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by Norman Kling
Sun Dec 15, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Running poorly.
Replies: 13
Views: 302

Re: Running poorly.

I don't know whether this has been mentioned, but if your spark fails to occur at the spark plug, the high voltage spark will find the shortest path to ground. Sometimes this path can be through the inside of the coil box. Especially if the wood is wet and it does tend to get wet either from washing...
by Norman Kling
Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Running poorly.
Replies: 13
Views: 302

Re: Running poorly.

If you have a good fuel flow, and good ignition the next thing to check would be compression. It should be somewhere around 45 to 50 psi on each cylinder and they should be close to the same compression. This measurement is with stock engine and at low elevations. The higher you are above sea level ...
by Norman Kling
Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Your thoughts please.
Replies: 37
Views: 894

Re: Your thoughts please.

It would be a lot of work to replace the hogs head and flywheel with a starter setup, but maybe you could get a friend or couple friends in the club to help you. Then you could have an electric starter. You can keep the old hogs head and convert back to crank only if you ever want to do so, or sell ...
by Norman Kling
Fri Dec 13, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Are there still good tire deals going on?
Replies: 7
Views: 338

Re: Are there still good tire deals going on?

I have had good luck with Lucas Tires. I call Long Beach, Ca location and the tires are on my porch next day. Haven't had any problems with their tires. They have several different reproductions of the tires available during the days when the Model T's were daily drivers. I think there is a location...
by Norman Kling
Tue Dec 10, 2019 1:09 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Newbie-Hello, Everyone!
Replies: 31
Views: 1289

Re: Newbie-Hello, Everyone!

That looks like Erech's car. I saw it once. I would suggest that you pull it with a long rope. Attach at the front cross member or the spring but not the axle. pull it until it starts in high gear. Then have the towing vehicle stop. Once you get it running, you can fiddle with the carburetor adjustm...
by Norman Kling
Sat Dec 07, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What are the symptoms of an intake leak?
Replies: 11
Views: 530

Re: What are the symptoms of an intake leak?

Are the manifolds stock? I received a high volumn intake manifold as a door prize on one of the tours and installed it on an otherwise stock engine. The symptoms I had were that it ran very good at high speeds on relatively level roads, but was very sluggish at low speeds after shifting and going up...
by Norman Kling
Sat Dec 07, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What are the symptoms of an intake leak?
Replies: 11
Views: 530

Re: What are the symptoms of an intake leak?

A few things: I don't know exactly what was done to "newly restore" the engine. If you put in new pistons, rings, and tightened the bearings, your engine will be tight for a few hundred miles and needs to be broken in by driving slowly and being careful not to overheat and will loosen up as you driv...
by Norman Kling
Fri Dec 06, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Newbie-Hello, Everyone!
Replies: 31
Views: 1289

Re: Newbie-Hello, Everyone!

Did you get the title signed by the former owner? If so, you can probably just transfer into your name even if the person you bought it from did not have it transfered, however, depending on the laws of your state, you might be liable to pay the taxes for the time since it was last licensed. When I ...
by Norman Kling
Fri Dec 06, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Rocky Mountain Brakes, Stop,.... then they don't
Replies: 13
Views: 786

Re: Rocky Mountain Brakes, Stop,.... then they don't

I should have said shorten both the rods to the rear wheels and the rod between pedal and equalizer. This is how I adjust my cars. I have three of them. First adjust the clearance between the shoe and the drum. 20 thousands Then adjust the parking brake so that the wheels turn freely in neutral but ...
by Norman Kling
Fri Dec 06, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Rocky Mountain Brakes, Stop,.... then they don't
Replies: 13
Views: 786

Re: Rocky Mountain Brakes, Stop,.... then they don't

Crawl under the car and have someone push hard on the pedal. Many times the equalizer can move all the way to hit the rear of the crankcase. If so, either something is bent, the rear of the engine has sagged or the adjustment is wrong. You might need to shorten the rods to the rear wheels and length...
by Norman Kling
Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Newbie-Hello, Everyone!
Replies: 31
Views: 1289

Re: Newbie-Hello, Everyone!

you can get brand new ones for about $1000 from the vendors. The 26 and 27 irons were different from the older ones. You can sometimes find used ones for sale but are usually in very poor condition because they were formed from thick sheet metal which was rolled and has an open seam. So over the yea...
by Norman Kling
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Old Age Memory Problems
Replies: 23
Views: 991

Re: Old Age Memory Problems

I keep ordering parts and installing them and then a few days later I find unopened new parts which I had previously ordered!
Norm
by Norman Kling
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Very dark day. Howard is gone.
Replies: 45
Views: 2069

Re: Very dark day. Howard is gone.

I will miss Howard. He was a great man and a good friend to many. We will miss him on tours and speedster runs and at the Long Beach swap meet.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Thu Dec 05, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Hood shelf clip replacement help needed.
Replies: 23
Views: 495

Re: Hood shelf clip replacement help needed.

Although I have never tried to install a hood shelf clip on an early brass car with a starter, this is how I do it on the cars I have. I use an adjustable valve spring lifter tool and set it to a narrow position, then put on the spring and washer and compress the spring with the tool and insert the ...
by Norman Kling
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Model T road trip in 1924
Replies: 8
Views: 590

Re: Model T road trip in 1924

In 1926 my grandfather and uncle drove a Model T from Los Angeles to Plymouth Rock and then into southern Ontario Canada and back home. Took most of the summer. Unfortunately, they did not take pictures of the car, but they did take pictures of some places of interest and people they knew and visite...
by Norman Kling
Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Model T accident in Kerrville TX yesterday
Replies: 46
Views: 3376

Re: Model T accident in Kerrville TX yesterday

I think it might be repairable. The frame can either be straightened or replaced. Not a big problem. The fender can be replaced or straightened and the glass can be replaced. The sheet metal still looks good. if the wood is cracked, that would be the most expensive thing to replace, but it can and h...
by Norman Kling
Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Amazing postcard set
Replies: 9
Views: 708

Re: Amazing postcard set

What postcards?
by Norman Kling
Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Changed Wiring and Problems Running Now
Replies: 26
Views: 947

Re: Changed Wiring and Problems Running Now

Here is what I would check first. Put the spark lever all the way up and turn on the ignition switch to battery. Turn the crank very slowly till you get a spark at number one. Then turn again one half turn until you get a spark at number 2. Then turn again one half turn till you get a spark at numbe...
by Norman Kling
Tue Nov 26, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Snow anyone????
Replies: 23
Views: 1061

Re: Snow anyone????

We are expecting it on Thanksgiving over 3000' but we live at 2,350' so probably will only see it on the mountain tops. We have one right east of our house which is over 4,000' so it will be white. Here we just expect a lot of rain. We will be having family over so we don't plan to go driving in it....
by Norman Kling
Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Engine turn off after a short drive.
Replies: 24
Views: 843

Re: Engine turn off after a short drive.

The Kingston L4 is a good carburetor but it is more complicated than the Holley NH. It has a flap which opens up the passage for higher speed driving. That flap must be loose enough to move by the pressure of the air going through. I would suspect that you have a problem with the float valve because...
by Norman Kling
Fri Nov 22, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Price comparison of Gas
Replies: 7
Views: 384

Price comparison of Gas

I often wonder why the prices of gas vary so much from one brand to another and with the location of the station. We live in a smaller town about 10 miles from a larger city. Our gas is usually about 25 cents a gallon higher than it is in the city. Also the two stations at the highway interchange ar...
by Norman Kling
Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Found source of Ruckstell noise
Replies: 15
Views: 961

Re: Found source of Ruckstell noise

Looks like the spool for the pinion bearing is chipped on the edge and also I have not seen a lock ring like that on any Ruckstell I have worked on. A problem with using two used gears which came from different axles is that each gear is worn to mesh with its mate and if you change one of them, you ...
by Norman Kling
Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Engine was running, now seized
Replies: 25
Views: 1706

Re: Engine was running, now seized

Run with water just long enough to be sure nothing is leaking, then switch to coolant. As posted above it keeps the iron and aluminum from corroding and it will also prevent freezing. Even here in Southern California It has gotten down to 18F a few times, which would be enough to crack the block or ...
by Norman Kling
Thu Nov 21, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Inflation !!!
Replies: 26
Views: 1279

Re: Inflation !!!

Those were the days when people would pick up pennies on the street! Now I don't even keep coins in my pocket. My first car was a '29A which cost $95 and it ran fine. I bought other A's which ran for $50 and a Franklin for $25.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Found source of Ruckstell noise
Replies: 15
Views: 961

Re: Found source of Ruckstell noise

Can you post a picture of the strange parts? From what you have said, something must have been out of alignment between the gears.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Wed Nov 20, 2019 1:02 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Timer issue???
Replies: 8
Views: 517

Re: Timer issue???

Does the timer rotate when you move the lever? If you have a lot of slack in the linkage, it might not be moving. If you are running on magneto, you have about 3 or sometimes 4 positions where the timing actually advances or retards. It could be moving a bit but not far enough to actually advance or...
by Norman Kling
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Head Gasket Replacement
Replies: 21
Views: 992

Re: Head Gasket Replacement

The old fashoned permatex. The color is reddish brown. Not the sylicone type, I had a similar leak only mine was in the rear corner behind the exhaust manifold and I did not see where it was except that it leaked out. The leak was not enough to cause a problem because I checked the coolant level bef...
by Norman Kling
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Engine was running, now seized
Replies: 25
Views: 1706

Re: Engine was running, now seized

You could have a leaky head gasket or a crack in the head. You can have a crack in the block near the valve seat which if it leaked when the valve was closed would go into the cylinder. It is very common to have a crack between the exhaust valve and the cylinder. I don't know what the "hard stuff" i...
by Norman Kling
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: "T" will not continue to run.
Replies: 14
Views: 828

Re: "T" will not continue to run.

Before you remove the carburetor, open the drain plug at the bottom of the carburetor bowl. Fuel should run out freely. If only about 1/2 cup runs out and then stops running, your float is stuck either closed or there is a blockage in the float jet. Since the jet is smaller than the fuel line, a dir...
by Norman Kling
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What have you done with your T in November ?
Replies: 42
Views: 2323

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

More pictures of Railroad tour
by Norman Kling
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What have you done with your T in November ?
Replies: 42
Views: 2323

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

Saturday, the Model T Ford Club of San Diego drove up to the Railroad museum in Campo Ca. There was a ceremony for the 100th anniversary of driving the gold spike which completed the railroad between San Diego and El Centro. This railroad was named, "San Diego and Arizona Eastern Railroad" It dipped...
by Norman Kling
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 26 Brake Cam Question
Replies: 23
Views: 714

Re: 26 Brake Cam Question

It is not good to use the rear wheel brakes for "emergency" unless you also use the low pedal. Reason is that pulling back the lever puts it into neutral if you pull it while you are in high gear. I like to put auxiliary brakes on the rear wheels which are activated by the brake pedal. Then when you...
by Norman Kling
Sun Nov 17, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: "T" will not continue to run.
Replies: 14
Views: 828

Re: "T" will not continue to run.

A partially plugged fuel line, or a speck of dirt in the needle seat on the side toward the fuel line will give these symptoms: The engine will start up and run until the gas in the carburetor is burnt out. Then if you let the car set for a while fuel will slowly enter the carburetor bowl and it wil...
by Norman Kling
Sun Nov 17, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Head Gasket Replacement
Replies: 21
Views: 992

Re: Head Gasket Replacement

One important thing I neglected to say is before you install the bolts, clean out the threads in the block with a bottoming tap. blow out the dirt. If you are using new bolts or if the head has been resurfaced, try the head on without the gasket and check that the bolts will go all the way down and ...
by Norman Kling
Sun Nov 17, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Head Gasket Replacement
Replies: 21
Views: 992

Re: Head Gasket Replacement

Check the straightness of the block and head. It won't seal if warped. The head can be easily resurfaced, but best to wait till you rebuild the engine to do the block. If you have a low spot along the edge, you can get some permatex form a gasket and fill in that area. Just do areas around the water...
by Norman Kling
Wed Nov 13, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Out west power outages, some advice
Replies: 55
Views: 1716

Re: Out west power outages, some advice

When I was growing up in the 1930's and 1940's in California, there were fire breaks along the ridges of all the mountains and hills. They were built by the CCC during the great depression. We did have fires in those days but they usually stopped at the fire breaks. Those fire breaks served two purp...
by Norman Kling
Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: trade my '28 A coupe for another T?
Replies: 23
Views: 1186

Re: trade my '28 A coupe for another T?

That looks like a very good Model A and is one of the more desired models. It is better for road trips than a T. It is also worth more than the later T's. Unless you can find a very good brass T you should keep the A.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Mon Nov 11, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: the model A and church.
Replies: 9
Views: 773

Re: the model A and church.

Rich,
You are fortunate to still have your fingers. I wouldn't try to start by spinning the fan.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Mon Nov 11, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What have you done with your T in November ?
Replies: 42
Views: 2323

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

Took out about .0005 in shims from #3 rod bearing and took out a bit of slack in the drag link. Getting ready to drive to Campo Railroad museum for the 100 year anniversary of the San Diego Arizona Eastern Railroad. This was a railroad which went east from San Diego toward El Centro. Mostly for frei...
by Norman Kling
Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 26-27 Roadster Body Questions
Replies: 56
Views: 3612

Re: 26-27 Roadster Body Questions

The early 26 had headlights bolted directly to the front fenders. Then several types of cross bars were either added or were after market. Since the 26 and 27 could be bought with bumpers, the bumpers would block the view of the license plate so it was attached to the cross bar. The 27 had the light...
by Norman Kling
Sun Nov 10, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: MAGNETO TROUBLESHOOTING
Replies: 33
Views: 834

Re: MAGNETO TROUBLESHOOTING

Steve brings to mind one other thing about the terminal block on the firewall. With a steel firewall, if you should have a screw a little too long, it could make contact with the firewall and ground out the circuit. It could be just on the cusp and the vibrations of the car could move it to make or ...
by Norman Kling
Sat Nov 09, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: MAGNETO TROUBLESHOOTING
Replies: 33
Views: 834

Re: MAGNETO TROUBLESHOOTING

On a 23 you Your switch should have a post on one side for battery and on the other side magneto. wire and connect the battery to that side of the switch. Tape up the magneto wire so it won't touch anything connected to the battery. Then run the engine on battery with the switch in the magneto posit...
by Norman Kling
Sat Nov 09, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Need help identifying a radiator and cap
Replies: 11
Views: 622

Re: Need help identifying a radiator and cap

I would recommend that you put the radiator on a T and put something such as a piece of old innertube and fasten with a wire tie or something. Then take the T out for a drive and try to get it as hot as you can to see how well the radiator performs before you look for a cap. The reason why is that t...
by Norman Kling
Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Newbie continuation
Replies: 16
Views: 382

Re: Newbie continuation

I should have also said, Don't try to start with the plate off the transmission or you will get oil all over everywhere!
Norm
by Norman Kling
Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Newbie continuation
Replies: 16
Views: 382

Re: Newbie continuation

When you tried to start the engine, what position was the parking brake lever? It should be all the way back with the rear wheels locked. In that position the transmission would be in neutral. You should be able to turn the crank or the starter and the engine would turn over. If it won't turn, try j...
by Norman Kling
Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Pitman arm fit
Replies: 20
Views: 694

Re: Pitman arm fit

Don't shave the bracket! From the looks of things, the spark and throttle rods are long enough. You would need to shave too much off the bracket to make things fit. Do you know whether these parts came off the same car before it was disassembled? I would suspect the shaft is too short because everyt...
by Norman Kling
Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Obese, hell I didn't even think I was overweight
Replies: 81
Views: 4451

Re: Obese, hell I didn't even think I was overweight

When I was a "growing boy" in high school I tended to eat and snack and still remain skinny. However when we stop growing taller, we must not eat so much or we will still keep growing outward. It is not really important to "diet". Counting calories is a waste. Easiest way to keep the weight off is t...
by Norman Kling
Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Vegetable garden?
Replies: 8
Views: 479

Re: Vegetable garden?

I used to plant vegetable gardens. When we first moved here we didn't even fence them in and no problems with animals and very few bugs ate them. Then in 2003 we had a very big fire which at the time was the largest in California history. It came 100' from our home but we were fortunate. After the f...
by Norman Kling
Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Out west power outages, some advice
Replies: 55
Views: 1716

Re: Out west power outages, some advice

We've gotten a bit off topic. This is what we do with our freezer. We have a few milk jugs filled with water which is frozen into ice. The power was off at least 24 hours two times last month. We left the freezer closed all the time the power was off and immediately when it came back on, I opened to...
by Norman Kling
Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 8N carburetor for T?
Replies: 13
Views: 739

Re: 8N carburetor for T?

From the pictures it looks like it would be up draft. The manifold on the T is side draft, so it would require a change of the intake manifold to make it fit on a T.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Would you park your car on this
Replies: 12
Views: 1260

Re: Would you park your car on this

How does that work? Is the platform protruding to the right in the picture an elevator?
Norm
by Norman Kling
Mon Nov 04, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Vintage authenticity?
Replies: 97
Views: 3322

Re: Vintage authenticity?

There is almost no "authentic" Model T anymore! You would have to inspect everything including the internal engine, transmission, and drivetrain. The paint, upholstery, top etc. The closest is quality reproduction parts . If the engine has been rebored, or the radiator replaced or the hoses etc it i...
by Norman Kling
Sun Nov 03, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Second gear loses traction
Replies: 8
Views: 496

Re: Second gear loses traction

Good! Have fun driving the car.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Sun Nov 03, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Wrestling with Upholstery
Replies: 6
Views: 437

Re: Wrestling with Upholstery

Looks good to me! Some of those puckers are due to the curve at the top of the seat back and the pulling around the end of the spring. The material needs to be stretched as tight as you can get it. Some puckers will just be there.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: New Member from Scotland
Replies: 20
Views: 668

Re: New Member from Scotland

Welcome! Have fun with your T. How does it run with an A manifold?
Norm
by Norman Kling
Sat Nov 02, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Second gear loses traction
Replies: 8
Views: 496

Re: Second gear loses traction

Before you replace anything or make any other adjustments, check the length of the brake rods. If they are adjusted too long, your hand lever will not go all the way forward in high gear. This will cause the bolt in the clutch lever to engage the cam on the cross shaft and hold the transmission in n...
by Norman Kling
Sat Nov 02, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Motometer thermo replacement part
Replies: 28
Views: 1292

Re: Motometer thermo replacement part

I have one which got hot and the red stuff went all the way to the top. I tried putting in the freezer, I tried boiling it, I even tied it to my spoke wheel, jacked up the wheel and ran the car, which threw the motometer across the garage, but it is still up! Got a replacement from Langs.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Sat Nov 02, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Can we stop? I’m thirsty.
Replies: 14
Views: 1141

Re: Can we stop? I’m thirsty.

Reminds me of when I was a boy! We made a round trip from Los Angeles to Chico in a 36 Ford tudor. First car I remember. Many places along highway 99 similar to those in the pictures. Then came WWII and gas was rationed. We rarely left the area around home for about 4 years.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: HELP ... Loose Steering
Replies: 16
Views: 913

Re: HELP ... Loose Steering

I agree with John. I see you are located in Pasadena. There is a lot of traffic in the L.A. area and not a place to have steering problems. Check and replace or adjust all loose problems. Another potential problem in a 27 is the diamond shaped part of the steering box which is riveted to the column....
by Norman Kling
Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Adjusting clutch
Replies: 4
Views: 298

Re: Adjusting clutch

I would suspect your link between the clutch lever and the low pedal needs adjustment. Maybe the low band is too tight. You should be able to move the pedal down to about 1 1/2 inch above the floorboard before the low band locks the drum and you move in low gear. If the low is too tight, it will beg...
by Norman Kling
Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Am I right to be upset? Children in old cars
Replies: 62
Views: 1991

Re: Am I right to be upset? Children in old cars

I don't know how many will scroll down far enough to read this, but I think a very important point has been ignored. The point is that if a child should be killed or seriously injured in a crash, not only will the driver be devistated, but might also face a criminal sentence for driving without prop...
by Norman Kling
Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 1916 Roadster moves forward when starting.
Replies: 12
Views: 595

Re: 1916 Roadster moves forward when starting.

Jack up one rear wheel and put a block in front of the front wheel. Then start the car and let it warm up. Lower the back wheel and try again. If it is on a level surface and rolls forward when you start in neutral, you have a problem with adjustment. If it only rolls when cold, either your oil is t...
by Norman Kling
Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What have you done to your T in October?
Replies: 77
Views: 4124

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

Drove to Museum for docent work 5 times this month and to a car show for disabled adults last Saturday. The gas shut off valve has been getting very tight so I finally was down to a couple gallons gas and today drained out the gas and lubricated the valve. I did this to one of my other T's and the v...
by Norman Kling
Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Santa Rosa Fire update. With the T, of course.
Replies: 16
Views: 1219

Re: Santa Rosa Fire update. With the T, of course.

Glad you got out and with the motor home and T. Back in 03 We had to evacuate because of a fire and were gone 3 days. When we came back, fortunately the fire had come 100' from our house, but it was not burned. I had 2 T's in the garage which would have been burned if it had. We had cleared 100' the...
by Norman Kling
Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: possible magnito problem
Replies: 26
Views: 733

Re: possible magnito problem

I had this happen on one of my T's. It turned out to be a problem with the switch.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Sun Oct 27, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: New to your forum / Is it Model T hardware?
Replies: 14
Views: 966

Re: New to your forum / Is it Model T hardware?

T Ford front axle. Hastler shocks which were an accessory made for a T. Not sure about the frame and the wheels were not from a T.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: #1 cylinder not doing it's share
Replies: 34
Views: 1506

Re: #1 cylinder not doing it's share

You really cannot check compression by listening to it run with a plug out. If you don't have a gauge, remove all plugs and use your thumb. Have someone crank over the engine and compare the feeling of compression in each cylinder. You could have a burnt valve or sticking valve on number 1. That wou...
by Norman Kling
Thu Oct 24, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: where are all the t guys
Replies: 5
Views: 594

Re: where are all the t guys

Come out to San Diego. We still have a few here.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Anyone want to venture a guess on what this axle is for?
Replies: 9
Views: 625

Re: Anyone want to venture a guess on what this axle is for?

The Ruckstell uses standard Ford axles on both sides. I would suspect that axle might have been cut down for a speedster or maybe for a small trailer to be pulled by a T.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Tue Oct 22, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What is this?
Replies: 2
Views: 405

Re: What is this?

The first is a nail. Don't know what it was for. Second and third pictures are of a magneto oiler. One end fits to the magneto post and the other end mounts to one of the bolts in front of the engine.Not sure about the last two. I don't think that ball joint would be strong enough for the steering d...
by Norman Kling
Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Sitting in our 14
Replies: 10
Views: 797

Re: Sitting in our 14

If you have the spark up and the throttle down a few notches and the mixture open about 1/4 turn from the usual running position choke it a couple pulls on the crank, then turn on the ignition and it should start with one pull upward. The more you drive the car, the easier it will start the next tim...
by Norman Kling
Sun Oct 20, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Adjusting #4 ConRod on 3 dip pan?
Replies: 22
Views: 956

Re: Adjusting #4 ConRod on 3 dip pan?

On top of what Scott said, If you use the rags, be sure to count them and remove them all. Also, Only leave them in while you turn the crankshaft just a bit to get access to the nuts. Note you can turn the crank backward by rotating a rear wheel backward just enough to move the crank enough to get a...
by Norman Kling
Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Memories
Replies: 6
Views: 496

Re: Memories

That reminds me of Mr. Curtis who used to come by our house to sell vegetables. He had a cover over his truck and a scale hanging from it. He even cut out a plug from a watermelon to let us sample it before we bought it. We lived in a subdivision on a small hillside and he used to go all the way up ...
by Norman Kling
Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Need help with transmission repair
Replies: 11
Views: 565

Re: Need help with transmission repair

The spring of which I was referring was the clutch spring. The large spring toward the rear of the transmission. If you do anything other than tighten the band adjustments, be sure to stuff rags into the transmission to stop any nut or washer which might accidently drop in. The springs between the b...
by Norman Kling
Sat Oct 19, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Engine Specs??
Replies: 7
Views: 392

Re: Engine Specs??

The booklet "Engine" published by the club has this information. It is very useful in maintaining or rebuilding the T engine. Bore diameter=3.750 length 6.752. Crankshaft main bearings length front 2" center 2 3/16" rear 3 1/8 " rods 1.505" diameter of all bearings 1.248". Stroke 4" I recommend the ...
by Norman Kling
Sat Oct 19, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Oil level for car Ruckstell
Replies: 10
Views: 504

Re: Oil level for car Ruckstell

One important thing about filling the Ruckstell after service. While it is apart, pour some oil into the inner part of the Ruckstell. There are only some small holes to receive oil so you need to get some inside while it is still being assembled. Then after you fill the oil, let it sit a while, pref...
by Norman Kling
Sat Oct 19, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Need help with transmission repair
Replies: 11
Views: 565

Re: Need help with transmission repair

With the parking brake in neutral position on a level surface, Turn the hand crank. The car should not move when cranking. Then push the car in neutral. The engine should not turn when in neutral. (note, it might creep when the engine is cold, but at running temperature, should not creep). Take off ...
by Norman Kling
Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: High Gear
Replies: 8
Views: 538

Re: High Gear

I agree with the above. Only time you need to rev in low is when going uphill. On a small grade, you can rev in low and then shift to high. If the hill is steep, you will need to stay in low until your grade begins to level out. When you shift from low to high, don't just pop the clutch out. move qu...
by Norman Kling
Thu Oct 17, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Switching to Later Style Rod
Replies: 5
Views: 509

Re: Switching to Later Style Rod

Whatever you do, be sure to save the old parts, because some day when you or your estate want to sell the car, the purchaser might want to restore it to stock.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Texas T Party Happy Trails and Damage Report.
Replies: 14
Views: 1238

Re: Texas T Party Happy Trails and Damage Report.

It is very easy to "blow" that type muffler. I like to put a few tack welds around the end plates. Then put on the nut with a lock washer. Mine haven't blown in about 20 years.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: I Miss the Ol' Timers
Replies: 22
Views: 1389

Re: I Miss the Ol' Timers

As stated above, some have left us. Some have passed on from this life, some have diminished memory. Some have quit the Model T hobby. Others have left in a snit and started a new forum on "facebook". Some post on both forums. I don't have a "smart" phone and only use my old PC and only time I look ...
by Norman Kling
Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Carburetor Adjustment "Tip"
Replies: 6
Views: 638

Re: Carburetor Adjustment "Tip"

Depends on what year car you have! The later ones had the choke and the mixture on the same knob. So you could call it either the choke or the mixture control. The earlier ones had two separate controls.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Need confirmation of problem
Replies: 40
Views: 2301

Re: Need confirmation of problem

If you live in a damp climate, things will rust pretty fast. Many years ago, I had a Model A fender which had been sandblasted and lived in Southern California about 30 miles inland where it is dry. This fender was in my garage for a few years and didn't rust. Then we moved to the beach by the Pacif...
by Norman Kling
Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Clevis is not short enough versus too long?
Replies: 13
Views: 579

Re: Clevis is not short enough versus too long?

Your nut looks way too thick. Try it first without the nut and see if you can get the proper adjustment. Look at the old clevis. Does it have a nut and if so is it thinner? If so, you could try the thinner nut. If you cannot find a thinner nut, try grinding that one down. You could try putting that ...
by Norman Kling
Sun Sep 29, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Worn pedals and clutch pedal notch?
Replies: 4
Views: 437

Re: Worn pedals and clutch pedal notch?

If you can get enough movement inward to completely lock the band when the pedal is about one inch above the floor board and yet have the band loose when the pedal is all the way back so there is no drag on the drum when in neutral you can just replace the cams. But for the low, which gets much use,...
by Norman Kling
Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Timing with a New Day
Replies: 16
Views: 860

Re: Timing with a New Day

Only problem I see in the picture by Steve, is the cotter pin. I would face it in the opposite direction so it won't come in contact with the fan belt when you advance the spark as far as the rod will allow. I would also put the wire above the rod as in the picture by Gregory. If you bend the tab ju...
by Norman Kling
Sun Sep 29, 2019 1:05 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Another cause of misfiring on hard pull
Replies: 8
Views: 781

Re: Another cause of misfiring on hard pull

On this car I have only used a Holly NH and over the years tried different float levels. Yesterday when I replaced the manifold, The copper 0 gaskets were very well compressed. so I don't think I had a vacuum leak. It ran very smoothly at idle or when going high rpm on level. It was slow starting in...
by Norman Kling
Fri Sep 27, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Need help with newly acquired 21 Roadster
Replies: 5
Views: 378

Re: Need help with newly acquired 21 Roadster

I would recommend the books Engine, Transmission, Electrical System, Front and Rear axles, Carburetors. These can be purchased from the club or from the parts vendors. When you work on a part of the car, read the appropriate book which has instructions and pictures of the parts. The foot brake on th...
by Norman Kling
Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Scrap iron
Replies: 17
Views: 1073

Re: Scrap iron

Looks like a very good idea.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Another cause of misfiring on hard pull
Replies: 8
Views: 781

Re: Another cause of misfiring on hard pull

A fuel pump is not necessary. The tank is high under the cowl. I have another 26 and can climb a hill about 10% grade in low Ruckstell. The change in manifold fixed the problem. The problem is not getting fuel to the carburetor, but it is getting enough vacuum to suck it into the manifold with an op...
by Norman Kling
Fri Sep 27, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Tire carrier . What am I missing to mount it ?
Replies: 12
Views: 636

Re: Tire carrier . What am I missing to mount it ?

I have one on my 22 Roadster and I just installed one on a 20 Touring. The holes were already drilled in the frame and it just mounted right on.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Fri Sep 27, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Another cause of misfiring on hard pull
Replies: 8
Views: 781

Another cause of misfiring on hard pull

Ever since I rebuilt my engine, I have had a problem with climbing steep hills. The car (26 with cowl tank) would sputter like it was running out of gas. This was especially noticeable with low RPM such as right after shifting gears, whenever I opened the throttle. If I backed off on the gas, it wou...
by Norman Kling
Thu Sep 26, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Top bows-what do I have here?
Replies: 9
Views: 469

Re: Top bows-what do I have here?

That's why it's called a "2 man" top. When you put the top down you need to move both sides from the top hole to the bottom hole then it will fit together when the top is down. One man can do it, but it is very easy to scratch up the car because you really need 3 or more hands to do it easily.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Wed Sep 25, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Looked at a 25 roadster for sale
Replies: 4
Views: 423

Re: Looked at a 25 roadster for sale

The windshield and top do not look correct in the pictures. That windshield should slant. The top should not be straight up behind the door, but slant to fit the bow. If the car will run and runs good might have some value, but if it doesn't run and has so much bondo, it is not worth 5,000. You can ...
by Norman Kling
Tue Sep 24, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Ruckstell oil
Replies: 7
Views: 596

Re: Ruckstell oil

You need a lighter grade oil than 600W for this reason: There are small holes inside the carrier which allows oil into the planetary gears and differential gears. For this reason you should also direct oil into these areas upon assembly of the axle. Also put some in the area where the shifter is bol...
by Norman Kling
Sun Sep 22, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Three to One Gears
Replies: 15
Views: 1030

Re: Three to One Gears

That ratio would be good if you lived in Kansas or in San Jaququin Valley and never went to the big cities or mountains. The car rolls along pretty well at higher speeds on flat land. You very definately need auxiliary transmission for mountains or city traffic. We had a large car, I think a sedan o...
by Norman Kling
Sat Sep 21, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Gooseneck modification
Replies: 4
Views: 489

Re: Gooseneck modification

In that case, I don't know a source for the thin nuts, but maybe you could cut down 3 regular lug nuts made for the wire wheels.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Sat Sep 21, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: I need some advice on how to fix this problem with rough running
Replies: 6
Views: 501

Re: I need some advice on how to fix this problem with rough running

White smoke is usually an indication of water in the cylinders. Black smoke is from rich mixture, and blue smoke is from oil burning. Have you done a compression test? You should have about 55 lbs pressure at sea level, a bit lower at higher elevations, but all 4 cylinders should have approximately ...
by Norman Kling
Sat Sep 21, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Aluminum foil= Snipe hunt?
Replies: 6
Views: 621

Re: Aluminum foil= Snipe hunt?

I have used aluminum without a problem. You have to form it to the threads before you try to screw it in. New spark plugs won't make it any better, the problem is with the threads in the head. Probably rust in the threads. You could try cleaning with a pipe tap, but you can't remove much without rui...
by Norman Kling
Sat Sep 21, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Foto of the Day
Replies: 294
Views: 20236

Re: Foto of the Day

View from Keller Peak lookout station 7,844' elevation. This one of places on our tour this week. It is near Big Bear Lake in the San Bernadino Mountains in southern California. 360' view can see about 100 miles in every direction on a clear day. This picture shows where we parked. Then we had to cl...