Stripping the peeling paint from the exposed wood on Black Betty, priming, and repainting. Hot job here in Arkansas.
Checked your profile pic. Great looking coupe Roy.
You need to post more pictures.
It's about 90º and SUNNY here so all I did is break out the '19 Touring and have been DRIVING it.......
Found a few engine pieces that I put in a box six years ago and could not find. People retire for a reason, their memory goes to pot. Oh well, it is to hot (96) to do anything anyway. Maybe tomorrow or the next day, or the next day.
I received a new tail pipe and muffler yesterday. Waiting for instructions on how to install. UPS guy wouldn't do it.
Roy -- I'd say it's about time to get some A/C in your shop, you old tightwad.
p.s. -- While you're working in that area, you can fill those bolt holes for the cowl lamps.
Worked on restoring a pair of Snowmobile Skies. Sand blasted and powder coated the 90 year old steel bottom plates and cleaned and painted all bolts and nuts. Getting ready to make new wood.
Put away swap meet swag. Painted two studs and a bolt. Whoopee!
Slow down Steve - I don't want to see you keel over from exhaustion !!
Mike - I'll fill those holes the same day you take the disc brakes and 12 volt system off your little green truck.
Removed old emergency brake rod. Broke on the way back from the Long Beach Swap Meet. Discovered it was the older style then the correct Improved style. Ordering tonite a pair and some anti rattlers. Changed out the gear oil in the diff.
Got my transmission back together after a teardown, cleaning, and check-up. All good!
Babbitted the block for my 26.
Picked up a block at Marks on the way to the Speedster Reunion, removed the rusted main caps and blots, mag & cam bolts, and to stuck/froze pistons. From the rust I expected at least an hour, took maybe 15 minutes. I did spray some sea foam penetrating spray on some of it. Now the block is ready for hot tanking.
Pulled bits off.
Charged the battery on the touring so I could get it out of the garage. Drove it a few miles and then took out the roadster. I put the touring back where the roadster had been and took the roadster down to town and filled up the gas tank for a tour scheduled for Saturday. Next week I will reverse the positions again because I plan to take the touring to a parade. One is behind the other, so if I want to get the second one out, I have to move the other one first! Now there is also a third one, and after the parade I will move the other two so that the third one is first to get out!
I call this "musical cars"
I think you should hire a couple of boys to run a valet parking service for you!
What did I do on MY T today? Same thing I've done every day for the past 1-1/2 years --- NOTHING!!!!!
I did spend a few hours finishing up parts for other people. Shipping tomorrow - Rear Belt Rail, Passenger's side Hinge Pillar, Floor boards and Battery Trap Door for a 24 Coupe.
Humble Howard and Fast Frank drove their Speedsters to lunch to get the Thursday $2,00 hamburger at the famous Glory Days Sports Bar. We believe that people go there just to see us and not for the $2.00 burger. Oh yes and tall cool ones too. Yes the cut-outs are open just to please the crowd that always arrives to see and hear us.
Installed valve cover studs and fan, and spent WAY too much time researching parts and sources. Too bad I don't have more of the information in my head.
Put my motor back together and into the car over the weekend. Buttoned up some of the last little bits Monday and Tuesday. Drove it to the shop Wednesday and today. With the steel disk back in the clutch and 30W oil all most ran me over because I didn't have the parking brake set. New learning curve using Ford disk, leave the lever forward, remember to pull it back before cranking to set the parking brakes. It has a great neutral but I am use to the Turbo 400 and Jack Rabbet clutches. With them, when it's in neutral it's in neutral.
I had to use one of those older rubber cork crankcase gaskets, have one spot on the passenger side that I can't get to seal because they like to cold flow when tightening together. It's not bad and for now I am going to live with it.
Hey Mark,....I don't think it's the steel Ford clutch discs wanting to run you over as much as it is the 30W oil! Especially when your just firing it up from cold!
Well, today I finished fabricating two rear frame brackets for a TT and drilled the frame for same then primed the frame. I'll sand the primer tomorrow and install the front and rear body brackets, brake quadrant then splash some black paint over everything.
Right now I'm sucking on a glass of frosty agave nectar.
@ Norman T. Kling : musical cars
Sorta the same thing here Norman. At least I have 4 10' wide doors on the shed but even at that I STILL have to park the Model A behind the T Touring.
THAT is going to change IF and WHEN I get the Rumely sold!
To morrow we have a tour near Amsterdam,So i need an new AIR BAG
Nothing. But i did consider making a waterpump out of fibreglass, steel rod and bondo just to see if it would work.
Every year the Acme Air Bag Company stages an elaborate reenactment of the sack of Rome.
Filled the radiator with new antifreeze, and a gallon jug to go in the running board luggage rack, changed the oil, more oil for the luggage rack, took it for a quick run and loaded it in the trailer for the trip to Kanab! Threw in a big bag of shop towels left over from the surgical floor to give to friends in Kanab. If you're working on a T there and need a towel, look me up!
Installed valve covers, painted intake manifold, made & painted fan adjust bolt, bought more stud nuts.
Installed manifolds and head.
It took longer than it should have because of a stupid, stupid, stupid lapse.
I KNEW about getting the gasket in with the large coolant opening in back, but I managed to install it backwards anyway. Luckily I noticed the mistake before torquing down the head, and I was able to get the thing apart without damaging the gasket and reinstall it correctly.
Steve - that is one snazzy looking engine
Got out the 11 and gave my 14 year old granddaughter a driving lesson. Awsum! Kept her in parade mode in low gear. She took to it like a duck on water.
Installed the brake drums over the shoes that I re-lined last week. Wire-wheeled the rear spring leaves, replaced spring eye bushings.
Waiting for brake rods to arrive.
Taken it apart to draw iso's of it, lol.
Changed the oil to 10-30 and took a drive! Got a couple of gremlins in the wiring, no biggie! Just need to clean the terminal.
Cleaned and painted bolts. Work on fasteners seems to take up more time than work on the things they fasten.
You are correct about that, Steve. I have spent countless hours standing at the wire-brush wheel on my bench grinder cleaning bolts, nuts, and washers. I figure it's time well-spent, since the old pieces are so different from the new ones. A little time spent on the wire wheel, and they're good as new! And as the old joke goes, "What's time to a pig anyway?"
Steve how did you notice the gasket was in backwards once the head was on?
If it's backwards a little bit sticks out from under the head in front.
Oh ok. So i put my 4th main in and took forever to install the drive shaft pushing the car back & forth to get the joint to line up. When it did line up and spring in the fourth main moved around and i have no idea if the hole is at the top or the bottom. Took 6 hours to fit the drive shaft to engine and 2 days to install the engine bolts. If the oil hole is not at the top/side will my car die?
Kep ; sorry, but a little to late for you , I always mark the 4th main so that I can see where the hole is
Sorry Steve, but I way out-dumbed you last night. First, before putting the hogshead back on, I dropped a stainless cotter pin into the transmission. Since it's non-magnetic, it won't stick to the magnets and be removed when I rotate the flywheel. Fishing around brought only frustration. So, second, I hoisted the entire engine assembly into the air, swinging freely on a chain, in order to turn it 90 degrees, snout up, so the pin could slide out. I could only get it about 60 degrees that way, so, third, I attached a (cheap) ratchet strap to the hoist post and the ball cap bolts to pull it into a position 90 degrees to the floor. Tapped all over the now vertical crankcase with a rubber mallet, and eventually the pin slid out with the tablespoon of old, cold oil that was still in the pan. Success! Yeah, until, fourth, the cheap strap's ratchet let go, allowing the engine to drop 90 degrees and swing backwards like a medieval battering ram, right into one of the bottom supporting posts of a free-standing set of shelves that was (over) loaded with boxes of my new fasteners. It was "TIMBERRRRR" right over onto my engine-less '14, dropping right down between the frame rails into the engine compartment. I didn't want to lift the car cover, and didn't for quite awhile while I waded through the deep waters composed of thousands of new bolts, nuts, screws, rivets, and pins that had showered off the shelves like Niagara Falls right next to the engine with its still open crankcase. Figuring that I had spent several hours removing a single cotter pin only to see the entire stock of a fair-sized hardware store taking its place in there, I tremblingly peeked, then poked, in and was shocked to learn that it was miraculously clear. (After taking out the shelf support, the engine must have rebounded away from the shower of parts before the shelf went completely over.) I knew I couldn't have three miracles occur during the same incident (#1 was that no one got hurt), so I figured the front of the car had to have been wiped out. But I got a second major shock when I lifted the cover and saw that before installing it, I had neglected to remove several thick towels; they had cushioned the many blows; the sheetmetal was unmarred--not even a scratch in the paint.
So, while taking a break from building a new set of ultra heavy duty shelving to write this, I can consider myself living proof that God does indeed take care of children and fools. Sadly, my size and my many years of experience remove me from the first category.
Thanks for sharing, welcome to the club. As a new member WE (known as the many) allow you to enter our society. grin, grin, grin.
PS. Been there,Done that at least a few times.
Put the coupe body on the chassis.
Brake rods arrived today and anti rattlers, already painted and mount up tomorrow.
Not as bad as it looks in the picture.
Likely get hatemail for this...
Not sure if i should continue with this or not..
The heat-wave has broken and today the weather was cloudy and cool, so I washed the car in preparation for a show this coming weekend—and for a change, it's going to be held on Saturday instead of Sunday, which means I won't have a church-schedule conflict.
Weather is forecast to be ideal for the show and I'm all stocked up on peel-and-stick mustaches.
I didn't do much on my Model T. I was just looking after a future Model T driver and mechanic.
Mounted new, correct style brake rods. Took a ride to carwash, hmm why does my clutch slip now ??? OH the rods are to long. Adjusting shorted tomorrow. More "Get out and get under"
Geo. n L.A.
Got me an engine!
I just finished fixing the oil drip by the timing cover I'll see what I can do about putting some pictures up of the '26
So I got the Rumely sold.....FINALLY have my shed organized the way I want it.......a car behind each door so I can pick and choose without having to do a car square dance.......
For Steve Jelf. There is no way I would ever run the engine you posted the photos of, without having the manifold area surfaced. I imagine you are going to have manifold leaks if you don't do that. As far as what I did all day, I drove my '25 pickup. I'm on the Canyonlands Tour. I feel lucky, in that over 600 miles of driving, I only had a spark plug wire come unsoldered.
Mounted the firewall on the chassis. Went to mount the brass radiator only to discover the far arm is the straight and not the curved model. CRAP! I hear the repo's won't keep the fan belt on due to a casting issue.
Got a friend checking his stash for an old one so hopefully I'll soon be a step closer to lightin' this beast off!
Got a few wheels painted.
Looks good John I bet your excited to test drive it what exactly is it to me it looks like a 23 roadster
That photo is just SO precious! Enjoy these days. They grow up way too fast.
I got a little time in working on a field coil for my HCCT project and balancing things for the mostly '13 speedster.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Having bought a REALLY nice pair of re-spoked wood wheels for the '27 Tudor a while ago today was the day to make the switch.
While I was on a roll I also checked the timing as I've been NEEDING to run with the spark advance FULLY advanced when running on mag. I had to bend the timer (Anderson) rod to take a strong 1/4" out of the reach.
While I was at it I greased and oiled stuff and took off the tranny cover to see what the screen looked like. I was pleasantly surprised to see a nearly CLEAN screen! No more metallic fuzz (not that there ever was much anyway) on the magnet and not a TRACE of Kevlar lint.......YAY.
I tightened the low band a 1/4 turn which is the first time in a long time I needed to make an adjustment since putting them in.
THEN I drove around for about 25 miles or so.......I just LOVE driving that car! I love driving it so well on Sunday I, the wife and a friend are going to a nearby town, Scandinavia (a few miles south of Iola......about 23 miles one way), for their annual Corn Roast........
After several days of cleaning and painting fasteners, I spent a big chunk of Saturday installing the steering column and bolting down the firewall brackets. Then I cleaned and painted more castle nuts.
Went out in the garage and cussed at it, new scat crank, new babbit, new rods and mains, it has been driven about fifty miles and #2 rod is knocking so i will crawl under it and take a shim out, not an easy job for a 73 year old fat man, it is a three dip pan.
Making another set of my electronic coils. What a messy job!
I didn't work on mine, but I went to a fellow's house and got his '23 TT running for the first time in about 4 years. I tried to help him get it started two weeks ago, but was not successful. I rebuilt two coils for him and adjusted three others. Cleaned up his 4 year old 'new' carburetor. Got it started up today. It's leaking oil and water and was not running well at all on #4. As it warmed up, #4 quit backfiring and began contributing. I'm thinking it was a sticky valve. The thing could use a lot of work, but it is running, which is what he asked me to do. I think he can take it from here. I told him to give me a call if he needed anything else.
Mounted Fox locking steering wheel on 26 fordor, today. Combined with locking wheel "boots", I'm not going to worry so much about someone trying to drive it off.
More wire wheeling of front end parts. Replaced king pin bushings, taking a little break before reaming them.
Here's what I did today.
Good going, Royce . While you have the car apart, will you paint it a proper color so it will be a REAL Model T?
Cameron, it you didn't make a mess it wouldn't be fun.
Royce, Why did you pull your engine?
Made a stencil and painted a Ford script on the tailgate of my 1923 touring/pickup.
The ride to Scandinavia and back went really well.......
Then I looked at the right side of the car and antifreeze had been blown through the hood louvers.....WHAT THE HECK?
Since I got the car I knew compression was very weak on 3 & 4 but it seemed the more I drove it the better it got.
NEVER a drop of antifreeze in the oil and the only place it could come from is the opening in the tappet cover for the throttle control rod.
There has also been a faint smell of antifreeze but I could never detect why.
THEN it dawned on me......blown head gasket......so OFF WITH ITS HEAD!
Sure as heck......spot cash center between 3 & 4.
Since I had planned on having a valve job done (new SS oversized stemmed valves) and whatever else I had a new head gasket on the shelf....the best one Lang's sells and it's not on the shelf anymore.
This was sort of a blessing in disguise as, once the head was off, it's clear the engine has been worked on and not many miles put on since.
It has been bored .040"and has aluminum pistons, cylinder walls smooth as glass with no TRACE of any kind of wear, the cylinder block had been resurfaced and SS valves installed that fit like a glove!
All in all it was a VERY good day........
I picked up my '25's radiator from a friend who had another friend rework it. Now I have to treat the engine water jacket so I don't clog my "like new" radiator! (any ideas?)
Bought a tool i already owned 3 or 4 of but could not find. Got home and went to put it away and found 3 of them where i went to put the new one and not all of the old ones are broken. Threw the new one on top of the T so i will find it later. i must be getting too old.
It's had a vibration for the past couple years that started at something like 38 MPH. I don't normally drive that fast so it was not a big deal. Lately the vibration started at progressively lower speeds, indicating something is going south. I didn't want to wait until catastrophic failure to find out what's wrong.
I'm guessing a loose magnet but won't know until I know. Looking through the pan and hogshead didn't reveal any smoking gun.
I also want to replace the early field coil with a later one. The magneto is very touchy about where it runs best on the old round coils.
The current paint scheme is keeping the rust away just fine!
After two rained out weekend shows in a row, finally got my '12 Roadster Pickup to two on Sat. and Sunday. Nothing on Sat., but Sunday took 1st. place for a category called "Pre-War". I take it that meant anything from 1940 and earlier. Spectators kept flocking to it at both shows. Got three teenagers all hopped up to the hobby, including a 15 y.o. girl! Keeping the public, especially the young ones, interested in this wonderful car and hobby is the best part of these shows.
I took the 14 out on Saturday and gave a neighbors daughter her last ride as a single woman Dropped her odd at the alter.
Never underestimate the power of fresh gas and a full tank. "Nuff said.
For the record here's the former offending head gasket from the Tudor.
I finished wiping off all that PINK dust from the Canyonlands Tour!
Bought two new ones on Friday, and our friends Bud and Mollie visited Sunday.
Joey got them unloaded. When I showed up, his face froze a little. He asked, "Are they going INSIDE?"
This wasn't today, but in mid-May, I pulled over on I-40 heading home to take this picture of Mary's odometer.
In a way, I suppose it qualifies for this post; after all, the less money spent on modern cars, the more is left over for the T's!
That's a FORD speedo! What kind of car is it? It looks just like my F-150's dash except mine is a stick instead of an automatic.
It's Mary's '98 Expedition. We bought it new back in the Fall of '97 and have had remarkably good luck with that car.
I just get "My New Challenge"(see post earlier this year) back together and will make a test drive tomorrow.
Sadly im embarresed to say im attempting to clean my carbide gen after sitting since october! Not good! Bud.
That not the first Ford of the late 90s early 2000s I have seen with that kind of mileage. I had an 85 T-Bird that's over 300,000 now and still on the rode.
I have an '82 VW Rabbit diesel with 416,000 + a little.
I agree... more money to blow on T's!
Just got #4.
One of my riding buddies!
Fitted, cleaned, and painted throttle and timer pull rods; cleaned and painted headlight/fender brackets. Then I wasted over two hours trying to buy a compression nut locally. Finally got on the phone to Birdhaven and ordered four.
Not the T, but Dean Yoder helped me put the original Buffalo carb on our Model K. We are on the "move day" between the Early Ford Tour and the New London to New Brighton Tour.
We immediately noticed that the Buffalo seemed "stronger" and I think allows more air in. Stan Howe rebuilt it, and I think once it is dialed in it will work great.
Started to work on the narrowing of the front axel
for the 44" snowmobile unit. Cut and tack welded for adjusting and aliening then will weld in support. Spring shortened then wishbone redo.
Bill would you consider selling a set of wire wheels and hubs of off one of those chassis Cause I can't find a decent set to put on my '26 could you let me know thanks. I think we all made some progress today keep up the good work fellas
Spencer, once I get back from Knoxville, Bailey and I will begin disassembly and cleaning. I'll keep you posted.
Thanks Bill have fun in Knoxville
I watched out for a Young driver for my 1922 speedster project ... and found him: My Grandson
He is 8 months and have still a way to go but The project isn't finished jet, so ... .
Just enjoy as I do.
Have a fine day
Finally got some time and good weather, so I jumped at the chance to get the new Clastique top on the T.
Should have posted the correct photo; here is the almost completed top.
Our 12th day of triple digit temperatures so I cranked up the '26 tudor and did something I haven't done since it was 46 years old - drove across the county to a state park and swam in the cement pond !! Good old Berg's radiator; the mercury didn't even reach the 'circle' - even after 12 miles !!
Very nice job you're doing there Steve.
I presume you got the rear hold down straps?
When I had my new top done it was Eric Johnson who kindly pointed out the rear straps, between the saddle irons and rear bow, are supposed to take the brunt of the force rather than the rear material.
Getting the 26 Roadster ready for the MTFCA National Hillbilly Tour and the MTFCA 36th Annual Texas T-Party, and whatever touring we find to do between those tours.
Any ideas ???
Don, how about a run down to Charleston, Tombstone, Gleeson, Pearce, etc.? The San Pedro Valley area is interesting country.
I am getting ready to rebuild the starter in the 26 Are there any modern parts I should put in or should I save myself the trouble and send it to Ron Patterson for rebuild
When I drilled a breath hole in my gas cap, the car ran better but the fumes from a full tank were sometin' else. Noticed that '27/'27 caps from venders had an insert. So I made my own from the bottom of a can of tomato paste. Silversoldered in. Not a handsome job like some of you artisans put together, but it works !!! And it has an expiration date,guess I'll have to do it again in 4/14. lol
Tamaree, I'll be doin' an owal change .
Made some "Fake" burners for me and friends cars back in South Africa
Heading off to my dad's after work for a weekend of frame and suspension painting on my coupelet. Slowly but surely she's coming together.
Hopefully by Christmas the body and chassis will be back together so I can start to work on the engine.
Philip -- I recommend that you not put the body and/or running board splash aprons on the chassis before putting the engine and running gear in and getting all the mechanical parts buttoned up. All that "underneath" stuff is much easier to deal with when the body and aprons are not in your way.
Installed an after market dipstick. Put the bottom inspection plate back on the Touring and took it for a test drive.
Okay Ockert, Now you will have to tell us how you made the burners. Did you use expensive CAD/CAM machines that most of us do not have access to? Or do you have a simpler way?
Let me rephrase my sentence:
Hopefully by Christmas the body and chassis will be together again. Fenders, running boards, splash aprons are sitting in my garage waiting for the running chassis to come home
Forgot to mention that I have to rebuild the differential first before the chassis and body are united in marriage.
What have I done with one of my Ts today? Drove it. Just a normal day. Why not drive them?
FINALLY got around to replacing the door window guide felts and upper window seals today on the '27 Tudor.
I had made a half hearted attempt last Fall and saw what a PIA it was going to be.
I was up for a PIA job today so.......
3 out of 4 guides came out fairly easily but one broke down inside the door. Luckily I managed to poke it out with a coat hanger (gotta LOVE coat hangers!) so I was glad for that.
I knew how "sticky" those channels are and decided to oil the backside where it fits the channel in the door.......well.......that wasn't so bad.......
Then I figured I might as well git 'er dun and removed the upper seals, trimmed the new foam things to length and saw they sat too high into the door so I peeled the old seals out of the metal channels, screwed those on upside down, used a fast drying sealant, which is very much like contact cement, on the seals and pressed those into place.....perfect!
One of these days I really want to get the directional and brake lights installed.......one of these days........
Installed an early '26 headlight tie bar to my car. The fenders would shake so much I was waiting for one to fall off. Wasn't sure if it would help or just tick the car off and make something shake even worse. What a difference, the fenders hardly even move now. I can see why Ford started installing them and it was such a popular accessory.
Took me a few months to find one that was as rusty as the car to match.
I made the burner part out of a piece of scrap "asbestos" like material that I cut with a hacksaw to a rough shape and then finished it off with a diamond wheel in my Dremmel. Drilled small holes with a hand drill and then gave them a light paint job with a rattle can "dull white". For the Metal stem I used a 12mm aluminium tube tapped the 1/8th tread in by hand Then Knurled it in my hobby lathe and cut the shaft down to size. I polished them up a bit to look "Nickel" plated and then clear coated them. I Epoxied the pieces together and there is my "fake" burners.
Craig, now you will stay nice and dry with the new door window guide felts and upper window seals.
Have you driven your '19 touring in the rain yet?
Just wondering how the new top works.
Steve.....it dawned on me today there aren't going to be whole of days left this year suitable for comfortably driving the Touring car......the Touring car was the car of choice today......
Forgot in case you need to see some pics.......
Looks good Craig
Summer is almost over in Wisconsin right
I was off today so I drove the T for lunch and then a haircut. Changed the oil in it when I got home.
LOL Royce.......we never KNOW.......we COULD have decent weather through October.......COULD.......although a year ago I drove the touring T to Iola in mid December on a 40ishº day to "did lunch" with my old friend Chet Krause.
I wouldn't have wanted to be in the back seat but behind the windshield there was barely a draft.......
Wow......Chet Krause......not worthy ........ bowing profusely towards the computer.......
HA HA HA Royce......TRUST me......They don't call him "Plain old Chet" for nothing.
Thankfully money didn't change him.......
Thanks for the pics Craig.
I have my rear straps installed; a little different with the body change from your '19 to my '22 touring.
That 1914 touring sure is a pretty thing.
Thanks Steve for a great movie on Youtube, I got good advice when I screw up the rear axle.
We are still waiting for summer to come here in Wisconsin. Temp is only in the 70's, that's Spring. I think we only turned on the air for 3-4 days so far and that was to get rid of the humidity.
Great golfing weather though. Awesome 'T' weather. Maybe Tiger should come here instead of Rochester.
Beautiful car, Paul.
Love your '14 Paul, it is beautiful!
I put the act gennerator back inside and drove it to town.Bud.
I gave my new baby girl her first ride in the Model T. Brooke is 17 days old and loved the entire thing!
Mike you got to get them interested when they are young
What a beautiful baby! God bless.
I finished up my top today. Been working on it for it seems like six months. I posted photos of it this afternoon.
I hauled home my new to me 27 Coupe. My Grandfather always called me professor. So now Iam Doctor Scott.
He's the youngest driver there.
I just looked at your profile. I think your 21 Coupe is beautiful! Not quite as beautiful as Mike Robison's new T driver but it is a close second.
Well, even though it was yesterday, took "Pete" (I know, not supposed to name 'em!) out for a photo-op at a neighboring trout farm, then off for a short (45 miles) spin around the countryside and into the next town which resulted in a "one car-car show" at the bayside pier I made a stop at. Overall a great day. Pete was happy. Wish we could send slightly larger pic sizes. Mine was 250Kb.
Mike -- Congratulations to you and Jillian!
So Mike, have you started building Brooke's Montana 500 car yet?
Thanks all, No I haven't started her 500 car. Though Jillian has hinted that a "Family car" may be needed. So, I see a touring car in our future.
Having stained the spokes on the front wheels of my '27 Tudor, the dull finish finally got to me and, in anticipation of painting them soon, I picked up some gloss black paint BUT........there was new version of Valspar rattle can paint I haven't seen before.......self priming paint.
Hmmmmmmm.......I've become a big fan of Valspar and bought a couple cans.
This evening I yanked the front tires, wire brushed and scraped until my arms were ready to fall off and painted.
All I have to say is they sure look purdy now and match the rears.
I can't wait to see how they look out in the sun tomorrow!
Craig I have had nothing but good results with Valspar I hope you think the same
Spencer......I am SO sold on that paint!
The next day I found out a friend of mine who is QUITE the restorer also uses it.......buys it by the gallon @ $200 per.
If it WASN'T good he wouldn't be using it........he's one fussy dude....... ;)
If I can find a close shade of green I just may paint the Tudor the way it left the factory......GREEN.......
Starting to work on the differential/drive shaft rebuild and managed to easily remove the pinion gear from the drive shaft yesterday.
Best part is the Hyatt bearing, thrust washer and sleeve are in excellent condition and will not need to be replaced. Saves me money for engine parts.
I have a couple of small leaks in my radiator can I use the egg trick or does it need to be looked at by an expert
The egg trick is a run home trick not a permanent repair
Getting ready for this car's first tour... up into the mountains!
Yesterday I pumped Irontite block sealer around inside to "fix" some cracks. Apparently the previous owner of this had the engine machining done without having the block magnafluxed....big no-no! You run the engine up to operating temp and then circulate the fluid for 2 1/2 minutes... good to go!
So today I did the first oil change on the rebuilt engine and then spent several hours making up a mounting bracket to hold on an essential accessory:
Yep, NOW we can go on tour!
Spencer, an expert may be able to repair the leaks but, it will very likely spring a leak somewhere else or not cool very efficiently because of the age of the radiator.
Spencer, I had an experienced radiator man fix mine a couple of weeks ago. He took off the back of the upper tank and rodded out all the tubes. He then fixed the overflow tube and closed it up sealing all the leaks. One day service, not expensive... 100 year old original radiator!
Rebuilt the coil box on the TT with the Fun Projects kit and put one of Tony Wiltshire's carbon brush timers on. Truck purrs like a kitten now. Later this week headed back down to Stutzman's Wheel Shop to pick up the TT's wheels that I dropped off for re-spoking
Getting my T ready for Old Thrashers reunion.
I am ordering one of Tony's timers myself- what kind of timer did you replace, and did you have to adjust the advance rod?
I didn't DO anything except drive the Touring today (and tomorrow)......and after having such great success with the Valspar "Primer and Paint in One" stuff AND finding a "close enough" shade of green in the same line, I'm going to paint my Tudor back to it's "original" Green and Black state.......
Finished the upholstery for the back rest in my 1915 Runabout.
Pulled the engine on my 26 coupe, i was going to the starting point for a club outing and i use a short connector freeway where everyone drives 80-90 talking on the phone. I was going about 50 just cruising along when it sounded like someone had put a bunch of gravel in a hubcap, so i slowed down and the sound went away for a minute then it got worse, i had no loss of power, i pulled over and stopped ,luckily my wife was following me so i went home and got my trailer and when i was back to load the car there was a nice policeman with his lights on moving the traffic over. I drove the car on strapped it down and took it back home, i backed it off the trailer and into the garage with no problem. So we went back to meet the group for lunch. Sunday i drained the oil and got pieces of a brass bushing, they look like triple gear bushing, i also looked at my transmission screen and there was more brass plus a large chunk of babbit. So now the engine is out for inspection, i will let you know what happened.
Hey Mike, Looks like little Brooke is trying to reach for the wheel there.
Hey after this years 500 now you know that a touring really can win the race. It'd be good to see you guys drive one.
She's a real DOLL! Just wait hee hee
Here are the pieces we found in the pan of my 26 (see above), the large piece at the top is an oil slinger which was knocked off by the big piece of aluminum, the small brass bits are apparently from a bushing,i don't know what is aluminum that could have come out like that, all pistons are good. Next is to unstack the transmission, it may be from a drum.
Continuing work on the 44" gage Snowmobile wheel
and ski (front axle} assembly. Cut the axle by 12", and re shaped the wishbone and shortened it.
(GLAD THIS IS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE.) Will need to weld and am having the front springs re made to fit. Hope to be completed by the middle of next month, other pictures will be coming then.
Today was housekeeping day. Minor maintenance with a tub of red gook, a clack-clack can of 30-weight and a half-roll of paper-towels. Ah, the glory that is grease!
Rick, a lot of magnet post tubes are aluminum. Can't tell from your photo if that is it.
Got me an engine!
Chris, that looks like an interesting Hogs Head, look Aluminium but seems to have mounting for a starter. What's going on?
Changed headlight bulbs and managed to bust one between my fingers.
The only thing in this world that is busted is a woman ..... everything else is broken. LOL !
Better get another bulb from your supplier ?
I replaced an original style roller timer. Mine did need the advance rod adjusted because it wasn't set right with the old timer. I also bought on of Tony's timing tools (from Lang's as he was out of them at the time) and it made setting the timing a breeze.
It was one of the one's I took out, not the one's I put in. LOL
Terry, there are no magnets in this engine, what the aluminum is is the snout of the starter the clearance between the slingers and the starter is close apparently a slinger just clipped the snout and broke the slinger which hit the starter snout and the the stuff hit the fan, all of the other slingers were bent flat against the flywheel and one broke off completely, that is the piece that is rolled at the top of the picture. I have a question, will the flywheel alone fling enough oil around by itself as there are no magnets or mag ring?.This is not a Ford starter as this car is 12 volts.
Rick, I don't know, but there has to be a reason that the speedster guys always put paddles on flywheels they've removed magnets from!
Today I made a 1915-1917 dash shield for my roadster to replace the later one that was in the car.
OK for home made, but I'm not thrilled with the paint job. I think I'll sand it and repaint.
Removed the upper windshield from the '26 Runabout after evening ride... suddenly cracked from the point of the mirror mount. Found frame cracked , apparently had been for some time, some rust in crack. Any success in welding guys ? ...or need to find another.
Finished installing the steering wheel on my 1915.
I wish I had a wheel that looked that good for my '15. That looks like one I just missed on eBad last month. I hope I didn't run your cost up?
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Me & the missus joined up with another T-friend and his wife's Touring in our '20 Runabout and drove bout 20 miles for $3 burger & fries, then another 20 or so "around the country" on the way home yesterday. Fantastic ride! Burgers weren't bad either. Today took the '12 Roadster Pickup out for a spin after replacing the fan belt and also the commutator wire loom, with another friend. Finally found some "extra" time to enjoy these cars while I can. Winter comes quickly here it seems. At least to me it does.
This is sure getting to be a long thread!!! LOL
After I properly lapped the float needle and seat and set the float correctly last week on the Toquet carb I bought for my '27 Tudor>>> http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/331880/378861.html?1376524238 <<< not long ago I finally gave it a good test run today with a gps MPH app.
Two young guys at the shop wanted to go along for the ride and they aren't exactly lightweights........between them and me there was about 585 pounds of occupants.
The car did an honest 44 mph on the level.
It wouldn't that before so I'm pretty happy with it, well, more like real happy with it.
Not that I beat the snot of it day and in day out but if you don't open 'em up now and then....... ;)
Nothing today as I'm still gainfully employed but tomorrow I head up to my dad's to put the final coat of paint on the coupelet frame . Next up is the rear differential
Longtime T owner, newbie to website. A little late, picture taken mid July, putting rebuilt engine back in the '20. Legs under car belong to none other than George King III
It's 10:00 pm and I've got the coupelet frame sitting on saw horses in front of my dads house in the street. First coat of paint is on. One more coat tomorrow and then I'll let it sit outside in the sun for a few hours to thoroughly dry.
Today I went through plugs and picked out the best parts to make up a set of four for my roadster.
Took my 1914 T Runabout to a car show at Church today. The next oldest car was a 1958 V W Bug. Had a lot of lookers and questions. It was great exposier for the T and a lot of fun.
Love your methodology!
Adjusted bands and clutch. Found quite a large source of oil spewage from around the starter bendix cover. Didn't have a gasket so made a temporary one from Permatex Blue. Holding so far. Re-tightened fan pulley & arm mount. Appears I adjusted it, but didn't tighten it last time! Yeah for the cotter pin! Re-filled oil.
Drove about 20 miles and met the Michigan Model T Jamboree folks over in Indian River. Helped a couple guys with a blown freeze plug .. (yep .. successfully plugged with a nickel we domed ..), then followed them back to Petoskey to make sure the got back OK. Drove another 20 miles on the way home, getting cat litter, bird seed, etc!
It's been a busy Saturday for the little 'T'!
Not exactly working on my T, but on the tools for one. I want to have a set correct for an early '15. Rumor has it that the hand tools originally had a "raven finish", which was similar to gun bluing. A Model T friend who is also a gunsmith said he'd blue these for me if I'd get them ready. "Getting them ready" involved sandblasting each piece to get rid of any trace of rust, then wire brushing them to get rid of the "etched" finish left by the sandblasting. It took about two hours of blasting and bushing to get them to this point.
The half of the pliers on the right is what the parts look like after blasting with fine white silica sand. The others have been blasted and then wire brushed and are ready for bluing. My friend will pick up the pieces tomorrow and put them with a batch of bluing this week. I'll post some pics of the finished product when I get them back.
Getting a few things in order to paint the body on the '27 Tudor.
I started removing the windshield as it's not only the piece that needs the most prep but I also want to have safety glass installed.
I think they had gorillas on the line that day tightening the upper frame screws.......grrrrrrr
I got ONE out.
It was 90º today and I gave up........sweat was burning out my left eye........
After a lonely 19 years of storage, my 1922 Coupe sees the light of day. I changed the oil, topped off the radiator, aired up the tires, cleaned the timer, rebuilt the L4 carburetor, and installed a new gas tank, fuel line, and battery. It started immediately! Now it just needs a good bath and a bit of front end work to eliminate a wobble and she'll be ready to go.
Not model T, but it's for working on my T. Got this valve grinder on Craigs list for $50.00, been trying to git it in order for over a month now. New bearings, a new shaft, bushing, switch and a new pully. Seems to be in good working order now.
Did my valves today, worked great :-), now I just have to git the attachment's for it.I need the one for doing the valve stems, if anyone has a spare laying around they would sell.Please let me know,thanks Tom.
Installed new wheel bearings and attached my new wheels!!
So much fun..so much frustration!!
Installed rear fender irons (turned out to be more of a job than anticipated).
Scraped off old peeling paint, sanded, and painted hood shelves.
Cleaned a fuel tank for a '26 Tudor.
Started the installation of my top kit from Classtique Upholstery. So far, so good.
Nothing for me today but I did think about working on my t in one of many meetings I have at work.
This weekend will be a work weekend for me. Plan on installing frame to body mounts and finally start to overhaul the rear differential.
Talked with Lang's about 4 new tires and tubes for the 19 and measured the space in the garage to see if I could fit the Model A in front of the T.
The A will fit with 8 inches to spare if it is 153 inches long as reported on the Ford Barn other wise it will have to go sideways.
Next job - figure out where to put the stuff I have in the garage.
Top installation update - I trial fitted the rear curtain and it fits great, many thanks Elizabeth and Classtique! I'm going to leave it mocked up on the car overnight to relax, then tomorrow I'll pull it off, install the top pads, and do the final trimming of the top straps and pads.
Washed,and shined some brass then loaded her in the trailer for the trip to the Old Car Festival!! Bud.
Mark, do I see snaps attaching the wind/rain barrier strip to the stanchions ???? Closer pic. would be great.
Yes, each end of the flap has a snap, that's the way it came from Classtique. I assume they are there to help attach the side curtains.
I finished installing and trimming the rear curtain yesterday, I'll be installing the main part of the top today.
I think the idea is to place the other part of the snap on the windshield frame, so the flap makes a secure seal to keep out wind and rain coming over the top of the windshield.
Mark, does it snap to the windshield frame or Stanchion at all ?? Or just the side curtain to keep it in place ?
Geo. n L.A.
I just put new tires on the Model T.
Changed the show white ones in to running new Firestones.
Keep it safe
I finished the installation of the Classtique top kit on my 1923 touring/pickup. My rough measurements tell me I should have an inch or two clearance to the top of my garage door and opening, but I'll push the car out slowly to doublecheck.
i broke the soldered point and whatever holds the soldered point off my magneto ring while doing something with the mag' post. Spent months getting the engine apart and together to fix the magneto and now it stopped working again. Not fixing it until the bands need changing.
Installed my "new" figure eight front shackles on the roadster.
These are the rears I'll use after I deal with the rear axle and install the new rear spring.
Steve -- They look good after their "rebuild." I believe you got the passenger's side one on backwards, though. That rear oiler will be difficult to reach.
Oh, and another tip -- drill the oil holes all the way through both sides, or some of them won't get any oil where it needs to be.
GREAT THREAD !! Enjoyed reading it from the top again while it's still active.
Wow, Steve, the shackles turned out great! Good to see that all your hard work on them paid off.
Got my Bride's 1923 Runabout and my 1926 Tudor ready for the New Year's Day run. Gassed and good to go!
I just purchased the roadster body for my 26 from model t haven now all I need to do now is get it shipped to CT
Worked on the fuel shutoff valve with timesaver. I finished about 2:00 PM and as of 4:00 it was not leaking. Hope it is fixed.
Spencer -- You can pick it up on your way back from Chickasha. You DO attend the Chickasha swap meet, don't you?
Drove the heck out of it as I have tried to do every chance I get for the last six years!KGB
Last night I drove it to the local Sonic for a hot dog....Got a lot of oooh's and ahhhh's
Mike, I don't go to chickasha its too far for me I am just going to pay the $300 shipping fee to get it here.
Got the side panels cut for the body.
Been scraping and chipping carbon deposits of my old pistons... Just a lovely job!
Reclaimed it from Santa. He borrowed it for a few weeks.