Surely not the first worldwide with the time difference and fine summer weather in NZ and Aussie, but at least I get the first 2017 driving pic posted to the forum. Set out at 1:03 AM and wouldya believe I didn't see another T the whole trip?
Hi Chris. You've put those of us in the earlier time zone to shame, and in snow to boot! Well done! I'm envious.
Niceride Chris, looks cool in both senses of the word.
Chris well done......Happy New Year..
I like that thermo cardboard stat you got there. Maybe you could'a covered the whole thing. No face mask? Looks like Fun!
Well done, Chris. Did the spotlight come in handy on your outing?
Now I feel like a real slacker, it's snowing and your driving your T. I only got the antifreeze in the 26 and installed the battery and hoses. But Rufus 26 is in the driveway because I had to put a new carb on my 82 GT mustang I bought new and drained all the carp fuel out and added VP race fuel. It seems happy now. It's pouring rain again here so I think I will clean in the shop for a while. Tim
I completed the rebuild and install of my Ruckstell yesterday and took my 26 out for a test drive today even though it was drizzling rain. Everything worked fine. Paying attention in church was a problem with this test drive on my mind. They say in the motorcycle world "if you don't ride on New Years Day you won't ride much throughout the year" Should apply to Model T's also. You guys have a great and safe New Year, you too Freighter Jim. Bob
I'm with Tim in feeling like a slacker... I could've been whipping shi... Umm donuts in my yard today. 25 degrees.
Chris, Ryan brought up something that I didn't see the first TWO times I looked at your pic. Is it a standard headlamp assembly or something a bit different?
Wait, how cold was it?
Ryan and Duey, the third light is a regular T headlamp bucket and post on a custom bracket bolted through the cowl framing.
Friend Jerry and I are frequently driving after dark going to and from the NWVS Labour Day runs in the Pacific Northwest and we need lighting adequate for our 40-45 mph cruising speed — so that third light is actually a 6-volt halogen sealed beam unit (Burger, you be quiet!)
I use the stock T headlamp switch: "dim" turns on the Ford low beams and "bright" turns on only the driving light (high beam). Power draw is about the same either way so the generator can still keep up. Its not T period but still authentic (barely) to the preWW2 era as sealed beams were introduced to the American market in 1940.
Duey, the temperature was about -10°C/14°F, not bad at all for a brief spin.
You Sir are a brave man, the only way I would have been convinced to do that is if it had a snow plow on the front end and chains on the rear.
Not THEE first drive of 2017, but MY first drive of 2017. Our local club meets every Jan 1 for a meal (usually breakfast, but this year lunch). We've been doing it since Y2K. This year only two T's made it, me and my brother.
Good for you Tom and side curtains too!
Tom, great pic
Thanks Chris. Love that T. That lamp, a honeycomb and that ummm "motometer"!
Reason I asked is I have an oddball lamp hanging in my shed that has the usual mount perfectly reversed.
14 degrees ain't bad at all if the wind ain't blowin'...
"but still authentic (barely) to the preWW2 era as sealed beams were introduced to the American market in 1940" I like that response. :-)
That is a great pic Tom. Those tracks in the snow. :-)
Got down to below zero last night. I had to jack up a wheel.
That's starting to get close to bragging Tom.