What is everyone using to store there grease on the car for filling grease cups and other maintenance items. Is a grease gun a good item to have along for the ride verse just using the fingers to fill the cups and wiping on other items?
As a rule my trips are less than 100 miles round trip so I grease before the trip and leave the mess in the garage.
I can't imagine a small tin of grease with a plastic cover being much trouble. I would wrap a gun in plastic or put it in a garbage bag to prevent a mess.
I am leaning toward the small Tin approach to bringing the Grease along in the car but was wondering if a gun might be needed somewhere for some reason or at the very least a good way to store the grease. Perhaps it could be used just to fill the Grease Cups too. I know the Model T does not have the Alemite fittings but it might be handy.
Adam -- The vendors sell grease cups with zerk fittings in them for use with a grease gun. The cup's cap hides the zerk. You can make your own using a drill and a 1/8" pipe thread tap.
Adam: the small cups will take a 1/8" NPT tap with no drilling. I've done a dozen of them. Use the short 1/8" thread zerk and the cap fits right back on. Remove them first to clean the chips out.
I going going to stick with the original grease cups on this car because of originality and the fun of using them. Doing that, is there any reason to have a grease gun besides storing grease or keeping your fingers clean by using it to fill the cups?
Should cake be eaten with the fingers?
Answer - No the fingers should be eaten seperately.
On the serious side I just do the periodic greasing when the T's in the driveway since none of our driving amounts to hundreds of miles at a time away from home.
BTW: It's easy to get carried away using a grease gun to pump grease into the rear axle roller bearings using zerk or alemite fittings. Don't ask me how I know! Lets just say you'll find out how good your axle seals are, or not!
Oil and grease it before your tour and before your next outing. I don't carry a grease gun or oil can. I use red wheel bearing grease in my timer.
For most driving I agree, do it at home. For a long trip, rather than taking up the space of a full can of grease I'd use a Bag Balm can or other smaller container. For cleanup afterwards, you can carry a fruit can to hold a little bit of gasoline from the faucet under the car, along with a small brush for washing parts. A roll of paper towels and a box of tissues are a good idea too.
Grease is good for the skin, especially on cold damp days. Just use the finger and if any gets on the hand, rub it in!
I have found that I can remove the grease cup covet, push the end of the grease gun into the base and give it a pump or two, then. A couple more pumps to fill the base and cap. The cup is full , ready for the next turn down later in the trip. The grease gun without zero is quite capable of injecting grease into the works. This is why I use a mini grease gun for the longer trips. About once a year our club has a longer tour of up to 1,000 miles over a week's time.
Dale, That is not a bad use for the grease gun. Pre-inject the part then fill the cup.
Probably not the solution you're looking for, but we added a variety of stowage to my '24 Speedster prior to an 1,800 mile road trip in September.
The grease gun is wrapped in an old towel and slid into an open-backed sheet metal carrier under the cooler. The long skinny bolt across the opening is held in place with a cotter pin.
Buy grease in big 5 pound can:
Small 1 lb can gets refilled from big can when empty. Small can fits under seat:
What oils and greases are you using? I just found some Mobile 28 and like it.
I am working up a list of practical things to carry and for oils and greases I need a little help because of lack of experience.
If you have or had a Ford Oil Can what would you put in it? Something like 10w/30 (Seems to Thin) or the other extreme, 600w.
Here is my guess: Mobile 28 for the Grease cups and Bearings and the 600W for the Oil Can that oils all the oil flip tops? Also some timer oil. I am running the original Ford Roller Timer so it might have to be a separate thinned formula so the roller doesn't stick or bounce.
I used to have some Western Auto oil cans that were marked SAE 20 / Ford Model T. In a modern oil 5W-30 works very well all year if your ambient temperature is between 0 and 110 degrees F.
For shackles and other chassis oiling some folks use chain saw oil because it lasts longer than motor oil.
Royce, where did you get the 1 Pound can?
I have looked at Aircraft Spruce and Sky Geek but nothing but tubes there.
What are the oil recommendations to use on the Flip Top Oil Cups for the Front End and Rear, Fan Hub, and other areas. What Should I be putting in my Ford Oil Can. I have got a wide range of suggestions so far from 10W30 to 600W
I bought it here https://www.aviall.com/
Forgot about them. Royce are you an A&P
I am an A&P / IA.
I figured with the Mobile 28 pick and the attention to details. I am as well but just starting out. Lots to learn! Thanks for all the help.
What would you put into the oil can for best use on the Model T. I figure I will be using the can for the Spring Top Cups and maybe the timer and Fan Hub.