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by Mark Osterman
Fri Dec 04, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Dressed for Christmas and Covid
Replies: 1
Views: 214

Dressed for Christmas and Covid

As the title states 😀
by Mark Osterman
Wed Nov 25, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: 1915-16 E&J Tail light (original paint)
Replies: 7
Views: 337

Re: 1915-16 E&J Tail light (original paint)

Sold ... thanks MTFCA
by Mark Osterman
Wed Nov 25, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: 1915-16 E&J Tail light (original paint)
Replies: 7
Views: 337

Re: 1915-16 E&J Tail light (original paint)

Ok Danny, it’s yours then.
by Mark Osterman
Wed Nov 25, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: 1915-16 E&J Tail light (original paint)
Replies: 7
Views: 337

Re: 1915-16 E&J Tail light (original paint)

Didn’t get your message Danny. Please email me if you still want it. Markosterman@icloud.com
by Mark Osterman
Wed Nov 25, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What is your preferred parts cleaner?
Replies: 27
Views: 1123

Re: What is your preferred parts cleaner?

I usually use gasoline. I had some kerosene but it left the parts oily and I want them to actually dry before the next step. I’m pretty sure it’s the day job chemicals that will eventually kill me. I make daguerreotypes and tintypes on a regular basis.
by Mark Osterman
Wed Nov 25, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: My Turn Signals
Replies: 0
Views: 131

My Turn Signals

I posted a short video of my turn signal system on Youtube. It is set on hazard (all lights flashing) but you get the point. My car is the standard 6 volt system. I made an adapter to hold 21 single contact bulbs in the cowl lights and smaller lights in amber lens beehive marker lights in the rear g...
by Mark Osterman
Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: 1915-16 E&J Tail light (original paint)
Replies: 7
Views: 337

Re: 1915-16 E&J Tail light (original paint)

Yes Allan I thought the same thing. I haven’t really cleaned the black part yet. Surprised it hasn’t sold.
by Mark Osterman
Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Turn signals
Replies: 19
Views: 682

Re: Turn signals

I used the cowl lights for the front turn signals. Used amber beehive marker lights in the rear.
by Mark Osterman
Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Turn signals
Replies: 19
Views: 682

Re: Turn signals

I worked on this too in the summer. I fixed the problem by finding vintage US made flasher units. The ones made in Taiwan were really bad and the more modern type for LED didn’t work for traditional tungsten bulbs. I have recently come upon some NOS flashers if anyone needs one. $10 plus post.
by Mark Osterman
Mon Nov 23, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: 1915-16 E&J Tail light (original paint)
Replies: 7
Views: 337

1915-16 E&J Tail light (original paint)

I only cleaned the brass a little with ketchup to confirm the brass top and door. Original black paint. Font and burner good. One slight dent on door. Could be knocked out. Use on a survivor as is or restore.

$150 plus post. Markosterman@icloud.com
by Mark Osterman
Mon Nov 23, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1915 Cut-down Touring Pick-up Body completed
Replies: 33
Views: 789

Re: 1915 Cut-down Touring Pick-up Body completed

Andrew, you did a great job on all of it. Really appreciate the attention to the aesthetics of what would have been used back in the model T era. Much more like an original than the new boxes that are made like a piece of fine cabinet making with quarter sawn oak or walnut. Back in the day they woul...
by Mark Osterman
Fri Nov 20, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A sad day for the Model T Ford owners
Replies: 15
Views: 1406

Re: A sad day for the Model T Ford owners

So sorry to hear of his passing. We have lost several friends to covid. Serious stuff and I hope we can all stay safe long enough for the vaccines to be distributed.
by Mark Osterman
Tue Nov 17, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Engine splash pans
Replies: 32
Views: 1321

Re: Engine splash pans

Been trying to put together a pair of good original pans. Here is what I’ve found so far. Because i have a U&J carburetor I will need to modify the right side pan.
by Mark Osterman
Sat Nov 14, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 13T - Lack of Power Above 30 mph and Pics of the bands (new)
Replies: 35
Views: 1542

Re: 13T - Lack of Power Above 30 mph (Progress made!)

Imagine how much better it would run with a good functioning magneto putting out the volts!
by Mark Osterman
Sat Nov 14, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A real barn find
Replies: 13
Views: 1142

Re: A real barn find

Wonderful seeing these in the wild. Love the pictures but now I want to see more. 😀
by Mark Osterman
Fri Nov 13, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: steering gear
Replies: 8
Views: 448

Re: steering gear

A couple of weeks ago I noticed some shimmy in my front axle. There was some slop in the right side king pin bushing. I changed the bushing and the king pin was good and tight. I checked all the various ball joints but then I discovered the nut on the spindle arm on the drivers side was loose. Probl...
by Mark Osterman
Fri Nov 13, 2020 7:34 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 13T - Lack of Power Above 30 mph and Pics of the bands (new)
Replies: 35
Views: 1542

Re: 13T - Lack of Power Above 30 mph

I was just thinking about the effect of having the spark set at exactly the right place for the circumstance. I set it one place for starting from a dead stop .. then as I shift from los to high gear .. and then as I accelerate flat out or climb hills. There are times when I’m approaching 40-45 that...
by Mark Osterman
Thu Nov 12, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I want to build a wood engine stand (Need Help)
Replies: 22
Views: 1043

Re: I want to build a wood engine stand (Need Help)

Are you planning on using it just for storage ... or running in an engine?
by Mark Osterman
Wed Nov 11, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Anyone have some used valves?
Replies: 6
Views: 497

Re: Anyone have some used valves?

Hi all. I’m looking for some standard stem size and the traditional type that take a pin. Just don’t want to use the two piece size that were in the engine.
by Mark Osterman
Wed Nov 11, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Anyone have some used valves?
Replies: 6
Views: 497

Anyone have some used valves?

I have a spare 1923 engine on a work stand. The pistons, crank bearings and cam look good. I’d just like to get it running just for fun this winter. It currently has the old two part valves so I’m looking for some modern valves that have been pulled from an engine that was rebuilt. Would like to fin...
by Mark Osterman
Wed Nov 11, 2020 7:40 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Prices going down ?
Replies: 28
Views: 1682

Re: Prices going down ?

I’ve enjoyed reading this recent installment of “prices going down.” I know it’s hard to see them go down when you’ve put so much into your car but very few people ever make restoring a car an investment opportunity. It’s a labor of love and keeping them going is a form of entertainment you have to ...
by Mark Osterman
Tue Nov 10, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Has anybody here ever crashed their T?
Replies: 31
Views: 1499

Re: Has anybody here ever crashed their T?

Yes, and I walked away from it with no broken bones. Here is a before and after.
by Mark Osterman
Tue Nov 10, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: bailing wire nut?
Replies: 9
Views: 677

Re: bailing wire nut?

I bet that car had a death wobble shimmy!
by Mark Osterman
Sat Nov 07, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1926-27 Engine Color
Replies: 25
Views: 1200

Re: 1926-27 Engine Color

I also use satin black. When gloss is used it shows every single little pit in the metal. Satin gives a nice sheen.
by Mark Osterman
Fri Nov 06, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: For Those Wanting a Good Natural Patina....,
Replies: 5
Views: 683

Re: For Those Wanting a Good Natural Patina....,

Same for me ... it’s great on exhaust manifolds. For other things I use the black Rustoleum Rust Reformer rattle can paint. Rub it down with a cotton cloth about 20 minutes after spraying for a very nice sheen.
by Mark Osterman
Thu Nov 05, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T and others in color
Replies: 12
Views: 1206

Re: Model T and others in color

We would call this “out of the tube” coloring where I work at the George Eastman Museum. The picture would be considered amateur quality because there is no mixing of color pigments to give a realistic effect. A piece of wood may be “brown” but the hue would change depending on the distance from the...
by Mark Osterman
Mon Nov 02, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: electric fuel cut off
Replies: 26
Views: 938

Re: electric fuel cut off

I guess I don’t worry much about my car in an unheated detached garage built in 1919. I do remember having an OF carburetor with a stuck float dumping a gallon of gas on the floor once.
by Mark Osterman
Sun Nov 01, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: electric fuel cut off
Replies: 26
Views: 938

Re: electric fuel cut off

I have the brass right angle shut off at the carburetor but I have only used it when removing the carb for adjustments or switching out carburetors. I ground in the valve on the gas tank and use EZ lube there. No leaking in either place. Did people shut off their gas in the old days when they parked?
by Mark Osterman
Sun Nov 01, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Schrader Valve Stem
Replies: 19
Views: 907

Re: Schrader Valve Stem

Just in case a visual is needed.
by Mark Osterman
Sun Nov 01, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Gas
Replies: 3
Views: 336

Gas

Over the past several years I have run Nellie, my 23 runabout, with several different carburetors just to see the difference. These included the stock Ford stamped NH type that came with my car, a straight through NH, a Stromberg OF and I’m currently running a U&J. I also try different oils and gaso...
by Mark Osterman
Wed Oct 28, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: World War 1 Model Ts
Replies: 26
Views: 1554

Re: World War 1 Model Ts

I think some of you old guys are a little rough on him. I loved history in school and I don’t remember any part of the curriculum or the books that would have resulted in me knowing how a model T Ford was used in “The Great War.” Aside from The Blue Max, there really wasn’t much in the movies or pop...
by Mark Osterman
Wed Oct 28, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Peerless Tool Box
Replies: 0
Views: 325

Peerless Tool Box

A pretty good Peerless tool box. No serious rust or dents but missing the clasp hooks and the lock clasp. Usually these have been drilled out for door type padlock clasps. Would clean up nice .. or use on your “barn find” as is. $60 plus postage. Email me at markosterman@icloud.com
by Mark Osterman
Sat Oct 24, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: 3-Z-624 Exhaust Nut Wrench
Replies: 2
Views: 354

Re: 3-Z-624 Exhaust Nut Wrench

Sorry ... sold to the first to send me a message.
by Mark Osterman
Sat Oct 24, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Exhaust Pipe Nut Wrench
Replies: 2
Views: 469

Exhaust Pipe Nut Wrench

An original exhaust pipe nut wrench

$30 plus post
by Mark Osterman
Sat Oct 24, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: 3-Z-624 Exhaust Nut Wrench
Replies: 2
Views: 354

3-Z-624 Exhaust Nut Wrench

Vintage exhaust pipe nut wrench

$30 plus post
by Mark Osterman
Fri Oct 23, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A Record
Replies: 3
Views: 493

A Record

I noticed some front end wobbling in the past week of driving and thought I’d get a jump on it right away. The sooner the better. I had the afternoon off from work and it was up to 75 this afternoon, so a good time to tinker. After jacking up the front axle I found the king pin bushings on the right...
by Mark Osterman
Fri Oct 23, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: FREE curtain hooks FREE
Replies: 5
Views: 530

Re: FREE curtain hooks FREE

Interesting. They look like a NORS hook given they are stock from a box marked from another manufacturer. Wouldn’t the Ford box be marked Ford? Just asking.
by Mark Osterman
Wed Oct 21, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Side curtain fasteners question
Replies: 15
Views: 563

Re: Side curtain fasteners question

Yes, I have seen you comment about this before in earlier threads. Also seen the pictures of your roadster pickup with the side curtains installed though never seen any detail shots of that which would be very interesting. Since my T has side lights would I still install the smaller flat hook on the...
by Mark Osterman
Wed Oct 21, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Side curtain fasteners question
Replies: 15
Views: 563

Re: Side curtain fasteners question

Yes, I saw the posts you made regarding the oversized windows in your side curtains. Very neat. Now that you’ve had chances to them, what do you think? Would you change anything or do you like them as is?
by Mark Osterman
Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Side curtain fasteners question
Replies: 15
Views: 563

Re: Side curtain fasteners question

These are the front side curtain clips I have. One set has a circular mounting hole ... the others gave a square mounting hole. From what gather from the links Mark posted the square hole version with the shorter hook must go on the oil lamp bolt that also goes through the windshield mounting bracke...
by Mark Osterman
Wed Oct 21, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Side curtain fasteners question
Replies: 15
Views: 563

Re: Side curtain fasteners question

Mark, I did see some pictures of your installation but not all the points of contact.
by Mark Osterman
Wed Oct 21, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Side curtain fasteners question
Replies: 15
Views: 563

Re: Side curtain fasteners question

Thanks for posting the link. Never hurts to help again .. right? When I did a search I couldn’t find them. But I don’t actually see any detail photographs of the inside and outside of the side curtain installation on a 1923 runabout. Have I missed that too? So sorry to ask again.
by Mark Osterman
Wed Oct 21, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Side curtain fasteners question
Replies: 15
Views: 563

Re: Side curtain fasteners question

Well .. in lieu of having an original in my hands I need to “rely on the kindness of strangers.” Can you please post pictures of your original curtains? My car had no curtains but it did have the fasteners inside the bows and on the arm rest. I do also have some of the original
clips for the front.
by Mark Osterman
Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Side curtain fasteners question
Replies: 15
Views: 563

Side curtain fasteners question

I am now thinking about side curtains on the 23 runabout. I’m confused about how they are fastened. My assumption is that the fronts are secured to the windshield bracket and posts with flat hooks. Then the top of the fronts are held inside by three common sense twisty fasteners that are on each sid...
by Mark Osterman
Sat Oct 17, 2020 8:25 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: NOS accessory Ford rear window frames
Replies: 2
Views: 272

Re: NOS accessory Ford rear window frames

Sold ... thanks MTFCA
by Mark Osterman
Fri Oct 16, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: NOS accessory Ford rear window frames
Replies: 2
Views: 272

NOS accessory Ford rear window frames

$50 plus postage
by Mark Osterman
Wed Oct 14, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Direct LED replacement headlight
Replies: 35
Views: 1788

Re: Direct LED replacement headlight

I tried them but went back to conventional bulbs. When your lenses are fluted like the Ford H style it throws a strange pattern. They are much better with clear glass lenses.
by Mark Osterman
Tue Oct 13, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Tire pumps. Jacks
Replies: 1
Views: 281

Re: Tire pumps. Jacks

I’m looking for a good rebuildable tire pump. Markosterman@icloud.com
by Mark Osterman
Tue Oct 13, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Traffic Light Finders
Replies: 9
Views: 501

Traffic Light Finders

Well, I’m enjoying the new top on my runabout and I’ve figured out how to see through the rear windows ok. But the stop lights are a different story. Driving predominately in a city I stop at many traffic lights that are impossible to see unless I crouch down really far to look up. Now mind you many...
by Mark Osterman
Tue Oct 13, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Box of condensers
Replies: 0
Views: 278

Box of condensers

Bought a large lot of vintage NOS electrical stuff just for some 6 volt flasher relays. Here is a box full of condensers that might be good for distributers and alternators etc that people might be able to use on their model T upgrades. I dunno. $25 plus post.
by Mark Osterman
Mon Oct 12, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: FS Scandinavia Linings
Replies: 6
Views: 379

Re: FS Scandinavia Linings

Thanks, I was wondering because I have some of the same type in my garage.
by Mark Osterman
Mon Oct 12, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Engine dies when lights turned on
Replies: 16
Views: 474

Re: Engine dies when lights turned on

When was the magneto last rebuilt?
by Mark Osterman
Sun Oct 11, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: FS Scandinavia Linings
Replies: 6
Views: 379

Re: FS Scandinavia Linings

Do they deteriorate in the shelf? Mildew etc.
by Mark Osterman
Sun Oct 11, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your T in October?
Replies: 70
Views: 4004

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

Rebuilt the top assembly and installed the top on my 23 runabout.
by Mark Osterman
Sun Oct 11, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Starting the Model T
Replies: 13
Views: 845

Re: Starting the Model T

I’m not sure why you need to put so much pressure / speed on turning the crank unless your magnets are in really poor condition (assuming you don’t have /use a battery). When I hand crank with the coil box set to battery all I need to do is set the crank at around 7-8:00 and lift very gently. I usua...
by Mark Osterman
Fri Oct 09, 2020 8:06 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T Registry ?
Replies: 13
Views: 875

Model T Registry ?

Is there an international registry of model Ts based on serial numbers?
by Mark Osterman
Thu Oct 08, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 15 YEARS OLD AND ABOUT TO CHANGE BANDS FOR FIRST TIME!
Replies: 19
Views: 911

Re: 15 YEARS OLD AND ABOUT TO CHANGE BANDS FOR FIRST TIME!

Does anyone actually remove and reinstall bands through the inspection cover? If not .. is there any advantage to bands with removable ears?
by Mark Osterman
Wed Oct 07, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Runabout Turtle Deck Lid Prop
Replies: 3
Views: 328

Runabout Turtle Deck Lid Prop

Got tired of having the lid whack me on the hand ... and don’t want it to leave a permanent dent in the new top. So, I drilled two small holes on the inside of the lid and the turtle deck and inserted a stiff removable rod with the ends bent inward.
by Mark Osterman
Mon Oct 05, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Windshield H channel : What would you do?
Replies: 14
Views: 744

Re: Windshield H channel : What would you do?

Ok guys. The 1923 model T was the first with the windshield that tilts back ... often called a “slant” windshield. Unlike the the 1921 and earlier that allow the top windshield glass to fold down the slant windshield has the hinge up higher allowing the top windshield glass to tilt outward at the bo...
by Mark Osterman
Sun Oct 04, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Windshield H channel : What would you do?
Replies: 14
Views: 744

Re: Windshield H channel : What would you do?

I do have the original glass windows but I checked them when I had the safety glass cut and they were the same size. I just looked at the set screws on the windshield posts and see that in theory the windows should be able to seat further down ... but the rubber gasket between the bottom windshield ...
by Mark Osterman
Sun Oct 04, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Windshield H channel : What would you do?
Replies: 14
Views: 744

Re: Windshield H channel : What would you do?

I have it as far down as possible. That’s why I was wondering about the thickness of the rubber gasket.
by Mark Osterman
Sun Oct 04, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Windshield H channel : What would you do?
Replies: 14
Views: 744

Windshield H channel : What would you do?

I finally got around to installing that rubber H channel that fits on the lower windshield and acts as a seal against the upper windshield. There isn’t enough clearance to close the windows. They have always been a little tight with the metal caps rubbing against each other (see picture). I always t...
by Mark Osterman
Fri Oct 02, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Alternative fuel
Replies: 20
Views: 834

Re: Alternative fuel

Were there specific carburetors for kerosene?
by Mark Osterman
Wed Sep 30, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How do I fold the Top when Down?
Replies: 10
Views: 684

Re: How do I fold the Top when Down?

My sense from the answers is that no one actually worries about that steel bracket on the center bow digging into the top material ... right? I have gotten better since I shot that last picture.
by Mark Osterman
Tue Sep 29, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: For Sale: Early Ford Brass Radiator Script
Replies: 7
Views: 655

Re: For Sale: Early Ford Brass Radiator Script

What does that one say? So are the ones for sale above cut down from these?
by Mark Osterman
Tue Sep 29, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How Often Do You Clean Your Timer ?
Replies: 15
Views: 957

Re: How Often Do You Clean Your Timer ?

Been running a vintage New Day timer for the past two years. I clean it out and dress the contacts by twisting a disc covered with very fine sand paper about every two months. I drive my car every day .. around 100 miles a week. At the same time I remove the plugs and clean those .. and check the co...
by Mark Osterman
Tue Sep 29, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How do I fold the Top when Down?
Replies: 10
Views: 684

Re: How do I fold the Top when Down?

Come on guys ... I know there are a few people with runabouts / roadsters who can give me the advice I’m looking for. I posted on the mode T Facebook page and all I got was pele telling me to always have the top up while in the garage and in storage.
by Mark Osterman
Mon Sep 28, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How do I fold the Top when Down?
Replies: 10
Views: 684

Re: How do I fold the Top when Down?

I did push it in on the back ... but it’s the sides I can’t figure out. How does one avoid the metal bracket rubbing against the top material? That’s where a video of a 23-25 runabout would be helpful.
by Mark Osterman
Mon Sep 28, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How do I fold the Top when Down?
Replies: 10
Views: 684

How do I fold the Top when Down?

Ok, so I installed the Clastique top kit on my 1923 runabout. It goes up fine and comes down fine too. Now I’m trying to figure out how it should be ticked in and folded in the down position. There is the metal bracket on the second bow where the end of the first bow goes when the top is in the up p...
by Mark Osterman
Mon Sep 28, 2020 7:23 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: 1923 runabout top bows
Replies: 2
Views: 252

Re: 1923 runabout top bows

Top bows sold. Thanks MTFCA
by Mark Osterman
Sun Sep 27, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: 1923 runabout top bows
Replies: 2
Views: 252

1923 runabout top bows

I bought this extra set of original top bows as a reference to look at while I was installing the bows I rebuilt on my 23 runabout. It had enough of all the elements of the original top installation to show me where things need to be tacked on my new top. The front wood was no good where it met the ...
by Mark Osterman
Sun Sep 20, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Original Fasteners
Replies: 3
Views: 444

Original Fasteners

I’m installing the top on my 1923 runabout and have noticed that the “lift the dot” fasteners that come with the kit are not the same size as the originals on my bows. The male fasteners that thread into holes on the inside metal supports have a smaller head than the originals and naturally they don...
by Mark Osterman
Sat Sep 19, 2020 4:32 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Gonna do it !
Replies: 11
Views: 868

Re: Gonna do it !

Here is my 23 with an original box. I still have the tail light on the back end of the deck.
by Mark Osterman
Fri Sep 18, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T Forums Dead
Replies: 33
Views: 1520

Re: Model T Forums Dead

I agree with Steve that the “younger” model T enthusiasts might go to facebook first. Interestingly in the the “cyber world“ facebook is known as where the “old people” hang out. It’s all relative. I go on both and also search for answers to technical questions in other places like the hit and miss ...
by Mark Osterman
Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T Forums Dead
Replies: 33
Views: 1520

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.
by Mark Osterman
Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Back curtain for 1923 runabout
Replies: 1
Views: 131

Back curtain for 1923 runabout

I am installing a Classtique top kit on my 1923 runabout. I opted for the additional (not factory) roll up back curtain. One problem is that the two straps that are to be tacked to the back bow will actually cover the two windows when the top is up and they hang down. I’m wondering if the window spa...
by Mark Osterman
Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Top Wrinkles
Replies: 3
Views: 364

Re: Top Wrinkles

Was thinking I could hang it from one end and apply steam. I have a hand held steamer for clothing.
by Mark Osterman
Mon Sep 14, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Top Wrinkles
Replies: 3
Views: 364

Top Wrinkles

I am getting ready to install my Classtique top. The top deck is spread out on my dining room table. I plan to do the installation out in the sun but would it be a good idea to use an electric blanket to relax these wrinkles from shipping?
by Mark Osterman
Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB - Top clamp screw
Replies: 4
Views: 232

Re: WTB - Top clamp screw

I might have a pair. Markosterman@icloud.com
by Mark Osterman
Thu Sep 10, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: SOLD: Nice Early Brass Era Schebler Model L Carburetor
Replies: 2
Views: 448

Re: For Sale: Nice Early Brass Era Schebler Model R Carburetor

One of my favorite carburetors to photograph on collodion glass plates.
by Mark Osterman
Thu Sep 10, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Barn Find TT
Replies: 35
Views: 2538

Re: Barn Find TT

Wasn’t there a Buster Keaton film with a turn signal like that? Anxious to see pictures of it out in the daylight. Preferably a cloudy bright day with no hard shadows.
by Mark Osterman
Thu Sep 03, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 6 Volt Flasher Failure
Replies: 15
Views: 766

Re: 6 Volt Flasher Failure

Paul,

Yes I tried that electronic flasher but four coils they don’t work due to electronic interference. They work great with the engine tirned off! 😄 The option I would like to find is the electromagnetic type but I’ve yet to see one in 6 volt.
by Mark Osterman
Thu Sep 03, 2020 8:06 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 6 Volt Flasher Failure
Replies: 15
Views: 766

Re: 6 Volt Flasher Failure

Allan, This seems to be a common problem discussed in the 1940-1960s car forums. From what I’ve read there there is a significant difference in the quality of the older 6 volt thermal flasher relays (cans) compared to what we can get today made in Taiwan. People say you can buy a dozen of the same t...
by Mark Osterman
Tue Sep 01, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 6 Volt Flasher Failure
Replies: 15
Views: 766

Re: 6 Volt Flasher Failure

Allan, The electronic flasher seemed to be sabotaged by interference from the coils. Worked great when the engine was off but really screwy when the engine was running. The thermal type are a crap shoot ... all different speeds depending on the unit ... and then they die. I’m hoping an older nos ame...
by Mark Osterman
Mon Aug 31, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 6 Volt Flasher Failure
Replies: 15
Views: 766

Re: 6 Volt Flasher Failure

Yes, I have seen a lot for VW and was thinking a German made until might be much better ... a German stereotype if I ever saw one. 😄 Are the three prongs in the same configuration as the typical unit in American cars?
by Mark Osterman
Mon Aug 31, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 6 Volt Flasher Failure
Replies: 15
Views: 766

Re: 6 Volt Flasher Failure

Frank,

Yes, the lights run off the 6 volt storage battery.
by Mark Osterman
Mon Aug 31, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 6 Volt Flasher Failure
Replies: 15
Views: 766

Re: 6 Volt Flasher Failure

Tom, yes I would prefer the 21cp in the rear but these are the little beehive amber light assemblies and the lens won’t clip in place with the 21 cp bulbs because they stick out too far. I tried them initially by using vinyl tape to secure the lenses ... might still do that. But the 3 cp works fine ...
by Mark Osterman
Mon Aug 31, 2020 8:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 6 Volt Flasher Failure
Replies: 15
Views: 766

6 Volt Flasher Failure

Ok, so I installed an old flasher control to two 3 cp lights in the rear in beehive accessory lights, and two 21 cp bulbs in the Ford side lights. It worked great forma couple of weeks and then the #585 relay fried. I installed another #585 unit (NAPA) and it was too fast so I removed the cover and ...
by Mark Osterman
Mon Aug 24, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Zipping around in a Runabout
Replies: 8
Views: 761

Re: Zipping around in a Runabout

Well, I usually get a head of steam when I approach a hill if moving. Much harder when you come to a stop light or sign on a hill and then have to start out in low. I usually retard the spark and gradually advance the spark as I pick up speed. I weigh around 220 and the car is very responsive with j...
by Mark Osterman
Mon Aug 24, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Zipping around in a Runabout
Replies: 8
Views: 761

Zipping around in a Runabout

I have gotten spoiled driving in two passenger model Ts all my life. Fast acceleration and pretty good hill climbing. This weekend some old friends of mine came up to drop off a banjo for some refurbishing and I gave them rides in my runabout. These guys are in the 260 lb range. I was amazed how muc...
by Mark Osterman
Mon Aug 24, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Replacing incorrect (too large) Metal Stem with Schrader 777?
Replies: 7
Views: 422

Re: Replacing incorrect (too large) Metal Stem with Schrader 777?

Why not patch the larger hole with some thicker rubber. This way you could punch the hole in the patch before installing.
by Mark Osterman
Mon Aug 24, 2020 6:46 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: TT with Interesting Bed
Replies: 10
Views: 582

Re: TT with Interesting Bed

Well, the owner is willing to negotiate. He want to move from Rochester and is a motivated seller.
by Mark Osterman
Sun Aug 23, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: TT with Interesting Bed
Replies: 10
Views: 582

Re: TT with Interesting Bed

The seller has it listed for $5000. He has never seen it run. I pulled the plugs and hand cranked the engine and it had compression in all cylinders. Didn’t open the transmission cover but the pedals didn’t have any grip. Rear wheels looked pretty good, not sure about the fronts. No good rubber. She...
by Mark Osterman
Sun Aug 23, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: TT with Interesting Bed
Replies: 10
Views: 582

Re: TT with Interesting Bed

The brackets are neat
by Mark Osterman
Sun Aug 23, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: TT with Interesting Bed
Replies: 10
Views: 582

Re: TT with Interesting Bed

Yes, the manufacturer of the “combination” bed. Having trouble posting pictures right now.
by Mark Osterman
Sun Aug 23, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: TT with Interesting Bed
Replies: 10
Views: 582

TT with Interesting Bed

Went to look at an interesting TT today that was advertised here in Rochester. The back has sides that can be put in three different positions. Would be good for hauling hay.
by Mark Osterman
Thu Aug 20, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB front top socket for 24-25 roadster
Replies: 2
Views: 243

Re: WTB front top socket for 24-25 roadster

I have an entire top for a 23 runabout ... isn’t that the same as for a 24?
by Mark Osterman
Tue Aug 18, 2020 7:37 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Free Stromberg OF information
Replies: 12
Views: 948

Re: Free Stromberg OF information

Very interesting stuff. So do you adapt the Overland variant OFs for use on a model T use or avoid them?
by Mark Osterman
Mon Aug 17, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model Ts Illegal?
Replies: 33
Views: 2219

Re: Model Ts Illegal?

I am curious how many in the MTFCA live and drive within the “city limits” of an actual city? Here in Rochester New York there is no place within the city that is posted faster than 30mph. Outside the city the roads quickly go to 40-50 mph, but we are surrounded by farmland in New York State. So, th...