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1929 Ford Model A
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Rene



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2016 9:44 pm    Post subject: 1929 Ford Model A Reply with quote

Just bought a `29 model A,complete original state,unrestored with lots of patina.
Yesterday i found the ad on the website of the model A club holland,picked up the phone and called the guy only to hear i was 4th in the que..........bugger! Mad
He told me to call back this afternoon at 4,i did..........
The car was not sold yet because the potential buyers had to think about it(her indoors related i'll guess)so if i would come i could be the buyer.
I rushed into my car and drove 120km,had a look and a testdrive and bought it immediatly.
Made a partial payment and an appointment to collect the car next saturday.Happy Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2016 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

some pic's


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2016 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks great! Smile

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2016 12:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

She's LOVELY, leave her as is! Might give that bumper a bit of a polish but unless it was a critical to operation or safety, it would be left alone
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Rene



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2016 6:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Laughing
The plan is to leave it as it is,the bumpers are in good condition but the previous owner has put some clear tectyl over it to protect the chrome many moons ago that has turnrd into a rust like colour.
I am not sure to remove this,for now i leave it on as i like the rust look.
When the old girl is at my home i will give it a good inspection and service the engine and brakes,hpefully that will be all.
Does enybody know where i can buy oily rags? Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2016 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It does indeed look great and just perfect as is! Having fresh chrome bumpers would completely spoil the old car (oily rag) look and would be out of place with the faded look of the rest of the car.

Very nice!

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2016 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wonderful looking car! Alas I no longer own an A, but have had a lot to do with them over the years. Probably the most useable car from the Vintage era for today's driving.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2016 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have long fancied one of these, but alas, when an owner at a show very kindly let me sit inside one, I found that I just couldn't fit sensibly behind the wheel (6' 5" and not very bendy these days).
So all that I can do is look on enviously.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2016 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

norustplease wrote:
I have long fancied one of these, but alas, when an owner at a show very kindly let me sit inside one, I found that I just couldn't fit sensibly behind the wheel (6' 5" and not very bendy these days).
So all that I can do is look on enviously.


When i sit behind the wheel there is minimal space for my legs,when i step on the clutch pedal my knee is above the steering wheel Rolling Eyes
I am going to make some kind of seat adjuster so i can move the seat 4 inch backwarts,not original but necassery to drive it proper.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2016 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rene, IIRC each seat is mounted on two separate forged uprights that are designed with a bend. Unless they have already been turned around, you might first check and perhaps turn them to give more legroom.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2016 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely car, keep her original.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2016 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

roverdriver wrote:
Rene, IIRC each seat is mounted on two separate forged uprights that are designed with a bend. Unless they have already been turned around, you might first check and perhaps turn them to give more legroom.


They are already turned backwarts,next step is to remove them and replace 4 inch backwarts,i'll guess that would not be a problem?
Yesterday went to the National Oldtimer Days at the circuit of Zandvoort,a very big event for classic cars.
There was a big stand of the company meguiars,a polishing stuff company you certainly know.They had organised a show and shine contest in which you coulf fill in a form with your license plate number and during the day some judges walked around to give points to your car.
I did fill in a form,after some time i saw the judges walk aroud..........when they arrived at my '29 they shaked their head and moved on looking very disturbed.......... Razz Razz Razz Razz Razz
Now the model A is in the workshop,i am checking all the mechanics,brakes,ignition and repared the fuel gauge(new cork on the lever)next is to adjust the brakes properly as one frontwheel and one rearwheel does'nt brake at all.........
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2016 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rene, Make sure that the levers mounted on the king pins (Front brakes of course) are over center and forward of the line of the axle. With new shoes, it is ideal if they are as far forward as possible.
At the bottom of the king pin, IIRC, the actuating rods have a half-ball to press onto the shoe wedges. I remember buying shims that were shaped to fit that ball end in order to take up wear and slack at that point. It might be that those shims are now reproduced, so if you need them look at US suppliers of A parts, or make some up yourself.

Even though the brake ratio on the A was 60% on the rear and 40% on the front, I used to keep the fronts adjusted so that I got that ratio more like the other way around, or at least 50/50. Naturally I always drove with special care, but was quite happy to motor at 60 mph or faster because I could trust the brakes.

Good luck, and keep us posted with progress.
Regards, Dane
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2016 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When i bought the model a i knew the motor was,nt is exellent shape,there was a small blue amount of smoke out of the exhaust and the owner said it uses some oil.
Noe after driving it for 300km it used 5 liters of sae 30 and the puff of smoke has devoloped into a local environmental disaster..
So i called a specialist(http://www.mrmbv.nl/NL/revisie.php)to ask what the possibilaties are for atotal rebuild,he told me they have a complete renewed engine waiting for me or they can rebuild my own.
I am going for the other engine as this is the easyist way for me,quick and no surprises.
Today i started to remove the old motor,next week swap it and put the new engine in the A and hopefully drive it on sunday again.
René
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2016 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good thinking about the engine, Rene. It is a fairly quick job to pull one out and put the other one in.
I would suggest checking the clutch plates carefully while the engine is out. Better to renew now rather than have to do it in a year or so. Being a 1929 model, it should have the single plate clutch unlike the 1928 versions that had a multiplate one.
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