I thought I'd start off this month's show and tell thread. I recently put the body back on to the fully restored chassis of my '26 Touring, leaving the hood for last. Over the last couple of days I put painted that, put it in place, and have put the first 30 or so miles on the rebuild. She still needs an interior and a top but for right now I'm having too much fun to stop driving.
Here's a sepia tone pic which I took yesterday.
Today, I made a 3 hour trip to see a Roadster Pickup that may be for sale. I enjoyed the car, chatting with the owner, and brought a couple of my friends along to show them what a Model T is all about! In a couple weeks, I am heading to Calgary to see a 1917 touring with my Dad. Hopefully he gets bit by the Model T bug as well!
Thanks to the Foothills Model T Club for posting my ad in their newsletter.
As the 'Prince of Putz', that's what I'm doing while engineering some answers for Cranky's running boards! Even turned up the thermostat in the shop!
Im starting work on my brake/ruxtel quadrant, it will be interestering to see what it looks like at the end of the month.
I traded my Warford transmission for a Ruckstell! Pretty excited about it. Going to start assembly tomorrow. Next week I should also get my new-to-me Chicago transmission back. So I'll be running a Chicago and a Ruckstell with 3:1 gears.
Put a really sweet Bosch 600 type auto advance distributor on Nellybell. Does not seem to have much wear in the shaft. Points etc look all most new and the gears are good. I did keep the coil setup more or less in place, maybe a 15 min. job to put back to coils. Working on an OF-1 Stromberg for a future project.
Now I have all the bad stuff ;
atlas water pump
turn signals on all four corners
two brake and tail lights
big drum rear axle
rocky mountain brakes
Planing on adding 26/27 wire wheels and getting a set of the new reflectors asap.
Still working on doing the 28 Chevrolet head conversion. I think I have an ace up my sleeve on that front but that's all I can say at this time.
I wish my wife would let me put my model t parts on the carpeted dining room like Seth gets to do!
Cleaned the replacement park brake handle/cross bar, and riveted in the new park brake pawl and pull rod to the handle. Maybe unnecessary, but I heated the ends of the rivets and it was super easy to squash them in the holes. Today is paint the assembly.
Tom this is MY house. I do what I want.
Especially when she's out of town and doesn't check the forum. LOL
I made a Warford thrust nut for a friend of mine a few years ago, and for two others.....I decided to make a couple more. The Southbend lathe has been a joy with much to learn......these are for the input shaft on the Warford...... 1 3/8- 20 thread. They are a bit thicker but work fine.
The rear end is about ready to go back in.
And you don't leave a grease stain on the carpet!!
Evidence. . . !
With my Sunday today the only day off in October so far... I pulled the starter and Bendix and cover off. Replaced the starter with a rebuilt unit and a new gasket to block and new Bendix housing gasket and screws. Oh also put in New starter to block screws/ washer set because the others were really worn out, they came from langs and measured 3/8 inch longer. I just screwed them all the way in they seemed to not bottom out. Replaced the leaking radiator petcock and put on new hoses. Finally changed oil before I came in tonight.Right before dark. Next weekend I am off Sunday again and i wanna go drive it and see how the starter is working. If I have time I wanna put transmission gasket and screen kit in the tranny.
Got my stuck and stripped head drain plug out yesterday. The T gets its first oil change in 10+ years! I only put a mile on the oil that was in it in all that time so no worries there. I welded a piece of 1/2 round steel I had to it, once it got some heat in it, it turned out somewhat easy. Been dreading this for a long time, but as I read recently on it I figured id finally tackle it.
Again, the forum saves the day.
Found this growing like a mushroom in my shop
Finally got the parts, not to mention the time, to get Clarabelle, my '13 Touring, back together. All the "stuff" for the steering gear. Got toe-in right on spec too. Wow she drives nice. So good to get her back on the road again. Been really piling the miles on "Pete", the '12, like no tomorrow these last two weeks. Time to give him a rest. I even been driving Christine, the '15 a lot lately too. Great fall weather again!
Here's a really bad video I shot today of my 11 touring.
Great video. Tim
Nickel trick was for my uncle who tried to balance one when we started the 11 this summer.
Today I made some oversize clevis pins. Each pin was made to fit it's respective link. We are lucky our T's don't use complicated linkage like Model A's and later mechanical brake Fords. They enjoy the slop of 4 worn pins per wheel. .010 - .015 wear can result in 3/8 to 1/2 inch slop in pedal travel.
However, our T's can wear enough in one or two links to give nearly that much slop. We often neglect oil to these points.
I had a linkage like that. The hole for it was worn just as badly, so I made a new linkage and filled & redrilled the hole.
The last few days I've been getting the engine with the bad lifter ready to go to Tulsa. Mike wants to see it and do the replacement.
Yesterday I finished cleaning it and made a wood holder for it.
Today I took it off the stand and loaded it in the Suburban.
Lizzy kept an eye on things to make sure I did it right.
Now I have to blast some stuff to make the same trip for another engine that's having some work done.
Spent Saturday working on my "OLD" Kohler generator getting ready for the bad weather that never came . I lost spark on the magneto so pulled it. Cleaned the points and reinstalled. Must have gotten it one tooth off, ran but got hot real fast. To make this T related, used a T muffler on it. Put a reducer between the pipe on the manifold and slipped the T muffler in. Today I went over and worked on a guys RM brakes. Have to make the rods longer so that job is on hold for another week. Came home and retimed the Kohler. Got is 180 off then reset the magneto and got just about spot on. Will need an old time type timing light to do the final dial in. Then need to figure why only 90 volts on a 115 unit and replace a few wire and the spark plugs.
I worked on the steering on the speedster I'm building. I put on an Overland front end and I connected the Overland gearbox to the T column. I've got to make the add on frame swoop down smoothly. I thought it would be simple but it took most of the day. I need to make more brackets and bolt it all together but it will work.
I got mine home.
Painted the frame and started assembly of my 1906 cadillac.
Had some play time in the shop.....
Made a simple, temporary bracket for the oil lamp, and mounted the tailgate latches (sorry for the 'bright' metal ... would rather have black.:
Found a pesky ground issue ... cracked shut-off at the battery.... and voltage leak (wire going to the generator, so just disconnected, as the generator needs work, anyway)
Finally took my TT for it's first real run down the road. Did 23 miles, have to adjust my bands, but over all. I was real pleased with the truck. Was cruising at between 20 and 30 mph. I was pretty nervous, have to put miles on it and get used to it. It has been in my backyard at least 8 years :-( but finally she is back on the road :-) That is my friend Hobo John and I, John gave me an escort and taking a brake at the LA Harbor
Not much going on here, just some wiring:
Riveting together the frame for my "Fair Ground Racer"
With help from my friend Dan
Not on my Model T but put a rebuilt starter on my model A sedan,new battery cables, stArter switch and changed her oil. Also got a new set of firestones from Coker tires for it and put the tires on new black powder coated wheels.
I brought some transmissions over from the barn to the shop and dug in, looking for good drums. One of them is rusty, so it will soak in ATF until I get around to it.
Spent the day ALMOST finishing the framing of the temp roof over my shop. It rained all
afternoon, heavier as the day wore on. It was miserable, but I am happy to be getting close
to finished. Still need to make up 18 outriggers to extend the overhang in some places to
match the gable bays. Once installed, I will screw down the runner across the ends and I
am ready to roll plywood. Rain pouring into your shop causes all sorts of grumpy. I need
to get this done !!!
The Coupe starter started singing with a higher pitch as though something was loose. I didn't want to fight with the bendix cover but thought is was best to see what was up before it got worse. I was surprised how easy it was to get to with suicide doors. With open car dummy doors or even front opening doors it takes some twisting and turning to get the job done.
The bendix bolt washer had let the bolt loosen a couple of turns after 4 years of use. Pinching it with vise grips gave it a better bite on the bolt.
Fortunately, I caught it before it did any damage. While the floorboards were out I oiled the cross shaft felts and tightened the bands.
Well done, Jay! I love good news stories.
Been making these.
I have just been rearranging my junk for winter storage... I'm saving garage space by parking Model Ts in the kitchen.
Nice work Chris
Chris... I have to ask... what are they? Diagonal supports? Are they adjustable?
Great combination garage / kitchen, Derek
Dennis: Chris is lowering the rear in old speedster fashion.
Good Lord .... ! FINALLY got a roof over my shop and the rain stopped pouring
in last Sunday. Have spent the evenings since sealing off the staircase to keep
the heat in the main floor shop area. WHAT A RELIEF !
Nothing puts all other concerns on a back burner like no roof or a backed up
Looks like I can have a life again.
Dennis, Roger nailed the explanation.
I flipped my rear axle housings to put the spring perches on the bottom side. We chucked up some chrome moly in a lathe to make the rod/hanger bracket for the leaf spring shackle to ride on. Currently in the midst of making the shackles
Roger... Chris. . Ahh...interesting!!
I'm fabricating, too... but pretty mundane!
Finished the tailgate step-come-oil lamp-and-license plate-holder.... just in time to put in storage for the winter ... :-(
After a thunderstorm in June, the 1914 runabout was in 6m deep water for two days.
A few weeks after I started the rebuild. Engine is running again and there will be LIGHT.
Notice the my assistance !!!!!
Working on carb issues today on my 26 rpm. Never a problem ever but think the gas is stuck the carb up pulling it now to clean it out. Hope she will be ready to run I. A hour or so..Tim
The 3 months of old gas looked like green slim stunk and had everything in the carb coated. This new gas is terrible. Cleaned it in the vat and rebuilt it had the kit and put the carb back on the 26rpu and took her for a 40 mile ride all good now. Added fuel stabil. Won't be long and I won't be getting to drive them much. Busy season at work and winter. Gotta check my anti freeze I. My old cars this month. Ordered some new parts for my 27 roadster, intake and gaskets and new manifolds. I want to powder coat the wheels on the car on my profile over the winter while I am changing the intakes and carb and repaint the engine. Tim
Mocked up my exhaust and intake.
Earlier this month, I had the great opportunity to drive my daughter to her wedding in our 15 touring car. Then I had the joy of walker her down the aisle.
I've been busy putting break in miles on the new engine in my '14.
Here's how it runs today:
I put on a Z head, got a view of my cylinders, adjusted my reverse band and put my TRP to work for the fist time delivering my pressure washer to a neighbor.
Blasted the head I got at Hershey, a set of windshield hinges, and part of an engine pan.
Since my battery died (i dont have a generator)i decided to go with mag lights. Yesterday i rewired the car for mag lights. Tonight i refocused and aimed them. Took for a test drive tonight and now have better lighting than i did with the battery lights.now i have to hook up a small battery for hot shot
Found a broken wooden spoke on my 26 roadster T. Wondering if there is more than one type of wooden wheels on the front and what the wooden wheel is called so I can call around and explain whAt I need. This is my first T with wooden wheels. Thanks for any info you can give me. Tim