Fantastic!!!!!! (Maybe even better news than that I am back?)
Now, start driving that thing, and enjoy it! W2
Well Rob you said it for all of us. "What a joy" With all the long hours, quality work and doing everything It should start and run like a watch.
Great Job to you, Dean, Dean,s son and all the others that pitched in and helped. The T world loves to see what you guys have done. The K is our roots in the car world and I thank you for preserving such a great car. It takes lots of love to tackle a job so huge. Not something for the faint at heart. Scott
No wonder you could not stop and have another beer in Lincoln. You were keeping this a secret. I see you have the rear wheels on it as well.
Much credit to you, Dean, and Ben for getting the K running. Mr Malcolmson would be jealous.
Looks great with the seats, etc in place. Much better looking than what I saw last week. Who got to crank start it? If you did it, I am calling your doctor.
I did the hard part! Rob primed the cylinders,cranked it over about 4 times. Then I turned the Key on and it started on compression Free start.
There are more bugs to work out We will get it.
It's great to hear it run. That's not amazing that it started on the first try, you had a top notch crew! I can't wait to see the video of it flying down the road.
We need a few pictures out in the sun when you have a chance. Thank you.
Nice! Curious though; Is there a panhard bar for the rear? What keeps the rear end from moving side-to-side with that spring setup?
Would sure like to see it at Mt Pleasant in Sept. With a contact to Teresa and get it right by the car building office.
Congratulations, Rob! And thanks to Dean from all of us here who have been vicariously enjoying the rebuild.
Thanks all. Ken, no, just a stout set of springs and Model T like (actually patented by Ford and first used on the 1905 Model B) three point torque tube and supports. A few pics of things we did yesterday to get to this point:
Set up axles and carrier
Checking pinion to ring clearance
Ready for diff final assembly
Dean's homemade frame for assembling the differential
Dean waiting for son Ben and I to roll the diff under the car
Ben wiping off the u-joint to put on the driveshaft:
We found a few things that Dean is addressing today and tomorrow. I hope to bring the car home Friday, and begin running in and sorting. New London to New Brighton, here we come......
It"s interesting to see the lined brake shoes,the rivit less housing,and the below center fill plug! Makes me wonder the [why] of parts of the early T's!! You look good and hope to see you and Dean this fall!! Bud in Wheeler,Mi.
I meant to post this pic of the brake drum instead of the double above of the axle/carrier. Yes, the brakes are advanced compared with the Model T (and NRS). Interestingly, the Model K had lined brakes and a wider brake band on the transmission, just like the improved 26/27 T would have, twenty years later:
I really enjoy some of the closeup photos of the parts!
Thank you again!
We all missed you in Lincoln. The hill climb was not the same, would have loved to see the K on the dyno. If you can come up and run with us in Northwood, Iowa in September. Thank you for making the forum part of the build our family loves to see the progress. BillDevine
It's always a pleasure to read your posts. I'm glad you are back amongst us....
I made a brief appearance Thursday afternoon, but had other things I needed to get done. It was great seeing a lot of the speedster folks, sorry I missed you. I'm sure we would have won our division if the K had been ready, being the only six cylinder there. I would like to make some of the September meets, however making the Old Car Festival is a priority.
I thought this was going to be a daily post. Is Rob holding out on us? Where is the video of the K circling Dean's barns?
I wanna see dust flying!!! Full drifting!
Drive carefully, and enjoy! W2
Ok, a "teaser:"
Yes I had my first ride in a 6-40 K today
Awesome. No arm sling evident. Who cranked it?
The guy driving has a smile like a kid in a candy store.
It's great to see the beast actually moving under its own power!