Q: What is the Correct Tire Pressure?
A: 35 psi
Q: How Many Years was the Model A in Production?
A: Production started in October 27, 1927 and ended in August 31, 1931. A total of four years 2 months.
Q: Where Can I Find Useful Information About What to Bring on a Model A Tour?
A: You can find this information by clicking here.
Q: Do You Have A Picture of a Carburetor?
Technical Tip: The Condition of the Condenser
A simple way of checking the condition of the condenser is to remove the distributor cap, body, and rotor. Make sure the points are closed. Turn the ignition on and place the high tension lead (from the coil)about 1/2 inch from any convenitent ground on the engine. Push points open with a screwdriver then close them. The resulting spark should jump the gap with a sharp snap and a straight line and have a blue tinge. If the condenser is weak the spark will still jump the gap, but will be stringy and white in color. If so replace with one that passes the first test. -Ralph Workman
Technical Tip: The Fuel Line and Sediment Bowl
The first component of the fuel system out of the fuel tank is the fuel shutoff valve which is located under the tank inside the car. Doing the production of the Model A, there were three different fuel valves used under the tank and in late 1931 there was a forth style incorporated which was located on the engine side of the firewall. The shutoff valve is a common source of fuel leaks. It should be cleaned and new packing installed if required. Be sure to tighten the packing nut when re-installing. Since rust and sediment in the fuel is one of the major causes of stoppage in the Model A, preventative maintenance will add to the dependability of your car. A recommended improvement for the fuel system is the addition of a small tubular screen into the opening of the fuel shutoff valve. These are available from most suppliers and will aid in preventing sediment from finding its way into the lines.
Technical Tip: A Few Things You Could Do to be Sure Your Model-A is Ready for the Upcoming Drives.
- Check the fan belt for wear and water pump for leaks.
- Check the tires for damage, pressure and abnormal wear due to loose bearings or alignment.
- Check the brakes for proper peddle. Did they work well the last time you drove?
- Check the points gap, engine spark timing and spark plug gaps.
- Check the fluid levels in the transmission, steering box and rear end.
- Grease the chassis fittings, lube the distributer horn and speedometer.
- Check all lights for operation. Checking headlights after dark by putting a towel over one then the other while pointing down the street will help verify proper headlight alignment.
- Give your wife as much time and attention as you just gave to your car.
- Enjoy the rewards!