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by Gil Fitzhugh
Fri Jun 12, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Who uses 30 x 3 clinchers?
Replies: 30
Views: 980

Re: Who uses 30 x 3 clinchers?

Quite a few small early cars used 30x3. The first Model 10 Buicks did, although when they went to four seats they strengthened their tires to 30x3-1/2. My 1907 single-cylinder Cadillac runabout has them, but the heavier-bodied touring car version had 30x-1/2.
by Gil Fitzhugh
Tue Jun 09, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: About to be on the road again - 1910 Ford racer
Replies: 17
Views: 1388

Re: About to be on the road again - 1910 Ford racer

That's going to make your K roadster seem downright wimpy and boring. You may need to unload it on someone who appreciates wimpy and boring. Me, for instance.
by Gil Fitzhugh
Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old photo: New 09-10 Model Ts.
Replies: 20
Views: 858

Re: Old photo: New 09-10 Model Ts.

It's just as well they weren't going down the Mississippi to the Panama Canal. The canal didn't open until 1914.
by Gil Fitzhugh
Thu Jun 04, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 6 Days of Photographs, Golden Gate Tour
Replies: 21
Views: 1872

Re: Day Three on Golden Gate Tour

What a wonderful tour you folks are having! I'm envious as blazes.
by Gil Fitzhugh
Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T Times article, “Before Ford vs. Ferrari”
Replies: 7
Views: 616

Re: Model T Times article, “Before Ford vs. Ferrari”

This is a great set of articles and I enjoyed them thoroughly. Many thanks to you and Natalie/ One question about the cover: How did you do that bit of photoshopping? It's a black and white picture, EXCEPT: 1. The Ford's hub caps, wheel spider, radiator, and ignition switch are brass; 2. The Ford's ...
by Gil Fitzhugh
Fri May 29, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What did you do with your T Model in May ?
Replies: 79
Views: 4604

Re: What did you do with your T Model in May ?

My wife and I have been taking advantage of all this downtime by seriously cleaning the garages and workshops. I just cut up a lot of cardboard boxes that had literally ben around for 20 years. I saved lots of clean pieces to put under leaky cars (NO! REALLY?) if I wanted to work under them. The res...
by Gil Fitzhugh
Sun May 24, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: No parades this weekend - so.....
Replies: 6
Views: 424

Re: No parades this weekend - so.....

What a great picture! But tell us, Darren, was it hard to split your love between two Queens?
by Gil Fitzhugh
Wed May 20, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Should I get a Model T or A?
Replies: 25
Views: 1113

Re: Should I get a Model T or A?

To play with early cars, you have to be at least pleasantly loopy. To play with steam cars, you have to be certifiably insane. I know; I have one. I've had As and Ts; for the last 19 years I've had a T but not an A. Get a T. They're a hoot. (But, since I'm certifiably insane, why would you listen to...
by Gil Fitzhugh
Tue May 12, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Virtual Model T Tour
Replies: 240
Views: 9133

Re: Virtual Model T Tour

I tell people it's like butterflies emerging from cocoons.
by Gil Fitzhugh
Sat May 09, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Virtual Model T Tour
Replies: 240
Views: 9133

Re: Virtual Model T Tour

Sorry about the double post; I'm not sure why that happened, other than that I don't understand anything that doesn't start with a crank, including my computer.
by Gil Fitzhugh
Sat May 09, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Virtual Model T Tour
Replies: 240
Views: 9133

Re: Virtual Model T Tour

IMG_0117.jpg Our local Cars and Coffee is called Cars and Croissants. Two reasons: 1. It started out life meeting at a French bakery, which it has long outgrown. 2. The founders are into modern exotic iron.. When they first approached me about joining in, I said I didn't have that kind of car. "No ...
by Gil Fitzhugh
Tue May 05, 2020 7:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Virtual Model T Tour
Replies: 240
Views: 9133

Re: Virtual Model T Tour

Susan Yeager had never even seen a lobstah, let alone eaten one. She came to the final banquet with Jay Klefoth; I think she learned quite quickly!
by Gil Fitzhugh
Tue May 05, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Virtual Model T Tour
Replies: 240
Views: 9133

Re: Virtual Model T Tour

Possibly the biggest annual purely-T tour is the Mainely T. I've done it once. Here are a few pics.
This was a good place to get lobster rolls.
This was a good place to get lobster rolls.
Another neat parking place at a restaurant.
Another neat parking place at a restaurant.
Along the foggy rock-bound coast.
Along the foggy rock-bound coast.
Want some prime Maine real estate?  The sign says Cowshit Corner - I kid you not!
Want some prime Maine real estate? The sign says Cowshit Corner - I kid you not!
There was an option of a modern road or a, well, other road.  I chose the other road.  It eventually emerged.
There was an option of a modern road or a, well, other road. I chose the other road. It eventually emerged.
The website won't let me put more than five pictures in one post, so you'll have to keep scrolling for the best one.
by Gil Fitzhugh
Tue May 05, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Virtual Model T Tour
Replies: 240
Views: 9133

Re: Virtual Model T Tour

They do indeed. This is from a Hangover a couple of years ago.
by Gil Fitzhugh
Mon May 04, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Virtual Model T Tour
Replies: 240
Views: 9133

Re: Virtual Model T Tour

Several years ago I took my '13 on a week-long Snappers tour. It was a progressive tour. We started in Kalamazoo and went up the eastern side of Lake Michigan, returning inland from the lake. While there are always some Ts on a Snappers tour, many of those guys favor VERY large cars. IMG_1729.JPG IM...
by Gil Fitzhugh
Mon May 04, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The Model T as a bus in Central Europe
Replies: 3
Views: 524

Re: The Model T as a bus in Central Europe

If you follow the link, you'll see four short biographies of Hungarians who worked for Henry Ford.
by Gil Fitzhugh
Sun May 03, 2020 11:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Virtual Model T Tour
Replies: 240
Views: 9133

Re: Virtual Model T Tour

Here are a few for lovers of alphabet Fords (aren't we all?)
I don't know whose this S roadster this is; it was on a New London-New Brighton pre-tour.
I don't know whose this S roadster this is; it was on a New London-New Brighton pre-tour.
This one hardly needs a caption; it's Rob Heyen's 6-40 at a Hershey flea market.
This one hardly needs a caption; it's Rob Heyen's 6-40 at a Hershey flea market.
Carl Pate's A at Hershey.
Carl Pate's A at Hershey.
A nice F at Hershey, I think it's Carl Pate's..
A nice F at Hershey, I think it's Carl Pate's..
The late Tim Kelly's K at a BBC tour.
The late Tim Kelly's K at a BBC tour.
by Gil Fitzhugh
Sat May 02, 2020 11:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Virtual Model T Tour
Replies: 240
Views: 9133

Re: Virtual Model T Tour

Here are some pictures from when I have been a passenger on HCCA tours out west.
This is Gary Paulsen's 1910 about a mile from the Mexican border in Arizona.
This is Gary Paulsen's 1910 about a mile from the Mexican border in Arizona.
We visited a school.  This young man had received his learner's permit day before, so of course he got a Model T driving lesson!
We visited a school. This young man had received his learner's permit day before, so of course he got a Model T driving lesson!
Ken Kenewell was mighty lucky.  His wheel came off on a wide road in the middle of a town, and not on the winding, hilly, shoulderless road he'd been driving ten minutes before!
Ken Kenewell was mighty lucky. His wheel came off on a wide road in the middle of a town, and not on the winding, hilly, shoulderless road he'd been driving ten minutes before!
On a tour in California, I was a passenger in Donna Reed's beautiful 1914 roadster pickup.
On a tour in California, I was a passenger in Donna Reed's beautiful 1914 roadster pickup.
On a California tour, we got some rain one day.  Not all Ts were equally prepared.
On a California tour, we got some rain one day. Not all Ts were equally prepared.
by Gil Fitzhugh
Fri May 01, 2020 9:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Virtual Model T Tour
Replies: 240
Views: 9133

Re: Virtual Model T Tour

First, many thanks to Wayne for starting this thread, and for posting the picture he took on the MTFCI tour in Canada last year. Wayne was one of my passengers, it was a great tour, and I enjoyed the company. I can cull my stash for a lot of pictures of my and others' Model Ts and earlier Fords on v...
by Gil Fitzhugh
Fri May 01, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ford Model K - Christian F. Weeber, Jr.
Replies: 16
Views: 1363

Re: Ford Model K - Christian F. Weeber, Jr.

Do any Model S Ford coupes survive? See the ad on page 161.
by Gil Fitzhugh
Sun Apr 26, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 8,000 miles in 1907.
Replies: 3
Views: 491

Re: 8,000 miles in 1907.

It was assumed the car would need repainting and revarnishing during the three year period, but that it could be done for 35 bucks. Also, that the car could cover ground at twice the speed of a horse. The Amish I know say that an average Amish horse - often a race horse who is spirited but not a tra...
by Gil Fitzhugh
Sat Apr 04, 2020 11:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Qantas safety video
Replies: 9
Views: 773

Re: Qantas safety video

In 1959 I had an opportunity to spend three weeks in Australia. Since it was so bloody far away, I figured I might as well go around the world as go out and back. Back then, that was a VERY big deal. The leg from Singapore to Darwin was on a Qantas Connie like the one in the video. It's the only tim...
by Gil Fitzhugh
Fri Apr 03, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A change of fuel on my road to Damascus
Replies: 17
Views: 1185

Re: A change of fuel on my road to Damascus

A lot of atmospheric moisture can condense on the interior walls of a partly empty gas tank, and then trickle down to the bottom of the system. Back when I used to play with airplanes, we'd always fill the tank when we were through flying for the day, to minimize where water could condense. And befo...
by Gil Fitzhugh
Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: WHat Have You Done To Your Model T In March?
Replies: 98
Views: 8452

Re: WHat Have You Done To Your Model T In March?

I needed to pick up a couple of prescriptions at Shop-Rite pharmacy today. It was a severely beautiful day, so I drove the T. The roads, and Shop-Rite, had about 20% of normal traffic. It was spooky! But, driving in, Every. Single. Driver. honked, waved, or gave a thumbs-up. They must have been over...
by Gil Fitzhugh
Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rob has a cover car
Replies: 15
Views: 1967

Re: Rob has a cover car

Front cover plus eight inside pages including the centerfold. Congratulations!
by Gil Fitzhugh
Thu Dec 19, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Sara's Grandfather's 1915 Model T
Replies: 6
Views: 1001

Re: Sara's Grandfather's 1915 Model T

Congratulations! A wonderful story about a wonderful car.
by Gil Fitzhugh
Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old Photo, Brass touring car and family
Replies: 4
Views: 743

Re: Old Photo, Brass touring car and family

9 people in a Model T? I'll bet, as those kids got older, Daddy discovered why God invented depot hacks!
by Gil Fitzhugh
Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T accident in Kerrville TX yesterday
Replies: 46
Views: 5381

Re: Model T accident in Kerrville TX yesterday

My 1907 Cadillac got nailed like that in 2008. Hagerty totaled it, but let me buy the bones back for a very reasonable price. Pretzeling half the frame, shattering the flywheel and destroying two wheels, among other damage, doesn't get fixed easily or cheaply on a car as scarce as a one-lung Cadilla...
by Gil Fitzhugh
Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vintage authenticity?
Replies: 104
Views: 7157

Re: Vintage authenticity?

A curved dash Olds is just as street legal as a Model T. If it weren't, I'd be writing this from jail. But just because something isn't illegal (yet) doesn't mean it's always a good idea. I'm careful about when and where I drive my T, and my Olds, and my Stanley. The fatality on the London to Bright...
by Gil Fitzhugh
Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How cold do you drive?
Replies: 69
Views: 5203

Re: How cold do you drive?

Sorry, this isn’t a T picture. I go to a group called Cars and Croissants. It’s like a Cars and Coffee, but when it started, it met at a place with a French bakery. It’s long outgrown that meeting place. but the name has stuck. Since there’d been no snow, hence no salt on the roads, the group decide...
by Gil Fitzhugh
Sun Oct 06, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: ”Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black.”
Replies: 21
Views: 2011

Re: ”Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black.”

Henry may have made that announcement about color in 1909, but he didn't get around to acting on it for 4 more years.
by Gil Fitzhugh
Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Post your favorite sign
Replies: 48
Views: 5133

Re: Post your favorite sign

I don't have a picture, but there's a twisting, winding road in northwestern NJ called "Shades of Death Road". Glad I don't live there!
by Gil Fitzhugh
Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New London New Brighton
Replies: 28
Views: 3321

Re: New London New Brighton

I didn't look. I think it was a bit after 5.
by Gil Fitzhugh
Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New London New Brighton
Replies: 28
Views: 3321

Re: New London New Brighton

I drove it in my Curved Dash Oldsmobile. The usual great organization, support from police, and enthusiasm from bystanders. A wonderful assortment of early cars. The rain wasn't quite biblical, but it seemed that way sometimes. I didn't get to a hot shower until 9:30 pm. When I finally got undressed...
by Gil Fitzhugh
Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: MTFCI 2019 Red Dirt Tour
Replies: 21
Views: 1803

Re: MTFCI 2019 Red Dirt Tour

I heartily second the idea that this was a fabulous tour. An example of the attention to detail: At every intersection that might have been troublesome, there was a sign telling us which way to go. That meant someone had to go out on tour putting up signs, and go back on tour at the end of the day t...
by Gil Fitzhugh
Sun Jul 28, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your Model T in July?
Replies: 113
Views: 13044

Re: What have you done to your Model T in July?

Since I bought my '14 touring 2-1/2 years ago, I've just been using it for one-day tours and general puttering around. That changed last month, when I went on the VMCCA Nickel Era tour based a few miles south of Gettysburg, PA. The tour was open to any car 1913 to 1927, even if it had no nickel, and...
by Gil Fitzhugh
Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: MTFCI 2019 Red Dirt Tour
Replies: 21
Views: 1803

Re: MTFCI 2019 Red Dirt Tour

Aye, 'tis mine.

Gil
by Gil Fitzhugh
Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Odds of getting stolen
Replies: 23
Views: 2497

Re: Odds of getting stolen

I worry more about vandalism than theft. I left my Stanley outside one night at the HCCA's shore tour in early May. Another tour participant said she chased away three teenage boys who were sitting in it smoking.
by Gil Fitzhugh
Sun Jun 30, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What did you do with your model T in June
Replies: 97
Views: 13553

Re: What did you do with your model T in June

The VMCCA has a Kentucky-based, but actually nationwide, nickel-era chapter that accommodates cars from 1913 through 1927, even if (like my '14 T) they have no nickel. Their summer tour was last week. We stayed at a ski resort south of Gettysburg, PA. The longest day was over 125 miles to Harpers Fe...
by Gil Fitzhugh
Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I am 87 today
Replies: 33
Views: 3427

Re: I am 87 today

All the best, Daryl! I'm only 4 years behind you, but sometimes it feels as if I'm catching up fast.
by Gil Fitzhugh
Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Foto of the Day
Replies: 400
Views: 43842

Re: Foto of the Day

Boondocks are where you find them. This was an optional "road" on the 2015 Mainely T tour. Rich Bingham might recognize the car.
by Gil Fitzhugh
Sat May 04, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Western Mass?
Replies: 10
Views: 1528

Re: Western Mass?

Is your T a pre-'16? If it is, look up the HCCA Autoneers.
by Gil Fitzhugh
Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Accessory I have never seen....
Replies: 16
Views: 2146

Re: Accessory I have never seen....

If you can stand advertising another club, the HCCA sells a hat lanyard for three bucks. It's basically a strap with an alligator clip on each end. One end goes on the hat, the other on the neck of your shirt. If your hat blows off, it doesn't go anywhere; you just reach back, grab the hat, and repl...
by Gil Fitzhugh
Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Let's talk gasoline
Replies: 36
Views: 3654

Re: Let's talk gasoline

I use regular E-10 pump gas, the same stuff your Aunt Minnie puts in her Toyota. My garage is heated enough to take the chill off. I've been able to drive my T off and on all winter, whenever it had rained enough to wash the salt off the roads. I've gone to yoga, to lunch, to the barber, to the bank...
by Gil Fitzhugh
Thu Feb 28, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done on/with/to your T in febuary?
Replies: 73
Views: 9772

Re: What have you done on/with/to your T in febuary?

It was a beautiful sunny day, temp 34. Joan and a friend had gone horseback riding, so I put on ski underwear, lined jeans, a warm shirt and ski outerwear. I put a bottle of IPA in my coat pocket and drove the '14 to town for a fine lunch at our local Thai restaurant.
by Gil Fitzhugh
Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: OT - No longer surprising!
Replies: 13
Views: 2310

Re: OT - No longer surprising!

When all has been said and done, more will have been said than done.
by Gil Fitzhugh
Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: OT: Unintentionaly altered history
Replies: 28
Views: 3516

Re: OT: Unintentionaly altered history

Since women got the vote in 1919, I wonder what they were marching for in the twenties. The date might not be the only mislabeled thing in that picture!
by Gil Fitzhugh
Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: White tires
Replies: 23
Views: 2542

Re: White tires

Is that white paint dense enough to be used on BLACK tires? If it is, we could save a lot of money. Buy the cheaper black tires to begin with, get the long tread life of black tires, and get the period look of white tires that stay white.
by Gil Fitzhugh
Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Idea: USA national Model T tour/event calendar
Replies: 7
Views: 1058

Re: Idea: USA national Model T tour/event calendar

This idea has the potential to be very useful, as well as very time-consuming for whoever maintains it. Several clubs other than MTFCA and MTFCI have tours that are Model-T-friendly. HCCA national and regional tours welcome pre-'16 Ts. Snappers, a brass-era group in AACA, also welcomes pre-'16 Ts. A...
by Gil Fitzhugh
Sun Feb 03, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old Photo- DR. Gossle's car after a fire
Replies: 6
Views: 1374

Re: Old Photo- DR. Gossle's car after a fire

The first Chevrolet Royal Mails were 1914 models, according to the Kimes & Clark Standard Catalog. But this car has me buffaloed. It's left-hand drive, which is unusual that early, but it's neither a Ford nor a Brush. It looks somewhat like a REO, but I'm not convinced.
by Gil Fitzhugh
Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: OT WTB Soon.
Replies: 8
Views: 1421

Re: OT WTB Soon.

It comes in 5-gallon pails at Wal-Mart. It's where I buy steam for my Stanley. Good stuff!
by Gil Fitzhugh
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Partly OT - First VMCCA Meet 1939
Replies: 3
Views: 894

Partly OT - First VMCCA Meet 1939

This wonderful old home movie, updated to a more modern format, was just posted on the AACA website. There aren't many Ts. The games are fun, but the one of driving over logs while balancing a tray of drinks looks to be hard on the cars. There are two fires - one simulated, the other clearly not. Th...
by Gil Fitzhugh
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Downtown abbey
Replies: 14
Views: 2095

Re: Downtown abbey

About 3 years ago I drove my T to the local supermarket. As I was leaving the parking lot, I passed two women walking. One pointed and said: "Look! Downton Abbey!"
by Gil Fitzhugh
Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How to get the ladies interested !!!!!
Replies: 17
Views: 2343

Re: How to get the ladies interested !!!!!

My wife hasn’t ridden in an antique car since an accident a couple of years ago. Before that, she went once in a while. I asked her how I should answer this query; here are some of her thoughts. Ask your wife what she’d like to do. (If she says she never wants to see that smelly contraption again, i...