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Re: Model T Special build.

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:08 pm
by Dallas Landers
That is some very nice work Shane!

Re: Model T Special build.

Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:55 am
by RustyFords
Been following this build thread since you started.

It's brilliant. Thanks for posting all the photos.

Re: Model T Special build.

Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:39 am
by Shane Lach
Thanks guys! I appreciate the kind words and am happy to document the progress so others can enjoy it along the way. I know I searched for other builds when I first started and there were very few documented, so hopefully someone else wishing to build one can reference this thread for at least something.

Re: Model T Special build.

Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:39 pm
by Duey_C
Congratulations!
I looked in today and thought "When I grow up, I want a shop like that." :)
Reference back to July 10th, 1:35 & 1:48, Rich and Dallas. Right there with you guys!
Shop is way too cool Shane, should be illegal or something. :lol:
"...someone else......can reference this thread for at least something.". Shane: Inspiration, information, ideas, shapes/forms and more inspiration!
I've seen lots of OTold tractorsOT equipped with the two lever Splitdorf. Handy timing hook-ups. Should be a good mag.
Wish I had seen this thread a LONG time ago. My IH flat-bed speedster was supposed to look like a Miller racer from the 20's.
Kinda like your car reminds me of. :)
That car is cool and a Gemsa etc equipped unit-power plant. Zoom!

Re: Model T Special build.

Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:27 am
by art32mor
Shane what fantastic build besides the motor new addition arrived yet

Re: Model T Special build.

Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:41 am
by It's Bill
Outstanding! I hereby nominate this as the first project to be posted in a new section for build threads!

Cheers, Bill

Re: Model T Special build.

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:18 am
by John Warren
Hi Shane, How are thing going? Making any new progress? Eric's and Roberts new car sure looks great!

Re: Model T Special build.

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:41 am
by Shane Lach
Hi John!

I've been working on getting all the engine components tip top. I rebuilt the carbs and finally got them so they don't leak. The accelerator pump wells were pitted so everything was binding up. I ball honed them then hit them with a brass wire brush in a drill to polish them up.

I'm also waiting on a mag to be rebuilt by Mark's Magnetos in Colchester, Connecticut. It's supposed to be done by the end of this week.

Hopefully next weekend I can post a video of it running properly. She fired up but the ~95 year old magneto gave up the ghost while trying to tune everything in.

Then it's off to the radiator shop to get new inlet and outlets installed on the whippet, as I'm just temporarily running a stock t rad to get it going.

Once this is all complete, I will do a final mock up, tear down, and finish work.

I have a newborn baby girl so she's been absorbing a lot of my time 😁
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Re: Model T Special build.

Posted: Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:11 am
by John Warren
Beautiful baby girl. Yes you need to let her absorb you. Looks like a very nice engine set up. Is it in good shape? Looking forward to updates. Thanks

Re: Model T Special build.

Posted: Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:19 am
by TRDxB2
Congratulations on another successful project! Not you, Mom, she did all the work on this build. Frank

Re: Model T Special build.

Posted: Wed Oct 30, 2019 1:04 pm
by Shane Lach
Thanks guys! John, the engine looks very healthy from what I can tell thus far. Peering in through the inspection plates and spark plug wells, it looks new. Nice crosshatching on the cylinder walls and everything is clean. It will need a low drum though as it is burnt out and undersized. We shall see when I tear it down to go over it this winter. Rob suspected it hadn't been run much at all.

Re: Model T Special build.

Posted: Thu Oct 31, 2019 4:06 pm
by steve plowman
What a fantastic project, impressive self taught skills and a good eye for what looks right. And.. congratulations on your new arrival 😊

Re: Model T Special build.

Posted: Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:56 pm
by wayne sheldon
Hey!? Everyone needs a copilot for the endurance runs!

Re: Model T Special build.

Posted: Fri Nov 01, 2019 2:38 pm
by Tbz4u
NIce job love the intake.I would get it running drive it for couple years then paint it posssibly, things change

Re: Model T Special build.

Posted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:33 pm
by Shane Lach
The wife's parents watched the baby for a couple of nights this week so I got to sneak in the garage. While waiting on a rebuilt magneto to come, I worked on the hood shelves and straps. The shelves are sheet metal with a 1/2" oak insert made to fit snug. I drilled holes for #10 screws, then countersunk the holes in the back to accept nuts. The nuts had a press fit into the wood so that works nicely for tightening the footman loops for the hood straps. I then made some mounting holes and bolted them up. Always grind those ugly manufacturing markings off your modern hardware :lol:. I also found a nice radiator cap and motometer for a good price you can see in the last photo.

Re: Model T Special build.

Posted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:42 pm
by Shane Lach
Earlier this month, I worked on mapping out my dashboard. I'm still searching for a suitable tachometer and speedometer. If anyone has a cool jones-motorola, johns-manville, Corbin, or the like gauge to sell I'd be interested! Ive been scouring for pieces which will look the part. Eventually I will make an aluminum overlay for the dash.

Re: Model T Special build.

Posted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:48 pm
by Shane Lach
I was able to fire up the engine but spark got super weak due to a dying magneto. Therefore, I made a call to Mark's Magnetos in Connecticut. He whipped up a fresh Bosch ZR4 for me in a few weeks time and it arrived yesterday. I just finished making some new plug wires for this mag and hope to get it running tomorrow some time.

Re: Model T Special build.

Posted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:49 pm
by Dallas Landers
Man, that thing is cool! Now I want a speedster . THANKS SHANE! THANKS ALOT! :D

Re: Model T Special build.

Posted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:53 pm
by Henry K. Lee
Dallas, I have plenty of parts while they last!

Shane, Looking Awesome young man!

Hank

Re: Model T Special build.

Posted: Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:12 am
by Banjoe
What an amazing set of skills you have adopted and mastered, Shane. You have created a truly impressive vehicle.

Many thanks for sharing this adventure with those of us watching in admiration and amazement.

Re: Model T Special build.

Posted: Sat Nov 09, 2019 11:04 am
by AdminJeff
Shane,
I'm coming into this thread late in the game but holy cow. You really jumped in head first, very impressive. Totally cool that you and Robert hooked up and you got one of his monster motors. I've spent many days up with Erik and Robert at the Rumble Seat Garage and their knowledge and generously know no bounds. If you ever get out her to CA, pay a visit it that shop. It's a walk back in time and really fun. The hardest part is taking it all in!

AdminJeff

Re: Model T Special build.

Posted: Sat Nov 09, 2019 6:11 pm
by Playswithbrass
Shane. Your workmanship is excellent . Enjoying the progress report. Cheers pete

Re: Model T Special build.

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:43 pm
by Shane Lach
Thank you as always guys! Jeff, one day down the road I hope to make it out to their shop to visit. Rob wants to give me the tour around the area and such. It'll happen one day!

Hit a milestone yesterday around noon. I got this thing to fire up! It needs some tinkering timing and fuel wise but that can come once I do final assembly. No use dialing everything in just to take it apart and have to do it all again.

Here's a video the wife took. Disregard the tinny sound of the fan hitting the radiator outlet.

https://youtu.be/R6mMzpYjMMA

Re: Model T Special build.

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:29 pm
by ewdysar
“Look at that smile!” A perfect vote of support from your wife.

The car sounds awesome. You’ve done a great job!

Eric

Re: Model T Special build.

Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:53 am
by Mark Gregush
That was fantastic!! :D great job

Re: Model T Special build.

Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:42 am
by AdminJeff
I know that feeling and that smile all too well! Nothing like it!

Jeff

Re: Model T Special build.

Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:17 pm
by RustyFords
I'm one of those who constantly looks at this thread but rarely comments. Although I'm a good all-around mechanic, I lack the skills that you and a lot of these other guys have and I don't feel qualified to say much other than "nice work" occasionally. Once I retire (about 7 years from now) from my career that often keeps me busy 80 hours a week, I'm going to learn to weld/fabricate/hammer metal.

However, I thoroughly enjoy watching you make progress on this neat car. Thanks for taking the time to post the photos.

And...congrats on your little one. My "little girl" is 23, just out of college and just landed her first professional job. Seems like she was a little sugar-bean like yours, only yesterday.

Re: Model T Special build.

Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:19 pm
by Duey_C
Fantastic you folks!
Ooh wee! That is one naughty T engine.
Shane, your lady is a perfect "partner in crime". :) Carry on!

Re: Model T Special build.

Posted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:13 am
by Shane Lach
RustyFords wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:17 pm
I'm one of those who constantly looks at this thread but rarely comments. Although I'm a good all-around mechanic, I lack the skills that you and a lot of these other guys have and I don't feel qualified to say much other than "nice work" occasionally. Once I retire (about 7 years from now) from my career that often keeps me busy 80 hours a week, I'm going to learn to weld/fabricate/hammer metal.

However, I thoroughly enjoy watching you make progress on this neat car. Thanks for taking the time to post the photos.

And...congrats on your little one. My "little girl" is 23, just out of college and just landed her first professional job. Seems like she was a little sugar-bean like yours, only yesterday.
Thanks Don. Coming into this project I had never welded, shaped sheet metal, or built anything like this. It takes more research and planning than anything. If you don't like the way you did something now, you definitely wont like it later. So I make sure I am completely satisfied with my results before I move on.

Many times I sat there wondering if I bit off more than I can chew. The longer I sat the more and more I would think am I ever going to finish this? I still do it. But just diving in and attacking it head on seems to help when I'm in that mindset.

There are also days where I'll drink a beer just staring at the car. Theorizing and such. Those days are super crucial to the end result I feel. Make a plan and just execute it.

If I can do what I have thus far, I feel anyone can. It just takes a lot of planning, studying photos and such, and the guts to dive on in and give it a shot. I'm looking forward to seeing what you build!

Re: Model T Special build.

Posted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:22 am
by RustyFords
Shane Lach wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:13 am
There are also days where I'll drink a beer just staring at the car. Theorizing and such. Those days are super crucial to the end result I feel
I couldn’t agree more. I do that as well.

I’d rather do that, and finally have the epiphany moment and get it right than hurry a process and get it wrong.

Re: Model T Special build.

Posted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:26 am
by Rich Eagle
Some of those photos are masterpieces in themselves. The raw steel against the rock walls and the colors of the vintage components certainly add to the clever craftsmanship. This is truly inspiration to all of us who like to build or would like to.
And what a lucky child to grow up in a home where such wondrous things happen.
Best wishes and thanks so much for sharing this.
Rich

Re: Model T Special build.

Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2019 6:26 pm
by Shane Lach
Hey y'all. Time for another update. Nothing wild but I've been beginning to drill the body for rivets. I bought a river fan which I will show. This tool is super simple yet really useful. It makes your rivets straight and even.
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Once I mapped out where the body will be riveted with this tool, I used clecos to secure the body temporarily. Here's the other side.
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Below is the tail finishing panel clecod on. I will be using drilled bolts and nuts, or possibly rivnut the body then drilled bolt and safety wire. Inspired by the old Bugatti type 35.

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Re: Model T Special build.

Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2019 6:41 pm
by Shane Lach
I also got a new hood ornament.

Re: Model T Special build.

Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2019 6:45 pm
by Dallas Landers
That is one sweet hood ornament!!!

Re: Model T Special build.

Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2019 6:48 pm
by Shane Lach
I dug into my sheet of .090 aluminum. This will be used for the firewall, dash, and other things. Here's the first endeavor.

I wanted to add an aluminum air deflector inspired by some of the old Miller cars.

Beginning with some cardboard, I trimmed until I got close to the desired shape.
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I then swapped to sheet steel. I wanted to see how it would act and form, without wasting aluminum.
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Cut well outside my template line then trimmed to satisfaction.
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Re: Model T Special build.

Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2019 6:54 pm
by Shane Lach
Onto the aluminum. With all precautions taken not to spend more money than necessary lol.
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That's it for now.

Re: Model T Special build.

Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2019 6:56 pm
by Shane Lach
Oh and I also got this sweet oil fill extension from Tim Morsher! Thanks Tim! I appreciate all you guys who put forth the effort to have cool parts like this made

Re: Model T Special build.

Posted: Thu Nov 28, 2019 10:23 am
by John Warren
WOW Shane, You have been making progress. The crumb cruncher is a special touch. I am sure, like me, you have done many hours of barn flying. Thanks for sharing and Happy Thanks Giving.

Re: Model T Special build.

Posted: Thu Nov 28, 2019 10:34 am
by RustyFords
Looking good.

I especially like the body contour in the cowl area.

Re: Model T Special build.

Posted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 2:32 pm
by MadMax
Wow! Wow! Wow! And WOW!