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by NealW
Sun Jul 12, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Buying a T
Replies: 10
Views: 646

Re: Buying a T

My observation, from watching T listings over the past couple of years, is that you will probably get more for a fixed dollar budget if you are OK with buying a T from 1923 to 1927. There were more T's made in those years, and more seemed to have been restored. The two pictures below show the distri...
by NealW
Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How to Paint a T?
Replies: 9
Views: 559

Re: How to Paint a T?

My question is how do you paint a T?
I wrote this post last year summarizing my experience as a first time Model T painter. Perhaps you will find it helpful:

viewtopic.php?f=2&t=6764&p=51027#p51027
by NealW
Sun Jul 05, 2020 8:22 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Champion X spark plug gap - one owner's observation
Replies: 9
Views: 702

Re: Champion X spark plug gap - one owner's observation

So you recommend to experiment with the gap and that will do it ? What else might be necessary ? Changing the ignition setting ? Based on my experience, I would definitely recommend increasing the spark plug gap on the Champion X spark plugs and trying them again. I would not change your timing set...
by NealW
Sat Jul 04, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Champion X spark plug gap - one owner's observation
Replies: 9
Views: 702

Champion X spark plug gap - one owner's observation

Recently I got some new Champion X plugs to swap out the old A25's in our touring car. The instructions said that their engineers recommended 0.025" gap, but most familiar with the T shop manual know that it calls out 1/32", or 0.031". I decided to try 0.025". My coils and carb are in good shape. Wh...
by NealW
Sat Jul 04, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vinegar radiator flush question
Replies: 26
Views: 1240

Re: Vinegar radiator flush question

Today was the 2nd anniversary of driving this car first time, as well as the first time driving a Model T at all. That seemed like a good reason to take the car out. I also wanted to see how the cooling compared to when I would drive the car with the pump installed in similar conditions and temperat...
by NealW
Fri Jul 03, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vinegar radiator flush question
Replies: 26
Views: 1240

Re: Vinegar radiator flush question

I like it when original posters provide an update to their original question, so here's mine. I used a gallon vinegar mixed with water and let it soak over night. I then poured enough water through the system until it came out pretty clear. There didn't seem to be that much crud, thankfully. Yesterd...
by NealW
Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: AC 26 spark plug gap recommendations
Replies: 2
Views: 210

AC 26 spark plug gap recommendations

I recently picked up 4 NOS AC 26 spark plugs to use as spares. They were factory set at 0.025 gap. For those who have used AC 26 plugs in their T's, what spark plug gap did you use?

Thanks,

Neal
by NealW
Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:54 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vinegar radiator flush question
Replies: 26
Views: 1240

Vinegar radiator flush question

I need to flush the radiator on our 21 touring. I was planning on using vinegar, and had a couple of questions: 1) Some recommendations said 1 gal vinegar and 1 gal water. Another 2 gal of vinegar. Any recommendations one way or another, based on your own experience? 2) Is it better to just let the ...
by NealW
Sun Jun 28, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done in June 2020
Replies: 64
Views: 3128

Re: What have you done in June 2020

When I finished restoring our 15 runabout in April, the one thing that I wasn't happy with was the anemic chirp that came the reproduction reed. Well yesterday the local Flatland T's club had a workday at Gary Paulsen's place to work on an upcoming T display at the local museum. I mentioned my horn ...
by NealW
Tue Jun 23, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB Edison 14 spark plug
Replies: 5
Views: 257

Re: WTB Edison 14 spark plug

If you don't mind, please post a picture of the worn plug. Unless the electrodes are worn down to a nub, I would think that filing the electrode edges back to their original shape and regapping would make it work good as new. I could probably file down the electrode a bit to square it off. I don't ...
by NealW
Mon Jun 22, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB Edison 14 spark plug
Replies: 5
Views: 257

WTB Edison 14 spark plug

I reinstalled the Edison 14 spark plugs when I was restoring our 15 runabout. The car runs great with those plugs, but one of the electrodes was partially eaten away. I'd like to buy a NOS or "gently used" Edison 14 spark plug so that I can swap out the one plug. Please send me a PM or email if you ...
by NealW
Sun Jun 14, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Pittman Arm Removal
Replies: 10
Views: 530

Re: Pittman Arm Removal

Last year when I needed to remove the pitman arm while restoring our 15 T, I followed the advice on getting the suggested OEMTOOLS 27175 tie rod end removing tool. It worked very well for me:

https://www.amazon.com/OEMTOOLS-27175-D ... B004FDQSQ8
by NealW
Sat Jun 13, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Holley G priming question
Replies: 8
Views: 401

Re: Holley G priming question

This morning it was in the mid 70's (compared to the mid 90's from my earlier posts) in the garage, as well as a few days since I last started the T. Continuing with my experimenting, I wanted to see how many pulls it would take to start without choking or richening up the mixture 1/4 turn as Neil d...
by NealW
Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Holley G priming question
Replies: 8
Views: 401

Re: Holley G priming question

Well after work today I decided to try starting the 15 without doing any choked cranks first. It was 'cold', as cold as it is at 95 degrees in the shade. Anyway, the mixture, timing for mag starting and gas set as described in my first post, it started on the first quarter turn. I turned it off and ...
by NealW
Thu Jun 11, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Holley G priming question
Replies: 8
Views: 401

Holley G priming question

In April I finished a frame up restoration of a 15 runabout. Everything was rebuilt, including the coils and Holley G carburetor. The car runs and drives great, including starting on the magneto only. I don't have a starter, but do have a 6V "hotshot" type battery to tickle the coils if I start on t...
by NealW
Sun Jun 07, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: free starts
Replies: 52
Views: 2108

Re: free starts

Hot or cold, I never get any free starts when I have it set to magneto for starting! LOL :D
by NealW
Sat Jun 06, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Runabout vs Touring ride comparison
Replies: 2
Views: 260

Re: Runabout vs Touring ride comparison

If your springs are rusty and not well lubricated it bvb will make the car ride considerably harder. I can tell a big difference when I lube my springs. I can see that this would make a difference. I had our runabout springs powder coated when I was restoring it, but then put a layer of that "slip ...
by NealW
Sat Jun 06, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Runabout vs Touring ride comparison
Replies: 2
Views: 260

Runabout vs Touring ride comparison

Since finishing the restoration of our 15 runabout in April, I've been driving it and our 21 touring enough to start noticing differences in how they both ride. Obviously the touring has a heavier body, so I expected the lighter runabout to have a stiffer ride. You can definitely feel bumps more wit...
by NealW
Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: What car is this?
Replies: 1
Views: 300

What car is this?

We were going through some old photos at my in-laws today, and we came across this picture. Since I'm the "car guy", I was asked what kind of car it was in this picture. Can anyone tell me the year and model? It has wood wheels with demountable rims, so I thought that it is from the 20's. Thanks Neal
by NealW
Sun May 31, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Converting Holley NH swivel top to nonswivel NH?
Replies: 20
Views: 818

Re: Converting Holley NH swivel top to nonswivel NH?

Yes it would be nice if the handle was the right size, but I had read that they were too wide, so I expected to do the rework. Who knows why the original restorer did it that way. I didn't know any better when I first got this T. I was a bit surprised how bad it worked, not realizing that it wasn't ...
by NealW
Sat May 30, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Converting Holley NH swivel top to nonswivel NH?
Replies: 20
Views: 818

Re: Converting Holley NH swivel top to nonswivel NH?

My new heat pipe, mixture rod, nonswivel needle and nut came in the mail today, so time to swap out the parts. As expected, I needed to do some filing on the hole in the heat pipe to get the exhaust clamp to fit. I also needed to slot the hole in my firewall a bit more to get the triangle shaped end...
by NealW
Mon May 25, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Converting Holley NH swivel top to nonswivel NH?
Replies: 20
Views: 818

Re: Converting Holley NH swivel top to nonswivel NH?

Astute observation on Scott's part & to add to Scott's post - all repros I've seen have an open mounting point - originals were closed like shown below on the left. Steve, The heat pipe on our 21 is the circled one in the picture below. It does not have an opening, so perhaps is original make from ...
by NealW
Mon May 25, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Converting Holley NH swivel top to nonswivel NH?
Replies: 20
Views: 818

Re: Converting Holley NH swivel top to nonswivel NH?

I appreciate the feedback. I may just leave it alone, but I do have a question about the actual installation as it came on the car when I bought it. The picture shows U joint at the top of the carb, but then there's a second U joint to get the adjusting rod around the intake heat pipe, where the rod...
by NealW
Mon May 25, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Converting Holley NH swivel top to nonswivel NH?
Replies: 20
Views: 818

Re: Converting Holley NH swivel top to nonswivel NH?

I’ve never seen one without threads in the carburetor body regardless off which needle was on it. Before Corey posted this, I took out the needle and nut, and yes, the carb body was threaded... I never have to adjust either of my carbs in both cars. Wondering why you have to adjust yours so often? ...
by NealW
Mon May 25, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Converting Holley NH swivel top to nonswivel NH?
Replies: 20
Views: 818

Re: Converting Holley NH swivel top to nonswivel NH?

Not necessarily, the threads for the spray needle are in the nut for the 25 up NH's. Your carb body may not have threads in it for the earlier spray needle. Check. Mark, Here's a picture of the top of my NH carb. The clamp nut threads into the carb body like the nut for nonswivel top. Is this what ...
by NealW
Mon May 25, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Converting Holley NH swivel top to nonswivel NH?
Replies: 20
Views: 818

Converting Holley NH swivel top to nonswivel NH?

Our 21 touring has a Holley NH swivel top carburetor. The carb is in good shape, but since the swivel top was originally for 1925-26 cars with taller firewalls, the adjusting rod makes too large of an angle at the U-joint to go through the shorter 21 firewall, making it very difficult to adjust the ...
by NealW
Sat May 16, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Chassis Paint Recommendation Request
Replies: 25
Views: 1220

Re: Chassis Paint Recommendation Request

I am very happy that I got my frame and spring pieces powder coated. I used Eastwood extreme black chassis paint for the other chassis parts that I painted, and am happy with how that turned out too.
by NealW
Sun May 03, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: '16 Centerdoor restore...
Replies: 584
Views: 41872

Re: '16 Centerdoor restore...

fordorgalore wrote:
Sat May 02, 2020 5:02 pm
Day 4 of wet sanding....you have to live it to appreciate it. Uhgggg !!!
Amen to that! I'm glad last summer when I painted and color sanded my 15 runabout, that the body was much smaller than your centerdoor or even a touring car.
by NealW
Sat Apr 18, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1915 runabout restoration first test drive
Replies: 8
Views: 612

1915 runabout restoration first test drive

After 13 months of work, I finished the frame up restoration on our 1915 runabout today! I can't say that I did it all myself. Mike Bender rebuilt the engine and rear axle, Stutzman did the wheels, and Erik Larson rebuilt the coils and Classtique made the upholstery and top kit. It was a fun project...
by NealW
Sat Apr 11, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What Have You Done To The "T"- April Edition
Replies: 81
Views: 5532

Re: What Have You Done To The "T"- April Edition

Today I installed the restored body onto the restored chassis of our 1915 runabout. I decided to have plenty of help on hand while I guided it over the steering wheel and fuel tank. Thankfully it went on without too much fuss, and more importantly, no scratches on the paint!

Neal
by NealW
Wed Apr 08, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What Have You Done To The "T"- April Edition
Replies: 81
Views: 5532

Re: What Have You Done To The "T"- April Edition

I told Mike Bender that if I got a free start when I turned on the ignition for the engine he rebuilt for our 15 runabout restoration, then I'd buy him a drink. Well, I didn't get a free start, after a bunch of huffing and puffing it finally fired up! I still probably need to buy him a drink though!...
by NealW
Mon Apr 06, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: ANCO timing set with 2 1/2" gauge
Replies: 5
Views: 662

ANCO timing set with 2 1/2" gauge

Not as controversial as what type of oil to use or whether a T needs a water pump or or not, but how to set the timing on a T has certainly generated a lot of discussion on the forum site over the years. I had purchased an ANCO flapper timer to use on my 15 runabout restoration project. I had also p...
by NealW
Fri Apr 03, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Edison 14 spark plugs recommended gap?
Replies: 3
Views: 314

Edison 14 spark plugs recommended gap?

I'm getting ready to clean up the Edison 14 spark plugs that were in my 15 runabout before I removed them before the restoration. Two of them measured about .030 gap, with the other new more because the electrodes were corroded a bit. Is .030 gap correct for the Edison 14 plugs, and if not, any sugg...
by NealW
Thu Apr 02, 2020 7:41 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1916 or earlier wire harness routing pictures
Replies: 6
Views: 689

Re: 1916 or earlier wire harness routing pictures

I posted some nice photos a while back that you might find helpful - click on this link:
Thanks Erik. These photos have answered my questions.
by NealW
Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1916 or earlier wire harness routing pictures
Replies: 6
Views: 689

1916 or earlier wire harness routing pictures

Later this week I hope to locate the wire harness on my 15 runabout restoration project. In the next day or two I should be getting in the mail the following wire harness clamps from Langs: https://www.modeltford.com/item/5033E2.aspx Which includes two clips to attach the harness to the firewall, an...
by NealW
Wed Apr 01, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What Have You Done To The "T"- April Edition
Replies: 81
Views: 5532

Re: What Have You Done To The "T"- April Edition

This week I started an involuntary four week furlough from work, so I've had more time during the day to work on putting our 15 runabout back together. However, our 21 touring has been getting jealous, so this afternoon I gave it a thorough polishing. It is much happier now! :)
by NealW
Mon Mar 30, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: WHat Have You Done To Your Model T In March?
Replies: 98
Views: 8446

Re: WHat Have You Done To Your Model T In March?

Our 15 runabout restoration is starting to look like a car again! i finished installing the firewall and steering system this weekend. The company that I work for furloughed us for the next four weeks, so I hope to make a lot of progress getting it back together in the coming weeks. I started the pr...
by NealW
Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Post a photo of your antique Model T License Plate
Replies: 141
Views: 6572

Re: Post a photo of your antique Model T License Plate

actually Kansas didn't start dating plates until 1921. All from 1913-20 were undated. I learned that when I bought and restored a tag when registering our 21 touring. The 1915 Kansas tag for our runabout restoration is currently on a book shelf waiting to be installed on the car. I'm hoping that th...
by NealW
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: WHat Have You Done To Your Model T In March?
Replies: 98
Views: 8446

Re: WHat Have You Done To Your Model T In March?

One of my sons helped me install the front wheels and engine in our 15 runabout restoration project. I am sure glad that he was able to help with this job. My hat off to anyone who's installed a T engine by themselves!
by NealW
Sat Mar 14, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Coil capacitors
Replies: 21
Views: 2378

Re: Coil capacitors

The one on the left generally requires the glass partition to be removed in order to fit. Yep, that's what I had to do on the one "Ford" coil that I rebuilt a month or so ago. It was interesting to see the old, big condenser that got replaced with the orange capacitor. The others that I rebuilt wer...
by NealW
Fri Mar 13, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Coil capacitors
Replies: 21
Views: 2378

Re: Coil capacitors

A couple of months ago I tried buying some capacitors to rebuild my spare coils. Lang's was out of stock then, with no idea when they'd get more. I called Snyders and I think that they said that they had "hundreds". They are the orange, rounder ones shown in the left on the photo. They are a little ...
by NealW
Sat Mar 07, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: WHat Have You Done To Your Model T In March?
Replies: 98
Views: 8446

Re: WHat Have You Done To Your Model T In March?

I have been making progress on the 15 runabout reassembly this week. Removing the rear leaf spring was a pain last year, and reinstalling it was a pain too! Glad that part of the job is done. I got the front axle reassembled and installed with the help of my youngest son who just got back from colle...
by NealW
Sat Mar 07, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Engine Rebuild Cost Estimate
Replies: 28
Views: 3281

Re: Engine Rebuild Cost Estimate

Right now the parts estimate from the shop is $4,000 (not including labor). The crankshaft is being rebuilt, but is not new. The camshaft is new. Do you have an itemized estimate of the parts needed and if so, have you compared it to the list that Roz posted? I just got my rebuilt 15 engine back, a...
by NealW
Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: WHat Have You Done To Your Model T In March?
Replies: 98
Views: 8446

Re: WHat Have You Done To Your Model T In March?

Started assembling all the parts for my 15 runabout restoration. Had to take if for a quick drive first...
by NealW
Sat Feb 29, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your Model T in February?
Replies: 76
Views: 8563

Re: What have you done to your Model T in February?

Picked up my rebuilt engine and rear axle from Mike Bender today. Also fitted the new rubber floor mat, finishing off the body restoration. Spring has arrived in Kansas, so time to start putting all the restored pieces together of my 15 runabout back together!
by NealW
Sun Feb 09, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your Model T in February?
Replies: 76
Views: 8563

Re: What have you done to your Model T in February?

I'm currently at a stopping point on my 15 runabout restoration until I get my engine and rear axle back, so now was a good time to rebuild my spare coils. In the fall of 2018, our 21 touring had a coil go bad. At the time Erik Larson had a rebuilt set of coils for sale that wasn't too much more tha...
by NealW
Sat Jan 11, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Installing a steering column support bracket on a 1915 firewall?
Replies: 3
Views: 438

Re: Installing a steering column support bracket on a 1915 firewall?

JEC wrote:
Sat Jan 11, 2020 1:21 pm
Here is a picture of the bracket in my 15 Runabout
Thanks John. That looks more stable than mounting it to the firewall. I guess I'd just need to build up the nerve to drill a hole in my cross piece!

Neal
by NealW
Sat Jan 11, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Installing a steering column support bracket on a 1915 firewall?
Replies: 3
Views: 438

Installing a steering column support bracket on a 1915 firewall?

My 21 touring has a steering column support bracket that attaches to the dashboard. Soon I will be putting all the pieces back together on my 15 runabout restoration project, and saw that Snyders/Langs etc sells a copy of the APCO aftermarket steering column support bracket: https://www.snydersantiq...
by NealW
Tue Dec 24, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: .....The Battle Continues....!
Replies: 28
Views: 2410

Re: .....The Battle Continues....!

I've had no problem getting two vehicles from out of state titled and registered in Kansas with just a bill of sale (one of them hand-written). The lesson in this is that the legislatures of various states differ in their approaches to making life difficult. Steve, that may have been the case in th...
by NealW
Mon Dec 16, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your Model T in December?
Replies: 56
Views: 5020

Re: What have you done to your Model T in December?

Finished installing the upholstery and top on my 15 runabout restoration project. Also finished installing new trunk boards shown in the pictures. I decided to leave my mark for some future caretaker if they ever take the trunk off for some reason. Next step is to get my rebuilt engine and rear axle...
by NealW
Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Two man top runabout strap location question
Replies: 4
Views: 442

Re: Two man top runabout strap location question

Thanks for the information George. Yes, this is my first top. I do have some lath strips on hand to use to stabilize the bows. I'm glad that my first top installation is a runabout and not a touring car! You mentioned that you leave the lath strips on until the pads and roof material is installed. D...
by NealW
Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Two man top runabout strap location question
Replies: 4
Views: 442

Two man top runabout strap location question

I'm getting ready to install the new top on my 15 runabout restoration. I want to get the strap attach fittings in the correct spot on the front and rear bows, and found this picture on the MTFCA site showing the top dimensions. I've highlighted in yellow what appears to be the dimensions to locate ...
by NealW
Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this the correct backrest spring for a 1915 runabout?
Replies: 22
Views: 1650

Re: Is this the correct backrest spring for a 1915 runabout?

I had also emailed Mike at Classtique's, and he confirmed that the metal strip goes on the outside. I had sent him a picture how mine was installed when I took it apart, and he said that he'd never seen it installed that way.
by NealW
Mon Oct 28, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this the correct backrest spring for a 1915 runabout?
Replies: 22
Views: 1650

Re: Is this the correct backrest spring for a 1915 runabout?

Thanks for answering my next question Keith! My runabout has that metal retaining strip, but the previous restorer sandwiched it between the upholstery back and top. I was wondering if it actually mounted like you showed in the picture that you posted.
by NealW
Sun Oct 27, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this the correct backrest spring for a 1915 runabout?
Replies: 22
Views: 1650

Re: Is this the correct backrest spring for a 1915 runabout?

I finished installing the upholstery back this weekend. I am so glad that I replaced the old 1914 era seat back spring with a new 1915 seat back spring from Snyder's. I think the final result looks so much better than the old installation. Certainly more comfortable. I think whoever restored this ca...
by NealW
Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this the correct backrest spring for a 1915 runabout?
Replies: 22
Views: 1650

Re: Is this the correct backrest spring for a 1915 runabout?

Hap, My runabout body has the Beaudette "B" stamped on it. The seat back spring may have been original, but it was attached to a board that was then screwed to the original body wood. This appears to have been done when the car was first restored many many years ago. I installed a new 1915 seat back...
by NealW
Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your T in October?
Replies: 77
Views: 8365

Re: What have you done to your T in October?

Verne,

Unfortunately no. I still need to finish my upholstery work and top installation. After that I need to finish putting it all back together. I'll be lucky to be done by Thanksgiving.
by NealW
Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your T in October?
Replies: 77
Views: 8365

Re: What have you done to your T in October?

FINALLY got my wheels done for my 1915 runabout restoration project. They turned out nice, but took way longer than I wanted to spend on them. I also put together the lamps, windshield hinges and reinstalled the top windshield half. I am finding that I much more enjoy putting together restored piece...
by NealW
Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this the correct backrest spring for a 1915 runabout?
Replies: 22
Views: 1650

Re: Is this the correct backrest spring for a 1915 runabout?

I ended up ordering a 1915 backrest spring from Snyders that looks like the one in Dan's and Andre's pictures. It wasn't that expensive, and I think will result in a more comfortable seat and a better looking installation. The old installation looked pretty bad with the springs that low. I would've ...
by NealW
Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this the correct backrest spring for a 1915 runabout?
Replies: 22
Views: 1650

Re: Is this the correct backrest spring for a 1915 runabout?

Thanks for the picture Dan. My runabout is an early 15 model (based on the engine serial number), so it sounds like the spring could be correct, as mine is a single row with 6 coils like your picture shows. I heard that Ford would use up old stock at times. My foot pedals have the letters on the foo...
by NealW
Fri Oct 11, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this the correct backrest spring for a 1915 runabout?
Replies: 22
Views: 1650

Is this the correct backrest spring for a 1915 runabout?

I'm getting ready to install the Classtique backrest upholstery on my 1915 runabout project. Before I do, I was wondering if anyone can tell me if this is the correct backrest spring, or if this was someone's attempt to make one as a replacement many years ago. Here is a picture of the backrest spri...
by NealW
Sat Sep 21, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Confessions of a first time Model T Painter
Replies: 19
Views: 2441

Re: Confessions of a first time Model T Painter

Beautiful paint job Marshall! Your comments are a good reminder about having an inline water filter. I used one of those red traps right before the gun, but didn't think about using two. I also used fish eye preventer some of the time, but I saw no difference and it added a lot of time because the i...
by NealW
Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Confessions of a first time Model T Painter
Replies: 19
Views: 2441

Re: Confessions of a first time Model T Painter

Neal, did you paint the hubs yourself or did Stutzman do that for you? ARe the rims brand new? Thank you. David, I primed the rims and painted the hubs before sending the parts to Stutzman's. If I was doing it over again, I wouldn't paint the hub pieces, except for the brake drums, because they got...
by NealW
Thu Sep 19, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done with your T in September?
Replies: 81
Views: 7888

Re: What have you done with your T in September?

On my 15 runabout restoration project, so far I've completed the painting (https://www.mtfca.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=6764). I've also finished rebuilding my coil box, which go with the coils rebuilt my Erik Larson. I've also finished staining and varnishing the wheels. Sorry, but I just could...
by NealW
Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Confessions of a first time Model T Painter
Replies: 19
Views: 2441

Re: Confessions of a first time Model T Painter

Amazing results! I'm very impressive. How many hours it took? Mario, I'm not sure, as it depends on if you're asking about all the stripping, priming and painting of everything, or just the body, fenders and other parts that I used the urethane paint on and color sanded. If that is what you meant, ...
by NealW
Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1915 runabout: wrong door?
Replies: 27
Views: 2215

Re: 1915 runabout: wrong door?

Steve, The bottom edge of the door on my 15 runabout stuck out similar to what your picture shows. Mine was out about 3/4". If yours is like mine, then the upper edge of the body at the door cutout is splayed out. I was able to see how much I could move the door in by pushing inward on the upper edg...
by NealW
Sun Sep 15, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Confessions of a first time Model T Painter
Replies: 19
Views: 2441

Confessions of a first time Model T Painter

My initial budget estimate for the restoration of our 1015 runabout included $1000 for painting the car. That was based on a Corvair restoring coworker who knew “a guy” who had a small body shop in a nearby town that had he had used. I was comfortable doing the small amount of body work the car need...
by NealW
Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done with your T in September?
Replies: 81
Views: 7888

Re: What have you done with your T in September?

NealW -- Your Runabout is looking very nice!
Thanks Mike. I'm almost done sanding/polishing the fenders, and I hope to do the same to the body this weekend. After that I plan on starting the upholstery and top installation.

Neal
by NealW
Mon Sep 02, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done with your T in September?
Replies: 81
Views: 7888

Re: What have you done with your T in September?

Eastwood Boulevard black single stage urethane. Great stuff. It color sands and polishes out well.
by NealW
Mon Sep 02, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done with your T in September?
Replies: 81
Views: 7888

Re: What have you done with your T in September?

Painted the body on my 15 runabout project. I've also been color sanding and polishing the fenders and door. It gets pretty crowded when painting the inside of the car!
by NealW
Sat Aug 03, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your T in August
Replies: 94
Views: 10898

Re: What have you done to your T in August

My garage looks like a Christmas tree with T part "ornaments" hung everywhere! I'm using Eastwood chassis primer, which will be followed by their chassis gloss paint. It sprays really well. For all my priming so far I've been using this two piece Harbor Freight HVLP gun set: https://www.harborfreigh...
by NealW
Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1915 Headlight push/pull switch firewall location
Replies: 20
Views: 1783

Re: 1915 Headlight push/pull switch firewall location

Thanks Scott for the comment. I actually talked to John last night, and he gave me the dimensions for the switch and data plate that I needed for my particular firewall. Thank you John for that information! Based on our discussion, I had to rework the edge of my firewall some to get it to fit nicely...
by NealW
Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1915 Headlight push/pull switch firewall location
Replies: 20
Views: 1783

Re: 1915 Headlight push/pull switch firewall location

It could be that somewhere in its history the original engine was replaced with the one that was assembled at the end of September 1914. Hard to say. Here's a picture of the body before I stripped it, and after I primed and sanded it. I hope to start shooting black on the various chassis pieces tomo...
by NealW
Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1915 Headlight push/pull switch firewall location
Replies: 20
Views: 1783

Re: 1915 Headlight push/pull switch firewall location

John, The date that I gave is based on the assembly/serial number stamped on the block by the coolant port. The casting date is a couple of days or weeks earlier. I don't remember what the casting date is at the moment. The block and the rest of the engine parts are at Mike Bender getting rebuilt, s...
by NealW
Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1915 Headlight push/pull switch firewall location
Replies: 20
Views: 1783

Re: 1915 Headlight push/pull switch firewall location

Thanks John!

My engine assembly date was 9/30/1914. In addition to the headlight switch dimensions, would you be able to provide the dimensions to locate the patent plate and the brass horn. I have a correct Nonpareil horn that I would like to install correctly.

Thanks again,

Neal
by NealW
Thu Aug 01, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1915 Headlight push/pull switch firewall location
Replies: 20
Views: 1783

1915 Headlight push/pull switch firewall location

I'm getting ready to varnish and paint the new firewall for my 15 runabout project, and am planning on installing a reproduction push/pull headlight switch that I got from Lang's. The firewall doesn't have a hole for it, and was wondering if anyone can provide a couple of dimensions for where it is ...
by NealW
Sun Jul 28, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your Model T in July?
Replies: 113
Views: 13028

Re: What have you done to your Model T in July?

We drove our 21 Touring to church this morning to celebrate it's 98th birthday, or at least the 98th birthday of the engine being assembled! I then stalled at the one intersection on the way home... Glad that it has an electric start for such embarrassing situations!
by NealW
Thu Jul 25, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your Model T in July?
Replies: 113
Views: 13028

Re: What have you done to your Model T in July?

When you live in Kansas and the Lord blesses you with an 80 degree day in July, you play hooky from work and prime T parts! Actually we've had several below average temperature days, so I've played hooky twice this week. I've got all the body parts primed now, and some of them wet sanded and ready f...
by NealW
Sun Jul 21, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your Model T in July?
Replies: 113
Views: 13028

Re: What have you done to your Model T in July?

Since my last posting this month, I've finally finished removing the paint from the last of the 15 runabout. The lamps were the last pieces. I also finished up the minor body work needed on the tub. This weekend I also finished fitting my re-bushed spindle arms into the front axle. The specialty too...
by NealW
Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1915 runabout body marking question
Replies: 1
Views: 393

1915 runabout body marking question

While working on my 15 runabout restoration tonight, I saw the marking "MB" on the front of the of the seat frame. Does anyone know if that indicates what company built the body, and if so, any idea which company?

Thanks,

Neal
by NealW
Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Coils
Replies: 15
Views: 2903

Re: Coils

I've got coils rebuilt by Erik Larson that are ECCT tuned in my 21 touring that I am very happy with. He is currently rebuilding the coils for my 15 runabout project. His website is: modeltcoils.com
by NealW
Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What a useful wrench
Replies: 9
Views: 1472

Re: What a useful wrench

sorry; sediment bowl! Gascolator is what it is called on an airplane fuel system! It's does the same thing.
by NealW
Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What a useful wrench
Replies: 9
Views: 1472

What a useful wrench

I would imagine/hope that every T driver has this wrench in their tool kit in the car. I knew that it was for the spark plugs and nuts for my demountable wheels, but since I've been restoring my 15 runabout I've come to realize how useful it is for other areas of the car. I even used it today to rem...
by NealW
Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your Model T in July?
Replies: 113
Views: 13028

Re: What have you done to your Model T in July?

As of today my 15 runabout is officially a "frame off" restoration. My wife and two of my sons were "pallbearers" as we lifted the tub over the tank and off the frame. I plan on taking the frame to the powder coater this week. The goal for the rest of the month is get the body parts primed and sande...
by NealW
Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Spindle bushing removal made easier
Replies: 8
Views: 1497

Re: Spindle bushing removal made easier

A pipe tap screwed into the bushing and then driven out from the other side with a brass drift is quick and easy The place to take care is the diameter of the bushing. The ones I buy are .690" which would be marginally OK on the snug side of a .6875 hole. Unfortunately, the spindle holes are quite ...
by NealW
Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Spindle bushing removal made easier
Replies: 8
Views: 1497

Spindle bushing removal made easier

This week I needed to remove the spindle bushings as part of my 15 runabout restoration. I have one of the split end bushing removal tools that the T parts suppliers sell. Well, for the better part of two hours tried using it to remove the bushings, only able to get one of them move a fraction of an...
by NealW
Sun Jun 02, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What did you do with your model T in June
Replies: 97
Views: 13547

Re: What did you do with your model T in June

15 Runabout restoration project: So far this month I've finished the body work needed on the four fenders. They are ready for final priming and sanding prior to paint. Yesterday I sanded down the trunk. I looked like a coal miner by the time I was done. That paint was tough to sand off! 21 Touring: ...
by NealW
Thu May 23, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Runabout trunk floor board wood type
Replies: 14
Views: 1703

Re: Runabout trunk floor board wood type

George,

Thanks for having the wood checked out! I appreciate the help, and will let my son know what kind of wood to get. Fortunately Lowes sells Poplar.

Neal
by NealW
Sun May 19, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What are you doing with your "T" in May
Replies: 107
Views: 13098

Re: What are you doing with your "T" in May

[image][/image]I have been able to make good progress so far this month on my 15 runabout restoration. Progress includes: Getting my non demountable wheels back from Stutzmans. They finished them in less than 3 weeks. They do beautiful work! Current pricing is $190/wheel for correct year spoke and f...
by NealW
Sat May 18, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Runabout trunk floor board wood type
Replies: 14
Views: 1703

Re: Runabout trunk floor board wood type

I still have the entire original wood floor from my ‘14 runabout but it’s in another location. I can see it after church tomorrow. It’s great for a pattern and that’s why I saved it. I think I had it reproduced in ash. There’s a cabinet maker a few miles down the road. I could have him identify the...
by NealW
Sat May 18, 2019 7:45 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Runabout trunk floor board wood type
Replies: 14
Views: 1703

Re: Runabout trunk floor board wood type

allan wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 11:44 pm
Neal, my fitter and turner metal machinist would suggest tree wood. Not very helpful?

Allan from down under.
Well, that does help narrow it down some!
by NealW
Fri May 17, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Runabout trunk floor board wood type
Replies: 14
Views: 1703

Runabout trunk floor board wood type

Last week I removed the trunk from my 1915 runabout restoration project. A few of the trunk wood floor boards were in pretty bad shape, so my woodworking son is going to make some new floor boards planed down to the correct thickness. He was wants to use the same kind of wood that was originally use...
by NealW
Tue May 07, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1915 top bow mystery marking
Replies: 5
Views: 986

Re: 1915 top bow mystery marking

No, it wasn't wound around the bow. The fabric just look old, like you would see on an Egyptian mummy! The fabric on all the bows was attached the same, and looked similarly old. The middle bow had been wrapped with black fabric years ago when a new top was put on. That top was also old, my guess 50...
by NealW
Mon May 06, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1915 top bow mystery marking
Replies: 5
Views: 986

Re: 1915 top bow mystery marking

The picture makes it look thinner than it is. It is steam bent, and appears to have the same overall dimensions as the other wood bows. If someone did make a replacement, they did a good job. Overall the wood looks as ancient as on the other two bows.

Neal
by NealW
Sun May 05, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1915 top bow mystery marking
Replies: 5
Views: 986

1915 top bow mystery marking

This weekend I removed the old top and bow wrapping on my 1915 runabout restoration project. The bows had what appeared to be original wrapping, and I felt like I was unwrapping an old Egyptian mummy. The front bow wood had "30 lbs" marked on it. Does anyone know if Ford, or whomever made the top bo...
by NealW
Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done with your Model T in April?
Replies: 121
Views: 16759

Re: What have you done with your Model T in April?

I have been making progress on my 15 Runabout restoration: *Tore down my wheels, prepped the metal parts and sent them to Stutzman's for re-wooding *Removed everything from the frame but the body and gas tank. *Took my fenders in to a local company specializing in auto work for low pressure media bl...
by NealW
Sat Mar 30, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Pros and cons for powder coating wood wheel hub and rim
Replies: 2
Views: 746

Pros and cons for powder coating wood wheel hub and rim

I am restoring a 1915 runabout and am in the process of tearing down the non-demountable wheels to send to Stutzman's for re-wooding. I checked with a local company about sand blasting and powder coating the rims and hub parts, and getting them powder coated black only adds about $20 per wheel. I'm ...
by NealW
Sat Mar 16, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done with your T in March?
Replies: 81
Views: 10747

Re: What have you done with your T in March?

This week my son and I started the re-restoration of a 1915 runabout that I picked up last November. It is a very old restoration that looks good from about 20 feet, but is pretty rough up close. We got the engine and rear axle removed today, and the next step is to bring them down to Mike Bender fo...
by NealW
Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Wiring harnesses FS
Replies: 45
Views: 4005

Re: Wiring harnesses FS

Dave,

I would like to buy a 5030 harness if still available. I tried sending a PM, but it is not working for me at the moment. Would you email me if still available?

Thanks Neal
nwillford63 at gmail.com