Why would you put kerosene in the cylinders when hot? Didn't the gasoline have enough kerosene adulterating it in the day?
Not this one. Each spring I do give it a good going over but not to this degree. Then in fall I get it ready for a deep winter sleep.
Oil the hood lacing????
Mark, when they were leather.
More often then suggested on some and others a lot less. With modern seals in the rear end, the grease stays more where is should be anyway. If you think about it, 50 miles could be a month or more of driving back in the day on dusty/muddy dirt roads. When that was written, bet there were a lot more cars put up for the winter then were driven.
My guess is that even in the day few folks would have followed that routine. I don't know who's list that was but it looks like a lot of overkill and unnecessary items to me.
I do some for sure on a regular basis. Wonder if the Kerosene keeps the rings from gumming up???? Seems odd.
A good grade of kerosene is a pretty good degreaser. Probably used it as a desludging agent. The oil we use today is a LOT better than they used then. Non-Detergent oil didn't help as a de-sludger.
Of course! Doesn't every T owner or driver do these? There are a couple I don't do: Oil the hood lacing, Put Kerosene in cylinders. But I oil the steering parts according to when I drive the car rather than a monthly or yearly schedule. Usually before a tour. I also check the air pressure before driving if I haven't driven in the past month, and I also check gas,oil,and coolant before each time I drive it and every day if on a long tour which lasts more than one day.
Back before my dog died, she was in charge of all this. Since she went off to
the great stick-toss-in-the-sky, all maintenance has gone to hell and the truck
is fast becoming a rolling deathtrap.
I like reading where it said put grease or vaseline in the front wheel bearings. Anyone think they removed the front wheels to grease every 400 miles??
I don't reckon folks were any more diligent about scheduled maintenance back then than they are now. Speaking of that, maybe I ought to take Liz to the local "Power Lube" for an oil change tomorrow ?
I oil my woven type hood lacing. You might be amazed at what squeaks you'll eliminate if you do.
That reminds me, I still have to install hood lacing in my Speedster project.
So that's why a soak in thinner will soften up 95 year old lacing that would rather break than bend for re-use!
Cool guide Hal!
It's funny how many oiling/greasing things I do at a 20 mile schedule or less.
I get to drive my car maybe twenty miles a month, but I do a lot of these every time I pull out of the barn. Here's my pre-flight checklist:
Check gas level
Check oil level
Check water/antifreeze level
Inspect oil cups on suspension, refill as necessary
Check tire pressure
That's every time. Some stuff, like oiling the crank or twisting the grease cups, I do on an occasional basis.
I would suspect that like today many owners/drivers didn't do much on the list as presented.
Matters not to me as I have made a decent living repairing owners/drivers neglect, despite my continued efforts to educate and attempt to convince them otherwise......sigh
What kind of oil do you use and how much? A couple of drops?