Tom Fleischman

My wife and I are the proud owners of this 1951 Singer 4A. This Singer was our first entry into the world of Antique Cars and it has been quite an experience right from the start.

I had spotted the Singer on someone's front lawn with a FOR SALE sign on it and after making a trip or two to check it out (and hitting the web to see what it really was) we decided to buy it...

Driving it back home (approximately 120 miles) the head gasket went. Limping home, maintaining oil pressure, we wondered what we had gotten ourselves into. We were heartbroken.

I spent the Winter reading up on what I had to do....the most experience I previously had with cars was basic tune-ups and such....never any real engine work.....

Thank God for the Internet. I learned so much on the web and was actually able to obtain parts....

Getting the head off was very difficult. The infamous 'Hidden Bolts' were difficult to free up. I used a lubricant called 'Kroil' and a rubber mallet over a few weeks, but no movement on those two bolts. Eventually, I went to a craftsman....screwdriver that is....and with the slightest tap at the gasket the head popped up over an inch...Yippee!! I had never actually seen the inside of any engine before.....wonder where the piece of missing gasket went.....

Repairing and putting back together was relatively simple. Again, I never set valve clearances before... The 1st time Cranking was disappointing....no firing.....thanks to the NASOC bulletin board and a web pal with a Singer in New Hampshire , I figured out that the distributor was 180 degrees out....turned it and voila....it fired !

The next problem was to get real power (I never set timings before...) It turns out that I had a bad sparkplug (new) and had to estimate the timing advance ( approximately 3 degrees/tooth).....

Now I have some real power !!!

This car has Engine Number: A4529T , Chassis # A3841T, and Car Plate Number: 4A4419T. It was originally sold to Doug Hamilton of Schenevous NY. I understand that he went to Korea in 1958, but sold it before leaving to J.VanBuren of Hobart NY. VanBuren also went to Korea shortly thereafter. Upon his return, he drove the car, had a family and soon afterwards stored it until 1987.

In 1987 it was sold to C. McKenzie and I understand he performed some minor maintenance work and eventually had the car painted in 1999. A new top and carpet were added in 2000. We purchased the car on 9/29/2000, a month or so after the top and carpet were completed.