It has been far too long since I posted a update and thought I should considering I have made some improvements and advances.
First off, I finally solved my Carburetor icing issues. A good friend of mine, Dennis of Imperial Speed & Custom has been prototyping a Stromberg carburetor heater and hooked me up with a pair to test for him.
They act as a carb spacer and are fed with water from the cooling system. Install was clean and looked great:
Next, we welded and drilled a fitting into my lower radiator down-pipe and threaded in a brass hose fitting. I used an old Flood water neck/pump as my upper fitting:
Then we added the hose fittings to the carb heaters and plumbed it with clear hose:
The reason behind the clear hose was so that we could see if the heaters would work using thermosyphon.....or if I would need a water pump.
Here is the layout of the plumbing:
After testing it for several months, I found that not only did the icing issue go away....I also have more power and the hesitation in my throttle response is gone as well.
A few months ago, a friend dug me up a pair of Lg-Drum Ruckstell housings, both badly cracked.
Free is a good price however, so I decided I would make one out of two.
The best housing had a shattered torque tube connection (2 bolt holes were broken), the other had been cut paper thin where the diff housing meets the axle tube by an exploded ring gear.
I carefully cut the good torque tube connection piece out of the 2nd housing, removed the matching damaged piece from the good housing, trued it all up with a spool and a stock RH housing and grafted it into place. I am pleased with how it tuned out:
I have also managed to scrounge up almost all of the internals to make a complete axle. Just need the Triple gears and my ring/pinion.
I also acquired the last pieces I need to redo my Top and windshield:
My last big piece of news is that this year, the T and I will be competing in one of the largest vintage racing events in the world... The Race of the Gentlemen!
It is Oct 3, 4 and 5th in Wildwood, NJ
If you haven't heard of it, check out www.theraceofgentlemen.com
There should be plenty of T's there and many other pre-1953 era correct cars and pre'48 bikes.
There will be PLENTY more coming, so stay tuned!
Also shot this the other day....
I love it as it is right now. Driving cross country will be a great adventure This forum is a great network if you run into trouble along the way.
Please make a lot of sketches before raising the windshield, you may loose the perfect stance - perhaps you can lower the seat instead if someone's head hits the top?
That is why I love this forum and the this community.
I don't intend to change it much, just improve. I am only adding 3.5" back into the windshield. I have done plenty of drawings and such...and it doesn't make much of a visual change.
Current top, no lift:
With a 3.5" lift, simulating the new top:
I also plan to take some out of the seat too.