The old engine was really tired and needed an overhaul. So I asked Mike Bender in Oklahoma if he would do the re-build on my engine. I am happy to say the the engine is almost complete and I am posting this link to my website where I am pleased to show off Mike's amazing engine work.
Finally see a way to pull T motors without using head spark plug adapter. Would you please send me Mike Benders information for rebuild. Thanks
Looking at the markings on the magnets, I would think that they are not installed correctly, shouldn't the poles be reversed on the adjacent magnet?
thats Mikes way of marking magnets. don't worry
Mike is a pro..................
Thanks Jerry, I always thought you would get a stronger charge if north was mated with north and south with south, Good thing I charged mine in the car or I would have really screwed it up
David -- Glad to see you're putting a new heart in your Ambulance. And Mikey is one of the best engine builders around!
Yes, I can't say enough about Mike Bender's work. He communicates with the owners as well. I hear Mr. Mike Walker knows his way through a T Engine as well...isn't that right Mike.
The olive drab paint on the engine hoist is a nice touch...
Mike Bender finished my Engine Overhaul and I transported it back home today. Now its time to start getting ready for install. Can't wait to get her running again.
Congratulations, Mike dose a fantastic job, and you can ask him questions if you run into a snag.
Nice and simple engine stand, I need to make one of those!
When pulling a motor I like to use a chain round the pan to take the weight but I am concerned about it tipping out. To stop it from tipping, I add a line from the lift to one of the plugs or to the nose of the pan. Just cautious I guess.
I've found that using a spark plug eyebolt adapter in no.3 spark plug hole seems to work for me. Its pretty level as I remember but you can use a piece of strap or something similar tied to the lift chain or strap to level it out. It doesn't take much.
The way that's shown in the first pick tends to let the engine tip backwards but if you tie something at the back or rear of the engine it will level out. To each his own in this operation.
John you are correct in the fact that I wanted to tip the engine up. The tipped position is so that the pedals clear the firewall.
Finally had time to put the engine in. Now it is time to bolt everything on.
It is great that you got your engine overhauled, but I think one of the best parts of you project was pulling an old car out of the weeds and getting the old engine going with out an overhaul in the beginning.
Yeah Gus, I got lucky with this engine in the beginning. I got 7 or 8 years out of it, after I kicked the squirrels out of the head and cleaned all those nut shells out of there. But it was going down hill rapidly this spring and I was afraid of causing major damage so I opted for the re-build with Mike Bender. If you ever get a chance check out his model T engine re-build video's on you tube.
Yeah, a fresh engine is good, but I still think that you did it right by showing that some of these old cars can be driven with just a bit of TLC. Your car still makes me jealous
All done, all that is left is driving and engine break-in. Engine runs great and the magneto runs the engine real smooth. Had a free start yesterday. Looking forward to just tinkering now.
It's looking great, David. Did you get your headlight wiring sorted out?
What a beauty!! My grandfather drove a Battlefield Ambulance(it was not a T)for the American Field Service in France in 1915. This was prior to the US entering the war. I have always thought building an ambulance such as yours would be fantastic project for my grandson and I.
You are right, it should be north with north, south with south. If installed the other way, they sort of cancel each other out. I put my magneto together with like poles together.
I dislike the idea of putting all the weight of the engine and transmission on one spark plug hole. I use two long bolts in head bolt holes.
If you do not like using the head to lift, you need to find one of these. Dan
Was just thinking that with the earlier hogs head the engine look more the period to your target vintage. You know there is an earlier casting you could use to replace the generator bracket. This would allow using the earlier timer cover.
Just a thought ....
My great grand father Howard Burt Kelly was too old to join the Army during World War I. Instead he joined the YMCA Medical Corps and was given the rank of major.
He and his crews won the Italian Medal of Honor after hauling 600 wounded under fire in one battle using a model T Ford ambulance.
A free start on a '17 with a freshly rebuilt engine is quite an accomplishment. The rebuilder did a great job. You have a winner there.