On this day in 1927 Henry signed off on Ford Model A number 1
Doing a little bit of under hood/bonnet painting before the weather gets too cold to get outside. Not exactly concours but looks a bit better. Much more left to do, but as you can see we’ve come quite a way!
Really nice period diagram of the conversion to pressurised oiling on the Ford A Four Banger.
Joe Jagersberger came to the USA from Austria and began working for Case Corporation in Racine Wisconsin to assist in developing a race car programme.
Whilst working for Case Jagersberger was a regular race competitor including racing at the Indianapolis 500. He continued to race until 1911 eventually becoming victim to a career ending crash after which he spent several months in hospital and resulted in an amputation of his right leg.
Despite his injuries he continued to work at Case as a consultant. He continued to design cylinder heads and other peripherals eventually starting his own company under the famous Rajo brand. The name of the brand was formed from the RA of Racine and the JO from his first name.
Rajo started off by producing spark plugs and various other items. They then moved into producing performance cylinder heads for Ford Model T and Model A cars.
The first design was the Model 30 which had 4 exhaust ports and one intake port all on the right side of the head. The Model 31 had two intakes on the right and four exhaust on the left. The Model 35C, first known as the “Improved Rajo Valve-in-Head” and later as the Model C had two intakes and three exhausts on the right. The Model A used the stock intake ports on the block. It had two exhaust ports on the right. His Model B two intakes on the right and four exhausts on the left. It came in three versions. The BB featured a higher compression ratio and the BB-R also included two spark plugs per cylinder.
He also offered a modification to the 1941-52 Chevrolet “stovebolt” L6 OHV 15 bolt head, which added another set of 3 intake ports above the 3 originals, to permit adding (an) extra carburetor(s) on a separate manifold.
Jagersberger died in 1952. The company closed in 1980.
Rajo equipment is still very much sought after and command very high prices amongst the traditional hot rod community
Here on Hemmings are some great examples of period Rajo powered racers
There are also some interesting Rajo ephemera items to be found on sites such as eBay
Sources Wikipedia, Hemmings, trackforum.com
Good news today, the A has been accepted for display in the arena at Wheels Day 2017 which is on Good Friday.
Better start getting it ready 🙂
Took the A to the local Englefield Steam Up.
Let someone have a sit in for some photos, can’t stand it when people take cars to shows and get too precious, if that’s the way you feel don’t take it…
A couple of nice Model T’s, one a Speedster, nice few hours out!
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…
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.
After nearly three years of work and help from a number of folks the A made it’s show debut at the UK American car show season opener, Wheels Day at Rushmoor Arena Aldershot.
The trip was a 44 mile round trip including a motorway traffic jam and the car behaved really well with the exception of some issues on the way back. These appear to haver been cleared by replacing the grease added to the steering box by the previous owner with some 140W gear oil.
The Wheels Day show has had some ups and downs over the past few years but now looks like it’s on the way back.
Karen came along and John Barron kindly followed us there and back as wing man 🙂
Good day all round
Despite the cold weather Karen and I prepped the A for this Fridays Wheels Day Show in Aldershot, new hub caps, painting bumper trims etc.
Here’s hoping for good weather!
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