What's happening in my Model A Engine shop?
Built a shortblock this past weekend. Helped a gent install a HC head on a pickup only to have a pin-hole in the heads casting. Called Snyder's and they are sending out a replacement.
The headliner, top panels and some of the door panels in the S/W are installed. Was short some of the interior kit but Classtique made quick work of sending the missing parts. I also discovered that there are parts missing from when the previous owner tore the interior out. So far, the only thing I have not been able to locate is the correct dome light.
Insert bearing Model A engines I have completed,
Where are they?
Minnesota: 142 Inserted bearing Model A & B engines
North Dakota: 2 Inserted engines
Iowa: 8 Model A & B Engines
Michigan: 1 Inserted Touring
Colorado: 1 inserted Engine
California: 6 Inserted Engines
Louisiana: 1 inserted Engine
Texas: 1 inserted Engine
Currently working on: 3 engines
I have had the '31 S/W on the road for about 200 miles and I have developed a coolant leak. I drained the coolant, flushed it and tried block seal with no success. I changed the head gasket and still had a minor leak. I also noticed an oil leak after driving about 60 mph without letting the engine oil warm up. I have over 80# of oil pressure with a cold engine when the rpm is taken over 1500 rpm. I pulled the engine to repair the oil leak, install an oil pressure bipass valve set to 35# and replace the head gasket again. I will carefuully check the deck surface of the block for a low spot that causes the coolant leak. I should have the car back on the road shortly.
I checked out an "engine knock" on an engine I rebuilt about 1 year ago. It turned out to be the water pump had excessive end play. I installed a collar kit that is hidden between the fan and front of the water pump to solve the problem.
I also built a long block for a customer, using one of my cores, that brought his engine in for repair. His block had some fatal cracks in the deck. He will be picking it up this week.