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by Norman Kling
Fri Sep 18, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Water or 50-50 Antifreeze ?
Replies: 5
Views: 78

Re: Water or 50-50 Antifreeze ?

Water will give you rust and corrosion. Hard water will give you sediment deposits. I have found the best coolant to be one gallon of green antifreeze and top off with distilled or purified water. As more is needed from time to time, add more purified water. I live at the top of a two mile low gear ...
by Norman Kling
Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: HELP!!! SHOULD I USE A WATER PUMP??
Replies: 19
Views: 352

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

It's your car and your choice. They can cause you to lose all your coolant if there is a leak, and a leak can come unexpectedly. It can also cause the engine to run too cold in cold weather. The original thermosyphon system works very well if you have a clean block and good radiator. The advantage o...
by Norman Kling
Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I got a phone call
Replies: 6
Views: 425

I got a phone call

I got a phone call saying my warrantee on my car had expired and I needed to renew. They asked me what car did I need to renew and I said my 1922 Model T Runabout. He hung up!
Norm
by Norman Kling
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 21" demountable rim lugs
Replies: 10
Views: 258

Re: 21" demountable rim lugs

I have at least one like that on my 26. The valve stem hole is in the right place. The notch will allow you to put the rim on without removing the bolt from the felloe. It is notched in such a way that when you put the valve into the felloe, the lug will drop right over the bolt. Perhaps there might...
by Norman Kling
Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Muffler Problem
Replies: 9
Views: 558

Re: Muffler Problem

I disagree with Hank. The front pipe is made to move forward to back and rotate side to side with flexing of the chassis as you drive. If it is clamped, it can cause the front flange on the pipe to break at the manifold, or loosen the nut. Or it can cause the muffler to twist and come apart at the s...
by Norman Kling
Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 26-27 roadsters....
Replies: 9
Views: 394

Re: 26-27 roadsters....

The whole cars were originally black. Later the customer could order the body in several colors but the fenders and splash aprons were still black. The deluxe models had nickel radiator shells and headlight rims as well as bumpers and wire wheels. The wheels were black unless they were ordered in co...
by Norman Kling
Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hub and tire alignment
Replies: 5
Views: 257

Re: Hub and tire alignment

You can do what Erik says or leave the tires on and just put the wheels on and on a flat surface such as a concrete floor, take a square between the floor and the wheel. Leave enough room for the tire, but measure the distance between the rim and the square at several places. It is not unusual to be...
by Norman Kling
Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: getting a little loud...
Replies: 7
Views: 385

Re: getting a little loud...

You could have a leak in the manifold gaskets. Look around the area where the exhaust manifold bolts to the block and see if you see soot. If so, you have a leak there. Another place would be the brass nut which holds the front of the exhaust pipe to the manifold. This pipe must be flat against the ...
by Norman Kling
Sun Sep 13, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What’s Your T Tip?
Replies: 25
Views: 1086

Re: What’s Your T Tip?

Always take along a cell phone when you go more than walking distance from home---just--in--case--
Before you set out, check the oil level, the water level, and put some oil in the oilers and turn down the grease cups. Also check the air pressure in the tires.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Sat Sep 12, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Shim Removal
Replies: 13
Views: 440

Re: Shim Removal

John, The only way removing shims could shorten the bolt would be if the bolt is turned in the rod. There is a flat spot on one side of the bolt, and that side should be placed against the rod and the bolt will drop into place. If that flat spot is turned in a different direction, the bolt will not ...
by Norman Kling
Sat Sep 12, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Horn Works, BUT!!
Replies: 6
Views: 420

Re: Horn Works, BUT!!

The adjustment screw will allow the armature to spin more freely and also change the sound of the horn. It should be just tight enough to hear a good honk, but still be able to turn easily.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Sat Sep 12, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Shim Removal
Replies: 13
Views: 440

Re: Shim Removal

If you keep the shims you peel off, you will have some one thousandth shims to use in the future. Also it helps to do one rod at a time and it will be just a little snug but you should be able to turn it with the crank. Then loosen the nuts and do another rod same way until you get all 4 adjusted. T...
by Norman Kling
Fri Sep 11, 2020 5:18 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 don't know how they got it to work, at least when running on magneto. I left my Model T running and then drove around in a modern car with an AM radio and found the Model T jammed the AM for about 400' .
Norm
by Norman Kling
Fri Sep 11, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: running out of gas
Replies: 9
Views: 436

Re: running out of gas

In hilly country, it is always a good idea to keep the tank full. I can go up a 6%grade in high gear without a problem. Never had it run out when above 2 gallons. However on the way home there is one hill which takes both Ruckstell and Low pedal to climb, and I wouldn't even attempt to climb in the ...
by Norman Kling
Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just Me Bragging....,
Replies: 15
Views: 785

Re: Just Me Bragging....,

That is a very nice looking speedster. It says 1914 on the plate, however, it has 26-27 wheels. A speedster is built of parts available during the Model T era and for a few years thereafter. Therefore, it is in fact, not any particular year model. Most of the parts look like an earlier T except the ...
by Norman Kling
Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Oil Leak help, anyone seen this before?
Replies: 4
Views: 535

Re: Oil Leak help, anyone seen this before?

when the connecting rod goes into the pan, it throws oil up in the cylinder. The faster you go, the more oil is thrown up. If the rings are good, you shouldn't have oil going all the way up into the top of the cylinder. If the rings are new, there is a possibility, all the ends of the rings line up ...
by Norman Kling
Mon Sep 07, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Free Start need Help
Replies: 12
Views: 438

Re: Free Start need Help

Nothing wrong with that. Saves battery, or arm.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Mon Sep 07, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Redster
Replies: 34
Views: 1643

Re: Redster

Our speedster run in in October. Are you interested? It will be out of Jucumba, Ca in San Diego county.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Mon Sep 07, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: REEDER HC head engine knock
Replies: 5
Views: 327

Re: REEDER HC head engine knock

Depends on what your call a knock. A spark knock sounds like a Ping and will change with the position of the spark lever. A dull thud would be caused be something like a piston hitting the head or a piston loose in the cylinder or possibly a loose main bearing. This type knock is also more noticeabl...
by Norman Kling
Mon Sep 07, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your T in September?
Replies: 37
Views: 2060

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

Well! Good thing our Saturday tour was cancelled. Not only was it the hottest day on record, but a fire broke out and could have closed part of the route some of us might have taken. The only way around that route would be to take the interstate with 70 mph limit or go about 50 miles farther to go a...
by Norman Kling
Mon Sep 07, 2020 10:40 am
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?

The original valve was on the sediment bulb under the gas tank. Your valve is after market. Many owners place the valve next to the carburetor so they don't have to crawl under the car to shut off the gas. Since your valve is non-stock, why not just buy another one from a vendor? With the valve you ...
by Norman Kling
Sun Sep 06, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: running better on battery
Replies: 3
Views: 276

Re: running better on battery

Try adjusting the spark lever. On battery, the spark continues to advance as you move the lever down from the top to the bottom, but on magneto, The spark remains the same for a few notches and then it jumps to a more advanced spark and remains the same until you move at a few notches and then will ...
by Norman Kling
Sun Sep 06, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Need ideas on weird noise
Replies: 15
Views: 566

Re: Need ideas on weird noise

Have you checked the pin which goes through the crankshaft pulley and crankshaft? If that pulley is loose, it can move up and down as the crankshaft turns. It will usually be loudest at idle and will decrease or stop at higher speed. That noise is a loud clicking somewhat like a loose valve tappet. ...
by Norman Kling
Sat Sep 05, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Surging after about 15 minutes of run time
Replies: 13
Views: 338

Re: Surging after about 15 minutes of run time

When you adjust the carburetor, sometimes it is very sensitive and just a few degrees will make a difference. Usually when it is rich it will surge, but when it is lean it just slows down and acts like it might run out of gas. The sweet spot is just a few degrees. It is only about a quarter turn bet...
by Norman Kling
Sat Sep 05, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Coils not working
Replies: 39
Views: 1096

Re: Coils not working

After you determine all coils are buzzing in proper order, one more thing to do in regard to the spark. That is to check the timing. Put the lever on the steering column all the way up and turn very slowly the crank until one coil just begins to buzz. The piston related to the buzzing coil should be...
by Norman Kling
Sat Sep 05, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your T in September?
Replies: 37
Views: 2060

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

I didn't do much! A couple weeks ago I replaced the battery because mine wouldn't hold a charge even though the generator was charging 5 amps for about 60 miles, I got about one grunt on the starter. This month I drove down to the Sinclair gas station to fill up the tank of my Dinosaur car with Dino...
by Norman Kling
Sat Sep 05, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Need ideas on weird noise
Replies: 15
Views: 566

Re: Need ideas on weird noise

It could be a worn timing gear. Especially if you have a fiber gear. You might be able to see the teeth on the cam gear by looking through the oil filler as the engine is slowly cranked around. or if you do remove the generator as suggested by Jim. check very carefully the bearings on the generator,...
by Norman Kling
Fri Sep 04, 2020 9:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: HELP! Rocky Mountain brake installation
Replies: 7
Views: 323

Re: HELP! Rocky Mountain brake installation

If you could post a picture showing the problem area I could compare with two cars I have in my garage which have the brakes and work fine. Bud might be on vacation. This is a long weekend. He was in last month when our club tour stopped at his shop. This is a very hot time right now. It will be abo...
by Norman Kling
Fri Sep 04, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Need ideas on weird noise
Replies: 15
Views: 566

Re: Need ideas on weird noise

Does it make the noise when the belt is off? If not then your noise is in the fan assembly. You either have something scraping or the bearing is worn out. Yes a ball bearing can wear out. You will just have to start checking things out.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Fri Sep 04, 2020 11:10 am
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.

Most of California is in for record high temperatures. It will even be in the 90's at the beach in San Diego. Here it will be over 100. In this area, there are usually maybe a week of hot weather in August and early September. October can be hot or cold? Usually from October till December we get hot...
by Norman Kling
Tue Sep 01, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Interesting article on screws
Replies: 2
Views: 313

Re: Interesting article on screws

I don't remember ever using a Robertson screw. However it looks like it would be the best type for placing and removing. The Phillips, is easier to keep the screwdriver on the screw for fast work, however, it is very easy to strip the head and then very hard to remove.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Mon Aug 31, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What kind of a car is this?
Replies: 17
Views: 1193

Re: What kind of a car is this?

i guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder! I think she's cute, and the car's not bad either. Don't know what kind of car it is.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Sun Aug 30, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Testing a horn
Replies: 28
Views: 971

Re: Testing a horn

If your magneto is working, you can hook up the magneto horn to it and it should honk. However if the magneto is not working, you won't be able to use a magneto horn anyway. They were made for the older cars which did not have a battery. Don't know exactly what year they came out, but the older bras...
by Norman Kling
Sat Aug 29, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Testing a horn
Replies: 28
Views: 971

Re: Testing a horn

If it is a claxon horn such as a Sparton horn made for a Model A, but many times used on a Model T, it has a small electric motor which turns a wheel which moves against a diaphram and makes the familiar OOGA sound. This type horn needs a drop of oil at the bearings and perhaps a little fine sandpap...
by Norman Kling
Thu Aug 27, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Best Wax for Black Urethane
Replies: 5
Views: 328

Re: Best Wax for Black Urethane

I just go to the auto parts store and get some car wash with wax in it. If I have mud or a lot of dirt on the car, I wash that off first. But since the car is in the garage all the time unless I have it out for a drive or a tour, I just put that stuff in a bucket of water and sponge it off. Then I d...
by Norman Kling
Thu Aug 27, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Car Stinks!
Replies: 15
Views: 941

Re: Car Stinks!

One thing I forget to mention. If he ran over a skunk, it would stink, however it would continue to stink while driving or when stopped.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Thu Aug 27, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Taking Up Con-Rods
Replies: 6
Views: 462

Re: Taking Up Con-Rods

I don't usually do anything unless I hear a knocking, however, if for some reason you have the inspection plate off, you can check them. It is very easy, You can get some plastiguage from an auto parts store and cut a strip and put it on the rod cap. Then tighten it up and then remove the cap. The p...
by Norman Kling
Thu Aug 27, 2020 12:57 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Car Stinks!
Replies: 15
Views: 941

Re: Car Stinks!

It could be your brakes. Especially if you have auxiliary brakes and you have a leak around one of the rear wheels which puts rear axle lube on the lining. When you apply the brake it burns. Or it could be blow by from the engine which is carried away by the wind while the car is moving bur comes up...
by Norman Kling
Wed Aug 26, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: For All Eternity
Replies: 21
Views: 793

Re: For All Eternity

That is easy if you start the bolt nearest the transmission first and then slide on the bendix cover. The other screws are harder than that one. Another such problem is the nut on the crankcase ear which goes through the wood block and frame on the same side as the starter. I have found the easiest ...
by Norman Kling
Wed Aug 26, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Engine Number vs Serial Number
Replies: 7
Views: 651

Re: Engine Number vs Serial Number

the most complete listing of engine numbers by year is in the Book by Bruce McCalley. Unless you have an invoice, or original registration for the car or know who the original owner was and if he took notes as to what repairs he made, it would be impossible to be sure whether the engine or even the ...
by Norman Kling
Tue Aug 25, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I am 14 and I bought a 1926 T. Now what?...
Replies: 66
Views: 1696

Re: I am 14 and I bought a 1926 T. Now what?...

engine2 copy.jpg engine2.jpg I don't know whether you can see this, but this how your carburetor should look with the right needle and swivel. I think you can order one like this from the suppliers, if not, one will probably come up at a swap meet. Look for a needle which is tapered and does not ha...
by Norman Kling
Tue Aug 25, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Generator problem
Replies: 5
Views: 330

Re: Generator problem

Are you sure it is not a Model A generator? Maybe the field coils are Model A? Otherwise, I don't know why it would be like that. I have not found a generator like that, but have you checked for the null point by rotating the end plate so that when you hook to a battery, it will not run like a motor...
by Norman Kling
Tue Aug 25, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I am 14 and I bought a 1926 T. Now what?...
Replies: 66
Views: 1696

Re: I am 14 and I bought a 1926 T. Now what?...

That carburetor is incorrect for a 26. It would take more than a rebuild kit to adapt it to fit. The adjustment needle is made for an earlier car. You need a swivel to fit the choke/adjustment knob for a 26. Unless you are having trouble with the existing carburetor, you can just put that one back o...
by Norman Kling
Sun Aug 23, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T Engine Stand
Replies: 7
Views: 703

Re: Model T Engine Stand

Very interesting. I can see that you are quite creative! Looks like it would work very well.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Sun Aug 23, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ad-on brakes
Replies: 38
Views: 1129

Re: Ad-on brakes

It has been my experience, that except in stop and go traffic, when a T is driven at the best speed for the T, you will usually have good following distance from the cars ahead of you. So you can stop slowly and not slide the wheels. The biggest problem is the cars following me. They get impatient. ...
by Norman Kling
Sat Aug 22, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: engine braking
Replies: 10
Views: 472

Re: engine braking

How far down is the pedal when the brakes lock up? It should be about 1 1/2 inches above the floorboard. If it is higher, it will drag. He might not notice it dragging when he is using the gas, but if it is dragging it will wear out the band very quickly, and possibly heat up the drum until the drum...
by Norman Kling
Sat Aug 22, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Mag Voltage vs RPM - 1911 t
Replies: 36
Views: 1344

Re: Mag Voltage vs RPM - 1911 t

Try setting the coils to draw 1.5 amps when they spark. If it is higher, it might take too long for the current to build up to spark before the voltage begins to drop in the mag. With a battery, you have full voltage and build up a charge when the when the timer rotor contacts the segment and it is ...
by Norman Kling
Sat Aug 22, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: engine braking
Replies: 10
Views: 472

Re: engine braking

Does he have a Ruckstell or other under drive transmission? Was he in low gear? Was he going the same speed" When you go down the same hill in the same gear with the throttle all the way up, it should brake the same every time. If all was the same, then, were the parking brakes dragging? Only possib...
by Norman Kling
Sat Aug 22, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Pics
Replies: 16
Views: 1175

Re: Pics

Oatman, Az. Our club went there about 4 years ago. We stopped in a local cafe for some coffee and dessert. While there a group of motorcyclists came in. They had parked together in front of the place. While we were there someone came in, and asked," Who owns those motorcycles?". A burro had bumped o...
by Norman Kling
Fri Aug 21, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: T’s again
Replies: 5
Views: 255

Re: T’s again

I went through that Wawona Tunnel Tree in a 1936 Ford in 1945, many years ago, in a 1931 Model A in 1962 , and in a 1949 Cadillac about 1968. A few years ago, the tree fell down and now is a big log. It is located in the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park. These days they don't let cars drive ...
by Norman Kling
Fri Aug 21, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Carburetor Adjustment
Replies: 7
Views: 517

Re: Carburetor Adjustment

Pull the throttle about 1/4 down. Spark all the way up and needle 1 1/4 open. As soon as it starts, pull the spark down about 3/4. You should only need to choke about 3 pulls up or just a short time if using a starter. If it quits soon, try opening, counter clockwise, the needle valve 1/4 turn and t...
by Norman Kling
Thu Aug 20, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ad-on brakes
Replies: 38
Views: 1129

Re: Ad-on brakes

I am not sure where Kingsport is, but from a picture you posted, it looks to be kind of rural and flat ground. If so, the auxiliary brakes are not quite as important as they are in a city or in hilly or mountainous country. The main reason for them is that if anything breaks between the universal jo...
by Norman Kling
Wed Aug 19, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ad-on brakes
Replies: 38
Views: 1129

Re: Ad-on brakes

I would not recommend using the 26-27 parking brakes for service brakes unless you plan to do very little driving the car. The shoe is thin and the lining very thin. If you score the drums, you could have a problem replacing them. The hubs for wire wheels are scarce and expensive. If you use the han...
by Norman Kling
Tue Aug 18, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ad-on brakes
Replies: 38
Views: 1129

Re: Ad-on brakes

I have had good results with Rocky Mountain brakes when adjusted as I posted above and have them on all three of my Model T's. I have also installed them on cars for other members. I have never installed the hydraulic brakes, but I have friends who have them and like them. So I guess it depends on w...
by Norman Kling
Tue Aug 18, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I am 14 and I bought a 1926 T. Now what?...
Replies: 66
Views: 1696

Re: I am 14 and I bought a 1926 T. Now what?...

Your 26 Touring is more together than mine was when I bought it. 26 touring as purchased.jpg want a ride.jpg I would say, the first thing you do is check out everything to be sure it is working right, but don't be too fast to take it apart unless it is broken. You want to find out what needs to be f...
by Norman Kling
Tue Aug 18, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ad-on brakes
Replies: 38
Views: 1129

Re: Ad-on brakes

If you use Auxiliary brakes, which I recommend, be sure to keep the transmission brake in working condition! You CAN keep the transmission brake, the parking brake and the auxiliary brake. If they do get out of adjustment, it is because one of the brakes has worn and should be adjusted anyway. I kno...
by Norman Kling
Mon Aug 17, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Towing Model T
Replies: 15
Views: 828

Re: Towing Model T

I have had no problems with leaving the floorboards in place. I just put something heavy on the front floor. Like a gallon of water, or a suitcase or other item. I have not lost a seat cushion either. always fold down the top on an open car and use a boot on it. I have even towed in the rain with th...
by Norman Kling
Mon Aug 17, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Sweat and lacquer don't mix...
Replies: 24
Views: 1330

Re: Sweat and lacquer don't mix...

you need to bottle up your sweat and sell it for paint thinner or stripper!
Norm
by Norman Kling
Mon Aug 17, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model Ts Illegal?
Replies: 33
Views: 1722

Re: Model Ts Illegal?

I think that if we all practice driving safely, and staying to the right (or left in some countries) and pull over to let faster drivers pass us, we will be OK. As long as they let bicycles drive on the roads, they should allow Model T's. I would also recommend that we do not drive at night unless w...
by Norman Kling
Sat Aug 15, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Gas Tank in 1927 Coupe
Replies: 13
Views: 568

Re: Gas Tank in 1927 Coupe

I have had good results with a tank I received in a pile of rusty parts, which I turned into a 1926 Touring. I took the tank to a radiator shop which boiled it out and coated the inside with some kind of sealer which is not soluble in either gasoline nor alcohol. I have been driving it for over 15 y...
by Norman Kling
Fri Aug 14, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Upper Michigan is closed for the season - Covered Bridge?
Replies: 9
Views: 797

Re: Upper Michigan is closed for the season - Covered Bridge?

We have been doing local tours once a month. I feel safe on these tours and we get take out food and sit on our running boards socially distanced. I would not, however want to go on a tour on which we could not make the round trip in one day. It would be terrible to be hospitalized in some distant p...
by Norman Kling
Thu Aug 13, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 6v Generator to 12V?
Replies: 8
Views: 527

Re: 6v Generator to 12V?

I don't know whether it will work with a voltage regulator, but with a cutout, the 6 volt generator will charge a 12 volt battery. One of my cars came with 12 volt when I bought it. Later I installed a 6 volt battery and it still worked.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Tue Aug 11, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ruckstell axle question
Replies: 8
Views: 555

Re: Ruckstell axle question

With a 3-1 gearing you can get a little more top speed with the Ruckstell and might be good in flat country. We have quite a few hills here in the San Diego area and a few years ago we had a national tour here. It was headquartered in Barona, an Indian Reservation which has a big hotel. In order to ...
by Norman Kling
Tue Aug 11, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What’s going on here?
Replies: 13
Views: 919

Re: What’s going on here?

Could it be a tsunami? Note the cars in the water and the one on the shore overturned. Very unusual. Otherwise why would those cars be on the shore?
Norm
by Norman Kling
Tue Aug 11, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Gas tank repair thoughts/ideas
Replies: 16
Views: 659

Re: Gas tank repair thoughts/ideas

A large soldering iron would work, but under no circumstances a torch! The question would be: Why would it have a pinhole leak? Is it rusted out on the inside? If it is, you might have more problems coming up. I once tried filling with water and using a torch. I couldn't get it hot enough to solder....
by Norman Kling
Tue Aug 11, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Fresh mag ring?
Replies: 29
Views: 1270

Re: Fresh mag ring?

I rewound 3 coil rings following the instructions in the book, "electrical system". I installed 2 of them in 2 of my cars and the work very well. The third one was donated to the club and auctioned off. I don't remember who bought it, but haven't heard any complaints.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Tue Aug 11, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Head Gasket Failures
Replies: 17
Views: 1252

Re: Head Gasket Failures

I have not had a failure, however, I check the flatness of both head and block before I install a new gasket, and I also check the bolt lengths so they do not bottom out before the head is completely tightened. I warm up the engine for a few minutes without driving the car. Then re-torque the bolts ...
by Norman Kling
Tue Aug 11, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T Brake Is Pretty Good
Replies: 10
Views: 689

Re: Model T Brake Is Pretty Good

I think there are more than kind of AC brakes. On my 26 Roadster I bought a new set of brakes, I think from Chaffin's, but maybe from somewhere else (It was 30 years ago). Anyway, they appear to be the same as the currently sold Rocky Mountain Brakes for the large drum axle. The parts are identical ...
by Norman Kling
Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Band Eating transmission
Replies: 33
Views: 1604

Re: Band Eating transmission

Check your low pedal and shaft. When you push it down, it will move about half way down without moving inward. That first half of the movement is, all the way out, high and half way down is neutral. As soon as it reaches neutral the pedal should move inward or toward the right which will tighten the...
by Norman Kling
Mon Aug 10, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Band Eating transmission
Replies: 33
Views: 1604

Re: Band Eating transmission

You keep saying the "clutch", however you say the low and brake are needing adjustment. The clutch only affects the high gear. How is the high gear working? Does it slip? If so, you have a problem with the clutch. If not, but you have a problem with wear on low and brake check the following. The con...
by Norman Kling
Mon Aug 10, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is my TT overheating?
Replies: 15
Views: 561

Re: Is my TT overheating?

A bit of gurgling on a hot day is normal. Before you start out again, check the coolant level in the radiator. It should be about level with the Ford emblem when the radiator is cool. If it is hot, it could be higher, but you should be able to see coolant in the top tank. Be sure it is coolant you a...
by Norman Kling
Mon Aug 10, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T Brake Is Pretty Good
Replies: 10
Views: 689

Re: Model T Brake Is Pretty Good

A couple of things. It is good to have brakes on the rear wheels even though the transmission brake is working. If you have a failure in the drive train from the U joint to the axle, your wheel brakes will stop the car. I like three sets of brakes on my cars. 1. the transmission brake. 2 the parking...
by Norman Kling
Mon Aug 10, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New Here
Replies: 16
Views: 635

Re: New Here

A good thing about a Model T V/S other antique cars, is that almost any part need to keep it going, is readily available. Some body parts or other parts unique to a particular year are harder to find but still appear at swap meets. A good manual on the repair of Model T's is the original Service Man...
by Norman Kling
Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New to Forum and Model Ts
Replies: 58
Views: 1922

Re: New to Forum and Model Ts

There are many places you can go without using a freeway! A few years ago we had a national tour in Riverside. One day we drove from Riverside down to Knot's Berry Farm for lunch and then back to Riverside without using a freeway. Another day we drove down to Old Town Temecula without a freeway. Eac...
by Norman Kling
Sun Aug 09, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New to Forum and Model Ts
Replies: 58
Views: 1922

Re: New to Forum and Model Ts

Darrin mentioned parts sources. He lives on the east coast. Here in Southern California we have Chaffins Garage in Corona, not far from where you live and also Lucas Tire in Long Beach. The Brassworks is in San Luis Obispo and The Rocky Mountain Brake Co is in Temecula. So we have quite a few good r...
by Norman Kling
Sat Aug 08, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New to Forum and Model Ts
Replies: 58
Views: 1922

Re: New to Forum and Model Ts

Take your time while deciding which Model T to buy. Most models are not rare. When you decide what you are looking for, try to find one with a good body, unless you are good at body work. The mechanical parts can be rebuilt or repaired, but the body is much harder to restore. Not only is there paint...
by Norman Kling
Sat Aug 08, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Measurement Request - '26 Roadster Top
Replies: 10
Views: 510

Re: Measurement Request - '26 Roadster Top

I have a 26, however it has the wrong top bows. They were made for a 25 or earlier, but it does fit on a 26 even though not correct. The big difference is that the original top bows, the rear bow has a curve near the location where it bolts to the body. This curve allows the top bow to be a few inch...
by Norman Kling
Sat Aug 08, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: aJ baimes "arsenal of democracy"
Replies: 14
Views: 984

Re: aJ baimes "arsenal of democracy"

I don't think a high octane gas will hurt the T engine, however, it is a wast of money because it costs more. The compression on a stock Model T engine is not enough to cause the normal low octane gas to knock unless the engine is severely overheated. In fact, a ping is a good indicator that your en...
by Norman Kling
Thu Aug 06, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: replacing touring top
Replies: 14
Views: 834

Re: replacing touring top

Several important tips. First align all the bows. be sure the center bows are straight up and down. You can measure at top and bottom of the upright portion to be sure they are parallel. The front bow is fastened by a leather strap and can be moved forward or backward by adjusting the strap. Same wi...
by Norman Kling
Thu Aug 06, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Having a hard time removing my old tire from demountable (not a split rim)
Replies: 3
Views: 532

Re: Having a hard time removing my old tire from demountable (not a split rim)

I agree with Quick. I have not attempted to do both sides together, I do one side at a time. I use at least two and even better three tire irons. I also with demountable rims remove the tire from the inside of the rim so that if I should happen to scratch the rim it will not show as much as from the...
by Norman Kling
Wed Aug 05, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hot No Start
Replies: 25
Views: 1688

Re: Hot No Start

This is a true story about a 6 volt ignition coil! Not a T but same principle as a T with distributor. I had a 1937 De Soto and it would start up and run a block or two and then quit. After it sat for a while it would start up and run a few blocks again. I also had a 1938 Plymouth at the time which ...
by Norman Kling
Tue Aug 04, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1926 Model T sediment bowl
Replies: 2
Views: 371

Re: 1926 Model T sediment bowl

The valve handle should point down, however, it is possible to install the handle 180 degrees and have the handle point up when on. So if you get no fuel with the handle pointing down, try pointing up. If neither will allow fuel to flow, you have a blockage elsewhere in the fuel system.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Tue Aug 04, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hot No Start
Replies: 25
Views: 1688

Re: Hot No Start

I don't think it is a vapor lock. A vapor lock occurs in the fuel line, not the carburetor. With a typical vapor lock, the engine will start and then when the fuel in the carburetor runs out it will quit because the vapor lock in the fuel line will not allow the fuel to flow to the carburetor. Norm
by Norman Kling
Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hot No Start
Replies: 25
Views: 1688

Re: Hot No Start

How is your float level? It is possible that the hot gas is percolating in the float bowl and flooding the carburetor. Try opening the gas all the way and hitting the starter, or if hand cranked, with the key OFF rotate the crank around and around as fast as you can for a few turns. Then turn on the...
by Norman Kling
Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: So why so little interest?
Replies: 39
Views: 3457

Re: So why so little interest?

Unfortunately, people seem to be most interested in the cars they knew while growing up. People such as myself who is 9 years younger than the last Model T used to see and occasionly ride in a Model T. However we are getting quite old now. The younger generations are interested in cars from the 50's...
by Norman Kling
Mon Aug 03, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Remove Pinion Gear with U-joint still on?
Replies: 14
Views: 845

Re: Remove Pinion Gear with U-joint still on?

Is something wrong with the gear or bearing? Otherwise why do you want to remove the gear? A regular puller should fit behind the gear with a screw to tighten the puller. Not the sliding hammer type puller. Once the gear starts to move it should come right off because the shaft is tapered It is quit...
by Norman Kling
Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Polarity of battery
Replies: 10
Views: 707

Re: Polarity of battery

Don't swap anything! The ammeter goes to negative with the lights on. That is correct. If your generator is working and the lights are off, the ammeter should go to positive. If so, everything is OK. With the lights on, your and the engine running, the lights on would go to negative at idle, and the...
by Norman Kling
Fri Jul 31, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Safest way to haul a coupe on an open trailer
Replies: 25
Views: 1393

Re: Safest way to haul a coupe on an open trailer

I will also add this. If you wrap the car, be sure it is tight. If not, the wind will whip the wrapping and ruin the paint on the car.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Fri Jul 31, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Safest way to haul a coupe on an open trailer
Replies: 25
Views: 1393

Re: Safest way to haul a coupe on an open trailer

I have not pulled a closed T on an open trailer, however, I do pull open cars all the time. I put the top down and put a boot on the top. I once pulled my 22 without the boot. I only went about 20 miles on the trailer that time but there was a head wind and the top material got untacked so I always ...
by Norman Kling
Thu Jul 30, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done with your T in July ?
Replies: 69
Views: 5417

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

We actually had a tour today and drove to the Rocky Mountain Brake Co. We saw a small collection of cars there and also the shop where they manufacture the brakes. It was 100 degrees today so quite hot, but something to do other than "shelter in place". If someone posts some pictures and I see them ...
by Norman Kling
Thu Jul 30, 2020 10:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Carb issues
Replies: 6
Views: 647

Re: Carb issues

They idle better with the spark retarded. Not all the way up but about 3 or 4 notches above where it runs well at cruising speed. It could also be the carb mixture as posted above. Some carburetors have an adjustable idle jet. In that case you can try adjusting it for smoothest idle.
by Norman Kling
Thu Jul 30, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Another One is Back on the Road
Replies: 8
Views: 818

Re: Another One is Back on the Road

What kind of wheels are those? The usual de-mountable wheels have 4 bolts. Yours have 6. You have done a good job in making it look good. Hopefully, it will run good too and you can join in many tours and parades. Model T's are fun in many ways.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Wed Jul 29, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Some old Fords
Replies: 3
Views: 410

Re: Some old Fords

Engines must have been cold in first two pictures or someone would have a hot seat!
by Norman Kling
Wed Jul 29, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Flushing the block
Replies: 12
Views: 892

Re: Flushing the block

You might also remove the freeze plugs and run the cable through the passages. Replace with brass ones. Be sure to use some sealer around them when you install and use a flat punch in the center to spread them out to fit tight.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Wed Jul 29, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Help with ID
Replies: 26
Views: 1428

Re: Help with ID

Looks like Johnny Cash's first car! :lol: I think the earlier posts have nailed it.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Mon Jul 27, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: “Leaping”/lurching in second?
Replies: 6
Views: 464

Re: “Leaping”/lurching in second?

Try raising the spark lever a few notches when you shift to high, then as you begin to pick up speed advance again. Sometimes the spark is too advanced for the speed of the engine and will cause some lurching. Also be sure the parking brake lever is all the way forward because sometimes it will move...
by Norman Kling
Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice
Replies: 122
Views: 3832

Re: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice

The grease cup should be at the top of the u joint! Someone has turned the cover upside down to make the grease cup more accessable, but if it interferes with the brake shaft, it is in the wrong place. Usually a person with a good wrist can reach the cup from underneath, but it is very easy to reach...
by Norman Kling
Mon Jul 27, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this fixable???
Replies: 11
Views: 909

Re: Is this fixable???

I know someone in El Cajon Ca who could probably fix that. He is a member of the club, but I don't know whether he has access to this forum. He got his start working on musical instruments and also on brass parts for old cars. Norm
by Norman Kling
Sun Jul 26, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Why do I keep wearing tires out?
Replies: 26
Views: 1691

Re: Why do I keep wearing tires out?

One very quick way to check out the entire alignment of the frame and axles would be to measure from center of the front spindle bolt at the bottom of the axle to a point on the opposite rear side. Such a place as the bolt where the rear radius rod bolts to the rear backing plate. Then measure in th...
by Norman Kling
Sun Jul 26, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Now what?
Replies: 10
Views: 1269

Re: Now what?

You will have to get old Dobbin to pull it to higher ground, or wait for the water to recede. Hopefully it will not get any higher.
Norm