So often the forum has a new member that asked a question that has been on the forum before -- why three pedals, how does the engine cool with out a water pump, what is a planetary gear transmission. How do I adjust the coils,.......etc etc...
If I may make a suggestion. If you are going to buy a model T or a TT, purchase a Model T Ford Owner's manual or look on line for a digital copy. Or review - http://www.mtfca.com/books/1926Inst.htm
The 1926 FORD MANUAL has information relevant from 1908 to the last T produced. It is set up as a Q & A.
An example from the owners manual:
What about Gasoline? Answer No. 2
The ten-gallon gasoline tank should be filled---nearly full---and the supply should never be allowed to get low. When filling the tank be sure that there are no naked flames within several feet, as the vapor is extremely volatile and travels rapidly. Always be careful about lighting matches near where gasoline has been spilled, as the air within a radius of several feet is permeated with the highly explosive vapor. The small vent hole in the gasoline tank cap should not be allowed to get plugged up, as this would prevent proper flow of the gasoline to the carburetor. The gasoline tank may be drained by opening the pet cock in the sediment bulb.
It will help answer questions that have been asked for over 100 years...
George...great idea and advice.
Only shortcoming is, in a week or so when the "next newbie" pops in....
They all should buy the service manual too. That will answer a lot of questions. Dan
Lets hope a newbie pops in every week.
I'm a newbie and the first thing I did was buy the books and started doing searches on the MTFCA forum. So far, I have been able to get all of my questions answered. This is the best forum around. Thank you MTFCA and all of the members for sharing your fantastic knowledge.
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And not to forget the stunning videos by Mitch.
I really learned to drive by watching them and they are made with enthusiasm yn simply a joy to watch.
My first drive with my T was no problem as i already knew where everything was and what do do (and what to do not).
His youtube channel:
This isn't the first time that this has been brought up.
We have to remember that a lot of us have been around T's for a lot of years.
For us it's second nature and seems fairly easy.
While we can offer advice we have to be patient and give POSITIVE answers along with information about T's that's available such as the T owners manual, Ford service manual and other books.
When I was learning about the Model T there were really no mentors or internet and books were the only real way to go. Every T came with an owners manual, they are a great place for general help also learning WHAT the parts are. Knowing a little about what the parts are helps in the long run when asking a question by being on the same page with the people helping. Remembering this is not a live chat room helps too, if you need quick help having a book handy is great. We for the most part don't walk around 24/7 with our communication devices in hand, many of us are still old school so you question could be answered in short order or could be a day or two.
All noobies should move to within driving distance of the Antique Auto Ranch and
spend Tuesday evenings at the shop there learning all this good stuff from the crowd
that shows up every week. Simple as that ! Hands-on, plenty of grumpy old farts, and
you can buy all the books there, if you want them too !