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by Altair
Sun Dec 13, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Drilling steel?
Replies: 28
Views: 1593

Re: Drilling steel?

If a drill bit is allowed to turn in the work and not cut, it will harden the work, this is usually because the bit was not sharp in the first place and this will compound the effort and procedure.
by Altair
Fri Dec 11, 2020 3:04 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: mystery car
Replies: 6
Views: 785

mystery car

Help ident this car
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by Altair
Fri Dec 04, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Removing Sediment Bulb
Replies: 9
Views: 663

Re: Removing Sediment Bulb

I can remember some years ago I bought one of those fuel assemblies from one of the vendors and it came with some test specs that said it was tested with 10lbs pressure using water. With normal gasoline pressure it leaked even when new. I had to devise an accessory shut off.
by Altair
Thu Dec 03, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: VIN #
Replies: 17
Views: 743

Re: VIN #

Here in B.C. in the early days the DMV used only engine numbers and then converted to the multi digit registration numbers. When I towed my 26 T to the motor vehicle office it had no engine and they used the body number. Vintage cars were filed in a separate vintage car file and later they discontin...
by Altair
Wed Dec 02, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: T transmission rebuild?
Replies: 21
Views: 1493

Re: T transmission rebuild?

Rebuilding a T transmission isn't for everybody I have done four a 15, two 26s and one in between. Some care must be taken with the assembly clutch discs can be installed incorrectly, it is important to make a note or photos when disassembling. Some times in the life of a T transmission parts do get...
by Altair
Mon Nov 09, 2020 2:21 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 13T - Lack of Power Above 30 mph and Pics of the bands (new)
Replies: 35
Views: 1816

Re: 13T - Lack of Power Above 30 mph

I would start with doubling your voltage up to 12 volts, a good mag can put out nearly 30 volts so 12 volts won't hurt anything and may improve your performance. At higher speeds a little more current will be needed to ignite the fuel and you may just gain and additional 5 mph. Small air craft opera...
by Altair
Wed Oct 28, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Bat or Mag start?
Replies: 15
Views: 697

Re: Bat or Mag start?

In the early days in one of the local fire halls they had an engine that had to be cranked and to assist they would park it on a ramp in the fire hall and roll it down for starting and it worked well, it still had a crank if that failed. Some of the engine had pulse mags that gave a large spark even...
by Altair
Mon Oct 26, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Bat or Mag start?
Replies: 15
Views: 697

Re: Bat or Mag start?

There is a little more risk to injury starting on battery where as on magneto it will not kick back. If you leave too much advance it can bite on battery but not on mag. The final procedure of pulling over center is the same for both power sources. Some people chose to "spin" the crank on mag but it...
by Altair
Mon Oct 26, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: REPAIR ADVICE NEEDED. Contact info added
Replies: 4
Views: 545

Re: REPAIR ADVICE NEEDED. Contact info added

When prying the discs out make a note of the last disc in the bottom so that it goes back together the correct way.
by Altair
Mon Oct 26, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T in a Disney cartoon
Replies: 8
Views: 633

Re: Model T in a Disney cartoon

13 - 14, the 15 had curved rear fenders.
by Altair
Mon Oct 26, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ammeter question
Replies: 9
Views: 492

Re: Ammeter question

I would firstly assure that the commutator is clean, just a slight film of oil will prevent it from charging. The generator should be sealed from the crankcase but a slight vapor leak can contaminate the commutator.
by Altair
Mon Oct 19, 2020 2:00 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Compression check or cylinder leak down check?
Replies: 4
Views: 396

Re: Compression check or cylinder leak down check?

A leak down test will only tell you that there is a leak greater in one cylinder than an other but not what is leaking. Compressed air in to each cylinder will determine what is leaking. An exhaust valve leak will sound at the exhaust, intake at the intake or carb and rings will sound through the cr...
by Altair
Thu Oct 15, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Need Advise on Vaporizer Carb Overhall
Replies: 5
Views: 342

Re: Need Advise on Vaporizer Carb Overhall

Rubber tipped needle valves were introduced in the mid 50s. It was determined that the steel needles were becoming statically charged with the fuel passing them and causing small metallic debris to stick to the needle causing over fueling. The rubber tip would prevent the static charge.. If the tank...
by Altair
Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: rear axle oil leak
Replies: 12
Views: 862

Re: rear axle oil leak

I won't labor this point but I have said in numerous posts that T differential housings were never designed for oil, just grease.
by Altair
Tue Oct 06, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: how far do wood bows go into the top iron.
Replies: 7
Views: 450

Re: how far do wood bows go into the top iron.

The front and rear wood bows go in deeper than the center bows, I am using 26 bows as a reference.
by Altair
Tue Sep 29, 2020 12:57 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What headlights for a Canadian 23 touring. Anyone have a set for sale?
Replies: 13
Views: 594

Re: What headlights for a Canadian 23 touring. Anyone have a set for sale?

In that era headlights were optional, most had them but not all. There was a number of suppliers so it is conceivable that there may be some slight differences between makers. Some were dealer supplied and some were aftermarket. It is also possible that two identical cars may have different headligh...
by Altair
Sun Sep 27, 2020 1:17 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Can we solve a 75-year old mystery?
Replies: 39
Views: 4245

Re: Can we solve a 75-year old mystery?

The car appears to be a Canadian model because of the functioning driver's door. Mainly Canadian models were exported, some with left or right hand drive depending on the country.
by Altair
Sun Sep 27, 2020 1:09 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Can we solve a 75-year old mystery?
Replies: 39
Views: 4245

Re: Can we solve a 75-year old mystery?

The car appears to be a marriage of parts, the hood louvers are not aligned correctly, they should be straight. Light bars were on as early as 1925. During this era of time headlights were optional and it is possible the headlights were installed later possibly by a dealer or previous owner. In the ...
by Altair
Sat Sep 26, 2020 12:20 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Generator not showing charge on meter
Replies: 18
Views: 1045

Re: INSTANT FIRE

Does it ever catch fire when You clean it. seems like You have all the requirements. Fuel. Oxygen. spark. There is one more important component fuel to air ratio, and no I have never had a fire. The paint brush is just dipped in the gas only about 1/8" of the tip and just touch the commutator for a...
by Altair
Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Leak in Waukesha Head by #4 Spark plug.
Replies: 24
Views: 963

Re: Leak in Waukesha Head by #4 Spark plug.

I went in to my favorite parts store and ordered 6 Welch plugs and my friend behind the counter for 27 years had never seen them before.
by Altair
Fri Sep 25, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Leak in Waukesha Head by #4 Spark plug.
Replies: 24
Views: 963

Re: Leak in Waukesha Head by #4 Spark plug.

You have to be somewhat vigilant with pipe plugs and threads some are running threads referred to as straight threads and some are interference or tapered. Many female threads are straight and usually a tapered plug is inserted to cause an interference fit. If you insert a straight thread plug in to...
by Altair
Fri Sep 25, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Found this not so old pic...
Replies: 28
Views: 1891

Re: Found this not so old pic...

With all the aeronautical engineering that went in to the Spruce Goose the engines were not mounted correctly and that caused extreme vibration and it had to be put back in to the water, otherwise it probably would have flown ok. When you look at the wing angle and the angle of attack of each engine...
by Altair
Fri Sep 25, 2020 12:01 am
Forum: Forum Support Questions
Topic: Need Help-How to Post Photos
Replies: 7
Views: 758

Re: Need Help-How to Post Photos

There is more than one way to post pictures. I use a small camera and take pictures in email mode for best results ie the smallest number of bits and bites. When you click on post a reply at the bottom of the page there is "ATTACHMENTS" click on that, then "ADD FILES" your picture library will be di...
by Altair
Thu Sep 24, 2020 11:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: starting an engine on a stand
Replies: 19
Views: 1371

Re: starting an engine on a stand

You could fabricate a metal plate over the return opening and solder a hose bib fitting for the hose and similar, fabricate a plate over the inlet with a valve to regulate the water flow. It should only take a trickle to keep it cool. As mentioned above assure means to shut it down in case a runaway...
by Altair
Thu Sep 24, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: '26-'27 body blocks
Replies: 2
Views: 263

Re: '26-'27 body blocks

The blocks go in between the frame at the rear engine mount so that you can tighten the rear engine mounts and not crush the frame. There will be a number stamped on the frame right under the passenger door that will tell you the year and month.
by Altair
Mon Sep 21, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Generator not showing charge on meter
Replies: 18
Views: 1045

Re: Generator not showing charge on meter

What I have done a couple of times is dip a small paint brush in some gasoline and touch the commutator while it is running. If there is any hydrocarbon residue on the commutator it will dissolve it, it only takes about 2 seconds and I had instant charge.
by Altair
Tue Sep 08, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Help identifying the year of this T
Replies: 8
Views: 692

Re: Help identifying the year of this T

Could be a movie prop.
by Altair
Mon Aug 31, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Bolt threads
Replies: 9
Views: 853

Re: Bolt threads

I have a set of early dies made by the A.B. Jardine Co. in Hespeler Ontario now Cambridge. The Company was founded in 1870. There is a story in the VINTAGE MACHINERY site about the company and the family Jardine was from Perthshire Scotland. Perhaps he was influenced by Whitworth and therefore desig...
by Altair
Mon Aug 31, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Bolt threads
Replies: 9
Views: 853

Bolt threads

I ran across something I have never encountered. A standard 1/2" course thread bolt is 13 TPI, however today there are special 1/2" taps and dies that are 12 and 14 TPI. I have an old tap and die set that have the special threads 12 and 14 TPI. The set in the day appears to may have been a standard ...
by Altair
Sun Aug 23, 2020 1:57 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Mag Voltage vs RPM - 1911 t
Replies: 36
Views: 2087

Re: Mag Voltage vs RPM - 1911 t

I am missing something in your report you say "while running on 12 volts", if you are running on 12 volts the magneto is not in the circuit the switch on your control would be on battery. Also in 1915 they double stacked the coils to increase the AC output to accommodate the electric head lights tha...
by Altair
Thu Aug 13, 2020 12:04 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Re-steaming top bows?
Replies: 14
Views: 1174

Re: Re-steaming top bows?

I bent some oak pieces for fellows 1/4" pieces and I left them out in the rain on the lawn for about two weeks in the winter time. They did bend with some effort inside the rim, where they were left to dry for about a week. After they were dry the pieces were glued, shaped and painted and you can't ...
by Altair
Wed Aug 12, 2020 1:34 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Gas tank repair thoughts/ideas
Replies: 16
Views: 1286

Re: Gas tank repair thoughts/ideas

I watched a guy prep a tank for welding and he just put his torch right in the open spout and there was one good blue flame puff out the spout and that was it, then he went about welding it with no further issues. The prep took about 5 seconds or less and he welded right on the tank. He said he has ...
by Altair
Mon Jul 27, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Engine Number v. Body Number?
Replies: 4
Views: 652

Re: Engine Number v. Body Number?

The engine number is also stamped on the frame just under the passenger door.
by Altair
Tue Jul 21, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Brass Magnets Clamping Screws
Replies: 21
Views: 2387

Re: Brass Magnets Clamping Screws

I feel so inept but but also enlightened I was so focused with the diameter that the length didn't enter my mind. The period in front of the description is there before all entries and I hadn't noticed that. It does say 2 25/32 X 24 tpi. All the mystery is now cleared up. For my collection I am goin...
by Altair
Tue Jul 21, 2020 3:28 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Brass Magnets Clamping Screws
Replies: 21
Views: 2387

Re: Brass Magnets Clamping Screws

Scott I must admit there are many errors in my report, I was reading from the wrong charts. I understand the screws are #14 24 I have an original screw and that is what it measures. 1/4 24 is somewhat larger and would not fit. Some time ago I had learned that the screws were 1/4 24 and I chased the ...
by Altair
Mon Jul 20, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Brass Magnets Clamping Screws
Replies: 21
Views: 2387

Re: Brass Magnets Clamping Screws

After crunching some numbers, charts, parts books and the famous blueprint I have come to this conclusion: All the parts books from the beginning call for a 1/4" screw displayed as .2 25/32 which converts to .206, a standard 1/4 24tpi would convert to .250. With the screws displayed in the parts boo...
by Altair
Thu Jul 16, 2020 12:42 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Clutch finger screws
Replies: 11
Views: 1172

Re: Clutch finger screws

When I adjusted my clutch fingers I just turned them out until there was just some slack and pinned them there, what could be simpler?
by Altair
Thu Jul 16, 2020 12:29 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Brass Magnets Clamping Screws
Replies: 21
Views: 2387

Re: Brass Magnets Clamping Screws

I read somewhere that the drawings were misinterpreted and 14 was misread as 1/4 or 1/4 was misread as 14, I don't know what the out come was. KBC Tools has them that is where I got mine.
by Altair
Wed Jun 24, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Magneto coil gap.
Replies: 7
Views: 792

Re: Magneto coil gap.

Why can't the coils be shimmed to reduce the gap, there are variable thickness shims available that are inserted behind the three bolts holding the coils.
by Altair
Sat Jun 20, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Gotta learn to park!
Replies: 5
Views: 1155

Re: Gotta learn to park!

Sacrificial oil system lots of cars had them.
by Altair
Sat Jun 20, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: INSTALLING BANDS
Replies: 8
Views: 999

Re: INSTALLING BANDS

I replaced the brake band on my 26 and I fought with it for a couple of hours, after I finished I was wondering what that clasp was on top? :oops:
by Altair
Sat Jun 20, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: running board maybe "support" rods??? Got my answer!
Replies: 11
Views: 1254

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

The obvious intent was to stiffen the running boards, the original rods may have been damaged or just weren't stiff enough, they appear to be remade somewhat stiffer than the originals. They may be better, except for the dip in the rear rod.
by Altair
Thu Jun 18, 2020 1:02 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Request for expert advice to help date a photo
Replies: 18
Views: 1914

Re: Request for expert advice to help date a photo

The radiator does look nickel plated.
by Altair
Wed Jun 17, 2020 12:44 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Request for expert advice to help date a photo
Replies: 18
Views: 1914

Re: Request for expert advice to help date a photo

If you guess the photo is about 1930 and the man in the photo is about 80 would place him back to about to 1850??
by Altair
Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:10 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Engine Cradle v. Engine Stand
Replies: 8
Views: 1392

Re: Engine Cradle v. Engine Stand

I made a wood engine cradle that was designed so that I could turn the engine over and place it in upside down. I would put it on the floor and gingerly turn it over and pick it up replace it upside down. This is not as convenient as a fancy engine stand but it only takes a few minutes longer, and y...
by Altair
Mon Jun 15, 2020 1:08 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: wobbly rear wheel
Replies: 15
Views: 1741

Re: wobbly rear wheel

You could not move the rim on the felloe unless the rivets are broken, if that is what happened you will Some time the rivets are hard to define in the rim because they are rusted and blend with the rim. With a Dremel tool you can grind the rust and define the rivet.
by Altair
Sun Jun 14, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: wobbly rear wheel
Replies: 15
Views: 1741

Re: wobbly rear wheel

You have to do a thorough diagnosis firstly, just a wabbly wheel could be several things. Jack it up chalk and spin it and see what is untrue, the wheel on the axle, is the rim running true, is the tire running true, is the felloe misaligned. I made about a dozen wheels, turned the spokes and made t...
by Altair
Sat Jun 13, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: ac mag current "leaking" into dc battery current?
Replies: 7
Views: 904

Re: ac mag current "leaking" into dc battery current?

I think it has been mostly summed up I think generally your lights are not compatible with your power supply. My grandson installed some very expensive LED headlights in hid Ford Ranger and all they did was flash (very fast) and were excessively bright. He was forced to revert back to the stock ligh...
by Altair
Wed Jun 10, 2020 2:09 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Howells Sheet Metal delays
Replies: 26
Views: 2660

Re: Howells Sheet Metal delays

I sent them $750 for some panels they kept the money and I never got the panels. They continued to promise me for about 4 years and that was about 12 years ago. I finally gave up in total frustration and disgust.
by Altair
Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Heating problem still
Replies: 14
Views: 1426

Re: Heating problem still

I would suggest that you are running with spark retarded or too lean or both. I don't think the water level or the water pump has anything to do with it. The only time my 26 with a water pump gurgled over was when I want up a 2 mile grade in low gear and I had my licence plate attached to the light ...
by Altair
Sat Jun 06, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: old photo
Replies: 5
Views: 910

old photo

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by Altair
Thu Jun 04, 2020 12:31 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old gas
Replies: 20
Views: 2070

Re: Old gas

There is no 100% environmentally friendly method of disposal of a hydrocarbon, but to rid yourself of it I would just let it evaporate from an open container.
by Altair
Tue Jun 02, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Puff, Loud Puff, Very Loud Puffing Exhaust
Replies: 16
Views: 1861

Re: Puff, Loud Puff, Very Loud Puffing Exhaust

To check for a stuck valve all you have to do is pull it over center and feel it, you will feel some resistance at each TDC and nothing at the bad order, a gage is not needed for this. If a stuck valve is discovered remove the offending spark plug and tap it down with a wood dowel. If the situation ...
by Altair
Sun May 31, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Puffing Exhaust - Next Step - Now Diagnosis Help Needed
Replies: 19
Views: 1959

Re: Puffing Exhaust - Next Step - Now Diagnosis Help Needed

Firstly get the engine established, it appears that the two cylinders in the center have no reaction, one with no spark and one with spark but no reaction when shorted. Start with turning the engine with ignition on and confirm that all coils are buzzing, if one is not then trace the wiring from tha...
by Altair
Sun May 31, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: old photo
Replies: 7
Views: 1256

old photo

Find the Model T parts
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by Altair
Thu May 28, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Brass brazing rods
Replies: 18
Views: 1930

Re: Brass brazing rods

By now the repairs have been done but there is a low heat brazing rod available that will melt with a propane torch. I bought a pack of them and they work well just like brazing, but very expensive.
by Altair
Wed May 27, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Steering wheel spider
Replies: 3
Views: 784

Re: Steering wheel spider

I was in Reno one year and went to the museum where they had the Model T prop from Flubber and I noticed they had the steering wheel on upside down I mentioned it to the curator and he was adamant it was on correctly and I equally assured him it was not, he responded that it can't go on upside down,...
by Altair
Sun May 24, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: rebuilding 1916 differential
Replies: 11
Views: 1280

Re: rebuilding 1916 differential

I dodged a very serious accident when my differential let go, I had it wound up peaking about 30 mph and a lady pulled right in front of me I only had time to hit the brake hard and the pinion stripped, there was no teeth left on it and no babbitt washers left in the housing.
by Altair
Sun May 24, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: It has been awhile and have a couple questions
Replies: 11
Views: 1303

Re: It has been awhile and have a couple questions

Maybe there was a difference in models but my '26 touring came with wood spoke wheels, was black and with a light bar, however I have seen several photos of 26 models with no light bar and fitted with pedestal lights and some with no lights at all. It is conceivable that dealers may have modified so...
by Altair
Sat May 23, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1915 headlight switch hole size
Replies: 10
Views: 1402

Re: 1915 headlight switch hole size

Some early 15s had carbide lights and no switch or hole, if somebody changed the lights over to electric later in its life the hole could be any where and any size. Some of these cars could be ordered with no head lights and some were installed by dealers after the fact. Many were used in the daytim...
by Altair
Thu May 14, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Triple gear pins
Replies: 16
Views: 2258

Re: Triple gear pins

In any case the pins should feel right when installed they shouldn't take any more than a three pound hammer and a block of hard wood to install, if they require tons of pressure something is wrong. Except for the last 1/2 - 5/8" they should press in through the flywheel with no effort.
by Altair
Thu May 14, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Drippy rear end
Replies: 14
Views: 1860

Re: Drippy rear end

Drilling holes anywhere in the tube will not fix the problem, if oil is getting down the tube there is a seal problem at the rear of the engine. In the early days when this would occur and oil would leak out the ends of the axles a quick fix was to stuff a wad of felts up into the axle housing to st...
by Altair
Thu May 14, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What does this mean?
Replies: 9
Views: 1443

Re: What does this mean?

You could have two leaking spark plugs causing a lean condition, before you adjust the mixture assure the plugs are not leaking, they are a pipe thread and don't seal that well.
by Altair
Wed May 13, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Drippy rear end
Replies: 14
Views: 1860

Re: Drippy rear end

The rear drive shaft assembly has no oil seal and oil will migrate back up the shaft, less oil or heavier oil may help. They were never designed for oil, only a non-flowing grease.
by Altair
Tue May 12, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: lean condition
Replies: 1
Views: 411

lean condition

I have a 26 touring and when I first got it 60 years ago I had rebuilt the engine from quality parts and carefully assembled all the parts to assure no leaks vacuum or pressure. When I started the engine there was a very noticeable popping and puffing at the exhaust indicative of a vacuum leak, I re...
by Altair
Tue May 12, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 27 steering column question
Replies: 8
Views: 1208

Re: 27 steering column question

It wouldn't be that difficult to shorten the shaft, don't mess with the ends just cut it in the middle remove the section, taper it well and reweld it back together. This would have to be done in a jig to keep it straight then put in a lathe turned down and polished and you wouldn't see it. My steer...
by Altair
Tue May 12, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Triple gear pins
Replies: 16
Views: 2258

Re: Triple gear pins

In the day Dodge supplied flywheels for Fords who probably had one or two manufactures, also Ford had several suppliers of flywheels. Most manufactures work to a + - tolerance anything from .0005 - .0020 depending on the part, the very fine tolerances would be difficult to maintain and therefore may...
by Altair
Sat May 09, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Triple gear pins
Replies: 16
Views: 2258

Re: Triple gear pins

I can't see how you could crack your flywheel the pins are made to press through from the rear side and press out from the inside. The last 1/2" of the pin about .0015 larger than the working area, with the pin in place, you should be able to press it through by hand then the last 1/2" will require ...
by Altair
Sat May 09, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Breaking bead
Replies: 18
Views: 1925

Re: Breaking bead

I have put them on the ground and run over it with my car keeping the tire close to the rim, it may take two or three tries.
by Altair
Thu May 07, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Differential oil measurement
Replies: 6
Views: 953

Re: Differential oil measurement

The issue of differential lubrication comes up from time to time, how much, method of measuring, type of oil and weight etc. All the documents and manuals I have read going back into the early teens have never mentioned oil as a lubricant for a T differential. Grease or a compound is mostly mentione...
by Altair
Mon May 04, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I dodged a bullet.
Replies: 9
Views: 1626

Re: I dodged a bullet.

I have found loose nuts with cotter pins, it is a hassle to remove the pins to recheck the torque so they don't get retightened and often get left until they rattle apart.
by Altair
Mon May 04, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Priming Wire Hole
Replies: 9
Views: 1547

Re: Priming Wire Hole

On my original brass radiator the hole is in the same place.
by Altair
Mon May 04, 2020 12:22 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What do you use to take off old varnish / laquer....
Replies: 9
Views: 1168

Re: What do you use to take off old varnish / laquer....

I think MEK will attack just about anything it is nasty stuff.
by Altair
Sat May 02, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rock Maple spokes and fellows
Replies: 17
Views: 2100

Re: Rock Maple spokes and fellows

I am not suggesting that my spokes and fellows are an improvement, they would be an acceptable alternative and the probability of a wheel just falling apart and causing a serious accident to the level as described is negligible. Most broken wheels are a result of gross negligence, abuse and poor mai...
by Altair
Sat May 02, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Use a torque wrench in difficult places
Replies: 8
Views: 1421

Re: Use a torque wrench in difficult places

Some torque values are only addressed in the number of turns on a screw, not foot or inch pounds.
I assembled a Ford V6 with all the values in number of turns, no torque wrench was used. I checked the
assembly with a torque wrench and the values were exactly the same as with a torque wrench.
by Altair
Sat May 02, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Priming Wire Hole
Replies: 9
Views: 1547

Re: Priming Wire Hole

There were probably several radiator manufactures that paced the hole slightly different. I have two 15 brass radiators, one I believe to be original and the hole is through the brass trim and the other I have restored with new brass trim and I chose to place the choke pull beside the brass trim in ...
by Altair
Sat May 02, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rock Maple spokes and fellows
Replies: 17
Views: 2100

Re: Rock Maple spokes and fellows

I don't think Rock Maple is as bad as some believe, I have made spokes from Oak and Walnut and they haven't fallen apart yet. We baby these cars and they rarely get over 20 MPH and yes some can do over 40 but not on a regular basis. In the day these cars were driven on rutty gravel and dirt roads, u...
by Altair
Sat May 02, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Piston pins
Replies: 10
Views: 1364

Re: Piston pins

I believe there is more than one factor here, the original cast iron pistons were fitted with brass/bronze bushings and the bushings extended inside the piston to allow greater surface area for the bushing. The normal splash oiling system was sufficient to lube the pins. With aluminum pistons today ...
by Altair
Tue Apr 28, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Tack Strip?
Replies: 23
Views: 2321

Re: Tack Strip?

I have 15 rear wood strips and they are made of four unique pieces of 3/4" material, inside, outside left and right. These are salvaged pieces and I plan to design a mold and make myself a set.....
by Altair
Thu Apr 23, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: First Start of the Season Fuel Mixture Problems
Replies: 15
Views: 1689

Re: First Start of the Season Fuel Mixture Problems

This time of the year humidity can be high and carb ice can form in the throat of the carb, usually only after a few minutes of running. All the adjustments in the world won't fix it, just time and temperature.
by Altair
Thu Apr 23, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Re-spoking wood wheels
Replies: 17
Views: 2014

Re: Re-spoking wood wheels

I had a wheel with loose tenons and I drilled the tenon out in place and drilled about an inch into the spoke and inserted a dowel size for size and glued it in place. I believe I turned the dowel on my lathe to assure a tight tap in fit. Because of the tight fit and the glue it will be necessary to...
by Altair
Thu Apr 23, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1915 single contact headlights
Replies: 9
Views: 1176

Re: 1915 single contact headlights

The simple terms are single filament with double contact to wire them in series. In the day they were 9 volt bulbs but they are not available any more. 6 volts are at high risk of burning out and 12 volts are too dim. What can be done to reduce the risk of burning out 6 volt lamps is to wire a third...
by Altair
Mon Apr 20, 2020 3:18 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Diferences between 26and27
Replies: 15
Views: 1971

Re: Diferences between 26and27

I think that the different body manufacturers may account for some of the subtile differences as opposed to a manufactured difference in the years. There are 1925 models with light bars and pedestal lights, the same with 1926. My 1926 has a light bar, however I have seen 1926 models with pedestal li...
by Altair
Sat Apr 18, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Board under Rear Seat.
Replies: 21
Views: 2191

Re: Board under Rear Seat.

Now I am going to have to look all over the country for seat springs with retention prongs, can't wait for the swap meets to open again.
by Altair
Fri Apr 17, 2020 10:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Board under Rear Seat.
Replies: 21
Views: 2191

Re: Board under Rear Seat.

I think you have your answer but here is what my 26 looks like. In my earlier post I mentioned two additional boards but I had fabricated a temporary seat for a wedding. I don't know what the large hole is for in the seat frame?
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by Altair
Fri Apr 17, 2020 1:23 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Board under Rear Seat.
Replies: 21
Views: 2191

Re: Board under Rear Seat.

My 26 touring has three boards 3/4" material one narrow and two wider, the car was never finished but it runs I have owned it for 56 years. I have done about 60% restoration, I replaced all the wood that was originally in the car and the boards were under the rear seat. I cut the new wood the same a...
by Altair
Thu Apr 16, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Front spring perches
Replies: 18
Views: 2176

Re: Front spring perches

I think the duplicating manufacturers found a warn perch and then made them that way.
by Altair
Thu Apr 16, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: My "new" top bows arrived today
Replies: 3
Views: 878

Re: My "new" top bows arrived today

I bent my own top wood some years ago and it was a very challenging experience. I was told by the "experts" that steamed oak will bend like spaghetti, not true. I made a steam box and steamed the oak pieces (originally they were two pieces fitted in the clasps) to make it easier I made it a three pi...
by Altair
Wed Apr 15, 2020 11:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Piston ring seating
Replies: 24
Views: 2884

Re: Piston ring seating

Make an adapter to the spark plug to fit an air hose and pump compressed air in to each cylinder while at TDC, not high pressure just 20 - 30 lbs and listen at he carb, crankcase and exhaust, you will hear where the air is escaping.
by Altair
Wed Apr 15, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Front spring perches
Replies: 18
Views: 2176

Re: Front spring perches

The perches have part numbers on them. The odd numbered perch is left. 3818 right and 3819 is left.
by Altair
Mon Mar 30, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New Gas Tank
Replies: 8
Views: 1340

Re: New Gas Tank

I experienced the same thing and the vendor claimed it was OK when it left the store therefore the fault is between here and your door, try to find out who is the culprit is it will be classic royal runaround. I would suggest just keep it and order another one, it will save months of frustration. I ...
by Altair
Sat Mar 28, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Mud Season Motoring! (photo)
Replies: 20
Views: 2731

Re: Mud Season Motoring! (photo)

The crank is probably on the side, I wonder if those are Michelin Mudders ?
by Altair
Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The Truth about Triple Gear Pins?
Replies: 12
Views: 1876

Re: The Truth about Triple Gear Pins?

The pins should be pressed out the opposite way they were pressed in. You should able to be pushed in with limited pressure until the enlarged end enters the flywheel then the pressure is somewhat increased. I would not recommend pressing them through from the rear, only press them in from the rear....
by Altair
Sun Mar 22, 2020 2:23 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rear Perch Thread Size
Replies: 7
Views: 1011

Re: Rear Perch Thread Size

Your nuts are under by .007, option A) redrill to 5/8 and re tap, or B) try another supplier. Also they could be metric by error. The 16 and 17 mm are very close and easily mixed up. And there are possibly 10 sizes in between. Some metric sizes are supplied as 16.1, 16.2, 16.3 etc. Some will go on 3...
by Altair
Fri Mar 06, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Question: Wood firewall on 23 runabout
Replies: 15
Views: 2293

Re: Question: Wood firewall on 23 runabout

Some early 1915 models still had the carbide lamps hence no hole for a switch. The 1915 parts book does not list any lighting components.
by Altair
Wed Mar 04, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Question: Wood firewall on 23 runabout
Replies: 15
Views: 2293

Re: Question: Wood firewall on 23 runabout

I have read material from reliable sources and it indicates 1915 was the transitional year for factory headlights. I have a 1915 parts book and headlights are not listed. It is conceivable that on some early 1915 models headlights were still optional?
by Altair
Sun Mar 01, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Question: Wood firewall on 23 runabout
Replies: 15
Views: 2293

Re: Question: Wood firewall on 23 runabout

I would say they were not drilled if headlights were not ordered because they were accessories. I dug my '15 out of a mud filled ditch in Saskatchewan about 40 years ago where it sat discarded for 40 years. All that was sticking out of the mud was the front fenders and the wood firewall. It did have...
by Altair
Sun Mar 01, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ignition key stolen!
Replies: 25
Views: 3335

Re: Ignition key stolen!

There was masters available at some vendors key nos. 51 - 56, 57 - 62, 63 - 68 and 69 - 74 all in a crimped set.
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by Altair
Sat Feb 29, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Battery for 1916 model T
Replies: 6
Views: 1133

Re: Battery for 1916 model T

12 volts is not too much, the mag can put out 18 volts so there is lots to spare, I use dry cells.