2020, 07:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 665
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: 1929 u joint

There are 2 types of U-Joint. The riveted joint (left photo) is not rebuildable, and should be discarded. The other U-joint (middle photo) is rebuildable.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-11-2020, 12:12 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 256
Posted By Bob Bidonde
400A Convertible Sedan

What body building company built the 400A Convertible Sedan? Was it Briggs or Murray? My guess is it was Murray because of the 400A's commonality to the 190A Victoria Coupe.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-10-2020, 11:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 669
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Rear axle ratio and car speed

Put your concern to rest with this easy test. Drive by a radar speed indicator sign like those by school zones. Do it at different speeds when the school is closed on a weekend. Note the differences....
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-10-2020, 11:20 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 253
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Ignition Coil Reliability

Canister type ignition coils as we use in our Model "A's" are either oil filled, epoxy filled or tar filled. The question is, which of these coils is more reliable? I am judging these coil filler...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-09-2020, 09:32 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,503
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Heated Seats In The Model "A"

In my opinion, the heated seat pads are a home run! Having tested the seat pads on a couple of cruises, the heat is comforting to my back and derriere. I initially thought that the pads would slip &...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-09-2020, 07:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 919
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Shock Absorber Fluid Replacement

My shocks were restored by Robert Paul of Yoder, Colorado and they are filled with glycerin. The purpose of this post is a warning not mix a petroleum product with glycerin. Because of its...
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