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by Stephen_heatherly
Mon Oct 26, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Bat or Mag start?
Replies: 15
Views: 383

Re: Bat or Mag start?

A T with a stock ignition system in good shape should easily on the magneto, but you do have to give the crank a good sharp pull to get it to start on mag. On battery you don't have to crank it over as quickly. I usually crank on battery then switch to mag. No matter how you start the engine always ...
by Stephen_heatherly
Sat Oct 24, 2020 11:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Charging Problem
Replies: 5
Views: 177

Re: Charging Problem

Did you install a new cut out or a voltage regulator? If you have a regulator the generator will not charge the battery unless the battery really needs it. A cut out will charge the battery regardless if the battery needs it or not.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Sat Oct 24, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Front Radius rod ball cap
Replies: 6
Views: 274

Re: Front Radius rod ball cap

The shims are a temporary band aid fix. The spring loaded caps remove all of the play and really tighten up the front end. I put them both on the drag link and the wishbone. I wouldn't have a T without them.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Fri Oct 23, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Wanted: Firewall brackets
Replies: 1
Views: 129

Wanted: Firewall brackets

I'm looking for a nice pair of brackets for the wooden firewall in my 23 runabout.

Thank you,
Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Fri Oct 23, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Wanted: steel wheel felloes
Replies: 0
Views: 127

Wanted: steel wheel felloes

I'm looking for a pair of nice Kelsey wheel felloes with 1/2 tenon for a 30 X 3 1/2 demountable wheel.

Thank you,
Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Tue Oct 20, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Front Spindle Washer Stuck
Replies: 3
Views: 239

Re: Front Spindle Washer Stuck

Sometimes the little tab that goes in the slot in the spindle breaks off and the washer gets stuck on the threads. Grab it with a pair of channel locks and turn it until it releases and can be slid off.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Mon Oct 19, 2020 9:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Commutators
Replies: 5
Views: 552

Re: Commutators

I personally don't like roller timers. Sure they work ok for a while, but they require frequent cleaning and oiling and once the fiber ring gets bumpy the engine will pop and miss at speed and not pull well any more. Anderson and new day timers are my personal favorites. I've tried many different ty...
by Stephen_heatherly
Thu Oct 15, 2020 10:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What other Dumb thing did you do today?
Replies: 21
Views: 893

Re: What other Dumb thing did you do today?

I drilled a small hole in my thigh yesterday while working in the garage :?

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Thu Oct 15, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: To Ruckstell or not to Ruckstell....that is the question
Replies: 24
Views: 1141

Re: To Ruckstell or not to Ruckstell....that is the question

Low in the transmission is 2 3/4 to 1 and high is 1 to 1. That is quite a difference between ratios. There are plenty of hills too steep for high but not quite steep enough for low. That is where a ruckstell comes in handy. When you can't get up a hill in ford high simply downshift to ruckstell high...
by Stephen_heatherly
Mon Oct 12, 2020 9:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 15 YEARS OLD, FIRST CAR, IT'S DRIVING!!!!!!!
Replies: 18
Views: 670

Re: 15 YEARS OLD, FIRST CAR, IT'S DRIVING!!!!!!!

That's awesome! Getting your car running is really something to be proud of. Congratulations :D

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1925 Repro rear brake shoe fitting question...
Replies: 6
Views: 291

Re: 1925 Repro rear brake shoe fitting question...

I install the shoes in one piece. They stay in place better.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Sat Oct 10, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: slow speed pedal arm and clevis connector
Replies: 8
Views: 388

Re: slow speed pedal arm and clevis connector

I just braze the hole up and re-drill it.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Fri Oct 09, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Wtb: cooper head gasket
Replies: 1
Views: 222

Wtb: cooper head gasket

I'm looking for a copper head gasket. The vendors don't have any.

Thank you,
Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Mon Sep 28, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Am I "over-greasing" my Universal Joint?
Replies: 33
Views: 1249

Re: Am I "over-greasing" my Universal Joint?

Its_Always_T_Time wrote:
Mon Sep 28, 2020 9:37 pm
It does have molybdenum in it. That’s unfortunate. What kind of damage will it do to the magneto?
You would have to put a LOT of grease in the u joint for it to get into the engine at all much less cause a problem with the magneto. I wouldn't worry about it unless the mag stops working.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Mon Sep 28, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Am I "over-greasing" my Universal Joint?
Replies: 33
Views: 1249

Re: Am I "over-greasing" my Universal Joint?

I bought a small grease gun that you fill with grease by hand. It has a small tip on the end that I stick down into the grease cup and pump the whole tube in.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Thu Sep 24, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: HELP!!! SHOULD I USE A WATER PUMP??
Replies: 48
Views: 1481

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

If your radiator is good and the block is clean a water pump is completely unnecessary. I have driven my 26 coupe up a 12% grade in low gear in 110 degree weather without any overheating issues. All water pumps on a T do is leak and cause aggravation. Keeping a T simple is the best thing you can do ...
by Stephen_heatherly
Mon Sep 21, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Guardian Angel Found the issue!
Replies: 30
Views: 1077

Re: Guardian Angel Found the issue!

I honestly never would have thought that something like that could happen. I'm glad both you and your grandson are safe. This is a good reminder that these cars need to be thoroughly checked out and repaired before any serious driving can be done. I've had some big surprises what was damaged and wor...
by Stephen_heatherly
Sun Sep 20, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Stuck tie rod end?
Replies: 18
Views: 479

Re: Stuck tie rod end?

Any damaged front end components should be replaced. They are critical to the safety of the car. Front axle parts are easy to find and not usually expensive.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Sun Sep 20, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Stuck tie rod end?
Replies: 18
Views: 479

Re: Stuck tie rod end?

I bought a re-threading die for the tie rod. The threads are always dinged up and fill of rust, dirt and old paint. The die cleans them up like new.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Sun Sep 20, 2020 1:22 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Car stopped runnning on magneto today
Replies: 8
Views: 388

Re: Car stopped runnning on magneto today

Either something damaged the field coil or the terminal is shorted. I would pull the terminal off first and make sure it's clean and doesn't have little on it.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Sat Sep 19, 2020 11:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Car stopped runnning on magneto today
Replies: 8
Views: 388

Re: Car stopped runnning on magneto today

Either something damaged the field coil or the terminal is shorted. I would pull the terminal off first and make sure it's clean and doesn't have little on it.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 13T - Rocky Mountain Brakes and While You're There
Replies: 3
Views: 443

Re: 13T - Rocky Mountain Brakes and While You're There

Take the entire rear axle including the drive shaft apart and check everything. You will find more issues than just babbit thrust washers.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Handbrake cross shaft
Replies: 17
Views: 824

Re: Handbrake cross shaft

Also, make sure your pawl and quadrant are good before you mount the lever back in the car.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Handbrake cross shaft
Replies: 17
Views: 824

Re: Handbrake cross shaft

Will_Vanderburg wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 6:18 pm
That will break up the rust that currently keeps it from moving?
Yep. Might have to wiggle and tap on it until it comes free again.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Tue Sep 15, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Handbrake cross shaft
Replies: 17
Views: 824

Re: Handbrake cross shaft

50/50 mix of acetone and transmission fluid works pretty well.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Drive shaft follies.
Replies: 39
Views: 1715

Re: Drive shaft follies.

Unless you've done some work to get more power out of your engine or you have a ruckstell/ accessory transmission. I don't think you're going to be happy with that 13 tooth pinion in your car. It will greatly decrease your hill climbing ability and cause you to have to use low a lot more.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Sun Sep 06, 2020 11:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: low speed drum on trans rebuild
Replies: 11
Views: 684

Re: low speed drum on trans rebuild

I personally wouldn't be worried that the drum is worn more in the middle because the band will wear in to the drum. I'd be more concerned if the surface of the drum still runs concentric to the shaft. If not the band will jerk and jar the car when you take off which can be unpleasant at the least a...
by Stephen_heatherly
Sun Sep 06, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB: Rear cross member bracket
Replies: 4
Views: 461

Re: WTB: Rear cross member bracket

Bill, I found the brackets I needed. Thank you for your offer.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Fri Sep 04, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: HELP! Rocky Mountain brake installation
Replies: 7
Views: 451

Re: HELP! Rocky Mountain brake installation

Original Smith wrote:
Fri Sep 04, 2020 6:02 pm
The best thing to do is to use originals. They don't have that problem!
Finding original parts is always ideal, but not always practical or possible.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Thu Sep 03, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Leaf Spring Silicone
Replies: 21
Views: 904

Re: Leaf Spring Silicone

I put some teflon stick on strips between the leaves of my rear leaf spring and shortly thereafter it started coming out the sides. I just occasionally spread a little grease between the leaves and the cars rides nice and smooth.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB: Rear cross member bracket
Replies: 4
Views: 461

Re: WTB: Rear cross member bracket

Here are some pictures of what I'm looking for.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Mon Aug 31, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Tie rod thead
Replies: 3
Views: 262

Re: Tie rod thead

by Stephen_heatherly
Sat Aug 29, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What is procedure for Stutzman?
Replies: 57
Views: 2543

Re: What is procedure for Stutzman?

Every wheel from Stutzman's that I have seen was absolutely beautiful and ran perfectly true. I have also personally bought about 8 wheels worth of spokes from them and am a very satisfied customer. I seriously doubt any of their work was anything but top notch.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Thu Aug 27, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB: Rear cross member bracket
Replies: 4
Views: 461

WTB: Rear cross member bracket

I know this is a long shot, but I'll try anyway. I'm looking for one of the little brackets that spans over the opening of the rear cross member and is also rivited into the side rail. I need one for the passenger side for a '23 frame. Mine was broken. I had it welded back together, but I would real...
by Stephen_heatherly
Thu Aug 20, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: update Be careful cranking
Replies: 32
Views: 1526

Re: update Be careful cranking

I frequently hand crank my cars even though I've never had one that doesn't have a starter. There are times where I have to spin the engine over with the crank, but it makes me a little anxious. As long as the spark is retarded and the timer/ wiring isn't shorted out it should be fine, but shit happ...
by Stephen_heatherly
Sun Aug 16, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wheel anomaly
Replies: 3
Views: 409

Wheel anomaly

A friend of mine has a 24 touring car. The car has the correct 30 x 3 1/2 wheels. Both back wheels on the car have loose spokes and need to be rebuilt and the front wheels are not far behind. I have built about a dozen 21" wheels which are all still good and tight so I thought this should be easy. O...
by Stephen_heatherly
Fri Aug 14, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Crankshaft pulley pin loose in crank
Replies: 12
Views: 742

Re: Crankshaft pulley pin loose in crank

I very slightly bent the pin in mine and it fit nice and tight afterwards. It's still good several years later.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:46 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1909 - 1910 Drive Shaft questions.
Replies: 3
Views: 423

Re: 1909 - 1910 Drive Shaft questions.

The 1909-10 Ts did not have a roller bearing for the pinion end of the drive shaft. There was simply a large babbit bearing that supported the drive shaft and had a flange to take the end thrust.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Mon Aug 10, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Spring perch
Replies: 4
Views: 396

Re: Spring perch

I personally would install an accessory wishbone brace instead of using a later wishbone with the earlier perches. As has been mentioned before, the holes in the wishbone are tapered and will not accept a flat nut. The earlier perches won't stick through enough to get the full nut on and you wouldn'...
by Stephen_heatherly
Sat Aug 08, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Three steering columns to one and wood steering wheel?
Replies: 26
Views: 1335

Re: Three steering columns to one and wood steering wheel?

That drag link is shot. The original for caps were just like the one on the wishbone socket, but smaller. No grease cup or spring inside. Make sure that you use the correct length drag link and tie rod. There are several different ones of each. Also, make sure to use a gear case with the steering st...
by Stephen_heatherly
Thu Aug 06, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Screw thread size
Replies: 3
Views: 413

Re: Screw thread size

I keep a few extra of the special bendix cover screws in my running board tool box just in case I lose one. They're not easily replaceable unless you have a few days to wait to get them from one of the suppliers.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Wed Aug 05, 2020 8:06 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Gouged pinion gear?
Replies: 13
Views: 1469

Re: Gouged pinion gear?

Keep it as a conversation piece or throw it away. It's not good for anything anymore.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Tue Aug 04, 2020 11:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Petcock insert spinning in the oil pan. Do I need to pull the engine?
Replies: 7
Views: 984

Re: Petcock insert spinning in the oil pan. Do I need to pull the engine?

Maybe you could braze the insert to the pan just enough to get the sight glass out. I would drain all of the oil out first though otherwise it may catch on fire inside the engine.
Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Tue Aug 04, 2020 11:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Type of oil for Tiger Timer.
Replies: 5
Views: 528

Re: Type of oil for Tiger Timer.

I just use the same oil as I use in the engine. A roller timer will last quite a while as long as it's kept clean and well oiled.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Fox Locking Steering Wheel
Replies: 7
Views: 479

Re: Fox Locking Steering Wheel

You unscrew the cover just like with the stock arrangement.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Fox Locking Steering Wheel
Replies: 7
Views: 479

Re: Fox Locking Steering Wheel

Jerry, I have a fox locking steering wheel on my 26 coupe. There are two square keys that lock the cover in place 180 degrees apart. They are driven down between the gear case and the cover. Underneath you will see two half circles where the pins are. Take a small punch and bend a slight curve into ...
by Stephen_heatherly
Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Best way to remove drum rivets?
Replies: 6
Views: 685

Re: Best way to remove drum rivets?

I just bust the old drum off with a hammer.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Sat Jul 25, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Why do I keep wearing tires out?
Replies: 26
Views: 2001

Re: Why do I keep wearing tires out?

Jerry, I'll set the spindles up on a set of parallels and see if the arms are bent.

Thank you,
Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is it ok to have a space between the engine and the side rail? (pictures)
Replies: 15
Views: 1133

Re: Is it ok to have a space between the engine and the side rail? (pictures)

That gap between the side of the arm and the frame is how it's supposed to be. Like has already been said, there is a hard wood block that goes in there that supports the engine. The side bolt should not be tightened at all. Spin the nut down with your fingers and maybe one more notch so the bolt wo...
by Stephen_heatherly
Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Why do I keep wearing tires out?
Replies: 26
Views: 2001

Re: Why do I keep wearing tires out?

Another question. When you drive on a level road, does the car pull to one side? If it does, which way? It could be that the rear axle is offset from the front axle, or that wheel on one side is closer to the rear wheel than it is on the other side. These things can be caused by a bent frame, or th...
by Stephen_heatherly
Fri Jul 24, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Why do I keep wearing tires out?
Replies: 26
Views: 2001

Re: Why do I keep wearing tires out?

Jerry VanOoteghem wrote:
Fri Jul 24, 2020 9:48 am
As you do your checking, also look out for a bent spindle arm. Compare right & left arms.
Jerry, do you mean the stub axle where the wheel attaches or the arm the tie rod connects to?

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Thu Jul 23, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Why do I keep wearing tires out?
Replies: 26
Views: 2001

Re: Why do I keep wearing tires out?

I was not able to check the toe in today. I went out to where I have the car stored but couldn't measure the toe in. I need a helper next time I go out there. It's completely possible that the problem has always been there and I'm just now really noticing it. I had some old Bedford brand tires on th...
by Stephen_heatherly
Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Why do I keep wearing tires out?
Replies: 26
Views: 2001

Re: Why do I keep wearing tires out?

I believe it probably is the toe in causing the problem. I measured off the wheel felloe when I adjusted it which is probably not the best way of doing it. I have tomorrow off of work. I'll check it out and report back here what I find out.
Thank you,
Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Why do I keep wearing tires out?
Replies: 26
Views: 2001

Re: Why do I keep wearing tires out?

I believe it probably is the toe in causing the problem. I measured off the wheel felloe when I adjusted it which is probably not the best way of doing it. I have tomorrow off of work. I'll check it out and report back here what I find out.
Thank you,
Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Wed Jul 22, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Why do I keep wearing tires out?
Replies: 26
Views: 2001

Re: Why do I keep wearing tires out?

I have wood wheels on the car. I replaced the spokes in all of the wheels about 10 years ago and they are still just as solid and tight as when I put them together. The king pins are tight in the axle and the spindle bushings are still good and tight. I throughly went through the front end when I re...
by Stephen_heatherly
Wed Jul 22, 2020 9:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Why do I keep wearing tires out?
Replies: 26
Views: 2001

Why do I keep wearing tires out?

Over the course of the last three years I have worn out two tires on the right front wheel of my 26 coupe. In this time I drove the car maybe 2,000 miles. The other three tires are still completely fine with plenty of life left. The right front wheel has a slight bit more wobble in it than the other...
by Stephen_heatherly
Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Time to Re-tire?
Replies: 10
Views: 1292

Re: Time to Re-tire?

Kevin Pharis wrote:
Tue Jul 21, 2020 1:00 am
Just a bit ointment and she’ll be just fine!!😉

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by Stephen_heatherly
Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Thrust washer roller bearings?
Replies: 21
Views: 1524

Re: Thrust washer roller bearings?

The roller bearings are completely unnecessary. The bronze thrust washers will last nearly forever and are cheaper.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Fri Jul 10, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Kevlar band lining sets
Replies: 28
Views: 2821

Re: Kevlar band lining sets

I have taken apart probably two dozen transmissions looking for parts or rebuild them for use in a car and have found that there is usually at least one cracked drum in every transmission I take apart. Most of those drums have never seen kevlar bands. I think it depends mostly on driving style. If y...
by Stephen_heatherly
Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vinegar radiator flush question
Replies: 27
Views: 2756

Re: Vinegar radiator flush question

When I first took the head off my 23 runabout the water jackets were completely full of flakey rust. I honestly don't know how the engine even ran without severely overheating after a couple of minutes. I removed as much of the rust as I could with a vacuum then put everything back together and fill...
by Stephen_heatherly
Sun Jul 05, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Machine shop instructions for rear axle key way?
Replies: 22
Views: 2042

Re: Machine shop instructions for rear axle key way?

You'll gain nothing by repairing the old axles. Get new ones and be done with it.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Sat Jul 04, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Thank You Chaffins !! New Ruckstell
Replies: 9
Views: 1281

Re: Thank You Chaffins !! New Ruckstell

I have had an original ruckstell in my 26 coupe for about 5 years. I rebuilt it and the ruckstell in my 23 runabout using many new parts from chaffins. As always everything fit perfectly. A Ruckstell makes a T so much more driveable, I can't imagine driving a heavy closed car without one.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Sat Jul 04, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Machine shop instructions for rear axle key way?
Replies: 22
Views: 2042

Re: Machine shop instructions for rear axle key way?

Replace the axle shafts. The rear axle is one place where you do not want to cut corners.
.Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How do you Downshift?
Replies: 10
Views: 990

Re: How do you Downshift?

When the engine starts to lug in high push the pedal into neutral and close the throttle. Allow the speed to drop to about 10 mph. Then speed the engine up and press the pedal down firmly into low and hold the pedal down firmly until you can shift back into high. Don't just mash the pedal in from hi...
by Stephen_heatherly
Sun Jun 07, 2020 1:03 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I'm So Frustrated
Replies: 28
Views: 2439

Re: I'm So Frustrated

I would start by checking out the timer and the timer wiring. If one of the terminals on the timer or one of the wires is shorted to ground you will have a coil that fires continuously and that will cause the issue you're describing. If you are still using the original brass shield behind the timer ...
by Stephen_heatherly
Sat Jun 06, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Runabout vs Touring ride comparison
Replies: 2
Views: 423

Re: Runabout vs Touring ride comparison

It depends on a lot of different things. The hasslers certainly do make a difference, but it also depends on how many leaves you have in your springs as well as the condition of your springs. If your springs are rusty and not well lubricated it bvb will make the car ride considerably harder. I can t...
by Stephen_heatherly
Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Wtb: Large crankshaft pulley
Replies: 2
Views: 367

Re: Wtb: Large crankshaft pulley

Pulley found. Thanks Hank
by Stephen_heatherly
Thu Jun 04, 2020 12:35 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Wtb: Large crankshaft pulley
Replies: 2
Views: 367

Wtb: Large crankshaft pulley

I'm looking for a nice original large crankshaft pulley for my 23 runabout. Does anybody have one?

Thank you,
Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Fri May 29, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How cold do you drive?
Replies: 69
Views: 7015

Re: How cold do you drive?

I took an hour long drive once in my coupe when it was 12 degrees outside. It wasn't pleasant, but not horrible either.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Thu May 28, 2020 12:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Removing rear wheels
Replies: 13
Views: 1457

Re: Removing rear wheels

Of course, you want to screw the nut back on the end of the axle shaft backwards until it is flush with the end of the axle to protect the threads. That's how I do it every time and have yet to damage anything.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Wed May 27, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Brass brazing rods
Replies: 18
Views: 1578

Re: Brass brazing rods

You definitely do not want to do anything shade tree here. If the upper part of the case separates from the lower part you will have no steering control at all. Either find rivets that will fit or get another gear case that is still tight.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Wed May 27, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Removing rear wheels
Replies: 13
Views: 1457

Re: Removing rear wheels

Tighten the puller down as tight as you can get it then give then draw bolt a couple good whacks with a large hammer. Tighten the bolt and whack it again. The wheel will come of if you're persistent.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Wed May 27, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Should MTFCA Member #29 Be Allowed to Go On Tour If He Wants To?
Replies: 50
Views: 3520

Re: Should MTFCA Member #29 Be Allowed to Go On Tour If He Wants To?

I don't feel that this thread even belongs here. This is his and his family's business. If there is an event going on and he is of sound mind and is physically capable of doing it, then he has every right to go.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Tue May 26, 2020 7:14 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: FS 1926/27 Brass Radiator Shell
Replies: 4
Views: 935

Re: FS 1926/27 Brass Radiator Shell

I have one of these on my 26 coupe. They are not easy to find.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Tue May 26, 2020 1:09 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Transmission play & misc transmission questions
Replies: 23
Views: 1520

Re: Transmission play & misc transmission questions

More than likely both the driven gear and the brake drum shaft are shot because the gear would have been moving slightly on the end of the shaft. Good driven gears are easy to find and cheap. Find a better one and you'll be all set.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Mon May 25, 2020 2:39 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Transmission play & misc transmission questions
Replies: 23
Views: 1520

Re: Transmission play & misc transmission questions

Adam wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 8:56 pm
The stock clutch, properly adjusted, with a good used spring (95 to 110#’s at 2”compression) will not slip and is nice and smooth. It also protects the engine and drive-train from unnecessary shock loads...
I couldn't agree more

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Sun May 24, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Transmission play & misc transmission questions
Replies: 23
Views: 1520

Re: Transmission play & misc transmission questions

The clutch discs were cracked because the brake drum lugs are all chewed up. About half of the large plates in the transmission in my 23 runabout were broken too. The watts clutch works well, but with your new brake drum and some replacement original steel plates the stock clutch will work just as w...
by Stephen_heatherly
Fri May 22, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Bad hack on the OT section
Replies: 20
Views: 1626

Re: Bad hack on the OT section

Just flagged one in the classifieds. There are several on one post.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Thu May 21, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB: Oval gas tank
Replies: 4
Views: 447

Re: WTB: Oval gas tank

Gas tank found! 😁

Thank you
by Stephen_heatherly
Thu May 21, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB: Oval gas tank
Replies: 4
Views: 447

WTB: Oval gas tank

I need a new gas tank for my 23 Runabout. Unfortunately, none of the suppliers have any. Does anyone here have a new one that they're not going to use? I'd really prefer to have a brand new one over an original.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Mon May 18, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wood wheel Question
Replies: 5
Views: 728

Re: Wood wheel Question

The amount of money it costs to fix the wheels properly is considerably less than what you will pay when they fail.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Sun May 17, 2020 1:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Fitting rear main cap
Replies: 8
Views: 904

Re: Fitting rear main cap

I'm fortunate enough to have a thrust flange cutter. It works great and makes the job super easy. If you know someone who has one, that's the route I would go.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Sat May 16, 2020 2:28 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Steering column quadrant paint
Replies: 3
Views: 570

Steering column quadrant paint

I'm currently working on restoring pretty much every part of my 23 runabout all at the same time. The steering column parts are being re-nickled and I got to thinking, what paint should I use on the steering column quadrant? I know it was originally black, but paint scratches off quickly from the le...
by Stephen_heatherly
Wed May 13, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Kudos to Snyders
Replies: 3
Views: 713

Re: Kudos to Snyders

I've always been more than satisfied with Snyder's. Rarely are things back ordered and they ship fast.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Sun May 10, 2020 12:28 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Triple gear pins
Replies: 16
Views: 1880

Re: Triple gear pins

I bought three new pins and they do not have the collar on the end and have a rough surface finish.
Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Sat May 09, 2020 2:18 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Triple gear pins
Replies: 16
Views: 1880

Triple gear pins

The triple gear pins in my 23 runabout are shot and need to be replaced. I've recieved some new pins in the past where the surface where the gears run was rough. Are there any good quality reproduction pins available that are the proper size so that they will not crack my flywheel?

Thank you,
Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Thu May 07, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ignorance is Bliss or Is this big trouble in little pieces??
Replies: 9
Views: 1161

Re: Ignorance is Bliss or Is this big trouble in little pieces??

I had the same thing happen in my 26 coupe. The broken pieces destroyed my rebuilt mag coil. :cry:

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Thu May 07, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 27 steering column question
Replies: 8
Views: 982

Re: 27 steering column question

If you shorten the steering shaft you will have to have a new taper, key way, and threads cut on the end of the shortened shaft being careful that the key way is cut 180deg from the steering stop pin on the other end of the shaft. I personally would look for a tilt wheel instead.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Mon Apr 27, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 23 runabout rewooding: Here it all begins
Replies: 13
Views: 1206

Re: 23 runabout rewooding: Here it all begins

Scott, I was wondering what the grooves in the sills were for. Your explanation makes perfect sense.

Hap, I got your email with the articles. I printed them out and have been studying them. This is going to be a real learning experience for sure.

Thank you,
Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Mon Apr 27, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 23 runabout rewooding: Here it all begins
Replies: 13
Views: 1206

Re: 23 runabout rewooding: Here it all begins

Some more pictures of the sills where the vertical pieces attach and the turtle deck.
Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 23 runabout rewooding: Here it all begins
Replies: 13
Views: 1206

Re: 23 runabout rewooding: Here it all begins

Here a few pictures of the car.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 23 runabout rewooding: Here it all begins
Replies: 13
Views: 1206

Re: 23 runabout rewooding: Here it all begins

Scott, that is beautiful! More than likely at some point I will take you up on your offer.

Thank you
by Stephen_heatherly
Sun Apr 26, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 23 runabout rewooding: Here it all begins
Replies: 13
Views: 1206

Re: 23 runabout rewooding: Here it all begins

Huh, well I just learned something new there. I wasn't aware that there are two different arm rests. Mine are the narrow ones. I'll post pictures shortly.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Sun Apr 26, 2020 2:45 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 23 runabout rewooding: Here it all begins
Replies: 13
Views: 1206

23 runabout rewooding: Here it all begins

I bought a low cowl wood firewall 23 runabout in July of last year. I realized early on that the body wood was going to need some help but I've been putting off rewooding the body because it's a major undertaking. Throughout this last week I fully disassembled the body. There is literally not one pi...
by Stephen_heatherly
Sun Apr 26, 2020 2:35 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 26 Transmission Drum Wiggle
Replies: 8
Views: 1232

Re: 26 Transmission Drum Wiggle

Andy Loso wrote:
Sat Apr 25, 2020 10:12 am
Normal, but as long as you are this far, I'd tear it down to inspect everything.
I agree completely. While you have the transmission out, I would fully disassemble it and check it's condition. Rarely will you find a transmission that does not have something wrong with it.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Tue Apr 21, 2020 12:23 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Emergency brake as service brake
Replies: 19
Views: 1735

Re: Emergency brake as service brake

If the car in question is a coupe like in your profile, I personally would use stock 11 40 gears.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Mon Apr 20, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Emergency Brake Issue
Replies: 24
Views: 1885

Re: Emergency Brake Issue

Now that I'm looking at it on a bigger screen I can better see the spokes. That wheel is dangerous.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Mon Apr 20, 2020 8:34 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Emergency brake as service brake
Replies: 19
Views: 1735

Re: Emergency brake as service brake

I have a 26 with stock brakes and use a combination of both the hand brake and brake pedal when driving the car. I have always found the brakes to be more than adequate when used together, but individually they leave a lot to be desired. If you do end up installing 3 to 1 gears you will really need ...
by Stephen_heatherly
Sun Apr 19, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Emergency Brake Issue
Replies: 24
Views: 1885

Re: Emergency Brake Issue

It may just be the picture, but some of your spokes don't look so hot.

Stephen
by Stephen_heatherly
Wed Apr 15, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: FOUND Magneto 1909-1914
Replies: 14
Views: 1638

Re: FOUND Magneto 1909-1914

Mario, if you have not already done so, now is an excellent time to check and recharge your magnets. They are pretty much always weak and sometimes you'll find one or two that are cracked. Also, the spacer spools and brass screws should be replaced as they crystallize with age and often break. Stephen