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by J1MGOLDEN
Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Polarity of battery
Replies: 10
Views: 527

Re: Polarity of battery

Henry Ford (actually Edsel was in charge by then) switched the Model A to a Positive + Ground and the polarity remained that way for quite a few years.

No one has ever found or published a reason for the change.
by J1MGOLDEN
Sat Aug 01, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Happy Birthday, Henry
Replies: 6
Views: 359

Re: Happy Birthday, Henry

In another story and word found on the Internet: Who invented the first Automotive Assembly Line? "Automotive pioneer Ransom Eli Olds deserves credit for patenting the first assembly line process , and for starting the automotive industry in the Detroit area. Henry Ford is usually given credit for i...
by J1MGOLDEN
Sat Aug 01, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: VW 231 178 009 Industrial Distributor Source
Replies: 2
Views: 249

VW 231 178 009 Industrial Distributor Source

Does anyone know of a good source for a replacement VW 231 178 009 Industrial Distributor?

Are the Made in China look-alikes just as good?

The whole Model T kit appears easier to find and buy.

The bushing used to be available, but I lost the part number for that item.
by J1MGOLDEN
Wed Jul 29, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: OT but can apply to Model T - turn signal wiring mystery
Replies: 20
Views: 1348

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

When I was stationed in New Zealand in the late 1950 era, I was surprised at all the items they rebuilt, when they were just thrown away in the USA. One item was that little flasher can, that normally only needed the points polished. The can was crimped around the base and that metal was straightene...
by J1MGOLDEN
Wed Jul 29, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: OT but can apply to Model T - turn signal wiring mystery
Replies: 20
Views: 1348

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

Those lights stay on until the current heats a strip of metal in that little can. The metal is two different types fused together, so it bends when heated, due to a different coefficient of expansion for the two metal types. The switch points go through that strip, so when it gets hot and bends, the...
by J1MGOLDEN
Sun Jul 26, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Evans Coolant
Replies: 26
Views: 1344

Re: Evans Coolant

The actual engine temperature is a better gauge than the boiling point of Evans, which is about 40 degrees F above water.
by J1MGOLDEN
Sun Jul 26, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Buckeye Auto Electric Alternator
Replies: 13
Views: 852

Re: Buckeye Auto Electric Alternator

Ask for Generator Joe at Buckeye Electric.

He knows all the answers.
by J1MGOLDEN
Fri Jul 24, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice
Replies: 122
Views: 2483

Re: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice

One question I have never found an answer to in my 40 years of recent Model T ownership is, "why did Henry Ford change from a Negative Model T Ground to an Positive Model A Ground?"

Then too, what difference does it or could it possibly make?
by J1MGOLDEN
Wed Jul 22, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Evans Coolant
Replies: 26
Views: 1344

Re: Evans Coolant

Has anyone done any research on how many horsepower is taken from the engine to run the water pump?
by J1MGOLDEN
Sun Jul 12, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: OT but can apply to Model T - turn signal wiring mystery
Replies: 20
Views: 1348

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

That flasher works by current heating a metal strip that flips open to interrupt the current and turn the lights off momentarily. A 4 way flasher needing extra current would probably work normally. They make an electronic 12 volt flasher that will et you add extra lights, like towing a trailer will ...
by J1MGOLDEN
Fri Jul 10, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model A motor into a T?
Replies: 21
Views: 1704

Re: Model A motor into a T?

Replace the frame too.
by J1MGOLDEN
Fri Jul 10, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vinegar radiator flush question
Replies: 26
Views: 1754

Re: Vinegar radiator flush question

Dishwasher soap makes no bubbles.

I have always wanted to try that in the radiator with plain water for cleaning.
by J1MGOLDEN
Thu Jul 09, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Kevlar band lining sets
Replies: 28
Views: 2027

Re: Kevlar band lining sets

The simple part is the temperature of a cotton band will cause a burned up band and relieve the pressure on the drum at a much lower temperature than Kevlar. It is kind of rocket science as Kevlar was used as the exhaust part of the rocket, because it did not burn up and survived much higher tempera...
by J1MGOLDEN
Thu Jul 09, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Wanted TruCut Utility Press
Replies: 1
Views: 383

Re: Wanted TruCut Utility Press

That would be for Model MP1
by J1MGOLDEN
Thu Jul 09, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Wanted TruCut Utility Press
Replies: 1
Views: 383

Wanted TruCut Utility Press

Wanted TruCut Utility Press Parts or Parts List.

Jim Golden, Bowie, Maryand
by J1MGOLDEN
Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T engine Marine Conversion
Replies: 26
Views: 1674

Re: Model T engine Marine Conversion

That company was in my hometown, Clayton, New York.

It went out with the depression!

I have more information and photos about the company.

The boat museum there has two or three different make Model T engines in boats.
by J1MGOLDEN
Mon Jun 22, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Oil weight
Replies: 18
Views: 996

Re: Oil weight

When you get that all figured out, the can markings, grading and contents are soon all going to change again.

I read someplace that the early engine oil was not much thicker than kerosene or automatic transmission fluid.

That would not work well today, as any drip is frowned on!
by J1MGOLDEN
Mon Jun 22, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Another mag problem
Replies: 22
Views: 900

Re: Another mag problem

I just repaired a 1924 with the same or very similar symptoms.

They were most notable at higher speeds with either the Bat or Mag selected.

The fix was a new timer with a smoother cover and a stronger roller spring.
by J1MGOLDEN
Sun Jun 21, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Anybody know what this is?
Replies: 10
Views: 949

Re: Anybody know what this is?

Dan, I made a key for a switch that looked like yours that was correct for a totally restored (about a 1935 Chris Craft) wood boat for a guy in Texas. I never saw the boat, but the key was smaller than the Model T keys and other wise the same. A few early cars also had a larger key and a similar Mod...
by J1MGOLDEN
Mon Jun 15, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A Weird Ammeter Problem
Replies: 0
Views: 186

A Weird Ammeter Problem

Yesterday, I helped a guy rewire his 1924 T Pickup that had a wiring fire and ammeter melt down. Naturally I suspected the usual problem and found another ammeter for him, not an easy task now days. He had the small upgrade and I found an original. I had previously tested the ammeter by running 6 vo...
by J1MGOLDEN
Mon Jun 15, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Scandinavia band linings
Replies: 5
Views: 620

Re: Scandinavia band linings

When I bought my T, in 1980, it came with a new box of those Scandinavia band lining that were closer to a yellow color. They were purchased about 1960, according to the previous owner. I installed them, and was ready for a tour, around 1990. I was stopping about every 10 miles to adjust low again a...
by J1MGOLDEN
Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Wanted To Buy
Replies: 4
Views: 629

Re: Wanted To Buy

That is not a Model T Part.
by J1MGOLDEN
Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Source of 100 PSI Compression Gauge
Replies: 4
Views: 446

Re: Source of 100 PSI Compression Gauge

In the old days, firemen were taught the center third of those gauges was the most accurate area to set and run the water pumps.

The 100 psi max gauge puts most Model T stock engines right in the center area.
by J1MGOLDEN
Wed Jun 10, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Wanted To Buy
Replies: 4
Views: 629

Wanted To Buy

Wanted To By - A Model T Generator Pole Screw Removing Tool.

Jim Golden, Bowie, MD
by J1MGOLDEN
Sat Jun 06, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Zajicek HC Head
Replies: 19
Views: 1236

Re: Zajicek HC Head

There used to be another aluminum High Compression Head available, made by Ralph G. Reeder, in Dickinson, Texas. I have always wondered if he was friends with Ralph Zajicek or if they worked together to design those heads. It had Ford years cast in it, on the driver's side in back and I have one in ...
by J1MGOLDEN
Sat Jun 06, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The Kingston L4 Cork Purpose
Replies: 4
Views: 346

The Kingston L4 Cork Purpose

Would someone please explain the purpose of that Kingston L4 small cork above the flapper valve?

What is the purpose of the Flapper Valve?

Would there be any noticeable effect if that cork was missing and the flapper valve was there in good condition??
by J1MGOLDEN
Mon Jun 01, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Fried Ammeter
Replies: 14
Views: 1030

Re: Fried Ammeter

I have that Yellow Fuse Holder (that I got from John) in the proper place and that has not been any problem at all! I also had that Electronic Cutout that I got from John, but it went bad and they are very hard to get now. They are not too hard to convert to a just plain diode. That is still working...
by J1MGOLDEN
Sun May 31, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: When Were Lock Washers Introduced to Model Ts ?
Replies: 11
Views: 1121

Re: When Were Lock Washers Introduced to Model Ts ?

Some of the blocks that I have disassembled have a groove cut for the smaller or thinner lock washers and also cotter pins.

I have only found those thinner lock washers on house and garage electrical fittings in fuse boxes.
by J1MGOLDEN
Sun May 31, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 28-9 wire wheels hub cap question
Replies: 11
Views: 581

Re: 28-9 wire wheels hub cap question

Then you have to measure the hub hole where you are trying to install the hubcap. The 1926/1927 rims have a hubcap with FORD Made IN USA on it. The 1928 rims are identical, except the 1928 rim has a 3/8th inch larger hole with a hubcap that only has FORD on it. The 1928 tabs all have to be bent slig...
by J1MGOLDEN
Sat May 30, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Fried Ammeter
Replies: 14
Views: 1030

Re: Fried Ammeter

The only problem with the fuse plan is that if your engine is running on Magneto and the fuse blows for some other reason, the engine will continue to run and the generator will consume all the current generated and burn itself out.
by J1MGOLDEN
Fri May 29, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Fried Ammeter
Replies: 14
Views: 1030

Re: Fried Ammeter

The common scenario is that the cardboard ammeter terminal insulators shrink and allow the terminal to drop down, short to the case and draw maximum current from the battery and generator, which usually starts a fire and destroys the generator.
by J1MGOLDEN
Tue May 26, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Early hubcap wrench
Replies: 15
Views: 1214

Re: Early hubcap wrench

I have one of those wrenches and have been wondering what it was supposed to be used to fix, etc.

I hope someone finds the real answer.
by J1MGOLDEN
Wed May 20, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 26-27 transmission top plate bolts..
Replies: 6
Views: 508

Re: 26-27 transmission top plate bolts..

Ford jumped the gun with that 1926 engine and started installing the new engine in all vehicles about July 1, 1925, making the official 1926 start date August 1, 1925. I recently opened up a July 20, 1925 original engine and found all the 1926 changes had been made, including those screw head bolts ...
by J1MGOLDEN
Sun May 17, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 15 millionth radiator question.
Replies: 19
Views: 1245

Re: 15 millionth radiator question.

There is a note in one of the publications about Henry Ford having two radiator types available for the Model Ts. One was for cold countries that needed les cooling. The Flat tube and Round tube radiators made today are supposed to be exact copies, but one kind has 4 rows and the other type has 5 ro...
by J1MGOLDEN
Fri May 15, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rebuilt generator
Replies: 11
Views: 897

Re: Rebuilt generator

Buckeye will sell you the parts and let you do it yourself, if you know what you are doing.
by J1MGOLDEN
Wed May 13, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB T Generator Field Coils Go-No Go Gauge Tool
Replies: 4
Views: 432

WTB T Generator Field Coils Go-No Go Gauge Tool

Wanted to buy a Model T Generator Field Coils No-Go Gauge.

These are very helpful in getting a perfect alignment of the pole pieces.

Jim Golden, Bowie, Maryland
by J1MGOLDEN
Wed May 13, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Wanted
Replies: 0
Views: 327

Wanted

T generator field coil Go-No Go gauge.
Jim Golden, Bowie, MD
by J1MGOLDEN
Mon May 11, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Mike Copperthite would like this!
Replies: 1
Views: 453

Re: Mike Copperthite would like this!

Mike is in our Model T club.

He said he thinks he has that photo.
by J1MGOLDEN
Sun May 03, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: My radiator shell does not fit my new radiator. ??
Replies: 33
Views: 1524

Re: My radiator shell does not fit my new radiator. ??

The distance from the tank front to the fill neck is 1/2 inch on a new Brassworks radiator that I have not installed yet and is 1/4 inch on the radiator that had been installed for about 40 years. The original one fit and worked OK. I have no idea which is correct, perhaps 3/8 inch would be the best...
by J1MGOLDEN
Fri May 01, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Internet Archive. vintage catalogs
Replies: 4
Views: 630

Re: Internet Archive. vintage catalogs

Does anyone have a catalog of Smith Form-a-Truck parts?
by J1MGOLDEN
Thu Apr 30, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Flywheel
Replies: 3
Views: 531

Re: Flywheel

When I used to sell more parts, I weighed about every part to provide shipping costs, by weight. 52 is right on for the flywheel weight. Some Transmission Parts Weights Weight Part Description (Pounds) 91.0 Complete 1915 Flywheel and Transmission Assembly 92.0 Complete 1925 Flywheel and Transmission...
by J1MGOLDEN
Thu Apr 23, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: N.Z. Model T
Replies: 7
Views: 884

Re: N.Z. Model T

When I was stationed in Christchurch, NZ in 1957 -1959, there was one like that early one or a brass radiator type anyway that was still being used as a daily driver.

The owner didn't use it very often and either loaned or rented it to one of my Navy friends.
by J1MGOLDEN
Tue Apr 21, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: FS SWITCH PLATE AND AMMETER PARTS
Replies: 2
Views: 534

Re: FS SWITCH PLATE AND AMMETER PARTS

Galen, I need one or two of those ammeters.

Make me an offer, if you don't need them all.
by J1MGOLDEN
Fri Apr 17, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Wanted 13/32 X 16 TPI TAP
Replies: 2
Views: 380

Wanted 13/32 X 16 TPI TAP

WANTED - Just 1 13/32 X 16 TPI Tap!

Willing to take 2 though.

Jim Golden, Bowie, Maryland
by J1MGOLDEN
Sun Apr 12, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Wanted 1919 to 1925 Ammeter
Replies: 0
Views: 238

Wanted 1919 to 1925 Ammeter

Wanted original ammeter or new Fun Projects ammeter, if you happen to have an extra one.

Jim Golden, Bowie, Maryland
by J1MGOLDEN
Wed Apr 08, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Will not stay ruunning
Replies: 8
Views: 724

Re: Will not stay ruunning

Turn on your head lights.

If they are only on while you are pushing the starter button, move the small wire to the other starter switch terminal.
by J1MGOLDEN
Fri Apr 03, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Magnet leveling
Replies: 17
Views: 1492

Re: Magnet leveling

I went through that problem a few years ago. I measured the height of all the new spools and thought I could just assemble the magnets, as they were all the same. That did not work so goo! The magnets were a complete original set with all the same markings and were randomly .018 difference in thickn...
by J1MGOLDEN
Sun Mar 29, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1926 Wire Wheel Hubcap Size
Replies: 6
Views: 593

Re: 1926 Wire Wheel Hubcap Size

Well, now I know the answer to my question. The early Model A hubcap will fit a late 1927 wire wheel, but it doesn't want to very bad. I had to bend each tab in just a little and then smack it with a big rubber hammer to put it in place. All the tabs do not need to be bent over to hold the hubcap on...
by J1MGOLDEN
Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1926 Wire Wheel Hubcap Size
Replies: 6
Views: 593

Re: 1926 Wire Wheel Hubcap Size

What I appear to have is a Model T rim with the right hole pattern and drum size that has a larger hole to use the early Model A hubcap.
by J1MGOLDEN
Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1926 Wire Wheel Hubcap Size
Replies: 6
Views: 593

1926 Wire Wheel Hubcap Size

Has anyone noticed that the 1926 - 1927 Wire Wheels have two different size hubcaps?

I started to put one on today and it just about fell through the hole.

The diameter size difference appears to be about 1/4 inch.
by J1MGOLDEN
Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Why the blue/green lens in early taillights?
Replies: 11
Views: 1118

Re: Why the blue/green lens in early taillights?

I was recently told that the original Ohio Law requiring a vehicle to have a light that came on when braking specified that light should have a green lens. I have not seen that in print. When I was real young, my dad wired his cowl lights to be always on at night along with the head lights. He was a...
by J1MGOLDEN
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wasted Spark
Replies: 2
Views: 435

Re: Wasted Spark

One Ford booklet, that came with the HCCT, claims the T coil will put out up to 10,000 volts. Most coils I have tested may struggle to get 2,500 Volts. Divide that voltage between two .025 spark plug gaps and you will get no spark. I have been told by a resident EE engineer that theoretically a spar...
by J1MGOLDEN
Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: odd coil
Replies: 10
Views: 1108

Re: odd coil

You cannot compare ECCT and HCCT reading and expect them to be the same.

That is like comparing apples and oranges, as they work totally different.
by J1MGOLDEN
Fri Mar 13, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Engine Rebuild Cost Estimate
Replies: 28
Views: 3555

Re: Engine Rebuild Cost Estimate

My last engine block rebuild cost about $3,000. The machinist told me that on an average only one in 4 blocks are crack free and worth rebuilding. The earlier blocks are more likely to have the most cracks. The main problem is that the cracks do not show up until the block is bare and completely cle...
by J1MGOLDEN
Fri Mar 13, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: headlights with additional bulb question
Replies: 10
Views: 1085

Re: headlights with additional bulb question

Some Model As had that small bulb for a parking light.

The reflectors may be Model A reflectors.

I have never measured the model A lights to see if they are the same size.
by J1MGOLDEN
Thu Mar 05, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: MTFCA Announces Publication of New Book: "HCCT Handbook" by Bob Cascisa and Ron Patterson
Replies: 22
Views: 2449

Re: MTFCA Announces Publication of New Book: "HCCT Handbook" by Bob Cascisa and Ron Patterson

I now know the answer to my question on whether anyone has received their HCCT Book Copy.

My copy came today!

It has excellent and sharp color photos and lots of them!

A very good book to have and buy!
by J1MGOLDEN
Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Wanted: 18-Z-245-B HCCT Spark Ring
Replies: 11
Views: 1205

Re: Wanted: 18-Z-245-B HCCT Spark Ring

The spark ring 3 posts above is what came with my Service Station HCCT.

It is heavier and has wider and deeper V shaped notches.

It is also more difficult to keep the sparks from hopping to the HCCT frame near the coil box.
by J1MGOLDEN
Fri Feb 07, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Plastic vs. Wood Coils
Replies: 24
Views: 2307

Re: Plastic vs. Wood Coils

Gene, those E-timers need 4 good coils to operate.

All they do is act as a switch to turn on the coil.

That part is precision, but that is where the great production ends.
by J1MGOLDEN
Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved cars, actual first date of production?
Replies: 17
Views: 1756

Re: Improved cars, actual first date of production?

I have a 20 July 1925 engine and transmission with the ears and bolts.

It also had the coil box on the engine.
by J1MGOLDEN
Sun Jan 26, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T Electrical Dilemma/Request for Information
Replies: 23
Views: 1742

Re: Model T Electrical Dilemma/Request for Information

The Mag only powers the coil box, so that would not be a problem for a T engine with a generator.

An early T engine that taps some of the mag voltage to charge a small battery could or might mess up LED lights.
by J1MGOLDEN
Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Looking for Ford HCCT Serial Numbers
Replies: 44
Views: 2945

Re: Looking for Ford HCCT Serial Numbers

My HCCT has the pulley, like Les has shown in his photos, and all the numbers cast in the frame, pulley, and spark ring, but no serial number on the side. The heavier spark ring on Bill's unit is a giveaway that it is a Service Station Equipment Company HCCT. My SSE spark ring was brass with 16 deep...
by J1MGOLDEN
Sat Jan 25, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T Electrical Dilemma/Request for Information
Replies: 23
Views: 1742

Re: Model T Electrical Dilemma/Request for Information

Henry, you might be closest to the real problem with your poor ground theory. I kind of specialize in electrical problems, so I helped one club member that had no light at all, front or back. The first step was to turn on the lights and measure the voltage on the wires getting to the lights. There w...
by J1MGOLDEN
Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Wanted: A TrueFire Timer Module and Rotor
Replies: 2
Views: 369

Wanted: A TrueFire Timer Module and Rotor

Would anyone have an extra TrueFire Timer and Rotor they don't need?

I could use a spare.

Jim Golden
by J1MGOLDEN
Tue Jan 14, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Why won't my 1915 engine start unless I tow (bump-start) the car.
Replies: 31
Views: 2684

Re: Why won't my 1915 engine start unless I tow (bump-start) the car.

The most common cause for me has been the low compression made worse by letting all the oil drain off the cylinder walls between use. The next problem is an accurate measurement of the compression has to be done by a screw in gauge to capture all the pressure for an accurate reading. That is easily ...
by J1MGOLDEN
Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T coil tester advice: HCCT, Strobo-Spark, ECCT
Replies: 103
Views: 13393

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

Scott, you have some good points! I have also noticed with the HCCT that has a voltmeter that when I start cranking and slowly increase the cranking speed there are no immediate sparks and watching the voltmeter will show the sparks start at a different voltage level for each coil tested. This situa...
by J1MGOLDEN
Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 26/27 Transmission Clutch/Brake Drum to Early Transmission
Replies: 2
Views: 456

Re: 26/27 Transmission Clutch/Brake Drum to Early Transmission

I have an original July 1925 engine that has the transmission cover ears and the wide brake drum. I was surprised to notice the bolts that hold the back plate to the drum assembly had just large round flat screw heads. A little later in 1926, the bolts were elongated, as the hex head could not turn ...
by J1MGOLDEN
Sat Dec 28, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T coil tester advice: HCCT, Strobo-Spark, ECCT
Replies: 103
Views: 13393

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

Scott, the StroboSpark allows the coil to be tested at 3 different voltage levels, LOW, MED, and High. I measured each AC voltage with a coil buzzing for a load. That was several years ago and it was about 2.8 for LOW, 3.6 for MED, and 4.4 for HIGH. The voltage might vary some if you tested and aver...
by J1MGOLDEN
Sat Dec 28, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T coil tester advice: HCCT, Strobo-Spark, ECCT
Replies: 103
Views: 13393

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

Has anyone tried to buy a StroboSpark lately? A friend that wanted one a month or so ago could never find one. I have 3 HCCTs, 2 restored originals and a modern repro, a StroboSpark, an ECCT, and some Buzz Boxes. The StroboSpark and the ECCT both will tell you the capacitor is bad, which it always i...
by J1MGOLDEN
Wed Dec 25, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1912-1913 Heinze coils and box repairs
Replies: 17
Views: 1613

Re: 1912-1913 Heinze coils and box repairs

Is the glue on those early coil boxes water soluble?

I have always wondered how you get 4 sets of dove-tails apart without destroying them.
by J1MGOLDEN
Sat Dec 14, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this a "dummy" flywheel ring gear for a non-starter car?
Replies: 40
Views: 3262

Re: Is this a "dummy" flywheel ring gear for a non-starter car?

I bought an early Hand Crank Coil Tester with a flywheel like that on it. I suspected the teeth were removed in a large lathe to keep them from catching on a workers clothes. Someplace I read that all flywheels produced after 1919 had the ring gear with the starter gear ring attached, just in case t...
by J1MGOLDEN
Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 5008CST Coil Point Adjusting Tool
Replies: 4
Views: 854

5008CST Coil Point Adjusting Tool

Does anyone know of a source for these 5008CST Coil Point Adjusting Tools that are shown in Langs catalog?
by J1MGOLDEN
Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: "T" will not continue to run.
Replies: 15
Views: 1738

Re: "T" will not continue to run.

The problem is likely one of two possible situation: 1. The engine is getting no fuel. The hot air pipe is not connected to the carb input and the venturi effect is icing up the carb and shutting off the fuel'. This can happen in less than 10 minutes on a cold wet day. 2. The engine is getting too m...
by J1MGOLDEN
Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Buying a Model T
Replies: 13
Views: 1740

Re: Buying a Model T

A title is worth $500 to a $1,000 in Maryland by itself, but then it is worthless alone, as most states are clamping down and inspecting the vehicle to verify the title now. They are also doing it to verify you are not trying to register a Model T with a big V-8 engine and the number is not on a lar...
by J1MGOLDEN
Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: magnet clamp plates
Replies: 5
Views: 632

Re: magnet clamp plates

The most important measurement is the spacing between those magnet pole pieces and the pickup coil pole pieces. If the spacing is close to .040 you will only have about 8 volts out of the Magneto. .025 to .030 is ideal or fine, if the engine has new main bearings. That is all I had on the first engi...
by J1MGOLDEN
Fri Nov 01, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Need confirmation of problem
Replies: 40
Views: 3881

Re: Need confirmation of problem

I recently purchased a complete 1925 engine that had been in storage for about 40 years. The valve cover was in place and tight, but the inside area was filled in the front area by a mouse nest and the whole center area was filled with a bee's nest. There was a very large mouse nest in the front par...
by J1MGOLDEN
Fri Oct 25, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Don't get me started/starter woes
Replies: 4
Views: 703

Re: Don't get me started/starter woes

The earlier new manufactured Bendix assemblies had a slight problem with the grooves not being cut quite deep enough all the way to the end. That caused the gear to slam back hard enough to lock, so it would jam and each new Bendix was good for one start, until removed and freed up again. An easy fi...
by J1MGOLDEN
Wed Oct 23, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: TrueFire Timer Rotor Part Source
Replies: 9
Views: 1116

Re: TrueFire Timer Rotor Part Source

The most difficult part is finding those magnets.

They are and remain very strong.
by J1MGOLDEN
Tue Oct 22, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: FS, DC coil tester
Replies: 8
Views: 1422

Re: FS, DC coil tester

A friend had one just like it for sale at Hershey for the same price. Either you bought it or it was either a kit or an early cottage manufacture product. That device will tell if a coil is bad, when you get no sparks at all. It will not tell you the capacitor is bad and it is always no good! It wil...
by J1MGOLDEN
Tue Oct 22, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: TrueFire Timer Rotor Part Source
Replies: 9
Views: 1116

Re: TrueFire Timer Rotor Part Source

Yes, that plastic piece with the magnets is required.

The magnets hold their strength forever!

The magnets shift to make things worse.

The plastic does a melt down.
by J1MGOLDEN
Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: TrueFire Timer Rotor Part Source
Replies: 9
Views: 1116

TrueFire Timer Rotor Part Source

I have been helping friends with Model T electrical problems for about 40 years now. I have helped a dozen or so with TrueFire ignition problems and most were simple to understand and repair. Two of my friends have had the Timer Rotor do a melt down, due to the engine overheating, in this hotter tha...
by J1MGOLDEN
Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: True Fire Box or Timer Module
Replies: 1
Views: 399

True Fire Box or Timer Module

Wanted To Buy True Fire Box or Timer Module. Jim Golden, Bowie, Maryland
by J1MGOLDEN
Mon Sep 02, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hand cranking, left versus right hand
Replies: 25
Views: 2722

Re: Hand cranking, left versus right hand

Actually, I always thought that the engine was designed that way because most people are right handed and cranking early engines often resulted in a broken arm or wrist, so it was easier to get along without your left hand broken.
by J1MGOLDEN
Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What Puller Do I Need?
Replies: 21
Views: 1972

Re: What Puller Do I Need?

Bill, that original Ford puller has a 5-Z-1172 number on it, but it is hard to see.
by J1MGOLDEN
Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What Puller Do I Need?
Replies: 21
Views: 1972

Re: What Puller Do I Need?

Dan, I stopped by Harbor Freight today and bought one of those pullers. The Part Number is 63684 and it cost $14.95 today without any coupons. The opening is listed as 1 5/16 and needs to be 1 3/4 inch for the rear hub. By careful calculations, and cutting both sides, I have exactly 1 3/4 inch now. ...
by J1MGOLDEN
Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: remove rear brake drum
Replies: 11
Views: 1556

Re: remove rear brake drum

If The truck can still be driven, the poor boy or old farmer solution was to loosen the axle nut about three turns, replace the cotter pin (so it can not vibrate off all the way) and drive the truck over a bumpy road or driveway kind of fast. A short trip will usually loosen the drum.
by J1MGOLDEN
Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Headlight Bulbs Failing
Replies: 10
Views: 1211

Re: Headlight Bulbs Failing

I had that problem with a loose wire from the ammeter to the battery. When the current generated by the ammeter has no path to the battery and does have a path to the lights, the voltage can go up to 36 Volts and the head lights and dash light, along with the tail light go out like the old camera fl...
by J1MGOLDEN
Thu Jul 25, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New Brassworks Radiator
Replies: 33
Views: 4427

Re: New Brassworks Radiator

What most people don't notice is that water inlet on the brass radiator top is 3/8th inch off center and sometimes the vertical piece is bent the wrong way at the bottom and that places the water inlet 3/4th inch off center in the opposite direction.
by J1MGOLDEN
Mon Jul 22, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Starting crank arm question
Replies: 7
Views: 1073

Re: Starting crank arm question

The above message was just a rest, but I over did it.

Nice to see this 2019 Forum actually working again!
by J1MGOLDEN
Mon Jul 22, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Starting crank arm question
Replies: 7
Views: 1073

Re: Starting crank arm question

I had difficulty with adding the new spring and realized the end that is bent over is longer than required.

Grinding off half the length made it much easier to replace.
by J1MGOLDEN
Mon Jul 22, 2019 6:47 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Starting crank arm question
Replies: 7
Views: 1073

Re: Starting crank arm question

I had difficulty with adding the new spring and realized the end that is bent over is longer than required.

Grinding off half the length made it much easier to replace.
by J1MGOLDEN
Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Replacing Transmission Spring
Replies: 7
Views: 1590

Re: Replacing Transmission Spring

"Tinkering Ted" Aschman has a procedure in one of his two books on how to replace that spring without removing the engine.
by J1MGOLDEN
Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1927 T runs with battery disconnedted
Replies: 3
Views: 893

Re: 1927 T runs with battery disconnedted

If your T has a generator and the motor is running fast enough to make some electricity, the engine will continue to run and soon may burn out your generator.

When you turned on the lights, you did not have ample current to operate them, so the voltage dropped and your engine stopped.
by J1MGOLDEN
Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Virginia State Inspection
Replies: 32
Views: 4096

Re: Virginia State Inspection

Next door, in the State of Maryland, you cannot drive any vehicle on a road or highway that cannot exceed the posted speed limit by 5 mph. That law makes it illegal to drive a Model T on about 60 % of all Maryland roads, and elsewhere. The law was passed a few years ago and aimed at dirt bikes, mope...
by J1MGOLDEN
Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB Curtis Model F Ford Carriage for cutting Model A Keys
Replies: 0
Views: 450

WTB Curtis Model F Ford Carriage for cutting Model A Keys

This part will have Ford or an F stamped on the back side.
Jim Golden, Bowie, MD
by J1MGOLDEN
Tue Feb 19, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Flip top jack
Replies: 13
Views: 1990

Re: Flip top jack

While I learned some time ago that the hole was in the Model A jack, I have never been able to find a reason for that hole.
by J1MGOLDEN
Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T Chassis or Frame Number
Replies: 15
Views: 2154

Model T Chassis or Frame Number

I recently purchased a 1926 Touring at a Delaware estate sale. While I got a copy of the original 1947 Tennessee title and several registrations between 1947 and 1953 with the correct Engine Serial Number, the Delaware title has that number removed and an Washington DC DMV 2112 Number inserted in th...
by J1MGOLDEN
Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Bauer Steering Wheel Lock Key
Replies: 3
Views: 945

Bauer Steering Wheel Lock Key

What are the likely possibilities of ever finding a key for a Bauer Steering Wheel Lock?

I know the lock was made by Briggs and Stratton and has an E 37 Key Code showing.

That is all the information I have available.
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by J1MGOLDEN
Sat Feb 02, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Magnet shipping box.
Replies: 14
Views: 2122

Re: Magnet shipping box.

James still has that box up in the attic.

There is a possibility that I can photograph the other side.

A friend told me he had several of them.

I will visit him on Monday and I may be able to get some better photos.
by J1MGOLDEN
Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:08 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Exhaust Nut Wrench
Replies: 44
Views: 5603

Re: Exhaust Nut Wrench

There is a reason that wrench has a short handle. I added an 18 inch piece of pipe over the handle for extra leverage. Then heated the nut area with a rosebud torch so the nut would turn. That almost worked, but the whole end of the exhaust manifold turned easier and broke off. If the nut turns too ...