When i first bought my T and brought it home and running for the first time in 12+ years, i was just happy that it ran. It skipped and it popped and was very temperamental depending on the mood it was in. I took this as "an old motor design" and gave no thought of it ever running as smooth as all my other cars that were 40+ years newer. Well i was completely wrong!..After lots of adjustments..(new coils from John Regan and Brent mize), A rebuilt carb a TW timer, and some of that dreaded fluid we dare not name to lubricate the valves,...my car runs as smooth as Henry intended it....What a great motor.
Sounds like a good running Model T!
Thanks Royce, i always thought these motors to be basic and crude, but set up correctly, they run very nicely indeed.
I'll say the name of the fluid. MMO !! Marvel Mystery Oil
There ,it's said and I have no shame, it works for me.
Good to hear John. That's just the right combination for great running for a very long time. I've done all those things except the carb which is next. As for the red fluid, it's getting hard to find here. I went to one store and bought out their entire stock. Should last me for years.
MMO good in my barn as well its up there with BEER
Just curious, where did you put that red fluid – in the oil or in the gas or both?
James, when i first brought it home, i added it to both to see if it would help to loosen up the innards since it sat for such a long time. Now i just add it to the gas every other tank-full. I know people have mixed reactions on using it, but my car really seems to enjoy it.
Its kinda funny what folks expect a Model T to run like. Mine mutters out of the tailpipe and has a ragged idle but has plenty of pep and runs great on the road. Everybody I ask about the poor behavior at idle say "its a Model T - they all do that!"
Mebbee not - yours sounds pretty sweet!
Greg,looks like you have a 26-27 transmission or a complete engine transmission assembly. That's a big plus in my book.
OOPS, on second look that's pictures from 2 different cars.
"Mine mutters out of the tailpipe and has a ragged idle but has plenty of pep and runs great on the road."
Our '27 ran like that until I discovered the camshaft was badly worn. A reground stock grind camshaft from Antique Auto Ranch cured it.
That is interesting! I would have thought a worn cam would have hurt the high end worse than the low end.
My cam was inspected and reused. Larry Blair miced it and said it was good to go when I was rebuilding the motor a couple of years ago. He also mentioned it was a Chaffin Driver cam judging from the measurements.
Paul, i agree with you 100% about the perception of what a T should sound like. I have heard some that sound like Swiss timepieces, and i have heard some that sound like they just plowed 1400 acres. The best part is that they still continue to run. My engine ran like crap when i got it, i had no idea about the mileage or maintenance of mine. I drive it because i Love it.