I'm a new t owner and just rebuilt most of the running gear over the last couple of months. I've put a couple of hundred miles on thanks to the expert advice and parts from Keith and Ken up here in Tennessee. I being a new t owner thought it ran fairly well. (Then I ordered coils from Brent Mize the coil doctor.)
First off the packaging was amazing,the coils were in great shape, and when on the phone I wanted the total price and to my surprise he said an invoice would be in the box. Only in the model t world dose this happen. Well let me tell you I dropped those coils in the box and went for a quick road test and 50 miles later it felt like someone had stuffed a Quadrajet on the intake. Thanks Mr Mize for the great service and trust and thanks Ken and Keith for all your xpert advice. I love my T but most of all Im sure in hanging out with the best of the best in. The Model T world.
A Model T that has been properly sorted out and dialed-in can be surprisingly peppy. -When all you have is 20 horsepower and you're lucky if 15 of those ponies get to the rear wheels, every additional horse becomes very noticeable.
As you're an even newer newbie than I, let me be the first to mention to you that one of the Tin Lizzie's Achilles Heels is its crankshaft. -It's relatively delicate and there's a saying about the "2-Piece Crankshaft Club that goes, "There are two types of Model T owners: those who have broken a crankshaft and those who will."
On this forum, you'll read of guys who massage their engines with the high-compression head, bigger intake manifold, "straight-through" carburetor, etc. -I myself got all that stuff when I first bought the car, but I've always been very respectful of the crankshaft and have never so much as opened the throttle completely—which, in my case, made the investment in speed parts unnecessary.
Enjoy that most significant of all automobiles and when you do, drive it as if it has no brakes, because it has about the same stopping power as the Titanic. -Congratulations on your new acquisition and welcome to the affliction!
I enjoy touring with the T's and quite often I will hear a T go by and know the coils are crap in it by just the sound of the engine. I try to steer them to Brent or Ron and it surprises me how many think that it is running fine,after a little talking to and showing them the difference,I try to change out a set of coils with a set that I always caring under the rear seat, just in case an emergency happens and you need them. To my surprise every once in a while people just do not want to spend that little bit to improve there engine????
Amazing ain't it Joe? Been there done that. I'll admit I was in the buzz box crowd for years until a friend HCCT'd my re-built coils (I do my own) and the damn thing started stone cold on mag.
It doesn't get much better than that.
What many forget is that is the way Model T's were when new.
In my experience it always works best to understand how things work and get them right. You will be surprised how good it really was.
Ron the Coilman
As many times as someone has come on here and made a testimonial like that, it amazes me how many people either don't really believe it or just don't care. It also amazes me how some will mock those of us who believe the original system is the best.
Nothing can beat a properly tuned set of coils plus you have the pride of driving a real Model T as Henry intended. Congrats and enjoy.
I have a set of Patterson coils in my 1915 which is bone stock.
It had been setting for about 2 weeks when I went out and set the spark and fuel, turned the switch to Bat and got a free start. I get free starts fairly regularly but when I get them after it has been sitting for a "significant" length of time... well, it just "shickles the tit" out of me.
"I love my T"...
We were on a tour Saturday. One of the members had just changed his timer and the engine was running rough. He thought it was his timer. I said, "take out your coils and we will test them." He brought his coils to me and we started up my T which was running on all 4. We took out one of my coils and plugged in one of his. We did this with all 4 of his and found one which was not sparking. Then I took out one of the spare coils I keep in my car just in case. We tried it in my car, it sparked, so I gave him the coil. Then his car was "fixed". We have a member who has a hand crank coil tester. I told my friend to take his coils to him and tune them up. He could keep the extra one for a spare.
Sunday afternoon a friend came over with his brother in law to see the T. I started it up and it ran for a while, then I was going to show him how to crank start it, and every time I turned to batt, I got a "free" start. Finally got it turned on without a free start. One pull up on the crank and it started. Then I pulled out coils one at a time until it was running on one cylinder. Anyway, he was so impressed, he now wants to buy a T!
One cylinder, Norm - really ??????????
I've had them run on one cylinder. (Really)
Yep, me too, but I don't remove the coils. I just hold down the lower point and keep it from vibrating.
I didn't drive on one cylinder. Just idled that way. I can do it with pushing down the point and do it that way when I want to see if the coils are working, but when I am trying to impress someone, taking the coils out is more impressive!
Brent Mize, the Coil Doctor, rebuilt my coils, too, and I am amazed at the difference it makes in starting and driving. Plus, Brent is fair, fast and a nice guy.