Preparing for Tour

Spare Parts, Materials & Tools

Points (2 sets)                                                                         Socket Set – 3/8” Drive

Condensers (2)                                                                       Grease Gun

Rotor (1)                                                                                   Torque Wrench

Fan Belt (1)                                                                               1/2 to 3/8 Drive Adapter

Water Pump (1 rebuilt)                                                       Drag Link Socket

Water Pump Packing (2 rings)                                         Valve Spring Compressor

Ignition Coil (Tested good)                                               Gasket Scraper (Putty Knife)

Spark Plugs (1)                                                                        Pocket Knife

Light Bulbs (1 of each size)                                                Scissors

Plastic Wire Tie Wraps (12)                                               Ground Cloth

Water Hoses (1 set)                                                               Plastic Wash Bucket

600 W Oil (1 quart)                                                               Sponge

Oil (1 quart)                                                                             Tire Irons (2)

Water (1 gallon)                                                                     Flash Light

Head Gasket (1)                                                                      Wrenches – ¼” to ¾” sizes

Gasket Paper (1 square foot)                                            Adjustable Wrench

Valve Springs (1)                                                                   Allen Wrenches

Electrical Tape (1 roll)                                                        Hammer

Bailing Wire (3 feet)                                                             Vise Grips

Electrical Wire-12 gage (12 feet)                                    Magnet

Cotter Pins (Assortment)                                                  Hand Cleaner

Turn Signal Flasher                                                              Paper Towels

Fuses (If your car has them)                                            Jack & Handle

Inner Tube                                                                               Drum Puller

Tube Patch Kit (with fresh cement)                               Feeler Gauge

Generator (Tested good)                                                    Brake Adjusting Wrench

Cutout (New)                                                                           Gloves (Leather & Rubber)

 36” Long Jumper Wire (Alligator clips each end)  Drift Pin

Ammeter (New)                                                                     Files (Round & Flat)

First Aid Kit (Band-Aids, aspirin, burn ointment)  Small Mirror



You will want to have all of the tools with you that would be necessary to install the spare parts you take along.  

Make sure you pack your tools, points, condensers & water where they are quickly accessible.

For very long trips, pack a national club roster in case you help from another Model A’er in route.

6-volt electrical parts cannot be bought in modern stores, so be sure to have spares with you.


What To Do When The Engine Quits

Stay calm and think. Most cases are fixable at roadside.

Pull as far off of the road as safely possible.  Try to avoid becoming a traffic problem.

You will want to begin by assessing the source of your mechanical problem.

Is the problem fuel related?  Check the gas gauge. Is there gasoline?

Check for fuel flow at the carburetor by disconnecting the fuel line. Use the gas shutoff for On & OFF control. If no or inadequate flow, work towards the tank. Clean-out the sediment bowl. If you have added a filter to the bowl, remove it and recheck the flow. If there’s debris in the tank or clogging the line, blow hard through the line.

Do you have spark to the motor?  Begin by checking for spark at 1st the plugs, 2nd the points and 3rd the coil. A weak or non-existent spark is likely the result of a faulty condenser, bad coil hi-voltage wire connection or defective coil. Backfiring and noticeable loss of pulling power just before the engines quit are symptoms of a decaying condenser.

Check primary (low voltage) electrical supply to the ignition coil. The source of “electrical” problems could be the wire under the movable distributor plate, poor battery connections, defective ammeter or defective pop-out switch are likely bad actors.

Check for compression by hand cranking the engine – feel it.


Maintenance Recommendations

At Least One Month Before The Trip:

1.) Go over the running system of the vehicle and then fix any issues that are found.

2.) Remove the wheels & drums.  Clean and visually inspect all brakes and wheel bearings for wear and damage.  If the service brake linings are worn replace them.  Make sure all of the brake rollers rotate freely.  Tighten the backing plate attachment nuts & bolts.  Check to see that all cotter pins are in place. Repack the wheel bearings with good quality grease and adjust them.  Make the necessary adjustments to the service and emergency brakes.  Road test your braking ability to ensure you will not experience a problem while on tour.


Within One Week Of The Trip:

1.) Engine Compartment: check distributor plate wire, check condition of ignition points (if pitted replace the points & condenser), adjust point gap, lightly lubricate the distributor cam (use a slight amount of high temperature grease), install a new condenser if existing one is more than a year old, oil distributor cup; clean distributor & coil Bakelite parts, clean & gap spark plugs, adjust ignition timing, adjust fan belt tension, check water pump packing and adjust packing nut if necessary;

            a.) Grease every grease fitting on the vehicle including clutch throughout bearing and U-joint.

            b.) Check your current motor oil level and change as necessary.

            c.) Check transmission oil, steering oil, rear axle oil and top them off as necessary;

            d.) Check the gasoline sediment bowl and carburetor lower body. Drain if sediment is present.      

   Clean all gasoline filters, if used.

            e.) Clean the battery terminals and lugs.

            f.)  If you are using a generator, sparingly oil the bearings.

            g.) Check all lights and the horn.  Make sure they are working properly.

            h.) Check all wheel lug nuts are tight (45-50 ft-lb. torque) & all tires are properly inflated.

            i.)  Make sure you have proof of insurance and registration  papers in the car;

   j.) Check the spare parts and tools you will be taking along. Pack them where they are easily accessible! Include a  water pump, fan belt, ignition points, a FEW condensers, ignition coil (tested), water pump packing, one of each type of wheel bearing, electrical fuses (if applicable), light bulbs, plenty of cotter pins, inner tube, tube patch kit, generator cutout (tested), stop light switch, bailing wire, 14 gage stranded copper wire and wire repair materials. The tools you take should be sufficient for maintenance and to install your spare parts. Bring at least one gallon of water, one quart of oil, a quart of gear lubricant, some rags, and hand cleaner, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, a chamois to wipe the car down and maps of the route.

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