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    Does anyone have documentation in black and white stating what the caster / camber specs were when the A rolled off the assembly line. I know the numbers being floated out there today but i am looking for concrete proof of what the specs were back then. Even an old 30's style shop manual may show something
    If someone has an old reference book can you post it up here with pics.
    Thanks

























    3 ~ Tudor's
    Henry Ford said
    "It's all nuts and bolts"


    Mitch's Auto Service ctr

  • #2
    I don't know about the specs Mitch. I take my old cars to an old time alignment man. He has the old tools and uses them. So far all the cars he has worked on drive and steer fine. He's also the only one around that will align a tractor.

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    • #3
      Sorry, but, I'm missing Dykes and Motors manuals from 1927-1934. I have them before and after, still looking for our years though.

      That said, Ford specs for 1935 is/are,
      caster +6 3/4
      camber + 5/8
      toe 3/32"
      KPI 8



      Oh, I don't do pic



      The general consensus here seems that the numbers are
      caster +5
      camber ? [ these numbers have been all over the place] I prefer + 1/4-1/2
      toe 1/16"
      KPI probably not much attention
      Last edited by Patrick; 07-24-2017, 12:49 PM.

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      • Mitch
        Mitch commented
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        Patrick thanks for the response
        i am specifically looking for the A so if you find it, we can figure out the pics later

    • #4
      I know Mitch, sorry. I've been looking for these manuals for decades. Both parts and service manuals for these were around the shop for decades when I was a kid, but, somehow disappeared. Been looking for replacements.

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      • #5
        This information is for the guy running the repair tent at the MARC meet. He is also giving a seminar on king pins, alignment, front end and steering box rebuilding.

        He (Warren) will be joining the VFF but right now is to busy getting setting up for next week. He asked me if i could post it and maybe we will get lucky on someone having the documentation from that era.
        Warren feels the numbers being floated around for caster / camber are not accurate
        3 ~ Tudor's
        Henry Ford said
        "It's all nuts and bolts"


        Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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        • #6
          I understand and its nice to see stuff like this in 'real' writing.

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          • #7
            From the 40 page Ford Model A supplement to the Dykes manual, dykes engine_chassis_manual.pdf
            Attached Files

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            • pAAt
              pAAt commented
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              Mike, how did you get a PDF of this ? I have the same book supplement in one of my Dykes manuals. I tried to take a picture last night, but wasn't working out well for me. I found one pdf from Dodge Brothers club 1918 and that's it so far. Thanks, Pat

            • Rowdy
              Rowdy commented
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              Would like to have a PDF of all 40 pages. How do-able would that be? BTW, I also have a wiring blueprint book that contains prints of many 1915- 1926 Automobiles. Considering making a PDF of it and posting it somewhere useful. Thanks Rod

          • #8
            Thanks Mike i forwarded this info to Warren along with a link of this thread.
            3 ~ Tudor's
            Henry Ford said
            "It's all nuts and bolts"


            Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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            • #9
              Patrick, I have a 1927 Dykes Manual. It is the only one I have. While I do not want to sell it I have seen several other 1927's over the years on ebay when looking to see what they are worth. 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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              • #10
                Originally posted by Rowdy View Post
                Patrick, I have a 1927 Dykes Manual. It is the only one I have. While I do not want to sell it I have seen several other 1927's over the years on ebay when looking to see what they are worth. Rod



                OK Thanks. I'm a still lookin.

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                • #11
                  On a side note. I have copies of the Dykes manuals at home & also at the San Diego Automotive Museum restoration shop where I volunteer with the author of the Dykes books, got him autograph them for me. His name is Dyke & is a superb machinist. Actually he's not, only 85years young & still teaching me as much as I can absorb. It's a standing joke around the shop as he is like a walking encyclopedia & laughs with us.

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                  • Mitch
                    Mitch commented
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                    Interesting info thanks

                • #12
                  We'd just compare BOTH sides & say, "THET LOOKS PRETTY GOOD"!!!
                  KDad Simple

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                  • #13
                    Originally posted by Ray in La Mesa View Post
                    On a side note. I have copies of the Dykes manuals at home & also at the San Diego Automotive Museum restoration shop where I volunteer with the author of the Dykes books, got him autograph them for me. His name is Dyke & is a superb machinist. Actually he's not, only 85years young & still teaching me as much as I can absorb. It's a standing joke around the shop as he is like a walking encyclopedia & laughs with us.
                    That's amazing.............he must have wrote the first book when he was 2 years old. I don't know how far back the Dyke's Manuals go, but I thought it was back to the teens or very early 20's. I have a few copies of the book and have told people if I could only have one book, it would have to be a Dyke's Manual. It's incredible how much information is in that book.

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                    • #14
                      Pretty sure that the first edition of Dyke's auto manuals came out in 1915, so not much doubt that he wasn't involved then. Obviously it had to be much later ones he was involved with, but a very interesting report by Ray just the same.

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