(I think he's got this down to a science)
OOOps I got carried away!
P.S. Rob trained me this spring.
Thanks for posting the update. Please continue to post lots of photos as most of us have never seen those kind of details on a Model K before.
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That's how I generally see Bob Trevans Model K, are all K owners obsessed with pulling them apart? Just jealousy rearing its ugly head as I only pull Model T's apart but I do generally get them back together
Doug, it has the original cast iron pistons, and we know from the history of this car it had over 100,000 miles on it early in it's life. Time for a little relief (aluminum pistons).
Perhaps Dean was laying under the car when he looked up and saw the plugs on top and came up through the bottom of the engine to get to them.
That's one huge bearing on the front!!Bud.
Doug: I don't think it has to do with K's or T's it seems to be an old Ford owner thing... we just have to see the insides of course once you have done it the first time the fear goes away!
100,000 miles! There's your reliability tour, right there.
Does it still have its original magneto? It would be interesting to know if that unique design held up well for the long haul.
Are the motor mounts broken and repaired, or is this more evidence that they weren't junk?
How do you think up the things you say, er, write?
Bud, it's one long crankshaft. The good news, with seven mains it's supported nicely.
Eric, yes, it had over 100,000 miles on before the "first" restoration, sometime long long ago. That was reported by the son (and third owner) of the original owner. We'll do another thread on the history of the car. There was a K in Oklahoma that had a reported 220,000 miles on by the early 1920's. it was still running as of 1940.
It does not have the original mag. Currently it has a Bosch DR6.
The side of the crankcase has been repaired (rod?), but I don't believe the motor mounts (arms) have been broken (Dean will know, now that he has a layer of crud removed from the engine) although they frequently were (as they usually were on NRS Fords).
I meant to say usually the transmission frames are broken, often beyond repair, on NRS Fords.
Rob,Because of the early repair Would a check for need of line boring? Check crank straight and balance? Maybe a sealed bearing? Bud.
I think I found a photo of Dean doing his thing....
Or is this the next project?
Are those the radiator mounts sticking off of the front cross member?
Yes. An interesting arrangement.
Some similarities with the long hood. Fortunately not as big a project. Unfortunately, it won't fly.
I liked the music, and used it at the beginning of this video of K pics:
I think we're going to run it like the New York to Seattle car for a while (no fenders). Looks like a dirt track racer now.
Ain't that just like them young kids,,,,Just get sumpthin' nice ,,and they gotta tear it apart Ta see how it ticks.....
Boy do i feel dumb,i thought in the first picture the pully was a large ball bearing!! Was the model K the first Ford to have a fan belt? A semi modern V belt at that.What did your first K have Rob?? Bud.
K's have two v belts one runs the fan the other runs the oiler.
P.S. Just blame the photographer Light in my shop isn't the best for photography.
Thank"s Dean!! Bud.
Rob, Did you know that the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in the movie is a Ford? Not well known that the drivable one was built by Alan Mann Racing in the UK. AMR ran factory Ford GT40's all over Europe & got the job to build Chitty for the movie. It was buit on a Ford GB D200 truck chassis with the Canadian 300cid 6 cylinder engine. One of the AMR team managers came to Australia to manage Ford Australia's racing program, he was Howard Marsdon who then made his home here. Sadly he passed away a couple of years back, lovely bloke.Howard related the story of Chitty to me and also told me how they finally got 5 thousand pounds for the last complete GT40 by including a spare tub in the deal.
Thank you for the info on the film car. As a boy I saw the movie, and I think it reinforced my desire to have an antique car.
A little research just now revealed the movie was a takeoff on the book by Ian Flemming. Who would have thought the author was the creator of Bond, James Bond?
A little more reading indicated the car Fleming used as the basis for "Chitty" really did exist. Even more surprising, the car may have actually have flown after all. (Well, it was made using a surplus WW1 aviation engine, so a part of the car may have flown)
An excerpt from"The tale of Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang"
by Kate Grimond 17 December 2011:
" Usually described as a monster or leviathan, Chitty 1, the dedicatee, was a massive, five-ton, grey, gleaming, noisy car, with a pre-1914 war, chain-drive, 75 horsepower Mercedes chassis in which was installed a six-cylinder 300 horsepower Maybach aeroplane engine and which had a top speed of 135 mph and almost no braking power."
This has me motivated, I better work the story of this Model K. While not as exciting as an Ian Flemming novel, we know the history all the way back to the original owner, and probably the Ford dealer who sold it.
Count Louis Zborowski either built or funded the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang racing cars that raced at Brooklands just after WW1. They were powered by Benz aero engines. The book "Brooklands Giants" details Zborowski cars and bravery. The fastest lap noted in the book is a lap speed by the Count at 108 MPH. A wonderful book by historian Bill Boddy. Suggested reading for motoring history buffs almost as good as my book.
Doug, great the background info on the Count and racer.
I forgot about your affinity for fast, sporty red racers.
Great book too, thank you:
I, too, was surprised, several years ago, to learn that Ian Fleming had written both Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang and the James Bond books. On the other hand, maybe the difference between Truly Scrumptious and Pussy Galore is mostly a matter of attitude.