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by Rich Bingham
Mon Jul 13, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model A motor into a T?
Replies: 21
Views: 965

Re: Model A motor into a T?

How about putting a Model T engine in a Model A ?
:roll:
by Rich Bingham
Sun Jul 12, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2125
Views: 141411

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Those sandwiches never sold at Ernie’s “all you can eat” buffet, but that was part of his business plan. Genteel folk never served them “open face” as Ernie did, but between two slices of rye.
by Rich Bingham
Sun Jul 12, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2125
Views: 141411

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

KD utilized these same herringbone gears in his design for an interplanetary transmission which proved very successful on the moss gleaning boats on Lake Chugwater. The herringbone gears were also very popular with fishermen. A side benefit was their use for cleaning toadfish as soon as they were ca...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jul 09, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Kevlar band lining sets
Replies: 25
Views: 1083

Re: Kevlar band lining sets

. . . My guess is that some property of Kevlar causes more friction than cotton or wood. . .[/size] I’m guessing with you, Steve. But is it friction in itself, or the amount of heat generated and/or developed by a synthetic material ? Anyone who has worked much with ropes knows synthetics can gener...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jul 07, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Need help to identify the model year of this Model T Touring
Replies: 26
Views: 609

Re: Need help to identify the model year of this Model T Touring

Driveshaft spool has enclosed studs, running board braces are forged, pointing toward 1919 or earlier.
by Rich Bingham
Sun Jul 05, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2125
Views: 141411

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Though he never wore three piece suits, pressing business kept KD from attending the regular broad meeting at Ernie’s that season.
by Rich Bingham
Sun Jul 05, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2125
Views: 141411

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

There was a lot of contention over that spot, and many near misses. Weldon’s cows were always out, his fences were badly in need of repair, and his cattle always felt the grass was smaragdiner on the other side. Painting the linhay that winter helped a lot, but motorists who dared take the hill in h...
by Rich Bingham
Sat Jul 04, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Original 1913 KW Coil Box
Replies: 4
Views: 243

Re: Original 1913 KW Coil Box

It would be fun and inexpensive to have reproductions of that label of instruction pasted inside the box lid. Is there any interest ?
by Rich Bingham
Sat Jul 04, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2125
Views: 141411

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Always enlightening to read a sketch on the lives and careers of KD’s friends and associates. Nathicklwood Hoskinz’s decimal collection is the centerpiece of the punctuation display at the Institute. We are indebted to his scholarship for the modern system of distinguishing periods from decimal poin...
by Rich Bingham
Sat Jul 04, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 13T - KW Coil Box Switch
Replies: 9
Views: 224

Re: 13T - KW Coil Box Switch

Thanks for that, Larry ! I’ll touch it up next winter. :D
by Rich Bingham
Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 13T - KW Coil Box Switch
Replies: 9
Views: 224

Re: 13T - KW Coil Box Switch

This is the coil box and switch on my ‘13. The knob in the right of the switch body is the “key”. It’s a brass shaft that makes it “impossible” to throw the switch when it’s removed. I think the switch plate is supposed to be black, with the inscription in relief unpainted. Good a time as any to rev...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Laundaulet and Town Car
Replies: 11
Views: 763

Re: Laundaulet and Town Car

Wonderful pictures ! Thank you !! :D
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Laundaulet and Town Car
Replies: 11
Views: 763

Re: Laundaulet and Town Car

It’s interesting to put it all in perspective. If an on-line inflation calculator is to be believed, the runabout cost $21,366.00. In today’s dollars, and you’d have to spend an additional $4,300.00 to upgrade to the Laundaulet. The runabout price of $825.00 was over two years’ wages for a working s...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: About to buy tires - are recent vintage Riversides holding up well?
Replies: 20
Views: 944

Re: About to buy tires - are recent vintage Riversides holding up well?

Us Model T guys tend to be notoriously cheap. Well, to be kind, let’s say “thrifty”. ;) Oddly, we tend to wax nostalgic for the “mom ‘n’ pop” independent providers of goods and services, writing paens of praise for the personal attention, prompt service and honest integrity they represent. Then, at ...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Unusual Drive Shaft Universal Joint Housing
Replies: 26
Views: 896

Re: Unusual Drive Shaft Universal Joint Housing

Curiously, aluminum bronze is magnetic. How about that ?
by Rich Bingham
Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What is the closes modern equivalent for DuPont Fabrikoid
Replies: 8
Views: 370

Re: What is the closes modern equivalent for DuPont Fabrikoid

I’m frequently amazed at the factoids that emerge on this forum. Linus, I hope you’ll keep us posted on what you discover (and re-cover ;) ) for your project. FWIW, the references made me aware that DuPont Fabrikoid was a nitrocellulose material on cotton backing, and that “Naugahyde” (U. S. Rubber ...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2125
Views: 141411

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Arlie failed to reference the fact that KD was not only in attendance (note his raceabout in the lower left-hand corner of the above photo) but was on the program to deliver a dissertation on his latest discoveries in methods to de-flocculate the effervescence emanating from the spasmodle screen on ...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Share Your Tractor(s) - old ones that is ;-)
Replies: 25
Views: 1142

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

1947 Case Model D plowing with a 17” two bottom IH “tumblebug”. Gone but not forgotten!
by Rich Bingham
Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old Photo Early RPU
Replies: 7
Views: 575

Re: Old Photo Early RPU

If it is a cut off touring they put a “correct” runabout top on it :D can’t see the side well enough to tell for sure.
by Rich Bingham
Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vinegar radiator flush question
Replies: 26
Views: 1239

Re: Vinegar radiator flush question

jiminbartow wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:04 am
. . . neutralize any remaining vinegar residue so new rust will not form over time?
Really no way to entirely eliminate corrosion. Antifreeze mixes retard corrosion. Running straight water, many add a pint of soluble oil. YMMV
by Rich Bingham
Sun Jun 28, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: POR-15
Replies: 9
Views: 733

Re: POR-15

On a ground up restoration I sandblasted a bare frame and brushed it on. It levels well. I then top coated it with enamel, because POR (at the time) decays fairly rapidly if exposed to UV. This was over 20 years ago, maybe they have changed the formulation to obviate that ? POR is a very hard coatin...
by Rich Bingham
Sun Jun 28, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How do you Downshift?
Replies: 10
Views: 553

Re: How do you Downshift?

Simply depress the clutch pedal firmly and engage low gear. Thing is, you don’t want to do that unless you are moving no faster than you are when you normally shift from low to high. If you have a speedometer, note your speed on shifting up (usually around 10mph). If you don’t have one, it’s not dif...
by Rich Bingham
Sun Jun 28, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: My transmission soaker
Replies: 17
Views: 1013

Re: My transmission soaker

John, Bovalix is the brand of supplement block I’m familiar with. The tubs are useful but not “bullet proof” :lol: Rich, as you know, acetone is a major ingredient in lacquer thinners, but I don’t think lacquer thinner is quite as volatile as straight acetone. Should work out better, methinks. I lik...
by Rich Bingham
Sun Jun 28, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: My transmission soaker
Replies: 17
Views: 1013

Re: My transmission soaker

John, Bovalix tubs ! Good idea. I also like the idea of using diesel and mineral spirits. Maybe time to explore soaking solutions ? I can’t say I have a lot of experience with them. Usually when I need something like that it’s “right now” and out of desperation. My “kit” stuff has usually been Liqui...
by Rich Bingham
Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: My transmission soaker
Replies: 17
Views: 1013

Re: My transmission soaker

What a great project ! Keep us posted Rich, I hope the transmission yields some good parts. That’s a lot of penetrant even with this most economical vessel. I like that you stained the “potty chair” :lol: nice touch !
by Rich Bingham
Sat Jun 27, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2125
Views: 141411

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Amos Zinderplaster was the town cobbler in Saddlestring for three generations. Well known for his fine craftsmanship, honesty and sterling character, back in the old days folks referred to him as a “peachy, square, cobbler”. Kalamity Dick always patronized him, and ordered several pairs of custom ma...
by Rich Bingham
Sat Jun 27, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Where do you get the prices?
Replies: 15
Views: 809

Re: Where do you get the prices?

I think most sellers who are “true Model T guys” are influenced by perceptions of rarity when they offer parts. Oddly, locale has some bearing on that - some items that are scarce in one part of the country are more plentiful in other places.
by Rich Bingham
Sat Jun 27, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Where do you get the prices?
Replies: 15
Views: 809

Re: Where do you get the prices?

:lol: :lol: Frank, scarcely anyone reads prior posts. Mostly the boards are here to post stuff. As to attention span ? Squirrel !!! :lol:
by Rich Bingham
Fri Jun 26, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2125
Views: 141411

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Curiously, the expression “out of the loop” has its origin with Zelda May. In spite of the number of loyal followers she had in the Basin, most folks realized her prognostications were inaccurate 99% of the time, when they weren’t just flat-out wrong. Her location next to The Loop Saloon led folks t...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I'm done with white tires
Replies: 14
Views: 1054

Re: I'm done with white tires

Susanne, I was mulling this over in terms of the historic time-line, and what I’ve noticed re/ tire wear on my own Lizzie. Dirt roads can be “kinder” to tires, but pavement is always abrasive. The reality that few Model Ts have all four wheels in perfect alignment, to say nothing of worn steering el...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I'm done with white tires
Replies: 14
Views: 1054

Re: I'm done with white tires

It seems white tires have been troublesome for quite some time. Not long ago there was much discussion on these boards as to the cause of their turning brown. Haven’t heard much about that lately, I wonder if it means that problem has been solved ? Up til now, Steve’s experience with extremely rapid...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2125
Views: 141411

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

The Larkvonnet dynasty continues to this very day. Not long ago, scions of the Larkvonnet family were busily engaged in growing square melons, a boon to shippers, but a curse for the producers of melon balls. One might say Chatsworth’s vision has become somewhat “watered down”. By the way, Sebastian...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jun 24, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2125
Views: 141411

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Perfectly understandable, Burger. The Loop Saloon in Blattsville was a popular watering hole in its day, in spite of the fact no water was ever served there. It was remarkable for having a basement (easily seen in the photograph) in an era when most saloons were on the level.
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jun 23, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Engine Splash/Dust Pans: Yea or Nay?
Replies: 31
Views: 800

Re: Engine Splash/Dust Pans: Yea or Nay?

Susanne wrote:
Tue Jun 23, 2020 6:19 pm
. . . a muddy engine isn't that big of a deal...
Very true, but a muddy carburetor intake sorta is :lol: :lol:
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jun 23, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2125
Views: 141411

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Meanwhile, back in Chugwater, a garbled telegram from Hebgen had sanitation engineers climbing the “corpro-ladder” [sic] descending into several of the Basin’s septic tanks looking for salvageable participles that had been inadvertently flushed. The poker term was not lost on regulars down at Ernie’...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jun 23, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Engine Splash/Dust Pans: Yea or Nay?
Replies: 31
Views: 800

Re: Engine Splash/Dust Pans: Yea or Nay?

My opinion - When Model Ts were new, road conditions of the day made splash pans advisable, especially in mud. Today, when nearly everyone rolls mostly on pavement, not so much. With advancing improvements in the road system, splash pans became vestigial or non-existent on new cars before WW II. I h...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Radiator stop leak
Replies: 16
Views: 692

Re: Radiator stop leak

Weeping is not a problem. Dripping is.
by Rich Bingham
Sun Jun 21, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2125
Views: 141411

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Long time readers will remember this photo of a guard dog guarding a tomato, prior to knurling.
by Rich Bingham
Sun Jun 21, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The 15,000 000 gallons of oil.
Replies: 27
Views: 1288

Re: The 15,000 000 gallons of oil.

Bill, there’s an old wooden boxcar on our place that has been used as a shed for over sixty years. Stenciled on the walls it says : “this car is not to be loaded with coal, hides, or anything that will make it unfit for high-class lading”. I’m guessing automobiles and machinery were probably include...
by Rich Bingham
Sat Jun 20, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: So how do I get this stuff out.
Replies: 16
Views: 660

Re: So how do I get this stuff out.

The baffle is there for a reason. Over years, folks have found all manner of items in that “hidey-hole”that could have raised hob with the mag if they hadn’t been trapped there. Still, it would be a good feeling to know the pan was squeaky clean through and through ! (I’d put it back)
by Rich Bingham
Sat Jun 20, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Cork Gaskets
Replies: 28
Views: 768

Re: Cork Gaskets

I’m guessing they have Model T gaskets on file, then ?
Thanks for that source Steve !

(Bearing them out with a hammer really isn’t a LOT of fun ! :lol: )
by Rich Bingham
Sat Jun 20, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2125
Views: 141411

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

I’m surprised to see a post to the “regular” boards titled “KD driving one of the rarest Fords on the planet - a 1905 Model B”.
Are we missing out somehow ?!? :shock:
by Rich Bingham
Sat Jun 20, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Cork Gaskets
Replies: 28
Views: 768

Re: Cork Gaskets

Hasn’t everyone made their own gaskets one time or another using a ball-pein hammer ? :shock:

(Works best with “paper” gasket stuff)
by Rich Bingham
Sat Jun 20, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2125
Views: 141411

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Blattsville had an extremely short life. One of the Basin’s remarkable boom towns, it sprang to life shortly after Elmer Purselane’s mule accidentally kicked up a vein of pure question marks. This was at a time when the alphabet mines were yielding practically no punctuation at all, so the market wa...
by Rich Bingham
Sat Jun 20, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2125
Views: 141411

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Not sure, Herb. Is that the St. Swithin’s Day Parade in downtown Saddlestring , 1914 ?
by Rich Bingham
Sat Jun 20, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Cork Gaskets
Replies: 28
Views: 768

Re: Cork Gaskets

I have heard forest fires in Portugal some fourteen years ago or so practically ended the cork industry which may never recover. You may have noticed how plastic stoppers have replaced corks in your favorite vino ? Any road, the “pure” sheet cork (made from ground up cork) used for gaskets always wa...
by Rich Bingham
Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: running board maybe "support" rods??? Got my answer!
Replies: 11
Views: 525

Re: running board maybe "support" rods???

Forged brackets riveted to the frame side rails were always supported by truss rods ( 1909-21 all bodies) as your photos show. Without them running boards are very flimsy, and the frame rails may twist some when weight is applied to the running board. 1920-21 forged braces were replaced by one piece...
by Rich Bingham
Fri Jun 19, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2125
Views: 141411

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

KD loved children, and not just parboiled, as W. C. Fields used to quip. He often claimed his best ideas came from the innocent and untrammeled minds of three-year-olds. That parallel also explains his long association with Cuthbert.
by Rich Bingham
Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The 15,000 000 gallons of oil.
Replies: 27
Views: 1288

Re: The 15,000 000 gallons of oil.

What was it ? Nothing that’s available today I’m pretty sure. For that matter, motor oils sold today are mostly very different from many types that were available only 20 years ago. The common wisdom on this forum is that “any” modern oil is far superior to what was commonly used “back in the day”. ...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jun 18, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Transmission covers
Replies: 3
Views: 239

Re: Transmission covers

Why not offer it on these boards, to forum members, rather than “flea bay” ?
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jun 17, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Request for expert advice to help date a photo
Replies: 18
Views: 786

Re: Request for expert advice to help date a photo

It is an open car, windshield stanchion bolted to the cowl is typical. Earlier style of radiator shell with integral lower molding was transitional in ‘23. I believe Wayne is right.
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jun 17, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2125
Views: 141411

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Again, a remarkable photograph. Doubtless, this launching is the maiden voyage of the KD Zepplin, which took to the skies from the Squamish field at Scratchankle College on St. Swithin’s Day, 1931. You can tell from the license plate on KD’s raceabout in the foreground, and the broken bottle of Happ...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jun 17, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2125
Views: 141411

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Thanks for bringing that up, Burger. It’s often amusing to compare the advances and lapses in technology between here and Europe. The article made no mention of KD nor of the extensive use of push ropes in the Tri-Burgs over a century ago. Oh well. I understand yellow breeches were uniform in the It...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jun 16, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2125
Views: 141411

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

So much of the heavy work in the Basin would have been real slow drudgery without KD’s helpful know-how. Owing to the wizardry of his mechanical genius, every workday in the Tri-Burgs was practically a fun-fest. Workers in all trades looked forward to each 12 hour day with happy anticipation. Here w...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jun 16, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2125
Views: 141411

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Thanks Rich. I just tripled the order. After all, it keeps. Interesting, KD’s raceabout shows in this photo of the alphabet mine, the adit where the richest vein of “Gs” played out just before the regatta in ‘23. Minors referred to it as the “G-string”. Most had their mouths washed out with lye soap...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jun 16, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The File mystery
Replies: 21
Views: 973

Re: The File mystery

Professor Plum. Because there was no place to hide it in the library. Last trip to the gas station. ;)
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jun 16, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this too dangerous to keep as is?
Replies: 20
Views: 1713

Re: Is this too dangerous to keep as is?

Not a speedster - a ‘12 torpedo.
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jun 16, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2125
Views: 141411

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Not to digress, but subscribers to this topic will want to know that with just a month less one day until the annual St. Swithin’s Day Celebration, preparations are progressing apace. Bartholomew has brought the floor sanitizer up from the basement to purify the Institute’s foyer for the opening ded...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: free starts
Replies: 52
Views: 2108

Re: free starts

. . . There are times when it seems more like a horse than an automobile. I completely agree with that !! An uphill, down dale ramble at 25 per on a dirt road, top down and windshield folded is as close to a high lope on a good pony as one can get riding a motor contraption. More, like a horse, the...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Jun 15, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is motor oil with graphite common?
Replies: 9
Views: 391

Re: Is motor oil with graphite common?

Bad is right, Dan ! Graphite is conductive - shorts out the magneto !! 😳
by Rich Bingham
Mon Jun 15, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Scandinavia band linings
Replies: 5
Views: 522

Re: Scandinavia band linings

I have always run Scandinavia lining, pre 1965 and recently, as of 2017 so I can’t speak to whatever variations different owners of the brand offered during the interim. One thing I have always done is to soak the linings in pure neatsfoot oil overnight after riveting them to the bands. This was rec...
by Rich Bingham
Fri Jun 12, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Foto of the Day
Replies: 400
Views: 43251

Re: Foto of the Day

Beautiful ! Please show us more !
by Rich Bingham
Fri Jun 12, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vibration
Replies: 17
Views: 627

Re: Vibration

It's a 100 year old car, employing 100 year old technology. The best you're going to do is balance the engine and transmission someday, which will cost about 1/2 of the car's present total value unless you do it all yourself. Enjoy it for what it is. Old cowboy advice: “Don’t try to make your pony ...
by Rich Bingham
Fri Jun 12, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Who uses 30 x 3 clinchers?
Replies: 30
Views: 978

Re: Who uses 30 x 3 clinchers?

I’m in for a pair of 30x3s. Tread is currently more or less a mere suggestion on all four tires on my ‘13. I’m in no hurry to buy tires that have an increasingly poor performance review. I like the look of the Bockley tires, and I’m very interested in them.
by Rich Bingham
Fri Jun 12, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Holley G priming question
Replies: 8
Views: 401

Re: Holley G priming question

Thanks for the testimonial Tim. I’ve never noticed any lack of response with a Holley G. Plowing through heavy mud or sand or negotiating a steep grade in low gear is more in keeping with the power requirements of the T engine than driving at speeds above 35mph. A stock Model T will lope along at 25...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jun 11, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Holley G priming question
Replies: 8
Views: 401

Re: Holley G priming question

I love the Holley “G” carb, and put one on my ‘13 even though it’s not “correct”. Others with more carb savvy are welcome to correct my notions, but I would say the float adjustment and resulting “puddle” at the strangling tube is the most critical aspect of setup for good results. I have not starte...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Paintless Dent Guy
Replies: 3
Views: 611

Re: Paintless Dent Guy

Tim, that’s good news indeed. I wondered about the ability of those who practice this craft to deal with old iron, a couple of armchair opinions indicated it wouldn’t work on our antiques since panels on the new cars are so much thinner, and tempered. Useful testimony! Thanks for posting. (It’s also...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jun 10, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2125
Views: 141411

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

The “Better Farms & Barns” centerfold was the cause of much salacious gossip in the Basin when it appeared. It’s possible those yellow pantaloons found in the Institute’s basement may be the originals. I wish Heinrich would put them back. They really need to be examined for authenticity.
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jun 09, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2125
Views: 141411

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Not exactly a book, but “Lulu” (not her real name) was featured in a special issue of “Precision Machining and Ox Shoeing Journal”. An article by Binford Stroschlap titled “Oiled Doves” covered several of the Tri-Burg ladies who were employed in various capacities developing improved machinery of al...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2125
Views: 141411

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Rich, that lapse is most likely due to the note “meet Lulu at 10:30”. Obviously KD drew the sketch before that meeting. Lulu was well known for her condensing aptitude, no doubt inspiring the later improvements he made to the design.
by Rich Bingham
Mon Jun 08, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2125
Views: 141411

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

The sketches on napkins file is probably the largest single collection of documents in the archives. No doubt this is one of KD’s concept sketches for the floor sanitizer. The notation, “tuna on rye, no mayo” dates it to the first edition when KD was allergic to mayonnaise. Meanwhile, Snickley locat...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Jun 08, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How many of us ?
Replies: 29
Views: 1080

Re: How many of us ?

Great fun to have these responses. Thanks, fellows ! Part of my intent, which I didn’t make clear at first, is to learn how many had a T as their first personal driver. So, whether you owned it or not, if a T (or TT) was your first, that counts. Model A ? Close, but no cee-gar. Owning one first, but...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Jun 08, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Weak mag ?!?
Replies: 3
Views: 263

Weak mag ?!?

In the thread on the self-destructing magneto, R. V. Anderson commented that a weak mag could indicate cracked magnets. How weak is weak ? What’s the best test for magneto strength ? Do you need instruments ? My Lizzie starts readily on battery when cold, but I haven’t had a similar response crankin...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Jun 08, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How many of us ?
Replies: 29
Views: 1080

How many of us ?

A thread about a new owner’s “maiden voyage” and subsequent comments got me wondering - how many of us can say our first car was a Model T ? :lol:
by Rich Bingham
Sun Jun 07, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2125
Views: 141411

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Kristy Spadaford favored yellow pantaloons. It’s documented in the archives. Very relevant !
by Rich Bingham
Sun Jun 07, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: free starts
Replies: 52
Views: 2108

Re: free starts

Oh ! That’s different. That works every time. I thought one of the rules of free start was the car cannot be moving ? 😜
by Rich Bingham
Sun Jun 07, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2125
Views: 141411

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Rich, thank you for supplying that excellent photo of the flume. It’s remarkable in that it clearly shows KD’s raceabout negotiating Sasquatch Creek on one of his excursions to photograph the migratory Opisthocomos in their spawning plumage. Balloon tires on the raceabout improved flotation. Dick is...
by Rich Bingham
Sun Jun 07, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: free starts
Replies: 52
Views: 2108

Re: free starts

I’ve never gotten a free start on “mag” yet. :(
by Rich Bingham
Sun Jun 07, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2125
Views: 141411

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Milton Spring emptied into Sasquatch Creek about a mile below Cuthbert’s west pasture. The Falicson boys built the flume that diverted the stream into the bottling works. Milton Wallop produced the beverage line for ten years. He never let on that the “wallop” ingredient was actually owing to his er...
by Rich Bingham
Sat Jun 06, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 13T - Starting trouble
Replies: 34
Views: 1178

Re: 13T - Starting trouble

Simply put, adequate spark, gasoline and correct timing, should run, even if poorly for other reasons. Eliminate one of the three, no go !
by Rich Bingham
Fri Jun 05, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 13T - Starting trouble
Replies: 34
Views: 1178

Re: 13T - Starting trouble

What carburetor are you running ?
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jun 04, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How may Modet Ts
Replies: 3
Views: 516

Re: How may Modet Ts

Good thoughts Harold. I do think you’re a little quick to “junk” the Model T, however, as well as “re-commission” them. Perhaps region is a factor in the number of Ts continuing in service, but I think our own family history is likely pertinent: In 1929, at the age of 38, my granddad bought his firs...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jun 04, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2125
Views: 141411

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

It’s likely KD’s food preferences were shaped by Aunt Frodee’s cooking. It was said by those who knew her well that she never deviated from the recipes in Sloan’s cookbook. A tee-totaler, she sternly disapproved of Happy Sally, but always had a “fifth” of Sloan’s Liniment on hand for all occasions. ...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jun 04, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2125
Views: 141411

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

That reminds me, one topic we have inadvertently neglected on this thread is a discussion of KD’s gustatorial preferences. As he was well known for his adventuresome palate and eclectic tastes, I have requested Sebastian and Bartholomew to research all aspects of this intriguing facet of KD’s life a...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Am I right to be upset? Children in old cars
Replies: 75
Views: 6120

Re: Am I right to be upset? Children in old cars

:o the midwife don’t deliver at home ? :o
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2125
Views: 141411

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Burger, mea culpa. This is what comes from incomplete identifications. Boris Ametre, shown looking from the window in the above photo, is the great-grand uncle of Heinrich’s good friend, Boris Slagwater. I can see the confusion, both wear hats.
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2125
Views: 141411

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Boris was a rather relaxed personality. Arraigned for counterfeiting in Chattahootchie (he was casting phony silver dollars out of Linotype metal) he was acquitted for lack of evidence. His accomplice had melted them down into fishing sinkers, which was actually more profitable. Warned by the presid...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Which is easier to repair: A or T?
Replies: 15
Views: 838

Re: Which is easier to repair: A or T?

:D I really enjoyed your post, Bill. You’re very kind to the gremlins. My no-water pump, no-starter T shipped from ‘way back East a few years ago. Any gremlins it had hanging about just waved goodbye. :lol: :lol:
by Rich Bingham
Mon Jun 01, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Which is easier to repair: A or T?
Replies: 15
Views: 838

Re: Which is easier to repair: A or T?

Those who have owned, driven and worked on both should respond to this. (For fun !) :D
by Rich Bingham
Thu May 28, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2125
Views: 141411

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

One thing leads to another around here. The rabbit hunt photo reminds me that KD had a brief lived affair with LuluBelle Suggs, who was crowned Queen of the Aberdeen rabbit drive that year. More humanely, they used ball bats - but I digress.
by Rich Bingham
Wed May 27, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wondering about mileage
Replies: 3
Views: 521

Wondering about mileage

Just pondering the imponderable. Think of it ! Over fifteen million Model Ts rolling through almost one hundred and twelve years of history to date. Does anyone dare to estimate the number of miles they have traveled ? (So far ! We ain’t done yet !) Even at the conservative annual average (20,000 mi...
by Rich Bingham
Wed May 27, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Brass brazing rods
Replies: 18
Views: 973

Re: Brass brazing rods

The annals of the Model T include instances where the riveted gear case has parted from the column. When that happens you have no steering, which has resulted in serious mishaps. Make sure your re-attachment is robust and sound. No aluminum, no plastic, no glue !
by Rich Bingham
Mon May 25, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Creating Patina ... Need Help
Replies: 16
Views: 615

Re: Creating Patina ... Need Help

Natural “patination” in progress here. Heavy rains the past couple of days, apparently the hood hinge leaks like a sieve ! No doubt the spark plug wells were full of water when I cranked ‘er up this morning - I never thought about it. I’m a little surprised the plugs weren’t shorted out by all that ...
by Rich Bingham
Fri May 22, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Interior Fabric sources
Replies: 9
Views: 412

Re: Interior Fabric sources

Rich, that looks great ! Corduroy is a good choice. Bill Hirsch used to order up authentic wool broadcloth stuffs for the restoration trade, but even 30 years ago it was mighty expensive and required him to make massive orders with woolen mills in the U.K. He may still have some Model T patterns. Wo...
by Rich Bingham
Fri May 22, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2125
Views: 141411

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Rich, that’s correct. He didn’t change them until January 4, 1936. They were still brown. Slug always was a snappy dresser, but he wouldn’t have had to wear two pairs of socks if he’d worn the right size boots. (14 triple “E”)
by Rich Bingham
Thu May 21, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2125
Views: 141411

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

The Diablo tire patent was devilishly clever, and would have revolutionized pneumatic tire technology for years to come had Biff Huffingpuf, inventor and founder of the company, been independently capitalized. Alas, he made a “deal with the devil”, and launched his tire enterprise with financing fro...
by Rich Bingham
Thu May 21, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Brass "conversion"
Replies: 20
Views: 857

Re: Brass "conversion"

The encyclopedia states 308,162 cars were built in 1915. I heard the “urban myth” that there were more ‘15s around than Henry built (owing to phonied-up 1916-22 cars) back in the ‘60s. Does anyone still believe that ? :lol:
by Rich Bingham
Wed May 20, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2125
Views: 141411

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Curious how that magenta beret brings us back to our main subject, the adventures of Kalamity Dick: In his early school days, KD had a very close friend, name of Chad Plackett who affected a beret. The two shared many happy after-school hours, fishing for mud puppies on Upper Chugwater Creek, and co...
by Rich Bingham
Wed May 20, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wood Band Install - Issue
Replies: 5
Views: 398

Re: Wood Band Install - Issue

Two observations: There were at least three (likely more) suppliers of bands throughout production, and each had their own slight differences. For the detachable ear variety, mis-matching “ears” and bands may or may not be problematic when fit up in the case. (Going through a big pile of bands in a ...
by Rich Bingham
Wed May 20, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2125
Views: 141411

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Jack was a kind soul who often fed the pigeons in Chugwater Park on his lunch break. The birds loved him for himself, and would sit in his lap and perch on his arm to get the moss seed he brought them.