Upcoming Hawk A Club Events
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2016 is off and running!
|Date||Hawk A Model A Club Event|
|Nov. 22||7 PM Club meeting at Hiawatha Community Center|
|Dec. 4||12 to 4 PM, Annual Club Christmas Party at the Hiawatha Community Center|
|Dec. 10||Tech Session at Clyde Melvin's garage. The topic for this session and probably the next will be rebuilding the differential or rear end assembly.|
|Apr. 8, 2017||Annual Swap Meet at Hawkeye Downs in Cedar Rapids, IA.|
|Aug. 17, 2017||Iowa Model A Day - For more information click here.|
10 AM on November 19th at Clyde Melvin's garage in Cedar Rapids, IA.
Tech topic: Fire Extinguishers, shift lever issues, and prepping your Model A for winter storage
At this tech session, Randy Stallman continued his discussion on fire extinguishers from the previous session. He brought two extinguishers with him that will not damage your cars paint when used to douse the flames. The first extinguisher is the MaxOut and costs around $56 for a 1.0 lb cylinder from Amazon. The second is the HalGuard and costs around $132 for a 1.4 lb cylinder from Amazon. The HalGuard leaves not residue behind as it is a liquified gas that smothers the flames. Both extinguishers are from H3R Performance.
If you run straight water in your cooling system and store your car in an unheated building, you need to drain all the water from the radiator and block. Make sure that you remove the radiator cap when draining to remove all the water from the system. Before you drain the water you might consider adding a bottle of Redline WaterWetter to the radiator and running the engine for 5 minutes to circulate the WaterWettter throughout the radiator and block to reduce corrosion in the absence of water. A 12 oz bottle from Amazon costs around $10.
Do not drain your gas tank when you put your car in storage. Instead fill your tank up to almost full and add a fuel additive such as STA-BIL or Sea Foam to stabilize the gas chemically. Both STA-BIL and Sea Form are available locally as most automotive, farm-supply, and other stores for less than $10 for a 16 oz bottle or can. They add a rust inhibitor to reduce corrosion throughout your fuel system. Run you engine for a while to get the stabilizer in your carburetor to reduce corrosion there and in the fuel lines, too.
Rodents can do alot of damage to your interior and wiring system if they get into your Model A over the winter. To help keep them away use Fresh Cab, a non-toxic biodegradable mix that comes in pouches smelling of pine trees. A box of four pouches costs around $13 from Amazon but it is available locally from Theisens, too. Another product that works well is Mouse Magic, which also comes in pouches and is sold at Theisens, and mice don't like peppermint oil so you might try that, too.
A product from the aerospace industry comes to us Model A-er's called Hylomar Universal Blue, which is a sealant
that you use with your valve and pan gaskets to get a good seal. What makes this product better is that it will not adhere to the metal so there is no cleanup after removing the valve cover or pan. A 3.5 oz tube is available from Amazon for about $15. Hylomar also makes other sealants that you can use for head gaskets.
Curiosities from 2016 Iowa Model A Day
One attendee didn't have a real Model A so he wrapped his van in one.
Someone showed up late in their very nice Model T stake truck. If you know this person, please contact Ron Heitman at (319) 622-3489 so he can update his list of cars and send you this picture.
Hawk A Model A Ford Club Meetings are the 4th Tuesday of every month, except December
and start at 7:00 PM at the Hiawatha Community Center.