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by George Mills
Thu Mar 04, 2021 5:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Transmission and hogshead help needed
Replies: 11
Views: 296

Re: Transmission and hogshead help needed

Not trying to be a jerk as Dan offers excellent advice. Here’s what I did on my first T. Intuition told me something wasn’t right as the threads were milling a chamfer on the lobe. No inet then, no club yet either. Figured bolt was upside down? So, threaded bolt up from the bottom, kept the locknut ...
by George Mills
Tue Feb 16, 2021 10:23 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Spoke crack too cracked?
Replies: 27
Views: 1195

Re: Spoke crack too cracked?

As others have pointed out, would be nice to know what wood species was used.
by George Mills
Tue Feb 16, 2021 10:21 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Spoke crack too cracked?
Replies: 27
Views: 1195

Re: Spoke crack too cracked?

I don’t want to be a boo bird, but I would be real skeptical of ALL the spokes purchased at the same time! I’d ask the supplier to replace them all and also give you a moisture reading using a pin type moisture meter (I.e.— turned at 7-9% moisture) The quick answer is the spoke you show was probably...
by George Mills
Sat Feb 13, 2021 9:53 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I was warned about powder coating hubs and now...
Replies: 11
Views: 898

Re: I was warned about powder coating hubs and now...

Ignacio, I’ve never seen drawings, but experience has shown that it can be size to size between the hub and plate on a good day....so anything just causes interference. Last time I did a set, not powdered, just polished, on a 15, it just would not go together so I had to make a plate jack out of lon...
by George Mills
Fri Feb 05, 2021 11:58 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Speedster project turns 102 years old today, born Feb., 4, 1919
Replies: 6
Views: 466

Re: Speedster project turns 102 years old today, born Feb., 4, 1919

It's stories like this that get me to thumping and daydreaming, seriously... As I worked my stable to a bunch of T's there were always easy answers on both overbuying things, and, not getting rid of things...haha. The excuse was always,,,someday I'll build a speedster when I'm bored and have 99% of ...
by George Mills
Tue Feb 02, 2021 5:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Mighty Reagan Spoke Press Awakes!
Replies: 20
Views: 1883

Re: Mighty Reagan Spoke Press Awakes!

Good luck, looks like you’re ready. First time? Sometimes until you get the hang of it, the TEePee of the spokes gets ahead of itself and you wish you had 3 hands. Solution? Take a red Solo cup and punch a hole in the bottom just big enough for the all-thread and put the cup bottoms up on the rod be...
by George Mills
Mon Feb 01, 2021 9:11 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Need A Discussion Regarding Coating Inside of Engine/Hogshead
Replies: 29
Views: 1179

Re: Need A Discussion Regarding Coating Inside of Engine/Hogshead

I don't know? I'm going to show my mental ignorance as I'm not near my paper references to actually reference the material specs I worked for a company that did engine parts for the USS New Jersey the first time she was built, we also did high speed enclosed 4-bar mechanisms for general industry and...
by George Mills
Thu Jan 28, 2021 12:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Mostly 1919 , I think ??
Replies: 9
Views: 519

Re: Mostly 1919 , I think ??

as far as the dash to column...your firewall brackets may be on backwards, or you have an earlier frame than 19???? Somewhere you lost 1/2 inch in the make-up...so prob in the brackets.
by George Mills
Thu Jan 28, 2021 12:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Mostly 1919 , I think ??
Replies: 9
Views: 519

Re: Mostly 1919 , I think ??

While others will chime in...offthe wall I'd say measure the tread width.

Cars built for Southern Roads were wider and took special fenders and running boards.....
by George Mills
Wed Jan 27, 2021 1:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: original color of wood spokes
Replies: 23
Views: 995

Re: original color of wood spokes

59B1E8BA-8222-47FE-8574-4DF7C734C49A_1_105_c.jpeg To the best of my knowledge, all wood wheeled cars came from the factory painted black. If I recall correctly Ford produced natural wheels and sent them to dealers unpainted for service work. Adding clear varnish and putting them on a car as sets mi...
by George Mills
Mon Jan 25, 2021 12:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: From one old fart to another
Replies: 5
Views: 621

Re: From one old fart to another

Larry, If you are like me...you have almost no difficulty getting down on a creeper (I sorta plop) it’s the getting back up! I can get back up maybe once, so I took a half sheet of 3/4, added Rollie wheels. And spent a day tossing a general selection of duplicate tools on it. That way if I forget a ...
by George Mills
Mon Jan 25, 2021 9:41 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1915 Hogshead Assembly
Replies: 16
Views: 791

Re: 1915 Hogshead Assembly

Martin, Love your work! On the 15 I’d say to catch up to Royce if you can. Both Royce and I independently have worked on many cars that are 16’s by fiscal years 15’s by features years...that were built in Sept/Oct/and one example of a November that had aluminum hogsheads with ribbed pedals with at l...
by George Mills
Fri Jan 22, 2021 7:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Windsor Maroon
Replies: 23
Views: 1174

Re: Windsor Maroon

The issue with Windsor Maroon is that the prize goes to Tim Wren...but nobody else will probably want to hear it. Yes the Ford sales stuff shows a reddish maroon...but 100 years under varnish and the professional conservator will tell you that you have to back off the 'yellow' component by at least ...
by George Mills
Tue Jan 19, 2021 11:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Trouble Mounting a Tire on a Non-demountable Wheel
Replies: 22
Views: 931

Re: Trouble Mountaing a Tire on a Non-demountable Wheel

Cranking back on memories of days gone by (haven’t done a wheel on the 15 in maybe 15 years.... Experience 1. Pre forum. Decided to change out a rubber stem tube for a metal tube. A zillion hours later and still no go. An old timer told me to V notch the inside bead with a box cutter. Tire mounted i...
by George Mills
Tue Jan 19, 2021 10:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Advise on removing window regulator hondle
Replies: 10
Views: 408

Re: Advise on removing window regulator hondle

I think...and only think...that you push the estuchen into the pad as far as possible and that will expose the hub of the handle. That hub will either have a set screw or a pin...and you take whichever out and the handle slides off and the estucheon follows. There are many variations on handles and ...
by George Mills
Thu Jan 14, 2021 5:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Pratt Lampert Cheery Bark Stain
Replies: 13
Views: 961

Re: Pratt Lampert Cheery Bark Stain

Ray S. When you did the denatured alcohol on the original finish...did it lift immediately to bare wood? Or did you have to do it over and over and scrub thru a sticky mess? If it simply lifted to bare wood almost immediately...then the original firewall you have was never stained, but rather a shel...
by George Mills
Wed Dec 30, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1909: How red was red?
Replies: 14
Views: 1417

Re: 1909: How red was red?

I’ve offered it before so stay with me on this. When it was still Finneran and Haley (now Benjamin Moore) paint lab, I worked with the lab closely on restoration work throughout Philadelphia Independence Park projects. One day I asked a favor of the lab rats. I had come across an original chip book ...
by George Mills
Thu Dec 24, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How to Start a New MTFCA Chapter?
Replies: 11
Views: 766

Re: How to Start a New MTFCA Chapter?

Once upon a time...

I had same thoughts when I wound up in a chapter-less area.

The General Secretary/Director..whatever it was called then sent me a listing of all the member “orphans” who were within 15 miles of my zip.
by George Mills
Thu Dec 24, 2020 9:21 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Craftsman 919.15624 Paint Sprayer for T Chassis?
Replies: 13
Views: 972

Re: Craftsman 919.15624 Paint Sprayer for T Chassis?

I actually have that same gun. It’s somewhere in a box and has been for years. Never could master it, it tends to spit! No book tho...sorry I agree, go buy the cheap-o harbor freight, sample on something to get your cut right, and if the gun gets away from you by the end of the project just chuck it...
by George Mills
Fri Dec 18, 2020 11:41 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1915 US Ts with forked headlights question
Replies: 18
Views: 1055

Re: 1915 US Ts with forked headlights question

My belief is that the use of forked lamps for 1915 cars is and always will be an imponderable. After all the years of doing this stuff…I can assert that you can never satisfy yourself 100% on ANY transition era car. Unfortunately, in my time I’ve had cars built in 4 different transition periods. A 1...
by George Mills
Sun Nov 29, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1924 Engine color
Replies: 15
Views: 780

Re: 1924 Engine color

For What It’s Worth, I do believe that what your pictures show is what ‘moleskin’ of the era would be. In the 20’s Moleskin was still in the Taupe family, a fact most are not generally aware of. Also, The earth tone pigments used in the era would have aged like old varnish in hue...a self yellowing ...
by George Mills
Wed Nov 25, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Running without coolant?
Replies: 17
Views: 1184

Re: Running without coolant?

Under the 'your own experience may differ' category... The '25 was nose facing in while in my garage a bunch of years ago and I decided to reset all of the bolt up sheet metal on the frame by taking it off, prepping it, finishing it, and reinstalling it...no smudges, no scratches, right? Front all d...
by George Mills
Wed Nov 18, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Long Grain fabric installation
Replies: 15
Views: 809

Re: Long Grain fabric installation

Dwight, Just a personal ‘trick’ whether I am doing a closed car, or an open one on bows. I only sink the tacks in halfway until I’m happy with the fit and draw...then once assured I don’t have a pucker...or need just a wee bit more tug by pulling a few tacks for the stretch needed...only then hammer...
by George Mills
Sun Nov 15, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your T this November
Replies: 37
Views: 2648

Re: What have you done to your T this November

(tongue in cheek...) I started to feel sorry for the 'digs' that my Hack lived in. I'm usually an Obsessive Compulsive guy (some say Neurotic :)) The house in Florida was built with a concrete slab poured on what was scraped sand that has a high water table and done without any vapor barrier! To mak...
by George Mills
Sun Nov 15, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Question from one used to the metric system: nuts UNF / UNC
Replies: 11
Views: 570

Re: Question from one used to the metric system: nuts UNF / UNC

This came out of one of the local Clubs (author unknown) and has been modified over the years as more becomes known.
by George Mills
Sun Nov 15, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Question from one used to the metric system: nuts UNF / UNC
Replies: 11
Views: 570

Re: Question from one used to the metric system: nuts UNF / UNC

Bitte. Das metrische system ist so viel einfacher. :D :lol:


The above chart showing the chassis is the SOCKET size used...the thread itself will be different.
by George Mills
Sun Nov 15, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Question from one used to the metric system: nuts UNF / UNC
Replies: 11
Views: 570

Re: Question from one used to the metric system: nuts UNF / UNC

Where the Imperial system differs is that the pitch is NOT a constant in both the Fine and the Coarse series (which is opposite of metric where the thread pitches stay a constant pitch for each of the series) Most auto is Fine series ((UNF) which is also referred to as SAE. There are a few exception...
by George Mills
Sat Nov 14, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T Limousine, Interesting
Replies: 16
Views: 1838

Re: Model T Limousine, Interesting

Back in the days when Suncoast Florida was nothing more than scattered villages, mangrove swamps, and dirt roads, there was a jitney service that ran from St. Petersburg to Dunedin in a stretch brass T Sorry for the quality, but it’s a picture of a picture of a picture. The original print is in the ...
by George Mills
Sat Oct 24, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A little tire history
Replies: 8
Views: 790

Re: A little tire history

FWIW....my 25 Fordor still has red rubber tubes! I don’t drive on them anymore...but they all still hold air good enough to do roll around for a few days...lol. I’ve had replacement tubes both folded, which dry rotted in the wrapper, to partially inflated but still surface cracked...so on the Hack w...
by George Mills
Thu Oct 22, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Tire Question
Replies: 4
Views: 333

Re: Tire Question

The question comes down to convenience. After 23 it doesn't matter as the the originality thing..they came from the factory with demountable as standard in some models, options in other. For the pre-23, How fast can you fix a flat or change a tube in a clincher (and carry an air pump with you at all...
by George Mills
Tue Oct 20, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model t as a daily in the early 40s?
Replies: 50
Views: 2086

Re: Model t as a daily in the early 40s?

My late Father in law got his license in '41 and his first car was a 1924T that he bought cheap, and the day after H.S. graduation he and a friend hopped in the car near Philly, and then went to Houston, and then drove back...just to say that they did it!
by George Mills
Tue Oct 20, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: World War 1 Model Ts
Replies: 26
Views: 1856

Re: World War 1 Model Ts

This is the pic of the T used by Disney daughter for the private museum dedicated to Walt memory she built in San Fran...

French language...maybe French bodied?
by George Mills
Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: In search of...
Replies: 4
Views: 401

Re: In search of...

Tim, Can't help with where to find one as they are as rare as hens teeth... Folks for a while were modifying other units to fit, but it always required a whole lot of 'cobbling' of good sheet metal to happen. Guy named Tony Cimorelli dug into it one time and discovered that what seemed to be the fai...
by George Mills
Tue Oct 13, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Headlight Question
Replies: 11
Views: 743

Re: Headlight Question

Gene, Most T stuff is 'whatever works' I dip my thumb and forefinger into a jar of Vaseline, then pull the rope through my closed thumb and forefinger. Fold the rope in half, start at 12 o'clock, leave the bottom for the open gap and it all stays in place for me. When I need to take apart, the rope ...
by George Mills
Mon Oct 12, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: '27 Fordor Restore......# 5 !!!
Replies: 72
Views: 4606

Re: '27 Fordor Restore......# 5 !!!

Did I ever share that early on in life I needed to get a Fordor Body off the frame so I just jacked and cribbed it until the rear crossmember was clear and rolled the chassis out from beneath? (Had to do that twice as one the first try figured would be easier if pointed in other direction :) ) So no...
by George Mills
Mon Oct 12, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Engine dies when lights turned on
Replies: 16
Views: 667

Re: Engine dies when lights turned on

I see your wiring totally different. If your inside switch is wired correctly... It looks to me like the lower right RED crimp ferrule connection is on MAG post of the coil box??....the lower left BLUE crimp ferrule is on BATT post ?? Thus you still have MAG voltage going to the light switch, and th...
by George Mills
Wed Oct 07, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: 1916 Dodge
Replies: 11
Views: 976

Re: 1916 Dodge

Wow Erik,

Thanks for that.

(I have to remember to check the OT thread more often)
by George Mills
Tue Oct 06, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: head bolts
Replies: 17
Views: 1121

Re: head bolts

Dennis, The original bolts until about 1920 (for general purposes, let's round the time frame low head?) were simply Bessemer Steel and if you look at the Ford Ferrous Chart that would be anywhere from 1008-1013 Steel. I am not near my post heat Ford processes data, but realistically, such a grade i...
by George Mills
Sun Oct 04, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: head bolts
Replies: 17
Views: 1121

Re: head bolts

If you promise me we won’t get into torque up 🥴🤷‍♂️ The original design was for a 3/8 fine bolt. (This was also when the water outlet used head bolts) Take a 3/8 bolt and us the old 1.5 x engage for iron and you get ....wait for it.....ready.....you sure.....anxious....9/16”. When Ford used a cannon...
by George Mills
Wed Sep 30, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Number of Coats of Paint
Replies: 29
Views: 1845

Re: Number of Coats of Paint

FWIW, I follow what TXD steps out pretty much to the letter. I will also Add that when Jim in Bartow, a Semper Fi guy went through all of his experiments “grunting” his way through the skeptics, I became a believer and I now use the Black Appliance rattle on pretty most everything. Just redid fender...
by George Mills
Wed Sep 30, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Help! My LF Headlamp Won’t Turn On
Replies: 30
Views: 1179

Re: Help! My LF Headlamp Won’t Turn On

Other George, Known 6 V to thimble contacts -checked with volt meter Yes? Check... Socket housing to ground jumpered for good contact Yes? Check Bulb is a 6V lamp as it does light on test box Yes? Check Hate to say it buddy, short of the bottom contacts on the lamp barely kissing the contacts in the...
by George Mills
Tue Sep 29, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Help! My LF Headlamp Won’t Turn On
Replies: 30
Views: 1179

Re: Help! My LF Headlamp Won’t Turn On

Hook up the wires and thimble to that socket you show, insert a bulb in the other end, turn the lights on, press that shiney part against bare metal on the horn bracket or such. Sounds like it is probably going to light... if so...grounding as others have mentioned. Headlights are notorious for weak...
by George Mills
Tue Sep 29, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Common Wrench: Unusual Ford Script
Replies: 9
Views: 857

Re: Common Wrench: Unusual Ford Script

Put in the For What It Is worth column... I have long held that Ford never had control over their own tool supply for the T. They put out an order for tools where the Purchase Order reigned, they then made drawings of what they received from a supplier for archive purposes and eventually assigning a...
by George Mills
Sun Sep 27, 2020 9:31 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: 1916 Dodge
Replies: 11
Views: 976

Re: 1916 Dodge

Thanks for the infos. Here is his “buy”. He basically bought on impulse. His Dad was one of the founders of Military Vehicle Preservation, the B-I-L has a full blown motor pool with an arsenal of stuff. Saw these, figured 2 could equal 1 and he plans on doing it up as a Lt George Patton on the trail...
by George Mills
Sun Sep 27, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: 1916 Dodge
Replies: 11
Views: 976

1916 Dodge

My B-I-L just picked up 2 1916 Dodge project cars. Any body have a good forum to recommend?
by George Mills
Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T with out Water
Replies: 9
Views: 1206

Re: Model T with out Water

Once upon a time and after a long rebuild, the car was in the garage backwards without a radiator. Rather than push it out and turn it around with calling neighbors I judged 60 seconds would be probably fine and I’d be quick. Out, k turn, back it up, turn it off, let it coast to a stop. Success...we...
by George Mills
Sat Sep 12, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 13T - Coolant Temp and Initial Driving Experience
Replies: 8
Views: 721

Re: 13T - Coolant Temp and Initial Driving Experience

First of all...you are fine! If the coolant covers the core and doesn’t boil over...it’s even OK if it goes glub, glug, glug on shut down which you say it doesn’t. I also agree the that open close thing on the carb even tho many say that they don’t have to HOWEVER you may be taking it too lean! Brin...
by George Mills
Fri Sep 11, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What is a Rip Van Winkle car?
Replies: 14
Views: 1147

Re: What is a Rip Van Winkle car?

A long time ago when the earth was young... A bunch of T-guys found a barn fresh car that reportedly had only couple dozen miles on it... To them it was like discovering your wife just had triplets...or...in simpler terms they had just won the knowledge lottery... Most of the background on it was an...
by George Mills
Thu Sep 10, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rookie mistake: driven gear upside down...
Replies: 9
Views: 1087

Re: Rookie mistake: driven gear upside down...

I'll say it and admit it...welcome to the club. There was a time when I was real good with my hands, thought things through in what seemed to be perfect order, understood the syntax of the Ford service manuals and usually (99%) only had to do things ONCE, never put a head gasket on backwards, never ...
by George Mills
Mon Sep 07, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: triple gear pins grinding
Replies: 12
Views: 1072

Re: triple gear pins grinding

Dennis, Yes, the late Ralph Ricks talked me into the Idea of a blind forensic test of pins and bushes and he offered to supply all of the blind samples, I’d get my people at work to do inspection to the Mercedes protocol (we did all the rotors and caliper frames for MB at the time), I’d get the lab ...
by George Mills
Mon Sep 07, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: triple gear pins grinding
Replies: 12
Views: 1072

Re: triple gear pins grinding

For rotating parts, rounder is generally better...unless you wanted a cam in the first place :D Some of the noise generated could be from accumulated eccentricities of high rpm small parts. If the point sought from that previous post was based on past comments made by me, it was said for the reason ...
by George Mills
Sun Aug 30, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Adjusting coils by ear
Replies: 9
Views: 728

Re: Adjusting coils by ear

Jim, I fully accept that T coils might just work out when tuned by ear...but my ears must have a baffle in them. :) Similar story, late 70's, I had a T that started easy on BATT ran great on MAG driven coils yet the coils went bizz-bizz-bizz-buzz! I was fine with it but all of the other guys in the ...
by George Mills
Sat Aug 22, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Castle Nut Assortment set?
Replies: 8
Views: 651

Re: Castle Nut Assortment set?

Ignacio, I started the makings of a 'helpful book' on Model T and kept getting side-tracked after having a hundred or so individual pages that never got around to being collated. Here is a list of castellated nuts as used a T....sorry I never got around to quantity but there are prob a bunch who cou...
by George Mills
Fri Aug 14, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: White Tire Availability
Replies: 25
Views: 1846

Re: White Tire Availability

Walter, Got it. See, in your own answer, you did nudge my thought as to what I suspect. What you describe is a laminated construction. “Clincher bead one color...”. I don’t mean ply like old day 4 ply and I don’t mean retread/caps. Think roll of tape in reverse where the use carbon black for some fe...
by George Mills
Fri Aug 14, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: White Tire Availability
Replies: 25
Views: 1846

Re: White Tire Availability

Walter, I watch these threads on white tires, wanted to scream "NO" on the idea of using a less permeable inner tube but bit my tongue because hey, it's not my forte and maybe, just maybe a tube that has almost no permeability to the 19th decimal place might just slow 'the browns' down enough to act...
by George Mills
Wed Aug 12, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Gas tank repair thoughts/ideas
Replies: 16
Views: 1386

Re: Gas tank repair thoughts/ideas

One time I had a tank with a punch hole in it and a guy cross town said he could fix it. Just pull it off and take it to him, he'd need maybe 5 minutes.. I was intrigued. He sets it up, takes a swat at it with his air sander... Grabs something that looks like a gray Tootsie Roll and tears off a chun...
by George Mills
Wed Aug 12, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How many cars in a T built from parts?
Replies: 11
Views: 1472

Re: How many cars in a T built from parts?

Actually...many more than we might think? When I started in this we all were fortunate to know someone who was hands on first person dealer Model T “mechanics”. I asked one of those guys how they ever made Ford time study since I was having trouble getting within 3-4 times the minutes posted. He gig...
by George Mills
Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Montrose Pa.
Replies: 2
Views: 603

Re: Montrose Pa.

Montrose is a 'village' more of a 'hamlet' of about a square mile and a population somewhere around 1500. The locale for the most part would not have been friendly to Model T's either---up n down n down n up. Doubt you'd find many T'ers there even today. I do have a thought for you. If you say Voss ...
by George Mills
Thu Jul 23, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 5 Millionth Model T Now at Model T Museum!
Replies: 20
Views: 3420

Re: 5 Millionth Model T Now at Model T Museum!

I'm not trying to be a troll, but the car apparently does have a 'past' as some others point out...and Ford apparently lost track of it into the public for upwards of 60 years. Was a 'find' back in 92 after being lost for those years and when found had apparently lots of 'bitsy' 'Johnny Cash' parts ...
by George Mills
Wed Jul 01, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 25 years now...
Replies: 15
Views: 1995

Re: 25 years now...

A big Silver Congrats to Mr n Mrs Townsend!
by George Mills
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Where do you get the prices?
Replies: 15
Views: 1909

Re: Where do you get the prices?

As with many others here...T's are not my only passion. There is something that I had wanted to add to one of my other passions and the on line price-fixing...err...'competitive capitalistic approach' shows more than a few willing to part with the item in question at about 3 times what it was worth ...
by George Mills
Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I"m in a bind.
Replies: 13
Views: 1800

Re: I"m in a bind.

Bud,

Your clutch plates could be sticking...raise a rear wheel, keep key off, hand crank. If just as tight...it’s not clutch plate stick...if it turns easier, like in lots easier...there are tricks to getting plates unstuck without tearing into them so come on back
by George Mills
Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What should salvage value be?
Replies: 32
Views: 3170

Re: What should salvage value be?

I wouldn't negotiate too long as someone may get dreams of a good return real quick through one of their local tow/store folks that they deal with often. The insurance company has no real desire to take possession of the car. They would like to lessen their load, but really don't want to put any wor...
by George Mills
Wed Jun 10, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Howells Sheet Metal delays
Replies: 26
Views: 2826

Re: Howells Sheet Metal delays

FWIW, Howells is not capricious at business they simply do what they want, when they want...and their work is always uncompromising quality. Do this long enough and often enough and you learn to order from them 6 months in advance! Set expectations accordingly. There is irony in that statement...onc...
by George Mills
Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Problem Installing Transmission Cover
Replies: 27
Views: 2584

Re: Problem Installing Transmission Cover

Did you change to new band springs as part of your overhaul? If you did you may have to ‘fit’ them for use. The new ones are really stiff, almost too stiff and I’ve found that to get things to work out, the springs need to be fully compressed in a vice one at a time, and then when fully squished, hi...
by George Mills
Tue May 26, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vintage authenticity?
Replies: 104
Views: 11526

Re: Vintage authenticity?

For the longest time, everybody and anybody T related tried to convince me that my late25 Fordor really should have had the rounded splash shields, and the bead out front fenders. This included guys who were quite national in club activities, etc. It was also the 70's where the general view was stil...
by George Mills
Mon May 25, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ford history questions
Replies: 60
Views: 6915

Re: Ford history questions

One of the biggest sacrilege to Ford history is the claim that Henry was too stubborn to give it a rest, and that once one of his prized employees jumped to Chevy that Chevy busted Fords butt in the market. I think all of those as singular statements are probably true...yet Ford themselves chose to ...
by George Mills
Fri May 22, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Harbor Freight jack stands
Replies: 28
Views: 3343

Re: Harbor Freight jack stands

I don’t know about a recall... but I use to buy actual overcooked cinderblocks from the reject pile at the cinderblock plant for a nickle apiece as long as I promised to use them as landscape retaining walls and not for construction. Who knew? 🤷‍♂️
by George Mills
Thu May 21, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Brass "conversion"
Replies: 20
Views: 2278

Re: Brass "conversion"

The easiest way to visually tell? The splash shields above the running boards. A guy so fixated on creating a '15 might even have a set of '15 shields but he dollies out those factory creases just before the flair to be smooth! Start with later fenders and they don't even think of adding a 'look ali...
by George Mills
Wed May 13, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: differences in 25 and earlier frames from a 26
Replies: 17
Views: 1992

Re: differences in 25 and earlier frames from a 26

Will, While I am sure there are minute differences...and some may even be functional. But the Hack that Jim in Lakehurst use to have started as a 27 chassis with demountable rims, he had early 23 running gear available in one of his sheds (fenders, splash shields, hood shelves, running boards, low h...
by George Mills
Tue May 12, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hub Cap threads
Replies: 10
Views: 2103

Re: Hub Cap threads

I had new reproductive caps that were real tight. I ordered one of the modern thread restorers but before it came I did try something. Thread would start...but not go...using the hubcap wrench I’d go half turn on, quarter turn off, repeat until hubcap fully seats. Didn’t crack, still on the car...th...
by George Mills
Sun May 10, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Triple gear pins
Replies: 16
Views: 2327

Re: Triple gear pins

The late RDR and myself and a few of his friends spent a ton of time and money on this subject about a decade ago. We did a blind volunteer study of piles of matching used pins and bushes...we bought new pins and bushes from everybody...and I sent the whole lot of them to a facility certified by Mer...
by George Mills
Thu Apr 30, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: We lost another one
Replies: 28
Views: 3725

Re: We lost another one

Aww Shucks... That certainly did not make my day! RIP Herm, I will definitely miss our endless and bottomless phone discussions and debates about the 'why's' of certain things. You knew your craft better than most, you stuck to your guns better and longer than most, and I'd like to think your 'custo...
by George Mills
Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Emergency brake as service brake
Replies: 19
Views: 2285

Re: Emergency brake as service brake

I normally refuse to diss something....but here is something to think through. My first T was a Fordor and it came with some sort of equalizer installed. I was taught that fast stops went through the stick...regular stops through the pedal. One day I came over a crest of a northern Illinois mountain...
by George Mills
Fri Apr 17, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New club member introduction
Replies: 6
Views: 1121

Re: New club member introduction

Welcome to the affliction. South Jersey is hard to come by T guys, I never understood why because 40 years ago, a local show would have more T’s than the rows at Hershey! Guys pass on, cars disappear never to surface. Anyway... The book says to fill it to the top petcock. Then open the lower and cat...
by George Mills
Fri Apr 17, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rubber mats in a closed car
Replies: 8
Views: 1304

Re: Rubber mats in a closed car

The current front mats sold are a generic design that always require cut-to-fit and are not usually year specific. I have spotted them and cut them in place through the years...but it is easier to make a taped up template out of shopping bags....then spot the pedal cut out to match and be square on ...
by George Mills
Wed Apr 15, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Where were Model T engines made?
Replies: 12
Views: 2237

Re: Where were Model T engines made?

I have shared this anecdote before, but as usual I can't find it now! The original Louisville branch building (Which eventually became Mengle (the maker of floorboards for T's locally and then Mengle became Mead Containers at the same location) had a two sided receiving area where the supply train o...
by George Mills
Sat Apr 04, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Electrolysis
Replies: 9
Views: 1659

Re: Electrolysis

Ignacious, I had a car with a zillion coats of bright yellow paint on the wheels. Whatever the paint was, it was like porcelain and nothing mechanical would even begin to break the surface. Figuring nothing ventured, nothing gained, nothing to lose I had them hot lye bath dipped. Then moved directly...
by George Mills
Fri Apr 03, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: band spring selection
Replies: 7
Views: 1364

Re: band spring selection

In two separate occasions now I have found the so called stiffer springs to be a royal PITA. When Moxie26 and I did Tom Edison’s car in West Orange I was fairly confident that the demountable with the car were totally round and probably even originals. The spring kept trying to walk up the groove as...
by George Mills
Fri Apr 03, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Nut and Bolt Specification Chart
Replies: 23
Views: 2576

Re: Nut and Bolt Specification Chart

Oh well....maybe I should open other attachments before posting...🤫 🥴😁😁.
by George Mills
Fri Apr 03, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Nut and Bolt Specification Chart
Replies: 23
Views: 2576

Re: Nut and Bolt Specification Chart

I will apologize in advance as someone sent this to me years ago as a PDF. Unfortunately, I don't have a clue as to credit other than I 'think' it was maybe someone from Tulsa or NWS at the time? Thats as close as I can remember. It was obviously in a spreadsheet format at one time and converted...b...
by George Mills
Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Need help reading part drawing on a Ford racer
Replies: 23
Views: 2568

Re: Need help reading part drawing on a Ford racer

Rob, I suspect that the oval egg u see in the front view, is a set of construction lines on what he intended to cover. Back in the days of ink and the blueish linen it was a very common practice to just leave the original pencil working marks. I’m not saying it is, or isn’t, but the 2nd drawing may ...
by George Mills
Mon Mar 23, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Turn signals
Replies: 29
Views: 3363

Re: Turn signals

Goes back to how vintage and functional you want to be. After a lot of thought, this is the route I took and the brake switch was from FP. OK, so putting cloth covered wire inside of asphalt loom is a little OC...but like the T...it’s therapy!
by George Mills
Thu Mar 19, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The frustration of incompetence
Replies: 124
Views: 14937

Re: The frustration of incompetence

Steve, With all due respect, take a break and breath slowly. I'll share a personal saga as there is a point in there somewhere. I just can't tell an anecdote without writing an epistle! I've been a roadside master Model T mechanic for going on 50 years now, I reckin'. Only once in my life did I need...
by George Mills
Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Alemite Grease Gun
Replies: 19
Views: 2033

Re: Alemite Grease Gun

As an example....my ‘19 hack came to me with Alemite aluminum aftermarket hub caps on fronts.

While I’d agree that the screw type squirt gun is maybe more period correct, my choice is the screw type with braided feed line...to me it’s just way cool!
by George Mills
Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: White oak bed
Replies: 9
Views: 1674

Re: White oak bed

My advice would be that if you are starting with fresh/new white oak I would NOT make the surface smooth as glass before painting. Finish it out at 140-180 grit. Do you or don’t you want the chance of grain bleed in the finish product? If you do, any alky primer would be good as an exterior finish. ...
by George Mills
Fri Mar 06, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: radiator prices
Replies: 28
Views: 4648

Re: radiator prices

I'm sorry and not being tongue in cheek!!!! My own experience tells me Gery is the better choice. My words as to that conclusion...let me say it a different way... Next time I need a black radiator, I'm not going to shop it, I'm calling Gery at Bergs...we'll spend 5 minutes on the phone, he'll ship ...
by George Mills
Tue Feb 18, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Spare tire needed 1923 Depot Hack
Replies: 19
Views: 2427

Re: Spare tire needed 1923 Depot Hack

Hey Steve,

Ah, I looked at the top photos again...I don’t see it, the sidewall proportion seems too high...I don’t see a split line on my cell screen...so guess I’ll just accept my “spotter” is wrong. 😊. Sorry to all if I confused.
by George Mills
Tue Feb 18, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Spare tire needed 1923 Depot Hack
Replies: 19
Views: 2427

Re: Spare tire needed 1923 Depot Hack

Not to confuse you, but what you have are 4.40x21 inch demountables as you know. There are also 30x3-1/2 and 30 x 3. The OD are the same but it stops there. On a Hack, one like Jack Daron use to make for Roadster pickups would work but I haven’t seen any ever up for resale. Hacks are usually somethi...
by George Mills
Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Removing the #3317 driven gear: Am I doing it wrong?
Replies: 20
Views: 2959

Re: Removing the #3317 driven gear: Am I doing it wrong?

I’d concur with Jack P suggestion. When I was ‘young’ someone made the same suggestion to me. In for a nickle, in for a dime what did I know? They told me to go so tight it was just before the center wanted to cock...and then every time I walked by it rap it with a 3 pound maul. Same advice, do it a...
by George Mills
Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Driver's side headlight won't light
Replies: 34
Views: 3569

Re: Driver's side headlight won't light

PROGRESS... As Yogi would say, when it comes to the fork in the road----take it. Apparently, your wiring might be OK, at least voltage was passing through the unlit lamp before finding the end of the line ground! Thus providing also the ground needed for the passenger side to light. I now suspect th...
by George Mills
Sun Jan 05, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Metallurgy question Rajo rocker arm shaft.
Replies: 17
Views: 2080

Re: Metallurgy question Rajo rocker arm shaft.

I know that there are days where I don’t fire on all cylinders…but then there are days like today when the idea keeps coming back to this like a dog gnawing on my ankle :lol: I’ll throw this out for discussion. Why not look around for a chunk of 430 B Bronze? Working from memory here... Right out of...
by George Mills
Fri Jan 03, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Driver's side headlight won't light
Replies: 34
Views: 3569

Re: Driver's side headlight won't light

Further to Steve and his 6-8V comment. I'm not sure of what the lamp number may be...but at a 8V rating (the upper end of the rating) this gives a combined 16 V when connected in series which the 15-16 were. As Steve has advised, these seem to work fairly well based on his finds and experiences. Her...
by George Mills
Fri Jan 03, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Driver's side headlight won't light
Replies: 34
Views: 3569

Re: Driver's side headlight won't light

Susanne, Lightly dust the seam area... Dribble Super Glue at the seam and let it wick around all by itself... Have done this now on every old bulb (read shellac seal) that I get my hands on. Keeping fingers crossed, I’m still batting a thousand since I started that. One other word of wisdom...if the...
by George Mills
Thu Jan 02, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Conductive lubricants vs non-conductive (dielectric) lubricants
Replies: 6
Views: 1261

Re: Conductive lubricants vs non-conductive (dielectric) lubricants

Jim...68 miles due East... I’m not surprised at the soft turn out to your question....I’ve sensed it for a while that the old theory guys don’t get too fired up to comment any more. I’ll also add...your thread could grow legs...🤪 There are the Ones who will quote “Ford said and Ford Almighty!” And t...
by George Mills
Wed Jan 01, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Starter removal on a 1926
Replies: 20
Views: 2784

Re: Starter removal on a 1926

once upon a time...I was so green I pulled a starter with the bendix on...just cussed a bunch! To make matters worse, after a local guy peened the bus to the stud, since that was the problem...loose stud...I put it back in the car with the Bendix on! That was just triple cussing and I didn’t know an...
by George Mills
Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Tail lights, brake lights, and turn signals
Replies: 21
Views: 3189

Re: Tail lights, brake lights, and turn signals

eh, Paddy... Like said above...your marbles, your game... I'll share that you can achieve what you want in either 6V or 12V by going to Model A Teacup taillights. They are especially nice if you option up the stainless bezels...the basics come painted black. From 4 ft away you can't tell they are te...
by George Mills
Mon Dec 30, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Modern advances in the lubrication of the original roller type timer
Replies: 27
Views: 3565

Re: Modern advances in the lubrication of the original roller type timer

Jim, I used whatever I had and it was Red Grease...just the cheap stuff...
by George Mills
Mon Dec 30, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Modern advances in the lubrication of the original roller type timer
Replies: 27
Views: 3565

Re: Modern advances in the lubrication of the original roller type timer

This is sort of like oil for the tranny, or fuel filters....🥴 FWIW...The last car I made road-right I used one of the alpha generation S Type roller timers and was one of the first to experience what generally became general knowledge that they were prone to swallow themselves. That timer was only i...