Well, I owned a 26 roadster for several years and all this time restoration is progressing slowly. To make a long story short. My wife bought me a running and driving 26 fordor. Although I've owned one but have never driven a T. Needless to say fitting if off was a very fast and sure made people scatter.
After a lot of time and experience you can graduate to making old fart mistakes. I'm afraid it never stops.
55 years isn't long enough...I'm still waiting.
I never outgrew zits, why should I stop stepping in it regularly?
Another thing that occurred to me is that the number of problems you have starting and driving a Model T increases proportionately with the number of people watching you. You will have better luck learning at home alone or on a quiet road than in a crowd.
It is a law. They will not "hand crank" with an audience. (stupid law to)
Same deal with small aircraft.
If you make a hard landing and bounce down the runway there will be at least 50 people watching.
If you grease it on perfectly no one will see it.
I think that the oldies just don't tell fellow t'ers of there (newbies mistakes). So to the newbies we've all made these mistakes, just some
members cover them up better. To error is human,
to lie about it O well you no the game.
I was going to say when your in the ground but then I thought about it, you could still end up going the wrong way!
You'll continue committing newbie mistakes until dementia kicks in then you'll enter the oldbie mistakes phase. At 60, I expect to enter the latter stage any day now. Jim Patrick
Jim has hit it on the head. As they say, the only way to not make any mistakes is to do nothing.
And the other phrase of which I am fond is: "If you think you aren't making mistakes, you're not paying close enough attention".
Or Zachary, A variation of what Henry said: "If you aren't making mistakes, you're not doing anything. LOL!
Richard and John,
Speaking of cranking with an audience......
In 2009 the local newspaper was doing an article about restoring my T.
I thought I'd show them how they were hand cranked in the old days. Ignition on, fuel on, choked a couple of times but no start. Finally I am soaked with sweat and give up. Newspaper people leave and I discover that the tank is empty.
I restored my first T in the late 70's. Still doing newbie stuff.
John said "They will not Hand Crank with an audience".
Mine did the opposite. I have a 1912 touring car and was on a T tour. A local newspaper man was there and we talked. I told him that my car was hand cranked only. He wanted to take pictures of me doing that. I went to the car and set the spark and throttle, than I hand cranked the engine one turn with the choke out.
After that I turned the ignition switch to "Bat".
That was when the news man quit believing me, The 1912 gave me a "FREE" start. I think he believed the car had a starter after that.
As the man who sold me my "T" said " I will teach you the basics of driving a "T", From that point going forward you and your "T" will come to an understanding of what is and is not acceptable and your "T" is not above embarrassing you in public"
Model Ts do have hearts and minds and feelings of their own. (I believe that) They also believe that after a hundred years, working hard, and changing the world, they have earned the right to do as they want.
As to the original subject line of this thread. I have been playing with these things for over 45 years now. Ask me in another 20 years if I am still making "newbie mistakes".
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2