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by Chris Barker
Mon Sep 07, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: running better on battery
Replies: 3
Views: 279

Re: running better on battery

The above is all good. You might also check the magneto output. You need an AC voltmeter - analogue is better for this check. You should get about 5v at idle, rising to over 30v at high rpm. (a simpler check is to connect a turn or brake light 12v 21W bulb; it should get VERY bright or blow when you...
by Chris Barker
Fri Sep 04, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: NH Carburettor needle taper
Replies: 2
Views: 222

NH Carburettor needle taper

A friend of mine here in England called to ask if I could tell him the correct taper angle for his NH carburettor needle. He has several old ones with wear grooves, and they have a fine taper. He bought a new one (which perhaps originates from Snyder's or Bob's) and that has a much 'blunter' taper. ...
by Chris Barker
Thu Sep 03, 2020 3:38 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Coils not working
Replies: 39
Views: 1110

Re: Coils not working

If all 4 coils buzzed in the 'good' location, they are adequate for now. Go to the timer and its wiring. It could be a roller, a brush or a flapper. It's obvious how it works. Clean it up and, if it's roller, oil it. If it's a flapper, grease it. If you want to remove the rotating part for cleaning,...
by Chris Barker
Mon Aug 31, 2020 5:07 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I’ve Never Seen This Accessory - Have You ?
Replies: 9
Views: 820

Re: I’ve Never Seen This Accessory - Have You ?

The trouble with that fix is that it's at the wrong end of the engine. The aim is to keep the magneto gap small - but above zero!
The alternatives which shimmed the third or even second bearing would have been better......for a while.
by Chris Barker
Thu Aug 20, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Diskies, no diskies.
Replies: 13
Views: 915

Re: Diskies, no diskies.

Hmmm.
Those spokes exceed 100mph airspeed at the top of their travel; I wonder whether there's a drag improvement?
Maybe you need them on the inside too.
by Chris Barker
Wed Aug 19, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Diskies, no diskies.
Replies: 13
Views: 915

Re: Diskies, no diskies.

Where can I find some??


(Are they Montana 500 legal?)
by Chris Barker
Mon Aug 17, 2020 3:57 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model Ts Illegal?
Replies: 33
Views: 1743

Re: Model Ts Illegal?

I don't think it will be safety, politics or 'greens' that end Model T motoring, it will be the market. As soon as a fuel cell that doesn't weigh 1500lb and does give a 500 mile range appears, the EVs will take over as quickly as the Model T replaced the horse 100 years ago, and the gas stations wil...
by Chris Barker
Sat Aug 08, 2020 3:38 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1927 Coupe History and Then Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 924

Re: 1927 Coupe History and Then Questions

No light, no air = no problem!

I'm more amazed by the other 3 staying up.
There is an old concours joke about NOS air
by Chris Barker
Fri Jul 31, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Part 2, Ford v. Ferrari, MTT, July/August issue
Replies: 4
Views: 427

Re: Part 2, Ford v. Ferrari, MTT, July/August issue

Yes; very impressed. Arrived today in Somerset, England.
by Chris Barker
Fri Jul 31, 2020 4:03 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Safest way to haul a coupe on an open trailer
Replies: 25
Views: 1471

Re: Safest way to haul a coupe on an open trailer

I have always towed my '26 Coupe forwards on an open trailer. No bother. I usually stay at 60 but have occasionally gone faster. No bother. I cover the rad because I once got the timer etc all wet. The battery gets wet in heavy rain. I do attach elastic straps to the bonnet (hood) catches. I have wo...
by Chris Barker
Fri Jul 24, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1927 Coupe History and Then Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 924

Re: 1927 Coupe History and Then Questions

Have them rebuilt.
As long as you can measure between about 2500 and 3500 ohms between the two terminals on the side, they will almost certainly live again.
by Chris Barker
Fri Jul 24, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1927 Coupe History and Then Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 924

Re: 1927 Coupe History and Then Questions

I wouldn't rush into tearing it apart. Model Ts with much worse histories have been successfully resurrected. I would want to find out - carefully- what you've got. If it was running OK in 1959 it may well do so today as long as wildlife hasn't got into the mechanicals. It would be good to find a fr...
by Chris Barker
Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Interesting video from 1929
Replies: 6
Views: 670

Re: Interesting video from 1929

Hmmmmm.
The sound and picture quality seems rather good for 1929.
Just 2 years after The Jazz Singer.
by Chris Barker
Sat Jul 11, 2020 3:41 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: OT but can apply to Model T - turn signal wiring mystery
Replies: 20
Views: 1704

Re: OT but can apply to Model T - turn signal wiring mystery

I agree with Squirrel. The hot-wire flashers have to have a certain current to work. (By the way, I and others have discovered the hard way that modern solid-state flasher units that are not load dependent, and work with LEDs do NOT, repeat NOT, like the Model T environment. All is fine.....until yo...
by Chris Barker
Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:33 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T engine Marine Conversion
Replies: 26
Views: 2033

Re: Model T engine Marine Conversion

The usual marine transmission was a very clever adaptation of the car gearbox. The teeth were ground off the driven (sun) gear, and the low and brake drums were locked together. When the reverse drum was clamped, the output turned at 0.96 x engine speed in reverse, so the sailor had direct drive for...
by Chris Barker
Fri Jun 19, 2020 4:30 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Instead of pouring Babbitt...
Replies: 35
Views: 2771

Re: Instead of pouring Babbitt...

What is the MTFCFB please?

I even Googled it and got no answers
by Chris Barker
Wed Jun 17, 2020 3:07 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this too dangerous to keep as is?
Replies: 20
Views: 2333

Re: Is this too dangerous to keep as is?

It will get closer when the body rises relative to the axle - over a sharp rise for example.
I would jack the chassis until the front axle is off the ground. If it's still clear then it's OK.
by Chris Barker
Sat Jun 13, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vibration
Replies: 17
Views: 1069

Re: Vibration

You might check the front mount. The cap bolts can be tight, but if the parts are worn it will vibrate. Shim (=tin can) will fix it. Also, grease it.

And check the big nut that connects the manifold to the exhaust pipe, and that the silencer doesn't have loose parts inside.
by Chris Barker
Wed Jun 03, 2020 3:56 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Notice to MTFCA members outside the U.S.
Replies: 8
Views: 1297

Re: Notice to MTFCA members outside the U.S.

Ours arrived (UK) last week in the same post as another American Model T magazine.
by Chris Barker
Fri May 29, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What did you do with your T Model in May ?
Replies: 79
Views: 6356

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

I cloned my 1925 Coupe.......in one sixteenth scale for my first grandson, aged 15 months.
The radiator, spring axle and back of the headlamps is cut and filed from one piece of 5mm steel. It has to be robust!
by Chris Barker
Tue May 26, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Halogen Tail Lites
Replies: 6
Views: 546

Re: Halogen Tail Lites

LEDs are to Halogens what Netflix is to Betamax!
by Chris Barker
Mon May 18, 2020 6:30 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1927 T Coupe Windsield Hinge Rubber
Replies: 7
Views: 548

Re: 1927 T Coupe Windsield Hinge Rubber

My '26 Coupe only has rubber down the sides and along the bottom. I don't get leaks along the top because of the hinge.
by Chris Barker
Fri May 15, 2020 6:00 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1927 Deck Lid
Replies: 2
Views: 358

Re: 1927 Deck Lid

I recall it being tricky.
Have you tried starting from inside the car with the shelf removed?
by Chris Barker
Sat May 02, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rock Maple spokes and fellows
Replies: 17
Views: 1501

Re: Rock Maple spokes and fellows

I don't know how your Rock Maple compares with American maples, but according to this table, all American maples are greatly inferior to Shagbark Hickory.
https://www.woodworkweb.com/woodwork-to ... ngths.html
by Chris Barker
Thu Apr 16, 2020 5:18 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Cushion spring gap
Replies: 12
Views: 1180

Re: Cushion spring gap

I do like the feeler gauge method - I'll use it next time, though maybe a bit thinner than 0.010".

I just tapped and looked until they seemed like my others or until I could insert a feeler gauge alongside the rivet.
The hew ones are usually much too big (0.020"+) but I think 0.004 to 0.008 is fine.
by Chris Barker
Wed Apr 15, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Cushion spring gap
Replies: 12
Views: 1180

Re: Cushion spring gap

I have tapped many rivets to reduce the travel to c. 0.005" and I have never had trouble with the rivet swelling.
by Chris Barker
Wed Apr 15, 2020 3:40 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Where were Model T engines made?
Replies: 12
Views: 1561

Re: Where were Model T engines made?

Cork was intended to provide castings for all Ford Europe, especially the Trafford Park plant to avoid import duties on US-made parts. Building began in 1918. However, by the time it was in full production, Eire was a separate country. Nevertheless, Cork's foundry, said in the 1920s to be the most m...
by Chris Barker
Tue Apr 14, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Transmission Simulator
Replies: 8
Views: 1185

Re: Transmission Simulator

It depends on which browser you use. Google 'Unblock Flash Player' and you will find advice. For Chrome, when you got to a website that needs Flash, a tiny puzzle piece appears top right. Click on that, then 'manage'. Click on the switch and you should get the 'ask first' option. Reload the site and...
by Chris Barker
Thu Apr 09, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: In car Mag recharge
Replies: 7
Views: 800

Re: In car Mag recharge

I doubt that 30A is enough. When I have done this job (successfully) with 3 x 12v batteries there was a big spark when I connected.
by Chris Barker
Fri Apr 03, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Magnet leveling
Replies: 17
Views: 1762

Re: Magnet leveling

Do you have a spare starter ring gear?

I found that if you lay this on top of the magnet plates you can check that the ring gear is parallel to the flywheel face with a vernier depth gauge and you can identify the high and low spots very easily.
by Chris Barker
Tue Mar 31, 2020 6:02 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New Day Timer very advanced and walking
Replies: 6
Views: 783

Re: New Day Timer very advanced and walking

I think you already know the answer. It's not right. The brush must have been pushed in as far as its spring or housing will allow, and that's still not enough. The timer casing perimeter must rest hard against the timing cover, and the brush must then not be hard in. I would not run it as you descr...
by Chris Barker
Sun Mar 29, 2020 5:43 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Gould 2-speed rear axle for Fords
Replies: 1
Views: 532

Re: Gould 2-speed rear axle for Fords

I'm trying to figure out how it worked, and what ratios it provided. I guess from the text that it gave a 50% reduction. That would make it similar to some other devices, and would be consistent with using differential-style gearing. It's also consistent with the recommendation to use 'speed' gears ...
by Chris Barker
Thu Mar 19, 2020 4:15 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: '26 Coupe Package Tray
Replies: 8
Views: 658

Re: '26 Coupe Package Tray

I also have fabric covering - a kit dating from around 1990, I believe.
by Chris Barker
Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: NEW TO VAPORIZER
Replies: 24
Views: 2284

Re: NEW TO VAPORIZER

18 years and about 35000 miles on a Vap -

Mine will always cold start if I do the following.

Pull out the choke, richen by 1/4 turn, give it some throttle and press the starter for 4 compressions.
Push in the choke, turn on the ignition and press the starter.

And it will never start if I don't!
by Chris Barker
Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Coil capacitors
Replies: 21
Views: 2886

Re: Coil capacitors

Sorry, I misunderstood.
I thought he was trying to get 0.47 from two 0.22s!
by Chris Barker
Fri Mar 13, 2020 4:27 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Coil capacitors
Replies: 21
Views: 2886

Re: Coil capacitors

Shouldn't that be in parallel??
by Chris Barker
Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 26 coupe windshield glass removal
Replies: 3
Views: 391

Re: 26 coupe windshield glass removal

My '26 Coupe has a steel frame in two parts, a wide 'U' and a closing piece. Held together by some small screws at two of the corners. These all came out and then I was able to separate the frame parts and gently pull the frame from the glass. I bought some thin rubber strip (about 0.050" thick?) to...
by Chris Barker
Mon Feb 10, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your Model T in February?
Replies: 76
Views: 9887

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

My '26 Coupe's pre-made brown carpet got a hole under my left heel.
I found carpet of a much better colour and had it edged by an upholsterer after I cut it to shape.
Floor, side panels and seat plinth.
by Chris Barker
Fri Jan 24, 2020 7:41 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your Model T in January?
Replies: 62
Views: 6875

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

I noticed increasing areas of erosion on the contacts of my TW timer - at the start and finish of each segment. I removed it and carefully set it up in my 4-jaw lathe chuck and made very fine cuts across the track. Then polished it. I was surprised to find that it required removal of almost 0.015" t...
by Chris Barker
Tue Jan 21, 2020 3:33 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A new DIY electronic coil tester.
Replies: 219
Views: 19456

Re: A new DIY electronic coil tester.

I follow the logic about ttf at 6v and 12v, but should there be a check at 30v (or more) to represent the real magneto environment?
by Chris Barker
Wed Jan 08, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A new DIY electronic coil tester.
Replies: 219
Views: 19456

Re: A new DIY electronic coil tester.

2.7 kohms is just within the range I have measured. Probably OK.

What made you think it is 'bad' - either in the HCCT or FACT?

I would be tempted to try to 'mend' (re-set) it using either the HCCT or the FACT, then, if successful, try it in the other tool.
by Chris Barker
Mon Jan 06, 2020 6:22 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A new DIY electronic coil tester.
Replies: 219
Views: 19456

Re: A new DIY electronic coil tester.

The figures Matt quoted are the same as I have encountered when rebuilding coils - as measured by Strobospark. Lots of people run cars with a mixture of original and modern caps - few have ever thought about the effect on timing and hardly anyone had a means of measuring it. The majority of old Ford...
by Chris Barker
Sat Jan 04, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A new DIY electronic coil tester.
Replies: 219
Views: 19456

Re: A new DIY electronic coil tester.

Luke,
to be clear, are you saying that the coil takes LONGER to fire with higher applied volts?

As Ron told me, the T coil has traps for the logical mind!
by Chris Barker
Wed Jan 01, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A new DIY electronic coil tester.
Replies: 219
Views: 19456

Re: A new DIY electronic coil tester.

It is desirable that coils have similar characteristics of TTF vs applied voltage because our magnetos go from less than 10v at idle to 30v+ at high rpm. When I got my car, I found it had no magneto, and running on 6v required ALL the available advance! Reading of others' experiences, it seems that ...
by Chris Barker
Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A new DIY electronic coil tester.
Replies: 219
Views: 19456

Re: A new DIY electronic coil tester.

While I'm enjoying, if not altogether following this discussion on current and meter readings, let's not forget what we are trying to do (other than escape Christmas 'festivities'). When we drive our Model Ts - remember them? - we want our ignition system to reliably and consistently deliver sparks ...
by Chris Barker
Fri Dec 27, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A new DIY electronic coil tester.
Replies: 219
Views: 19456

Re: A new DIY electronic coil tester.

Following all this - and seeing that nothing is ever quite as simple as we hope - should make us appreciate the effort and achievement of Mike Kossor with his thing that we can't mention.

(I have no connection with MK!)



Mike,
I'll p.m. my bank details :)
by Chris Barker
Thu Dec 26, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A new DIY electronic coil tester.
Replies: 219
Views: 19456

Re: A new DIY electronic coil tester.

Great Post Mr Jeff - or may I call you Admin?

We could have a poll here to find out how many other people have carefully created solid state blinker modules that worked perfectly......until they started the engine!

Merry Christmas from The Olde Country
by Chris Barker
Sun Dec 22, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A new DIY electronic coil tester.
Replies: 219
Views: 19456

Re: A new DIY electronic coil tester.

Mike, I'm trying to understand your 'scope images. Why do the steeper 20v ramps appear to start later than the slower 5v ramps? Have you adjusted (offset) the x axis for each voltage? If not, does the time-to-fire variation correlate with current - so higher rpm giving more mag output will advance t...
by Chris Barker
Sun Dec 22, 2019 4:47 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A new DIY electronic coil tester.
Replies: 219
Views: 19456

Re: A new DIY electronic coil tester.

Mike, a somewhat less contentious question - Does it really say a 1" spark on your result pictures? I have always understood that asking a coil to jump more than about 10mm risks an internal arc. Thanks for your contributions - and of course Luke's. I am following them avidly here in the UK and if -...
by Chris Barker
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 15,000,000 Ford video
Replies: 7
Views: 1365

Re: 15,000,000 Ford video

What colour was, or is, that engine? It's obviously much paler than the others one the line - presumably green?

Where are the later outdoor shots with the Quadricycle?

Thanks
by Chris Barker
Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T cutaway image source?
Replies: 4
Views: 839

Model T cutaway image source?

Can anyone tell me where this cutaway image came from, or who created it please?
by Chris Barker
Sat Nov 09, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: High compression head ????
Replies: 6
Views: 1304

Re: High compression head ????

I have a Giant Power Head. Before fitting it I measured it and calculated 5.1:1 compression ratio. It does have the 'squish' areas above the pistons. It makes a significant improvement to performance. On most of those hills where in High with the stock '26 head you gradually slow down from 30 to abo...
by Chris Barker
Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Starett Socket Set
Replies: 3
Views: 955

Re: Starett Socket Set

It's apparently almost the same content but a different box. Mine is also a 443, but maybe a 443B The write up in the ad doesn't mention the drill holder but it's on the picture in the lid, as is the small tommy bar. The 'rivet' isn't shown. I wonder what's in the top left corner of the lid? Also, $...
by Chris Barker
Sat Oct 19, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Starett Socket Set
Replies: 3
Views: 955

Re: Starett Socket Set

So; no-one knows! But I have now discovered, by more cunning and persistent application of Google's services that the pointed item is a drill bit holder. There is a tapered square hole inside the square shaft. If you hold the knurled bit and turn the square, it winds out, presumable following the dr...
by Chris Barker
Thu Oct 17, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Starett Socket Set
Replies: 3
Views: 955

Starett Socket Set

I am fortunate to have been given a complete period Starrett socket set (the ratchet is soaking to lubricate the mechanism) Can anyone tell me the functions of the three items in front of the box please? The tiny bar has a taper and will fit in the hole at the base of the square section in the point...
by Chris Barker
Sat Oct 05, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is a water pump necessary?
Replies: 39
Views: 3908

Re: Is a water pump necessary?

Well, I've scanned through all these replies.

Wouldn't a simple NO have sufficed?
by Chris Barker
Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ideal crankshaft radius?
Replies: 7
Views: 1217

Re: Ideal crankshaft radius?

Hmmm. Interesting answer - probably what the questioner wanted, but I was thinking 'What's half the stroke? Ah yes, 2"'
by Chris Barker
Sun Sep 29, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hard starting: sometimes the answer is simple
Replies: 8
Views: 1696

Re: Hard starting: sometimes the answer is simple

Can anyone think of any reason at all why narrowing plug gaps from .03 to .025 should make things better in a HC engine - or any engine - if was starting OK at .03?
by Chris Barker
Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:43 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wheeler & schebler carb information request
Replies: 12
Views: 1481

Re: Wheeler & schebler carb information request

Many thanks to all on behalf of my fellow enthusiast here in England.
He is Terry Leach, and this is his 'normal' T
by Chris Barker
Sun Sep 08, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wheeler & schebler carb information request
Replies: 12
Views: 1481

Re: Wheeler & schebler carb information request

I'm told:
"Its definitely a Wheeler Schebler model t carburetor with Ford A on the float lid. Other Mark's are FAX8 and FA stamped on the float bowl."

and I have this pic
by Chris Barker
Sat Sep 07, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wheeler & schebler carb information request
Replies: 12
Views: 1481

Wheeler & schebler carb information request

A question from a UK Model T owner: "I have recently purchased a Model T after market carburettor manufactured by Wheeler and Schebler Indianapolis.I am in the process of reconditioning it and wondered if you might hold any information relating to the carburettor and in particular the operating and ...
by Chris Barker
Sun Sep 01, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Need help with front end alignment
Replies: 8
Views: 1092

Re: Need help with front end alignment

May I ask the obvious?
Is the axle tilted backwards as is should be?
by Chris Barker
Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:07 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Figure this noise out
Replies: 5
Views: 817

Re: Figure this noise out

Following the thoughts above, Have your coils been properly and reasonably recently checked and adjusted? You can easily 'set up' coils to give a spark and make the engine run, but the 'time-to-spark' may differ between the coils if the correct test gear isn't used (HCCT, Strobo-Spark or ECCT), and ...
by Chris Barker
Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: LED turn signals?
Replies: 20
Views: 2695

Re: LED turn signals?

One word of warning. I have the 6v system but the 18W bulbs took a lot of current (6A) So I converted to LED and bought a flasher suitable for LEDs (the old style 'hot wire' type needs the current of a filament bulb. It all worked fine.....until I started the engine. Then either the RF from the coil...
by Chris Barker
Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Why won't my 1923 touring start...
Replies: 5
Views: 1231

Re: Why won't my 1923 touring start...

It seems to be a Universal Law that, at some time in its life, every old car's wiring will fall into the clutches of someone who really should not be allowed out without his mother.
by Chris Barker
Wed May 08, 2019 5:04 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T coil tester advice: HCCT, Strobo-Spark, ECCT
Replies: 103
Views: 14336

Re: Model T coil tester advice: HCCT, Strobo-Spark, ECCT

My reply is the same as Scott Conger's on the 19th. I understand the points made in favour of setting by time-to-spark, but surely the power in the spark matters too? And that must relate to current. I would want to have both the same for all coils. One other point. I usually agree with Steve Jelf, ...
by Chris Barker
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: What's legal in the USA?
Replies: 7
Views: 1664

What's legal in the USA?

Here in the UK we get some US car programmes. Some are good; others not so. I quite like Sin City Motors - nice people who are skilled in what they do -but I have to ask if what they produce is legal to drive on public roads? Those blown diesels which belch black smoke out of vertical stacks, spikes...
by Chris Barker
Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Another question re: removing a 27 engine
Replies: 6
Views: 1264

Re: Another question re: removing a 27 engine

I have a '27. I can't see how you can leave the headlamp bar in place - unless you lift off the whole body! However, I don't see why the paint should suffer. The heads have square shafts beneath, so they should not turn. The nuts can be removed under the fenders, and then the bolts lift out. I sugge...
by Chris Barker
Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Giant Head arrived!
Replies: 9
Views: 1852

Re: Giant Head arrived!

I measured and calculated a CR of either 5.3:1 or 5.6:1 - I can't recall exactly.
by Chris Barker
Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:32 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Giant Head arrived!
Replies: 9
Views: 1852

Re: Giant Head arrived!

You will like it.
A noticeable and very useful improvement at low and mid revs, but not too much.
Some sources say 30% extra power - 6HP!

Any idea what colour they were originally?

I painted mine black with silver letters - it's worth having just for these!
by Chris Barker
Sun Feb 24, 2019 5:19 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: This Model T Exploded!
Replies: 18
Views: 3515

Re: This Model T Exploded!

Gaps around panels and doors
by Chris Barker
Sun Feb 24, 2019 4:07 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: This Model T Exploded!
Replies: 18
Views: 3515

Re: This Model T Exploded!

Hmm. The shut lines aren't too good
by Chris Barker
Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:33 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: OT What if...No more gas ?
Replies: 43
Views: 5173

Re: OT What if...No more gas ?

Not IF but WHEN. It will happen. Someone fairly soon will invent an affordable battery which will give a range of 500 miles. It may be purely electrical; it may be a fuel cell, but it will come. And when it does, that will be the end of petrol and diesel cars, and then trucks. The revolution will be...
by Chris Barker
Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Something Better Maybe?
Replies: 15
Views: 2677

Re: Something Better Maybe?

It is one of the mysteries of the universe that when Ford added the 6v starter and generator they did not eliminate the magneto and trembler coils and just fit a distributor and coil.
Just consider the cost saving for about 40 million trembler coils.
by Chris Barker
Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Radial Tires
Replies: 10
Views: 2312

Re: Radial Tires

I wondered what made you think they are radials but they are on the site as 'Bias Look Radials' despite the inch width sizing

Radials are almost always marked with width in mm, so tI would have expected 115 x 21
by Chris Barker
Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: My and Your TT trucks
Replies: 51
Views: 6517

Re: My and Your TT trucks

Never seen a DIY Vaporizer plate before!

Buy 2 - they only last 2-3 years. Not expensive.

Nice truck