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by Russ T Fender
Sun Dec 08, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Interesting clutch on ebay
Replies: 10
Views: 667

Re: Interesting clutch on ebay

Plymouth had free wheeling on the PA and PB models.
by Russ T Fender
Sat Dec 07, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Newbie-Hello, Everyone!
Replies: 23
Views: 922

Re: Newbie-Hello, Everyone!

If you jack up a rear wheel, chock the front wheels and put the hand lever in neutral without it engaging the rear brakes you should be able to crank start the car with the switch in the battery position. Take out the plugs and put a couple of tablespoons of gas in each cylinder before you replace t...
by Russ T Fender
Sat Dec 07, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Are these the correct windshield support rods?
Replies: 12
Views: 521

Re: Are these the correct windshield support rods?

My late slab side '12 has the bend
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by Russ T Fender
Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Model T accident in Kerrville TX yesterday
Replies: 46
Views: 3200

Re: Model T accident in Kerrville TX yesterday

It all boils down to the fact that "you can't fix stupid". No amount of lights , flashing or otherwise, is going to protect you from the morons out there driving these days. I have been passed by women putting on their makeup, men reading the newspaper, people texting with both hands and any number ...
by Russ T Fender
Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Foto of the Day
Replies: 290
Views: 19782

Re: Foto of the Day

Last run of the year
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by Russ T Fender
Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Newbie-Hello, Everyone!
Replies: 23
Views: 922

Re: Newbie-Hello, Everyone!

I believe there is a small difference between the '26-'27 top and the earlier one man top.
by Russ T Fender
Thu Nov 28, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: 13/32x16 Taps
Replies: 30
Views: 1031

Re: 13/32x16 Taps

I will take one also
by Russ T Fender
Fri Nov 22, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Repair of brass headlights
Replies: 8
Views: 682

Re: Repair of brass headlights

If there is a musical instrument repair shop near you they can probably repair your lamps. They are used to straightening mangled and dented instruments. I had one do a horn for me.
by Russ T Fender
Wed Nov 20, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Timer issue???
Replies: 8
Views: 517

Re: Timer issue???

Jeff what you are saying is true when driving but if you have the engine set at a certain rpm with the timing retarded and then advance the timing the rpms should increase without touching the gas. When I start my stem winders with the spark lever in full retard position and the throttle open a bit ...
by Russ T Fender
Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 1911 steering column
Replies: 13
Views: 772

Re: 1911 steering column

I was able to work in the gears with time saver on my '14 column. It was time consuming but I wound up with a nice tight, smooth running set of gears. It was well worth the effort.
by Russ T Fender
Thu Nov 14, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Question about new tool??
Replies: 31
Views: 1346

Re: Question about new tool??

I'll also take one.
by Russ T Fender
Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 1924 engine with no freeze plugs
Replies: 13
Views: 799

Re: 1924 engine with no freeze plugs

Could it be an earlier replacement block that was stamped with the number of the block it was replacing?
by Russ T Fender
Sat Nov 02, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: New York titles?
Replies: 5
Views: 350

Re: New York titles?

Titles started in 1972 for NY. Prior to that you transfer via the registration which has a provision for that on the back. If you get the registration filled out for the transfer and a bill of sale it should not be a problem. I have transferred cars from NY to Florida that way without a problem. Flo...
by Russ T Fender
Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Am I right to be upset? Children in old cars
Replies: 62
Views: 1972

Re: Am I right to be upset? Children in old cars

Scott I am confused. I read your link but the cops told me that the exemption for seat belts in cars built prior to 1968 does not apply to children. It is true that I don't need seat belts but according to the police I do have to have them if I want to take my grandkids in the car. I have been stopp...
by Russ T Fender
Thu Oct 31, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Am I right to be upset? Children in old cars
Replies: 62
Views: 1972

Re: Am I right to be upset? Children in old cars

Well I guess my grandkids won't be able to ride in my cars until they are 18. Hope I live long enough to see that day. Right now I would have to live to be 91 and that assumes I won't have more grandkids! There is a risk in everything we do and a reward associated with that risk! Depriving me and my...
by Russ T Fender
Thu Oct 31, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Am I right to be upset? Children in old cars
Replies: 62
Views: 1972

Re: Am I right to be upset? Children in old cars

I think Florida deleted the exemption for cars not originally equipped with seat belts, at least as it applies to children and the use of car seats. That is what a police officer told me when he pulled me over for having two of my grandkids in the back seat of my touring. He just gave me a warning b...
by Russ T Fender
Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: two man top
Replies: 3
Views: 205

Re: two man top

If the car you are looking to put a top on is the '21 roadster and you already have the body irons, sockets and bows all you need is the kit from Classtique and a little bit of patience. I did my '14 Runabout using their kit and it came out great. I had never done anything like that before but it is...
by Russ T Fender
Wed Oct 30, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Foundry run
Replies: 6
Views: 942

Re: Foundry run

Nice castings, who do you use? I have some things I need to get done and your castings look like they do a fantastic job!
by Russ T Fender
Sun Oct 06, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Head question for 1922 engine
Replies: 7
Views: 419

Re: Head question for 1922 engine

If you go for a low head you will need shorter head bolts too. In either case I would get new head bolts if the old ones show any signs of stretching.
by Russ T Fender
Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Dupont Acrylic Lacquer paint 99L
Replies: 3
Views: 359

Re: Dupont Acrylic Lacquer paint 99L

Hibernia Restoration in NJ has what you need. They were able to match the lacquer I painted my car with in 1970 perfectly. They say they can ship to all 50 States.
by Russ T Fender
Thu Oct 03, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Fuel level / Pressure effects on engine operation
Replies: 17
Views: 827

Re: Fuel level / Pressure effects on engine operation

Years ago I bought a T that had been sitting for years. I offered one price if I could hear it running and it sounded OK and a considerably lower price if it was not running. They agreed and spent 2 hours trying to get it to run before they finally agreed to accept the lower price. I loaded the car ...
by Russ T Fender
Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Cold weather storage tips please
Replies: 14
Views: 689

Re: Cold weather storage tips please

Moth balls used to be an effective rodent deterrent but no more. The environmental police must have mandated a change in their composition because I found them in a nest last year. Dryer sheets seem to work better but they leave the garage smelling like a French whore house!
by Russ T Fender
Sun Sep 29, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Cold weather storage tips please
Replies: 14
Views: 689

Re: Cold weather storage tips please

I have similar storage facilities (unheated with temperatures as low as minus 20). I also let 20 pounds of pressure out of the tires and keep them fully off the ground. I place dryer sheets around the interior and plug the tailpipe and carburetor openings to keep the critters out. I am not keen on c...
by Russ T Fender
Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: tire pressure
Replies: 11
Views: 1060

Re: tire pressure

The early treatises call for 20 pounds per inch of tire on clincher rims. That's 60 front and 70 rear.
by Russ T Fender
Wed Sep 25, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Will later rear axle innards fit into an early housing?
Replies: 5
Views: 457

Re: Will later rear axle innards fit into an early housing?

My '10 is a mid-March car. It did not have babbitt inner bearings but it did have straight, not tapered, axles. I just swapped axles using the gears off the old ones so the rest of the components were from the original 6 rivet rear.
by Russ T Fender
Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Will later rear axle innards fit into an early housing?
Replies: 5
Views: 457

Re: Will later rear axle innards fit into an early housing?

I replaced the straight axles in my 6 rivet rear without issue. Of course I had to change hubs as well. It was many years ago but, as I recall, I used the rest of the innards from the original axle and replaced the thrust washers with brass and steel. Set up was difficult but it all worked.
by Russ T Fender
Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Seat Belt Install
Replies: 22
Views: 899

Re: Seat Belt Install

I am a big advocate of seat belts and wear them religiously in my modern cars but after a lot of analysis I have concluded that seat belts in a Model T are not a good idea. You could span between the frame rails with angle iron to provide a location for anchoring seat belts but doing that has at lea...
by Russ T Fender
Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: New New York License Plates
Replies: 16
Views: 1014

Re: New New York License Plates

Steve, they don't know but that does not stop them from rejecting a mint plate as restored. Those morons at the NYDMV are often wrong but never in doubt! I had a mint 1913 Plate they rejected. I had a trashed plate they approved and then I had it restored. Bottom line, their stupidity cost me the $1...
by Russ T Fender
Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Failure
Replies: 18
Views: 1548

Re: Failure

A lot of the local shows support great causes but do not have very sophisticated category designations. At this show I was in the Ford category. There were 35 Fords, only one Model T and two from the 30's. I ask not to be judged as I would rather see trophies going to the newcomers. Hopefully it wil...
by Russ T Fender
Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Interesting Hub Cap Wrench
Replies: 16
Views: 1077

Re: Interesting Hub Cap Wrench

Oops! Allan, obviously, I can't count. Six, not eight sides on the plug
by Russ T Fender
Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Taking my 1911 Model T for a spin
Replies: 15
Views: 944

Re: Taking my 1911 Model T for a spin

I still can't figure out how you can tour as much as you do and still keep that '11 in immaculate condition!
by Russ T Fender
Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Interesting Hub Cap Wrench
Replies: 16
Views: 1077

Re: Interesting Hub Cap Wrench

I believe that smaller octagon is for the crankcase and differential plugs. The early plugs were slotted so the early wrench did not have it. After the change the later crankcase continued to use the octagonal plug but the later differentials used a plug with a recessed square. The later adjustable ...
by Russ T Fender
Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Kelsey loose lugs
Replies: 2
Views: 240

Re: Kelsey loose lugs

Thanks Allan. I have 12 matching lugs that are on the car but one rim is a Hayes with fixed lugs. The spare is a Kelsey rim and I want to start using it in place of the Hayes so I just need 4 more matching lugs. Hopefully the ones I have will match. If not there's always Hershey! My problem is that ...
by Russ T Fender
Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Kelsey loose lugs
Replies: 2
Views: 240

Kelsey loose lugs

I have some Kelsey loose lugs that are unmarked and some identical Stone lugs marked 44 C. I understand that the Stone lugs are aftermarket. Does anyone know if these are correct for the Kelsey clincher rims on my '22 Centerdoor. The car is in Florida and I am heading down there next month so I am n...
by Russ T Fender
Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: RATTLE DRIVING ME CRAZY
Replies: 8
Views: 514

Re: RATTLE DRIVING ME CRAZY

It took me years to locate an annoying rattle. Timer rod. At idle with spark moderately advance no noise. On the road with the spark advanced for normal driving rattle. I would have never found it if I had not removed the timer for cleaning.
by Russ T Fender
Sun Jul 28, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Who wants to play “Identify this sound” ?
Replies: 10
Views: 631

Re: Who wants to play “Identify this sound” ?

It can take a lot of work to get a car tour ready. You just have to run it and address issues as they come up. Eventually you will get it all sorted out and have a good, reliable, road worthy car you can drive and enjoy. Don't give up. For your current issue I would pull the rear with the radius rod...
by Russ T Fender
Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: "Pride Goeth" or "The 15 Mile Oil Change."
Replies: 22
Views: 1365

Re: "Pride Goeth" or "The 15 Mile Oil Change."

Since your post was in part intended as a learning experience for newbies I would add that with rags stuffed around the transmission you don't want anyone turning the crank. Many years ago while changing bands I was called in to lunch by my wife so I left the garage and went inside. A friend stopped...
by Russ T Fender
Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Presto-lite tank question
Replies: 11
Views: 723

Re: Presto-lite tank question

Chad that is a good question.That seems to vary. Where I am no one will fill a tank with a gauge. With the gauge removed and a plug in it's place they will take it for refill but only on exchange which doesn't work because you rarely find a tank where the valve is offset. Years ago there was a guy i...
by Russ T Fender
Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Could it be the Oil ?!
Replies: 26
Views: 1658

Re: Could it be the Oil ?!

I run straight 30wt oil in all my T's. One chatters, the others don't. They all have Kevlar bands. It might be that heavier oil helps but there has to be more to it than that!
by Russ T Fender
Fri Jun 28, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Stiff Speedometer head
Replies: 9
Views: 683

Re: Stiff Speedometer head

My approach is to send them to Russ Furstnow. I have been running speedometers serviced by Russ without issue for more years than I care to admit.
by Russ T Fender
Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 1926 Ford Model T Transmission Bands
Replies: 16
Views: 1455

Re: 1926 Ford Model T Transmission Bands

Is the cam for the low speed pedal worn? Was it ever replaced? If not, that's what it might be. If that is the problem you can compensate for the wear by placing washers behind the band ears. Not the best solution but it is a temporary fix until you can pull the hogs head and replace the cam.
by Russ T Fender
Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What a mess ... my garage with puddles of gas
Replies: 34
Views: 2449

Re: What a mess ... my garage with puddles of gas

While a shut off at the carburetor is a good idea and most convenient it is not ideal unless you also have a shut off that does not require the hood to be raised. If you have an engine fire, and that's most likely the place a fire will occur, you may not be able to get to the shut off. In addition, ...
by Russ T Fender
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Above axle wishbone
Replies: 23
Views: 1797

Re: Above axle wishbone

I guess I should have mentioned that I took a light radius cut on the nut when I used the later wishbones. I did not contour the nut to be flush with the concave contour of the wishbone however, just enough to seat it in the contour a bit. I have not had any movement on any of the ones that I did an...
by Russ T Fender
Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Above axle wishbone
Replies: 23
Views: 1797

Re: Above axle wishbone

I was able to add the lower wishbone to all my early cars using a '26/'27 wishbone and the thinner drive shaft pinion nut. No modification required other than removal of the wishbone ball.
by Russ T Fender
Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: So tell me why I should buy a model T?
Replies: 61
Views: 4031

Re: So tell me why I should buy a model T?

I got one to expand the tour groups I could drive with. It was the only pre 1915 car I could afford at the time and it made a great reliable vehicle for touring with the HCCA. It also made it possible to tour with the numerous Model T groups. But, be careful! I have one 2 cylinder car to tour with t...
by Russ T Fender
Sun Jun 02, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Newbie question: how to change a tire on the road?
Replies: 9
Views: 859

Re: Newbie question: how to change a tire on the road?

Don't know about anyone else but I have found that a patch kit is no longer worth carrying. For some reason these new tubes just won't hold a patch. I don't know if its the tube, the patch or the glue but I never had any problem patching a tube until recently and I am still running tubes with 3 or m...
by Russ T Fender
Sat Jun 01, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What did you do with your model T in June
Replies: 97
Views: 7092

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

Started my '14 after a nap since October and moved it into the summer shed. Two pulls with full choke, turned on the switch and got a free start! The road is still too muddy for a drive but I'm looking forward to it!
by Russ T Fender
Sat Jun 01, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Trick to getting the tube out of the tire?
Replies: 8
Views: 806

Re: Trick to getting the tube out of the tire?

Cuts in the stem almost always come from under inflation. I run both metal stems and rubber stems on my cars and have never had a problem with either style stem. I run 60 pounds in the front and 70 in the rear on my clinchers. I use flaps and have found that removing the tube is easier if you break ...
by Russ T Fender
Thu May 30, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Cork inserts in trans bands ?
Replies: 11
Views: 865

Re: Cork inserts in trans bands ?

Mark, I have 7 Model T's and all have Kevlar bands. One chatters at the end when braking but none of the others do that. I doubt it is the Kevlar lining causing the chatter but sure would like to know what is causing it.
by Russ T Fender
Thu May 23, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Suggestions On How To Get This Out, Please!
Replies: 5
Views: 916

Re: Suggestions On How To Get This Out, Please!

I removed the tank from my '10 Touring without lifting the body years ago. As I recall it seemed impossible but with enough jiggling there was just one spot where it could be done with a little brute force. Not so lucky with my Chalmers-Detroit. 07D587AC-360C-4171-8A7D-B9D73A0D92C4.jpeg 9619873C-DB5...
by Russ T Fender
Sun May 19, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Change of steering gears?
Replies: 15
Views: 1350

Re: Change of steering gears?

I made the change on my '14 speedster and love the results. I was able to work the gears into the '14 steering column using time saver and a lot of patience but the results were well worth the effort. I replaced the steering shaft as part of the process.
by Russ T Fender
Fri May 03, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Short drive in a 1909 touring on video
Replies: 6
Views: 983

Re: Short drive in a 1909 touring on video

Been there done that! I finally moved to Florida. First pull cold starts.
by Russ T Fender
Thu May 02, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Rims and Tires
Replies: 26
Views: 2051

Re: Rims and Tires

Nice Centerdoor! Looks like a '22 to me as it has the ratchet window risers and no visor. My unmolested '22 has Kelsey rims. Someone added side lamps at some point and an after market cowel vent as well. Lots of cars were modified like that. I like the look! 28640EDA-596A-445C-A2F8-19027525E91A.jpeg
by Russ T Fender
Thu May 02, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Short drive in a 1909 touring on video
Replies: 6
Views: 983

Re: Short drive in a 1909 touring on video

Great shots. Wish I had roads like that to run on. Cold starts are hard on the back but jacking up a rear wheel makes them a little easier.
by Russ T Fender
Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 6 volt verses mag
Replies: 6
Views: 824

Re: 6 volt verses mag

If you run 12 volts you will find the coils perform almost as well as they do on Mag. To some extent it is a matter of how the coils are adjusted. I ran one car for a year on 6 volts until I rebuilt the mag and adjusted the coils for maximum performance running it that way. Once the mag was redone I...
by Russ T Fender
Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: mag ignition
Replies: 16
Views: 1511

Re: mag ignition

For what it's worth I had a similar issue with my '14 and it turned out to be the switch. Even after cleaning the contacts and not seeing anything unusual the problem persisted. As a last resort I swapped it out for an old switch and the problem went away.
by Russ T Fender
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: WD40
Replies: 15
Views: 1681

Re: WD40

I rarely use WD 40 anymore in the shop but my wife uses it on stainless steel appliances and I now use it on the gas barbecue grill. Works great for that.
by Russ T Fender
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: WD40
Replies: 15
Views: 1681

Re: WD40

I rarely use WD 40 anymore in the shop but my wife uses it on stainless steel appliances and I now use it on the gas barbecue grill. Works great for that.
by Russ T Fender
Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Seat upholstery kit
Replies: 23
Views: 2018

Re: Seat upholstery kit

I used Clastique for my '14 runabout and was very satisfied.
by Russ T Fender
Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: engine knock
Replies: 4
Views: 527

Re: engine knock

Sounds like it might be a wrist pin. Does the knock get softer or go away when you retard the spark while the engine is still cold?
by Russ T Fender
Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Fiber Timing Gears
Replies: 11
Views: 1130

Re: Fiber Timing Gears

A little bit of noise is a small price to pay for reliability. I don't know about everone elses T's but mine make enough noise from other places to more than cover up any noise from the timing gear!
by Russ T Fender
Tue Apr 09, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Non-skids vs standard tread
Replies: 14
Views: 1352

Re: Non-skids vs standard tread

That is a good point you make about the non skid design. The high relief of the lettering puts less rubber on the road and probably causes accelerated wear as opposed to a full profile tread design but the new ones still wore very fast compared to the old ones. I attribute the difference to the mate...
by Russ T Fender
Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Non-skids vs standard tread
Replies: 14
Views: 1352

Re: Non-skids vs standard tread

I non skids on the front wheels of my car for almost 20 years before they wore out. I replaced them with the non skids available today and they didn't last a year! They might be good for a looker but they stink for a driver!
by Russ T Fender
Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Identifying correct coil box for early 1913
Replies: 28
Views: 2143

Re: Identifying correct coil box for early 1913

When I went from an original Heinze wood coil box to a repro box that uses the later coils it did not require any modifcation of the dash and In my opinion the difference in size is not noticeable unless the have the two side by side or take a measuring tape to it! Others may be more observant but m...
by Russ T Fender
Sat Apr 06, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Soldering chrome script
Replies: 14
Views: 1467

Re: Soldering chrome script

I wouldn't worry too much about using stainless wire despite what Bergs says. If you have a original style round tube radiator you can easily space the stainless wire so it is no where near a tube. I have Ford script mounted that way for more than 40 years on an original radiator without a problem. ...
by Russ T Fender
Sat Apr 06, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Wish Me Luck
Replies: 22
Views: 1840

Re: Wish Me Luck

Don't worry about it! If it can go a mile it can go 100 miles. On back roads I can lope along all day at 25 mph and the T happlily keeps right on going like the energizer bunny!
by Russ T Fender
Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Identifying correct coil box for early 1913
Replies: 28
Views: 2143

Re: Identifying correct coil box for early 1913

My late '12 originally had a Heinze box. Years ago and before they started reproducing the coils for it I replaced it with a metal box when the coils failed. Later, I replaced the metal box with a Heinze repro box dimensioned to take KW coils and the original is still sitting on the shelf with 4 bad...
by Russ T Fender
Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Lowering a touring top to get in a trailer
Replies: 8
Views: 996

Re: Lowering a touring top to get in a trailer

I have to drop the top to get my cars in the trailer but it is not much of a problem as I usually leave the top down anyway. The problem came when I bought my Centerdoor. Can't drop the top on that so it is relegated to local driving or I have to rent an open trailer to haul it. If I had it to do ov...
by Russ T Fender
Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Original Black T Paint - Shined Up
Replies: 14
Views: 1635

Re: Original Black T Paint - Shined Up

My Centerdoor has original paint and I foolishly rubbed it out to see how it would look. The paint on the vertical panels on the body, as opposed to the fenders, hood and cowel, almost looked like a repaint after I got done. Other than the places where the paint is missing and the small areas where ...
by Russ T Fender
Wed Mar 27, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 27 motor
Replies: 7
Views: 1152

Re: 27 motor

My '27 with matching engine and frame numbers is that way. I gave up on the vaporizer carburetor but did not want to punch out the membrane so I ran linkage over the top of the engine and now,run an NH. I have seen them both ways but assume that is because someone punched out the membrane to run the...
by Russ T Fender
Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Floating hub
Replies: 9
Views: 1202

Re: Floating hub

Would it be possible to turn down the heads on the bolts, including the perch bolt, to get the necessary clearance or would that weaken them too much. I am no metalurgist and assume that the bolts supplied with the new kits are somehow stronger to allow for the thinner head. I have turned down nuts ...
by Russ T Fender
Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Floating hub
Replies: 9
Views: 1202

Re: Floating hub

I will order the the bolts with the thinner heads and try it with the Ford service brake drum using a shim on each side. How does the bearing come out of the axle housing? Does it just pull out or is there more to it?
by Russ T Fender
Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Floating hub
Replies: 9
Views: 1202

Floating hub

I have had my '14 Touring for over 10 years and when I got it the previous owner told me that he had completely redone the rear axle so other than checking periodically for play I have not done anything to it. It has Rocky Mtn. brakes but the previous owner did not put the Ford service brake drums b...
by Russ T Fender
Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Hauling a Model T
Replies: 21
Views: 2147

Re: Hauling a Model T

I too am underpriviledged with only 4 points to secure my car with. In front I use a short strap on each side covered with a canvas protector that I put around the front axle just outside of the spring perch and run it to the floor tie down on the opposite side so the two front tie down straps criss...
by Russ T Fender
Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Start-up problems after lay-off.
Replies: 16
Views: 1681

Re: Start-up problems after lay-off.

After fighting poor starting and performance on my 1930 Plymouth I finally put a small 6 volt fuel pump in the vacuum tank. No one knows it is there unless they hear the click when I turn the key on. No more issues!
by Russ T Fender
Tue Mar 05, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Original Upholstery ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1204

Re: Original Upholstery ?

This is the original interior of my '22 Centerdoor. Don't know if it is the same for your coupe but it is clearly striped.
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by Russ T Fender
Sat Mar 02, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Low head questions
Replies: 6
Views: 881

Re: Low head questions

Russ that helps a lot. I didin't think anyone would make an after market low head that was otherwise identical to the Ford head but I didn't have any other explaination. Thanks.
by Russ T Fender
Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Low head questions
Replies: 6
Views: 881

Re: Low head questions

I have a low head with no markings on it at all. I have always wondered if it is a very early head or an after market item.
by Russ T Fender
Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Ford T town car & Landaulet
Replies: 3
Views: 622

Re: Ford T town car & Landaulet

I think the laudelet has a top that opens over the passengers as opposed to the town car that is closed over the passengers. The chauffeur or drivers compartment can be open or closed on either style.
by Russ T Fender
Sun Feb 24, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Battery relocation
Replies: 10
Views: 1248

Re: Battery relocation

One of my cars sits all winter in the garage of our summer house where the temperature inside has gotten as low as 15 below zero. I keep a "smart" battery maintainer on it all winter and have never had a problem. I just bought a new battery last year and the old one was 7 years old.
by Russ T Fender
Sun Feb 24, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Model T front fender brackets
Replies: 7
Views: 792

Re: Model T front fender brackets

They are forgings. They can easily be bent cold and often the ones you find have been bent over the years as a result of accidents and people sitting on the fender.
by Russ T Fender
Wed Feb 20, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: OT sorta, Ford watch fob
Replies: 0
Views: 344

OT sorta, Ford watch fob

I have a watch fob that was given out as an advertising promotion by Bob Blingler Ford Inc. Newport Pike, Marietta, Ohio. The fob pictures an early Ford touring car and the slogan "high priced quality in a low priced car". Does anyone have any information about this Ford dealer. I assume that the fo...
by Russ T Fender
Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Old Photo - T Military Photo
Replies: 3
Views: 741

Re: Old Photo - T Military Photo

Rear side curtains are on.
by Russ T Fender
Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Starting questions??
Replies: 7
Views: 775

Re: Starting questions??

Next time you try to start pull the choke out a bit, not all the way, and hold it there once the car starts and see if the car keeps running. If it does you know you are too lean. My '27 did that. Float level was too low. I eventually switched to an NH as I like to hand crank and the vaporizer was h...
by Russ T Fender
Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Glass Thickness
Replies: 14
Views: 1323

Re: Glass Thickness

If it was done in the 90's it should be safety glass. If you look at the edge of the glass it should have a very thin line down the middle. It is sometimes hard to see especially if the edge has been rounded.
by Russ T Fender
Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Glass Thickness
Replies: 14
Views: 1323

Re: Glass Thickness

It is illegal to use tempered glass in a windshield where I live
by Russ T Fender
Mon Feb 18, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 1910 T owners, I need your help!
Replies: 10
Views: 1314

Re: 1910 T owners, I need your help!

Bill, I finally got over to my storage space today and the body number on the front seat cross member of my car is B6974 and it was fitted to the chassis on March 24, 1910. Hope that helps some.
by Russ T Fender
Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 1927 Ford Pickup Truck
Replies: 3
Views: 651

Re: 1927 Ford Pickup Truck

Is it a vaporizer carburetor? Try a 1/2 to 3/4 turn of the mixture adjustment to richen it. Turn it back after it starts. Crank it with the switch off and full choke a few revolutions then let the choke off and turn the switch on. That worked for me but eventually I switched to an NH carburetor for ...
by Russ T Fender
Sun Feb 17, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: free starts
Replies: 20
Views: 1653

Re: free starts

In my experience a well tuned and well worn engine gives the most free starts. After a rebuild with higher compression free starts are a rarety at best.
by Russ T Fender
Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 1910 T owners, I need your help!
Replies: 10
Views: 1314

Re: 1910 T owners, I need your help!

It is the number on the body plate. I will look for the stamped number today when I get over to my storage space.
by Russ T Fender
Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 1910 T owners, I need your help!
Replies: 10
Views: 1314

Re: 1910 T owners, I need your help!

Bill, for what it's worth, my '10 Touring has matching body and engine numbers and the build sheet says the body was supplied by Pontiac, aka Beaudette. The body/engine number is 18861 and the car was shipped 3/25/1910 to the New York City Ford agency. The car was assembled over 2 days prior to ship...
by Russ T Fender
Sat Feb 09, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: O.T. how did you get your sweetie to support your T addiction?
Replies: 51
Views: 3110

Re: O.T. how did you get your sweetie to support your T addiction?

My wife is always saying she wants another T but we just don't have any more room. I suspect that is why she says it! That and the fact that it gives her an excuse to buy more dolls!
by Russ T Fender
Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: O.T. how did you get your sweetie to support your T addiction?
Replies: 51
Views: 3110

Re: O.T. how did you get your sweetie to support your T addiction?

I got my wife into collecting dolls. She collects them and I collect cars. What I didn't realize was that I was creating a monster. If you think Model T's multiply you should see what dolls can do! I may have 10 Model T's but she must have at least 200+ dolls. They're everywhere except the garage!
by Russ T Fender
Mon Feb 04, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: OT Fastenal shipping
Replies: 7
Views: 902

Re: OT Fastenal shipping

I shipped 6 wire wheels strapped to a pallet from Washington State to Florida for under $200 with Fastenal. No issues. I'd check with them again, something does not sound right.
by Russ T Fender
Fri Feb 01, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What have you done on/with/to your T in febuary?
Replies: 73
Views: 6949

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

Tom, looking good! We had a club member on Long Island (now deceased) who had a T a lot like yours. We christened it the "desk mobile". He drove it everywhere and it always attracted a crowd!
by Russ T Fender
Fri Jan 25, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: It's time to STOP RESTORING, and START PRESERVING the remaining good original cars that are left...
Replies: 61
Views: 4655

Re: It's time to STOP RESTORING, and START PRESERVING the remaining good original cars that are left...

It's not a Ford but it is completely original and has served as the guide for restoration of other cars. There are details that just cannot be picked up from a picture. I have had restorers camp out in my garage for days while they documented every nut and bolt and diagramed the striping and other f...
by Russ T Fender
Thu Jan 24, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: It's time to STOP RESTORING, and START PRESERVING the remaining good original cars that are left...
Replies: 61
Views: 4655

Re: It's time to STOP RESTORING, and START PRESERVING the remaining good original cars that are left...

While I prefer open cars, I bought my Centerdoor to save it from a restoration or worse. My wife hates it and wants me to restore it or sell it as she likes shiney restored cars. That ain't gonna happen! The only problem with the car is that I don't feel comfortable using it daily because of the exp...
by Russ T Fender
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Loose spoke problem
Replies: 25
Views: 2409

Re: Loose spoke problem

I noticed from your profile that you have a '15. If it has wood felloe wheels forget what I said about the spoke shims. If it is loose at the felloe you need to rewood.
by Russ T Fender
Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Loose spoke problem
Replies: 25
Views: 2409

Re: Loose spoke problem

I used spoke shims to tighten the spokes on my speedster. They worked great. I had some NOS shims but you can make them from washers if needed.