Chiseled Babbitt preheated & Babbitted 2 blocks.
Organized in the shop a little. Making room to pull a rear axle.
Fitted the cowl on my Speedster.
Why chisel the old babbitt out when it is easy to melt out and you are going to preheat the block for the new ones? We always drill out the dowel holes to clean them out as any trash in there seems to generate gas and resultant holes in the bearing which seem to show up just as you are finish boring the bearing. We only heat the block enough to drive off any moisture that can cause the same problem.
Didn't touch any of our T's today. Spent the day hauling home 8000 pounds more T stuff. Out of control and loving it.
I like to chisel drill out anchor & clean before adding heat.
Good way to go. Clean and dry is everything when pouring babbitt.
Sold pair of '13/14 rearend housings to Eric Dysart and then took him for a ride downtown Surf City. Almost forgot to let him drive the ol' brass picup. It's different with 10:1 steering and real brakes.
I have no fat to keep me warm, but short sleeve shirt was good enough on this drive down the coast hiway at 50-60.
Good chance now to thank Gene Carrothers for cleaning up the brass clock and speedometer, and fixing a flat. Model T neighbors are the best.
I have a question/comment/suggestion.
Why have a separate "What did you do on your T today" thread?
For some things like Steve's I "organized the the shop" or maybe "I drove to town and had an ice cream cone" maybe a thread like this would make sense. However, for subjects that may be of interest to others and generate discussion such as Dean's Chiseled Babbitt comment, why not just post a new thread with a descriptive title? It would be easier for forum members to catch subjects that are of interest to them and also be easier for folks to find information on the subject at a later date.
The "What did you do on your T today" thread seems to be just another sub-forum with no real no rhyme or reason why some subjects are posted here and some posted in the main forum. Why not just keep one list of discussions?
I would suggest just starting a new thread with a descriptive title for each subject that may be of any interest or be helpful to others.
Just an idea, maybe other have different opinions.
Hey Ricks ..... fat is over-rated !
I re-spoked a set of four Hayes wire wheels. Wish they were mine. The back two have been trued and are ready for painting. I will true the two front ones tomorrow.
Allan from down under.
It's -15 today, so I let my T just sit and sleep. Sort of like the two teenagers upstairs that will sleep til noon.
Drove to breakfast. 10 degrees and it started OK. One coil gave out and I replaced it when we got back. Original capacitor finally gave out. Noticed head gasket seeping above water outlet so I gave all the head bolts a little tightening. It was the head bolt I had removed to mount the horn bracket. Put the battery charger on for an hour as the generator has quit working. Winter maintenance is not as fun as in the warmer months.
Checked the anti freeze (good to -35 degrees) It only got to - 18 last night so all is well.
Ran back into the house and poured a cup of coffee, and I'm not going out again today!
Richard, you're heartier than I am! Went to mailbox/paperbox to look for the newspaper that wasn't there and that's all I could handle. Was -2 then with chill of -24. Checked cars in barn for no real reason as I knew they were OK. The two in the house garage are in luxury, as it stays moderately warm even with no heat.
I am helping my friend buy a model t wrecker it should be a lot of fun once he gets it
I replaced the wood body blocks on my 1927 Sport Touring. Im doing a re-paint while my engine is at the rebuilder so while the fenders, running boards, and splash aprons were off, seemed like a good time to change them. They appear to be the original blocks that came with the car when new. The four in the middle were still good. The rear pair was solid but had worn away at the frame. Not bad for 87 years old. I even saved the original bolts and nuts.
Hey Dave. How does your RF run now???
Finished wiring a tail/license plate light.
Soldered a brass horn.
Installed/ caulked lights into the cowl lights. I copied a previous poster's idea here cause I LIKE it!
Installed a new battery to power all the lights except cowl light.
Went down stairs and looked at it..... 7;-/
Stan - Haven't had the chance to get it adjusted yet. Between traveling for work the holidaze, and the weather (-9 here now)... Possibly this weekend I'll get her running again and see if I can get the RF adjusted right. Thanks for checking!
second coat varnish, more sanding to come, when cured, which will be a while cause its sooooo cold
Cold outside garage 65 so I was "pidiling" when I noticed the fan seemed off "kilter" then I noticed the grease sprayed by the fan. took fan hub assembly apart to find shaft is hosed bearings are chewed up and pieces of a TAB can... ordered new bushings shaft and gasket...do they still make TAB? that stuff was nasty so I guess a previous owner found a use for the can!
Nice Wheels Dave.
I tested my lights and the new battery made the "warm up" period for the lights disappear.
Knew that old battery wasn't the best but never seen one turn lights on like a toaster warming up.
Over the weekend I gave my '26 a quality "paintjob" $30 and three hours time. A mix of Penetrol, flat black oil base and boiled linseed oil. Amazing how that brings out what is left of the original paint. The dash, door jambs, pinstripes and patches of paint on the body look like they did in '26. the engine in the background is a 1915 that I started on.
Thanks, John; they're Simplex wheels. Had them rebuilt at Dayton Wire Wheel, and had a local awards shop engrave new caps. Blasted and painted them myself.
I just finished my home made HCCT.
All are trash parts even the wood. I am only waiting for the Westinghouse Amp-meter I bought a few days ago.
Now the fun begins.
Tortured the wife!!!
How many rear ends are you going to rebuild before you get to drive a car?
You have become so skilled I think you should have that one done in a day or 2.
As always we want pictures.
Richard - Oh come on.....she wanted to go for a ride just as much as you did.
Same as Steve McClelland....just looked at them!
wish I could do something on my t everyday, but everyday I have to go to work..... But not on Sunday! Should get something done, key is to wake up before the wife, put the puppy out, feed him, get dressed and out in the shop... So youre already way too busy!
Wives are fun to torture, huh?
I have some experience at that!
Really, the only thing mine doesn't like about old cars or little airplanes is if she gets left home.
Well, my wife being 27 thinks they are geeky old cars! she leaves me be with my hobby. It did however cost me a new living room set! And a new prius, thats the reason for working six days a week!
I fired mine up and let it run for a while, the first time in a couple of months. I sold the Delivery body off the one in my profile pic a few weeks ago and decided to replace it with a Runabout body, which I had in stock. Here it is, patiently waiting for me to get to it.
The best part about it is that the chassis is all newly-restored, so I won't need to start from scratch.
I should say, in kindness to my wife, she does love to ride in the cars and without her support of the hobby I would have fewer cars. We really owe a lot to the ones who let us do this.
Hey guys can you put up a couple of pics of a model t wrecker that is assembled this one is built from a TT but its in a million pieces and I also need some advice on what I should paint it as should I do Ford service or American gas?
Worked on an equalizer setup that hangs off the parking brake cross shaft but swings under it. The first one will work but the next one will have a few changes. I have all ready modified my first idea quite a bit, made it simpler. It looks like the one Jack posted with some changes.
We are having a tour on Sunday to the Orange County Rail Museum so I decided to locate and cure a persistent exhaust leak on the 14 Touring.
I found the leak was on #4 and appears to be caused because I installed the sleeve, I use copper ring and steel sleeves, in the manifold rather than in the block. The manifold is machined to take the sleeve but nothing holds it in position so when it is mated to the block, it pushes into the manifold, and we have a leak.
Solution, install the sleeve in the block.....
Still learning after near 40 years of this nonsense.
Mike, is the Runabout going to be ready for Natchitoches?
Tony, did you end up with that conversion tractor from Craigslist?
Put the engine, firewall and steering column back in the 19. I just noticed I forgot to install the radiator rod before the coil box.
This will sound dumb. I did some work on the front wheel bearings, then took a drive. I wanted to get the rain to wash off the dust from being in the shop (my hoses are all stored away for the winter). Rain was reported, but I drove and drove and drove some more. It was great fun and Lizzy did very well. Did a few extra errands, even drove to work on my day off. Only got a few little drops on the windshield. Ran out of daylight and drove home after dark. Parked her back in the garage with most of the same dust still in place. One time I actually wanted to drive in the rain and it wouldn't cooperate. Sheeesh. I did have to fix a blinker unit after that too. At least I got a good first run of 2014 and changed the oil too.
Took the gas tank off the '24 to have it boiled out, got all new stuff from the tank to the carb, got a carb gasket kit. What should be done to the carb to make it good too?
Either fix it or throw it away, depending on which one you have.
Found and bought a used, but complete, Ford script Hall stoplight at a country antique store for $25.00. Was going to try to talk the seller down, but figured, why mess with good luck. he had some later 30's, 40's non Ford parts that didn't interest me in the least.
Fixed a leaking axle that was oiling the LR brake. Had to take a nap break when about half done, but at least I did it. Car stops straight ahead now with no pulling.
Well since I broke the crank way back Sept 2013 Dad and I have taken her down to a bare block the babbitt is good ,the timing cover broke but we have a spare. The block will go I hope to the machine shop this week or next to line bore the mains to 2.252 and fit the new scat crank. We have light weight rods with new babbitt. valves are good, we'll check the pan and start the reasembly.
Make sure the babbett in the block is tight to the block. If you can press the edges and oil comes out it's not.
At least one main in my engine is a bit on the loose side so I am kinda living on borrowed time, or it is. Right now I just keep telling myself it's just like a shell bearing!
Although it is a little windy in Southeast Texas, we took old Josephine out for a spin after restoring her top bows. Like driving a conestoga wagon!
A definite beauty, Mike!
Not a darn thing!! 110F in the shed!!
We need a whole new thread with just pictures of Dave Barker's speedster.
very interesting body design.
Last weekend (01/11/14) I fitted and painted the new floorboards for my 16 Coupelet. Got it ready for transport to its new home.
Cleaned rear axle parts, getting ready to blast and paint the housings.
I wish I had time to do 1/10th of the work that you do on your T's!
Here's how: 1 Get old and retire; 2 Skip some of the other stuff you should be doing.
I'm making an exact copy of an original top boot for my '13 runabout. Slow, but fun.
Made a drive shaft tube support that bolts to my work table, and blasted half an axle housing.
Nothing, as its been 110 degrees for 2 days and still got 2 more of the same to go. So I have been looking on this forum.
Lloyd, think of it as 43º. That sounds a lot cooler.
We went on an HCCA Tour to the Orange County Tram Museum on Sunday. The 14 Touring ran well but the hood fit got worse and worse. It seemed that the hood rod, between the firewall and the radiator had got longer!! Once home I realized the rod had pulled thru the 3/4" firewall. I guess that is 100 years of wear. I fixed it this morning. after removing the oil box. The hood has never fitted so well.
Fed-ex and Snyders set a new record for delivery time, just 5 days, so despite the third of five days estimated to be over 110 degrees, I fitted a new handbrake quadrant and pawl. It was cooler down in my pit than elsewhere.
Allan from down under.
Started up the car and drove a little in the white snow, but the U.S. has gotten more!
Here it is only a little new snow