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by Kevin Pharis
Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Fast turnaround for Model A engine rebuild-video
Replies: 2
Views: 120

Re: Fast turnaround for Model A engine rebuild-video

That was a neat “all inclusive” view of a complete engine overhaul. I wish they would have shown a man hours clock to give some perception of time... other than the fella sittin on the bumper impatiently waiting for the finish assembly. They had my attention until they drag started the car. Wonder i...
by Kevin Pharis
Fri Jul 31, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: 3 to 1 gears
Replies: 4
Views: 386

Re: 3 to 1 gears

My gear set has a few new lookin teeth too... I could mail you a sample tooth if it would help put this deal together😜
by Kevin Pharis
Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: 3 to 1 gears
Replies: 4
Views: 386

Re: 3 to 1 gears

I would part with this set... for the right price😉
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by Kevin Pharis
Fri Jul 31, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: What have you done on an old non-Model T vehicle.
Replies: 175
Views: 21965

Re: What have you done on an old non-Model T vehicle.

I’ve seen shift levers bent like that before on transmissions used when converting old belt driven machinery to electric motor powered. The electric motor and automotive transmission would be high mounted, and the shift lever twisted down so one could reach it
by Kevin Pharis
Wed Jul 29, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Wanted to buy
Replies: 5
Views: 959

Re: Wanted to buy

Try with 4995
by Kevin Pharis
Wed Jul 29, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Question about x rods
Replies: 5
Views: 403

Re: Question about x rods

I fully agree that cost would have been a major factor in the X rod changeover decision. X rods were lighter, and therefore would have had a lower material cost. But I don’t suspect the cost of manufacturing would have been significantly different. They still required forging, machining, and babbiti...
by Kevin Pharis
Wed Jul 29, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Question about x rods
Replies: 5
Views: 403

Re: Question about x rods

‘Ol man Ford changed a lot of things for for a lot of reasons during his reign... but rarely did he change to a design that reduced reliability. However, the X rods showed up 14+ million cars into T production, and were phased out in a relative “blink of an eye”. Half of ‘27 thru half of ‘28 is all ...
by Kevin Pharis
Wed Jul 29, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is it a T?
Replies: 14
Views: 813

Re: Is it a T?

I wanna know how she reached the pedals...?😳. Look at where the hogs head is... she musta had legs longer than the lamp in the Christmas story!!!😉 Lots of neat little tidbits... • Hand brake lever bent around to reach back a foot • The front axle might be pushed out... suicide, or maybe Laurel brack...
by Kevin Pharis
Mon Jul 27, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: '25-'27 Watts Style clutch
Replies: 2
Views: 441

Re: '25-'27 Watts Style clutch

Go into your preferences, and set for an email notification when you receive a PM. Now you won’t have to compulsively check...
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Jul 26, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: What have you done on an old non-Model T vehicle.
Replies: 175
Views: 21965

Re: What have you done on an old non-Model T vehicle.

Looks like a Houk #5 wheel center and hub... the wheel center is not all that uncommon and of no particular value by itself, and an unidentified application hub has about equal value. But if you have a car that you desired to convert to wire wheels... it is near unheard of to find a complete set of ...
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Jul 26, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: What have you done on an old non-Model T vehicle.
Replies: 175
Views: 21965

Re: What have you done on an old non-Model T vehicle.

Was the wire wheel in the foreground part of your haul? Are the other 3 hubs and wheel centers on the chassis? Acquiring a full set of hubs and wheel centers is 90% of the effort when it comes to converting a car to wire wheels. The rims are almost always toast, and don’t plan on using the spokes fo...
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Jul 26, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check
Replies: 33
Views: 3101

Re: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check

The machine shop told me 2 weeks to complete... that was 3+ months ago...🤨 And so as I wait ever more impatiently for the machine shop to finish the guides, seats, and surface, I have found a fella to flow the head (should it ever be ready...🙄). I have no intentions of “porting” the head, just simpl...
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: A couple of pictures from Northwest Washington
Replies: 4
Views: 396

Re: A couple of pictures from Northwest Washington

Would love to have that roadster in my garage...🤤

Not to mention a ‘07 American Underslung roadster sold a few years ago for $1.4 million...💰💰
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Jul 26, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model Ts
Replies: 18
Views: 948

Re: Model Ts

I guess the thing on the front of the car in the second photo is part of the Everful Water System. When reading the article on the Everful Water System, it basically describes an overflow tank that also condenses the steam, and most likely siphons the captured overflow back into the radiator simila...
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Jul 26, 2020 1:03 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model Ts
Replies: 18
Views: 948

Re: Model Ts

And I’m assuming that’s a front mounted electric starter... never seen that style before. Very cool👍
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Jul 25, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Fender bender
Replies: 9
Views: 853

Re: Fender bender

I’ve been scratching my head over the partial engine shot too... sure looks like a spark plug and a port with a sharp vertical elbow on the left side...? This would suggest to me that we are looking at a SR Fronty...? Or maybe a Roof 8 valve...? Most likely an intake, and would not be surprised if w...
by Kevin Pharis
Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ultrasonic cleaning solution
Replies: 13
Views: 807

Re: Ultrasonic cleaning solution

Another consideration with the ultrasonic cleaners that hasn’t been discussed yet is “shadows”. You should be familiar with the design of your tank and the location of the sonic generators. The placement of the parts within the tank can be critical to getting repeatable cleaning results. Also many o...
by Kevin Pharis
Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Share Your Tractor(s) - old ones that is ;-)
Replies: 50
Views: 2363

Re: Share Your Tractor(s) - old ones that is ;-)

Hey there Michael, did that ‘ol reed venturi Tillotson downdraft ever work out for your dozer?? Or maybe just good for a few parts? Hope it went to good use...
by Kevin Pharis
Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Buffalo Wheels
Replies: 10
Views: 655

Re: Buffalo Wheels

There is a sight recess near the outer perimeter of your caps to accept the thin sheet metal medallion. If the brass caps are similar design to the iron caps (I don’t have any brass caps to confirm), the medallion should be held on by the same 2 rivets that capture the latching mechanism. BC9CF775-E...
by Kevin Pharis
Tue Jul 21, 2020 1:59 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Pressing rear axle gear out...
Replies: 22
Views: 991

Re: Pressing rear axle gear out...

If you saw em off just behind the gear (band saw... not hack saw!), the axle stubs pushes right out. And this way there’s none of that “shoot outa there” paranoia😉
by Kevin Pharis
Tue Jul 21, 2020 1:00 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Time to Re-tire?
Replies: 10
Views: 849

Re: Time to Re-tire?

Just a bit ointment and she’ll be just fine!!😉
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by Kevin Pharis
Mon Jul 20, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Buffalo Wheels
Replies: 10
Views: 655

Re: Buffalo Wheels

The pin drive caps are a typical earlier design for the Buffalo/House wire wheels. They were replaced sometime about ‘22. There were both cast iron and brass variations of these pin drive caps, and each had their own medallion design C9BBA20A-56B2-4A10-BCF9-9AE11478C6F1.jpeg 5E901EDA-9337-4901-A872-...
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Jul 19, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What mods are required for closed spool Ruckstell....?
Replies: 4
Views: 279

Re: What mods are required for closed spool Ruckstell....?

All of the Hall Scott axle housings I have are machined for the closed spool. I don’t have any later Ruckstell housings to compare with... but if you did need to machine the register, I imagine it could be done in a mill with an angle plate, a few clamps, boring head, and a lot of patience!😉
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Jul 18, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: 1908 Buick
Replies: 25
Views: 1128

Re: 1908 Buick

I helped a friend button up his ‘08 Rambler 2 cylinder opposed engine a while back. Similar engine by design, but was sumthin like 5.5” bore and 6” stroke, and 11”+ rod length. He had pushed the pistons too far up into the bore during final assembly, and the ring snapped out above the bore. It was a...
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Jul 18, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: 1908 Buick
Replies: 25
Views: 1128

Re: 1908 Buick

Look up Eric Barrett in the Auburn area. He’s a regular here on the forum and has done many engines of various makes
by Kevin Pharis
Thu Jul 16, 2020 10:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rare TT Truck factory body?
Replies: 26
Views: 1087

Re: Rare TT Truck factory body?

And before synthetic fibers... how durable could they have been?
by Kevin Pharis
Thu Jul 16, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: SHOW US YOUR LATHE
Replies: 31
Views: 1750

Re: SHOW US YOUR LATHE

Not a lathe... but kind of a linear lathe...🤔 An ‘ol Ammco 7” shaper. Probably ‘50’s ish. Came to me from an estate sale... one of those “if you want this, you gotta take that” type deals. I was completely cleaned up, repainted, and mounted to a Craftsman table saw stand. I had no use for it, and co...
by Kevin Pharis
Wed Jul 15, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Main Shaft and Crank Shaft Alignment
Replies: 11
Views: 418

Re: Main Shaft and Crank Shaft Alignment

“Aligning” the tailshaft is nothing more than indicating it for concentricity to the crank. If running eccentric to the crank centerline, the transmission bushing life will suffer and can also put additional strain on the rotating components. Much like the cam gear, there is no significance to which...
by Kevin Pharis
Wed Jul 15, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Child Car Seats, Lets hear how you've installed
Replies: 10
Views: 659

Re: Child Car Seats, Lets hear how you've installed

I find that the wiggly little kid butts don’t stay where you put ‘em very long... unless squeezed into a seat narrow enough to keep ‘em from sliding around. So if you find that your seats are too wide... cram additional wiggly little kid butts into the seat until the excess seat space is filled and ...
by Kevin Pharis
Wed Jul 15, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: SHOW US YOUR LATHE
Replies: 31
Views: 1750

Re: SHOW US YOUR LATHE

I’ve always liked the bent tube cabinets under those ‘ol South Bend lathes 👍
by Kevin Pharis
Tue Jul 14, 2020 11:12 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: SHOW US YOUR LATHE
Replies: 31
Views: 1750

Re: SHOW US YOUR LATHE

How bout yur other machines???
by Kevin Pharis
Tue Jul 14, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: You Can't Make This Stuff Up.
Replies: 10
Views: 1194

Re: You Can't Make This Stuff Up.

As the story goes...

A fella was gassing up his TT on the way to the dump with a full load. An onlooker asked where he was goin...? To the dump! Sooooo... how ya gonna get home...?!🤔
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Jul 12, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Rear Wire Wheel Hub
Replies: 5
Views: 758

Re: Rear Wire Wheel Hub

Jen110 has made a total of 6 posts... all 1 minute apart from one another with exactly the same wording...?🤔
by Kevin Pharis
Fri Jul 10, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Top Dead Center #1
Replies: 3
Views: 361

Re: Top Dead Center #1

This is not an optical dillusion... the timing marks are nothing more than that. TDC is best found with a dial indicator on the piston, or also the crank pin is a decent indicator
by Kevin Pharis
Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Head Gasket Options
Replies: 5
Views: 548

Re: Head Gasket Options

My last couple of gaskets have been the silicone overlay steel ring gaskets. Seem to work good for me with a high compression (7.25:1) aluminum head

Down side is you have to scrape em off piece by piece every time you take the head off. Always keep 1 or 2 on the shelf...
by Kevin Pharis
Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rear hub evaluation
Replies: 4
Views: 457

Re: Rear hub evaluation

If there is no excessive rust pitting and the keyways aren’t wallowed out... they are probably just fine. Also make sure the tapers lock onto a good axle taper without the key installed for your last check. And remember NOT to paint the inner taper of the hub, or the axle tapers. The paint will brea...
by Kevin Pharis
Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Speedster project uopdate, Solid Copper Head Gasket torque question.
Replies: 12
Views: 948

Re: Speedster project uopdate, Solid Copper Head Gasket torque question.

I ran a .040” solid copper head gasket on my flat T for years with reliable results. No special attention was given beyond the typical torque spec and pattern. I also annealed and reused it several times during this time. Did always wonder if excessively torquing the aluminum head could distort the ...
by Kevin Pharis
Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: SHOW US YOUR LATHE
Replies: 31
Views: 1750

Re: SHOW US YOUR LATHE

Here’s my current lathe... C0C14D6C-270A-4EB0-B0E2-CD0188B8F2B3.jpeg 2000 Milltronics CNC, 16” x 60” bed, 7.5 hp, 3000 rpm, 8 position turret, pneumatic 5c collet closer, and flood coolant. She’s got a few miles on ‘er, but still makes good parts every time I fire ‘er up. Makes a great flat spot too...
by Kevin Pharis
Tue Jul 07, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 40 HP Model T
Replies: 14
Views: 1309

Re: 40 HP Model T

Dallas Landers wrote:
Tue Jul 07, 2020 4:10 pm
If you add all the aftermarket things made to increase HP for a T over the years, you can easily get 50 to 60 HP from your T. :D
And if you weigh em all... you’ll need all that extra HP, and a helper spring too!!! :lol:
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Jul 04, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: SHOW US YOUR LATHE
Replies: 31
Views: 1750

Re: SHOW US YOUR LATHE

I started out with a 1958 built Wade 8A precision toolmakers lathe. While only 8” x 24” capacity, it was a very impressive small lathe. From the original literature it appears to have been a competitive brand to the Hardinge super precision bench lathes of the time. Features like variable spindle sp...
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Jul 04, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Question re front spring perches
Replies: 21
Views: 1418

Re: Question re front spring perches

If the perch to axle clearance was intended to be a precision fit... the perches would have had a ground shank diameter, and the axle would have had a smooth reamed bore. But instead, the axles are drilled and the perches are turned. I don’t suspect that this was ever intended to be more than a “clo...
by Kevin Pharis
Thu Jul 02, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Tool For Cutting Hole in Dash For Speedometer
Replies: 11
Views: 739

Re: Tool For Cutting Hole in Dash For Speedometer

I stand corrected... turns out the P-38 can opener wasn’t invented till 1942. So NOT a period correct holemaking method. Guess you’re goin to have to look for an ‘ol bit and brace... or get out the ‘ol trusty cold chisel!! :twisted: :lol:
by Kevin Pharis
Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Tool For Cutting Hole in Dash For Speedometer
Replies: 11
Views: 739

Re: Tool For Cutting Hole in Dash For Speedometer

Sorry Allan... was the oldest one I could find a picture of...😔
by Kevin Pharis
Thu Jul 02, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wondered why play in U-joint
Replies: 8
Views: 525

Re: Wondered why play in U-joint

For years my speedster has a hesitation during heavy acceleration... couldn’t figure it out...?! I went thru the Ruxtell 3-4 times for various reasons before I thought to take the driveline apart. The Hyatt pinion bearing came out about 3/4” long!!! Under high loads the pinion bearing was breaking o...
by Kevin Pharis
Thu Jul 02, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Tool For Cutting Hole in Dash For Speedometer
Replies: 11
Views: 739

Re: Tool For Cutting Hole in Dash For Speedometer

If you’re trying to be authentic...
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by Kevin Pharis
Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wheels up!
Replies: 3
Views: 412

Re: Wheels up!

I had a T go “rubber side up” on me once... but it looks like a whole lot more fun in the pics!😬
by Kevin Pharis
Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Need info about piston pin bushings
Replies: 4
Views: 307

Re: Need info about piston pin bushings

Would imagine you could use darn near anything from the higher strength bronze alloys... aluminum, silicon, or manganese bronze alloys would probably all perform similar in the application. Or possibly even an aluminum bushing could work fine. Seems to me the forged pistons are made from a 5xxx seri...
by Kevin Pharis
Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New Pinion Gear With Bore Taper Issues
Replies: 16
Views: 1098

Re: New Pinion Gear with Large bore

That’s a good gut check measurement, but not an adequate method to pass/fail a component. That dimension could have fairly dramatic changes due to a number of variables. But if you have a good driveline taper and there is not a good self locking “feel” to the taper... you may well have a problem My ...
by Kevin Pharis
Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wire wheel recommendation: paint or powdercoat?
Replies: 7
Views: 471

Re: Wire wheel recommendation: paint or powdercoat?

I always recommend paint when it comes to tunable wire wheels. The aggressive blast media that is often used prior to powder coating can leave stress risers in the spokes and lead to spoke breakage down the road. Don’t figure the aggressive media would hurt a welded spoke wheel any... these spokes a...
by Kevin Pharis
Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model A hub on Model T
Replies: 9
Views: 601

Re: Model A hub on Model T

The A spindles are about an inch shorter than the T. So you will need to machine the bearing register and thread back to support the bearings, then drill and cut off the remainder. May need to weld up a few low spots too...
by Kevin Pharis
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Exhaust pipe close to the hogshead
Replies: 17
Views: 932

Re: Exhaust pipe close to the hogshead

Most hogsheads have a small spot where the exhaust pipe rubbed its own clearance already... and never seen signs of burnt oil on the inside of a hogshead either.
by Kevin Pharis
Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Phelps hub caps
Replies: 1
Views: 331

Re: Phelps hub caps

You tease...! No picture?
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Jun 20, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: McLarn Wire Wheel Tire Slippage - In Detail
Replies: 16
Views: 1006

Re: McLarn Wire Wheel Tire Slippage - In Detail

The New Zealand rim has a more complicated profile that starts with a 20-30 degree angle, then a 9/32” radius peak, and a 3/8” radius return 2A32092E-8BC3-4874-9D4B-EB72C33BD466.jpeg 993367D1-B4DE-4BDC-99AB-15F6A802F0E8.jpeg 750A1D4D-C465-470A-AB07-117B91F82F22.jpeg So in conclusion... I have come t...
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Jun 20, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: McLarn Wire Wheel Tire Slippage - In Detail
Replies: 16
Views: 1006

Re: McLarn Wire Wheel Tire Slippage - In Detail

I never put much thought into the subject of rim profiles, as I have always been under the impression that the reproduction rims available in recent years were made to original Ford prints. I have seen reproduction rims made in the 70’s that were of thinner material and clearly different profiles, b...
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Jun 20, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: So how do I get this stuff out.
Replies: 16
Views: 881

Re: So how do I get this stuff out.

I want to go less aggressive and then a bit more. It doesn’t hurt anything to leave a few $$ worth of solvent in the bottom of the pan for a day or two... but if you are critical about cleanliness today, you will still be critical tomorrow too. And if it’s “not clean till it’s clean”... you might a...
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Jun 20, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: So how do I get this stuff out.
Replies: 16
Views: 881

Re: So how do I get this stuff out.

Just drill out the 2 rivets, and take the shield out. Will be easy to clean then. The shield is there to catch solids and chunks of junk (hopefully) before the magnets can draw em in. And if you want the shield back in, just tack weld or braze it back in place after it’s all clean
by Kevin Pharis
Fri Jun 19, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: WHO OWNS THIS SPEEDSTER????
Replies: 26
Views: 1864

Re: WHO OWNS THIS SPEEDSTER????

While purchasing a finished car would be both the time and cost efficient way to have a car like this, there is nothing on this car that you would have to wait a lifetime to acquire if you were to choose to build one like it. Without a doubt your wallet would have a significant dent by the time you ...
by Kevin Pharis
Fri Jun 19, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: WHO OWNS THIS SPEEDSTER????
Replies: 26
Views: 1864

Re: WHO OWNS THIS SPEEDSTER????

RajoRacer wrote:
Fri Jun 19, 2020 5:39 pm
Well said, Kevin !
I think my actions involving a certain Akron-Hed project show that there’s very little hope of me recovering from my obsession 😉
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by Kevin Pharis
Fri Jun 19, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: WHO OWNS THIS SPEEDSTER????
Replies: 26
Views: 1864

Re: WHO OWNS THIS SPEEDSTER????

While I agree with most of the speedster related value statements above... speedsters are rarely a good investment. The money spent on original speed accessories can range anywhere from excessive to obnoxious. But at times, cost will pale in comparison to the years spent waiting and/or searching for...
by Kevin Pharis
Fri Jun 19, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rajo rocker cover sealing
Replies: 15
Views: 745

Re: Rajo rocker cover sealing

I overhauled a 4 valve RAJO years ago... seems to me it was a big block chebby exhaust valve dropped right in
by Kevin Pharis
Thu Jun 18, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How to get double seat like this?
Replies: 6
Views: 570

Re: How to get double seat like this?

Looks like a couple of days worth of ambition to me... If you do feel ambitious... make sure you support the seat skin well. Nothing worse than going thru all that effort just to have the seat edges fold over every time someone carelessly climbs in. A large diameter wire (1/4”) edge and rolled beads...
by Kevin Pharis
Wed Jun 17, 2020 11:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Accident today
Replies: 41
Views: 2278

Re: Accident today

Huge bummer Richard!! At least the damage to the car is fairly minimal, and hopefully you are no more than shook up.

It looks like the walk home was pretty short too... isn’t that just at the end of your street?🤔
by Kevin Pharis
Thu Jun 11, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Chevrolet over head conversion valve issues
Replies: 26
Views: 878

Re: Chevrolet over head conversion valve issues

Mark Gregush wrote:
Thu Jun 11, 2020 4:09 pm
you said "B" and 1.33:1, wouldn't that be RAJO?
I’m pretty sure the “B” referrers to the dual intake port design (‘26-‘28), rather than the single intake port earlier design (I’m no chebby expert). And the rocker ratio is whatever it is... only way to confirm, is to measure
by Kevin Pharis
Thu Jun 11, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Chevrolet over head conversion valve issues
Replies: 26
Views: 878

Re: Chevrolet over head conversion valve issues

Kevin's comments are giving me a chuckle, no more no less. :lol: 👍😉 As for your assembled valve height and rocker arm angles... It’s not difficult to check your geometry, and will change very quickly dependent on a couple factors. Assembled valve height will need to vary depending upon the lift of ...
by Kevin Pharis
Thu Jun 11, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Chevrolet over head conversion valve issues
Replies: 26
Views: 878

Re: Chevrolet over head conversion valve issues

All should be good as long as you keep the delicate “orange to chrome” ratio in balance... you may have to start chroming chassis components eventually 🤔
by Kevin Pharis
Thu Jun 11, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Chevrolet over head conversion valve issues
Replies: 26
Views: 878

Re: Chevrolet over head conversion valve issues

Usual fixes for a chebby include; 1) Painting the motor a brighter orange color 2) Chrome plating the engine accessories 3) Making a larger car show build sign 4) Installing a larger carburetor... or multiple 5) More cam... ALWAYS more cam! Of course... this is not a complete list of potential fixes...
by Kevin Pharis
Mon Jun 08, 2020 11:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I can’t be the only one...?!
Replies: 17
Views: 936

Re: I can’t be the only one...?!

When my speedster shattered the first ring gear, I was determined to never have this issue again. So I machined an extra set of threaded holes in the ring gear, and drilled and counterbored for socket head cap screws in the bell. It may be a touch of overkill, but at the time I saw the long bolts ho...
by Kevin Pharis
Mon Jun 08, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I can’t be the only one...?!
Replies: 17
Views: 936

Re: I can’t be the only one...?!

Original Ruckstel 3 to 1 ring gear bolts. When the last one let go the ring gear simply moved away from the pinion gear. All that happened is that I had "No Go" And of course "No Brakes" AH HA!!! I’m not alone!😁 I’m intrigued to see that all your bolts are both stripped and broken..?! My bolts were...
by Kevin Pharis
Mon Jun 08, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I can’t be the only one...?!
Replies: 17
Views: 936

Re: I can’t be the only one...?!

Rich Eagle wrote:
Mon Jun 08, 2020 9:00 pm
I have stripped the teeth off a few but have never seen that. Nice work! :lol:
I would have proudly displayed overpowered mechanical carnage. But sadly... this is not the case😔
by Kevin Pharis
Mon Jun 08, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I can’t be the only one...?!
Replies: 17
Views: 936

Re: I can’t be the only one...?!

I've never had one of these to study so please humor me -- what is the point of the threaded holes being counterbored? The entire ring gear has a counterbore to allow the gear teeth to overhang over the carrier and allow additional room for the larger 13 tooth pinion. The individual holes are not c...
by Kevin Pharis
Mon Jun 08, 2020 9:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What is this starting crank off of?
Replies: 5
Views: 360

Re: What is this starting crank off of?

Strange...? I remember painting mine black😉
by Kevin Pharis
Mon Jun 08, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What is this starting crank off of?
Replies: 5
Views: 360

Re: What is this starting crank off of?

Looks just like the one I stretched 3+” to clear the Laurel lowering brackets on my speedster. Are there any wear marks that would indicate it ran in a T pan... or otherwise?
by Kevin Pharis
Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I can’t be the only one...?!
Replies: 17
Views: 936

Re: I can’t be the only one...?!

On a standard 40-tooth gear they don't do that The 39 tooth ring gear is noticeabley thinner, and causes the gear teeth to intersect with the bolt holes. And it is not uncommon to grind down a few bolts to clear the pinion either. I do not believe that this is the failure mechanism tho. Once the bo...
by Kevin Pharis
Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I can’t be the only one...?!
Replies: 17
Views: 936

Re: I can’t be the only one...?!

I know the Ruxtell ring gear bolts are shouldered and are notably “special”... but the thread is standard, and the shoulder is meant to pilot the differential bell/planetary gear/thrust plate assembly. I seem to recall that Chaffin’s began correctly reproducing these bolts years ago, as the replacem...
by Kevin Pharis
Mon Jun 08, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I can’t be the only one...?!
Replies: 17
Views: 936

I can’t be the only one...?!

So this is the second time this has happened to me... so I can’t be the only one?!?! The first time was in my speedster, and so I figured it had something to do with all the burn outs and hill climbs and my oversize right foot. But this time it was in a stock touring car??? Granted it’s an A crank m...
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Jun 06, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 21" Split Rims
Replies: 17
Views: 1299

Re: 21" Split Rims

That link to Coker states that they are made to order by Standweld. Is that the New Zealand Company? Standweld...? I’ve never come across that name as a vendor... unless they were referring to the original era design/manufacturer...? The fella in NZ is Vintage Rims NZ. I’m not aware of any connecti...
by Kevin Pharis
Fri Jun 05, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: American Vintage Rims?
Replies: 4
Views: 436

Re: American Vintage Rims?

They weren’t answering the phone 18+ months ago either...

They make (or maybe “made”) beautiful rims... it would be a shame to loose a quality vendor
by Kevin Pharis
Fri Jun 05, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 21" Split Rims
Replies: 17
Views: 1299

Re: 21" Split Rims

If McClaren isn’t producing right now... Coker Tire deals rims made in New Zealand... not sure if they offer a 21” split rim, but the NZ 23” clinchers and lock ring rims are very nice
by Kevin Pharis
Wed Jun 03, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ford 800 series tractor hubs fit Model T spindle
Replies: 4
Views: 460

Re: Ford 800 series tractor hubs fit Model T spindle

One could use a T bearing on the outside and you are good to go;) Usually there is not enough thread length on the spindle to run the outer bearing up to the race. This is the case when converting to A front hubs. So either put a huge spacer behind the inner bearing... scary!!! Or extend the thread...
by Kevin Pharis
Wed Jun 03, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Overhead head gasket measurements
Replies: 9
Views: 347

Re: Overhead head gasket measurements

Kevin Pharis wrote:
Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:00 pm
I’ve got a handful of new and used flatly gaskets here (steel, copper, and comp)... all start bout .080”-.090”, and crush to bout .050”-.060”
Should say flatty... damn auto correct! :roll:

So no diameters from these gaskets
by Kevin Pharis
Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Overhead head gasket measurements
Replies: 9
Views: 347

Re: Overhead head gasket measurements

I’ve got a handful of new and used flatly gaskets here (steel, copper, and comp)... all start bout .080”-.090”, and crush to bout .050”-.060”
by Kevin Pharis
Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ford 800 series tractor hubs fit Model T spindle
Replies: 4
Views: 460

Re: Ford 800 series tractor hubs fit Model T spindle

With the exception of the outer bearing being threaded on a T, the bearings and races are all the same thru ‘48 cars, and IIRC even later F1/F100 pickup trucks (straight axle). It’s no surprise that the tractors would use the same bearing set too
by Kevin Pharis
Sun May 31, 2020 12:04 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rajo B valve seat question
Replies: 16
Views: 1106

Re: Rajo B valve seat question

Ha! when did we start being concerned about "low end efficiency" with any of this? My comments regarding port flow were directed at your earlier statement, not anything to do with resulting performance. You can't change the fact that more air = more fuel = more power. Your formula is undeniably cor...
by Kevin Pharis
Fri May 29, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rajo B valve seat question
Replies: 16
Views: 1106

Re: Rajo B valve seat question

I have flow data on a B/BB Rajo and the intake port flow curve continues to rise even after about .500 lift. Those heads will flow an insane amount And all this airflow is great... if only one could use it all! How much volume is really necessary to fuel a “hot” T? Excessive port volume and flow ca...
by Kevin Pharis
Fri May 29, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Puff, Loud Puff, Very Loud Puffing Exhaust
Replies: 16
Views: 970

Re: Puff, Loud Puff, Very Loud Puffing Exhaust

Is there a chance that the motor backfired during this resurrection from hibernation?? Would not be the first T to “puff” the muffler shells loose
by Kevin Pharis
Fri May 29, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rajo B valve seat question
Replies: 16
Views: 1106

Re: Rajo B valve seat question

then use a higher/longer duration cam to replace lost air flow. Believe it or not... the 1.710” diameter SB chebby valves are produced as intake valves for restrictor plate racing applications. As I understand it, a bit of port work along with these noticeably smaller intake valves can outperform t...
by Kevin Pharis
Thu May 28, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rajo B valve seat question
Replies: 16
Views: 1106

Re: Rajo B valve seat question

A quick look at what a really bad valve seat looks like... ;). With a .250” lift cam, the exhaust valve face would have just barely raised above the combustion chamber floor :cry:
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by Kevin Pharis
Thu May 28, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rajo B valve seat question
Replies: 16
Views: 1106

Re: Rajo B valve seat question

If the only other option was using it for a door stop, one could always install the smallest diameter seat available to clean up the damaged material, and reduce the valve size to match. The valves and ports are dramatically oversized for the performance expected my most owners anyway. Who knows... ...
by Kevin Pharis
Sat May 23, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: FS: Full Size CNC Mill
Replies: 6
Views: 986

Re: FS: Full Size CNC Mill

FYI, Servo Source Products is still in business, and offers full support, and upgrade services for the electronics associated with this machine. For the era, the Servo controller is quite capable, and the conversational programming interface has a number of nice features that cover most projects wit...
by Kevin Pharis
Fri May 22, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Unusual Spark Plug
Replies: 9
Views: 875

Re: Unusual Spark Plug

I’m no spark plug aficionado, but my first thought was... :lol: ;)
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by Kevin Pharis
Wed May 20, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ultra rare Timber brake system?
Replies: 20
Views: 1146

Re: Ultra rare Timber brake system?

Not sure what y’all saps are bark-n bout... looks like a fac-tree replacement part to me. The part numbers got me stumped tho...🤔
by Kevin Pharis
Tue May 19, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Speedsters
Replies: 92
Views: 7070

Re: Speedsters

While only standing a smidge over 6’5” tall... I can make just bout any car look small ;)
by Kevin Pharis
Tue May 19, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Speedsters
Replies: 92
Views: 7070

Re: Speedsters

blauvelt wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 9:33 pm
Spot on. How do you like the handling?

91", 7 inch engine set back, 6 and change lower in the front and 6" Z in the rear.

WOW! :shock: Where do you plan on putting your legs after shortening the chassis 15”?? ;)
by Kevin Pharis
Sat May 16, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Looking for Bill Tharp Auxilary Brake system
Replies: 17
Views: 943

Re: Looking for Bill Tharp Auxilary Brake system

i believe i did something wrong . claipers are tight around disk and won't come loose. I’m assuming you bled the brakes, and now the brakes are locked up? If so, check that your master cylinder is releasing completely. If your push rod is too long the piston can’t retract to expose the compensation...
by Kevin Pharis
Sat May 16, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Valves, springs, guides and tappets - Speedster
Replies: 20
Views: 1059

Re: Valves, springs, guides and tappets - Speedster

Thanks Kevin, when you machined the head did you surface it or rework the cc? Now, how to get 40 thou for some proper quench, with out jacking the compression way up. [/quote] I have run several Sherman heads over the years, on a couple motors. My first Sherman was about 5:1... but the casting was ...
by Kevin Pharis
Fri May 15, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Chassis Paint Recommendation Request
Replies: 25
Views: 1447

Re: Chassis Paint Recommendation Request

I’ve been using a single stage urethane paint “Valspar LIC40”. It’s an industrial outdoor paint with excellent UV protectant. Sells for about $100 gallon, and can be brushed/rolled as well as sprayed. Have painted several car chassis with it, and a couple speedsters too.
by Kevin Pharis
Fri May 15, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Valves, springs, guides and tappets - Speedster
Replies: 20
Views: 1059

Re: Valves, springs, guides and tappets - Speedster

I’ve been running 1.72” intake and 1.625” exhaust chebby valves for 10+ years in my Sherman head speedster. If I remember correctly, there is only 1 hard seat in the motor to repair a really recessed seat. The cast iron performs fine as a valve seat in a relatively low performance engine, but is als...
by Kevin Pharis
Fri May 15, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Copper head gaskets
Replies: 20
Views: 1200

Re: Copper head gaskets

When I started making solid copper gaskets 10+ years ago... it was because I was running 1.720” diameter intake valves in a flathead, and reshaping a copper clad gasket is a real bugger. At that time there was a few OHV guys that were lookin for a stronger gasket, and the 4 valve RAJO crowd was plai...
by Kevin Pharis
Thu May 14, 2020 12:36 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The frustration of incompetence
Replies: 124
Views: 10361

Re: The frustration of incompetence

The gasket leaks that I have experienced leave drip trails from the leak point, and also leave a rust ring where the water sits on the top ring. These rust spots look more like condensation to me...? The valve contact area on our valves looks really inconsistent, and we already know they were leakin...