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by Walter Higgins
Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 11 Torpedo windshield
Replies: 2
Views: 184

Re: 11 Torpedo windshield

Finally there is a special rainwater channel piece that is riveted to both the bottom glass channel of the upper glass and the top glass channel of the lower glass. There 2 pieces are shaped such that the rainwater that climbs up the slanted windshield lower pane will not be able to blow through th...
by Walter Higgins
Wed Sep 23, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old Photo. I'm trying to date this tornado-damaged Model T
Replies: 11
Views: 635

Re: Old Photo. I'm trying to date this tornado-damaged Model T

Lots of things point to 1910 -- the curved profile on the lower portion of the door, the style of radiator cap, the Jno Brown 60 sidelamp, and the buggy rail on the rear seat.
by Walter Higgins
Sun Sep 20, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Purchased an 8’ tall Grandfather clock
Replies: 10
Views: 211

Re: Purchased an 8’ tall Grandfather clock

That is gorgeous! I know clocks have taken a hit in recent years, but that still looks very well-bought to me. Last year I brought home a Wing & Son piano that is beautiful. I know they're still considered production, but when compared to everything else out there (and the fact that it was free) I c...
by Walter Higgins
Sun Sep 20, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Scam warning
Replies: 3
Views: 221

Re: Scam warning

People have been too conditioned to reveal their SSN for everything under the sun. Many think of it as no more sacred than giving out their phone number. I don't even give it out to dentists or doctors. Especially with people in the medical profession, they don't "need" your SSN to do the work -- th...
by Walter Higgins
Sat Sep 19, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: David Dewey...Good News!
Replies: 10
Views: 379

Re: David Dewey

He has been checking in here with the thread that he started ten days ago: True, but his last post there was six days ago, hence my concern about a post that was about him, but not by him. I just posted it as a general FYI to those not following along. Many seem not to know that the OT forum even e...
by Walter Higgins
Sat Sep 19, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: David Dewey...Good News!
Replies: 10
Views: 379

Re: David Dewey

He has been checking in here with the thread that he started ten days ago:

viewtopic.php?f=16&t=15553
by Walter Higgins
Fri Sep 18, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Water or 50-50 Antifreeze ?
Replies: 17
Views: 574

Re: Water or 50-50 Antifreeze ?

All it takes is forgetting the first night there's a hard freeze. Not a T, but still a Ford, and ice does not discriminate! That's the second instance of this I have seen in recent years. Don't count on draining it saving your bacon either because many castings have pockets that won't won't empty.
by Walter Higgins
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Fire evacuation In Oroville
Replies: 18
Views: 684

Re: Fire evacuation In Oroville

It has also been a unusually cool here the last couple of days and the sky has looked odd. I thought that surely it cannot have anything to do with the smoke out west but then on the radio today they announced that it is. For those of us in the east untouched by this it really helps put into perspec...
by Walter Higgins
Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Clutch Drum Puller 5Z314 - Question
Replies: 11
Views: 308

Re: Clutch Drum Puller 5Z314 - Question

Mark Gregush wrote:
Mon Sep 07, 2020 10:52 pm
They are the same bolts that keep the cam shaft bushing in place.
Ha! Forgot about that -- now I don't have to draw it!
by Walter Higgins
Mon Sep 07, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Clutch Drum Puller 5Z314 - Question
Replies: 11
Views: 308

Re: Clutch Drum Puller 5Z314 - Question

They are 7/16"-20 x 13/16" oal. I'm happy to take additional measurements if you'd like to duplicate them accurately.
by Walter Higgins
Sun Sep 06, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: low speed drum on trans rebuild
Replies: 11
Views: 610

Re: low speed drum on trans rebuild

It's always fascinating to me how removing a few thou from the high spots on a drum is supposed to be detrimental to the life of the casting, yet leaving high spots that can cause inconsistent heat input on something that is no longer concentric is preferable.
by Walter Higgins
Thu Sep 03, 2020 11:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Speedster project update, blown head gasket (again)
Replies: 41
Views: 1525

Re: Speedster project update, blown head gasket (again)

Good deal. I'm glad to hear that he found an irregularity, both measured and the same seen when resurfacing. Given what he found that makes me think the last machine was one of those where you run the head across the table by hand. It is very easy to create exactly the situation he described. Even i...
by Walter Higgins
Thu Sep 03, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Using a single port Chevy head for poor man's ohv?
Replies: 17
Views: 713

Re: Using a single port Chevy head for poor man's ohv?

There is a saying about those single port heads -- there are thems that are cracked, and thems that will be.
by Walter Higgins
Thu Sep 03, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: shipping
Replies: 15
Views: 594

Re: shipping

Not trying to start a fight but I have question. Had a friend just delivered a car to New England by driving car not trailer. No was not a T , modern car. He called Pa, NY, and other New England states and was told that he had to have a Covid test papers that showed him neg no more that 72hr old or...
by Walter Higgins
Wed Sep 02, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Speedster project update, blown head gasket (again)
Replies: 41
Views: 1525

Re: Speedster project update, blown head gasket (again)

Do you have a surface gauge to hold a dial indicator? Even if you don't have a granite surface plate, that freshly Blanchard ground plate for your pan jig should be nice and flat. If you could flip the head over and set it up nice and level you might be able to get a better picture of what's going o...
by Walter Higgins
Wed Sep 02, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Speedster project update, blown head gasket (again)
Replies: 41
Views: 1525

Re: Speedster project update, blown head gasket (again)

Forgive me if I missed it because there is a lot of material here. Is the current surfacing job done on one of those machines with a grinding head that protrudes slightly above a flat table and, by hand, and operator works the head back and forth across the table? Those are very prone to human error...
by Walter Higgins
Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: 28 roadster pickup.
Replies: 5
Views: 203

Re: 28 roadster pickup.

Wow. Was there fertilizer stored in there with it or something? Best bet would be to find a used running chassis somewhere and slap that body on it (if the subframe isn't gone) but even with all the other stuff you'll still need it will add up. You probably know this but the top on those doesn't fol...
by Walter Higgins
Tue Sep 01, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: 28 roadster pickup.
Replies: 5
Views: 203

Re: 28 roadster pickup.

A decent fun driver that you can go play with is around $10K, nice ones are in the upper teens, so this one is what -- $500 bucks? The heavy iron of a Model A doesn't bring much (even when it is usable) so I'd look at it from the standpoint of what you would get if you had the roadster pickup body a...
by Walter Higgins
Thu Aug 27, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What is procedure for Stutzman?
Replies: 57
Views: 2282

Re: What is procedure for Stutzman?

marctee wrote:
Thu Aug 27, 2020 5:51 am
How much is he charging a piece ? Shipping is a problem....$$$.
You should call and ask him as it depends on a number of factors. All-in-all, very reasonable.
by Walter Higgins
Wed Aug 26, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What is procedure for Stutzman?
Replies: 57
Views: 2282

Re: What is procedure for Stutzman?

I've been to his place a couple of times and in Noah's office is an impressive assortment of stuff. His exact words to me, "If it is round and made of wood, we will make it". For the early bicycle crowd he has even made wooden bicycle rims with an aluminum extrusion hidden inside such that when it i...
by Walter Higgins
Tue Aug 25, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What is procedure for Stutzman?
Replies: 57
Views: 2282

Re: What is procedure for Stutzman?

I had a set of wheels done for my 1912. I was most disappointed in the quality. Harold Musolf -- why do you post under this false name of "Dick Dock"? When last we visited this issue: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/506218/549158.html?1434157037 .... it was established that you farmed out this...
by Walter Higgins
Mon Aug 24, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: NOS Tappet Guide?
Replies: 3
Views: 325

Re: NOS Tappet Guide?

While I have seen these listed for sale as open valve lifter guides, I have only ever seen bronze guides in open valve engines.
by Walter Higgins
Mon Aug 24, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What is procedure for Stutzman?
Replies: 57
Views: 2282

Re: What is procedure for Stutzman?

Tim covered it all accurately. The one thing I do (if needed) is if there is any pitting to address on things like the rims or flange plates, I do the initial filler work and give it a light priming before I send it to them. It is much easier to do the sanding with the wheel disassembled so that you...
by Walter Higgins
Sun Aug 23, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: wood spoke paint?
Replies: 5
Views: 292

Re: wood spoke paint?

It depends on how nice you want it. You can use West System epoxy on the wood spokes (sand and recoat to desired level of grain filling) and then an automotive grade epoxy primer over the spokes and bare metal all in one shot; or you can West the spokes, etch prime the bare metal, and then automotiv...
by Walter Higgins
Tue Aug 18, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 11 Torpedo windshield need info
Replies: 6
Views: 251

Re: 11 Torpedo windshield need info

Glad to help where I can. Yes, the reproduction hinges are junk. Good original hinges can be a little tough to find but they are out there. What are you doing for the support rods? The original were brass clad (not plated) steel tubing. I purchased the materials to do it but haven't gotten around to...
by Walter Higgins
Tue Aug 18, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 11 Torpedo windshield need info
Replies: 6
Views: 251

Re: 11 Torpedo windshield need info

The standard Rands hinges shown here are made to work either vertical or offset with detents at each position. The "seal" consists of two brass strips running the length of each half, top and bottom, and they nest inside of each other without touching. The one shown in this photo is actually upside-...
by Walter Higgins
Tue Aug 18, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Looking for pictures of Model T era auto service vehicles
Replies: 21
Views: 1288

Re: Looking for pictures of Model T era auto service vehicles

This is a good thread on the subject. I hate to lift any of the photos from there and paste here since they belong to others: https://forums.aaca.org/topic/338576-beautiful-tow-truck-fire-emergency-conversions/ I'm partial to Lincolns converted for service and there were several. There is even a sec...
by Walter Higgins
Sat Aug 15, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: White Tire Availability
Replies: 25
Views: 1106

Re: White Tire Availability

I've dealt with whitewalls that have browned and that is a completely different animal. Typically it will clean away with Bleche-Wite. At worst they can be wet sanded clean with 600gt sandpaper. I've not seen whitewalls that turn brown experience the inconsistent surface degradation of the rubber wh...
by Walter Higgins
Fri Aug 14, 2020 11:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Different....
Replies: 21
Views: 1255

Re: Different....

Susanne wrote:
Fri Aug 14, 2020 11:35 am
No, it's real... the guy takes old european iron and modifies it.
In the comments of this blog someone asked if these are real and the owner of the blog states that these are "CGI" (computer generated imagry):

http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2018/09 ... again.html
by Walter Higgins
Fri Aug 14, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: White Tire Availability
Replies: 25
Views: 1106

Re: White Tire Availability

Since you are a sucker for punishment, George, here are a couple more! Of the ones that had a white bead some were so sloppy that the white was just peeking out from the rim when installed. I don't remember being able to feel a step at the color change if that helps. The second photo is the all-gray...
by Walter Higgins
Fri Aug 14, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: White Tire Availability
Replies: 25
Views: 1106

Re: White Tire Availability

SurveyKing wrote:
Fri Aug 14, 2020 1:32 pm
Coker has Firestone Smooth whites. I just ordered a set.
Good luck! I should have pointed out that the grays I mentioned above were all smooth Firestones.
by Walter Higgins
Fri Aug 14, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: White Tire Availability
Replies: 25
Views: 1106

Re: White Tire Availability

sweet23 wrote:
Fri Aug 14, 2020 11:53 am
Does bleach have any effect on cleaning browned tires back to white ?
I have not found a way to turn them white again using any of the conventional cleaning methods.
by Walter Higgins
Fri Aug 14, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: White Tire Availability
Replies: 25
Views: 1106

Re: White Tire Availability

Hi George, I'm glad that you joined the discussion. I can't answer all of your questions but I can add to the confusion if you would like. The first set of whites that turned brown were turned back in for the warranty claim. The second set of whites that have now turned brown are on a car that I don...
by Walter Higgins
Fri Aug 14, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: White Tire Availability
Replies: 25
Views: 1106

Re: White Tire Availability

What was that business a few years back concerning the type of tube used in the whites causing them to turn? Seemed pretty conclusive. The only thing that was conclusive is that they don't discolor until you inflate them. They can lay around wrapped, unwrapped, in the sun, or in the shade -- they w...
by Walter Higgins
Thu Aug 13, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: White Tire Availability
Replies: 25
Views: 1106

Re: White Tire Availability

That didn't used to be the case. The white PJA's made 50+ years ago that you see today are still white. This one in the first photo is one I took last year on a car that is regularly toured. All of the PJA's that I have seen are still white, so it's not a matter of technology, it's a matter of a dec...
by Walter Higgins
Wed Aug 12, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A brand new 26
Replies: 14
Views: 934

Re: A brand new 26

The photo was discussed in the past on the forum: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/822076/895984.html?1536492537 Worth mentioning: just because a photo of what appears to be the same car and gentleman is in the possession of the Minnesota Historical Society does not necessarily mean that the MN...
by Walter Higgins
Wed Aug 12, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A brand new 26
Replies: 14
Views: 934

Re: A brand new 26

Taylor Daily Press, 25 May, 1924 -- makes one wonder if that Ford script is still up there hidden beneath that hideous facade:
by Walter Higgins
Wed Aug 12, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A brand new 26
Replies: 14
Views: 934

Re: A brand new 26

406 Talbot St. in Taylor, Texas. Barely recognizable today but that is clearly the same textured block on the building to the right:
by Walter Higgins
Tue Aug 11, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB Eyelets for top of support rods to windshield for an ‘11 Torpedo - Acquired
Replies: 8
Views: 968

Re: WTB Eyelets for top of support rods to windshield for an ‘11 Torpedo

'11 Torpedo eyelets are asymmetric -- flush on the side of the tube that mounts to the hinge and relieved 3/16" on the outside where you thread on the nut.
by Walter Higgins
Tue Aug 11, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Gas tank repair thoughts/ideas
Replies: 16
Views: 690

Re: Gas tank repair thoughts/ideas

Thoroughly clean it with saturated steam and you can do whatever you want, though I would think in this case you could fill it with water, drain off just a tiny bit, turn it on end, and flow it shut real quick with your TIG using silicon bronze. Purging with inert gas is an option too, but I've neve...
by Walter Higgins
Tue Aug 11, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Small town dealer
Replies: 10
Views: 823

Re: Small town dealer

Here it is today. A bit heavily reworked but still there in spirit: https://www.google.com/maps/place/100+N+Main+St,+Bluffton,+OH+45817/@40.8947359,-83.8900655,3a,75y,138.49h,90.39t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sHpUGHwWyV1PqdnVT8ZrqFQ!2e0!7i16384!8i8192!4m5!3m4!1s0x883ebdcb6f78715d:0xec678fc1e6650d54!8m2!3d40...
by Walter Higgins
Tue Aug 11, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Small town dealer
Replies: 10
Views: 823

Re: Small town dealer

Look at how nice all the tops fit.
by Walter Higgins
Tue Aug 11, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Small town dealer
Replies: 10
Views: 823

Re: Small town dealer

It's hard to find much on them. They were selling Overlands in Bluffton, Ohio in 1915. In later years an outfit by that same name was involved in ventures other than automobiles.:
by Walter Higgins
Tue Aug 11, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: 28x3 tires wanted
Replies: 6
Views: 371

Re: 28x3 tires wanted

FlyingMerkel wrote:
Tue Aug 11, 2020 11:25 am
That’s a good idea too, I’ll look into the HCCA forum.
Not so much the forum, but the classifieds -- the forum has a broadcast signal that goes 2,500 miles.... straight up. The classifieds see a lot more activity:

https://www.hcca.org/classifieds.php?want
by Walter Higgins
Tue Aug 11, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: 28x3 tires wanted
Replies: 6
Views: 371

Re: 28x3 tires wanted

I figured you knew but just thought I'd ask as it seems to be a common mistake. It's can't hurt to ask on the EFR but placing a WTB ad on the HCCA Classifieds might get you more results, particularly for the 2-1/2"
by Walter Higgins
Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Who is a good supplier for early Ford V-8 parts?
Replies: 7
Views: 732

Re: Who is a good supplier for early Ford V-8 parts?

I'd certainly ask around about the fit of the exhaust and who has what. Going in-and-out of the frame like they do, if the pipe of off the least little bit it is a much easier job to do on a lift with somebody that has a bender so you can tweak it.
by Walter Higgins
Sun Aug 09, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Any deals out there on new tires?
Replies: 10
Views: 631

Re: Any deals out there on new tires?

Walter, a couple of years ago I bought from Summit through eBay and the free shipping was automatic. Not sure if it still is but worth checking. Interesting. It never occurred to me to check eBay. Right off the bat I can't find a Summit listing, but Jegs has free shipping (not on the exact tire I o...
by Walter Higgins
Sun Aug 09, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Any deals out there on new tires?
Replies: 10
Views: 631

Re: Any deals out there on new tires?

Summit Auto Racing usually has them for around $99 apiece. Free shipping on orders over $100. When is the last time you've known that to work? I placed a tire order with them last week and couldn't find a way to get free shipping, or perhaps the shipping is free, but there is a $19.98 "additional s...
by Walter Higgins
Sun Aug 09, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: 28x3 tires wanted
Replies: 6
Views: 371

Re: 28x3 tires wanted

FlyingMerkel wrote:
Sun Aug 09, 2020 6:53 pm
If you have a pair of original brass era 28x3 or 28x2 1/2 tires, give me a call....
Do you need one, or the other, or both? Those are two different rim diameters. 28x3 is a 22" rim and 28x2-1/2 is a 23" rim.
by Walter Higgins
Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1911 open valve engine build
Replies: 9
Views: 909

Re: 1911 open valve engine build

A machine shop probably could have installed what's called a guide liner that would have been concentric with the seat. I probably would have left them in and gone that route if your wish is to get back down to standard. I'm not familiar with that threaded valve and hex retainer that you show.
by Walter Higgins
Sat Aug 08, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1911 open valve engine build
Replies: 9
Views: 909

Re: 1911 open valve engine build

Would you mind posting some photos? I also don't understand the retainers and adjusting nuts you have described. I'm going through an open valve rebuild right now and wound up using the 3052M valve from Lang's. It uses the modern retainer, which isn't terribly obvious and is a solid design. The real...
by Walter Higgins
Tue Aug 04, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: BEN SNYDER'S #220
Replies: 21
Views: 2301

Re: BEN SNYDER'S #220

There are several era photos of early Torpedos / Open Runabouts that have one-piece spindles (as well as other early features).

The fenders on the car in the first photo are certainly T/OR fenders, as well as other parts.
by Walter Higgins
Tue Aug 04, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hot No Start
Replies: 25
Views: 1731

Re: Hot No Start

Check for spark when it won't start. Perhaps the coil or condenser is getting hot. This is spot on and most likely right since you have gone the distributor route. A failing coil will mimic vapor lock (which shouldn't really be an issue here). When it gets hot output will be poor and when it cools ...
by Walter Higgins
Sat Aug 01, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: SHOW US YOUR LATHE
Replies: 40
Views: 2921

Re: SHOW US YOUR LATHE

A bump just to keep the thread alive. Marvel No. 2 power hacksaw salvaged from a factory several years after it flooded. Not as efficient as a horizontal bandsaw but takes up a lot less space and sure beats doing it by hand.
by Walter Higgins
Wed Jul 29, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB 1927 Model T Coupe Passenger Side Door
Replies: 25
Views: 1554

Re: WTB 1927 Model T Coupe Passenger Side Door

I have a '29 Closed Cab Pickup and had always heard the doors were the same as '26 - '27 coupe and believe they will interchange, but someone brought to my attention recently that the number of screws holding in the hinges is different between the two. Apparently one uses three screws and the other ...
by Walter Higgins
Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB: Running board tool box w/dimensions.
Replies: 2
Views: 373

Re: WTB: Running board tool box w/dimensions.

Walter, if you can't find what you want given the dimensions you quote, there is another way. The optima battery does not need to be standing upright. It can be laid on its side, so that may give you other options. Allan from down under. Thanks for the suggestion. Optima's are great for that and it...
by Walter Higgins
Mon Jul 27, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB: Running board tool box w/dimensions.
Replies: 2
Views: 373

WTB: Running board tool box w/dimensions.

Need a smaller box than the one shown to fit my application. No longer than 13" outside length. Minimum inside length 10-1/4" to accommodate shown Optima battery. No wider than 8-1/2" but could be less by quite a bit. Vertical depth of box itself no less than 8" given that it has a 1" lid. Inside di...
by Walter Higgins
Mon Jul 27, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Evans Coolant
Replies: 26
Views: 1787

Re: Evans Coolant

The actual engine temperature is a better gauge than the boiling point of Evans, which is about 40 degrees F above water. That is incorrect. The boiling point of water is 212F and regular green antifreeze mixed 50/50 is 265F. Taken straight from a bottle of Evans: "Evans High Performance Coolant (H...
by Walter Higgins
Wed Jul 22, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wheel bearing problem
Replies: 23
Views: 1195

Re: Wheel bearing problem

I see no sign of the hub being cracked. My suspicion is that when the bearing tightened up that the inner cup started spinning in the hub. The bearing then continued to tighten pressing the bearing tighter into the cup and expanding it as it wore the hub. That would explain why it took a lot of eff...
by Walter Higgins
Wed Jul 22, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wheel bearing problem
Replies: 23
Views: 1195

Re: Wheel bearing problem

Walter: No, I didn't misplace the decimal. I know it seems as if that would be the case. It did take quite a bit to get the old cup out, but the new cup drops in and you can visibly move it from side to side. I measured the bore with the T shaped bore gauge and caliper, and the cup OD with the cali...
by Walter Higgins
Wed Jul 22, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wheel bearing problem
Replies: 23
Views: 1195

Re: Wheel bearing problem

If you spun the race and the hub is now 0.054 oversize I'm wondering why you had to drive out the old one. If you had said that it was 0.005 loose I would have said just reinstall with Loctite Sleeve Retainer. Any chance you got the decimal point in the wrong place?
by Walter Higgins
Wed Jul 22, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Evans Coolant
Replies: 26
Views: 1787

Re: Evans Coolant

I have experience using this in three non-Model T early cars -- a larger 1913 four cylinder as well as a 1904 two cylinder and a 1907 two cylinder. The 1913 lost its water pump and needs a new one fabricated from scratch, yet the car is usable otherwise. It tended to run hoter with Evans but didn't ...
by Walter Higgins
Mon Jul 20, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: SHOW US YOUR LATHE
Replies: 40
Views: 2921

Re: SHOW US YOUR LATHE

K&T 2HL Swivel Head. The lightest vertical mill that K&T made at about 3,500 lbs. Has a 40 NMTB spindle with the high speed option up to 2,400 rpm.

Always interested in anything Kearney and Trecker -- from machine accessories to collectibles.
by Walter Higgins
Sat Jul 11, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Enclosed Trailer Dimensions
Replies: 13
Views: 1605

Re: Enclosed Trailer Dimensions

Brandonav8r wrote:
Sat Jul 11, 2020 1:03 am
What others should I investigate?
Wells Cargo.
by Walter Higgins
Fri Jul 10, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: What have you done on an old non-Model T vehicle.
Replies: 178
Views: 25328

Re: What have you done on an old non-Model T vehicle.

You probably already know this but Mac Van Pelt is the best resource on these transmissions in terms of parts, online reference, and even help on the phone. His self-published rebuild manual is excellent and saves a lot of missteps. Don't get your fingers pinched!: http://www.vanpeltsales.com/FH_web...
by Walter Higgins
Fri Jul 10, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Second question on the “you know better” rear differential
Replies: 4
Views: 551

Re: Second question on the “you know better” rear differential

Crack it open and look. If it hasn't had oil put in it yet it won't be too messy of a job and if it's correctly done it will go back together easily and, if not correctly done.... it was going to come back apart, anyway!
by Walter Higgins
Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Emergency brakes converted to service brakes
Replies: 21
Views: 1817

Re: Emergency brakes converted to service brakes

This is not a brake design that lends itself well to use as a service brake. Because the shoe is not anchored separately it puts a tremendous load on one side of that little brake cam (which is doing double duty as an anchor) when using it to stop a car that is rolling. That's to say nothing of the ...
by Walter Higgins
Mon Jul 06, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: SHOW US YOUR LATHE
Replies: 40
Views: 2921

Re: SHOW US YOUR LATHE

My Monarch. Light as a butterfly. It is a baby as Series 60's go. 16" swing (catalog), 18.5" actual, 36" between centers, built in 1948. Despite its size it can still do very fine work on small pieces. Its only limitation for little things is that the spindle doesn't go over 700 rpm.
by Walter Higgins
Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wire wheel recommendation: paint or powdercoat?
Replies: 7
Views: 648

Re: Wire wheel recommendation: paint or powdercoat?

Powder pros: Durable, covers all surfaces thoroughly without runs, not so prone to chipping, easy since it pretty much guarantees that you have to hire somebody else to do it. Much less labor if you're content with a blast-and-powder end result. Cheaper than equivalent quality paint job. Powder cons...
by Walter Higgins
Wed Jun 24, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: First time out for my 1909 Model T touring
Replies: 22
Views: 2112

Re: First time out for my 1909 Model T touring

So what happened with the hogshead issue? Did I miss an update to that?
by Walter Higgins
Tue Jun 23, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rear Inner Bearing - Oil or Grease?
Replies: 14
Views: 1065

Re: Rear Inner Bearing - Oil or Grease?

Don't overthink it. A film of anything will do it until you get it assembled and filled. Consider this though -- if you dip those bearings in oil and assemble it in a fixture with the unit turned in its side it's all going to come running straight down onto your shoes before you get it back down lev...
by Walter Higgins
Tue Jun 23, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How Tight Should Keyways Be In New Axles?
Replies: 17
Views: 1156

Re: How Tight Should Keyways Be In New Axles?

Yep, we are fortunate in that respect that we can usually get satisfaction without having to lodge a complaint that disappears into cyberspace through some automated program. That said, cutting something at 0.250 doesn't cost any more than 0.247. My suspicion is there were a lot of these made this w...
by Walter Higgins
Tue Jun 23, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How Tight Should Keyways Be In New Axles?
Replies: 17
Views: 1156

Re: How Tight Should Keyways Be In New Axles?

I am not a machinist nor do I pretend to be, but it seems that even someone untrained like me should be able to take a reasonably good pair of dial calipers down that slot and measure the same width throughout. That’s not the case here. I don’t know how this is possible on something that you would ...
by Walter Higgins
Mon Jun 22, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How Tight Should Keyways Be In New Axles?
Replies: 17
Views: 1156

Re: How Tight Should Keyways Be In New Axles?

Thanks to Scott for the kind words. Some know that I Iost more hair sorting through this recently. The nice thing about the axles you're using is that they are consistently wrong and the outer keyway seems to be the only real issue with them. In all other respects they are pretty nice. I tried a set...
by Walter Higgins
Mon Jun 22, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How Tight Should Keyways Be In New Axles?
Replies: 17
Views: 1156

Re: How Tight Should Keyways Be In New Axles?

I have taken to milling the axle to my liking. If the keyway in the hub is a bit loose you can even get standard "oversized" key stock from McMaster and sweeten up the fit a little more yet. Being a light tap fit is ideal but not to the point it is necessary to pound them. That is asking for trouble...
by Walter Higgins
Mon Jun 08, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I can’t be the only one...?!
Replies: 17
Views: 1241

Re: I can’t be the only one...?!

The 39 tooth ring gear is noticeabley thinner, and causes the gear teeth to intersect with the bolt holes. And it is not uncommon to grind down a few bolts to clear the pinion either. I do not believe that this is the failure mechanism tho. Once the bolts fail...the ring gear is at the mercy of fat...
by Walter Higgins
Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I can’t be the only one...?!
Replies: 17
Views: 1241

Re: I can’t be the only one...?!

Look at how the tooth root is gashed into some of the bolt holes. Is it deep or does it just look worse in photos than it really is? On a standard 40-tooth gear they don't do that. Is the fillet at the root sharp? Do you think the problem originated at the hole near 12-o'clock that appears to be tor...
by Walter Higgins
Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: what is the length of a 1912 Torpedo roadster steering column vs a 1911 steering column?
Replies: 6
Views: 405

Re: what is the length of a 1912 Torpedo roadster steering column vs a 1911 steering column?

This is perplexing because the 12 touring column tube is 23 1/2 and if it was 25 1/2 like the 12 torpedo, the steering wheel would be pressing against my lap. As it is now the steering wheel is so close I have to spread my legs to advance the timing. As the column gets longer, would that not raise ...
by Walter Higgins
Sun Jun 07, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: what is the length of a 1912 Torpedo roadster steering column vs a 1911 steering column?
Replies: 6
Views: 405

Re: what is the length of a 1912 Torpedo roadster steering column vs a 1911 steering column?

Using the same standard to measure that you are there, my '11 Torpedo column tube is 29-1/2" and my 1912 column is 25-1/2". It seems that you have the correct column in your '12 Torpedo and an incorrect column in your '12 Touring.
by Walter Higgins
Sun Jun 07, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old photo: New 09-10 Model Ts.
Replies: 20
Views: 1433

Re: Old photo: New 09-10 Model Ts.

There was more than one manufacturer of tops and the variation might be attributed to that. The back windows look like they have the corners clipped which I think is an '09 feature. I also thought locking irons on roadster tops was an '09-only thing but have never seen a definitive answer on that. S...
by Walter Higgins
Sat Jun 06, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Member Email Hack !!!
Replies: 11
Views: 1205

Re: Member Email Hack !!!

Glad to hear you sorted it out quick, Terry. Did you go ahead and backup your emails to another drive in the event this happens again? I still need to do that myself while things are stable so I can do it on my own terms rather than be under the gun if a catastrophe hits and I might be coming to you...
by Walter Higgins
Sat Jun 06, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Member Email Hack !!!
Replies: 11
Views: 1205

Re: Member Email Hack !!!

Start with reading these: https://help.yahoo.com/kb/download-email-yahoo-mail-third-party-sln28681.html https://help.yahoo.com/kb/SLN5033.html I've had a Yahoo account for 20 years and need to do this myself. It's a lousy system that I only use for junk registrations anymore. You won't miss it. Befo...
by Walter Higgins
Tue Jun 02, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Fall Hershey
Replies: 43
Views: 2927

Re: Fall Hershey

Scott_Conger wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 1:48 pm
news reports have shown that carrying a brick with you while shopping downtown after 11PM makes you pretty much immune to the virus, so there is that...
Classic! I think I'm to go find my anti-tiger rock and see if I can repurpose it!:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnBMwPcRbVE
by Walter Higgins
Tue Jun 02, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Fall Hershey
Replies: 43
Views: 2927

Re: Fall Hershey

I generally find that people's basic support for the "stay at home" order is tied to their having a pension and that the level of said support is directly proportional to the size of that pension. It was just like when private health insurance was nuked several years back. The biggest cheerleaders t...
by Walter Higgins
Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Fall Hershey
Replies: 43
Views: 2927

Re: Fall Hershey

TRDxB2 wrote:
Sun May 31, 2020 11:55 pm
It is more than likely that....

What I said is not speculation. I live here. With the 250 person limit in place you can no more have Hershey than they can hold any more Trump rallies at the Giant Center that is in the middle of the very event site we are discussing.
by Walter Higgins
Sun May 31, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Fall Hershey
Replies: 43
Views: 2927

Re: Fall Hershey

You're missing the point....the government didn't cancel Hershey. The folks who put it on made the decision. Right, because the restrictions put in place by our government made it impossible to operate the event. There is no provision for returning to normal-normal here. Even under the Red - Yellow...
by Walter Higgins
Sun May 31, 2020 12:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 28-9 wire wheels hub cap question
Replies: 11
Views: 812

Re: 28-9 wire wheels hub cap question

I got a set of 28-29 original wire wheels and i got new hub caps , and i cannot seem to be able to put them on ,i have vent the clips on the edge but no go, any sugestion ??? thank you Lorenzo Let me guess -- did you buy the stainless caps? The tabs on the ones I used weren't formed quite right and...
by Walter Higgins
Thu May 28, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB rear tapered leaf springs for 1911 Open Runabout
Replies: 3
Views: 445

Re: WTB rear tapered leaf springs for 1911 Open Runabout

The ends of the top leaf stick out from underneath the crossmember and are visible on both an 8-leaf and the oddball 7-leaf specific to his Open Runabout. The 7-leaf was a different spring, but from what I can tell based on what I have on-hand here the top leaf from an 8 happens to be very similar. ...
by Walter Higgins
Sat May 23, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Antique Pocket watches
Replies: 7
Views: 1074

Re: Antique Pocket watches

Pocket watches are great and there is no end to the variety. For once my own personal tastes work to my advantage as I prefer large size silver cases and typically I like them plain. I don't think any of mine are considered particularly high class. My interest lies more with what is inside of them. ...
by Walter Higgins
Fri May 22, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Bad hack on the OT section
Replies: 20
Views: 1397

Re: Bad hack on the OT section

So not to nit pick, but the word "hack" comes with a lot of awful connotations and that's the word we keep seeing thrown around with this stuff. Hacks result in personal information being stolen, bank accounts being emptied, etc. This is really "spamming" (the digital equivalent of junk mail), right...
by Walter Higgins
Fri May 15, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Copper head gaskets
Replies: 20
Views: 1491

Re: Copper head gaskets

Susanne wrote:
Fri May 15, 2020 5:39 pm
Heat the gasket up to red, then quench it - exactly the opposite of steel, quenching copper will re-soften it.

With copper whether you quench it or leave it to air cool the result will be the same.
by Walter Higgins
Fri May 15, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Mast key set.
Replies: 3
Views: 435

Re: Mast key set.

I'll take the other. Sending email.
by Walter Higgins
Tue May 12, 2020 7:11 am
Forum: Forum Support Questions
Topic: Trash emails.
Replies: 4
Views: 1065

Re: Trash emails.

I'm sure the admins will do a fine job resolving it.
by Walter Higgins
Mon May 11, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: Forum Support Questions
Topic: Trash emails.
Replies: 4
Views: 1065

Trash emails.

I just now got a third email as shown below. I tried to contact the admins by way of the "Contact us" button above a couple of hours ago and my own message came back to me. Admins: you've got something screwy going on. The most recent one came through with the name of a known forum member. Two examp...
by Walter Higgins
Mon May 11, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old Photo- Early Dealer sign
Replies: 4
Views: 876

Re: Old Photo- Early Dealer sign

On the left is an early '11 Open Runabout with one-piece front spindles and other such features.
by Walter Higgins
Fri May 08, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: 21 lbs. of lead sheet 9 pieces 11" x 8"
Replies: 5
Views: 589

Re: 21 lbs. of lead sheet 9 pieces 11" x 8"

Nope, because I see I goofed up the spelling. Surprised it didn't bounce (or that email exists out there the way I misspelled it). Oh well!
by Walter Higgins
Fri May 08, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: 21 lbs. of lead sheet 9 pieces 11" x 8"
Replies: 5
Views: 589

Re: 21 lbs. of lead sheet 9 pieces 11" x 8"

Dang, I emailed five minutes after the listing went up. Gotta be quick on the draw around here!
by Walter Higgins
Thu Apr 30, 2020 11:41 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Use a torque wrench in difficult places
Replies: 8
Views: 1115

Re: Use a torque wrench in difficult places

Guessing on the setting is not necessary. There is a formula for this and, easier yet, a few online calculators out there:

https://belknaptools.com/extensions-calculator/
by Walter Higgins
Wed Apr 29, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: More hard cranking problems on the 1909
Replies: 14
Views: 1385

Re: More hard cranking problems on the 1909

Yes, I agree. Attached are photos of two square door's side-by-side, both originals. The one marked "2" (like Kim's) came off a 3,000-numbered car and is likely original to it. The one marked "1" was bought as a loose part and its serial number is not known. I had looked over both very carefully and...