My Model A The Story So Far!

Here’s a video of a lot of the work I’ve done on the Model A, (with help, John, Simon, Mr H, Karen to name but a few!), in the past three years.

I’ll improve it as time goes on, but it’s an interesting record of progress.

 

 

1929 Model A Ford Sport Coupe Rumble Seat Clearance Fix

When my trunk/boot/rumble seat lid is open it leans on the spare wheel, which in turn is leading to some marking of the paint. It’s been an issue that has been hanging around for quite a while after being kindly pointed out to me by John Cochran who also provided the kit of brackets to remedy the issue.

When we started to investigate the fitting of the afore mentioned kit it was clear that all was not standard, (nothing new on this vehicle), and that a bar had been fitted across the rear of the compartment right where we would need to fit the brackets. The bar in fact worked to our advantage and we were able to secure the bump rubbers from the kit to achieve the same effect as fitting the brackets!

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Looks like she’s dead Jim…

A day after the trauma of the breakdown on the way to Wheels Day, the investigation began!

Still refusing to start and having no spark I decided to swap in a known good coil, lo and behold the car started and I was able to reverse out of the garage having to push in the day before.

After letting the car idle for about 10 mins it decided to cut out and refused to restart.

Knowing that the Pertronix is very sensitive to correct voltage I decided to charge the battery, however the car still failed to start and still had little or no spark.

So the decision to go back to points is confirmed and the parts are on order from O’Neills

What’s the point(s)!

After a few days preparation, a good road test and Simon’s assistance with clutch adjustment we were ready for our annual trip to Wheels Day in Aldershot, well we thought we were…

Things started to feel a little strange on the M4, but we put that down to a GAV adjustment as after a tweak things improved. However the car cut out and restarted after we came off the motorway, we managed to get around another couple of miles and then broke down with a bang and no restart this time. We had fuel but no spark, the Pertronix electronic ignition module had failed, this is the second such failure in the three years that I’ve had the car.

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A very wise man named John Cochran did suggest that I stick to points a couple of years ago, I took the “if it ain’t broke” approach, well now it’s broke and I’ll be reverting to points!

Luckily my friend John Barron was travelling with me to the show, and his personal AA cover ensured we got home safely and very efficiently (thanks again John!)

Hats off to the the two AA staff that helped us today, customer service at its finest. Suffice to say I joined when I got home!

Took the A to a New Show!

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Took the A along to the inaugural Wellington Country Park Farm Shop Car Rally.

For a new show the turn out was excellent, good American car turn out.

A number of A’s were present including one I hadn’t seen before and is amazingly local!

John Cochran’s truck was also present, after he and Meg had taken a long trip to the Goodwood Revival (110 miles :))

A Hot One in More Ways Than One, RetroFestival 2016!

We took a ride over to Newbury Showground in the A to attend the 2016 RetroFestival

Against my better judgement we took the motorway route over, a shorter distance but very hilly and flat out. The A wasn’t at all happy and overheated a bit. I’m hoping it was more about the poor radiator cap seal than anything serious. We took the non motorway route back and apart from the current stalling out and popping back on the overrun things were OK. After the dramatic ride over the show was very good and as always a lot of Americana on show.

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Removing Steering Column Drop Bracket

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At the recent Berkshire Motor Show, Mr Cochran remarked at the fact that the Sport Coupe was fitted with a column drop bracket which is not standard, and was causing the column to be too low which resulted in very little knee clearance for someone of my height. Once removed the room between my knees and the wheel is improved quite a bit.

  • Pretty easy job to do:
  • Loosen floorboards
  • Loosen steering box mounting bolts
  • Remove steering column bolts
  • Remove column drop bracket
  • Refit column with new shorter bolts
  • Tighten steering column bolts
  • Refit floorboards

 

Sparton Horn Screen Fix

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Been having an issue with the horn screen on the Sport Coupe’s Sparton horn screen.

Cleaned out the screen groove with my Dremel, applied some paint, interference fitted the screen and then gave the area a final coat of paint.

So far so good, it hasn’t fallen out so far!