My long awaited first Tour , the Shake down Motherlode T's.
No. California . A year and a half and right up to the rainy night before, the event , local pre-runs before and some more fine tuning. The 1925 TT C , with a clearing. And go ahead for the day, we had a healthy group of T attending, with into the tour , the T just quit at mile 10. , checking fuel and spark and the mystery, and some of the best thinkers with Eric Barrett, it started up again with out a miss to whole tour. It was the first time this engine went that long in between stops cruising with a Warford cast iron ( make shift looking driveline) and a Ruxsell , stock engine all 6 volt. This was the Gil Machado tour, and in my personal, memory for me was my Brother Mike Elliott. Gary Murry as co pilot. And more likely my brother who always would ride in the back of a truck was there among us . Now it's time to do some more upgrades and start on the other T for the next Tour.
Congrats Steve. Where's the pics? With no Ruckstel or aux trans I don't take mine on tours--most folks don't like touring at 15 mph! But, yesterday was such a pretty day, I had to take it out into the countryside for a ride. My wife chased me for a while in her souped up golf cart and shot some pics. Luckily I have a state/national park close by with max speed of 30mph.
Mike, 15 MPH in the TT's is for first gear only. I've heard this over and over. A stock setup with no Auxiliary Trans and a 7 to 1 rear ratio will run comfortable at 25 MPH plus. With a change in tire size, and a 5 to 1 rear ratio this changes to 35 MPH plus. Not to shabby if you stay off of the Freeway system. mine cruises at 40 with only larger tires and a Ruxstell 5 to 1.
Steve had a great showing on his first tour. His truck has high speed gears and a Warford overdrive, also some upgrade goodies under the hood. He had no trouble keeping up with the pace of our tour. Brakes? No problem, his TT Sure Stops are beyond adequate and low profile. First ones I have seen and I am seriously thinking of a set for my dump truck.
very nice truck Mike, well done Steve!
Here is a couple of shots of Steve's TT from the tour
Tour pictures can be sen here http://www.motherlodemodelt.com/Photos%2014/Shakedown/shkdwn.html
John, you captured some great photos, I'll make it up to you next tour, I was in Awe on my first Tour, and still Shaking ! The Wounded Warrior Museum was full and only about an 1/8 was shown, that you could even photo, so much a huge collection. I'll be back , thanks again for club photographer for the day
Great looking truck Steve. I've always favored the C-cabs, and the fact you have it tourable is great.
If it stays running, it will be a back up Tour Tow Truck, I always have the tow strap inside, but will weld a drop down trailer hitch to the rear . But drive through this season, then have Eric Barrett, build me a motor. Motor looked good inside when I opened it up , runs great but a small vibration and front engine knock , I'm one that really likes to listen to a engine . The Amos May not be charging. So I'm going to change the. Regulator commutator
Typo. Amos May. .? Good name for a T