Installed OE-1 and Zenith intake on Nellybell;
I did a good cleaning and replaced the idle tube as it was broke off right at the bottom end. At some point I might replace the bowl cover as it reads Studebaker!
As a side note, I e-mailed these photos to myself then saved them to my photos file. Not much more work then downloading a program then copy them, resize to post here and only had to resize once. My camera will only go so small, any program I have used I've had to resize at least twice to get to fit here.
That is a very good looking setup. A great manifold. Will you add a heat tube?
Made seat lid hinges.
Finally got out to the barn this afternoon, put "Clarabelle" the '13 up on the lift and commenced to cleaning the underside from a few years of road grit & grime from previous owner's touring. Wow she cleaned up great! I was shocked to see that the underside of the splash aprons now reflect back at me like a mirror. Frame real nice, but will get a fresh coat of paint soon, as well as the rear axle. Already did the front axle last week.
While the temp has been in the upper 70's the past few days the humidity is up but have not seen a need yet. Will see this weekend. I may trial fit an original hot air pipe but the opening is lower and larger then Ford carbs, it might get some hot air to the inlet if I need it.
Got tired of checking and filling the caps on the 6 volt wet cell battery under the bed of the cut off pickup.
Have one of the bed boards that removes to gain access to the battery, but always a chore.
So installed an Optima gel. Now no more watering.
Made some wood rails to keep the cylinder battery stable on the platform. Ran a 3/4" thick narrow board on the top, held by the battery clamps, to secure.
I got the first finish coat of paint on my roadster body.
Here is my reflection in the paint:
Had visit today from Roger Karlsson, from Sweden. Family was in FL for vacation, and we met at my house to have T fun.
Roger drove Nellie the '23 pickup and Dixie the '27 touring around our back roads, and he experienced driving a Model T on a dirt/sand road for the first time! Then he collected some parts from me to ship back to his home.
Here we are inspecting some of the goodies he will pack to ship back to Sweden, me holding a rim for headlamp.
Good to meet someone that you only know by posting on the forum. Fun day. Roger is a real Model T guy for sure
Yes, Roger is a real Model T guy. I always appreciate his posts here on the Forum. Glad to see you guys had fun!
Made good use of our Tuesday night get together at the Antique
Auto Ranch. Before I pushed out, I made a mounting base for the
exterior mirror I had purchased there earlier and installed it. Upon
arrival decided to attack the mixed up wires on the terminal block
in an attempt to figure out why the taillight is always lit. Working
off the factory wiring diagram, got all the wires sorted and discovered
the offending issue was a pigtail stubbed in directly to the tail light
wire from the hot side of the starter switch. Cut it off the tail light
lead and made a new feed to the proper terminal at the block. This
left the "correct" wire disconnected to avoid backfeeding something
that shouldn't be. I'll iron out that "wrinkle" with the installation of
a new harness. For now everything works and is in the right place.
Bought the two harness pieces and an interior mirror and a headlight
rope kit, installing the latter on the spot.
The guys at Antique Auto Ranch are an awesome asset to the
Refitted cleaned out fuel tank last night but test run wasn't smooth. Today Set mixture, cleaned fuel bowl & added a new small fuel filter...while I was there I drained tap water out of Radiator and filled with rainwater, added 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground pepper to address the slight drip and went for a spin to mix it in. Running perfectly, best "he's" ever purred. Crank started 12 of the 15 attempts today & even got 2 free starts..WOW! (Vaporizer) Drove down to the Lake and took some Autumn pics....Great T day
Re-riveted frame rivets. Thanks for info from Forum posts and tool from neighbor. Also made tool for riveting around existing rivets.
Milled a two-piece wood "clamp" to mount my new interior mirror in the TT.
Took a lot of forming, but it really worked well without drilling any holes in the
metal. Rooted through my old fruit jars for the proper slotted head screws for
that period-appropriate look and gave it a shot of black. We are good to go !
Provides great visibility through the back window. I am pleased.
Removed and replaced the handbrake quadrant on the chocolate van. Rebuilt the tip of the pawl, as nobody reproduces this item for RHD cars.
Did a silly thing on the way. The third rivet head I ground off was one of the running board bracket rivets. It can stay off and be replaced if it becomes necessary!!!
Allan from down under.
Replaced tailight wire from junction block to tailight. Don't have a clue what dad was thinking at the time. "Wire is wire Huh? "
Mid section looks to be pulled out of house conduit, still had some white fluffy insulation on it and must have been to short .
Yesterday I picked up 127 lb of T stuff in three boxes and sent them from Kissimmee,Fl to Hampton, Va for further shipping by boat to Sweden. Big thanks to Dan Treace for finding lots of stuff for my next T project at the Chickasha swap And thanks for letting me try driving your pride and joy - You're always welcome to visit us in Sweden - usually there are a few days in july when it's almost as nice weather as beautiful Florida in april..
The two week visit has had very little T content - Ok, Coral Castle in Homestead Homestea, Fl has lots of reused T parts, like this hot dog cooker:
Now it's off to the airport to go home, hopefully the spring has arrived for some more T driving at home
Finally decided it was time to polish (and seal) some of those cussed little oilers on Clarabelle, my '13. Dang those little springs are hard on the fingers!
Added an extra leaf to the rear springs on my Speedster to enable the spring clip bars to tighten-up against the leaves. Now it sits level, on the bolt head, as it should.
Today I just finished my "refreshing" of my Heinz coil box for Pete, the '12 Commercial Roadster P/U. Newly rebuilt coils, the works. Really looks great. Now I can't wait to get the engine & sheet metal back to put him back together. He looks so sad in the barn all stripped naked.