Jacksonville Beach Fl. Just had their annual "Opening of the Beaches" parade.While waiting on the parade to start several "Experts" said that my model"T" would not make it all the way because I hadn't installed a water pump. Funny They weren’t around at the end of the parade, however I did see several modern cars with steaming radiators. Maybe they should remove their water pumps! it was only 92 Degrees today. Fun for me and the wife
Hey, that sounds great. I am a little cautious about running my car in a parade because of the heat, I live in the desert, and worry of it overheating. I get encouraged by guys like you who go in parades with no water pumps. Thanks. Soooo how did you like being in one?
Probably the number one criteria for a successful non-overheating parade is basically having a flat tube radiator. Put one in my '25 TT firetruck and so far have had no problem in some very hot, slow parades. Moto meter only made it to the top of the "open circle", leaving plenty of room to spare!
Glad you had fun G.R.!
- used to live in Jax Beach 1973. Sure wish I was there to see the parade.
I paraded my buddys 21 touring several times in Brandon, FL on July fourth when it was so hot it hard to breathe. The car had an original type round tube radiator and no water pump. Never over heated. The parade was roughly 1 1/2 miles.
When our Ts don't have motometers we install the cap just loosely in the radiator neck with no gasket. A few hundred yards before the end if I saw a wisp of steam and a few water bubbles at the cap I would idle the engine a little faster during the many stops and this would settle it down
The John Deere Model D tractor can work in the hot sun all day at 2 or 3 mph without over heating. It has a 500 cid engine and no water pump.
My point? Model Ts don't need water pumps. However it is kind of handy to have one in your tool box. If you park on an incline they make an excellent wheel chock.
We do the Memorial Day Parade in Newfields NH every year with a no equipped Model T.
No-equipped means no starter, no water pump, no-new radiator, and no brains.
The parade stops at numerous places to lay wreaths and remember the heroes.
The first year it stopped running about 30 yards from the finish and I just rolled down a small hill to get out of the way.
I found that the problem was vapor lock where the gas line passed close to the exhaust pipe.
I rerouted the gas line and wrapped the exhaust pipe with racers header tape.
The second year was really hot and my daughter brought a water bottle with a spray head to keep the girls cool.
The Motor meter pegged when we stopped so she misted the radiator and the temp went down.
This was the first year I used the high lock out block on the brake handle so the vehicle could not easily go into high gear
The third year I over filled the radiator and it blew water out until it found it's happy level.
This was the year that I decided to turn the car off during the stops.
People applauded when I cranked it to start.
My daughter used the spry bottle on me!
This year I might let my son drive the T in the parade!
My daughter will probably bring a super squirter to harass him.
Scott It was really nice seeing the parade from the participant side for a change every one wanted to hear the horn except for the "ELVIS" impersonator in front of us.
Fred: great to see that your son and daughter are enjoying the hobby, even though I have an Improved Ford I still hand cranked it when the parade started, great way to show off (My wife said I just did it to impress the girls wearing bikini's)
Well nothing wrong with that G.R.!!
LOL GR when I saw the last line in your post I thought nothing wrong with that . Then I read what Tim said!
I laughed so hard it brought tears to my eyes and I almost spilled my tea.