After increasing the value of the Model A (at current prices :)) by adding fuel, it was time to head off for a run, taking advantage of the nice weather and the fact that the roads haven’t been salted as yet
Tag: 1929 Model A Ford Sport Coupe
Had a squeak from the rear when getting in and out and over certain bumps, eventually it got to an annoying level!
So I turned to the old faithful Weldtite TF2 Lubricant Spray with Telflon. Apply in between the leaves and give it a bounce and all is quiet (well for a Model A :)) once again!
As a follow up to the brake drum investigation post (link below)
Gave the drum a good cleaning with the poor mans Dremel rather than the lathe, and yes the crack is too bad to use. Can’t take the risk with brakes.
As can be seen, the crack covers the entire width of the braking area. Should be able to salvage the hub as it appears to be the press in type. So now looking for new drums, update to follow.
The Model A has an early Ford juice brake setup rather than Henry’s original mechanical system. The car is exhibiting a bit of a brake pull under heavy braking and left front brake drum is a little scored.
I was given a drum a while back that is marked “cracked” so decided to investigate condition.
The drum has been stored in the shed for quite a while, so being cast it’s a bit rusty
Had a go at cleaning up and removing the majority of the rust
What seems to be the original wheel bearings seem to be still in place and in good shape.
Part numbers appear to be visible on the drum
Next step will be to run the drum up on a lathe to further clean the braking surface and check for cracks. But so far so good
Took a run out to support the 2022 International Model A Ford day
Quiet poignant as it was the first drive without Queen Elizabeth II as monarch
Sad week but a nice day
Time to change the oil on the Sport Coupe
Air jack saving time and effort once again, you can see them here at Vevor
Was using a Mann filter on the Mike’s oil filter kit, article here on fitting the kit
Moved to the Bosch filter purely on a cost basis, these filters are a version of the Ford EFL90 used on the Pinto engine
Once the oil change was completed decided to inspect the oil and filter as the babbitt engine, (if the original), is over 90 years old and not the quietest!
Starting with a magnetic search in the drain bowl which came up all clear, followed this with the microwave test. This involves taking a small sample of oil in a container and running the microwave to see if any sparks result from metal present in the oil. Again all seems to be clear.
Next operation was to split the oil filter canister, didn’t make the best job of this part and introduced a little bit of metal and paint around the top edge. Wasn’t terribly worried as the folds are where the interest lies and this isn’t exactly scientific.
Once apart and fanned out found it to be pretty much clear with the exception of the expected small amount of sludge. SAE40 is the lubricant used and is a non detergent. The oil pan and pump were desludged not long after purchase. Past oil pan adventures can be found here. To help matters the oil filter kit and regular oil changes have been instrumental in keeping things clean.
So to sum up, perhaps a few more years left in the current lump (touch wood!)
Happy 4th July!
Decided it was high time the dash wiring was replaced as it was pretty much the same age as the car!
As you can see it was a bit crispy and the ignition switch wire was badly chafed and liable to cause a short.
The dash loom came from O’Neils and the ignition switch wire is a home made item with some loom braiding for protection.
Probably the biggest pain of the whole job was having to disconnect the speedo cable as removing the dash made the whole job a lot easier.
Pro-tip don’t leave your magnetic torch on the exhaust when you road test the car (ask me how I know :))
Whilst the dash was out it was a good opportunity to lubricate the speedo and tighten the ignition switch which can work loose and also make the dash light wire a bit safer as it’s showing its age.
Finally the 2020 Retorfestival at Newbury took place this weekend 14/15 August.
It was great to see everyone out and about with a large amount of US iron on show.
Nice Hot Rod parked next to us!
Really like the Oldsmobile Opera Coupe parked behind us, beautiful car
Here’s a slideshow with a small selection of what was on show.
Almighty rattle on the way back, sounded really bad, luckily just a loose bumper bracket!
Part of the no car show side effect of the pandemic is that you are kind of forced into doing the stuff you have been putting off for years, last year and earlier this year it was interior trim, this time it’s painting!
The rear end of the chassis, ancillaries, lamps are all freshly painted.
Also added is the new to me 1929 Penna licence plate along with the strengthening of the original number plate and fitting reflector bolts.
Took the Sport Coupe for a Sunday run, and about 5 minutes in there was a loud noise consistent with a transmission issue.
Got the car back to base, jacked it up and put it on stands. Once safely in the air I drove the car in first and second gears, and the noise seemed to be coming from the speedo area. Another symptom was the jerky operation of the rolling Stewart Warner speedo display.
The power to the car was switched off , speedo cable was disconnected and the dash assembly removed and taken to the bench. You can the reproduction chrome dash in this slideshow
The speedo and other items were removed from the current dash assembly as the opportunity was taken to replace the repop dash with an original heavily patina’d item obtained from an auction in Holland.
The speedo was extremely notchy in operation so some 3 in 1 oil was applied to the gears and the speed spun over a number of times. This seemed to do the trick, but until the car is driven again it will be hard to tell.
All the items were moved into the new (old) dash assembly including a new repop script ammeter, which was a terrible fit requiring two cardboard shims to be made for a tight fit. The dash was then refitted and the lamp, ammeter and ignition switch all tested after switching the power back on.
The car was once again run up on the jack stands and the noise had disappeared. Once the testing was finished the car was lowered and road tested, again the noise was no longer apparent and the speedo operation was smooth. Happy all round with the easy fix and the original dash in place