Lizzie Lives.

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2008: Lizzie Lives.
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dennis Halpin on Saturday, December 20, 2008 - 10:26 am:


Let me start out my saying that the only Model T I've ever ridden in is mine and I have no idea what a Model T engine that wasn't completely worn out and spitting up chunks of babbit with every oil change is supposed to run like. That said, I'll continue.
A few months back, I got together with Tim up at Gen III in Mass. to build me an engine. Originally, I was going to have my (#'s matching) engine rebuilt into a what he calls a "Touring Engine" with a VW distributor and all kinds of custom stuff in it. After several e-mails, I changed my mind and decided to have him find me a block and crank and start from scratch.
When I got ready to do the engine swap, I'd just pull my original (still running) engine and store it, to some day be rebuilt completely stock.
Well that day has come, "Lizzie" lives! with her brand new "Hot Rod" engine. Blue printed, balanced, aluminum pistons, intake manifold and high comp. cyl head. High lift cam, adjustable valves, VW dist. Lightened (no Mag) flywheel, Kevlar bands, 12V starter, you name it, it's got it! Lizzie is now "new" from the Brass Works radiator to the U joint.
My car is an (almost) daily driver and "drive" it does!
I followed Tim's break-in instructions to the letter and had to get in there to re-adjust the bands and clutch as he said I would have to and now this old girl goes like a Bat out of hell (for a Model T)!
It's got enough torque to pull from almost 0 mph in high gear without lugging and it's almost vibration free! It certainly wasn't cheap but you get what you pay for. I'm delighted with it!
I'm trying not to sound like an advertisement, I'm sure there are other rebuilders out there who might be able to out out this kind of quality but I'm not likely to run into them.
Eventually, I'd like to have a TT and this heavy duty engine would be just the ticket for it. At that point, I'll have to do something with the original engine for this car and Tim is likely to end up with that engine as well.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By jack daron-Indy. on Saturday, December 20, 2008 - 10:58 am:

Nice Dennis,but make him give you your hood back.(G)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By David Dewey on Saturday, December 20, 2008 - 11:14 am:

Jack,
Hood?? Ya gotta remember, Dennis is an old hot-rodder, he don' need no stinkin' hood! ;)
Guess we haven't completely converted him!
Dennis,
Looks like you gave yourself an early Christmas present!
T'ake care,
David D.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dennis Halpin on Saturday, December 20, 2008 - 11:21 am:

When I get tired of looking at the spiffy new engine, I'll put it back on.
I live in a small town, EVERYBODY knows my car and what I've been up to recently. It's easier to leave it off right now, than open it up everywhere I go.
The novelty will probably wear off by this time next week when the town gets used to seeing it on the road again.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dennis Halpin on Saturday, December 20, 2008 - 09:02 pm:

I broke down and put the hood on today. Took the Mrs. for a ride around town. Everything was going fine until that big nut that holds the exhaust pipe on the manifold backed out and fell off!
Managed to get home without setting the floor boards and the carpet on fire!
OK, thats fixed. Going for another ride (and wrench) tomorrow. I plan to keep on riding (and wrenching) until I'm doing a whole lot less wrenching than riding.
That was the game plan from the beginning, quite a few dollars ago.
It was getting dark before I got home tonight, no big deal, I've got lights, WRONG! All of a sudden I don't have a tail light? It would be way too simple for it to be just the bulb, This car has only had a tail light on high beams, since I bought it.
We'll see, just another day in Model T land.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mike Walker, NW AR. on Saturday, December 20, 2008 - 09:59 pm:

Dennis -- Sounds like your wiring to the light switch is mixed up.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dennis Halpin on Sunday, December 21, 2008 - 12:36 am:

Naturally, I'll start with the tail light bulb, then confirm the wiring to the terminal block, then to the switch.
Anybody got a wiring diagram or break-down of the switch handy? My Model T manual is only 2 steps away on my living room coffee table. I'll look in there. I've been "attempting" to read it cover to cover, with little success, I might add.
I often wonder if any one could make sense of the thing 81+ years ago?

Got to admit though, it's great to be working on something that isn't related to the engine and trans. It satisfies the delusion that I'm actually getting somewhere with this car. I'm SURE you guys that have built one of these things up from a bare frame know that feeling AND that nagging little voice in the back of your head that keeps saying "Did I do EVERYTHING right???"
Obviously when it came to my exhaust pipe, I didn't. If I keep this stuff up, I might actually become a REAL "Model T Guy"!
(in a few more years)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Garnet on Sunday, December 21, 2008 - 01:29 am:

Next time yer in Walmart, go to the outdoors area and look for lightsticks or glowsticks or whatever they're called. They usually have packages of four containing yellow, blue, red and green sticks. I keep a bunch of these packages onhand for trips in any of my vehicles. The red ones are very handy to have around incase a taillight craps out or a wire breaks at night. Just hang two or three red ones off the back near where the light is and you won't get stopped by the cops. These things are also bright enough to use as a poor mans flashlight.

Regards,
Garnet


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dennis Halpin on Sunday, December 21, 2008 - 04:41 am:

Good idea! I'll do that.
Thanks, Garnet


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mike Perigo on Sunday, December 21, 2008 - 08:29 am:

Dennis,

A member of my T club showed me a way to keep the packing nut from backing off. Drill a very small hole in the edge of the nut where it's the thickest - just threw the edge. Then use a very fine wire as if you were safety wiring a bolt, and wire the packing nut to the last exhaust manifold nut.

It worked like a charm.

Mike


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dave Ireland on Sunday, December 21, 2008 - 09:02 am:

Dennis. Install an exhaust nut lock clamp available from most of the vendors. Item 3061L in Lang's for $5.40. Dave.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mike Perigo on Sunday, December 21, 2008 - 10:37 am:

I tried that.....didn't work very well. Even tried a radiator hose clamp.

Respectfully,
Mike


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By paul griesse on Sunday, December 21, 2008 - 11:05 am:

Mike------I use a std. exhaust clamp, just below the nut. Run the car to get the manifold hot, tighten the nut and "buck" the exhaust clamp right up against the brass nut. Works for me..... Paul


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dave Ireland on Sunday, December 21, 2008 - 11:09 am:

Mine is working as it should. I installed it at the same time as a new exhaust manifold and a new exhaust pipe. Maybe that makes a difference on how well it holds? Dave.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Bob Bishop on Sunday, December 21, 2008 - 11:39 am:

Dennis-
If not too late:


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dennis Halpin on Tuesday, December 23, 2008 - 01:36 am:

I got something really strange going on here?
If I separate the wires on terminal "D", I've got power on the "bulb" side (high beams only) and NO power on the "switch" side in any position, and NONE of my lights work! high beam, low beam or tail light? but the power to the tail light side of that wire goes on and off when the switch is turned to the high beam position with no power on the switch side????
Screw it!
The tail light problem turned out to be a sloppy socket, I've got my (high beams only) tail light back and I ain't messing with this till I re-harness the whole car. The wires are shot! The insulation crumbles when I touch it, which is something I try not to do.
Right now, the problem is isolated to the lighting. Ignition and charging work fine. I'm going to go out and enjoy my new engine for a while. I've driven the car around town Christmas shopping and conducting business every day since I finished the engine installation.
Stay tuned for the "Lizzie Does Englewood" pictures, (no it's not a "Porno").


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dennis Halpin on Tuesday, December 23, 2008 - 01:58 am:

I guess I'll start here, I didn't think that Steve would have this up yet.
I've got a degree in Telecommunications/Journalism and a background in radio broadcasting. When I retired in Oct. one of my pals at the local talk radio station asked me if I'd like to do a little "Producer at large" work for his show, submitting topics for him to disguss on his call-in show. Well, that's like pushing baby ducks in the water, I jumped at it!
The "Boys" had to see the car, even if I had to get on a 2 lane 55 MPH highway to get there! I only clogged up traffic a little bit.
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