Classic/Antique Car Repair/modelaford


Jack         What is your opinion on souping up a model a engine?  milling head etc.         I have always built mine strictly stock and they run fine with no rear main leaks.          I watch all your model a vidios and enjoy them very much I am 79 and all my model a freinds are already dead and the nearest model a club is 100 miles from here          IN the 1995 roundup how did that clown come out with his timing gear? That has always bugged me Iknow what it is to change a timing gear.

Stock is the only way to go.  If it is not fast enough for you, you are in the wrong car.  I just turned 79, but we have a great club here in Michigan.  Do not "Kluge up" you car.  I wrote a paper on this.  If you make it different, you better know how to fix it, because your friends won't know what you have and will not have spare parts to fix it.
I don't remember the timing gear issue.  I'll have to watch the video.  I changed one when I was a kid, but have not been in to one is a long time.  Good luck, 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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