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by John Codman
Sat Nov 23, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: ***1926-1927 Cowl Mounted Fuel Tank***
Replies: 24
Views: 907

Re: ***1926-1927 Cowl Mounted Fuel Tank***

To George N Lake Ozark - Having removed the tank from my '27 open car twice, you are correct; it is a horrible job. We have been down this road before, but in my '27 touring, you will remove the gauge cluster (such as it is) and the steering column or the tank will stay in place. That's not what the...
by John Codman
Sat Nov 23, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Inflation !!!
Replies: 26
Views: 1215

Re: Inflation !!!

What you need to remember is that (in the OP) they were making parts for millions of cars and sold them in huge quantity. There are economies of scale. Today these parts are made in tiny quantities by what are essentially cottage industries that cannot operate on the profit margin of a large corpora...
by John Codman
Wed Nov 06, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Vintage authenticity?
Replies: 97
Views: 3054

Re: Vintage authenticity?

My T has a sealed bearing fan pulley to keep the pulley from slinging grease all over the engine compartment. I think Henry would have used it if it were available in 1927. I also have a modern, Berg's flat-tube radiator so that it cools beautifully. It also has Snyder's repro stainless spark and th...
by John Codman
Sat Nov 02, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Model T Club That Doesn’t Drive Around And Eat
Replies: 6
Views: 819

Re: Model T Club That Doesn’t Drive Around And Eat

Here's mine from a couple of years ago.
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by John Codman
Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: HELP ... Loose Steering
Replies: 16
Views: 860

Re: HELP ... Loose Steering

My '27 had the same issue and the problem wasn't just one thing. The tie rod ends were loose, the drag link was loose at the Pittman arm, and the column was loose at the block that mounts the column to the frame. The sun gear shaft that attaches to the steering wheel was also loose in the steering b...
by John Codman
Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Adjusting clutch
Replies: 4
Views: 274

Re: Adjusting clutch

Thanks, guys.
by John Codman
Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: WARNING New Clincher Tire Blows Off Rim!!
Replies: 16
Views: 1065

Re: WARNING New Clincher Tire Blows Off Rim!!

Any response to the OP will be just a guess, but I doubt that the tube was the cause. As was said earlier, any tube will fail if the tire slips off the rim when inflated. The issue has to be with either the rim or the tire bead. If you are positive that the rim is in good shape and reasonably clean ...
by John Codman
Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: New Member from Scotland
Replies: 20
Views: 640

Re: New Member from Scotland

Welcome aboard!
by John Codman
Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Adjusting clutch
Replies: 4
Views: 274

Adjusting clutch

I have the Ford "Bible" but it only outlines the procedure to adjust the clutch fingers if the clutch is slipping. I have the opposite issue- the "free clutch" isn't. Iwould like to do a clutch adjustment starting at the fingers - then move on to the linkage. Is there a specification for adjusting t...
by John Codman
Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What have you done to your T in October?
Replies: 77
Views: 3896

Re: What have you done to your T in October?

It turns out that my optimism was justified. I pulled the NH float bowl and the top gasket looked as though it had seen better days. I replaced it, and the O-ring on the bowl drain ans now the fuel is staying in the carburetor instead of pouring onto the floor. The gas smells bad though. I have the ...
by John Codman
Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: New accessory item, GUESS
Replies: 43
Views: 1885

Re: New accessory item, GUESS

I hope that it is the shake-free mirror. If it is, I will order one.
by John Codman
Sun Oct 27, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What have you done to your T in October?
Replies: 77
Views: 3896

Re: What have you done to your T in October?

Nothing, but tomorrow I will crawl under to look at the carburetor. I was going to take the T for a quick spin, but when I turned on the gas, it poured out of the carburetor. The engine ran beautifully the last time I drove it, so I don't think it's a sticking float. My guess is a float bowl gasket....
by John Codman
Sat Oct 26, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: How cold do you drive?
Replies: 55
Views: 2005

Re: How cold do you drive?

Due to salt, I would put my T away for the wintah when I lived in Massachusetts. The T was the first of three cars to go into the barn each winter, and putting it away was a bit of a hassle. I would back it into the barn, jack it up and put plates with wheels under the tires and push it sideways und...
by John Codman
Sat Oct 26, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Buying on Craig's List
Replies: 69
Views: 3230

Re: Buying on Craig's List

I wish you the best of luck on your purchase. I must say that I have have only once in my life purchased a used car that was as good as it was represented to be. As Freighter Jim mentioned, the misrepresentation was not always intentional, but only in rare cases will the seller of his/own free will ...
by John Codman
Sat Oct 26, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Registration holder
Replies: 7
Views: 300

Re: Registration holder

I have the registration card plastic laminated at Staples, then keep them under the rear floor mat of my touring car.
by John Codman
Sat Oct 26, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: '19 Centerdoor restore... :)
Replies: 114
Views: 4077

Re: '19 Centerdoor restore... :)

I definitely see why you are replacing the wood!
by John Codman
Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Rear Windows
Replies: 9
Views: 718

Re: Rear Windows

I'm sure that the top on my '27 is not original - it has plastic instead of the isinglass, but the dimensions are 7" by 17 1/2". The top is in pretty good shape and I don't anticipate changing it anytime soon, but if I ever I do, the window will be larger and still plastic. The T is blind as a bat i...
by John Codman
Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Buying on Craig's List
Replies: 69
Views: 3230

Re: Buying on Craig's List

Hi Tom, I bought my first used car in 1959. I have purchased and eventually sold about 75 "pre-owned" cars. Exactly one of them was exactly as advertised. With the exception of a '62 Chrysler which I bought used from a Chrysler dealer, every one of them had something amiss that the seller knew or sh...
by John Codman
Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Buying on Craig's List
Replies: 69
Views: 3230

Re: Buying on Craig's List

I would not even consider driving a Model T that has been sitting for two years 2,000 miles home. The likelihood of making the trip without a significant mechanical failure is just about zero.
by John Codman
Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Do all 1920s model Ts have these?
Replies: 11
Views: 1165

Re: Do all 1920s model Ts have these?

Just a whisker off the original post, but as it deals with upholstery, perhaps I can get a question answered. When I bought my '27 Touring (March production date) the rear seat had obviously been redone. The rear seat and back have buttons on the pleats. The front seat was either original or was red...
by John Codman
Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Johns-Manville company
Replies: 29
Views: 1413

Re: Johns-Manville company

I spent 23 years spinning wrenches on cars for a living. Back then (1960 to about 1975 with a couple of short gaps) we thought nothing about blowing the dust out of drum brakes with compressed air. We knew the dust was asbestos, but the asbestos companies never said anything about the dust being esp...
by John Codman
Sat Oct 05, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: WINTR IS COMMING
Replies: 12
Views: 644

Re: WINTR IS COMMING

Yup, it's fall now - the grass will turn to tan from green, it won't rain until March, and the daytime temperatures will go from 90 to 80. I guess that I will probably have to start wearing socks again. The one thing we need here in Florida is a few more people from the Socialist Republic of Califor...
by John Codman
Sat Oct 05, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Is a water pump necessary?
Replies: 39
Views: 1467

Re: Is a water pump necessary?

If the rest of the cooling system is in good shape - no. If it's not, put it in good shape and the answer is still no.
by John Codman
Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: New New York License Plates
Replies: 16
Views: 967

Re: New New York License Plates

Massachusetts does not allow restored YOM plates, but as was said earlier, people do it anyway. I'm not sure what their issue with restored plates is. Florida does allow restored plates, but you have to send the restored plate to the DMV in Tallahassee to be approved. There is a fee for this. As to ...
by John Codman
Sat Sep 07, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: New New York License Plates
Replies: 16
Views: 967

Re: New New York License Plates

I would doubt that the governor by himself has the authority to arbitrarily decide that you need new plates and double the cost.
by John Codman
Sat Sep 07, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Model T tan
Replies: 11
Views: 874

Re: Model T tan

I do the same as Dlodge. I don't think the top has been down in the last three years. I get all the sun I need maintaining five acres.
by John Codman
Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 12 volt Question
Replies: 22
Views: 1139

Re: 12 volt Question

15 million plus Model Ts were made. All that were built with electrical systems were 6 volt. I could care less what you do with your car's electrical system, but if your T isn't running as it's supposed to on 6 volts (and the magneto), there is a problem. My approach would be to find it. If it's a s...
by John Codman
Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: New exhaust manifold porblems.
Replies: 12
Views: 929

Re: New exhaust manifold porblems.

I installed a reproduction manifold from Lang's several years ago. It fit perfectly, everything lined up, and it's run fine since the day that I installed it.
by John Codman
Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What’s this?
Replies: 5
Views: 564

Re: What’s this?

I agree that the photo in the OP is a gas-mileage gimmick, but my Piper Comanche had a (very) soft Aluminum flow-director bolted under the carburetor. This was OE Lycoming. It was made of very soft Aluminum because it was not easily inspectable, and it was designed so that if a piece broke off, it w...
by John Codman
Sun Aug 25, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: State Inspections
Replies: 25
Views: 1125

Re: State Inspections

FWIW: My T has a Massachusetts inspection sticker that expired in October of 1993 and is very clearly marked as such. Before moving to Florida, I drove it for four years in Massachusetts with the old sticker clearly visible. I have even given a police officer a ride in it. They can't be bothered wit...
by John Codman
Sun Aug 25, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Can we enter US military bases?
Replies: 19
Views: 999

Re: Can we enter US military bases?

The rules are different if it's a joint-use base. Hanscom Field in Bedford, MA is such a base. I have flown my airplane into it many times and it's just another airport. To drive in however, you must tell the guard where you are going and why. I have never had my car searched, but I have heard that ...
by John Codman
Sun Aug 25, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: State Inspections
Replies: 25
Views: 1125

Re: State Inspections

I lived in Massachusetts for decades and was a state vehicle inspector. You must have one red brakelight regardless of whether the car came with it or not. If you have a gas-era antique, you have to rig up some kind of a battery to power the light. I'll be honest with you, I never bothered with an i...
by John Codman
Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 26/27 repop head bolts caution
Replies: 30
Views: 1742

Re: 26/27 repop head bolts caution

I pulled the head off of my '27 a few years back. When inspecting the headbolts, there were a couple that I didn't like. I bought two repops from Lang's which looked better in every way then the originals. The length was correct. Maybe they are using a different vendpor now? I would think that moder...
by John Codman
Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Offensive Placard’s – Nothing New
Replies: 26
Views: 2212

Re: Offensive Placard’s – Nothing New

I guess folks living in New Jersey aren't too bright. The state government knows this. The proof? They still won't allow the citizens of the garden state to pump their own gas. The only reasonable reason is that NJ folk just aren't smart enough to accomplish this very difficult task. (Tongue firmly ...
by John Codman
Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Painting ther Engine
Replies: 18
Views: 1346

Re: Painting ther Engine

There has been considerable discussion about the proper engine paint color on this forum. As I recall, nobody has found a documented original engine that was stored well-enough that the exact color can be determined. In a lengthy thread a while back, the consensus was that "moleskin" was the correct...
by John Codman
Thu Aug 08, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 26/27 repop head bolts caution
Replies: 30
Views: 1742

Re: 26/27 repop head bolts caution

If you don't use the same torque wrench and setup (length of extension) on all of the bolts (capscrews if you want to be technically correct) they are not all torqued to the same value.
by John Codman
Thu Aug 08, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Are our cars invisible?
Replies: 11
Views: 1142

Re: Are our cars invisible?

I wouldn't blame the modern electronics.I think the blind spot sensors are awesome, and the bride's minivan backup cameras are a fantastic aid. One thing that I will never understand is why some yo-yos will drive right behind you when you are backing up and the backup lights are on. All of the moder...
by John Codman
Thu Aug 08, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Parts paid for via PayPal
Replies: 8
Views: 716

Re: Parts paid for via PayPal

Now you know why I don't use Pay Pal (an oxymoron if there ever was one). I don't buy from any business that charges a fee for using a credit card. The ole checkbook still works.
by John Codman
Tue Aug 06, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What have you done to your T in August
Replies: 94
Views: 5019

Re: What have you done to your T in August

I replaced one incorrect headlight bar bolt with the correct carriage bolt, then replaced the incorrect hex nuts with square nuts. The old girl is actually running quite well, and I'm sort of playing around with simple little things. Will replace the hex nuts on the passenger' side next week.
by John Codman
Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Improved car headlight bar bolts
Replies: 9
Views: 667

Re: Improved car headlight bar bolts

You don't need square or eight-point sockets for square nuts. Regular 12-point sockets work just fine. I installed a new carriage bolt and square nuts on the driver's side today with a 12-point socket. I was amazed that my local Ace Hardware store stocks square nuts!
by John Codman
Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Langs
Replies: 15
Views: 1481

Re: Langs

Lang's gets the bulk of my business, but I also try to spread what little that I spend around to other suppliers as well.
by John Codman
Tue Jul 30, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Improved car headlight bar bolts
Replies: 9
Views: 667

Re: Improved car headlight bar bolts

Thanks! Doer anybody have four good square headlight bolts that they would like to sell to me?
by John Codman
Tue Jul 30, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Improved car headlight bar bolts
Replies: 9
Views: 667

Improved car headlight bar bolts

I need to replace one incorrect headlight bar bolt on my '27 with the correct carriage bolt. The issue is that I don't know whether the nuts are supposed to be square or hex. The three original-looking carriage bolts have hex nuts, but the taillight bracket has square nuts. I would have thought Ford...
by John Codman
Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What have you done to your Model T in July?
Replies: 113
Views: 6843

Re: What have you done to your Model T in July?

I got the commutator harness properly located and clipped in place, then it was time for a road test of the rebuilt coils and the new harness. The old girl ran just about the best that it ever has. The coils that I sent to Ron were not factory coils; the ones that I got back were original-style Ford...
by John Codman
Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Locomotion...
Replies: 14
Views: 783

Re: Locomotion...

I too rode the Durango and Silverton when it was owned by the D&RGW railroad. It is a trip that every railfan should have on his/her bucket list.
by John Codman
Thu Jul 25, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Sometimes they bite back......... ouch!
Replies: 19
Views: 1436

Re: Sometimes they bite back......... ouch!

To otrcman - That's funny! My bride also had a tired old Studebaker while she was in college, it had the same issue as yours, and her solution was the same as yours as well.
by John Codman
Wed Jul 24, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Dare to Share- Your first T
Replies: 14
Views: 1287

Re: Dare to Share- Your first T

Here's mine - my first and only.
by John Codman
Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Improved car front axle
Replies: 11
Views: 947

Re: Improved car front axle

My axle definitely does not look like the '27 in the photo.
by John Codman
Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Wiring harness location
Replies: 6
Views: 510

Re: Wiring harness location

I talked to the folks at Lang's about the clip(s) to hold the harness to the front water outlet. They suggested a pair of their #5033 clips face to face. This surrounds the harness so that it can't slip out of the clips, yet is loose enough that the harness can slip a bit. This worked so well that I...
by John Codman
Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: The First Ford sold.
Replies: 44
Views: 2749

Re: The First Ford sold.

The T was not the first car produced on an assembly line.
by John Codman
Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Stale gasoline disposal
Replies: 18
Views: 1223

Re: Stale gasoline disposal

I go along with Les Schubert. I would dump a gallon or so into your daily driver that has about 3/4 tank of gas already. It'll burn. Repeat until the gas is gone.
by John Codman
Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Radiator petcock issue
Replies: 13
Views: 957

Re: Radiator petcock issue

I also have a Berg's radiator, and the original petcock fit perfectly. Unless Berg's didn't tap the hole properly, I would take a close look at the petcock. Once you modify that radiator, Berg's is off the hook for any other problems, so I would be absolutely positive of what the issue is prior to d...
by John Codman
Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 26 front axle trouble
Replies: 14
Views: 1075

Re: 26 front axle trouble

fschrope is technically correct, but there is no adjustment of caster on a Model T that doesn't involve a gas wrench. The actual caster setting is built in through the perches.
by John Codman
Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Shift knob in transmission
Replies: 14
Views: 945

Re: Shift knob in transmission

I agree with Scottio, but would suggest a couple of shots of good Bourbon and a period of doing something else before trying the mechanical finger thing.
by John Codman
Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: junk
Replies: 4
Views: 677

Re: junk

I saw that thread and made the not-difficult decision not to open it.
by John Codman
Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Progress on my 1910 T
Replies: 9
Views: 867

Re: Progress on my 1910 T

Remember that when you are 90% finished, you only have 90% to go.
by John Codman
Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Improved car front axle
Replies: 11
Views: 947

Improved car front axle

Can someone post a clear photo of an "improved car" front axle? In the parts section a poster commented that all of the '26 and '27 Model Ts had a dip in the center of the axle. I have no reason to believe that the axle in my '27 has ever been swapped, but it doesn't appear to have a dip in it. I'm ...
by John Codman
Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB Front Axle for 1927 Tudor
Replies: 14
Views: 664

Re: WTB Front Axle for 1927 Tudor

Just curious - My '27 Touring's front axle definitely does not have a dip in the center. Does the tudor use a different axle? I have no reason to believe that the axle has ever been replaced.
by John Codman
Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: OT aircraft
Replies: 3
Views: 436

Re: OT aircraft

That's a fun little airplane. I flew one back in the early '70s. I bought a '67 with the electric 40 degree flaps. Cessna screwed the 150 up when they changed it to 24 volts and limited the flaps to 30 degrees.
by John Codman
Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What have you done to your Model T in July?
Replies: 113
Views: 6843

Re: What have you done to your Model T in July?

I have installed the new commutator harness. While looking at the harness that came with the car, I decided that Henry would not positioned the harness as it was on my '27. In another thread I asked if anyone knew for sure how it was originally routed? I got an answer and found that the T didn't hav...
by John Codman
Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Wiring harness location
Replies: 6
Views: 510

Re: Wiring harness location

Thanks humblej.
by John Codman
Sun Jul 14, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: "Pride Goeth" or "The 15 Mile Oil Change."
Replies: 22
Views: 1323

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

I'm with Greg, if you drained the oil into a clean pan, reuse it.
by John Codman
Sun Jul 14, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Wiring harness location
Replies: 6
Views: 510

Wiring harness location

I just replaced the timer (commutator) wiring harness on my '27. The old harness was routed under the front coil box bracket that holds the box to the head. A previous owner had put a tie wrap around the harness and the bracket to hold the harness a fraction of an inch off of the head. That's sure n...
by John Codman
Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What have you done to your Model T in July?
Replies: 113
Views: 6843

Re: What have you done to your Model T in July?

Since my '27 is laid up waiting for rebuilt coils, I decided to replace the commutator harness. One wire had been positioned poorly and was rubbing against the spark rod. I had bought a complete set of harnesses back in 2015, but had replaced only the lighting and horn harnesses. I have new harnesse...
by John Codman
Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Coils
Replies: 15
Views: 2118

Re: Coils

Ron Patterson was recommended to me by a Friend in Massachusetts who had his done by Ron. Actually Ron has my coils right now. As to the timer, I replaced mine with a reproduction from Lang's. It solved the problem and works well. I have no experience with the electronic units.
by John Codman
Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: This is becoming ridiculous!
Replies: 50
Views: 3310

Re: This is becoming ridiculous!

RustyFords commented that some parts of California are considering splitting off and forming another state. Although this is legal under the US constitution, it is not under the California constitution. To allow a split there would have to be a constitutional convention where the California legislat...
by John Codman
Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Status of New Fuel Tanks
Replies: 22
Views: 1741

Re: Status of New Fuel Tanks

I'd settle for an eight month wait. Nobody makes tanks for the improved cars.
by John Codman
Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What have you done to your Model T in July?
Replies: 113
Views: 6843

Re: What have you done to your Model T in July?

I pulled the coils out of my '27 and sent them off to Ron Patterson for servicing. While at it, I looked at the primary wire connection at the bottom of the coil box and didn't like what I saw. I disassembled the connection, cleaned it thoroughly, and reassembled it. The next significant project wil...
by John Codman
Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Berg's has an A+ from me
Replies: 10
Views: 1057

Re: Berg's has an A+ from me

Before I replaced the non-leaking radiator in my '27, the engine would overheat in 15 minutes whether idling or driving. I installed a new Berg's flat-tube radiator and now I can't make it overheat.
by John Codman
Sat Jul 06, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Foot throttle
Replies: 12
Views: 813

Re: Foot throttle

I agree with Steve Jelf. Why buy a T and then start changing the things that make it a T?
by John Codman
Sat Jul 06, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 6 volt battery dilemma
Replies: 21
Views: 1349

Re: 6 volt battery dilemma

I just go to Wal-Mart. There are only a handful of lead-acid battery manufacturers in the USA anyhoo, so why overthink it?
by John Codman
Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: planning to drive your T on July 4?
Replies: 26
Views: 1414

Re: planning to drive your T on July 4?

I did take my flag-bedecked T out this AM. After about three miles it dropped a cylinder. It's either plugs or coils - in another post I asked for Ron Patterson's contact information so that I can send my coils to him for rebuilding.
by John Codman
Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Odds of getting stolen
Replies: 23
Views: 1601

Re: Odds of getting stolen

The reason that I don't leave the key in my Model T is because I'm afraid that some jerk would steal the key, not the car.
by John Codman
Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Ignition coils
Replies: 2
Views: 374

Ignition coils

Does anyone have the contact information for Ron Patterson? I need my coils rebuilt. Thanks.
by John Codman
Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: My First Model T. 1921 roadster
Replies: 25
Views: 1454

Re: My First Model T. 1921 roadster

I am a bit confused by your comment that the car needs all new wiring, but you don't want anything that looks new on the car. I would install a new harness. It's a lot less work and cheaper then redoing the car after a fire. The very first thing that I did on my T was to replace the harness. You als...
by John Codman
Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: My First Model T. 1921 roadster
Replies: 25
Views: 1454

Re: My First Model T. 1921 roadster

I am a bit confused by your comment that the car needs all new wiring, but you don't want anything that looks new on the car. I would install a new harness. It's a lot less work and cheaper then redoing the car after a fire. The very first thing that I did on my T was to replace the harness. You als...
by John Codman
Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: planning to drive your T on July 4?
Replies: 26
Views: 1414

Re: planning to drive your T on July 4?

If I have time. We have some friends coming over for dinner and I'll have to shovel out the house first.
by John Codman
Wed Jun 26, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Using a 4-1 steering gear box in place of 5-1
Replies: 17
Views: 1239

Re: Using a 4-1 sterring gear box in place of 5-1

Assuming that the 5:1 set is on an "improved car," what will happen is that with the 4:1 gears, the thing will steer hard as Hades. Remember that it has the low-pressure big tires. I'd think long and hard about doing that swap. Ford changed to 5:1 gears for a reason.
by John Codman
Wed Jun 26, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Battery Lifting / Removal Methods
Replies: 36
Views: 2439

Re: Battery Lifting / Removal Methods

I didn't read all of the posts in this thread, but on top-post batteries I have used two pairs of vice grips on the posts ever since I loaned my post strap to someone - I don't remember who - and never got it back. That was about 40 years ago; I'm guessing that he isn't going to return it.
by John Codman
Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Coolant in thermosiphon systems
Replies: 22
Views: 1680

Re: Coolant in thremosiphon systems

My '27 simply will not overheat with a 50/50 ethylene glycol/water mix. If you have a clean cooling system with a good radiator the system will work fine.
by John Codman
Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Almost every one of these 15 'facts' is dead wrong.
Replies: 14
Views: 1717

Re: Almost every one of these 15 'facts' is dead wrong.

#9 is dead wrong. Henry Ford was not a racist, and he was known for paying black employees at the same rate as whites. He was an anti-Semite though.
by John Codman
Thu Jun 13, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: How much time have you got ??
Replies: 23
Views: 2030

Re: How much time have you got ??

I relate well to the first two posts. I too became involved in too many diverse hobbies. I simply couldn't dedicate enough time to any to become really proficient in them. About 10 years ago I started lightening the load, and have shed several hobbies that I liked, but didn't love. The horses are go...
by John Codman
Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Bad experience with Body Shop
Replies: 2
Views: 632

Re: Bad experience with Body Shop

I would not take my T to a body shop that hadn't done another T first. I have run across a few good body shops, but I have found five bad ones for every good one. I presently have one fender that I would like to have sandblasted and painted, but I'm relatively new here in SW Florida and have no idea...
by John Codman
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: So tell me why I should buy a model T?
Replies: 61
Views: 3909

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

The only reason that you should become involved with any hobby is because you want to. I would suggest asking the question "do I really want to own an old, slow car?" If the answer is yes, then ask yourself "How much time and money can I afford?" If the answer to time is a significant amount, you at...
by John Codman
Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: FYI. Interesting car ...
Replies: 14
Views: 1735

Re: FYI. Interesting car ...

A little OT but when I clicked on the link to the ad, I discovered that there were several "related cars" listed as well. One was a yellow sorta speedster. The ad said that it was in Portland CT. I think that's where Wayne Carini's "Chasing Classic Cars" F-40 Motorsports is located, and the building...
by John Codman
Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 26-27 Roadster Body Questions
Replies: 56
Views: 3452

Re: 26-27 Roadster Body Questions

It is not my intent to hijack the thread, but does anyone know where I can get a couple of those curtain hole covers? Both of the plugs depicted in Dan's door photo are missing on my car.
by John Codman
Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: HCCT value
Replies: 13
Views: 1441

Re: HCCT value

If I even suggested to my wife that I put one of those on display in our house, I'd be sleeping in the garage for a month!
by John Codman
Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Old Photo- Chain drive express truck
Replies: 6
Views: 698

Re: Old Photo- Chain drive express truck

I wonder if it's a Sterling? There were still a few much later Sterling chain drive trucks around when I was a kid in the early '50s. I remember talking to one Sterling driver who said that the Sterling was the best "pit truck" ever because the differential was bolted to the frame up high, so there ...
by John Codman
Sat Jun 08, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What did you do with your model T in June
Replies: 97
Views: 6853

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

Followed a suggestion in another thread and soaked the top hold-down straps on my '27 touring in Neatsfoot oil. What a difference!
by John Codman
Mon Jun 03, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 15% ethanol and T’s
Replies: 21
Views: 1767

Re: 15% ethanol and T’s

BTW: To clarify my last post, I do know that E85 and 15% ethanol are not the same thing.
by John Codman
Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 15% ethanol and T’s
Replies: 21
Views: 1767

Re: 15% ethanol and T’s

A bit of reality here - A gallon of pure gasoline contains 114,000 BTUs of heat energy. A gallon of Ethanol contains 76,100 BTUs. Mix gasoline and Ethanol in a 90:10 ratio and you have a gallon of fuel with 110,210 BTUs of heat energy. Do the same in an 85:15 ratio and the gallon has 108,315 BTUs. A...
by John Codman
Fri May 31, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Gasoline Fumes
Replies: 21
Views: 1631

Re: Gasoline Fumes

Unlike modern automobiles, the T gas tank is vented directly to the atmosphere. If air couldn't get into the tank, the gas flowing to the carburetor would create a vacuum and the fuel flow would stop. I would be much more surprised to not smell gasoline then the opposite.
by John Codman
Thu May 30, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Balancing Water??
Replies: 25
Views: 1978

Re: Balancing Water??

At 70 (or even 50) I can understand balancing tires, but with the large diameter of model T wheels - even the improved car tires, the rotational speed is quite low. I too have balanced thousands of wheels (I worked in a tire store for 10 years) and from my experience if a tire and wheel has a discer...
by John Codman
Tue May 28, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Balancing Water??
Replies: 25
Views: 1978

Re: Balancing Water??

Balance the tires on a 35-40 mph vehicle? Why?
by John Codman
Tue May 28, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Rules for setting timing as you drive?
Replies: 20
Views: 1351

Re: Rules for setting timing as you drive?

I'll go with the set it where it sounds best and forgeddaboudit. I'll also go with Ron Patterson's advice to have the spark lever a couple of notches down when you start the car. My '27 will not start with the spark fully retarded.
by John Codman
Tue May 28, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: A source to buy ignition switch?
Replies: 14
Views: 1071

Re: A source to buy ignition switch?

Lang's lists one on Page 146 of their current paper catalog.
by John Codman
Mon May 27, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: OT but not a lot
Replies: 4
Views: 551

Re: OT but not a lot

I use kitty litter and a piece of board with a bit of elbow grease.