Model T Ford Myth Or Fact ?

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Lenney Glenn on Friday, December 15, 2017 - 01:32 pm:

A recent thread asking about the advantages of converting from 6 to 12 volts got me thinking about other model t (or any car) myths that I have heard about. What are some you guys have heard over the years? A few that come to mind are: 12 volts is better than 6 volts, your battery will discharge if it sets on a concrete floor, the coils will produce a stronger shock if you are standing on a wet surface.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Steve Jelf, Parkerfield KS on Friday, December 15, 2017 - 01:35 pm:

They were all black.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mark Strange - Hillsboro, MO on Friday, December 15, 2017 - 01:43 pm:

Henry specified the size of shipping crates from his suppliers so that he could use the wood for floor boards, firewalls, and other wood parts. :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By G.R.Cheshire (La Florida!) on Friday, December 15, 2017 - 01:44 pm:

Model T's were designed as multi-fuel cars.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Bruce Spainhower - Portland, Oregon on Friday, December 15, 2017 - 01:46 pm:

Every old car is a Model T.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Tom Strickling on Friday, December 15, 2017 - 02:12 pm:

My grandfather had that exact car except it had 4 doors and a rumble seat.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dick Fischer - Arroyo Grande, CA on Friday, December 15, 2017 - 02:17 pm:

A Model T ? Must be worth a hundred grand.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Vern (Vieux Carre) on Friday, December 15, 2017 - 02:20 pm:

Henry invented the automobile.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ed in California on Friday, December 15, 2017 - 02:23 pm:

Henry Fords head was removed upon death and shrunken in order to make these radiator mascots.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Bob Scherzer -- Saginaw, MI on Friday, December 15, 2017 - 02:35 pm:

At Henry's funeral and as he was getting carried out in his coffin he rose up and said if you put four wheels on this you can layoff six of these guts.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By john pawlowski - NE Pennsylvania on Friday, December 15, 2017 - 03:34 pm:

Ed, I'll give ya ten bucks American for that mascot.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Richard E Moore Jr. Pickwick lake Tenn. on Friday, December 15, 2017 - 04:01 pm:

Batteries used to Be affected sitting on the concrete. Unless your using well water itís a thing of the past. Same thing with distilled water.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Rich Bingham, Blackfoot, Idaho on Friday, December 15, 2017 - 04:12 pm:

Richard, I always held by that, and insulated batteries laid by, putting them on wood blocks. Please explain why this is no longer an issue, and what you said about well water vs. distilled ?? Thank you.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Darryl Bobzin on Friday, December 15, 2017 - 04:25 pm:

Henry Ford invented the assembly line, Henry Ford designed his cars by him self. All model T's are identical.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Lenney Glenn on Friday, December 15, 2017 - 04:55 pm:

Storing a battery in a discharged state is the reason I sometimes have it go bad. Setting on concrete has nothing to do with it.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Bob Coiro on Friday, December 15, 2017 - 05:35 pm:

Henry painted them black because black paint dried faster.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By JIM WILSON, AMORY, MS on Friday, December 15, 2017 - 05:39 pm:

If a car part looks old it's obviously Model T


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mark Strange - Hillsboro, MO on Friday, December 15, 2017 - 05:40 pm:

Sure seems that way on Ebay! :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By JIM WILSON, AMORY, MS on Friday, December 15, 2017 - 05:52 pm:

From Home on Power Magazine:

Your question is a frequent one. Many people have the impression that when batteries sit on concrete, energy "leaks out" or they are ruined. The short answer is that letting modern batteries sit on concrete does not harm or discharge them in any way.

However, this legend is historically based in fact. The first lead-acid batteries consisted of glass cells that were enclosed in tar-lined wooden boxes. A damp concrete floor could cause the wood to swell, breaking the glass inside.

The Edison cell (i.e. the nickel-iron battery) that preceded the rubber-cased battery was encased in steel. Those that weren't isolated in crates would discharge into concrete quite easily. Later battery cases used primitive hardened rubber, which was somewhat porous and could contain lots of carbon. A moist concrete floor combined with the carbon in the battery cases could create electrical current between the cells, discharging them.

None of this is a problem with modern batteries ó safe in their hard plastic shells. In fact, concrete is generally an excellent surface on which to place a battery bank. The electrolyte in a battery sitting on an extremely cold floor with very hot air around it could stratify, causing damage from sulfation; whereas concrete provides good thermal mass to buffer any temporarily extreme temperatures in the battery compartment.


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