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by jiminbartow
Mon Sep 21, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1927 Ford Coupe Wooden Top
Replies: 4
Views: 224

Re: 1927 Ford Coupe Wooden Top

If you are a decent woodworker, it should be no problem to repair the damaged areas of the wooden top frame. Depending on how bad the damage is, you can either repair the rotten areas using Abatron, “Liquid-wood” and “WoodEpox”. See www.abatron.com. “LiquidWood“ is a 2 part liquid epoxy that is mixe...
by jiminbartow
Mon Sep 21, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Purchased an 8’ tall Grandfather clock
Replies: 10
Views: 196

Re: Purchased an 8’ tall Grandfather clock

Thanks Wayne. I do and I will. I agree. I invest in these things out of a love of history and an age when artisans, spent their lives as an apprentice under a master to learn the trade and then as a master woodworker and cabinet maker to create these beautiful antiques. I was blown away at only havi...
by jiminbartow
Sun Sep 20, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Moving a Grandfather clock
Replies: 15
Views: 527

Re: Moving a Grandfather clock

Go to www.timesavers.com and do a keyword Search for oil. A lot of Clock and watch oils will appear. You should get a very long needle oiler To allow you to easily apply the oil to all gears deep inside the movement and a little bottle of fine clock oil. Special Swiss made clock oil is expensive but...
by jiminbartow
Sun Sep 20, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Purchased an 8’ tall Grandfather clock
Replies: 10
Views: 196

Re: Purchased an 8’ tall Grandfather clock

No, David. It is not a changer Model that plays multiple tune discs, but is a single play, upright, coin operated, Polyphon, with bells, that is considered an early jukebox that was usually found in German and Austrian beer halls in the 1890’s. One 2 Pfennig coin got you one play of a 20” disc. The ...
by jiminbartow
Sun Sep 20, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Moving a Grandfather clock
Replies: 15
Views: 527

Re: Moving a Grandfather clock

On my old antique clocks the cadence is adjusted by bending the crutch to one side or the other. The crutch is the rod or wire That is connected to the verge, with a fork through which the pendulum rod passes. Whichever side is the short half of the tick-tock cadence, you will want to lengthen that ...
by jiminbartow
Sun Sep 20, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What’s Your T Tip?
Replies: 30
Views: 1325

Re: What’s Your T Tip?

Have at least one (more than one is better) CO2 or Chemical fire extinguisher next to you when starting, welding or working on your your T, especially in the garage in case of a gasoline fire. Do not use water to douse a gasoline fire. It will only spread it. Also, if you have a propane or natural g...
by jiminbartow
Sun Sep 20, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Purchased an 8’ tall Grandfather clock
Replies: 10
Views: 196

Re: Purchased an 8’ tall Grandfather clock

Yes. I am fortunate to have 12’ ceilings in my Victorian house to accommodate my taller antiques. If I had to move into a modern house, I’d have to get rid of several of my antiques such as a hall tree, Polyphon upright music box, bookcases, Victorian bedroom sets, dining room set, curio cabinets an...
by jiminbartow
Sun Sep 20, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Scam warning
Replies: 3
Views: 213

Re: Scam warning

If they make enough calls, eventually some elderly person who is impaired by Alzheimer’s or dementia will answer and actually listen to what they have to say and give them what they want. Access to their account information. Once they have their hooks in, they are very difficult to get rid of, espec...
by jiminbartow
Sun Sep 20, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Moving a Grandfather clock
Replies: 15
Views: 527

Re: Moving a Grandfather clock

Yes it can be transported on its’ backside after removing the hood, pendulum, weights and movement from the clock. Before doing anything, label the weights with numbers on masking tape so you will know where they go when reassembling. The reason for this is, while they look the same, the weights may...
by jiminbartow
Sun Sep 20, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Purchased an 8’ tall Grandfather clock
Replies: 10
Views: 196

Purchased an 8’ tall Grandfather clock

For all you fellow clock lovers... Several days ago, I was looking at the “Antiques” section of “Craigslist” and came across an 8’ tall, long case, rocking ship, Grandfather clock, circa 1837, selling for $1,200.00. It was made of beautiful Flame mahogany With a great elaborately painted dial and I ...
by jiminbartow
Sun Sep 20, 2020 12:13 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Repairing fan belts
Replies: 10
Views: 510

Re: Repairing fan belts

Here are a few pictures of the original visor on my 1926 Fordor. The crooked seams on each side of the center frame stiles are testament to the fact it was probably a difficult task to sew straight with such a sewing machine, especially while maneuvering the long and unwieldy visor under the powerfu...
by jiminbartow
Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Even the Experienced Make Bad Decisions
Replies: 51
Views: 2114

Re: Even the Experienced Make Bad Decisions

Daaaang, Hank! Fantastic work...and in only a few days! No wonder you weren’t as upset as I would have been. You are a magician. LOL! Jim Patrick
by jiminbartow
Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Head Bolts
Replies: 6
Views: 379

Re: Head Bolts

To prevent rust chips, dirt and debris from getting down into the cylinders and lodging between the pistons and cylinder wall on top of the rings, it is best to totally seal all four cylinders with masking tape. It is much better than using rags, which will not prevent debris from entering the cylin...
by jiminbartow
Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What to you, gives a Model T its charm?
Replies: 32
Views: 692

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

To a person like me, who loves history and collects antiques from the 1800’s, the Victorian era from 1837 when Queen Victoria assumed the throne to 1901 when she died, was a very charming period when chivalry was alive and well, men were men, women were women and most everyone knew the difference an...
by jiminbartow
Sat Sep 19, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: HELP!!! SHOULD I USE A WATER PUMP??
Replies: 28
Views: 669

Re: HELP!!! SHOULD I USE A WATER PUMP??

Ford tried installing water pumps on early Model T’s but shortly discontinued them and never used them again during the Model T years. The Model T Thermo-siphon system is designed to operate efficiently without a water pump as it depends on convection and the natural reaction of water to heat (rises...
by jiminbartow
Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Even the Experienced Make Bad Decisions
Replies: 51
Views: 2114

Re: Even the Experienced Make Bad Decisions

They also made APCO joints in various sizes that I not only have on my radius rod ball joint, but also have on all the ball joints on the steering linkages, as well. With an adjustable ball cap that maintains pressure on the ball, they are great in keeping the joints from becoming loose and sloppy. ...
by jiminbartow
Mon Sep 14, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Questions About Painting
Replies: 7
Views: 353

Re: Questions About Painting

I don’t know what you intend to sandblast, but do not blast the wood. If you blast the rims, protect the wood by wrapping the spokes near the rim with thick 3M rubber (not vinyl) tape. Be careful, also, in blasting the dowel ends poking through the rim holes. Dab on some rubber RTV, such as the righ...
by jiminbartow
Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Even the Experienced Make Bad Decisions
Replies: 51
Views: 2114

Re: Even the Experienced Make Bad Decisions

I apologize for ruffling any feathers. After re-reading the post, I can understand the indignation at the misunderstanding that I was suggesting something else better, could have been done. Far from it! I applaud your quick thinking, resourcefulness, and courage. As a former Marine, myself, I can no...
by jiminbartow
Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Even the Experienced Make Bad Decisions
Replies: 51
Views: 2114

Re: Even the Experienced Make Bad Decisions

Sorry to upset you by suggesting we discuss it a little further. I just thought it might be a helpful learning experience to discus other ways this could have been handled, in case you were speeding toward traffic, a busy intersection, a wall, a building, or a cliff, instead of having a convenient f...
by jiminbartow
Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Even the Experienced Make Bad Decisions
Replies: 51
Views: 2114

Re: Even the Experienced Make Bad Decisions

You sure have a good attitude about it. I think I would be a little more upset than you at the amount of damage, but it definitely could have been worse. With 20/20 hindsight and time to think, what would you do different, to stop the car? We should discuss emergency procedures to enact in case of s...
by jiminbartow
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:46 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Painting springs
Replies: 9
Views: 444

Re: Painting springs

After leafs are together and tight, using lacquer thinner, clean excess slip paint from all non-mating surfaces such as the sides, top and bottom of the assembled spring. When all excess slip paint is removed and exposed surfaces are clean of slip paint, prime with red oxide primer and paint with gl...
by jiminbartow
Sun Sep 06, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Online keyword searches for old pre-2019 forum information.
Replies: 2
Views: 95

Online keyword searches for old pre-2019 forum information.

Since the 2019 changeover from the old forum to the new format, I have not been able to access the 20 years worth of priceless information in old forum, using the MTFCA keyword search and was not aware that there were other ways to access this information until, in the recent “Spring Leaf Silicone” ...
by jiminbartow
Sun Sep 06, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Leaf Spring Silicone
Replies: 21
Views: 767

Re: Leaf Spring Silicone

Thank you, Jim S. You and Mark have been very helpful. You have no idea how much I have missed the old forum information resource and how glad I am to know it was not all deleted or destroyed in the 2019 Forum changeover. Thanks again. Jim Patrick
by jiminbartow
Sun Sep 06, 2020 1:18 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: glue or screw?
Replies: 10
Views: 521

Re: glue or screw?

For authenticity, Use antique brass slot headed wood screws. They did not make Phillips head wood screws back then. If you are unable to fine old slot head wood screws, modern slot head screws can be made to look old. Modern screws have a very shallow slot and a flat head with circular machining gro...
by jiminbartow
Sun Sep 06, 2020 12:21 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Leaf Spring Silicone
Replies: 21
Views: 767

Re: Leaf Spring Silicone

Thank you, Mark. I’m sure your tutorial has helped a lot of us computer semi-illiterate members. I look forward to giving it a try and hopefully, reacquaint myself with the old forum. It is such a great resource of Model T knowledge from many experts that are no longer with us. Take care. Jim Patrick
by jiminbartow
Sat Sep 05, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Leaf Spring Silicone
Replies: 21
Views: 767

Re: Leaf Spring Silicone

Thank you, Mark. I apologize if I misquoted you or took what you said out of context. It was not my intention to offend. In one of my earlier posts on this thread I said exactly what you said regarding painting after assembly, so we are pretty much in agreement. As for Google searches, it is great t...
by jiminbartow
Sat Sep 05, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Leaf Spring Silicone
Replies: 21
Views: 767

Re: Leaf Spring Silicone

Bottom line. To prevent rust and rust damage, the steel surfaces of the individual leafs must be protected by a permanent coating such as slip paint. I do not agree with the earlier claim that painting the individual leafs will result in a gummed up mess. Grease, oil and other lubricants, alone, eve...
by jiminbartow
Fri Sep 04, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Leaf Spring Silicone
Replies: 21
Views: 767

Re: Leaf Spring Silicone

Jason is correct. The area of most wear is at the bottom ends of each leaf where the sharp edge of the leaf ends come into contact with and digs into the top surface of the leaf below it. To alleviate this, you can file or grind off the sharp bottom edge to a rounded taper and smooth the steel of th...
by jiminbartow
Thu Sep 03, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Leaf Spring Silicone
Replies: 21
Views: 767

Re: Leaf Spring Silicone

I would avoid using lubricating strips between each leaf as they do not protect the steel from rust and, being slippery will work their way out from between the leaves. Painting all mating surfaces of the individual leaves with slip paint, lubricates and seals the interior surfaces of the leaves, pr...
by jiminbartow
Thu Sep 03, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Leaf Spring Silicone
Replies: 21
Views: 767

Re: Leaf Spring Silicone

“Slip paint” is what is traditionally used between spring leafs. It can be purchased at TSC, “Tractor Supply Company” as “EZ-Slide” Graphite Based paint, available in brush-on liquid paint or spray-on aerosol coating. Jim Patrick
by jiminbartow
Sun Aug 30, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Adjusting coils by ear
Replies: 9
Views: 445

Adjusting coils by ear

When I finished my Model T after a complete, 2 year restoration, in 1972 and was ready to start it and get it running, I was aware that there were machines that were made in the day to adjust the coils, but, I had no access to them and no idea how to find anyone who had one,so, when it came time to ...
by jiminbartow
Fri Aug 28, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T prices down?
Replies: 9
Views: 1091

Re: Model T prices down?

In economics, in most cases, the law of supply and demand dictates commodity prices. In a nutshell, “when supply exceeds demand, prices fall. When demand exceeds supply, prices rise”. Normally, when the supply of a commodity, such as the Model T is finite, in that only so many were made and there wi...
by jiminbartow
Fri Aug 28, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Frontier Auto Museum
Replies: 7
Views: 615

Re: Frontier Auto Museum

Thomas, The last time I visited Bellm’s was in 1983 and it was very run down, dirty and sad to see what it had become compared to what it was. I just looked it up online and found an update and I was happy to learn that it was sold to a new owner in 1997 and is still open under a new name and is ref...
by jiminbartow
Thu Aug 27, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Frontier Auto Museum
Replies: 7
Views: 615

Re: Frontier Auto Museum

One of my favorite places to visit when I was a kid, was “Bellm’s Cars and Music of Yesterday” in Sarasota, Florida. When my Dad and I visited for the first time in 1967, it was in its’ heyday with lots of restored antique cars and a staff of restorers and experts to keep them polished and running a...
by jiminbartow
Thu Aug 27, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Best Wax for Black Urethane
Replies: 5
Views: 339

Re: Best Wax for Black Urethane

In my book, Meguire’s paste wax can’t be beat as a wax for every type of finish. They also have a line of cleaner’s, compounds and polishes that are all top of the line. Jim Patrick
by jiminbartow
Thu Aug 27, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Car Stinks!
Replies: 15
Views: 954

Re: Car Stinks!

Do you have a muffler? Check every orifice in the engine compartment and under cab that a mouse could fit into. Mice are pretty small and one could have crawled in someplace and died. Jim Patrick
by jiminbartow
Thu Aug 27, 2020 12:44 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Radiator Shell Lacing
Replies: 10
Views: 519

Re: Radiator Shell Lacing

Trim ends even with the bottom of the shell flange. The purpose of the lacing is to prevent metal to metal contact and the noise that would occur from intense vibration. Jim Patrick
by jiminbartow
Thu Aug 27, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: cooling system rust inhibitor
Replies: 9
Views: 441

Re: cooling system rust inhibitor

How about a water soluble lubricant used in machine shops to lubricate and prevent over heating of turning drill bit points, or a water soluble water pump lubricant? Rust will not form in oily water. Jim Patrick
by jiminbartow
Sun Aug 23, 2020 11:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: wood spoke paint?
Replies: 6
Views: 515

Re: wood spoke paint?

I agree that it can become very confusing if one has posted the identical thread multiple time and in such cases, the duplicate threads should be deleted, but threads can only be deleted if there are 0 replies to it. Once a reply has been posted to it, it becomes permanent. Jim Patrick
by jiminbartow
Sat Aug 22, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Drive shaft follies.
Replies: 39
Views: 1441

Re: Drive shaft rust?

While there are a lot of deep pits, it looks like there is also a lot of original surface that will ride on the bushing surface. As long as there are no high spots that will dig into the new bushing, I would use it. Any sharp high spots that remain after sanding can be targeted and knocked down with...
by jiminbartow
Sat Aug 22, 2020 2:03 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Drive shaft follies.
Replies: 39
Views: 1441

Re: Drive shaft rust?

Can you provide a sharper photo of the area? The photo you posted is blurry. If there are any raised, sharp areas that could cut into the bushing, I would take a piece of 600 wet/dry sandpaper, wet it and wrap it around the bearing shaft area, grip it in your hand and twist the shaft back and forth ...
by jiminbartow
Sat Aug 22, 2020 12:18 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Drive shaft follies.
Replies: 39
Views: 1441

Re: Drive shaft rust?

I’m trying to think why it would be ruined, but I can’t think of a thing. I wouldn’t hesitate to slop some grease on it and use it. Jim Patrick
by jiminbartow
Fri Aug 21, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Oops!
Replies: 2
Views: 274

Re: Oops!

You can delete a one of the threads as long as no one has posted on it yet. When you do delete it, it will ask you the reason why you want to delete it. Just say it is a duplicate post. Jim Patrick
by jiminbartow
Fri Aug 21, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Where To Get Rims Hot Dip Galvanized
Replies: 14
Views: 586

Re: Where To Get Rims Hot Dip Galvanized

If you don’t have access to a place that does this plating or are working on a limited budget, the next best option is a bright silver roof paint called “Silver Brite”, made by Sherwin Williams. I painted my split rims with it and it is as bright and shiny as the rims in the pile of rims in the phot...
by jiminbartow
Fri Aug 21, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: cutting wood bands
Replies: 17
Views: 572

Re: cutting wood bands

If you have that option, by all means, install them without cutting them. After countersinking and riveting the liners on, make them as round as possible before sliding them onto the drums from the rear. You won’t be disappointed with their performance and if you are careful, they may last until you...
by jiminbartow
Fri Aug 21, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: cutting wood bands
Replies: 17
Views: 572

Re: cutting wood bands

Installing wood band liners with the engine out of the car: I have used the same set of Guinn’s wood bands for 10 years and installed them in 2010 when I had the engine out for a full overhaul. With the engine out, the hogshead off and the transmission out of the pan, it is not necessary to cut the ...
by jiminbartow
Fri Aug 21, 2020 2:38 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rebuild engine and transmission
Replies: 18
Views: 2210

Re: Rebuild engine and transmission

Hi Bruce. I see you have 19 posts, so I assume you are new to Model T’s. If that is the case, welcome. I hope you don’t take this the wrong way, but, why don’t you rebuild your engine yourself. It is surprisingly easy and fun and is a great way to bond with your T and learn what makes her tick so if...
by jiminbartow
Thu Aug 20, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: update Be careful cranking
Replies: 32
Views: 1311

Re: update Be careful cranking

PS. Mark. It takes a real man to admit his mistake and use it to try and help others. You are to be commended, not condemned. Thank you. Jim Patrick.
by jiminbartow
Thu Aug 20, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: update Be careful cranking
Replies: 32
Views: 1311

Re: update Be careful cranking

I used to work with an old timer carpenter who taught woodworking classes at the vo-tech college at night. He always told the new woodworkers...”Never lose your fear of woodworking tools. Be very afraid, for it is when you lose your fear that you let down your guard and lose your respect for the tre...
by jiminbartow
Thu Aug 20, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: update Be careful cranking
Replies: 32
Views: 1311

Re: update Be careful cranking

I know how you feel. One broken wrist was enough for me. It has never happened again. Your injury sounds a lot worse than mine. I was lucky in that when my injury happened. The car did not start and I was only hit once and the backfire occurred at about the 10:00 point of the crank revolution. I can...
by jiminbartow
Tue Aug 18, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Towing Model T
Replies: 15
Views: 842

Re: Towing Model T

In 2001, using my 1/2 ton Ford F-150 truck, I towed my 1926 coupe on an open U-Haul trailer 1,200 miles from York, Maine to Central Florida with no problems. It pulled so smoothly and effortlessly, I almost forgot that the trailer was even back there. The trailer is very sturdy and I was able to dri...
by jiminbartow
Sun Aug 16, 2020 11:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Sweat and lacquer don't mix...
Replies: 24
Views: 1362

Re: Sweat and lacquer don't mix...

It could be enamel. Enamel and lacquer are both softened by lacquer thinner. Jim Patrick
by jiminbartow
Sun Aug 16, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Sweat and lacquer don't mix...
Replies: 24
Views: 1362

Re: Sweat and lacquer don't mix...

Aerosol shaker can lacquer or professional spray gun lacquer? I would not be surprised if this happened with shaker can lacquer, but I would be very surprised if it happened with professional spray gun lacquer, which is very hard and durable. Are you absolutely sure it is lacquer and not enamel and ...
by jiminbartow
Fri Aug 07, 2020 1:48 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Having a hard time removing my old tire from demountable (not a split rim)
Replies: 3
Views: 542

Re: Having a hard time removing my old tire from demountable (not a split rim)

Being from Canada, I’m sure you have, or can borrow a space heater or heat lamp. They do a much better job of softening the tire than the sun in a shorter time. Jim Patrick
by jiminbartow
Tue Aug 04, 2020 11:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Petcock insert spinning in the oil pan. Do I need to pull the engine?
Replies: 7
Views: 855

Re: Petcock insert spinning in the oil pan. Do I need to pull the engine?

If you can get the threaded stem out, using Joshua’s suggestion (I would grab the stem with vice-grips and apply outward pressure with a pry bar against the nose of the pliers as the stem is turned counter-clockwise), you can drill and rethread the hole and install a threaded insert with the same fe...
by jiminbartow
Tue Aug 04, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Type of oil for Tiger Timer.
Replies: 5
Views: 455

Re: Type of oil for Tiger Timer.

One problem we have these days is that many lubricants contain additives that are conductive. Using these in a Model T can cause major problems with the electrical systems, such as the magneto and commutator (timer). Whatever you use to lubricate the timer roller, must not contain any additives that...
by jiminbartow
Tue Aug 04, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Engine block coolant cavity vinegar soak
Replies: 3
Views: 575

Re: Engine block coolant cavity vinegar soak

While soaking steel parts in acid to remove rust, is acceptable, one has to be very careful about using any kind of acid (no matter how weak), on cast iron, such as the engine block, because cast iron is so porous. The acid will get inside the pores and eat the cast iron from the inside out. If you ...
by jiminbartow
Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Safest way to haul a coupe on an open trailer
Replies: 25
Views: 1452

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

In 2001, I hauled my ‘26 coupe on a U-Haul open trailer from York, Maine to Bartow, Florida. I winched it on with an electric winch with the front facing forward and tied down the wheels with the webbed wheel tie downs as well as cable come along on each axle for redundancy. Not too tight as a come-...
by jiminbartow
Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Mysterious ticking from left rear wheel
Replies: 21
Views: 1095

Re: Mysterious ticking from left rear wheel

In 2011, the right front wheel of my 1926 coupe made this sound when rolling just before I found loose spokes with a brown powder coating the rim surrounding the spokes. When the spokes are loose, a small gap appears between the rim and the spokes end. As the wheel turns, the spoke at the bottom dro...
by jiminbartow
Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wood spoke shims
Replies: 3
Views: 546

Re: Wood spoke shims

On the old pre 2019 forum, among the old timers and respected experts, the consensus was that the only way to repair loose spokes was to make yourself a spoke press and re-spoke the wheel. The wheel supports the weight of the car and loose spokes are amazingly dangerous, especially the lateral force...
by jiminbartow
Fri Jul 24, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is it ok to have a space between the engine and the side rail? (pictures)
Replies: 15
Views: 987

Re: Is it ok to have a space between the engine and the side rail? (pictures)

No there should be no gap. Ideally, the underside of the pan support should fit flush against the top of the chassis channel. It appears that a combination of loose pan support bolts that hold the pan supports tight against the top of the chassis channel and the weight of your engine has caused this...
by jiminbartow
Sun Jul 19, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Powder post beetle problem
Replies: 5
Views: 864

Re: Powder post beetle problem

Just like a house being tented to fumigate for termites, you can get a roll of visqueen (sheet plastic) and tent your car with it, being sure to seal it around the base then pump in a powerful insecticide. ...or call a fumigator to pump in same type of gas they use for killing termites. That stuff w...
by jiminbartow
Wed Jul 01, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vinegar radiator flush question
Replies: 27
Views: 2408

Re: Vinegar radiator flush question

If you still have the container, what are the active ingredients of ”Thermocure” that makes it more effective than Vinegar? Would a 50/50 mixture of muriatic acid and water make a good radiator flush? Jim Patrick
by jiminbartow
Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: FJ - Nothing To See Here - Move Along Now
Replies: 55
Views: 6115

Re: FJ - Nothing To See Here - Move Along Now

Easy. That’s Heaven. Why did you come back?! :). Jim Patrick
by jiminbartow
Wed Jul 01, 2020 1:44 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1926-‘27 Fordor
Replies: 4
Views: 506

1926-‘27 Fordor

What is the history of the design of the 1926-‘27 Fordor? While the Tudor, Coupe and touring were totally redesigned in the improved all steel body style, the Fordor, except for the fenders and a few other improved features, such as the engine mounted coil box, the body, with its’ wood frame, 2 piec...
by jiminbartow
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Clean brake shoe/Lining
Replies: 11
Views: 769

Re: Clean brake shoe/Lining

I have always been taught to never use gasoline as a soaking/cleaning agent. It is just too flammable and dangerous and the fumes go very far. If the fumes happen to find an ignition source, such as the pilot light of a floor mounted water heater, it can ruin your day, if not your life. As a solvent...
by jiminbartow
Mon Jun 29, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vinegar radiator flush question
Replies: 27
Views: 2408

Re: Vinegar radiator flush question

I like Scott and Les’s method, but don’t like having to remove the radiator as with all the parts you have to remove to get the radiator off, it is one of the more difficult jobs I intensely dislike. If you are lazy like me, in your old age, you can do their procedure with the radiator installed, by...
by jiminbartow
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vinegar radiator flush question
Replies: 27
Views: 2408

Re: Vinegar radiator flush question

Since vinegar is a mild acid, would it be advisable to follow the flush with several tablespoons of baking soda through the cooling system to neutralize any remaining vinegar residue so new rust will not form over time? This to be followed by fresh water or 50/50 coolant. Jim Patrick
by jiminbartow
Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:05 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Spark Plug Boxes
Replies: 14
Views: 1506

Re: Spark Plug Boxes

Avery makes a nice 8 1/2” x 11” adhesive backed copy paper that you can copy the image onto, then peel off the back and stick it onto the thin cardboard and cutout with a razor blade then fold and glue. Then spray with a crystal clear satin fixative, sold in office supply or art supply stores, to pr...
by jiminbartow
Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Spark Plug Boxes
Replies: 14
Views: 1506

Re: Spark Plug Boxes

Very good idea , but I have a couple of critiques. It is very difficult to match an original color, because the old colors have inconsistencies that have occurred over time such as dirt, hand oils and age. There is a white border around the 13 and the orange line is slightly off from the original or...
by jiminbartow
Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A Starting Observation
Replies: 12
Views: 973

Re: A Starting Observation

About 40 years ago, when I worked on my 1926 T Coupe a lot, to get it to run purrfect, I had it start up by just slamming the door. I believe the spark lever was on the verge of engaging a coil and the jar of the slamming door jiggled the lever down. It only happened once and while it was impressive...
by jiminbartow
Fri Jun 26, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Exhaust pipe close to the hogshead
Replies: 17
Views: 1254

Re: Exhaust pipe close to the hogshead

Susanne. When old asbestos starts breaking down it can release dangerous fibers in the air that, when breathed in, can damage the lungs and the body has no way of processing those fibers out of the lungs, so, there they remain. With all the vibration of the Model T, combined with the air generated b...
by jiminbartow
Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Exhaust pipe close to the hogshead
Replies: 17
Views: 1254

Re: Exhaust pipe close to the hogshead

Frank. What holds the wrap in place so that it does not unwrap? Do you use a special heat resistant tape? Jim Patrick
by jiminbartow
Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Exhaust pipe close to the hogshead
Replies: 17
Views: 1254

Re: Exhaust pipe close to the hogshead

Glad to help Susanne. Do you apply it under the floorboard between the exhaust pipe and floorboard wood? Let us know how it turns out. Sounds like a good fire prevention safety precaution that others might be interested in using. We hung this material vertically, around various jobs in the welding s...
by jiminbartow
Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Exhaust pipe close to the hogshead
Replies: 17
Views: 1254

Re: Exhaust pipe close to the hogshead

Susanne. You can find what you need at McMaster-Carr, www.mcmaster.com. Insert “heat resistant blanket” in the search box and heat resistant materials will come up in various sizes that will withstand temperatures of up to 1800 degrees F. Jim Patrick
by jiminbartow
Mon Jun 22, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Need source for signs????
Replies: 11
Views: 1409

Re: Need source for signs????

Whenever I was Purchasing Manager for our family business and needed signs, I ordered them from Fast Signs. They have them already made or will custom make them to your specifications. They have them in steel, rigid plastic, adhesive backed vinyl or decals. Check out www.fastsigns.com. Jim Patrick.
by jiminbartow
Mon Jun 22, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Can Anyone ID this Car?
Replies: 9
Views: 1267

Re: Can Anyone ID this Car?

I remember my parents had one like that when I was born in 1953. I remember it had a clear amber hood ornament of an Indian Chief with cracks all through it. We had it until we replaced it with a brand new 1957 Ford Fairlane, which I did not like as much, as did not have as much room in the back sea...
by jiminbartow
Thu Jun 18, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Accident today
Replies: 41
Views: 2872

Re: Accident today

With all the hours and materials that go into a nicely restored Model T, I think that $12,000.00 would be a more realistic value and that is still undervalued for all the work that is involved. If they pay up, do not allow them to keep your T. Jim Patrick
by jiminbartow
Thu Jun 18, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Request for expert advice to help date a photo
Replies: 18
Views: 1312

Re: Request for expert advice to help date a photo

He does look about 80. If he was born in 1846, I would estimate the photo was taken in 1926. Jim Patrick
by jiminbartow
Thu Jun 18, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Accident today
Replies: 41
Views: 2872

Re: Accident today

I am very sorry to hear of your accident. Smart of you to get photos. Better if you have photos that contain unique features that will help orient the two vehicles so you can recreate the accident so as to prove who was at fault. Hopefully, you have photos showing her vehicle as well. I am concerned...
by jiminbartow
Mon Jun 15, 2020 11:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is motor oil with graphite common?
Replies: 9
Views: 743

Re: Is motor oil with graphite common?

There are many modern day oils with additives that are questionable as to whether they are conductive and, therefore harmful to your magneto. Additives such as graphite, moly, lithium, carbon, etc. For your simple Model T, it is better to keep it simple and use only basic motor oil. If there is any ...
by jiminbartow
Sat Jun 13, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Recommendations for a friendly model train forum
Replies: 19
Views: 1275

Re: Recommendations for a friendly model train forum

You can find out a lot about what your collection is worth by searching sold model train items on eBay for several weeks before you decide what and when to list your items That is what I do before selling anything on eBay. It will give you a good idea as to what to set the reserve at or the starting...
by jiminbartow
Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:54 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Gas Tank Refurbishing / Renu
Replies: 3
Views: 486

Re: Gas Tank Refurbishing / Renu

10 years ago, after removing the rust with a diluted 50/50 mixture of Muriatic Acid and water, I lined my ‘26 tank with POR-15 (www.por15.com). I used the silver color in that it helps in seeing in the tank during tank inspections. When you reach the coating stage, seal the tank with pipe plug and g...
by jiminbartow
Wed Jun 10, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Seized Head Bolt
Replies: 14
Views: 1322

Re: Seized Head Bolt

There are a lot of tricks in removing a stubborn bolt and in this case, it doesn’t hurt to use them all. Heat is good to break the bond of rust. I would take a propane torch and heat just the head of the bolt red hot and the let it cool. Don’t try and loosen while still red hot or you may twist the ...
by jiminbartow
Sun Jun 07, 2020 11:54 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Harold Lloyd's Model T
Replies: 15
Views: 1605

Re: Harold Lloyd's Model T

Erik. Most MTFCA subject search results that are in the pre 2018 forum come back as internal server errors, just like when one tries to access info through the keyword search of the pre 2019 forum. I wish it was different but I’m afraid that all the fooling around with the forum by those making all ...
by jiminbartow
Fri Jun 05, 2020 11:14 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Harold Lloyd's Model T
Replies: 15
Views: 1605

Re: Harold Lloyd's Model T

Dick, I was wondering that myself. With the tragic disabling of the ability for members to access the pre 2019 forum and the subsequent loss of an irreplaceable resource of Model T knowledge that used to be accessible to us in the old, pre 2019 Forum, as well as the unnecessarily strict rules regard...
by jiminbartow
Thu Jun 04, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Harold Lloyd's Model T
Replies: 15
Views: 1605

Re: Harold Lloyd's Model T

Bill. In the 1920’s, photography and studio lighting had progressed to the point that cameras easily captured images without such contraptions. I believe in this movie, the head support and old 19th century camera was used for comedic effect. The head support is proper for use in photo studios of th...
by jiminbartow
Wed Jun 03, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Harold Lloyd's Model T
Replies: 15
Views: 1605

Re: Harold Lloyd's Model T

Did you notice his right hand as he extended it to shake hands with the groom? The reason it looks like he is wearing a rubber glove is because he is. It is to cover the fact that he is missing the thumb and forefinger of his right hand that he lost in 1919 when he lit his cigarette with the fuse of...
by jiminbartow
Wed Jun 03, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Collecting gold and silver coins
Replies: 16
Views: 1845

Re: Collecting gold and silver coins

Not necessarily Frank. As for anything, from cars to real estate to collectible coins, a buyer and seller, through negotiations, can come to a mutually agreeable price, but if a seller is less knowledgeable than the buyer about the item, or is unaware of information that makes the item more valuable...
by jiminbartow
Sun May 31, 2020 1:01 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Old Phonograph
Replies: 7
Views: 846

Re: Old Phonograph

I recently sent the motor for my Edison Home phonograph off to www.wyattsmusical.com to replace a broken main spring that I broke when I overwound it. Not only did he replace the spring, he replaced two worn gears and lubricated the motor and greased the spring. Before, it would stop running halfway...
by jiminbartow
Sun May 31, 2020 12:32 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Collecting gold and silver coins
Replies: 16
Views: 1845

Re: Collecting gold and silver coins

$20 gold Liberty double eagle coins are about the size of a half dollar and weigh one ounce. It is a very novel way to invest in the future while holding a beautiful piece of history in your hand. If you are knowledgeable in history, it is fun to imagine what was going on in the world when the coin ...
by jiminbartow
Mon May 25, 2020 12:30 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Any cheap ideas or good ideas for buying paint
Replies: 7
Views: 708

Re: Any cheap ideas or good ideas for buying paint

A decent paint job is 99% preparation (paint removal, rust removal, dent removal, bodywork, sanding, cleaning, priming, etc.) and 1% actual painting. With so much work involved, one should want to avoid using the cheapest alternative so that the necessity for having to do all that work again is kept...
by jiminbartow
Sun May 24, 2020 11:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Creating Patina ... Need Help
Replies: 16
Views: 1011

Re: Creating Patina ... Need Help

Go to www.micromark.com. Select menu in the upper left hand corner (3 horizontal lines), choose “hobby supplies”, scroll to bottom of list to “weathering” for all kinds of weathering patina chemicals. Jim Patrick
by jiminbartow
Sun May 24, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hogshead external oil line
Replies: 19
Views: 1065

Re: Hogshead external oil line

Mine force feeds oil from the hogshead through a 3/8” tube through the side of the engine block so that the oil is fed to the front half of the engine between the 1st and 2nd cylinders flooding the front crank shaft bearings, pushrod bearings and cam shaft bearings. Very efficient. Jim Patrick
by jiminbartow
Sun May 24, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Relpacing pan ears.
Replies: 4
Views: 472

Re: Relpacing pan ears.

You can still find the old Model T pan belly apron support accessory. I bought two on eBay. Back in the day, excessive vibration caused pan ears to break from metal fatigue and strain from the weight of the engine and the pan apron was created as an after market accessory to remedy this common occur...
by jiminbartow
Sat May 16, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T’s in the movies.
Replies: 20
Views: 1367

Re: Model T’s in the movies.

Yes Rich. That’s Bruce and his T. Thanks for looking it up. Jim Patrick
by jiminbartow
Sat May 16, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T’s in the movies.
Replies: 20
Views: 1367

Model T’s in the movies.

I just watched the 1991 movie “Rocketeer” set in 1938. A very good family movie that all ages will like. If you haven’ seen it, get it and watch it with your family with the kids. They will love it. At the very end of the movie a Model T drives into the scene and the driver jumps out and walks towar...
by jiminbartow
Wed May 13, 2020 1:36 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I'm lost on this one, Help.
Replies: 13
Views: 1338

Re: I'm lost on this one, Help.

When did it start doing this? What did you do to the engine between the last time you remember it running good and now? Jim Patrick
by jiminbartow
Tue May 12, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Going Backward – Mag Gap Readjust
Replies: 16
Views: 1193

Re: Going Backward – Mag Gap Readjust

PS. What do you think of the idea of turning the 4th bearing over to the side that it will not line up with the 4 bolt holes, then place a jack under the bearing flange and jack it until the bolt holes line up. This may provide the transmission with the necessary support with the drive plate shaft r...
by jiminbartow
Tue May 12, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Going Backward – Mag Gap Readjust
Replies: 16
Views: 1193

Re: Going Backward – Mag Gap Readjust

Since the drive plate shaft fits the 4th bearing fine one way, but does not fit when the bearing is turned 180 degrees may be an indication that the babbit is worn down and the shaft is not precisely centered in the babbited bearing, causing the unsupported transmission to sag, resulting in inconsis...