Black Betty is getting a front end makeover; new spring perches, shackle bushings, tie rod end bolts and bushings, and makeup (paint).
So far, just taken care of my mother-in-laws property, the neighbors property, yesterday I did service the trailer for the trip to Richmond, and my truck today. Tomorrow the runabout gets a good going over again.
Roy -- Is that spindle setup with the cones holding up well? That's the only one of those I've run across, but it looked like a good solution to the age-old problem.
BTW -- It looks like Tommie is filling up your new shop with her stuff.
My roadster needs a full set of replacement fenders as the others are beyond fixing by me. Yesterday I finished repairs to the left front and left rear fenders. Both needed attention to the rusted out sections where they bolt to the running boards. The right front is one I had done a lot of work on for my 1917 shooting brake, before I found a better one. I had to fabricate a new lip for the front and weld it in place.
Then the repairs were sandblasted, the double panel re-inforcements added at the bottom after priming, and all ii have to do now is tap down the exposed edges of the re-inforcements and spot weld them.
Today I have to collect the nickel plated windscreen frame and hopefully the radiator shell.
Allan from down under.
What have I done in June? I missed it! Is it over all ready?
I put away my Auburn Swap meet finds!
I finally finished my signal light assembly on my '19 touring and debugged them!. I went to an electronics store and found a small buzzer so you could hear the buzzing when the signal is for right or left turn. With out it I could not hear the clicking of the signal stat can. Now I will be able to give it a road test to see if it will work like planned.
Roy: My '19 look's like the front of yours except I have not put the Word Ford on the Radiator. I have it hanging on a shelf in the shop.
I turned 50 today. I took the day off work and did some repairs to my machine tools, straightened an early pan for sale, and scrapped a 27 Buick. After that, my family took me to dinner for deep fried alligator and rib eye steaks. I think very few guys have had a similar day. Life is good. I realized during the day today that despite turning 50, I'm just a day older than yesterday. Every new day is a blessing to be used to its fullest potential. All of the things I did today were with my dad, who is 80. For that I am thankful, and hope to pass what we have learned to the next generation of old car hobbyists.
Sounds like a great day, happy birthday.
Dealt with a paint chalking problem on my '65 Mustang.
I helped out a friend, and made him new rear sub-frame ends, for his '26 coupe.
I forgot to say, Thanks, to James Bartsch;s drawings.
Next is to rebuild his upper rear cross bar ends, and triangles, and all three braces. Then he will be able to install his new rear panel finally.
Pat Clark........THAT is some damn fine work there........
Your friend is very lucky!
Got a Tattoo....Ha Ha Ha
Just finished cleaning crud and dirt off a 3 dip pan, then got looking over the pan, and found a bit of trouble and more.
Both ears have tiny cracks starting, could be fixed I guess with some welding.
but...the biggest boo boo is the socket for the wishbone ball.
Wondered why only one stud was in the caked on dirt and grease. Well, some time back this one got whacked, and part of the socket was busted out. Some one then brazed up the part and brazed in the stud.
Problem is the socket was just too worn out, (likely why it broke too) as the cap was left loose. Or T hit something.
The wishbone ball will now just slip right on out, no cap or springs can retain a ball now.
Bummer....need to fine a nicer 3-dip crankcase, mostly readily one that has been repaired and tested on a KRW pan jig and is ready to go! ??
Did you paint all those guard rail posts white in only 2 days? WOW! your quick.
I am adding on to my shop. Went to HD to get some more insulation, and there in the parking lot was a big long trailer behind a white F350. It had a bunch of bumper stickers on the back of it. One of them was the MTFCA club sticker. There was a man getting something out of the back of the truck, so I approached him and said good morning. I asked him if by any chance his name was Jim. Of course, it was. It was Freighter Jim! We had a real nice conversation there in the parking lot. If you don't know him, he's a real nice guy. Meeting him there made my day!
If you were a bit closer Dan, you could take your pick ........
Just finished stripping the paint off the wood body of my '12 roadster. Last painted in 1954! Next is filling screw holes, sanding and primer.
Finally got to mow the yard for first time in nearly 3 weeks due to all the rain/flooding we've had in Texas.
Thank goodness for the water, now time to get hot!!!!
Resoldered a couple of spark plug wires today. Other than that, all I've done with a Model T in June is drive the roadster when I go to town for groceries.
I often use one of my old "flivvers" for running errands too Steve. Sure makes that otherwise boring routine running around a lot more fun, huh? Once in awhile, I find that I spend more time in the supermarket or post office parking lot than I do in the store! As I'm enjoying answering someone's questions, others show up with more questions! Sometimes I hafta' make some excuse like,.....hey, nice talking to you folks, but I gotta' go before the ice cream melts! Sometimes it's the truth, sometimes not,.....harold
Happy birthday Erik B!!! So there was somebody at the
Auburn swap meet that was "under 50"?
Sounds like a few people are off to a good start on June.
Washed my 26 touring for display at Alpine History Day Saturday June 6. For those who live in the San Diego area, you are invited. No charge except for the lunch if you want to eat. Donations will be accepted. We will have several Model T's there, a collection of 100 year old cameras. There will also be opportunity to take a tin type picture of yourself or others. Also a buggy which was manufactured in San Francisco before 1906 and restored by the volunteers for the Historical Society (including me).
After a few days of clearing the loop road through the woodlot, I had a friend help me make a video this morning.
Steve, those look like some mighty fine roads for runnin some shine.. Your T sounds great also.
Just picked up a Ruckstell from a doodle bug.Has a big trans I don't need and 26-27 hubs and drums.
I was working on the 1948 Lincoln V12 and... Get the 1922 woody roadster ready for the French International Model T concentration end 26, 27 and 28 of June.
Just need to find a way to fix the water can in the spare wheels.
That's SUPER Steve!
Sure looks like you got the bugs out of THAT one!....... .
I checked my forth main/ and pan, boy was I happy. The bolt holes lined up nice and the universal ball cap slipped on perfect. That's one of the very few things that has checked out good on my TT, almost everything else checked has needed lot's of attention. Hey Mark - cool tatoo.
took my daughter and 2 grandgirls for ice cream at the local ice cream shop. Sorry, no pics. but always memories.
Enjoyed your video Steve. Great road for a model T. I helped a friend install tires, tubes and flaps on some nice wire wheels he purchased. Yesterday, went with my 14 year old Grandson to a Science Fair judging and then to his 8th grade graduation. I am blessed to be able to spend time with my grand children.
Today, we took the model A out for a drive. The weather was great and the car performed well. All is good. Tomorrow, I will be having a broken Crown replaced. The cost of replacing the crown and possibly a root canal will cost more than a new brass radiator....may be two!
Attended Alpine History day. I drove from home about 3 miles and helped set things up. We were met by the San Diego Model T club at 10:30. Attached pictures of some Model T's and the buggy I helped 3 other men restore. That buggy was manufactured in San Francisco before 1906 and used here in Alpine about 100 years ago.
Greg Rising's car
Had to make another post because not enough room for pictures.
Tony Bowker's car
pre 1906 buggy. We know the buggy was make before the San Francisco earthquake in 1906 because of the address on the nameplate. The manufacturer moved to another location after the building was destroyed by the quake.
Hadn't done it yet but will drive the '26 roadster with Dr Pepper red wires in the Chisholm Trail Roundup parade this Friday. I've had to take a Model T hiatus the past 3 weeks because I've been dismantling a rust-froze-up-everything 7-26-22 Fordson tractor. Isn't there a few Fordson experts on this Forum? I could sure use a mentor. The Fordson Model F Forum isn't too receptive.
George.......sign up at www.smokstak.com/forum/
We have a forum dedicated to steel wheeled tractors and some of the best experts anywhere.......
I am a new owner (inherited) of a "T" The last 18 months have been busy. Settle estate. (we lost mom) I finally got the "T" out of the woods where it hibernated for 50+ years. I do something to learn about "T"'s nearly every day. I have had a chance to see what needs to be replaced, repaired, etc, Sending out requests for parts. This really is an affliction. I'm glad to have caught the fever. I hope to live up to the expectations of those who are carrying on the history and tradition of the Ford Model "T".
Got my Australian built '27 Tourer out of the garage and gave it a bath. Also ordered Ankor Wax to protect the paintwork. I've only had the car a few months and have been checking it over for full road registration. I still have a few jobs to do, new tyres and replace the windscreen glass (currently plate glass). I also need much more practice driving it.
You need to remember that it is winter here in Australia and, in Lithgow, whilst it was a beautiful sunny day it was only 8C.
Welcome Susan Harry Martha Emmert. You've come to the right place. I would encourage ya'll to join a local model T club and get some input from local experts but don't be a stranger here. Get that '27 roadster running and have some fun with it !
and thanks for the suggestion Craig. I did register on Smokstak and spent about 30 minutes reading the interesting posts. It's now one of my Favorites.
Welcome, SUSAN/HARRY/MARCIA! I see that you registered in 2012 but hadn't posted until now. Welcome to the group. I second George's suggestion to seek out some Model T'ers in your local area. There are lots of T folks in MI. Having someone who can see what you're seeing while asking questions is invaluable. But those of us here will be glad to answer any questions you have if we can. This forum has the most Model T knowledge available anywhere.
Richmond pass weekend. Two weeks ago picked up this TT. Yesterday removed the plugs and dumped in some MMO with some paint thinner to get stuff loose, was able to then move the crank about 45 degrees before it stopped. My guess the disturbator thing is now keeping it from moving,. Need help getting an id on what it is.
I couldn't clean the threads in 2 shackles and didn't want to bugger the threads in my original oilers so I make these with smaller threads. They are on the back side of the rears so they won't show much. Now I'll try to make some springs work for them. I'm expecting trouble with that. I see I can buy them for $7.50, but what fun would that be?
Got the 1919 Center door running. Took it to an ALL FORD car show in Sioux Falls. Highlight of my day was an 80 year old fellow who got behind the drivers steering wheel and got his picture taken by his son. He said he drove Tís many years ago and remember starting them in the winter by jacking up the rear end and turning the wheel and also draining the radiator after each use.
Needed to put the '25 TT Firetruck on the lift to do some maintenance tomorrow, so did the "Model T Shuffle" in the barn first, then took "Clarabelle" the '13 out for another spin today. Took a friend of my old neighbor guy who was up to visit him (he's in a nursing home now)for a ride earlier in the day. He loved it. First time in a T he said. He said it rides better than his Mercedes!
Would also like to welcome Susan to this affliction too!
I mounted new tires to my freshly powder coated wire wheels. The color is called "wheel" yellow.
Just got my rewooded wheels from Mel's today. These are for my barn fresh 1912 touring, nicknamed the tetnis express by my daughter.
I made sure the rims and hubs were not blasted or cleaned to keep the barn fresh patina.
I am now in the process of age painting the wood to match the rest of the car. Hope to finish the work and have the wheels mounted by this weekend.
can't wait to get out on the road again.
Not reached my goal of having my car painted before surgery. I ddidn't realize how large of an undertaking this was. I go in for lumbar surgery next week, which will put off my goal even longer. (Pout.....sad face)
Tomorrow is my 60th birthday. I will have to take the T for a birthday ride.
Finally got the Ruckstell under the 26 tonight. Have to hook up the brakes and Ruckstell linkage and go for a test drive.
Jerome, your disturbator looks more like a raised timer. KW made one of those and there is one on my Barn find tourer. What it does is get the timer up out of the way of the fan belt into much more accessible position. Hard to see how that would cause a stop on the crankshaft though, unless the gears at the bottom are the cause.
Hope this helps.
Allan from down under.
Love your model T forest road...perfect. Seems like it is asking for a TT...and a load of logs. I am planning such a road and TT scene on my property with vineyard and forest.
Thanks for a fun video and inspiration.
Got the 2015 inspection sticker saturday. Sunday went to a car show at Danvers Ford. A 12 mile round trip, longest to date. Met James Baker and his family along with his '22 pickup. Did not dawn on me until almost home should have gotten a photo of both t's together
Nice warm windy day, decided to "throw out" the whole gang from the barn before taking the dog for a ride in "her" Model A. It was blowing up to 30 KTS., so it was a bit more comfy in the heavier car anyway. The dog wasn't complaining any!
Jim: Just read the post about your surgery. Most of that type of surgery is fairly common place anymore. But any surgery is no fun and should not be taken lightly. Our prayers for your fast recovery and return to the T fun. Submitted with respect and concern, Donnie Brown ...
Well as I said earlier, I remade the rear sub-frame ends for a friend. I had him send me his rear framing for his rear panel, so that I can fix it, and he can fix the rear of his '26 coupe.
After I got it and look at what he had, I just made him a new top cross bar, and side braces, and then cut the bottom off the center brace, till it was good metal, and bent up some steel, and made a new bottom for it.
When I was done with it, I gave it a coating of self-etching primer.
He is not going to remount the spare tire , so I didn't redrill the lower two holes.
The triangle pieces were in bad shape, but I was able to fix them also.
I fitted everything to my coupe, to make sure everything fit right, as I rebuilt it.
This afternoon I had the opportunity to teach a 16 year old Chinese student how to drive my 1915 model t. We head out the the back roads and had great time.
My 13 runabout is awaiying a magneto rebuild, but its behind my 72 Ranchero GT in time and position.
ARRRG...to much to do.
Today was founders day here in Norton (Est. 1711). A day for the town folk to gather and eat some nice greasy BBQ, listen to some music, check out some old cars, pony rides for the kids, and fireworks to end the evening...A good time was had by all..
Used the roadster to haul my sprayer as I assassinated vegetation. If there was a market for Johnson grass I'd get my exercise hauling money to the bank. This time of year I like to get started early and do that kind of work in the cool of the morning. By nine or ten it's getting pretty steamy out in the sun.
I installed the rear curtain trim strip on my 1919 touring.
Quite often when a top is done, the rear curtain is trimmed around the back with the regular upholstery trim.
This original rear curtain trim strip replaced the strip I made for it years ago. My old strip was close to the original, but now I have it right.
I still have to put the trim on my 1915 runabout and will show some comparison pictures at that time.
: ^ )
On the most recent drive of my 1924 cut-off touring, an observer noticed that my driver's side rear wheel was wobbling slightly. I went home, jacked up the rear, and started the car to observe. The wobble is less than 1/4 inch, but today just to give myself peace of mind I checked all the spokes (tight), the axle nut (tight), then I pulled the wheel to check the axle keyway and hub bolts. The axle key and keyway looked perfect.
None of the nuts on the hub bolts were loose, but I was able to tighten each one of them at least one more flat, then I re-peened them. I put the wheel back on, re-tightened the axle nut, and installed a fresh cotter pin.
Even though the passenger side wheel is true, I'll probably repeat the exercise on it just for more peace of mind.
In spite of some serious setbacks, I got the re-wood for my '15 runabout almost done! I was hoping to start on the sheet metal by the end of the month, but somehow? That didn't happen.
I guess someone will need to start a July thread, but I am still recuperating.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2