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by RustyFords
Fri Mar 05, 2021 12:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Howell's Sheet Metal problem
Replies: 16
Views: 826

Re: Howell's Sheet Metal problem

I recall reading a post here on the forum, that stated that the person that wrote the post had personally visited Howell's Sheet Metal and was given a tour of the facility. The poster made it clear that all the while he was touring the shop, the telephone was constantly ringing. When the person tha...
by RustyFords
Tue Mar 02, 2021 3:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Installing the hogshead: Is there a better way?
Replies: 23
Views: 848

Re: Installing the hogshead: Is there a better way?

The Ford script u-shaped band tool works better than the modern copy that Lang's sells.

It has slightly different dimensions.
by RustyFords
Tue Mar 02, 2021 1:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1916 Coupelet
Replies: 29
Views: 1167

Re: 1916 Coupelet

It's stunning.....congratulations.
by RustyFords
Thu Feb 25, 2021 11:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What to you, gives a Model T its charm?
Replies: 72
Views: 2838

Re: What to you, gives a Model T its charm?

I just read through all of these responses. They're beautiful....they really are. I've been smitten with old cars since my earliest memories and still love practically anything pre-1973, but this Model T has endeared itself to me in the 4 years I've owned it like no other car ever has. I love this s...
by RustyFords
Wed Feb 24, 2021 8:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Chickasha on my mind
Replies: 11
Views: 1034

Re: Chickasha on my mind

Wow....I'm glad I bought my south barn space last year.

Looking forward to getting away from the hustle and bustle of Houston and relaxing with rows and rows of glorious, rusty old junk.
by RustyFords
Sat Feb 20, 2021 5:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T Special build.
Replies: 197
Views: 28900

Re: Model T Special build.

Shane Lach wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 12:22 pm
PXL_20210217_231012307.jpg
Here's a photo of some metal work. Im shaping this patch for Chads gowjob project.
Nice!
by RustyFords
Sat Feb 20, 2021 5:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Getting Rattles Back On The Road
Replies: 205
Views: 20869

Re: Getting Rattles Back On The Road

John Warren wrote:
Mon Feb 15, 2021 4:04 pm
Robert, I am enjoying your thread and very glad to see your Daughter involved. It will be just as exciting for her when Rattles, Rattles again! Looking good and keep us posted.
Ditto.

I love your build thread and follow it closely. I should comment more. Keep up the good work.
by RustyFords
Sat Feb 20, 2021 5:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Door Card Material (base)
Replies: 7
Views: 348

Door Card Material (base)

I’m to the point where I’m ready for interior panels on my 24 Touring.

I can buy a set from Lang’s or I can make some and cover them with more of the distressed leather that I used for my seats.

If I choose the latter, what material do y’all recommend for the base/backing?
by RustyFords
Thu Feb 18, 2021 2:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Watching a Flower Bloom or a Tree Bare Fruit....,
Replies: 25
Views: 1135

Re: Watching a Flower Bloom or a Tree Bare Fruit....,

I am truly moved and motivated by all of y’all’s love and support. I’m honestly surprised how much my perception of life has changed and how much my life has really changed in the past eight months. About 9 months ago I was flipping burgers and thinking about dropping out of school and also had no ...
by RustyFords
Thu Feb 18, 2021 1:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Watching a Flower Bloom or a Tree Bare Fruit....,
Replies: 25
Views: 1135

Re: Watching a Flower Bloom or a Tree Bare Fruit....,

It simply doesn't get any better than this Hank.

You're a good man.
by RustyFords
Thu Feb 18, 2021 12:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Disc Brakes--Yes/No??
Replies: 30
Views: 1312

Re: Disc Brakes--Yes/No??

Whatever your choice, don't let the shamers sway your decision. I'm running a stock setup and am fully aware that I'm taking my chances. For now, I want the stock experience with my T...including wooden coils, etc. And I also have a period/visual thing going on with my car. Discs would be out of pla...
by RustyFords
Thu Feb 18, 2021 11:51 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Stamping a new serial on a blank engine block.
Replies: 46
Views: 2126

Re: Stamping a new serial on a blank engine block.

Factory stamps varied, but some are fairly nice, on this photo the skilled stamper is using a metal guide, for a very important engine, all other stamping was free hand, typically with a skilled worker on that task. IMG_9502.JPG Here is the dedicated stamping worker in 1915, one view shows his box ...
by RustyFords
Thu Feb 18, 2021 11:20 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How fast can you tear a model t apart
Replies: 3
Views: 328

Re: How fast can you tear a model t apart

Easily my favorite Laurel and Hardy movie.

This literally (not figuratively) makes me laugh out loud every time I watch it.
by RustyFords
Sun Feb 14, 2021 5:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Disc Brakes--Yes/No??
Replies: 30
Views: 1312

Re: Disc Brakes--Yes/No??

I have a well maintained stock braking system on my T and I find it to be very adequate for the careful driving I do in the rural, suburban and city areas in and around my north Houston suburban city. It is very flat here and I think I’d probably have Rocky Mountain brakes if I lived in a hilly or m...
by RustyFords
Fri Feb 12, 2021 12:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A Transcendent Moment Followed by a Sharp Warning
Replies: 17
Views: 1013

Re: A Transcendent Moment Followed by a Sharp Warning

That's a great story Paul. Thanks for sharing it. I'm in the same boat with my T. I've been "testing" it on longer and longer runs for the year and a half I've had it running and my favorite moments are much like the one you described. Being out on a rural road in an open Model T, putting along at t...
by RustyFords
Thu Feb 11, 2021 11:35 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: FJ - Legendary Ed Archer Sits For A Visit
Replies: 9
Views: 822

Re: FJ - Legendary Ed Archer Sits For A Visit

I suppose that's what heaven will look like.....wow.
by RustyFords
Sun Feb 07, 2021 9:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 24 Touring Barn Car Revival - Part 3
Replies: 435
Views: 64420

Re: 24 Touring Barn Car Revival - Part 3

Before and after....front door wood framing.
by RustyFords
Thu Feb 04, 2021 1:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Removing Engine from Frame
Replies: 2
Views: 230

Re: Removing Engine from Frame

You're doing the reverse of what the factory did (installing the engine in a chassis without a body), and that makes it pretty simple. Removing/Installing an engine in a Model T with a mounted body is a hassle. As was mentioned above, drain the oil or it will run out the back of the transmission whe...
by RustyFords
Mon Feb 01, 2021 11:50 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Anyone seen one of these?
Replies: 7
Views: 870

Re: Anyone seen one of these?

That is too nifty. I can easily imagine a salesman out on a farm, showing the farmer the pages and talking about them. I'm also concerned about the size of that chicken. If that's a standard billboard, that chicken must be ten feet tall and weigh 400 pounds. The fact that it can also read just makes...
by RustyFords
Mon Feb 01, 2021 12:13 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Oil Containment
Replies: 7
Views: 490

Re: Oil Containment

Thanks..Model T is something else. Understatement of the year. I've come to realize (and become comfortable with the fact) that if my Model T isn't leaking oil....it needs oil. Any of my other vintage cars, leaking oil drives me insane and I trace down the leak and attack it with vigor. On my T, I ...
by RustyFords
Sat Jan 30, 2021 11:28 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Opinion: Spread the wealth.
Replies: 9
Views: 1057

Re: Opinion: Spread the wealth.

I agree. I mainly buy from Langs but I buy from the other family owned suppliers as well. Often, I'm aware that I'm doing both at the same time by buying a part from Lang's that I know was manufactured by Chaffins for intstance. Being a co-owner of a lab supply business, I know first-hand what it's ...
by RustyFords
Tue Jan 26, 2021 12:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Gaslight Drive Last Night
Replies: 8
Views: 570

Re: Gaslight Drive Last Night

That's too cool. Those gas lights look like they're brighter than the 6V lights on my 24 Touring. I'm on the north side of the Houston metro and drive my car all over the area. It's good to see another one in front of an HEB (possibly the best grocery store chain on the planet). My great uncle work ...
by RustyFords
Mon Jan 25, 2021 11:26 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: License and registration please.
Replies: 15
Views: 738

Re: License and registration please.

Most of those front end collisions shown have the plate glass windshields broken...probably from the heads of the occupants. My great-grandfather was killed in 1934 in a minor fender bender in his Model A coupe. The plate glass shattered and severed an artery in his neck. He bled out in front of the...
by RustyFords
Fri Jan 22, 2021 11:11 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rescuing a 23 Fordor on YouTube
Replies: 27
Views: 2374

Re: Rescuing a 23 Fordor on YouTube

I commented on YouTube, after your last video, that you didn't check the magneto gap. You acknowledged the comment so I was looking forward to seeing you check it on this video. You didn't, at least not that I could see. (Maybe I missed it...or maybe you didn't show it). So...here's hoping you just ...
by RustyFords
Tue Jan 19, 2021 1:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Chickasha Swapmeet 2021
Replies: 25
Views: 1810

Re: Chickasha Swapmeet 2021

I plan on being there...and have two spaces in the south barn
by RustyFords
Thu Jan 14, 2021 1:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Mac's (Eckler's) Windshield Glass
Replies: 14
Views: 874

Re: Mac's (Eckler's) Windshield Glass

I had it made at my local glass shop for a fraction of the price of buying from Mac's and having it shipped.

All they needed was my old glass for a pattern. My lower glass was missing so I left the frame with them...no problem.
by RustyFords
Thu Jan 14, 2021 1:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Dressing the period part
Replies: 22
Views: 1211

Re: Dressing the period part

How do you wait for the weather to warm up in Houston? Normally it is so damn hot and damp I do not understand how anyone could live there. Hopefully tonite I can go for a drive in the snow and make some donuts. :D It was 28 degrees last night. Daytime temps tend to be between 40 and 60ish during t...
by RustyFords
Thu Jan 14, 2021 12:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Dressing the period part
Replies: 22
Views: 1211

Re: Dressing the period part

Don, you can buy feed sack by the yard. https://www.etsy.com/listing/687250376/1930s-reproduction-farm-girl-vintage-by?gpla=1&gao=1&&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=shopping_us_d-craft_supplies_and_tools-fabric_and_notions-fabric&utm_custom1=_k_Cj0KCQiA9P__BRC0ARIsAEZ6irjn1e88KFG72VMq...
by RustyFords
Thu Jan 14, 2021 11:20 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Dressing the period part
Replies: 22
Views: 1211

Re: Dressing the period part

Since my car is a Great Depression/WW2 special, I've been looking for clothing that would fit that period. I'm trying to recreate the look of the man who'd be driving a thoroughly used T in the late 1930's....not necessarily the farmer look, but rather the common man, with clean but worn clothes, tr...
by RustyFords
Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:49 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What other than normal gas, can you run your T on?
Replies: 31
Views: 1576

Re: What other than normal gas, can you run your T on?

Close. Everclear is as far as you can get with distillation to get the water out. That's is about 190 proof or approximately 90% alcohol. It forms a low-boiling azeotrope. The last 10% of water can only be removed by chemical means. True. I sell a true 200 Proof, non-denatured ethanol to my industr...
by RustyFords
Tue Dec 29, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What other than normal gas, can you run your T on?
Replies: 31
Views: 1576

Re: What other than normal gas, can you run your T on?

One of my refinery customers had me come pick several 4 liter bottles of expired Pentane a while back. I figured what the heck, it's a long chain hydrocarbon, why not run it in the T. I did. I mixed in about a liter with each full tank. The T didn't notice a difference. And, for what it's worth, 99%...
by RustyFords
Mon Dec 21, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: So I ordered from Lang's
Replies: 5
Views: 904

Re: So I ordered from Lang's

This is why I go out of my way to shop with small, privately owned businesses. They tend to behaive this way.

I've had nothing but excellent experiences with the Lang business/family.
by RustyFords
Fri Dec 18, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Did all ts have generators? And other questions about coil testing.
Replies: 34
Views: 1415

Re: Did all ts have generators?

Do I have to spin it really fast? My 24 has a generator and starter but it will start with the hand crank on mag....I just have to spin it like a clock....probably because the mag isn't in tip-top shape. Before anyone scolds me....yes, I know spinning it like that is a recipe for disaster. It's jus...
by RustyFords
Thu Dec 17, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Kevin Prus is home recovering from the virus
Replies: 16
Views: 1529

Re: Kevin Prus is home recovering from the virus

Get well soon Kevin.

I appreciate you transporting the top bows to Chickasha for me a couple years ago.
by RustyFords
Thu Dec 17, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: JB Weld or Bondo
Replies: 20
Views: 1379

Re: JB Weld or Bondo

Optional 'Fender Delete' package.
by RustyFords
Wed Dec 16, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Generating some fun
Replies: 6
Views: 508

Re: Generating some fun

On my 2021 to-do list, is to make a table/stand for the beautiful 1940's era vintage Craftsman drill press (that my dad passed on to me), out of the spare 1925 T frame that's laying on my back acre. At first glance the frame looks ok, but a closer inspection reveals that it was horribly hacked at so...
by RustyFords
Wed Dec 16, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Front view of original 24-27 Ford TT Truck needed
Replies: 10
Views: 593

Re: Front view of original 24-27 Ford TT Truck needed

kelly mt wrote:
Wed Dec 16, 2020 2:51 pm
This is my 25 TT.IMG_4292crop.jpg
I like the two "supervisors" bringing up the rear. :)
by RustyFords
Wed Dec 16, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Generating some fun
Replies: 6
Views: 508

Re: Generating some fun

Nice! Looks like something my dad would concoct.
by RustyFords
Tue Dec 15, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Walker radiator
Replies: 18
Views: 1227

Re: Walker radiator

Sad. They’ve been right next door to a very iconic building that whole time.
by RustyFords
Mon Dec 14, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Adding the sexy 1916 cuff on the end of a fender?
Replies: 20
Views: 2109

Re: Adding the sexy 1916 cuff on the end of a fender?

TRDxB2 wrote:
Mon Dec 14, 2020 5:05 pm
RustyFords wrote:
Mon Dec 14, 2020 12:57 pm
Your definition of sexy and mine are somewhat different. :D
I agree it all depends on what body its on :roll:
:lol: :lol: :lol:
by RustyFords
Mon Dec 14, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Adding the sexy 1916 cuff on the end of a fender?
Replies: 20
Views: 2109

Re: Adding the sexy 1916 cuff on the end of a fender?

Your definition of sexy and mine are somewhat different. :D
by RustyFords
Mon Dec 14, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Drill Bit Quality
Replies: 15
Views: 1208

Re: Drill Bit Quality

I bought a Drill Doctor second hand at an estate sale.

It's one of the most useful tools in my shop.
by RustyFords
Mon Dec 14, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Drill Bit Quality
Replies: 15
Views: 1208

Re: Drill Bit Quality

I remember the boys complaining to me that it was "all girls" in that class, but frankly, it was that way for me too in the '50's, and I never considered it a problem! ;) I figured out, going into my Junior year of high school, that being in a class of all girls was a really, really good thing. Hav...
by RustyFords
Thu Dec 10, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hay wagon to Speedster Project.
Replies: 104
Views: 10596

Re: Hay wagon to Speedster Project.

Call me crazy (not literally Ignacio ;) ) but I think very old items like this have a living element of some sort in them.

And...watching them get saved and revived like this is, I believe, a very honorable thing.

You're making great progress...keep it up!
by RustyFords
Wed Dec 09, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: T race car
Replies: 27
Views: 1586

Re: T race car

So cool.

This is exactly how I'd want a speedster to look if I ever had one.
by RustyFords
Tue Dec 08, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 24 Touring Barn Car Revival - Part 3
Replies: 435
Views: 64420

Re: 24 Touring Barn Car Revival - Part 3

You really learn your car Don if you drive in the country with no streetlights. You have no visual for throttle and timing. Just the sound and feel of the engine and how much of each to make it happy. Knowing the roads your on is a plus. The lights are easy to outrun. A nice slow drive on a starlig...
by RustyFords
Tue Dec 08, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 24 Touring Barn Car Revival - Part 3
Replies: 435
Views: 64420

Re: 24 Touring Barn Car Revival - Part 3

Yesss! Oh so freaky, yet so very pleasing are night drives! Thanks Don! Nice video Don. Nothing like a night drive in an open Ford. Thanks Duane and Ryan. It is fun...quite different than the same drive in the daytime. The headlights are fairly useless...it's almost like they're more for people to ...
by RustyFords
Tue Dec 08, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 24 Touring Barn Car Revival - Part 3
Replies: 435
Views: 64420

Re: 24 Touring Barn Car Revival - Part 3

I was looking at the photo you posted of the rear spring. I suggest you turn around the oiler from it's current position, or you won't be able to open it when installed. I use the factory service book for clues on that kind of stuff, to be able to get things right. Thanks Larry. I found that out th...
by RustyFords
Mon Dec 07, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 24 Touring Barn Car Revival - Part 3
Replies: 435
Views: 64420

Re: 24 Touring Barn Car Revival - Part 3

Now that I have headlights, a tail light and a stop light, I figured it was time for a night drive.

Here's a video:
.

https://youtu.be/5OurQZMlkHQ
by RustyFords
Mon Dec 07, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What day is Today - Did we forget?
Replies: 16
Views: 1060

Re: What day is Today - Did we forget?

My grandfather's best friend, PJ McMurtry, was a Pearl Harbor survivor. He was a big fan of high school football and came to all my practices and games in the 1980's. He and I attended the same high school, nearly 50 years apart. He refused to buy Japanese cars for decades. Then, one Saturday in 198...
by RustyFords
Fri Dec 04, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How well will a carport protect our Ts?
Replies: 21
Views: 1277

Re: How well will a carport protect our Ts?

I've had no choice lately but to put my 66 F100 under a carport type structure, except it's closed on the sides and open on the ends. It's not ideal and does allow moisture to gather, especially in the Houston humidity. I take it out once a week, run it up to operating temperature, clean it off and ...
by RustyFords
Fri Dec 04, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Can’t stop now!
Replies: 14
Views: 1214

Re: Can’t stop now!

Kaiser wrote:
Fri Dec 04, 2020 6:39 am
Welcome Bradley, you've come to the right support group :lol:
I don't think I'd refer to this as a support group for his illness.

More like a group of enablers. ;)
by RustyFords
Thu Dec 03, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: points and condenser
Replies: 30
Views: 1555

Re: points and condenser

FWIW....I have no opinion on the whole distributor vs wooden coil thing. It’s not like you need my approval but do what you want with your car. The object is to have fun...right?
by RustyFords
Thu Dec 03, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: points and condenser
Replies: 30
Views: 1555

Re: points and condenser

Folks abandoned or still abandon the original Model T ignition system out of frustration and convenience in my view. The tools necessary to properly adjust coil points were scarce, expensive and elusive to master discouraging to the DIYer. The alternative was the periodic expense and inconvenience ...
by RustyFords
Wed Dec 02, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: points and condenser
Replies: 30
Views: 1555

Re: points and condenser

The Model T buzz coils are certainly antiquated, however.... In my relatively short time driving a T, I've had a wooden coil go south on me one time. The thing was running fine, then it was running like stink. I found a parking lot, and did the whole "short out one cylinder at a time" trick. That im...
by RustyFords
Wed Dec 02, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rescuing a 23 Fordor on YouTube
Replies: 27
Views: 2374

Re: Rescuing a 23 Fordor on YouTube

Neat car. Aluminun body? Not to rain on your parade but, that first wheel (on the front) that you had some close-up shots of....it almost certainly has at least two compromised spokes that I could see. The pretty red paint is just masking what could potentially be a very dangerous situation once the...
by RustyFords
Tue Dec 01, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: John Tannehill ???
Replies: 9
Views: 771

Re: John Tannehill ???

Good to hear. I've had a few nice, long phone conversations with him as I ressurected my old heap.
by RustyFords
Mon Nov 30, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Will the original design of the Model T survive by the end of the 21st century?
Replies: 25
Views: 1165

Re: Will the original design of the Model T survive by the end of the 21st century?

Building on what Mr. Loftfield wrote, I am neverendingly amazed by people who live lives they dislike, never thinking to change them and live the life they want. I purposely chased down and bought my T to drive backroads. I purposely LEFT where I spent the first 37 years of my life to escape the fr...
by RustyFords
Mon Nov 30, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A period looking shop.
Replies: 41
Views: 2513

Re: A period looking shop.

That looks great Dallas.

I like the rammed-earth tire thing. It's something I've been watching the guys at Earthship Biotecture do for several years now.
by RustyFords
Wed Nov 25, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Places we used to eat on the road.
Replies: 22
Views: 1619

Re: Places we used to eat on the road.

My grandparents went through the Depression with a house full of kids and were the penny pinching-ist people I ever knew. Therefore, growing up in the 70's with them on trips, we NEVER did something as crazy as stopping and paying for food at an eating establishment. We always ate at roadside parks ...
by RustyFords
Wed Nov 25, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Running without coolant?
Replies: 17
Views: 1173

Re: Running without coolant?

You were definitely pushing it George. There's a lot of difference between running a fresh engine sitting still for 60 seconds and driving around (putting a load on the engine) with one for 2-3 minutes. That's not something I would ever do. That's cool that your fix has lasted this long though.....T...
by RustyFords
Wed Nov 25, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Running without coolant?
Replies: 17
Views: 1173

Re: Running without coolant?

Built many engines over the years and have assisted on more than I can remember. Each and every one of them were run briefly without coolant...no more than a minute or so.

It's never caused an iota of damage, nor will it ever.
by RustyFords
Tue Nov 24, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: E.B. White: Revisiting an old favorite
Replies: 17
Views: 1217

Re: E.B. White: Revisiting an old favorite

I could read this an unlimited number of times and love it as much each time.
by RustyFords
Tue Nov 24, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Tudor, leaks in one garage but not the other.
Replies: 22
Views: 1088

Re: Tudor, leaks in one garage but not the other.

Model T's are alive. As a chemist, this statement flies in the face of all logic and reason and any training I've ever received....however, they're alive. Driving my own around frequently for over a year has shown me this beyond any doubt. That having been said, your Model T is obviously showing you...
by RustyFords
Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What is your preferred parts cleaner?
Replies: 27
Views: 1496

Re: What is your preferred parts cleaner?

Not something the average bear can get....but....I like ultrapure (99%+) pentane.

It'll pull just about any grease or oil off of a metal part...very, very quickly.
by RustyFords
Mon Nov 23, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1915 Cut-down Touring Pick-up Body completed
Replies: 33
Views: 1301

Re: 1915 Cut-down Touring Pick-up Body completed

It looks super Andrew....congrats on a really nice job.

This is my favorite look for a Model T....as John Mays says, "it has its work clothes on".

Here's my 24 Touring dressed in that same kind of attire. :)
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by RustyFords
Mon Nov 23, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Our 2 wheel friends
Replies: 8
Views: 667

Re: Our 2 wheel friends

There are a few things I'd buy and hoard in a warehouse if I had a time machine. One of them would be vintage signs, another would be vintage Harley's and Harley parts. The difference between the low/no value these had back in the day and the absolutely shocking prices now is well....shocking. There...
by RustyFords
Fri Nov 20, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What to look for when buying a 1923 Touring?
Replies: 22
Views: 1234

Re: What to look for when buying a 1923 Touring?

If the seller is promoting the engine/trans as recently rebuilt, ask to see the itemized receipts from the rebuilder. When Ross Lilleker refreshed my engine, he provided an itemized receipt that spelled out everything he did. Were I to ever sell the car, I'd use this as a selling point and would be ...
by RustyFords
Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Jay Leno video about the Model T
Replies: 5
Views: 823

Re: Jay Leno video about the Model T

John Codman wrote:
Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:14 am
I noticed that both the museum's and Jay's 1925 Ts had the later balloon tires and wheels. I guess that they liked the softer ride.
Wouldn't doubt it.

I'm glad my 24 was switched to balloon tires back in the day.
by RustyFords
Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Jay Leno video about the Model T
Replies: 5
Views: 823

Re: Jay Leno video about the Model T

Jay had a feature video about his 25 T posted for a few years then he took it down.

I've asked in the comments section for him to repost it or make a new one, to no avail.
by RustyFords
Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Radiator drain petcock
Replies: 18
Views: 892

Re: Radiator drain petcock

Sometimes, even the new petcocks (either style) require some lapping to make them seal.
by RustyFords
Thu Nov 19, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Traded in my T
Replies: 25
Views: 1493

Re: Traded in my T

That's cool Ryan....I love it.
by RustyFords
Thu Nov 19, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Traded in my T
Replies: 25
Views: 1493

Re: Traded in my T

Norman, back in the 50's and 60's, my Uncle, Ben Pierceall owned a salvage yard in Quincy Illinois that specialized in T's and A's. I don't suppose that's who you are referring to? I too have an itch to buy an A. But don't have room for two at this time. Me too...I want a 28/29 rumble seat coupe......
by RustyFords
Thu Nov 19, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 25 Drive Shaft
Replies: 7
Views: 432

Re: 25 Drive Shaft

GG Gregory wrote:
Thu Nov 19, 2020 11:58 am
Except I don’t have the parts book and I like using the Forum for what it’s intended, thanks for the help
Seems to me the answer was right in front of you....on the forum.
by RustyFords
Thu Nov 19, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Traded in my T
Replies: 25
Views: 1493

Re: Traded in my T

Cool....now you have those new-fangled 4-wheel brakes, which means you can run right up to an intersection and stop on a dime!
by RustyFords
Tue Nov 17, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How Many Ts used in the decades since production ended
Replies: 14
Views: 949

Re: How Many Ts used in the decades since production ended

My guess is that someone who is inclined to study numbers and geeks out on mathematica could take available data from the 1928 through WW2 if it exists, and plot a curve and come up with an educated guess. For what purpose? Who knows. Unless you're in the Model T parts business, it seems like it wou...
by RustyFords
Mon Nov 16, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Alchohol?
Replies: 29
Views: 1464

Re: Alchohol?

Denatured alcohol is typical denatured with methanol....so it'd be pretty nasty for a pet as well. Maybe not as quickly harmful...but not good at all. You're correct about the sweet part though. They may not find it to be as appealing. My solution has always been to make sure my cooling system has a...
by RustyFords
Wed Nov 11, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T on a 2-post lift
Replies: 21
Views: 1238

Re: Model T on a 2-post lift

Norman Kling wrote:
Wed Nov 11, 2020 10:52 am
What is the purpose of the lift? Why not just leave it parked on the floor?
I have other old cars.
by RustyFords
Wed Nov 11, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T on a 2-post lift
Replies: 21
Views: 1238

Model T on a 2-post lift

Is it practical, advisable or even possible to place a Model T on a 2-post lift?
by RustyFords
Mon Nov 09, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Prices going down ?
Replies: 28
Views: 1961

Re: Prices going down ?

rickd wrote:
Mon Nov 09, 2020 4:37 pm
...We collect old Fords because we love them. Don't forget that.
Well said Rick.

(and oh yeah...I spent a year at the lovely Air Force resort that yall have there....this south Texas boy was in shock at the weather)
by RustyFords
Mon Nov 09, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Prices going down ?
Replies: 28
Views: 1961

Re: Prices going down ?

I drive my T a lot...and it gets attention just about every time I stop somewhere. Believe it or not, it's mostly guys my age (51) and younger who come up to me and ask serious questions about the car and about Model T's in general. A lot of them say they'd really like to own something like this and...
by RustyFords
Thu Nov 05, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T vs Nevada Heat
Replies: 6
Views: 512

Re: Model T vs Nevada Heat

My engine was refreshed last year and a new Berg's radiator added to the mix.

I've driven it in the peak of the Houston heat and it handled it just fine. I know the Nevada heat is a bit more intense and more dry, but my experience in 105 degree Texas heat, sitting at stoplights, etc is noteworthy.
by RustyFords
Thu Nov 05, 2020 12:49 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: electric fuel cut off
Replies: 26
Views: 1136

Re: electric fuel cut off

Henry K. Lee wrote:
Wed Nov 04, 2020 7:02 pm
Nice Don!!!!!
Thanks Hank.
by RustyFords
Wed Nov 04, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: electric fuel cut off
Replies: 26
Views: 1136

Re: electric fuel cut off

I concocted a remote shutoff as well. Obviously not a stock item, but it goes very nicely with my weathered T. And, strangely enough, to the "unwashed masses" who see the car out in the wild at a gas station, etc, it's asked about a lot....probably only second to the crank handle and whether or not ...
by RustyFords
Wed Nov 04, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Burlap sack seats?
Replies: 20
Views: 1166

Re: Burlap sack seats?

I LOVE the leather seat idea and it was free...looks great... Thank you. I searched Facebook Marketplace for a suitable couch...a plain one that had vast expanses of flat leather. It took a few weeks but I finally found a couch and loveseat pair that a lady was asking $400 for. I know that people d...
by RustyFords
Tue Nov 03, 2020 7:42 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Burlap sack seats?
Replies: 20
Views: 1166

Re: Burlap sack seats?

I cut up an old leather couch for my seats. It turned out really nice and the couch was free.
by RustyFords
Mon Nov 02, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB - Carb Heat Pipe (non-repro)
Replies: 9
Views: 678

Re: WTB - Carb Heat Pipe (non-repro)

Two separate
by RustyFords
Mon Nov 02, 2020 6:40 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB - Carb Heat Pipe (non-repro)
Replies: 9
Views: 678

Re: WTB - Carb Heat Pipe (non-repro)

The year of my T is in my signature line (24) and it does have a late 24 engine
by RustyFords
Sun Nov 01, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB - Carb Heat Pipe (non-repro)
Replies: 9
Views: 678

WTB - Carb Heat Pipe (non-repro)

Looking for an original carb heat pipe. Doesn't have to be super nice....just solid.

I bought a repro and it's a sad immitation of an original.

Text me at Two81-787-Eight418

or email at rustyfords@gmail.com
by RustyFords
Thu Oct 29, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A Procedure for Stopping a Model T Engine
Replies: 18
Views: 1309

Re: A Procedure for Stopping a Model T Engine

I find that if I turn off the key with the engine revving a bit and the timing somewhat retarded, I get free starts more often. Also...I added this little remote fuel shutoff valve so I don't have to climb under the car. I removed the shutoff at the carb because it was so hard to turn and had a cons...
by RustyFords
Thu Oct 29, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Stuck tie rod end?
Replies: 30
Views: 1451

Re: Stuck tie rod end?

I know it's after-the-fact and you've removed it already but for those wanting another suggestion..... I heated my tie-rod end with a propane torch (not cherry red or anything....just put some heat into it) then dunked the whole end into a coffee can filled with a mixture of 50% acetone and 50% tran...
by RustyFords
Mon Oct 26, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Color Tour
Replies: 8
Views: 513

Re: Color Tour

That looks like a blast. We don't get color like that here in Houston.
by RustyFords
Mon Oct 26, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Snow in October in Montana
Replies: 17
Views: 963

Re: Snow in October in Montana

Neat........
by RustyFords
Mon Oct 26, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: This thing hurts my arm!
Replies: 13
Views: 1334

Re: This thing hurts my arm!

If we have any part of us protruding from the car, the law can impose a fine. The only exception is when giving a recognised hand signal. I gather that is not the case there. Allan from down under. Wow....that's rough. I don't think I'd own old cars if I couldn't occasionally hang my arm out the do...
by RustyFords
Mon Oct 26, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T in a Disney cartoon
Replies: 8
Views: 714

Re: Model T in a Disney cartoon

He's obviously taken over driving duties from Goofy after that unfortunate travel trailer incident.
by RustyFords
Mon Oct 26, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Floorboards from crates...myth, right?
Replies: 25
Views: 1434

Re: Floorboards from crates...myth, right?

...As for the "Deliver to Ford" printed on a floorboard? It is quite likely that many of the floorboards in many of the years were uniform of fit enough that the floorboards for a given run of bodies would be bundled for shipment alongside the bodies, and the top floorboard would be so labeled. Tha...
by RustyFords
Sun Oct 25, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Most likely our last tour
Replies: 10
Views: 1059

Re: Most likely our last tour

I was at the Conroe Swap Meet on Friday when the front blew in. There must’ve been some microbursts because the winds seemed to be well in excess of 50mph. It destroyed a bunch of the portable tents and sent sheet metal parts flying. I and several other guys had to use all our strength to hold down ...
by RustyFords
Thu Oct 22, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Another newbie No Start
Replies: 39
Views: 1511

Re: Another newbie No Start

Whether it's a lawnmower, Model T or muscle car....its gotta have F.A.S.T.: Fuel, Air (compression), Spark and Timing. Go through them one by one and the problem will present itself to you. Fuel: Starter fluid is a shortcut. Give it a huff, then try to start it. If it kicks off, you've found the iss...
by RustyFords
Thu Oct 22, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Getting Rattles Back On The Road
Replies: 205
Views: 20869

Re: Getting Rattles Back On The Road

Mopar_man wrote:
Wed Oct 21, 2020 8:54 pm
Seems like I'm going to have to chuck up the shaft bolt in my drill press and sand it dow a bit to fit. Di you have to do that to yours?
No....mine fit, out of the box.