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by Fordwright
Tue Oct 27, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Bat or Mag start?
Replies: 15
Views: 414

Re: Bat or Mag start?

The Model T magneto was unregulated and provided AC voltages from 0-30V. The addition of dry cells did make starting easier, particularly if wired in series to provide over 6 volts DC. This was particularly useful in cold weather, but without a battery, a burly man could still crank the engine hard ...
by Fordwright
Wed Oct 14, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Why wooden spoked wheels and not steel?
Replies: 17
Views: 604

Re: Why wooden spoked wheels and not steel?

I don't think a pressed steel wheel ever needs repair, so the easy repairability of a wooden spoked wheel seems moot. I think that the mindset of the wheelmaker was so strong that people simply didn't trust anything but a wood-spoked wheel in those days. Our grandparents were fond of pointing out "c...
by Fordwright
Tue Oct 13, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Why wooden spoked wheels and not steel?
Replies: 17
Views: 604

Why wooden spoked wheels and not steel?

It must have occurred to someone that a pressed steel rim was better than the wooden spoked wheel in those days. I don't buy the argument that wood was lighter, because the vanadium steel at the time could have made a wheel as thin and strong enough to achieve the desired weight. Was it simply that ...
by Fordwright
Wed Oct 07, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Are These Irons Restorable?
Replies: 23
Views: 946

Re: Are These Irons Restorable?

I don't know anyone who restores old things for profit. It's the joy of taking something that appears to be too far gone, and bringing it back to a useable condition. There's no accounting for the time and money you spend doing that.
by Fordwright
Tue Oct 06, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Are These Irons Restorable?
Replies: 23
Views: 946

Re: Are These Irons Restorable?

Anything is restorable, if you have unlimited time and money,
but what else is new?
by Fordwright
Tue Oct 06, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: F.O.R.D.
Replies: 27
Views: 1162

Re: F.O.R.D.

Funny
Old
Recreational
Diversion
by Fordwright
Sat Oct 03, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: F.O.R.D.
Replies: 27
Views: 1162

Re: F.O.R.D.

Finding
Old
Relics
Delightful
by Fordwright
Thu Oct 01, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: F.O.R.D.
Replies: 27
Views: 1162

Re: F.O.R.D.

I know, but I wanted to make my own.
by Fordwright
Thu Oct 01, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: F.O.R.D.
Replies: 27
Views: 1162

F.O.R.D.

Finding
Old
Rusty
Discards
by Fordwright
Thu Oct 01, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Cutting Down A Model TT Drive Shaft
Replies: 7
Views: 422

Re: Cutting Down A Model TT Drive Shaft

In modern vehicles, that run at higher speeds, 50-100 thou runout is considered the acceptable threshold.
Of course the real test is the vibration you feel at speed.
by Fordwright
Thu Oct 01, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Am I "over-greasing" my Universal Joint?
Replies: 33
Views: 1261

Re: Am I "over-greasing" my Universal Joint?

I never understood something about over-greasing. If too much grease will break the seal, how did the grease escape?
by Fordwright
Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: FJ - Some Humor To Brighten Your Day
Replies: 702
Views: 87577

Re: FJ - Some Humor To Brighten Your Day

That's one of my favorite Larson cartoons.
by Fordwright
Wed Sep 30, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Am I "over-greasing" my Universal Joint?
Replies: 33
Views: 1261

Re: Am I "over-greasing" my Universal Joint?

I do not have a Warford, my T is stock. But thank you for the info, it will come in handy when I buy my first TT! This winter I will remove the rear axle and flip the drive shaft back the proper way. I'll make another post about it asking for advice when that day comes. :D I'm a little confused. Wh...
by Fordwright
Sun Sep 27, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Interesting tool
Replies: 8
Views: 1015

Re: Interesting tool

What about those clear plastic sight gauges that screw into plug holes? Has anyone tried that?
by Fordwright
Sun Sep 27, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Flying Model T
Replies: 23
Views: 1287

Re: Flying Model T

HPetrino wrote:
Sun Sep 27, 2020 3:10 pm
Greg,

What you say is true, but not very many of them actually flew. :lol: :lol:
:lol: :lol: :lol:
by Fordwright
Sun Sep 27, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Flying Model T
Replies: 23
Views: 1287

Flying Model T

It shocks me to realize that I'm old enough to have lived in a time when some people were still using a Model T as their primary transportation. When the movie, "The Absent-Minded Professor" came out in 1961, it was plausible that Model Ts were still some peoples daily driver. 780x463-absent-minded-...
by Fordwright
Sat Sep 26, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What oil do I use in my T? 5w? 60w?
Replies: 30
Views: 805

Re: What oil do I use in my T? 5w? 60w?

Full synthetic MIGHT work, but IMO it would be a waste of money. Remember, Model Ts don't have an oil filter, so you will need to change the oil more often than a more modern car. Of course, if you have a source for FREE full synthetic oil, the money aspect is moot. Is anyone running full synthetic...
by Fordwright
Sat Sep 26, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Share Your Tractor(s) - old ones that is ;-)
Replies: 75
Views: 5691

Re: Share Your Tractor(s) - old ones that is ;-)

I'm so old that tractor doesn't look old.
by Fordwright
Sat Sep 26, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: SCAM
Replies: 14
Views: 825

Re: SCAM

You can't protect some people from themselves. Someone I know let me know that he could get any movie he wanted from a Russian website and he could burn me a DVD of it for free. He also complained to me that he was losing money from his bank account in $20 to $40 amounts every time he got paid, so h...
by Fordwright
Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: SCAM
Replies: 14
Views: 825

Re: SCAM

TRDxB2 wrote:
Fri Sep 25, 2020 8:43 pm
And don't answer any of the emails - not even to tell them to buzz off. The reason is current technology can set up automatic response for the next step in the scheme regardless of your response.
And they don't like too many questions. Asking them makes them buzz off.
by Fordwright
Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: SCAM
Replies: 14
Views: 825

Re: SCAM

Lots of good advice in this thread. The poor English and the odd times on the email are red flags. When they send you an email at 3 AM there's a good chance they are somewhere like Africa. A variation of this scam is where they offer you more than your asking price, but they ask you to ship it immed...
by Fordwright
Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Found this not so old pic...
Replies: 28
Views: 1567

Re: Found this not so old pic...

The Spruce Goose was a good idea, poorly executed. With the German U-boats taking a heavy toll on Atlantic shipping, the US needed a better way to transport troops and supplies across the ocean. If the plane had been finished sooner and made of aluminum, its history may have been different.
by Fordwright
Fri Sep 25, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Underpowered?
Replies: 13
Views: 879

Re: Underpowered?

For the first batch of automobiles around the turn of the century, 2-5 HP was much more common. When the Model T came out with 20 horses, it was probably overkill. Little did anyone suspect that 20 HP would be considered pathetically underpowered in years following.
by Fordwright
Thu Sep 24, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Do they make a self advancing distributor?
Replies: 30
Views: 977

Re: Do they make a self advancing distributor?

Interesting background: The American Bosch Magneto Corporation was founded on September 6, 1906 by Robert Bosch in New York City, New York as an American division of his German operation, Robert Bosch A.G. Its industry was automobile accessories and radios and its headquarters were in New York City,...
by Fordwright
Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Do they make a self advancing distributor?
Replies: 30
Views: 977

Re: Do they make a self advancing distributor?

I'm starting to think that nearly every type of accessory or upgrade was available for the Model T. But I suppose if you bought them all you'd have spent more than the cost of a luxury car.
by Fordwright
Tue Sep 22, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Do they make a self advancing distributor?
Replies: 30
Views: 977

Re: Do they make a self advancing distributor?

The Bosch period distributor had a centrifugal advance, which only worked partially well. It still connected to the spark advance lever.
by Fordwright
Tue Sep 22, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: FS: all brass 3 screw Holley carburetor
Replies: 14
Views: 1176

Re: FS: all brass 3 screw Holley carburetor

For god sake don't recycle it.
Doesn't matter what it's worth.
by Fordwright
Mon Sep 21, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What to you, gives a Model T its charm?
Replies: 32
Views: 818

Re: What to you, gives a Model T its charm?

The Model T was an ugly duckling no doubt, but that's part of its charm. Henry's son, Edsel had a gift for style, and it was said that he designed his own stylish car behind Henry's back. When Henry saw it, he reportedly took a sledge hammer and smashed it up. That story is controversial and refuted...
by Fordwright
Sun Sep 20, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What to you, gives a Model T its charm?
Replies: 32
Views: 818

Re: What to you, gives a Model T its charm?

For my grandparents it was a stellar experience, getting their first car, a Model T, having been raised in a world of horse and cart, mud and manure, to suddenly own a machine that could take them almost anywhere with speed and comfort.
by Fordwright
Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What to you, gives a Model T its charm?
Replies: 32
Views: 818

Re: What to you, gives a Model T its charm?

It's old technology.... a challenge to learn yet easier to understand than today's computer controlled cars. I can actually work on it! I also have a family connection ---- my family's first car was a 1917 Touring. My '17 was actually built on my dad's tenth birthday (Sept 23, 1916.) My maternal gr...
by Fordwright
Sat Sep 19, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The Hunter Model T starter
Replies: 16
Views: 1733

Re: The Hunter Model T starter

Something tells me that only Mrs. Henry Ford could have persuaded Henry to install electric starters on all Model Ts in 1919.
by Fordwright
Sat Sep 19, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model A motor into a T?
Replies: 38
Views: 3259

Re: Model A motor into a T?

I can remember when neighbors used to stop and talk when they met on the road.
Here's a conversation that might have happened in 1928:
"How do you like your new Model A?"
"Not bad, but it's awful hard on gas."
by Fordwright
Sat Sep 19, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What to you, gives a Model T its charm?
Replies: 32
Views: 818

What to you, gives a Model T its charm?

For me, it was the way one automaker out of hundreds, was able to cobble together 1908 technology into a car that was all things to nearly all people. It was rugged, reliable, and most of all, affordable. A true masterpiece of industrial design for its day.
by Fordwright
Sat Sep 19, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: David Dewey...Good News!
Replies: 10
Views: 525

Re: David Dewey

Okay then.
by Fordwright
Sat Sep 19, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model A motor into a T?
Replies: 38
Views: 3259

Re: Model A motor into a T?

I took a ride in a cut-down hotrod once. It was fine until we got to about 70 mph, and I became preoccupied with what might happen when those big bouncy tires and the short wheelbase hit a bump in the pavement.
by Fordwright
Thu Sep 17, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model A motor into a T?
Replies: 38
Views: 3259

Re: Model A motor into a T?

Sounds like fun, but I wouldn't do it. The Model T was what it was, and the Model A was what it was. Model T sales had fallen to pathetic low levels by 1927, so the Model A was born. There was nothing revolutionary about it, but it hit a low price point that was popular in the early years of the dep...
by Fordwright
Thu Sep 17, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T TT truck 6 speed
Replies: 8
Views: 378

Re: Model T TT truck 6 speed

That was long before we became obsessed with climbing a hill without downshifting. I doubt anyone died in those days due to a late delivery.
by Fordwright
Thu Sep 17, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Runs rough on battery
Replies: 11
Views: 643

Re: Runs rough on battery

They buzz if the key or face plate are tapped, so I'm not sure it's a voltage issue. I only use the battery to start the car when it's cold. Anyone had this experience? Would replacing the inner contact lever address the issue? thoughts..... Try doubling the battery voltage. You won't burn anything...
by Fordwright
Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Runs rough on battery
Replies: 11
Views: 643

Re: Runs rough on battery

The battery voltage is lower than the magneto voltage. If there is resistance in the circuit, there may not be enough current to make the points buzz.
by Fordwright
Tue Sep 15, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wood Spoke Removal
Replies: 11
Views: 489

Re: Wood Spoke Removal

I always wondered why they didn't start out using steel rims. But back in the day, when you hired a wheelmaker, he made it using wooden spokes and all because that's just how it was done.
by Fordwright
Tue Sep 15, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: SOLD Pile of door mechanisms
Replies: 4
Views: 776

Re: Pile of door mechanisms

That was when they built them to last for decades and cost ten cents.
Now they last about a year and cost you $500 to fix.
by Fordwright
Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Parts cabinet
Replies: 5
Views: 600

Re: Parts cabinet

Bit of propaganda there, against third party manufacturers.
by Fordwright
Sun Sep 13, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Vehicles
Topic: 1912 PIE WAGON $12,000. Relisted on CL and facebook
Replies: 10
Views: 2057

Re: 1912 PIE WAGON $12,000.

I love the blue and brass color scheme. I'd probably strip the blue paint and make it red, more consistent with a food truck. "Old" is not always valuable. I think there's an estimated 100k Model Ts out there in various condition. The value of an antique is mostly derived by the amount someone wants...
by Fordwright
Sat Sep 12, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Were after-market radios ever an option on the Model T?
Replies: 15
Views: 885

Re: Were after-market radios ever an option on the Model T?

A friend had a 1937 military ambulance, which dealt with ignition interference by having the ignition wires enclosed in soldered copper tubes. I don't imagine it would have been too difficult to shield a Model T's ignition back in the early 20s.
by Fordwright
Fri Sep 11, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Underpowered?
Replies: 13
Views: 879

Re: Underpowered?

In any other industrial application, 20 HP would be considered quite adequate for transporting a few people horizontally,
but where human ego is concerned, even 700 HP is inadequate to some.
by Fordwright
Fri Sep 11, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: how do you fix a gas leak?
Replies: 29
Views: 1155

Re: how do you fix a gas leak?

This is what my dad was raised on, back in the day...
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when water in the gas tank meant a lot of holes rusted through.
by Fordwright
Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Were after-market radios ever an option on the Model T?
Replies: 15
Views: 885

Were after-market radios ever an option on the Model T?

Radio was taking off around the time of the Model T, so I was wondering if anyone was trying to fit a radio in the car around that time.
by Fordwright
Tue Sep 08, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: how do you fix a gas leak?
Replies: 29
Views: 1155

Re: how do you fix a gas leak?

If you want something that was never designed into the car, you could connect a solenoid valve into the gas line so that it would be open only when the ignition is turned on. Had something like that when I used the VW carb on my overhead. It was a constant draw on the electrical system. You can wir...
by Fordwright
Tue Sep 08, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Interesting article on parking lots
Replies: 2
Views: 638

Re: Interesting article on parking lots

It is my understanding that the herringbone parking, the angled-parallel nose-in parking used in all shopping centers, was first introduced in September 1917 at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, NY by the New York State Police in the year they were founded. Such a simple idea isn't owing to a si...
by Fordwright
Tue Sep 08, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Free Start need Help
Replies: 12
Views: 553

Re: Free Start need Help

I wouldn't complain.
by Fordwright
Tue Sep 08, 2020 2:02 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: how do you fix a gas leak?
Replies: 29
Views: 1155

Re: how do you fix a gas leak?

If you want something that was never designed into the car, you could connect a solenoid valve into the gas line so that it would be open only when the ignition is turned on.
by Fordwright
Mon Sep 07, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: FJ - Some Humor To Brighten Your Day
Replies: 702
Views: 87577

Re: FJ - Some Humor To Brighten Your Day

I remember a few years back, an interview with twin supermodels who were living with an 87 year old billionaire. They said they were only with him for love, and they said it as seriously as a heart attack.
by Fordwright
Mon Sep 07, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: how do you fix a gas leak?
Replies: 29
Views: 1155

Re: how do you fix a gas leak?

Fuel shutoff valves were standard on nearly all machines for many years, not only for safety but to preserve precious gasoline from going on the ground. It's still fairly standard today on most gravity-fed fuel systems. It stopped being an issue when fuel pumps were used to draw the fuel from a low-...
by Fordwright
Sun Sep 06, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: August 1915 block
Replies: 2
Views: 373

Re: August 1915 block

We used to soak them in penetrating oil, and then hammer them from both sides with a wooden block.
by Fordwright
Sun Sep 06, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Show us your hit n miss engines
Replies: 25
Views: 1911

Re: Show us your hit n miss engines

I'm just amazed at how much iron it took for each horsepower.
by Fordwright
Sun Sep 06, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: 1909–14 Quadrant
Replies: 2
Views: 443

Re: 1909–14 Quadrant

Original early Quadrant, it has been significantly used but original brass is a lot thicker than repo. $25.00 (located in Wyoming) I'm not sure why they made it from brass, because you'd think it would wear out quickly. I know they stopped using brass around 1914 because of wartime demand in Europe.
by Fordwright
Sat Sep 05, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Coils not working
Replies: 39
Views: 1233

Re: Coils not working

Blaze wrote:
Sat Sep 05, 2020 4:34 am
Yes, I am close to Detroit. There must be a lot of "T" owners in the area. I really do need to join one of the clubs. The Casual T's seemed to be the club to join in my area.
Based on what you told us, maybe everything is OK. It might be worth a try to make sure is has gas and try to start it.
by Fordwright
Thu Sep 03, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Coils not working
Replies: 39
Views: 1233

Re: Coils not working

Thank you for your input, and I didn't know the crank had to be turned 360 degrees but that makes perfect sense. Once I've cleaned and greased or oiled the timer, do I need a centering tool to replace the cover? Does the pin on the timer simply slide out with a pair of pliers? After reading about t...
by Fordwright
Wed Sep 02, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Coils not working
Replies: 39
Views: 1233

Re: Coils not working

If the car ran fine before sitting for three years, 90% of the time the trouble is that the points have a little bit of oxidation on them. All you have to do is take a piece of 120-150 sandpaper about 1 inch wide x 3 inches long and fold it in half the long way so the grit is to the outside. Depres...
by Fordwright
Wed Sep 02, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Coils not working
Replies: 39
Views: 1233

Re: Coils not working

I recently attempted to start my 1925 Model T after about 3 years of sitting. Only one coil buzzes, the other three (3) do not. What can I do to get the coils working again? Coils are original Ford wood coils. Can I sand the points with emery board to freshen the points or will I need to send them ...
by Fordwright
Wed Sep 02, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Coils not working
Replies: 39
Views: 1233

Re: Coils not working

The trembler coil is the simplest form of ignition on any engine. There are very few parts.
I'd start with the contact points, the wire connections, the switch, the timer (or low-voltage distributor) and lastly the coils themselves for continuity.
That just about covers every possibility.
by Fordwright
Wed Sep 02, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Share Your Tractor(s) - old ones that is ;-)
Replies: 75
Views: 5691

Re: Share Your Tractor(s) - old ones that is ;-)

John Deere built indestructible tractors at one time. The 2-cylinder Model D was built from 1923-1953, and a lot of them are still working today. That's what built their reputation and why they are one of the few remaining agricultural equipment manufacturers from the original hundreds. But they hav...
by Fordwright
Tue Sep 01, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Correct 1915 magneto horn mounting?
Replies: 9
Views: 552

Re: Correct 1915 magneto horn mounting?

Rich Eagle wrote:
Tue Sep 01, 2020 2:51 pm
Also this from 2007.
Forum2007.jpg
That's about the only place you can put it if you don't want it to stick out.
by Fordwright
Mon Aug 31, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Underpowered?
Replies: 13
Views: 879

Re: Underpowered?

We used to run a small fleet of delivery trucks, all bought second-hand, but one of them was the oldest and most reliable. It also cost us the least to run, but every one of our drivers (to a man) hated that truck because it was a bit underpowered compared to the other ones. It didn't matter that th...
by Fordwright
Fri Aug 28, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Underpowered?
Replies: 13
Views: 879

Underpowered?

Back in the day, 20 horses was plenty for a Ford pickup. You just took your time in low gear going up hills. Nowadays we see people buying diesel tractors to pull their RVs just so they don't have to downshift. What is this mad obsession with power?
by Fordwright
Fri Aug 28, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vinegar radiator flush question
Replies: 27
Views: 2759

Re: Vinegar radiator flush question

I think I'd be less concerned with getting the cooling system spotlessly clean, than with restoring its cooling capacity.
by Fordwright
Sun Jul 05, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Share Your Tractor(s) - old ones that is ;-)
Replies: 75
Views: 5691

Re: Share Your Tractor(s) - old ones that is ;-)

Personal gripe: I think the category of "antique" is too broad. I go to vintage tractor meets to see Hart-Parrs and Rumely Oil-pulls, but their sounds are often drowned out by the 50-year old diesel tractors roaring around the grounds, showing off. I have nothing against the more modern tractors, bu...
by Fordwright
Sat Jul 04, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Interesting tool
Replies: 8
Views: 1015

Re: Interesting tool

It's hard to believe that Henry Ford wasn't inspired to incorporate an engine oil dipstick for the Model T, only level plugs. But knowing his character, he probably thought it was good for every car owner to crawl under the car to check things out under there.
by Fordwright
Sat Jul 04, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vinegar radiator flush question
Replies: 27
Views: 2759

Re: Vinegar radiator flush question

I don't know of a cure-all, but there are several different substances that could need to be flushed from the system. Ordinary dirt is one of them. If previous owners put water in from a ditch, then it makes sense it may still be in the system. Soaking the system with detergent and flushing with hig...
by Fordwright
Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Stromberg OF dripping fuel
Replies: 12
Views: 1076

Re: Stromberg OF dripping fuel

I'm not sure how to fix a leaking shaft, other than to try to machine a new bushing to within a few ten-thousanths. Either that, or machine some grooves for o-rings.
by Fordwright
Sat Jun 27, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Spark Plug Boxes
Replies: 14
Views: 1837

Re: Spark Plug Boxes

If you want to weather the cardboard, you can stain it with tea or coffee and then bake it in an oven. To take it further, you can paint it with a dark solution that is made by soaking steel wool in vinegar.
by Fordwright
Sat Jun 27, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Stromberg OF dripping fuel
Replies: 12
Views: 1076

Re: Stromberg OF dripping fuel

Check the shafts and their bearing holes for wear.
by Fordwright
Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB - Rear Spare Carrier '24 Roadster
Replies: 3
Views: 459

Re: WTB - Rear Spare Carrier '24 Roadster

By the time you bought all the nifty accessories for the Model T, you could have afforded a decent Oldsmobile.
by Fordwright
Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A Blacksmith and his custom T tools
Replies: 10
Views: 1005

Re: A Blacksmith and his custom T tools

Makes you wonder how all those mechanics managed to lift the heads without those tools.
by Fordwright
Fri Jun 26, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The Hunter Model T starter
Replies: 16
Views: 1733

Re: The Hunter Model T starter

I recommend Kickstarter. *chuckle*
by Fordwright
Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The Hunter Model T starter
Replies: 16
Views: 1733

Re: The Hunter Model T starter

How does it work?
by Fordwright
Mon Jun 22, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Magneto battery charger
Replies: 20
Views: 2188

Re: Magneto battery charger

I was referring or course, to voltage, not current. The light bulb amounts to a resistor which provides a trickle current and varies widely, depending on the brightness of the bulb. For the first second or so, before the bulb heats up, resistance is very low, allowing higher current and not providin...
by Fordwright
Mon Jun 22, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Magneto problem
Replies: 22
Views: 1695

Re: Magneto problem

jab35 wrote:
Mon Jun 22, 2020 3:40 pm
IIRC, the BP decreases about 1 F per 500 ft increase in elevation, so at 16000 ft elevation 180F would be about right. The Curie point remains the same however, jb.
Sixteen thousand feet? There are no roads that high, much less a Model T.
by Fordwright
Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: FOR SALE - SOFT TOP EYELET INSTALLATION TOOL NEW OLD STOCK
Replies: 1
Views: 458

Re: FOR SALE - SOFT TOP EYELET INSTALLATION TOOL NEW OLD STOCK

Is old new stock the same as new old stock?
by Fordwright
Mon Jun 22, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Magneto problem
Replies: 22
Views: 1695

Re: Magneto problem

bobt wrote:
Mon Jun 22, 2020 6:15 am
Boiling point of water 180 degrees? bobt
212°F at sea level, but the engine gets a lot hotter than that when the water boils out.
by Fordwright
Sun Jun 21, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Magneto problem
Replies: 22
Views: 1695

Re: Magneto problem

It only takes 176° Fahrenheit for iron magnets to lose magnetism, so it follows that they became demagnetized when your engine overheated. Remagnetizing your magneto magnets is possible, but it may not be feasible, due to the equipment required. Neodymium magnets are about 10 times stronger than iro...
by Fordwright
Wed Jun 17, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Magneto battery charger
Replies: 20
Views: 2188

Re: Magneto battery charger

Greg, The USB adapter is connected to a 12 volt battery as is the starter, LED lights and battery post on the coil box. I just assumed if we used the above charging circuit to charge said battery that the higher magneto voltages would be added to the mix, albeit as pulsing half-wave DC. Well, that'...
by Fordwright
Wed Jun 17, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Magneto battery charger
Replies: 20
Views: 2188

Re: Magneto battery charger

The model T flywheel magneto was never intended as a charging system for the battery. It puts out AC current at voltages between about 5 and 30 volts, depending on RPM and load. It's not particularly spiky power, but I doubt the power regulator in your USB socket would be able to handle such a range...
by Fordwright
Wed Jun 17, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: FJ - Some Humor To Brighten Your Day
Replies: 702
Views: 87577

Re: FJ - Some Humor To Brighten Your Day

Gary Larson's Far Side; never equaled, never surpassed.
by Fordwright
Wed Jun 17, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Pay pal users beware
Replies: 29
Views: 2123

Re: Pay pal users beware

Whatever you may think about Google Mail (Gmail) they do a good job of filtering out spam and malware. Whenever a gmail user flags an email as spam, it goes system-wide and gets blocked from going through to other users.
by Fordwright
Tue Jun 16, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Pay pal users beware
Replies: 29
Views: 2123

Re: Pay pal users beware

I don't think the answer is to transfer it quickly before they steal it. That's like crossing the lake in a leaky boat before it sinks. Better to plug the leak. I knew a guy who saw his bank account being drained $20 to $40 at a time every time he got paid. He felt it necessary to pay all his bills ...
by Fordwright
Tue Jun 16, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Pay pal users beware
Replies: 29
Views: 2123

Re: Pay pal users beware

I remember getting phishing emails nearly every day from what was purported to be PayPal. They had a convincing page, complete with logo and all. But I never got bit, even once. The easiest way to avoid a phishing attack is to look at the sender's email address. If the last two parts don't say "payp...
by Fordwright
Tue Jun 16, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Gotta learn to park!
Replies: 5
Views: 1005

Re: Gotta learn to park!

Looks like two people praying.
by Fordwright
Sun Jun 14, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Magneto battery charger
Replies: 20
Views: 2188

Re: Magneto battery charger

I bought the FP kit but never installed it. I run a 12 volt battery for starter and lights but also have a USB adapter that I use to power an old GPS that I use for a speedometer. My question is, will this charger be safe to use with my USB adapter and GPS? To be on the safe side, make sure the USB...
by Fordwright
Wed Jun 10, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Magneto battery charger
Replies: 20
Views: 2188

Re: Magneto battery charger

HSBC2.jpgThe bulb and the diode are in series so that part doesn't matter but you MUST make sure the diode is correctly installed since the cathode end (striped "banded" end) must point to the battery positive connection. The anode end of that diode must be pointed at the magneto connection. If you...
by Fordwright
Sun Jun 07, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Magneto battery charger
Replies: 20
Views: 2188

Re: Magneto battery charger

For a considerable time, the charging rate was controlled by the operator, either by switching it on and off, or selecting between a high and low charge rate. Watching the brightness of the lights was about the only indication you had for the voltage of the battery. A simple regulator can be made us...
by Fordwright
Sun Jun 07, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: A little something to read and remember.
Replies: 12
Views: 1504

Re: A little something to read and remember.

I was fortunate enough to have known a few WWII veterans before they died, and I always enjoyed hearing their stories. The magnitude of what they were expected to deal with is almost unimaginable today. But somehow they dealt with it mostly in good spirits and optimism. More than a few old vets were...
by Fordwright
Sun Jun 07, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Harold Lloyd's Model T
Replies: 15
Views: 1895

Re: Harold Lloyd's Model T

Another forum which uses the same engine as this one did a similar thing recently, however the old archived material was still available, but taking a bit longer to retrieve from a search.
It can be done.
by Fordwright
Fri Jun 05, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Things Went KLUNK!!! - Rusty Coupe
Replies: 33
Views: 3418

Re: Things Went KLUNK!!! - Rusty Coupe

It's those tiny details that give a vintage auto it's true value.
by Fordwright
Fri Jun 05, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Ford and other Boyce original MotoMeters
Replies: 8
Views: 1038

Re: Ford and other Boyce original MotoMeters

A worthy accessory in warmer climes. I heard about some drivers installing an auxlliary cooling system by running a pipe with drilled holes along the top of the radiator, connected to a water tank. When the car stated to get a bit hot, the water dripped over the radiator fins, providing extra coolin...
by Fordwright
Fri Jun 05, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Harold Lloyd's Model T
Replies: 15
Views: 1895

Re: Harold Lloyd's Model T

DLodge wrote:
Fri Jun 05, 2020 12:17 pm
This is a completely uncritical, purely-out-of-curiosity question, but since the topic of this thread is a Model T, why is it in "Off Topic" instead of the main discussion forum?
Because it's a Model T forum?
by Fordwright
Fri Jun 05, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: FJ - Some Humor To Brighten Your Day
Replies: 702
Views: 87577

Re: FJ - Some Humor To Brighten Your Day

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