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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-24-2020, 02:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,262
Posted By Greg Jones
Re: Leather main bearing

I have heard the "leather used for a bearing" story for 60 years. I have never believed it, but that's just me.....
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-09-2020, 12:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,143
Posted By Greg Jones
Re: Model A Engine for Rebuild

You never know. I helped a friend restore a 1912 Model T engine that looked worse than that. I guess it all depends how much effort and money you are willing to invest. Generally I would try to...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-09-2020, 11:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,143
Posted By Greg Jones
Model A Engine for Rebuild

For those who are looking for a "nice" engine to rebuild, check this out:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1928-1931-Ford-Model-A-Engine/333424553655?hash=item4da1a6eeb7:g:f-8AAOSw~atb8ZHu
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-05-2020, 07:56 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,730
Posted By Greg Jones
Re: What is a "reasonable" speed in a Model A for one to get "reasonable" engine life

Brent's posting (#53) is a very very useful list of engine rebuilding considerations. Now, I won't get into the "how fast can a Model A go" argument but I very much commend Brent for his posting.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-29-2020, 09:09 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,580
Posted By Greg Jones
Re: Source for epoxy-filled 6 volt coil ?

Oil coils don't like to be tipped upside down [ neither do I ] and tar coils aren't made anymore. Epoxy is just a modern substitute.

Nailed it!
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-29-2020, 09:07 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,185
Posted By Greg Jones
Re: this is what I drug home yesterday- not Ford

Nice looking car. I love Buicks of ANY vintage!!
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-25-2020, 04:58 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,580
Posted By Greg Jones
Re: Source for epoxy-filled 6 volt coil ?

I took Purdy's advice and got a Petronix epoxy filled coil, the "Flame Thrower." Let me just say, as usual, Purdy knoweth of what he speaketh.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-22-2020, 09:58 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,057
Posted By Greg Jones
Re: 1930 Model A Gears Grind After New Clutch Install

Pedal free play and engine idle speed are two places I would look, too. There is a guy in our club who has his idle set to "excessively fast" and is always grinding the gears, even when at a full...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-22-2020, 09:52 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,852
Posted By Greg Jones
Re: Your most useless NOS parts

Back in the 1980's I was restoring a Model T and snatched up almost any NOS part I could find. Later, I learned that some of it was actually stuff that, while "new," was incorrectly made (bolt holes...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-20-2020, 11:49 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,031
Posted By Greg Jones
Re: Question ????

Here is some information that was put out to the members of the Rock-Ford-A's
and an article from the Restorer, for something this important I don't think they would mind that we are sharing the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-20-2020, 08:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,499
Posted By Greg Jones
Re: Hard turning with new pistons

Herm Kohnke told me when using plastigage to put a spot of oil on the bearing then lay the plastigage in the oil. Then torque and measure. According to Herm if you don’t use oil you won’t get an...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-06-2020, 08:00 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,775
Posted By Greg Jones
Re: Electronic ignition advise

Purdy did the use of the Flamethrower coil require 12 volt conversion?
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-31-2020, 09:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 978
Posted By Greg Jones
Re: 1930 Coupe front end shimmy

What shape is the wish bone ball in?
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-27-2020, 03:50 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,456
Posted By Greg Jones
Re: Cannot get the quail back on

I too gave up on the repro quail on my 30's and just went back to a standard cap. Too bad, I love the look of the quail. I have been thinking (oh-oh) if there was some way I could affix SECURELY...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-16-2020, 02:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,269
Posted By Greg Jones
Re: Frustration

Make sure the wire from your upper distributor plate is not shorting out against the distributor body. Also make sure the armored switch cable (or whatever you have) that screws into the distributor...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-14-2020, 03:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 907
Posted By Greg Jones
Re: Change in driving between Model T and Model A

I can't answer your question, but I do know my grandfather would only drive Model T's because that is all he knew. He last drove a 26 Model T Coupe that was last licensed in 1954. I still have that...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-06-2020, 06:25 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 19,208
Posted By Greg Jones
Re: Dumbest Reproduction Parts

I didn't read through this whole thread to see if anyone mentioned this, but how about the crap roller bearings being sold for the transmission? The ones Tom Endy has posted about and I also fell...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-04-2020, 09:30 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,683
Posted By Greg Jones
Re: Spark advance

I agree with Bob Bidonde and Purdy, you need to get as much advance as possible to get maximum performance. Too much advance robs performance. Proper advance is kinda specific to your engine's...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-18-2020, 09:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,183
Posted By Greg Jones
Re: Distributor Problem

Robert, I went through the same thing as you. I used the Bratton's "machined" point block (part no.. 17531 I believe). I found I had to tweak the mounting holes in the upper plate so as to enable...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-28-2020, 07:47 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,875
Posted By Greg Jones
Re: Getting my 31 to run right.

Tell us more about how you rebuilt the carb. I had a friend rebuild a Zenith for me and he just replaced parts. Problem is modern jets are likely not sized right. You need to flow test the carb...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-06-2020, 04:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 815
Posted By Greg Jones
Lateral Movement in Transmission Input Shaft

Rebuilding a stock transmission, and have everything back together. I notice slight lateral movement on the transmission input shaft. This is the big shaft with the nose that sticks into the pilot...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-06-2020, 04:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 980
Posted By Greg Jones
Re: transmission noise while in neutral, goes away when clutch is depressed.

Sounds like potentially he used the poorly manufactured bearings when he freshened with new bearings. Of course he didn't know that they would fail in a few hundred miles....and many vendors still...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-21-2020, 09:21 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,220
Posted By Greg Jones
Re: Tom Endy: Transmission Bearings (Hyatt style)

Barnstuf, my terminology may be in error calling these roller bearings "hyatt" bearings. The Model T crowd I used to hang around with called any roller bearing a "hyatt" bearing so my usage could...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-21-2020, 09:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,220
Posted By Greg Jones
Re: Tom Endy: Transmission Bearings (Hyatt style)

Yes I got some from Brattons and Snyders sold them too. I am glad Bratton's purged these bearings. Interestingly, if you look at the photo of the bearing on both Bratton's and Bert's web sites,...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-21-2020, 08:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,220
Posted By Greg Jones
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