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by hpetrino
Mon Apr 06, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Early Ford? (photo)
Replies: 2
Views: 330

Re: Early Ford? (photo)

If the sign in the upper right of the photo is an accurate indication, that's El Centro, CA. It's located about 113 miles east of San Diego just a little north of the US/Mexico boarder. I spent some time down there a few years ago. Average temperature from June thru September is above 100 deg. F., w...
by hpetrino
Sat Apr 04, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Defying Gravity (photo)
Replies: 6
Views: 477

Re: Defying Gravity (photo)

Interesting stuff Wayne. It was the USS Macon (ZRS-5) you're thinking of. She went down in February 1935 off Point Sur, CA. I heard those "shot down by a submarine" stories when I was a kid too. I think the real story was that she got into trouble in a storm, jettisoned too much ballast and they los...
by hpetrino
Sat Apr 04, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Nice Day For A Swim (photo)
Replies: 12
Views: 790

Re: Nice Day For A Swim (photo)

I'm thinking it's at the beach. They got there late the night before and set up camp in the dark. Now it's morning and the tide has come in. :lol:
by hpetrino
Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: lighten flywheel
Replies: 8
Views: 387

Re: lighten flywheel

I'm pretty sure others can say this better and from a position of more knowledge, but the primary purpose of a flywheel is to provide harmonic balance to the engine. Without it there would be a lurch every time a cylinder fired. It smooths things out using the inertial energy of the flywheel weight....
by hpetrino
Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: ARE THEY NUTS?
Replies: 118
Views: 3900

Re: ARE THEY NUTS?

Mack, I don't see anything wrong with a ride out either, but I doubt it's "safer actually than normal". I read a report issued by the California Highway Patrol a day or two ago reporting that incidents of people driving in excess of 100 MPH on our freeways are up significantly. Just because traffic ...
by hpetrino
Tue Mar 31, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Post the earliest picture of you and your T
Replies: 49
Views: 1734

Re: Post the earliest picture of you and your T

Dennis, I just had to ask. I graduated Lincoln in '66. :D
by hpetrino
Tue Mar 31, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Post the earliest picture of you and your T
Replies: 49
Views: 1734

Re: Post the earliest picture of you and your T

Dennis,
Which High School and what year?
by hpetrino
Tue Mar 31, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Post the earliest picture of you and your T
Replies: 49
Views: 1734

Re: Post the earliest picture of you and your T

From left to right - me sitting on running board, my brother standing on seat, my grandfather at the wheel, and my cousin sitting on the bed. This photo was taken on Aug. 17, 1954, my brothers 2nd birthday. The truck is pretty much the same. IMG_20180829_0009.jpg This was taken a few weeks ago. Me a...
by hpetrino
Mon Mar 30, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Loafing Around (photo)
Replies: 19
Views: 1104

Re: Loafing Around (photo)

My paternal grandfather owned and operated a bakery from about 1915 until retirement in 1952. In the late teens and early 20's he had a few Model T "delivery cars" used for bread delivery. I wasn't around yet, but I'm pretty sure none of them looked like the one pictured. Very cool. Thanks for posti...
by hpetrino
Sun Mar 29, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: All Rigged Up (photo)
Replies: 18
Views: 1097

Re: All Rigged Up (photo)

I believe that neither of the rigs shown, the photo above or the one on the HF website, are TT's. They are regular T's with a Form-A-Truck (or equivalent) kit installed. George, Observe the drive chain. The forward drive sprocket is much smaller than the rear wheel sprocket, thus gearing it down qui...
by hpetrino
Sat Mar 28, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Mud Season Motoring! (photo)
Replies: 20
Views: 1113

Re: Mud Season Motoring! (photo)

I dunno where the crank is on that thing, but he's gonna get dirty if he stalls it! :lol:
by hpetrino
Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Van Dorn 2-speed axle for Ford TT
Replies: 5
Views: 359

Re: Van Dorn 2-speed axle for Ford TT

I've never heard of them, but I love it!! Thanks' for posting. I bet that TT pulling 32 tons has a top speed of about 1.25 MPH. :lol:
by hpetrino
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: ARE THEY NUTS?
Replies: 118
Views: 3900

Re: ARE THEY NUTS?

Scott, You are absolutely correct. Not only are there a lot of "jerks" running loose out there, I fear some who are worse than just jerks will view this whole situation as an opportunity. My son is a law enforcement officer in a neighboring county. Some of the stories he tells about encounters with ...
by hpetrino
Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: ARE THEY NUTS?
Replies: 118
Views: 3900

Re: ARE THEY NUTS?

Lot's of baloney floating around out there. Our county sheriff has publicly stated that the governors "stay home" order lacks specificity and therefore his department will be unable to enforce it. Meanwhile, the city police department has started stopping people, asking, "Where are you going?", then...
by hpetrino
Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: ARE THEY NUTS?
Replies: 118
Views: 3900

Re: ARE THEY NUTS?

Costco adopted a new hours policy. On Tuesdays and Thursdays they are open 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM for seniors (over 60) only. It started today. I headed out about 7:30 thinking I'd pickup a few things we need. I arrived in front of the parking lot at about 7:45 AM. The place looked like an ant hill. I di...
by hpetrino
Mon Mar 23, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: ARE THEY NUTS?
Replies: 118
Views: 3900

Re: ARE THEY NUTS?

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by hpetrino
Sun Mar 22, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: My 23 TT project
Replies: 22
Views: 459

Re: My 23 TT project

Scott, My TT is an '18 based on some evidence including a 1917-'18 patent plate, a '15-'16 steering column, short running boards, rear end clamshell beads, short rear chassis cross member, etc. However, it has a '23 engine. I registered it in about 2002, after it being off the books since 1941 (lice...
by hpetrino
Sun Mar 22, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: My 23 TT project
Replies: 22
Views: 459

Re: My 23 TT project

These latest photos would indicate that it is a later TT. The longer chassis rear cross member with 2 holes on each side, the absence of the bead on the clam shells and the oil plug on the top of the rear end cap (early units didn't have this) all indicate a later truck. This all makes me curious ab...
by hpetrino
Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: My 23 TT project
Replies: 22
Views: 459

Re: My 23 TT project

Scott, I'm not convinced it's a '24 or newer just because it is currently sporting a high radiator/firewall. Contradicting that opinion are the short running boards. Some things a photo of might help get a better idea of the year it was built: 1. The rear end' Clam shell bead at axle tube or not. 2....
by hpetrino
Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Water pump
Replies: 10
Views: 405

Re: Water pump

Bob, Conventional wisdom is that if your cooling system is in good shape a water pump is totally unnecessary and can actually interfere with the operation of the thermosiphon system, diminishing the cooling. Typically, the presence of a water pump would indicate that something is wrong with the orig...
by hpetrino
Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Period Picture- First Day Of Spring
Replies: 7
Views: 378

Re: Period Picture- First Day Of Spring

It looks like the business owners on the right side of the street as shown were more generous to the snow plow crew than those on the left. :lol: :lol:
by hpetrino
Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Ford Shutting Down
Replies: 1
Views: 186

Ford Shutting Down

I just heard on the news that Ford is shutting down all production. I believe this is the first time that has happened in the 117 years of Ford Motor Company. Of course during WW II production was shifted from cars to war products, but not shut down. Damn.
by hpetrino
Wed Mar 18, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: The History of Motor Racing
Replies: 4
Views: 402

Re: The History of Motor Racing

I don't know if it's true or not, but I've read that Henry Ford was once asked, "When did auto racing begin?' He replied, "When the second car was built."
by hpetrino
Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: ARE THEY NUTS?
Replies: 118
Views: 3900

Re: ARE THEY NUTS?

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." FDR on 3/4/1933, his first inaugural speech.
by hpetrino
Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A T at work welding the pipeline.
Replies: 11
Views: 1538

Re: A T at work welding the pipeline.

Great photos! Thanks for posting them. The fellows pictured look like they are the sort that work very hard and play even harder!
by hpetrino
Sun Mar 15, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wood Wheels
Replies: 10
Views: 830

Re: Wood Wheels

If your original wheels are tight and the spokes solid why would you spend the money for new ones? Based on what you've said above I'd use what I have and use the saved money for something I actually need.

My $0.02 worth….
by hpetrino
Sat Mar 14, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: TT Year Identification Help
Replies: 24
Views: 709

Re: TT Year Identification Help

Your truck reminds me a lot of my own. I think it's a 1918 for two specific reasons: 1. That's a 1917-18 Patent Plate. 2. The steering column is a 1916-17. The patent plate really narrows it down to 1918. The steering column, being older than all TT's, suggests to me that it was surplus stock when F...
by hpetrino
Sat Mar 14, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: TT Year Identification Help
Replies: 24
Views: 709

Re: TT Year Identification Help

As Wayne said it has the rear end clam shell beads, so that indicates an early Tt. Another supporting item is the short running boards. A couple of other things that would support or contradict the idea of an early truck are: 1. The patent plate. You'll find it on the fire wall (inside the cab) near...
by hpetrino
Fri Mar 13, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Looking for information on TT Rear spring bushings
Replies: 9
Views: 446

Re: Looking for information on TT Rear spring bushings

Bob, I don't know the answer to your question, but I think there's a dimension you've overlooked. I believe the early TT rear spring perch was narrower than the later ones and used spacers on each side. The perch bushings in these early units would be shorter than the later perches and bushings whic...
by hpetrino
Thu Mar 12, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Period Picture- The Corner Store
Replies: 7
Views: 779

Re: Period Picture- The Corner Store

It's impossible to see all the stars on that flag, but it's a 48 star flag from Feb. 14, 1912 when Arizona became a state. There was no 47 star flag since New Mexico was admitted January 6, 1912. With only a few weeks between the two sates they just went from 46 stars to 48 stars in one adjustment. ...
by hpetrino
Wed Mar 11, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Period Picture- Hump"T"y Dump"T"y
Replies: 17
Views: 1458

Re: Period Picture- Hump"T"y Dump"T"y

Given the speed of those trucks and the fact that they don't amount to much more than a box on wheels with no ability to mix that concrete I'm thinking the batch plant had to be nearby. :D
by hpetrino
Tue Mar 10, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What "Parts" would I need to install a starter on my 1915 Touring
Replies: 13
Views: 957

Re: What "Parts" would I need to install a starter on my 1915 Touring

You'll need a Bendix cover and the gasket & screws to go with it.
by hpetrino
Sun Mar 08, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: DST Reminder. Set clocks forward tonight at 2:00 am
Replies: 11
Views: 810

Re: DST Reminder. Set clocks forward tonight at 2:00 am

Obviously, we have made some adjustments based on political boundaries, but consider: If you circle the earth at the equator you will cross 360 degrees. Every 15 degrees is a time zone (15 X24 = 360). I fail to understand why folks are compelled to monkey with this natural arrangement. It is what ti...
by hpetrino
Fri Mar 06, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: very off topic car!
Replies: 4
Views: 739

Re: very off topic car!

I imagine the feature you're talking about is the little door just forward of the rear fender. It's for your golf bag. :D
by hpetrino
Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: ANOTHER WHAT IS IT?
Replies: 12
Views: 1501

Re: ANOTHER WHAT IS IT?

I'm thinking maybe a mounting for an auxiliary magneto, but that's another pure guess.
by hpetrino
Wed Mar 04, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: A Little Presidential Trivia
Replies: 2
Views: 466

A Little Presidential Trivia

This is NOT intended to be a political thread, just a comment on a little interesting history. During the first 200+ years of the USA the oldest person to be sworn in to his first term as president was William Henry Harrison. He was 68 years 23 days old at his inauguration. The story goes that he ga...
by hpetrino
Tue Mar 03, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Multiple coils
Replies: 4
Views: 666

Re: Multiple coils

A while back I was looking at a new Chevy pick-up. The sales person was a very young man, maybe 25 or so. He was enthusiastically explaining to me the fact that the truck had a coil for each cylinder. I sad, "Really? I have a 1918 Ford truck at home that has the same thing." I wish I had anticipated...
by hpetrino
Sat Feb 29, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Crossing the Yuba river
Replies: 9
Views: 695

Re: Crossing the Yuba river

Wouldn't it have been a whole lot easier and faster traveling to just leave the Ford behind? :lol: :lol: :lol:
by hpetrino
Sat Feb 29, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Healthcare in 1943
Replies: 7
Views: 728

Re: Healthcare in 1943

My mother's parents had 3 children, my mom, an older sister and a younger brother. Both girls were born at home, but my uncle Louie was born in San Jose Hospital (San Jose, CA) in 1927. When it was time for mom and baby to go home, my grandfather went to the business office to settle up. He didn't h...
by hpetrino
Sat Feb 29, 2020 8:34 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I'm Astonished
Replies: 15
Views: 1337

Re: I'm Astonished

Well, all's well that ends well. I took my two little grandsons, ages 3 and 6, for a ride. The truck has a plunger ooga horn. The 6 year old won't leave it alone. He pushes the plunger down and laughs every time. What I think happened with it is: 1. The battery is old and just died a natural death. ...
by hpetrino
Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I'm Astonished
Replies: 15
Views: 1337

I'm Astonished

We have been remodeling so to make some much needed space I took the TT to my sons place about 45 miles away. That was about 8 months ago. About 3 mons ago I was there and decided to start it and run it a little. Note that it does not have a starter, but does have a 12V battery and alternator. So, w...
by hpetrino
Wed Feb 26, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Girls, Girls, Girls
Replies: 6
Views: 949

Re: Girls, Girls, Girls

Norm,

If I were to show this photo to my daughter-in-law and say, " Notice the hairdos are quite similar to those of today." it would take her the better part of a week to stop laughing. :lol: :lol: :lol:
by hpetrino
Sun Feb 23, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: This was trucking-Old Photos
Replies: 174
Views: 9207

Re: This was trucking-Old Photos

A little related drift: This thread brings back a vivid memory. When I was a kid we had a neighbor who was a trucker. He started trucking in the 1920's and continued until retirement in the early 1970's. One day he was helping my dad and me load some stuff on Dad's pickup. I was very unsuccessfully ...
by hpetrino
Thu Feb 20, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: TT Truck Part Identification
Replies: 9
Views: 312

Re: TT Truck Part Identification

My '18 TT is parked at my sons place 45 miles away, so I can't go look at it right now. However, as soon as Rick correctly identified it I remembered them on my truck. I remembered at the time when I had it apart (nearly 20 years ago) wondering why Ford didn't just make the casting a little bigger, ...
by hpetrino
Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: TT Truck Part Identification
Replies: 9
Views: 312

Re: TT Truck Part Identification

I'm not 100% on this, but I think it's a rear spring perch bushing.
by hpetrino
Tue Feb 18, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Slow Speedsters
Replies: 13
Views: 941

Re: Slow Speedsters

Your question got me to thinking. Suppose someone made a "speedster" out of a TT. Low speed rear end gears, Ruckstell, and two auxiliary transmissions. In low, low, low, low the driver could take a lunch break, leave it going while gone, and return to about the same position as he left it. How slow ...
by hpetrino
Mon Feb 17, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old Photo - Mail and Express TT
Replies: 11
Views: 1029

Re: Old Photo - Mail and Express TT

I agree with Jack P. The few clues suggest a 1918 or 1919 TT. The license plate tells us it can't be any newer than a '21, but the bead on the rear end clam shells tell us it's a pretty early truck and it doesn't look new at all. That's probably as close as your going to get without more information.
by hpetrino
Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Sacramento laws
Replies: 18
Views: 1538

Re: Sacramento laws

Very good choice John! The less they know about you the better off you are.
by hpetrino
Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Sacramento laws
Replies: 18
Views: 1538

Re: Sacramento laws

I found this online: Residents of Sacramento County may be in a bit of a bind the next time they elect to take on a car repair in their own garage. At issue are the county’s zoning codes, some of which are worded with a vagueness that would make a politician proud. First expounded upon at the Grassr...
by hpetrino
Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: TT rear end gearing
Replies: 7
Views: 577

Re: TT rear end gearing

What Steven and Bob posted is all true and is the easy way to tell what you have, but I must make one more qualifier comment. If the truck has a Ruskstell or an auxiliary transmission it must be in "direct" drive. If it's not you will not get either of the two results you are looking for.
by hpetrino
Sun Feb 09, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1926 TT coil location
Replies: 9
Views: 725

Re: 1926 TT coil location

It is my understanding that coil boxes on all TT's were mounted on the firewall, including '26-'27 models.
by hpetrino
Sat Jan 25, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: TT REAR AXLE AUX TRANSMISSION ID
Replies: 10
Views: 360

Re: TT REAR AXLE AUX TRANSMISSION ID

Neat gizmo. Since it's for a TT, I would imagine it's a direct and over, but it doesn't say that anywhere I can find. Does anybody know for sure?
by hpetrino
Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Garage Exhaust Hose
Replies: 25
Views: 1818

Re: Garage Exhaust Hose

Dave,

Thanks for posting your comment. That's exactly the kind of thing I'm talking about. Sometimes I'm flabbergasted at things folks try. Kinda scary.
by hpetrino
Sat Jan 18, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Garage Exhaust Hose
Replies: 25
Views: 1818

Re: Garage Exhaust Hose

Your concern about unintended ignition is a valid concern. Rich exhaust is combustible. I personally would never use something (like a shop vac) that's not rated for combustibles in the application being discussed here. Way too much can go wrong.
by hpetrino
Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Garage Exhaust Hose
Replies: 25
Views: 1818

Re: Garage Exhaust Hose

Lot's of good points here. We built a bus repair facility once years ago. We installed an exhaust evacuation system that included a fan at the building wall which basically pulled a vacuum on the hose system. This prevented any exhaust gas from escaping into the room. Also a part of the system was a...
by hpetrino
Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Memory
Replies: 55
Views: 3661

Re: Memory

It's interesting to read this thread and reflect on missed opportunities to ask questions when folks now long gone were still here. I was extremely fortunate with both of my grandfathers. I spent a lot of time with each of them when I was a kid. They had one identical habit. After dinner each liked ...
by hpetrino
Sat Jan 11, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: TT truck photo
Replies: 5
Views: 354

Re: TT truck photo

Very neat photo!! Plastering and Stucco contractor, crew on break, and the nearly finished house. There are a zillion houses like that, what's called "pre-war", where I grew up in San Jose, CA. No two alike on any street. Each was designed and built independently. Those houses were probably worth un...
by hpetrino
Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Poster location is gone
Replies: 19
Views: 1457

Re: Poster location is gone

THANK YOU! A small thing but very much appreciated.
by hpetrino
Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The spark plug controversy
Replies: 26
Views: 1380

Re: The spark plug controversy

Steve,

You have very articulately described the reasons I am NOT on Facebook.
by hpetrino
Sun Jan 05, 2020 11:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Turlock, CA Swap Meet
Replies: 5
Views: 576

Turlock, CA Swap Meet

Based on what I could find: The Turlock, CA swap meet is coming up soon, Jan. 25 & 26, 2020. Hours Saturday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM, and Sunday 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Admission Saturday is $10 and Sunday $5.00. Their website doesn't say how much to park. I can't go this year as my wife and I have other plans....
by hpetrino
Fri Jan 03, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Poster location is gone
Replies: 19
Views: 1457

Re: Poster location is gone

Interesting and useful when someone needed help with something. It made it easy to estimate whether they are 30 or 3,000 miles away.
by hpetrino
Wed Jan 01, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old Photo-An Auto polo Team
Replies: 10
Views: 687

Re: Old Photo-An Auto polo Team

Cool photo. Thanks for posting!

Given their propensity to do dangerous things, I wonder how many of those guys made it past age 40, or even 30 for that matter? :?:
by hpetrino
Tue Dec 31, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: T brakes - what are these?
Replies: 2
Views: 436

Re: T brakes - what are these?

I'm not sure, but the center band anchor makes me think possibly they're Bennett Brakes.
by hpetrino
Sun Dec 29, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 7:00 AM Dec. 29 on History Channel
Replies: 0
Views: 350

7:00 AM Dec. 29 on History Channel

For those interested the History Channel is running (right now) The Cars That Made America" in 3 parts. It runs until noon today (at least here in the west). In Part 1 there has been a lot of footage on Henry Ford, the Dodge brothers, Walter Chrysler, etc.
by hpetrino
Thu Dec 26, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The Day after Christmas
Replies: 5
Views: 394

Re: The Day after Christmas

The day after Christmas is a special day for me. It's the one day between Christmas and my birthday! :lol: :lol:
by hpetrino
Mon Dec 23, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Early TT
Replies: 12
Views: 1128

Re: Early TT

I started working when I was 8, and it included a TT (the same one I have now). I wanted to earn money for a BB gun (God forbid in modern times), so I went to my grandfathers ranch. He took me out to the orchard in the TT, handed me a 32 quart fruit bucket, pointed to over-ripe fruit that had fallen...
by hpetrino
Wed Dec 18, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Spiral Tube Radiator.
Replies: 6
Views: 747

Re: Spiral Tube Radiator.

Interesting item. I wonder why they marketed it as for a TT when, as we all know, if it fit a TT it would fit a regular T. Also interesting is that they marketed a "Type B" for 1917-21 trucks (obviously low radiator models) and a "Type A" for 1913-16 models. Somebody was confused. Thanks for posting...
by hpetrino
Wed Dec 18, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your Model T in December?
Replies: 56
Views: 4100

Re: What have you done to your Model T in December?

Hank,

Very sad to hear of your wife's mishap. I wish her a quick and complete recovery.

Work on your T first, then do the dishes.
by hpetrino
Sat Dec 14, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Your thoughts please.
Replies: 37
Views: 2013

Re: Your thoughts please.

I know this won't really help, but I am reminded of an old Ford F-250 I had about 45 years ago. It had a 4 speed granny behind a 390. The starter worked about 30% of the time, so I'd always park it on a hill. I'd just jump in, turn the key on, pit it in 2nd or 3rd gear, hold the clutch in, and relea...
by hpetrino
Wed Dec 11, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T in Los Angeles
Replies: 16
Views: 1488

Re: Model T in Los Angeles

Cool. The two guys in the car, if I'm not mistaken, are Buster Keaton and Fatty Arbuckle. I imagine the third guy is you??
by hpetrino
Tue Dec 10, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this a "dummy" flywheel ring gear for a non-starter car?
Replies: 40
Views: 2354

Re: Is this a "dummy" flywheel ring gear for a non-starter car?

This is all very interesting. Given what we know about Henry Ford's frugality, it would seem to me that when starter cars were introduced in 1919 he would use the same flywheel for all, simply installing the ring gear on starter equipped cars and not on non-starter cars. I'm having trouble discernin...
by hpetrino
Mon Dec 09, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old Photos: Model T’s Including a Bus
Replies: 10
Views: 871

Re: Old Photos: Model T’s Including a Bus

The bus is interesting. Looks really long. I imagine it's one of the period Model T truck kits, not a TT. Hard to tell for sure, but the wheels look like they have 5 lugs.

Thanks for posting. Period photos are always fun!
by hpetrino
Wed Dec 04, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hood shelf clip replacement help needed.
Replies: 23
Views: 952

Re: Hood shelf clip replacement help needed.

oops. You did say "brass". Sorry.
by hpetrino
Wed Dec 04, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hood shelf clip replacement help needed.
Replies: 23
Views: 952

Re: Hood shelf clip replacement help needed.

Is it a TT? They have their own longer clips.
by hpetrino
Wed Dec 04, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 21" tires for a driver
Replies: 21
Views: 1516

Re: 21" tires for a driver

"The best way is always the simplest. The attics of the world are cluttered up with complicated failures. Henry Ford Don’t find fault, find a remedy; anybody can complain. Henry Ford" Very true, Dan. William of Ockham (1285-1347/49) stated a principle referred to as Ockham's Razor that, in modern te...
by hpetrino
Sun Dec 01, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: This Day In History - December 1, 1913
Replies: 5
Views: 607

Re: This Day In History - December 1, 1913

We are in complete agreement. It was Fall 1913. :lol:
by hpetrino
Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: This Day In History - December 1, 1913
Replies: 5
Views: 607

This Day In History - December 1, 1913

I've read that it was on this day Henry Ford introduced the moving assembly line, which improved production time for a T from over 12 hours to around 2.5 hours.
by hpetrino
Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Converting a Ford to a Truckford - video
Replies: 13
Views: 1059

Re: Converting a Ford to a Truckford - video

Interesting question Rob. The June 7, 1921 the price of a T chassis (no starter) was $345.00. At the same time a TT chassis was $495.00. So, did the kits cost $150.00 or more installed? Of course there would be other things to take into consideration, like speed and load capacity. Also, converting a...
by hpetrino
Sat Nov 30, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Converting a Ford to a Truckford - video
Replies: 13
Views: 1059

Re: Converting a Ford to a Truckford - video

Eric,
I don't know the precise reduction, but I bet a race with a stock TT, although boring, would be a photo finish. :lol:
by hpetrino
Wed Nov 27, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Pads around spark plugs
Replies: 12
Views: 1410

Re: Pads around spark plugs

I think Mark has hit the nail on the head. Of course, if not seeing it makes you feel better...…...
by hpetrino
Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Later year replacement parts
Replies: 9
Views: 748

Re: Later year replacement parts

This works both ways. My '18 TT has a '15-'16 steering column, which I'm sure is original to the truck. As has been discussed before, Ford would introduce changes but use up what was on the shelf before using the new part. My steering column is a perfect example.
by hpetrino
Fri Nov 22, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old photos - stripping a wrecked 1914 T
Replies: 18
Views: 1634

Re: Old photos - stripping a wrecked 1914 T

This photo shows my grandfather(standing on the hill) and my uncle (with the sledge hammer) breaking up a T. Judging from my uncles apparent age I'd say it was taken in around 1943. They were probably breaking up an old hulk for a WWII scrap metal drive.
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by hpetrino
Thu Nov 21, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: TT Differential w/Ruckstell - Are There Felt Seals?
Replies: 2
Views: 187

Re: TT Differential w/Ruckstell - Are There Felt Seals?

I am absolutely NOT SURE about this, but it seems I've read that the inner oil seal on a TT Ruckstell (Ruckstell side) is absent. Hopefully, someone who knows for sure will weigh in.
by hpetrino
Wed Nov 20, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Driving on "Battery"
Replies: 14
Views: 1249

Re: Driving on "Battery"

You didn't say what year T you have and if it's equipped with a generator. If it has an operational generator (or alternator for that matter) all you need to do is put the switch n the "BATT" position. If it does not have a generator, be sure you keep the battery your using charged. When I first got...
by hpetrino
Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model TT Rear Brake Question
Replies: 14
Views: 780

Re: Model TT Rear Brake Question

You had me for a minute Burger. Hahahaha. Reminds me of the story about the snail and the tortoise who decided to have a race. They agreed to meet at the race track at 8:00 A.M. on Monday. So, on Monday morning the flag went down and they were off! Suddenly, Wednesday morning around 10:00, as they w...
by hpetrino
Sun Nov 17, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model TT Rear Brake Question
Replies: 14
Views: 780

Re: Model TT Rear Brake Question

Let's see if we can sort this out. 1. I don't think it's possible to nail down the exact year of a TT rear end. The views shown in your photos would be the same for years 1918-27. If there's a bead on the clam shell at the axle tube opening you could identify it as an early unit, if not a later unit...
by hpetrino
Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: TT truck top speed
Replies: 14
Views: 1085

Re: TT truck top speed

There are many possibilities to make a TT go faster. I've seen them with high speed rear end gears and two auxiliary transmissions capable of 60+ MPH. I'm pretty much with Tom. Anything much over 30 MPH is too fast for a TT. Mine has low speed rear end gears and a 3 speed Muncie. High/high gets me u...
by hpetrino
Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: 30 X 3 1/2 Rim - Free to Good Hoome
Replies: 2
Views: 364

Re: 30 X 3 1/2 Rim - Free to Good Hoome

Mine is an '18 used as an orchard truck on my grandfather's ranch.
by hpetrino
Thu Nov 07, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Out west power outages, some advice
Replies: 55
Views: 3451

Re: Out west power outages, some advice

That's it in a nutshell, Michael.
by hpetrino
Thu Nov 07, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: 30 X 3 1/2 Rim - Free to Good Hoome
Replies: 2
Views: 364

30 X 3 1/2 Rim - Free to Good Hoome

I have a 30 X 3 1/2 rim that's goes to the first person who will pick it up. It was stored between the underside of the bed and the rear cross member of my TT for who knows how many years. What's interesting is the fact that it fit neither the front 21" wheels nor the 20" rears. Who knows??? I'm loc...
by hpetrino
Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Is this a TT ring gear?
Replies: 6
Views: 539

Re: Is this a TT ring gear?

It's certainly not a TT ring gear. I do not know what it is, but that last photo makes me suspect it came out of some sort of pump.

Pure guess.....
by hpetrino
Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Please help identify these cars
Replies: 4
Views: 865

Re: OT - Please help identify these cars

#2 is, I think, a '37 Chevrolet.
by hpetrino
Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Out west power outages, some advice
Replies: 55
Views: 3451

Re: Out west power outages, some advice

Wayne, I agree that having the state take things over is a bad idea, but the concept of a MUD may be the best choice. Obviously, a "for profit" privately held company doesn't work. The state is screwed up beyond description, and therefore not a viable choice. The concept of breaking PG&E up into a n...
by hpetrino
Thu Oct 31, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Out west power outages, some advice
Replies: 55
Views: 3451

Re: Out west power outages, some advice

You are totally correct Scott. However, there's one important point you overlooked. The fires you're talking about were started by natural causes (usually lightening). The fires we're dealing with now are caused by human negligence. Yes, we should allow nature to find its balance, but PG&E should pr...
by hpetrino
Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Out west power outages, some advice
Replies: 55
Views: 3451

Re: Out west power outages, some advice

The combined effects of what Scott and what Wayne posted are the heart of the problem, but I think it's important to embellish Wayne's comment a little. The specific "corporate practice" that is so egregious and has caused so much damage is the taking of disproportionate profits and paying HUGE uppe...
by hpetrino
Tue Oct 29, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New accessory item, GUESS
Replies: 43
Views: 3010

Re: New accessory item, GUESS

I know what it is. It's a 3 in 1 pump It pumps water, fuel and oil. I get the prize, right? :lol: :lol: :lol:
by hpetrino
Thu Oct 24, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: TT worm drive ratio
Replies: 5
Views: 484

Re: TT worm drive ratio

What Jeff says about the bead on the clam shell at the axle tube indicating an early rear end is true. However, from my experience most TT rear ends have the low speed gears, regardless of the date of manufacture. I can't give you a percentage, but certainly less than 50% of TT rear ends have high s...