My 1923 touring has a tired engine, lacking the pep it ought to have, especially on hills. It's going to Mike Bender, but he wont be ready for it until sometime this summer. So I decided to just install the new Berg's radiator and drive the car until then.
After being dogless since September, I redogged on Sunday. Today Nala got her first Model T ride, going to the vet for shots. When we got home from town the car not only wasn't hot, there wasn't even a gurgle.
My new rider took the experience well, and quickly learned how to get in and out.
She's a beauty!
Aren't you pretty close to being able to reassemble the roadster?
It was a beautiful day here in Denver so I went for a sunset drive.
That's great Steve, she looks like a natural in her new digs.
Mark, yes. The engine would be back in it by now if I wasn't so busy with other stuff.
She's a beauty Steve! The model T looks good too. It's amazing the difference a good radiator makes.
As for me so far in May, last night we poured mains in five blocks. One model A, one model T with Scat T crank, one model T with stock T crank, one model T with shortened A crank, one model T with Scat stroker crank. Tonight I am getting the line boring mill ready for all these blocks. Today I cranked up the TT dump truck and did a run with a load of trash to the dump. I work there, so I get a big discount on the fees. Rolled the scales at 4700 lbs gross. Average load for ol' dumpy, I have seen 6000 a couple times.
Earlier in the week I got a 1915 touring running after a several year dormant period. Today I relined the rear brake bands. These are real original Rocky Mtn. brand brakes, amazing how much heavier and more complicated they are than the modern AC brake repops that bear their name. Somehow during all of this stuff I also showed up at my day job. Counting the years to retirement so I can do model T's full time.
Today , I did a tryout with lineboring machine.
I don't know about it still being "today" at this point? But a little after midnight I headed out to the shop for about an hour and a half. I dug through the stored old project for fixing a few magneto field coils. I found the one that I had set aside as repairable with one badly damaged coil and fifteen that look pretty good. I dug out the trays of disassembled coils I was fooling with a few years ago and started sorting through them to find a good and correct candidate to replace the damaged one. It looks like I have a couple choices to rebuild.
After this one, maybe next time I can rebuild the entire coil ring the right way. Maybe.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Steve, better take Nala for a ride in the T soon for a "real ride" so she doesn't equate the T with going to the vet! LOL..unless she's like our dog who actually LIKES her vet. Good to see you re-dogged. Every guy needs one. Nice car too and nothing like a new radiator is there?
Skin my driver side 26-7 door, ready to be welded
Seven rebuilt Model T ford starting motors ready for assembly, test and shipment next Monday.
Ron the Coilman
You are all working to hard today.
It was the first really fine day of the year today and I just did nothing. I just went out for Ice cream.
Tomorrow it will be different.
Take care and keep it safe.
Removed the radiator, firewall, steering column and some wiring. All the parts that will be painted black are ready for the painter. The body is loose from the frame and will come off in the next day or so and I'll get that part paint ready. Fun stuff, but I don't have a dog to ride in the car when it's done. Guess I'll have to get one of the grandmonkeys to come over and crank Frank for me. The car got here on April 16 and I'm having fun.
Today I took apart a 26/27 transmission that looked like it had good drums. It was so worn out that I did not need a puller to get it apart. It sort of fell apart.
I got the new Sherman deep sump oil pan for the speedster project and have it mocked up. I really like it and it is a very high quality part. I do not get to do much this time of year, other than get parts found and ready for the fall work season. I also have the leather upholstery material bought for the seat. I hope to get the body to the upholstery guy soon. The leather is called "aged brandy" It is a very similar shade of color to my steering wheel and dash made of mahogany. If I can get the upholstery done this summer, then all that is really left to do this fall is the chassis final assembly, and install the goodies on the engine , Then Zoom Zoom
Donnie -- It's against the law for you to be playing with your Speedster this time of year. Petit Jean is upon us!
Pulled the front floorboards and transmission cover yesterday. Adjusted the reverse band this AM and put the cover and floorboards back. Will get the rear wheels off the dollies, put gas in it, and hopefully start it for the first time this year over the weekend. If the weather isn't as awful as it has been for the last week, I might even get a short ride in.
Built 8 ECCTs Getting ready for the Home Coming Swap Meet one June 4th
The 8th ECCT was donated to the MTFCA Auction to benefit the Model T Museum. Good Luck Bidding!
Today I adjusted the main bearings.
Getting ready to put the new motor in the 31 Town Sedan.
Cleaned the garage, switched the snowblower with the riding lawn mower, moved the T so I could get the A into the center of the garage, started cleaning 60 plus years of gunk from the A engine compartment, and removed the A transmission.
It takes me 30 minutes to do what I used to do in 5 minutes.
Touched up the paint nicks on the body and tightened the brake and reverse bands. Getting ready for a ride this weekend from Cypress to a ranch in Waller.
Saturday at Derricks. More progress and one accident. Engine is coming together. Installed trans and safety wired. Gap between Mag ring and magnets where at .0031. Installed engine pan.Bands and hogshead. Had an old bolt snap and trans ear caught poor Martin Vowell.just about the knee. Looks really bad, but it was just a scrape and bruise. Let's be careful out there guy's/girls.
At least I found a replacement for the totally worn ball joint linkage in my 1916 Tourer.
Having the commutator in the correct position with the lever fully up I could move it half way without the commutator moving - so I never knew exactly how the ignition was set between too retarded and not enough forwarded. When the lever already was at the very down end the T run o.k. but I had a suspect that it could still be too far retarded for higher revs / speed.
Got the new linkage after long search from a store for model airplanes here in Germany. It is metric of course (M6 inner and outer).
First had a thread cut in a new rod (one end cut off) and tried to bend it to fit - after some hours of trial and error I decided to take the old rod and managed to get the old linkage off. Somehow the new one could be screwed on despite the different threads and after setting the ignition and some still needed bending (this time with success) everything could be reinstalled. Engine started fine and I have the impression it can get and make more revs now.
Could not make a test drive due to crazy traffic here, having the first warm days since 4 weeks.
I just make my oil change
Finished the final reassembly of my coupe. Took it all apart last November and had it painted. Took a day to disassemble everything down to the bare metal parts. Took a week to put it back together again. Some of that time was trying to remember how it went together. Was smart enough to bag all the bolts and screws in different bags. Did a little engine work during the winter also. Things like "Z" head, adjust valves, degreed timing gear and installed high flow intake manifold. Runs great and strong.
I want to give a special thanks to my Model T friend, Dennis Plank for all his help in this winter project.
I'm in the process of fabricating an original dimension battery box using sheet steel from the home improvement store and a really nice lid I got from Larry Smith. I made patterns from poster board, then cut the steel.
The older thread giving the proper dimensions of the box is here:
Drove to town for groceries.
Steve, Nala looked a little camera shy at first, then she seemed to love touring. She seems like a great dog. Best of luck with her.
I cleaned up.
I boxed up assorted NH parts for an eventual carburetor rebuild.
I removed my Model A trunk and a '26 upholstery kit from the patio at home now that She Who Must Be Obeyed has returned home after watching our grandchildren for many months. I also notice that many of my kitchen "improvements" have been undone and my cast iron cookware is no where apparent.
I swept the shop floor and attacked a flat clincher with my souvenir Australian tire irons. One more rubber stem tube soon to be replaced with a metal stem and a flap.
I finished my original dimension battery box today. The OEM wood battery case slips right in, but the metal lid is a pretty tight fit. The handles of the wood battery case help support the lid.
Now, if I could only find a modern 6V starting battery that would fit inside the OEM wood battery case!
Nice work Mark. I like it.
Started installing My home made canvas top.
Getting ready to put the engine back in my roadster, I gave the cooling system a vinegar soak overnight and flushed it out today.
Block the inlet to let the water fill up...
...then hit the air to blow it out.
Todays job was to get the engine back in, didn't happen. Chased down some special screws(Bendix cover),bendix lock washers (Thanks LarryBlair !!)
plumbing connections to hook up out side oiler,Martynn sez ours is an original accessory and not a repop. Starter on,gen.on.
Crankshaft runout spacer (Thanks Royce !!)
Martin just had to detail the block, He would not be denied !!
Added more wood to my fordor.
Added some more canvas.
Drove the 26 roadster p/u about 2 miles. It spit an sputtered and stopped running. Brought it home with my truck cleaned the fuel bulb filter and added a filter in line. When back out and drove it again. Will be changing tanks in the next couple weekends. I will be 12-14 hrs a day again for a while.Tim
Tomorrow? Headed to Batsto Village in N.J. for the car show. Weatherman says OK.
Been busy got my tires mounted up for the speedster seats made gas tank made
Floor roughly cut and header laid out ready to be welded
Installed an outside oil line.
Lowered the engine into the frame and slid it back.
Sometimes lining up the U-joint with the transmission is tricky, but this time it all went together fairly easily.
I found a Bridgeport Brass Aeolus tire pump at an antique flea market for $7.00. Polished the brass and painted the cast iron. Little earlier than my T, but looks good.
Whoa, Dan, that is the find of the month, congratulations!
I had one of those in the running board tool box of my '24, but exchanged it for the "correct" single tube pump. Unfortunately, the single tube pump is too tall to fit in the tool box. Oh well....
Spent most of Saturday my birthday!)at the 56th Annual South Shore Antique Auto Club Trading Bee. Bought some T goodies; steering column, '24 engine block, splash aprons & tool box and saw a few MTFCA forum members also. Fun day!
Trailered the '26 roadster to Ross Lilleker today to get him to add some bolt on pep to the engine. Also, delivered the restored '22 Fordson head for his tractor engine building
I think I speak for most, if not all of us, and I/we thank Mike Kossor for his generous gift for the benefit of the museum.
As My T is so far away, I can't impress anybody with what I did for it today, so I did something for myself instead, and went and got a heart monitor to wear for 24 hours.
I dragged home a '46 Hudson pickup with a straight eight... I was thinking I'd flip this one to help pay for my T engine build, but I like it more every time I look at it.
Installed all the engine mounting bolts and the steering column in the roadster. Doesn't sound like it should take all day, does it? Getting bolts into hard-to-reach places, trying to get a nut started, dropping it, starting over, finding the hole & putting in the cotter pin, all makes for mighty slow going. Add forgetting where you put things, and before you know it the day is spent.
Steve, we have been doing that a lot too, constantly looking for stuff.
WOW Derek! I had no idea that Hudson ever made a pickup. That thing has a look all it's own. I've been a car nut since 1955 (six years old)and I've never seen one like that. Do you have any history of them and/or of this truck? They surely must be somewhat rare. Nice score! Dave
David, this month's issue of Classic Car has an article on a 1937 Hudson pickup truck.
I got the rear tub and seat installed on my 23 Touring. OK it's a 24 model. It went on really easy compared to all the problems I had conjured up over the last week thinking about it. Now I can work my way forward with the wood, lining up the doors and sheet metal with the ribs.
Great pictures Michael, I'm going to save those as a guide in case I ever decide to convert my 1924 cut-off pickup back to a touring.
I've been struggling with a knock on number 3 cylinder on the '22 touring car. Piston rod was bent .004", crank journal was .030" wider than the Babbitt on the rod and cap.and a tight wrist pin (.0002" clearance).
The other rods were straight and there doesn't seem to be any other knocking. They're a little too much side clearance too but still no knocking. So I got the Babbitt on number 3 repoured, straightened the rod and fitted it today. I feel pretty confident I've got things going my way. This motor has been a real learning experience.
A few years ago I bought a couple rebuilt short blocks at a pretty decent price but this one certainly has had some issues. I won't even consider using the other block until I've had a chance to tear it down and check it out.
Tomorrow I plan on buttoning up the '22 touring engine and firing it to see if the knock is finally gone.
Thursday the speedster comes out to prepare for the first club tour of the year on Saturday. It'll be nice to blow this A. O. (That's "Area of Operations" for you civilians) for a day and do something different.
Well, not exactly T'ing, but I decided it was time to stop and sort my taps and dies.
I counted 246 taps from 4-40 up. The damn printing is so small most of the time I had to run over to my lighted mag lamp just to see the numbers.
I purchased 3-28 drawer cabinets to put the overstock taps and dies in. Tomorrow I will hang them on the wall and mark each drawer with the tap size and put the taps in the proper place.
I will do the same for the dies tomorrow. Busy work but it is necessary.
I will list all my extras here after I'm finished and if anyone wants some , they will be free just pay the postage. The same for the dies. These are all good American tools and in very nice shape.
Spent the day on the roadster. Installed manifolds, carb, and fuel line. Connected exhaust pipe and steering. Installed throttle rod, timer, timing lever, timer rod, fan, and steering wheel. May be ready to start it up later this week.
Today I started on my front leaf springs.
Dismantled and ground on them with the grinder (a lite grinder disc), then switched to a 60 grit flapper. Got all the rust off and cleaned up most of the pitting. But there is still some left. I don't think I can go any deeper or I won't have any spring left.
Found an interesting mark "Ford DDX) with Ford in script. Of course its almost gone now.
Tomorrow the wire cup for the rust in the pits and then an 80 grit flapper to polish up.
I hope these pits if clean and with the slip paint will be okay. I DID radius the bottom of the leaf edges.
I'd sure blast those springs instead of grinding them. I dislike the idea of grinding off all that material to get rid of the pits. Blasting will clean the surface and also clean out the pits.
Got home too late to post yesterdays work at Derrick's. Got the engine back in,head torqued down,orig outside oiler hooked up, new wood engine blocks installed, fan and belt installed, just a few more things to go.
I fired up the engine in the touring car. Number 3 is no longer knocking. Tomorrow, assuming time will permit, I'm going to get the speedster ready for Saturday's club tour, then I'll mount the steering column and firewall back in the touring. Then, if I've got any more daylight left, I'll repair the flat tire on the sedan.
Got the rear doors back on. Always match the hinges to the doors when you take them off. It will save a lot of re-work when you put them back on. Now to put the new wood in them.
Put the coils back in the roadster and hooked up all the wiring. Had to quit and go do laundry, but I'm heading down the home stretch.
I rebuilt the coil box for the '26 roadster with the non-conductive plastic, cleaned the timer, replaced the coils. Rebuilt a starter and can now crank with my foot for the first time in about two years. The T fired up on the third turn after sitting for a year,but ran ragged on the old gas.
Sam wants to hit the road and go, and we are ready, but have to fix the top now.
Joe R. Independence, Mo.
Nothing big... changed another inner tube... it get easier changing tubes with the more you do...
Demountable bolts looked tired so ordered new set and replaced all the bolts and nuts.
Here is the tire looking like it just had a baby powder bath:
Polished the radiator, made a new cork gasket for it, tightened/replaced bolts on a loose front wheel, spliced the speedometer wires back together, put in gas, oil, and antifreeze, and started it up. The car ran OK, but after about a minute the fan belt came off the crank pulley. So I need to fix that before I go for a drive.
Just had fun.......
This is my Tudor along side Mark's (the friend who bought my shop) Fordson which belonged to a family member of his.......
Yesterday, five guys showed up to help me remove the body from my '13 runabout. I had it ready to go, so took one minute to transfer it to a cart for moving around. Kim Dobbins even drove over in his fabulous '13 touring for the occasion. Now, I can get rid of the awful green paint which was put on in the late '40s. That is the way they did things back then.
Took my 1915 for a drive to adjust the Stomberg with the new high volume intake manifold.
Did what we all should do on a nice warm Saturday... Took her out for a drive!
Here she is parked amongst cars that will never see their 96th birthday!
Funny enough, not one person knew what it was... I of course educated them as they stopped looked and took pictures.
I have just wasted 24 hours.... It started fine yesterday morning when a friend came over to add new bushings to his ruckstell housing. I lined everything up, drilled out the housing and pushed in the new bushing with a little locktite. All three pins went in with just a gentle push, perfect..
I then decided to do one of my own projects, to push a pinion spool bushing onto a brand new driveshaft. I measured the driveshaft, exactly 1.000 with a digital gauge. So I borrowed Heathers oven and heated the bushing to 400F, as recommended in the MTFCA booklet and started pushing. It was rather tight but I persevered and got it within 1/4" of where it needs to be. Now it can't move it either on or off. I suspect the spool was just a little to tight. Now I will have to cut it off and start again.
I am annoyed....
Yesterday I go up at 0430 to go and work for 14 hours so I could buy more stuff for Henry the roadster and Henrietta the coupe. But driving them .... priceless <3.
Went to Little Hershey this morning. Not as many T parts as I imagined would be there. All was not lost though. Have owned my taken apart 26 Coupe for over a year and have never had a ride in a T. Would like to thank Wayne Orrison from the Rockford Model T Club for taking me for a ride. Better than that he let me drive it. Have seen many videos and directions, but with his tips, think I figured it out. Felt like a kid in a candy store. Thank you Wayne.
Then it was off to Bob's Antique Auto Parts. Thanks Bob for the tour, and the parts. Pleasure to meet you, and I'll be back for more.
On the way home picked up more parts that I found on craigslist.
feeling motivated and tired. Put in 250 miles today. Had a great time. What a day.
We got done at work at 12 today and I started pulling the gas tank out of my 26 rpu and just finished getting it all back in and started. Clean gas comes through now. The other one was full of rust and it had some kind of epoxy around the fuel outlet and it leaked. The tank I put in it came from a swap meet for $60 and it's really clean. The nicest I have seen locally. No sign of rust. I did clean it out and painted it black. Surprised it was so tough to get the old tank out but went back in easy. A great day when I get time to get something completed. Tim
I just spent an hour or so cutting the busing and managed to knock it off. Close as I can tell the ID (I am not great at internal measurements) is 0.997-8. I measured the shaft with a digital micrometer to be 1.000 and am confident of the result. So it seems to me be a bit tight. I suspect these bushings were machined a little tight to compensate for worn drive shafts, mine is brand new.
I think I will go with the adjustable pinion bearing from Snyder as it is held with locktite, it doesn't require a core or any machining.
I just checked the expansion when I heated the spool bushing to 408F from our ambient of 70F, and the increase in diameter would have been about 0.0023". This explains why it went on initially but once it started to cool, I was in trouble.
Tony, that's why I will always use John Regan's Fun Projects bearing.
My day included starting up the roadster and going for a test drive. After a bit of transmission band adjustment it drove OK. But it's not running as smoothly as I like. I'm going to look into the timer.
Great video as usual, Steve! Good to see the roadster back together. It sounded pretty good to me!
I just got back from a Sunday morning drive in my 1924 cut-off touring (now a pickup).
Yesterday some friends of mine came down and we took Betsy the Model T to the first annual Hillsboro, MO "Homecoming" car show and festival. Betsy was by far the oldest car there. I forgot to take pictures of my car, but here are a few pictures of some of the other cars that were there.
66 Chevelle SS in Aztec Bronze. Nice!
Went on tour yesterday with 25 other antique cars. One was a 1931 Chevrolet, there were 2or3 Model A's and the rest (about 21) were Model T's. I drove the speedster about 140 miles. By the end of the day I was dirty, I'd been stung and I was sweating pretty good. My back was very sore and one of the coils quit working. But it was one of the best days I've had with my Model T friends.
Today, I'm on the sofa with ice and a "tens" unit on my back. I've eaten a bunch of ibuprofen and I'm considering the sale of one of my Model T's ('26 Sedan) and my corvette. I'm getting too damn old to attempt keeping the model T's all on the road. And I never needed the Corvette to begin with.
How do you like your RAJO Oil Gauge? I have one on my 4 Valve and really like it. Too bad no one can see it without getting under the car. There are not too many of them around! Bill
Today (after attending the Queens-English car show) we went comparison shopping for an enclosed trailer for the T's and motorcycles. We pretty much decided on a 20' V-nose.
Dragged my '26 Touring body over to my father-in-law (retired GM body and paint man) to knock out the dents and get her painted. I understand mechanical stuff but paint and body has always escaped me. Chassis is totally restored, engine / trans refurbed or rebuilt where needed, same with rear axle. All I need is the body back, some assembly, and upholstery to be able to drive.
I added a 27 Roadster to the fleet.
So far this week is turning into a rough one. I finally got my back doing a little better and yesterday a toothache started. They're talking possible root canal tomorrow morning.
I haven't been able to work on any of the T's yet this week.
A post script on my car show post earlier in this thread - as I was in the garage cleaning up Betsy after a morning drive today, a member of the Hillsboro chamber of commerce pulled into my driveway and gave me Betsy's first place trophy from Saturday's show!
Mark - The trophy is "neat" and all, but to me, the fact that ol' Lizzie (or "Betsey" in this case) was obviously impressive to somebody is what's really "NEAT", and it's nice to know that among all of the hot rods, customs and muscle cars, there are still those folks around that appreciate what our old Fords are all about!
I agree, Harold - I have had folks come up to me at shows telling me that the only Model Ts they had seen before mine were hot rods and thanking me for leaving mine "stock".
I performed some T meditation...
Just had a passing shower, and was about to get the T under cover when I decided to sit in the rear bench, put my legs up and enjoy the falling summer rain from under my soft top... It was a nice 10 minutes of gathering my thoughts.
Once the rain had passed, I toweled off the droplets.
I will have to try that one day. That meditation sounds great. No shortage of rain here in Houston for the next week.
Finished the doors today.
I kept the number visible where ever they are on the car.
the coil box latch hole was too thick so I had to thin it out with a dremal. Thank God the dremal had the exact size and it fit perfectly into the box.
three hub caps went on fine but the fourth one cost nearly $100 to get on. Thank God the thread chaser worked.
Robert - Just in case it seems to you like it's all of a sudden much easier to make friends within the Model T community, keep in mind that it just might be the "thread chaser" that's doing it,.....ha ha,.....harold ( ; ^ )
ha ha ha thanks Harold!
Last week I let reline the brakes,but they put on a line who was to thick. So I had to made a [jig] for the lathe to turn them down
HaHa. Perfect Harold - Robert I saw your post and I figured it was past time we met so (really it wasn't your thread chaser). I clicked on your profile and said "ooooohh goody" when I saw just at the bottom of the screen "Bel Air". Then I scrolled down and saw "Maryland". Dang it - not CA
Today I sure was TIRED. yuk yuk :D
Had 6 clinchers de-mounted, then I de-mounted 4 split rims, bought 4 brand new straight-sided tires, re-stacked all the tires around the house, removed 2 front wheels for new wood
Look MOM No Hands.....I can Fly !!
Then got it all loaded to hit the sandblaster and wheelman tomorrow.
Is this what you call a "ground up restoration"?
Yesterdays progress at Derrick's garage, Almost ready for starting. Installed new steel gas line and gas shutoff, pulled /cleaned/reinstalled sediment bulb. Packed Ujoint,hooked up wires,flushed junk in radiator,pulled off radius rod(ball badly worn)sanded/painted replacement radius rod,hooked up wires. Installed manifolds and rebuilt carb.
Drove a big 90-mile looping route - Picked up 2 housings from Tin Shed that Loco Larry straightened; set off for Wheel Guy Dave to drop off 2 wheels and pick up 2 other wheels; then off to sandblaster to drop off housings, 10 rims and a firewall. Back of the truck is empty. Now I'm making my Chaffin's shopping list.
I started on dis-assembling the motor and trans mission from my 1925 roadster project, and made a few discoveries.
First, there was no Bendix assembly on the starter motor. Once the transmission cover was off, it revealed a pressed steel double stacked magneto coilplate with bolt on spools. The transmission drums look good, but the whole trans is earlier than 1925, having no ring gear and brass magnet keepers with parallel sides. Then I found the first gear and brake bands were lined with hard linings with sintered brass embedded. No wonder it was set up with an external chain drive magneto.
When was that type of coilplate used? Likewise, when were the tubular brass keepers, without the usual feet, used?
Allan from down under.
Now I have to get the pan off and see what other surprised there are.
Painted my oil pan for the two cylinder T engine last night, but in the process, carelessly knocked over the quart of paint which then fell 3 feet to the floor and proceeded to make one heck of a mess. I was covered down one side, soaked through my clothes to my skin, the floor was covered, some lead cords on the floor got splattered, it was bad. So about 45 minutes later I had it cleaned up, and finished painting with what was left in the can. The basement floor has a nice stained spot on it now, but I am not too concerned. I would have been really mad if it happened in the garage or out on the driveway.
And here I was concerned that I was going to have a lot of wasted paint leftover that would go bad.
I have a friend that calls these types of incidents "Grand Finales"
Made a freeze plug out of an old nickel and stopped a water leak. Also fixed an ignition short and the popping and banging stopped.
Looking good, Derrick, Martin, and George, please be sure to take and post a video of the first fire-up!
Today I installed the can carrier I finished and painted yesterday.
Went to town and filled the cans. Two gallons, two gallons, and three gallons. At least in the fuel department, I'm ready for a trip.
I took the wife out for prime rib as it's 49 years today! Bud.
Silly question - what fluid is supposed to go in each color of can?
Answered my own question:
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In my case all three cans are gas. I'll have a gallon jug of water and two or three quarts of oil in the trunk.
Went out to the shop and bolted in the firewall and steering column. Fired up the engine and sure enough, there was that damn knock again. I shorted 1,2&4 and the knock persisted. Shorted #3 and the knock got quiet. So I spent a few minutes using the language I learned years ago that is appropriate for these trying times. Then I quieted my anger, picked the tools up and tried to understand why after pulling the rod, straightening it, re-babbiting it and resetting the bearing clearance, adjusting the side clearance and assuring the wrist pin clearance was correct it could still be knocking. Then I listened as the engine got up to operating temperature and the knock disappeared. So, now I'm interested to know if a "cold" engine will have the knock or if it's actually gone. Or, did that goofy rod wear itself in to whatever condition it needs to be in to finally not knock anymore? I'm still a little suspicious regarding the clearance on that darn wrist pin but, at this point in time, after all this cussing and throwing tools and screaming at that old car, I'm ready to drive it for awhile and see what happens.
Kenneth - Congratulations on 49 years - WoW !! That's impressive
Chad - I spilled a gallon of paint once - it fell off a bench, hit the floor, spread and splattered all over (and on me). A big mess - IN THE LIVING ROOM. There's still white paint in the area rug.
Steve - the Boyco's look fantastic, nice work.
Finally! The past couple days I have had a few minutes here and there to tinker on the T! I finally rewound the one coil I needed to repair the magneto field coil. Got it wrapped, sealed, and installed, and soldered in. It is a complete unit again! I was trying to get this done this past February. (I actually started working on this silly thing about eight years ago when sorting out a good field coil for the mostly '13 speedster.) This one goes into the '15 runabout now.
Yesterday, I connected a battery to the field coil. All the polarities alternated properly and all the 16 points had good pull.
Now I need to finish putting the engine together.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Installed my doors and most of the rear sheet metal. Trying to getting every thing to fit correctly. The right front pillar had a slight warp to it and was causing some binding.
Well I got one picture in the right orientation.
Yesterday was a step backwards on the two cylinder build. I installed a new crank bushing in the nose of the pan only to realize that area was bent and about a half inch off in relation to the crankshaft (it was bent down in front). So out came the small map gas torch and after a while I managed to get the thing straighter, however at the cost of a bushing, and the fresh paint on the pan. And because it was blazing hot outside, I worked in the much cooler basement, but managed to fill it up with nasty smoke from burning everything off.
Today I will install another bushing, and hopefully all will be well.
Made my first long Model T drive. I'll post separately.
Finally got the 23 out of it's winter storage. Fired up on the 3rd pull. added a bit of air to the tires and drove it to work this morning. To church later today. Just enjoying the sound of the engine and the wind in what hair I have left. I hope to install the dual exhaust and trade out the NH for the OF on the 26 for the NY tour this summer.
I did weed whacking, lawn edging, and bushing trimming! Now, time to take in the Indy 500......
Gave the "Ol' Girl" it's annual 2month bath, then ran a few errands.
Friday picked up a truck load from the sandblaster - shout out to my friend Whitney at Zinc Nation who did a great job.
Saturday went to our Long Beach Club Model T Garage then purchased primer and paint, set up the paint stand and started priming. The 2 new split rims arrived from Layten Butler so it's back to Zinc Nation on Tuesday.
Sunday finished priming my heart out and painting my fingers off.
4 split rims, 6 clinchers, and a partridge in a pear tree....
I discovered 1 of my clincher rims is a Firestone rim. The others are the Hayes type.
A very, very rainy day here today.
Good time to catch up with some "small" jobs.
Just finished the repair of a generator for someone in Germany.
Installed one of Stan Howes OF carbs on my 24 coupe. WOW what a difference,from 40 MPH with a NH strait thru to 50 MPH with the OF.Runs better at idle and has better pick up and top end than the NH. I think I'll get one for all my 'Ts'. Thanks Stan.
This evening I took Nala for her first roadster ride.
She's used to riding in the touring, but hadn't been in the roadster before. She didn't want to get in, but when we got home she didn't want to get out.
I decided to take the speedster for a cruise down Woodward Avenue (starting at Lone Pine road in Birmingham, Michigan). In passing through Highland Park on my return, I decided to quickly take a picture in front of the old (Fordson?) administration building. A lot of thumbs up received from many different people.
In the earlier pictures, Nala looked like she was still missing somebody. Now it looks like you and the model Ts are winning her over!
Played around with the touring car for awhile. I've never owned a Model T that has the kind of power this car has. It's still got the knock. Dropped the bottom inspection pan, again. Checked bearing clearances again. Checked side clearance on the rods, again. Checked cylinder walls and wrist pin clearance, again. I checked all that and it's all still in spec. So, I was laying on the creeper, just about sleeping. It felt good lying in that cool garage with the fan blowing. Bobo was laying on the rug by the door and just a few drops of oil dripped down on my cheek. I looked up into the engine just as I was closing my eyes and there, I saw it. That rear main bearing just didn't look right. It looked like it's got a small divot that's been beat into it by the back lobe of the cam. I could see fresh shiny brass. Have I found an important clue? Perhaps! Time will tell!
So I pulled the sedan out of the shed tonight and drove around for about an hour. Filled it with gas and tomorrow it's getting lubed, washed and shined up. If, that is, I can find some paint that shines. Then Wednesday morning I'm taking it out for breakfast with some of the club members.
Looked the speedster over today. Everything looks good. It could use some cleaning. I noticed all three soft plugs are seeping a bit so I ordered some.
All in all it was a Model T Memorial Day. I visited with a couple of my veteran friends. We told a few war stories and made mention of those that are no longer with us. God Bless America. May we always be free.
It's finally sunny in the Pac-N/W today! Got the '11 Torpedo out (first time this year) and went for about a 20 mile run. Swung by the cemetery where my dad is (WWII- 82nd Airborne) and then came home, got the '15 Dodge Bros. out and went for another drive. After that, it was time to mow the back hay field, expecting next (4) days in high 70's-80's (of course now the hay is mowed, a rain front is sure to come in.....
Michael G, Just a thought. Ford changed the front camshaft bearing and cam lobe around 1924 (I think????). There are several ways to mix up cams, bearings and blocks. At least one combination will allow the camshaft to move forward and backward resulting in a knock. Unfortunately (and I do hate to admit this), I am not sure enough about what I think I know to tell you exactly how to tell which part may be wrong. (But I think it is the short version bearing mixed with the short version cam-lobe which needs the longer version bearing instead?)
Just a thought.
And while I have fifteen more minutes of Memorial day left (California time), let me say "THANK YOU MY FRIEND FOR THE SERVICE YOU PROVIDED TO THIS GREAT NATION!!!"
Do drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Busy Day - - Primed the large rear end housings. The housings had been hot dipped but we had trouble pushing a rod through to hang them up. There was still a mess of what looked like an old rag inside. It would only come out in shreds and it had the loose weave of old gauze - maybe an old type of seal or packing?
Picked up wheels with the new spokes from Dave Seiler, Wheel Guy. Thanks Dave they are absolutely gorgeous!! Spent a little time with Dave and his wife. Got a little tour of Dave's shop and his nifty stuff and the neat wooden cars he builds.
Got home and followed Dave's directions to apply boiled linseed oil.
While I was picking up the wheels. My husband drained the gas in the Roadster and helped out by changing out gas tank. He's a great guy ;)
Then I cleaned up a bit of the garage. organized a bit locating some stuff for this week and to get ready for Montana.
A common aftermarket item was large, thick felt seals in the rear axle housings. Maybe what you found was the hot-dipped remains of those.
Wayne Sheldon, thank you!
Regarding camshaft/bearing issue. I took today off from Model T's to spend time with my goofy dog. We made to the river for a quick albeit cold dip. Labs, love that cold water.
Tomorrow is a breakfast tour with the local club, then, maybe, if the ambition is there and the stars align, I'll start tearing into the motor to expose the timing gears and determine just how much I don't know.
The motor is a fresh (and might I add somewhat amateurish) 1924 rebuild that I'm trying to save. You might be onto something. I'll leave the forum now and do some investigating. Thank you.
I read my May/June issue of Vintage Ford that just arrived in the mail today!
I like to drive with the top up, but after my weekend off-road mishap I need to have it down until I fix this.
So, using an original kindly lent by Gary Paulsen for a pattern, I finished up my new straps.
My straps from the local saddle shop are slightly thicker than the originals, but not enough to notice.
Looks just fine to me.
It's Summer - you don neeed no stinkin top
I Looked at the caster on my son's Model T's front axle to figure out why the steering was so squirrely when I drove them in their wedding on Saturday.
I then I realized one of the groomsmen left something on in my Model A and managed to discharge my brand new Optima battery. I'm still trying to resurrect it.
And then I argued with Tire Man when they said they couldn't flip my whitewalls to the inside because the tires on my new old car are ancient. So I came back home and worked on the heater and found loose stuff inside it and now it works. So, I'll have a working heater in time for the Motor Muster. Hopefully my new tires are on their way from Summit today and I'll have a rolling car again.
Bill Harper it was great meeting you at Bernardston on Saturday. Thanks again for digging out that low shell - already straightened the sides.
Changed my calendar to June.
Oh, and pickling the '15's pan in the electrolysis tank to remove rust on a third of it.
A few days ago I emptied the last of my four gas containers.
It's real handy to take the touring T to my favorite gas station for filling........
It was good to meet you as well. I am pleased that the shell is going to work out for you. Perhaps I shall see you again at the Orange Gas Engine show. Bill