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by Rich Bingham
Fri Apr 03, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: HELP--- WHAT ON EARTH
Replies: 9
Views: 997

Re: HELP--- WHAT ON EARTH

Funny how “updated retrofit” solutions have come and gone, the solutions having become even more obsolete than the Model Ts they were applied to. I first became aware of the bonded band lining idea in the late 60s. At that time, one supposedly “easy” application was to utilize the bands from the 195...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Apr 02, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1742
Views: 104701

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

As first officer of the Unthinkable, Smee had an exciting career. I’m looking forward to the excerpts Sebastian contracts from his journal. Regarding Smee’s time in Chugwater, it’s amusing how he came to find romance in the basin. Off-duty, Smee was a regular at Ernie’s saloon, where he would spend ...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Apr 02, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1742
Views: 104701

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

The above photo shows Spoonwistle’s flagship, “Unthinkable” in Chugwater Bay on the occasion of the ‘92 Regatta. The Admirable had a full cargo of Indonesian crawdads aboard to supply the awards banquet with an exotic supper, but had mis-calculated the traitor winds, and arrived three weeks too earl...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Apr 01, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Curtains Drawn (photo)
Replies: 7
Views: 598

Re: Curtains Drawn (photo)

The “windows” in side curtains were not plastic, but made of “isinglass”, thin sheets of mica, transparent and reasonably flexible for the purpose, but fragile.
by Rich Bingham
Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A Complicated Man
Replies: 29
Views: 1438

Re: A Complicated Man

:shock: my gosh Scott ! You choose Greta ?!? :shock:

:lol: :lol: :lol:
by Rich Bingham
Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1742
Views: 104701

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Just to clear things up, Herb, if you’ve ever been around goats and goat owners, you’ll note that more often than not, the goats are referred to as “those f—-ing goats”. Th e “F” referring more often than not to some other modifier than “fainting” or even “feinting”. Entirely understandable really.
by Rich Bingham
Tue Mar 31, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Damage Theory
Replies: 19
Views: 1230

Re: Damage Theory

“Father, I cannot tell a lie. I did it with my little hatchet.”
by Rich Bingham
Tue Mar 31, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Massacre (photo)
Replies: 34
Views: 1370

Re: Massacre (photo)

My thoughts as well, Wayne. I have never heard there were scrap drives during WW I. If there were, it would be nice if a knowledgeable historian among us would provide some details. Regarding automobile wrecking yards, among my recollections is a pleasant conversation with a gent who ran a large one...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Mar 31, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Radiator Caps
Replies: 37
Views: 1879

Re: Radiator Caps

Thanks very much for posting that picture Dale ! More variations in shape than I’ve been aware of before. This is starting to be fun, and the kind of thing that may well defy efforts to identify any “year correct” cap styles. It would be fun to know, if possible, if outside vendors provided them, wh...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Mar 31, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1742
Views: 104701

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Unlikely, Herb. The closest thing in the basin was a pair of feinting goats Cuthbert owned who kept the sheepherders out of the meringue patch. If the herders approached, the goats would appear to charge them, heads down, horns at the ready. The target could never be sure which way to run. The goats...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Mar 30, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Damage Theory
Replies: 19
Views: 1230

Re: Damage Theory

Nice forensic theorizing Allan. I’m a fan of the thrown blade idea but you talked me out of it. Who knows ?
by Rich Bingham
Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Radiator Caps
Replies: 37
Views: 1879

Re: Radiator Caps

Back to my quest for the “authentic” 1913 cap, I see a difference between the pressed caps. Obviously a plated cap of needs dates from 1917 or later, and it would seem this discussion agrees that a rolled bottom edge indicates a cap from the latest production. My drawing is intended to point out the...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1742
Views: 104701

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

. . . there are many ways to enjoy Pie. So true, Rich. This fits right in with Kalamity Dick’s fascination with the relationship between the circumference of a circle and its diameter. He found much pleasure in peaceful contemplation of infinity in 3.14166666666666 (anon), which incidentally explai...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A Complicated Man
Replies: 29
Views: 1438

Re: A Complicated Man

Dropacent wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 11:26 am
The absolute worse place to get history is from Wikipedia . . .
Worse than online fora ?!? :shock: :shock: :lol:
by Rich Bingham
Sun Mar 29, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1742
Views: 104701

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Doris Gallopavo made the best lemon meringue pie in the basin. Her lures made a clean sweep of the offending Logaritheans in spite of the fact Jules Wernerthusen had parked his Hupmobile in her driveway. Alas for Hiram Moogleshoop. When a dangling participle got caught in the drive chain, the Expres...
by Rich Bingham
Sun Mar 29, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: All Rigged Up (photo)
Replies: 18
Views: 1092

Re: All Rigged Up (photo)

Estimating the load at 122 bundles, figure 30-40 pounds per bundle, that’s at least a ton and a half to two tons. Plenty to have behind a stock Model T service brake ! I hope there were no steep hills on the route.
by Rich Bingham
Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New leather spring pads, oil or dry?
Replies: 3
Views: 330

Re: New leather spring pads, oil or dry?

You can saturate spring pads and oil will not likely run off. Generously oiling the pads is a good idea. Use neatsfoot oil if that’s handy, better for leather, but motor oil will do. It just won’t absorb as readily.
by Rich Bingham
Sat Mar 28, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1742
Views: 104701

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

To google a gaggle of gobblers, the fictionary informs us the term is a “rafter” of turkeys. That same Thanksgiving Day, the folks were thankful the turkeys hadn’t roosted in the rafters. You never know what a flood will bring, besides water.
by Rich Bingham
Sat Mar 28, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Be careful dusting off your car.
Replies: 11
Views: 1023

Re: Be careful dusting off your car.

I’m almost done polishing the outside bass, one side lamp and two hubcaps to go. Now for the mag spools ! :lol:
by Rich Bingham
Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Foto of the Day
Replies: 342
Views: 32389

Re: Foto of the Day

That’s one for the re-cord ! :lol:
by Rich Bingham
Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Car torched in 1932 Athens transport strike
Replies: 3
Views: 619

Re: Car torched in 1932 Athens transport strike

A ‘26-‘27. Odd the front wheels would have been mismatched.
by Rich Bingham
Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1742
Views: 104701

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Also from the red hymnal : “Gladly, the Cross-eyed Bear”.
by Rich Bingham
Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just curious
Replies: 6
Views: 386

Re: Just curious

Just my own opinion, but I don’t think the “purest” of Model T purists can hold a candle to guys who put mirrors under their show cars ! :lol:
by Rich Bingham
Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just curious
Replies: 6
Views: 386

Just curious

What are the chances being a “brass snob” goes back much further than the latter-day affliction that infects some of today’s hobbyists ? Did owners back in the day dote on their noble steeds, polishing brass to a blinding glow, while looking down on the slovenly who let it all tarnish to dull browni...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Mar 25, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Going Topless /UU\
Replies: 9
Views: 539

Re: Going Topless /UU\

Rich, you would have loved to have seen my Lizzie - “rode hard and put up wet” since last fall. I figured that was a little too much “patina” and got shamed into giving her a spit-bath yesterday. She cleaned up awfully shiny, I kinda miss the dirt . . .
by Rich Bingham
Wed Mar 25, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1742
Views: 104701

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

The Institute has called in a team of paranormal experts to analyze that last photo. It would seem that KD and Moses Moses have both left their ectoplasm in the vicinity of the Stag Hotel. The continued presence of the “Bottoms Up Bar” long after the flood waters have dried up may indicate a largo i...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Mar 24, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1742
Views: 104701

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

In all the excitement we skipped right over Burger’s post about the shrouds of mystery and intrigue that wrapped around the Stag Hotel. That very interesting photograph deserves some analysis from our panel of disingenuous ex-spurts. Ghosts are very difficult to photograph in natural light, somethin...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model t handbrake
Replies: 15
Views: 647

Re: Model t handbrake

Elevate those guns a little lower! :lol:
by Rich Bingham
Tue Mar 24, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1742
Views: 104701

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

That is a wonderful promotional still from the making of the miniseries, showing Ben behind the camera for the opening “takes”. Epaminondus Zumwalt and Floyd Fritter were cast in the roles of Kalamity Dick and Cuthbert Maddox less for their acting abilities (mediocre at best) than for their uncanny ...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Mar 23, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1742
Views: 104701

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Looking in the mailbag, I see the Institute has been flooded without requests to divulge the history of the “sandal scandal”. Maurice in France sent a document by electronic carrier pigeon stating that the Landau copyrights and patents have finally expired with the French Suppositiere du Papieres No...
by Rich Bingham
Sun Mar 22, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1742
Views: 104701

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Cuthbert always seemed to sleep well at night. When asked of a morning if he had slept well, his inevitable reply, delivered after a surprised pause, “I don’t know. I didn’t wake up to find out.” Periwinkle dreams were a plus; he usually dreamt in black and white. Very few residents of the Chugwater...
by Rich Bingham
Sun Mar 22, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Radiator Caps
Replies: 37
Views: 1879

Re: Radiator Caps

Last, both are pressed brass, bottom edges look the same. I know very early caps had very high, sharp, thin fins; I don’t know if these qualify as “high fin” caps, or unequivocally “1913” correct, but I do recall the later nickeled ones had lower, more rounded “fins”, and the “dome” beneath was a di...
by Rich Bingham
Sun Mar 22, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Radiator Caps
Replies: 37
Views: 1879

Re: Radiator Caps

This one was given to me as “authentic 1913” by a friend who lost his ‘13 in a tragic fire. Small differences may be due to wear ?
by Rich Bingham
Sun Mar 22, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Radiator Caps
Replies: 37
Views: 1879

Re: Radiator Caps

Yup. Accumulated error. 😟

I thought perhaps some pictures might help. This is the pressed cap on my ‘13, presumed to be correct by two previous owners.
by Rich Bingham
Sat Mar 21, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1742
Views: 104701

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

“Mad Dog” Maddox was known for his malapropisms. Relating everything to ranch work, he called hollyhocks “colliehocks”, as his old dog Shep loved to nap in the bed of hollyhocks that grew behind the horse barn. Of some interest are the limited brain surgeries Alex Geranium dabbled in. For a very sho...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Mar 19, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1742
Views: 104701

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

I had a bike with vacuum tubes in the tires too. They were very popular for a short while. Folks liked them as there were very few leaves on streets and in the gutters come fall. I was very disappointed to find they were unavailable in 30x3-1/2” when I got my first Model T. Not all reviews were posi...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1742
Views: 104701

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

I believe that’s correct, Rich. The five and dime was built from the same blueprints but was only a three-storey building lacking the upper tower area which was unnecessary for vacuum-tube centrally located accounting. It’s most likely the workers removed their sombreros at the photographer’s reques...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Period Picture- First Day Of Spring
Replies: 7
Views: 376

Re: Period Picture- First Day Of Spring

Sure does ! Maybe torn off when chains came loose ?
Is that a Model A following ? Parked cars seem to indicate early ‘30s for the photo.
by Rich Bingham
Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The frustration of incompetence
Replies: 59
Views: 3208

Re: The frustration of incompetence

:lol: let’s start this !! Opening bid ?? Anyone ? Anyone ?? Bueller ? :lol:
by Rich Bingham
Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Period Picture- First Day Of Spring
Replies: 7
Views: 376

Re: Period Picture- First Day Of Spring

:lol: Maybe, Henry ? Actually the snow has been plowed from the curb to the center of the street on both sides, something that’s still done around here today. It sure cuts down on jay-walking !! :D
by Rich Bingham
Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1913 Dark Blue
Replies: 14
Views: 802

Re: 1913 Dark Blue

Not to worry Tim !! Give em time. When half worn out and not well adjusted you’ll get that authentic Model T stoppage again, plus a lot of squeaking !! 👍🏻 (you’re all welcome to ask how I know :lol: ) Re/ “perfectly authentic” 1913 blue, it’s well to remember that in the day, most bodies came painte...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Period Picture- First Day Of Spring
Replies: 7
Views: 376

Re: Period Picture- First Day Of Spring

There’s hope! It’s thawing on the sidewalk and you can buy a cee-gar after you get your haircut. Great picture !
Thanks for posting it Tim. Any idea where this was ?
by Rich Bingham
Wed Mar 18, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1742
Views: 104701

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

How I miss those old movie palaces from the ‘20s. What a shame. This beauty in Horse Creek was razed in 1950 to make way for a drive-in movie “theater”. Oh well, you can’t stop Progress. Which reminds me, Cuthbert had a race horse named Progress . . .
by Rich Bingham
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1742
Views: 104701

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Re/ the Indian Motorcycle: Not withstanding the marque’s popularity among native Americans, it’s a shame their smallest light model, the “Hindu” was unable to compete with Japanese imports in the early 1960’s when the craze for small cycles reached its height. Perhaps confusion over nomenclature was...
by Rich Bingham
Sat Mar 14, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Period Picture- Abandoned Or Hit?
Replies: 16
Views: 1067

Re: Period Picture- Abandoned Or Hit?

The 1944 date is reasonable. A 15 to 20 year old T that quit wasn’t worth anything. I’ll bet it was being “mined” for parts.
by Rich Bingham
Sat Mar 14, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Period Picture- Abandoned Or Hit?
Replies: 16
Views: 1067

Re: Period Picture- Abandoned Or Hit?

I vote abandoned. The block and transmission may belong to it. Looks like a manifold lying on the fender. A date on the photo would help confirm. Can’t read a date on the license plate.
by Rich Bingham
Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is my MotoMeter normal?
Replies: 10
Views: 581

Re: Is my MotoMeter normal?

Probably normal. The guy you’re about to run over don’t care how hot your motor’s running . . . 😜
by Rich Bingham
Thu Mar 12, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Lizard head
Replies: 8
Views: 998

Re: Lizard head

Many small reptiles are. :D
by Rich Bingham
Mon Mar 09, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1742
Views: 104701

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Interesting side look at the popular music of the period ! Burger’s post noting credit given to “C. Maddox” for the musical score opened an interesting line of enquiry. Bartholomew has uncovered documentation which details Cuthbert Maddox’s interest in music. He provided several scores for Tri-burg ...
by Rich Bingham
Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: DST Reminder. Set clocks forward tonight at 2:00 am
Replies: 11
Views: 810

Re: DST Reminder. Set clocks forward tonight at 2:00 am

Speaking of sleep, I had a blanket that was too short for the bed, so I cut a foot off one end and sewed that onto the opposite end. Just like daylight saving ! It’s much longer now. :D
by Rich Bingham
Sat Mar 07, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1742
Views: 104701

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Wrapping up, Oz Moses’ nephew Moses Moses (his folks figured to save on first names) was the Tri-burg specialist in two-wheel transport. His unhappy expression in the above photo was due to the third wheel on the sidecar in which KD was riding. He often said, “If you can’t get it done on two wheels,...
by Rich Bingham
Fri Mar 06, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Period Picture- That Feminime Touch
Replies: 16
Views: 1532

Re: Period Picture- That Feminime Touch

Probably 3/4 elliptic springs on rear. Actually, parallel springs fore and aft was a common suspension setup for a very long time.
by Rich Bingham
Thu Mar 05, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1742
Views: 104701

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

EB0AE109-BC6C-45E6-AB23-E3DAFE1B7E9A.jpeg Interestingly, Oswald Moses was a saddle tramp who partnered with Cuthbert “Mad Dog” Maddox for a short while in the early days. He was exceptionally noted for a complete lack of emissions in spite of the fact his diet consisted exclusively of beans and bac...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Mar 03, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old Photo - "Daddy at the Saloon"
Replies: 20
Views: 1652

Re: Old Photo - "Daddy at the Saloon"

Thanks for sharing the photo, Rich. Intriguing little puzzle the Model T presents, but I think I’m more taken with the view of Dupuyer, and the humor in labeling it “daddy at the saloon”, given that your grandfather Hutt was a Methodist minister. “Taken unaware” adds to the fun. I don’t suppose your...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Mar 03, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1742
Views: 104701

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Kalamity Dick was an enigma with a top hat. The warm celestial glow of his expression (much like Buddha’s) no doubt came from the inner calm he derived from deep thought and helping people. There is nothing in the record to verify the rumor that the recipe for Happy Sally was based on an ancient Hin...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Mar 02, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1742
Views: 104701

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

When the Model T was introduced in the fall of 1908, Tri-burg entrepreneur Amos Aloyisius Abercrombie correctly assessed the desperate need early motorists had for roadside assistance, and outfitted a wagon filled with tires, tubes and spare parts. Pulled by a team of sturdy Percherons, he was thus ...
by Rich Bingham
Sat Feb 29, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Crossing the Yuba river
Replies: 9
Views: 695

Re: Crossing the Yuba river

Maybe there’s burlap (or something) involved in the tire wrap, looks to me like there’s a lot of rope used - pretty common traction improvement. I wonder if they worried at all whether that cable rig would stand the load ? I’m sure the car was not suspended, but the cable kept them from being swept ...
by Rich Bingham
Sat Feb 29, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1742
Views: 104701

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Herb, the party on the left looks oddly familiar. I’ve asked Benedict and Lothar, our two newest interns, to search the Teddy Roosevelt files for corroboration. Meanwhile, I’d like to return to the previous image to supply a bit of detail: Many people do not know of Kalamity Dick’s experiments in pa...
by Rich Bingham
Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1742
Views: 104701

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Well said, Burger. We all should take to heart your admonition, which is precisely in the spirit of the high standards the Uvula League worked tirelessly to support. That the organization fell apart when its last president, Daphne Turkle, ran off to be a pole dancer is no reflection on the high idea...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Feb 26, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old Photo-Wrecked early Model T
Replies: 10
Views: 788

Re: Old Photo-Wrecked early Model T

Top bows, front seat and likely other wreckage are in the wagon. The kids are fascinated !
by Rich Bingham
Wed Feb 26, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1742
Views: 104701

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

An excellent contribution Herb ! That’s William “Fedora” Finklenberg on the left with his spatula, and Robert “Bobolink” Mudrum on the right with his shovel. The pair fired the boilers for steam toilet subscribers in the Chugwater area. It’s of interest to note that while concerns for hygiene and sa...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Feb 25, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1742
Views: 104701

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

The Floor Dinosaur could have revolutionized janitorial service in the second decade of the last century. Its decommissioning by the Institute’s board of directors was not KD’s fault. As the building was being completed, he designed the Dinosaur with the original blueprints in hand. Architect Ephrai...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Feb 25, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Pedal Shaft Seals
Replies: 13
Views: 966

Re: Pedal Shaft Seals

Lead in paints and gasoline, asbestos as fireproofing and in friction linings, talc (soapstone) to lubricate inner tubes and in baby powder, oil leaking from automobiles. All commonly encountered fifty years ago, and certainly in the heyday of the Model T. The current generation goes into paroxysms ...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Mill the Z-Head for higher C.R.?
Replies: 13
Views: 1245

Re: Mill the Z-Head for higher C.R.?

Just “academically”, how much of an increase does that .050-.075” make in the compression ratio ? :?:
by Rich Bingham
Mon Feb 24, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1742
Views: 104701

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Herb, that is not the Buick’s vacuum tank. Probably an error in Heinrich’s part as he was looking for a photo of a vacuum tank. The item shown above is a vacuum tank. This is the first model Floor Dinosaur which the Institute’s maintenance department developed from KD’s concept drawings. That slopin...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Feb 24, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1742
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Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

So many worthwhile things have sprung from humble beginnings. Just think ! The Institute began in a small log hut very much like this one! The casual observer would never guess our imposing four-story marble and terra-cotta building, which covers just over a half-acre, grew from such a modest initia...
by Rich Bingham
Sun Feb 23, 2020 4:03 pm
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Cuthbert Maddox claimed to have received many presents from flying objects that traversed the skies over his ranch through the years. Some were unidentifiable others not so much. I’m referring to the flying objects as well as the presents they left. Kalamity Dick brought the scizowhackler out to the...
by Rich Bingham
Sun Feb 23, 2020 9:42 am
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The military has a long tradition of influencing the style of foot gear and apparel: Wellington boots, Raglan sleeves, Ike jackets and the like. Only in recent decades have the gloves developed by Corporal Tunnel come into disfavor. Apparently there are problems ?
by Rich Bingham
Wed Feb 19, 2020 6:26 pm
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That explains this clipping from the July 15, 1920 issue of the Saddlestring Post-Intelligencer: “At 9:45pm this Saturday evening last, constable Alvin Beezerbump was making his evening rounds when he was surprised to see Mr. Richard Q. Klamitboffer, well known Triburg figure, rifling through the ga...
by Rich Bingham
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:57 am
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Thanks for the kind words Burger, but I must give credit where credit is due. I’d be lost without the help of Heinrich, Sebastian and Bartholomew whose intimate knowledge of the Institute’s archives makes it possible to have access to precise references and documents. The board really should raise t...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:45 am
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Right you are, Burger. The Lake Street Five were all prominent figures in the Chugwater basin in those days. They interacted in their professional lives and found music a common ground where their creative energies could find relaxation. Left to right we see Harvey Fierstein, blacksmith and wheel-wr...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:55 am
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The wonderful device shown above was a KD development inspired by Duke Fitzellwitz’ reverse adaptation of his sousaphone. Tragically for a musician, Duke suffered a severe loss of hearing, but found that by plumbing a stethoscope into his instrument his auditory acuity was not only restored, but hei...
by Rich Bingham
Fri Feb 07, 2020 11:36 am
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Herb’s photo shows Lucius P. Hovershaw at the controls of his “Water Strider”. An early Tri-burg aviation enthusiast, Lucius sought KD’s engineering advice when he set about constructing his craft. A contrarian sort of personality, Hovershaw took issue with nearly all of Dick’s advice and went his o...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: question about exhaust/intake manifold stud bolt material ???
Replies: 14
Views: 859

Re: question about exhaust/intake manifold stud bolt material ???

The structure of cast iron is not amenable to fine threads. Fine threads present more surface area; shallower thread cut reduces stress risers.
by Rich Bingham
Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:52 pm
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Yes, it’s one of those quaint colloquial expressions unique to the area. Another one more commonly heard around Medicine Bow is “Root hog or die” but like “Wire Larkvonnet Chugwater” no one seems to know what it means. ?!? Sebastian was running the phrases through the Institute’s Transmogrilator (ye...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Feb 03, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Help to identify make and year of car
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Re: Help to identify make and year of car

Perhaps the license plate might give a clue as to “no newer than” ? I have a feeling Larry is right, although Pierce never changed much year to year, you’d have to be a “Pierce Guy” to pin down slight changes. The tubular bumper gave way to a more conventional style in ‘29. Oddly, those hallmark hea...
by Rich Bingham
Sat Feb 01, 2020 10:41 am
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Apologies if our loyal readership fears some discussions are veering too far from our main purpose, i.e., documenting the life and times of Kalamity Dick. The note on the kiwi is apropos. KD was a keen observer of wildlife, and noted to Prof. Woonsoggle on many occasions the coincidence of the annua...
by Rich Bingham
Fri Jan 31, 2020 7:08 pm
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The original screen play for “The Wicked Queen” called for ten dwarves, including Smiley, Stinkey and Itchey. The latter two were written out early on for obvious reasons. Smiley left the cast to run for governor. It’s unclear why Dopey wasn’t also dropped, given the less than positive aspect of his...
by Rich Bingham
Fri Jan 31, 2020 5:11 pm
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Now I’m really confused. I thought it was the Scarecrow who sang “If I Only Had a Brain”. (?!?)
by Rich Bingham
Fri Jan 31, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ran when parked
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Re: Ran when parked

varmint wrote:
Fri Jan 31, 2020 3:35 pm
Enclosed trailer only.
Well of course. The dust will blow off hauled in the open. :lol:
by Rich Bingham
Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Strictly Model T Humor
Replies: 46
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Re: Strictly Model T Humor

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

(I really shouldn’t laugh - ‘taint funny ! :o )
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jan 30, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Bad Driving Habits ??
Replies: 2
Views: 245

Re: Bad Driving Habits ??

Scott,

Thanks much for adding that ! True, it’s totally unnecessary and counterproductive to “redline” the motor before starting the car in motion !!
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jan 30, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Bad Driving Habits ??
Replies: 2
Views: 245

Bad Driving Habits ??

Just wool-gathering rather than drift from Steve Jelf's "Transmission Autopsy" thread. I know I'm not alone in my admiration for Steve's massive contributions to this forum and to the Model T hobby. There are few of us who have put so many miles on Model T Fords, nor delved so thoroughly into their ...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jan 30, 2020 10:01 am
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Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
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Curiously, the highest technology to come out of the short lived Tri-burg mobile phone service was the wire de-tangler KD developed. Using the reels from several reel-type lawnmowers, KD’s ingenious device was run from a PTO installed on the Chesbromobile. Phone service was discontinued daily at 10:...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jan 29, 2020 10:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: question for those who have actually adjusted valves
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Re: question for those who have actually adjusted valves

Just curious. Do youse guys with adjustable lifters set them hot ? I’d guess not since gap is specified for the stock non adjustable lifters. Prolly not that critical.
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jan 29, 2020 10:04 am
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Right you are Herb. A slight misunderstanding about the brass pole in Ernie’s. It was installed as a foot rail at the bar. The comment about “. . . the dancers who graced the brass pole . . .” is a bit misleading. Them gals could put away the suds or knock off double shots with the best of them.
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:13 pm
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Perry, I hope you aren’t making an unseemly insinuendo regarding Rich E.’s account of the performers who graced the stage at Ernie’s. Bartholomew delivered six volumes of ledgers from Ernie’s Saloon to him last week for re-cataloguing. The performers’ contracts were all there along with the lease ag...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:39 pm
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Blue periods were unique to that short-lived vein of diacritical marks in Perpetuity. Since they were actually punctuation marks, the miners screened the richer ores at the stamp mill and discarded them. Local children used them for marbles.
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Foto of the Day
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Weather is a state of mind to a degree. January thaw now feels like a heat wave compared to two weeks ago. I’d get Lizzie out for a spin, but recent weather deposited a four foot drift up against the shop door and I’m too lazy to shovel out - so I guess I’ll just dream of summertime with the rest of...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jan 22, 2020 6:17 pm
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Too late to remind everyone to have their snoggle-goggles on to protect your eyes from epsilon rays. Carl’s red eyes will return to normal within a fortnight. Applying balsam of myrrh sparingly to the eyelids may help. Don’t forget the goggles during next year’s astral event !
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jan 22, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Strictly Model T Humor
Replies: 46
Views: 6153

Re: Strictly Model T Humor

:lol: :lol: if only !! Usually they head for the radiator !
Rich, these are great !! :D :lol: :lol:
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jan 22, 2020 11:12 am
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Topic: Memory
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Re: Memory

Fun remembries Rich. I well remember your carpet. Glad you’re still playing on it !! :D

By now most everything on our place has a lengthy back-story. Like how our ‘65 Mustang turned into a 2-bottom Massey plow. :shock:
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:55 am
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Fun remembries Rich. I well remember your carpet. Glad you’re still playing on it !! :D

By now most everything on our place has a lengthy back-story. Like how our ‘65 Mustang turned into a 2-bottom Massey plow. :shock:
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1914 Body changeover date
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Views: 407

Re: 1914 Body changeover date

Dan Hatch wrote:
Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:12 am
I have a 13/14 Roadster that never was sold by the dealer.
?!? That’s intriguing ! Please tell us more Dan. What does that mean ? :D
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jan 21, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Strictly Model T Humor
Replies: 46
Views: 6153

Re: Strictly Model T Humor

Only “T” folk can relate !! I wonder how many of our members have actually patched tubes roadside ? My first T, I rolled on ancient rubber for over a year and probably only got 10 to 20 miles between flats. (if that). That all went away with a set of new Riversides, and it’s a good thing too !! They...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jan 21, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old Photo-Wrecked T
Replies: 8
Views: 957

Re: Old Photo-Wrecked T

Rich, I think you’re right. First off I was thinking “roll over” but the damage seems to fit colliding with a moving train, especially the broken rear wheel. 1911 sure fits. The little guy at rear seems really amused ; “Oh boy !! Wrecked car !! My favorite thing !!” Circus posters in the barn behind...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old Photo-Wrecked T
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Likely true at speeds under 30 on dirt roads. I’ve read several accounts of fatalities owing to injuries from breaking plate glass. On the other hand, I’ve also read more than a few accounts of fatalities involving open cars. Best idea is to keep the rubber side down and the brassy side up !!
by Rich Bingham
Mon Jan 20, 2020 4:01 pm
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Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
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Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Re-reading through the back pages of this account, I see that KD was wont to rebuild and reassemble Model T transmissions in his sleep. However, this was only when the waxing Gibbous moon was at 52% or greater. Otherwise, the position of the moon gear would be out of phase. It’s well known that KD n...