I picked this engine up and I needed to dis-assembly it. The boy (my grandson) wanted to help as usual. I broke the bolts free and he ended up taking most of them out. Not to bad for a two and a half year old. He got a little dirty, but all part of the learning curve.
Can I borrow him this summer? I'll feed him well, and send him home real clean!
I know the feeling. my grandson is always right there with my son in law and I when we're working on 'Lizzie'.
I wish some of my nephews and nieces were interested in cars, all they want to do is play video games and text their friends!
Now teach them to reassemble it and make it run.
That is great. You can't start them out too young!
Sometime if you let them drive the T, it can be a real motivation for them to want to learn more about the cars. It worked for my Dad -- I was hooked. [Of course back then they didn't have video games.] See: "[Daddy Let Me] Drive" at: http://www.cmt.com/videos/alan-jackson/58990/drive-for-daddy-gene.jhtml
In other cases -- they are just not going to be "gear heads" and that is ok also. I know I was frustrated with my kids playing video games in college until I found out how much video game programmers make.
Again great photo and you are building some great memories.
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My mom told me that when I was a toddler I hated to get dirty, but she said in a year or two I got over it. I came in filthy one day and she commented on what a mess I was. I told her, "Well you can't have any fun without getting a little dirty."
This is good to see reminds me of myself when I was his age. I'd be right by my grandad's side as he worked on his 23 roadster. He has supplied me with most of my parts since I started my T project when I was ten or so. Now i'm nearly 22 and my car should be running soon. As I type this there's a 26 coil box I picked up on ebay I just finished swapping out some better wiring on. I'm glad there was somebody like my grandfather to give me the opportunity to get introduced on a personal level with model T's. I hope someday, fifty years from now when I'm an old man that I can have the pleasure of passing the torch on to some young kid.
53 years ago I did the same. Not on Model T engines but on VW and European Fords but I had NO POWER Tools, Just blame my dad. (smile)
Same here, Mark. I don't know what motivates these kids nowadays....I was always following my dad working on his old plymouth, which was always broke down, was looking up the exhaust pipe one day when dad finally got it started and WHAM...soot right in my eye! I looked like Petey the dog on little rascals. Loved it!! Laughed like crazy, and kept on doing it.
Tim, Not a chance! I have more than enough work to keep him busy for just about ever. Nice try though, and his mother would have appreciated him coming home clean.
When I was little, I used to help my dad on his carpentry projects (he hated working on cars). I used to pride myself on being able to predict what tool he would need next and being ready to hand it to him without him having to ask for it.