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Old 01-13-2021, 10:48 AM   #1
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Took my '29 CCPU to Sam at Arizona Model A yesterday. Sam took a look at it and informed me that it has a "Diamond" engine, which, even though I've been messing with these since the early '60's I'd never heard of. When I got home I did some research and discovered a code of K107 on the engine side. That means that it was built on 1 November 1937! Wow. It also has a stamp from a rebuilder (no longer in business) from Utah. Then his Dad straightened out a slightly bent right front frame horn using a high-lift jack a tool that I don't have. Took 5 minutes! No charge! I'm a happy camper.
When I bought the truck the engine was stuck but I took a risk. Got it freed up after laying a smoke screen in the neighborhood from Marvel Mystery Oil and Kroil, and now it runs great except the Tillotson carb still leaks.
Thanks Sam and Dad!
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Old 01-13-2021, 11:34 AM   #2
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Sounds like you had a great day, congratulations, and a tip of the hat to Sam and Dad.
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Old 01-13-2021, 12:18 PM   #3
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e-mail me at jimb4e4@gmail.com and I'll send you an article I wrote on diamond engines.
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I've got a "diamond" as well in my 1931 CCPU. Mfg. date Aug. of '37.
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Old 01-13-2021, 02:54 PM   #5
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e-mail me at jimb4e4@gmail.com and I'll send you an article I wrote on diamond engines.
Can you post the article on this forum
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Old 01-13-2021, 03:04 PM   #6
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I've got a diamond B in the 28 coupe I just purchased. It's from the late Harold Johanson's estate.
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Old 01-13-2021, 08:53 PM   #7
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Neds 29 Great folk at AZ Model A Sam & Sammy , you guys are very lucky to have them help you,But Sammys Mom Bonnie she is the real worker, we can,t wait to get back there, Be cooler there than here at present, warm 84*
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Old 01-13-2021, 11:44 PM   #8
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Quickchange- Did you meet him when he took his A and friends to NZ? That must have been quite the neat trip. And yes, he's a very helpful nice guy. Best part is he's nearby! His Mom's always working.
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Old 01-14-2021, 12:17 AM   #9
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Another vote of confidence for Sam and the crew
at Arizona Model A. Have found them to be most
helpful... and parts ship on time-

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Old 01-14-2021, 01:54 AM   #10
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Sammy's Model A knowledge is legendary and he is not backwards in sharing it. I've known him for quite a while now and he has been helpful right through. Sam and Bonnie too.
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Old 01-14-2021, 09:29 AM   #11
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So, what are the advantages, or disadvantages to a Diamond engine?
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Old31 see here for a good explanation: https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showthread.php?t=186833
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Old 01-14-2021, 05:21 PM   #13
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Got a '36 and 2 '37 B's .They have the latest revision done during production.Some,but not all have hardened exhaust valve seats. The diamond foundry mark has never been identified. Anything else is speculation.
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I have a Diamond A engine. Were there any post production upgrades to them?
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neds 29 Yes i helped arrange the freight, also 5 of us organized the national tour,with others in each town, the touring group came to my place for bbq evening , etc , we know the touring group fairly well ,on the tour we had a disused horse race track for our speed event , thats when we learnt about Mitchell overdrives ??? enough said , we visit with Sammy, Ron, Joel, Dennis, & Dwayne, when ever over , you don,t find better folk ,
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neds 29 Yes i helped arrange the freight, also 5 of us organized the national tour,with others in each town, the touring group came to my place for bbq evening , etc , we know the touring group fairly well ,on the tour we had a disused horse race track for our speed event , thats when we learnt about Mitchell overdrives ??? enough said , we visit with Sammy, Ron, Joel, Dennis, & Dwayne, when ever over , you don,t find better folk ,
Fun! He's told me about the trip.
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Old 01-16-2021, 10:43 AM   #17
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Does the 'diamond block' have the provision to mount the '32 & up fuel pump ?
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Old 01-16-2021, 10:50 AM   #18
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Does the 'diamond block' have the provision to mount the '32 & up fuel pump ?
Only on the Diamond B block, or any B block

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Old 01-16-2021, 12:37 PM   #19
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I have a diamond A engine also. Is there any internal differences between the stock A motor to the diamond A.
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Old 01-16-2021, 12:48 PM   #20
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Its the last design revision a late '31design
Ford made a number of block revisions during production,the late 31 incorporated all of them...difference? No,more like the best.
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