Made a new pull handle for the coupe door (upper right). A little stouter than the originals which were pot metal and broke after many years.
Got some more painting done on the TT firetruck. Painted most of the chassis rails, and the "fire apparatus" support rails. Starting to look pretty good. Just finished polyurethaning the running boards, you can see yourself in them. Too pretty to mount and step on!
Nice work Richard! PK
Getting a start on the '27 Tudor partial repaint.
This is NOT a "restoration" project.......it's more of a face lift thing.
The car left the factory green and somewhere along the line it got painted black.......with a brush.......so there are brush marks everywhere.
I have a young man taking off the brush marks with a sanding block and an electric sander.......he's doing a darn nice job too.
He even worked late last evening finishing the hood for me so I could get it painted and not let any of the good weather we've been having go to waste.
I'm using rattle can Valspar "Paint + Primer In One" all the way.
Oddly, to me anyway, the paint darkens quite a bit after it cures so the shade of green you see is quite a bit lighter than the cured paint and matches the color on the paint can cap perfectly.
I had the windshield frame painted weeks ago and got it back from the glass company just yesterday after having safety glass installed in it.......I replaced the windshield frame seals too.......
Craig...wow, from that distance that hood looks super for a rattle can! But, Valspar is an excellent paint. Can you post a closer pic just to get an idea of how good it looks close up? This might just open up a whole new way of getting a decent paint job done affordably!
I agree with Tim - it sure looks great.
This is another Craig who needs to get his butt moving on a Tudor repaint before the weather gets bad. Mine needs everything though.
Tim.....it is remarkable paint.
I've been using it exclusively since I first used it.
It's only $4 a can, covers VERY well, only 5 minutes between recoats and the nozzle has NEVER plugged up.
You can be sure the color WILL wind up matching that on the paint can once it has cured.
Some colors are really hard to get right but this one will give you visual as to how it darkens as it cures.
I did the top and trunk deck on my '59 Chev with Valspar "Paint + Primer In One" too.
Wow, I love those '59 Chebys.
I put a couple of finishing touches on my 1923 touring/pickup.
It's hard to read in the picture, but at the bottom of the sticker it says that silent Cal's campaign headquarters are located in the Farrel's ice cream parlor restaurants nationwide!
Actually this is what Angela has done for the T's out there that you guys have. She pretty much does the entire coil production by herself other than pouring the hot tar - that is the dirty job that I get to do.
213 coil boxes glued up and ready for final sanding. I don't want to make anyone feel bad but once she finishes building them she can and routinely does adjust coils at the rate of about 15-25 per hour and they run very sweet. She swings a mean coil point mallet and knows how to set them up.
Straightened blade, installed new rubber and installed windshield wiper and mirror.
Man that was a lot of coil boxes wasn't it?
I'm still doing the math - 213 divided by 4 ????
Started the Snowmobile unit after sitting for a couple years while worked on the wheel-ski assembly. I cleaned all parts in the fuel area and made a new gas line , removed the water pump to rebuild and replace if needed. The car was a (early)1960's put to gather by a group of High School auto shop students before I got it and mounted the Snowmobile attachment,last license plates were 1967 before I put on the 1921 Wash. plates.
With a little more tinkering It will be ready when the snow flies. Will post some good pictures when I get it out of the shop in a couple weeks (raining now with a week or more to come.)
Craig...thanks for the additional pics of your very good paint job. I'm gonna buy this stuff pronto!
John...that's a whole lotta coil boxes!!
And today I went for another ride on the '20 as such a fantastic fall afternoon, after painting the tool box for the firetruck...with very expensive auto paint. Wish I'd have known about that Valspar before buying it...they probably even have a red to match what I've got. Oh well. Next time.
Went to Bay City, Don Booth and I dismounted 4 tires, I took 6 wire wheels to the media blaster. Then I went back to Don's and drooled over T's for a while.
I haven't started to wash it yet, but today I plan to wash it up for a parade tomorrow afternoon. If you are anywhere near Alpine Ca. I invite you to watch the parade along Alpine Blvd. which starts at 2:00 PM. The road will be closed at 1:00, so get there early. There are many places to get lunch along the Blvd. so if you get there early, you can have lunch while you wait.
Drove it! A friend of mine from college came down to visit and get a ride in the T, I gave him my digital camera and asked him to take some pictures.
Looks great Mark. And a good looking day for a drive.
There are 213 coils because a guy wants a spare for his 212 cylinder speedster.
Looks too purdy to drive ! Nice work !
It's not exactly toDAY........but the night is long.......
Craig, It won't be long and it will be the same color as when Henry built it. The time consuming part is stripping the old paint.
Don.......I'm pretty sure you're the only forum member who has actually seen that car in person.......but when the paint cures it will be ALMOST a dead match for Henry Green.
Photos taken under incandescent light are really hard to color correct.......and I've had a heck of a time getting this particular shade of green right under all conditions........I don't get it.
Anyway.......if you're ever in a Lowe's store check out the color of Valspar, Palmetto Green, "Primer + Paint In One", spray paint.
(Oh.......you're welcome back ANY time....... )
and yes.......I got in the house about 20 minutes ago.
Craig, you mean the first shade of green you showed dries as the last picture you posted? Wow! I can't wait to try this stuff. It should do for a couple years until I can afford a "real" paint job.
Took out of the garage the car I drove in the parade Saturday and then started the one parked in front of it. Took the second car and inflated the tires to 60 lbs and went down to the gas station and filled the tank. Getting ready for a tour Saturday. The way the cars are parked, one is in front of the other in the garage so I have to move one to get to the other. The third one is parked across the end of the garage, so I have to take the other two out to get the third one out. Anyway, I rotate them about once a month so each one get driven a bit.
I just went out to the barn and admired it
John: with all that un-treated wood laying around I'd be worried about termites. 2 coils down 2 to go. Thought I'd found the next 2 at the Englishtown Raceway Swap Meet last Friday. A vendor had about 15 coils on his table. He wanted $20.00 a piece for them & wouldn't move an inch. "That's what they go for" he says. I walked. I got the same line at a local flea market last year only that guy wanted $50.00 each. I ran.
Loaded the 24 Roadster in to the trailer for the ride to Hershey Flea market. Look for it at CR33. Dan
Craig.......you don't have to wait for a "real" paint job.......that IS a real paint job.
People as who painted the top and trunk deck on my '59 Chev and when I tell I did they are amazed.
You can do what I did with about 10 cans of Valspar @ $3.88 a can.
I gave everything at least 5 coats of paint.
As I said, as it cures it's going to darken but now when I look at the car, I love it just at it is....... (It's more GREEN than the photo appears)
Anyway.......getting the windshield back in darn near killed me but now........I'm "On the road again".
RATS......WISH we could EDIT!
People ASK who~~~~~~~
That looks great, maybe not to the pick-niters
but to a hobbyist it's great, enjoy the heck out of it.
changed the plugs. back cylinder is low and oily. that plug gets changed every 75 miles! mark strange, that's a beauty of a truck!
Thanks Mike, I like your touring car and your user name (Torqueflite), I've had and rebuilt several in various Mopars over the years, great transmission!
Valve seats machined, crank fitted, pistons and rods done then again nobodys has adj. lifters.?? so what now machine my own, means more down time??
Picked up the mess left behind after assembling 27 TT dump truck last week. Just in time for homecoming parade!
Driving back to Sydney from the gathering at Tanunda I took a detour to Gunning and dropped by the dealership that originally sold my 1924 Tudor.
It was a Sunday so the dealership was closed but I got a hold of the home phone number of the current owner of the garage (third generation) and called him up to see if he wanted to take a look at my car.
He was happy to see the car and was quite surprised to see the brass Bailey's Motor Garage dealer plate on the dashboard. The phone number is still the same except for a few extra digits that have been added over the years.
The only T stuff he has left are some old rear axle housings converted to chassis stands.
^ .......how cool is it that the dealership is still operating.......and under the same yet!.......
That is WAY cool that your car still has the dealer's plate on the dash and that the dealership still exists! I'm not surprised that he would take the time on a Sunday to come see it. Eleven years from now, you'll probably need to loan the dealership your car to put in the showroom for a while.
Nothing today but Saturday was an 'exercise'. I've got a recurring problem. Every time my 27 Tudor sits for more than 2 weeks without being run, the (ball style) float valve sticks closed. This has become so predictable over the last 6 months or so I can tell exactly what it's going to do, if I let it sit. It will start up and run until it uses up all the fuel in the float bowl and quit. Then, I have to take off the float bowl (Holley NH), take out the float and the valve, spray it with carb cleaner make sure it's all free and moving, slap everything back together and then it will start right up and run fine until the next time it sits idle for more than 2 weeks.
I've been through the whole 'drill' here. The gas is fine, a little 'old' but not that old, the (see through) filter below the fuel valve is clean, no visible 'crud' coming from the gas tank. I took that apart and checked it out too, no restrictions. checked the fuel line from below the filter all the way to where the float valve screws in, no restrictions. Well I've had it, took the NH off my (numbers matching) engine sitting on a pallet, in the garage, pulled bowl off took out the float and the (Viton tipped) float valve from that catb and swapped them into the carb on the engine in the car. Turned the fuel on, turned the key on, pulled the choke, started right up, took the ol girl for a drive around town. Put a couple gallons of fresh gas in her (and a little more StaBil, drove her home, parked her back in the garage and we shall see what happens 2 weeks from now.
Dennis - Two weeks,......two months,........doesn't matter. I predict you'll have no more trouble.
Andrew,It was great to share dinner with you at the rally banquet. I did not realise you drove all the way. Well done. Your car looks great outside the dealership. Hope to catch up with you again at the 2016 Rally. Having a car with all that history is great. It is a rare Sedan in Australia. Great to see it on the road being used again.
Played taxi man and photo prop at a friends wedding. It was very fun, great weather, food, festivities.
Craig Anderson...Finally got to our Lowe's and lo and behold, they still carry Valspar. A lot of places around here are dropping it for some reason. I bought a can of black, and also a can of gloss clear coat, I might try both on the rear fenders on my Model A, as they need painted pretty bad. Can I get away with just sanding down these fenders and then spraying on this Valspar? Hope so. I might just do them "on the car" if that's the case.
Otherwise, the other thing I got done on my T "today" (yesterday and before) was to put on a new exhaust manifold and of course all gaskets. I opted for those combination copper gland/rings from Snyders, boy do they work great! Sold me on them forever I think. Also ordered the pinstriping and scrolls, etc. for the TT firetruck. Can't wait to get them so I can get them applied before it gets too cold out.
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I just did it this way!
I trailered to Tanunda. 1300km each way is a bit too far in a T for me.
There was an older guy watching me unload the car at Gunning. I walked up and had a chat with him and it turned out he is the guy that maintains the car collection at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra. I took him for a spin around Gunning in my Tudor.
The NMA collection includes a Model T Aeroplane Jelly truck.
Looking forward to the 2016 rally. I can see there will be some great runs.
Wet sanded some more rims.
Tim.......sand out the crappy spots and paint away!
(and post pics!....... )
Tried to register my car with these Nazi dopes.
I paid a good chunk of In God We trust cash from
my lifes savings and I am on a fixed income.
I got nothing to hide, and in my lifetime I never ever gone to that dump without ending with a problem. Oh If I only had the brains to sick em with a computor virus better yet blow em up.
I said it before 60yrs ago Massachusetts sucks
I'd crawl to get out of this dump. and I got a
State of Conn bill of sale. I thought this state
was part of the US. guess not their still playing
civil war games
Finished putting the last fender on. Couldn't wait. Had to drive it! Of course my bride had to have her turn.
That's a neat project you have! Looks like a blast.
No pictures, but I finished repairs to my steering column tube, and prepped it for painting (For my '14 touring)
Put new felt in my front wheel dust seals.
Not because I'm too cheap to buy new ones. I have 2 pair hanging on a nail.
Not because I am a purist and have to have everything original.But because I felt sorry for the old used ones that were surely destined for the garbage. Also, I had never taken one apart to see how they are made.
I had to make some dies and use some sockets to get them apart, straighten them and swage them back together.
They called this part a dust shield or cap. Now we expect this to seal grease in. I think the heavy grease they used in the teens and twenties stayed put better than the thinner grease many of us use today. Neoprene or rubber are used now and help keep the gue off the wheels better (sometimes).
Any how that is what I am doing today.
After my second church service I, my wife and couple lady friends, go to a restaurant which is 10 miles SW of us.
The '27 Tudor was the mode of transportation today.......
It's a beautiful day in Wisconsin for sight seeing.
Craig, are you going to paint the fenders on your 2dr ?
The green looks pretty good. Bet the black would look good too.
MAYBE next year John.......I was happy to beat the weather as it was.
Unfortunately the fenders will require some work whereas the body did not......some dents need to come out and straighten this, fill that here and there.
that's one of the problems with a glossy BLACK.......EVERY LITTLE THING shows up........
It's been interesting how many people actually notice the car since I painted it.
The shade of green NOW, after curing is a dead accurate match for the shade.
Was lunch at the Polonia Cafe?
I remember going there a few years ago...great food!
YES Floyd! We LOVE that place.
One of the specials today was a 1/2 pound hamburger patty, 2 eggs, 2 slices of toast AND hash browns for $7.
I had that with 3 eggs.......yes......I eat like a pig.......
Yup, it'd be hard not to order one of everything on the menu ...great food!
I can picture your T sitting out front...Polonia is a very bucolic village.
OK Craig, now I'm hungry! Guess I'll dish up a huge bowl of ice cream....I eat like a pig too. Just usually all the wrong stuff!
Yesterday we drove a good 50 miles in the '20 Runabout, had a one-car show at a Burger King, then home. Today was car show day for the '12 Pickup, unfortunately all the "hot rod" Model A's stole our "age category"...but it was fun, my car had more pics taken than any others it seemed, and lots and lots of comments and discussion. Didn't see that happening with many of the others.
Bucolic - I had to look that one up
Look at THAT instead Fred....... >>> http://www.poloniacafewi.com/
Eating is much more than just good food.......it's good people who make it a nice experience. Polonia Cafe has everything covered.......
My T left the garage on it's own power for the fist time. It really will run!! Needs some adjustments to be correct, but that is why I am in a club, those who have experience can help show me how to fine tune it.
Dyed my old touring top a nice black Also dyed my hands
The pin striping and decals showed up today! Started applying them to the firetruck this afternoon. Be a couple afternoons before I'm finished, but it's at least warm in the garage for it. Starting to look better already.
Just busy to make new fenders for the wooden 1922 Model T project. The artist is my dad (86 years).
That looks like a great Father and Son project. It's always great to know folks are having Model T fun all over the world.
Thanks for sharing the photos.
One of the first things I did after purchasing my Model T was to install a turn-signal kit from "Tickin' Through Time." The simplest installation involved locating the brain-box in the storage compartment under the rear seat. Unfortunately, the unit was so completely enclosed and padded by seat upholstery, I couldn't hear the turn-signal beeper and for three years, it's been too easy to absent-mindedly leave a blinker flashing.
I finally got fed up with the situation and decided to figure a way to make the beeper more audible. As it turned out, the beeper, which I had thought was molded as one piece with the brain-box's housing, was actually a separate piece held on by a piece of cushioned tape.
That meant I could use a longer length of wire to put the darned thing where I could hear it. Now, I've learned from this car that an unwillingness to make irrevocable changes to historical hardware with a drill is noble in intent, temporary mountings which are held together by double-sided tape and velcro instead of screws & bolts, make for unsatisfactory, non-elegant installations that look unprofessional and keep falling apart.
So I took out my drill (yeah, that's right, you guys—I took out my drill!), and irreversibly made three little holes in the helpless sheet-metal—two for the mounting and one for the wires to pass through the storage-compartment wall. I ended up with the beeper unobtrusively tucked under the lip of the seat-cushion support. Now, the beeper is loud enough to be noticed and hopefully, I won't be forgetting my blinkers on.
An insignificant little modification, almost unworthy of mention? Yeah, I guess. But not all of us are capable of pouring babbitt and line-boring, so silly little projects like this are therapeutic to a guy who can do little more than tinker and change the oil.
Procrastinated putting directionals and a brake light switch on the Tudor.......again.......still.......
Noth'n today ... last Friday I tucked the ol' girl away for the winter, though ... after removing the water pump, and replacing with the straight pipe, loaded up with anti-freeze mix, changed to the proper fan belt and adjusted. Got to run about 10 miles to storage, a mile across a muddy rutty dirt road in the rain. The guy that met me was surprised I took the short cut 'after all that rain'. I said "THAT's the kind of roads this thing was made for .. not the wussy paved things!" LOL Put her up on jacks, shut off the fuel and pulled the coils. (sniff-sniff)..... It'll be a lonely winter. :-(
Winter project is to 'electrify' a couple oil lights for working taillights, with stop and turn signals.
I installed a back window and sliding side windows in my huckster. Also made cardboard cowl sides to see how they would work, they are fitted between the hood and red post holding the windshield up but are hard to see. My hack only had the top of the cowl with the sides open. Now instead of the water blowing around the cowl it comes over the windshield. Found that out as the day started out very foggy but turned nice as you can see in the photo. Even in the fog the inside was not too bad. I would post more photos but it took 3 tries to get this one small enough to post.
Fixed a couple flats. It was just too nice out there today to work on projects I had taken inside for the winter. 68, sunny and no wind. Supposed to get cold and rain or snow tomorrow.
I just can't throw away those old tubes so I keep patching them. I've had these tires since the 60's and they are still good enough for the old Coupe.
Pressed on the differential side gears today along with picking up the first repaired (welded) fender.
Need to some light machine work in the next two weeks so I can start assembling the differential.
In today's Yass Tribune.
Andrew is that Red Green in the first photo from the Yass Tribune?
I'm not sure which picture you are referring to. Which part is the Red/Green?
Andrew my not understand the ref to Red Green, the show may never have been aired in Australia. Red Green is an Canadian export. Red Green and the Possum Lodge was a staple on PBS. He repaired many things using duct tape and imagination.
And yes that guy does look like him.
Just put the rear fenders on the wooden project.
After this was done I started rewinding the coils for the magneto coil ring I am rebuilding. Eight left are done three right need just the cotton warp and five other will be done today(I hope).
I tried to sign this as Gene Adam shows but I am not smart enough. I am better in mechanics.
As regular forum users will know, my 14 touring has problems with top bows and the tack strip, so for the tour on Saturday I had to pull out the 1924 coupe. I had charged the battery, I checked the oil, put a little air in the tires, added some water and oiled and greased for half an hour.
It started right up!
So down to the village and filled up with gas, now I'm ready for the pre-run of the 2014 National Tour Friday event.
I finished the coils for the magneto coil ring and coated them with polyester raisin.
Have a fine weekend
I just got my valves in so i should have the 26 back together this week
Andre, I think you meant polyester resin. Raisins are dried grapes. Great work on the mag coils ;>)
Andre, I want to see more photos of that wooden body! What I can see is gorgeous.
Didn't do it today but did it within the last couple of weeks. Replaced rear bottom leaf spring (it was broken clean across) with another good one. Then relined some two piece brake shoes, and replaced a worn emergency pawl.
My coupe failed!!!!
When driving off the trailer I noticed a steady stream of water from under the car. Closer inspection showed a hole in the lower pipe, damn it. it is only 35 years old, things don't last like the do in my imagination of the old days. I stuck it back on the trailer and dragged it home, more money to Synder's.
There were several cars there to test the Friday run for the 2014 National Tour, I'm sure there will be pictures later today.
I don't know were I found the grape fruit but you are right it should be polyester resin for the coils.
For Stan Howe, The photos shows the wooden body and part of the build up.
I just came home from a friend I am helping with the rebuild of his 1914 Touring. We are trying to keep it as original as possible but the wheels are to bad and should be rebuild. This are wheels with the no demountable rims.
Can someone send me a good address to send the wheels and rebuild them?
Have a fine weekend.
Did some safety wiring, drilled out some of the six pins and broke a tap in the one of the holes!
I usually carry a modern worm-drive hose clamp or two in my repair/tour kit. A piece of hose, inner-tube, or rubber of almost any kind could likely have been clamped over that leak to run the tour. I even used electrical tape under a hose clamp once. electrical tape alone will not hold radiator water because when it gets above warm, the sticky softens too much and the tape unravels quickly. But under a hose clamp it held to finish the day.
That is part of the fun of touring 80 year old cars.
Personally, I haven't done anything on any of my Ts in over a week (scowl). Been taking care of my wife who has the flu.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2