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by NealW
Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Getting Rattles Back On The Road
Replies: 192
Views: 19534

Re: Getting Rattles Back On The Road

Now will come the fun part of shimming the Mag ring. I'm going to try the method that was described in the MTFCA Magazine.
Robert,

Which issue of the MTFCA magazine described this method?

Thanks,

Neal
by NealW
Sat Jan 16, 2021 12:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Auction....Douglass, Kansas
Replies: 8
Views: 604

Re: Auction....Douglass, Kansas

I live about 1/2 hour from the auction, so I plan on going just to at least look. I haven't told my wife yet...
by NealW
Sat Dec 26, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Recommended specialty T tools for engine, transmission and rear axle work?
Replies: 8
Views: 498

Re: Recommended specialty T tools for engine, transmission and rear axle work?

I agree that your local T club is a great resource for specialty tools, and one of the members of our club let me use his Stevens hub thread chaser to clean up the badly messed up threads on one of wheel hubs on our 15 restoration project. I found that having the clutch drum puller, and driven gear ...
by NealW
Sat Dec 26, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Recommended specialty T tools for engine, transmission and rear axle work?
Replies: 8
Views: 498

Recommended specialty T tools for engine, transmission and rear axle work?

There is nothing like having the right tool to do a job right. I learned that last year when doing all the spindle bushing work when I was restoring our 15 runabout. The T's are pretty simple to work on, but there are certain tools that were built by Ford, Stevens or Wilson that just make the job ea...
by NealW
Fri Dec 25, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Driving question
Replies: 42
Views: 1698

Re: Driving question

I had to teach myself how to drive our 21 touring when we got it a couple of years ago. Mitch Taylor has a lot of good T videos that I found helpful. Good luck and enjoy your T!

https://www.fordmodelt.net/videos.htm
by NealW
Thu Dec 24, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Gas Tanks
Replies: 29
Views: 1653

Re: Gas Tanks

I have heard from a very reliable source (A Christmas Elf) there is hope in that someone is in the works of stepping up to the plate! Hank, whoever that elf may be, the T community will appreciate their effort! We are very fortunate to have those among us that make parts to keep our T's on the road...
by NealW
Sun Dec 20, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done with your T in December
Replies: 41
Views: 3320

Re: What have you done with your T in December

When you have temperatures in the mid 50's in December, you take advantage of it! Our 15 runabout sits low enough with the top up that I can get it out of the garage with the top up with 2" to spare. Our 21 touring is a few inches taller and requires the top down before backing out, or it will be a ...
by NealW
Thu Dec 03, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Survey on Hassler shocks
Replies: 35
Views: 1365

Re: Survey on Hassler shocks

Our 21 touring came with them installed and our 15 runabout did not. I have driven both on the same day and similar routes, and I can tell you that the 21 with Hassler shocks has a noticeably smoother ride. Some of the difference may possibly be due to the lighter body of the runabout, but it is a s...
by NealW
Sun Nov 29, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 15-16 Roadster Seat Wood
Replies: 7
Views: 502

Re: 15-16 Roadster Seat Wood

Mark, It definitely looks like someone took some "creative liberties" with the wood work in your runabout body. Are you positive that the car is an actual 15 and not one pieced together to look like one? Is there a letter stamped in the heel kick panel below the seat? That's where a B for Baudette w...
by NealW
Fri Nov 27, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 15-16 Roadster Seat Wood
Replies: 7
Views: 502

Re: 15-16 Roadster Seat Wood

Does any one have any pictures of the set wood in a 15/16 roadster? Is it similar to the front seat on a 15/16 touring? Are there tack rails on both sides of the sheet metal as in the attached picture? Mark, Here are a couple of pictures of our 1915 runabout/roadster when I was restoring it. The bo...
by NealW
Thu Nov 26, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Four NOS AC 26 spark plugs
Replies: 2
Views: 246

Re: Four NOS AC 26 spark plugs

Sold, pending receipt of payment! Thanks MTFCA.
by NealW
Thu Nov 26, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Four NOS AC 26 spark plugs
Replies: 2
Views: 246

Four NOS AC 26 spark plugs

Four new old stock AC 26 spark plugs. Never used. Three have their original boxes.

$40 including US shipping. Please email me at the address below if interested.
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by NealW
Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Transmission band clamp comparison
Replies: 3
Views: 464

Re: Transmission band clamp comparison

Years ago made a tool similar to the one shown in Service Bulletin. Thanks for the information Dan. the dimensions for the Ford made clamp are close to the dimensions shown in the service bulletin drawing. The longer arm is 4" long, and the arm dimensions are 3/16" thick x 5/16" wide compared to th...
by NealW
Sat Nov 21, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Transmission band clamp comparison
Replies: 3
Views: 464

Transmission band clamp comparison

Over time, I have been trying to pick up original T era tools to have on hand when I actually need them. Recently I picked up an original Ford 5-Z-445 transmission band clamp. Before getting it, I could tell it was quite different than the reproduced version that the parts suppliers sell. When it ca...
by NealW
Mon Nov 16, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Engine splash pans
Replies: 32
Views: 1542

Re: Engine splash pans

I currently have the engine out of my '23 for rebuild and had to remove the pans. I'm considering not reinstalling them due to the way they collect oily dirt and grime. I'm also told the engine will run cooler without them. Yes? No? John, You and I are "blessed" with many warm Kansas summer days fo...
by NealW
Sun Nov 15, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: EARLY WISHBONES
Replies: 23
Views: 1048

Re: EARLY WISHBONES

The 15 runabout that I restored had one of the old aftermarket wishbones attached to the bottom of the axle. When I was putting all the restored pieces back together last spring, I noticed that my front axle was not leaning back towards the rear of the car as much as it should have been. At first I ...
by NealW
Tue Nov 03, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: removing engine from a 15 roadster
Replies: 10
Views: 558

Re: removing engine from a 15 roadster

I had to raise the body on my 15 runabout. I left the rear two body bolts installed but loose so that I could lift the body up at the firewall without having it to slide back while lifting it.
by NealW
Sun Nov 01, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Fortune cookie
Replies: 2
Views: 488

Fortune cookie

My fortune cookie after dinner last night had this prediction for me. "Unfortunately", my wife did not agree that this is a sign for me to look for another Model T restoration project! :D
fortune.jpg
by NealW
Sun Oct 18, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Compression check or cylinder leak down check?
Replies: 4
Views: 396

Compression check or cylinder leak down check?

Our 21 touring seems to be running a little anemic lately compared to our 15 runabout. The runabout is is 200+ lb lighter and has a freshly rebuilt engine, so that is certainly part of the performance difference. The touring starts fine and runs well. I thought about doing a compression check to see...
by NealW
Sat Oct 17, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Advice needed
Replies: 18
Views: 969

Re: Advice needed

A good trick with this tool is to use a flat blade screwdriver to keep the tool ends spread apart while you are driving out the bushing. Not only is this a good trick, but about the only way to keep the tool spread apart to drive out the bushing. Stick the screwdiver into the tool like shown in the...
by NealW
Sat Oct 17, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your T in October?
Replies: 70
Views: 4372

Re: What have you done to your T in October?

One question is the bolt that holds the fan arm on missing the cotter pin behind the timing gear cover? I have seen those bolts back out and destroy a brass radiator Yeah, that's a good catch. Thanks. I just put one in. I don't want my nice Brassworks radiator chewed up! I also checked our 21 touri...
by NealW
Sat Oct 17, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your T in October?
Replies: 70
Views: 4372

Re: What have you done to your T in October?

Last spring when I finished restoring our 15 runabout, I reinstalled the leather fan belt that came with the car because it appeared to in good shape. However, when tightened it, the belt was right up to the big bolt holding the fan onto the engine. That didn't look right, so I finally got a new 23"...
by NealW
Sat Oct 10, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your T in October?
Replies: 70
Views: 4372

Re: What have you done to your T in October?

One of my nephews who's a pilot for Delta had a layover in Wichita last night, so I gave him his first ride in a T out to Stearman Field restaurant for lunch today. In addition to fly in customers, the restaurant is also quite an attraction for motorcyclist on a good day for a ride. I have discovere...
by NealW
Sat Oct 10, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Roadster differences 1915-1917
Replies: 9
Views: 565

Re: Roadster differences 1915-1917

According to McCalley's "From here to obscurity" book, the seat frame and door covering the gas tank were wood in 1915, possibly for the whole model year. They are wood on our 15 runabout, which is an early model year version.
by NealW
Wed Sep 30, 2020 8:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your T in September?
Replies: 88
Views: 5014

Re: What have you done to your T in September?

When I started the frame up restoration on our 1915 runabout in March of last year, I had a goal of getting it done on its 105th birthday on September 30th. Well, I missed that goal by about 6 months, so today I had to take it out for a spin a year later on its 106th birthday. I wish I knew who that...
by NealW
Sat Sep 26, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: T buckets
Replies: 12
Views: 742

Re: T buckets

If the owner had been there, I'd like to have asked him how well the engine cooled using the Brassworks replica T radiator. Lots more horsepower than a T engine, but more efficient too.
by NealW
Sat Sep 26, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: T buckets
Replies: 12
Views: 742

Re: T buckets

Was the body, "real steel" or fiberglass? Did you ask? If you don't tap or place a magnet near it, fiberglass bodies can fool you. That's a good question. The owner wasn't around to ask, and I didn't want to touch it. There was no openable right side door, which makes me wonder if it was fiberglass...
by NealW
Sat Sep 26, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: T buckets
Replies: 12
Views: 742

T buckets

Today the local Experimental Aircraft Association chapter had their annual airplane/car show. While there I saw this nicely done T bucket made from a 23 runabout. It made me wonder how many how many of the runabouts that survived the scrap drives of WW2 ended up as T buckets versus being restored as...
by NealW
Sat Sep 19, 2020 11:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Tire talc
Replies: 8
Views: 539

Re: Tire talc

I've used both the new baby powder (corn starch) and old (talc) and found that they seem to both work equally well for installing T tires.
by NealW
Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What’s Your T Tip?
Replies: 30
Views: 1842

Re: What’s Your T Tip?

DHort wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 10:18 pm
Always keep your eyes focused a full block ahead of you and drive like you have no brakes.
Amen to that brother. I try to drive our T's that way. Actually, not a bad tip for driving any car!
by NealW
Sat Sep 05, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 13T - Insured Value
Replies: 6
Views: 806

Re: 13T - Insured Value

Would that general guide Jelf posted be the way to insure it? http://dauntlessgeezer.com/DG99.html I used runs, drives, mostly correct, looks like a 10 year old car (well maybe a little more than that) $6k and then $1k for everyone year below 1917. In my opinion, no. I have seen that link posted nu...
by NealW
Fri Sep 04, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What a useful wrench
Replies: 20
Views: 3339

Re: What a useful wrench

sorry; sediment bowl! Gascolator is what it is called on an airplane fuel system! It's does the same thing. Did you work on airplanes? I work for an airplane company (Cessna) and built an airplane in my garage that I fly for fun. I restored our 1915 runabout in the same spot in the garage where I b...
by NealW
Sun Aug 16, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 24 Touring Barn Car Revival - Part 3
Replies: 434
Views: 62201

Re: 24 Touring Barn Car Revival - Part 3

It immediately occurred to me that I was tightening the nut too little....ie, not enough for the washer indentation to catch. This was causing the nut to back off until it finally did catch an indentation. So the next time, I tightened it a full rotation until it caught an indentation, then took th...
by NealW
Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: 1915-1917 Holley G carburetor
Replies: 5
Views: 1268

Re: 1915-1917 Holley G carburetor

A thumbs up to Corey. He rebuilt my G. Great running carb.
I agree. I got a rebuilt G from Corey for our 15 runabout. Looks good and the car runs well with it.
by NealW
Thu Aug 06, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1915 Firewall
Replies: 9
Views: 1365

Re: 1915 Firewall

So I'm contemplating what to do next. Victor, Last year when I was restoring our 15 runabout, I had a new firewall from Snyders. It was nicely made, but it was a little thick to slide into the cowl part. I just sanded a slight taper into the firewall before painting it, and it then fit well into th...
by NealW
Tue Jul 21, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done with your T in July ?
Replies: 69
Views: 6958

Re: What have you done with your T in July ?

Yesterday was my wife and my wedding anniversary, but I still had time to slip out to the garage and check fit my brass baby Lincoln radiator cap on our 15 runabout. Looks good, and I think that the joke makes the most sense on a runabout!
by NealW
Thu Jul 16, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How Fast is Too Fast?
Replies: 43
Views: 3900

Re: How Fast is Too Fast?

Neither one of our T's have a speedometer, so my driving speed was an educated guess. I know how fast I'm going now since I installed a free GPS speedometer for the Android phone made by COOL NIKS. It has a nice screen showing your speed in large font, and is handy for getting a quick look at how fa...
by NealW
Tue Jul 14, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Top install question
Replies: 30
Views: 2648

Re: Top install question

I'll take a picture after work and post later.
Tim,

Here's what my wrapped top bows look like. I think one of the classtique videos shows wrapping the bows that may be helpful for you too.

Neal
by NealW
Tue Jul 14, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Top install question
Replies: 30
Views: 2648

Re: Top install question

For those who have installed a vinyl top I have a question. Are there any tricks to smoothing out the corner puckers in the vinyl used to cover the front bow? I put a Classtique top on our 15 runabout restoration project last October when the vinyl wasn't nearly as compliant as it is in warmer weat...
by NealW
Sun Jul 12, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Buying a T
Replies: 10
Views: 1764

Re: Buying a T

My observation, from watching T listings over the past couple of years, is that you will probably get more for a fixed dollar budget if you are OK with buying a T from 1923 to 1927. There were more T's made in those years, and more seemed to have been restored. The two pictures below show the distri...
by NealW
Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How to Paint a T?
Replies: 9
Views: 1466

Re: How to Paint a T?

My question is how do you paint a T?
I wrote this post last year summarizing my experience as a first time Model T painter. Perhaps you will find it helpful:

viewtopic.php?f=2&t=6764&p=51027#p51027
by NealW
Sun Jul 05, 2020 8:22 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Champion X spark plug gap - one owner's observation
Replies: 9
Views: 1540

Re: Champion X spark plug gap - one owner's observation

So you recommend to experiment with the gap and that will do it ? What else might be necessary ? Changing the ignition setting ? Based on my experience, I would definitely recommend increasing the spark plug gap on the Champion X spark plugs and trying them again. I would not change your timing set...
by NealW
Sat Jul 04, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Champion X spark plug gap - one owner's observation
Replies: 9
Views: 1540

Champion X spark plug gap - one owner's observation

Recently I got some new Champion X plugs to swap out the old A25's in our touring car. The instructions said that their engineers recommended 0.025" gap, but most familiar with the T shop manual know that it calls out 1/32", or 0.031". I decided to try 0.025". My coils and carb are in good shape. Wh...
by NealW
Sat Jul 04, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vinegar radiator flush question
Replies: 27
Views: 3276

Re: Vinegar radiator flush question

Today was the 2nd anniversary of driving this car first time, as well as the first time driving a Model T at all. That seemed like a good reason to take the car out. I also wanted to see how the cooling compared to when I would drive the car with the pump installed in similar conditions and temperat...
by NealW
Fri Jul 03, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vinegar radiator flush question
Replies: 27
Views: 3276

Re: Vinegar radiator flush question

I like it when original posters provide an update to their original question, so here's mine. I used a gallon vinegar mixed with water and let it soak over night. I then poured enough water through the system until it came out pretty clear. There didn't seem to be that much crud, thankfully. Yesterd...
by NealW
Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: AC 26 spark plug gap recommendations
Replies: 2
Views: 504

AC 26 spark plug gap recommendations

I recently picked up 4 NOS AC 26 spark plugs to use as spares. They were factory set at 0.025 gap. For those who have used AC 26 plugs in their T's, what spark plug gap did you use?

Thanks,

Neal
by NealW
Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:54 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vinegar radiator flush question
Replies: 27
Views: 3276

Vinegar radiator flush question

I need to flush the radiator on our 21 touring. I was planning on using vinegar, and had a couple of questions: 1) Some recommendations said 1 gal vinegar and 1 gal water. Another 2 gal of vinegar. Any recommendations one way or another, based on your own experience? 2) Is it better to just let the ...
by NealW
Sun Jun 28, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done in June 2020
Replies: 64
Views: 6044

Re: What have you done in June 2020

When I finished restoring our 15 runabout in April, the one thing that I wasn't happy with was the anemic chirp that came the reproduction reed. Well yesterday the local Flatland T's club had a workday at Gary Paulsen's place to work on an upcoming T display at the local museum. I mentioned my horn ...
by NealW
Tue Jun 23, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB Edison 14 spark plug
Replies: 5
Views: 761

Re: WTB Edison 14 spark plug

If you don't mind, please post a picture of the worn plug. Unless the electrodes are worn down to a nub, I would think that filing the electrode edges back to their original shape and regapping would make it work good as new. I could probably file down the electrode a bit to square it off. I don't ...
by NealW
Mon Jun 22, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB Edison 14 spark plug
Replies: 5
Views: 761

WTB Edison 14 spark plug

I reinstalled the Edison 14 spark plugs when I was restoring our 15 runabout. The car runs great with those plugs, but one of the electrodes was partially eaten away. I'd like to buy a NOS or "gently used" Edison 14 spark plug so that I can swap out the one plug. Please send me a PM or email if you ...
by NealW
Sun Jun 14, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Pittman Arm Removal
Replies: 10
Views: 1330

Re: Pittman Arm Removal

Last year when I needed to remove the pitman arm while restoring our 15 T, I followed the advice on getting the suggested OEMTOOLS 27175 tie rod end removing tool. It worked very well for me:

https://www.amazon.com/OEMTOOLS-27175-D ... B004FDQSQ8
by NealW
Sat Jun 13, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Holley G priming question
Replies: 8
Views: 1042

Re: Holley G priming question

This morning it was in the mid 70's (compared to the mid 90's from my earlier posts) in the garage, as well as a few days since I last started the T. Continuing with my experimenting, I wanted to see how many pulls it would take to start without choking or richening up the mixture 1/4 turn as Neil d...
by NealW
Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Holley G priming question
Replies: 8
Views: 1042

Re: Holley G priming question

Well after work today I decided to try starting the 15 without doing any choked cranks first. It was 'cold', as cold as it is at 95 degrees in the shade. Anyway, the mixture, timing for mag starting and gas set as described in my first post, it started on the first quarter turn. I turned it off and ...
by NealW
Thu Jun 11, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Holley G priming question
Replies: 8
Views: 1042

Holley G priming question

In April I finished a frame up restoration of a 15 runabout. Everything was rebuilt, including the coils and Holley G carburetor. The car runs and drives great, including starting on the magneto only. I don't have a starter, but do have a 6V "hotshot" type battery to tickle the coils if I start on t...
by NealW
Sun Jun 07, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: free starts
Replies: 52
Views: 4429

Re: free starts

Hot or cold, I never get any free starts when I have it set to magneto for starting! LOL :D
by NealW
Sat Jun 06, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Runabout vs Touring ride comparison
Replies: 2
Views: 538

Re: Runabout vs Touring ride comparison

If your springs are rusty and not well lubricated it bvb will make the car ride considerably harder. I can tell a big difference when I lube my springs. I can see that this would make a difference. I had our runabout springs powder coated when I was restoring it, but then put a layer of that "slip ...
by NealW
Sat Jun 06, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Runabout vs Touring ride comparison
Replies: 2
Views: 538

Runabout vs Touring ride comparison

Since finishing the restoration of our 15 runabout in April, I've been driving it and our 21 touring enough to start noticing differences in how they both ride. Obviously the touring has a heavier body, so I expected the lighter runabout to have a stiffer ride. You can definitely feel bumps more wit...
by NealW
Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: What car is this?
Replies: 1
Views: 655

What car is this?

We were going through some old photos at my in-laws today, and we came across this picture. Since I'm the "car guy", I was asked what kind of car it was in this picture. Can anyone tell me the year and model? It has wood wheels with demountable rims, so I thought that it is from the 20's. Thanks Neal
by NealW
Sun May 31, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Converting Holley NH swivel top to nonswivel NH?
Replies: 21
Views: 2212

Re: Converting Holley NH swivel top to nonswivel NH?

Yes it would be nice if the handle was the right size, but I had read that they were too wide, so I expected to do the rework. Who knows why the original restorer did it that way. I didn't know any better when I first got this T. I was a bit surprised how bad it worked, not realizing that it wasn't ...
by NealW
Sat May 30, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Converting Holley NH swivel top to nonswivel NH?
Replies: 21
Views: 2212

Re: Converting Holley NH swivel top to nonswivel NH?

My new heat pipe, mixture rod, nonswivel needle and nut came in the mail today, so time to swap out the parts. As expected, I needed to do some filing on the hole in the heat pipe to get the exhaust clamp to fit. I also needed to slot the hole in my firewall a bit more to get the triangle shaped end...
by NealW
Mon May 25, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Converting Holley NH swivel top to nonswivel NH?
Replies: 21
Views: 2212

Re: Converting Holley NH swivel top to nonswivel NH?

Astute observation on Scott's part & to add to Scott's post - all repros I've seen have an open mounting point - originals were closed like shown below on the left. Steve, The heat pipe on our 21 is the circled one in the picture below. It does not have an opening, so perhaps is original make from ...
by NealW
Mon May 25, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Converting Holley NH swivel top to nonswivel NH?
Replies: 21
Views: 2212

Re: Converting Holley NH swivel top to nonswivel NH?

I appreciate the feedback. I may just leave it alone, but I do have a question about the actual installation as it came on the car when I bought it. The picture shows U joint at the top of the carb, but then there's a second U joint to get the adjusting rod around the intake heat pipe, where the rod...
by NealW
Mon May 25, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Converting Holley NH swivel top to nonswivel NH?
Replies: 21
Views: 2212

Re: Converting Holley NH swivel top to nonswivel NH?

I’ve never seen one without threads in the carburetor body regardless off which needle was on it. Before Corey posted this, I took out the needle and nut, and yes, the carb body was threaded... I never have to adjust either of my carbs in both cars. Wondering why you have to adjust yours so often? ...
by NealW
Mon May 25, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Converting Holley NH swivel top to nonswivel NH?
Replies: 21
Views: 2212

Re: Converting Holley NH swivel top to nonswivel NH?

Not necessarily, the threads for the spray needle are in the nut for the 25 up NH's. Your carb body may not have threads in it for the earlier spray needle. Check. Mark, Here's a picture of the top of my NH carb. The clamp nut threads into the carb body like the nut for nonswivel top. Is this what ...
by NealW
Mon May 25, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Converting Holley NH swivel top to nonswivel NH?
Replies: 21
Views: 2212

Converting Holley NH swivel top to nonswivel NH?

Our 21 touring has a Holley NH swivel top carburetor. The carb is in good shape, but since the swivel top was originally for 1925-26 cars with taller firewalls, the adjusting rod makes too large of an angle at the U-joint to go through the shorter 21 firewall, making it very difficult to adjust the ...
by NealW
Sat May 16, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Chassis Paint Recommendation Request
Replies: 25
Views: 2516

Re: Chassis Paint Recommendation Request

I am very happy that I got my frame and spring pieces powder coated. I used Eastwood extreme black chassis paint for the other chassis parts that I painted, and am happy with how that turned out too.
by NealW
Sun May 03, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: '16 Centerdoor restore...
Replies: 626
Views: 74826

Re: '16 Centerdoor restore...

fordorgalore wrote:
Sat May 02, 2020 5:02 pm
Day 4 of wet sanding....you have to live it to appreciate it. Uhgggg !!!
Amen to that! I'm glad last summer when I painted and color sanded my 15 runabout, that the body was much smaller than your centerdoor or even a touring car.
by NealW
Sat Apr 18, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1915 runabout restoration first test drive
Replies: 8
Views: 1172

1915 runabout restoration first test drive

After 13 months of work, I finished the frame up restoration on our 1915 runabout today! I can't say that I did it all myself. Mike Bender rebuilt the engine and rear axle, Stutzman did the wheels, and Erik Larson rebuilt the coils and Classtique made the upholstery and top kit. It was a fun project...
by NealW
Sat Apr 11, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What Have You Done To The "T"- April Edition
Replies: 81
Views: 8708

Re: What Have You Done To The "T"- April Edition

Today I installed the restored body onto the restored chassis of our 1915 runabout. I decided to have plenty of help on hand while I guided it over the steering wheel and fuel tank. Thankfully it went on without too much fuss, and more importantly, no scratches on the paint!

Neal
by NealW
Wed Apr 08, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What Have You Done To The "T"- April Edition
Replies: 81
Views: 8708

Re: What Have You Done To The "T"- April Edition

I told Mike Bender that if I got a free start when I turned on the ignition for the engine he rebuilt for our 15 runabout restoration, then I'd buy him a drink. Well, I didn't get a free start, after a bunch of huffing and puffing it finally fired up! I still probably need to buy him a drink though!...
by NealW
Mon Apr 06, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: ANCO timing set with 2 1/2" gauge
Replies: 5
Views: 1182

ANCO timing set with 2 1/2" gauge

Not as controversial as what type of oil to use or whether a T needs a water pump or or not, but how to set the timing on a T has certainly generated a lot of discussion on the forum site over the years. I had purchased an ANCO flapper timer to use on my 15 runabout restoration project. I had also p...
by NealW
Fri Apr 03, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Edison 14 spark plugs recommended gap?
Replies: 3
Views: 613

Edison 14 spark plugs recommended gap?

I'm getting ready to clean up the Edison 14 spark plugs that were in my 15 runabout before I removed them before the restoration. Two of them measured about .030 gap, with the other new more because the electrodes were corroded a bit. Is .030 gap correct for the Edison 14 plugs, and if not, any sugg...
by NealW
Thu Apr 02, 2020 7:41 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1916 or earlier wire harness routing pictures
Replies: 6
Views: 1214

Re: 1916 or earlier wire harness routing pictures

I posted some nice photos a while back that you might find helpful - click on this link:
Thanks Erik. These photos have answered my questions.
by NealW
Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1916 or earlier wire harness routing pictures
Replies: 6
Views: 1214

1916 or earlier wire harness routing pictures

Later this week I hope to locate the wire harness on my 15 runabout restoration project. In the next day or two I should be getting in the mail the following wire harness clamps from Langs: https://www.modeltford.com/item/5033E2.aspx Which includes two clips to attach the harness to the firewall, an...
by NealW
Wed Apr 01, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What Have You Done To The "T"- April Edition
Replies: 81
Views: 8708

Re: What Have You Done To The "T"- April Edition

This week I started an involuntary four week furlough from work, so I've had more time during the day to work on putting our 15 runabout back together. However, our 21 touring has been getting jealous, so this afternoon I gave it a thorough polishing. It is much happier now! :)
by NealW
Mon Mar 30, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: WHat Have You Done To Your Model T In March?
Replies: 98
Views: 12120

Re: WHat Have You Done To Your Model T In March?

Our 15 runabout restoration is starting to look like a car again! i finished installing the firewall and steering system this weekend. The company that I work for furloughed us for the next four weeks, so I hope to make a lot of progress getting it back together in the coming weeks. I started the pr...
by NealW
Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Post a photo of your antique Model T License Plate
Replies: 162
Views: 14491

Re: Post a photo of your antique Model T License Plate

actually Kansas didn't start dating plates until 1921. All from 1913-20 were undated. I learned that when I bought and restored a tag when registering our 21 touring. The 1915 Kansas tag for our runabout restoration is currently on a book shelf waiting to be installed on the car. I'm hoping that th...
by NealW
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: WHat Have You Done To Your Model T In March?
Replies: 98
Views: 12120

Re: WHat Have You Done To Your Model T In March?

One of my sons helped me install the front wheels and engine in our 15 runabout restoration project. I am sure glad that he was able to help with this job. My hat off to anyone who's installed a T engine by themselves!
by NealW
Sat Mar 14, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Coil capacitors
Replies: 21
Views: 3527

Re: Coil capacitors

The one on the left generally requires the glass partition to be removed in order to fit. Yep, that's what I had to do on the one "Ford" coil that I rebuilt a month or so ago. It was interesting to see the old, big condenser that got replaced with the orange capacitor. The others that I rebuilt wer...
by NealW
Fri Mar 13, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Coil capacitors
Replies: 21
Views: 3527

Re: Coil capacitors

A couple of months ago I tried buying some capacitors to rebuild my spare coils. Lang's was out of stock then, with no idea when they'd get more. I called Snyders and I think that they said that they had "hundreds". They are the orange, rounder ones shown in the left on the photo. They are a little ...
by NealW
Sat Mar 07, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: WHat Have You Done To Your Model T In March?
Replies: 98
Views: 12120

Re: WHat Have You Done To Your Model T In March?

I have been making progress on the 15 runabout reassembly this week. Removing the rear leaf spring was a pain last year, and reinstalling it was a pain too! Glad that part of the job is done. I got the front axle reassembled and installed with the help of my youngest son who just got back from colle...
by NealW
Sat Mar 07, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Engine Rebuild Cost Estimate
Replies: 28
Views: 4927

Re: Engine Rebuild Cost Estimate

Right now the parts estimate from the shop is $4,000 (not including labor). The crankshaft is being rebuilt, but is not new. The camshaft is new. Do you have an itemized estimate of the parts needed and if so, have you compared it to the list that Roz posted? I just got my rebuilt 15 engine back, a...
by NealW
Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: WHat Have You Done To Your Model T In March?
Replies: 98
Views: 12120

Re: WHat Have You Done To Your Model T In March?

Started assembling all the parts for my 15 runabout restoration. Had to take if for a quick drive first...
by NealW
Sat Feb 29, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your Model T in February?
Replies: 76
Views: 11483

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

Picked up my rebuilt engine and rear axle from Mike Bender today. Also fitted the new rubber floor mat, finishing off the body restoration. Spring has arrived in Kansas, so time to start putting all the restored pieces together of my 15 runabout back together!
by NealW
Sun Feb 09, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your Model T in February?
Replies: 76
Views: 11483

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

I'm currently at a stopping point on my 15 runabout restoration until I get my engine and rear axle back, so now was a good time to rebuild my spare coils. In the fall of 2018, our 21 touring had a coil go bad. At the time Erik Larson had a rebuilt set of coils for sale that wasn't too much more tha...
by NealW
Sat Jan 11, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Installing a steering column support bracket on a 1915 firewall?
Replies: 3
Views: 823

Re: Installing a steering column support bracket on a 1915 firewall?

JEC wrote:
Sat Jan 11, 2020 1:21 pm
Here is a picture of the bracket in my 15 Runabout
Thanks John. That looks more stable than mounting it to the firewall. I guess I'd just need to build up the nerve to drill a hole in my cross piece!

Neal
by NealW
Sat Jan 11, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Installing a steering column support bracket on a 1915 firewall?
Replies: 3
Views: 823

Installing a steering column support bracket on a 1915 firewall?

My 21 touring has a steering column support bracket that attaches to the dashboard. Soon I will be putting all the pieces back together on my 15 runabout restoration project, and saw that Snyders/Langs etc sells a copy of the APCO aftermarket steering column support bracket: https://www.snydersantiq...
by NealW
Tue Dec 24, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: .....The Battle Continues....!
Replies: 28
Views: 3762

Re: .....The Battle Continues....!

I've had no problem getting two vehicles from out of state titled and registered in Kansas with just a bill of sale (one of them hand-written). The lesson in this is that the legislatures of various states differ in their approaches to making life difficult. Steve, that may have been the case in th...
by NealW
Mon Dec 16, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your Model T in December?
Replies: 56
Views: 7239

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

Finished installing the upholstery and top on my 15 runabout restoration project. Also finished installing new trunk boards shown in the pictures. I decided to leave my mark for some future caretaker if they ever take the trunk off for some reason. Next step is to get my rebuilt engine and rear axle...
by NealW
Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Two man top runabout strap location question
Replies: 4
Views: 853

Re: Two man top runabout strap location question

Thanks for the information George. Yes, this is my first top. I do have some lath strips on hand to use to stabilize the bows. I'm glad that my first top installation is a runabout and not a touring car! You mentioned that you leave the lath strips on until the pads and roof material is installed. D...
by NealW
Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Two man top runabout strap location question
Replies: 4
Views: 853

Two man top runabout strap location question

I'm getting ready to install the new top on my 15 runabout restoration. I want to get the strap attach fittings in the correct spot on the front and rear bows, and found this picture on the MTFCA site showing the top dimensions. I've highlighted in yellow what appears to be the dimensions to locate ...
by NealW
Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this the correct backrest spring for a 1915 runabout?
Replies: 22
Views: 2640

Re: Is this the correct backrest spring for a 1915 runabout?

I had also emailed Mike at Classtique's, and he confirmed that the metal strip goes on the outside. I had sent him a picture how mine was installed when I took it apart, and he said that he'd never seen it installed that way.
by NealW
Mon Oct 28, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this the correct backrest spring for a 1915 runabout?
Replies: 22
Views: 2640

Re: Is this the correct backrest spring for a 1915 runabout?

Thanks for answering my next question Keith! My runabout has that metal retaining strip, but the previous restorer sandwiched it between the upholstery back and top. I was wondering if it actually mounted like you showed in the picture that you posted.
by NealW
Sun Oct 27, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this the correct backrest spring for a 1915 runabout?
Replies: 22
Views: 2640

Re: Is this the correct backrest spring for a 1915 runabout?

I finished installing the upholstery back this weekend. I am so glad that I replaced the old 1914 era seat back spring with a new 1915 seat back spring from Snyder's. I think the final result looks so much better than the old installation. Certainly more comfortable. I think whoever restored this ca...
by NealW
Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this the correct backrest spring for a 1915 runabout?
Replies: 22
Views: 2640

Re: Is this the correct backrest spring for a 1915 runabout?

Hap, My runabout body has the Beaudette "B" stamped on it. The seat back spring may have been original, but it was attached to a board that was then screwed to the original body wood. This appears to have been done when the car was first restored many many years ago. I installed a new 1915 seat back...
by NealW
Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your T in October?
Replies: 77
Views: 11339

Re: What have you done to your T in October?

Verne,

Unfortunately no. I still need to finish my upholstery work and top installation. After that I need to finish putting it all back together. I'll be lucky to be done by Thanksgiving.
by NealW
Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your T in October?
Replies: 77
Views: 11339

Re: What have you done to your T in October?

FINALLY got my wheels done for my 1915 runabout restoration project. They turned out nice, but took way longer than I wanted to spend on them. I also put together the lamps, windshield hinges and reinstalled the top windshield half. I am finding that I much more enjoy putting together restored piece...
by NealW
Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this the correct backrest spring for a 1915 runabout?
Replies: 22
Views: 2640

Re: Is this the correct backrest spring for a 1915 runabout?

I ended up ordering a 1915 backrest spring from Snyders that looks like the one in Dan's and Andre's pictures. It wasn't that expensive, and I think will result in a more comfortable seat and a better looking installation. The old installation looked pretty bad with the springs that low. I would've ...