A different Old Skool project - 1929 Ford Model A

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by crazydrummerdude, Jun 30, 2009.

  1. FLH

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    "Someone tired the Model A to their truck with a rope, and after stealing an old farm scale and a few other things, took off with it. They made it a couple miles down the road before the rope snapped. It crashed into a ditch where it rolled onto its side. As luck would have it, this ditch was in front of my grandmothers brothers house, I believe, and he called to asked the guys where they got the car. They took off and it ended up back at my grandfathers house, or my uncle Dave's house next-door, until present day."

    I rode in that car when I was a kid, to Saint Peters with your grandfather. I grew up down the hill from your grandmother's house, and know your mother and uncles. Small world.

    Best of luck, getting Bud's 'A' going!
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  2. Putts

    Putts Gettin' there.

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  3. mark1305

    mark1305 Old Enough To Know Better

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    I love the Small World Dept. It seems to thrive here on ADVrider.
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  4. FLH

    FLH Adventurer

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    As soon as I started reading this thread, I knew it was too much of a coincidence not to be Bud's 'ol A. Too cool.
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  5. skier

    skier genius or insanity?

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    I drove a 30 roadster for 25 years, mostly here in the mountains. It was great fun on a warm day and the only mod I did was a period correct overdrive. The mechanical brakes can be adjusted to be adequate even on our 10,000' passes, as you'll only use second gear up or down anyway.

    Enjoy!
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  6. Wirespokes

    Wirespokes Beemerholics Anonymous

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    I get the idea it may be one of those early shock absorbers that had an arm mounted to that center stud, with a linkeage that then attached to the axle.
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  7. Brewtus

    Brewtus Buffoonery, Inc.

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    Maybe.
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  8. Cowboy

    Cowboy Ceteris non Paribus

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    Hear, hear!
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  9. Big Red One

    Big Red One If yer gonna be one...

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    Cool.

    I grew up playing on them as my Dad restored several Model A's. Learned to drive in a '29 pickup. As I recall, you could pull up on the gear shift and swing it out of the way to give the passenger a little more room?

    "Key on, clutch in, advance the throttle, retard the spark, hit the starter button with your other foot. When it starts, advance the spark and retard the throttle to get a good idle. Put it in gear and go."
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  10. crazydrummerdude

    crazydrummerdude Wacky Bongo Boy

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    Woah! I just checked back on this thread, with my mom standing right here and read that. How cool. She says hi. :lol3

    We're still working in the old shed my grandpa built. My grandma still lives in that house. I'm there pretty much every day.

    So, updates will be slow until next week, as I'll be attempting to attend the rally.

    But;

    July 7, 2009 Hours: ~0, Expenses: $60
    Got block#2 back. They found a crack in it that I didn't see. They suggested that block#1 be used since the crack is in the valve seat, and those should be replaced with hardened ones anyway, so the repair weld could be done while in there anyway.

    That night, we went to a local Model A club meeting. Met Jim Schild, author of one of the books I've been referencing. They all suggested a bearing guy in Illinois, if we need it, but didn't have any suggestions as to where to weld the block. So, we still plan on taking it to the place like 5 hours away.. with a few other projects.

    July 11, 2009 Hours: ~2, Expenses: $0
    Cleaned up the steering and brake components more. The pictures aren't really worth posting. I'm just greasing them back up and putting it together cleaned up. It all looks good sitting still, so we'll see how it handles in motion (hopefully within this year).

    ..

    Oh, and thanks Putts for not moving this (yet). I'm not really as cranky as I make myself out to be sometimes.. :freaky
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  11. FLH

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    Tell your mom I say hi also.

    Glad to see your back posting on this thread. Maybe I'll stop by your grandmother's house sometime to see if you're there. I mow grass for my mom and dad, down from her house.

    BTW, are you using Button's machine shop in O'Fallon. They did some work for me last year, and were top notch.

    Take care, Terry
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  12. crazydrummerdude

    crazydrummerdude Wacky Bongo Boy

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    How do I keep missing your posts until months later?

    I'm there as often as possible, working on projects out in the shop. My brother Neil is out there all the time as he lives there.

    As seen in my R90 thread, there was a party out at Dave's place last night.

    I initially went to Buttons but during the magna-fluxing (which, I think I'll attempt from now on.. how simple!) they discovered cracks in the blocks and said they can't work on cast iron. So, they recommended Chapin Cylinder Head in Chapin, IL.

    Late July/Early August 2009 Hours: ~2, Expenses: $0
    Spent a couple more hours cleaning up the functional surfaces of the steering and brakes.

    In this picture, you can see the partially-cleaned/greased left side, the broken frame horns, and the hints of work beginning on the right side.

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    Monday, August 3, 2009 Hours: ~0, Expenses: $0
    We took two of our A blocks and one head to an old school shop in a corn field in Illinois. The place has been in business since 1928, and is one of few in the nation that welds up cast iron. They gave us a tour of the place. It was AWESOME. They said it'd be about a week turn around time. I really wish we'd done this sooner, because school starts up at the end of this month, and I want to have it somewhat-together before then.

    ...

    Late September 2009 Hours: ~0, Expenses: ~$900
    Well, sirs, the week turn around time turned into a month. The blocks needed a little more than previously thought. They were welded up, new valve seats put in, and a light coat of primer spray on.

    A week ago, my brother picked up the A blocks and heads, and a few of his other project pieces. He took block #1 to the local machine shop to get bored to the next size up. We also confirmed that block #1 matches the number on the title, whether or not it was actually the original engine. I had planned on using it anyway, since it's the block my grandpa worked on, and this only makes me happier.

    Here's block #2, also good-to-go:

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    One of the two heads we brought was supposedly cracked beyond repair. I suppose the non-primered one is it, but I thought my brother also bought a spare ready-to-go head they had laying around.

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    The "original" head was tested good back when we originally started taking the parts to machine shops. I gotta test if it's square, too, and rebuild the water pump.

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    Also, I've cleaned the front end to an acceptable amount. Packed everything with grease. One bearing needs to be replaced, but it's the outer one on the left side, and I can wait a bit.

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    It's coming along..
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  13. Gimmeslack

    Gimmeslack furthur

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    Great fun following along. Thanks for taking the time to write it up!

    :lurk
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  14. crazydrummerdude

    crazydrummerdude Wacky Bongo Boy

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    Monday, December 28, 2009 Hours: ~4, Expenses: ~$0
    I just added two really, really-"before" pictures to the first post. That was obviously before it was stolen (and the front fender damaged) and recovered in the ditch. We recently bought a slide projector at a garage sale for $1, and dug out some slides from a drawer at my grandmas house. There are a few of the A. I'll have to fetch those some time, too. It's neat to have this much personal/family history with a project for once. All the rest of my projects have unknown history.

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    I found a source for the original-style babbit bearings (an old skool guy in Jacksonville, IL), and today I was finally able to take my block there.

    I'm still not sure about the connecting rods, but he's going to clean up the crank, pour the bearings, and it'll be ready for me/reassembly.

    (I started this thread before "Shiny Things" and back when this was still "Old Skool". I guess I'm not opposed to it being moved, as I got a few PM's from some whiners; "this isn't a car forum wah wah..." :lol3 Whatever.)
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  15. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    I like it. Tell 'em it's two motorcycles that happened to be attached by a bed :D If I ever get around to tearing into my old VW I'm going to to a rebuild thread on it in Shiny Things. A thread is a great way to capture stuff. Much better than just pictures. It's why I do ride reports--I don't care if anybody else reads 'em.

    oh and you have to promise to drive that thing across Africa wearing a camelbak and one of the Long Way 'Round visor helmets when you're done
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  16. Siva

    Siva Canberra ACT OZ GSer

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    loooking fab.


    i shall be watching this thread carefully now.... good luck...:clap


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    I found a source for the original-style babbit bearings (an old skool guy in Jacksonville, IL), and today I was finally able to take my block there.

    I'm still not sure about the connecting rods, but he's going to clean up the crank, pour the bearings, and it'll be ready for me/reassembly.

    (I started this thread before "Shiny Things" and back when this was still "Old Skool". I guess I'm not opposed to it being moved, as I got a few PM's from some whiners; "this isn't a car forum wah wah..." :lol3 Whatever.)[/quote]
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  17. wirewrkr

    wirewrkr the thread-killer

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    WELL, to be fair.....
    I see car threads in GARAGE, but really don't think it belongs in old skool just because it's old.
    That's all relative anyhow as I worked as a wrench on Autos for 17 or 18 years before switching to slinging BMW parts in 95.
    When I worked on classics, I was happiest.
    But does it make me a whiner because I voiced a concern about where the thread resides?

    Robert
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  18. bpeckm

    bpeckm Grin!

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    Tell the wah wah guys to cry where somebody will listen....we love all things old. :scratch they're cool. ...... And Old Skool is cool.





    :D

    Post away, post away, post away all...:dunno
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  19. Cumminsman76

    Cumminsman76 befuddled

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    Cool thread.
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  20. RyanIsMyName

    RyanIsMyName Been here awhile

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    I remember being little and rambling on to my grandfather about cars and he would always say "Did I ever tell you about the time I bought my first car? A Ford Model A and it only cost me $20!" He wasn't too interested when I showed him classified ads for Porsche 928's in middle school ("You want a GERMAN car? But we BEAT them!").

    This is an awesome thread. If it really bothers you that it's in the "wrong" place, KILL yourself!

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