OK Iam playing with a Model A motor. I have a v-8 flywheel and it bolts up. But the starter ring gear is way different. I have heard of guys cutting down the A flywheel to make it lighter. I do not want to cut this stock flywheel down. The v-8 wheel is 15 pounds lighter and I would like to use it. So does anybody know what is done to get a starter to mesh? Thanks, Scott
check with: "Secrets of Speed Society"" and/or "FAST - Hot for Fast Fours".
Normal you turn down a Model A flywheel then drill and tap new holes for the V8 clutch pressure plate. This would solve the ring gear issues.
Oh man, I'm getting a head ache just thinking about this! First off the diameter of the wheel. Is it the same as the orig and where do the flywheel teeth sit in relation to the original wheel? Thinking about the orig starter with a pinion that matches your new wheel. On the other hand Snyder's sells a modern type starter for the A which might be easier to modify. P/N A-11002-X12. 12 volts. Not cheap but an option.
Scott, you need to call me.
the advantage of a V8 flywheel is saving weight - if that's the case. then you don't need a starter. You won't need battery, generator, coil, or distributor either. Just run a Wico mag and push start that puppy onto the dirt track. Better yet is a dog-clutch. Happy racing
check out the Model A section of the Ford Barn or the Model A parts suppliers.
The suppliers list a V8 clutch assembly for the A The A guys can give you lots of information.
Almost forgot -
Scott If you need a place to test your Model A motor let me know because my 31 Town sedan is currently motorless --
There is no guarantee that you will get it back but I will be willing to tell you how it is doing at least ones every six months
Fred, Its always to that there are good friends here to help a guy out. Thanks for the offer, Scott
Snyder's offers the modified A flywheel with the V8 clutch and pressure plate. Per their catalog, page A-124, This arrangement is 16 lbs. lighter than the stock Model A. Flywheel is resurfaced and cut down, new ring gear, pilot bearing, clutch disc and pressure plate. The benefit to a V8 clutch is less chatter and less effort to engage. Flywheel and clutch assembly are balanced as a unit. From this description, it would appear that this is the only way to accomplish this swap.
I was going to say to get in touch with James Rogers, but I see that he has already posted. I would give him a call.