Anyone viewed those repair video's ? Since I'm new to the Model T was wondering if they would be very helpful ?
Yes very helpful but they make some actions look very easy and when I followed there advice I had much more trouble replicating their procedures. What they told me to do was right but ....
The one that comes to mind was removing the pin that holds the driveshaft to the ujoint. They just tap the pin and it falls out. I had to drill and use a bigger hammer. It took all afternoon.
YouTube has some video too. I found one from Steve? very helpful when I was confused about the rear wheel bearing placement.
Thanks...it always looks easy when someone else is doing the work ! I'll be replacing those babbit thrust washers in the rear end..and who knows what else I'll find wrong in there. There is a 3 part DVD...anyone know which one covers this repair ? I have a manual but I think a video would help more.
Videos are really wonderful training aids. In my experience, there is always something that is "just a little different" with my object, OR I have a question that the movie just doesn't answer.
What saved me many times was having a fellow T driver that I could call upon with questions....and frequently, others helped me not only with their words, but their actions.
The Tennessee chapter home seems a little far from you, no? How about a Kentucky chapter? If you have the time and inclination, perhaps a note to the chapter presidents may result in the names and phone numbers of a few folks in your area. Most adjustments and repairs can be done to your auto with the tools you probably already have - however, a certain tool surely makes some jobs better and easier...(think coil point replacement and adjustment, for instance). Most T people are helpful and gracious with their knowledge and advice, and some chapters possess unique tools for use by their members.
Welcome to the Forum, and good luck to you.
Ditto what others have said – especially about contacting/joining one of the local clubs. In the case of our South Carolina club we have members from Florida & Georgia and rotate the meetings & tours so they are close to different members at different times. We also have a nice lending library. For example the Rear Axle rebuilding DVDs. They can be really interesting if you are working or rebuilding a rear axle. But once you have finished the job, you probably won’t be inviting friends over for popcorn and one of those DVDs. Also there are Model T members that are not close to the local club – and they may be close to you. If the clubs nearest you do not have any members near you – then I would recommend contact both the MTFCA and MTFCI and give them your Zip Code and ask them if they would forward your information to some of the members near your Zip Code.
From: http://modeltstore.myshopify.com/products/restoration-videos they have the following listed concerning the videos:
• 5-1 Restoration of the T Rear End—I: Covers the regular T rear axle as well as the Ruckstell axle. Shows the types of housings used by the Model T through the years, disassembly techniques, inspection tips and more. Run Time: 48 min. 34 sec.
• 5-2 Restoration of the T Rear End—II: Continuation of inspection techniques, axle rebuilding, sources and tips. Run Time: 46 min. 03 sec.
• 5-3 Restoration of the T Rear End—III: Restoration of the drive shaft, rear end re-assembly and adjustment tips. Run Time: 50 min. 37sec.
From the titles and descriptions it sounds like they will all be needed to ensure everything is inspected properly and installed properly.
Note the MTFCA also has the Rear Axle booklet that is also very help and contains the same type of information.
If you have already worked on cars, tractors, small engines etc. you should be able to review the books & videos and accomplish the job. If you have not worked on any mechanical things before I would recommend have someone work with you initially. There are lots of folks now days who have not worked on their cars. I don’t work on my wife’s car – there is no carburetor, magneto, generator, rear axle gears etc. I have a friend that is great with repairing computers but knows very little about cars. I would not ask him to work on my car and he would not ask me to work on his computer. But if I needed computer help, I know who to call. T’s are simple – but they can be assembled incorrectly – as many of the parts fit nicely more than one way but often only fit properly one way. You could learn by yourself on a T -- but it will usually take longer and sometime cost more (few broken parts, stripped threads etc) than if you have someone to help you initally get started.
Good luck with your project. And don't forget that some clubs have a "work night" or "work day" when folks bring their projects and work on them.
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Thanks for the replys ! I did rebuild the engine on my 8-n ford and just finished a "poor man" restoration on my 1930 Model A so I do know a little but not a lot ! I do have a few Model T friends that arn't that far away that are willing to help but I thought I'd get a little input on the video's...Mrs Claus is making her list...and looks like me and the ole T need a lot !
Looking at the video before you begin the job is nice. It's even helpful. But when I did my rear axle I found that it was handier using Glen's book because I could turn directly to the page that applied to what I was doing at the time. Turning a page is a lot more convenient than searching through a video for the part you want.