...from getting work done on your T today? I wish it was just one thing. 1. My mowing tractor, 1945 Allis B, is down and the grass is getting huge. Yesterday I picked up the rebuilt final drive from the shop and today I finished welding up the oil pan and cut a new gasket for it.
2. My truck, which I use to haul away yard waste in the summer and fetch firewood in the winter, is also down. Today I received the new axle shaft, so reassembly of that is next after the tractor is back together.
3. The old cover for the buried sump which takes water from the kitchen sink and the shower was collapsing, so I had to shovel off all the dirt and remove the old cover. Yesterday I siphoned out most of the rainwater. I hope by the time I finish with the tractor and the truck it will dry out enough for me tho shovel out the dirt that fell in and I can put on a new cover.
Then maybe I can get back to Model T work.
Steve, there is no doubt that you have your priorities wrong, how could any of those jobs be more important than playing with your T? Maybe your wife like mine tends to set the agenda for you.
general lack of interest, resources & materials stopped me working on mine.
How many axles did you break? i thought you fixed that axle ages ago?
Must be a Kansas thing.
I was wondering how you were making out w/that truck.
Kep, I took the broken axle out ages ago, but couldn't find a replacement. I got lucky at the Iola swap meet and found a guy who had one. This morning I got the final drive bolted back on the tractor. It may take all day to get the rest of it back together and the mower reinstalled, but with any luck I should be mowing tomorrow.
Gee Steve I guess troubles are like bananas...They only come in bunches!
I hope your luck improves.
Steve, glad to hear you got the final drive back on the tractor, hopefully the truck won't put up as much of a fight.
Drove the 1927 Touring over to the pasture (20 miles round trip) to spray the cows for flies. Came home and am going to crank up the 1915 Pickup (18 miles round trip) and take my bride to town for a birthday drink.
I tell ya, I don't often use language like this but WORK (premature babys) kept me from working on my T today. Can't really get upset about that. Steve, looks like you have plenty to do. Hope you are getting close to being done with the need to do stuff so you can get back to the fun to do stuff.
I did get a tip from a coworker about a potential T for sale not far from here. Will check it out on the way home tonight.
Nothing! This is what was done today. My son and I often travel in the Model T. In fact we are driving to LaPeer Michigan next week for the Michigan Jamboree. Anyway, I carry a 12 volt battery on the running board. Now, don't get that way. This 12 volt battery only runs an inverter to power the GPS, the camera battery chargers, various players, etc. The car is 6 volts, coils, etc. Well this 12 volt battery will some times become discharged to the point it will not run the inverter and hence none of the stuff. We would have to charge the 12 volt at the hotel, but in the mean time nothing would work. SO.... I was looking for a way to charge the 12v on the road. It was suggested to me to try John Regans Hot Shot Battery Charger HSBCK1. So, I purchased one, pretty cheap, and tried it out. I made a box to protect the lamp and mounted it under the drivers seat near the inverter, which is on the floor between the seats. The HSBCK1 doesn't come with a switch to turn it on or off. It can charge continuously, but I'm a little of a control freak so a switch was installed.
The circuit is very simple, it's a special diode a lamp and my switch. It takes power from the magneto and rectifies it and the lamp limits the current. I get about 3/4 ampere when the engine is at road speed and the 12v battery is low. When the 12v battery is charged up and the engine is at idle there is no current flowing. I run my engine on magneto all the time and I didn't notice any change in performance of the ignition. We will get the reliability report after next week when we get home from Michigan.
I have a Porsche Boxster. Mid engine so its work to get at most things engine wise.
I took Mary out to the Airport Cafe for breakfast the other day and she commented that the air conditioner was weak and she wouldn’t be riding with me until I fixed it. Most days here in Tucson are 100+.
I checked the outlet temperature with one of those modern wonder push the button thermometers and it was way high.
ordered r134A and a gauge hose gadget from Amazon.
Being an old guy I assumed that the access ports would be at the compressor. After two hours of taking off covers, I work slow, The ports were no where to be found. I use a book by Wayne Dempsey of Pelican parts "101 projects for your Porsche Boxster" as a reference and he failed to tell me that the ports were in the front of the car. Another hour putting things back together, 10 minutes adding the refrigerant and everything was working as it should.
Now I can get back to my 1929 Fleet project and my 1928 Open Model A pickup.
I did T work today. I finished putting together this transmission for a friend. A really nice unit with very little wear. Cleaned everything, new starter gear, new triple gear bushings, checked and re-magnetized the magnets. Inspected all drums, replaced the lug shoes, new clutch spring and all adjustments made.
Was teaching students all weekend again. Did one flight as basically a ride for a 70 something year old former C-5 pilot who can barely move now due to several strokes. We both knew it was going to be his last time in the air. It was very sad to know that he would never fly again but it was also an honor to be the one who got to take him up on his last flight.
I took my family to Callifunny for the weekend.
Wife, Daughter, and two grand daughters from Boston the LA.
We visited my son and spent some time around Hollywood and Beverly Hills.
Had lunch at a place in Beverly Glen with Al Pacino (he was at the table next to us) and dinner with the actress Kristen Dalton (we were at her table) who is my son's good friend.
That reminds me of the time I had dinner with Tony Bennett. Went to a club to hear Sweets Edison and TB was at the next table.
I'll bet that few in the club realized that they were eating with the great Steve Jelf!
Tony Bennett called me to tell me that Fred. He said "You'll never who was dining at the table behind me, the one and only Steve Jelf!" Then Tony continued to say, "Did you know that Steve is famous for his Model T postings and photos on the forum? and all I am is a singer"
If I remember right you have an old T truck chassis ready to restore. Better get it ready so you'll have a reliable truck
I'll have the Dodge up and running soon if all goes well. There are three T's I need to get running, so I won't get to the TT this year.
This among other things;
Kohler L600 generator (could be L654)
Spoiled the boy today. Let him pick out the cars he wanted to go for a ride in.
I did a bit of work on the T today - adjusted the transmission brake so tomorrow I will be able to pick up a friends daughter and bring her to our house for a little late afternoon party and be able to stop when i get home
The thing that stopped me from doing more on the T was attempting to identify why my Hyundai xg350 has a shake that starts at 75 mph and why the seat belt light is on sometimes. the shake will require new tires and the seat belt light will require that I take the instrument cluster apart and remove the bulb.
A well-placed piece of tape fixed the check-engine light on my Maxima. It only comes on when driving back roads and I only drive back roads with it.
I changed the spring perches out on my 14 today. To make this a fish story those two perches opened up a can of worms on my front end. Someone is getting a parts order on Tuesday...
Well placing a piece of tape will work!
"...a shake that starts at 75 mph..."
Maybe it's your conscience telling you that you're going too fast????
Got in the way all week. I did have good help and company. PK
That's somewhat different from when I was ten. I drove the Allis C around the field pulling a wooden sled, and my aunts Mary & Ernestine stacked the square bales on the sled.
I haven't got to play with the T all week and next week doesn't look promising either. Spent 5 days in the hospital with Diverticulitus and perforated bowel. I won't post pictures...
Dave -I drive down 495 in Mass to get to work and if I don't do 75 mph at the northern end I'll get run over or worse given the #1 salute.
Just plain busy. Complete set with a spare. New caps & points. Left the orange one in place. It was there.
Bill, At least one vendor we know and love is enjoying a 4 day weekend. Oh right, Two!
So Dan, what car did your grandson choose?
Larry, What you see is what he choose. 1st- 14, 2nd-Coupe (we think he likes the Coupe best, because he likes to say the word Coupe. When we got it out, he wanted me to put the top down), 3rd-20, 4th- Model A (he likes the horn on this the best) 5th- 36, lastly the Tow Truck.
Like I said "I spoil him" so I didn't get anything done. He calls them by the years when he wants to take them out.
Larry, Most 3 year old kids want to play with toy cars, this one wants to play with the real thing
I have been busy trying to come up with a t shirt design. The Long Beach club ask for designs for a new shirt for their 60 years. Here's my shot, couple others working on a design too I believe :-)
Great artwork Tom!
This old johnson was a barn find. Reconditioned it over the last few months and took it out on the water today. Runs like new!
That Peterbult is an antique. I had a new one in 1982.
Richard, it's a '73 Pete. Great old truck. PK
Pat, the trucker guys around here call those
"nose bleeders" <g>. Nice Oliver tractor. What model is it? It looks like a big one! Dave