Tag: Bert’s Model A

Hand Signals, What the Hell are Those?

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I’ve decided to put some indicators on the A as it’s too darn dangerous to go without, most drivers these days don’t have a clue what these actually are…

Hand Signals Copyright http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk

I purchased the lamps that fit into the centre of the bumper bars, not 100% sure I’ll leave them where they are at the moment but we’ll see!

Lamps are in the bumper bars, the switch is fitted to the column and the wiring has begun. The switch is the fairly standard retro unit that a lot of Hot Rodder’s use.

I purchased the switch from Duksville and chose the heavy duty unit with hazard flasher functionality.

The wiring progress can be seen below, trying to hide it as best I can.

Update on my 1929 Model A Sport Coupe

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Took a couple of days off work and with a huge amount of help from my friend Simon of Simon’s Autos and despite the shocking efforts of Parcelforce and HM Customs (parts held for over 3 weeks despite taking 2 days to get to the UK from Bert’s Model A Center in Colorado) we achieved  quite a bit :

Lunch 🙂

Lunch with Simon and the Model A Ford

Parcel Woes

 

Front Tube Shock Absorber Conversion

Fitted the bracket kit from Bert’s and the Gabriel shocks sourced from US Automotive here in the UK. Pretty much a bolt on apart from drilling the front axle in two places. I have a new rear spring and tube shock absorber brackets for the rear to do in the summer.

Rear Brake Grease Boxes

Those of you that read the blog will know that the car had hydraulic brakes when I purchased it, the conversion was quite badly done in parts so it was upgraded to 1948 parts. I was short of a couple of grease boxes for the rears which I got from the States via eBay for a reasonable price. These were nicely fitted by Simon

Engine Oil Leak

After I changed the sump gasket in the process of cleaning out the years of sludge, I ended up with quite a bad oil leak near the timing gear inspection cover using a combination of gaskets and black RTV. Fingers crossed as it’s OK so far.

Clutch Pedal Modification

Due to my height, (6’4″), and the fact that I have a dropped foot it’s difficult to drive a standard Model Coupe. We came up with a few modifications to help me drive, these are working out quite well so far, still have a bit more to do as the clutch is dragging when hot despite slowing the idle as much as possible making the selection of 1st gear difficult. But it’s a great improvement. I think we’ll still need to design a new thinner seat back to give me a few more inches of room. The modification is done with wood so far to see how it goes. Makes life a easier for me!

Air Filter

John Cochran kindly pointed out that my “A”  has a “B” carburettor, so I treated it to a K&N filter which I think looks OK, car’s not original anyway so 🙂

Transmission & Rear End Oil Change

Thanks to Simon’s space heater and heavy duty pump we managed to get the Morris Lubricants SAE 250 Golden Film gear oil into the gearbox and axle, no mean feat as this is some seriously thick stuff, I can only imagine how thick the 600W spec oil from back in the day actually is!!

Great Service

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As a UK based Model A owner the majority of parts for my car come from the U.S. This is either via a UK agent or direct from the States. In the UK I use Belchers & O’Neil Vintage Ford. From the States Bert’s Model A is by far the best, as an example they are happy to send their excellent paper catalogue to the UK FOC. The Bert’s Model A can be found on the link