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General Discussion / Radiator Hoses
« on: July 30, 2012, 09:14:51 PM »

Is there a good supplier for radiator hoses for our cars? I was looking at some for the Model A's that were black with a red stripe.  There were some kits on eBay with the clamps included...more concerned about the fit than the color.


General Discussion / Re: Tyres
« on: July 21, 2012, 06:55:31 PM »
Try Universal Tire Company in Hershey, PA.  That's where I got my Lester tires, tubes, flaps, etc...very happy with them.

General Discussion / Re: Radiator Problem - Overheating
« on: July 21, 2012, 06:51:31 PM »
Well, I think she might be fixed for now...really didn't do much of anyting except pour a gallon of distilled water into the radiator.  It may have been too low and that(according to the owner's manual) can cause over heating.  Or, something may have corrected itself...took it on a 5 mile ride last week to be safe and no overheating.  This was after idling for 25 minutes in the garage.  Prior to this, the car would over heat after the first couple of miles...

This morning, I took her out for approximately 20 miles with no issue.  Filled up on gas, put air in the tires and even went through (and sat for a few minutes in the Duncan Donuts drive thru!) without a problem.  Went do to my local Advance Auto Parts store and bought some Water Wetter that I haven't put in yet.  I've used it in the past and had good results.

Keeping my fingers crossed for now!

General Discussion / Re: Removing the wheels without screwing up
« on: April 26, 2012, 04:42:48 PM »
Do you know how long they've been on?  Have you tried by hand first?

General Discussion / Re: Radiator Problem - Overheating
« on: April 21, 2012, 07:30:51 PM »
Thanks Chet...that's what I want to do...start first with the radiator making sure it has no "issues" before moving on to anything else.

General Discussion / Re: Radiator Problem - Overheating
« on: April 20, 2012, 03:06:44 AM »
Thanks for all the feedback...I'm going to start with checking out the radiator.  When it's hot, it's steaming out the top.  I use 50/50 mixture of coolant and distilled water.  There are parts of the radiator that are cool to the touch when this is happening, so I'\m going to assume there is a circulation problem in the radiator (?)  If flushing isn't successful, I'll probably have it removed and checked out locally.

Not sure how soon I can get to it, but will update when I do...thanks again.

General Discussion / Re: Radiator Problem - Overheating
« on: April 16, 2012, 11:04:57 PM »
I think I'd like to try the back flush part first...just the radiator and circumvent the engine and then see what happens.  It may be a simple blockage or something more severe.  If this doesn't work, then I can take the radiator out and have it properly rodded and cleaned.

I was just wondering if anyone had done this (back flush) before and if there were any tips on how to do it.  I know the general idea, but was looking for experience.

General Discussion / Radiator Problem - Overheating
« on: April 16, 2012, 04:57:18 AM »
Well, now that the car is driving well and the vibration in drive shaft is gone, the car is seriously overheating.  It actually started running hot at the Thanksgiving show in Ormond Beach and when I got home, I parked the car for a few months because I wasn't going to be able to work on it.  Just fixed the drive shaft issue most recently, so now time to tackle this.

Here's the scoop:  After just 2-3 miles, the car overheats badly.  Looks like a steam locomotive going down the road.  I believe there is some sort of blockage in the radiator;  there are some cold area(s) on radiator and I think the water/coolant is just not circulating properly.  It was suggested to me that I back flush the radiator to see if that helps.  I would like to try this or any other suggestions before I pull out the radiator and take it to a local shop.  A couple of guys in the Model A club suggested some places in town I could take it to.

So, thoughts on this one?  What's the best way to back flush this thing?  Should I circulate some sort of radiator flush prior to back flushing (the Model A guys said I should)?

As always, thanks for your help...

General Discussion / Re: Gentlemen, I've got a problem
« on: April 14, 2012, 03:52:12 AM »
Took the car out today for a has never driven smoother!  Must have gotten it right along with the new tires (installed in the fall).  It felt like I could have driven comfortably anywhere...thanks everyone for their help!

However, another issue the car is overheating after a couple of miles...looked like a locomotive coming home  I guess it never ends!

General Discussion / Re: Gentlemen, I've got a problem
« on: April 13, 2012, 08:26:11 PM »
Thanks everyone...last night I put an extra washer behind each bolt head that comes in contact with the discs.  For what it's worth, they were "hardened" washers that I found at Lowe's and these are also what I used in between the discs where I did not have a buckle washer.  When I ran the car in gear at different speeds while it was on jack stands, there was no vibration whatsoever while out of the car observing the driveshaft in motion.

With the addition of the extra washers, it gave me a little more clearance than looks to be about 1/8"-1/4" of an inch.  This makes me feel a little more comfortable.  I installed the all the castle nuts and put in the cotter pins.  I'll let you know how it works out on the road!

General Discussion / Re: Gentlemen, I've got a problem
« on: April 13, 2012, 12:29:20 AM »
Doug - can you take a photo of the back side?  Between the differential and the drive shaft?


General Discussion / Re: Gentlemen, I've got a problem
« on: April 12, 2012, 01:42:43 PM »
I agree.  All nuts should be on the inside or facing forward toward the drive shaft.   That is the way it is on the front joint - nuts facing rearward toward the drive shaft.   I tried that and can't seem to get the bolts in that way so I put them in the way you see it.   I thought about shorter 2 1/2 bolts as opposed to the 2 3/4 bolts like the originals I have.  I will try again.

Does anyone have a photo they can show that shows their set up so I can see the clearance?

General Discussion / Re: Gentlemen, I've got a problem
« on: April 12, 2012, 02:34:54 AM »

When I did mine the buckle washers were between every disk and also behind the bolts that came in direct contact with the disks.   If you are short on buckle washers my guess would be to use what you have between the disks and flat on the outsides. 

Basically put it together the same way it comes apart and you should be golden.


That's what I did...I used what I had in between and flats on the outside.  At the front of my driveshaft, the buckle washers are behind the bolt heads (against the discs) and I assume there are some on the inside.  I have a feeling the front of mine has never been touched.

If you look at my photos, I still have some concern about the claerance of the bolts facing the rear...any thoughts?

General Discussion / Re: Gentlemen, I've got a problem
« on: April 11, 2012, 06:36:23 PM »
Here's a few photos of what I've got right now...this may change by the end of the day:

(NOTE - cotter pins are not in yet until I'm comfortable with the set up...)

General Discussion / Re: Gentlemen, I've got a problem
« on: April 11, 2012, 06:04:33 PM »
Thanks the way, I got your email and replied with some photos.  Just concerned about the clearance with 3 of the bolts facing the rear toward the differential.  The end of those are very close to making contact and the clearance seems to be 1/8".  For what it's worth, all the bolts are the same length (2 3/4") like the originals that came out.  I tried to reverse the 3 in question and make them forward facing, but I can't seem to make that work. 

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