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by Walter Higgins
Sat Jul 11, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Enclosed Trailer Dimensions
Replies: 13
Views: 600

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: 163
Views: 18634

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: 253

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: 913

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: 20
Views: 727

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: 352

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: 1386

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: 588

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: 673

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: 673

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: 673

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: 673

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: 746

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: 746

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: 202

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: 202

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: 859

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: 815

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: 815

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: 1466

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: 1466

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: 1466

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: 1466

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: 485

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: 307

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: 680

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: 813

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: 1037

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: 302

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: 707

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: 707

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: 684

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: 404

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: 404

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: 842

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: 1006

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...
by Walter Higgins
Sun Apr 12, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Will a Scat crank fit inside an early one-piece engine pan?
Replies: 2
Views: 481

Re: Will a Scat crank fit inside an early one-piece engine pan?

Perfect! Thanks for the link to that. When I did my own searching it didn't come up.
by Walter Higgins
Sun Apr 12, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Will a Scat crank fit inside an early one-piece engine pan?
Replies: 2
Views: 481

Will a Scat crank fit inside an early one-piece engine pan?

Simple as that. I'd like to hear from anyone with actual hands-on experience in the matter. One-piece engine pans run close (and this is an original, not a fake). Are there clearance issues with the counterweights, etc? Thanks.
by Walter Higgins
Tue Apr 07, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Brass Carbide Generator- Some Advice Needed
Replies: 14
Views: 892

Re: Brass Carbide Generator- Some Advice Needed

Forgot to add if this unit is correct for a 1912, what is the Center distance from one base hole to the next? I’m hoping it’s 6”. Thanks! I have a 3-foot unit that does not have a tag on it. In all respects it looks identical to other early Browns that I've documented (originals, not reproductions)...
by Walter Higgins
Mon Apr 06, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Brass Carbide Generator- Some Advice Needed
Replies: 14
Views: 892

Re: Brass Carbide Generator- Some Advice Needed

My understanding is that brass era Brown and Corcoran generators are nothing alike in their general appearance other than being dimensionally the same. I recognize what Mike posted as a brass era Corcoran -- round base and cam clamps. Jno. Brown had a cast base with three feet and wingnuts for clamp...
by Walter Higgins
Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Later flywheel fit in narrow pan?
Replies: 11
Views: 802

Re: Later flywheel fit in narrow pan?

A narrow hogshead is 16" across this area and a late aluminum one is 16-1/4". I can't see how the flywheel is an issue. Even the front-to-back thickness of the two different flywheels is the same.
by Walter Higgins
Wed Apr 01, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Later flywheel fit in narrow pan?
Replies: 11
Views: 802

Re: Later flywheel fit in narrow pan?

What's different if the diameters are the same and there's no ring gear on it? Despite the early magnets being thinner, they're still the same length.
by Walter Higgins
Wed Apr 01, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Later flywheel fit in narrow pan?
Replies: 11
Views: 802

Re: Later flywheel fit in narrow pan?

I have an '09 flywheel and a starter flywheel here and both measure right about 15" diameter. I haven't had the parts mixed as an assembly, so if you would like other measurements just let me know.
by Walter Higgins
Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Period Picture- Abandoned Or Hit?
Replies: 16
Views: 1497

Re: Period Picture- Abandoned Or Hit?

Since they describe it as being outside of town it's easy to see how it might be this spot: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Zinc,+AR+72601/@36.2907818,-92.9197807,63m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x87ce431659d32d27:0xec7737b4ef6a283c!8m2!3d36.285348!4d-92.9143383 The only other option seems to be here:...
by Walter Higgins
Sun Mar 15, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: ARE THEY NUTS?
Replies: 131
Views: 6885

Re: ARE THEY NUTS?

tdump wrote:
Sun Mar 15, 2020 12:55 pm
That must have happened on the 2 that I used to see out by the road in Union county that I wanted so bad.
If you do find one, just remember that the cheapest one you can get is the most expensive that you can ever hope to buy.
by Walter Higgins
Sun Mar 15, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: ARE THEY NUTS?
Replies: 131
Views: 6885

Re: ARE THEY NUTS?

tdump wrote:
Sun Mar 15, 2020 12:48 pm

BTW, I have a fresh 4 pack of Walmart Black label Toilet tissue I would be willing to trade for a 1958 Lincoln Mark 2 Sedan. :D
That's unpossible since 58's were Mark III''s though I guess you could snip off one of the I's on the front fender script! :lol:
by Walter Higgins
Sun Mar 15, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wood Wheels
Replies: 10
Views: 1125

Re: Wood Wheels

....but all the wheels on this are originals, and have been getting me down the road for almost sixty years. Your thoughts? Here's another one -- they were 47 year old wheels when you started and now they are 107 years old. 50 year old wood and 100 year old wood are two entirely different things. T...
by Walter Higgins
Sun Mar 15, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wood Wheels
Replies: 10
Views: 1125

Re: Wood Wheels

My thoughts are that whatever broke your wheel -- the damage is not limited to the wheel. Check everything down the line for being bent, broken, or cracked.
by Walter Higgins
Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: ARE THEY NUTS?
Replies: 131
Views: 6885

Re: ARE THEY NUTS?

At this point I think the hand sanitizer and toilet paper hoarding has more to do with "entrepreneurial" people flipping it on eBay. Just like how on old car forum classifieds you always see people listing a variety of things for at-and-above full retail and you can then turn right around and find w...
by Walter Higgins
Sat Mar 14, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Period Picture- Abandoned Or Hit?
Replies: 16
Views: 1497

Re: Period Picture- Abandoned Or Hit?

Ah, since it's that far north it might be a Missouri license plate. Arkansas doesn't have one that fits the bill prior to 1945 but Missouri seems to have a few.

Thanks for finding those links. It's nice to finally have something to put the photo into context.
by Walter Higgins
Sat Mar 14, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Period Picture- Abandoned Or Hit?
Replies: 16
Views: 1497

Re: Period Picture- Abandoned Or Hit?

If it is an Arkansas plate, and I believe that it is, the number placement and color combination make it 1945.

This photo was discussed extensively on the old forum but I'm not having any luck finding the thread.
by Walter Higgins
Wed Mar 11, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Research in Detroit-1911(?) T police cars. Right hand drive?
Replies: 13
Views: 1287

Re: Research in Detroit-1911(?) T police cars. Right hand drive?

I only just now noticed the Times Square Auto Co. across the street, verifying placement in New York. Might they have been the dealer that filled the order? The two photos are taken in different locations as shown by the street lamps. Notice that the taillamp is also mounted on the right and not on ...
by Walter Higgins
Wed Mar 11, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Research in Detroit-1911(?) T police cars. Right hand drive?
Replies: 13
Views: 1287

Re: Research in Detroit-1911(?) T police cars. Right hand drive?

Thanks guys. Walter, great find. These and three other will be scanned into the digital Detroit Library collection and available online. I’ll post a link when they are online. I wonder why right hand drive? Please do post a link when they come up. No doubt DPL has many other great photos, but they ...
by Walter Higgins
Wed Mar 11, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Research in Detroit-1911(?) T police cars. Right hand drive?
Replies: 13
Views: 1287

Re: Research in Detroit-1911(?) T police cars. Right hand drive?

Great find! These are the ten chief's cars ordered new by the FDNY. I have only ever seen the below photo in the Clymer book, "Henry's Wonderful Model T" and it is what started my obsession with the one-year-only Open Runabout:
by Walter Higgins
Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Numbers-matching 26 Touring
Replies: 12
Views: 1466

Re: Numbers-matching 26 Touring

I think there's value in it, whether it's in terms of money or otherwise. If you had your car sitting side-by-side with another '26 that had mismatched numbers and both were in basically equal condition and I could choose between the two, I would choose yours. There will be others to whom that does ...
by Walter Higgins
Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Insurance company recommendations
Replies: 41
Views: 3367

Re: Insurance company recommendations

DLodge wrote:
Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:42 am
I thought this was a hypothetical discussion.... :D

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by Walter Higgins
Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Insurance company recommendations
Replies: 41
Views: 3367

Re: Insurance company recommendations

Isn't that pretty much what all of us here on the forum do every time we read a post? This is a discussion forum, not a court of law. You're right, this isn't a court of law and I'm not a lawyer. It doesn't take a lawyer (or even a third grader, really) to see that a reckless statement was made by ...
by Walter Higgins
Sat Mar 07, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Insurance company recommendations
Replies: 41
Views: 3367

Re: Insurance company recommendations

I was contacted by the owner. I was provided with his account along with photos. Based on that - I formed my opinion. My opinions are based upon first hand experience. FJ That's called "forming an opinion based on the description provided by someone else" who also apparently was not present for wha...
by Walter Higgins
Sat Mar 07, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Insurance company recommendations
Replies: 41
Views: 3367

Re: Concealed Damage

I form my opinions based on first hand experience. Some transport companies rely on vehicles driven on and off and/or in and out of open and enclosed trailers - it is customary and necessary for operations. In the case I reference - the vehicle owner drove his vehicle into the trailer - he had inst...
by Walter Higgins
Sat Mar 07, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Insurance company recommendations
Replies: 41
Views: 3367

Re: Informally denied a claim

Grundy also covers my collector cars and for the several years I have been with them my experience has been good. Grundy insured both him and a well known national carrier. The national carrier ( who was/is also insured by Grundy ) also denied his claim. FJ Since you have a firm opinion on who does ...
by Walter Higgins
Fri Mar 06, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Spark plug thread
Replies: 8
Views: 1240

Re: Spark plug thread

Good find! It looks like a whole maintained 1911 engine with service updates, like the later fan assembly. Neat that it still has a dogleg intake and wing nuts. Does the exhaust manifold have "T511" on the center-inside facing the head and, if so, is it prominent or smaller and harder to read?
by Walter Higgins
Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Aschman, Fahnestock, and the K.R. Wilson valve timing tool?
Replies: 6
Views: 1034

Re: Aschman, Fahnestock, and the K.R. Wilson valve timing tool?

Scott_Conger wrote:
Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:07 pm
I got a modest bit of improvement on an original engine using this method but ended up with a very noisy valve train for my trouble.
If the lash is a problem it only means your hearing is too good! :lol:
by Walter Higgins
Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Aschman, Fahnestock, and the K.R. Wilson valve timing tool?
Replies: 6
Views: 1034

Re: Aschman, Fahnestock, and the K.R. Wilson valve timing tool?

I've done it with factory grind cams. I wouldn't bother with a cam of new manufacture where the manufacture dictates it was ground to be set by lash.

As to measurements -- depth mics and indicators don't care what pistons one has.
by Walter Higgins
Sun Mar 01, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The first alphabet Ford collection? 1904 - 1910
Replies: 11
Views: 1458

Re: The first alphabet Ford collection? 1904 - 1910

Not to distract from the Ford talk, but I suspect that 62nd. St. house number matches up to today. I think a lot of those older neighborhoods got plowed under around WW II when so many row homes were being built. It doesn't seem like it to us now, but even back then that would have been an "older" n...
by Walter Higgins
Sat Feb 29, 2020 11:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The first alphabet Ford collection? 1904 - 1910
Replies: 11
Views: 1458

Re: The first alphabet Ford collection? 1904 - 1910

Rob wrote:
Sat Feb 29, 2020 8:22 pm
As it turns out, while the Du Mee’s were away from Philadelphia, they had “guests” in August and September of 1907. You just can’t make this stuff up.............
Hey man, everyone knows you don't leave your crib unattended in Overbrook! :lol:
by Walter Higgins
Mon Feb 17, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: To coat or not to coat?
Replies: 19
Views: 1912

Re: To coat or not to coat?

My vote is for no coating. All coatings fail eventually and most people have trouble painting on an exterior surface that they can readily access. It is extremely difficult to properly clean something entirely concealed, to to mention to then expose that coating to the worst possible environment 24/...
by Walter Higgins
Sun Feb 09, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1911 fender fit
Replies: 22
Views: 1421

Re: 1911 fender fit

I have photos of the drawings for '11 Torpedo fenders (different, but the extreme dimensioning should be the same height-from-frame and distance-out-from-frame) but the photos are poor and I cannot read the numbers. Perhaps somebody else has this information to supply so you can work from some kind ...
by Walter Higgins
Sun Feb 09, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1911 fender fit
Replies: 22
Views: 1421

Re: 1911 fender fit

What makes you think they're original fenders -- are there signs of old repairs, pitting, etc.? The brackets being bolted on doesn't assure that they are originals that have been unriveted and reinstalled because it is my understanding that years ago reproduction fenders didn't come with the bracket...
by Walter Higgins
Sun Feb 09, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1911 fender fit
Replies: 22
Views: 1421

Re: 1911 fender fit

On the underside of the fender where the bracket is riveted on, is there a notecard-size piece of sheet metal sandwiched between the bracket and fender?
by Walter Higgins
Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Join or Renew
Replies: 46
Views: 4323

Re: Join or Renew

If you look at the list of threads, all posters, whose usernames are in bold black typeface are members. Those posters whose usernames are in non-bold blue typeface, are not members, but are registered users. This can be confirmed by clicking onto the posters username. Jim Patrick Using that as a m...
by Walter Higgins
Sat Feb 01, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: FS TRANSMISSION CLUTCH DRUM PULLER 5-Z-314
Replies: 8
Views: 535

Re: FS TRANSMISSION CLUTCH DRUM PULLER 5-Z-314

I'll take one. Sending email.
by Walter Higgins
Mon Jan 20, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Drive shaft pinion bearing sleeve, TOO tight?
Replies: 7
Views: 835

Re: Drive shaft pinion bearing sleeve, TOO tight?

I ran into the opposite here recently -- I opened one that was new five years ago that I went to use recently and it was too loose. The finish in the i.d. was poor and was either left turned or it was a fast grind. I have since ordered two new sleeves, both of them consistent in size and a few thou ...
by Walter Higgins
Sat Jan 04, 2020 11:55 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT- Project with interior paint & suppliers by YearOne
Replies: 5
Views: 901

Re: OT- Project with interior paint & suppliers by YearOne

One side of the equation is a painted plastic finish will not be as durable as a plastic part molded in color. It is only going to have the durability of a painted finish. The other side of the equation is that SEM is an excellent company. You should call the 800 number on the can and have this disc...
by Walter Higgins
Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Jacking up a rear wheel: Does it matter which one?
Replies: 32
Views: 2732

Re: Jacking up a rear wheel: Does it matter which one?

3. The most important reason is, if the left wheel is used, the drive train, consists of Drive shaft, Pinion, ring gear, axle, wheel. If the right wheel is used, you have to go through the slack, of the spider gears, to the wheel. So when the power pulses happen, the wheel has a tendency to jump fo...
by Walter Higgins
Wed Jan 01, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1911 button tufting layout.
Replies: 18
Views: 1047

Re: 1911 button tufting layout.

The topic of cheap leather comes up on occasion. Read through this thread and pay particular attention to trimacar's comments. He reads on this forum too and might chime in:

https://forums.aaca.org/topic/300155-le ... nt-1657705
by Walter Higgins
Tue Dec 24, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Forum Support Questions
Topic: Why are there some photos I can click and some I cannot?
Replies: 4
Views: 791

Re: Why are there some photos I can click and some I cannot?

That's kind of what I figured but then thought it really odd when the same poster had one of each. Maybe he used two different devices to snap the photos.
by Walter Higgins
Tue Dec 24, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Dubatt's crank
Replies: 12
Views: 1541

Re: Dubatt's crank

Are there any interference issues with a Scat in a one-piece pan?
by Walter Higgins
Sun Dec 22, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Forum Support Questions
Topic: Why are there some photos I can click and some I cannot?
Replies: 4
Views: 791

Why are there some photos I can click and some I cannot?

This thread is a good example of both -- at least as it appears on my screen: https://www.mtfca.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=9221 The first photo is little and says, "Views x-amount times" but I can't click it to enlarge. The rest I can click to enlarge. Is that a setting on my end or something wi...
by Walter Higgins
Sat Dec 14, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Jacking help removing rear axle
Replies: 31
Views: 2523

Re: Jacking help removing rear axle

I use a pair of these: https://www.gregsmithequipment.com/10-Ton-Jack-Stands-Set-of-2 The tonnage is excessive but the dimensioning is ideal. They're also perfect if wanting to place outboard with a 6 x 6 across the back as others have mentioned. The price is very reasonable when weighed against the...
by Walter Higgins
Sat Dec 14, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Jacking help removing rear axle
Replies: 31
Views: 2523

Re: Jacking help removing rear axle

You can get them further back by first removing the radius rods and then proceeding. Apart from that, you really ought to use a stand with a larger footprint.
by Walter Higgins
Thu Dec 12, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this a "dummy" flywheel ring gear for a non-starter car?
Replies: 40
Views: 2919

Re: Is this a "dummy" flywheel ring gear for a non-starter car?

Sorry I didn't see that before. There are only sections of it and I had to spin it around to find that.
by Walter Higgins
Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this a "dummy" flywheel ring gear for a non-starter car?
Replies: 40
Views: 2919

Re: Is this a "dummy" flywheel ring gear for a non-starter car?

I'm glad for the added discussion as it has caused me to look closer. Also, John's input regarding undersized driveshafts is interesting whether or not it is directly applicable here. I wasn't aware of that. With respect to machining, as I mentioned above, a Van Norman Rotary Broach (which used to b...
by Walter Higgins
Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB Early starting crank
Replies: 12
Views: 1039

Re: WTB Early starting crank

Original Smith wrote:
Thu Dec 12, 2019 11:27 am
What annoys me, is I've never seen the high dome rivet for the handle reproduced, only the flat one! I wonder why?
Because you're not making them.
by Walter Higgins
Wed Dec 11, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this a "dummy" flywheel ring gear for a non-starter car?
Replies: 40
Views: 2919

Re: Is this a "dummy" flywheel ring gear for a non-starter car?

I[ am in the process of tearing down my nonelectric 1921. I found an original Ford script head gasket and standard bore pictons. This engine is well past being worn out. :-) I assume that it has never been torn down before. At any rate here is a picture of my no stater flywheel with a virgin ring g...
by Walter Higgins
Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB: Inside oil line with large funnel.
Replies: 3
Views: 439

Re: WTB: Inside oil line with large funnel.

Thanks Joe and Allen for the input regarding the new tubes. I had read of fitment issues with them in the past, but if they're good now perhaps I'll go that route.

For now I'd still like to find a couple of used ones as I'd like to play around and experiment with one of them.
by Walter Higgins
Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this a "dummy" flywheel ring gear for a non-starter car?
Replies: 40
Views: 2919

Re: Is this a "dummy" flywheel ring gear for a non-starter car?

Here are pictures of both sides of a presumably original ring gear and a pic of a reproduction. It looks like it roils be possible to machine an original and the gash marks not be present. Thanks for the photos, Corey. I agree that based on what you show there that no gash marks would be present we...
by Walter Higgins
Tue Dec 10, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this a "dummy" flywheel ring gear for a non-starter car?
Replies: 40
Views: 2919

Re: Is this a "dummy" flywheel ring gear for a non-starter car?

Without knowing what was and was not available in the way of factory parts, this is one of the things I was wondering. Even without a big lathe, my Van Norman Rotary Broach (which is made to service flywheels) would be able to take off the teeth with a little special effort. Perhaps a screwed up ri...
by Walter Higgins
Tue Dec 10, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this a "dummy" flywheel ring gear for a non-starter car?
Replies: 40
Views: 2919

Re: Is this a "dummy" flywheel ring gear for a non-starter car?

Steve Jelf wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 2:56 pm

Given the comments about never seeing this before (it's certainly new to me), I expect it is a rare item, produced briefly just before or during the transition to starters in 1919. What's the assembly date of your engine, Walter?
See three posts above yours.
by Walter Higgins
Tue Dec 10, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this a "dummy" flywheel ring gear for a non-starter car?
Replies: 40
Views: 2919

Re: Is this a "dummy" flywheel ring gear for a non-starter car?

Just tore down a 19 with out a starter, ring gear was on the flywheel, I suspect some one had a flywheel with bad teeth and chucked it up and turned them off on a big lathe? Looks original screws as they said earlier. Without knowing what was and was not available in the way of factory parts, this ...
by Walter Higgins
Tue Dec 10, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this a "dummy" flywheel ring gear for a non-starter car?
Replies: 40
Views: 2919

Re: Is this a "dummy" flywheel ring gear for a non-starter car?

To add to this further, I'm going to leave out of it what "year" engine this is. Even good complete stuff has had parts switched out and in this case this engine is an amateur "rebuild" that I'm going through and reworking the mistakes. The parts on the whole unit, both internal and external, range ...
by Walter Higgins
Tue Dec 10, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this a "dummy" flywheel ring gear for a non-starter car?
Replies: 40
Views: 2919

Re: Is this a "dummy" flywheel ring gear for a non-starter car?

Thanks for the input thus far. Humor me for trying to approach this from a different angle as I'm not as familiar with the later cars. In the "starter era" where a starter was an option, 1919 and later, what did you get when you ordered a non-starter car? Did they make two different flywheels?
by Walter Higgins
Tue Dec 10, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this a "dummy" flywheel ring gear for a non-starter car?
Replies: 40
Views: 2919

Is this a "dummy" flywheel ring gear for a non-starter car?

In the course of rebuilding my engine and reworking the magnets I'd like to add a flywheel ring gear and notch the mag ring in the event that I want to add a starter at a later date. The flywheel seems to be turned to accept a ring gear, but in place of that ring gear is a steel ring with no teeth. ...
by Walter Higgins
Mon Dec 09, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB: Inside oil line with large funnel.
Replies: 3
Views: 439

WTB: Inside oil line with large funnel.

Title says it all. Might be interested in more than one. Email or p.m. me through my profile. Photos appreciated. Thanks.
by Walter Higgins
Sat Dec 07, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Magneto Magnitizer
Replies: 14
Views: 1251

Re: Magneto Magnitizer

RajoRacer wrote:
Sat Dec 07, 2019 7:45 pm
No - pretty much followed the plans - it will saturate a magnet in a couple seconds & hold 4-5 lbs. - you can't hardly shake the piston off !
That's the ticket. Some of the forum posts I've read say that design isn't stout enough. Maybe they aim to pull the sun down out of the sky!
by Walter Higgins
Sat Dec 07, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Magneto Magnitizer
Replies: 14
Views: 1251

Re: Magneto Magnitizer

RajoRacer wrote:
Sat Dec 07, 2019 4:58 pm
I had electrical assistance in building mine from the Gingery plans - I'm still looking for my book to let John use - I know it's here somewhere !!!
So what's the story on yours -- did you modify the Gingery specs?
by Walter Higgins
Sat Dec 07, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Magneto Magnitizer
Replies: 14
Views: 1251

Re: Magneto Magnitizer

Yes, and the Rex design also requires a small fork truck to move the pallets of cash required to build it. I was just adding up the materials and it is not cheap.

This is another one -- the retyped instructions from a 7th ed. Dyke's Encyclopedia:

http://www.oldengine.org/members/rotigel/Magnet/
by Walter Higgins
Sat Dec 07, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Magneto Magnitizer
Replies: 14
Views: 1251

Re: Magneto Magnitizer

This is something I've started studying recently but haven't yet settled on a design. Some of these might help. This one comes more highly recommended than the one from the Gingery plans: http://www.magnetoparts.com/inst_guides/charger/page1.htm This one is an interesting discussion of people debati...