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by John kuehn
Mon Jul 13, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Seat Belts, What of it?
Replies: 10
Views: 252

Re: Seat Belts, What of it?

A what if, could be, ought to, depends on situation, in the best interest of, and etc response for the question.
Seat belts in anything that moves? But as Dan says it’s all over the place.
by John kuehn
Sun Jul 12, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Buying a T
Replies: 10
Views: 590

Re: Buying a T

Hello As stated in other postings the black era cars will be more plentiful and maybe cheaper on the price than a Brass T from 16 back. Black era cars are from 17-25 and called that because black was the only color you could get and those years were when they were more cars made than the earlier yea...
by John kuehn
Sun Jul 12, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Removing hogs head
Replies: 15
Views: 430

Re: Removing hogs head

The last trans cover I removed was in my 24 Coupe. I pulled it off and replaced it while the engine was in the car. That was a few years ago BUT now since I’m older and can’t twist and turn like I use to I’m not so sure about doing it again! Took about a day at the time and a few breaks between the ...
by John kuehn
Sun Jul 12, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Identifying year of roadster body (Low Cowl)
Replies: 10
Views: 318

Re: Identifying year of roadster body (Low Cowl)

I have a 1919 Runabout, Roadster , Torpedo or whatever you want to call it just like what’s pictured. I restored mine to as close as I thought I could get to what I thought it was. In saying all that I decided it was at least a 1919 because of the seat riser which had the hole for the starter switch...
by John kuehn
Sat Jul 11, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Walter Bernard Szumowski 1933-2020
Replies: 16
Views: 758

Re: Walter Bernard Szumowski 1933-2020

Really a fine guy. Met him a Chickasha years ago and learned about his coil rewinding service.
I have his coils in my 3 T’s. He and his wife are the best.
by John kuehn
Sat Jul 11, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Removing hogs head
Replies: 15
Views: 430

Re: Removing hogs head

What I do is as Dan said remove things out of the way. Remove the cover and clean up all the gasket surfaces both on the cover and on the engine pan. After that’s done use Permatex on the engine pan and lay the gaskets down on the pan and lightly press and position in place and let them set up to se...
by John kuehn
Fri Jul 10, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Got a 27 Coupe
Replies: 72
Views: 2929

Re: Got a 27 Coupe

Hey Jim! You have to remember when driving a stock T that you drive as if you don’t have real brakes because you really don’t! Just kidding but that’s the way I drive mine and it does work. Its definitely is a re-learning experience when you’ve used to driving modern cars with positive brake action....
by John kuehn
Fri Jul 10, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Praise for Berg's
Replies: 6
Views: 281

Re: Praise for Berg's

Isn’t it amazing what a T will do and won’t do when you have a good radiator! I have a Bergs on my 24 Coupe and never regretted finally spending the money to get a new radiator. You have to really look close to see that’s it’s a flat tube but after I noticed immediately the car wasn’t getting overly...
by John kuehn
Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 27 Engine details
Replies: 30
Views: 723

Re: 27 Engine details

One more thing I noticed is the horn. Looks like it’s an ahooga horn. I had one almost like it. Anyway it probably works pretty good. The battery powered 6v horns from 17 (I think) to 27 looked alike except for the mounting bracket that was used on the 26-27 horns. Your horn is period correct but no...
by John kuehn
Thu Jul 09, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 27 Engine details
Replies: 30
Views: 723

Re: 27 Engine details

Looks really good and you knew what you were doing. Not that it makes a lot of difference but you used a flexible lower water hose on the bottom radiator outlet. Ford used 2 short hoses and a steel pipe to make the length. And no I don’t belong to the detail police! :D But your a practical guy and u...
by John kuehn
Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Spark Plug Torque
Replies: 9
Views: 353

Re: Spark Plug Torque

Good and snug with Henry’s spark plug wrench. No need to use a 150.00 torque wrench. I have never used a torque wrench on any part of a T engine. Prehaps the most snug or tightest part of a T engine I ever encountered are the mains. Most that I have torn down we’re really tightened down. Same goes w...
by John kuehn
Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Who has experience with a 1923-5 touring wood kit?
Replies: 3
Views: 178

Re: Who has experience with a 1923-5 touring wood kit?

George Taking a look at the Fordwood website I noticed they list 2 cowl wood pieces no. 305, 306 To be used for the early 23 models. Maybe that means to be used for the low cowl 23 Touring?? If you have a low cowl early 23 it could be that the body pillars in the earlier 17-22 Touring bodies and mos...
by John kuehn
Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: My experience with plastic tack strips
Replies: 9
Views: 564

Re: My experience with plastic tack strips

I used the Fordwood tack strips on my 21 Touring rebuild around 5 years ago. Went back to the shop in my left over wood parts box and had the cut off tack strips left overs. They were in a box in my garage that the temp. Range is from 30 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Texas weather. As you can see in th...
by John kuehn
Wed Jul 08, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: My experience with plastic tack strips
Replies: 9
Views: 564

Re: My experience with plastic tack strips

Where did you get the plastic strips from. I used them on my 21 Touring with no issues. Don’t know if they are all made from the same material. Could be the issue. But the wood tack strips can be split also depending on the installation technique.
by John kuehn
Wed Jul 08, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Kevlar band lining sets
Replies: 25
Views: 996

Re: Kevlar band lining sets

Good to know information Steve. Same thing in a sense happened to the Scandinavia band company. The original Scandinavia linings were densely woven and a tight weave. What changed is when the material wasent woven as tight leaving a looser weave. They would tend to wear faster. And yes they were cot...
by John kuehn
Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Need help to identify the model year of this Model T Touring
Replies: 26
Views: 575

Re: Need help to identify the model year of this Model T Touring

I think George H is as close as your going to get in nailing down an exact year for the Touring. This post peaked my interest because I have a 21 Touring also. When restoring the remains of my car I soon discovered this era of T’s Is a real transitional time of change of a little of this and a littl...
by John kuehn
Tue Jul 07, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Need help to identify the model year of this Model T Touring
Replies: 26
Views: 575

Re: Need help to identify the model year of this Model T Touring

And not having a title takes at least 500.00 or more off the final selling price. That’s a no go for some. If your trying to get a title I would use the engine no that’s in the car. At least it would match the title for somebody else trying to buy it later. It would be an easier sell for sure. Witho...
by John kuehn
Tue Jul 07, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Need help to identify the model year of this Model T Touring
Replies: 26
Views: 575

Re: Need help to identify the model year of this Model T Touring

Your car has a 5 piece back. It’s the earlier low cowl style. If you count the panels starting from the rear door and around the rear of the car to the other side there are 5. Look closely and you can see the 2 narrower panels that are on either side of the rear panel and the 2 panels directly ahead...
by John kuehn
Tue Jul 07, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Need help to identify the model year of this Model T Touring
Replies: 26
Views: 575

Re: Need help to identify the model year of this Model T Touring

Think that’s it. What I don’t know for sure is when that bolt was discontinued. There are those on the forum who have cars that have it. Since the engine is a late 1920 and if it has a starter it could be a 21 Model. That could mean it’s a 21 since Ford introduced the next years Model in Sept and yo...
by John kuehn
Tue Jul 07, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Need help to identify the model year of this Model T Touring
Replies: 26
Views: 575

Re: Need help to identify the model year of this Model T Touring

What does the title say the year of the car is. Looks like it’s an older restoration and maybe has some better replacement parts on it. But that’s a guess. The front shocks are an added on accessory for the era. It has the typical sloshed on brazing on the engine pan motor mounts that was typical at...
by John kuehn
Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Will changing electrical system to 12v devalue the car?
Replies: 27
Views: 755

Re: Will changing electrical system to 12v devalue the car?

As others have said and agreeing with Original S the best thing to do would be to replace the original wiring with new including the battery cables. Clean and inspect the cable grounding surfaces and make sure you have a good starter and generator. Ford had a good 6 volt system it just needs to be k...
by John kuehn
Mon Jul 06, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1927 Fordor window regulators
Replies: 2
Views: 119

Re: 1927 Fordor window regulators

Snyder’s carries Model A 4 bolt window regulators on their website. Call them and ask if they will work on your T. They are pretty knowledgeable.
by John kuehn
Mon Jul 06, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Modifying Rear Spare Carrier
Replies: 10
Views: 435

Re: Modifying Rear Spare Carrier

Seems like there would be a 21” spare tire carrier somewhere. They do show up from time to time for sale. It’s up to you if you want to cut a 30” down but be patient. What usually happens when your looking for a certain part you can’t ever find it. But when you don’t need it that’s when it shows up ...
by John kuehn
Sun Jul 05, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Machine shop instructions for rear axle key way?
Replies: 22
Views: 956

Re: Machine shop instructions for rear axle key way?

If you plan to buy new axles it’s a learning process in removing the old axle and pressing the gear on the new axle. Do a forum search on the subject and check out the different posts in doing it. Some times the gear comes off fairly easy and sometimes it doesn’t. Same story goes for pressing the ge...
by John kuehn
Sun Jul 05, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Resonable priced 1915
Replies: 9
Views: 1020

Re: Resonable priced 1915

A very good deal if the wood is still pretty solid and the engine is a 15. Would need to look close to see.
by John kuehn
Sun Jul 05, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: When nobody worried about scratching their T
Replies: 14
Views: 1242

Re: When nobody worried about scratching their T

Very interesting thread! T’s going about everyday life and doing their job. Maybe it’s time to add to the definition of ‘purist’ in the hobby. Another good example of how life really was in the the T era! I have a friend who restores old tractors and is careful to leave the marks of character that’s...
by John kuehn
Sat Jul 04, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Champion X spark plug gap - one owner's observation
Replies: 9
Views: 688

Re: Champion X spark plug gap - one owner's observation

Lesson learned about Model T ‘s is that each T is NOT exactly alike! Same goes on carb settings, spark plug gap and a few other things. Engine oil is another story! :lol: :lol:
by John kuehn
Sat Jul 04, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What's that tube next to the camshaft?
Replies: 7
Views: 518

Re: What's that tube next to the camshaft?

I use the original oil line that Ford made to use inside the crankcase and use the outside oil line that’s used with the mag post on my T ‘s. Every bit of oil helps. Surprisingly the mag post Oiler delivers a steady stream of oil also. Not a heavy stream but slow and steady. Remove the tube from the...
by John kuehn
Sat Jul 04, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Suggestions on procedures for refinished the 1927/27 Steering wheel rims made of "Fordite"
Replies: 10
Views: 536

Re: Suggestions on procedures for refinished the 1927/27 Steering wheel rims made of "Fordite"

Don’t know if there is a best way to keep a nice finish on the wheels and keep them from getting your hands dirty but probably doing as Allan says is pretty close. I have 3 T’s and sanded with fine paper for a ultra smooth finish and using a good coat of enamel works OK. I used what I had and didn’t...
by John kuehn
Sat Jul 04, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Machine shop instructions for rear axle key way?
Replies: 22
Views: 956

Re: Machine shop instructions for rear axle key way?

If the keyways are wallowed out pretty bad I would try to find a better used axle if you don’t want to spend the money for new ones. They are around if you look and some are still pretty good. I bought four at Chickasha a few years ago that weren’t hardly worn at all and were good. I bought them for...
by John kuehn
Fri Jul 03, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Oil petcock help!
Replies: 11
Views: 565

Re: Oil petcock help!

Steve is right. Could be the threads on the petcock were worn and if they were the petcock was the issue and not the pan. Get a new petcock and try it before doing anything to the pan.
by John kuehn
Fri Jul 03, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What's that tube next to the camshaft?
Replies: 7
Views: 518

Re: What's that tube next to the camshaft?

Absolutely a must! T’s didn’t have oil pumps and the oil was splashed around in the engine and that tube delivered oil to the front main. If you have it apart make sure it’s cleaned out. You can use air to blow it out. A lot of T’s had the line partially stopped up or plugged up and wound up burning...
by John kuehn
Fri Jul 03, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: craftsman lathe
Replies: 18
Views: 1156

Re: craftsman lathe

Absolutely a different generation. When I was growing up and in school we hunted, had an old car I tinkered with and drove to school (56 Ford). Had a job on the side and got a little dirty and etc. Most guys I grew up with did most of the same through College. Nowadays they grow up playing video gam...
by John kuehn
Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Tool For Cutting Hole in Dash For Speedometer
Replies: 11
Views: 591

Re: Tool For Cutting Hole in Dash For Speedometer

Using a hole saw for the size you need will work fine or a Greenlee hole punch will work also. It’s a metal dash and the 2 items mentioned above are used for cutting holes in metal doors, electrical panels, boxes and etc. if you have a Grainger industrial supply close to you they have everything you...
by John kuehn
Thu Jul 02, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Gas Line 24 Coupe
Replies: 3
Views: 226

Re: Gas Line 24 Coupe

Yes the gas line goes over the hump. When I bought the gas line a few years ago it came with the reprint from Ford about installing the gas line. I found out that my car didn’t have the gas line clamp and it was missing. So I had to order the clamp. Iv’e had the car over 50 years and it had been tak...
by John kuehn
Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Gas Line 24 Coupe
Replies: 3
Views: 226

Re: Gas Line 24 Coupe

Here’s the routing information. Hope it helps. I also have a 24 Coupe and this is the way I did it.
by John kuehn
Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Question re front spring perches
Replies: 21
Views: 985

Re: Question re front spring perches

Another Ford part that didn’t always fit just as it should when being put together on the Ford assembly lines back in the T era. I’ve taken out perches that were a bear to get out and others not so much. It was probably the same when installing them at the factory. The tolerances weren’t exactly rig...
by John kuehn
Wed Jul 01, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 25 years now...
Replies: 15
Views: 808

Re: 25 years now...

Nice pics and congratulations! Also your T Touring looks nice. Is it yellow or? Looks to be a 20-21.
by John kuehn
Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Door Lock
Replies: 7
Views: 233

Re: Door Lock

The lock on my 24 Coupe is almost identical to the later lock as shown in Squirrels pic. Fortunately mine came out fairly easy. You might try to remove the 2 screws as shown in the pic and then take off the door handle. It’s held on by two screws on the outside side of the door. After the handle is ...
by John kuehn
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Gas Tank Identity Sought
Replies: 6
Views: 365

Re: Gas Tank Identity Sought

It’s a T gas tank used from around 20-25. It was used under the front seat. They were used in the Black era T’s and pretty common because those were the years Ford made a LOT of cars.
by John kuehn
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 2nd generation T guy who knew better!
Replies: 7
Views: 677

Re: 2nd generation T guy who knew better!

Wow! Sorry to hear about the kickback! I can remember years and years ago when I inherited the 24 Coupe my Grandfather gave me. I was about 10-14 years old (can’t remember for sure). when my mechanic Uncle came over to try to start the T. It took a while with a low battery but I remember him remindi...
by John kuehn
Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Problem Installing Transmission Cover
Replies: 27
Views: 995

Re: Problem Installing Transmission Cover

After looking closer at the band ears they are thicker than the originals. That would definitely be an issue getting them together. I would find some original Ford bands and make it an easier job to do for you and the next owner. Good detective work from the forum finding the probable issue! This is...
by John kuehn
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Any ideas?
Replies: 3
Views: 458

Re: Any ideas?

That looks like something for the fuel system off an early industrial stationary engine instead of automotive use.
Probably someone will eventually identify it.
by John kuehn
Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model A hub on Model T
Replies: 9
Views: 486

Re: Model A hub on Model T

Do a google search ‘model A to model T wheel adapters’. You will find past MTFCA posts and lots of pictures on Google and different type of adapters. Some home made and others that are sold from T parts suppliers. The ones made now have gotten higher in cost. Others will have information how they ma...
by John kuehn
Mon Jun 29, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What is the closes modern equivalent for DuPont Fabrikoid
Replies: 8
Views: 367

Re: What is the closes modern equivalent for DuPont Fabrikoid

The window channels you can buy in long lengths or ready cut to length for your car. Snyder’s and Lang’s carry it I believe. I bought the long lengths for my 24 Coupe and cut to fit. It’s pretty close to the original size and look. Don’t know for sure but Model A felt window channel may be close to ...
by John kuehn
Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vintage License Plate Vendor - Colorado Plates?
Replies: 15
Views: 525

Re: Vintage License Plate Vendor - Colorado Plates?

YOM plates for old cars in Texas can be used as long as the numbers aren’t in use or stolen. The DMV run the checks for the plates in question. It would a very long shot to find an old plate with matching numbers for current plates. If you have a pair of old plates they check to see if they are stol...
by John kuehn
Sun Jun 28, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Where do you get the prices?
Replies: 15
Views: 805

Re: Where do you get the prices?

Suzanne is right about old Motorcyles going through the roof as for as parts and prices go. As far as cars go Fords from 1932-48 the sky is the limit. Comparatively speaking Model T’s overall are the cheapest antique cars there is to restore. Probably because parts are pretty much avaliable. BrassTs...
by John kuehn
Sun Jun 28, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: My transmission soaker
Replies: 17
Views: 1006

Re: My transmission soaker

Rich your right about the tubs not being bullet proof. If they are under a shed and out of the hot sunlight they will last and keep from cracking but long term sun exposure is a killer for them.
I had several I pitched out a while back that the sun did a number on them!
by John kuehn
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: My transmission soaker
Replies: 17
Views: 1006

Re: My transmission soaker

Rich, you mentioned bovalix tubs. Is that the material they are made of or a product tub name? Just curious. Depending how badly rusted they are but having patience seems to be part of the process. I use what I have and that’s diesel. Wal Mart has a decent price for mineral spirits so that’s what I ...
by John kuehn
Sun Jun 28, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Info on 27 Roadster
Replies: 7
Views: 377

Re: Info on 27 Roadster

Go to the MFTCA home page and go to research. From there you go to photos and the albums. There is a album of members cars. You then can see members cars from year to year. Look close at the 26-27 pics and you can the difference in the headlight mounting. One year has a fender mounted headlight bar ...
by John kuehn
Sun Jun 28, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Where do you get the prices?
Replies: 15
Views: 805

Re: Where do you get the prices?

Good point Steve! You can see your point pretty often by following the forum.
Can we talk about motor oil now? :D
by John kuehn
Sun Jun 28, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: My transmission soaker
Replies: 17
Views: 1006

Re: My transmission soaker

;) Never do that! Unless she throws them out!
by John kuehn
Sun Jun 28, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: My transmission soaker
Replies: 17
Views: 1006

Re: My transmission soaker

Nice job Rich! Really neat. I also like to try to rescue old T parts and especially rusted up T transmissions. Having a farm and being raised on one you learn to be resourceful with what you have but that doesn’t mean doing it it in a get by way. Here is what I use to clean or soak up old parts and ...
by John kuehn
Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this safe to run?
Replies: 18
Views: 689

Re: Is this safe to run?

Running without a fan is only as good as your radiator.
by John kuehn
Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Need to straighten the headlight on a 24 coupe
Replies: 5
Views: 261

Re: Need to straighten the headlight on a 24 coupe

As Dave said a good sized pipe wrench with a rag between the jaws and I would add a 2 ft cheater pipe on the end of the wrench will get the headlight to move. I have some headlights that have the ‘marks’ of adjustment on them way back when with a pipe wrench without a rag or something. Others probab...
by John kuehn
Sun Jun 28, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How much slop is too much?
Replies: 4
Views: 400

Re: How much slop is too much?

Looks pretty much normal for a T transmission in its normal used time of life. Drum scores are fairly common caused by rivet gouges. Could be someone used steel rivets or didn’t do a good job in seating the rivets to the bands when they were installed. The play or lash looks pretty normal. Could be ...
by John kuehn
Sat Jun 27, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Where do you get the prices?
Replies: 15
Views: 805

Re: Where do you get the prices?

As far as T used part prices go it’s who needs what you have and how bad they need it. Some people want reasonable prices and some not so much. Don’t know how long you’ve been in the hobby but after a while you kind of get an idea what a part is worth. Same thing at swap meets. One guy has a part fo...
by John kuehn
Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just to be sure
Replies: 9
Views: 395

Re: Just to be sure

The question would be why was a water pump put on the car to begin with. Maybe the previous owner or the one before him had it put on. First reason would be the car was getting hot or boiling over after a drive or even after it was running for less than an hour. Maybe the car would start to gurgle o...
by John kuehn
Fri Jun 26, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What is this?
Replies: 7
Views: 520

Re: What is this?

It’s a cheap fix when you have worn tie rods. Sort of tightens things up. Sort of !
by John kuehn
Fri Jun 26, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Got a 27 Coupe
Replies: 72
Views: 2929

Re: Got a 27 Coupe

Your car is looking good. Good to see you’ve got it going. Yes setting the carb is not exact for all T’s. Somewhere around one turn or so is about as good as you can say it! Mine are no more than 1 1/4 turn most of the time. Each T is different. Don’t know if you’ve gone through the coil box but if ...
by John kuehn
Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What should salvage value be?
Replies: 32
Views: 1392

Re: What should salvage value be?

Since the numbers don’t match I wonder if the insurance company knows that. Maybe all they looked at was the paperwork? Talk about irony I wonder if the insurance adjuster knows that there a LOT of T’s that would be considered salvaged T’s since many ‘restored’ Model T’s were just that to begin with...
by John kuehn
Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What should salvage value be?
Replies: 32
Views: 1392

Re: What should salvage value be?

Maybe more if it was parted out but the insurance co. probably wouldn’t accept that. Don’t know for sure to me but that’s not real bad for 10,000. A lot of labor to put it back like it was. If you were to buy another like it you would spend maybe 10,000 or more. Paying someone for a ground up restor...
by John kuehn
Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Thin bushing removal?
Replies: 24
Views: 1017

Re: Thin bushing removal?

Your right about heating the bushing up and cooling it down. I’ve taken them out of springs and fittings doing that then almost pushing them with with a socket or bushing driver. The rust breaks down to sort of release it.
by John kuehn
Wed Jun 24, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Magneto coil gap.
Replies: 7
Views: 300

Re: Magneto coil gap.

Getting the mag gap is a trial and error adjustment when the engine is on the stand with the pan off. Add the shims then move the engine in the horizontal position to check if if the transmission weight changes the adjustment. If it does go back and add or remove shims accordingly. You can do it als...
by John kuehn
Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Thin bushing removal?
Replies: 24
Views: 1017

Re: Thin bushing removal?

Don’t remember what size it was but I used a socket out of my tool box and it fit just right to use as a driver to drive the bushing out. I put it on an extension and that’s all there was to it.
by John kuehn
Tue Jun 23, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Engine Splash/Dust Pans: Yea or Nay?
Replies: 31
Views: 797

Re: Engine Splash/Dust Pans: Yea or Nay?

Probably after a few years more than a few T’s didn’t have the engine pans anymore. Folks were keeping them going the best they could with bailing wire and whatever they could find. By the 40’s working on a T was made the easiest way it could be done and and other than that the rest didn’t mattter a...
by John kuehn
Tue Jun 23, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Radiator stop leak
Replies: 16
Views: 689

Re: Radiator stop leak

Using stop leak might last for a while but if it’s a almost 100 year radiator thats what it will be. If you find a shop that has experience with older radiators that’s the place to go if you can find one. More of the newer shops won’t touch a antique or old tractor radiator. We have 1 shop in our ar...
by John kuehn
Mon Jun 22, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Leon Parker's rewooding plans
Replies: 41
Views: 4107

Re: Leon Parker's rewooding plans

It would be interesting to know who bought the wood plans but that probably won’t happen. But somebody knows who did. In the long run it would be a definite plus for the hobby if those plans could be made avaliable as copies to be bought or used to build the body wood.
by John kuehn
Mon Jun 22, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 14 mm spark plugs
Replies: 2
Views: 159

Re: 14 mm spark plugs

Lang’s list 14mm spark plugs along with the 14mm plug adapters. They are Autolite plugs. They list them on their web site and catalogue.
by John kuehn
Mon Jun 22, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Oillevel in Oilpan
Replies: 16
Views: 676

Re: Oillevel in Oilpan

Call the owner to ask if the dam was recently added. Looks to me it hasn’t been in there to long going by the looks of the weld area. If it’s just going to be a pretty much stock engine I would ask if it could be removed. Maybe some body had the idea the front main would have more oil if it didn’t r...
by John kuehn
Mon Jun 22, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What is preventing my wire wheel hub from being removed?
Replies: 4
Views: 392

Re: What is preventing my wire wheel hub from being removed?

I think the bearing is threaded on the spindle. When removing the bearing you thread it off. One side is left handed and the other is right handed. Make sure you turn it in the correct direction when removing or tightening. Once the bearing is tightened on the spindle the nut holds it in place. Tigh...
by John kuehn
Sun Jun 21, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Another mag problem
Replies: 22
Views: 616

Re: Another mag problem

Could be as others have stated the shifting from low to high maybe the issue. You can kill or stall a T when don’t have the smooth shift. At the least it will sort of chuff chuff along. It is a trick or certain way to get the smooth transition from low to high. Some slow the engine down some and oth...
by John kuehn
Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Advice or opinion
Replies: 12
Views: 593

Re: Advice or opinion

Good idea to get the pedals in the right position. I didn’t think about it until I got the engine bolted in and set the floorboards in only to find my size 13 got tangled up with a bent pedal. Used a torch and straightened out the reverse pedal. It helped but I got the pedal extension for the revers...
by John kuehn
Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Timer Clamp Spring tension
Replies: 7
Views: 259

Re: Timer Clamp Spring tension

Believe you said you still the car apart in some way. You probably already know but it sometimes can be tricky in getting the timer rod to not rub or drag on the lower radiator hose when adjusting it for easy function. Been there and done that before in adjusting the rod not realizing it’s a close f...
by John kuehn
Sat Jun 20, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Timer Clamp Spring tension
Replies: 7
Views: 259

Re: Timer Clamp Spring tension

I also use a new day and the timer spring is fairly tight. I found that the correct bending of the timer rod is fairly critical in getting a smooth pull without binding. It seems that way to me anyway. Once you get that set then you can get the right tension on the timer by tightening the timer spri...
by John kuehn
Sat Jun 20, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: So how do I get this stuff out.
Replies: 16
Views: 657

Re: So how do I get this stuff out.

Clean out the bottom of the oil pan with lacquer thinner a few times the best you can. Let it throughly dry to evaporate the lacquer thinner. The small bits of sand or media can be blown out with air. You will get it out doing it that way because the lacquer thinner will dissolve any oily film that ...
by John kuehn
Fri Jun 19, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: INSTALLING BANDS
Replies: 8
Views: 427

Re: INSTALLING BANDS

Yes I’ve read the time studies in the manual and years ago when I bought the manual I scratched my head and wondered if those guys really could do some of the jobs and especially replacing the bands in the times given. I was in my early 20’s when I first got it and thought it had all the answers. Mo...
by John kuehn
Fri Jun 19, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: INSTALLING BANDS
Replies: 8
Views: 427

Re: INSTALLING BANDS

Every time I install new bands I always begin to wonder how did I do this before! After it finally gets done in about a day, (I’m slow) I realize that if I was to do it again soon after it wouldn’t take near as long as it did this time. Bet the T mechanics back in the teens thru the 40’s could do it...
by John kuehn
Thu Jun 18, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Steering bracket removal
Replies: 13
Views: 498

Re: Steering bracket removal

The spark rod lever that is braded on the spark rod that extends the length of the column has to be removed so the bracket can be pulled of the column. I think it’s the only thing that keeps it from sliding off. It can be done while the column is in the car but not real easy. You can use a file or d...
by John kuehn
Wed Jun 17, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Fitting new glass
Replies: 3
Views: 226

Re: Fitting new glass

Sounds like the windshield frame has been worked on before and someone forced the clamp screws and twisted the heads off. The filler blocks should slide in and out of the frame. But that depends how much they are rusted in. Over time that happens. I have a 19 Roadster and a 21 Touring that I install...
by John kuehn
Tue Jun 16, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Anybody know what this is?
Replies: 10
Views: 786

Re: Anybody know what this is?

Would the key no. 62 be a clue? Were new key numbers issued as new T’s came out. Later numbers for later T’s? Fordson tractors? Commercial or Marine use?
by John kuehn
Tue Jun 16, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Pay pal users beware
Replies: 29
Views: 1025

Re: Pay pal users beware

Fordwright that’s about right! Some people just want the convenience and that outweighs anything else. What’s a few bucks anyway now and then!!!
by John kuehn
Tue Jun 16, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 13T - New radiator preparation
Replies: 9
Views: 493

Re: 13T - New radiator preparation

You mentioned that you’ve got a new radiator from Brassworks. Is this for a restoration or you replacing your old radiator because of overheating issues. If it’s not a recent rebuild on the engine it could have rust and the water passageways have gotten rusted up and narrowed. Hope it’s not any over...
by John kuehn
Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Anybody know what this is?
Replies: 10
Views: 786

Re: Anybody know what this is?

Your right! Didn’t look close enough. So maybe Ford did make a switch like this? Was it taken off another type of switch plate that was Ford made?
by John kuehn
Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Pay pal users beware
Replies: 29
Views: 1025

Re: Pay pal users beware

I had some friends that got burned by PayPal when we were considering using them. After that we only have one credit card we use and that’s it. We pay cash for gas and use checks for the rest. We don’t do online banking for paying bills. No debit cards. We mail in any payments that we have as much a...
by John kuehn
Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: what is an original 1920 frame worth?
Replies: 5
Views: 502

Re: what is an original 1920 frame worth?

100.00 for the chassis if the spark plugs were still in it and the oil filler cap was on it. Yes I know it’s probably gotten water in it but if the plugs were out of it 50.00 at the most.
by John kuehn
Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Anybody know what this is?
Replies: 10
Views: 786

Re: Anybody know what this is?

Seems like if it is a Ford switch with that design the mounting holes would be straight across from each other. And if someone cut it out of a switch panel they did an exceptional job. It does look like it was a factory made switch other than the location of the mounting holes. If I was making a cus...
by John kuehn
Mon Jun 15, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: All the same. " NOT "!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 479

Re: All the same. " NOT "!!!

Bottom line is this. All Model T’s are not all black and not all bodies are exactly alike! Learned this from Leon Parker years ago as far as the bodies are concerned. Also the sheet metal is not all alike either due to the different body makers. When you buy one of the wood kits for a T it won’t jus...
by John kuehn
Mon Jun 15, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 23-25 Windshield Channel
Replies: 7
Views: 311

Re: 23-25 Windshield Channel

Can’t remember the name but they worked really well polishing my headlight reflectors and window channels. They were in a foil resealable pouch. If I remember there was a post a few years ago about them and folks really liked them. Seems like it was about polishing the reflectors so I tried them and...
by John kuehn
Sun Jun 14, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Repairing front crossmember wear
Replies: 14
Views: 578

Re: Repairing front crossmember wear

That front cross member can be built up and last for the next 50+ plus years. If you are a decent welder you can build it up with several stringers, tie them together and you won’t have to do a lot of smoothing out with with a disc grinder. Some cross members have the rivets welded over and patched ...
by John kuehn
Sun Jun 14, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 23-25 Windshield Channel
Replies: 7
Views: 311

Re: 23-25 Windshield Channel

I have a 19 Runabout and a 21 Touring that has nickel plated brass window channel. I polished out the channels with polishing clothes that are avaliable at larger hardware stores. We have a Ace hardware that carries them and they work great. They come in a foil pouch and have some type of compound i...
by John kuehn
Sat Jun 13, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Scandinavia band linings
Replies: 5
Views: 520

Re: Scandinavia band linings

Original Scandinavia band linings were woven in a tighter and finer weave than the later ones. The company was sold and they are now owned by Cantex. Or they use to be. There were some changes in the later ones in how they were made. For a while they had to much of a coating on them that gave them a...
by John kuehn
Wed Jun 10, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Howells Sheet Metal delays
Replies: 26
Views: 1101

Re: Howells Sheet Metal delays

I’m not for sure but I think Howells makes the T panels in Houston along with other sheet metal items. Or at least they use to.
by John kuehn
Wed Jun 10, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Howells Sheet Metal delays
Replies: 26
Views: 1101

Re: Howells Sheet Metal delays

Since you mentioned Rootliebs, they don’t make T body panels but make fenders, running boards, hoods. This is all found on Rootliebs website. If you check out their dealers they list them by state. Don’t know if it’s up to date but it shows, Lang’s, Snyder’s and a few others. Howells is their dealer...
by John kuehn
Wed Jun 10, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1915 Firewall bracket: Correct fasteners?
Replies: 7
Views: 378

Re: 1915 Firewall bracket: Correct fasteners?

Were there castle nuts that were a little taller? It would need to be a nut that’s tall enough yet be a good tight fit and be able put in a cotter key. The nut that’s on in the pic would need a washer under it to have a good fit and have the cotter pin hole inline with he nut groove and not be to lo...
by John kuehn
Wed Jun 10, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Howells Sheet Metal delays
Replies: 26
Views: 1101

Re: Howells Sheet Metal delays

If Lang’s dropped them as a supplier it could be that when people ordered sheet metal parts from them they were getting the calls that Howells should have gotten. In other words they didn’t want a reputation of not being reliable. But after a while it just got to be to much of a hassle I suspect. In...
by John kuehn
Wed Jun 10, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Howells Sheet Metal delays
Replies: 26
Views: 1101

Re: Howells Sheet Metal delays

So maybe another vendor somewhere?
by John kuehn
Tue Jun 09, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Howells Sheet Metal delays
Replies: 26
Views: 1101

Re: Howells Sheet Metal delays

It took a while but I got my panels from them in 5 weeks but that was 4 years ago. Yes it’s typical for their service as it’s not the best. If there were other vendors around that would make sheet metal panels for T through early V8 that might help but I don’t know if anybody else does in the US. Co...
by John kuehn
Tue Jun 09, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How many of us ?
Replies: 29
Views: 1075

Re: How many of us ?

I have to say my first car was the 1924 T Coupe my Grandfather gave me in 1959. I was 11 years old but really didn’t drive it until I was around 14. The engine smoked but it ran and drove. It had Model A wheels on it that were acetylene welded to the hubs. Also had a trailer hitch that my Father won...
by John kuehn
Tue Jun 09, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Heating problem still
Replies: 14
Views: 459

Re: Heating problem still

Has the engine had any work done on it such as removing the head or etc? If it hasn’t in a while or since you’ve had it the water passages in the block and head could be partially blocked with rust or scale. If you choose to remove the head to check it you can carefully use a 1/4 “ drill bit to dril...