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by George Mills
Thu Nov 21, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Inflation !!!
Replies: 26
Views: 1211

Re: Inflation !!!

I would think that George Pepperdine might object to the spurious part comment 😃 I’ve heard that he kept a scratch pad with his high sellers and when his quantities exceeded the latest issue serial number Ford he’d drop his price again for those items. Maybe a wives tale...maybe true...I don’t know....
by George Mills
Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: "T" will not continue to run.
Replies: 14
Views: 796

Re: "T" will not continue to run.

As to gassing up... O’Reilly’s handles a product called “no spill” gas containers. They have a hard spout and a valve with a push button mounted as the “cap”. Greatest solution for under seat tank! Put the spout in the tank...upend it safe and dry...push the button and no splash! Thumb off button, f...
by George Mills
Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Vintage authenticity?
Replies: 97
Views: 3046

Re: Vintage authenticity?

Aye, but to be authentic...the waxed cord should maybe be tied with surgeon knots??

Just asking for a friend 😝
by George Mills
Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Vintage authenticity?
Replies: 97
Views: 3046

Re: Vintage authenticity?

Taking a perfectly good original piece and cobbling it up to be something it didn’t start out as can be called heresy and sacrilige since it can’t be put back to original, but is the owner choice... I’m not saying it is the OP but after near 50 years into this stuff, it seems to me that the most who...
by George Mills
Thu Oct 31, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Two man top runabout strap location question
Replies: 4
Views: 170

Re: Two man top runabout strap location question

Neal, yes the lath goes where the roof isn’t. I also now use something a little more substantial just inboard of the D rings to hold that back bow hard in the exact correct position.
by George Mills
Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Two man top runabout strap location question
Replies: 4
Views: 170

Re: Two man top runabout strap location question

Putting my foot in where it doesn’t belong...your first top? If so, word to the wise is to set the bows to the dimensions shown and temp brace everything with lath strips. Set the front maybe 3/4-1” higher. The work the pads and roof material onto the now near fixed frame. Get all done, pull the lat...
by George Mills
Thu Oct 31, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Question for Trent Boggess
Replies: 11
Views: 755

Re: Question for Trent Boggess

FWIW, I don’t know about Wisconsin, but I am aware of what map makers did in Florida. The mapmaker investigator would move along paths and stop when he’d come across 3-4 houses in a cluster and talk to folks. While working north from Tampa, the map man stopped at a place north of the settlement. Cha...
by George Mills
Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: I think of Ralph Ricks around this time of year
Replies: 18
Views: 858

Re: I think of Ralph Ricks around this time of year

Dick, Me too and not just this time of year. He had unique constant wit on any subject, and never took life too serious. Iconic! We confused folks at times on forum. Some topics we’d banter viciously...other topics we’d appear to support and push one another forward. That’s the way if goes with Frie...
by George Mills
Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Whatever Happened to Valspar Project Perfect Paint ?
Replies: 5
Views: 477

Re: Whatever Happened to Valspar Project Perfect Paint ?

Sherwin Williams wanted Valspar for its sealant, stain, and varnish lines. That sounded like propaganda at the time to get past anti-trust but bit by bit as each month goes by, more and more Valspar former products seem to not be available from any of the good sized stores. I was but half way throug...
by George Mills
Mon Oct 28, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: #1 cylinder not doing it's share
Replies: 34
Views: 1432

Re: #1 cylinder not doing it's share

I’ll get a ton of pushback...however, put a real “X” plug in number 1 gapped at 0.030” and you have an even chance #1 might come alive. I can’t explain the science behind it other than I’ve tried it on misfire/underfire that defies resolution on more than a few cars at #1 when equipped with “A25” pl...
by George Mills
Sat Oct 26, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: New gasoline shut off valve sticking?
Replies: 13
Views: 558

Re: New gasoline shut off valve sticking?

I like the way that they look and the way that they work...but as you have found out, they do leave something to be desired after a while. I've had similar experience with that valve and in one car, the solution was really quite simple...lift UP while you turn the handle and then press DOWN when you...
by George Mills
Sat Oct 26, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Electrical connectors
Replies: 13
Views: 489

Re: Electrical connectors

Dan, When I put together an era correct turn/4-way/brake self-designed kit on my Hack and in keeping with my '20's technology theme cap for every part sourced, I eventually settled on something Ford issue even after looking at others for one of the needs. Rather than use a Model T head light connect...
by George Mills
Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Model T Artwork
Replies: 4
Views: 345

Re: Model T Artwork

Thumbs up!
by George Mills
Wed Oct 23, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Axle keyhole too wide
Replies: 5
Views: 446

Re: Axle keyhole too wide

I think I'd resort to a custom key at this point. (Anyone ever heard of file-to-fit? :roll: Only kidding) FWIW, back in the day before standards existed the general accepted shop practice was to make a 1/4" key at 1/4 FULL which went on to mean 0.251/0.250 in those companies that stayed in the repla...
by George Mills
Tue Oct 22, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Greasing inside wheel bearings?
Replies: 29
Views: 1462

Re: Greasing inside wheel bearings?

I must be really old school and left behind.🥴. When I put a wheel together, I drop a bearing in a baggy with some grease, and just squish it over and over and dump it out. Then when it’s in, I just fill up a hub cap and use it as a dope cup until I just see a hint of wet on the inside inner race. As...
by George Mills
Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What is the vacuum test telling me?
Replies: 22
Views: 1332

Re: What is the vacuum test telling me?

Steve, I’ve been ‘noodlin’ This all day My first thought was...not too bad Then I remembered you had difficulty starts and not just “new resistance”... Then I looked at your video about 10 more times... Then before a conclusions you mentioned it was not any better at pulling a hill then before the r...
by George Mills
Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What is the vacuum test telling me?
Replies: 22
Views: 1332

Re: What is the vacuum test telling me?

hey Dauntless....

Before you lose me...which engine is this? I thought that you just rebuilt one here a little bit ago.
by George Mills
Thu Oct 17, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Headlight bulb non-starter
Replies: 7
Views: 477

Re: Headlight bulb non-starter

There is a reason that Ford had to abandon the whole magneto light at variable voltage. A- it doesn’t really do a lot and barely glows at idle, B- you get up to about 20 MPH and it gets (almost) bright enough to ‘see’ 3 ft in front of the radiator, and C- You get to 30MPH and the illumination turns ...
by George Mills
Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Found Key!
Replies: 23
Views: 1245

Re: Found Key!

If memory serves me....there are only four tumbler patterns in the entire key number range....the rest of the variable is in differing slot locations. Before you Dremel the slot...look close at the key tumbler area...it will have a number stamping...the repop -ed key needs to be the same number, not...
by George Mills
Tue Oct 08, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: How do you attach a Depot Hack Body to the frame ?
Replies: 5
Views: 420

Re: How do you attach a Depot Hack Body to the frame ?

I can’t help with the how to attach to the frame as my Hack body is a modern Sieger. (The Sieger sits on flat side 2x4 oak sills then has body blocks that pick up existing frame holes) Some do raise the body’s to clear the 26/27 hump issues. To me that makes the Hack top heavy in appearance and func...
by George Mills
Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: New Tool
Replies: 29
Views: 2142

Re: New Tool

Aw...come on...I have a real difficult time myself when this place turns from lively debate and consensus to please oh please let’s take sides... I won’t harp as this thing is probably headed to admin delete which starts a whole new hiccup. I think I’m a reasonable guy... I don’t see “banned” in the...
by George Mills
Sun Oct 06, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Hard starting: I'm out of ideas.
Replies: 38
Views: 1760

Re: Hard starting: I'm out of ideas.

Since you tried everything else... I’ll just throw something on the whiteboard from personal experience. Ironically, it was on the ‘15 Roadster... Coil box back panel wood? Maybe a green haze stripe here or there? A green stripe that increases conductivity when moist n wet? My 15 would start like a ...
by George Mills
Sat Oct 05, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: WINTR IS COMMING
Replies: 12
Views: 638

Re: WINTR IS COMMING

There is nothing like the crisp Hershey mornings to make you think wintering in the northeast could be nice... Then there is reality... Already today will push 90 on the Suncoast of Florida, the T is gassed for a neighborhood jaunt, and the pool is calling... Florida livin’. They say I might need a ...
by George Mills
Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What have you done to your T in October?
Replies: 77
Views: 3887

What have you done to your T in October?

For those that know the car, the running forever joke was...when was the hood coming out of primer? (It has been in primer for at least a decade, if not more...the only part of the Hack never painted black October 1, 2019 ! Having nothing else planned for today...the hood is now done and on the car....
by George Mills
Mon Sep 30, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 1916 Model T Roadster Value ???
Replies: 18
Views: 1059

Re: 1916 Model T Roadster Value ???

Do you want the car for fun...or to compete! For fun nothing beats a roadster! They tend to delight and fast. At the right price, I'd say go for it! What the other comments are inferring is what is a standing joke in Model T circles. Although not actually accurate, the joke is there are more 1915 Mo...
by George Mills
Sat Sep 28, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: FS 1923 Depot Hack parts
Replies: 12
Views: 1182

Re: FS 1923 Depot Hack parts

Doesn’t seem to get much attention...but...that sure looks like a John Sieger Hack body! I’m near positive it is and i’ll Add a plug... John has built some of the best proportioned Hack styles going...they don’t creak or groan, they don’t split or check, the doors stay tight and square, and they tak...
by George Mills
Fri Sep 27, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 1914 Wiring Question
Replies: 21
Views: 950

Re: 1914 Wiring Question

Era advert....
by George Mills
Thu Sep 26, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 1914 Wiring Question
Replies: 21
Views: 950

Re: 1914 Wiring Question

As you have learned, the '14 came without a battery and no real provisions for one other than the post on the coil box and a switch that turns in 2-directions. Does a car start easier on 6V than on Magneto? YES. Does it care where it gets the DC volts from? NO. In the era, the most common way was a ...
by George Mills
Tue Sep 24, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Cleaning nickel safely.
Replies: 12
Views: 1186

Re: Cleaning nickel safely.

Mike, As others have posted, you need to somehow determine if it is actually nickel curdling, or is it adhesive residue that seeped through and 'time welded' to the surface. If its' NOT the later, you're kind of between the rock and hard place anyway. So... Start with something simple...vegetable oi...
by George Mills
Mon Sep 23, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: radiator
Replies: 15
Views: 818

Re: radiator

I bought one used for the ‘25 from a pile in Illinois one time and it was no returns...but only like 25 bucks...and yup leaked like a sieve! Took it to an old school radiator shop, he recored it with something meant for a forklift for $ 175, and that pup cooled like a champ... Conversely...although ...
by George Mills
Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: tripple gear bushings
Replies: 58
Views: 2148

Re: tripple gear bushings

I need to post a comment here and do please forgive me in advance but it bears saying before the subject takes on legs. Those who wish to pursue the material science or the manufacturing art behind how the triple pin and bush ‘worked’ for Ford have fun and go for it. I do encourage such thinking. Ye...
by George Mills
Sat Sep 07, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Model T tan
Replies: 11
Views: 873

Re: Model T tan

Get a Hack..... :lol: :lol: :lol: Being Celt and a former sun worshipper, my dermatologist tells me he bought the house across the street from his own house in Panama on my family proceeds. Hummph Have a car shirt, a loose and baggy one with a Florida back flap...and a Florida fishing hat. Fashionis...
by George Mills
Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Getting closer
Replies: 1
Views: 317

Getting closer

I FINALLY found why my Hack is fuel starved and I almost don't believe the reason why. The carb which was relatively new and a known good source and not one of my own rebuilds turned out to be the evil one. It had checked out fine on the bench during all the foibles and red herring work sessions. A ...
by George Mills
Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: On...or...Off ???
Replies: 11
Views: 874

Re: On...or...Off ???

Bob T great idea! I’ll take that...

Bob J we are over on the Gulf coast so spared this time once the errant spaghetti models decided to join the rest from Sunday on...
by George Mills
Tue Sep 03, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: On...or...Off ???
Replies: 11
Views: 874

Re: On...or...Off ???

Thanks Scott,

This things driving me nuts...but I’ll prevail...eventually.

Move back! Lol
by George Mills
Tue Sep 03, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: On...or...Off ???
Replies: 11
Views: 874

On...or...Off ???

I’m a guy who only has use of one leg....so working on de-gunking dirty fuel system has driven me nuts and taken months since I can only get down and under 2 times and can’t use a creeper and then spend 2 days recovering...lol To save my mind and a trip under....is this Open or Closed ? I’m having a...
by George Mills
Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: How did you acquire your T?
Replies: 16
Views: 1014

Re: How did you acquire your T?

I started to go to Hershey in the mid-60’s. Not because I was car crazy…I was dating a girl and her dad invited the whole family to go to a ‘car show’ where we would have to get up early…drive for near 2 hours…park in the lot of a football stadium…watch a steamer race on the track in the stadium…go ...
by George Mills
Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 26/27 repop head bolts caution
Replies: 30
Views: 1742

Re: 26/27 repop head bolts caution

I’m not trying to be a troll, actually congrats on gettin-er-done, just a word of caution... You guys do realize that if the difference between “no bite” and “bite” is adding an 8th or a QTR to the head bolt length, then all your torque is being held by but 1 to 3 threads? Since the original blocks ...
by George Mills
Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Nuts for coilbox
Replies: 2
Views: 316

Re: Nuts for coilbox

10-32

Nothing special, very common.

The originals were bigger across flats by a 16th or so
by George Mills
Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Fender Mythbuster ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1111

Re: Fender Mythbuster ?

For what it is worth... The late Bruce really tried to seek out a champion for the black era machines and pick up where he/they left off...but he had no takers before he passed. He shared with me that he felt that his gang of co-authors merely skimmed the surface on the black era cars thinking prett...
by George Mills
Thu Aug 08, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Fender Mythbuster ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1111

Re: Fender Mythbuster ?

Wayne, That’s why I call them “bead out” and “bead in” style fenders! Whoever came up with the moniker “commercial fender” did a disservice to the community. Sure once they were applied to commercial chassis they stayed with that style until end of production on chassis....but most, but not all 25’s...
by George Mills
Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Parts paid for via PayPal
Replies: 8
Views: 715

Re: Parts paid for via PayPal

I don’t know...but will mention an alternative. I do things through my kids sometimes and they go “ewwwwww” at the thought of pay-pal. As I have learned, Gen Y and Millennials can only tolerate anything internet based for a shelf life on maybe 3-4 years...my sons fitting that same “handle” Any way.....
by George Mills
Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Headlight Bulbs Failing
Replies: 10
Views: 622

Re: Headlight Bulbs Failing

It may be coincidence... But there is a trick. Many/Most old bulbs had the glass attached to the base with shellac. Just the force of putting a lamp in can crack an old shellac seal. Once the seal is broken, the lamp doesn't last too long (But boy does it get bright!) Cheap hack is to run a bead of ...
by George Mills
Mon Aug 05, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 1922 Center Door "Makin' some wood"
Replies: 10
Views: 613

Re: 1922 Center Door "Makin' some wood"

Will,

Old Seabee trick for your “zero tolerance plate”. Wind the blade down, insert a piece of formed to size plywood into that gaping hole. Figure a way to fasten it with either a screw or a dog. Start saw, raise blade slowly until blade is at a good height.

It cuts its own “zero tolerance” slot!
by George Mills
Thu Jul 25, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: NOT looking for a fight, just my “ethical” opinion venting…
Replies: 34
Views: 2136

Re: NOT looking for a fight, just my “ethical” opinion venting…

Les, I believe that Dan has hit the nail head squarely with his advice. On the one hand there is always that 'whatever the traffic will bear' mentality and then there is the concept of 'fair' as you ask. People that do this sort of thing as a business for industrial stuff usually ascribe to the foll...
by George Mills
Sun Jul 21, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Dare to Share- Your first T
Replies: 14
Views: 1287

Dare to Share- Your first T

I was thinking, we often post pix of our latest iron...anyone want to (or dare to) share a picture of their first "Look what I brought Home?" Add the year you got it too.....maybe a little story too? Here's me 1979...40 years ago now...geez It only went for a mile at a time, I scraped all of that ye...
by George Mills
Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Forum Support Questions
Topic: IMPORTANT - Forums are back
Replies: 28
Views: 1516

Re: IMPORTANT - Forums are back

Well I done everything requested...still no pix ad of 130 pm Friday. Both on iPhone and Win10 pc.

Just in case curious..😃
by George Mills
Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Making fenders 101
Replies: 12
Views: 1189

Re: Making fenders 101

I won’t tell if you don’t tell :D :D :D ...my hack rear fenders were made from 4 original fenders and a MIG kit. The body flairs were cut away, the outboard edge of the donor set cut likewise... couple of clamps a bunch of dots...a little grinding...a little bumping...some more dots....eventually it...
by George Mills
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Making fenders 101
Replies: 12
Views: 1189

Re: Making fenders 101

Dallas, I don’t know how MP fenders mount. Nothing to go look at either. If you need to punt and go for convenience. Fred in NH was pix of how his original depot hack bodied T has back fender mounts. Not MP, but he has furnished nice pix to Depot Hack builders on how it is done. When it came to fend...
by George Mills
Sun Jul 14, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Making fenders 101
Replies: 12
Views: 1189

Re: Making fenders 101

Great start to becoming a magician Dallas! You have the tools, you have the will, all you need is the time and a cooperating temperature humidity index! When I was much, mush younger (Having just bought my first T and owning a toolbox that did not yet have any decent tools) I use to take to hanging ...
by George Mills
Sat Jul 13, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Hood Rods
Replies: 19
Views: 1052

Re: Hood Rods

I was going to go out and measure... The brass radiator/aluminum hood on the 15 I'd have to drive a side hinge rod out to measure and I can't get into the rolled bore with ID calipers as someone apparently dressed off the ends to match the edge of the rolled channel. Factory or someone did it before...
by George Mills
Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Looking back at the Forum
Replies: 11
Views: 1322

Re: Looking back at the Forum

Looking back over the forum is indeed a great topic in and of itself. Not only has the technology changed with time, but the level of topic has changed also. I’ve talked before about the front porch approach that held for many and in some ways it is sometimes still like that, and there is the unsaid...
by George Mills
Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: New Radiator- Shell not fitting right....
Replies: 21
Views: 1515

Re: New Radiator- Shell not fitting right....

My short term memory kind of does a clear-disk function since my accident but I'll add that I had a similar problem with a new Bergs a while back... But it wasn't a problem! I slid the shell down and it just refused to seat, holding proud pretty much like your picture. I looked at the neck and shrou...
by George Mills
Sun Jun 23, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 14 Help Please, Radiator/Fenders don't align
Replies: 13
Views: 1047

Re: 14 Help Please, Radiator/Fenders don't align

Ben, I don’t have a 14, but do have a 15 at the house here up north. I went out and looked.... I do have the 19 there in Anona Largo and while it is a black era...the radiator on that sits on hard pads like the brass and not thimbles. The house is a smart house so if you want to run over and take a ...
by George Mills
Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Mobil 28 grease on Timer?
Replies: 7
Views: 730

Re: Mobil 28 grease on Timer?

I’ve been following RP advice for greasing a timer for maybe 5 seasons now? What I found is that it takes a couple of spins after sitting a spell, possibly to push grease out of the way? In discussion with RP he said he felt I was unique. I have no difficulty, don’t open it, don’t worry about it. It...
by George Mills
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: How much time have you got ??
Replies: 23
Views: 2025

Re: How much time have you got ??

I've mentioned 'Old Joe' before. 85 years old he is doing an estate appraisal and finds a '27 where everything is done and all it needs is paint and upholstery...so he made an offer and they accepted. He then needed to get it home, and started, and taught how to drive. He was really enthusiastic as ...
by George Mills
Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Above axle wishbone
Replies: 23
Views: 1744

Re: Above axle wishbone

John C. Don't know of a clean link...but here's the meat.... Triangles and pins were the science of the day when it came to designing. In an engineering sense, you know where the load goes exactly without worry of what is called load sharing and where it might go or how it is split. The Model T is l...
by George Mills
Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: slow cranking starter
Replies: 18
Views: 1382

Re: slow cranking starter

The easiest test for a slow starter is to hook up a cheap volt meter with one lead to the starter stud, the other to ground and watch the voltage reading when you engage the starter. Get on the order of 5.8 v or less (i’ve Seen where 6 v won’t do the trick either)? You have weak battery, weak wires,...
by George Mills
Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Looking for help re mixture problem
Replies: 22
Views: 1414

Re: Looking for help re mixture problem

I think the A-25 are dubious at best. On some of the earlier ones, the wire stud is loose in the ceramic. I’d also question maybe spark gap? Maybe check n post?
by George Mills
Thu May 30, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: '14 Touring, Brass Screw Questions
Replies: 11
Views: 852

Re: '14 Touring, Brass Screw Questions

Ben, Body parts are almost impossible to sort...almost need a real Rip-Van-Twinkle to go side by side. They are called 'cup' or 'finishing' washers as others have mentioned... There are no standards as to size and shape that I know of... They are usually used where an oval head screw is required, bu...
by George Mills
Thu May 30, 2019 6:04 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 17-25 and 26-27 brake rods
Replies: 6
Views: 574

Re: 17-25 and 26-27 brake rods

I would also concur with Wayne based on my own experience. I had a late '25 car with a set of large drum rear where there was just enough to do a make-up on the one side and the other side was a few threads short of even starting. I thought about horsing things around to make it go and stumbled on a...
by George Mills
Mon May 20, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What timer do you use
Replies: 43
Views: 2679

Re: What timer do you use

I have always used Tiger roller timers...just because the first one came that way and I was able to pick up a bunch of new 1970's version Tigers to have on the shelf. I have a few Andersons new in a box on the shelf...always ready to try them but you can see how that goes, I have very little wear on...
by George Mills
Mon May 20, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: High Gear Shift
Replies: 8
Views: 825

Re: High Gear Shift

I fully agree with the "reduce throttle and spark" and then just "dump" the clutch (Don't feather into high) crowd and have had very good results across 1/2 dozen T's over the years...you eventually get to the point where the 'feel' is that of an automatic transmission. I will add that for this to w...
by George Mills
Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Which N-series Tractor
Replies: 15
Views: 1100

Re: Which N-series Tractor

Thanks everyone for the replies so far and even the anecdotes! This forum is such a great place. I learned more here about old tractors in this thread than I even imagined! Like I said earlier...my son (now 42) learned on a Deere LA when he was almost long enough to hang from the wheel and depress a...
by George Mills
Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Which N-series Tractor
Replies: 15
Views: 1100

Which N-series Tractor

My son just purchased his dream property. 10+ Acres heavily wooded with a one acre clearing in the middle with a house. The woods part is still full canopied, with about 30% old fallen trees, new trees all gnarly and a soft spongy mulch bed from 1000 year of leaves rotting. He grew up with a John De...
by George Mills
Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Loss in top end power
Replies: 14
Views: 1309

Re: Loss in top end power

I'd fully agree with Scott...there is only so much you can do with a 20HP machine. Playing experiments to get it to 24-25 HP equivalent is not going to change much either...its' the nature of the beast, something about HP difference needing to be squared while the load change is linear... I'd say re...
by George Mills
Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: How many brass 1916’s were actually made?
Replies: 12
Views: 1187

Re: How many brass 1916’s were actually made?

For those who have not caught on yet...Alex question just might be a trick question. For the vast majority of states at the time registrations and later titles ran from January 1 to December 31 as a calendar year thing. The real concept of actual hard change model year designations came along in the...
by George Mills
Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Wood wheel question?
Replies: 16
Views: 1280

Re: Wood wheel question?

From my experience when working with good wheel parts, you have to jack the hub in along with the outer flange. Not a problem... Go buy some inexpensive long bolts. With a little luck, they can be carriage type where the square under the head is a little smaller than Ford OEM. Set it up as you would...
by George Mills
Sun Apr 07, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Wood wheel question?
Replies: 16
Views: 1280

Re: Wood wheel question?

My recommendation is that you buy longer cheap bolts and “jack” everything tight first, including any resistance caused by the wood holes. When all seats tight, then back off/tap out the “jack” screws, replace with the proper ones, and finish that way complete with a peen to lock the screw and the nut
by George Mills
Sat Apr 06, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Turn signal kit question
Replies: 12
Views: 1148

Re: Turn signal kit question

The supplier has supplied sometimes mismatch. They just reship what their supplier prints on the box. If you bought the 7 wire kit with the indicator light, I have specified 6V and received 12V which means at high noon it looks like a blown out match! They have been helpful, sent me replacement bulb...
by George Mills
Thu Apr 04, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Balancing transmission drums in VA
Replies: 24
Views: 1933

Re: Balancing transmission drums in VA

One of my other hobbies is industrial anthropology through the years. When we look back on something...I like to put on the mindset of the 'then' and try to think things through. What most do not realize is that often time in that era it was not individual mental power, but collaborative notes reduc...
by George Mills
Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Treating wooden wheels.
Replies: 10
Views: 1583

Re: Treating wooden wheels.

Life is sometimes mysterious....

I answered the other day with a modern photo...

And then today not even doing anything T I come across a 1979 picture of the car before its first restore....


Just for kicks...
1979 T.jpg
by George Mills
Tue Apr 02, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Treating wooden wheels.
Replies: 10
Views: 1583

Re: Treating wooden wheels.

I had a set of wheels that I had dipped and neutralized a long time ago. They came out not so natural wood color so I then stained them walnut but they came out looking dark hickory after the first coat...and I decided to keep them that color and not add another coat. I then added two coats of Water...
by George Mills
Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 4:1 or 5:1 Steering mod?
Replies: 13
Views: 1464

Re: 4:1 or 5:1 Steering mod?

Thinking out loud... You've converted to balloon T wheels and tires which may or may not have a bigger paw-on-the-ground than clincher. When Ford made the change, they went from 4::1 to 5::1 and while the marketing argument was more for the emerging lady drivers...more paw-on-the-ground would have r...
by George Mills
Sun Mar 31, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Model T fan assembly
Replies: 15
Views: 1540

Re: Model T fan assembly

According to work by others, I think your number might be wrong. T-604 was the fan arm bracket factory number. According to Bruce McCalley stuff, the arm was always drop forged "E" steel, so the bronze reference may not be accurate in the catalogue...just that nobody was going to set up a drop forge...
by George Mills
Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Ford Tractor (1) old man (0)
Replies: 39
Views: 3720

Re: OT - Ford Tractor (1) old man (0)

And here I was opening the forum today and going to ask a question about buying a vintage Ford tractor for my son and his new rural property...never-mind! Ouch…ouch…ouch… As you sit there pondering, don’t be bored…my advice is to mentally go through everything that you do in life and think through h...
by George Mills
Mon Mar 25, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Lowering top on Depot Hack
Replies: 8
Views: 1046

Re: Lowering top on Depot Hack

IMG_0249.JPG I'd agree with Mark G. Cut the uprights. I'm 5-7" but have a 27 inch inseam...so that makes me sit at about the height of someone 6-1 or so...on my Hack, we allowed for 2" head clearance with me in the driver seat, cut the uprights to suit that, and I can pull into and back out of just...
by George Mills
Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Cost to get an engine and transmission rebuilt
Replies: 55
Views: 5114

Re: Cost to get an engine and transmission rebuilt

I don't know how safe it is.... But I'd look at some of the dyno data gathered at I think a recent Montana 500 on the mods... On a stock Ford, you go over 1600 RPM the car behaves like a modern car in overdrive...it is diminishing in horse-power AND torque available...everything is going into spinni...
by George Mills
Sat Mar 23, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Can't decide. Sight glass, dip stick or leave it alone.
Replies: 35
Views: 2944

Re: Can't decide. Sight glass, dip stick or leave it alone.

A sight glass requires a little bit of extra discipline that many are unaware of. Follow the discipline, 99% of false readings go away. Before starting with a desire to check... 1- Close petcock on transmission 2- Open drain on sight glass and it should drain in a cup or cap lid. If it doesn’t, poke...
by George Mills
Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Patent Search Help
Replies: 10
Views: 1157

Re: Patent Search Help

You can try maybe google patents. I think that their free form search is less restrictive than the USPTO engine. You also get a lot of junk but that’s what scroll is for 😊 I’m not sure as I don’t use it much but I “think” if you put a phrase in quote marks it will ignore all the individual words of ...
by George Mills
Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Patent Search Help
Replies: 10
Views: 1157

Re: Patent Search Help

As Lyndon tried, I too gave it the old college try and also came up blank. I have some serious doubts for a number of other reasons specifically Vincent Bendix was right in the middle of flooding the patent office with everything related to a 'bendix spring' return or a centrifugal release gear star...
by George Mills
Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Cost to get an engine and transmission rebuilt
Replies: 55
Views: 5114

Re: Cost to get an engine and transmission rebuilt

All good comments Now you know. Look at the parts catalogues and add up where EVERYTHING possible is new as that is what the first tier rebuilders do. They learned a long time ago that salvaging something for the sake of a dime or two was false economy to their own reputation. Then figure the guy mi...
by George Mills
Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Triple Gear Reaming Measurement
Replies: 24
Views: 2157

Re: Triple Gear Reaming Measurement

Thanks for the comments. There was a lot of work that went into the blind test at the time. Ralphie was a treasure, this whole subject was professionally analyzed from any direction and Ralphie was absolute in keeping the test “blind” to the point that he got sick before we did final summary, and pa...
by George Mills
Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Triple Gear Reaming Measurement
Replies: 24
Views: 2157

Re: Triple Gear Reaming Measurement

Jason, The 'size the pin and add 0.004" is the safe way to go at it if you have a Sunnen at your disposal. Folks will argue that Ford said change them at 0.005" and you are using up life, but the flip side of that is that if you do it 'right' there is long life and minimal wear. Before you mount the...
by George Mills
Tue Mar 19, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Who decides what is "OFF TOPIC" and what is not about Model T????
Replies: 23
Views: 2393

Re: Who decides what is "OFF TOPIC" and what is not about Model T????

And....”they’re off”....

Such a question could have (read ‘should have’ but I’m a progressive who tries hard (grin)) contacted ADMIN with a PM stating their case...

Not that ADMIN is waiting with baited breath for his inbox to ping...but give the guy a break as he’s learning too?
by George Mills
Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Suggestion on bending a radiator rod post?
Replies: 7
Views: 981

Re: Suggestion on bending a radiator rod post?

I may get pummeled for this...but here goes... Been there done that on a bunch of ways :roll: First time I tried nudging the threaded hole a bit and split an otherwise 'good enough' radiator...so was able to buy one from a guy in St. Charles Il junk pile for 25 bucks that looked good...but was still...
by George Mills
Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Not sure about this new development
Replies: 23
Views: 1851

Re: Not sure about this new development

I rest my case.....

I apologize to all for any I may have confused...
by George Mills
Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Not sure about this new development
Replies: 23
Views: 1851

Re: Not sure about this new development

The world is changing and most of us have become dinosaurs...so it goes...point me to the tar pit! I am going to say it...live with the pushback...congratulations on having an old “I” maxim be selected by the “A” administrators as a root cause fix to an absolutely non-existent problem. I do apprecia...
by George Mills
Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Ford Motor Company blueprints. Questions and information regarding -M- Ford Special racer drawings.
Replies: 9
Views: 1021

Re: Ford Motor Company blueprints. Questions and information regarding -M- Ford Special racer drawings.

Rob, So Don Quixote rides again? Yahoo! There are not enough column inches for me to offer comment on ALL your questions. You have the email addy somewhere still? Here’s one to help corral the basic question. You may need the help of a curator, or a “fellow” allowed in the back room. Is the original...
by George Mills
Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Universal Thread Chaser
Replies: 8
Views: 1059

Re: Universal Thread Chaser

As others have said...take your time and it’s a nice tool. I’ve found reasons on mine to use the tool on other things... As to why take time? Look at it another way...have you ever changed manifold gaskets all by yourself without cheaters on the studs? Sort of the same thought process in finding bal...
by George Mills
Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Colour code wood wheel rims
Replies: 9
Views: 1054

Re: Colour code wood wheel rims

Cars that I did in the 80’s were done in ‘aluminum’ silver and it always made the tires seem bigger... Over the years as I’d buy up rims I’d take some originals, rub them out with mineral oil...and decided that the color was a gray base, and not a silver base color. Fast forward over a bunch of year...
by George Mills
Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Where did you get your rear axle shafts
Replies: 25
Views: 2367

Re: Where did you get your rear axle shafts

Ahhhh. Typo alert!

I cut and pasted a line changing dim data...something else needed to change....

On hub key slot depth it is NOT subtract, it should be ADD to the axle shaft diameter...

D’oh...sorry
by George Mills
Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 1916 Ford Landaulette & Town Car
Replies: 23
Views: 2313

Re: 1916 Ford Landaulette & Town Car

Ananth, You really should find a serial number and post it here...that will get the ball rolling in so many directions... Yet, you seem to wish to do a faithful restoration, similar to the picture supplied, and to have it 1916 but with earlier light buckets? If so, I would suggest you contact Susan ...
by George Mills
Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Where did you get your rear axle shafts
Replies: 25
Views: 2367

Re: Where did you get your rear axle shafts

I know the decision on how to proceed was already made based on previous thoughts...but had wanted to include this earlier as a 'primer' on the way things use to be done, long before CNC tooling. I came North last night and found the details to transmit. It's tagged here as future reference to this ...
by George Mills
Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Is Florida ethanol different?
Replies: 34
Views: 2391

Re: Is Florida ethanol different?

Thanks again to all who have replied, I really appreciate it. Using Scott's link, I found a few places local that have/had 'pure' fuel. I'll have to go and check them out to assure they do. Would make sense though, I'm within spitting distance to the inland waterway and a marina. Never thought about...
by George Mills
Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Is Florida ethanol different?
Replies: 34
Views: 2391

Re: Is Florida ethanol different?

Thanks for the responses so far, and sage advice. Sounds like I am not unique. Scott describes it perfectly...the float was groady green brass too. Hey Scott, maybe you can help me “better”. My local folks here at Indian Rocks area don’t seem to carry “pure”. Where did you find it when you still liv...
by George Mills
Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Is Florida ethanol different?
Replies: 34
Views: 2391

Is Florida ethanol different?

Seriously…I have run my T’s on NJ ethanol mix, winter and summer since they first started blending by law. I NEVER had any Ethanol issues in all those years on any car. Moved one of my T’s, a very well running, extremely well running, T to Florida 18 months ago…but couldn’t use it that first year so...
by George Mills
Wed Feb 27, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Bud DeLong
Replies: 22
Views: 2933

Re: Bud DeLong

Hmmmm....back when I sold Machinery all through Michigan...most of my Michiganders tended to swarm up in the Dunedin area of the Florida gulf coast for winter break. Actually, almost all...it was a Michigan thing! If still true and someone knows Buds whereabouts, I’m only a couple of miles south...a...