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Re: Model T Special build.

Post by Dallas Landers » Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:08 pm

That is some very nice work Shane!

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Re: Model T Special build.

Post by RustyFords » Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:55 am

Been following this build thread since you started.

It's brilliant. Thanks for posting all the photos.
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Re: Model T Special build.

Post by Shane Lach » Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:39 am

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.

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Re: Model T Special build.

Post by Duey_C » Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:39 pm

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!
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Re: Model T Special build.

Post by art32mor » Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:27 am

Shane what fantastic build besides the motor new addition arrived yet


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Re: Model T Special build.

Post by It's Bill » Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:41 am

Outstanding! I hereby nominate this as the first project to be posted in a new section for build threads!

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Re: Model T Special build.

Post by John Warren » Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:18 am

Hi Shane, How are thing going? Making any new progress? Eric's and Roberts new car sure looks great!
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Re: Model T Special build.

Post by Shane Lach » Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:41 am

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.

Post by John Warren » Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:11 am

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
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Re: Model T Special build.

Post by TRDxB2 » Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:19 am

Congratulations on another successful project! Not you, Mom, she did all the work on this build. Frank


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Re: Model T Special build.

Post by Shane Lach » Wed Oct 30, 2019 1:04 pm

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.

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Re: Model T Special build.

Post by steve plowman » Thu Oct 31, 2019 4:06 pm

What a fantastic project, impressive self taught skills and a good eye for what looks right. And.. congratulations on your new arrival 😊
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Re: Model T Special build.

Post by wayne sheldon » Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:56 pm

Hey!? Everyone needs a copilot for the endurance runs!


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Re: Model T Special build.

Post by Tbz4u » Fri Nov 01, 2019 2:38 pm

NIce job love the intake.I would get it running drive it for couple years then paint it posssibly, things change


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Re: Model T Special build.

Post by Shane Lach » Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:33 pm

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.
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Re: Model T Special build.

Post by Shane Lach » Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:42 pm

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.
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Re: Model T Special build.

Post by Shane Lach » Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:48 pm

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.
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Re: Model T Special build.

Post by Dallas Landers » Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:49 pm

Man, that thing is cool! Now I want a speedster . THANKS SHANE! THANKS ALOT! :D


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Re: Model T Special build.

Post by Henry K. Lee » Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:53 pm

Dallas, I have plenty of parts while they last!

Shane, Looking Awesome young man!

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Re: Model T Special build.

Post by Banjoe » Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:12 am

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.

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Re: Model T Special build.

Post by AdminJeff » Sat Nov 09, 2019 11:04 am

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!

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Re: Model T Special build.

Post by Playswithbrass » Sat Nov 09, 2019 6:11 pm

Shane. Your workmanship is excellent . Enjoying the progress report. Cheers pete


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Re: Model T Special build.

Post by Shane Lach » Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:43 pm

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.

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Re: Model T Special build.

Post by ewdysar » Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:29 pm

“Look at that smile!” A perfect vote of support from your wife.

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

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Re: Model T Special build.

Post by Mark Gregush » Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:53 am

That was fantastic!! :D great job
I know the voices aren't real but damn they have some good ideas! :roll:

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Re: Model T Special build.

Post by AdminJeff » Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:42 am

I know that feeling and that smile all too well! Nothing like it!

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Re: Model T Special build.

Post by RustyFords » 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.
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Re: Model T Special build.

Post by Duey_C » Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:19 pm

Fantastic you folks!
Ooh wee! That is one naughty T engine.
Shane, your lady is a perfect "partner in crime". :) Carry on!
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Re: Model T Special build.

Post by Shane Lach » Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:13 am

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!

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Re: Model T Special build.

Post by RustyFords » Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:22 am

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.
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Re: Model T Special build.

Post by Rich Eagle » Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:26 am

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.
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