Went to Belvidere 2 weeks ago and inside the building just to the left of the entrance (where the sammich counter was) was a guy right next to that, we'll call space #1 that had a decent 26-27 steering column for sale on the floor. Any leads on that vendor would really be appreciated! I shouldve struck while the iron was hot! Thanks, Troop
He's in the Rockford club. I was eyeing the same thing. He also had a nice warford(I think) with irons, and driveshaft for a grand. Looked new.
CORRECTOMUNDO on the Warford too, with shafts, rods etc! The column felt like new with decent nickel plating on the gear cover and rods. Can anyone help ID this guy for me?
Ive come to the conclusion that mine has a worn out gearbox on the top. Driving against the crown of a paved road its fine, especially with a left curve, but when the road curves to the right, theres a 2 second period of "I wonder if Im going head on into oncoming traffic" feeling in the gut. Everything else underneath is new... troop
Contact swap meet chairman Bill Leese at firstname.lastname@example.org
Knows where venders were
Thanks Dave... WILL DO!!! troop
Troop, it may be prudent to remove the cotter pin then give the Pittman arm nut a good tug and see if you can take it up a little tighter before tossing the installed steering column. Hope that helps !! W
I'd agree Wayne, but after lowering the front end 5" I had that arm on and of a dozen times. I am positive its tight with a new key, tight nut and pinned. The steering wheel shaft on the quadrant is sloppy in the cover, and if I reach down and feel the pitman ball joint, its tight and the wheel cranks back and forth about 1/16- 1/8 turn.
There is a little extra slack in the lower mount bushing, but the rest is all rebushed, including a dished brass washer in the drag link ball end and zero slack there. That drift to the right is sure unsettling!
When I lowered the front end, that was done with a crossmember extension in effect raising the spring mount almost 5 inches. The wishbone is gone and replaced with "T" bones and heim connectors to the frame with about 6-7 degrees of caster. The quadrant gear needs to get rechecked as it very well may have 4:1 gears in the 5:1 26-27 case. Stranger things have happened! troop
Bill Leese was good enough to respond saying he forwarded my info to Don R. from Rockford. Thanks for the help! troop
How come nobody reported on the swap? Was it good?
Ya wanna real answer on that or anecdotal...? Ive got Kooty Gaboogies and no one ever (rarely) responds to what I post, but Ill tell you this; On a scale of 1-100 Ill always rate it at least a good solid 85. Thats pretty darn good in my book. Probably at least 50% Model T parts, some stuff a bit later, and as always 2 or 3 SBC tunnel rams. Most of the T stuff is what youd go there looking for. Not ROTM junk. People are friendly, parking is free, and usually with 500 feet of the entrance, and $5.00 to get in.
The venue is clean, and this year was sunny and maybe made 70F. Some of its paved, most of its on well defined grass isles with a 30 foot wide walkway between and a few covered (roofed) open rest areas and one main building that also includes and affordable lunch. I had a brat and a coke for about $4.00. Even the bathrooms are clean enough to use and have running water (maybe Im used to motorcycle swaps where you hafta hold yer breath on entering!).
On that note, compared to IOLA, or JEFFERSON, where its set up on 50 sprawling acres, no rest areas, in the blazing country sun, packed with people that are star gazing (!) and at least 10,000 SBC chrome valve covers, 200 toy vendors, and at least a container ship load of chinaman tools, and maybe a few "un-earthed" model T coils, theres really no comparison. All in all, its a delight to go even after a 3 hour drive. Theres also a hired DJ trailer playing decent tunes.
My kudos go out to the Rockford area club that puts it on! troop
THANKS! Tr oop. Maybe I'll go next year, sure closer than Chicasha. John
RIGHTO John... West Bend isnt too bad either, a lot of chrome doo dads, put on by the Greater Milw. Model A club I thinkst... troop
I was there also, after running over to Bob's in Rockford earlier. Not a bad meet & above average of T parts compared to other small swap meets (I think they are being pretty generous with the "little Hershey" title....). I also saw that steering column. I was looking for an old crummy one, so didn't look it that one very close as it was too nice for what I'm wanting to do. I was very tempted by the guy on the opposite side of the aisle with the old craftsman band saw (I'm a sucker for old tools). Got to meet the Lonesome Pines guy who had a lot of T parts. Ironically, I didn't buy anything but a brat & some Hostas flowers that a guys wife was selling.
You really should contact Bob Bergstadt about a used column... troop
DUH !!! I just saw that you WERE at Bobs earlier. Love the O.S. where you cant edit... soon to be changed FOREVER! troop
I went,felt it was a good turn out.Bought a 19-25 hogs head,some top irons,and some rim flaps from the guy in the building your looking for.Prices I thought were good.