Of course no pictures, but I installed the outside oil line.
Drilled a couple of Scat stroker cranks for pressure oil to the transmission main shaft
Is that so the transmission drum bushings will get oil under pressure?
A nice little afternoon project. It seems I don't have many good generator brush holder to terminal wires or terminals so I made a few today.
You got it Mikey.
Now all you have to do is figure some way to get oil to the triple gear bushings.
I finished the blankets for my seats.
I dragged home the remains of a Model T narrow-gauge railroad tugger.
I went for a drive with the hood down this afternoon. First time taking passengers for a ride.
Eliza is now fully fendered! Finally got my brackets done. Hopefully next week I can send the fenders off to get brass plated.
Up next is building a bracket to hold my new spare and then getting a final fit and finish on the new hickory dash.
Looking good Seth.
Nice work Seth! And nice photos too, but how about a couple "close-ups" of the fender mounting brackets and mounting method? I sure like how the new fenders fit so closely to the tires!
Hey Harold - I'll take and post some pics this afternoon if I remember. I took some 1" wide and 3/8" thick steel and bent it to match the underneath curve of the fender as exactly as I could - you could slip some paper between the bracket and the steel but that's about it.
These fenders have a folded edge and I welded the steel bar to that. On the outboard edge (towards hub cap) I just butted the steel up against the fold, on the inboard edge (towards axle) I cut a relief out of the steel bar so that it would snug up against the entire inside of the fender better. I then left about 4 inches of the steel bar sticking out from the side at the same angle as the curve of the fender.
At about 1 inch from the edge of the fender I cut the steel and then welded it back but made it parallel with the wheel. I'll post pics that make all of this a lot more clear but you can really see what I'm talking about in the top picture, on the right-hand rear fender at 12 o'clock.
The fat steel round stock is 1/2" and on the ends where the fender brackets are I cut a slot in the end for the brackets to slide in to, then drilled 2 holes for nuts and bolts. I can remove any of the fenders leaving the brackets in place, and then all of the bracket can be unbolted and removed as well. The only thing that isn't bolted is the tab that I welded to the spindles to have something to bolt the front brackets to. Even that could be pretty easily cut off and smoothed out and you'd never know it had been there.
I'm going to get the fenders themselves brass plated, but I'll paint the steel bracket that is welded to the fenders as well as the rest of the brackets and nuts and bolts black. I've painted the front brackets but not the nuts and bolts and it really helps the brackets blend in with the axle/frame/tire. Overall my hope is that the resulting effect will be brass fenders basically floating over the tires.
Good looking spare tire Seth!
Haha John, I know right?!? Thank you for having one! =) I thought the Ranger Tire Paint did a great job turning that blackwall into a whitewall. You really can't tell the difference unless you get super close and notice that the that there is not a ridge around the outside edge of the spare's whitewall like there is on the other tires. Other than that, they are identical and look great.
If anyone else has any Sears Allstate Safety Tread tires I'll be glad to buy them from you, whitewall or blackwall.
So I have been fretting about what to do with my rear seat. As you can see from the first picture, some critters made themselves at home there while she was cocooned in a barn for 60 years. I did not want to reupholster it because once I put something new and shiny on her, I may not want to stop. So I came across an old blanket that had been laying around and along with some nice chair cushions Tillie the 15 wonderful Mother gave me, fashioned a compromise fix. I left the original seat intact beneath.
Patrick, good way to cover the seat. It's easy to imagine someone doing the same thing "in the day" when a seat dried out and became tattered.
Not T, but we're getting the K and N ready for New London to New Brighton (MN) next week. Tonight I added a second spare tire (the two rear tires are old, and two of the set have already blown out on the beads, so they may go at some point). I also lashed down a three tube tire pump and the jack. The jack handle and tire irons are riding in the inside spare.
Also touched up the rear hubs with paint, the carriage bolts were new and the hubs had to be heated to get the wheel apart, so they needed paint. Next up, grease the front wheel bearings on both cars, and put in new seals on the left rear hub of the N (leaking grease).
Rob, I'm looking forward to seeing you. I'll be there Wednesday through Friday this year. I'll be driving my father's '12. Hopefully, this will be the last year that I have to sit on the sidelines for the big tour.
Sorry, I forgot to post my on topic portion. I took that piece of crap Brassworks radiator from my '14, over to the local radiator shop to have the latest solder joint failure repaired. This is the fourth time that I've had to have it fixed.
Rob, I'm getting my '07 one-lung Cadillac ready for the NL-NB. By the time it gets to New Brighton, you'll have finished your beer and pizza and be working on dessert!
Gl Fitzhugh, Morristown, NJ
We now have an "unofficial" stop just coming into Buffalo. If it works out, maybe you will join us. I'll probably drive the N on Saturday and Dean Yoder the K.
See you next week,
When my Stanley (once again!) suffered a Failure To Proceed, I drove my '13 T about 360 miles last week on the North Jersey HCCA tour. To read about the tour, and see a few pictures, go to hcca.org, click on the Discussion Forums at the upper right, and click on Meets and Tours. This was a typical HCCA tour. Those of you with brass-era Ts would be most welcome to join us.
Blistering heat today, so good time to Gunk the T powerplant for the current project to get the old dirt, grease and oil off to allow for mounting to the engine stand for disassembly..
First spray of degreaser let the dirt be chiseled off all around.
Then second spray, after scraping and brushing, to let the old oil and dirt get soft for jet hose rinsing.
All washed off now and dried in the hot sun, roll back into the air conditioned garage for the take down in cool climate
FINALLY getting around to putting directional/brake lights on the '27........at least the flasher, signal stat and lights are mounted.
Starting another car. Dan? How are you going to top the Autowa?
Only had about an hour, but got hickory dash fitted to body and got holes drilled and new headlight switch mounted as well as Bosch magneto switch mounted. Now it's time for date night!
Eventually a nice brass Stewart or Jones speedometer will get mounted in the center of the dash (to the right of magneto switch) and a John Regan voltmeter will go out to the right of that. Still need to make brackets to hold the dash then stain and varnish to match windshield piece.
I got the directionals/brake lights wired today.
Was under and out from underneath about 40 times but it's done.
No more drivers guessing what my next move is going to be.......
Along with my dash install just wanted to mention something - make sure when installing your Bosch Magneto Switch that you connect the lead from the magneto to the very back of the switch and not the body. Otherwise, while you are driving and reach out to shut car down, it will shock you. Don't ask how I know this.
Mark, I got confused for a moment. I forgot ya'll talk funny down there. Our "roof/top" is your "hood", our "hood" is your "bonnet", and our "trunk" is your "boot"
Finally drove the crap out of my '15 today! Second time doing a lot of driving. Drove sweet! New radiator stayed nice and "cool".
Craig, lemme guess... you're gonna paint those fenders with that wonderful Valspar rattle-can paint!!
I just did my (sorry guys--Model A)'s rear fenders two days ago and wow, you can't tell the difference looking over them from behind in the light from the front fenders that were professionally sprayed! Unbelievable paint.
NOPE Tim.....leaving the fenders alone though if I would paint them you bet I'd use the Valspar.
But as long as I am on a roll I broke down and put front directional lights on the '19 today too.
The idea of safer driving appeals to me.......I feel better about other drivers knowing what I'M doing even if I don't know what THEY'RE doing.......
Finished putting upholstery kit in roadster
Craig...I'm with ya on the directionals. I bought a set of E-lights a year ago, love 'em so much and since I'm basically lazy and never know from one day to the next which car I wanna drive, I just got a second set so now I have them pretty much on the two most-driven cars in the fleet! That way if I want to go, I just go without worrying about taking the whole two minutes to swap out a set!! Awful, isn't it?? LOL
And most of the other drivers don't know what they're doing either!!
After cleaning it up I took my 1915 head to a machine shop to check warp/machine as necessary.
Installed heli-coil on bad block/head bolt hole (1915). Got 2 more to do but need my head back as it is my "drill guide". Guess I could use another head off the shelf.
Fixed radiator leak on my new 1929 Model A Sporster Coupe. I am Model A stupid so let the learning curve begin.
Bought a new battery for the Tudor. I bought the one on the right in 12/08. It gave out last Winter. 5 years. Winters are tough on batteries. Only $54 this time.
Changing batteries is the only time I get to see my home-made battery box and lid.
Seth, nice looking dashboard, did not see those dandy rims you just got. Dawn
I got it running today, first time in 5 years. I had some issues with my carb leaking a little, but got it to just a seep instead of a constant drip. Switched it to mag and it still ran--but not as well as battery. Still a million things to do.
LOL keep calling yourself that and it might stick, Don. If you scroll about halfway through this thread you can see where I've got my spare tire mounted already. I need a frame for it but I can carry it with me for now. I have a rim that is just a wee bit bent, so I put a new rim I just got on my normal tire and put the bent rim as my spare.
To Day I made some Gas shut of's with ball valves
^ I like the idea of the ball valve versus shutoffs with the tapered seats.......always easy to operate without wondering if something is going to twist off.
Actually, it was yesterday - finishing up to get ready to test-fire this counter balanced A-crank, R Fronty engine.
Not as exciting as a Fronty, but kind of a big deal to me. On Thursday I got my Runabout body back from the body shop and set it up in my "paint booth."
Then yesterday, I made it black & shiny.
It's a sunny, humid, 81º here which means only one thing.......time to T somewhere for ice cream treats....... .......so we hopped into the '27, picked up a friend and "back roaded" our way to Iola (17 miles) for treats at an ice cream stand there. My wife is one who wouldn't stop eating........
Then we "back roaded" home on roads we haven't traveled for ages.
I knew where we where but if I would have had to tell someone where we were we'd have been screwed....... LOL
The only snafu was the dang exhaust pipe nut unscrewed and I HAVE a hose clamp on it too, darn it, so the last few miles were kind of noisy........but you know what?
THAT was fun TOO!.......
I finally got around to painting my ugly yellow wheels black the way God and Henry Ford intended.
I really like yellow on T's but I would agree in this case that back to black is an improvement. Good looking touring and very nice pictures. I like that gravel road it's on, great spot for photo shoot.
That's my driveway.
Much better, Derek.
Those Soy's look nice!! Bud.
Not sure what I am supposed to do with all this now, but it's off the car. This started because the the front axle--well the perches to be exact, were on backwards.
No sense in putting back together when at the very least it needs new spindle bushings, and perch and spring bushings. It would have been nice if the previous owner greased the wheel bearings too. I have one hub that is beat--literally, on the backside where the seal would go, not sure what to do with that.
You know that if both perches were backward, all you have to do is turn the axle around and not remove anything.
Did you ever get your coupelet body back yet? How long has it been?
That's true Mike but if he's like me once you see or realize something else besides the thing you are trying to correct isn't the only thing that needs fixing, you just can't leave it alone! Even if it means taking WAY more apart than you initially intended and it's going to be WAY more expensive, it's just gotta be right.
I pulled my TT's engine to try and fix the cracked drum and see if I can get a working magneto. So far things are looking not to bad, I am expecting bad and hoping for ok :-) everything else I have took apart on the truck so far needed a rebuild. We well see, what lays ahead ? Who know's but I am going to find out. I finally got a very good drum to replace the cracked one. Today I noticed the valves are the old style with the pin through the valve stem for a keeper, but I was surprised they have some kind of adjustable tappet's.
Mike, Seth is correct. The more I took apart, the more I found I should fix--Hard for me to just close my eyes and put it back together with worn parts.
I tried getting the perches out alone, everyone was right, I am better off just turning the axle around. Going to put another Lang's order in today.
Chad -- Putting worn steering parts back together makes no sense. You are right to replace anything which is worn. The car will drive much better, and you'll be glad you spent the money and time to make things right.
Mike B. -- The word this past spring was that I'd get the body back late summer -- Aug. or Sept. I talked with Jon the other day, and now he's saying it'll be finished sometime this fall. So far, he's had the body 3-1/2 years.
Mike W - I think Jon owned that bar on 15th Street in Tulsa with the sign "Free Beer Tomorrow."
FYI. Today I went to work.
Tonight I drank two glasses of wine followed by a glass of lemon help
Last Night I went to a model T club meeting in Hooksett NH
If this does not make sense blame the wine!
That is lemnchello
Mike Walker and I have the same model of paint booth!
I supervised the application of Rust Bullet Black Shell. I may have even applied a coat myself.
Chad be careful using those cinder blocks to hold a car up they can be cracked and fail.
Is that you kitchen or your garage?? :-P
Herb, I admit it is not my favorite method to use, I didn't realize how high a T frame was for a normal jackstand. I think I need to make some permanently screwed together wooden cribbing for the jackstand to fit in for next time.
My front end parts are ordered, Lang's is shipping them out. Hopefully by next week I may have it back together--inbetween everything else non T related to do around here.
Paul, it's both.
The previous owners converted the garage into an apartment with a kitchen and a bathroom. When I bought the place, I ripped out a wall and turned it back into a garage.
I have a pizza cooking in the garage now.
Drove the 26 a bit, but managed to run her out of gas. So I sat and enjoyed a lovely pastoral view while waiting for my wife to get home from work so she could bring me a can of gas.
LOL Zach! I've totally done the exact same thing. I wasn't in as pretty a spot but I got to cool my jets a while feeling silly.
A little OT but following the gas theme, many years ago I drove my 1971 Plymouth Barracuda convertible to the local tire shop for a front end alignment. I brought my bicycle in the back seat, so I dropped off the car and rode my bike home. A couple hours later they called me to tell me my car was done, but they couldn't get it started. I rode my bike back up there and after a little checking we discovered that it was just out of gas. Luckily, there was a gas station right next door, so we pushed it over to a pump and filled it up. Embarrassing.
Zach........that is the ONLY reason I got a cheap cell phone and plan.
First I bought a '20 Coupe and 2nd I got the cell phone.
TWICE I needed it because I ran out of gas and the 3rd time was a minor mechanical problem.
Thankfully I was very close to home all 3 times.
I've gotten smarter.......
Thanks for the support guys. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one here who has done something that stupid... I've been working on this car off and on for a year and finally feel confident enough to jump in and drive... and then I forget the gas! Not too smart...
I got the 15 out of the barn and got my daughter ,and we drove to the Stowe car show. We picked up a early hood and stop and had a nice visit with Don Lang.
Started putting my Ruckstell together. Painted the two piece torque tube, and R.H. housing. Had to prime the Ruckstell side. Bad original casting. Should be able to paint it tomorrow.