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by Erik Barrett
Fri Feb 07, 2020 1:54 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: correct angle or measurement for front axle caster
Replies: 15
Views: 1471

Re: correct angle or measurement for front axle caster

I am going to agree with my friend yellow T racer on this one. The specification he gave is about twice the positive caster Ford called for on the model T. We have found this is perfect for light cars and especially for fast cars. And he’s right, model T’s don’t need laser alignment. A carpenter’s s...
by Erik Barrett
Sat Feb 01, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Do You Want To Meet The 1904 Model B Owner At Bakersfield Swap Meet ?
Replies: 5
Views: 612

Re: Do You Want To Meet The 1904 Model B Owner At Bakersfield Swap Meet ?

I had the privilege of working on some parts of this historic car. I would live to see it there and meet the man who has made it happen. It’s the oldest four cylinder Ford running.
by Erik Barrett
Thu Jan 30, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Mag Particle Results - 1911 Crankshaft
Replies: 11
Views: 906

Re: Mag Particle Results - 1911 Crankshaft

The crank broke. It was a Sure Mike vintage counter weighted unit. After the block was repaired I put in a Scat crank.
by Erik Barrett
Thu Jan 30, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Mag Particle Results - 1911 Crankshaft
Replies: 11
Views: 906

Re: Mag Particle Results - 1911 Crankshaft

Use a late crankshaft. Preferably one marked EE. The early ones are not nearly as good. If you have a 1911 block you want the best crank you can afford. I just repaired a 1911 engine the broke the crank and ripped the rear main web out of the block. Had to have lock n stitch put it back together. Ex...
by Erik Barrett
Wed Jan 08, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Turlock, CA Swap Meet
Replies: 5
Views: 468

Re: Turlock, CA Swap Meet

We will be there. Have not missed one in 43 years. Every year I threaten to make it the last one. Rumble Seat Garage in GG 59-64. Will have T stuff.
by Erik Barrett
Sat Jan 04, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Metallurgy question Rajo rocker arm shaft.
Replies: 17
Views: 601

Re: Metallurgy question Rajo rocker arm shaft.

My original Rajo four valve had separate shafts which damaged the head. It’s a bad design. I went to a single stainless shaft with great results.
by Erik Barrett
Fri Dec 27, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T engine with Model B Crank
Replies: 30
Views: 1477

Re: Model T engine with Model B Crank

We just worked on an engine similar to this one. It took a whole bunch of work to stuff a model B crankshaft into a T. You have to turn both the rod and main journals down to model A size or it won’t fit. There have been some T’s built with model B rods but they are OHC jobs with no camshaft in the ...
by Erik Barrett
Wed Dec 25, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Merry Christmas!
Replies: 10
Views: 483

Re: Merry Christmas!

Jem, Merry Christmas from across the pond and then some. Hoping your new year is not dry but not rainy either.🍺
by Erik Barrett
Tue Dec 17, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Oil pump
Replies: 72
Views: 2716

Re: Oil pump

Les, we built an engine with one of these and have had no priming problems. We primed the pump and lines with heavy weight oil when we built it and have not touched it since. We are careful to watch for pressure on starting.
by Erik Barrett
Thu Dec 05, 2019 1:51 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Very dark day. Howard is gone.
Replies: 46
Views: 2915

Re: Very dark day. Howard is gone.

A great loss to the T community and to speedster people in particular. I have met Howard many times and had the privilege of talking with him and Fast Frank Harris weeks ago when they they came to see us race Chris Egsgaard’s blue Long Beach champ in Murietta. They had not seen it race in 45 years w...
by Erik Barrett
Thu Nov 28, 2019 12:47 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Tomorrow’s project
Replies: 7
Views: 1410

Re: Tomorrow’s project

I do these all the time. I braze them up and rebore them. Most of the time the brass is all gone when they are bored out due to shrinkage as they cool. Dozens of repaired ones out in the road.
by Erik Barrett
Mon Nov 25, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What is this?
Replies: 5
Views: 679

Re: What is this?

Closed cab TT truck.
by Erik Barrett
Fri Oct 25, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rumble Seat Garage - the new racer - Chris Egsgaard’s 1973 Long Beach champ
Replies: 14
Views: 1306

Re: Rumble Seat Garage - the new racer - Chris Egsgaard’s 1973 Long Beach champ

If you think he is pale you should have seen him after the first time I turned him loose with the Wild Cherry II. He was ashen, absolutely terrified.
by Erik Barrett
Fri Oct 25, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rumble Seat Garage - the new racer - Chris Egsgaard’s 1973 Long Beach champ
Replies: 14
Views: 1306

Re: Rumble Seat Garage - the new racer - Chris Egsgaard’s 1973 Long Beach champ

Admin Jeff did a fabulous job wiring the car. You can tell he is used to working with high end cars. Very meticulous. The car had a quarter mile test drive today and went into the trailer for the races. Robert came back kind of pale so I think it is running well. We are southbound at this time on I-...
by Erik Barrett
Fri Oct 25, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rumble Seat Garage - the new racer - Chris Egsgaard’s 1973 Long Beach champ
Replies: 14
Views: 1306

Re: Rumble Seat Garage - the new racer - Chris Egsgaard’s 1973 Long Beach champ

Frontenac crankcase adapter to model A transmission with another adapter to 39 Ford V8 transmission.
by Erik Barrett
Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:48 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rumble Seat Garage - the new racer - Chris Egsgaard’s 1973 Long Beach champ
Replies: 14
Views: 1306

Re: Rumble Seat Garage - the new racer - Chris Egsgaard’s 1973 Long Beach champ

The car is ready to go and will race for the first time since Long Beach on Saturday at Santa Margarita. This is not a hill climb, it is vintage drag racing, so we will have a chance to spank some flathead V8’s too.
by Erik Barrett
Thu Oct 24, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: TT worm drive ratio
Replies: 5
Views: 439

Re: TT worm drive ratio

Remove the four bolt cover behind the worm gear. Take the big nut off and remove the thrust bearing and worm gear roller bearing. Look in with a pen light and count the teeth on the worm gear. Four teeth, low speed. Six teeth, high speed.
by Erik Barrett
Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Chickasha's Last Hurrah
Replies: 45
Views: 3118

Re: Chickasha's Last Hurrah

Rumble Seat Garage is coming.
by Erik Barrett
Mon Oct 21, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Billy Poohbah’s hill climber
Replies: 13
Views: 1652

Re: Billy Poohbah’s hill climber

Got it running last night. Sounds very potent. Won’t idle, need to work on the Winfield D model carb. We hope to race it on Saturday at RPM nationals in Santa Margarita.
by Erik Barrett
Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Billy Poohbah’s hill climber
Replies: 13
Views: 1652

Re: Billy Poohbah’s hill climber

That’s Egsgaard’s Wild Cherry. It turned the whole hill climb thing upside down and was the beginning of what the Long Beach event was famous for. It is the car we modeled the Wild Cherry II racer after.
by Erik Barrett
Sat Oct 19, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Billy Poohbah’s hill climber
Replies: 13
Views: 1652

Billy Poohbah’s hill climber

Chris Egsgaard’s 1973 Long Beach champ is coming back together.
by Erik Barrett
Sat Oct 19, 2019 2:51 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Don't you love it when?
Replies: 11
Views: 1154

Re: Don't you love it when?

I am glad to have been involved with getting this model T back on the road. That’s what we are about at Rumble Seat Garage. Jeff is a great T hobbyist and so much more. He gave up racing insanely fast Porsche race cars for this and I can say he has embraced our love of these cars to the fullest.
by Erik Barrett
Mon Sep 23, 2019 2:03 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Three to One Gears
Replies: 15
Views: 1229

Re: Three to One Gears

3:1 gears are not a good proposition for a full body model T. Definitely not for a coupelet. These are for lightweight speedsters or runabouts at most. If you have an overhead on your car you don’t need them either. These engines work at higher rpm ranges so stock gears will give you all the speed y...
by Erik Barrett
Sat Sep 21, 2019 2:43 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 5.17:1 Ton Truck Worm Drive Gear Sets - In stock now
Replies: 1
Views: 866

Re: 5.17:1 Ton Truck Worm Drive Gear Sets - In stock now

The price quoted seems awfully expensive until you look a a set of these gears. Reproducing them must have been absurdly expensive. I can’t imagine them being available but hats off to the people making it happen.
by Erik Barrett
Mon Sep 16, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How often do you clean your New Day timer
Replies: 6
Views: 623

Re: How often do you clean your New Day timer

I have one of the old manufacture New Day timers on my dump truck. The one that says “No oiling”. I go for years at a time without touching it. I have a modern seal on the camshaft so that helps keep it clean.
by Erik Barrett
Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:59 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T Hobby Question
Replies: 18
Views: 1289

Re: Model T Hobby Question

After getting behind the wheel of a model T and getting comfortable with it, you will be ready to give up on the Shelby thing, maybe even throw rocks at it. The T is the most fun for the buck you can have with an old car. People drive them now for the same reason they did when they were new. They ar...
by Erik Barrett
Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: T’s at our local cruise night.
Replies: 2
Views: 372

T’s at our local cruise night.

We brought a couple of model T’s to our Auburn car show. There were a lot of people walking right by killer street rods and customs to look at these cars.
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by Erik Barrett
Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:33 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: .10 over pistons Question
Replies: 4
Views: 371

Re: .10 over pistons Question

Get a set of .030 pistons and have a competent machine shop bore and hone it. These blocks can go .060” and beyond. If you are worried about the longevity of a block that is .010” oversized at 90 years old you must be expecting to live to be 400.
by Erik Barrett
Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Oil sight gauge issue
Replies: 27
Views: 1795

Re: Oil sight gauge issue

I have repaired two engines damaged when these sight glasses broke on gravel roads.
by Erik Barrett
Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Post your favorite sign
Replies: 48
Views: 3834

Re: Post your favorite sign

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by Erik Barrett
Fri Sep 06, 2019 3:02 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Triple Gear Pins
Replies: 26
Views: 1881

Re: Triple Gear Pins

There is no reason to worry about double oversized pins or welding up a mangled flywheel. I have stacks of flywheels that don’t need heroic measures to save them. New pins are all they need. Anyone who needs one can pick it up here at no cost whatsoever. Just come and get it. All I ask is be ready t...
by Erik Barrett
Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: BUFFUM
Replies: 10
Views: 917

Re: BUFFUM

I have some of those bearing scrapers. They precede the nazi era.
by Erik Barrett
Thu Aug 22, 2019 2:49 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Napa tour - bummer
Replies: 38
Views: 2909

Re: Napa tour - bummer

Jeff, this is not your first trip down this road. What’s up with that? What are the symptoms and conditions extant at the time of the failure?
by Erik Barrett
Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:09 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: My stupid mistake of the week...
Replies: 16
Views: 1293

Re: My stupid mistake of the week...

In the 1950’s my father bought a TT truck with a wooden cab. It had solid rubber tires on the back. They called it the Teddy truck because Teddy Roosevelt was a rough rider. At some point dad scored some 23” pneumatic TT wheels and tires. He backed the truck into the garage at his grandma’s house an...
by Erik Barrett
Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Adjusting band brake when you have rocky mountains
Replies: 2
Views: 254

Re: Adjusting band brake when you have rocky mountains

Just leave it a little on the loose side so it is still down there and functional in case something goes wrong with the RM brakes.
by Erik Barrett
Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Need photo TT truck lower steering column mount
Replies: 13
Views: 787

Re: Need photo TT truck lower steering column mount

The TT part is different. It should have a TT part number on it. The difference is the angle between the frame and the column.
by Erik Barrett
Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Babbitt Material
Replies: 15
Views: 1318

Re: Babbitt Material

Herm, thanks for the input. I will stick with grade 2. My book on rebuilding model A’s claims that Ford went to a cheaper lead base babbit because they thought the more robust, larger crankshaft did not require the more expensive grade. Maybe that is why the Ford name is on some lower grade babbit i...
by Erik Barrett
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Line boring early block
Replies: 8
Views: 1134

Re: Line boring early block

The block is clamped down through the cylinder bores. The rags are there to protect the deck surface from scratching. The mill drives the bar with a flexible coupling so perfect alignment is not required, but I get it close. This block has been opened up to use babbit on the upper main bearings. Ori...
by Erik Barrett
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Babbitt Material
Replies: 15
Views: 1318

Re: Babbitt Material

Herm, please elaborate. I’d like to learn more.
by Erik Barrett
Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Babbitt Material
Replies: 15
Views: 1318

Re: Babbitt Material

I buy government grade #2 from United Metals. They publish their formulae online and it is what Ford used for model T’s.
by Erik Barrett
Sun Aug 04, 2019 3:16 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Today made it all worth it
Replies: 25
Views: 2041

Re: Today made it all worth it

Well done! The best is yet to come, you have many good times to look forward to. Your model T will often require your attention but will pay it back many times over. Any time you have trouble there is help here.
by Erik Barrett
Sun Aug 04, 2019 3:10 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Line boring early block
Replies: 8
Views: 1134

Re: Line boring early block

Yes it is an early one. Number is just over 5000. I know the owner as as Micheal.
by Erik Barrett
Sat Aug 03, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Line boring early block
Replies: 8
Views: 1134

Line boring early block

One of today’s projects. Main bearings on a 1909 block.
by Erik Barrett
Sat Aug 03, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Layne Transmission
Replies: 5
Views: 629

Re: Layne Transmission

Still need to have the ball cap fourth main.
by Erik Barrett
Wed Jul 31, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What Parts Should be Pre-Ordered When Replacing an Axle in a Ruckstell?
Replies: 15
Views: 1237

Re: What Parts Should be Pre-Ordered When Replacing an Axle in a Ruckstell?

Stan’s advice on a new bronze plate is good. If that thing is bent or dished it is impossible to get correct gear mesh without resorting to questionable methods. A wise investment and new ring gear bolts too for sure.
by Erik Barrett
Tue Jul 30, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Fitting timing gears
Replies: 9
Views: 965

Re: Fitting timing gears

Les, that is how the French bar locates the bore. It has four support bearings which is an improvement over the KRW unit.
by Erik Barrett
Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Fitting timing gears
Replies: 9
Views: 965

Re: Fitting timing gears

I bored mains for years with a KRW bar. I now use a French bar and used it on this block. With these kind of machines any setup error is more likely to place the crank too far from the cam rather than too close unless you abuse the equipment with a hammer or other implement of destruction. I am very...
by Erik Barrett
Sat Jul 27, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Have you had a drum failure ? POLL
Replies: 47
Views: 2292

Re: Have you had a drum failure ? POLL

Yes, it has happened to me. About 30 years ago I was driving my dump truck loaded heavy to our club swap meet. It had a Ruckstell, Warford, and no auxiliary brakes. They were not available new at that time and I had been unable to procure an original set. Spare me the lecture, we all know it was a d...
by Erik Barrett
Sat Jul 27, 2019 5:02 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: California without gasoline-burning cars?
Replies: 26
Views: 2324

Re: California without gasoline-burning cars?

I believe that Governor Newsome and and his cronies in the State legislature truly believe if they passed a law mandating the sun not come up tomorrow, that it would not! Who do these freaks think they are? We are a very long way from independence from fossil fuels, regardless of legislation.
by Erik Barrett
Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Could not go for a ride today - 4014 came through
Replies: 12
Views: 1125

Re: Could not go for a ride today - 4014 came through

4-8-8-4. 600 tons watered and fueled.
by Erik Barrett
Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Could not go for a ride today - 4014 came through
Replies: 12
Views: 1125

Re: Could not go for a ride today - 4014 came through

Allan, LOL, that would be a little messy and it would have to be a big bucket. If it’s anything like 844, the fireman has a couple valves to feed it fuel. It uses steam pressure to atomize the oil and inject it into the firebox. I dont think one stoker could have shoveled enough coal to power a big ...
by Erik Barrett
Thu Jul 25, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Could not go for a ride today - 4014 came through
Replies: 12
Views: 1125

Re: Could not go for a ride today - 4014 came through

1.2 million lbs of railroad history. Do you know they are fueling that beast with used motor oil?
by Erik Barrett
Wed Jul 24, 2019 11:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Trans trouble
Replies: 8
Views: 735

Re: Trans trouble

Transmission rebuilt with bushings too tight. Most likely triple gears but any of them can cause this. I have had to fix many of these here. Some of them are so bad they rip the pins out of the flywheel. Others just weld the bushing to the pin. Anyway, your engine is coming out for repairs. A proble...
by Erik Barrett
Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 26 front axle trouble
Replies: 14
Views: 1291

Re: 26 front axle trouble

You are better off just swapping ends with the axle and leaving the perches alone. Now would be a good time to make sure your spindles are not on the wrong side also. That can be dangerous.
by Erik Barrett
Sun Jul 21, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Pressure testing blocks.
Replies: 5
Views: 676

Pressure testing blocks.

I thought some might be interested in how we pressure test model T’s. Every block and head that comes out of here goes through this. It’s very simple to do but it has prevented quite a few flawed parts from being sent out the door only to cause problems later.
by Erik Barrett
Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:44 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How we replace a broken crankshaft at Rumble Seat Garage
Replies: 26
Views: 2593

Re: How we replace a broken crankshaft at Rumble Seat Garage

All things are possible. I am going to try to reunite Terry’s model T with its original engine block that matches the frame number. It’s a sad case that is going to need a lot of work, but will be worth the effort if it can be done.
by Erik Barrett
Sat Jul 13, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How we replace a broken crankshaft at Rumble Seat Garage
Replies: 26
Views: 2593

Re: How we replace a broken crankshaft at Rumble Seat Garage

This was a car I bought from the estate of a local club member. I put in a Stipe cam, Reeder flathead, and a couple other goodies. The bearings looked good, I was told they were redone when the car was restored. My guess is the crank was not magnafluxed and was put in cracked. I had it on the Nation...
by Erik Barrett
Sat Jul 13, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Help chasing down engine knock
Replies: 6
Views: 608

Re: Help chasing down engine knock

Bent rod can cause noise.
by Erik Barrett
Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:43 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How we replace a broken crankshaft at Rumble Seat Garage
Replies: 26
Views: 2593

Re: How we replace a broken crankshaft at Rumble Seat Garage

Those Ford time studies are a crock. Flat rate times are still that way today, and even worse if it’s a warranty job. They assume nothing will go wrong like a broken bolt, incorrect parts provided, and a host of other things. This job would have taken me 30-40 hours to do by myself. I had good helpe...
by Erik Barrett
Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:09 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How we replace a broken crankshaft at Rumble Seat Garage
Replies: 26
Views: 2593

Re: How we replace a broken crankshaft at Rumble Seat Garage

Well, it was quite a weekend. I had an ideal combination of parts, equipment, and people helping to make the project a success. Steven and my model T partner and best pal Robert Weitzel were troopers on this job. This is a car I got from the estate of a local club member. I did not build the engine ...
by Erik Barrett
Tue Jul 02, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Terrible noise coming from transmission
Replies: 68
Views: 4084

Re: Terrible noise coming from transmission

The thrust washers in your rear end have likely failed.
by Erik Barrett
Fri Jun 28, 2019 2:00 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How many hours should it take...
Replies: 8
Views: 1137

Re: How many hours should it take...

It should take several times what you think it will. Every little complication takes all day to correct.
by Erik Barrett
Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: TT rear axel worm drive
Replies: 5
Views: 656

Re: TT rear axel worm drive

What Burger said. Unless you are doing nothing but parades, you want the high speed gear set.
by Erik Barrett
Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Pulling my engine
Replies: 7
Views: 861

Re: Pulling my engine

What Tony said. Also helps to remove the brake and reverse pedals.
by Erik Barrett
Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: "New" Ricardo HC head - WOW!!
Replies: 19
Views: 2343

Re: "New" Ricardo HC head - WOW!!

We told you and have always said increased compression is the biggest bang for the buck you can get in a model T. Now you know. Brakes next. Left handed Ruckstell shifter too? Wild Cherry is not a tour car. We only get about five miles on the engine between rebuilds. Still would like to take you for...
by Erik Barrett
Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: FP Voltage Regulator
Replies: 6
Views: 916

Re: FP Voltage Regulator

Follow instructions to the letter.
by Erik Barrett
Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: INSERT ROD BEARINGS--LONG TEM REPORT?
Replies: 26
Views: 2992

Re: INSERT ROD BEARINGS--LONG TEM REPORT?

Insert bearings really like filtered oil. So the guys running them on splash should change the oil quite frequently.
by Erik Barrett
Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Above axle wishbone
Replies: 23
Views: 2034

Re: Above axle wishbone

The early perches are not long enough to properly attach a later wishbone. When we build double wishbone speedsters and race cars I mill the axle 1/8” on top and bottom so the perch protrudes through the lower wishbone far enough to use the correct conical nut and cotter pin.
by Erik Barrett
Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Bigger valves?
Replies: 8
Views: 1170

Re: Bigger valves?

We use 351 Windsor Ford V8 exhaust valves, 1970 vintage with great success. They are large enough to put in without having to replace worn out valve seats but not so large they get into the head gasket. They have to be shortened a bit and you can ream out your worn out valve guides to 11/32”.
by Erik Barrett
Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: KR Wilson pan jig ... finally restored :)
Replies: 15
Views: 1369

Re: KR Wilson pan jig ... finally restored :)

Nice work. My KRW pan jig was also abused as a welding bench after the Ford dealer in Lordsburg, New Mexico gave it to one of their mechanics in the 40’s when model T’s were not coming in anymore. I had to mill the surface to restore it. That takes a big mill. I used a Storm Vulcan block master with...
by Erik Barrett
Fri May 31, 2019 2:52 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Poured some babbit tonight
Replies: 7
Views: 1108

Re: Poured some babbit tonight

Thanks guys. I will see about getting a video done. I can just barely post pics successfully without them being sideways.
by Erik Barrett
Thu May 30, 2019 3:12 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Poured some babbit tonight
Replies: 7
Views: 1108

Poured some babbit tonight

Tonight my dad and I poured some T main caps, about four sets of them for projects in the queue. This is something we have done together for so many years and there are hundreds of engines out there with our bearings. Dad and I are best friends and we are perfect partners when the fires in the shop ...
by Erik Barrett
Sat May 25, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: In my Barn
Replies: 12
Views: 1607

Re: In my Barn

Why wouldn’t you want the TT at the party?
by Erik Barrett
Thu May 23, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Moving brake lever
Replies: 7
Views: 971

Re: Moving brake lever

You can also move the lever back so you don’t have to reach so far forward to use it.
by Erik Barrett
Thu May 23, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Red hot exhaust
Replies: 11
Views: 1497

Re: Red hot exhaust

Running timing too retarded will get the manifold hot.
by Erik Barrett
Thu May 23, 2019 2:01 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Delivered pre-T project today.
Replies: 15
Views: 1601

Re: Delivered pre-T project today.

Here’s a shot of the finish bored bearing.
by Erik Barrett
Tue May 21, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Delivered pre-T project today.
Replies: 15
Views: 1601

Re: Delivered pre-T project today.

It was at Bakersfield. I picked it up there.
by Erik Barrett
Tue May 21, 2019 2:48 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Delivered pre-T project today.
Replies: 15
Views: 1601

Re: Delivered pre-T project today.

My phone likes to put up pictures inverted on this site.
by Erik Barrett
Tue May 21, 2019 2:46 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Delivered pre-T project today.
Replies: 15
Views: 1601

Delivered pre-T project today.

I was recently asked to do some babbit work on a 1904 model B Ford. I had to replace the transmission output shaft support bearing and the babbited spherical socket for the torque tube ball. Both of these are in an aluminum subframe. The bearing itself was straightforward but required tooling to be ...
by Erik Barrett
Mon May 13, 2019 2:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Auburn Mother Lode Swap Meet
Replies: 7
Views: 1068

Re: Auburn Mother Lode Swap Meet

Rumble Seat Garage and Wild Cherry II racing team will be there. How about 10 AM at the shade tent by the food booth for a forum member meeting? The table closest to the check out line and then we can go to where there’s room. Name badges will help up recognize each other.
by Erik Barrett
Sun May 12, 2019 1:59 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Pan straightening
Replies: 29
Views: 3511

Re: Pan straightening

Herm and Kevin have it right. A pan that is flat on a surface plate may not be truly aligned. I have rarely seen a pan that did not need some correction. The KRW jig is a demanding master. Either a pan is perfect or it is not. Most can be brought into acceptable standards.
by Erik Barrett
Wed May 08, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Do I have a broken crankshaft?
Replies: 14
Views: 1930

Re: Do I have a broken crankshaft?

I know of two. One failed due to improper installation. The other one was horribly abused in a race car. We forgot to turn down the rev limiter and our dyno tuner hit second gear at well over 6000 RPM. Not kidding. Not qualified for warranty. We got a new one and the block survived for a few more ra...
by Erik Barrett
Wed May 08, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Do I have a broken crankshaft?
Replies: 14
Views: 1930

Re: Do I have a broken crankshaft?

The way I feel business should be done. The car was a strong runner, going to be even better now.
by Erik Barrett
Wed May 08, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Camshaft recommendation for Fronty
Replies: 5
Views: 748

Re: Camshaft recommendation for Fronty

Overheads with high ratio rocker arms don’t need a high lift cam. In fact it’s very hard on the cam and its bearings. The Stipe you mentioned is a good choice. I like using a model A cam with overheads.
by Erik Barrett
Wed May 08, 2019 2:38 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Do I have a broken crankshaft?
Replies: 14
Views: 1930

Re: Do I have a broken crankshaft?

Steven bought this car from me at the Bakersfield swap meet. It is a car I bought from an estate a couple years ago. We put in a Stipe cam and high compression flathead, along with a few other things. Well, the crank let go. Steven called me and let me know without any negativity or attitude whatsoe...
by Erik Barrett
Thu May 02, 2019 1:24 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What are you doing with your "T" in May
Replies: 107
Views: 9189

Re: What are you doing with your "T" in May

Jeff, good thing you don’t have that high compression head on there yet. Or do you?
by Erik Barrett
Wed May 01, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What are you doing with your "T" in May
Replies: 107
Views: 9189

Re: What are you doing with your "T" in May

I threw some trash in my TT dump truck today.
by Erik Barrett
Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:59 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Roof 16 head and domed pistons
Replies: 10
Views: 1284

Re: Roof 16 head and domed pistons

Ross makes beautiful pistons, the nicest I have seen. They made the custom set we use in the Wild Cherry. They can make whatever you want if you need something special but have programs to make anything they have already done.
by Erik Barrett
Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Roof 16 head and domed pistons
Replies: 10
Views: 1284

Re: Roof 16 head and domed pistons

The overheads made in the T days were very low compression, not much more than a stock T, because the gas available then did not work well with high compression. The idea was flow with these heads. With modern fuel, you can use high domed pistons to improve performance.
by Erik Barrett
Sun Apr 21, 2019 3:24 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: MTFCA safety check list sheet
Replies: 4
Views: 540

Re: MTFCA safety check list sheet

Bob, a safety check seminar is a great club event at the beginning of touring season. The MTFCA checklist is a perfect guideline. Even seasoned tour veterans find things to improve on.
by Erik Barrett
Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:04 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New transmission - I’m saved by Erik Barrett
Replies: 16
Views: 1749

Re: New transmission - I’m saved by Erik Barrett

Jeff is going home tomorrow with his engine. We did it with partner Robert Weitzel. We took care of the other issues while we were in there, Jeff will be touring in no time. Would not have been possible without all the help.
by Erik Barrett
Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:51 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Disaster Hath Ensued!
Replies: 17
Views: 2070

Re: Disaster Hath Ensued!

It’s pretty safe to say that if you are going to drive these antique cars on modern roads at speeds that are comfortable, it is likely you are going to have what we call an “event”, if the car has not been completely rebuilt with these conditions in mind. Admin Jeff is a friend of ours. This is not ...
by Erik Barrett
Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:32 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Disaster Hath Ensued!
Replies: 17
Views: 2070

Re: Disaster Hath Ensued!

It’s very common for late brake drums to be cracked in that area. In fact almost all of them are. We have built many of them with no problems but you cannot over torque the bolts. I use Loctite on the bolts and tighten them by hand to about 20 ft/lbs.
by Erik Barrett
Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:19 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Engine Builders: Babbitt and boring cylinders question
Replies: 5
Views: 842

Re: Engine Builders: Babbitt and boring cylinders question

I am with Herm on this. We like all of the machine work on the cylinders and valves to be done before we do the bearings. All of that involves cleaning and other work that can only contaminate my bearings. When I finish a bearing job I clean all parts and bolt in the crankshaft, then put a bag on th...
by Erik Barrett
Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Major engine problem
Replies: 39
Views: 3318

Re: Major engine problem

That’s a bummer dude. Your engine is coming out. Sloe Bob and I will expect to hear from you.
by Erik Barrett
Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Who Will Be In Bakersfield the 12th and 13th?
Replies: 8
Views: 954

Re: Who Will Be In Bakersfield the 12th and 13th?

Rumble seat garage will be there in D81/E31. 1924 touring for sale. Next door will be Wild Cherry II racing team. Look for the red 1909 touring there. Stop by and check out the Gallivan/Rajo DOHC T engine as well.
by Erik Barrett
Tue Apr 09, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Vehicles
Topic: 1918 T Roadster with Rajo 4 Valve
Replies: 4
Views: 2404

Re: 1918 T Roadster with Rajo 4 Valve

That’s a lot of car for the money.
by Erik Barrett
Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Vehicles
Topic: T wanted
Replies: 21
Views: 6363

Re: T wanted

There are good cars out there and there are cheap cars too. Hard to find both in the same car.