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Old 04-12-2021, 09:04 PM   #41
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68 mph, in a stock 31 2-dr. Sedan. Only once. Had a good running engine.
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Old 04-12-2021, 09:47 PM   #42
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When people ask "What speed will it do?" I answer "I don't know, I've never tried it." That puzzles most people but it's true. I don't see the point of this thread.
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Old 04-13-2021, 05:24 AM   #43
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When people ask "What speed will it do?" I answer "I don't know, I've never tried it." That puzzles most people but it's true.
Thatís my answer as well. Itís funny to see the expression of folks hearing that for the first time. Lol


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Old 04-13-2021, 08:31 AM   #44
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Well I just got back from doing a retest using just about full spark advance and my GPS speed went from57 to 62 mph without an overdrive. The test was done on the same country road and my 29 Phaeton held the road quite well. I am planning on installing a Mitchell overdrive soon and I can now say with confidence I will be able to hold 60 mph when needed (With the Overdrive) but I do plan on doing most of my driving at 50 and under. If your car feels unsafe like mine did please do not accept it or just live with it........Go fix your Model A and your Model A will reward you with surprising performance for a 90 plus year old car. Do it for your safety and the safety of everyone around you. I have proven to myself that a well sorted Model A is capable of safely doing 62 mph......now it's time for seatbelts

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Old 04-13-2021, 10:27 PM   #45
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Do keep in mind that there are more lies told about the yields of crops, the size of fish especially the ones that got away and the speeds of Model A's
Are you suggesting that the people on hear would not be telling the truth in regards to Max Speed of a Model A in Stock Form?
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Old 04-13-2021, 10:55 PM   #46
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Are you suggesting that the people on hear would not be telling the truth in regards to Max Speed of a Model A in Stock Form?
Yep, I think that's EXACTLY what he was suggesting!
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Tell me again, How big was that fish??
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Old 04-14-2021, 09:08 AM   #48
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On a five+ mile straight downgrade I coasted my '30 Fordor to a max speed of 72 MPH. Bricks aren't to aerodynamic!
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Old 04-14-2021, 12:15 PM   #49
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I was cruising and there wasn't enough traffic to regulate my speed, I got stopped by police, when asked I said I was probably going over 50 a bit--- you were going 62 in a 50 he said, next it was " watcha got under the hood "----- it's original I said, want to look--- YES, he looked, shook his head, and said just keep the speed down and walked away, I knew enough to not say it had more left, I was just cruising comfortably
A stock car , restored to original specifications and tolerances I would expect 60-70, though some of the early roadsters had different ratios and ther were story's of speeds over 70
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Old 04-14-2021, 10:46 PM   #50
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Ok, I guess we all do stupid. I surely did. I have a 6:1 head and everything else was stock. Wanted to see what my 1930 fordor would do with a new engine. 3.78 gearing. on a rural pavement, level for 6 miles I floored it and it peaked out at 73 mph on my gps. As soon as I hit 73, I immediately slacked off. Engine rpm was 3200 for no more than 5 seconds at this speed. I now have 16,000 miles on this engine trouble free but I would never do anything like that again. Later I installed a Michell 26% OD and at 2200 rpm I get 63 mph. On expressway I can cruse at 60-65 w/o abusing the engine but I don't. I have grown up a bit since then.
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Old 04-15-2021, 03:40 PM   #51
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68 MPH clocked by a modern car, white knuckling all the way, never again.
Just wanted to see what she would do.
All stock, turn signals don't count...do they?
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Old 04-15-2021, 04:39 PM   #52
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When people ask "What speed will it do?" I answer "I don't know, I've never tried it." That puzzles most people but it's true. I don't see the point of this thread.
Yes. I don't go out and hold it on the floor in my wife's Corvette.
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Old 04-16-2021, 07:08 PM   #53
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I've always surmised, without much evidence, that most of you guy live in rural, semi-rural, or small towns. Many member own multiple cars and need sufficient garage space.

Also many addresses state "79 Wistful Vista" or the like.

In urban areas, driving a Model "A" much at all is handicapped by several factors: 1) advent of the mammoth SUV, 2) advent of the mammoth pick-up truck, 3) millennial drivers.

Anyway congratulations to the members who have fine-tune their cars to original specs and can cruise faster that us 40-mph'ers.
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Old 04-16-2021, 08:06 PM   #54
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I've always surmised, without much evidence, that most of you guy live in rural, semi-rural, or small towns. Many member own multiple cars and need sufficient garage space.

Also many addresses state "79 Wistful Vista" or the like.

In urban areas, driving a Model "A" much at all is handicapped by several factors: 1) advent of the mammoth SUV, 2) advent of the mammoth pick-up truck, 3) millennial drivers.

Anyway congratulations to the members who have fine-tune their cars to original specs and can cruise faster that us 40-mph'ers.
I live in the country about 35 miles north of Charlotte, NC. I built a car barn that can hold 8 cars and it has a lift so I guess I fit the profile of what you said above.

But we still have stupid millennial drivers. Just tonight I was driving on a rural country road with a speed limit of 45. I has a young girl talking on her phone riding my A$$ and I was doing 55. Guess you just cannot fix stupid.

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Old 04-17-2021, 12:06 PM   #55
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Hey woofa, not all of us racers lie, I sometimes admit that the only way to win is to cheat!
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Old 04-17-2021, 04:35 PM   #56
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My 30 cpe, stock with 60 over bore and with 3:78 rear has no problem getting to 65 mph. I drove it to Daytona in 59 and back and forth to Johnson City on regular occasions in the early 60s and would hit 65 on the straights. Of course brakes and steering are a limiter but I was much younger then. My 28 will easily get 45 and if pushed or punished 50 on a straight with stock engine and 4:11 rear. A 3:78 would be much better for it. And for naysayers, both of my T's will easily get 45 and hit 50 on a flat with a little wind help.
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Old 04-17-2021, 06:37 PM   #57
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Mine is stock and I on a long trip of which I do plenty I will cruise at 55 mph for hours on end It would go faster and ocassionally on a downhill will go over 60mph . Of course as in any car you drive to the conditions. I would agree with the other posters on here who say if you car is not stable at these speeds then somethng is wrong. Having driven lots of ""restored"" Model A's I am constantly surprised by what other owners accept as normal for a Model A - Sloppy steering boxes ,worn out suspension , badly adjusted brakes and faulty wheel allignment are just attributed to this being a vintage car !
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Old 04-18-2021, 06:00 PM   #58
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Mine currently tops out at 45 mph but working on upgrades for engine, brakes and transmission
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Old 04-18-2021, 07:08 PM   #59
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Mine currently tops out at 45 mph but working on upgrades for engine, brakes and transmission
I can see brakes and poor steering stopping you from going over 45 but if that's not the case your engine may need to be freshened up. I hit 62 without an overdrive or HC Head but if it were not for a curve coming up in the road I am sure she would have done more. As long as the road was fairly straight my car could have sat at 60 all day long.

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Old 04-24-2021, 03:45 PM   #60
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Can I ask, how much does a Columbia 2-speed rear end pick up the MPH? What ratio does that give you? Do they operate like a borg-warner overdrive, with the sun gears, or something?
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