I thought I would share a couple of photo's of Model T projects in a Local Lincoln, NE High School Auto Shop. This is the 3rd year our club has worked with students in this shop class. The speedster project started out as 2 pickup loads of rusty dirty parts that I dumped on the shop floor. It has consisted of a total restoration of all parts to include new babbit in the bearings, milling the head etc. The students have been on field trips to the machine shop to see how that work is done. The 12 Touring is a new project just hauled in yesterday. The car was restored in the 1950's and has sat untouched since about 1975. The owner wants to get it running, replace bands etc. This has been a lot of fun working with these students. It also is a great promotion for our hobby. These kids may not own T's today but they will always have an interest in them. Who knows they may own them in the future.
What a great way to introduce a lot of new folks to the T. Thanks for posting.
Hap Tucker l9l5 Model T Ford touring cut off and made into a pickup truck and l907 Model S Runabout. Sumter SC
Excellent. It's great to see this going on. More power to all involved.
Are you watching the "big game" Saturday?
See what I can do, We have basketball at school on Saturday night. Will be watching bits and pieces of the game. Go Huskers
Huskers? Didn't they get beat by Iowa State?
I like the color of the firewall on that '12. It looks just right. I'll have to do that some day.
Ned, the Huskers beat themselves when they played Iowa State. The most turn-overs in their history. and lost by 2.
Here are a couple of shots of sheet metal being shaped for the speedster. Also a shot of the firewall on the 12. Coil box is a later style but this is a nice car. We did some work on it today and discovered a crack in the head.
Mike. In another thread, "What is the absolute best body filler?", Brent sparked my interest in metal working tools in educating us about an "English wheel" for removing dents from fenders in lieu of using body filler. I hope I am not alone in my ignorance of metal working tools but, what is that tool clamped in the vise you are using and what all does it do? It looks like you are putting a raised edge around the top of what appears to be a seat back. What else is it capable of? There appears to be a line of rollers along the length of the thin opening. Is it a cranked by hand? Jim Patrick
Mike, that is great! It's always good to see the younger set get involved. I wish we would have an opportunity like that at our age. Great projects. Dave
That is a bead roller. It is for putting those nice looking raised shapes in sheet metal. An english wheel looks like a big letter C with a large flat steel wheel on top and a smaller radius wheel on the bottom. Thay do compleate different things but both are good to have if you have the room.
Thanks Bob, The bead also adds strength to the metal, that is the primary reason to put beads in a piece of sheet metal.
Jim, The bead roller is hand cranked. It works best if you have a couple of people, one to turn the crank and another to guide the metal through the roller.
Well after a new wire harness, a rebuilt set of coils, a little sweat the kids and I got the 12 to start and run today. The first time it has run in over 40 years. It sounded really good, no knocks, a smooth runner, The mag is still hot, ran good on mag.
I sure hope the huskers beat longhorn, (aggie fan here) but that sure would make this BCS very interesting. what ya'll think, good to here the 12 is ready for a road test
Not quite ready for a road test, we still need to put new linings on the bands and intall new tires tubes and flaps. You are correct, a Husker win will make things interesting. The Huskers would probably get a Fiesta Bowl bid. But who knows who will play for a national championship. Huskers got to get past Texas first and that is not going to be an easy task. Texas has a great team.