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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-28-2021, 06:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,410
Posted By Ian Curtis
Re: Front End Rebuild Questions

After a couple of month break, reassembled everything today (new spindle arms, new pitman arm) and took a short drive. Drove over some road surfaces that used to excite the death wobble, and no death...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-05-2020, 08:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,410
Posted By Ian Curtis
Re: Front End Rebuild Questions

Yeah, I was wondering that too. Having experienced the death wobble clearly there is a bunch of play in the front end, but it isn’t obvious to me how a couple tenths in a few pivot points results in...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-05-2020, 07:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,410
Posted By Ian Curtis
Re: Front End Rebuild Questions

@BrianH, yep looks like there is a cotter pin in that picture, I promise I removed it though before I attempted to remove the nut.

@SpringerPete, good call on the wishbone. Looking at the Les...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-30-2020, 11:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,410
Posted By Ian Curtis
Front End Rebuild Questions

After putting up with some low speed front end wobble for several years, I figured it was time to do something about it.

There was no detectable side to side motion on the wheels before I pulled...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-03-2018, 12:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,310
Posted By Ian Curtis
Re: Headlight Switch Woes

I ended up buying an original switch from Bert's in Colorado. The top half of the new switch mates up just fine with the bottom half of the existing switch, and my headlights work again! Very...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-21-2018, 07:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,310
Posted By Ian Curtis
Headlight Switch Woes

Recently, my headlights stop working, so I disassembled the switch. It appears that the rotating bit in the top half of the switch has broken, so it's just floating in the switch casing. As such,...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-06-2017, 08:37 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,288
Posted By Ian Curtis
Re: TZ Bridge - Last car over attempt

This is great! We've driven our Model A over mile high mountain passes, but you are waaay braver driving yours into NYC traffic. Did that once in a modern car, not for me. Best of luck! Love your...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-01-2017, 11:09 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 9,647
Posted By Ian Curtis
Re: Not showing our cars anymore?

I just don't get paying money to park in an otherwise free spot. We put 1000+ miles on the A per year (chump change compared to some of you!), and I'm happy to let anyone who asks in a parking lot...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-30-2017, 06:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 572
Posted By Ian Curtis
Top of Window Sponge Rubber Installation on '29 Closed Cab Pickup

Hey all,

My wife noted that the Model A Pickup was a little drafty, so I've recently attempted to correct that. The rubber sponge that goes into the top of the window was missing from both doors,...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-25-2017, 12:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,348
Posted By Ian Curtis
Cascade Loop Trip Log

Highlights
Take a trip from Western Washington over the Cascades to Eastern Washington. Leave Thursday night from Snohomish (about an hour outside of Seattle), drive up to the North Cascades. Camp...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-15-2017, 10:11 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,895
Posted By Ian Curtis
Re: Words of wisdom for first "long" trip

Hey Scott,

Go for it and have fun! I always like to think if it hasn't gone wrong in 5 miles, it probably won't go wrong in 500.

From personal experience, the only things I've had go wrong...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-11-2017, 01:45 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,488
Posted By Ian Curtis
Re: The Can-Am Model A Reliability Run;Mt. Baker A-scent

It was worth staying up until midnight the night before to get my oil pan back on so we could attend the "A"-scent! I'd never seen so many Model As in one place with my own eyes. I thought there...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-03-2017, 07:13 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,534
Posted By Ian Curtis
Re: Babbitt in the Oil

Yeah, but if the thrust surface is all messed up, I assume that doesn't bode well for the bearing surface (but like you say you don't know for sure until you look.)
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-03-2017, 07:00 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,534
Posted By Ian Curtis
Re: Babbitt in the Oil

Also a picture of the some of the crud on my rag after wiping out the pan a few days ago. The right kind of dull silver to be babbitt?

https://i.imgur.com/ywU8rqfl.jpg
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-03-2017, 06:49 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,534
Posted By Ian Curtis
Re: Babbitt in the Oil

So, when I said there was no end play in the crank earlier, I was wrong. I only pushed on the crank. Today I pushed & pulled and as it turns out the end play is actually something like 0.045...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-01-2017, 10:18 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,534
Posted By Ian Curtis
Re: Babbitt in the Oil

I am prepared to set a 5 gallon bucket of oil on the fender and set up a drip feed system if necessary to get me to the top of Mt. Baker. :rolleyes: All that oil will help keep the dust down...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-31-2017, 09:45 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,534
Posted By Ian Curtis
Re: Babbitt in the Oil

Hey Chuck,

How do I measure that? I just went out and pushed on the pulley and there was no perceptible movement. Do you you really have to shove on it to get it to get movement? I see the Les...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-30-2017, 06:11 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,534
Posted By Ian Curtis
Re: Babbitt in the Oil

Alrighty,

So I dropped the pan this afternoon, this is what I found in the bottom of the pan. I'm going to profess my ignorance... what are these things? Are they just shims? What's the next...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-30-2017, 02:58 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,534
Posted By Ian Curtis
Re: Babbitt in the Oil

It does leak oil -- sort of intermittently. Sometimes you lose an excessive amount of oil very quickly (a quart in 200 miles), other times there isn't a noticeable loss in the same mileage.

I...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-29-2017, 06:25 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,534
Posted By Ian Curtis
Babbitt in the Oil

I went to change the oil in my truck today, and lo and behold there are chunks of shiny metal in the oil plug. I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that isn't good. I haven't noticed a knock or...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-14-2017, 11:57 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,008
Posted By Ian Curtis
Re: Dry Run up Mt. Baker

Thanks! I figured there had to be a database somewhere, my google-fu just wasn't good enough to find it.

I have a modern camera too, ye olde camera is just more fun, just like the Model A.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-13-2017, 10:35 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,008
Posted By Ian Curtis
Re: Dry Run up Mt. Baker

Hey Dick,

How did you find those great old pictures from the Whatcom Museum? Do you have someone there that you know? I have an old Kodak pocket camera and am thinking about dragging it along...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-15-2017, 10:19 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 14,580
Posted By Ian Curtis
Re: Taking a break for some brakes.

That can be a real pain. I was surprised how far forward 15* is (I used the inclinometer on my iPhone), I ended up needing 2 pills on each side as I recall.

My test to make sure that nothing was...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-03-2017, 09:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,610
Posted By Ian Curtis
Re: Whidbey Island Trip Log

My office building is in Harbour Pointe, as we were driving around my wife said, "You know, it isn't THAT far away." I met a few Whidbey Island folks in Anacortes a few years ago at the old Antique...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-02-2017, 08:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,610
Posted By Ian Curtis
Re: Whidbey Island Trip Log

I agree it is a beautiful place! So much varied scenery within a day's drive, and even more in a weekend! I always enjoy seeing other people's trips, so I figure by posting ours maybe a few more...
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