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by Oldav8tor
Thu Oct 17, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Crivitz Wisconsin and farther north
Replies: 23
Views: 504

Re: Crivitz Wisconsin and farther north

"Black fly season typically starts in the middle of May and runs through late June or early July. They're often gone by mid-July." You can find them later in the year in certain areas, but generally August and later are OK. When I travel the UP enroute to Oshkosh in late July each year they've never...
by Oldav8tor
Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: New Gas Tank...Rust?
Replies: 5
Views: 424

Re: New Gas Tank...Rust?

Why don't you preemptively treat the inside of your tank with a sloshing sealer such as PQR15? After cleaning my original tank I treated it and it has worked well. No exposed metal means no rust :-)
by Oldav8tor
Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Crivitz Wisconsin and farther north
Replies: 23
Views: 504

Re: Crivitz Wisconsin and farther north

As a troll (I live below the Mackinaw Bridge) I must admit that I love the UP. I've driven the sandy back roads along Lake Superior (Whitefish Point) in my M38a1 Jeep and imagine that they would be good for a Model T. The Keweenaw, Porcupine Mountains, Pictured Rocks, Grand Marais, and many other lo...
by Oldav8tor
Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Has anyone bought from Gene Morgan?
Replies: 16
Views: 732

Re: Has anyone bought from Gene Morgan?

Wow! I guess I dodged a bullet. I got a similar email from a guy telling me to try Gene Morgan as he had some NOS New Day brushes to sell. After a couple of email exchanges I decided to pass.....lucky for me. The email I was given was <Genem365 @gmail.com>
by Oldav8tor
Tue Oct 15, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Need confirmation of problem
Replies: 36
Views: 1490

Re: Need confirmation of problem

Off subject somewhat but look what I found in the cabin air filter of my Jeep Renegade this spring. Reminds me it's time to put the decon out.
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by Oldav8tor
Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Crivitz Wisconsin and farther north
Replies: 23
Views: 504

Re: Crivitz Wisconsin and farther north

That would be a wonderful trip. I second the suggestion of September - My daughter went to Northern Michigan and that was a great time to visit....less traffic and fewer tourists, state parks less crowded. Just wait until after the Old Car Festival which is usually the first weekend after Labor Day....
by Oldav8tor
Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Fan Problem
Replies: 11
Views: 374

Re: Fan Problem

When I was restoring the car I did take it apart, inspect and grease it. It wasn't loose on the shaft and spun easily. You could turn it by hand with the belt installed so it wasn't too tight. I don't know what happened today but the fan definitely locked up briefly and smoked the belt. I removed it...
by Oldav8tor
Mon Oct 14, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Fan Problem
Replies: 11
Views: 374

Re: Fan Problem

Greased - No, not rebuilt.
by Oldav8tor
Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Fan Problem
Replies: 11
Views: 374

Fan Problem

Today was a beautiful fall day in Michigan and with rain in the forecast for the next few days I decided to take my 1917 Touring for a spin. About seven miles from home I got a whiff of burning rubber and thought "Some farmer must be burning tires." The next moment there was smoke coming out of the ...
by Oldav8tor
Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Newbie back from Hershey
Replies: 2
Views: 582

Newbie back from Hershey

1200 miles and 5 days later I'm back from my first trip to Hershey. What an incredible event! I swear you could find parts for any car ever built! I was a bit lost at first but once I learned to read the maps (get the program) and read the row marks on the pavement I was actually able to find some o...
by Oldav8tor
Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Help needed
Replies: 5
Views: 335

Re: Help needed

I tried the "bag trick" unsuccessfully and decided to take my tires to a local tire shop (not a big name franchise). For $10 a tire they mounted the tires complete with flaps and did a nice job. They were actually excited to work on something that old so I took the car over after I got it running an...
by Oldav8tor
Sat Oct 05, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What type of grease do you use in your bearings?
Replies: 9
Views: 323

Re: What type of grease do you use in your bearings?

I buy red Timken grease online - tubs and cartridges. I suspect any good bearing grease will do. Lubricant technology has advanced a great deal since Henry's day.
by Oldav8tor
Sat Oct 05, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Wheel Hub Threads
Replies: 5
Views: 321

Wheel Hub Threads

I recently bought a 30 x 3.5 demountable wheel with the intention of sending it off to be re-spoked. I have one front wheel with a slight wiggle and this was to be it's replacement. Awhile back I purchased a hub thread chaser from Snyders which I used successfully to clean up the threads on my other...
by Oldav8tor
Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Attention: Owners with Z head experience!!!
Replies: 16
Views: 744

Re: Attention: Owners with Z head experience!!!

My compression readings on a broken-in engine with aluminum pistons varied from 80 to 75. The dyno showed 25 hp at 1600 rpm
by Oldav8tor
Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Fuel level / Pressure effects on engine operation
Replies: 17
Views: 664

Re: Fuel level / Pressure effects on engine operation

Thomas, "If you aren't willing to keep abreast of the amount of fuel in your tank then maybe you should have something other than a Model T." I just came off the Covered Bridges Tour in Indiana. My "stumbling" incident occurred before we had come upon the first gas station on the published route. In...
by Oldav8tor
Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Fuel level / Pressure effects on engine operation
Replies: 17
Views: 664

Re: Fuel level / Pressure effects on engine operation

I just got back from the Covered Bridge tour in Indiana. Plenty of steep hills on the tour routes. One time going up a steep narrow dirt road my car acted like it was going to die a few times. We made it to the top (thankfully) and filled the tank about 5 miles later. I put a little over 5 gallons i...
by Oldav8tor
Sun Sep 29, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Reverse question
Replies: 4
Views: 358

Reverse question

My reverse is a bit weak. I don’t want to get it too tight. IF the band was too tight would the car tend to creep backwards in neutral?
by Oldav8tor
Thu Sep 26, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Inspection cover. Which side is out?
Replies: 15
Views: 1088

Re: Inspection cover. Which side is out?

If you've installed a oil filter under the cover, what difference would it make how the cover is installed?
by Oldav8tor
Wed Sep 25, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Covered Bridge Tour
Replies: 26
Views: 1994

Re: Covered Bridge Tour

Thanks....sounds like we picked a good one (newbies luck.) Our T is loaded and we leave for my daughter's Thursday - on to Parke Co. on Friday. We're scheduled for the Friday Amish dinner so that should be interesting. For those of you who are going...see you there. For the rest, I'll report how it ...
by Oldav8tor
Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Covered Bridge Tour
Replies: 26
Views: 1994

Covered Bridge Tour

The end of this week I'll be heading to Parke County Indiana for the Covered Bridge Tour. For those who have gone on this tour before do you have any advice for a first-timer? My wife and I will be camping at the fairgrounds.
by Oldav8tor
Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Magneto headlight problem
Replies: 9
Views: 467

Re: Magneto headlight problem

Here's the latest - I replaced the socket in the headlight - I couldn't see anything obvious wrong with the old one but I can't see what's going on between the contacts because they're encased in a rubber cylinder. I also cleaned the mounting shaft on the headlight and the receptacle in the frame to...
by Oldav8tor
Mon Sep 23, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: C. Harold Wills - Zimmer Tour
Replies: 2
Views: 281

Re: C. Harold Wills - Zimmer Tour

If you want to know more about Wills, the museum recently published what they claim is the only book on the man. https://www.willsautomuseum.org/newbookonchwills.htm

In addition, if you contact the museum they could put you in contact with Wills two granddaughters who are volunteers there.
by Oldav8tor
Mon Sep 23, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: C. Harold Wills - Zimmer Tour
Replies: 2
Views: 281

C. Harold Wills - Zimmer Tour

A little off topic but in case you wondered what happened to Harold Wills (Henry's chief designer of the Model T) after he left Ford in 1919, he went to what is now Marysville, Michigan, and founded the Wills-Ste. Clair car company. This past Sunday a small number of members of the Casual T's follow...
by Oldav8tor
Fri Sep 20, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Values?
Replies: 5
Views: 567

Values?

I almost hate to ask this of you but I guess I'm going to Hershey for the first time and will have a table there....long story. I have a number of items left from the restoration of my 1917 touring (sept 1916 build) that I have no idea what a fair price would be. Can those of you in the know help me...
by Oldav8tor
Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Oil sight gauge issue
Replies: 27
Views: 1248

Re: Oil sight gauge issue

I almost bought a sight gauge but then decided to go with the dipstick sold by antique auto ranch. With my bum leg and less than perfect knees, I was looking for an easy way to verify oil level. Anything that required turning the oil petcocks on a regular basis had little appeal. I've had the dipsti...
by Oldav8tor
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Magneto headlight problem
Replies: 9
Views: 467

Re: Magneto headlight problem

Ok - first to clarify a few things. I'm running the LED Headlights from a 12 volt battery-not magneto. The left headlight is fine, the right flickers. No change if I swap bulbs. I'm using the two contact type connectors. I apparently misunderstood how the bulbs are wired internally. I thought one co...
by Oldav8tor
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Headlight thimble socket
Replies: 11
Views: 466

Re: Headlight thimble socket

Thanks Dan - great explanation. Allan, soldering a ground also sounds smart. I'll give it a try tomorrow.
by Oldav8tor
Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Headlight thimble socket
Replies: 11
Views: 466

Re: Headlight thimble socket

I have to get at my headlight socket as well. Dan, do I understand that the reflector has to be twisted to remove? I'm afraid of damaging the reflector so haven't done anything more than remove the bezel and clear lens. Mine is a 1917 with the two-contact connector originally designed for magneto bu...
by Oldav8tor
Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Steering Issue Has Me Stumped
Replies: 11
Views: 589

Re: Steering Issue Has Me Stumped

If your wheels move through a normal range with the pitman arm disconnected the problem must lie in the steering shaft. With the pitman arm disconnected does the steering wheel turn freely? If not it could be binding in the lower bushings but the most likely explanation is some binding between the g...
by Oldav8tor
Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Magneto headlight problem
Replies: 9
Views: 467

Magneto headlight problem

I converted my headlights to use a 12 volt LED bulbs wired in parallel. I chose bulbs that work with the original BA15 sockets. The left one works great - the right one flashes on and off with no rhyme or reason. I've: 1.) Swapped bulbs 2.) Changed plug-in sockets 3.) Ran a separate wire from the + ...
by Oldav8tor
Sun Sep 15, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Model T Hobby Question
Replies: 18
Views: 923

Re: Model T Hobby Question

Model T's are a traveling car show. I have never yet stopped for gas without attracting people. I usually add at least ten minutes for answering questions. I've also noticed as I drive down the road or thru a town that the sight of my T brings smiles to the people I encounter. Get used to waving. Mo...
by Oldav8tor
Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Whoops .. foot got stuck
Replies: 20
Views: 1181

Re: Whoops .. foot got stuck

I'm size 14 EEEE - three days after I started driving my T I ordered a reverse extender (I already had extenders for the others). No regrets :-)
by Oldav8tor
Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Model T Hobby Question
Replies: 18
Views: 923

Re: Model T Hobby Question

"Understanding wife." Funny thing... my wife has tolerated all my other adventures but she actually likes the T and the activities that swirl around it. We've been married 47 years and in all that time she's never taken any interest in things mechanical. Lo and behold, the other day she came home wi...
by Oldav8tor
Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Model T Hobby Question
Replies: 18
Views: 923

Re: Model T Hobby Question

The model T is one of the more affordable classic cars. Despite it's age parts are readily available - it's biggest attraction is the camaraderie you'll share with like-minded people and the opportunity to drive and socialize. Model T owners enjoy driving their cars more than parking them at car sho...
by Oldav8tor
Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Another what is it?
Replies: 9
Views: 753

Re: Another what is it?

Spring separator - lets you lube between leaf springs.
by Oldav8tor
Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Elbow bolts
Replies: 12
Views: 642

Re: Elbow bolts

I may drain the radiator down some just in case. It would be just one bolt at a time but then again, why risk it? I'm waiting on a horn I bought from Hank and don't know if I'll use the bracket on it or adapt it to the one already installed.
Thanks for your comments :-)
by Oldav8tor
Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Milwaukee to Detroit and back again in a Model T
Replies: 28
Views: 1357

Re: Milwaukee to Detroit and back again in a Model T

Nice read, I appreciate you sharing your adventure with us and apologize for anything that was less than perfect during your stay in Michigan. Without going into detail, if you want to know Michigan you've got to get out of the Metro area. Also, as someone who turned 70 less than two weeks ago, I ob...
by Oldav8tor
Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Elbow bolts
Replies: 12
Views: 642

Elbow bolts

Quick question - If I remove a bolt from the elbow (cooling system) attached to the side of the block will coolant run out of the hole? I may need to install a bracket and want to know if I need to drain the coolant down before doing so.
by Oldav8tor
Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB 12 v Aahoogah Horn
Replies: 7
Views: 287

Re: WTB 12 v Aahoogah Horn

OK - Hank is going to fix me up. Thanks Hank and thanks MTFCA.
by Oldav8tor
Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Post your favorite sign
Replies: 48
Views: 2549

Re: Post your favorite sign

Not the greatest advertising......
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by Oldav8tor
Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB 12 v Aahoogah Horn
Replies: 7
Views: 287

Re: WTB 12 v Aahoogah Horn

Ed - PM sent :-)
by Oldav8tor
Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Latest Project: Manhole cover kingpins
Replies: 13
Views: 717

Re: Latest Project: Manhole cover kingpins

Scott,
I think I know where you got the "originals" you used for analysis. You have certainly done the T community a great service by producing such a fine product.
by Oldav8tor
Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: I found some newly paved road in Michigan
Replies: 3
Views: 362

Re: I found some newly paved road in Michigan

Ok - I know Michigan gets a bad rap for some crummy roads but I have to tell you, they are mostly found around urban areas whereas the roads in rural areas like where I live are actually pretty good. Bad roads are not unique to Michigan.
by Oldav8tor
Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Here I go again .... to OCF
Replies: 244
Views: 14436

Re: Here I go again .... to OCF

I had a "missing" problem that stumped a lot of people and took awhile to figure out. The engine started and idled great but stumbled when you tried to go down the road. Turns out the spring in a brand new timer brush was partially collapsed so it wouldn't push the brass brush out to make a good con...
by Oldav8tor
Sun Sep 08, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Here I go again .... to OCF
Replies: 244
Views: 14436

Re: Here I go again .... to OCF

Is the spring in the New Day brush holding the brass brush out all the way? The pin should be all the way at the top of the slot. Don't ask me how I know this :lol:
by Oldav8tor
Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Electric Horn Repair
Replies: 0
Views: 155

Electric Horn Repair

Does anyone have contact information for the gentleman (I believe from Michigan) who repairs electric Model T and A horns? He usually has a table at Hershey.

Thanks!
by Oldav8tor
Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Re: OCF Meet and Greet URGENT
Replies: 27
Views: 1369

Re: OCF Meet and Greet URGENT

It was nice to put some faces to people I've conversed with on the forum.... too bad that more guys weren't able to show up. On a different note, the weather could hardly have been any better. The number and variety of cars was almost overwhelming. If you were there, like me you must have had a grea...
by Oldav8tor
Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Lost my Mom today
Replies: 16
Views: 915

Re: Lost my Mom today

So sorry... the care you have shown your mom does you credit though not without a personal toll. Take comfort in the fact that you were there when she needed you. No mother could ask for more.
by Oldav8tor
Fri Sep 06, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Re: OCF Meet and Greet URGENT
Replies: 27
Views: 1369

Re: OCF Meet and Greet URGENT

Marty,
I'm looking at a map and am not quite sure where you are talking about for the gathering. Could you be a bit more specific? Also, there is a large open area where they play old-time baseball and the like...that would also be a good place if you want some cars in the photo.
by Oldav8tor
Thu Sep 05, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: OCF Meet and Greet
Replies: 43
Views: 2207

Re: OCF Meet and Greet

OK... has there been a decision as to a time and a place for the "meet and greet"? OCF is upon us.
by Oldav8tor
Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB 12 v Aahoogah Horn
Replies: 7
Views: 287

Re: WTB 12 v Aahoogah Horn

There are dropping resistors available for a "real" 6 volt Ahoogah horn
by Oldav8tor
Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB 12 v Aahoogah Horn
Replies: 7
Views: 287

WTB 12 v Aahoogah Horn

Yeah, I know it's not original but..... I installed a 50+ year old 12 v ahoogah horn that belonged to my father-in-law on my T and my wife loved it. Unfortunately, one of the motor windings went up in smoke so I need a replacement. Can you help me out? I'd prefer to avoid the plastic ones available ...
by Oldav8tor
Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Here I go again .... to OCF
Replies: 244
Views: 14436

Re: Here I go again .... to OCF

Regarding using a GPS - I have an old 3.5 inch Garmin Nuvi 1250 that I plan to use - primarily for the speed, distance and direction function. I have a 12 volt battery and will use a USB power cord into a hidden USB port to power it. The small Nuvi's are often on ebay for $20 or less which makes the...
by Oldav8tor
Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB - Hose Clamps
Replies: 3
Views: 238

Re: WTB - Hose Clamps

Might have some - will look tomorrow
by Oldav8tor
Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: New Day timer question
Replies: 6
Views: 430

New Day timer question

What was the composition of the original New Day timer brushes? The ones available now use a brass brush.
by Oldav8tor
Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB-New Day timer brush(es)
Replies: 0
Views: 97

WTB-New Day timer brush(es)

I'd like to buy some NOS or like new condx New Day timer brush assemblies. Anybody got any to spare?
by Oldav8tor
Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Valve covers
Replies: 6
Views: 417

Re: Valve covers

Dick-I've had them on my C85 for over 20 years. Also used them on a big 0-470 and LYC 0-320. No leaks-reused over and over. I think you could get away with gluing one side to the valve cover of a T- I'd just leave the mating surface clean. I'm going to have to think about this one before proceeding....
by Oldav8tor
Sun Aug 25, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Valve covers
Replies: 6
Views: 417

Valve covers

Does anyone sell or has anyone made silicone valve cover gaskets? You can get them for aircraft and they are nice when you want to be able to remove and reinstall the cover without a lot of hassle. Mine were taken off to get at the valves on a tour a couple of weeks back and I need to install new on...
by Oldav8tor
Sun Aug 25, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Can we enter US military bases?
Replies: 19
Views: 849

Re: Can we enter US military bases?

You need to be invited or have a good reason if no military ID.
by Oldav8tor
Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Radiator insignia caused leak
Replies: 3
Views: 437

Re: Radiator insignia caused leak

To attach my "Ford" insignia I took two of the long skinny bolts (machine screws) that Langs sells, wired the "Ford" to the heads, covered them with thin shrink tubing and slid them between the fins of my new Bergs radiator. I used neoprene washers front and back and a dime sized flat washer on the ...
by Oldav8tor
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Can you stay on the grounds at OCF overnite?
Replies: 1
Views: 304

Re: Can you stay on the grounds at OCF overnite?

Can't answer about OCF - for Motor Muster, the military vehicle group I belong to is allowed to camp in our area down by the Cotswald Cottage. I don't remember seeing anyone camping elsewhere in the village except for some folks staying in RV's parked in the lot behind the Eagle Tavern where they pa...
by Oldav8tor
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: ***Need HELP with coil box switch
Replies: 4
Views: 277

Re: ***Need HELP with coil box switch

Sounds strange - what shape is the insulation on the wires? (Batt / mag/ common) Also, I don't think the insulation was cardboard - perhaps someone replaced the original. You may want to get something like this: https://www.modeltford.com/item/4730INS.aspx
by Oldav8tor
Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: OCF Meet and Greet
Replies: 43
Views: 2207

Re: OCF Meet and Greet

A worthy idea but flying a drone might be a problem - Greenfield Village lies under the Detroit Class B airspace, right near the edge of where it extends from the surface to 10,000 feet. Getting FAA permission to fly a drone there (not to say that of the folks at Greenfield Village) might be difficu...
by Oldav8tor
Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: OCF Meet and Greet
Replies: 43
Views: 2207

Re: OCF Meet and Greet

Just to clarify, MTFCI does not have a big tent at OCF, they save that for Hershey. In the past Brian has set up a sunbrella-type canopy where T folks tend to drop by during the OCF.

Marty's idea will let you put faces on many forum members after which you can choose to gather wherever you wish.
by Oldav8tor
Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Today made it all worth it
Replies: 25
Views: 1527

Re: Today made it all worth it

I made it to the Michigan Jamboree although it was not without some frustration. The car starts and idles great but stumbles when you increase RPM. I made the first days tour (185 miles) but skipped the other two---things just weren't right. Ed Badoux was there and checked my coils - some new friend...
by Oldav8tor
Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Today made it all worth it
Replies: 25
Views: 1527

Re: Today made it all worth it

I spent half a day tweaking the T then took it out for a couple of spins, bringing my total to 80 miles so far. I intentionally sought out challenging roads, hills, etc., just to see if it and I could handle it. Satisfied, I loaded up my wife and our little dog and went for ice cream :D Tomorrow I'l...
by Oldav8tor
Sun Aug 04, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Today made it all worth it
Replies: 25
Views: 1527

Re: Today made it all worth it

Thanks all for your kind words.... I'm sure there will be much excitement and frustration ahead. As to experience driving a T, just what I did yesterday ;) It actually went pretty smoothly - no stalls, or serious missteps. I've read a lot about technique, watched youtube, talked to drivers and the r...
by Oldav8tor
Sun Aug 04, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Today made it all worth it
Replies: 25
Views: 1527

Today made it all worth it

Today, 11 months and 3 days after taking delivery of my 1917 Model T I started and drove it for the first time. The car had sat for at least 30 years before I got it so I went thru everything! I learned a lot along the way and faced many challenges, both physical and mechanical. I made new friends a...
by Oldav8tor
Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Adjusting Bands
Replies: 6
Views: 429

Adjusting Bands

I'm in the home stretch. If everything goes OK, I'll have all the parts necessary to drive my T installed by the end of today. I believe that when the engine rebuilder finished with my engine he left the bands all loose so I need to adjust them. I've never done this so I'm looking for advice. I've r...
by Oldav8tor
Wed Jul 31, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: The eternal question
Replies: 3
Views: 784

Re: The eternal question

Ain't it the truth!
by Oldav8tor
Wed Jul 31, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Timer question
Replies: 10
Views: 632

Re: Timer question

Tim - I'll find out tomorrow :roll: So far this project has gone from discovery to discovery (problem to problem.) If I ever do something like this again I'll be better prepared. Update - I just hobbled out to the shop & put the sleeve and tube on the outlet elbow. The control rod passes under the t...
by Oldav8tor
Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Timer question
Replies: 10
Views: 632

Re: Timer question

360 ÷ 12 = 30, so 30° past TDC would occur at 4 /10 on the "clock" - - 3:30 / 9:30 would be 15° BTDC by my estimation. I'm a newbie at this so I may be missing something. As I mentioned earlier, I used methods I found on this site, primarily the "Dauntless geezer's". I'm a little excited that I may ...
by Oldav8tor
Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Timer question
Replies: 10
Views: 632

Timer question

Today I tried to install and adjust my New Day timer. First off I'd like to know if what I've done looks right, then I have a little problem to discuss and a possible solution if you agree. Following info I found on this forum, I did the following: 1.Identified Cyl # 1 2.Turned the crank until the c...
by Oldav8tor
Sat Jul 20, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Firewall piece
Replies: 7
Views: 487

Re: Firewall piece

I made my own firewall from baltic birch, referencing a pdf I found online and an original 1919 firewall I was able to examine. Since I added a starter to my 1917 the 1919 was appropriate.
by Oldav8tor
Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Firewall piece
Replies: 7
Views: 487

Re: Firewall piece

My shield came with a certificate of authenticity but no instructions (from Birdhaven.) It's a really well-made piece. With John's info I should have no trouble installing it. Thanks!
by Oldav8tor
Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT; Where were you 50 years ago?
Replies: 21
Views: 903

Re: OT; Where were you 50 years ago?

I was a college student, working a summer job doing the midnight shift at a metal burnishing plant. I saw the landing and waited at home as long as I dared, hoping they'd start their moonwalk but had to go to work. I took a small portable B&W TV with me planning to watch during my lunch break. Arriv...
by Oldav8tor
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Firewall piece
Replies: 7
Views: 487

Firewall piece

Ok - I'm making a new firewall for my '17 and have a newbie question. I bought a metal shield from Birdhaven (FP) that apparently fills the gap between the wood firewall and the engine and I have two questions. 1.) Does it go on the cabin or the engine side of the firewall? 2.) How close should it b...
by Oldav8tor
Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Engine Mounting Bolts
Replies: 9
Views: 608

Re: Engine Mounting Bolts

Thanks Dan :-) As someone who taught high school science for 34 years, I got used to answering the same questions over and over. It requires patience and a smile..... I appreciate your patience and that of other forum members when the same questions keep coming up. Please know that we newbies apprec...
by Oldav8tor
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Engine Mounting Bolts
Replies: 9
Views: 608

Engine Mounting Bolts

It's clear from what I've read that the bolts that go horizontally thru the frame and wood block are not to be tightened beyond the point where they don't rattle but what about the top bolts? Same thing? Snug? Tight? I've been researching but the answer isn't clear. Thanks!
by Oldav8tor
Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: roadside repair
Replies: 3
Views: 452

Re: roadside repair

Henry would be proud!
by Oldav8tor
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What's happening here? Help!
Replies: 8
Views: 824

Re: What's happening here? Help!

Today was much better :D Following the suggestions I received from forum members, I wrapped the clutch lever shaft with a wet rag then heated the bent area of the lever with a micro torch. Using a large adjustable wrench I gave it a carefully calibrated "reef" and straightened it out. I now have wha...
by Oldav8tor
Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: "Pride Goeth" or "The 15 Mile Oil Change."
Replies: 22
Views: 1137

Re: "Pride Goeth" or "The 15 Mile Oil Change."

Scott - reading your post I felt your pain and shared your relief when the magnet came out with the washer on the end. I'm glad it worked out OK for you.
by Oldav8tor
Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What's happening here? Help!
Replies: 8
Views: 824

Re: What's happening here? Help!

Bend it eh? That was all I could come up with....I'm glad others have found that to be a solution. Thanks for your help.
by Oldav8tor
Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What's happening here? Help!
Replies: 8
Views: 824

Re: What's happening here? Help!

Michael, I can't answer all your questions. After we dropped the engine in we were all too pooped to do to much more. I figured I'd get into it tomorrow when I'll feel fresher. It is the same engine - the hogshead was changed to allow installation of a starter. The pan was also changed to a later ty...
by Oldav8tor
Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What's happening here? Help!
Replies: 8
Views: 824

What's happening here? Help!

Ok.... today should have been a great day. After many months, and a lot of effort on the part of myself and good friends I dropped my rebuilt engine back into the frame of my 1917 Touring today. Of course we picked a hot and humid day so the sweat was just rolling off everyone. The problem is once t...
by Oldav8tor
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Greasing rear wheels
Replies: 23
Views: 1269

Re: Greasing rear wheels

I second what "it's Bill" had to say about over filling the rear outer bearing cavity. I installed new neoprene inner and outer seals and greased the hyatts really well before putting them in. I then replaced the twisty cup greaser temporarily with a zerk and pumped more grease in while turning the ...
by Oldav8tor
Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Greasing rear wheels
Replies: 23
Views: 1269

Re: Greasing rear wheels

Don't forget the rear axle sleeves have to come out which usually require a special puller - I bet your "neighbors" have one. Check the sleeve's condition and replace if needed. Clean up the hyatts and give them a good looking over. Check the diameter of the rollers to be sure they're not too worn. ...
by Oldav8tor
Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Greasing rear wheels
Replies: 23
Views: 1269

Re: Greasing rear wheels

Depending upon what was done the last time your rear wheels were off, you either have a metal cap over a felt washer on the end of the axle tube or a more modern neoprene seal. In either event, there is also a felt washer that goes between the wheel hub and the cap. Without pulling the hyatt bearing...
by Oldav8tor
Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: OCF Meet and Greet
Replies: 43
Views: 2207

Re: OCF Meet and Greet

I think I started something.... I also think we're going to need a bigger tent :D I can't speak for the MTFCI but I will talk to Brian when he gets back from PEI and see what he thinks. Personally, I think it's a great idea...just the matter of logistics. Piquette is both an A and an I club, and the...
by Oldav8tor
Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Timer - How tight?
Replies: 7
Views: 633

Re: Timer - How tight?

Dallas is on to something. Comparing an original New Day timer to a reproduction from Tip Top Timers I noticed the edge or the original was smooth whereas the repop had tiny serrations, probably from manufacturing. I laid a piece of 400 grit sandpaper on a flat surface and spun the timer cover aroun...
by Oldav8tor
Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Timer - How tight?
Replies: 7
Views: 633

Timer - How tight?

I fit my New Day timer to the engine today and have a question: How easily should the timer rotate? Do you adjust the ease of turning by bending the piece of steel flat stock that holds the timer in place?
by Oldav8tor
Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Fire Truck FS
Replies: 1
Views: 206

Fire Truck FS

I saw this sitting by the side of the road in Harbor Beach, Michigan and posted it in case anyone was interested.
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by Oldav8tor
Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: A Better Clutch Adjustment Page
Replies: 6
Views: 666

Re: A Better Clutch Adjustment Page

Thanks so much for doing this. It's coming at a perfect time as I will soon be setting my pedals and linkages. Wish me luck!
by Oldav8tor
Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Drive shaft questions
Replies: 17
Views: 928

Re: Drive shaft questions

I'm no expert but I had a similar groove and John Regan recommended I replace the shaft. I purchased a new one from FP along with the modern non-adjustable pinion bearing (also per John Regan). Hopefully someone more knowledgeable will chime in.
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by Oldav8tor
Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Check out this Kindle Book
Replies: 1
Views: 146

Check out this Kindle Book

Available from Amazon for $1.99 - the Kindle Book "Drive!: Henry Ford, George Selden, and the Race to Invent the Auto Age" - sounds interesting, cheap enough to take a chance :)
by Oldav8tor
Sat Jul 06, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: OCF Meet and Greet
Replies: 43
Views: 2207

Re: OCF Meet and Greet

It isn't a big tent but it does provide a place in the shade where you can meet up with other like-minded souls. I'm new to the hobby and all the Model T people I've met have been great, regardless of their club affiliation. Brian is leaving next week for Prince Edward Island in preparation for the ...
by Oldav8tor
Sat Jul 06, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Famous Model T art
Replies: 6
Views: 744

Re: Famous Model T art

Beautiful sculpture - looking at the year the car represents, you'd have thought horses would have gotten used to having them around by then. :D
by Oldav8tor
Sat Jul 06, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: OCF Meet and Greet
Replies: 43
Views: 2207

Re: OCF Meet and Greet

I realize this is the MTFCA forum but visitors to the OCF should feel free to stop in to the MTFCI tent which is usually set up in the green between Main St and the Post Rd down from the Martha-Mary Chapel. Many of us belong to both groups but you don't need to be a member of either to be welcome am...
by Oldav8tor
Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Timer Question
Replies: 6
Views: 364

Re: Timer Question

Sheeesh... a senior moment. I use the same technique when doing compression tests on an airplane engine. I guess I'm just trying to make things more complicated.