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by Original Smith
Sun Sep 27, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Idea for Fixing Flat Valve Stem Bridge Washers
Replies: 14
Views: 477

Re: Idea for Fixing Flat Valve Stem Bridge Washers

I don't think I'd want to use those wide ones. I believe the idea of the correct bridge washer is to force the clinchers apart. I don't see how those wide ones can do that. Has anyone tried A&L Model A parts? They are up in Mass or Conn somewhere.
by Original Smith
Sun Sep 27, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 13T - Missing Bolts
Replies: 9
Views: 286

Re: 13T - Missing Bolts

It's a good idea to have a can or two of extra bolts. The suppliers are doing a pretty good job of supplying new ones lately. The best supplier for the really hard to find bolts is RV Anderson. He has bolts that can't be obtained anywhere.
by Original Smith
Sat Sep 26, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Early Carburetor Adjusting rod
Replies: 10
Views: 486

Re: Early Carburetor Adjusting rod

Some have part numbers, but most do not. It is located on the forging at the yoke.
by Original Smith
Sat Sep 26, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 13-14 Gas Light Tubing
Replies: 0
Views: 107

13-14 Gas Light Tubing

Here are some photos of the correct gas light tube on the radiator, and the frame tube at the front. Note, the frame tube is routed on the inside of the two steering column to frame bolts. This car still has the original red rubber hoses which are 7/16 diameter. The two tubes to the headlights are 1...
by Original Smith
Sat Sep 26, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: top bow loops
Replies: 5
Views: 188

Re: top bow loops

Contact Keith Townsend in Gresham, Oregon.
by Original Smith
Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: FS Heinze Wood coil box w/8 coils.
Replies: 5
Views: 549

Re: FS Heinze Wood coil box w/8 coils.

Is your coil box the 1913 style?
by Original Smith
Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Early Carburetor Adjusting rod
Replies: 10
Views: 486

Re: Early Carburetor Adjusting rod

Keith: Do you have an example of one without the B ? I'm working on a plain one now for my '14, which was badly pitted. I think probably a former owner of my car kept the good one for a souvenir?
by Original Smith
Thu Sep 24, 2020 7:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Early Carburetor Adjusting rod
Replies: 10
Views: 486

Early Carburetor Adjusting rod

I have an early carburetor adjusting rod with the forging number 1359 B. What came first, the one I just mentioned, or the plain ones. No guessing please. I'm only interested in facts!
by Original Smith
Thu Sep 24, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: top bow pivots
Replies: 5
Views: 189

Re: top bow pivots

There are two lengths of those that I'm aware of. My '25 has the two screw striker plate, and the lower screw goes through the striker plate into the hole in the top iron.
by Original Smith
Wed Sep 23, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Converting Holley NH swivel top to nonswivel NH?
Replies: 21
Views: 1535

Re: Converting Holley NH swivel top to nonswivel NH?

Take a look in a '26-7 parts book under late carburetor adjusting rods. I believe there are seven different lengths! I think the one on my 1925 is 23".
by Original Smith
Wed Sep 23, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 4 hole quadrant on a 2 hole frame?
Replies: 10
Views: 553

Re: 4 hole quadrant on a 2 hole frame?

It is true that Ford went to the two hole quadrant in 1925, however, there are many frames around that didn't use the inner two holes during the transition period in 1925. When I was building my late 1925, I had to drive to Elko, Nevada to get a correct frame.
by Original Smith
Wed Sep 23, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Handbrake cross shaft
Replies: 17
Views: 745

Re: Handbrake cross shaft

This subject has been addressed before. Dan did a good job of clarifying things. Something some folks don't know is around 1921-2 Ford decided to drop the holes in the frame and brackets. It didn't work out, so they started doing it again. I guess only the record of changes would give the exact dates.
by Original Smith
Wed Sep 23, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Original Fasteners
Replies: 3
Views: 360

Re: Original Fasteners

Have you had any luck yet finding original Anzo fasteners?
by Original Smith
Sat Sep 12, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: FS REAR AXLE BEARINGS
Replies: 2
Views: 313

Re: FS REAR AXLE BEARINGS

Mark: It would be nice if you had included the size of the rollers, so the customer would know what to expect!
by Original Smith
Sat Sep 12, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Wanted: Original Brass Oil Cap For 1913 Ford Touring
Replies: 9
Views: 295

Re: Wanted: Original Brass Oil Cap For 1913 Ford Touring

There are two styles of this cap. Learn what they are, and don't let someone sell you a reproduction! Good luck. Both styles say Made In USA under the Ford script.
by Original Smith
Sat Sep 12, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What is a Rip Van Winkle car?
Replies: 14
Views: 667

Re: What is a Rip Van Winkle car?

Kim Dobbins owned the car for awhile. Before he sold it, he let me drive it around the parking lot. It's amazing to drive a new Model T. The feel is not the same as a restored one.
by Original Smith
Sat Sep 12, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Shim Removal
Replies: 14
Views: 555

Re: Shim Removal

Something that irritates me is the lack of shims to do the job. I love Plastigauge, as it give me an idea of where I'm at. However, ready made shims in .001,.002" would be nice. I've always had to make my own, and it's a pain. I like Timesaver too, but I wish I could buy 60 or 80 grit from Langs. Th...
by Original Smith
Fri Sep 11, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: dixie wide track
Replies: 24
Views: 909

Re: dixie wide track

I remember in my early years, I bought two NOS axle shafts, with the Ford script down in the keyway. When I slid the axle housings over the axles, boy did I have a surprise. They were wide track axles! I pressed off the axle gears and had them shortened to the standard length.
by Original Smith
Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rookie mistake: driven gear upside down...
Replies: 9
Views: 790

Re: Rookie mistake: driven gear upside down...

I've always thought the Ford Service Book is the best example around for getting things right. I built a 1925 from parts a few years back, and used that book to make sure I had everything the way Ford did it.
by Original Smith
Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Pics
Replies: 3
Views: 402

Re: Pics

Great photos Tom. Keep'em coming!
by Original Smith
Tue Sep 08, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB: Fender eye bolts
Replies: 3
Views: 237

Re: WTB: Fender eye bolts

The early ones are heavier than the later ones.
by Original Smith
Tue Sep 08, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hot Air Pipes
Replies: 30
Views: 1516

Re: Hot Air Pipes

I thing maybe I'll just put on an NH for now. Both of my hot air pipes are mint, and not easy to find!
by Original Smith
Tue Sep 08, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rear Axle Shafts
Replies: 10
Views: 798

Re: Rear Axle Shafts

It's amazing how many that read this forum don't understand what they are reading!
by Original Smith
Mon Sep 07, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hot Air Pipes
Replies: 30
Views: 1516

Re: Hot Air Pipes

Cory: Please post a picture of your hot air pipe without the carburetor! I don't want to reduce the o.d. of the end of my hot air pipe only to find out I may have to bring it back someday. Of course, I could put an N.H. on the car, and be done with it!
by Original Smith
Sun Sep 06, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hot Air Pipes
Replies: 30
Views: 1516

Hot Air Pipes

I can find no information on these. Bruce mentions them in his book, but only says where they are located. The current judging guidelines doesn't mention anything! How come? I have two early hot air pipes. One is the 1913 and earlier type that is crimped together. The other is what I believe came ou...
by Original Smith
Sun Sep 06, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rear Axle Shafts
Replies: 10
Views: 798

Rear Axle Shafts

I just found out from Randall Anderson, that Snyders is now selling stock rear axle shafts. Good to hear!
by Original Smith
Sat Sep 05, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Schrader stem covers new repro F/S
Replies: 3
Views: 217

Re: Schrader stem covers new repro F/S

Layden: I think your second set may be Dill's.
by Original Smith
Sat Sep 05, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB: Original metal tire tube valves
Replies: 9
Views: 308

Re: WTB: Original metal tire tube valves

Read the post above. I've been buying them for years at swap meets. I used to find them for a dollar or two, but they are more collectable these days as people are finally starting to realize what they are. Good luck.
by Original Smith
Fri Sep 04, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Previously Owned Cars From Collectors
Replies: 6
Views: 789

Previously Owned Cars From Collectors

Has anyone other than myself ever purchased a car from a collector, where it is obvious one or more collectors have kept some of the parts from the car, or at least replaced some parts from another vehicle that are not original to the car?
by Original Smith
Fri Sep 04, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: HELP! Rocky Mountain brake installation
Replies: 7
Views: 346

Re: HELP! Rocky Mountain brake installation

The best thing to do is to use originals. They don't have that problem!
by Original Smith
Fri Sep 04, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Looking for ‘25 Ignition switch (parts or whole panel)
Replies: 5
Views: 227

Re: Looking for ‘25 Ignition switch (parts or whole panel)

There are switches on ebay all the time.
by Original Smith
Thu Sep 03, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: ISO 1923 Dashboard
Replies: 7
Views: 317

Re: ISO 1923 Dashboard

I don't think 1923's had the steering column support.
by Original Smith
Wed Sep 02, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Correct 1915 magneto horn mounting?
Replies: 9
Views: 487

Re: Correct 1915 magneto horn mounting?

Another thing to consider, is do you have the correct steering column?
by Original Smith
Mon Aug 31, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Bikers
Replies: 11
Views: 1083

Re: Bikers

They look much more innocent than those of today!
by Original Smith
Sun Aug 30, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Choke rod for sale or trade
Replies: 4
Views: 279

Re: Choke rod for sale or trade

Most 1925 owners don't know this, but because of the new style carburetor adjusting rod, Ford had to redesign the dashboard to accommodate the new style, which is 1/16" larger diameter than the previous style.
by Original Smith
Sun Aug 30, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Choke rod for sale or trade
Replies: 4
Views: 279

Re: Choke rod for sale or trade

The late 1925's used them too. The last time I checked, there were seven different lengths. The 1925 open cars have the shortest length. When I was building my '25 roadster, every swap meet I went to I had a tape measure in my pocket. I finally found one at Chickasha.
by Original Smith
Sun Aug 30, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Foto of the Day
Replies: 419
Views: 56373

Re: Foto of the Day

The Ford dealer must be around the corner?
by Original Smith
Sun Aug 30, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Luray Swap Meet, October 6-8 - What are you bringing to sell?
Replies: 52
Views: 2972

Re: Luray Swap Meet, October 6-8 - What are you bringing to sell?

I won't be bringing anything to sell, as I'm flying in from California. I just hope the VFW'S bar will be open during the day! It will be nice to see everybody. Most everything has been cancelled this year.
by Original Smith
Sun Aug 30, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How Did the Model T Owners Do It?
Replies: 12
Views: 615

Re: How Did the Model T Owners Do It?

It must have been nice to be able to walk into a Ford dealer, and buy a new Ford script coil. I suppose they still stocked them until WWII?
by Original Smith
Thu Aug 27, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Please Let Me Know If You Are Using This...
Replies: 9
Views: 1070

Re: Please Let Me Know If You Are Using This...

Bill Bohlen in La Habra, California makes those.
by Original Smith
Wed Aug 26, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Radiator Outlet
Replies: 1
Views: 176

Radiator Outlet

I'm still looking for a good useable original water outlet for a brass radiator. I don't know when they changed to the new style used on the black radiators, but the part number is the same. I don't want to use the brass reproduction, because it's twice as heavy as the original. This is the lower ou...
by Original Smith
Wed Aug 26, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: T’s
Replies: 5
Views: 612

Re: T’s

Pete is one of the few people I know that can build a car that looks like it was made in the old days. He is a true craftsman!
by Original Smith
Wed Aug 26, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1911 tail lamp bracket
Replies: 5
Views: 350

Re: 1911 tail lamp bracket

The 1913-14 roadster brackets are the same. The carriage bolts are a special Ford design. I had to use step bolts for mine, and I couldn't find originals that were for sale. You can't see them anyway, but I like original parts.
by Original Smith
Tue Aug 25, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: NOS Tappet Guide?
Replies: 3
Views: 328

Re: NOS Tappet Guide?

Bob Bergstadt has had lots of them over the years.
by Original Smith
Sun Aug 23, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Engine Number vs Serial Number
Replies: 7
Views: 657

Engine Number vs Serial Number

I have a '14 with a serial number plate above the steering column that I don't believe belongs on this car, although it is original. On the 1913's I have the engine number is always the higher number, usually by over 1000. One is 16,898 and the other is 14,197. The 14 I'm referring to the serial num...
by Original Smith
Sun Aug 23, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1915 Tudor Sedan
Replies: 4
Views: 311

Re: 1915 Tudor Sedan

Doesn't look like any Tudor sedan I've seen!
by Original Smith
Sun Aug 23, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What do think
Replies: 4
Views: 312

Re: What do think

Bring micrometers to swapmeets. I've not had a problem finding pitman arms with good round balls. Filing the caps does help too.
by Original Smith
Sun Aug 23, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 13T - New Brassworks Radiator
Replies: 25
Views: 1321

Re: 13T - New Brassworks Radiator

I bought one of the original Gilbert radiators, almost 60 years ago. Progress in many ways has improved, but in others has gotten worse. What the Brassworks needs is a copy of Ford's radiator book. We all know how much a T frame can flex. That is why Ford riveted many of the parts together, This is ...
by Original Smith
Sat Aug 22, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Pics2
Replies: 1
Views: 530

Re: Pics2

The second or third photo was taken in Riverside, California. You can see the Mission Inn in the background.
by Original Smith
Sat Aug 22, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Pics
Replies: 16
Views: 1223

Re: Pics

Could the third picture be Bisbee, Ariz.?
by Original Smith
Sat Aug 22, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 9 leaf spring dimensions
Replies: 1
Views: 129

Re: 9 leaf spring dimensions

A 9 leaf rear spring is totally different than an 8. Your best bet is to buy a complete spring out of a sedan.
by Original Smith
Sat Aug 22, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: ***1914-1921 Drive Shaft Assembly***
Replies: 6
Views: 320

Re: ***1914-1921 Drive Shaft Assembly***

Like everything else, do your research before posting on the forum!
by Original Smith
Sat Aug 22, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Inner tubes "MADE IN USA "
Replies: 14
Views: 651

Re: Inner tubes "MADE IN USA "

It would be nice to know. It's funny, they just stopped making them. My guess is maybe Cooper made them?
by Original Smith
Fri Aug 21, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 13T - New Brassworks Radiator
Replies: 25
Views: 1321

Re: 13T - New Brassworks Radiator

It's too bad they don't make them like Ford did!
by Original Smith
Fri Aug 21, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Where To Get Rims Hot Dip Galvanized
Replies: 14
Views: 587

Re: Where To Get Rims Hot Dip Galvanized

Aren't galvanizing and zinc plating two different things?
by Original Smith
Fri Aug 21, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: ***1914-1921 Drive Shaft Assembly***
Replies: 6
Views: 320

Re: ***1914-1921 Drive Shaft Assembly***

Since when does the cast iron housing use bolts? They use studs and castle nuts!
by Original Smith
Thu Aug 20, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Footman Loops
Replies: 3
Views: 377

Re: Footman Loops

Thanks John.
by Original Smith
Thu Aug 20, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ad-on brakes
Replies: 38
Views: 1186

Re: Ad-on brakes

Bennett was an aftermarket brake company. Another is Master. I assume Bennett did use rods, as their brake pedal had an extension on the bottom just like the current repop does. All they did is remove Bennett from the pedal, and insert Rocky Mtn. Real Rocky Mountains are very simple, using a 3/16" c...
by Original Smith
Thu Aug 20, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Badges? We ain’t got no badges!
Replies: 35
Views: 1768

Re: Badges? We ain’t got no badges!

That's a nice one Tim.
by Original Smith
Wed Aug 19, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Question about 1915 and later front floor mats
Replies: 6
Views: 479

Re: Question about 1915 and later front floor mats

Something I've noticed is there is a Made in USA in the corner of the Ford script on original mats. This is something that has been omitted on the new ones. The starter versions have an embossment around the starter switch. My '14 has an embossment around the speedometer cable hole. This is a very e...
by Original Smith
Wed Aug 19, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ad-on brakes
Replies: 38
Views: 1186

Re: Ad-on brakes

Original Rocky Mountain Brakes are pictured above. I have them on all of my cars. The current Rocky Mountain Brakes are not Rocky Mountain at all, and I believe the outside diameter of the drum is less than the original. The bottom line is, if you are going to make a reproduction, do it correctly, o...
by Original Smith
Wed Aug 19, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1913-14 Gaslight hose
Replies: 26
Views: 1748

Re: 1913-14 Gaslight hose

When I cut the hole in the splash shield for the generator hose, I started with a very small hole, maybe 1/8" dia. I drilled a 7/16" hole in a block of wood, and centered it on the block of wood, held in place with a floor jack. I carefully used a taper punch to enlarge the hole to the original size...
by Original Smith
Wed Aug 19, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ball bearing 4th main
Replies: 14
Views: 605

Re: Ball bearing 4th main

What is wrong with a babbet, or even a bronze bearing? No problems there. There are examples of broken flanges with those ball bearing jobs.
by Original Smith
Wed Aug 19, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Footman Loops
Replies: 3
Views: 377

Footman Loops

I'm working on the front bow of an unrestored 1914 open car. I've always had 1913's with no problems. This car has footman loops that are 1 3/4" hole to hole, and are too narrow to put a screw straight in. I believe 1 11/16" would do it, but am unaware of that size. The footman loops did not fit the...
by Original Smith
Wed Aug 19, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Anyone for a trade?
Replies: 8
Views: 1399

Re: Anyone for a trade?

Usually, Schrader and Dill made two lengths of dust caps. I believe you would probably need the shorter one.
by Original Smith
Wed Aug 19, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Diskies, no diskies.
Replies: 13
Views: 933

Re: Diskies, no diskies.

Model A taillights don't look right on a Model T, and Chevrolet wheels don't either!
by Original Smith
Tue Aug 18, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Headlight Gas Line Routing
Replies: 43
Views: 5391

Re: Headlight Gas Line Routing

I'm not much of a picture taker! I'll try to get some photos of the gas lines. When that will be is another question!
by Original Smith
Tue Aug 18, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Question about 1915 and later front floor mats
Replies: 6
Views: 479

Re: Question about 1915 and later front floor mats

I'd like to see a picture of an original 1925 open car floormat. They changed them that year to accommodate the new wide cowl body. I've only known of one, and the owner threw it away because it was in bad shape. Too bad!
by Original Smith
Tue Aug 18, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Took the old Ford to the winery Saturday night. Then lit the lamps and drove home.
Replies: 12
Views: 675

Re: Took the old Ford to the winery Saturday night. Then lit the lamps and drove home.

I made all new tubing for both of my 1913 Fords last year. In 60 years of Model T ownership I had never lit the headlamps until then. What an experience. I'm glad I did it.
by Original Smith
Mon Aug 17, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Spark & Gas levers
Replies: 21
Views: 1667

Re: Spark & Gas levers

Don't use reproduction spark or gas levers. They don't look right. Replate your originals. If the bottom side of the rods are worn, weld them up and dress them down before replating.
by Original Smith
Mon Aug 17, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Headlight Gas Line Routing
Replies: 43
Views: 5391

Re: Headlight Gas Line Routing

I recently made two complete gas light BRASS tubing assemblies for my 1913's. They were originally tin plated, but I couldn't find a tin plating shop at a realistic price, so I had them cad plated. Can't tell the difference. A few weeks ago I acquired an original '14, with all the original piping, i...
by Original Smith
Wed Aug 12, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: An old Ford
Replies: 6
Views: 835

Re: An old Ford

Even the Ford dealer couldn't get the year correct!
by Original Smith
Wed Aug 12, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Trucks
Replies: 3
Views: 483

Re: Trucks

Thanks Tom. All of your photos are great!
by Original Smith
Wed Aug 12, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How many cars in a T built from parts?
Replies: 11
Views: 904

Re: How many cars in a T built from parts?

I built a car from parts, and there is certainly way more parts required than what you listed.
by Original Smith
Wed Aug 12, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1909 - 1910 Drive Shaft questions.
Replies: 3
Views: 336

Re: 1909 - 1910 Drive Shaft questions.

Without checking my parts book, I believe the part Mr. Vowell is referring to is called a driveshaft roller bearing distance plate, and is placed between the thrust bearing and the drive shaft sleeve.
by Original Smith
Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1913-14 Gaslight hose
Replies: 26
Views: 1748

Re: 1913-14 Gaslight hose

It is true the current splash shields don't have the hose hole punched. I was able to do it for my '13 exactly like the original I have some of McMaster Carrs red hose on one of my cars, and it is ok, but I like the cloth covered stuff better. Thanks for the help on the tank to frame line hose.
by Original Smith
Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Early Water Outlet
Replies: 1
Views: 429

Early Water Outlet

Wanted To Buy: I need an early water outlet as used on the brass radiators. I would like one that is still useable. I have a late one, but don't really want to use it. Will buy a bottom tank with the outlet on it if one is available.
by Original Smith
Sun Aug 09, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Wanted: tool set.
Replies: 6
Views: 475

Re: Wanted: tool set.

Pay attention to the above post! Tools changed often, so you have to know what came with your year.
by Original Smith
Sun Aug 09, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Thread chasing die for original tire valve stems
Replies: 28
Views: 2435

Re: Thread chasing die for original tire valve stems

I received mine yesterday. Haven't had a chance to try it yet. R.V. makes the coolest stuff! Thanks Randall.
by Original Smith
Sun Aug 09, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1913-14 Gaslight hose
Replies: 26
Views: 1748

Re: 1913-14 Gaslight hose

I'd be willing to pay plenty for the correct hose! The last time Ron Gocek made a run, he wasn't paying attention, and it came out 5/8" OD. That's way to big to fit through the holes in the radiator and the splash shield. The correct size is 1/4" ID, AND 7/16" OD. Welding hose is too large.
by Original Smith
Sat Aug 08, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1913-14 Gaslight hose
Replies: 26
Views: 1748

1913-14 Gaslight hose

I measured an original gaslight hose from the radiator tube to the headlight. It is 10". The one from the radiator to the frame rail pipe is 5 1/2". The one for the frame rail pipe to the tank is missing, but I think it is 28". Does anyone know the original length? I wish we could buy the correct ho...
by Original Smith
Sat Aug 08, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Spark & Gas levers
Replies: 21
Views: 1667

Re: Spark & Gas levers

I've never done it, but if you have an early riveted gear case, you will first have to cut the slot, then proceed.
by Original Smith
Sat Aug 08, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What is this light bracket for?
Replies: 8
Views: 648

Re: What is this light bracket for?

I agree with Wayne. From the above photo, it looks to me like it was made that way.
by Original Smith
Sat Aug 08, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 19-25 switch wire harness info.
Replies: 5
Views: 504

Re: 19-25 switch wire harness info.

I had difficulty with the repop switch loom for open cars years ago. They were selling the sedan looms for open cars, which are way too long for the job. My feeling is to do the research, and make stuff correctly in the first place. Some of the repop switch backs made were horrible. I know the ones ...
by Original Smith
Fri Aug 07, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: So why so little interest?
Replies: 39
Views: 3524

Re: So why so little interest?

No one got me into the hobby. I always loved old cars. I had a 1907 Maxwell pull toy. Maybe that did it. My dad wouldn't let me have a T until he saw that high school diploma, because he knew how much I hated school. I got my first one when I was 17, and have been at it ever since.
by Original Smith
Fri Aug 07, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: replacing touring top
Replies: 14
Views: 886

Re: replacing touring top

Mike, the owner of Classtique has not put out enough information on his tops to the hobby. First, he has TWO types of top material. Colonial, and Turf. The Turf is very close to the original that Ford used, and is shiny too. The Colonial is semi shiny, and the pattern is quite different than the ori...
by Original Smith
Fri Aug 07, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: More from the “Almost Tour” in Minnesota
Replies: 4
Views: 534

Re: More from the “Almost Tour” in Minnesota

It's great to see some who have the balls to do what we love to do, rather than listening to everything they hear from the government!
by Original Smith
Fri Aug 07, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: E.B. White book “Farewell to Model T”
Replies: 19
Views: 2331

Re: E.B. White book “Farewell to Model T”

BTW, E.B. White is a well known writer of short stories. I believe there is another book that has a collection of his works.
by Original Smith
Fri Aug 07, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: E.B. White book “Farewell to Model T”
Replies: 19
Views: 2331

Re: E.B. White book “Farewell to Model T”

I bought my first copy at a used book store in the 60's for 50 cents. I've found several copies since. I love to read it over and over. It's even been reprinted, but you don't want one of them! There are no illustrations, and that is what makes the book so interesting. If you don't have a copy keep ...
by Original Smith
Thu Aug 06, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Front axle bushing sticks out.
Replies: 9
Views: 930

Re: Front axle bushing sticks out.

Ever heard of a file?
by Original Smith
Tue Aug 04, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Oil Cap (Breather)
Replies: 1
Views: 391

Oil Cap (Breather)

I straightened an original Ford breather cap yesterday, and couldn't get it to fit well. Upon looking inside the hole, the casting was quite rough. Initially I used a half round file to knock down the high spots, but it wasn't satisfactory. Ultimately I used a brake cylinder hone with good results. ...
by Original Smith
Tue Aug 04, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Thread chasing die for original tire valve stems
Replies: 28
Views: 2435

Re: Thread chasing die for original tire valve stems

Thanks for the kind words Dan. Dan doesn't include the leather washer. As I recall, I had to find an 11/16" punch to make them, and used a 3/8" for the center. I don't see how anyone that is familiar with Dan's work would even think they would be solid on the bottom!
by Original Smith
Tue Aug 04, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Suggestions on who to send my wheels to????????
Replies: 25
Views: 1391

Re: Suggestions on who to send my wheels to????????

Like everything else, everyone has an opinion. All the companies mentioned above are ok, but one stands out. That one is Calimers. Their wheels are absolutely the best. They are a little more expensive, but well worth it.
by Original Smith
Tue Aug 04, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Thread chasing die for original tire valve stems
Replies: 28
Views: 2435

Re: Thread chasing die for original tire valve stems

This is for those who really care about authentic parts. The early round serrated rim nuts are now being made by Dan McEachern in Alameda. He sells them for $20 each. He went to a lot of work to make them for us.
by Original Smith
Tue Aug 04, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The “almost” tour
Replies: 13
Views: 1224

Re: The “almost” tour

We had a similar tour out here in California the first week in June. There were about a dozen cars, all Model T's. It was a week long tour, and we had a good time. We all had masks for when needed, but heck, we out everyday in the fresh air enjoying ourselves. No one got the corona virus, or cared m...
by Original Smith
Tue Aug 04, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Inner tube stem
Replies: 5
Views: 507

Re: Inner tube stem

I started collecting original metal stems along time ago when no one was interested in them. I've converted most of my cars to the original style valves when they need it. I'm not going to pull out a tube just to put the correct one in. What irritates me is the big guys like Coker don't seem to be i...
by Original Smith
Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1914 Body Bolts
Replies: 8
Views: 757

Re: 1914 Body Bolts

Another interesting bit. The center body bolt is usually about 1/8" longer than the front one. I haven't had a chance to check this '14.
by Original Smith
Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rear Spring question
Replies: 9
Views: 644

Re: Rear Spring question

Why not put a wood block under the spring eye, and be done with it?
by Original Smith
Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: "Ve get too soon auld...
Replies: 20
Views: 1213

Re: "Ve get too soon auld...

What year? Most all of that stuff was raven finished in later years. Some of it was brass plated in early years. Depends on the application.
by Original Smith
Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Help with ID
Replies: 26
Views: 1488

Re: Help with ID

Apparently, a few missed my post above. The car has to be a '16. There is no notch above the lid on the coilbox for the radiator support rod.