Technical Q&A for Classic Cars

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Missing Fuse Block

Q. I was asked by a good friend for assistance resolving some electrical problems he was having with his 1949 Ford F1 pickup. After searching for awhile I could not locate the fuse block. Where is the fuse block located? A. Cars and trucks prior to the 1960s seldom have… Read More

Welding Blow Through

Q. In an ideal world this would never happen, but I sometimes find that I cannot cut away all damaged metal and must deal with blow-thru when welding patch pieces in. Do you have any tips/suggestions for minimizing blow-thru (other than cut more metal away)?… Read More

Mystery Armstrong Starter?

Q. I have been annotating correspondence between my grandparents from the mid-1930’s, from before they were married. During this time, my grandfather had what I think was a 1929 Essex. He frequently complains about keeping the thing running and at one point, has to replace the… Read More

Low Geared F1

Q. I have a 1949 Ford F1 pickup (Hope I can sneak in a Ford question). Is there a later differential with higher gear ratios to “speed” things up? A. Low gears are a common issue for many early truck owners as most were used as tools… Read More

Hard Pedal, No Brakes F100

Q. I have a 1962 Ford F100 with a new master cylinder installed. No leakage. All manual drum brakes. No booster. Hard brake pedal but NO fluid going to wheel cylinders even with bleeders completely removed on all 4 wheels. I can’t bleed the brakes. Any suggestions? I have… Read More