Identify by Year
Locate/Purchase Search techniques for locating a Model A
Insure List of insurance companies
Start/Drive How to start and drive a Model A. Includes dbl clutching.

 Roadside Trouble Systematic trouble shooting why the "A" will not start.

Ignition Inspect, time, and learn how it works.
Carburetion Learn how it works. Plus rebuild tips by Tom Endy.
Brakes Utube Video
Tire How to remove the tire skin from the rim.. (modelAbasics video)
Accessories Advertised accessories, parts, & tools from 1928 thru 1931

Links Anything and Everything Model A. (Maintained by Steve Plucker on the Fordbarn)

Sooner Model A Club



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After reading this page:
Visit the fordgarage.com for historical and detailed information.
Visit Model-A.org for further problem solving.

Carburetor Basics

Suction created by the pumping of the pistons, causes fuel and air to flow through the carburetor into the engine. Each Alternate downward stroke draws in a fresh charge of mixed fuel and air.

The throttle plate manages the amount of air flow that is delivered to the engine and is controlled by the "Throttle Lever" and "Accelerator" inside the cab.




Pulling on the Carburetor Adjustment Knob, often called the GAV (Gas Air Valve) inside the cab opens and closes the Choke Plate. Turning the GAV enriches or leans the fuel mixture flowing through the "Cap Jet".

When the engine is started with the choke closed a greater vacuum is formed, pulling in a larger amount of fuel.






Fuel Flow

GREEN: Adjustable fuel supply for Cap Jet

BLUE: Predetermined fuel supply by Compensator Jet for Cap Jet and Idle Jet

RED: Direct fuel supply for Main Jet (Used for High Speeds)

YELLOW: Ambient air to fuel bowl




The “Compensating Jet” is inside the fuel bowl and empties into the “Secondary Well” which is open to the air. The “Cap Jet” connects with the “Secondary Well”. The “Cap Jet” can only draw as much fuel as the “Compensating Jet” will allow, regardless of the amount of suction.


The "Cap Jet" has an additional fuel supply from the "Fuel Bowl". The flow rate of the fuel to the "Cap Jet" is controlled inside the cab with the "GAV" adjustment knob. Turning it left (towards the driver) enriches the fuel mixture for the "Cap Jet". The "Cap Jet" is used at low speeds.


The “Main Jet” is connected directly to the "Fuel Bowl". It acts like a straw; the stronger the suction the greater amount of fuel will be supplied. The "Main Jet" kicks in and helps out the "Cap Jet" at higher speeds. When cruising, the "Cap Jet" can be leaned out (turn right) to conserve on fuel.

Idling occurs when the "Throttle Plate" is partially open. A vacuum above the plate is created, drawing air through a small hole, which pulls the gas from the secondary well through the "Idle Jet".


Trouble Shooting

Stalls When Stopping

Restoration Tips by Tom Endy

Carb Restoration

Zenith cores are easily found at swap meets. Most are usually in a cruddy rusty condition. However, if they are not damaged they can easily be restored. It is prudent to look them over carefully to make certain the top and bottom housings are not cracked or broken.

Large file, but worth the download wait.


Zenith Passageways

Zenith carburetor documentation: Good grief! Another article on the Model A Ford Zenith carburetor. Enough already! There must be a whole floor in the library of congress devoted to articles written about this carburetor. But wait! If you are into rebuilding Zenith carburetors you might want to read this. This article is about an easy way to check if the internal passageways in the carburetor are open or plugged.  


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Paul Modlin