Due to not having a car ready, I didn't go. So didn't anybody take pictures? I was hoping for a report on the forum.
Steve, I did not take any pictures, but it was a very nice tour. The Kansas Cosmosphere was an amazing history lesson on rockets and the Ellinwood Underground tour was very interesting. There were 18 cars on the tour including a Stanley Steamer. Was a lot of Fun, Gary and Chris did a great job of finding very low traffic good roads to travel and setting up a very nice tour.
Did Chris take the Paige? Or something else?
Also waiting for photos. Thank you.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Chris and his Father both drove 1910 Tourings.
Thank you, Mike, for the kind words. It was a lot of fun and a great group to tour with. I think everyone enjoyed themselves.
Unfortunately, I do not have any pictures-
hopefully someone else does.
Wayne-no Paige this time. We are still working out the bugs of a new clutch. I think we've got it now as I've had a couple successful test runs.
I see your WTB on the AACA Paige site. I just want to let you know I don't have one.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Don't mind me. I am just being snide. I have a very warped sense of humor.
Speaking of warped sense of humors. I haven't seen much from Mike G lately?
Cam, Sparky, & Hubcap were contemplating the fact that they missed the 2nd Annual Mid-Kansas Model T Tour held last weekend. After hearing about the FUN that was had by all who attended, they were just sick!
The weather was perfect! Only minor problems were experienced. The biggest problem was a Bendix issue on one T. It made all of the tour.
Sites visited included the Kansas Cosmosphere. It has one of the finest collections of outer space Paraphernalia in the country. We were able to examine the actual Apollo 13 Command Module! I was particularly impressed with the display of early German rockets.
The trip to Ellinwood to visit the Underground World took place on Saturday. What a place!!! If walls could talk, I bet they could tell some stories!
Other sites/events included the McPherson College Auto Restoration facility, home-made ice cream, antique stores, and a craft store for the ladies. I'm sure I left some things out. Perhaps the best part was getting to meet a whole bunch of really nice Model T people.
Cam, Sparky, and Hubcap are excited about the fact the Paulsen's and the Flatland T's Chapter - MTFCA are talking about the 3rd Annual Tour next year. We hope you will join us next year!
Verne Shirk - Editor The Flatland Tribune - official newsletter of the Flatland T's of Kansas Chapter of the MTFCA
OK, here's a few photos.
Thank you Verne S! BTW, cute piece above.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Thank you Verne, for the pics. There was a good variety of cars and all ran very well.
The Emerson's had a great time on the tour. We were the ones who broke a bolt in the starter bendix, while in Hutchison. Luckily, we were able to get started by the crank and had an uneventful trip back to McPherson. Dan Harner and John Gottschamer both came up with a new bolt, and with help from Chris we were up and running in time to make the rest of the tour.
Bringing up the rear on Saturday, we were witnesses to a fatality accident, which, fortunately, most drivers did not have to see. Betty did CPR on the driver of the Van until the ambulance arrived and pronounced him dead. She would sure like to know how the driver of the pickup did, if anyone saw a newspaper report of the accident.
We enjoyed the tour of Ellinwood and the antique stores, where I bought parts for a Brunswick phonograph. These were the first phonograph parts I have found in an antique store in quite awhile. The trip back to McPherson seemed shorter but we were ready for the ice cream stop and really appreciated it.
On Sunday we enjoyed the tour of the Opera House, but did not get to make the trip to Gary Paulsens, because we were due back in Enid for a birthday party. We made it with fifteen minutes to spare
Our hosts, Chris and Gary Paulsen, did a wonderful job of planning and preparing for this tour, and I want to thank them,publicly, for their efforts
Chris - I just have to tell you that I think you have one of the neatest profile picture on the Forum.
I wish more of us would post pictures of their T's on their profiles.....
Keith - There are those of us who have trouble posting pictures on the forum and putting a picture on our Profile Page. If it was not for help from "Hap" Tucker, there would be no profile picture on my Profile Page!
Thanks, Keith. So do you. What a great collection.
I'll admit, I had to look and see what photo you were talking about.
Here's a little story about the experience I had on the Mid-Kansas Model T Tour last weekend. I took my daughter's car...a 1914 T Touring. I asked a friend to ride with me on the "long day" of the McPherson Tour. It was 130 miles. Some people may think that was quite a trip; others, not so much. My friend has a Model T (his first) that he is restoring. He came over today looking for T parts and I asked him today if he had fun on the tour. He said he had a blast!
Due to commitments at work, I didn't have time, prior to the tour, to get our car prepared the way I would have liked. On our first leg of the Saturday Tour, the "T" started to miss out a little. My friend and I talked about the possible causes as we ran down the road. One thought was that the battery was running low. We did have another battery with us. Since the car doesn't have a magneto, it has to run off of a battery to power the coils. It is just a small battery out of a kid's sidewalk car. At the first chance we got to pull off, we switched that battery. Well, that didn't help. A few miles further down the road, We had our first official stop for the morning. We talked over more possibilities for the car running rough. The two we came up with were the timer and perhaps sticking valves. I usually try to clean & oil my timer (original roller type) about every 100 miles. It had probably been 400 miles since I cleaned it. The timer was dirty. It was cleaned with a red rag to get the dust off and then oiled with 3-in-1 Oil. Also we "borrowed" some Marvel Mystery Oil to put in the gas. (About a half-cup to a tank is good. The car started and ran just fine after that. The fellow I borrowed some MMO from was having problems with his car. It wouldn't start. We checked and it appeared to be a bad battery. He could run on magneto so we just push started him at each of our stops. It wasn't but about 10 feet and he was running. The folks on the tour had a good time push-starting that car!
The first stop of the morning was in Alden, KS. The local restaurant had homemade rolls for us. We continued on to our destination which was Ellinwood, KS and a visit to the underground tunnels. (There's a link below that tells about the tunnels.) After lunch at a local restaurant, we were back on the road for McPherson. We had a stop back in Alden for homemade ice cream and cake.
It was a fun day! We saw lots of things, ate some good food, and had great Model T experiences with friends!
Wow, I just watched the underground video and will surely attend the next tour that goes thru the area.
Make sure and let us know when you have another tour.
Sir,If a T has a good mag why would you need to push start it?? Bud.
Lots of people are afraid to advance the spark a bit and then spin the crank to start on mag. A car may run well on mag but starting is another thing. I have several T's with good strong mags and some start easily on mag and others not so much.
I don't know if the car had a "good" mag. We tried the crank and decided it was easier to push. We never had a lack of people willing to help. If anything, we lacked space for people to help!
Well it sure is a nice looking car it just seems like Val's first words ring true.Bud.