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    Was going to put this in technical, but pertains to both sections. Who is making all the repro parts offered on the market today? How much of this is US made and how much is from overseas?

  • #2
    After talking with Steve at Bert's some time ago there are many companies and individuals making parts for the Model A. Seems he mentioned 7 different suppliers for the brake shoe clevis pins alone. Since Steve takes the time to compare and normally stocks the best quality of each part unless their price is just completely over the top. There are some parts made over seas, but Snyders, Brattons, A&L and others that make parts, but none of them make a complete line of parts. Macs has most of their parts made overseas. Rod
    Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good.

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    • Mitch
      Mitch commented
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      dmdeaton:: The thread is in the proper area.. It's really not a tech item.

      You''ll also find that Vintique supply's a large amount of overseas made stuff to all the suppliers.

      We are very lucky to have all this available for our cars even though some of the fit and quality is an issue.

  • #3
    I would like to see an area perhaps tech that shows a reproduction and the issue with it such as light switches etc.

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    • Rowdy
      Rowdy commented
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      I know that Brattons ( I think) were working on a much improved repop light switch. I have not seen or heard much about it in a few months. Hoping to hear feedback in the future as finding a decent original is getting harder than it was 10 years ago. Rod

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    Chief we can make it on this thread and if enough info is presented it can be moved to that area. Starting it here will get more views and responses.
    Pretty much all the tech threads are copies from the main discussion area but combined under one topic

    Rowdy the switch is on the market already . Here is the link
    https://www.brattons.com/new-parts/u...itch-body.html
    3 ~ Tudor's
    Henry Ford said
    "It's all nuts and bolts"


    Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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    • DaWizard
      DaWizard commented
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      I would ask if that switch is Zinc plated, or Cad plated?

    • Mitch
      Mitch commented
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      The description says Zinc

    • Rowdy
      Rowdy commented
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      Any comments so far on quality and funtionality? Hope it much better than what has been offered in the past. Rod

    • BNCHIEF
      BNCHIEF commented
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      By the way I did not know the switch was out Bratton's should say new and improved. A&L is working on a new amp gauge about 4 months ago but it will not be cheap do not know if they still are.

    • Mitch
      Mitch commented
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      The switch is listed in Brattons NEW parts area

    • BAAP
      BAAP commented
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      This new Light Switch Body is currently on the market. We (Bratton's ) had started looking for companies that would be willing to produce this for us after dealing with supply and quality issues. But Snyder's beat us to production on this part. So the New USA made body is actually produced by Snyder's. The only issue that I have been made aware of is on some of the older reproduction wire harnesses the brass detents on the plastic terminal disc are too deep and this new switch is a bit stiff in operation. Other wise it has been very well received at show where we have displayed it.

      Jeff

  • #5

    Maybe the owner of Brattons Jeff will see this and chime in on it.
    He had the vision to jump on board and support the growth of the VFF
    3 ~ Tudor's
    Henry Ford said
    "It's all nuts and bolts"


    Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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    • #6
      Sorry to disagree with you Mitch, but this description says both

      "All the wires join inside this housing at the end of the steering column. Zinc plated. This is the shorter body used 1928 to April 1930. High Quality USA made to the original specs with the correct shape and spaced contacts. Cad Plated."
      You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!

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      • Mitch
        Mitch commented
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        No need to be Sorry LOL just say WTF MItch your wrong

      • DaWizard
        DaWizard commented
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        Well, I just figured you didn't read the description to the end...

      • Rowdy
        Rowdy commented
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        I seen the same thing. So wondering which is correct or can you request one or the other? Many questions. Rod

      • Mitch
        Mitch commented
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        Your right!! i half assed it

      • BNCHIEF
        BNCHIEF commented
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        Hey Mitch every squirrel gets a nut sometime Geez Wiz no wonder you were banned what with pointing out facts and all.

      • Mitch
        Mitch commented
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        Yea Wiz was banned for posting correct info!!

      • BILL WILLIAMSON
        BILL WILLIAMSON commented
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        When a SQUIRREL buries a Pecan in the yard, about 1/2 of them are stolen by our ONE LEGGED Blue Jay that watches from the shade of a bush!
        Dad Hopper

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      I will start this off Mitchell overdrive have it easy to install quality unit, stiff to shift Steve Mitchell told me it would be for the first 100 milesbut I really like it makes a difference on that big jump from 2d to 3rd.

      Stahl Excelsior radials blackwall best thing hands down I have done.

      Randy Gross cast iron brake drums shoes and teds floater kit car stops like it had hydraulics.

      Aries Muffler pulled the wrap job I did except for the down pipe before muffler.
      Put engine pans on this car and glad I did.

      Shortened pitman arm adjustable drag link readjusted steering box less than an inch of play car drives perfect.

      Used one of the thermostat housings can't remember the name, but it is a darn good product 160 stat 2 1/8" holes 2/1/16th holes car never get over 170

      Leakless water pump no issues so far.

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      • #8
        It is a great thing for the hobby, that folks like Bert's-Bratton's-Snyders-A&L step up and reproduce QUALITY Model A Ford parts. They have a ton of research and money that goes into making quality parts for a market that ain't all that expansive on the one hand BUT it 'feeds' itself with hobbyists that come to the Model A Ford because of these good parts being made available and more Model A Fords staying on the road.

        I think that once that GOOD ammeter is on the market a few extra bucks is no reason not to buy it. The cheapos on the market today will either A.) leave you stranded with a car that won't start or B.) leave you with a pile of ashes after your Model A catches fire and burns to the ground. I don't have a problem paying for quality. I worked as a Parts Manager at the local Ford dealership years ago, and am a firm believer in Motorcraft parts for your Ford (and if you are a GM guy, go buy AC Delco). There IS a difference between genuine parts and the gyp parts as Henry called them back in the Model A day.

        The future looks bright!!

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        • birdguy45
          birdguy45 commented
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          Out of curiosity, what is wrong with the "current" ammeters on the market? I have one I bought a couple of years ago from either Brattons or Snyders, and it works just fine.

        • Jeff/Illinois
          Jeff/Illinois commented
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          birdguy I have (had) on of them too, and it was bad for all the reasons that Tom W. has posted plus after a while the needle dropped out! I tried to take it apart and fix it, it didn't work. It's in the local landfill now.

          I bought an original from Bert's and never looked back. A repop ammeter sticks out like crazy after you see originals in use the reproductions look tacky. Next I will buy a GOOD oval instrument panel either original or someone has said a very good reproduction is finally being made.

      • #9
        Originally posted by dmdeaton View Post
        Was going to put this in technical, but pertains to both sections. Who is making all the repro parts offered on the market today? How much of this is US made and how much is from overseas?
        To answer your question, "Who is making all the repro parts offered on the market today?" there is no one company. Many companies make many parts that are used on the cars. The better vendors will give a couple of choices along the lines of "good, better, best" along with prices that rise with the quality.

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        • #10
          Originally posted by birdguy45 View Post
          Out of curiosity, what is wrong with the "current" ammeters on the market? I have one I bought a couple of years ago from either Brattons or Snyders, and it works just fine.
          They are cheaply made compared to originals, but I also find they work OK. They don't fit the instrument panel very well, and often turn in the hole, or just fit loose unless silicone or some fix is added to the backside. The inside of the meter should be flat black so you aren't looking at shiny brass through the slot.
          Last edited by Tom Wesenberg; 09-26-2017, 11:50 AM.

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          • Mitch
            Mitch commented
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            The little locking tabs on the side break off easily as well, and the needles tend to stick

          • BNCHIEF
            BNCHIEF commented
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            Explains it to a t Tom.

          • birdguy45
            birdguy45 commented
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            Thanks, Tom…excellent information.

        • #11
          Reminder about the Brassworks, Berg radiators which fit well and the Rootlieb products for great fitting hoods, etc. Sac Vintage Ford used to produce their own wiring harnesses but not sure of quality now.

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          • #12
            Tyree Harris makes great wiring harnesses. Really what we need is steve pluckers list of sites off the old place at least Mitch will let you update it and it would be a better more compiled list. I got a lot of info there then you could look then ask questions of others experiences.

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            • BNCHIEF
              BNCHIEF commented
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              Pluck said he wanted to update it but ryan would not let him and I did not see that in that area. Your getting a lot here to absorb this place is getting addictive.

            • Mitch
              Mitch commented
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              Pluck's list is in the Chassis forum page 2, but as you said it needs updating.

              Whoever wants to take on that task is welcome to do it!!

            • Mitch
              Mitch commented
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              Steve has been too busy with his research and book deals.

              Your more than welcome to tackle it..

              The addictive part is a good thing

          • #13
            Originally posted by plyfor View Post
            Reminder about the Brassworks, Berg radiators which fit well and the Rootlieb products for great fitting hoods, etc. Sac Vintage Ford used to produce their own wiring harnesses but not sure of quality now.
            SVF has their own wire machine and made up the tail light harness for my 28 and 29 with drum taillights. It's the correct full length as original.
            I bought these about 18 years ago. Aren't they still making the wire harness?

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            • #14
              QUOTE""
              BAAP commented
              Today, 09:28 AM
              This new Light Switch Body is currently on the market. We (Bratton's ) had started looking for companies that would be willing to produce this for us after dealing with supply and quality issues. But Snyder's beat us to production on this part. So the New USA made body is actually produced by Snyder's. The only issue that I have been made aware of is on some of the older reproduction wire harnesses the brass detents on the plastic terminal disc are too deep and this new switch is a bit stiff in operation. Other wise it has been very well received at show where we have displayed it.
              Jeff QUOTE""



              Thanks Jeff for the info!! and Welcome to the VFF
              3 ~ Tudor's
              Henry Ford said
              "It's all nuts and bolts"


              Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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              • #15
                This is very refreshing getting info directly from a known good vendor!

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                • #16
                  Guys BITCH & BITCH, but I've had almost ZILCH problems with RE-PRO parts fitting properly!
                  Bill Positive

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                  • #17
                    Hell YES Bill!! that is easily done when the only tools you own are a hammer and screwdriver/pry bar, oh, and channel locks!!
                    You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!

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                    • BILL WILLIAMSON
                      BILL WILLIAMSON commented
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                      IF no one takes me SERIOUSLY, why in HELL should I keep doing this? I give good simple, proven advice, with a little "humor" to help you remember it. Rarely do I get feedback on whether my advice worked or not!!!!--"Maybe" I should just keep my advice to myself-------?????
                      Bill W.
                      Last edited by BILL WILLIAMSON; 09-29-2017, 10:19 PM.

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