I ask in another post about a Model A carburetor. I have a neighbor, John, who is really enamored with my '21 Touring, and wanted one just like it. Since I knew who would end up fixing any car he bought, and with John's limited mechanical ability, I suggested an A would be a better choice for him, it was more like a modern car (sort of). He bought a previously restored '30 A.
We solved the problem we were having with the carb today by replacing the carb with a new reproduction Zenith I had ordered earlier in the week. And since he was having problems with his legs today (70 years old, and his replaced hip needs to be replaced again), I took john for a ride to show him the improvement. I mentioned the ammeter gauge was crooked, and I would have to straighten it some day (it is a cheap reproduction gauge, not an original). John said "what this?" and pushed on the gauge with his finger. He did not push hard, but it fell apart. Good thing we were only blocks from home, as it started smoking. Got the A right home, and disconnected the battery.
My T is only adjustment of new bands away from running, but my rule is the car that already runs gets the attention first. I have another cheap reproduction gauge, but I think I will see if I cannot find a better quality replacement/
And I wonder why my car does not run yet.
Do you or he have a cast iron original carb'? If so you may want to repair it for him as those zenith things go bad over time.
I've never seen a Zenith I liked.......dang microscopic passages! <rant>
My A came equipped with a Tillotson Model Fx.
I replaced THAT with a Schebler........
The Zenith works just fine on my '29, and has for the 12 years or so I've had it on the road. I think the key to a good running car (Or anything else, for that matter) is to drive it often and not let it sit up. Easy to say for me, as we can drive year round.
Have an original Zenith on my '31. Model A's just don't sound right with a Tillotsen. The Zenith has always worked well. Simple carb to rebuld. Reliable as hell.