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by Oldav8tor
Sun Mar 07, 2021 4:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wheel Crack
Replies: 4
Views: 238

Wheel Crack

I purchased a "new" felloe to build up a wheel to replace one of my rear wheels that has a bit too much wiggle. I got a nice 30 x 3.5 inch Firestone felloe from a friend in California and after priming and painting I sent it out to be re-spoked. Yesterday I was staining the spokes when I noticed wha...
by Oldav8tor
Sun Mar 07, 2021 3:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: More pics
Replies: 14
Views: 308

Re: More pics

Can you imagine the sense of freedom that early cars brought to people? Going to town for my dad used to be a whole day event before they got their Model T Touring in 1917... With the T everything got "closer," and people were free to set out farther afield than was ever possible using horses. Talk ...
by Oldav8tor
Sat Mar 06, 2021 6:35 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Vehicles
Topic: WTB roadster pickup
Replies: 3
Views: 608

Re: WTB roadster pickup

Brian Dowell sent me these from his phone and asked if I'd post them. They refer to the car in Michigan described in the second post above. I believe it is a 1922 model.
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by Oldav8tor
Sat Mar 06, 2021 4:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How do I "correctly" tighten a new top?
Replies: 16
Views: 630

Re: How do I "correctly" tighten a new top?

I prefer the top down for driving but put the top up if it's going to be sitting for awhile. Talk about being folded, mine was in a cardboard shipping box under the car's rear seat for 31 years before I installed it. Left it out in the Sun and the creases disappeared. Any wrinkles are due to it's na...
by Oldav8tor
Sat Mar 06, 2021 12:14 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Improving dirty clear edge guard on a Toyota?
Replies: 3
Views: 124

Re: Improving dirty clear edge guard on a Toyota?

They look like something I've seen for sale at auto parts stores. Me, I'd just take them off and replace them. Probably with chrome or colored ones rather than clear.
by Oldav8tor
Sat Mar 06, 2021 12:09 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Vehicles
Topic: WTB roadster pickup
Replies: 3
Views: 608

Re: WTB roadster pickup

To clarify, Brian told me a bit about the car and it appears to be a nice one. He has no interest in it other than to see it find a good home. Brian got me into my first (and only) Model T and is a great ambassador for the hobby. He was the president of the MTFCI in 2019.
by Oldav8tor
Sat Mar 06, 2021 12:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ford script
Replies: 4
Views: 352

Re: Ford script

Wills left Ford and started his own car company (and the city of Marysville, MI) down along the St. Clair River which divides Michigan and Canada. There is an excellent small museum in Marysville that features many of the surviving Wills-Saint Claire Automobiles. They were a bit fancier than the Mod...
by Oldav8tor
Fri Mar 05, 2021 11:56 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Top Bows 13 to 17 Touring FS
Replies: 4
Views: 314

Re: Top Bows 13 to 17 Touring FS

Really good price. If I hadn't bought new ones last year I'd be interested.
by Oldav8tor
Fri Mar 05, 2021 11:44 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How do I "correctly" tighten a new top?
Replies: 16
Views: 630

Re: How do I "correctly" tighten a new top?

I'm also curious about whether pads are installed (photo 1). My top is not a perfect fit although it looks almost identical to a photo of my grandfather's 1917 Touring (taken in 1918). I also added snaps on the sides to the middle two bows - it doesn't help much with the shape but does keep the edge...
by Oldav8tor
Thu Mar 04, 2021 2:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 21 touring rear top strap question
Replies: 15
Views: 192

Re: 21 touring rear top strap question

RV Anderson makes excellent straps with necessary D rings and etc. He also knows which get leather and which get webbing and what fittings are correct for each year. They work great on my 1917 Touring with a two-man top. Without the straps you put quite a load on the tacks holding the back piece to ...
by Oldav8tor
Wed Mar 03, 2021 7:09 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Covid 19 Shot?
Replies: 50
Views: 2015

Re: Covid 19 Shot?

I've helped a few people I know get their covid vaccinations. Our county currently has a "pause" on new vaccination reservations but I had good luck with a nearby Rite Aid pharmacy. After filling out a brief online questionnaire (while my friend was on the phone) I was able to pick a day and time th...
by Oldav8tor
Tue Mar 02, 2021 5:11 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: 1910 in Hailey, Idaho
Replies: 4
Views: 270

Re: 1910 in Hailey, Idaho

I may have spoken too soon. I blew up the photos and compared the cars and although similar, found some differences. For example, the spoke count on the wheels doesn't match. Regardless, it was a nice story!
by Oldav8tor
Tue Mar 02, 2021 4:41 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: 1910 in Hailey, Idaho
Replies: 4
Views: 270

Re: 1910 in Hailey, Idaho

Maybe these guys? <https://www.technologyreview.com/2013/0 ... road-trip/> West Newton, Mass to Portland, OR in 1910, driving a 1909 Oldsmobile. The photo would have been taken after the boys and car had put on some hard miles.
by Oldav8tor
Tue Mar 02, 2021 4:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Timer
Replies: 25
Views: 765

Re: Timer

I have 3500 miles on a New Day timer from Tip Top Timers of Spokane, WA. Works great! I've cleaned it a couple of times but that's it. Truly low maintenance. Talk to Mark Hutchinson (509) 220-0892 <hutchmc@comcast.net> Note: They also make Anderson timers if you decide to go that way.
by Oldav8tor
Tue Mar 02, 2021 1:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: You Get What You Pay For
Replies: 38
Views: 1703

Re: You Get What You Pay For

A few years ago I gave some advanced flying instruction to a guy who delivered gasoline for a living. He said pretty much what others have said, that he picked up the gas at a location in central Michigan and drove it to a number of different branded stations. He said the only difference was which a...
by Oldav8tor
Mon Mar 01, 2021 9:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Need help with touring top
Replies: 5
Views: 219

Re: Need help with touring top

Before you attempt to fit the top you need to have the frame and bows securely braced in their proper positions. You then need to run the webbing from front to back, followed by the two pads. Note the wire cross bracing and the wood pieces holding the vertical bows straight and supporting the bow ov...
by Oldav8tor
Sun Feb 28, 2021 11:17 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How long??
Replies: 15
Views: 1145

Re: How long??

2 1/2 years with no contact and no paperwork is way beyond reasonable. I don't see how anyone could expect that you would still have it. If he took it to small claims court he would be laughed out the door. If he gets on the forum and complains, a similar outcome. I understand you want to do the rig...
by Oldav8tor
Sun Feb 28, 2021 11:09 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Have you ever damaged your hubcaps when loading or unloading your trailer?
Replies: 16
Views: 664

Re: Have you ever damaged your hubcaps when loading or unloading your trailer?

When I first got my trailer (7 foot wide), I hated driving my T to load and unload. The last straw was when I was backing out and it got a little away from me and the right front axle (just behind the hubcap) snagged the cable that attached to the ramp, stretched it and broke it resulting in breakin...
by Oldav8tor
Sat Feb 27, 2021 11:36 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Have you ever damaged your hubcaps when loading or unloading your trailer?
Replies: 16
Views: 664

Re: Have you ever damaged your hubcaps when loading or unloading your trailer?

After a unloading incident with my enclosed trailer ($300 repair), I installed a Harbor Freight winch and now winch my Model T both on and off. I "steer" it by nudging the front wheels left or right and it insures "no drama" during the loading/unloading process. When I can, I park the trailer so it'...
by Oldav8tor
Fri Feb 26, 2021 2:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: You Get What You Pay For
Replies: 38
Views: 1703

Re: You Get What You Pay For

I have nothing to add to the "poor running" part of this thread other than to say that a Model T should be able to run on some pretty poor quality gas....I suspect the gas you buy from Murphy is of much higher quality than was was available back in the day, even if it isn't "top tier." The above not...
by Oldav8tor
Fri Feb 26, 2021 2:13 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Covid 19 Shot?
Replies: 50
Views: 2015

Re: Covid 19 Shot?

My wife and I got our second Moderna shot yesterday - after a day and a half I can report the only side effect has been a mild soreness in our arms. I only notice mine if I bump it. An 81 year old friend got his 2nd PFizer shot 5 days ago and reports no side effects. I know others have had less plea...
by Oldav8tor
Thu Feb 25, 2021 1:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Thanks Tim Morsher
Replies: 13
Views: 691

Re: Thanks Tim Morsher

I've got a couple of things from Tim. Always the highest quality and great service. Tim is one of the good guys, a credit to the hobby.
by Oldav8tor
Tue Feb 23, 2021 8:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Buying/bringing a T from Canada T into the USA
Replies: 10
Views: 674

Re: Buying/bringing a T from Canada T into the USA

Here is a link to a good article on the subject <https://www.hemmings.com/stories/2019/09/30/how-to-import-a-vintage-car-canada-to-united-states> Bringing an antique car into the US actually has less red tape than buying a more modern one as it is exempt from emissions requirements and etc. I live l...
by Oldav8tor
Tue Feb 23, 2021 6:45 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Covid 19 Shot?
Replies: 50
Views: 2015

Re: Covid 19 Shot?

I just learned that my health department puts their most up to date info on their facebook page. They don't have to have a computer technician make the changes to FB like with their official webpage. I'm not a big FB user but took a chance and looked. I was glad I did because it said the clinic wher...
by Oldav8tor
Tue Feb 23, 2021 12:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Michigan Jamboree
Replies: 1
Views: 320

Re: Michigan Jamboree

Got word today that there is only one room left at the primary motel (Franklin Inn) so if you're on the fence, you might want to give the Ameriway a call soon. The Holiday Inn has also set aside some rooms but they'll cost more and parking isn't as good as the Ameriway. Lots of campsites available. ...
by Oldav8tor
Mon Feb 22, 2021 11:03 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Covid 19 Shot?
Replies: 50
Views: 2015

Re: Covid 19 Shot?

Dick - The short answer to cancelling unneeded appointments, is "sometimes".... As difficult as it can be to get on a list, it's harder to cancel. I was able to get off of a couple of other lists but two are still pending. The way it works, you email in a form or leave a phone message and wait. When...
by Oldav8tor
Sun Feb 21, 2021 12:16 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Covid 19 Shot?
Replies: 50
Views: 2015

Re: Covid 19 Shot?

Dick, you brought up a really good point that I hadn't really considered. Isolation is great until you have to seek medical assistance.... then what? I have to give our county health department credit - when they get doses they get them into arms quickly. Some counties are doing better, some worse. ...
by Oldav8tor
Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:47 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Cold weather
Replies: 3
Views: 350

Re: Cold weather

Here in Michigan we got about a foot and a half of snow out of the last storm. Temps are just now inching above freezing after being well below for the last ten days or so. Single digits overnight, which is actually uncommon during a typical winter. No power interruptions, at least where I live and ...
by Oldav8tor
Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Michigan Jamboree
Replies: 1
Views: 320

Michigan Jamboree

For those interested, the 2021 MTFCI Michigan Jamboree of T's is open for business. The website is updated and registration is open. The dates are August 25th to 28th and will include three days of touring Michigan's Thumb. Good model T roads, quaint small towns, miles of beautiful shoreline along L...
by Oldav8tor
Sat Feb 20, 2021 11:19 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Oil Dipstick?
Replies: 43
Views: 1879

Re: Oil Dipstick?

I have one and am very happy with it. I believe the version they sell now is updated from the one pictured. The tube attaches to a fitting screwed into the bottom of the oil pan and the oil is drained by turning out a plug with an allen wrench. Easily installed, easily removed. Easy to use, especial...
by Oldav8tor
Fri Feb 19, 2021 9:25 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Covid 19 Shot?
Replies: 50
Views: 2015

Re: Covid 19 Shot?

Scott - thank you and I apologize if I gave the impression that people on this forum have used the word "hoax." I've just heard it from so many sources and as an old biology teacher, it bothers me. I believe in science and the science behind this pandemic is strong and becoming more understood every...
by Oldav8tor
Fri Feb 19, 2021 8:08 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Covid 19 Shot?
Replies: 50
Views: 2015

Re: Covid 19 Shot?

I just got word that my chiropractor and friend died this morning from Covid-19. A man in his 50's, married with two teenaged girls. He started feeling poorly on Monday and was dead by Friday morning. A nice guy, gone far too soon. His family left to put together the pieces. For all of you who still...
by Oldav8tor
Fri Feb 19, 2021 4:06 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Covid 19 Shot?
Replies: 50
Views: 2015

Re: Covid 19 Shot?

Noel is on the front line, bless him. He faces the reality that those of us who are lucky just read about. It’s your choice but I’d trust him over the rumors and conspiracy theories flying around. A guy I’ve known for 30+ years has been an outspoken critic of the vaccine, claiming it was so rushed t...
by Oldav8tor
Tue Feb 16, 2021 11:29 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: An odd question about sound.
Replies: 10
Views: 575

Re: An odd question about sound.

I'm going to send Rob a small brake drum for his museum. If anyone has a large one sitting around that is surplus to their needs I'm sure he would be appreciative. That also goes for drums from other manufacturers of that period. Who knew there was music written in the 1920's calling for Brake Drums...
by Oldav8tor
Mon Feb 15, 2021 8:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: SAFETY WARNING for McLaren Manufacture 30 X 3 ½ Model T Rims
Replies: 13
Views: 1213

Re: SAFETY WARNING for McLaren Manufacture 30 X 3 ½ Model T Rims

A word of caution - I've found cracks in the welds of lugs on original rims as well. It is a good idea to keep a close eye on any fixed lug rim you have.
by Oldav8tor
Sun Feb 14, 2021 9:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Watching a Flower Bloom or a Tree Bare Fruit....,
Replies: 25
Views: 1143

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

Hank, your experience with Donnie is the kind of thing we old teachers experience a few times in a career if we're lucky. They are also the accomplishments that we cherish the most. Congrats to Donnie and my respect to you. I knew you were a nice guy, now we can add "great" to that description. My b...
by Oldav8tor
Sun Feb 14, 2021 5:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Disc Brakes--Yes/No??
Replies: 30
Views: 1320

Re: Disc Brakes--Yes/No??

I installed disc brakes (and floating hubs) after an experience on the Covered Bridges tour in southern Indiana. Without going into detail, I had experiences both going down a steep hill and climbing a steep hill where I a.) almost didn't get it stopped in time to avoid a collision & b.) would not h...
by Oldav8tor
Fri Feb 12, 2021 11:29 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Covid 19 Shot?
Replies: 50
Views: 2015

Re: Covid 19 Shot?

Tim, since your comment is directed towards me, I'll respond. So far, Covid 19 has claimed more victims in a year than all the US soldiers and civilians killed in WWII. True, we're dying quietly in hospitals instead of being shredded by bullets and shrapnel but dying nonetheless. Some may claim Covi...
by Oldav8tor
Fri Feb 12, 2021 10:29 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Tasty Ts
Replies: 11
Views: 796

Re: Tasty Ts

Maybe we should start a thread with favorite cooker recipes. I like the ones that list the ingredients and end with something like "drive 50 miles" :lol:
by Oldav8tor
Thu Feb 11, 2021 4:58 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Covid 19 Shot?
Replies: 50
Views: 2015

Re: Covid 19 Shot?

Lets remember the original intent of this post was to see what is happening amongst our Model T friends in regard to the Covid 19 vaccine. If you choose not to have the vaccine, you have little to add to this thread. I realize there are a lot of strong feelings regarding the disease, the federal and...
by Oldav8tor
Thu Feb 11, 2021 4:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Tasty Ts
Replies: 11
Views: 796

Re: Tasty Ts

They do a good job of warming food. Using a cooking bag can reduce the mess. Filling the bottom section with water can help control the temperature. We have a fellow in our club who delights in making peach cobbler and sharing it with the public at gatherings such as the Old Car Festival.
by Oldav8tor
Tue Feb 09, 2021 2:43 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Covid 19 Shot?
Replies: 50
Views: 2015

Re: Covid 19 Shot?

A bit of a thread hijack but since you brought it up....."Employers can require proof that employees have received a COVID-19 vaccine — with some exceptions, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) said in Dec. 16 guidance." I'm not sure HIPPA or the first amendment would apply here....
by Oldav8tor
Mon Feb 08, 2021 7:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Top Bow Tie Down?
Replies: 3
Views: 311

Re: Top Bow Tie Down?

Might be a good time to mention what to do with the strap when the top is up. Some old time Model T owners showed me how to wrap it so it doesn't flop in the wind. I added a hair scrunchy to help hold it in place. You stuff the end of the strap thru the opposite end of the buckle and wrap it tightly...
by Oldav8tor
Sat Feb 06, 2021 6:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: May need pedal extensions
Replies: 10
Views: 612

Re: May need pedal extensions

Remember the kid in the movie "O Brother where art thou"? He sat on a Sears and Montgomery Ward catalog and had wooden blocks attached to the pedals.
by Oldav8tor
Sat Feb 06, 2021 1:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wood tack strip
Replies: 12
Views: 537

Re: Wood tack strip

In my opinion the wood strips do not add that much rigidity to the seat backs. When I rebuilt my '17 Touring I used a combination of aluminum channel and reinforcing panels to give the seat backs more strength. It is indeed a problem that needs to be addressed. In my front seat back there were crack...
by Oldav8tor
Sat Feb 06, 2021 12:54 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Covid 19 Shot?
Replies: 50
Views: 2015

Covid 19 Shot?

One of the keys to resuming our tours and other activities this year is going to be how many of us have gotten vaccinated against Covid_19. As co-chairman of the Michigan Jamboree it is definitely something we're looking at for our tour which is at the end of August. Since our hobby has a lot of par...
by Oldav8tor
Fri Feb 05, 2021 5:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Gas Cap-Still Can't Get It Off
Replies: 40
Views: 2320

Re: Gas Cap-Still Can't Get It Off

I assume there is no gas or fumes in the tank, correct? You might heat it with a heat gun and tap around the edges with a small hammer.
by Oldav8tor
Fri Feb 05, 2021 11:01 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wood tack strip
Replies: 12
Views: 537

Re: Wood tack strip

I started trying to fit wood trim strips from a respected supplier but the fit was such that I would have had to do a fair amount of steaming to get them to conform. I ended up doing as Dallas and making my own from composite strips I bought at Lowe's. I bought trim strips of the correct thickness a...
by Oldav8tor
Thu Feb 04, 2021 10:57 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: is there any copyright issue
Replies: 2
Views: 352

Re: is there any copyright issue

image of ford model T The question would be whose image? If you took the photo, no problem. If it's one you picked off the internet or this forum, you should ask permission before using it. If it is an old, original photo....chances are it is in the public domain although attribution to where it ca...
by Oldav8tor
Thu Feb 04, 2021 10:44 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: To young or not?
Replies: 16
Views: 938

Re: To young or not?

Lucky kid....
by Oldav8tor
Mon Feb 01, 2021 10:56 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Seat Springs
Replies: 8
Views: 588

Re: Seat Springs

Where did you get the new spring, Snyders? Whatever, I'd call the supplier back and tell them what you found....perhaps supply them with the measurements from the old spring.

The springs I got for my '17 touring were perfect, top quality and great service.
by Oldav8tor
Thu Jan 28, 2021 4:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Tribute to Mother
Replies: 13
Views: 794

Re: Tribute to Mother

Scott,
I feel your pain. Time will ease it but not erase it. My mother has been gone for 43 years, my father for 33....I miss them both. Cherish her memory and remember the example she set for you. May her memory be a blessing....
by Oldav8tor
Tue Jan 26, 2021 9:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: ? Re safety wire
Replies: 9
Views: 810

Re: ? Re safety wire

Don't use ordinary wire. You can get aircraft safety wire from a number of sources. I like Aircraft Spruce <https://www.aircraftspruce.com/search/s ... ety%20wire>
by Oldav8tor
Mon Jan 25, 2021 2:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: License and registration please.
Replies: 15
Views: 751

Re: License and registration please.

Crashworthiness and model T's do not go together. My one fear owning a T is to be in a serious accident. As I result I am careful where and when I drive. A similar example of the risk can be seen with the local Amish. Every year or so somebody piles into one of their carriages usually with tragic re...
by Oldav8tor
Fri Jan 22, 2021 5:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rubber Tubes
Replies: 24
Views: 933

Re: Rubber Tubes

I drilled mine out - 3000+ miles without trouble.
by Oldav8tor
Fri Jan 22, 2021 5:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: wheels and rims
Replies: 29
Views: 1715

Re: wheels and rims

Ignacio - I bet you could but attaching it to the felloe might be the problem.
by Oldav8tor
Fri Jan 22, 2021 1:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: wheels and rims
Replies: 29
Views: 1715

Re: wheels and rims

Ted, First of all, you have some serious modeling skills! I'm saving those graphics to my reference files. Interesting enough, the felloe I pictured just came back from getting new spokes but the hub is removed because I'm going to use the existing hub on my car that has been modified for floating h...
by Oldav8tor
Fri Jan 22, 2021 11:52 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: missing wheel lug, what kind, where source
Replies: 4
Views: 342

Re: missing wheel lug, what kind, where source

A couple of times when I was prepping newly acquired rims for painting I've detected hairline cracks indicating lugs starting to come loose. Once you put a tire on it's hard to tell. If when you snug a rim in place the lug seems to be bending in too much it might bear checking out, even if you have ...
by Oldav8tor
Thu Jan 21, 2021 6:34 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Wanted Four Steel Hub Caps
Replies: 5
Views: 503

Re: Wanted Four Steel Hub Caps

I have one but it has paint and rust on it.
by Oldav8tor
Thu Jan 21, 2021 11:24 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: wheels and rims
Replies: 29
Views: 1715

Re: wheels and rims

I've got a wheel that looks like the one in Steve's photo. It was made by Firestone for Ford and I believe is of the "Ford" design. It accommodates either Ford or Hayes rims.
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by Oldav8tor
Wed Jan 20, 2021 8:16 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: wheels and rims
Replies: 29
Views: 1715

Re: wheels and rims

Nice discussion. I have a felloe (demountable) that has a little wobble to it. Spokes are good but I'm prepared to disassemble it if the felloe could be trued up. Is there a way to do that? Somebody mentioned a rim shop?
by Oldav8tor
Mon Jan 18, 2021 5:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Parking a Model T
Replies: 45
Views: 1802

Re: Parking a Model T

Looking at the pictures I think it won't be a problem if the car will fit in the door. The fact that the driveway levels off a bit before the door means you can back off on the power at that point and ease it in. It's not like a manual transmission...with the lever in neutral the left pedal is the g...
by Oldav8tor
Mon Jan 18, 2021 10:47 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Parking a Model T
Replies: 45
Views: 1802

Re: Parking a Model T

Phillipe, Discouraging, eh? Loading onto a trailer is similar...it's a incline, tight space and you must come to a sudden stop. Scary for a new owner, it was for me. I have since installed a winch in my trailer and use it for both loading and unloading. For that and many other reasons I've also inst...
by Oldav8tor
Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:58 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: FJ - Some Humor To Brighten Your Day
Replies: 863
Views: 115180

Re: FJ - Some Humor To Brighten Your Day

Heck, minutes don't matter!
by Oldav8tor
Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: First Model T
Replies: 17
Views: 1140

Re: First Model T

If you open the hogshead inspection panel be careful not to let anything fall in. That will almost guarantee pulling the engine :D
by Oldav8tor
Sun Jan 17, 2021 2:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: UNUSUAL T BODY
Replies: 19
Views: 1735

Re: UNUSUAL T BODY

Steven, I don't know anything about you or your experience. I have only been involved with Model T's since 2018 but have benefited from the advice and examples of others. Just trying to pass it on. Sorry if you took offense. I didn't say it was a buggy seat, only that it looked like one. Indeed, as ...
by Oldav8tor
Sat Jan 16, 2021 8:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: UNUSUAL T BODY
Replies: 19
Views: 1735

Re: UNUSUAL T BODY

Looks like a buggy seat.... neat vehicle anyway. If you plan to get your T running you will have plenty of need to lift the wheels with a jack. I made a lifting cradle for my floor jack that lets me lift the whole front or rear of the car without damage. It makes it easier to set it on jack stands a...
by Oldav8tor
Sat Jan 16, 2021 6:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 16 and looking for a Model T...What for sale out there?
Replies: 23
Views: 1218

Re: 16 and looking for a Model T as a first car

Welcome to the world of Model T's. I have a friend (class of 1967) who started working on T's when he was 15 and he's still active in the hobby 55+ years later. He has restored some museum quality cars over the years and has never lost the spark. May you have a long and successful association with t...
by Oldav8tor
Sat Jan 16, 2021 2:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: First Model T
Replies: 17
Views: 1140

Re: First Model T

Gill,
As you can see there are many knowledgeable, helpful people on this forum. Welcome to the obsession!
by Oldav8tor
Thu Jan 14, 2021 2:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wood Spoke Void Filling?
Replies: 6
Views: 517

Re: Wood Spoke Void Filling?

I'm with the other Tim - I suspect there is a lot more movement in those spokes than we imagine.
by Oldav8tor
Sat Jan 09, 2021 5:10 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: RANT: AMERICAN GREED
Replies: 25
Views: 1090

Re: RANT: AMERICAN GREED

I agree that it is incumbent on would be buyers to do their homework so they know what something should cost. Then, if they want to pay more then it's on them. Me, I can usually find an item at a price that is fair. I have also been the beneficiary of the gift of parts and have done the same for oth...
by Oldav8tor
Sat Jan 09, 2021 4:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Two Man Top Front Flap
Replies: 13
Views: 804

Re: Two Man Top Front Flap

I have a flap on my 1917 Touring. I bunged up my back a week ago or I'd go out and take a picture for you. Mine attaches to the underside of the bow and there is another piece that hangs at a right angle over the front of the windshield. I added a twist-lok fastener to the top center of the windshie...
by Oldav8tor
Sat Jan 09, 2021 11:22 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: looking for suggestions on location of battery cut off switch
Replies: 31
Views: 1161

Re: looking for suggestions on location of battery cut off switch

I chose to install a solenoid in the cable from the battery to the starter rather than a foot switch. You could still keep the foot switch only use it to activate the solenoid rather than directly connect to the starter. For the feed to the terminal strip that provides current to all other circuits ...
by Oldav8tor
Fri Jan 08, 2021 7:42 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Brass Rubber stem covers FS
Replies: 2
Views: 314

Re: Brass Rubber stem covers FS

Sold! Thanks MTFCA
by Oldav8tor
Tue Jan 05, 2021 5:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Brake Pedal For my 26 Touring
Replies: 8
Views: 519

Re: Brake Pedal For my 26 Touring

Can't help you with the brake pedal but I have hydraulic disc brakes on my 1917 Touring and couldn't be happier. If you plan to tour with your car it is a great safety addition.
by Oldav8tor
Sat Jan 02, 2021 2:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: covid
Replies: 11
Views: 1171

Re: covid

John,
So sorry to hear you were sick, so glad to hear you are home. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
by Oldav8tor
Thu Dec 31, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Happy New Year from Norwalk
Replies: 9
Views: 543

Re: Happy New Year from Norwalk

Still another Tim would like to add his wishes for a wonderful and prosperous 2021. (Sure are a lot of Tims on this forum :lol: )
by Oldav8tor
Thu Dec 31, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Lifting with aluminum head
Replies: 14
Views: 885

Re: Lifting with aluminum head

I had the same concern and asked my engine rebuilder, Tom Graham, about it. He told me "you can lift the whole car with one eyebolt." I didn't want to put that idea to the test so instead chose to use two lifting eyes in my Z-head, joined by a chain that ran thru the hook on my cherry picker. It wor...
by Oldav8tor
Wed Dec 30, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WANTED, Front Axle, reasonable driving distance from Detroit.
Replies: 11
Views: 803

Re: WANTED, Front Axle, reasonable driving distance from Detroit.

You might want to contact Jerry VanOoteghem on this forum. He lives in the Detroit area and has his finger on the pulse of Model T activity in the region. He might be able to point you to a source.
by Oldav8tor
Wed Dec 30, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just got a call from Noah Stutzman
Replies: 4
Views: 869

Re: Just got a call from Noah Stutzman

Noah called me yesterday.... I sent him a steel felloe rear wheel three weeks ago and he called to say it was ready to ship. He takes credit cards which I found to be a bit of a leap for the Amish but his local Bishop must allow it. It's the second wheel he's done for me and the quality can't be bea...
by Oldav8tor
Tue Dec 29, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: For Sale Two NOS Model T era New Day Timer’s with Brush’s
Replies: 13
Views: 1486

Re: For Sale Two NOS Model T era New Day Timer’s with Brush’s

I installed a new manufacture New Day timer (cap and brush) from Tip Top Timers on my Model T when I restored it. 3100 miles so far and cap and brush are still in good shape. I carry a spare but don't expect to need it anytime soon. If you can't find NOS I think they are a good alternative.
by Oldav8tor
Tue Dec 29, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Passing of a member
Replies: 3
Views: 488

Re: Passing of a member

So very sorry to hear of his passing. Unfortunately many of us are of an age where Covid19 is a particular threat. So many, many families have suffered the loss of a loved one too soon. Think of your own family and be safe.
by Oldav8tor
Sun Dec 27, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB wood firewall for a 23
Replies: 7
Views: 489

Re: WTB wood firewall for a 23

Maybe Jonathan Anderson could help you <jpautowood@gmail.com>
by Oldav8tor
Sun Dec 27, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Stuck fuel shut off valves
Replies: 16
Views: 973

Re: Stuck fuel shut off valves

Good timing! My valve at the carburetor has gotten to the point where I almost need a wrench to turn it. I'm going to take it apart this winter and lube it. Fortunately I have a small can of EZ lube left over from an aircraft building project and plan to use that. I'm glad to learn some have had suc...
by Oldav8tor
Fri Dec 25, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Driving question
Replies: 42
Views: 1922

Re: Driving question

Never apologize for asking a question. All of us have been where you are and have benefited from the patient replies from others with more experience. The advice given by previous posters is all good. I found the videos on YouTube to be particularly useful. You may want to see if there are other T o...
by Oldav8tor
Thu Dec 24, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Gas Tanks
Replies: 29
Views: 1892

Re: Gas Tanks

It is only thru the efforts of such "elfs" that the hobby will survive. Christmas is a time of hope so this is good news. Merry Christmas!
by Oldav8tor
Thu Dec 24, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Fordlandia Book
Replies: 7
Views: 609

Fordlandia Book

For those who have a kindle or kindle emulator on their cellphone there is a Ford related book on Amazon Kindle for $1.99 - Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City might make an interesting read. For that price it's hard to go wrong.
by Oldav8tor
Wed Dec 23, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTM reverse pedal extension
Replies: 8
Views: 949

Re: WTM reverse pedal extension

In Michigan they will issue a title based upon a 1) bill of sale & 2) appraisal. They will run the VIN to see if it shows up. No inspection required. My 1952 Army Jeep had no title and that’s how we did it. Michigan doesn’t keep records of inactive titles over 15 years old. Suggestion, visit one of ...
by Oldav8tor
Tue Dec 22, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Gas Tanks
Replies: 29
Views: 1892

Re: Gas Tanks

You'd think someone could make money at it under the right circumstances but I trust Hank knows what he is talking about. Nonetheless, I fear for our hobby if fuel tanks become unavailable.
by Oldav8tor
Tue Dec 22, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Logo Question
Replies: 27
Views: 1426

Re: Logo Question

I agree with Keith - too small to be a gas tank.
by Oldav8tor
Mon Dec 21, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Repo electric horn advice requested
Replies: 16
Views: 860

Re: Repo electric horn advice requested

Do you use a horn relay? What size wire are using to feed (+) to the horn?
by Oldav8tor
Mon Dec 21, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Logo Question
Replies: 27
Views: 1426

Re: Logo Question

Do you have the full photo so we can see it in context?
by Oldav8tor
Mon Dec 21, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Merry Christmas to all !
Replies: 18
Views: 1067

Re: Merry Christmas to all !

May you have a joyous holiday season and a safe and happy 2021!
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by Oldav8tor
Sun Dec 20, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Steaming Radiator
Replies: 24
Views: 1297

Re: Steaming Radiator

Usually when a T overheats fluid comes out the overflow tube. Like others mentioned, maybe your drain is plugged. I’d question the radiator as my 1917 with a new radiator never overheats but it will leak a bit if overfilled. If you know of an old time radiator shop you might see what they can do for...
by Oldav8tor
Sat Dec 19, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: STABIL shelf life
Replies: 21
Views: 1127

Re: STABIL shelf life

I suspect the "2 years from opened" is a conservative number and that the actual life is much longer. Obviously the key is to keep the cap tightly closed. According to my friend who owns a marine service, the claim that Stabil will only keep gas fresh for 2 years is conservative too. He's had some b...
by Oldav8tor
Sat Dec 19, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: We Have Moved
Replies: 11
Views: 1279

Re: We Have Moved

Norman - sounds like your granddaughter is moving to a city near either Lake St. Clair or Lake Huron, which are on Michigan's eastern boundary. Ron is located in Petoskey, which is "up north" on Lake Michigan - Michigan's western boundary. I live two miles from Lake Huron in Michigan's "Thumb." Ron ...
by Oldav8tor
Sat Dec 19, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: News for Me
Replies: 11
Views: 824

Re: News for Me

Mark,
Retirement is a scary thing but believe me, there is much more to life than work, regardless of how much you enjoy it. What I enjoy most is the freedom to set my own schedule and then change it at will. Congrats and best of luck!
by Oldav8tor
Thu Dec 17, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Can anyone help me identify this eingine?
Replies: 11
Views: 829

Re: Can anyone help me identify this eingine?

Are you sure of the numbers? Can you try to include photos of the serial number and the casting date?
by Oldav8tor
Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Tubes ad Tires
Replies: 17
Views: 1067

Re: Tubes ad Tires

I have a '17 Touring with wooden spoked wheels / clincher tires. •I run antifreeze year-around so no need to drain the radiator •I add stabil to the fuel in the tank or drain the tank. No problem with either approach. •I turn off the fuel and run the engine until the engine quits - no gunk in the ca...