Long Promised Ride in the Model A

When I first imported the Model A over three years ago I promised my Aunt Noreen a ride in the car and finally today I delivered on the promise 🙂

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Crossing the Channel – Replacing 1929 Model A Ford Window Channels

I’ve been meaning to sort out the perished windows channels on the Model A, so I headed over to John Cochran’s for some expert assistance.

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Once we had removed the door trims it was very interesting to find the details from the trim manufacturer from 20 years ago! I may research the detail to see if I can get a bead on who owned the car back then. I’ve tried writing to the owner listed on the title but sadly got no reply.

It was great to drive home with slightly less rattles thanks to John!

Shiny, Shiney

Gave the A a bit of a wash and brush up after the indignity of the recovery truck a few weeks back.

Zymol, Meguiars, Autoglym
Shiny, Shiny Model A

Wash and dry, Zymol Wax Prep, Meguiars Wax and Autoglym Fast Glass

Auto Restorer Magazine Article

I subscribe to the excellent Auto Restorer magazine http://www.autorestorermagazine.com/ar/

In response to an article I wrote to the editor Ted Kade, the pages below were published.

Auto Restorer Letters
Auto Restorer Letters
Auto Restorer Letters
Auto Restorer Letters

 

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 :))

Cracked it, Carburetor Tales of Disappointment

The A has been running badly of late, especially stalling out at junctions making driving a bit less than enjoyable. The car has a B carburetor fitted on the A manifold which hasn’t been milled out to match the carb (confirmed by measuring) Upon removing and stripping the carb I found that the mounting flange and therefore the carb throat has a crack which has been repaired.

Whilst I had the carb off I gave it a good clean and put it back on for the time being. Surprisingly after resetting the mixture and idle the car runbs and drives well. Decisions to be made on the carb and manifold soon!

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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!