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by Steve Jelf
Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Second question on the “you know better” rear differential
Replies: 4
Views: 121

Re: Second question on the “you know better” rear differential

It's easy enough to check the U-joint rivet.

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Just remove the plug and look inside.
by Steve Jelf
Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 27 Engine details
Replies: 24
Views: 444

Re: 27 Engine details

If you want to correct the engine color, here's an original 1927 example.

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by Steve Jelf
Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Transporting new ‘27 chassis home
Replies: 3
Views: 74

Re: Transporting new ‘27 chassis home

It would probably take less than half a day to connect what needs to be connected if you have the parts. You might not do any damage moving it as is, but why risk it when you don't really need to?
by Steve Jelf
Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Spare Tire Carrier Question
Replies: 14
Views: 195

Re: Spare Tire Carrier Question

...guess I would if Ford made any small padlocks back then.

I haven't researched this, but I would guess they supplied the lock along with the carrier. If so, there should be some around.
by Steve Jelf
Fri Jul 10, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Spare Tire Carrier Question
Replies: 14
Views: 195

Re: Spare Tire Carrier Question

So I need to find the outer piece and a padlock that fits.
by Steve Jelf
Fri Jul 10, 2020 1:12 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Spare Tire Carrier Question
Replies: 14
Views: 195

Re: Spare Tire Carrier Question

Maybe the piece in your right picture fits over the nut and a padlock goes through the upper holes and notches, with a longer bolt than I'm using sticking out of the large hole. I'm pretty sure the bolt is supposed to hold a lug, as in my pictures.
by Steve Jelf
Fri Jul 10, 2020 12:09 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Spare Tire Carrier Question
Replies: 14
Views: 195

Re: Spare Tire Carrier Question

Here's mine. I don't guarantee that all is correct. I suspect there may be a piece missing.

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by Steve Jelf
Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Kevlar band lining sets
Replies: 23
Views: 709

Re: Kevlar band lining sets

....the “tromp’er down firm” dictum is really hard to hold by when braking.

Quite right. I would apply that only for low and reverse. I apply the brake as little as possible.
by Steve Jelf
Thu Jul 09, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Kevlar band lining sets
Replies: 23
Views: 709

Re: Kevlar band lining sets

... But my question isn't THAT it happens, but WHY it happens with Kevlar and not cotton? [/size] I'm not a physicist or an engineer, so my answer is at least partly guesswork. We know that two moving surfaces rubbing together (like a lining and a drum) produces friction, and friction makes heat. M...
by Steve Jelf
Thu Jul 09, 2020 12:46 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Deleted Post
Replies: 3
Views: 239

Re: Deleted Post

Three were removed by the original poster, I believe because they were no longer relevant. Others may have got the ax because they descended in to trollery.
by Steve Jelf
Thu Jul 09, 2020 12:41 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Spark Plug Torque
Replies: 9
Views: 317

Re: Spark Plug Torque

What Richard said. Use the #2335 wrench and turn until they feel tight.

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by Steve Jelf
Wed Jul 08, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Kevlar band lining sets
Replies: 23
Views: 709

Re: Kevlar band lining sets

Normally I would have recommended Kevlar linings without hesitation. Especially compared to cotton linings, which wear faster and eventually rot, they last forever. The knock on them has always been that they allegedly will overheat and crack drums if you let them slip . My answer to that is don't ...
by Steve Jelf
Wed Jul 08, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done with your T in July ?
Replies: 9
Views: 339

Re: What have you done with your T in July ?

...let me piggyback a dozen and a half pressure treated 2x12's onto the order...

If my figgerin' is right, that's 16½' wide. Should be plenty. Looking forward to seeing the new antique floor.
by Steve Jelf
Wed Jul 08, 2020 12:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Need help to identify the model year of this Model T Touring
Replies: 26
Views: 559

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

Unless it's original paperwork, the title is not a dependable clue in dating a Model T. Many times it's wrong. This car appears to have the 1920 and earlier front spring clip peeking out from behind that Texas plate. A starter engine is 1919 and later, of course. The November 1920 engine (1921 mode...
by Steve Jelf
Tue Jul 07, 2020 11:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rear tire removal
Replies: 3
Views: 238

Re: Rear tire removal

I use three 24" tire irons from HF to remove and mount clinchers. Easy stuff. But if the tires are old, hard, and rusted on you may have to cut them off.
by Steve Jelf
Tue Jul 07, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Deleted posts.
Replies: 7
Views: 732

Re: Deleted posts.

Seems like when someone owns the rights to something, they believe they are sitting on a gold mine. [/size] Some do, and some don't. When I was manufacturing reproduction signs, licensing for some brands was so expensive that I passed. I never made Ford signs because of that. Others (Phillips 66, T...
by Steve Jelf
Mon Jul 06, 2020 11:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old Car Festival 2020 Is Canceled
Replies: 5
Views: 586

Re: Old Car Festival 2020 Is Canceled

I wouldn't count on 2021 either.

You may be right, Tim. If we're lucky there may be a vaccine in a year, but there are some viral infections with no vaccine after decades of research.
by Steve Jelf
Mon Jul 06, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old Car Festival 2020 Is Canceled
Replies: 5
Views: 586

Re: Old Car Festival 2020 Is Canceled

So if I get to go in 2021 I'll enjoy it even more. :)
by Steve Jelf
Mon Jul 06, 2020 12:20 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Will changing electrical system to 12v devalue the car?
Replies: 27
Views: 738

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

There is a persistent superstition that you need to "spin" a Model T engine fast to start it, and you need twelve volts to spin it fast. Granted, if you're starting with the hand crank and no battery you need to turn the magneto fast enough to buzz the coils. But starting on battery, with or withou...
by Steve Jelf
Sat Jul 04, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Unusual Drive Shaft Universal Joint Housing
Replies: 26
Views: 876

Re: Unusual Drive Shaft Universal Joint Housing

A couple of Model T parts that were bronze for years are sediment bulbs and Holley G carburetors. I believe the change of both to cast iron was a cost saving measure.
by Steve Jelf
Sat Jul 04, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Post Your 4th T Pictures
Replies: 34
Views: 1248

Re: Post Your 4th T Pictures

I suppose I could drive around town and make my own parade.

With a Model T, wherever you go you are your own parade, and wherever you stop you are your own car show.
by Steve Jelf
Fri Jul 03, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Top for 1923
Replies: 9
Views: 310

Re: Top for 1923

Handy hint if you're old and feeble: The pneumatic stapler is a must. You can guess how I know this. :D
by Steve Jelf
Fri Jul 03, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Oil petcock help!
Replies: 11
Views: 544

Re: Oil petcock help!

If the softer threads of the petcock are damaged and the pan threads are OK, you're in luck. A new petcock costs about $13.
by Steve Jelf
Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:10 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What Just Happened? Thread Gone!
Replies: 4
Views: 504

Re: What Just Happened? Thread Gone!

Can one of the moderators please move it to the General Discussion section?
I would contact Chris or Jeff directly. They may not see the request here.
by Steve Jelf
Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:00 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: About to buy tires - are recent vintage Riversides holding up well?
Replies: 20
Views: 904

Re: About to buy tires - are recent vintage Riversides holding up well?

I'm not ready to trust the Indian (Custom Classic) tubes again. According to one of the guys in OZ (Allan I think) there was a run of them folded and packed before they were sufficiently cooled, and they tend to split. Being a slow learner, I patched one seven times before I figured out what was go...
by Steve Jelf
Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Thread chasing die for original tire valve stems
Replies: 12
Views: 667

Re: Thread chasing die for original tire valve stems

I gather that would be for the #777 stems, and not the more common #724 and #725 stems. Is that right?
by Steve Jelf
Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done in June 2020
Replies: 64
Views: 3047

Re: What have you done in June 2020

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Ended the month blasting an oil pan and a pair of engine pans.
by Steve Jelf
Wed Jul 01, 2020 1:40 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: About to buy tires - are recent vintage Riversides holding up well?
Replies: 20
Views: 904

Re: About to buy tires - are recent vintage Riversides holding up well?

I've had the new Riversides on my 1915 for both drives to Detroit and back, first trip by way of Chicago, Wisconsin, Iowa on the way home, second more direct. They appear to have at least two more such trips in them. When it's time for replacements I intend to try the new Blockleys. At £149 they co...
by Steve Jelf
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done in June 2020
Replies: 64
Views: 3047

Re: What have you done in June 2020

Paul, don't worry about driving. I expect you'll get used to it pretty quickly. Millions of people have. With a TT you won't have to worry about going too fast. :D
by Steve Jelf
Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Fun Model T afternoon
Replies: 8
Views: 730

Re: Fun Model T afternoon

You can't upload a video here, but you can post a link to it. Just get the video on your screen, copy the URL, and paste it here. Like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHZCpzrsdEA
by Steve Jelf
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T With Dog and Son
Replies: 4
Views: 346

Re: Model T With Dog and Son

So Balto gets credit but the son doesn't? What's up with that? :D
by Steve Jelf
Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vintage License Plate Vendor - Colorado Plates?
Replies: 15
Views: 513

Re: Vintage License Plate Vendor - Colorado Plates?

The variation among the rules of various states is remarkable. Some states require that YOM plates be restored, and some forbid it. Fortunately for me, Kansas YOM requirements are pretty simple. I do carry a copy of the law along with the registration, for the benefit of officers who are unfamiliar...
by Steve Jelf
Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 2nd generation T guy who knew better!
Replies: 7
Views: 658

Re: 2nd generation T guy who knew better!

I feel, or felt, your pain. It was so excruciating I passed out on the ground. When I came to I drove to the hospital one-handed. Years later my right hand is still numb. I'm pretty careful now.
by Steve Jelf
Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Cimorelli's Model T Digital Library
Replies: 14
Views: 596

Re: Cimorelli's Model T Digital Library

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I got this (note URL). Some links still work, and some don't.
by Steve Jelf
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Aluminum doors...any idea what car they go on?
Replies: 5
Views: 315

Re: Aluminum doors...any idea what car they go on?

Aluminum doors (and other aluminum body panels) were used on 1923 Fordors. I have been told that some aluminum parts may have dribbled over into the 1924 model year. I believe it was a weight-reduction measure that turned out not to be of much advantage.

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by Steve Jelf
Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Cimorelli's Model T Digital Library
Replies: 14
Views: 596

Re: Cimorelli's Model T Digital Library

I entered just cimorelli.com and got the home page, but the Model T digital library link got this:

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The webmaster email link on the home page works. Go ahead and see if you can contact him.
by Steve Jelf
Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done in June 2020
Replies: 64
Views: 3047

Re: What have you done in June 2020

Michael, what is it? The car looks like 1915, but the front plate is 1916.
by Steve Jelf
Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vintage License Plate Vendor - Colorado Plates?
Replies: 15
Views: 513

Re: Vintage License Plate Vendor - Colorado Plates?

Neither CO DMV nor my local police will run a plate number for a general public inquiry. [/size] Nor will Kansas or California. But in both states I've been able to use YOM plates after the DMV verified that the numbers were not currently in use. It would be a shame to spend a pile of dollars on pl...
by Steve Jelf
Sun Jun 28, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vintage License Plate Vendor - Colorado Plates?
Replies: 15
Views: 513

Re: Vintage License Plate Vendor - Colorado Plates?

If you want to use the plates, check the number with DMV to be sure it's clear before you buy.
by Steve Jelf
Sun Jun 28, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Where do you get the prices?
Replies: 15
Views: 773

Re: Where do you get the prices?

Ford oil cans generally sell for $15 - $35, maybe $40. I saw one at Hershey with a $60 tag on it. I figured I would do better or do without. Later that day I bought one for $2. It's a crapshoot. Sometimes you find the great deal, and sometimes you don't. I thought I was being generous when I offere...
by Steve Jelf
Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just to be sure
Replies: 9
Views: 372

Re: Just to be sure

Val is correct, with one qualification. The water pump isn't needed if the radiator still radiates. If it doesn't, maybe the pump helps a little. Over the course of 100 years the radiator fins can work loose. Without good solid contact between the fins and the tubes the radiator is toast. The only ...
by Steve Jelf
Sat Jun 27, 2020 12:52 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Today's Social Distancing Video
Replies: 231
Views: 10744

Re: Today's Social Distancing Video

Back the way we came, jolly is the game. I've been away, so I have some catching up to do. In #16 we leave the park and head back south and then east on Scout Camp Road. I never noticed that little cemetery before. Toward the end we go south on CR 250 W and then turn east on CR 580 N. #17 takes us ...
by Steve Jelf
Sat Jun 27, 2020 12:19 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done in June 2020
Replies: 64
Views: 3047

Re: What have you done in June 2020

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Heat to orange, line up holes, let it cool.

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Sitting much flatter, hole lined up.

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Ditto on this one.
by Steve Jelf
Sat Jun 27, 2020 12:17 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done in June 2020
Replies: 64
Views: 3047

Re: What have you done in June 2020

I've spent most of June on other chores, but just did this bit of Model T work. The patient for this treatment was the pan from my 1923 touring. IMG_5261.JPG Before doing the actual job I had to adjust a frame to the correct 21 1/2 ". IMG_5262.JPG There were two problems with the pan arms. 1 The ho...
by Steve Jelf
Fri Jun 26, 2020 11:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A Starting Observation
Replies: 12
Views: 593

Re: A Starting Observation

It's fun when you prime a couple of pulls, flip the switch, go around in front to pull the crank, and the car starts as you're reaching for the handle. I've had it happen many times.
by Steve Jelf
Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:00 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rootlieb
Replies: 6
Views: 821

Re: Rootlieb

Do you guys know what's the story on 26-27 tanks? I heard that somebody was going to take a run at reproducing them, but no news since. I don't need one, just curious.
by Steve Jelf
Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:21 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I'm done with white tires
Replies: 14
Views: 1028

Re: I'm done with white tires

Are you sure they were new and not NOS? My NOS white Firestones looked wonderful. They came out of the wrappers gorgeous and appearing brand new. One wore clear through to the tube and blew out in under 200 miles. I replaced those with new Wards Riversides. No more NOS or other old tires for me. So...
by Steve Jelf
Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Engine Splash/Dust Pans: Yea or Nay?
Replies: 31
Views: 743

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

I use mine. Installing or removing them is a minor inconvenience. As the other guys have said, Ford put them there for a reason. My reasons: 1 I like to drive on country roads; 2 They often catch the tool or part that I drop so I don't have to crawl underneath trying to find it in the dirt and gras...
by Steve Jelf
Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Thin bushing removal?
Replies: 24
Views: 966

Re: Thin bushing removal?

Measure the ID of the hole and the OD of the new bushing. If the bushing is only a couple thou oversize, I would go ahead and press it in. If it's oversized a lot, I would make a mandrel for it, stick it in a drill, and turn it against some coarse sandpaper. It could also be turned down in a lathe.
by Steve Jelf
Wed Jun 24, 2020 12:50 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Real Men Use Three Pedals
Replies: 11
Views: 827

Re: Real Men Use Three Pedals

Should I steal that or make my own? It's too pretty not to, I'm stealing. :D
by Steve Jelf
Tue Jun 23, 2020 12:44 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Magneto battery charger
Replies: 20
Views: 1353

Re: Magneto battery charger

Being a near-total electronic dummy, I can't explain why anything works or doesn't. All I can do in this department is relate my own experience. John's plan with the diode and 1156 bulb keeps the little battery strapped in my frame rail charged to buzz the coils if I need it for starting. I don't t...
by Steve Jelf
Sun Jun 21, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Metal valve stem pulled out
Replies: 5
Views: 373

Re: Metal valve stem pulled out

With that ridiculously tiny base stuck on the outside of the tube it's no wonder the stem popped off. The tube itself doesn't look torn, so I would keep the tube and install a T era metal stem. It has a much wider base that goes inside the tube, with a bridge washer and nut tightened on the outside...
by Steve Jelf
Fri Jun 19, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: INSTALLING BANDS
Replies: 8
Views: 423

Re: INSTALLING BANDS

Bet the T mechanics back in the teens thru the 40’s could do it in less than 1-2 hrs.
Time studies in the Service Manual allow 53 minutes for old-style bands, 40 for new style. If I can do it in one day next time I'll figure I'm pretty fast. :)
by Steve Jelf
Fri Jun 19, 2020 1:18 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Instead of pouring Babbitt...
Replies: 35
Views: 1900

Re: Instead of pouring Babbitt...

...makes me wonder why the Club would purposefully divide the hobby into two factions anyway... [/size] Not sure I understand. We're way beyond two factions, if you want to call them that. There are two national/international clubs, MTFCA and MTFCI. Each has its own Facebook page. There are also se...
by Steve Jelf
Thu Jun 18, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Instead of pouring Babbitt...
Replies: 35
Views: 1900

Instead of pouring Babbitt...

Saw this on MTFCFB. What do you engine rebuilders think of it?

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by Steve Jelf
Thu Jun 18, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wood vs metal firewall for a TT
Replies: 11
Views: 310

Re: Wood vs metal firewall for a TT

Some of the comments and questions prompt me to ask: How about some pictures? It might help if we know what we're talking about.
by Steve Jelf
Thu Jun 18, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: T Trip around Michigan
Replies: 8
Views: 626

Re: T Trip around Michigan

I didn't see that last photo on FB. What a swell old house! Any special history?
The car and driver still look OK too.
:D
by Steve Jelf
Wed Jun 17, 2020 11:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New Day Timer Re-conditioner
Replies: 11
Views: 574

Re: New Day Timer Re-conditioner

For just cleaning up 220 is OK. If the surface is rough and uneven, something more aggressive like 60 to flatten it.
by Steve Jelf
Wed Jun 17, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wood vs metal firewall for a TT
Replies: 11
Views: 310

Re: Wood vs metal firewall for a TT

I expect you can use a metal firewall if you want. It will need to be 1923 to go with the low radiator.
by Steve Jelf
Wed Jun 17, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New Day Timer Re-conditioner
Replies: 11
Views: 574

Re: New Day Timer Re-conditioner

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Mister Thrifty uses a thick chunk cut from a wood scrap with a hole saw to fit. Being thick it wont cut into the sides of the timer case. The price is perfect. :)
by Steve Jelf
Wed Jun 17, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Request for expert advice to help date a photo
Replies: 18
Views: 770

Re: Request for expert advice to help date a photo

Looks like a 26 radiator.

Looks low to me. No apron means no later than 1923.
by Steve Jelf
Wed Jun 17, 2020 8:41 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Oil weight
Replies: 18
Views: 764

Re: Oil weight

...as long as there was some kind oil in the crankcase.

Or passing through the crankcase on its way to the floor.
by Steve Jelf
Wed Jun 17, 2020 12:17 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 13T - New radiator preparation
Replies: 9
Views: 484

Re: 13T - New radiator preparation

I would not use ready-mixed 50/50 coolant simply because it's more expensive than buying the straight stuff and mixing in my own distilled water. (Distilled because you don't want to add minerals.) Antifreeze does not just discolor brass. It etches (dissolves) the surface. So if you spill any on yo...
by Steve Jelf
Tue Jun 16, 2020 11:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Request for expert advice to help date a photo
Replies: 18
Views: 770

Re: Request for expert advice to help date a photo

With that fender brace added, I expect it got rougher driving than just around town for shopping.
by Steve Jelf
Tue Jun 16, 2020 11:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Oil weight
Replies: 18
Views: 764

Re: Oil weight

A very expert Model T mechanic told me he uses 15W-40. Another, who probably drives more than the rest of us combined, uses Kendall 20W-50. (I don't know why Kendall.) Ford recommended 20W. But 5W-20 is NOT the same as 20W. I would definitely not mix in the 5W-20 at 50/50. Maybe half a quart at eac...
by Steve Jelf
Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:32 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Engine Cradle v. Engine Stand
Replies: 8
Views: 635

Re: Engine Cradle v. Engine Stand

Yes, you want the pan off when you work on the transmission. You also want the stand to rotate so you can turn the engine nose down to work on the transmission and magneto.
by Steve Jelf
Sun Jun 14, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Repairing front crossmember wear
Replies: 14
Views: 568

Re: Repairing front crossmember wear

Rivets and the tool to mash them are not expensive, and neither are the NOS cross members. I enlisted a neighbor to help with the installation, but two helpers would have been better. You want one person to back up the rivet with a heavy weight against the back end, another to hold heat on the busi...
by Steve Jelf
Sun Jun 14, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Tube valve stem cut off
Replies: 12
Views: 469

Re: Tube valve stem cut off

Hartford tube made in China

That's a surprise. I was expecting Custom Classic. I haven't had that problem with Hartfords, but that may be because I replace the rubber stems with metal.
by Steve Jelf
Sun Jun 14, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Tube valve stem cut off
Replies: 12
Views: 469

Re: Tube valve stem cut off

What brand of tube?
by Steve Jelf
Sun Jun 14, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The frustration of incompetence
Replies: 124
Views: 9104

Re: The frustration of incompetence

Yesterday I took the short block to Tulsa for an examination by Mike Bender the Model T surgeon. IMG_5223 copy.JPG The cylinders checked out OK for roundness and taper. The pistons are fine. The valves are getting low enough in the block to call for new seats, so we're going with new rings, valves,...
by Steve Jelf
Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Who uses 30 x 3 clinchers?
Replies: 30
Views: 952

Re: Who uses 30 x 3 clinchers?

What Allan says about specifications is right. People gripe about junk from China, but Chinese factories generally can make any quality. If you order junk, they send you junk.
by Steve Jelf
Sat Jun 13, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Finally learned how to attach a picture, I hope!
Replies: 10
Views: 440

Re: Finally learned how to attach a picture, I hope!

Screen Shot 2020-06-13 at 4.32.07 PM.png Frank, before you post a picture, open it on your screen then click on Tools . That should open a menu that includes Rotate . This is how it looks on a Mac, but if you're afflicted with Windows I think you probably have something similar. After you've rotate...
by Steve Jelf
Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Who uses 30 x 3 clinchers?
Replies: 30
Views: 952

Re: Who uses 30 x 3 clinchers?

I had a set o[f] NZ Firestones years ago that completely wore out before any cracking... [/size] I bought some of those NOS a couple of years ago. They were gorgeous. Coming out of the wrappers they looked brand new. Country roads ate them up in no time. No matter what anybody says to the contrary,...
by Steve Jelf
Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Posting Photos to Classified or Discussion Forum
Replies: 7
Views: 272

Re: Posting Photos to Classified or Discussion Forum

I always tell people to have a kid or a grand kid teach them how. :D
by Steve Jelf
Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Who uses 30 x 3 clinchers?
Replies: 30
Views: 952

Who uses 30 x 3 clinchers?

A survey posted on FB asked how many people use 30 x 3 beaded edge tyres. This was to get some idea of the potential US market for the new Blockleys in that size. Since a lot of T folks wouldn't see that survey, I thought I'd post the question here. I expect I will try some Blockleys when my curren...
by Steve Jelf
Fri Jun 12, 2020 1:23 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Today's Social Distancing Video
Replies: 231
Views: 10744

Re: Today's Social Distancing Video

#10 goes north into Stone Bluff, west on Osborn Prairie Road, and ends going north on CR 140 W. #11 continues north on CR 140 W which makes a little jog west and becomes CR 160 W. Then we turn west on CR 450 N. After crossing CR 250 W we've been here before. The episode ends just as we turn off the...
by Steve Jelf
Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Source of 100 PSI Compression Gauge
Replies: 4
Views: 359

Re: Source of 100 PSI Compression Gauge

Lots of gauges you can attach to your tester hardware. https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&ei=0vbiXpeMHsXesAWP7YCICQ&q=100+psi+pressure+gauge&oq=100+PSI&gs_lcp=CgZwc3ktYWIQARgGMgIIADICCAAyAggAMgIIADICCAAyAggAMgIIADICCAAyAggAMgIIADoFCAAQgwE6BQgAELEDULIQWIsmYI5taABwAHgAgAFQiAGuA5IBATeYAQCgAQGqAQd...
by Steve Jelf
Wed Jun 10, 2020 11:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Mirror
Replies: 10
Views: 492

Re: Mirror

Thicker rubber.
by Steve Jelf
Wed Jun 10, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T Speedometer Repairs?
Replies: 2
Views: 203

Re: Model T Speedometer Repairs?

Russ Furstnow wrote the book on speedometers, literally. He will do it right.

https://mtfca.com/phpBB3/memberlist.php ... file&u=741
by Steve Jelf
Wed Jun 10, 2020 10:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Timing
Replies: 8
Views: 401

Re: Timing

A New Day is neither a flapper nor a roller type. It's a brush timer. You can use this to check and set the timing: http://dauntlessgeezer.com/DG97.html
by Steve Jelf
Tue Jun 09, 2020 11:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Howells Sheet Metal delays
Replies: 26
Views: 1076

Re: Howells Sheet Metal delays

All it takes...

Also knowledge and skill. Along with all those things you should have the ability to communicate with customers, as most businesses do.
by Steve Jelf
Tue Jun 09, 2020 11:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1915 Firewall bracket: Correct fasteners?
Replies: 7
Views: 373

1915 Firewall bracket: Correct fasteners?

What goes here?
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I suspect a nut sitting down in a recess where you have trouble getting a wrench on it may not be correct.
by Steve Jelf
Tue Jun 09, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 13T - Brand new brass radiator purchase
Replies: 15
Views: 1241

Re: 13T - Brand new brass radiator purchase

Why not use brass wire to attach Ford logo?

It wears out and the logo falls off.
by Steve Jelf
Tue Jun 09, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Howells Sheet Metal delays
Replies: 26
Views: 1076

Re: Howells Sheet Metal delays

I've never had to buy anything from them but I've been reading gripes about the lousy service for many, many years. It's amazing they're still in business. I suspect if they had any competition they wouldn't be.
by Steve Jelf
Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Heating problem still
Replies: 14
Views: 453

Re: Heating problem still

If the radiator is new it should not be part of the problem. I see a couple of possibilities. 1 Misinterpretation. Is the radiator really at a seething boil, or is it just barfing out excess coolant and gurgling normally after you shut off the engine? 2 If the answer is the former, I think we can r...
by Steve Jelf
Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Language Packs installed
Replies: 24
Views: 863

Re: Language Packs installed

Duey, it would be Spanish in Argentina and Portuguese in Brazil.
by Steve Jelf
Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:55 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done in June 2020
Replies: 64
Views: 3047

Re: What have you done in June 2020

IMG_5203.JPG Earlier I repaired these rounded-out carriage bolt holes, and today's job was to fill the little craters around them. IMG_5204.JPG Slathering on the flux. IMG_5205.JPG Melting on the body solder. IMG_5206.JPG Spreading it around, trying not to burn up my stick. IMG_5208.JPG Nobody will...
by Steve Jelf
Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:50 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done in June 2020
Replies: 64
Views: 3047

Re: What have you done in June 2020

I never posted any T work in May because I didn't do much. Busy with other stuff. Now I'm back in the game, fixing Lizzie's broken windshield. I replaced the broken upright with a piece cut from a junk frame. Did a couple of manifolds while I was at it. IMG_5196.JPG Blasting in the cool of the morn...
by Steve Jelf
Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:09 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 13T - Brand new brass radiator purchase
Replies: 15
Views: 1241

Re: 13T - Brand new brass radiator purchase

My recore was done by Tom Nolte. He did a radiator for Rob's Model K, so I sent mine to him.

TOM’S RADIATOR SERVICE
2341 184th Road
Sabetha
KS 66534
(785) 284-2080
tomnolte@sbcglobal.net


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by Steve Jelf
Mon Jun 08, 2020 11:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Original style spark plugs
Replies: 3
Views: 481

Re: Original style spark plugs

425 X is the current version of the original Champion X. But I decline to pay the crazy price. I buy originals at swap meets or on eBay for a fraction of the price.

http://dauntlessgeezer.com/DG95.html
by Steve Jelf
Mon Jun 08, 2020 11:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Bird chirping when I give her the gas
Replies: 22
Views: 746

Re: Bird chirping when I give her the gas

Champion X with a loose collar? The base can be tight but the plug still leak.
by Steve Jelf
Mon Jun 08, 2020 11:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Steering wheel hub with 2 key slots?
Replies: 1
Views: 200

Re: Steering wheel hub with 2 key slots?

I don't know the years, but yes, early steering wheels have two keys.
by Steve Jelf
Mon Jun 08, 2020 12:17 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Magneto battery charger
Replies: 20
Views: 1353

Re: Magneto battery charger

Here's how I charge the battery in my 1915 runabout. If my memory of the dim and distant past is right, I learned it from John Regan.

http://dauntlessgeezer.com/DG102.html
by Steve Jelf
Sat Jun 06, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: American Vintage Rims?
Replies: 4
Views: 366

Re: American Vintage Rims?

So where are you guys getting your rims? [/size] I get mine at swap meets and auctions. I've sometimes gotten them amazingly cheap at auctions. Good ones at swap meets usually go for more, but still much less costly than new ones. If you can't wait until we're having swap meets and auctions again, ...
by Steve Jelf
Sat Jun 06, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Member Email Hack !!!
Replies: 11
Views: 797

Re: Member Email Hack !!!

When I got an email from "Terry" I played the game just for fun, but I'm not going to waste my time on it any further. I have other things to do. Any more will just be deleted. Screen Shot 2020-06-05 at 10.11.55 PM.jpg Screen Shot 2020-06-05 at 10.12.23 PM.png Screen Shot 2020-06-05 at 10.12.53 PM....