My grandson, he has to help on our new project with his favorite tool. I bought him a Sears Craftsman toy one(which looks similar to mine) but he knows the difference! Doesn't want any part of the toy one when he is in the garage.
When we did our TT my younger grandson was about that age. He would do the same thing as your grandson is doing in the photos. If I was working on it, he had to work on it. He's now almost 14 and the ol' TT is still a very strong tie between the two of us. I expect it always will be.
That's about as good as it gets!! It's hard to tell who gets the better end of the deal, the grandfather or the grandson.....
"What kept you from getting work done on your T today?"
Working in the garden and mowing the lawn!
Driving the T
COLD WEATHER!!! And to make matters worse, now comes a big snowstorm Sunday night/Monday. Sheesh. The only thing I'll be getting out of the garage will be the sub-compact tractor to plow all the dang wet heavy snow. Hopefully by the time my lift comes in it'll warm up enough to put it together out in the pole barn!
Stephen.....aren't you getting hit by snow yet? Thought by now it'd be there....glad to hear you got your T out anyway, you won't be doing that tomorrow!!!
My son was about 5 when I was working in my wood shop in the basement. Joe asked if he could pound some nails in a board. So I gave him some nails, a board and a hammer. He was making so much noise his mom came down to see what was going on. She took one look and said "my god Steve he's going to hurt himself". I just said "yea, but it won't be serious and hell learn."
The next year when Diana had some surgery, Joe made her a foot stool. I would not let him use a power saw (Smashed fingers are one thing, but cut off fingers are not going to happen) but he drilled power screwed and braced the stool himself. Joe is now 22 and needless to say we still have that foot stool.
Trying to get home from Chickasha. Then unloading the truck. Dan
I guess I should POST here!!! LIFE!!!! WORK!!!!
BILLS!!! MONEY!!!! ECONOMY!!!!! PRICES!!!! in availability in finding parts! Let's see the last time I really worked on one of MY T's... 30 years now! So do I win that award? Will all of this change? I damn well hope so!!!!
Running 2 businesses and remodeling at present is the NOW reason! I only can get on this forum in the dead of winter. And my time here, again, is coming to a close. Got to get back to work!! If your ever around Branson give me a toot or stop in if you dare! Thanks to all of you who would at least speak to me now and then.
Joe in Mo.
Football, Wrestling, Track, oh yeah and the daily job, and Hunting, and family/church commitments. Once both kids are out of sports and in college, it will be $$.
I actually have gotten a considerable amount done in the last month, more than the last 30 years combined. But there is a long ways to go.
All whining aside, it is fun and rewarding to get out to the shop and just stare at it if not work.
Planting the flower beds for Easter after putting in a new sprinkler system, mowing the lawns and pressure washing the sidewalks and patios, oh yes and trimming the hedges. And then blowing all of the leaves off of everything, our neighbor has six 60 foot high Eucalyptus and several Brazilian Pepper Trees.
I was kept from working on the T by sewing a pair of pants for the wife.....
Reading the internet.
Not a thing. I spent that day at Mike Bender's, working on my roadster's engine and transmission.
This being a family hobby Me thing that some of the wording in these posts are little out of place. The four letter word W--k and w--king on the T should read tinkering,playing or just plane enjoying time in the shop with my project or car. He,He,He,He. But by all means have one great day.
Working on my Chevy instead.
My 2001 broken eggs-pedition.
Putting an auto lift together. Finally got it. Yea!!!!!
Just got my lift yesterday, Richard....and YEA!! also!
I'll put mine together Sat. with the help of my friend who went with me to the terminal with his flatbed trailer to pick it up. We both have a ton of plans for it already!!
Life just gets in the way. To many things to do and not enough time. Maybe in a few weeks I can take a mental health day and putz on the T and play in the yard.
Getting a Studebaker ready for painting
I or we, put most of it together yesterday. No pictures, to speak of, in the directions. They must not have any cameras' or maybe no one there that knows how to take pic.
I have a heavy duty engine hoist that sure helped.
Seems like maybe my lift mfg. and yours is related...not many pics but about 3 line-drawings anyway in the instructions. We'll find out how hard/easy it'll be saturday. I suspect the ramps are the heaviest, at least they look to be that, looking at it in the crating on the trailer. I'll use a medium-sized front loader to lift those heavy things off the trailer, then set them on car dollies to slide them into the barn, should go pretty easy. Then the heaviest part will be for us to lift the ramps onto the cross bars. Shouldn't be too awfully bad, maybe I'll take the pain pills ahead of time like my wife always suggests! Wondering if I'll have to bleed any of the hydraulics once I put in the 3 gals. of oil....
My Late wife all ways said "that if I came in from the shop with out any blood showing I didn't do any thing" as I get older I think she was right.
First my wife had an operation for a bowel obstruction in January. She was just getting back on her feet pretty well when she fell and broke her hip and foot on 22Feb. Daily 60 mile round trips to visit her in hospital went on for a month. Now she is home but is very limited in getting around so I don't get up to the shop. Depot hack is on hold for now and I expect when wife is more mobile the yard will be demanding attention.
I was debating posting this but I'm busting to. Evelyn Franchesca March 26th. 3 weeks early. Our first Grandchild.
Congratulations Charlie. She make a great T passenger.
Today's interruption. We had to go visit the TT's in the parts department. Then we had to check out all the tools.
Love the grand kids...Looking forward to that kind of work stoppage myself. Unfortunately work and doing taxes were today's interruptions.
My therapy for my double lung transplant. I hate when that happens!
I can't wait to have grand kids. Might be an odd thing for a 25 year old to say, but it seems like the greatest job in the world. Too bad I gotta have kids before you can have grand kids. But there's always the possibility of becoming that cool uncle...
Planting trees. First yard work of the year except for cutting firewood.
A rare Texas Gulf Coast hail storm with 50+MPH wind. Spent last couple of days with insurance adjusters. My tow truck beat up sitting outside so antique vehicles could be inside. No antiques damaged.
This is our first grandchild, and he is pure joy to us.
Lance-Hope you're up and around soon.
Jared-until our first grandchild, I was that Uncle. It was the best. I have had many nieces and had them at the best times. One I taught to drive at my 14 and my TT at 7, another niece my hipo Mustang at 12. We watch our grandson 3 days a week and when he is awake he spends most of the time in the garage with me. I have to sneak out on him at nap time. Now that we are starting to have some good weather, he has to go through all the buildings, that's when he spotted the 2 TT trucks. Here's another shot of him with some of my parts cars. He's a good kid, you only have to tell him no once and he gets it.
Steve- pretty soon he will be helping us with the yard work to.
Bob- sorry to hear of your storm. Stay safe.
Lance, hang in there. My "excuse" is this darn hip replacement, having some infection issues. Maybe a little T black grease would help.
A new Roller Coaster installation kept me from working on my T today but it did not keep me from driving it.
someone offered me $$$$ to work on his 41 Cadillac and I need $$$$$$$ for Bakersfield so his $$$$ will help
Nothing stopped us!!! The PNW is in down pour. Nasty wet.
Our monthly Model T, breakfast meeting was Saturday morning so we decided to both go in the same car. We decided on the 26 Tudor to stay dry.
Added a good coat of RainX, gassed up and away we went. We left the house at 9 am, returned after dinner.
The life-giving but no-less merciless pounding rain and wind.
Drivin' my, new to me, '29 Model A Tudor.
I love how the '27 Tudor and the Tudor A are so much alike and so much different.
Nothing,, Like John we drove both weekend days in the pouring rain. Starting work on my 34'International Pick up now.
Right knee scope Friday, that's what has me down for a couple days. T is on hold for a short while while I dismantle 5 spare T engines in the main garage to make room for the 68 Mustang I bought the wife for Christmas. It'll look good next to the 67 Chevelle. The T's have their own newly built garage,affectionately known at Timecapsule Garage.
Well, nothing stopped me on Sunday from at least getting out in the '20 Runabout, altho it was blowing 30-40 MPH and she wasn't too happy bucking that head wind....then today, Monday, working at mother-in-laws house most of day kept me from even looking at any of 'em!!
I have been working on someone else's T for the past month or so, It's ready to go so I can get back to mine!
Car I have been working on
Dean, how many states have you been too on that tractor.
Today it was drag grandpa to the garage for a Model T ride. Notice the little hand on the steering wheel, it stayed there the entire time we were out, except when I turned, then it went right back on the wheel.
Wife had her gall bladder out yesterday. ...no garage time this weekend
COLD WEATHER!!! And thanks again Dan, for all the helpful info. Now if it just warms up enough to work on 'em!
Working on two friend's Model A's. One was putting a newly rebuilt engine back in....for the 3rd time The other is trying to find an elusive power drain in a 29 coupe. These modern Fords are just way too complicated!
What kept me from working on my T today?
My arms are too short!
It is a long way from Shanghai China to Newfields NH
Next time we are going to have the grandkids first.
To answer the title of this thread..... A tree rolled on my head and crushed me up a bit. A cat-scan and a killer headache later.... not much is getting done on the T..
I was finishing up another T for my Grandson.
Rob, Hope your wife made out okay.
Matt, Ouch, doesn't sound good, hope you're doing okay
Bob, I like your Coupe, and your grandson looks cute.
Henry, I met to ask you if you've had your 14 year old grandson driving the Model T yet?Never to early to start
Charlie B, girls can drive to. I've had my nieces drive mine
Hopefully our grandchildren will be future Model T'ers.
had to clear trees from all the wind yesterday. this one nearly took out our garage. (Sanford NC)
As i try and drive Nellybell at least 2 time a month or more, I have to find time to tinker with her. This week/weekend I have added the new hood sills that have been sitting for years ready to put on, the engine pans I bought at the Portland swap meet, changed out the timing gear for the new 7 1/2 advance one and went through another OF carb. that I got off T-bay last week. I have some more tweaking to do with the carb before the 27th, next weekend, for the first tour of the season, not that I haven't been putting on the miles!
Great photos of the Grandkids and sorry to hear of any ills and bad weather.
Teaching the boy to drive his 150 and cutting the grass
My T has been here nearly 100 years, I think it will keep a while longer.
On the other hand, time spent with my baby granddaughter who still thinks I'm awesome is fleeting.
Hey Dan, Cute pics...my grandniece has an F-150 too that matches her pappy's truck.
What kept me away from the T was a new project that fulfilled one of Mrs. Murray's dreams going back to the mid 80's. "A car she always wanted" is getting on the transport out of Palm Springs and returned back up to the Great Pacific NW. It belonged to my uncle who passed on leaving it for my cousin to dispose of. We gladly took care of the chore. 1985 Mercedes 380SL with low miles and in good shape. It needed a new fuel pump and fuel filter after sitting for 8yrs. You could call it a "barn find" !! Or, "duplex find" since it was in a condo garage down in PS.
I was putting the strips down for the rear body of the speedster. I had the pressure up too high and I managed to nail my hand to the body. Right in the fleshy part of my thumb. I called it quits for the day. It still hurts a bit. I'll treat it internally with alcohol after work. I don't know why they say a wound smarts. You should say it dumbs, as being just that is what got you in that mess to begin with.
Michael-I agree with you. Spending time with the kids and how fast they grow up. This is a picture of my niece in the big foot truck I bought her, seems like yesterday. The second pic is of her now. Third pic, big foot still survives, and she still remembers driving it.
Wayne- I also have a black F-150. I think I will have to take a picture like yours. Love those Ford trucks.
Come home from the docs sporting a rather large number of stitches only to find the folks who I sold my Model T to waiting anxiously for me to get home so they could load it up and hit the road.
For you folks up in the Portland area, Gary's from Oregon City. I encouraged him to drop in here and become part of the crowd.
He seemed like really good people. My T is in good hands...but it was still hard to see it roll down the road...sigh..
Trying to figure out what the mag and compressor would fit on. Bill
I didn't know I was supposed to work on my Tudor every weekend. Usually I'm too busy driving it. I often use it as my business car which gets my customer's attention. It also is used around town for transportation. After over 50 years of use it could use some attention, but I'll let that up to my children when I no longer can drive which may be any day now! As long as the old bus starts and runs every day, I'm happy with it. I even sold my modern car depending on my wife's car if I need modern transportation.
When we show up at a church function without the old Ford, people ask if we've sold it or if it isn't running. I guess it has become part of the family.
Our other old car, a '53 Nash, sits in the garage most of the time being used mostly for long trips. It's too modern for my taste even though I once worked for a Nash dealer some 60 years ago.
5 trips to the ER and 2 operations for a nose bleed over the last week got in the way of a trip to China.
(OK the China trip would have gotten in the way of T work but the nose bleed delayed the trip and thus delayed the T work.)
It makes me wonder what people did in the old days when something like this happened!
I was working on a T today, but not mine.
The Ward O Hara Museum in Auburn NY holds an event every year in which I give Model T rides.
One of the displays in the museum is a Model T Tractor conversion. This year the hood was opened for the farm days event. Unfortunately many parts were missing. As I never throw anything away, I had many non-functional parts that at least it would make it look complete. Went back with my shadow, the boy,and we made it look complete.
When the boy spotted this Model T, he ran over to it and hugged the fender, saying his version of Model T. Real Cute!
uh-oh (one of his favorite expressions) that doesn't look like a Model T steering wheel!
I shuffled some cars to get my coupe out. Topped off the charge on the battery, fired it up and took it out to fill the gas tank. Then gave it a nice little bath so it will look pretty. It's going to a couple Seattle Mariners games this weekend to promote their "Turning Back the Clock" game on June 29th.
working 58 hours a week at my day job and 16 hours a week at my night job and trying to get my tt going for a parade in July.
On Monday the 1917 was picked up, it is being shipped to England to it's new owner. Then on Tuesday I cleaned the barn, yesterday took the grandsons for ice cream and today Heather had me working in the yard. I should get the 14 back where I can work on it to get the timing lever in the correct position. Tomorrow I have to check the dimensions of available wood for some new drawers Heather wants in the kitchen. So the Model T work is a low priority, shame as it is much more rewarding than getting messy in the yard.
Just after I wrote the above note, I received a call from Frank Harris that I could pick up a two speed rear axle and a friend offered to take me up to Long Beach. Who could resist?
Once there, we had a ride in Frank's modified Speedster.
Then we had to dismantle the axle to get it in the minivan.
Once I go through it, it make a great addition to any Model T.
Much better day that I expected, mind you Heather now expects me to price wood for the kitchen on Monday.
Lost two more days of getting work done on the 24, going to Ford Carlisle. It was worth it, a little damp, but a lot to see. I found some needed hard to find items.
Working on other peoples model T's!
Ron the Coilman
Backed into a tree yesterday with my 66 f100 and the rusted out tailgate took a hit.Very soft hit but the bottom of the gate crumbled.
So all day today,I have been patching it.Cut the entire bottom off by drilling spot welds and useing a die grinder along the very bottom.Straightened it out the best I could and it is on it's way back together.IF you ever get bored,drill the spot welds out of the top section of the hinge point of a tailgate that is folded over double,straighten it,and reinstal it.FUN fun.
The gate was rusted out anyhow but I didnt need any more work to do.I will still be looking around for a better tailgate after I am done.
"As long as I can on this Forum"
I try to [REBUILD] a friend's HCCT .
Unbelievable what people can do !!
Like a ten point disk ?????? and a DC Amp meter !!
What kept me from working on my T today! was! working on a fellow club members T. Great fun!!
Thanks Kerry, but not sorry to take you away from yours beacause that means I'm a step closer to driving mine! Lots of thanks, a new better camshaft is on the way ! At least we can both find time for the daily forum read! Looking forward to a day off tomorrow to celebrate the Queens birthday!
Not a thing, yesterday I move my two tail lights out so I can fit a spare tire rack under the back and I added a second bulb horn. This morning I put a mirror on the passenger side. Everybody knows us big truckers have to have dual everything on our big rigs. Oh yeah, I still had plenty of time to "test drive" my T around town to check out the new improvements.
Happy motoring, Warren
Actually he kept me from getting work done for a few days. We had to have our T ride and a stop for some berries.
Next was a ride on the tractor.
A willing little helper
His next favorite vehicle to the Model T's is this 1950 Ford Panel Truck
I installed the front axle and steering column in a friends 25 coupe after rebuilding them at home.
A 4 WAY bypass and now 3 months Rehab. Starting tomorrow I have a M - W-- friday appt for physical Rehab for 36 visits.
The boy wanted to go for a ride in my 53 Merc. As soon as he got in, he scooted over on my lap. Notice his little hand on the steering wheel and shifter. Looks like he's thinking "let's see how do you do this"? If it has a steering wheel he's in. The boy's has kept me way behind on my current T project.
oops, bad grammar! Should have read: the boy
Lets see,other than a thin wallet,
first nieghbor brings a pressure washer that had been took to 2 other shops and considered unfixable.
All it was it was low in oil and the low oil shutoff switch did it's job. 2 shops had charged to say it was not worth fixing? Come on!
Second,carb from wisconsin engine on cement mixer.Took 3 times of soaking and blowing out to get whatever it was out of it to make it run.
3rd,chainsaw wouldnt run,neighbor wants to trade it for some tree work and couldnt till it ran.
So basicly working on other peoples stuff makeing chicken salad out of chicken manure
And ciphoring on a shop press.:>)
But in the past few days I have got another project about done that I will put up on a off topic thread for 1 forum poster and the rest of ye to see.Small thing but I have had it a while and felt it was time to get on it and fix it.
I had the day off but spent it 3 miles above Boulder CO helping a good friend strip out the wet sheetrock from the lower level of his house. Pictures do not convey the awful damage. My friend was lucky in that he only had about 6 inches of water in the lower level. On the way to his place I was astonished at the houses that were total losses or completely washed away.
I didnt get to work on anything today.Spent the better part of the morning and afternoon driveing to and from the Federal Court house in Charlotte NC to file my own appeal in federal court for my social security disablity.
Not to many forms,just alot of information that really needs to be handled by someone qualified but when a lawyer handles it for 5+ years and drops it,nobody else wants it.
So lets see what happens.Worst thing is they dismiss it all and leave me up #(#( creek.
I've been working on my '27 Tudor and recently acquired '59 Chevy.
I THOUGHT I had a "kid" (high school grad) to smooth out the black paint brush strokes on the Tudor so I can paint the body.
He started hand sanding and got quite a bit of the fussy areas done but not all........and that was that........poof
I TOLD him I don't want our nice weather to go to waste and want to get this DONE........could as well have talked to a stone.......grrrrrr
Got another young man who IS going to git 'er dun and, in fact, even stayed late at the shop to get the hood done for me and I wasted no time wiping it down with paint thinner and got it painted this evening.
Picked up the Tudor windshield today too.......had safety glass installed.......and got the windshield seals put in too.......
the ten day forecast is looking decent enough for painting.......YAY
Tried to put oil in the final drives on my mowing tractor, a 1945 Allis Model B, and it just ran out the bottom.
Why the housing wouldn't hold oil.
These were in the bottom of the housing.
Dry and dirty. As if I needed another project.
Stick with the Model T's Steve. They treat you better.
It's proably been 35 years but i had a WD-45 that lost that bearing.The tractor had set a couple of years and where the gear oil covered was good but above all pitted!!Bud.
What a mess Steve.That will be some heavy lifting to get the wheel off and such.
I will be working on a carb for a B next week.
Gota drill out a brass jet some dingaling stripped out with a screw driver and it is clogged up and the tractor wont idle.