A quick update on our Troop's '26 project.
- We've watched "Ford's Fabulous T" to learn some history of Henry Ford and the Model T
- Preliminary work has begun on the upholstery. We're working on a custom interior and working on our patterns. To date we've covered one seat spring in muslin over which we'll stretch the upholstery.
- After many months of tinkering, drilling, etc., we reached an important milestone in our disassembly. The fenders are off! Now that we can get to the frame, we're going to reposition the jack stands so we can drop the front end assembly and clean the engine in earnest.
- Work continues on the front wheels. We have the old bearing races out of the donated hubs and are beginning the cleanup process. Hit a snag one one wheel when the "old" hub face plate won't separate from the hub. If anyone has recommendations, now is the time. We're planning to use judicious application of heat to try to get them to separate.
- Have given many garage tours you old and young alike. Always a great conversation starter.
Have a great week.
Great project, keep the updates coming!
If you'd post a list of parts you need and where to ship them, you might be surprised at the number of "Christmas packages" you receive!
mark. fire & water will take anything apart.charley
Mark, Bud Redding is going to give you a call, he has the passenger side rear door you are looking for.
Once all 6 bolts are removed, set a punch against the edge of one of the six square holes in the face plate. Position the punch such that when you hit it, you would tend to make the face plate rotate around the hub nose. (Also use lots of penetrating oil.) This should break things free. You can then have helpers pry up on the plate as you continue to rotate it. Don't worry about messing up the hole. You can always file down the burr. You can also hit some on each hole so none get too bad.
Send the troop to the Beaumont Scout Reservation in Rock Creek, Ohio for summer camp (where I'm the camp Ranger} and they can not only earn advancements but ride in my Model T's.
I agree with you Charley - the old gas wrench has saved many a part.
Here's something I've found helpful in disassembly.
Thanks for the advice and help. Denny - I think we're going to Colorado this year to camp, but we'll check out your offerings - T rides are good.