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by SurfCityGene
Mon Jul 13, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Seat Belts, What of it?
Replies: 20
Views: 459

Re: Seat Belts, What of it?

The Late Ralph Ricks was a big proponent of belts in a T. He convinced me to install them in my '12 Torpedo. We both have four wheel brakes and his Metro brakes could put any passenger into the front windshield with his panic stops he liked to demonstrate. The insurance industry says most auto accid...
by SurfCityGene
Sat Jul 04, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: True Fire Ignition
Replies: 13
Views: 670

Re: True Fire Ignition

Thanks to all for helping John, Scott, I reread all the posts and I could not find where anyone was childishly name calling? It certainly wasn't in my post.. If you thought that I am truly sorry for you misinterpretation! John did ask about any other type systems that prompted my response to him. Si...
by SurfCityGene
Fri Jul 03, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: True Fire Ignition
Replies: 13
Views: 670

Re: True Fire Ignition

John, You asked if there was another system available.... Yes, your in Luck. Of course there is the original mag and coils with Ford Timer and most recently both the I Timer, mentioned above, or the E Timer both made by Mike Kossor. You didn't tell us if your Mag was not operating. I have no idea no...
by SurfCityGene
Tue Jun 23, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 60th Montana 500 Started
Replies: 6
Views: 472

60th Montana 500 Started

Second day of the 2020 Montana 500 is now well underway with 4 cars out. Here is a link to some results and videos made by Mike Robison. http://www.antiqueautoranch.com/montana500/indexnonrefresh.html Unfortunately I had to return home after reaching Idaho Falls and getting a phone call that my wife...
by SurfCityGene
Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New Day Timer Re-conditioner
Replies: 11
Views: 581

Re: New Day Timer Re-conditioner

HOLLY Cow if you need 60 grit you'll need a new timer almost... We carry a container with soapy water and a drill motor with Very fine paper to POLISH the contacts during the Montana last year. It's surprising how much difference it a makes the car run better after a quick polish. 600, 800 or 1200.....
by SurfCityGene
Sun Jun 14, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Magneto battery charger
Replies: 20
Views: 1371

Re: Magneto battery charger

Bob, You want to show us how you hooked up that isolation transformer on that grounded leg? Sounds very interesting.
by SurfCityGene
Sat Jun 13, 2020 1:36 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Who uses 30 x 3 clinchers?
Replies: 30
Views: 978

Re: Who uses 30 x 3 clinchers?

Funky Tread pattern
by SurfCityGene
Fri Jun 05, 2020 12:09 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Recommendations for rebuilding coils
Replies: 18
Views: 1382

Re: Recommendations for rebuilding coils

Several local guys here have had Erik Larson rebuild their coils and have all been super pleased with the performance. Adjusting them with the latest electronic device like the ECCT will allow the coils to all fire at the same amount of time for smoother and better performance. I would look to have ...
by SurfCityGene
Mon May 18, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Nursery
Replies: 4
Views: 598

Re: Nursery

Wow what beautiful spot for a picture of your T!! I have in-laws that live close to you there. I hope Dick Lodge sees this post.
by SurfCityGene
Sun May 17, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The new I timer
Replies: 20
Views: 1286

Re: The new I timer

Charles, I am sure if you installed the I Timer on your car you would be thrilled with it's continued superb performance with no need for cleaning or oiling. I know that the cleaning and greasing or sanding the contacts in the timer is one of the joys of driving a stock model T. We do that with ever...
by SurfCityGene
Tue May 12, 2020 1:51 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Leaking Radiator Inlet - can I do this?
Replies: 10
Views: 607

Re: Leaking Radiator Inlet - can I do this?

A couple of years ago now, I had a leak in that area and patched it with Ultra Black just like I had repaired a freeze crack on the side of the block. still holding leak free.
by SurfCityGene
Mon May 11, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Anyone in Fl know jjlissa10@gmail with a '24 T
Replies: 2
Views: 377

Re: Anyone in Fl know jjlissa10@gmail with a '24 T

This Gish auto Oiler is Real popular!! I received another call from a different Florida guy named Bobby justing wanting to buy my parts since he had seen it in the Magneto News, our Long Beach T monthly flyer. This guy claimed to be a past member! Same MO scam with him sending a cashiers check and a...
by SurfCityGene
Sat May 09, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Anyone in Fl know jjlissa10@gmail with a '24 T
Replies: 2
Views: 377

Anyone in Fl know jjlissa10@gmail with a '24 T

Received unusual text concerning a Gish auto oiler system that I have advertised on the Long Beach Magneto News. After the usual what condition and bottom dollar price He offered the standard "I'll send a check and my shipper will pick it up after check clears" I have sold and given a few things to ...
by SurfCityGene
Tue May 05, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rock Maple spokes and fellows
Replies: 17
Views: 986

Re: Rock Maple spokes and fellows

Ya Jerry your right. You made me recall a near tragic incident a few years ago during the Montana 500 during the last leg of the day and it was a Terrible cross wind coming back on the Interstate. A T going down a good hill with a turn bearing to the left at full speed when a nut came off and the ca...
by SurfCityGene
Tue May 05, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rock Maple spokes and fellows
Replies: 17
Views: 986

Re: Rock Maple spokes and fellows

Oh Oh another guy wants to use some special wood for making spokes for his Model T that he'll just drive a little around town on side streets for a parade. You mention the famed Ralph Ricks, RDR RIP. I'm sure he's not in peace right now since he did many extensive tests of wood spokes. Yes, you were...
by SurfCityGene
Sun May 03, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: We lost another one
Replies: 28
Views: 2096

Re: We lost another one

I'm shocked and saddened to hear this news.
by SurfCityGene
Thu Apr 30, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: unconventional transmission brake bands
Replies: 20
Views: 1085

Re: unconventional transmission brake bands

You can use leather for a rod bearing replacement to get back home if your traveling back to Canada from the States. :lol:
by SurfCityGene
Sat Apr 25, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: Live Video Webinars
Topic: Model T Webinar #2 - Coil Testing/Tuning
Replies: 67
Views: 4079

Re: Coil Testing/Tuning Webinar

Great News and seems like amazing potential for everyone!

Thanks guys
by SurfCityGene
Sun Apr 19, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: Live Video Webinars
Topic: Webinar
Replies: 14
Views: 1027

Re: Webinar

I watched it on my laptop computer with monitor. It's running the old Windows 97 but had no problems simply clicking on the icons to load Zoom and it came right on after the log on info. Tony, I enjoyed the tour of your shop. I now have a new appreciation of professional shows on TV like the musical...
by SurfCityGene
Sun Apr 19, 2020 1:36 am
Forum: Live Video Webinars
Topic: Model T Webinar #2 - Coil Testing/Tuning
Replies: 67
Views: 4079

Re: Coil Testing/Tuning Webinar

100% Count me in Mike! I know some others not here on the Form that would also want to joint.

Thanks
by SurfCityGene
Sun Apr 12, 2020 12:42 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: LIVE Video Webinar for MTFCA Easter Sunday
Replies: 35
Views: 1660

Re: LIVE Video Webinar for MTFCA Easter Sunday

Maybe not the best of choices.
by SurfCityGene
Sat Apr 11, 2020 2:05 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: From the "why do I do this stuff?" department - new Stromberg OF idle jets
Replies: 8
Views: 638

Re: From the "why do I do this stuff?" department - new Stromberg OF idle jets

Beautiful job Scott. Did you make any improvements? I know that would be next to impossible since I run an OF!
by SurfCityGene
Thu Apr 09, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: In car Mag recharge
Replies: 7
Views: 569

Re: In car Mag recharge

Sorry if my post was not clear about where to find Tom's procedure. Here is a link to that thread: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/506218/528397.html. I believe some search engines find different advertisements than others. Hate that If you've been looking for a compass and wondering where to p...
by SurfCityGene
Thu Apr 09, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: In car Mag recharge
Replies: 7
Views: 569

Re: In car Mag recharge

Farmer Jerry, Search Google MTFCA Tom Carnegie for a very simple detailed method for charging the magnets in the car. Tom is one of the smartest/experienced guys and has researched his method extensively. Multiple Montana 500 winner proves his method as well.

Philip's advice is spot on!
by SurfCityGene
Sun Apr 05, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1912 -1913 engine
Replies: 10
Views: 940

Re: 1912 -1913 engine

Ya but Joe, My '12 #12699X block has the numbers located lower right behind and about even with the inlet bolt hole.. I have another later block #156xxx with the numbers above the inlet?
by SurfCityGene
Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: My approach to pressure oil lines
Replies: 14
Views: 1198

Re: My approach to pressure oil lines

Those are the BEST Fittings and a Nice job forming the lines!!
by SurfCityGene
Sun Apr 05, 2020 12:12 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1912 -1913 engine
Replies: 10
Views: 940

Re: 1912 -1913 engine

I'd be very certain that's it's a 1912 because of having only One Vertical gusset going up inside above the rear main bearing. I don't know when they started using 2 but most of the 13's and all later I have seen have two. Looks like a very salvageable block without any noticeable freeze cracks!
by SurfCityGene
Mon Mar 30, 2020 1:44 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wooden Transmission Bands
Replies: 14
Views: 1142

Re: Wooden Transmission Bands

Long time user of Jim Guinn's Cottonwood bands and I really like them. I've driven them a lot of miles on some pretty long tours. They do not require much adjustment but of course that may depend on driving habits. Many guys believe that the Kevlar will damage your drums because of overheating but p...
by SurfCityGene
Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Will a 1915 Touring w/ top down fit in a 6'x12' enclosed trailer?
Replies: 11
Views: 847

Re: Will a 1915 Touring w/ top down fit in a 6'x12' enclosed trailer?

I'll never have another narrow trailer with wheels on the outside BUT That trailer with high top is certainly a deal at that price and SO much better for your T trailering in wind and bad weather. My thought is the wide trailers offer so much more inside and the width is the same except for the mirr...
by SurfCityGene
Mon Mar 23, 2020 2:48 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Tired of sitting around
Replies: 18
Views: 1180

Re: Tired of sitting around

Another perfect spot for a dab of the famous Ultra Black!!! You don't want those caps rattling around and messing up the paint.
by SurfCityGene
Fri Mar 20, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Permatex #2 sealant
Replies: 9
Views: 764

Re: Permatex #2 sealant

Hate to say it Dan but I disagree with your comment about the permatex. In my opinion after 50 years they have made some real improvements and the Ultra Black is one of them. The #1 and #2 were great products but most find many advantages to either the Right Stuff or my preference the Ultra Black fo...
by SurfCityGene
Wed Mar 18, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Top/Lid for Boyco Running Board Cans
Replies: 16
Views: 1125

Re: Top/Lid for Boyco Running Board Cans

What a Deal... Only 65 bucks each! They should seal leak free for that amount!
by SurfCityGene
Tue Mar 17, 2020 2:37 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Spark Plug adapters
Replies: 5
Views: 464

Re: Spark Plug adapters

You could just drill and tap to the pipe threads. A 1/2 - 14 tap would require a 23/32 drill.
by SurfCityGene
Sun Mar 15, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Tire questions
Replies: 16
Views: 1331

Re: Tire questions

Performance Tire located on Cherry in Long Beach is a supporter of the Model Club. The Long Beach club has helped them out with their Thanksgiving charity event in recent years. I have purchased from them and also Lucas which is very close as well. The tubes from Lucas are the absolute best deal of ...
by SurfCityGene
Sun Mar 15, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Anyone on here who was on the first Forum?
Replies: 74
Views: 6672

Re: Anyone on here who was on the first Forum?

Wow, Very interesting thread and sure brings back some great memories of the early days and the ladder threads. Good to hear names of past members of the likes of Reid and others. I believe he did a spark plug test of sorts. When talking about the old days of the Forums I always have to tell about h...
by SurfCityGene
Sun Mar 15, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wood Wheels
Replies: 10
Views: 1120

Re: Wood Wheels

Larry, Please tell us what happened to your wheel. You might just prevent someone else from the same or worse incident!
by SurfCityGene
Wed Mar 11, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I Timer
Replies: 15
Views: 1661

Re: I Timer

Nice pictures but after 10,000 miles or more that I Timer will look and still be performing just like new. I like the Andersons but have wore out two of them and it's Very difficult to get the cylinder timing correct. The cover must be centered and the bending of the tabs is critical. Then comes the...
by SurfCityGene
Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I Timer
Replies: 15
Views: 1661

Re: I Timer

Robert, You might also ask about any problems with the ETimer as well cause I believe you'll find very few id\f anybody that has had a problem with either timers.
I know several guys that have the ETimers that will never give them up because of the super performance they get with no maintenance
by SurfCityGene
Mon Mar 02, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 12V battery
Replies: 8
Views: 1075

Re: 12V battery

Larry, I keep my 12V battery charged up with my Mag using a diode and light bulb charger.
by SurfCityGene
Thu Feb 20, 2020 2:17 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Crankshaft Seals
Replies: 31
Views: 3032

Re: Crankshaft Seals

Mack, Yes The seal with a spring is designed for low pressure. You can look at Harwal Rotary Shaft Oil Seals. after the size the "ADL" designation is with a seal and a dust lip. It is a VBR which means Viton Black Rubber. On their site you can search the different sizes and the 30 50 05 works on mos...
by SurfCityGene
Wed Feb 19, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Freeze Crack Repair
Replies: 34
Views: 3150

Re: Freeze Crack Repair

Scot and Mack, Don't be upset when the little chubby kid tells you that he loves candy cause its sweet but you still suck on the cough drops and mumble about it. I know I have posted several times about leaks and seals because I've had great success and seen my advice work for others. I've tried the...
by SurfCityGene
Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Mr Frugal meet your match-Video
Replies: 12
Views: 1325

Re: Mr Frugal meet your match-Video

What model sewing machine is that? Looks like an old Singer. I have a friend that needs one like that.
by SurfCityGene
Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Crankshaft Seals
Replies: 31
Views: 3032

Re: Crankshaft Seals

Use a 30 X 50 X 05 AO - VBR modern seal on the outside glued on with Ultra Black for a leakfree crankshaft. If your engine is in the car you can not replace the stock seal. this seal is very thin and will fit between most crank pulleys and the block with no interference! You may also install it like...
by SurfCityGene
Sun Feb 09, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: bicycle speedometer
Replies: 35
Views: 2444

Re: bicycle speedometer

Here's my light shedding for ya.... You said you already have an older GPS and need something cheap. The reason you don't use it in your T being simply a mounting issue. I would suggest considering the many benefits of the GPS besides just a speedo. Depending on your model there are several good opt...
by SurfCityGene
Sun Feb 09, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Cracks between intake and exhaust
Replies: 12
Views: 1134

Re: Cracks between intake and exhaust

FWIW I have the same cracks in my '12 block. They have been there about 3 or 4 years ago and so far have not changed or affected performance. I have the hard seats like Mike. It'd be on the list of things to fix during the next major O/H
by SurfCityGene
Sat Feb 08, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: wood spokes
Replies: 9
Views: 1079

Re: wood spokes

Chris, When you get your rims back from George and Before you mount the tires make sure you do not have any run out!! Just mount on the spindle and rotate the wheel with a pointer fixed near the rim. If you do you'll never be satisfied with your new wheels. Art Wilson and I had to demount and true u...
by SurfCityGene
Sat Feb 08, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Education on Warford transmissiion needed
Replies: 14
Views: 991

Re: Education on Warford transmissiion needed

Mike, Let us know what you think after your ride. I can't imagine anyone would want to trade a Warford three speed for a Ruxtell. You should be able to get the driveshaft and rods like others have said since he'll need to replace those? The shifting does take a bit of practice like an old standard t...
by SurfCityGene
Sat Feb 08, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How to remove the timing gear from the cam?
Replies: 11
Views: 1266

Re: How to remove the timing gear from the cam?

Mark, Make sure to take advantage of your radiator replacement to inspect/change/install new modern seals in you timing cover! ALSO it's the perfect time to install a lip seal on the front of your crankshaft!!! Google "MTFCA modern crankshaft seal Gene Carrothers" and you'll find lots of info and pi...
by SurfCityGene
Sat Feb 08, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: wood spokes
Replies: 12
Views: 1330

Re: wood spokes

I feel Ralph Ricks, RDR - RIP, rolling over in his grave. After his incident he did a lot of research and testing of spokes. While the oak looks very nice he found they are inferior to Hickory for use in a Model T wheel. The problem with running oak spokes on a parade car is that someday another dri...
by SurfCityGene
Fri Feb 07, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Looking for a engine re-builder in the Los Angeles area/
Replies: 4
Views: 510

Re: Looking for a engine re-builder in the Los Angeles area/

Chris, there are several options here in Orange County at the Model T club or with the Long Beach club. If you have not attended one of our meeting I invite you to check them out this month! Orange County meets on the First Tuesday and Long Beach meets on the First Thursday. Let me know if you'd nee...
by SurfCityGene
Fri Feb 07, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Plastic vs. Wood Coils
Replies: 24
Views: 2099

Re: Plastic vs. Wood Coils

Rusty, The answer to your question is an ETimer! If you haven't heard of or researched Mike Kossor's ETimer then many of us here believe you'll be very pleasantly surprised. I think it is exactly what you are looking for? You can keep your old coil boxes so they sounds like operating coils but will ...
by SurfCityGene
Fri Feb 07, 2020 1:01 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 2020 Bay Area Tour to be repeated!
Replies: 4
Views: 516

Re: 2020 Bay Area Tour to be repeated!

We're most looking forward to driving the Torpedo over the Golden Gate bridge! See you there.
by SurfCityGene
Sat Feb 01, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Freeze Crack Repair
Replies: 34
Views: 3150

Re: Freeze Crack Repair

Big, Snoop is a leak detection liquid made by the Nupro company. It comes in a small bottle with a dispensing tube coiled inside so when you squeeze out the liquid you don't get any bubbles. The liquid is a surfactant so when it is applied over an area you want to check for a leak you see bubbles. o...
by SurfCityGene
Tue Jan 28, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: CUSTOMER APPRECIATION SALE 20%
Replies: 47
Views: 5923

Re: CUSTOMER APPRECIATION SALE 20%

Glen and Dave, Garrett Green and I want to say THANKS! We took a run out to Chaffins to pick up some things that we might need someday and came home with a nice collection of parts and at a great price as well. Now is the time for a wise Model Ter to take a look at their car and Glens catalog and ma...
by SurfCityGene
Tue Jan 28, 2020 3:17 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Freeze Crack Repair
Replies: 34
Views: 3150

Re: Freeze Crack Repair

Roger, Yes, Please be more specific about where your crack is. If you need more info about using the Right Stuff or Ultra Black please let me know. I don't think you will be successful trying any type of stop leak in the radiator but am sure that the typical freeze crack in the T block can be fixed ...
by SurfCityGene
Thu Jan 23, 2020 2:03 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Freeze Crack Repair
Replies: 34
Views: 3150

Re: Freeze Crack Repair

You will find that the Permatex Ultra Black will work very well. It cures to a very durable and tough rubber like material. The epoxies and JB weld are too brittle and will not flex with the engine temps. My repairs have now lasted several years. Super clean the surface of any oil. I sort of cheated...
by SurfCityGene
Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Why won't my 1915 engine start unless I tow (bump-start) the car.
Replies: 31
Views: 2429

Re: Why won't my 1915 engine start unless I tow (bump-start) the car.

Hey Steven, Maybe that's exactly why Tony was given the Rosenthal Award last year! I bet your not the only guy he has helped..
by SurfCityGene
Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Brazing the steering quadrant
Replies: 15
Views: 1342

Re: Brazing the steering quadrant

Bill, You might also check how much spring tension is on the levers. My quadrant is a lot like yours on the throttle side cause I guess I drive it too often-hard or play with the gas too much? I'm making a friction block to install on the throttle and spark rods so I can keep the idle running at the...
by SurfCityGene
Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Why won't my 1915 engine start unless I tow (bump-start) the car.
Replies: 31
Views: 2429

Re: Why won't my 1915 engine start unless I tow (bump-start) the car.

Thanks to Tony for his help his expert Help!
I agree with Steve J and Scott C, It should be a 5 minute job to bend and set the timer rod to the correct timing position. Once set no one will have to remember to place the spark lever to some off standard position.

Did someone say this is a RHD car??
by SurfCityGene
Sun Jan 12, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Why won't my 1915 engine start unless I tow (bump-start) the car.
Replies: 31
Views: 2429

Re: Why won't my 1915 engine start unless I tow (bump-start) the car.

Since you changed to a different timer I would be suspect of the timing. Check that again. You said the car runs fine once it gets started so I would rule out gas supply is the problem. The carb setting could be suspect.... My "12 hand crank car always starts great EXCEPT if it gets flooded I then h...
by SurfCityGene
Mon Jan 06, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Fallbrook Tour - Two Days Away!!!
Replies: 27
Views: 2383

Re: Model T Fallbrook Tour - January 19-21

Our reservations are made and we'll see everyone on Sunday!
by SurfCityGene
Sun Dec 29, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 2019 HCCA Holiday Motor Excursion
Replies: 18
Views: 1952

Re: 2019 HCCA Holiday Motor Excursion

Ya Kirk, it was cold here too and we had snow also but up in the mountains above Pasadena. So Beautiful.... Was a really great day lots of cars. I got to the parking lot early. Since we were at a county park there were a lot of other modern cars there but everyone found a place to park.
by SurfCityGene
Sat Dec 28, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 2019 HCCA Holiday Motor Excursion
Replies: 18
Views: 1952

Re: 2019 HCCA Holiday Motor Excursion

Looks like I have an empty seat tomorrow if anyone is interested?
by SurfCityGene
Thu Dec 26, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Dubatt's crank
Replies: 12
Views: 1537

Re: Dubatt's crank

I have a DuBats crank in my '12 with an early pan and would not ever change it out for a later one! That Narrow nose adds a minimum of 2 miles per hour!
by SurfCityGene
Thu Dec 26, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Fallbrook Tour - Two Days Away!!!
Replies: 27
Views: 2383

Re: Model T and Brass Era Fallbrook Tour - January 19-21, 2020

Eric, You know it's very possible you might get sick on the HME and be well enough for a little Vintage Wine?
by SurfCityGene
Thu Dec 26, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 2019 HCCA Holiday Motor Excursion
Replies: 18
Views: 1952

Re: 2019 HCCA Holiday Motor Excursion

CHRIS... If you need a hand or some help PLEASE let me know!!
by SurfCityGene
Thu Dec 26, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 2019 HCCA Holiday Motor Excursion
Replies: 18
Views: 1952

Re: 2019 HCCA Holiday Motor Excursion

Well the creck is pretty high after last night but the Torpedo will ford it at the old crossing and somehow be there one more time! I remember the last I was there with Stan Howe and it started raining right when we pulled into the gate! it'll be cle4ar for the tour as always... I hope, See you ther...
by SurfCityGene
Sun Dec 22, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Recharging magnets in car without removing transmission
Replies: 17
Views: 1403

Re: Recharging magnets in car without removing transmission

Which ever source you use make sure to take Tom's advice about insulating your connection at the mag post!! Some protection from the batteries is also good advice. Seems like there are plenty of Welders readily available as compared to a bunch of 6 or big 12 V batteries and a bunch of cables. I doub...
by SurfCityGene
Fri Dec 20, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Recharging magnets in car without removing transmission
Replies: 17
Views: 1403

Re: Recharging magnets in car without removing transmission

I'm surprised no one has told you to read Tom Carnegie's post about charging your mag in the car! Here's a link: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/506218/528397.html Tom has a many years of knowledge and experience and is many times winner of the Montana 500. Check out his procedure or search man...
by SurfCityGene
Tue Dec 17, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A new DIY electronic coil tester.
Replies: 205
Views: 14680

Re: A new DIY electronic coil tester.

I can't believe our Forum rules prevent anyone from joining into the discussion about a related project such as this to share experience and knowledge to others working on such a project! I find that this type of ruling would be against the very reason we have such a forum and place to share experie...
by SurfCityGene
Tue Dec 17, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Anyone live near Pella Iowa ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1012

Re: Anyone live near Pella Iowa ?

Sorry Mark, I was just thru there a several weeks ago but it's too cold now. Dean Yoder is not too far from there?
by SurfCityGene
Tue Dec 17, 2019 2:48 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Dubat's cranks
Replies: 6
Views: 926

Re: Dubat's cranks

I've been running one since they first came out and really would be interested in another one if you come across another, Joe?
by SurfCityGene
Tue Dec 17, 2019 2:42 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: any one know that place with a bunch of model Ts?
Replies: 9
Views: 1257

Re: any one know that place with a bunch of model Ts?

That's one for your Bucket List if you've never been there. Our clubs have made the trip to Yuma a couple of times and is always more to see each time!!
by SurfCityGene
Mon Dec 16, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Admin Jeff vs The Hill..., Who Will Win?
Replies: 12
Views: 1458

Re: Admin Jeff vs The Hill..., Who Will Win?

I thought it was important after I copied some of Terry Horlicks dam designs for my car to drill some small oil return lines at the bottom of each dam. This allows the oil to flow back into the sump after the engine is turned off. I think it also aids in preventing any sediment build up.
by SurfCityGene
Wed Dec 11, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T in Los Angeles
Replies: 16
Views: 1801

Re: Model T in Los Angeles

Mark, How about letting us Locals know where that mural is at as well?

Very Cool
by SurfCityGene
Sat Dec 07, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Very dark day. Howard is gone.
Replies: 46
Views: 4104

Re: Very dark day. Howard is gone.

I hope many of you opened the link posted by Ray, AKA 3 Pedal Dancer, referring to the picture RDR, Ralph Ricks, posted back in 2011. Even years before his passing the many testimonies and praise of HH was evident. There's also some more cool pictures of that run home down the 605 of Lucky 7 taken f...
by SurfCityGene
Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Very dark day. Howard is gone.
Replies: 46
Views: 4104

Re: Very dark day. Howard is gone.

Ray, Was that picture you posted of HH driving Lucky 7 taken on the 605?
by SurfCityGene
Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Very dark day. Howard is gone.
Replies: 46
Views: 4104

Re: Very dark day. Howard is gone.

I talked with HH at our last T club meeting in November, our "assigned" seats were together in the front row. We all knew he had some issues but that didn't stop him from giving some advice about changing tires to everyone. My two most memorable times with HH driving his Lucky 7 and me with my '12 T...
by SurfCityGene
Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Guinn wood bands, new set narrow
Replies: 2
Views: 376

Re: Guinn wood bands, new set narrow

That's a real deal and some super great bands!!
by SurfCityGene
Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Mounting A Stubborn 30 x 3
Replies: 32
Views: 2153

Re: Mounting A Stubborn 30 x 3

Kerry, I have always found it Much easier to get the tire with the stem inserted in the rim on the bottom if the wheel is on the car and then work around both sides to the top. It would be extremely hard to get the stem inserted thru the hole of the 3" or even the 3 1/2" rim after both beads are in ...
by SurfCityGene
Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Mounting A Stubborn 30 x 3
Replies: 32
Views: 2153

Re: Mounting A Stubborn 30 x 3

Larry, Bring that tire and rim over to Wilmington Instrument tomorrow where several of the LBMTC will be meeting and I'll mount that tire for you! This is close to you on 332 Fries Ave. in Wilmington. I'll bring my motorcycle tire irons. It's a Holiday Social and hey will be calibrating our torque w...
by SurfCityGene
Fri Nov 29, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 5008CST Coil Point Adjusting Tool
Replies: 4
Views: 800

Re: 5008CST Coil Point Adjusting Tool

Check out the new one that Mike Kossor has available now
by SurfCityGene
Tue Nov 26, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I'm Thankful
Replies: 14
Views: 1471

Re: I'm Thankful

Just another guy here that's more than Extra Thankful this season. Some of you may remember one of my earlier posts when I warned about the danger of airing up our Clincher tires. I'm extremely thankful this year that I wasn't injured or Killed when a clincher tire on a demountable rim that I had ju...
by SurfCityGene
Mon Nov 25, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: License Plates
Replies: 8
Views: 1253

Re: License Plates

Wow very nice, I wouldn't be afraid to leave them on my car with the original plate in the tool box in case of the Very unlikely event a jerk cop wanted to give you a hard time for such new looking plates. YMMV
by SurfCityGene
Thu Nov 21, 2019 2:37 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Driving on "Battery"
Replies: 14
Views: 1569

Re: Driving on "Battery"

John, You have the perfect time to get an ETimer and then your car will run better than what you were experiencing before your mag quit. I'm surprised no one else has offered that fix for you. Richard offered the conversion to a distributor which was a common solution for a inop mag but the ETimer m...
by SurfCityGene
Mon Nov 18, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Head Gasket Replacement
Replies: 21
Views: 1756

Re: Head Gasket Replacement

Allan, Great idea inserting a shim!!
by SurfCityGene
Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:17 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 2019 HCCA Holiday Motor Excursion
Replies: 18
Views: 1952

Re: 2019 HCCA Holiday Motor Excursion

Steve, I am sure we can find you a ride with one of our local Orange County or Long Beach guys. There is always several cars attending the tour.
I'm not sure of my plans this year but for sure I wouldn't miss it. Will keep you posted. Send me your contact info
by SurfCityGene
Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:01 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Warford Question
Replies: 17
Views: 1152

Re: Warford Question

Beaver, I've looked at those gears several times. I've seen a good number of Warfords and I would not have any problems running those gears from what I can see. You'll find a wide range in price for the bearings all of which are available EXCEPT the small center cone bearing, Treat it like Gold. I r...
by SurfCityGene
Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: 30 X 3 1/2 Kelsey rim
Replies: 4
Views: 485

Re: 30 X 3 1/2 Kelsey rim

Hey Jeff, Tim O'Gorman is looking for a spare rim for his car. I gave him a good tire for a spare. See him tonight
by SurfCityGene
Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I think of Ralph Ricks around this time of year
Replies: 18
Views: 1729

Re: I think of Ralph Ricks around this time of year

Thanks for posting the pictures of RDR (Ralph Ricks). That 77 was my favorite of the many changes RDR did to his car / Picup as he called them. He had a very unique vocabulary. The car still resides on Old Pirate Lane and in his Son, Ross Ricks's, possession. It's now a pea green color and sporting ...
by SurfCityGene
Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:52 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Anti-Freeze and Brass Tarnish
Replies: 3
Views: 614

Re: Anti-Freeze and Brass Tarnish

I use a funnel so I don't spill any and found a gasket so the radiator cap doesn't leak. pretty much solved any spill problems I had. A towel around the top of the radiator when filling is a good thing too. It does take a bit of work when a spill happens and I've never found a type that doesn't. I a...
by SurfCityGene
Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: WARNING New Clincher Tire Blows Off Rim!!
Replies: 16
Views: 1859

Re: WARNING New Clincher Tire Blows Off Rim!!

Mike, Yes, I thought about your tires after that.

I inspected the tire and remounted it back on the rim and the car. Drove it today and all is good at 55PSI.

I did have flash back thoughts when standing next to it though..
by SurfCityGene
Thu Oct 31, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: WARNING New Clincher Tire Blows Off Rim!!
Replies: 16
Views: 1859

Re: WARNING New Clincher Tire Blows Off Rim!!

This was the 10th Custom Classic tube that I have mounted in a tire this year and all with no problems. Of course the ones we have here locally could very well be from a different batch. I can't accept the tube as being a cause but I could see the possibility, however remote, of Jeff's idea. I feel ...
by SurfCityGene
Thu Oct 31, 2019 3:01 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: WARNING New Clincher Tire Blows Off Rim!!
Replies: 16
Views: 1859

Re: WARNING New Clincher Tire Blows Off Rim!!

Here's what I found after some research and thinking about my safety procedures. Of course there is an OSHA regulation and some good info there. The tube was a new Custom Classic made in India for size tires from 30 X 3, 30 X 3 1/2 and 31 X 4. These feel very heavy and look very well made. I've used...
by SurfCityGene
Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: WARNING New Clincher Tire Blows Off Rim!!
Replies: 16
Views: 1859

WARNING New Clincher Tire Blows Off Rim!!

Many have said and I agree "I'd rather be Lucky than Good!" Well I had a very scary thing happen to me today and I'm darn glad I was the Lucky one!! Now this was not my first time playing around clincher tires. Many of you know I've had my '12 Torpedo for more years than I can remember and it runs 3...
by SurfCityGene
Wed Oct 30, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I think of Ralph Ricks around this time of year
Replies: 18
Views: 1729

Re: I think of Ralph Ricks around this time of year

Thanks for posting the reminder of my best friend and neighbor. I recently thought of him when reading the posts about towing a T. He advocated towing on all fours and of course his warnings about oak spokes still abound. My favorite RDR subject was about Model T brakes which caused me to make and i...
by SurfCityGene
Wed Oct 23, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Mike Kosser's new tool
Replies: 11
Views: 2168

Re: Mike Kosser's new tool

If Mike has made a new anything I want to know about it so if anyone knows what it is Please let us know!
by SurfCityGene
Wed Oct 23, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Adjusting #4 ConRod on 3 dip pan?
Replies: 22
Views: 1835

Re: Adjusting #4 ConRod on 3 dip pan?

I've done it a couple of times on my '12 and it's way better that pulling the engine. It's not that bad really, for me is when I get under the car I always forget something and it's out of reach. A major thing to consider is your own hand and finger dexterity and finger size!! If you have extra larg...
by SurfCityGene
Wed Oct 23, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1912 engine and transmission Value
Replies: 18
Views: 2159

Re: 1912 engine and transmission Value

Mike, Thanks, If there are no freeze cracks or repairs so common on many T blocks this would increase the value quite a bit.