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by Oldav8tor
Mon Sep 21, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: What car is this?
Replies: 5
Views: 68

Re: What car is this?

Henry, the car pictured is not on your list. My understanding is that the Prestolite starter was a factory installation. More hints, the car was manufactured in Michigan and had a unique transmission.
by Oldav8tor
Mon Sep 21, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: What car is this?
Replies: 5
Views: 68

What car is this?

Others have done this and now it's my turn. I know we have some real car experts out their so like the guys on car talk used to do, I'm going to see if I can "stump the chumps" (no offense...) I'm going to post a photo from a car I recently saw sitting in a storage building and see if anyone can ide...
by Oldav8tor
Sun Sep 20, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What’s Your T Tip?
Replies: 30
Views: 1308

Re: What’s Your T Tip?

Steve is definitely an inspiration to the rest of us but his travels bring up a point. When I tour with a group we always have between us an impressive collection of tools and spare parts. When I travel alone, not so..... It would certainly be helpful to have a published list (electronic or paper) o...
by Oldav8tor
Sun Sep 20, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T starter
Replies: 7
Views: 368

Re: Model T starter

That would be me. I run 12 volts and previously had an original-type 6volt starter that I used with an old bendix spring as a dropping resistor. I also have a high compression head and there were times when the engine was warm that the old starter didn't want to turn it over. I'd have to crank the e...
by Oldav8tor
Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What to you, gives a Model T its charm?
Replies: 32
Views: 653

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

It's old technology.... a challenge to learn yet easier to understand than today's computer controlled cars. I can actually work on it! I also have a family connection ---- my family's first car was a 1917 Touring. My '17 was actually built on my dad's tenth birthday (Sept 23, 1916.) My maternal gra...
by Oldav8tor
Thu Sep 17, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: HELP!!! SHOULD I USE A WATER PUMP??
Replies: 27
Views: 628

Re: HELP!!! SHOULD I USE A WATER PUMP??

I have a new radiator and my car never runs hot...never! My car had an old water pump when I bought it but I didn't want to introduce another possible point of failure. If I felt I needed a water pump I would buy a modern unit from Texas T's and use the other for a wheel chock.
by Oldav8tor
Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Fire evacuation In Oroville
Replies: 18
Views: 664

Re: Fire evacuation In Oroville

The pictures on the news are heartbreaking.... what our western friends are having to endure is beyond belief. Here in Michigan the sky is more gray than blue and towards evening the Sun is just a dull orange ball... they say it is due to the smoke from the west. Incredible, just incredible and sad.
by Oldav8tor
Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Idea for Fixing Flat Valve Stem Bridge Washers
Replies: 9
Views: 350

Re: Idea for Fixing Flat Valve Stem Bridge Washers

What an interesting idea.... I think it is certainly worth a try. Let us know what happens :D
by Oldav8tor
Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: top bows and sockets
Replies: 13
Views: 497

Re: top bows and sockets

You've got to forget the "Mr." stuff....those guys will get big heads and be impossible to deal with. You can buy bent Oak bows from the vendors like Langs and Snyders for a reasonable cost. If you want a laminated bow (more $$) contact Jonathon Anderson <jpautowood@gmail.com>. I bought a complete s...
by Oldav8tor
Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What’s Your T Tip?
Replies: 30
Views: 1308

Re: What’s Your T Tip?

Along the same vein, I started collecting "Do's and Don'ts" in late 2018 but then was taken out of action by a shattered ankle and never shared the result with the forum. I dug it up and polished it a bit and here it is - you'll need to download the free Adobe Reader if you don't already have it. T_...
by Oldav8tor
Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: My top leaks!
Replies: 7
Views: 399

Re: My top leaks!

I've attached a photo that may better explain what I was talking about. First of all, my Rip Van "Wrinkle" top was in a never-opened box under my rear seat when I bought the car. The box was from J C Whitney and had a 1989 postmark. I have no idea who actually made the top but I'm sure it wasn't JCW...
by Oldav8tor
Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Even the Experienced Make Bad Decisions
Replies: 51
Views: 2090

Re: Even the Experienced Make Bad Decisions

I am so glad everyone is OK. Hank definitely kept his cool... I am also glad that I installed rear disc brakes over the winter.... my wake-up call came on a steep hill on last year's covered bridge tour. Live and learn - maybe it should be "learn and live..."

Thanks to all for sharing
by Oldav8tor
Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: My top leaks!
Replies: 7
Views: 399

My top leaks!

Over the last few days my wife and I joined seven other couples and their Model T's for a tour in Mid-Michigan. This was the first outing with my new top. We encountered some light rain and for the most part stayed dry which was nice. One leak occurred where the rain fly on the top of the windshield...
by Oldav8tor
Wed Sep 09, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: MODEL T REPAIR BOOMING
Replies: 13
Views: 1146

Re: MODEL T REPAIR BOOMING

Not all sectors of the economy are hurting. I have a friend in the antique car maintenance business who is booked thru December.
by Oldav8tor
Wed Sep 09, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Help identifying the year of this T
Replies: 8
Views: 502

Re: Help identifying the year of this T

The position of the windshield hinge appeared in later 1917. The bow sockets look square which along with the previous comments would make it 1918 or non-starter 1919 (maybe :D )
by Oldav8tor
Sun Sep 06, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Loose Top Bow Repair
Replies: 5
Views: 212

Re: Loose Top Bow Repair

I found something similar when I looked at my top bows although I think yours is worse. If the bow fails you could damage your top and who knows what. I suggest you replace it and perhaps others. Jonathan Anderson<jpautowood@gmail.com> makes beautiful replacement bows. I replaced all of mine and as ...
by Oldav8tor
Fri Sep 04, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Please Let Me Know If You Are Using This...
Replies: 9
Views: 1052

Re: Please Let Me Know If You Are Using This...

I bought a pair of these mirrors for my 1917 touring. They have the least vibration of others I have tried. A quality unit.
by Oldav8tor
Fri Sep 04, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Winter is coming. High of 60 next week.
Replies: 14
Views: 461

Re: Winter is coming. High of 60 next week.

Here in the Thumb of Michigan it is 68°, blue skies with a few clouds and a nice breeze. One of those days it feels great to be alive. For the most part Michigan has a great climate but we too have seen some aberrations over the past few years. At least we're not melting, burning or being blown or w...
by Oldav8tor
Fri Sep 04, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Heads up on the same old scam
Replies: 16
Views: 831

Re: Heads up on the same old scam

Hmmm....I read the comments on the AACA forum and learned something new. I'd never thought of doing a google search by image. I tried it and it worked very well. A good way to find out if the pictures are legit or from another source (ebay ad, forum posting, whatever.)
by Oldav8tor
Wed Sep 02, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Coils not working
Replies: 39
Views: 1106

Re: Coils not working

There are lots of knowledgeable Model T guys in SE Michigan. Many belong to the Casual T's. You might check them out. <http://www.casualts.org/>
by Oldav8tor
Wed Sep 02, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Tire woes
Replies: 8
Views: 689

Re: Tire woes

Peter - thanks for your comments. You make an interesting point. Yes, I can change a tire. I carry a spare, jack, lug wrench & etc. I also frequently check tire pressure.
by Oldav8tor
Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: prestolite gas
Replies: 6
Views: 333

Re: prestolite gas

Prestolite pioneered the process of compressing Acetylene gas and storing it in cylinders.
by Oldav8tor
Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Tire woes
Replies: 8
Views: 689

Re: Tire woes

OK - to answer your questions. 1.) The tires are Universal T-Drivers. The tubes are Hartfords. They had 2200 miles on them when the trouble started. 2.) The tire stems were cut / torn on one side not fore and aft which I would have expected had the tires slipped on the rim. I'm going to put little p...
by Oldav8tor
Mon Aug 31, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Tire woes
Replies: 8
Views: 689

Tire woes

Awhile back I went out to my barn to work on the T and found the left rear tire flat. I removed the demountable rim and took it to my local tire shop where they found the valve stem had been cut on the side! Their theory was that the beads of the tire allowed so little space that the tire itself cut...
by Oldav8tor
Sun Aug 23, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Radiator repair--Neck loose
Replies: 4
Views: 246

Re: Radiator repair--Neck loose

When my radiator filler neck came off I took it to an old time radiator shop. He did a great job and it cost me only $20. I would have spent that much for the materials to do my own repairs and might have produced amateurish results.
by Oldav8tor
Sat Aug 22, 2020 10:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: adding choke rod inside of body 1917 touring with starter
Replies: 12
Views: 427

Re: adding choke rod inside of body 1917 touring with starter

Actually, I have a wood firewall. The photo I posted is not of my car. I used a small router bit to make a slot in the wood because the push rod doesn't move straight back and forth. On the inside the slot is covered by an oval shaped brass disc with a centered hole. I've attached a drawing that may...
by Oldav8tor
Sat Aug 22, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Inner tubes "MADE IN USA "
Replies: 14
Views: 632

Re: Inner tubes "MADE IN USA "

I have a related question. I recently had a flat - crack in the valve stem on one side. Tire inflation was checked the day it happened. There was no evidence of a sudden loss of pressure --- I just found it flat when I went to the barn the next day. Any theories as to why this happened? My tire guy ...
by Oldav8tor
Thu Aug 20, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: adding choke rod inside of body 1917 touring with starter
Replies: 12
Views: 427

Re: adding choke rod inside of body 1917 touring with starter

I have the same thing....a '17 touring with a starter added. The setup is similar to a '19 or '20. When I had my Holley G carburetor overhauled by Russ Potter I asked him to add a double-ended choke lever which allows the attachment of a choke wire from the front by the crank and from the panel. The...
by Oldav8tor
Thu Aug 20, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: update Be careful cranking
Replies: 32
Views: 1301

Re: update Be careful cranking

I've met Mark and his dad and seen their shops. I doubt anyone does finer work on Model T's. That said, the fact that Mark can suffer such a horrific injury is scary and should be a lesson to all in the hobby. My '17 didn't have a starter but I added one when the engine was rebuilt. Purists might ob...
by Oldav8tor
Tue Aug 18, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I am 14 and I bought a 1926 T. Now what?...
Replies: 66
Views: 1711

Re: I am 14 and I bought a 1926 T. Now what?...

Brakes? Jonah, that is a very astute observation. Getting a Model T to "Go" is a great accomplishment. Getting it to "Stop" can be equally rewarding. I had some experiences on a tour in really hilly country that were a little scary (where I live is pretty flat) so this spring I installed hydraulic d...
by Oldav8tor
Mon Aug 17, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: What kind of pocket knife do you carry?
Replies: 21
Views: 875

Re: What kind of pocket knife do you carry?

Swiss Army Knife - besides the obvious uses, the little magnifying glass helps my old eyes read the numbers on drill bits :-)
by Oldav8tor
Sat Aug 15, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Sweat and lacquer don't mix...
Replies: 24
Views: 1345

Re: Sweat and lacquer don't mix...

Maybe you need to change your diet :lol:
by Oldav8tor
Thu Aug 13, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: FJ - Some Humor To Brighten Your Day
Replies: 628
Views: 77209

Re: FJ - Some Humor To Brighten Your Day

From a January 1923 Newspaper. Boy! talk about predicting the future!
1923cartoon.jpg
by Oldav8tor
Tue Aug 11, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New to Forum and Model Ts
Replies: 58
Views: 1933

Re: New to Forum and Model Ts

Pennsylvania to Studio City....I sense a story there. I hope we aren't overloading you with too much information but as Kelly Bundy said, "To be forewarned is to have four arms..." (Obscure Married With Children reference typical of a babbling old guy.) Part of the fun is the research...followed by ...
by Oldav8tor
Mon Aug 10, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ruckstell axle question
Replies: 8
Views: 564

Re: Ruckstell axle question

Welcome to the hobby... good luck in your search! Don't buy a Model T if you're looking for a speedy antique. A comfortable speed for a T is in the 30-35 mph range. I've had mine up over 45 or so on busy roads but it isn't a comfortable feeling, especially in an open car. Also, why beat your engine ...
by Oldav8tor
Mon Aug 10, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: My experience with plastic tack strips
Replies: 13
Views: 1457

Re: My experience with plastic tack strips

Tom, Looking at your photo of the "broken end" what I see doesn't look much like the cut end of the material I used. It looks more like plastic. I wonder if we're talking about the same material? I have a test piece I cut and bent to learn how to mold the material that I'm going to hang up and see w...
by Oldav8tor
Mon Aug 10, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New to Forum and Model Ts
Replies: 58
Views: 1933

Re: New to Forum and Model Ts

Lisa, I like your enthusiasm and the obvious intelligence you are putting into researching your choice of a Model T. I agree with others....A T is not suitable for freeways. The only exception might be on an organized tour with other Model T's and then only for a short distance. If a modern car pile...
by Oldav8tor
Sun Aug 09, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New to Forum and Model Ts
Replies: 58
Views: 1933

Re: New to Forum and Model Ts

Dick is correct....never say never. My motto is “have trailer will travel.” A Model T tour is a great place to see new country (at a modest pace) and meet new people. Thanks for your comment about my tail light. I didn’t mention that I’ve installed LED bulbs in my headlights and all the oil lamps. I...
by Oldav8tor
Sun Aug 09, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New to Forum and Model Ts
Replies: 58
Views: 1933

Re: New to Forum and Model Ts

You are correct - when I refer to the "period" I mean the years that the Model T was being produced or still in common use. If you read "Farewell my lovely" by E.B. White (which was posted recently) you'll see mentioned the huge number of aftermarket accessories available to personalize your Model T...
by Oldav8tor
Sun Aug 09, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: aJ baimes "arsenal of democracy"
Replies: 14
Views: 985

Re: aJ baimes "arsenal of democracy"

Aircraft fuel available today is still leaded and set at 100 octane. My aircraft's engine was originally certified for 73 Octane but only 100 is available. The only issue I notice is a greater tendency towards lead fouling of spark plugs. No improvement in performance compared to when 80-87 octane w...
by Oldav8tor
Sun Aug 09, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New to Forum and Model Ts
Replies: 58
Views: 1933

Re: New to Forum and Model Ts

Lisa, So far you are doing everything right. You have also received some great advice from guys on the forum and have a wonderful resource in your club. I don't have much to add but will throw out a couple of points. 1.) Decide whether you want a "driver" or a show car. For a driver you should look ...
by Oldav8tor
Thu Aug 06, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Wanted: 1913 Touring Hardware
Replies: 9
Views: 750

Re: Wanted: 1913 Touring Hardware

FWIW - I purchased straps with T-cotters from RV for my '17 Touring. They are nickel plated which is correct for my car. I dug out the rotted original wood inserts and poured epoxy as recommended by RV and others. I then drilled and tapped the epoxy for #8 machine screws. I think the epoxy is a grea...
by Oldav8tor
Thu Aug 06, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: So why so little interest?
Replies: 39
Views: 3474

Re: So why so little interest?

Why own a Model T? I'm about to turn 71 and when I was born the newest Model T was already either in a collector's hands or quietly neglected and rusting away somewhere. I bought my first and only Model T in August of 2018. Ironically, I was nudged in that direction by my wife who loved riding the M...
by Oldav8tor
Wed Aug 05, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Can we solve a 75-year old mystery?
Replies: 23
Views: 1897

Re: Can we solve a 75-year old mystery?

I'd say there is a lake in the background as the trees seem to end at the water's edge. Also, the leaves on the ground appear to be Oak.
by Oldav8tor
Wed Aug 05, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Damn Pigeons
Replies: 7
Views: 891

Re: Damn Pigeons

Pretty impressive load of pigeon poop.
by Oldav8tor
Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1915 Firewall
Replies: 9
Views: 957

Re: 1915 Firewall

John Regan is the expert when it comes to firewalls. You might ask him what's available as far as reference material. You can find him with a member search.
by Oldav8tor
Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hot No Start
Replies: 25
Views: 1700

Re: Hot No Start

Does it even try to start when hot or simply turn over with no firing at all?
by Oldav8tor
Sun Aug 02, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Inner tube stem
Replies: 5
Views: 500

Re: Inner tube stem

I tried to find some originals but so far no luck. With the swap meets cancelled there aren't many places to look.

The new ones available have an inferior bridge washer so I've avoided them. The ones that must be vulcanized on seemed like they might be a good alternative IF they work.
by Oldav8tor
Sun Aug 02, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Inner tube stem
Replies: 5
Views: 500

Inner tube stem

Can anyone share their experiences good and bad with the brass replacement stems available from Lang's and others? Specifically, the type that has to be "hot vulcanized" to the tube. I recently had a flat caused by a cut or tear in the side of the rubber stem on a relatively new Hartford tube and I ...
by Oldav8tor
Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Safest way to haul a coupe on an open trailer
Replies: 25
Views: 1434

Re: Safest way to haul a coupe on an open trailer

My friend is on his way to Texas and is really grateful for all the suggestions. Hopefully we'll see him on here as he digs into his new Model T. Thanks!
by Oldav8tor
Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Safest way to haul a coupe on an open trailer
Replies: 25
Views: 1434

Safest way to haul a coupe on an open trailer

A friend of mine is hauling a '23 Coupe from Texas to Michigan. He'll be using a open car hauler. His question is whether it would be easier on the car to haul it facing forward or backwards on the trailer? It has a sunshade on the front that doesn't look too substantial for 70-75 mph winds. I also ...
by Oldav8tor
Wed Jul 29, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Help with ID
Replies: 26
Views: 1460

Re: Help with ID

I have a '17 and the windshield looks like yours. The offset hinges first appeared in April 1917, prior to that they were still like the 1916. My car was built in September of 1916 and doesn't have the offset hinges. Regarding the "modern" radiator hose - there is a steel tube that goes in that loca...
by Oldav8tor
Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Help with ID
Replies: 26
Views: 1460

Re: Help with ID

Hmmm..... The casting date on the engine block is January 20, 1917. The rest of it looks like maybe 1916ish? Brass radiators ended with the 1916 model year. The headlight lenses are from the 20's but they could have been replaced. The demountable wheels are 1919 or later The engine serial number is ...
by Oldav8tor
Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:15 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB Brass valve stems
Replies: 0
Views: 330

WTB Brass valve stems

Does anyone have a couple of original type brass valve stems for Model T wooden wheels? The kind Steve Jelf recommends. I need the stem, bridge washer and nuts. I have a couple of good tubes with damaged rubber stems.
by Oldav8tor
Tue Jul 28, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: “Leaping”/lurching in second?
Replies: 6
Views: 470

Re: “Leaping”/lurching in second?

Did you ever tell us what kind of timer you have? That's another potential source of engine stumble.
by Oldav8tor
Tue Jul 28, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Top install question
Replies: 30
Views: 1779

Re: Top install question

Thanks to all for your comments....they helped. As I said, I purchased material from Classtique to match my top. It came in three pieces with the end pieces cut on the bias. I agree that you could likely do it in one piece if it was all cut on the bias. What I did was glue the material to the inside...
by Oldav8tor
Mon Jul 27, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Top install question
Replies: 30
Views: 1779

Re: Top install question

Ok, I'm back again. I ordered some material from Classtique that matches the rest of my kit. The front bow wrap comes in three pieces with the end pieces for the curve cut on the bias. Now I am faced with how to proceed with attaching it. I don't want to ruin it and have to buy replacements and lose...
by Oldav8tor
Sat Jul 25, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: A T Era photo
Replies: 5
Views: 842

Re: A T Era photo

Many town have wide streets because in the horse and buggy days parking was usually angle -very hard to parallel park a horse and buggy. Angle parking usually carried over to the early automotive days but is far less common today.
by Oldav8tor
Sat Jul 25, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice
Replies: 122
Views: 3918

Re: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice

The wishbone cap is usually held on by studs that are threaded on both ends and castle nuts. The exposed end of the stud is drilled. Safety wire is used because just sticking a cotter pin in won't prevent the stud from backing out. The alternative for you would be to drill the heads of the bolts you...
by Oldav8tor
Sat Jul 25, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice
Replies: 122
Views: 3918

Re: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice

Dave is correct - often the only recourse is to buy fasteners from a vendor. If you plan to stick with bolts securing the wishbone ball to the pan you might want to drill the heads (if there is enough meat) and safety wire. Alternatively, Aircraft AN bolts are fine thread and may be ordered plain, d...
by Oldav8tor
Fri Jul 24, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice
Replies: 122
Views: 3918

Re: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice

I was the one who mentioned your driveshaft was flipped. The angle might result in a clearance issue on the driveshaft coupler that prevents a big grease cup from being installed. You can't just flip the coupler 180° because it has to align with a hole in the ball around the universal. Until you get...
by Oldav8tor
Wed Jul 22, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Footman loop / bows question
Replies: 2
Views: 311

Re: Footman loop / bows question

Thanks RV, that is just what I was looking for. I should have clarified that my car is a September 1916 build with oval sockets. I'll have to throw a tape measure on the existing loops and see how close they come. I'm using bows that Jonathan made and they are top quality. I look forward to installi...
by Oldav8tor
Wed Jul 22, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wheel bearing problem
Replies: 23
Views: 1163

Re: Wheel bearing problem

Steve,
If you do decide you need a hub, try Hank Lee. He's helped me more than once and heaven knows what he has stashed away...
by Oldav8tor
Wed Jul 22, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Remember that story about the man who wanted to be buried in his Model T?
Replies: 10
Views: 1086

Re: Remember that story about the man who wanted to be buried in his Model T?

Ok....not coffin humor but a few from the archives: Back in the twenties a lunatic escaped from the asylum and stole the first car he found - a Ford touring car. His first stop was the laundry nearby, where he somehow persuaded two employees to take a break and go for a high speed ride. Unfortunatel...
by Oldav8tor
Wed Jul 22, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wheel bearing problem
Replies: 23
Views: 1163

Re: Wheel bearing problem

Is the new race an actual Timken or from overseas? Like Walter said, I'm curious about the dimensions of old and new.
by Oldav8tor
Wed Jul 22, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB Radiators
Replies: 6
Views: 933

Re: WTB Radiators

To build on what the other Tim said, it reminds me of steam locomotives having to stop periodically to take on water.... I had an old round tube radiator and replaced it with a new Bergs and never looked back. It never overheats and I never have to add coolant. With all the hot weather of late havin...
by Oldav8tor
Wed Jul 22, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice
Replies: 122
Views: 3918

Re: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice

Not only should the cap on the ball of the wishbone be safety wired, the ball itself should not be loose in it's socket. They make shims for it but sometimes if it is badly worn, you may need to replace the ball and maybe the socket that is attached to the oil pan. Another subject to google :-) If y...
by Oldav8tor
Wed Jul 22, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wheel bearing problem
Replies: 23
Views: 1163

Re: Wheel bearing problem

Sorry for your troubles....You never know what the guy before you did so take nothing for granted. I am no expert - but if the inner cup is just loose enough that you can turn it with your fingers but otherwise fitting the space without an obvious big gap, you might consider using a product like Loc...
by Oldav8tor
Wed Jul 22, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Footman loop / bows question
Replies: 2
Views: 311

Footman loop / bows question

My 1917 Touring didn't have a top on it when I bought it, just the rotting remains of the top bows. Some of the bows may have been original but others were obviously made by a previous owner. As I prepare to install my new top bows, I have questions about the footman loops. Since I'm pretty sure the...
by Oldav8tor
Tue Jul 21, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice
Replies: 122
Views: 3918

Re: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice

Looking at one of your photos it looks like the big grease cup on the drive shaft where the ball of the shaft tube meets the transmission hangs down which is opposite the way Ford did it. Some guys did this so they could access the grease cups without taking the floor boards up, but it does create a...
by Oldav8tor
Tue Jul 21, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice
Replies: 122
Views: 3918

Re: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice

You didn't mention what kind of timer you have. Some need lube, some don't. When you're turning the cups to add grease, don't forget that the ball around the universal is supposed to be packed full of grease so don't be sparing there. Some will likely squeeze out with use as the seal to the back of ...
by Oldav8tor
Mon Jul 20, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Remember that story about the man who wanted to be buried in his Model T?
Replies: 10
Views: 1086

Re: Remember that story about the man who wanted to be buried in his Model T?

I like it :lol: Any more Model T jokes? Those of us newer to the hobby haven't heard them all yet....
by Oldav8tor
Mon Jul 20, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Tight engine after it runs
Replies: 14
Views: 1149

Re: Tight engine after it runs

Ron, did you rebuild the engine yourself or have some one do it? If the latter, was it someone experienced with Model T engines?
by Oldav8tor
Mon Jul 20, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice
Replies: 122
Views: 3918

Re: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice

Allan brought up something I meant to mention. With a 6 volt system you want the cables in the battery to starter circuit to be very heavy to reduce resistance loss - 0 or 00 gauge is common. Some guys even use cables designed for an arc welder. If you use what is available at the autoparts your sta...
by Oldav8tor
Sun Jul 19, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice
Replies: 122
Views: 3918

Re: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice

Brendan, Scott Conger makes an excellent float valve for a NH carb <https://mtfca.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=14252> You'll want to take the bowl off and check the float condition as well. Nonetheless, a shut-off valve at the carb is always a good idea. If your car is going to sit for awhile it's...
by Oldav8tor
Sun Jul 19, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice
Replies: 122
Views: 3918

Re: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice

Responding to Dick's comment: Tim, with respect, that sentence is ambiguous. It could be read to mean that not having a water pump is a good thing, or that a water pump is a good thing. Having hung around this forum for years, I am going to assume you meant the first. As a retired schoolteacher I am...
by Oldav8tor
Sat Jul 18, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice
Replies: 122
Views: 3918

Re: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice

Being in a northern clime you should seriously consider running a 50/50 antifreeze mix. Be sure to use "conventional" green, coolant designed for older cars. It protects against corrosion and removes any chance of freeze cracks in the block. They make an additive called "wetter water" which is suppo...
by Oldav8tor
Sat Jul 18, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice
Replies: 122
Views: 3918

Re: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice

Brendan, welcome to the hobby. You're in for quite a ride in more ways than one :D What Jerry said about avoiding any contact between the magneto and the battery is really good advice. You can easily demagnitize the magnets, rendering your magneto useless. If you think your magneto is weak, there ar...
by Oldav8tor
Fri Jul 17, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I ALMOST GAVE UP........,
Replies: 92
Views: 5213

Re: I ALMOST GAVE UP........,

"As the twig is bent, so grows the tree....." Good job Hank!
by Oldav8tor
Fri Jul 17, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Top install question
Replies: 30
Views: 1779

Re: Top install question

Larry, I think you are going a little hard on some of the posters. We're all trying to do the best that we can. The vinyl that came with my kit is cut on the bias and I've tried everything I can think of and a few things others recommended with no luck. It looks better now than the first photo I sub...
by Oldav8tor
Fri Jul 17, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Michigan Jamboree Postponed to 2021
Replies: 2
Views: 350

Re: Michigan Jamboree Postponed to 2021

The planning group has carefully considered our options and conflicts and decided the 2021 Michigan Jamboree will be held August 25th thru 28th in Bad Axe, Michigan. Mark your calendars!

I'll post again when I learn when registrations and motel and camping reservations will be accepted.
by Oldav8tor
Wed Jul 15, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Michigan Jamboree Postponed to 2021
Replies: 2
Views: 350

Michigan Jamboree Postponed to 2021

I regret to inform everyone that due to increasing rates of Covid-19 infection and the real possibility of even stricter restrictions in Michigan, the 2020 Michigan Jamboree has been postponed to 2021. Next year's Jamboree will be held in Michigan's northern Thumb, just as we had planned to do this ...
by Oldav8tor
Wed Jul 15, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Not done anything all of July
Replies: 21
Views: 1760

Re: Not done anything all of July

I know what it's like to have a medical issue knock you on your a##. Having a goal is a good way to keep your spirits up. You do what you can but the important thing is to keep "doing."

All the best for a speedy recovery.
by Oldav8tor
Wed Jul 15, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Top install question
Replies: 30
Views: 1779

Re: Top install question

Dan, did the wrap on your front bow come in more than one piece? It looks like a seam in the photo.
by Oldav8tor
Tue Jul 14, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: FS Complete 6V Starter and spare Bendix
Replies: 3
Views: 561

Re: FS Complete 6V Starter and spare Bendix

Sale Pending - thanks MTFCA
by Oldav8tor
Tue Jul 14, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: FS Complete 6V Starter and spare Bendix
Replies: 3
Views: 561

FS Complete 6V Starter and spare Bendix

For sale, a lightly used 6 volt starter I purchased from Buckeye Auto Electric. Installed August 2019, removed July 2020 as part of a 12 volt conversion. Includes installed Bendix plus a new, unused complete Bendix spare. Works great! A good deal for someone. $350 plus actual shipping charges. Email...
by Oldav8tor
Tue Jul 14, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Top install question
Replies: 30
Views: 1779

Re: Top install question

It's a 17 Touring, two man top. Instructions say to wrap the front bow in vinyl. The vinyl is cut on the bias. It's cooking in the sun as I type and I'll be going out shortly to work on it.
by Oldav8tor
Mon Jul 13, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Top install question
Replies: 30
Views: 1779

Top install question

For those who have installed a vinyl top I have a question. Are there any tricks to smoothing out the corner puckers in the vinyl used to cover the front bow? I'm going to leave it in the sun tomorrow to heat it then try stretching it into shape but other than that I'm out of ideas.
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by Oldav8tor
Fri Jul 10, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Praise for Berg's
Replies: 6
Views: 652

Re: Praise for Berg's

I have a Bergs low radiator in my 1917 Touring. Even on these 90+° days it has never come close to overheating. The only issue I had was that my radiator neck came off a couple of weeks back. Yeah, I had a motometer and winged cap which Bergs had advised against..... I took the radiator to an old-ti...
by Oldav8tor
Thu Jul 09, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: HEADS UP! Stolen Model T- Huntsville, Alabama
Replies: 19
Views: 2236

Re: HEADS UP! Stolen Model T- Huntsville, Alabama

Is the victim known to anyone on the forum? It would take a knowledgeable person to drive it away.
by Oldav8tor
Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: FS Complete Restored Set 30 X 3 1/2 Demountable Hickory Wood Spoked Wheels UPDATED Photos By Request! SOLD!
Replies: 10
Views: 1441

Re: FS Complete Restored Set 30 X 3 1/2 Demountable Hickory Wood Spoked Wheels UPDATED Photos By Request!

Hank,
Do you remember what stain you used to get that color? It's a good match for original spokes.
by Oldav8tor
Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Deleted posts.
Replies: 7
Views: 1192

Re: Deleted posts.

You're in New Zealand so rules may be different than the US. The Hocken didn't create the images so it is doubtful they could force you to pay for their use. Also, in the US we have the "Fair Use"doctrine that allows for the publishing of even copyrighted images for non-commercial educational use. T...
by Oldav8tor
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 2nd generation T guy who knew better!
Replies: 7
Views: 937

Re: 2nd generation T guy who knew better!

Mark, I'm so sorry to hear of your mishap....I winced reading your post. I wish you a speedy and complete recovery.
by Oldav8tor
Sat Jun 27, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 12 Volt Geared Starter
Replies: 9
Views: 724

12 Volt Geared Starter

Does anyone have experience pro or con with the new production 12 volt geared starter that some vendors carry?
by Oldav8tor
Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Successful tour in Michigan
Replies: 2
Views: 346

Successful tour in Michigan

Mike Catlin of the Casual T's put together a modest progressive tour in mid-Michigan over June 25-27. Starting from the Vestaburg area, our nine Model T's visited some Amish Craftsmen on Thursday and then drove north on Friday about 80 miles to the city of Cadillac. The weather cooperated, raining o...
by Oldav8tor
Sun Jun 21, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: My 88th birthday June 21
Replies: 25
Views: 1487

Re: My 88th birthday June 21

Happy Birthday Darel...keep on "T-ing" !
by Oldav8tor
Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hypothetical question re: Spokane Tour
Replies: 1
Views: 315

Re: Hypothetical question re: Spokane Tour

Personally I think one national tour a year is enough. That said, regional or state tours can offer a good substitute for those who like big gatherings. In Michigan we hold an annual "Jamboree" (MTFCI) which attracts 75-100 cars and has many of the features of a national but on a smaller scale. We a...
by Oldav8tor
Thu Jun 18, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New Day Timer Re-conditioner
Replies: 11
Views: 1006

Re: New Day Timer Re-conditioner

You need a thick piece of wood or the sandpaper can cut right though the sides of the New Day and you end up with two pieces in your hand. Ask me how I know that. Good point. The HF disc is rubber so I planned to cut the sandpaper so that it was like a mm short of the edge. That way only rubber con...
by Oldav8tor
Wed Jun 17, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Magneto battery charger
Replies: 20
Views: 1942

Re: Magneto battery charger

Greg,
The USB adapter is connected to a 12 volt battery as is the starter, LED lights and battery post on the coil box. I just assumed if we used the above charging circuit to charge said battery that the higher magneto voltages would be added to the mix, albeit as pulsing half-wave DC.