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Old 05-26-2017, 03:36 PM   #141
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Not sure how you decided the starter was bad, but maybe it is somewhere else in the system. You were have to mess with the distributor for the cam screw, maybe something in the ignition system is not reconnected properly. If you haven't checked all that first, I would before I tear the starter out again. You seem to be a much better mechanic than I am, so maybe it is no bid deal, but for me, less is always more when it comes to taking stuff apart on my A. Good luck.


I figured it had something to do with either the starter or the start switch since I could hand crank it to start no problem. Luckily after working on it today I was just in the switch. One of the insulators had somehow ended up between the two copper contacts. Easy fix and the starter works again. Able to drive around town today with no issues.

I'm not a better mechanic than anyone. I'm learning about this car as I go. I enjoy learning new things and have plenty to learn about these cars. Less is definitely more. Someone on here has a saying in their signature that says "If it ain't broke, fix it until it is." That's pretty much how things have been going on my car. But it's been fun.


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Old 06-11-2017, 04:44 PM   #142
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So I figured out that one side of the paper insulated inside the switch somehow fell between the two copper contacts. Quick fix and my car is easy to start again. Checked the timing and everything again since it seemed to be getting worse after driving. I was able to drive my A about 30 miles round trip to its first car show. A small all Ford show and she won her first award. It was a terrifying experience at speed on some of the roads here in North Dallas, but I'm loving every mile behind the wheel. Still have some bugs to work out, but she's getting more and more reliable everyday.








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Old 06-11-2017, 06:56 PM   #143
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Hey! I like that Blue, what's it called?
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Old 06-11-2017, 07:44 PM   #144
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Hey! I like that Blue, what's it called?
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I wish I knew. I need to do some touch ups. The previous owner painted it in 1975-ish. The gentleman's wife said that he picked it since it was similar to an original color, I believe Hessian Blue. But there's no color on the receipts that I have from when he bought the paint.


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Old 06-12-2017, 08:17 AM   #145
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Congrats Lucky. Looks GREAT! Jeff
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Old 06-12-2017, 11:17 AM   #146
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I think you've got a great car
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Old 07-07-2017, 04:34 PM   #147
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Lots of changes going on in the shop. I'm working on installing a set of Ken Davis shocks so my car will actually have shocks on it now.

I've got a new set of tires since the ones that were on were at least 40 years old and hard as a rock.

While the tires are off I'm gonna have the wheels media blasted and repaint them black since there's a bunch of chips and I'm not sure how to match the blue that the previous owner used.

While I was fixing the head gasket I noticed a crack in one of the ears on the water neck so I ordered a new one and the previous assumptions are correct. I had a 28-29 neck before. Original is on the left, new part on the right.

I have a temperature gauge to install but the holder doesn't line up anywhere close. I may have to Fab something up if I can't exchange the one I got.

I also got a bunch of other miscellaneous parts and hardware to replace or just install because it wasn't there in the first place.


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Old 07-07-2017, 06:12 PM   #148
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It's been fun following this thread especially the first part getting it home. I think it's always exciting with a first time Model A.
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Old 07-07-2017, 06:36 PM   #149
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It's been fun following this thread especially the first part getting it home. I think it's always exciting with a first time Model A.


Thank you. I'm glad you're enjoying it. I'm sure that many people that are new to Model A's will have similar issues that I'm having. I'm trying to document my progress without being too boring, but didn't want to clutter up the forum with a bunch of threads on each individual project.


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Old 07-14-2017, 11:37 PM   #150
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Got my wheels media blasted today. I got a coat of paint on a few of them. It just get too darn hot out in the garage during the day here. Have a few more coats to go. We'll see how much I can do in the morning. She's gonna look a lot different with black wheels instead of the blue.




Purchased a new front leaf spring, center bolt, spring clamps and shackles. All parts came in from Bratton's today, so I'll be borrowing a front spreader from a friend and getting that installed this week.


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I got the new spring installed yesterday, along with new shackles and bushings. And got a coat of color on the last couple of wheels. Hope to get a second coat on all the wheels today.




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I got one of the tires mounted today. It just got too hot to continue until later this evening. Can't wait to get them all done and see them cleaned up and out in the sun.




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Old 07-28-2017, 09:58 PM   #154
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So I got all the wheels done and the new tires mounted today. I was able to take it for a short test drive to check out the new front suspension as well with the Ken Davis shocks. Amazing difference. Now to install the rear shocks.

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Old 07-28-2017, 10:08 PM   #155
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Looks great with the new tires and black wheels...new lug nuts or did you just clean up the old set?
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Old 07-28-2017, 10:09 PM   #156
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Looks great with the new tires and black wheels...new lug nuts or did you just clean up the old set?


Thank you. New lug nuts and washers. The lug nuts I took off were all different.


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Looks great. The black wheels were a great choice!!!!
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Looks better with the black wheels in my opinion. Did you have to cut off the old tires? Nice work!
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Looks great. The black wheels were a great choice!!!!


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Looks better with the black wheels in my opinion. Did you have to cut off the old tires? Nice work!


Thank you. I had to cut off two of the old tires. The other 3 are still really soft and not cracked. I'm keeping them for emergency spares.


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