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by Steve Jelf
Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Water or 50-50 Antifreeze ?
Replies: 7
Views: 90

Re: Water or 50-50 Antifreeze ?

50/50 doesn't need to cool as well as straight water. It only needs to cool enough to prevent damage to the engine and not boil out.
by Steve Jelf
Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Blockley Tyres
Replies: 4
Views: 132

Re: Blockley Tyres

I expect I will try Blockleys when I have to replace my Riversides. My tires still have plenty of tread, so by the time I need new tyres Blockley should have the 30 x 3 size available. Seamus drives hundreds of miles most months and is currently running Blockleys on his 1914, so I expect he will ha...
by Steve Jelf
Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I got a phone call
Replies: 6
Views: 442

Re: I got a phone call

All calls on my land line go to an answering machine which gives the bum's rush to politicians, preachers, and other scammers. Sometimes I find a recorded robo call to delete. Often it begins with "We tried to reach you several times by mail..." Yeah, right. If you really did, thanks for the free k...
by Steve Jelf
Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: HELP!!! SHOULD I USE A WATER PUMP??
Replies: 19
Views: 360

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

Which system, a Model T with out a water pump or one with a water pump, will needed to be flushed more often? Which system will keep the scale in motion better?

It doesn't matter. Use distilled water 50/50 with antifreeze to prevent scale and rust, and flush biennially.
by Steve Jelf
Fri Sep 18, 2020 12:56 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T Forums Dead
Replies: 27
Views: 815

Re: Model T Forums Dead

The main difference I have noticed between the FB forum versus here, is it seems there’s more experience/knowledge in this forum. [/size] Some only do Facebook (there are several Model T pages), some only come here, and some do both. It does seem that there are a lot of experienced and knowledgeabl...
by Steve Jelf
Fri Sep 18, 2020 12:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Swap Meet Tips
Replies: 2
Views: 165

Re: Swap Meet Tips

At meets smaller than Hershey, I circulate more than once. Often on the second or third round I notice something I missed before. It's good to have a backpack to carry your plunder and at least half a dozen Walmart bags or the like for small items. Even better is a cart or wagon.
by Steve Jelf
Fri Sep 18, 2020 12:15 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Sandblasting Equipment
Replies: 16
Views: 444

Re: Sandblasting Equipment

Where do you get the clean air to breathe, Steve?

Mostly it comes from Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Sonora, Baja California, and the Pacific. In the winter it often blows down from Canada. I expect it's just as clean as the air in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and points east.
by Steve Jelf
Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T Forums Dead
Replies: 27
Views: 815

Re: Model T Forums Dead

I think that the model T facebook site gets more action than the forum. It’s faster and easier to post pictures. [/size] I think the FB Model T pages get more action because that's where new young folks first think to look. Posting pictures here takes me two clicks instead of one. I don't find that...
by Steve Jelf
Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Am I missing something on 1915 horn?
Replies: 16
Views: 1803

Re: Am I missing something on 1915 horn?

...that's why in late '15, technically early '16, Ford went to the Magneto horn anyway.

Yes, and it's not much better than the bulb horn. I think a properly operating mechanical horn is louder than both of them together. :)
by Steve Jelf
Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Sandblasting Equipment
Replies: 16
Views: 444

Re: Sandblasting Equipment

...don't use common sand, it contains silica which and lead to some nasty illnesses. [/size] True, but there are two safe ways to use it. If you're blasting outside you can wear a hood with an outside air supply blowing into it. I made my hood from stuff on hand and use a shop vac for the air suppl...
by Steve Jelf
Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: HELP!!! SHOULD I USE A WATER PUMP??
Replies: 19
Views: 360

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

Yes. It's a useful and period correct accessory.

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This is the best way to use it.


Seriously, if overheating is a problem here's some info: http://dauntlessgeezer.com/DG96.html
by Steve Jelf
Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: model t tire rims
Replies: 32
Views: 2917

Re: model t tire rims

Yes, photos of the trip are obligatory. :)
by Steve Jelf
Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T Forums Dead
Replies: 27
Views: 815

Re: Model T Forums Dead

Or how about, "What kind of oil should I use in my water pump?"

You need it to sling grease and coolant all over your engine. :)
by Steve Jelf
Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Am I missing something on 1915 horn?
Replies: 16
Views: 1803

Re: Am I missing something on 1915 horn?

The bulb horn is correct, but if you want to be heard add a mechanical horn as so many people did in the T era. :D
by Steve Jelf
Thu Sep 17, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 4 hole quadrant on a 2 hole frame?
Replies: 3
Views: 266

Re: 4 hole quadrant on a 2 hole frame?

I would go by whatever year the car purports to be. Four hole through 1924, two hole 25-27. If four I would go ahead and put in four rivets. And yes, you want those teeth sharp enough to hold the ratchet.
by Steve Jelf
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Idea for Fixing Flat Valve Stem Bridge Washers
Replies: 9
Views: 303

Re: Idea for Fixing Flat Valve Stem Bridge Washers

Looks like it should work. It's pretty close to some of the originals.

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by Steve Jelf
Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Why do I have pics I cannot upload
Replies: 23
Views: 471

Re: Why do I have pics I cannot upload

I wonder if the posting problem has to do with phone cameras. Maybe some of them don't embed the data required by the website software. Pure speculation. I don't know.
by Steve Jelf
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Why do I have pics I cannot upload
Replies: 23
Views: 471

Re: Why do I have pics I cannot upload

Steve, I downloaded your picture and it is 553 pixels wide and 1200 pixels high. The 1200 appears to be the upper limit from my experience.

That's because this website automatically resized it. The original is 2699 × 5864.
by Steve Jelf
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your T in September?
Replies: 37
Views: 2061

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

Today I got started on straightening coil ribbons and pounding out the kinks.

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I hadn't thought of insulating both sides of the ribbon, but my Kapton tape is only 1 mil so I expect doubling up will be OK.
by Steve Jelf
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 21" demountable rim lugs
Replies: 10
Views: 258

Re: 21" demountable rim lugs

I don't know about 21", but the Chebby clincher rim is ¼" wider than a Ford rim.
by Steve Jelf
Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Why do I have pics I cannot upload
Replies: 23
Views: 471

Re: Why do I have pics I cannot upload

Mark, that sounds like your problem is the source of your pictures. Nearly all the pictures I post are jpegs, mostly full size. If you look at the screen shot I posted on Sunday you'll see that photo files from my camera are coded with file size, dimensions, and other info. Try posting jpegs from a...
by Steve Jelf
Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New place to take your T for ice cream, or is it
Replies: 4
Views: 551

Re: New place to take your T for ice cream, or is it

So now you need a designated driver to go for ice cream. :D
by Steve Jelf
Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Why do I have pics I cannot upload
Replies: 23
Views: 471

Re: Why do I have pics I cannot upload

So portrait means vertical and scenery means horizontal? I've never heard of that before.


So what is this?


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by Steve Jelf
Mon Sep 14, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Questions About Painting
Replies: 7
Views: 339

Re: Questions About Painting

I just blasted a pair of engine pans last week. No problem. I used my preferred chassis paint on them (satin black Rustoleum) and baked them at about 180º for a couple of days.
by Steve Jelf
Mon Sep 14, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wood Spoke Removal
Replies: 11
Views: 365

Re: Wood Spoke Removal

Try this: Remove the bolts and the hub plate. Lay wheel down with the spokes on wood blocks to raise the hub off the floor with the back side of the wheel facing the floor. Put a large socket inside the hub, just large enough to fit. Hold a wood block on top of the socket and drive the socket and h...
by Steve Jelf
Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 26-27 roadsters....
Replies: 9
Views: 394

Re: 26-27 roadsters....

How you paint a T depends on whether you want to be "correct" and use Ford's factory color scheme, or don't mind customizing the appearance. If you prefer the first approach, you consult the encyclopedia and other references and find out how Ford did it. If not, you just pick your colors and use th...
by Steve Jelf
Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: getting a little loud...
Replies: 7
Views: 385

Re: getting a little loud...

I'll add a couple of points to Norm's good advice. When you attach the exhaust pipe to the manifold, run the car a bit and tighten the nut hot. Remove it the same way. On the rod which holds the new mufflers together, I used a lock nut. No good. The hot exhaust melted the nylon. You have to double-...
by Steve Jelf
Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Even the Experienced Make Bad Decisions
Replies: 38
Views: 1651

Re: Even the Experienced Make Bad Decisions

My close encounter with roadside vegetation was due to going too fast on a muddy road and being misdirected by sand washed across the road, but it was a similar result, although less serious. My only damage was a busted top socket and I was able to drive away. Running off the road unexpectedly is a...
by Steve Jelf
Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your T in September?
Replies: 37
Views: 2061

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

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Today I finished bathing the coil ribbons to remove the remaining old rotten insulation. Next will be straightening and pounding out the kinks.
by Steve Jelf
Sun Sep 13, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Why do I have pics I cannot upload
Replies: 23
Views: 471

Re: Why do I have pics I cannot upload

Terry, what are the dimensions and file size of your original photos? I don't have a solution, just curious.
by Steve Jelf
Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Why do I have pics I cannot upload
Replies: 23
Views: 471

Re: Why do I have pics I cannot upload

The few times I've received the dreaded yellow triangle it had to do with excessive image size. In those instances it took minimal resizing to post the picture. IMG_4096.JPG This photo posts full size, as they usually do for me. I don't understand why a few of the same size are rejected as too big....
by Steve Jelf
Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What’s Your T Tip?
Replies: 25
Views: 1086

Re: What’s Your T Tip?

Did you drive it here?
Yep. It was too heavy to carry.
:D
by Steve Jelf
Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Brass radiator front cosmetics?
Replies: 7
Views: 572

Re: Brass radiator front cosmetics?

I had a similar solder overflow. My solution was similar to Allan's but I added a small wire brush on a Dremel-type tool, followed by small buffing wheels. All the way through I was very careful not to dig into the brass. I am another who didn't trust himself with heat for cleaning up. IMG_1325 cop...
by Steve Jelf
Sat Sep 12, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What’s Your T Tip?
Replies: 25
Views: 1086

Re: What’s Your T Tip?

Experience has taught me to never leave home in a T without my running board cans.
by Steve Jelf
Sat Sep 12, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rebuildable wheels needed
Replies: 9
Views: 416

Re: Rebuildable wheels needed

NO WOOD FELLOE WHEELS.

Most Model T's made before 1919 have always had them, and they are fine. What's the problem?
by Steve Jelf
Sat Sep 12, 2020 12:05 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: timer problems
Replies: 3
Views: 359

Re: timer problems

My guess would be that you got a wire or two in the wrong place.

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Be sure all wires are in the right place.

While you're at it, check the timing: http://dauntlessgeezer.com/DG97.html
by Steve Jelf
Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your T in September?
Replies: 37
Views: 2061

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

I got in a little magneto work today.

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Coils with outer insulation peeled off.

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Unwinding and coiling. Much of the old insulation is falling off, but some stays put and has to be stripped.

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A soak in Drano will get it off.
by Steve Jelf
Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Were after-market radios ever an option on the Model T?
Replies: 15
Views: 717

Re: Were after-market radios ever an option on the Model T?

I'm told that my grandpa (1865-1941) could not abide radio and would not have one in the house, so Grandma and my aunts would go out and sit in the car to listen.
by Steve Jelf
Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What is a Rip Van Winkle car?
Replies: 14
Views: 659

Re: What is a Rip Van Winkle car?

There is a write-up and a good many photos on "The" 1917 Rip Van Winkle in Bruce's book and in his Model T Encyclopedia . I believe they were originally published in The Vintage Ford . Unfortunately the old b&w photos are not of the highest quality. I would like to see new high-resolution pictures ...
by Steve Jelf
Fri Sep 11, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: top bows and sockets
Replies: 11
Views: 395

Re: top bows and sockets

Looking at top sockets here, I see two rivets in each one to hold in the bow. You have to grind off the ends and punch them out.
by Steve Jelf
Fri Sep 11, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What brand tube?
Replies: 16
Views: 658

Re: What brand tube?

I received a reply on the size of Blockley metal stems. They are the larger .45", the same as on all the other current metal stem tubes. I assume this is to accommodate the reproduction dust covers being sold these days.
by Steve Jelf
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Beginner frame riveting.
Replies: 10
Views: 564

Re: Beginner frame riveting.

When I was thirteen Mom bought a Kodak Pony for taking slides, and within a couple of months I had taken over as family photographer. I got hold of a Kodak publication called How to Take Good Pictures. It did just that, explaining elements of good composition and pointing out things to avoid. In th...
by Steve Jelf
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: running out of gas
Replies: 9
Views: 436

Re: running out of gas

I never leave home without my running board cans. They have saved me a long unscheduled walk several times. On level ground two gallons of gas is plenty, but one is not enough.
by Steve Jelf
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Found an old photo in a museum - could be a 26/27 Ford ?
Replies: 4
Views: 230

Re: Found an old photo in a museum - could be a 26/27 Ford ?

It's not a very clear picture, but I think I see front brake drums. That would mean non-Ford.
by Steve Jelf
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Were after-market radios ever an option on the Model T?
Replies: 15
Views: 717

Re: Were after-market radios ever an option on the Model T?

It took a few years for the sound quality of car radios to equal the table top or the console you had in your house. The radio in Mom's 1940 Plymouth sounded as good as anything we had in the house, but even in a Packard the radio of a year or two earlier had a rather tinny sound. Screen Shot 2020-...
by Steve Jelf
Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T cutaway video
Replies: 8
Views: 794

Re: Model T cutaway video

Bravo! Excellent! Lots of work in that.
by Steve Jelf
Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What brand tube?
Replies: 16
Views: 658

Re: What brand tube?

Steve, when you get your Blockleys, please measure the stems...

I won't be buying new tubes anytime soon, so I emailed an inquiry about the stems. We should know pretty soon.
by Steve Jelf
Thu Sep 10, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Barn Find TT
Replies: 31
Views: 1594

Re: Barn Find TT

That is wonderful. I love the turn signal. I would replace the rotten canvas and preserve the rest of the body as is, except the glass, of course.

I agree, do not try to cobble a car rear axle into it. If you must go fast, an aux transmission and external brakes would be the way to go.
by Steve Jelf
Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What brand tube?
Replies: 16
Views: 658

Re: What brand tube?

Screen Shot 2020-09-10 at 9.35.29 AM.png The Blockley website shows 30 x 3½ tyres and tubes, but not yet 30 x 3 which I'm told is coming. The £29 price is a few cents less than Lang's unspecified make. USA customers do not pay the VAT. When the time comes to replace my Riversides I expect I'll try ...
by Steve Jelf
Thu Sep 10, 2020 12:40 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Beginner frame riveting.
Replies: 10
Views: 564

Re: Beginner frame riveting.

I got my bar from Jim Dix. Big Flats Rivet Company (607) 562-3501 http://bigflatsrivet.com/ Leave the pieces bolted together to keep them aligned and replace the bolts with rivets one at a time. Put the rivet in the hole, back it up, turn it yellow-orange, and mash it with the bar and a BFH. I put ...
by Steve Jelf
Wed Sep 09, 2020 11:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What brand tube?
Replies: 16
Views: 658

Re: What brand tube?

...if that's the one I sent you, I get all of my tubes from Universal Tire.
Yes, it is.

The only tube I'm avoiding is Custom Classic, due to the splitting problem. The other brands I'm using seem to be holding up OK so far.
by Steve Jelf
Wed Sep 09, 2020 11:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rear axle update
Replies: 29
Views: 2718

Re: Rear axle update

I would get the new hub bolts from RV Anderson or ask the parts dealer if they came from him. He supplies them because others were (are?) of poor quality.

I can confirm what Dave said about the FP pinion bearing. I believe I got the information from the same horse's mouth, so to speak.
:D
by Steve Jelf
Wed Sep 09, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What brand tube?
Replies: 16
Views: 658

Re: What brand tube?

Yes, I know what it means. But who is the USA seller, and is there a brand name?
by Steve Jelf
Wed Sep 09, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Who is this in this ad??
Replies: 15
Views: 845

Re: Who is this in this ad??

I didn't know Abner Peabody had a Model T. :)
by Steve Jelf
Wed Sep 09, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What brand tube?
Replies: 16
Views: 658

What brand tube?

I have four different 30 x 3½ tubes on the shelf. Three are identified.
Hartford ~ China
Custom Classic ~ India
Universal ~ Mexico

But this one has only these markings:
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Anybody know the seller, or if there's a brand?
by Steve Jelf
Tue Sep 08, 2020 10:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Help identifying the year of this T
Replies: 8
Views: 500

Re: Help identifying the year of this T

I believe I see the earlier style spring clip, so I'll say 17-20.
by Steve Jelf
Tue Sep 08, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model A motor into a T?
Replies: 36
Views: 2786

Re: Model A motor into a T?

Both T and A engines have a distinct and unique sound. [/size] I remember when Model A's were just twenty-year-old used cars, not antiques, and seeing them in traffic was not a special occasion. Even as a kiddo I noticed their unique sound. The T and the A are quite different cars, and if my circum...
by Steve Jelf
Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Clutch Drum Puller 5Z314 - Question
Replies: 11
Views: 306

Re: Clutch Drum Puller 5Z314 - Question

Same set screw used in cam bearings. Part #3046. About $3 from the parts dealers. The puller sometimes works but a drum that's really stuck will wreck it and you'll have to devise your own tool or buy one.
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Home made.

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Store bought.
by Steve Jelf
Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Free Start need Help
Replies: 12
Views: 438

Re: Free Start need Help

Peter has it right. No free starts when you start on MAG. Of course without using the battery you have to pull the crank fast enough to make sufficient juice for the coils. And yes, the spark lever should be down a few notches.
by Steve Jelf
Mon Sep 07, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: how do you fix a gas leak?
Replies: 29
Views: 885

Re: how do you fix a gas leak?

I don't know what problem is happening that you need to shut the gas off all the time . If the float valve sticks open, as sometines happens, gas can leak out on the floor. If the heavier-than-air fumes reach a source of ignition the resulting fire can cremate your car, and in some circumstances yo...
by Steve Jelf
Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: how do you fix a gas leak?
Replies: 29
Views: 885

Re: how do you fix a gas leak?

I got rid of mine. This explains why and how: http://dauntlessgeezer.com/DG106.html
by Steve Jelf
Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your T in September?
Replies: 37
Views: 2061

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

...why bother painting the mag ring iron? It is bathed in oil anyway. And should any of the paint ever peal off it could cause trouble. [/size] Good points. But I think the clear insulating varnish used for these things stays put. In any case, the ring will get some of that when the coils are seale...
by Steve Jelf
Sun Sep 06, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your T in September?
Replies: 37
Views: 2061

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

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Finished blasting my mag ring and a set of engine pans, and prepped everything for painting.
by Steve Jelf
Sun Sep 06, 2020 11:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Central Kansas T Ride Today
Replies: 5
Views: 432

Re: Central Kansas T Ride Today

Wish I could have gone, but both T's are apart. Maybe next time. :(
by Steve Jelf
Sun Sep 06, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: headlight wiring question
Replies: 3
Views: 182

Re: headlight wiring question

They work fine with the 28v bulbs from Langs.

I don't doubt that they light up, but have you tried to drive by them at night? :D
by Steve Jelf
Sun Sep 06, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1941 Model T motor
Replies: 10
Views: 892

Re: 1941 Model T motor

They made only six, so if it is it's a mighty rare bird. The March 1915 serial number suggests this was a replacement block stamped with the number of the one it replaced. I don't recall ever seeing pictures of those 1941 engines, but I expect they would be Improved Car engines with the two rear bo...
by Steve Jelf
Sun Sep 06, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Non demountable rims.
Replies: 3
Views: 280

Re: Non demountable rims.

On US cars at least, demountable rims were galvanized and non-demountables were painted body color along with the rest of the wheel. In the case of of your odd rim, I believe Chevrolet would be one possibility. Ford rims I have measured (both types) are 2 7/8 " wide. A Chebby demountable rim is 3 1...
by Steve Jelf
Sun Sep 06, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 13T - Thank You to the MTFCA Forum
Replies: 8
Views: 564

Re: 13T - Thank You to the MTFCA Forum

11 mile trip, top speed 30 mph [/size] You have my permission to speed and do 35 mph if the road is good enough, but you have the right idea. An old highway safety slogan was SPEED KILLS . I believe it kills Model T engines too. A Model T that cruises at 30-35 mph will go much farther between rebui...
by Steve Jelf
Sat Sep 05, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Spare Tire Carrier Heresy
Replies: 15
Views: 619

Re: Spare Tire Carrier Heresy

I believe the part sticking out toward the right is the license plate holder. You would drill it to suit your plate, as there's a wide variety of hole positions from state to state and year to year. If you have a plate that's too long for it, you mount the plate to a piece of 3/4" flat stock which ...
by Steve Jelf
Fri Sep 04, 2020 11:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Spare Tire Carrier Heresy
Replies: 15
Views: 619

Re: Spare Tire Carrier Heresy

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This worked OK, but eventually I installed a stock carrier on the back of the car to clear the running board for cans and camping equipment.
by Steve Jelf
Fri Sep 04, 2020 11:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Spare Tire Carrier Heresy
Replies: 15
Views: 619

Re: Spare Tire Carrier Heresy

Here's mine. If I were doing this again I'd make it a little more stable by adding a brace attached by the next running board bolt toward the rear.

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Top end.

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Bottom end.

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The whole works

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by Steve Jelf
Fri Sep 04, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Spare Tire Carrier Heresy
Replies: 15
Views: 619

Re: Spare Tire Carrier Heresy

For the spare you can make your own running board carrier. Using windshield bolts and running board bolts to anchor it you don't need to drill any new holes.
by Steve Jelf
Fri Sep 04, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Pate Swap Meet.....canceled
Replies: 11
Views: 490

Re: Pate Swap Meet.....canceled

Yep, in those days I was peddling my reproduction antique signs, and even when it rained I always did well at Pate.
by Steve Jelf
Fri Sep 04, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New to hobby and am looking for swap meet in or near northeast TN!
Replies: 45
Views: 924

Re: New to hobby and am looking for swap meet in or near northeast TN!

I believe Stan quit rebuilding Ruckstells a few years ago. You can possibly find a rebuilt Ruckstell, but I expect you will need to get one to rebuild yourself. The MTFCA Ruckstell book by Glen Chaffin tells you how. The source for new Ruckstell parts is Chaffin's Garage. You can even buy a whole n...
by Steve Jelf
Fri Sep 04, 2020 12:53 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Heads up on the same old scam
Replies: 16
Views: 828

Re: Heads up on the same old scam

Just a date I picked at random to be silly. What really happened that day wasn't at 4:32 PM, but in the morning. I was in my tenth grade English class, and we were reading an account of how the Aircraft carrier Franklin was hit by two 500 pound bombs from a Japanese bomber, was saved by the crew, a...
by Steve Jelf
Thu Sep 03, 2020 11:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Pate Swap Meet.....canceled
Replies: 11
Views: 490

Re: Pate Swap Meet.....canceled

Denial ain't just a river in Africa. :D
by Steve Jelf
Thu Sep 03, 2020 11:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Heads up on the same old scam
Replies: 16
Views: 828

Re: Heads up on the same old scam

When did this start happening ?

Tuesday, March 19, 1957 at about 4:32 PM.
by Steve Jelf
Thu Sep 03, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What a useful wrench
Replies: 20
Views: 2686

Re: What a useful wrench

Yes, that's what it's for. In the T era they didn't use torque wrenches. The #2335 wrench was long enough to tighten head bolts sufficiently and short enough to keep you from over-tightening them.
by Steve Jelf
Thu Sep 03, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Heads up on the same old scam
Replies: 16
Views: 828

Re: Heads up on the same old scam

Awhile back it was a woman whose husband had died and she had to sell quick. The ads appeared in multiple venues and had SCAM written all over them.
by Steve Jelf
Thu Sep 03, 2020 10:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Winter is coming. High of 60 next week.
Replies: 14
Views: 459

Re: Winter is coming. High of 60 next week.

I have the remains of a big dead tree behind my shop. I sprayed the weeds around it this morning to clear the way. When the cooler weather rolls in next week I'll be ready to start cutting and splitting firewood. It's too warm for that kind of work now. I've been cutting trees and low branches to c...
by Steve Jelf
Thu Sep 03, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Pate Swap Meet.....canceled
Replies: 11
Views: 490

Re: Pate Swap Meet.....canceled

The old Pate swap meet at the museum was wonderful. When they moved it to TMS the magic was gone. I went a few times, but finally gave it up.
by Steve Jelf
Thu Sep 03, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New to hobby and am looking for swap meet in or near northeast TN!
Replies: 45
Views: 924

Re: New to hobby and am looking for swap meet in or near northeast TN!

I prefer stock, so I would go with whatever is correct for the particular car. In any case, it wouldn't be chrome for a Model T. The shiny metal would be nickel. This website has part of the Model T Encyclopedia. Maybe it shows what's correct for your car.
by Steve Jelf
Wed Sep 02, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your T in September?
Replies: 37
Views: 2061

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

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The old insulation is way past due for replacement.
by Steve Jelf
Wed Sep 02, 2020 11:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your T in September?
Replies: 37
Views: 2061

What have you done to your T in September?

Looks like I get to kick it off this month. I'm plugging away at that decrepit mag coil ring. I just acquired a soldering iron that seems hot enough, so today I was separating coils. IMG_5452 copy.JPG IMG_5453 copy.JPG The double coils are fastened together by a little bit of copper soldered across...
by Steve Jelf
Wed Sep 02, 2020 11:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Correct 1915 magneto horn mounting?
Replies: 9
Views: 465

Re: Correct 1915 magneto horn mounting?

...do you have the correct steering column?

Not in the car yet. I'll get it in there eventually. :)
by Steve Jelf
Wed Sep 02, 2020 1:36 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Correct 1915 magneto horn mounting?
Replies: 9
Views: 465

Re: Correct 1915 magneto horn mounting?

I'd ground it to the frame. Are you sure the button is OK?
by Steve Jelf
Tue Sep 01, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New to hobby and am looking for swap meet in or near northeast TN!
Replies: 45
Views: 924

Re: New to hobby and am looking for swap meet in or near northeast TN!

The down side is it's 7 hours away from you (8 hours for me)...

It's two days for me, and I consider it worth the trip.
by Steve Jelf
Tue Sep 01, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Correct 1915 magneto horn mounting?
Replies: 9
Views: 465

Correct 1915 magneto horn mounting?

Anybody have a picture showing how Ford mounted the 1915 mag horn? A Google image search didn't find anything I trust.
by Steve Jelf
Tue Sep 01, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Testing a horn
Replies: 28
Views: 971

Re: Testing a horn

John didn't mention the easy was to ID a magneto horn, which I think I learned from him. If I remember correctly, when you look in the horn and see an adjusting screw in the center of the diaphragm it's a mag horn.
by Steve Jelf
Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New to hobby and am looking for swap meet in or near northeast TN!
Replies: 45
Views: 924

Re: New to hobby and am looking for swap meet in or near northeast TN!

Would you suggest that I go to luray?

If we weren't in the midst of you-know-what I would encourage you to go. I would probably go myself, but being in the target demographic I'm not traveling anywhere until there's a safe and effective vaccine. I wonder what advice a doc would give.
by Steve Jelf
Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New to hobby and am looking for swap meet in or near northeast TN!
Replies: 45
Views: 924

Re: New to hobby and am looking for swap meet in or near northeast TN!

The Hershey swap meet, or flea market as they call it in the East, is always the second week in October (but cancelled this year) in Hershey, Pennsylvania. As Dan says, it's the world's biggest event of its kind. It runs Wednesday through Friday with a car how on Saturday. It's so big I need all th...
by Steve Jelf
Tue Sep 01, 2020 12:35 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Tire woes
Replies: 8
Views: 688

Re: Tire woes

What tires are they? I've read of people having this problem, but I haven't run into it myself. I've had rubber stems in my Riversides, and they were OK.
by Steve Jelf
Mon Aug 31, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What is procedure for Stutzman?
Replies: 57
Views: 2221

Re: What is procedure for Stutzman?

Coincidentally it was five years ago today that I sent Noah a check for $670.50. That was for three wheels and shipping, so they were $223.50 each with shipping. I was and am very pleased with them. Well worth the dough. I was quite disappointed when he quit selling spokes individually. It makes pr...
by Steve Jelf
Sun Aug 30, 2020 11:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Cleaning a Screw Jack and Spark Plug Wrench
Replies: 6
Views: 596

Re: Cleaning a Screw Jack and Spark Plug Wrench

I won't say never, but I've seen plenty with no trace of paint. I believe most if not all were unpainted. That doesn't stop me from painting my jack. I leave the wrenches bare and oil them.