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Old 05-17-2021, 11:10 PM   #1
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After owning a few hotrodded model A's Im about to purchase my 1st close to stock one, a 30 Coupe. To be honest am kind of excited about that!

Now Im in Japan and the car will be shipped to me and at the same time would like to bring across maintenance items etc as sourcing them here is difficult. Having never owned a stocker, plan is to keep it mostly that way although it already has 36 16" wheels and a few other subtle changes. That being said what would be some good service items to pick up? Also interested in maintenance books etc to guide me.

Any and all other advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 05-18-2021, 04:16 AM   #2
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Nice '30 Coupe Pete! Your wheels are actually '35 Ford wheels.

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Old 05-18-2021, 12:44 PM   #4
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They are going to freak seeing that driving around in Japan, keep a good eye on it.
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Old 05-18-2021, 01:30 PM   #5
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It is a little hard to say without knowing the car and how it is equipped and/or modified.

I would get basic tune-up parts (points, condenser, plugs), but you would need to know if it has original points or "modern" points, or potentially converted to electronic ignition.

Spares I like to keep handy.... carburetor, starter, generator. I have an extra of each that I picked up at shows and reconditioned and tested. Some guys carry a spare distributor. That may be a bit much to start with. Around here they are easy to pick up at shows.

What do you know about the seller? Can you ask them about spares that they kept around? What are the condition/age of the tires? How many miles are on the clutch? What oil do they use?

They are really not high maintenance cars, but you may have to have spares shipped all the way from the states. I don't know if they had much of a presence in Japan. They were pretty common in Australia, and those were right-hand drive.

Regardless, good luck,

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Old 05-19-2021, 12:44 AM   #6
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......and a parts book in Japanese, like this one, might also be helpful



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Old 05-19-2021, 02:54 AM   #7
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It would be good to have someone look at it and tell you what is needed.
Starting with the brakes, if the drums haven't been replaced it might be a good idea to get a new set already mounted on hubs with linings etc. to ship with the car. These are heavy items that need to go by sea. Sending them later by air will most likely be prohibitive.
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Old 05-19-2021, 07:33 AM   #8
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Thanks all. Really appreciate the help!

You are right about that Ken and Burner31, it is VERY unusual to see cars like these where I live. In 6 years here I've only seen a couple rods come through.

Cheers Pat for the correction on the wheels. I must have remembered that wrong.

Brad that book looks awesome, sadly I couldnt read it but my wife can

Updraught Im buying the car from a Ford Barn member and sounds like its been well maintained. Had a nice chat with him this evening and Im confident its been sorted out but I do like the idea of an extra set of linings etc, cheers.

Ken thanks for the detailed respsonse besides the wheels its fitted with a T170, 12v alt, model B distributor, cam and carb and possibly a head but need to confirm that. So your suggestion of points condensor and plugs is a great idea. Having not owned a banger before any suggestions for good suppliers of those?

Once again thanks for you help gents, never though I would get so excited about a fairly stock A
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If you would like to learn more about the Ford Model A assembly plant in Yokohama, Japan, the US National Archieves has a video showing their entire Model A assembly process.

Here is the link to that video: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/91834

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Old 05-19-2021, 05:42 PM   #10
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Wow Brad thanks so much for that link!
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If you ever visit Tokyo, in the Edo-Tokyo Museum there, on display (Section T6 - Modern Tokyo), is a 1930 Fordor which was used as a taxi in Japan.

Here is a photo of that car on display in the Edo-Tokyo Museum:



It was supposedly assembled in Yokohama (note its right hand drive and no fender lights).

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Old 05-20-2021, 08:19 AM   #12
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Thanks Brad! Have been to that museum a LONG time ago. Will have to revisit it.
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Great looking car and welcome to the club. Here is my two cents worth. It sounds like it is coming over in a container. Get back up alt/gen/starter/head/radiator anything you may want that is heavy shipped with it. Otherwise it will kill you to ship it later. As long as it is solid, then it should just be the small stuff you will need and any supplier will have that and be able to ship.


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Thanks Mike, some great ideas there!


Which will be the best service manual/s for me to pick up?
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Great looking coupe. A little surprised you didn't try to find one in England or Australia for a right hand drive.
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Congratulations Pete, that is a nice looking 1930 Ford Model A Coupe.
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Old 05-21-2021, 07:42 PM   #17
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Congratulations Pete, that is a nice looking 1930 Ford Model A Coupe.

Thanks, stoked on it to say the least.



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Great looking coupe. A little surprised you didn't try to find one in England or Australia for a right hand drive.

Had thought about that and had actually tried to buy a 33 off a mate in Aus but that didnt work out. As it is I have another coupe and a panhead coming as well so they'll all go in the one container.
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Which will be the best service manual/s for me to pick up?
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Sorry Shew forgot to thank you earlier and forgot you posted the links. Will order these.
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Sorry Shew forgot to thank you earlier and forgot you posted the links. Will order these.
No problem. I thought you might have missed the links that were mixed in with the other responses. I hope you really enjoy your car. My car has been a blast! :-)
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