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Starter cranks ,no fire at plug ,no drain on ammeter,no lights or horn.  battery new(checks out),cables good...with charger connected(40 amp cold start) still nothing  ignition switch is a simple on/off  was working ,switch and dist connection good.
i am puzzled bt the lack of lights and horn and the ammeter(new)showing 0  no movement
Car was starting but under throttle would cut off
will try some of your previous posts
am a novice    HELP
thanks in advance

I have a youtube video on troubleshooting. Search for it under jackbahm. You just have to trace down the prob. Check the fuse. With key off, you should have power on both sides of the coil.  I assume you have a test light. If not, make one. Just a bulb and two leads.  If you don't have power there, track it down until you find the prob.  Turn on key and, with points open, you should have power at the moveable point arm. If not, fix it.  You will have to make sure your points are good.  Then you will have to time the engine. Better get the mechanics handbook for the A from Snyders. Great book. Also get my latest book, Get a Horse, also from Snyders.  Don't get discouraged. The A is simple and a lot of fun. Check it out some more and get back to me. We will get it running good. Jack

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Only repair type questions on the 1928-1931 Ford Model A.


Owned one when I was 15 yrs old, and now have owned 5. Still own and play with 2 of them.

Oakleaf region of MARC. Model A Restorers Club. I have put several Model A videos on the Oakleaf site that may be of help. Things like how to start the A, how to Time it, how to troubleshoot it.. Go to and you will find them. Also, go to and search for "jackbahm" and you will find over a hundred videos. Many about the Model A and our outings. jack

"More than you need to know about cars." Just a small book for Car Nuts. "Model A Ford Tips and Hints" "Get A Horse" (What to do when Henry's Lady quits on you.) or Snyder's Antique Parts. "Engineering Stuff" (For the Kid who likes to take things apart and get them back together). Kids book for ages 10-16. 2012 Many Model A movies that can be found on

BSME LSU, 1958, Masters of automotive engineering from the Chrysler Institute of engineering, 1960, MBA Mich State, 1976. Worked as an engineer at Chrysler from 1958 to the end of 1991.

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Two patents while working in auto industry. Go to this site for my Model A videos.

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