A little more input

Abraham Lincoln, I believe, said “I reserve the right to be smarter today than I was yesterday”…or something like that.

I was also advised about the water pump and fan.  Apparently it is a good idea to have a rebuilt leak-less spare one.  

As I understand it, the approach would be to buy a water pump housings on eBay and getting the rebuild kit that has a new stainless steel shaft with modern-day o-ring seal (I reckon they didn’t have modern o-ring seals in 1929). And my car still has the original steel 2-bladed fan, which it is strongly recommended that I replace. This is because the original fan blades are made of 2 steel blades pressed together and after 90 years many of them have rusted between the 2 pressed pieces, cracked, and thrown the broken blade through the radiator or the hood.

Another fun fact:

  • these cars did not come stock with heaters

After-market heaters are available. Apparently the cabin is not greatly isolated from the heat of the engine, and so for my area, we may find ourselves wishing for some A/C!

The stock transmissions apparently were not “synchronized”.What that means is they had to be “double-clutched”.

In other words, push in clutch, shift from neutral to first…

Push in the clutch shift from first to neutral, let the clutch out…

Push in the clutch, shift from neutral to second, etc.,

This is 2020, ain’t nobody got time for that!

And of course there is the manual spark advance. Most people do not know what spark advance even is…suffice to say that for the engine to run properly, the spark has to be initiated sooner in the cycle as the engine goes to higher speeds. For modern cars, this is all done by the computer.

And in 1929 — at least for the Model A Ford — it was done manually…

Again — ain’t nobody got time for that — I need me some automatic spark advance up in heah’!

Published by lyleblevins

Like to play music and work on machines. Married to the lovely AM and we have six young'uns and one grand young'un

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