So I figured I would let you guys know Clayton too k his roadster down to Burbank California to to do an video with jay Leno for his web series Jay Leno's garage. Talked to him this morning and they arrived around nine and do the shot and take the roadster for a drive a little later on. Look for it soon.
Nice, thanks !!
Wow.. Very cool. Jay Leno is a real car guy for sure. He had a T model a few years ago but i dont remember the year model. Tim
1923 roadster I think.
I just saw some pictures of the event at facebook - here's one:
(picture by Julia Paddison)
What a great experience. It's nice that Jay can enjoy Model T's along with all the other cars he likes.
Fun to see this.
Looks like he having a time of his life.
What a wonderful adventure! I am envious of you, buddy!
Here's another shot of the filming.
...and one of Clayton in my 1915 runabout after the Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade.
: ^ )
Mr Hollywood and family with Jay.
Thanks Chris for posting.
In the film shoot photos, the wheels are different than the first image, parked outside. Daytons?
Jerry, that second pic looks like 30/31 Model A 19" wheels.
They are 19" Buffalo wheels.
Wheels are 19" Buffaloes with knock off caps for a early MG. our engine lathe sheared a shear pin two days before he left so we were not able to finish up the knock off cap adapters. Personally I like the old spindly look of the 26-7 wires myself.
We had change a few thing. Clayton is so skinny that the way he had the steering column mounted and the stick shift for the Warford mounted no one else could drive the car. So we helped him raise it about forum he's and custom built a stick shift to go into the top of the Chicago transmission so anyone could drive it.also really did the seat upholstery a little. Put a different gas tank in course the other one he used had rust in itand the rear trunk floor looked like crap so we also fixed that.
I Talked to Clayton last night he said the episode with Jay should be up in a couple weeks.
No problem Tim. Clayton is on cloud nine and grinning from ear to ear!
Supposed to be we raised the steering column about 4 inches....
When will it air?
What week or date will it air if anyone knows. I would like to see it.. Tim
Still 2-3 weeks out Clayton says end of July. I will try to post the link up when it comes.
Ok. Thanks Tim
Congrats Clayton! Well deserved. You are a great ambassador for the hobby.
Sounds like Clayton's episode premiers on Monday.
Looking forward to seeing it!
I wish Jay would put the 2008 video of his 1925 runabout back onto his website.
Is this the video you mentioned?
Nope, the Jay Leno's garage Youtube site used to have a 2008 video featuring Jay, Russ Grunewald (MTFCA president at the time) and one other MTFCA member (sorry, name escapes me). They talked about the upcoming (at the time) 100th anniversary of the introduction of the Model T and the upcoming MTFCA "T party". Jay then took his Model T for a drive and showed how the controls worked, including a 45 mph "high speed run".
If somebody saved a copy of that video before it got taken off Youtube, can you repost it to Youtube and put a link to it in the forum? Thanks!
Now it's available at Youtube
Just watched it this morning, fantastic! Clayton, you're a natural in front of the camera.
Just watched it. Yes there are some technical comments we could take issue with but I hope all can stay positive and see this as a great opportunity to bring some fresh blood to the hobby.
Clayton's been a poster here in the past. Hoping we eventually get to hear from him and his first hand experience.
What a neat opportunity.
Next poster from here that would make a great half hour show would be Rob with his Model K (but it's a long haul from Nebraska to California..)
Roger, I was thinking the exact same thing after I saw the video.
Rob, how about it? Send Jay a snail mail offering to let him drive and feature the Model K!
Did you notice when they showed the motor apart that he is still running magnets? I am convinced that retaining the magnets is key to the proper oiling and longevity of a T motor. Clayton's motor is essentially one of our Montana 500 motors with a Z head, distributor and dual carbs.
Regarding Roger's comment :
Any REAL Ford could make the trip from Nebraska to California. I'm not so sure about those sensitive sixes.
I learned a great deal. Just ordered wireless turn signals and am going to start using 6 quarts of oil.
A brief ride in My Model T
Just talked to Clayton he is trying to get but is having problems. Soon as he get them working he will be. It's very cool to what he did with my grampa parts parts car. Never knew it would be in Jay's garage. He spent a lot of time finishing it up so it would present well. Well done Clayton!
Trying to get on the forum but is having problems.... Hit the wrong button before I proof read it.
That was a very cool video. Looks like Jay really had a good time with the car.
What a FUN video........
Loved the video, the car ran great!
My brother just found this: http://theoldmotor.com/?p=159089
You are probably going to regret using six quarts of oil in a stock Model T. That is WAY too much. It will likely cause a number of problems such as fouling of the spark plugs, oil burning/blue smoke and unnecessary leaks.
Stick to what is says in the owners manual.
I finally got my login stuff sorted out, so I can post again.
I'm really glad everyone liked the episode! It was a real blast and Jay is a super nice guy as everyone has heard. We had a great time just enjoying the collection for the day after shooting wrapped.
Jay loved the T and genuinely had a great time behind the wheel. Like any good magical car...it ran like a champ the entire time.
It was such a whirlwind experience, that going back, I did notice a gaff or two on my part info wise...and for that I apologize. Fortunately, most will either sail over it, or read into it further and finds the correct, more complete information as they research to build their own Ts.
I will get some more photos formatted and posted in the next few days for everyone.
I do agree with Erik. I run my oil a bit high (about 5 to 5-1/2 quarts) to make sure I have the extra lube (and as we know on Ts...it finds its way out again), but I have modern rings.
For a stock T, I would follow T service information or just keep the oil level either just at or slightly below the upper petcock on the pan.
Some run their oil at the upper petcock so they get a few drips out when opened, some run it just below.
New shoes....and a celebrity guest!
Hello fellow HAMBers!
There hasn't been an update from me in quite a while.....but I have managed to get a few exciting things done lately, so it was way overdue.
I got the Buffalo Wires done and mounted!
We got the new Olympic tires mounted and I decided to go with silver lock rings per original...but it just didn't look right (my wife was on this like a hawk from the beginning)...so I took her advice and painted them black and everything was right in the world again.
I have made a few other improvements (gas tank, trunk, etc) in order to get ready for TROG West and another special encounter.
A year ago, I met a fantastic friend that came to visit the shop and see the T. He was quite taken by both and remarked that there was a famous acquaintance that I really needed to talk to in person: Jay Leno.
He suggested I "write the man a letter and see what he says". I took the plunge and did just that, hoping to get a chance to visit the "Big Dog Garage" and show Jay the roadster. The very next day after the letter arrived....Jay called me personally and invited me to visit the garage and asked about filming an episode of his web series about the T!
I nearly fell over.
After months of planning and combining it with a family vacation...we loaded the T and headed south.
On Wednesday....we made the trek to the garage and it was EVERYTHING I ever could have imagined. Jay was very accommodating and super genuine....just a seller guy.
During the shoot...I offered to crank start it on film which they liked. I decided to let Jay crank start it....and it went on the first pull!
During the drive portion....you could tell he was really into it. He sometimes gets this look on his face when he really loves a car and he had it when we were racing the camera car! Lol!
We spent the rest of the day milling around the shop and enjoyed the collection. It was unreal...I'm still coming down off that high!
Once the episode is available, I will have links and some more pictures.
More to come,
(Beauty shot courtesy of Jay Leno's Garage)
You did a FANTASTIC job representing the Model T community. It was truly enjoyable watching. I agree with you: Jay is a super nice guy, a real "car guy" who appreciates all aspects of the hobby and that comes through clearly. But you, like most of us on this Forum, have an enormous love for the T and that was even more evident in this episode. Read some of the more than 1000 comments posted to the video and you'll come to the conclusion that you, personally, made quite a few converts to working three pedals. CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU!
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What ever happened to Jay's roadster?
Does he still own it?
Think he does - it's still pictured on his website and he references it in the present tense several times in Clayton's episode.
The video was fun to watch and the stills are just as great. To the So Cal folks, Jay is a regular at many car events. For the rest of us, it would a dream come true. Congrats on a job well done
Yes, Jay still has his '25 Roadster. It was there in the garage when we were there. Its very clean.
Well, how many cars does Jay have there? Must be more than one for every day in the month, maybe getting closer to one for every day in the year..?
(then maybe he has cars stored at other locations, too.. )
Roger, There are about 175 cars and several hundred bikes....all of them are stellar!
What a greater opportunity for the model T hobby to be on jays show. Lots of people will view it and maybe just get interested. Tim
Thank You Clayton and Eric for putting the 6 quarts of oil idea to rest.
... And That's now my all time favorite episode of Leno!
Keep the shiney side up and we appreciate all the pics you have time to share. Oh, and you're all welcome at my garage anytime here just South of Nashville. We have some great roads and Southern hospitality that is now bringing us 100 new residents per day.
Question: Does the distributor help or would it do just as well with the magneto and coils.
The Dizzy in my car was specially built with a tailored advance curve and is all automatic....so I have never had to touch it in the 5 years I have run it.
Coils can be picky sometimes, but do run good....no argument there.
The thing I like about a dizzy is they seem to be far less picky, dead nuts reliable and parts (for the later VW style setups, are over the counter. That has saved my bacon on the road a few times.
Clayton, did you look into a period magneto, chain or gear drive? Performance improvement? PK
Clayton, it's been too long since the last time I saw your T. It was great to see and hear it. You're one of of the reason this old man got his speedster. I followed your build on the Fordbarn while the fellow in Wisconsin (Will Stephens) was building the chassis and cowl for mine. You really were an inspiration then and you still are today. Since purchasing the speedster from Will I've made a few minor changes. Not too many days went by that I didn't tune in to see what you guys were doing. Congratulations on a job well done.
I made this observation over on the HAMB where you documented your build ....
You are the first crossover to bridge the gap between the traditional MTFCA community & the Hot Rod community
that has earned wide support.
Part of it is who you are - part of it what you built.
I think Jay responded to that.
Thank you for taking us all along on your adventure ....
Pat, I am actually planning to experiment with a few different ignition system's on Ts in the near future. I am going to build a '25 RPU for my lovely wife and plan to run coils on it. I also have a Vertex magneto that will slip into my existing Texas T dizzy mount. I will see which is best.
Michael and Jim,
That just makes a young guy like me feel really good. I'm honored to be thought of as an inspiration.
If I can be the bridge or ambassador between the two groups...I'm honored.
I have always felt welcome here....even by some of the most hardcore purists who took the time to give me the thumbs up on this "adventure".
There will be more to come, so stay tuned.
Clayton the bridge builder! I like it. I too frequent both this forum and the HAMB, but I don't show the same car both places. Clayton's car fits well in both places, being both a traditional Speedster and a traditional Hot Rod. Good on ya', Clayton.
ya know....it really does mesh smoothly in both places doesn't it? It was always so widely accepted and praised both here and the HAMB.
That might just be the greatest compliment of all
After rewatching the video, I noticed something I missed last time. I'm guessing you are a Star Trek fan. I remember the line about "won't be installed until Tuesday" in one of the movies.
Let me Guess... Tuesday!
Yes, yes I am. I was really suprises that so many got the joke!
Ha! Yup, that's the one...
Clayton, your roadster is bitchin', if I may use such crude language. No wonder Jay likes it. If we are ever close together, I would like to trade you test drives with the Wild Cherry II. We will be at Omaha in 2017. If you want to be the fastest 27 T powered roadster on the planet send me a PM.
I hope this becomes a new thread. I'm curious about the "fastest 27 T powered roadster on the planet" part.