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by walber
Mon Nov 25, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Best way to value our 1927 Model T and place to list it for sale?
Replies: 4
Views: 516

Re: Best way to value our 1927 Model T and place to list it for sale?

Speedster values can be all over the place depending on what has been done to the car and of course the current condition. If you don't know what it's worth and are looking for the most money for the car - put it on EBay but only after getting some good detailed pictures and any information you can ...
by walber
Sat Nov 23, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Leon Parker's rewooding plans
Replies: 32
Views: 1993

Re: Leon Parker's rewooding plans

I think John's idea of the plans going to the MTFCA Museum is terrific. The two challenges being funding that would be fair to Mrs Parker and a resource to organize the plans and related documents. I could be willing to contribute a few $ but don't have any expertise in the sorting and organizing.
by walber
Wed Nov 20, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: WW I oil lamp - Ambulance?
Replies: 7
Views: 516

Re: WW I oil lamp - Ambulance?

Thank You to Erik & Mark. This forum is a great resource.
by walber
Wed Nov 20, 2019 12:20 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: WW I oil lamp - Ambulance?
Replies: 7
Views: 516

Re: WW I oil lamp - Ambulance?

What I thought a bit interesting is that this one has two mounting brackets, one on each side. I haven't seen that on a T but I'm not real familiar with lamps on the earlier cars.
by walber
Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: WW I oil lamp - Ambulance?
Replies: 7
Views: 516

WW I oil lamp - Ambulance?

Posting for an acquaintance who would like to know if this is or could have been used on a WW I ambulance. Any feedback you could provide on the age and usages for the lamp would be appreciated. The owner (Steve Blackbourn) isn't a T guy and not a member of the forum so please contact him directly i...
by walber
Sat Nov 16, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: New to your forum / Is it Model T hardware?
Replies: 14
Views: 921

Re: New to your forum / Is it Model T hardware?

Nothing so rare or exciting that I would bother taking it apart. If mine, and I had a place to use it, I would put it back in service as a trailer. It's a good example of what you do when you need something and have some parts laying around. Lot's of tired Model T parts were turned into trailers, tr...
by walber
Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 10 vs 11 tooth pinion
Replies: 6
Views: 507

Re: 10 vs 11 tooth pinion

If you are happy with moderate speeds (typically 35 or lower) and like a full car, the 10 tooth pinion should be a good fit. Possibly a little hit on MPG but not a big one as the motor will be under less strain for the same performance level. Moderate speeds are great when the roads and traffic perm...
by walber
Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Couple questions regarding oversize pistons/valves
Replies: 11
Views: 425

Re: Couple questions regarding oversize pistons/valves

I would relieve the contact areas on the Ricardo head. Take he head gasket off, use some Prussia blue on the piston head to mark the head, set the head on with 4 bolts loosely in place and turn the engine over with the crank. Remove the head and check for the contact areas. Grind the areas for clear...
by walber
Sun Oct 20, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Super Duty Fordson Truck?
Replies: 8
Views: 936

Super Duty Fordson Truck?

A friend passed along this link to an article about an extra heavy Ford truck. Do any of you have any other history of the vehicle or where I might be able to look? https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/classic-cars/1926-fordson-prototype-is-fords-first-heavy-duty-truck/ar-AAIT4n5?ocid=spartandhp#image=AA...
by walber
Sat Sep 14, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: VFW Car Show
Replies: 7
Views: 585

Re: VFW Car Show

Thank You for bringing some light and smiles today. It's a good thing.
by walber
Mon Aug 26, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: HEED this WARNING!
Replies: 12
Views: 1145

Re: HEED this WARNING!

Any blown gasket is a message to you to check the mating surfaces to ensure they are flat. In the case of head bolts, also time to verify the bolts don't bottom out in the block before getting fully tight. I check bolt/hole individually by laying the head on the block with no gasket and making sure ...
by walber
Sat Aug 24, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Studs vs. Bolts?
Replies: 9
Views: 698

Re: Studs vs. Bolts?

Jason,

Just curious, why glue them in?

Walt
by walber
Fri Aug 23, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Studs vs. Bolts?
Replies: 9
Views: 698

Re: Studs vs. Bolts?

Concern about clearance of the head vs. firewall is real. I've only used bolts on stock T's but with the Fronty on my speedster I went with studs. No issues and sadly have had to remove the head a couple times over the years. I put anti-seize on the studs when they are installed and when I need to p...
by walber
Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Blown Head Gasket
Replies: 6
Views: 542

Re: Blown Head Gasket

Check the head and block to ensure they are flat. A warped head (or less likely block) is not terribly uncommon, especially if the engine has recently been overheated.
by walber
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Help needed with missing trans parts
Replies: 18
Views: 960

Re: Help needed with missing trans parts

John I. - My comments above reflect what I would do if this transmission were mine. It was not intended as a reflection on you as the seller. The photo doesn't do the unit proud and just as a general rule for myself - when I get used parts I always take them apart, clean, check for fitness, and then...
by walber
Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Help needed with missing trans parts
Replies: 18
Views: 960

Re: Help needed with missing trans parts

That transmission and cover look nasty. The bolts are the least of the problems. You (or owner) need to get some books - start with the black Service Manual and the Transmission booklet, both available from the regular vendors. If mine, I'd be taking that assembly apart, cleaning and inspecting, and...
by walber
Wed May 22, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Is this 18% game to steep fore a Model T to descent down?
Replies: 14
Views: 1272

Re: Is this 18% game to steep fore a Model T to descent down?

I don't know the person driving or the owner of the car but that touring accident was the result of two critical failures that I would put on the owner/driver. He/they may be some of the finest people in the world but - Failure 1 - In my mind it is criminal to drive a T with an auxialary transmissio...
by walber
Tue May 21, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Is this 18% game to steep fore a Model T to descent down?
Replies: 14
Views: 1272

Re: Is this 18% game to steep fore a Model T to descent down?

I'd never do it with stock brakes but then I've always had auxiliary brakes on my cars. If I were able to attend your tour I would hate to miss this. Would it be practical to have two choices for that section of the tour so folks with good brakes and confidence could enjoy that road and those who pr...
by walber
Fri May 17, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Journey's and Joyrides.
Replies: 49
Views: 4085

Re: Journey's and Joyrides.

Last weekend my speedster was the only T but a bunch of us did the "North Cascade Loop" scenic route. Round trip, including some optional forest service road adventures, I put 497 miles on the car and only ran out of gas once. Fortunately I had old car buddies to the rescue with a can of gas. With t...
by walber
Wed May 08, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Camshaft recommendation for Fronty
Replies: 5
Views: 646

Re: Camshaft recommendation for Fronty

Mike, The serial number on the head will tell you the version number like T1234T. Replace the T with S or R for the higher compression. These all have a single intake port. The SR has 2 intake ports and a variety of other differences. My desire was to have a strong touring speedster, not necessarily...
by walber
Wed May 01, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: 28/29 Model A PDC.....??????
Replies: 4
Views: 463

Re: 28/29 Model A PDC.....??????

Excuse my ignorance but what is a PDC?
by walber
Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Modified 1926 T Coupe/Pickup.
Replies: 9
Views: 1160

Re: Modified 1926 T Coupe/Pickup.

I'd like to see more. Fairly certain this vehicle will ruffle a few feathers but there is room in this world for variety and it's not like the body was destined for a full restoration back to what Henry did. Very interesting project even if it isn't standard T. I expect the HAMB folks would really e...
by walber
Sat Apr 27, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: My First Car
Replies: 9
Views: 737

Re: My First Car

My first car (in '65) was a '61 Skoda Octavia. Kind of cute in a late 50's small car kind of way. The major challenge was that while a few were imported to Canada none were imported to the USA. Well that and the one guy in Seattle that had a few parts had John Birch Society posters on the walls and ...
by walber
Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Need Advice on Taking My Car into Canada
Replies: 25
Views: 1729

Re: Need Advice on Taking My Car into Canada

No difference from driving a modern car. You will need the passport or enhanced drivers license but otherwise it is a piece of cake. You might want to do a quick check with your insurance agent (or read your policy - who really does that?) to see if they provide coverage in Canada or need an tempora...
by walber
Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Golden Gate Model T Tour, June 3rd
Replies: 14
Views: 1007

Re: Marin County and San Francisco June 3rd Tour ?

This sounds terrific! I really wish my wife and I could attend but we have a prior commitment for that time frame. We lived in San Rafael in '67-69 when I was first in the service and stationed at Fort Barry (now long gone). Loved the area and while we've been back a few times you will be including ...
by walber
Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Accessory I have never seen....
Replies: 16
Views: 1525

Re: Accessory I have never seen....

An electrical test lead with clips on each end works great as a hat catcher too. Used to get a package of them at Radio Shack for cheap. I got my first one as a gift on a tour many years ago when the gentleman passing them out called them "roach clips". His last name was Roach. That was many moons a...
by walber
Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Electronic Ignition Troubleshoot
Replies: 5
Views: 613

Re: Electronic Ignition Troubleshoot

Do you have a ground wire between the body of the distributor and the engine block? I found that even though the distributor housing is seated in a metal adapter plate that is fastened to the block, ignition was still somewhat less than optimum until a hooked up a separate ground wire. I didn't thin...
by walber
Wed Apr 03, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Piston Identification
Replies: 9
Views: 975

Re: Piston Identification

I expect it stands for high compression but can't tell by these photos. On stock pistons the outer edge for about 5/'8" has an upward bevel and then the rest of the top is flat. Most high compression pistons have an even curved top surface, kind of a low dome.
by walber
Thu Mar 28, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: MTFCA Magazine Article on 50 mph...
Replies: 53
Views: 3793

Re: MTFCA Magazine Article on 50 mph...

Hey guys, the Montana 500 cars are "stock" Model T's - standard ratio rear axle, T cranks with no counterweights, standard heads (with some milling permitted), an NH carb, coils and timer, no modern bearings and no overdrives. The only modern accessories I've seen are shock absorbers and gauges. How...
by walber
Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Digital only MTFCA memberships
Replies: 16
Views: 1430

Re: Digital only MTFCA memberships

The digital file for the web or email would be trivial to produce as it could be a lower resolution of the primary file sent to print. The lower resolution would require less storage space and data transfer time while still being a perfectly fine resolution for screen viewing or printing on a typica...
by walber
Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Digital only MTFCA memberships
Replies: 16
Views: 1430

Re: Digital only MTFCA memberships

I would like the option - the paper copy needs to remain as an option for those who prefer it. For myself, I'd rather the club save some money and let me have the newsletter online in a format that I can save and/or access online. Somewhat reduced dues would be nice but I'd be willing to let the dif...
by walber
Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: OT any Model A parts vendors?
Replies: 14
Views: 1493

Re: OT any Model A parts vendors?

Hard to go wrong with the vendors mentioned above. I've ordered from all of them and had real good service and the all seem to know their products. I'm fairly new to the A world and needed a lot more over the last year than I expected. Not unhappy, just gaining more experience faster than I'd hoped....
by walber
Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: foot throttle
Replies: 30
Views: 2448

Re: foot throttle

I found a foot pedal like that for my speedster. Mounted the bracket on the firewall and cut a slot in the floorboard for the arm to go through and connect to home made linkage to the carb. The pedal hangs down and I added a carriage bolt (head up) next to it as a foot rest so I can roll my foot sid...
by walber
Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: I want one.......
Replies: 11
Views: 1747

Re: I want one.......

On second observation, the distributor on your photo might actually be early enough to qualify. My first look had me thinking it was a Nissan part like Steve and others have.
by walber
Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: I want one.......
Replies: 11
Views: 1747

Re: I want one.......

Tony, You would need to check with the event organizer or the posted rules for any of the speedster events. Some have been strict about no post '27 equipment in the past but may be more flexible now. Rules do vary some between the various groups as is their privilege. At one time in at least one gro...
by walber
Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: foot throttle
Replies: 30
Views: 2448

Re: foot throttle

My dad always called it a foot feed on older cars and trucks. Maybe regional? He grew up in Northeast Montana.
by walber
Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 2d Gear Difficulty
Replies: 37
Views: 2997

Re: 2d Gear Difficulty

Consider retarding the spark a bit as well as backing off the throttle some when shifting and then ease back into the throttle and timing.
by walber
Sat Feb 09, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Billings tour - Anyone going to Yellowstone after?
Replies: 18
Views: 1351

Re: Billings tour - Anyone going to Yellowstone after?

It is wonderful and only occasionally a little scary touring Yellowstone in an open car. My wife and I and a few friends have done it a couple of times in the last several years. It can approach tense in my speedster (no top or fenders), I would be my eyeballs even with the nose of the average adult...
by walber
Sun Feb 03, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Valve adjustment question
Replies: 6
Views: 644

Re: Valve adjustment question

There were several discussions ab out this in the past on the forum, if you get real bored Google MTFCA Valve Adjustment. One of the key tips I gathered from that in the past was from Frank Harris: "The adjustable lifter has a 1/4 28 thread and that gives you a thousandth of an inch travel for every...
by walber
Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Lets see your Speedster
Replies: 81
Views: 6624

Re: Lets see your Speedster

A fun little car. Showing some signs of use and abuse now but all well earned.
by walber
Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Forum Support Questions
Topic: Forum speed????
Replies: 17
Views: 1686

Re: Forum speed????

No help for Stan, sorry you have such poor service from your provider but I have found the new forum to be much faster to load and browse than the prior version. That is both on my computer (Comcast) and phone (Verizon).
by walber
Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Forum Support Questions
Topic: registered users
Replies: 9
Views: 1150

Re: registered users

A better indicator of how many of the 7600 are still even remotely active might be if they have posted anything in the last x# of years (maybe 5 to be generous). I don't think you could get the number of lurkers but that could be a musing as well. None of this really matters for much more than amuse...
by walber
Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: Forum Support Questions
Topic: Explain Your Avatar
Replies: 41
Views: 3142

Re: Explain Your Avatar

My first speedster - started as a coaster cart and then added the engine from an old roto-tiller
by walber
Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: question about mtfca inspection sheet requirements
Replies: 14
Views: 1261

Re: question about mtfca inspection sheet requirements

I couldn't see enough detail on the original post either until I 'clicked' on the photo and got a blown up view. Could then clearly see the top of the king pin was missing. Didn't know about clicking on the photo for a blow up until I did it by accident. Maybe others didn't know either. I sure like ...