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by George Mills
Tue May 26, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vintage authenticity?
Replies: 104
Views: 6698

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: 3343

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: 24
Views: 1265

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: 699

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: 541

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: 1149

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: 1082

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: 1916

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: 896

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: 434

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: 496

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: 1134

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: 836

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: 659

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: 1242

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: 1242

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: 1014

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: 1626

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: 118
Views: 7922

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: 885

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: 749

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: 2860

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: 1013

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: 1013

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: 1760

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: 1606

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: 876

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: 1606

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: 1606

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: 563

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: 1267

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: 1723

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: 1914

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: 1914

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: 652

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: 652

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: 1863

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: 2551

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: 203
Views: 12762

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: 1406

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: 1092

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: 2277

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: 1428

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: 6698

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: 6698

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: 369

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: 369

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: 1194

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: 1620

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: 717

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: 2952

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: 2358

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: 1037

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: 666

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: 727

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: 2801

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: 2107

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: 2107

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: 772

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: 1959

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: 661

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: 3519

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: 3341

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: 1236

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: 8015

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: 1575

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: 1627

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: 1689

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: 1689

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: 1698

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: 1338

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: 3900

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: 1369

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: 418

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: 1303

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: 1303

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: 1303

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: 1890

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: 2467

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 ...
by George Mills
Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Nuts for coilbox
Replies: 2
Views: 458

Re: Nuts for coilbox

10-32

Nothing special, very common.

The originals were bigger across flats by a 16th or so
by George Mills
Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Fender Mythbuster ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1540

Re: Fender Mythbuster ?

For what it is worth... The late Bruce really tried to seek out a champion for the black era machines and pick up where he/they left off...but he had no takers before he passed. He shared with me that he felt that his gang of co-authors merely skimmed the surface on the black era cars thinking prett...
by George Mills
Thu Aug 08, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Fender Mythbuster ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1540

Re: Fender Mythbuster ?

Wayne, That’s why I call them “bead out” and “bead in” style fenders! Whoever came up with the moniker “commercial fender” did a disservice to the community. Sure once they were applied to commercial chassis they stayed with that style until end of production on chassis....but most, but not all 25’s...
by George Mills
Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Parts paid for via PayPal
Replies: 8
Views: 1287

Re: Parts paid for via PayPal

I don’t know...but will mention an alternative. I do things through my kids sometimes and they go “ewwwwww” at the thought of pay-pal. As I have learned, Gen Y and Millennials can only tolerate anything internet based for a shelf life on maybe 3-4 years...my sons fitting that same “handle” Any way.....
by George Mills
Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Headlight Bulbs Failing
Replies: 10
Views: 939

Re: Headlight Bulbs Failing

It may be coincidence... But there is a trick. Many/Most old bulbs had the glass attached to the base with shellac. Just the force of putting a lamp in can crack an old shellac seal. Once the seal is broken, the lamp doesn't last too long (But boy does it get bright!) Cheap hack is to run a bead of ...
by George Mills
Mon Aug 05, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1922 Center Door "Makin' some wood"
Replies: 10
Views: 929

Re: 1922 Center Door "Makin' some wood"

Will,

Old Seabee trick for your “zero tolerance plate”. Wind the blade down, insert a piece of formed to size plywood into that gaping hole. Figure a way to fasten it with either a screw or a dog. Start saw, raise blade slowly until blade is at a good height.

It cuts its own “zero tolerance” slot!
by George Mills
Thu Jul 25, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: NOT looking for a fight, just my “ethical” opinion venting…
Replies: 34
Views: 3045

Re: NOT looking for a fight, just my “ethical” opinion venting…

Les, I believe that Dan has hit the nail head squarely with his advice. On the one hand there is always that 'whatever the traffic will bear' mentality and then there is the concept of 'fair' as you ask. People that do this sort of thing as a business for industrial stuff usually ascribe to the foll...
by George Mills
Sun Jul 21, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Dare to Share- Your first T
Replies: 14
Views: 1912

Dare to Share- Your first T

I was thinking, we often post pix of our latest iron...anyone want to (or dare to) share a picture of their first "Look what I brought Home?" Add the year you got it too.....maybe a little story too? Here's me 1979...40 years ago now...geez It only went for a mile at a time, I scraped all of that ye...
by George Mills
Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Forum Support Questions
Topic: IMPORTANT - Forums are back
Replies: 28
Views: 2848

Re: IMPORTANT - Forums are back

Well I done everything requested...still no pix ad of 130 pm Friday. Both on iPhone and Win10 pc.

Just in case curious..😃
by George Mills
Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Making fenders 101
Replies: 12
Views: 1524

Re: Making fenders 101

I won’t tell if you don’t tell :D :D :D ...my hack rear fenders were made from 4 original fenders and a MIG kit. The body flairs were cut away, the outboard edge of the donor set cut likewise... couple of clamps a bunch of dots...a little grinding...a little bumping...some more dots....eventually it...
by George Mills
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Making fenders 101
Replies: 12
Views: 1524

Re: Making fenders 101

Dallas, I don’t know how MP fenders mount. Nothing to go look at either. If you need to punt and go for convenience. Fred in NH was pix of how his original depot hack bodied T has back fender mounts. Not MP, but he has furnished nice pix to Depot Hack builders on how it is done. When it came to fend...
by George Mills
Sun Jul 14, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Making fenders 101
Replies: 12
Views: 1524

Re: Making fenders 101

Great start to becoming a magician Dallas! You have the tools, you have the will, all you need is the time and a cooperating temperature humidity index! When I was much, mush younger (Having just bought my first T and owning a toolbox that did not yet have any decent tools) I use to take to hanging ...
by George Mills
Sat Jul 13, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hood Rods
Replies: 19
Views: 1678

Re: Hood Rods

I was going to go out and measure... The brass radiator/aluminum hood on the 15 I'd have to drive a side hinge rod out to measure and I can't get into the rolled bore with ID calipers as someone apparently dressed off the ends to match the edge of the rolled channel. Factory or someone did it before...
by George Mills
Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Looking back at the Forum
Replies: 11
Views: 1721

Re: Looking back at the Forum

Looking back over the forum is indeed a great topic in and of itself. Not only has the technology changed with time, but the level of topic has changed also. I’ve talked before about the front porch approach that held for many and in some ways it is sometimes still like that, and there is the unsaid...
by George Mills
Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New Radiator- Shell not fitting right....
Replies: 21
Views: 2309

Re: New Radiator- Shell not fitting right....

My short term memory kind of does a clear-disk function since my accident but I'll add that I had a similar problem with a new Bergs a while back... But it wasn't a problem! I slid the shell down and it just refused to seat, holding proud pretty much like your picture. I looked at the neck and shrou...
by George Mills
Sun Jun 23, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 14 Help Please, Radiator/Fenders don't align
Replies: 13
Views: 1453

Re: 14 Help Please, Radiator/Fenders don't align

Ben, I don’t have a 14, but do have a 15 at the house here up north. I went out and looked.... I do have the 19 there in Anona Largo and while it is a black era...the radiator on that sits on hard pads like the brass and not thimbles. The house is a smart house so if you want to run over and take a ...
by George Mills
Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Mobil 28 grease on Timer?
Replies: 7
Views: 998

Re: Mobil 28 grease on Timer?

I’ve been following RP advice for greasing a timer for maybe 5 seasons now? What I found is that it takes a couple of spins after sitting a spell, possibly to push grease out of the way? In discussion with RP he said he felt I was unique. I have no difficulty, don’t open it, don’t worry about it. It...
by George Mills
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How much time have you got ??
Replies: 23
Views: 2804

Re: How much time have you got ??

I've mentioned 'Old Joe' before. 85 years old he is doing an estate appraisal and finds a '27 where everything is done and all it needs is paint and upholstery...so he made an offer and they accepted. He then needed to get it home, and started, and taught how to drive. He was really enthusiastic as ...
by George Mills
Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Above axle wishbone
Replies: 23
Views: 2436

Re: Above axle wishbone

John C. Don't know of a clean link...but here's the meat.... Triangles and pins were the science of the day when it came to designing. In an engineering sense, you know where the load goes exactly without worry of what is called load sharing and where it might go or how it is split. The Model T is l...
by George Mills
Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: slow cranking starter
Replies: 18
Views: 2179

Re: slow cranking starter

The easiest test for a slow starter is to hook up a cheap volt meter with one lead to the starter stud, the other to ground and watch the voltage reading when you engage the starter. Get on the order of 5.8 v or less (i’ve Seen where 6 v won’t do the trick either)? You have weak battery, weak wires,...