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by Erik Johnson
Sat Sep 19, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Tire talc
Replies: 8
Views: 274

Re: Tire talc

I would try NAPA, O'Reilly and Advance Auto Parts websites. You should be able to order it online and have it delivered free to your nearest store if they already don't have it in stock. According to O'Reilly's website, I can order a 1 lb. can tonight and pick it up after 3:00 pm tomorrow at the sto...
by Erik Johnson
Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Parts cabinet
Replies: 5
Views: 541

Re: Parts cabinet

That's a Carter carburetor cabinet in case you are not aware. That's why carburetor is misspelled as "carbureter" and the "CAR" and "TER" are large prominent while "BURE" is smaller. I have seen a number of Carter carburetor cabinets over the years at estate sales. However, it has always been the ca...
by Erik Johnson
Mon Sep 14, 2020 1:02 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: My top leaks!
Replies: 7
Views: 399

Re: My top leaks!

Dave - the photo of my dad's touring that I posted shows what I call a "wind-breaker" on the first bow of the top. I don't know what Ford Motor Company called it if they called it anything at all. Click on the photo to enlarge. Tim Juhl's photo shows what looks like a loose, rectangular vertical fla...
by Erik Johnson
Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: My top leaks!
Replies: 7
Views: 399

Re: My top leaks!

In my opinion, you would be better off removing the rain-flap installing a "wind-breaker." 1917 Fords had neither but, later, two-man tops did eventually have a wind-breaker starting around 1920. Here is an example of a wind-breaker on my dad's 1917. He made and installed the top himself in 1951 usi...
by Erik Johnson
Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hub and tire alignment
Replies: 5
Views: 261

Re: Hub and tire alignment

In my opinion, putting a straight edge on the hub and measuring the distance from the rim to the straight edge is meaningless. To see if the wheel is true: - remove the tire - bolt the wheel onto the axle - put some sort of reference on the floor near the outboard side of the rim such as a block of ...
by Erik Johnson
Sat Sep 12, 2020 12:29 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: top bows and sockets
Replies: 13
Views: 502

Re: top bows and sockets

1917 roadsters and tourings have round top sockets. After the wood bow is inserted into the socket, there is a single nail that goes through the socket and into the wood bow. I have posted photos in this thread: https://www.mtfca.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=11380&p=85110&hilit=roadster+nail#p8511...
by Erik Johnson
Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What is a Rip Van Winkle car?
Replies: 14
Views: 663

Re: What is a Rip Van Winkle car?

In my opinion the moniker "Rip Van Winkle" should be reserved solely for the 1917 Rip Van Winkle touring. That car was purchased new in 1917 by Oscar Peterson of Center City, Minnesota and driven 5.9 miles from the dealer to Mr. Peterson's homestead and parked in a garage where it sat unused, on jac...
by Erik Johnson
Wed Sep 09, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Who is this in this ad??
Replies: 15
Views: 849

Re: Who is this in this ad??

Slight drift but still appropriate for the topic at hand, considering the discussion that has already transpired above. A while back, someone was selling a wicker Hawkeye Refrigerator Picnic Basket on Minneapolis Craigslist. In the listing, along with photos of the actual basket being sold, the sell...
by Erik Johnson
Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Clutch Drum Puller 5Z314 - Question
Replies: 11
Views: 306

Re: Clutch Drum Puller 5Z314 - Question

Thank you for all of the replies. Here is a photo of the set screw that is available from Langs. I'll have to see if my dad has any NOS or used in his parts stash. PS: I also realize my mistake in measuring the diameters of the holes. Instead of using drill bits, I should have used my thread gauge a...
by Erik Johnson
Mon Sep 07, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Clutch Drum Puller 5Z314 - Question
Replies: 11
Views: 306

Clutch Drum Puller 5Z314 - Question

I recently acquired this 5Z314 clutch drum puller at an estate sale of an elderly Model T enthusiast. Can anyone tell me or post photos of the correct bolts for the puller? It came with two 3/8" bolts and corresponding castle nuts as shown in the photos. However, these bolts are too small for the th...
by Erik Johnson
Mon Sep 07, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Free Start need Help
Replies: 12
Views: 440

Re: Free Start need Help

Let your motor idle down before turning off the ignition.
by Erik Johnson
Sat Sep 05, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old Photo- New 1914 Fords
Replies: 3
Views: 317

Re: Old Photo- New 1914 Fords

According to Motor World volume 31, page 31 (1912):

"The Smith Hardware Co., Pine City, Minn., has entered the automobile selling field; it has secured a Ford Agency."
by Erik Johnson
Mon Aug 31, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What kind of a car is this?
Replies: 17
Views: 1194

Re: What kind of a car is this?

That body style is called a cloverleaf or cloverleaf roadster.

The front passenger and driver seat are separate (space between) so you can access the back seat.
by Erik Johnson
Tue Aug 25, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Wanted tail light mount
Replies: 7
Views: 340

Re: Wanted tail light mount

What you have pictured is a 1915 touring tail lamp bracket. It's missing the license plate holder/bracket. The license plate holder bolts onto it via a threaded prong that goes through the hole and it is held in place with a castle nut. The 1916 touring bracket is also a two-piece bracket except the...
by Erik Johnson
Mon Aug 24, 2020 11:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: radiator hose
Replies: 19
Views: 640

Re: radiator hose

Correct me if I'm wrong. A while back didn't the vendors also carry a Gates brand three piece radiator hose set in black?

I remember a friend of mine installing them on his 1912 touring (however, that was 25 years ago).
by Erik Johnson
Mon Aug 24, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: beed braker information
Replies: 3
Views: 283

Re: beed braker information

Dayton Rubber Mfg. Co. (embossed on the tool in the second photo) manufactured tires. I found some references to and ads for airless tires. I have found that searching period trade journals via Google Books is a good source. Sometimes I set date parameters - January 1, 1900 to December 31, 1930. I w...
by Erik Johnson
Tue Aug 18, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Question about 1915 and later front floor mats
Replies: 6
Views: 451

Re: Question about 1915 and later front floor mats

My father's '17 touring and my '17 roadster both have their original front mats, which is the tapered mat that was introduced (I believe) in the 1915 model year. I picked up another original mat, same as above. My main reason for the original post is I am trying to determine if the above mats are co...
by Erik Johnson
Sat Aug 15, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Question about 1915 and later front floor mats
Replies: 6
Views: 451

Question about 1915 and later front floor mats

Does anybody know when the long "notch" on the front rubber floor mat first appeared? Did it coincide with the "pie plate" firewall shield that was introduced sometime in the 1919 Model year? Are the 1919-22 floor mats the same as the 1923-25? In other words, is the following correct? - 1915-1919 = ...
by Erik Johnson
Fri Aug 14, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Reviving old Ford seat material
Replies: 4
Views: 409

Re: Reviving old Ford seat material

Your seat cushion and seat back upholstery are not factory original. For one thing, the configuration of the of the seat cushion upholstery is incorrect. The pleats never went down the front like that. The exposed stitching on the armrest is another clue. Also, the grain of the material is too prono...
by Erik Johnson
Thu Aug 13, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: correct radiator hose color
Replies: 10
Views: 681

Re: correct radiator hose color

I have higher resolution versions of the photos (I also cropped the second photo).

In my opinion, it's rust.
by Erik Johnson
Thu Aug 13, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: correct radiator hose color
Replies: 10
Views: 681

Re: correct radiator hose color

Here are the original hoses from the 1917 "Rip Van Winkle" Ford touring. This car has a June 1917 motor serial number and was most likely assembled at the Minneapolis plant. Click on the first photo to enlarge. Click on it a second time to make even larger. Note that the inner and outer layers of ru...
by Erik Johnson
Wed Aug 12, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1913-14 Gaslight hose
Replies: 26
Views: 1719

Re: 1913-14 Gaslight hose

Asked my dad about the three red rubber hoses on his 1910 IHC roadster. (I should also ask him if any of the original was on the car when he bought it 70 years ago and if he kept any samples of it.) He said back in the 1950s and 1960s, antique auto restorers used red rubber beer line air hose and th...
by Erik Johnson
Wed Aug 12, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A brand new 26
Replies: 14
Views: 905

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 MNH...
by Erik Johnson
Tue Aug 11, 2020 11:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A brand new 26
Replies: 14
Views: 905

Re: A brand new 26

The original photo is in the collection of the Minnesota Historical Society and identified as, "Ed Killmer in Automobile. Osseo." Osseo is about ten miles northwest of Minneapolis. http://collections.mnhs.org/cms/display.php?irn=10789193&return=brand=cms Large view with zoom-in capabilities: http://...
by Erik Johnson
Fri Aug 07, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What is this light bracket for?
Replies: 8
Views: 645

Re: What is this light bracket for?

1915 or 1916 Ford roadster tail lamp bracket. It's missing the license plate bracket.
by Erik Johnson
Thu Aug 06, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Wanted: 1913 Touring Hardware
Replies: 9
Views: 751

Re: Wanted: 1913 Touring Hardware

Here is an original key strap. Ignore the arrows - I used this photo in a prior thread a few years ago. If I pushed the key all the way into the hole, the strap wouldn't sag as shown in the photo and it would lay flat against the socket. There isn't any slack to speak of, although the strap could ha...
by Erik Johnson
Thu Aug 06, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Wanted: 1913 Touring Hardware
Replies: 9
Views: 751

Re: Wanted: 1913 Touring Hardware

Those leather straps are ridiculously and unnecessarily too long.

Cut them so they are just long enough with with little or no slack, keeping in mind the leather should project 1/4" past the screw hole as described by R.V. Anderson.
by Erik Johnson
Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:09 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Vehicles
Topic: 1915 Town Car
Replies: 24
Views: 4670

Re: 1915 Town Car

The notch for in cowl for the radiator rod first appeared in the 1917 model year. There were town cars produced in the 1917, 1918 and 1919 model years (only 17 for 1919). The radiator rod was higher up on the firewall in 1917 than it was during the brass radiator years due to the higher radiator. Th...
by Erik Johnson
Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Radiator grill
Replies: 3
Views: 358

Re: Radiator grill

The late Louis Seekon of Minneapolis, MN had a 1924 touring that he dolled-up with a number of accessories including a radiator stone guard. He was a talented fellow. Instead of being a period accessory, he may have fabricated the stone guard himself in the 1950s using off the shelf materials. The m...
by Erik Johnson
Mon Aug 03, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: $1,155.00 Ford script Hall tail/stop light on EBAY
Replies: 4
Views: 751

Re: $1,155.00 Ford script Hall tail/stop light on EBAY

Reminds me of an old joke. Sven decided he wanted to get in the used car business. He parked two completely rusted-out 1985 Lincoln Town Cars on a vacant lot, painted "$50,000" on both windshields and then sat in a lawn chair next to the cars. A couple hours later, Ole walks by and says, "Sven, dere...
by Erik Johnson
Sat Aug 01, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Mysterious ticking from left rear wheel
Replies: 21
Views: 1084

Re: Mysterious ticking from left rear wheel

You can make your own shims from a tin can or piece of sheet metal, etc.

Do not use aluminum pop or beer cans or brass.
by Erik Johnson
Fri Jul 31, 2020 1:58 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Help with ID
Replies: 26
Views: 1461

Re: Help with ID

Also - here is my unrestored 1917 roadster.

It would be very easy for me to make it look like a 1916 roadster by installing a 1915-16 hood former and swapping out the hood, radiator, fenders and splash guards.
by Erik Johnson
Fri Jul 31, 2020 1:50 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Help with ID
Replies: 26
Views: 1461

Re: Help with ID

In order to install a 1915 or 1916 hood former on a 1917-22 Ford, I believe you have to swap out the stamped steel firewall brackets and install the ones that you posted (however, I may be wrong so others please chime in). If you really want your car scrutinized, supply better lit, larger file size ...
by Erik Johnson
Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Help with ID
Replies: 26
Views: 1461

Re: Help with ID

Did you locate the body number as I suggested in one of my earlier posts? That number includes the month and year.
by Erik Johnson
Wed Jul 29, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Help with ID
Replies: 26
Views: 1461

Re: Help with ID

Note that the windshield is screwed to the cowl-to-windshield/sidelight brackets - not riveted. That's the reason I posted that it was a 1917 or later windshield. I overlooked the hinges not being offset. 1915, 1916 and very early 1917 still the riveted windshield. Click on this link to see the rive...
by Erik Johnson
Wed Jul 29, 2020 12:58 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Color for my 1910 Touring
Replies: 14
Views: 1182

Re: Color for my 1910 Touring

This will be the fourth paint job for Darel's touring: - original factory paint job - 1930s yellow paint job (see photos below) - late 1940s black paint job - 2020 paint job About five years ago, I found a photograph of Darel Leipold's 1910 touring taken in 1937, taken long before he purchased the c...
by Erik Johnson
Wed Jul 29, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Help with ID
Replies: 26
Views: 1461

Re: Help with ID

Later car dolled up to look like a 1915 or 1916. I'll bet it started life as a 1917 Ford. Splash shields are 1917. Windshield is 1917 and later. It looks like there is a notch in the cowl above the coil box lid. If there is, that indicates a 1917 or later body. On the passenger side floor riser, loo...
by Erik Johnson
Fri Jul 24, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ohio 1910
Replies: 7
Views: 742

Re: Ohio 1910

Here is a thread on a round radiator 1908 Lambert under restoration that includes very nice period photo of a round radiator Model M Lambert. http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/822076/881787.html?1544090925 The bottoms of the radiators where the crank protrudes are slightly different than the wrec...
by Erik Johnson
Fri Jul 24, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ohio 1910
Replies: 7
Views: 742

Re: Ohio 1910

If it is friction drive, it could be a Lambert.

There are so few photos of round radiator Lamberts online it's hard to make a comparison.

A couple rotated photos to make online comparisons easier - upside right and upside down.
by Erik Johnson
Fri Jul 24, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ohio 1910
Replies: 7
Views: 742

Re: Ohio 1910

The turned over car is not a Franklin.

Although it is barrel nose, it is not air cooled - it has a radiator and is water cooled.

I thought it might be a National but I have ruled that out.

I don't think it is a Lambert.
by Erik Johnson
Thu Jul 23, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 5 Millionth Model T Now at Model T Museum!
Replies: 20
Views: 2606

Re: 5 Millionth Model T Now at Model T Museum!

Google the club website with the term "5 millionth".

The car in question has be discussed at length a few times in the past starting back in 2007 when it was listed on eBay.

It reminds me of the 1934 Ford Bonnie and Clyde death car - all seven of them.........
by Erik Johnson
Sat Jul 18, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Top install question
Replies: 30
Views: 1779

Re: Top install question

Allan: If the fabric is drill (actually woven on the bias), you can cut strip as long as the the bolt or roll of fabric is. The width of the bolt or roll is irrelevant (the width of a typical bolt of fabric is 45 inches wide or 60 inches wide). For example, if the roll of drill is 100 yards long, yo...
by Erik Johnson
Sat Jul 18, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Top install question
Replies: 30
Views: 1779

Re: Top install question

I understand that the hypotenuse measurement that I provided is only the length of the line from corner to corner of a 60" x 60" square. As you indicated in you post, any parallel lines to the or left of that line are shorter. However, nobody installing a Model T top should have to purchase a 60" x ...
by Erik Johnson
Fri Jul 17, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: 1910 IHC restoration thread
Replies: 3
Views: 507

Re: 1910 IHC restoration thread

My father has owned his 1910 IHC Model F roadster for 69 years.

Leroy is an acquaintance of my father.
by Erik Johnson
Wed Jul 15, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Top install question
Replies: 30
Views: 1779

Re: Top install question

Larry: You don't have to buy a whole roll of Turf top material to obtain leatherette cut on the bias in order to cover the front bow in one single piece. When we were at Classtique's shop, we were told that is not possible to get a long enough piece cut on the bias because the roll of Turf grain top...
by Erik Johnson
Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Top install question
Replies: 30
Views: 1779

Re: Top install question

From the factory, on a two-man top, the leatherette on the front bow is a single piece. I'll take some photos and post when I'm back home and have some time. I believe your problem is the material used is too heavy/thick. Classtique supplies one long and two shorts (one for each curve) because, I be...
by Erik Johnson
Wed Jul 15, 2020 12:15 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: SOLD - License Plates. IL, MI, MN, NY
Replies: 8
Views: 953

Re: SOLD - License Plates. IL, MI, MN, NY

RE: "A" and "B" on Minnesota plates. "A" plate is for a passenger car weighing less than one ton. "B" plate is for passenger car weighing one ton and over. The A and B plates were introduced in 1921 - the first year cars were taxed based on weight. Eventually, Minnesota got smart and dropped the "B"...
by Erik Johnson
Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Top Material
Replies: 12
Views: 1596

Re: Top Material

Larry:

That's a photo of the eyelet from the original top boot from my dad's 1917 touring.

The black or gray woven material seen though the eyelet is the strap.

I posted the photo in this thread:

http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/11 ... 1284826007
by Erik Johnson
Tue Jul 14, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Top install question
Replies: 30
Views: 1779

Re: Top install question

I maintain that the original leatherette on the first bow is not the same thickness as the leatherette top material. It is thinner than the top material and comparable to the thin leatherette currently available that is used to cover the door panels. I have two sets of bows with the original leather...
by Erik Johnson
Tue Jul 14, 2020 12:41 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Top install question
Replies: 30
Views: 1779

Re: Top install question

On a 1917 Ford, the leatherette covering on the front bow goes all the way to and slightly covers the metal socket. The leatherette is supposed to be cut on the bias (so the weave and warp are at a 45 degree angle) so it can be wrapped around the bow without puckering when it rounds the corners. Sam...
by Erik Johnson
Tue Jul 14, 2020 12:36 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Seat Belts, What of it?
Replies: 35
Views: 2527

Re: Seat Belts, What of it?

The purpose of seat belts is to avoid what is called the "secondary collision" of the occupants inside or outside of the vehicle. That is, upon the vehicle's impact, the occupants inside the vehicle remain in motion until they themselves hit another object - inside the automobile or if they are ejec...
by Erik Johnson
Sun Jul 05, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Resonable priced 1915
Replies: 9
Views: 1489

Re: Resonable priced 1915

Square felloe wheels are not correct for 1915.
by Erik Johnson
Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Brass Rands Windshield including Rods
Replies: 6
Views: 873

Re: Brass Rands Windshield including Rods

Daniel:

I sent you an email.

Erik
by Erik Johnson
Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Brass Rands Windshield including Rods
Replies: 6
Views: 873

Re: Brass Rands Windshield including Rods

Still for sale - will bring to Bob Peterson's swap meet in Kenyon, MN this Saturday, June 27.
by Erik Johnson
Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Brass Vanguard Windshield Frame
Replies: 1
Views: 400

Re: Brass Vanguard Windshield Frame

Still for sale - will bring to Bob Peterson's swap meet in Kenyon, MN this Saturday, June 27.
by Erik Johnson
Fri Jun 19, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Brass Rands Windshield including Rods
Replies: 6
Views: 873

Re: Brass Rands Windshield including Rods

Got it, thanks.
by Erik Johnson
Fri Jun 19, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Brass Rands Windshield including Rods
Replies: 6
Views: 873

Brass Rands Windshield including Rods

Complete and ready-to-install brass Rands windshield with laminated safety glass and hard-to-find Rands adjustable rods. Price is $850.00 All the brass was professionally buffed/polished at a local plating shop. Upper panel measures 41" x 10 3/4" Lower panel measures 41" x 12" I plan on bringing thi...
by Erik Johnson
Fri Jun 19, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Brass Vanguard Windshield Frame
Replies: 1
Views: 400

Brass Vanguard Windshield Frame

Vanguard brass upper windshield frame including parting strip and four hinge screws. Price is $65.00. There is one stress crack in the frame as shown in the photos. This does not effect the function of the frame and can probably be easily filled-in or repaired with silver solder. Frame measures 41 5...
by Erik Johnson
Tue Jun 16, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Request for expert advice to help date a photo
Replies: 18
Views: 1301

Re: Request for expert advice to help date a photo

The car is a 1923 Model T Ford touring or roadster.

The date the photo was actually taken would be harder to pinpoint. However, if you know the state where it was taken, even a partial view of the license plate as shown in the photo can help determine the year the photo was taken.
by Erik Johnson
Fri Jun 12, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A part found- what is it?
Replies: 8
Views: 1005

Re: A part found- what is it?

Here is a 1932-35 Ford truck badge.

Note the copper/brass where the cloisonne is missing.
by Erik Johnson
Fri Jun 12, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A part found- what is it?
Replies: 8
Views: 1005

Re: A part found- what is it?

It's a Model A badge.

It's spent a long time in the ground.

The blue cloisonne (porcelain) is gone.

They were nickel or chrome plated over copper or brass. You can see evidence of this on my example where the porcelain is chipped.

The solder on the back is for the stud.
by Erik Johnson
Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: dash (firewall) rain gutter / drip strip
Replies: 15
Views: 828

Re: dash (firewall) rain gutter / drip strip

The first photo you posted is my 1917 roadster.

In 1917 the metal cap did not have a gutter and is not correct for 1923.

Don't know what year the gutter was added to the cap but I'm sure your '23 should have a gutter. You'd have to do some research.
by Erik Johnson
Mon Jun 08, 2020 12:44 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Harold Lloyd's Model T
Replies: 15
Views: 1578

Re: Harold Lloyd's Model T

I don't use the forum's key word search. I didn't use the previous forum platform key word search either. I simply use google as I explained in my prior post. If you click on the links I previously posted showing the results of a google search of "Harold Lloyd" on mtfca.com there are plenty of pre-2...
by Erik Johnson
Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Harold Lloyd's Model T
Replies: 15
Views: 1578

Re: Harold Lloyd's Model T

I never use the forum's search function. You can easily search pre-2019 forums via google. For example, to search for Harold Lloyd, put the following in your search bar: site:mtfca.com "harold lloyd" Click on this link to see the results: https://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Amtfca.com+%22harold+ll...
by Erik Johnson
Fri Jun 05, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old photo: New 09-10 Model Ts.
Replies: 20
Views: 1419

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

Not RHD.

Here's the clue: horns
by Erik Johnson
Wed Jun 03, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Panrail surprise
Replies: 6
Views: 814

Re: Panrail surprise

Looks like 11-3-68 to me.
by Erik Johnson
Wed Jun 03, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1917 Touring Interior Question
Replies: 4
Views: 414

Re: 1917 Touring Interior Question

Here's the driver's side of my '17 roadster.

The binding for the armrest continues past the upholstery, all the way down to the bottom of the panel. In other words, it is one continuous piece of binding the covers both the armrest and rearward end of the panel. Click on the photo to enlarge.
by Erik Johnson
Wed Jun 03, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1917 Touring Interior Question
Replies: 4
Views: 414

Re: 1917 Touring Interior Question

The panel forward of the passenger door has trim/binding around the entire perimeter, no different than the door. The driver's side panel also has the same trim as above around it's entire perimeter. If you want to do it the same as the factory, the trim immediately forward of the seat riser is just...
by Erik Johnson
Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Harold Lloyd's Model T
Replies: 15
Views: 1578

Re: Harold Lloyd's Model T

Further to the left, there is also a large dimple in the body and a large dent in the trunk where it meets the back of the body.
by Erik Johnson
Mon Jun 01, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Which is easier to repair: A or T?
Replies: 15
Views: 1219

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

To quote my late neighbor, who started working on Model Ts in 1925 and then graduated to Ford V8s:

"Model T Fords are self-healing."
by Erik Johnson
Fri May 29, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1915 headlight switch hole size
Replies: 10
Views: 945

Re: 1915 headlight switch hole size

There should have been no need to cut anything. If that firewall is original to the car, if you strip the paint you may find the correct locations. First photo is of Paul Iverson's unrestored 1916 touring. It is a very good example of a complete and unrestored car. Note that it has the "round" light...
by Erik Johnson
Sat May 23, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New Day Timer install question
Replies: 4
Views: 278

Re: New Day Timer install question

That ring is the retainer for the pin. The timer currently on your car should also have a retainer.

Install in the following order on the camshaft:

- brush
- pin
- retainer
- nut
by Erik Johnson
Sat May 23, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1915 headlight switch hole size
Replies: 10
Views: 945

Re: 1915 headlight switch hole size

I believe the hole size is the same regardless if it is the round switch or the switch with the rectangle plate. As someone mentioned earlier, the body of both switches are round and are probably the same diameter. Note the drawing that I posted above only shows the hole for the switch body, but doe...
by Erik Johnson
Sat May 23, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Banging noise from under the car...
Replies: 29
Views: 2208

Re: Banging noise from under the car...

The pinion gear skipping over the ring gear in the differential due to worn or disintegrated thrust bearings will cause a banging noise. The sound travels along the driveshaft so it can sound like the problem is occurring directly under the front floorboards even though it originates in the rear end.
by Erik Johnson
Fri May 22, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1915 headlight switch hole size
Replies: 10
Views: 945

Re: 1915 headlight switch hole size

I posted a factory drawing for a 1917 firewall. The location for the light switch for 1915 should be the same. See this thread - the hole is 15/16": http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/708324/723219.html?1486501958 Not an expert, but I believe there were two different styles of light switches in 19...
by Erik Johnson
Thu May 21, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Interior Fabric sources
Replies: 9
Views: 772

Re: Interior Fabric sources

Mike at Classtique will sell you material by the yard as well as other supplies. https://www.classtiqueupholstery.com/ Bill Hirsch also sells upholstery material - don't know if he carries anything that is correct for Model T sedans or coupes but you can do the research. Hirsch is also a good source...
by Erik Johnson
Mon May 18, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB - Old Worn Upholstery Tacks
Replies: 12
Views: 1145

Re: WTB - Old Worn Upholstery Tacks

Terminology - upholstery tacks vs upholstery nails: Many folks and vendors use the terms "upholstery tack" and "upholstery nail" interchangeably. However, an upholstery tack and an upholstery nail are actually two different things. Upholstery tacks are used to fasten the material to the underlying w...
by Erik Johnson
Tue May 12, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 14 Touring
Replies: 6
Views: 664

Re: 14 Touring

As Wayne posted above, the first photo is of Harry Lauder.

It is a well known photograph, taken in Los Angeles. The original negative is in the possession of the Ford Motor Co. or Henry Ford Museum. There are better prints available.
by Erik Johnson
Sat May 09, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1914 Roadster Rear Fender Bracket Bolts
Replies: 6
Views: 555

Re: 1914 Roadster Rear Fender Bracket Bolts

All three bolts for attaching the roadster rear fender iron to the sill go through the body/frame bracket, then the wooden sill, sheet metal and finally the fender iron. The body/frame bracket has three square holes to accommodate the corresponding bolt shoulders. In other words, the body/frame brac...
by Erik Johnson
Fri May 08, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1914 Roadster Rear Fender Bracket Bolts
Replies: 6
Views: 555

Re: 1914 Roadster Rear Fender Bracket Bolts

The nuts and lock washers are on the outside.

I have an unrestored 1917 roadster with a known history since new. The nuts are hex, not square.
by Erik Johnson
Wed May 06, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Source of 6 Volt Battery
Replies: 32
Views: 1953

Re: Source of 6 Volt Battery

Looks like your local O'Reilly Auto Parts carries what you need. If they don't have it in stock, you can probably order one. For example, it shows as being in stock at the Wylie location. https://www.oreillyauto.com/detail/b/fleet---heavy-duty-4993/battery-accessories-16452/batteries---commercial-17...
by Erik Johnson
Thu Apr 30, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Another Flag holder for sale
Replies: 3
Views: 508

Re: Another Flag holder for sale

Hopefully this does the trick.
by Erik Johnson
Tue Apr 28, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this correct?
Replies: 5
Views: 924

Re: Is this correct?

On a '17, there is burlap or jute between the cardboard and the wood armrest as you show in the picture of the '20. The stuffing doesn't go on top the armrest - it's basically a hard surface and the upholstery is nice and tight on the armrest. I'd post some pictures but I'm at my parents' house, not...
by Erik Johnson
Tue Apr 28, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this correct?
Replies: 5
Views: 924

Re: Is this correct?

To be factory correct, the cardboard covers only the wood armrest. The wood armrest has countersunk holes for bolts. The cardboard covers those holes, creating a smooth surface for the upholstery. On the wood armrest, there is no stuffing between the cardboard and the upholstery material.
by Erik Johnson
Tue Apr 28, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Door Check Straps
Replies: 7
Views: 706

Re: Door Check Straps

The June 1917 Rip Van Winkle Ford has black cotton webbing that is nailed to the wood, under the respective panels. My unrestored May 1917 touring has remnants of the door check cotton webbing under the panels. R.V. Anderson makes and sells the appropriate door check material. My dad put a set on hi...
by Erik Johnson
Sat Apr 25, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 13T - Rear Differential Oil
Replies: 25
Views: 1892

Re: 13T - Rear Differential Oil

Depending on the mileage since the lube was last changed, it wouldn't bother me if it sat for ten years and just needs to be topped off. If you know what viscosity is currently in the rear-end, just add more until the level is 1.5 inches below the bottom of the fill plug. The above is just my opinio...
by Erik Johnson
Thu Apr 23, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Replating a R.V. Mirror
Replies: 7
Views: 889

Re: Replating a R.V. Mirror

Because you live in Los Angeles county, I would think that if you looked in the yellow pages you would find at least one shop that does re-silvering in Los Angeles or Orange County. I did some Googling for you and there are a few shops that do re-silvering of glass mirrors in LA: https://www.google....
by Erik Johnson
Tue Apr 21, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT- Please Help ID Two Old Cars
Replies: 3
Views: 672

Re: OT- Please Help ID Two Old Cars

The sedan in the first photo is a 1927 Studebaker.

Note the fuzzy logo on the spare tire cover.
by Erik Johnson
Mon Apr 20, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: tire mounting lube working too well?
Replies: 10
Views: 1066

Re: tire mounting lube working too well?

I have a can of tire talc on the shelf - I believe it is from NAPA. If you can't tire talc from a local auto parts store or bike shop, it is available online. I don't consider it to be a bead lubricant. It's purpose is to reduce the friction between the tire and the tube. Frankly, you don't need muc...
by Erik Johnson
Fri Apr 17, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A few more looking back.
Replies: 8
Views: 1141

Re: A few more looking back.

It is a 1917 coupelet.

There were two versions in the 1917 model year:

- first version with the folding top, like 1916, as shown in the photo

- second version with the stationary top that was padded to the belt line and removable window pillars
by Erik Johnson
Thu Apr 16, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1917 Top question
Replies: 28
Views: 1887

Re: 1917 Top question

That hole in your windshield frame is not factory so it could have been drilled any time in the last 113 years. Also, the rain flap you show appears to be what is known as cobra grain. Cobra grain was not used on Model T roadster or touring tops from the factory although through the years vendors di...
by Erik Johnson
Tue Apr 14, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1917 Top question
Replies: 28
Views: 1887

Re: 1917 Top question

If you have another long piece of top material, that may be for a front rain flap/windbreaker. However, be aware that 1917 Fords did not have a rain flap/windbreaker. The windbreaker was introduced around 1920, according to Bruce McCalley. Most folks install the windbreaker. Regarding the windshield...
by Erik Johnson
Tue Apr 14, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1917 Top question
Replies: 28
Views: 1887

Re: 1917 Top question

I thought I had answered that in private message. As posted before, the first bow is covered with a single piece of leatherette. The leatherette is cut on the bias (cut diagonally to the weave) so it doesn't pucker at the corners. Because you have eight pieces that are cut on the bias , I can only s...
by Erik Johnson
Sun Apr 12, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: gasoline
Replies: 13
Views: 1527

Re: gasoline

It's $1.69 in Minneapolis proper and $1.49 in the second and third ring suburbs. The lowest prices in the state are in Red Wing where it is below a dollar. However, non-oxy premium which I use in the snowblower and lawnmower is $3.38/gallon. There are two stations within six blocks of me that sell it.
by Erik Johnson
Sun Apr 12, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: bridge washers
Replies: 14
Views: 1285

Re: bridge washers

To add to Mark's post above, see this thread where I posted a diagram showing the washer that was used with a flat or non-embossed bridge washer:

http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/33 ... 1377072854
by Erik Johnson
Fri Apr 10, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1917 Top question
Replies: 28
Views: 1887

Re: 1917 Top question

Here's a photo of the 1917 Rip Van Winkle touring showing what David Dewey described. Click on the photo to enlarge. Note that the car was wearing its side curtains when this photo was taken. As he said, it is L or J shaped on the bottom. My father and I also have the original trim piece on our 17's...
by Erik Johnson
Fri Apr 10, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: free starts
Replies: 52
Views: 3262

Re: free starts

Richard: All Royce is doing is slowly moving the crankshaft so the piston that is in the compression stroke goes past dead center and ignition and internal combustion takes over. He's not spinning the crank. He's not strong arming the crank. He's slowly moving the crank. That can't be much different...
by Erik Johnson
Fri Apr 10, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: free starts
Replies: 52
Views: 3262

Re: free starts

Here's non-Ford example of "starting from spark."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMa3_tT5mKA