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by George Mills
Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T with out Water
Replies: 9
Views: 753

Re: Model T with out Water

Once upon a time and after a long rebuild, the car was in the garage backwards without a radiator. Rather than push it out and turn it around with calling neighbors I judged 60 seconds would be probably fine and I’d be quick. Out, k turn, back it up, turn it off, let it coast to a stop. Success...we...
by George Mills
Sat Sep 12, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 13T - Coolant Temp and Initial Driving Experience
Replies: 8
Views: 399

Re: 13T - Coolant Temp and Initial Driving Experience

First of all...you are fine! If the coolant covers the core and doesn’t boil over...it’s even OK if it goes glub, glug, glug on shut down which you say it doesn’t. I also agree the that open close thing on the carb even tho many say that they don’t have to HOWEVER you may be taking it too lean! Brin...
by George Mills
Fri Sep 11, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What is a Rip Van Winkle car?
Replies: 14
Views: 661

Re: What is a Rip Van Winkle car?

A long time ago when the earth was young... A bunch of T-guys found a barn fresh car that reportedly had only couple dozen miles on it... To them it was like discovering your wife just had triplets...or...in simpler terms they had just won the knowledge lottery... Most of the background on it was an...
by George Mills
Thu Sep 10, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rookie mistake: driven gear upside down...
Replies: 9
Views: 784

Re: Rookie mistake: driven gear upside down...

I'll say it and admit it...welcome to the club. There was a time when I was real good with my hands, thought things through in what seemed to be perfect order, understood the syntax of the Ford service manuals and usually (99%) only had to do things ONCE, never put a head gasket on backwards, never ...
by George Mills
Mon Sep 07, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: triple gear pins grinding
Replies: 12
Views: 605

Re: triple gear pins grinding

Dennis, Yes, the late Ralph Ricks talked me into the Idea of a blind forensic test of pins and bushes and he offered to supply all of the blind samples, I’d get my people at work to do inspection to the Mercedes protocol (we did all the rotors and caliper frames for MB at the time), I’d get the lab ...
by George Mills
Mon Sep 07, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: triple gear pins grinding
Replies: 12
Views: 605

Re: triple gear pins grinding

For rotating parts, rounder is generally better...unless you wanted a cam in the first place :D Some of the noise generated could be from accumulated eccentricities of high rpm small parts. If the point sought from that previous post was based on past comments made by me, it was said for the reason ...
by George Mills
Sun Aug 30, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Adjusting coils by ear
Replies: 9
Views: 437

Re: Adjusting coils by ear

Jim, I fully accept that T coils might just work out when tuned by ear...but my ears must have a baffle in them. :) Similar story, late 70's, I had a T that started easy on BATT ran great on MAG driven coils yet the coils went bizz-bizz-bizz-buzz! I was fine with it but all of the other guys in the ...
by George Mills
Sat Aug 22, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Castle Nut Assortment set?
Replies: 8
Views: 394

Re: Castle Nut Assortment set?

Ignacio, I started the makings of a 'helpful book' on Model T and kept getting side-tracked after having a hundred or so individual pages that never got around to being collated. Here is a list of castellated nuts as used a T....sorry I never got around to quantity but there are prob a bunch who cou...
by George Mills
Fri Aug 14, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: White Tire Availability
Replies: 25
Views: 1077

Re: White Tire Availability

Walter, Got it. See, in your own answer, you did nudge my thought as to what I suspect. What you describe is a laminated construction. “Clincher bead one color...”. I don’t mean ply like old day 4 ply and I don’t mean retread/caps. Think roll of tape in reverse where the use carbon black for some fe...
by George Mills
Fri Aug 14, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: White Tire Availability
Replies: 25
Views: 1077

Re: White Tire Availability

Walter, I watch these threads on white tires, wanted to scream "NO" on the idea of using a less permeable inner tube but bit my tongue because hey, it's not my forte and maybe, just maybe a tube that has almost no permeability to the 19th decimal place might just slow 'the browns' down enough to act...
by George Mills
Wed Aug 12, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Gas tank repair thoughts/ideas
Replies: 16
Views: 663

Re: Gas tank repair thoughts/ideas

One time I had a tank with a punch hole in it and a guy cross town said he could fix it. Just pull it off and take it to him, he'd need maybe 5 minutes.. I was intrigued. He sets it up, takes a swat at it with his air sander... Grabs something that looks like a gray Tootsie Roll and tears off a chun...
by George Mills
Wed Aug 12, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How many cars in a T built from parts?
Replies: 11
Views: 880

Re: How many cars in a T built from parts?

Actually...many more than we might think? When I started in this we all were fortunate to know someone who was hands on first person dealer Model T “mechanics”. I asked one of those guys how they ever made Ford time study since I was having trouble getting within 3-4 times the minutes posted. He gig...
by George Mills
Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Montrose Pa.
Replies: 2
Views: 407

Re: Montrose Pa.

Montrose is a 'village' more of a 'hamlet' of about a square mile and a population somewhere around 1500. The locale for the most part would not have been friendly to Model T's either---up n down n down n up. Doubt you'd find many T'ers there even today. I do have a thought for you. If you say Voss ...
by George Mills
Thu Jul 23, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 5 Millionth Model T Now at Model T Museum!
Replies: 20
Views: 2597

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

I'm not trying to be a troll, but the car apparently does have a 'past' as some others point out...and Ford apparently lost track of it into the public for upwards of 60 years. Was a 'find' back in 92 after being lost for those years and when found had apparently lots of 'bitsy' 'Johnny Cash' parts ...
by George Mills
Wed Jul 01, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 25 years now...
Replies: 15
Views: 1287

Re: 25 years now...

A big Silver Congrats to Mr n Mrs Townsend!
by George Mills
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Where do you get the prices?
Replies: 15
Views: 1202

Re: Where do you get the prices?

As with many others here...T's are not my only passion. There is something that I had wanted to add to one of my other passions and the on line price-fixing...err...'competitive capitalistic approach' shows more than a few willing to part with the item in question at about 3 times what it was worth ...
by George Mills
Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I"m in a bind.
Replies: 13
Views: 1209

Re: I"m in a bind.

Bud,

Your clutch plates could be sticking...raise a rear wheel, keep key off, hand crank. If just as tight...it’s not clutch plate stick...if it turns easier, like in lots easier...there are tricks to getting plates unstuck without tearing into them so come on back
by George Mills
Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What should salvage value be?
Replies: 32
Views: 2127

Re: What should salvage value be?

I wouldn't negotiate too long as someone may get dreams of a good return real quick through one of their local tow/store folks that they deal with often. The insurance company has no real desire to take possession of the car. They would like to lessen their load, but really don't want to put any wor...
by George Mills
Wed Jun 10, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Howells Sheet Metal delays
Replies: 26
Views: 1813

Re: Howells Sheet Metal delays

FWIW, Howells is not capricious at business they simply do what they want, when they want...and their work is always uncompromising quality. Do this long enough and often enough and you learn to order from them 6 months in advance! Set expectations accordingly. There is irony in that statement...onc...
by George Mills
Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Problem Installing Transmission Cover
Replies: 27
Views: 1639

Re: Problem Installing Transmission Cover

Did you change to new band springs as part of your overhaul? If you did you may have to ‘fit’ them for use. The new ones are really stiff, almost too stiff and I’ve found that to get things to work out, the springs need to be fully compressed in a vice one at a time, and then when fully squished, hi...
by George Mills
Tue May 26, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vintage authenticity?
Replies: 104
Views: 8942

Re: Vintage authenticity?

For the longest time, everybody and anybody T related tried to convince me that my late25 Fordor really should have had the rounded splash shields, and the bead out front fenders. This included guys who were quite national in club activities, etc. It was also the 70's where the general view was stil...
by George Mills
Mon May 25, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ford history questions
Replies: 60
Views: 5273

Re: Ford history questions

One of the biggest sacrilege to Ford history is the claim that Henry was too stubborn to give it a rest, and that once one of his prized employees jumped to Chevy that Chevy busted Fords butt in the market. I think all of those as singular statements are probably true...yet Ford themselves chose to ...
by George Mills
Fri May 22, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Harbor Freight jack stands
Replies: 28
Views: 2440

Re: Harbor Freight jack stands

I don’t know about a recall... but I use to buy actual overcooked cinderblocks from the reject pile at the cinderblock plant for a nickle apiece as long as I promised to use them as landscape retaining walls and not for construction. Who knew? 🤷‍♂️
by George Mills
Thu May 21, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Brass "conversion"
Replies: 20
Views: 1390

Re: Brass "conversion"

The easiest way to visually tell? The splash shields above the running boards. A guy so fixated on creating a '15 might even have a set of '15 shields but he dollies out those factory creases just before the flair to be smooth! Start with later fenders and they don't even think of adding a 'look ali...
by George Mills
Wed May 13, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: differences in 25 and earlier frames from a 26
Replies: 17
Views: 1233

Re: differences in 25 and earlier frames from a 26

Will, While I am sure there are minute differences...and some may even be functional. But the Hack that Jim in Lakehurst use to have started as a 27 chassis with demountable rims, he had early 23 running gear available in one of his sheds (fenders, splash shields, hood shelves, running boards, low h...
by George Mills
Tue May 12, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hub Cap threads
Replies: 10
Views: 1498

Re: Hub Cap threads

I had new reproductive caps that were real tight. I ordered one of the modern thread restorers but before it came I did try something. Thread would start...but not go...using the hubcap wrench I’d go half turn on, quarter turn off, repeat until hubcap fully seats. Didn’t crack, still on the car...th...
by George Mills
Sun May 10, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Triple gear pins
Replies: 16
Views: 1616

Re: Triple gear pins

The late RDR and myself and a few of his friends spent a ton of time and money on this subject about a decade ago. We did a blind volunteer study of piles of matching used pins and bushes...we bought new pins and bushes from everybody...and I sent the whole lot of them to a facility certified by Mer...
by George Mills
Thu Apr 30, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: We lost another one
Replies: 28
Views: 2761

Re: We lost another one

Aww Shucks... That certainly did not make my day! RIP Herm, I will definitely miss our endless and bottomless phone discussions and debates about the 'why's' of certain things. You knew your craft better than most, you stuck to your guns better and longer than most, and I'd like to think your 'custo...
by George Mills
Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Emergency brake as service brake
Replies: 19
Views: 1465

Re: Emergency brake as service brake

I normally refuse to diss something....but here is something to think through. My first T was a Fordor and it came with some sort of equalizer installed. I was taught that fast stops went through the stick...regular stops through the pedal. One day I came over a crest of a northern Illinois mountain...
by George Mills
Fri Apr 17, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New club member introduction
Replies: 6
Views: 749

Re: New club member introduction

Welcome to the affliction. South Jersey is hard to come by T guys, I never understood why because 40 years ago, a local show would have more T’s than the rows at Hershey! Guys pass on, cars disappear never to surface. Anyway... The book says to fill it to the top petcock. Then open the lower and cat...
by George Mills
Fri Apr 17, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rubber mats in a closed car
Replies: 8
Views: 805

Re: Rubber mats in a closed car

The current front mats sold are a generic design that always require cut-to-fit and are not usually year specific. I have spotted them and cut them in place through the years...but it is easier to make a taped up template out of shopping bags....then spot the pedal cut out to match and be square on ...
by George Mills
Wed Apr 15, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Where were Model T engines made?
Replies: 12
Views: 1556

Re: Where were Model T engines made?

I have shared this anecdote before, but as usual I can't find it now! The original Louisville branch building (Which eventually became Mengle (the maker of floorboards for T's locally and then Mengle became Mead Containers at the same location) had a two sided receiving area where the supply train o...
by George Mills
Sat Apr 04, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Electrolysis
Replies: 9
Views: 1211

Re: Electrolysis

Ignacious, I had a car with a zillion coats of bright yellow paint on the wheels. Whatever the paint was, it was like porcelain and nothing mechanical would even begin to break the surface. Figuring nothing ventured, nothing gained, nothing to lose I had them hot lye bath dipped. Then moved directly...
by George Mills
Fri Apr 03, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: band spring selection
Replies: 7
Views: 945

Re: band spring selection

In two separate occasions now I have found the so called stiffer springs to be a royal PITA. When Moxie26 and I did Tom Edison’s car in West Orange I was fairly confident that the demountable with the car were totally round and probably even originals. The spring kept trying to walk up the groove as...
by George Mills
Fri Apr 03, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Nut and Bolt Specification Chart
Replies: 23
Views: 1762

Re: Nut and Bolt Specification Chart

Oh well....maybe I should open other attachments before posting...🤫 🥴😁😁.
by George Mills
Fri Apr 03, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Nut and Bolt Specification Chart
Replies: 23
Views: 1762

Re: Nut and Bolt Specification Chart

I will apologize in advance as someone sent this to me years ago as a PDF. Unfortunately, I don't have a clue as to credit other than I 'think' it was maybe someone from Tulsa or NWS at the time? Thats as close as I can remember. It was obviously in a spreadsheet format at one time and converted...b...
by George Mills
Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Need help reading part drawing on a Ford racer
Replies: 23
Views: 1711

Re: Need help reading part drawing on a Ford racer

Rob, I suspect that the oval egg u see in the front view, is a set of construction lines on what he intended to cover. Back in the days of ink and the blueish linen it was a very common practice to just leave the original pencil working marks. I’m not saying it is, or isn’t, but the 2nd drawing may ...
by George Mills
Mon Mar 23, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Turn signals
Replies: 29
Views: 2441

Re: Turn signals

Goes back to how vintage and functional you want to be. After a lot of thought, this is the route I took and the brake switch was from FP. OK, so putting cloth covered wire inside of asphalt loom is a little OC...but like the T...it’s therapy!
by George Mills
Thu Mar 19, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The frustration of incompetence
Replies: 124
Views: 11698

Re: The frustration of incompetence

Steve, With all due respect, take a break and breath slowly. I'll share a personal saga as there is a point in there somewhere. I just can't tell an anecdote without writing an epistle! I've been a roadside master Model T mechanic for going on 50 years now, I reckin'. Only once in my life did I need...
by George Mills
Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Alemite Grease Gun
Replies: 19
Views: 1333

Re: Alemite Grease Gun

As an example....my ‘19 hack came to me with Alemite aluminum aftermarket hub caps on fronts.

While I’d agree that the screw type squirt gun is maybe more period correct, my choice is the screw type with braided feed line...to me it’s just way cool!
by George Mills
Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: White oak bed
Replies: 9
Views: 1129

Re: White oak bed

My advice would be that if you are starting with fresh/new white oak I would NOT make the surface smooth as glass before painting. Finish it out at 140-180 grit. Do you or don’t you want the chance of grain bleed in the finish product? If you do, any alky primer would be good as an exterior finish. ...
by George Mills
Fri Mar 06, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: radiator prices
Replies: 28
Views: 3611

Re: radiator prices

I'm sorry and not being tongue in cheek!!!! My own experience tells me Gery is the better choice. My words as to that conclusion...let me say it a different way... Next time I need a black radiator, I'm not going to shop it, I'm calling Gery at Bergs...we'll spend 5 minutes on the phone, he'll ship ...
by George Mills
Tue Feb 18, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Spare tire needed 1923 Depot Hack
Replies: 19
Views: 1613

Re: Spare tire needed 1923 Depot Hack

Hey Steve,

Ah, I looked at the top photos again...I don’t see it, the sidewall proportion seems too high...I don’t see a split line on my cell screen...so guess I’ll just accept my “spotter” is wrong. 😊. Sorry to all if I confused.
by George Mills
Tue Feb 18, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Spare tire needed 1923 Depot Hack
Replies: 19
Views: 1613

Re: Spare tire needed 1923 Depot Hack

Not to confuse you, but what you have are 4.40x21 inch demountables as you know. There are also 30x3-1/2 and 30 x 3. The OD are the same but it stops there. On a Hack, one like Jack Daron use to make for Roadster pickups would work but I haven’t seen any ever up for resale. Hacks are usually somethi...
by George Mills
Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Removing the #3317 driven gear: Am I doing it wrong?
Replies: 20
Views: 2245

Re: Removing the #3317 driven gear: Am I doing it wrong?

I’d concur with Jack P suggestion. When I was ‘young’ someone made the same suggestion to me. In for a nickle, in for a dime what did I know? They told me to go so tight it was just before the center wanted to cock...and then every time I walked by it rap it with a 3 pound maul. Same advice, do it a...
by George Mills
Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Driver's side headlight won't light
Replies: 34
Views: 2439

Re: Driver's side headlight won't light

PROGRESS... As Yogi would say, when it comes to the fork in the road----take it. Apparently, your wiring might be OK, at least voltage was passing through the unlit lamp before finding the end of the line ground! Thus providing also the ground needed for the passenger side to light. I now suspect th...
by George Mills
Sun Jan 05, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Metallurgy question Rajo rocker arm shaft.
Replies: 17
Views: 1266

Re: Metallurgy question Rajo rocker arm shaft.

I know that there are days where I don’t fire on all cylinders…but then there are days like today when the idea keeps coming back to this like a dog gnawing on my ankle :lol: I’ll throw this out for discussion. Why not look around for a chunk of 430 B Bronze? Working from memory here... Right out of...
by George Mills
Fri Jan 03, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Driver's side headlight won't light
Replies: 34
Views: 2439

Re: Driver's side headlight won't light

Further to Steve and his 6-8V comment. I'm not sure of what the lamp number may be...but at a 8V rating (the upper end of the rating) this gives a combined 16 V when connected in series which the 15-16 were. As Steve has advised, these seem to work fairly well based on his finds and experiences. Her...
by George Mills
Fri Jan 03, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Driver's side headlight won't light
Replies: 34
Views: 2439

Re: Driver's side headlight won't light

Susanne, Lightly dust the seam area... Dribble Super Glue at the seam and let it wick around all by itself... Have done this now on every old bulb (read shellac seal) that I get my hands on. Keeping fingers crossed, I’m still batting a thousand since I started that. One other word of wisdom...if the...
by George Mills
Thu Jan 02, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Conductive lubricants vs non-conductive (dielectric) lubricants
Replies: 6
Views: 870

Re: Conductive lubricants vs non-conductive (dielectric) lubricants

Jim...68 miles due East... I’m not surprised at the soft turn out to your question....I’ve sensed it for a while that the old theory guys don’t get too fired up to comment any more. I’ll also add...your thread could grow legs...🤪 There are the Ones who will quote “Ford said and Ford Almighty!” And t...
by George Mills
Wed Jan 01, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Starter removal on a 1926
Replies: 20
Views: 1848

Re: Starter removal on a 1926

once upon a time...I was so green I pulled a starter with the bendix on...just cussed a bunch! To make matters worse, after a local guy peened the bus to the stud, since that was the problem...loose stud...I put it back in the car with the Bendix on! That was just triple cussing and I didn’t know an...
by George Mills
Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Tail lights, brake lights, and turn signals
Replies: 21
Views: 2344

Re: Tail lights, brake lights, and turn signals

eh, Paddy... Like said above...your marbles, your game... I'll share that you can achieve what you want in either 6V or 12V by going to Model A Teacup taillights. They are especially nice if you option up the stainless bezels...the basics come painted black. From 4 ft away you can't tell they are te...
by George Mills
Mon Dec 30, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Modern advances in the lubrication of the original roller type timer
Replies: 27
Views: 2619

Re: Modern advances in the lubrication of the original roller type timer

Jim, I used whatever I had and it was Red Grease...just the cheap stuff...
by George Mills
Mon Dec 30, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Modern advances in the lubrication of the original roller type timer
Replies: 27
Views: 2619

Re: Modern advances in the lubrication of the original roller type timer

This is sort of like oil for the tranny, or fuel filters....🥴 FWIW...The last car I made road-right I used one of the alpha generation S Type roller timers and was one of the first to experience what generally became general knowledge that they were prone to swallow themselves. That timer was only i...
by George Mills
Sat Dec 28, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Sieger Depot Hack Bodies
Replies: 4
Views: 832

Re: Sieger Depot Hack Bodies

thank you Perry...I have yet to find a way to use iPhone only to provide'right side up' prints {sigh}


(I just noticed who Perry Kete actually is!)
by George Mills
Sat Dec 28, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Sieger Depot Hack Bodies
Replies: 4
Views: 832

Re: Sieger Depot Hack Bodies

I see response has been overwhelming... Should John no longer make them, and you find that you like the proportions and scaling and the squat body sill framing.... I’d be willing to do a general measure up and a bunch of photos for one of the other usual makers to make you one to “the Sieger Style” ...
by George Mills
Mon Dec 23, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Fordite steering wheel repair
Replies: 24
Views: 2715

Re: Fordite steering wheel repair

I know that I have seen step-by-step with pictures and the peanut gallery was all complementary and positive about it. Was it this forum or the other? THAT is the question. (IIRC whatever that process was for infill, it might create an open pore while it was curing out and it even went into how to f...
by George Mills
Sun Dec 22, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Newbie-Hello, Everyone!
Replies: 32
Views: 3345

Re: Newbie-Hello, Everyone!

Bob, Me thinks you need to break this into sections and chase both until whole. First....immediately contact ebay and ask about the Vehicle Protection Plan. I think you are covered and they tend to go deaf at 30 days...so this is first. There is a line item in VPP specifically for titles that are un...
by George Mills
Sun Dec 22, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A new DIY electronic coil tester.
Replies: 219
Views: 19397

Re: A new DIY electronic coil tester.

Luke,

Hang in there, don’t worry about being a newbie. We all were at one time. I don’t understand the topic but am glad that more than a few seem to have gained from it. 👍👏👍
by George Mills
Mon Dec 09, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Remove Hogshead
Replies: 17
Views: 2036

Re: Remove Hogshead

Can be done...but sort of depends on age and agility...lol...ask me how I know! I was able to get a hogshead 'up' without pulling things apart, lots of wiggle-wiggle with a putty knife around the flanges and edges...did have to also pull the exhaust manifold tho' after wasting time looking for 'just...
by George Mills
Sat Dec 07, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What are the symptoms of an intake leak?
Replies: 11
Views: 1585

Re: What are the symptoms of an intake leak?

Richard, The easiest way to find an intake leak is to... Start the car and set to low idle... Take some kind of petro spray can with the red delivery straw ( carb cleaner, etc) and spray with the tip near the ring... Speeds up, you have an intake leak. I also recommend to not use copper crush rings ...
by George Mills
Thu Nov 21, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Inflation !!!
Replies: 26
Views: 2910

Re: Inflation !!!

I would think that George Pepperdine might object to the spurious part comment 😃 I’ve heard that he kept a scratch pad with his high sellers and when his quantities exceeded the latest issue serial number Ford he’d drop his price again for those items. Maybe a wives tale...maybe true...I don’t know....
by George Mills
Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: "T" will not continue to run.
Replies: 15
Views: 1924

Re: "T" will not continue to run.

As to gassing up... O’Reilly’s handles a product called “no spill” gas containers. They have a hard spout and a valve with a push button mounted as the “cap”. Greatest solution for under seat tank! Put the spout in the tank...upend it safe and dry...push the button and no splash! Thumb off button, f...
by George Mills
Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vintage authenticity?
Replies: 104
Views: 8942

Re: Vintage authenticity?

Aye, but to be authentic...the waxed cord should maybe be tied with surgeon knots??

Just asking for a friend 😝
by George Mills
Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vintage authenticity?
Replies: 104
Views: 8942

Re: Vintage authenticity?

Taking a perfectly good original piece and cobbling it up to be something it didn’t start out as can be called heresy and sacrilige since it can’t be put back to original, but is the owner choice... I’m not saying it is the OP but after near 50 years into this stuff, it seems to me that the most who...
by George Mills
Thu Oct 31, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Two man top runabout strap location question
Replies: 4
Views: 614

Re: Two man top runabout strap location question

Neal, yes the lath goes where the roof isn’t. I also now use something a little more substantial just inboard of the D rings to hold that back bow hard in the exact correct position.
by George Mills
Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Two man top runabout strap location question
Replies: 4
Views: 614

Re: Two man top runabout strap location question

Putting my foot in where it doesn’t belong...your first top? If so, word to the wise is to set the bows to the dimensions shown and temp brace everything with lath strips. Set the front maybe 3/4-1” higher. The work the pads and roof material onto the now near fixed frame. Get all done, pull the lat...
by George Mills
Thu Oct 31, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Question for Trent Boggess
Replies: 11
Views: 1659

Re: Question for Trent Boggess

FWIW, I don’t know about Wisconsin, but I am aware of what map makers did in Florida. The mapmaker investigator would move along paths and stop when he’d come across 3-4 houses in a cluster and talk to folks. While working north from Tampa, the map man stopped at a place north of the settlement. Cha...
by George Mills
Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I think of Ralph Ricks around this time of year
Replies: 18
Views: 2049

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

Dick, Me too and not just this time of year. He had unique constant wit on any subject, and never took life too serious. Iconic! We confused folks at times on forum. Some topics we’d banter viciously...other topics we’d appear to support and push one another forward. That’s the way if goes with Frie...
by George Mills
Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Whatever Happened to Valspar Project Perfect Paint ?
Replies: 5
Views: 1027

Re: Whatever Happened to Valspar Project Perfect Paint ?

Sherwin Williams wanted Valspar for its sealant, stain, and varnish lines. That sounded like propaganda at the time to get past anti-trust but bit by bit as each month goes by, more and more Valspar former products seem to not be available from any of the good sized stores. I was but half way throug...
by George Mills
Mon Oct 28, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: #1 cylinder not doing it's share
Replies: 34
Views: 3864

Re: #1 cylinder not doing it's share

I’ll get a ton of pushback...however, put a real “X” plug in number 1 gapped at 0.030” and you have an even chance #1 might come alive. I can’t explain the science behind it other than I’ve tried it on misfire/underfire that defies resolution on more than a few cars at #1 when equipped with “A25” pl...
by George Mills
Sat Oct 26, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New gasoline shut off valve sticking?
Replies: 28
Views: 3218

Re: New gasoline shut off valve sticking?

I like the way that they look and the way that they work...but as you have found out, they do leave something to be desired after a while. I've had similar experience with that valve and in one car, the solution was really quite simple...lift UP while you turn the handle and then press DOWN when you...
by George Mills
Sat Oct 26, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Electrical connectors
Replies: 13
Views: 1445

Re: Electrical connectors

Dan, When I put together an era correct turn/4-way/brake self-designed kit on my Hack and in keeping with my '20's technology theme cap for every part sourced, I eventually settled on something Ford issue even after looking at others for one of the needs. Rather than use a Model T head light connect...
by George Mills
Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T Artwork
Replies: 4
Views: 885

Re: Model T Artwork

Thumbs up!
by George Mills
Wed Oct 23, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Axle keyhole too wide
Replies: 5
Views: 972

Re: Axle keyhole too wide

I think I'd resort to a custom key at this point. (Anyone ever heard of file-to-fit? :roll: Only kidding) FWIW, back in the day before standards existed the general accepted shop practice was to make a 1/4" key at 1/4 FULL which went on to mean 0.251/0.250 in those companies that stayed in the repla...
by George Mills
Tue Oct 22, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Greasing inside wheel bearings?
Replies: 29
Views: 3468

Re: Greasing inside wheel bearings?

I must be really old school and left behind.🥴. When I put a wheel together, I drop a bearing in a baggy with some grease, and just squish it over and over and dump it out. Then when it’s in, I just fill up a hub cap and use it as a dope cup until I just see a hint of wet on the inside inner race. As...
by George Mills
Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What is the vacuum test telling me?
Replies: 22
Views: 2765

Re: What is the vacuum test telling me?

Steve, I’ve been ‘noodlin’ This all day My first thought was...not too bad Then I remembered you had difficulty starts and not just “new resistance”... Then I looked at your video about 10 more times... Then before a conclusions you mentioned it was not any better at pulling a hill then before the r...
by George Mills
Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What is the vacuum test telling me?
Replies: 22
Views: 2765

Re: What is the vacuum test telling me?

hey Dauntless....

Before you lose me...which engine is this? I thought that you just rebuilt one here a little bit ago.
by George Mills
Thu Oct 17, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Headlight bulb non-starter
Replies: 7
Views: 1098

Re: Headlight bulb non-starter

There is a reason that Ford had to abandon the whole magneto light at variable voltage. A- it doesn’t really do a lot and barely glows at idle, B- you get up to about 20 MPH and it gets (almost) bright enough to ‘see’ 3 ft in front of the radiator, and C- You get to 30MPH and the illumination turns ...
by George Mills
Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Found Key!
Replies: 23
Views: 2514

Re: Found Key!

If memory serves me....there are only four tumbler patterns in the entire key number range....the rest of the variable is in differing slot locations. Before you Dremel the slot...look close at the key tumbler area...it will have a number stamping...the repop -ed key needs to be the same number, not...
by George Mills
Tue Oct 08, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How do you attach a Depot Hack Body to the frame ?
Replies: 5
Views: 870

Re: How do you attach a Depot Hack Body to the frame ?

I can’t help with the how to attach to the frame as my Hack body is a modern Sieger. (The Sieger sits on flat side 2x4 oak sills then has body blocks that pick up existing frame holes) Some do raise the body’s to clear the 26/27 hump issues. To me that makes the Hack top heavy in appearance and func...
by George Mills
Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New Tool
Replies: 29
Views: 4306

Re: New Tool

Aw...come on...I have a real difficult time myself when this place turns from lively debate and consensus to please oh please let’s take sides... I won’t harp as this thing is probably headed to admin delete which starts a whole new hiccup. I think I’m a reasonable guy... I don’t see “banned” in the...
by George Mills
Sun Oct 06, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hard starting: I'm out of ideas.
Replies: 38
Views: 4299

Re: Hard starting: I'm out of ideas.

Since you tried everything else... I’ll just throw something on the whiteboard from personal experience. Ironically, it was on the ‘15 Roadster... Coil box back panel wood? Maybe a green haze stripe here or there? A green stripe that increases conductivity when moist n wet? My 15 would start like a ...
by George Mills
Sat Oct 05, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: WINTR IS COMMING
Replies: 12
Views: 1668

Re: WINTR IS COMMING

There is nothing like the crisp Hershey mornings to make you think wintering in the northeast could be nice... Then there is reality... Already today will push 90 on the Suncoast of Florida, the T is gassed for a neighborhood jaunt, and the pool is calling... Florida livin’. They say I might need a ...
by George Mills
Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your T in October?
Replies: 77
Views: 9756

What have you done to your T in October?

For those that know the car, the running forever joke was...when was the hood coming out of primer? (It has been in primer for at least a decade, if not more...the only part of the Hack never painted black October 1, 2019 ! Having nothing else planned for today...the hood is now done and on the car....
by George Mills
Mon Sep 30, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1916 Model T Roadster Value ???
Replies: 18
Views: 2053

Re: 1916 Model T Roadster Value ???

Do you want the car for fun...or to compete! For fun nothing beats a roadster! They tend to delight and fast. At the right price, I'd say go for it! What the other comments are inferring is what is a standing joke in Model T circles. Although not actually accurate, the joke is there are more 1915 Mo...
by George Mills
Sat Sep 28, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: FS 1923 Depot Hack parts
Replies: 12
Views: 2123

Re: FS 1923 Depot Hack parts

Doesn’t seem to get much attention...but...that sure looks like a John Sieger Hack body! I’m near positive it is and i’ll Add a plug... John has built some of the best proportioned Hack styles going...they don’t creak or groan, they don’t split or check, the doors stay tight and square, and they tak...
by George Mills
Fri Sep 27, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1914 Wiring Question
Replies: 21
Views: 2146

Re: 1914 Wiring Question

Era advert....
by George Mills
Thu Sep 26, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1914 Wiring Question
Replies: 21
Views: 2146

Re: 1914 Wiring Question

As you have learned, the '14 came without a battery and no real provisions for one other than the post on the coil box and a switch that turns in 2-directions. Does a car start easier on 6V than on Magneto? YES. Does it care where it gets the DC volts from? NO. In the era, the most common way was a ...
by George Mills
Tue Sep 24, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Cleaning nickel safely.
Replies: 12
Views: 2170

Re: Cleaning nickel safely.

Mike, As others have posted, you need to somehow determine if it is actually nickel curdling, or is it adhesive residue that seeped through and 'time welded' to the surface. If its' NOT the later, you're kind of between the rock and hard place anyway. So... Start with something simple...vegetable oi...
by George Mills
Mon Sep 23, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: radiator
Replies: 15
Views: 1900

Re: radiator

I bought one used for the ‘25 from a pile in Illinois one time and it was no returns...but only like 25 bucks...and yup leaked like a sieve! Took it to an old school radiator shop, he recored it with something meant for a forklift for $ 175, and that pup cooled like a champ... Conversely...although ...
by George Mills
Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: tripple gear bushings
Replies: 58
Views: 5108

Re: tripple gear bushings

I need to post a comment here and do please forgive me in advance but it bears saying before the subject takes on legs. Those who wish to pursue the material science or the manufacturing art behind how the triple pin and bush ‘worked’ for Ford have fun and go for it. I do encourage such thinking. Ye...
by George Mills
Sat Sep 07, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T tan
Replies: 11
Views: 1767

Re: Model T tan

Get a Hack..... :lol: :lol: :lol: Being Celt and a former sun worshipper, my dermatologist tells me he bought the house across the street from his own house in Panama on my family proceeds. Hummph Have a car shirt, a loose and baggy one with a Florida back flap...and a Florida fishing hat. Fashionis...
by George Mills
Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Getting closer
Replies: 1
Views: 504

Getting closer

I FINALLY found why my Hack is fuel starved and I almost don't believe the reason why. The carb which was relatively new and a known good source and not one of my own rebuilds turned out to be the evil one. It had checked out fine on the bench during all the foibles and red herring work sessions. A ...
by George Mills
Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: On...or...Off ???
Replies: 11
Views: 1710

Re: On...or...Off ???

Bob T great idea! I’ll take that...

Bob J we are over on the Gulf coast so spared this time once the errant spaghetti models decided to join the rest from Sunday on...
by George Mills
Tue Sep 03, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: On...or...Off ???
Replies: 11
Views: 1710

Re: On...or...Off ???

Thanks Scott,

This things driving me nuts...but I’ll prevail...eventually.

Move back! Lol
by George Mills
Tue Sep 03, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: On...or...Off ???
Replies: 11
Views: 1710

On...or...Off ???

I’m a guy who only has use of one leg....so working on de-gunking dirty fuel system has driven me nuts and taken months since I can only get down and under 2 times and can’t use a creeper and then spend 2 days recovering...lol To save my mind and a trip under....is this Open or Closed ? I’m having a...
by George Mills
Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How did you acquire your T?
Replies: 16
Views: 2335

Re: How did you acquire your T?

I started to go to Hershey in the mid-60’s. Not because I was car crazy…I was dating a girl and her dad invited the whole family to go to a ‘car show’ where we would have to get up early…drive for near 2 hours…park in the lot of a football stadium…watch a steamer race on the track in the stadium…go ...
by George Mills
Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 26/27 repop head bolts caution
Replies: 30
Views: 3143

Re: 26/27 repop head bolts caution

I’m not trying to be a troll, actually congrats on gettin-er-done, just a word of caution... You guys do realize that if the difference between “no bite” and “bite” is adding an 8th or a QTR to the head bolt length, then all your torque is being held by but 1 to 3 threads? Since the original blocks ...