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    Les' book says 20 ft. Pounds. Is that correct. Seems a little heavy for such small bolts.

  • #2
    I use a box wrench and common sense, so if the gasket is cork, the torque is less than a paper gasket. I've never measured my torque because common sense works better.

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    • #3
      I agree Tom but as I'm new to the Model A better safe than sorry. Now if it was a 57' Chevy I'd have no question.

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      • #4
        If I was going to put a torque spec on them it would be about 15lbs. But I "choke up" on a 3/8" ratchet and let my wrist set the tightness or I use a speed handle to tighten them.

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        • #5
          It should be treated the same as a pan gasket.

          i think were talking inch pounds here and not FT.

          That’s another one for the error list
          3 ~ Tudor's
          Henry Ford said
          "It's all nuts and bolts"


          Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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          • #6
            It's page 134, table 1-5 "Valve chamber cover bolts"

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            • #7
              Thanks Mickey
              I made a copy of your post on the errors thread, for when i finalize it
              3 ~ Tudor's
              Henry Ford said
              "It's all nuts and bolts"


              Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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              • #8
                Use a short handle box wrench, and just tighten the bolt. Ford did not use torque specs. There was a different wrench for each application, and the handle was sized to match how tight the fastener should be. That is why the rod nuts are 21/32". Special wrench for each job. Common sense is the key factor here.
                Bill
                http://www.brauchauto.com/
                Eastern Connecticut

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                • #9
                  Clean bolts, finger tight plus 1/4 turn. A slippery floor may cause over tightening.

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