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by BuddyTheRoadster
Mon Nov 30, 2020 3:13 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Will the original design of the Model T survive by the end of the 21st century?
Replies: 25
Views: 781

Re: Will the original design of the Model T survive by the end of the 21st century?

I have worried about this for a while, as I just hit 40 and intend to drive vintage cars until I'm too old to drive. As to the question of driving "mostly stock" Ts, I think they'll be around for at least a generation or two. Part of the beauty of the T is that it is so "primitive," it has a lot of ...
by BuddyTheRoadster
Tue Nov 24, 2020 4:53 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What name have you given your T
Replies: 44
Views: 1210

Re: What name have you given your T

My 1923 roadster is Buddy. I bought him the day after I graduated from 8th grade. I had a lot of unhappiness in my early teens, and having that car gave me some direction and focus in my life, so he became my buddy when I didn't have many people friends. I hope to get him back on the road this Chris...
by BuddyTheRoadster
Thu Nov 12, 2020 3:43 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1925 Roadster Pickup Questions
Replies: 55
Views: 2417

Re: 1925 Roadster Pickup Questions

Now that's a good looking T!
by BuddyTheRoadster
Wed Oct 21, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rajo 4-Valve Ad
Replies: 0
Views: 198

Rajo 4-Valve Ad

I just found this ad the other day and wanted to share it. It'd be nice if we could still buy them for $57.75!

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by BuddyTheRoadster
Sun Oct 18, 2020 3:55 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model t as a daily in the early 40s?
Replies: 50
Views: 1628

Re: Model t as a daily in the early 40s?

Vehicle registration records would probably tell it more accurately than we can. Another option would be to see how late Ford dealers were expected to stock T parts. We know that Ford was still selling replacement engines until 1941. But clearly from the posts above, someone was still driving a T un...
by BuddyTheRoadster
Tue Oct 13, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Zenith updraft carb. Sold
Replies: 1
Views: 254

Re: Zenith updraft carb

I'll take it. Will email you.
by BuddyTheRoadster
Wed Oct 07, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Runabout Turtle Deck Lid Prop
Replies: 3
Views: 324

Re: Runabout Turtle Deck Lid Prop

Nice job. My car came with a roughly 18" long piece of wood thin enough to use as gas dip stick, and it also made a decent trunk prop. (Unfortunately it disappeared on a tour.)
by BuddyTheRoadster
Sat Sep 05, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Wheels needed
Replies: 2
Views: 396

Re: Wheels needed

This showed up on craigslist today. https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/pts ... 62833.html
by BuddyTheRoadster
Wed Jul 22, 2020 5:31 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How Fast is Too Fast?
Replies: 43
Views: 3591

Re: How Fast is Too Fast?

This question comes up fairly often. Beyond the general suggestions guys have already given, the best thing I can say is to drive your car for a while and let it tell you where it's happy. Every T is a little different, and if you're mechanically inclined, you just get a sense after a while. I wish ...
by BuddyTheRoadster
Mon Jun 22, 2020 12:45 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: No Longer For Sale - One (1) Stromberg OF Throttle shaft for .032" thick throttle plate
Replies: 4
Views: 664

Re: For Sale - One (1) Stromberg OF Throttle shaft for .032" thick throttle plate

Unsolicited testimonial: I've got one of these, and Scott's workmanship is gorgeous.
by BuddyTheRoadster
Wed Jun 10, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How many of us ?
Replies: 29
Views: 2500

Re: How many of us ?

I bought my 1923 roadster when I was 14 and wiped out my life savings. (I regret nothing.) The paint in it is older than me, and hopefully I’ll get to it’s next restoration before I’m 60.
by BuddyTheRoadster
Fri Jun 05, 2020 2:38 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Carb for a fronty head. What
Replies: 5
Views: 1023

Re: Carb for a fronty head. What

Zenith was a "set and forget" carburetor that controlled everything through jetting. That was fine when Zenith had dealers with all the jets in stock, now we live with what we got or carefully try to modify the jets. Stan Howe makes an adjustable main jet for his restored Zeniths. It looks pretty co...
by BuddyTheRoadster
Thu May 14, 2020 1:42 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Stromberg Throttle and Choke shaft kits For Sale - Sold Out
Replies: 14
Views: 1381

Re: Stromberg Throttle and Choke shaft kits For Sale

Emailed last time, but I’ll take ‘em! Will email presently.
by BuddyTheRoadster
Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB Rajo 4 valve intake manifold
Replies: 0
Views: 414

WTB Rajo 4 valve intake manifold

I'm still looking to buy (or borrow to copy) an original Rajo 4 valve intake manifold. Intake ports are 1 7/16" spaced 9 7/16" apart. I'm including three original advertising images for reference.

Thanks guys!
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by BuddyTheRoadster
Wed Feb 26, 2020 1:04 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Stromberg OE-1 how to set questions
Replies: 11
Views: 1253

Re: Stromberg OE-1 how to set questions

What Stan said. Yes they have a lot of parts, but most of them are inert and are really just drain plugs for if and when you have to clean the passages. Your #1 is idle, #2 is the economizer needle setting, and #3 is high speed mixture. The economizer enriches the mixture at higher throttle, and you...
by BuddyTheRoadster
Sun Feb 23, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: FS TAIL LIGHTS
Replies: 8
Views: 1102

Re: FS TAIL LIGHTS

I'll take #3
by BuddyTheRoadster
Wed Feb 19, 2020 12:43 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Mr Frugal meet your match-Video
Replies: 12
Views: 1909

Re: Mr Frugal meet your match-Video

Oh it's a Singer class 29. They were designed for cobblers and I think harness makers. They're big and have a walking beam, and I want one, but then I'd have to learn bootmaking to justify it, and... :roll:
by BuddyTheRoadster
Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: SOLD OUT, Stevens Tool Catalogs. second run
Replies: 14
Views: 1933

Re: for sale, Stevens Tool Catalogs. second run ready for sale

Mine arrived yesterday. This is a good reprint to have guys!
by BuddyTheRoadster
Sat Feb 01, 2020 5:47 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Happy Birthday Original Smith !
Replies: 17
Views: 2295

Re: Happy Birthday Original Smith !

Happy Birthday Larry, many happy returns of the day!
by BuddyTheRoadster
Sat Jan 25, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Broken global repairman?
Replies: 16
Views: 2512

Re: Broken global repairman?

Oh that does suck. If glued, the cracks will still show when lit. Your best bet might be to look for a milk glass or opal lamp shade or lamp globe and then get the Ford script painted or stenciled on. Good luck!
by BuddyTheRoadster
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Update#2 first batch ready :Stevens Tool Catalog. any interest in a run of reprints ??
Replies: 66
Views: 6887

Re: Update :Stevens Tool Catalog. any interest in a run of reprints ??

I'll be watching the classifieds for the next batch. Thanks for doing this for us!
by BuddyTheRoadster
Sat Jan 11, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1920s carburetor jets
Replies: 1
Views: 524

Re: 1920s carburetor jets

Are there any numbers stamped on them? They don’t immediately strike me as Stromberg or Zenith, but I can go looking through my stash.
by BuddyTheRoadster
Thu Jan 02, 2020 3:03 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 23 model t touring head light reflectors
Replies: 5
Views: 1034

Re: 23 model t touring head light reflectors

An object lesson. The left reflector is an original silvered one in tolerable shape. The right reflector is one of the aluminum coated ones from Lang's. It's a world of difference, and I'll know in a few days how much difference it'll make. And of course, check that you have good grounds. IMG_7363.j...
by BuddyTheRoadster
Mon Dec 16, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Cleaning a gas tank in California?
Replies: 14
Views: 2069

Re: Cleaning a gas tank in California?

Yeah, well. Apparently carbon was found to be carcinogenic. So now, burnt toast, diamonds, and organic chemistry are dangerous to your health. :lol:

Anyway, I was hoping someone had an effective homebrew solution. I’ll get the car from storage tonight and go from there.
by BuddyTheRoadster
Mon Dec 16, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Cleaning a gas tank in California?
Replies: 14
Views: 2069

Re: Cleaning a gas tank in California?

Sadly yep. Lacquer thinner, paint thinner, and acetone are available. (They’re not what they used to be, but that’s usually the case with chemicals.) MEK, tuolene, xylene, and surprisingly denatured alcohol are pretty much illegal to sell in out here.
by BuddyTheRoadster
Mon Dec 16, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Cleaning a gas tank in California?
Replies: 14
Views: 2069

Cleaning a gas tank in California?

I’m pulling my roadster out of mothballs. The last time I saw it, the carburetor had varnished up, and I’m expecting the gas tank to be similar. Is there an effective cleaning solution I can do at home? I know MEK worked, but it’s illegal in my state. Any suggestions are appreciated.
by BuddyTheRoadster
Mon Dec 16, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Washing upholstry
Replies: 8
Views: 1114

Re: Washing upholstry

You can also cut a piece of window screen mesh and sandwich it between the upholstery panel and the hose to keep the material from tearing if it’s getting delicate.
by BuddyTheRoadster
Sun Dec 15, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Washing upholstry
Replies: 8
Views: 1114

Re: Washing upholstry

What year and body style is the car? Some kick panels may be leather, fabric, imitation leather, or cardboard.
by BuddyTheRoadster
Thu Dec 12, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Little Piddly Work is all part of it. Stromberg Needles
Replies: 28
Views: 3115

Re: Little Piddly Work is all part of it. Stromberg Needles

Every time you post I learn something new!
Now, for beginners like me, how do you get the old balls and spring out? And does the housing get swedged to retain the new ones?
by BuddyTheRoadster
Thu Dec 12, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T in Los Angeles
Replies: 16
Views: 2622

Re: Model T in Los Angeles

Darn it. I’m 30 miles south of La and would have driven up in a heartbeat. Safe travels!
by BuddyTheRoadster
Sat Dec 07, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Update#2 first batch ready :Stevens Tool Catalog. any interest in a run of reprints ??
Replies: 66
Views: 6887

Re: Stevens Tool Catalog. any interest in a run of reprints ??

I'd like one too. Don't worry about the "money pit," I'm starting at that with a couple planned projects of my own.
by BuddyTheRoadster
Fri Nov 29, 2019 2:31 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: FS Sromberg Carb Body and Parts
Replies: 3
Views: 622

Re: FS Sromberg Carb Body and Parts

Interested if Bruce changes his mind.
by BuddyTheRoadster
Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 2019 HCCA Holiday Motor Excursion
Replies: 18
Views: 3018

Re: 2019 HCCA Holiday Motor Excursion

If I can get a motor in the roadster in time, I'll be driving. It'd be a pleasure to meet you Steve if you come out.
by BuddyTheRoadster
Fri Nov 08, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Source for Hard-to-Find Fasteners
Replies: 18
Views: 2970

Re: Source for Hard-to-Find Fasteners

Awesome!

How are their wood screws? Do they have cut threads like vintage ones?
by BuddyTheRoadster
Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 3.33:1 or 3.25:1 gears in a roadster?
Replies: 3
Views: 813

3.33:1 or 3.25:1 gears in a roadster?

Is anybody running 3.33 or 3.25 rear end gears in their car? My 1923 roadster will be getting a Ruckstell within the next couple years, and I was thinking of installing taller rear axle gears than 3.63:1. The temporary motor has aluminum pistons, Waukesha head, cam with greater lift, and a high volu...
by BuddyTheRoadster
Sat Nov 02, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Motometer thermo replacement part
Replies: 28
Views: 3809

Re: Motometer thermo replacement part

I don't know if this would be long enough, but it's a possibility.

https://cwmoss.com/products/thermo-quai ... gI1lvD_BwE
by BuddyTheRoadster
Sat Nov 02, 2019 5:48 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ford history questions
Replies: 60
Views: 6282

Re: Ford history questions

You bring up a lot of good questions, and I'll try to address them in the order posted. Henry Ford was a complicated man (as was his buddy Thomas Edison) and he had some contradictions that seem odd to us now. Now there are three things to remember: 1) the Model T was almost always the cheapest car ...
by BuddyTheRoadster
Wed Aug 28, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Why great cars don't sell?
Replies: 34
Views: 4993

Re: Why great cars don't sell?

That honestly depends on the drivers around you. I drove a model A as my daily for about a year in 2004-2005. When I was in "nice" neighborhoods, soccer moms in SUVs tailgated me and gave angry looks because I was in their way. Going through working class neighborhoods, I got smiles and offers to bu...
by BuddyTheRoadster
Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:27 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Why great cars don't sell?
Replies: 34
Views: 4993

Re: Why great cars don't sell?

As an under-40 model T owner, I want to chime in. First off, the generation that remembered model Ts as new or used cars has passed away. I bought my T in 1995, and at that time, elderly people remembered Ts in junkyards or the turnouts where a model T had to make a hard turn to reverse up a hill. T...
by BuddyTheRoadster
Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:35 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Cleaning Brass: An accidental discovery
Replies: 23
Views: 4126

Re: Cleaning Brass: An accidental discovery

Regarding Brasso, they reformulated it within the last 10 years when they went from the little metal cans to the squeeze bottles. The antique radio guys loved the old formula for polishing Bakelite, and when it was discontinued in the US, one Canadian collector bought every can he could find and res...
by BuddyTheRoadster
Sat Aug 24, 2019 2:59 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Stepping Up and Kepping this Hobby Going
Replies: 35
Views: 4511

Re: Stepping Up and Kepping this Hobby Going

Brent, thank you for doing historic restoration. When I went to Gonzaga, I felt like the campus architect and I were the only people who cared about all the great Edwardian architecture in Spokane. Anyway. I'm 38, I bought my T when I was 14. I call him Buddy, (hence my screen name, Buddy the Roadst...
by BuddyTheRoadster
Fri Aug 09, 2019 2:09 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Babbitt Material
Replies: 15
Views: 2598

Re: Babbitt Material

Herm, how do you chose when you use Grade No. 11 and when you use Grade No. 2 Babbitt?
by BuddyTheRoadster
Sat Jul 27, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Something's not right with my top installation
Replies: 26
Views: 3256

Re: Something's not right with my top installation

Aside from your top bows being probably too close to the center of the car, maybe your wood bow sections need to be trimmed a little more to go in deeper into the irons? That would probably help with the front bow overshooting the windshield by 10 inches. Good luck!
by BuddyTheRoadster
Fri Jul 26, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How do I identify camshafts grinds?
Replies: 0
Views: 496

How do I identify camshafts grinds?

My Dad left me with about 5 T camshafts, all in numbered Iskenderian boxes but otherwise unlabeled. I want to know which cam has which grind. I have V blocks, a dial indicator, and I'm pretty sure there's a degree wheel somewhere. What do I do from there?

Thanks!
by BuddyTheRoadster
Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: City driving
Replies: 8
Views: 1983

Re: City driving

Agreed. The last long drive I took on my T was the Holiday Motor Excursion in Pasadena CA. Since I was up in the city, I drove through Pasadena, to LA, to Santa Monica to show my car to an old friend. It was fine in rush hour surface traffic.
by BuddyTheRoadster
Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Forums and Websites Status update
Replies: 33
Views: 4389

Re: Forums and Websites Status update

Tech support is odious work. Thanks for fixing all the bugs for us!
by BuddyTheRoadster
Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Dare to Share- Your first T
Replies: 14
Views: 2573

Re: Dare to Share- Your first T

Here you go. This is Buddy, he's my first T and my first car. My late father, Steve Rini, started working on cars when he was 6, and he practically lived in the garage. When I was about 12, Dad's car books got "interesting," and I found myself liking 1920s touring cars. (I should give him credit, he...
by BuddyTheRoadster
Sun Jul 21, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Pot Metal Advice
Replies: 8
Views: 1571

Re: Pot Metal Advice

I'm glad that PB Blaster worked for you. FWIW, 1910s-1920s pot metal was usually awful, they had trouble with intergranular corrosion even back then, and metallurgists finally got it sorted out around 1929. Unfortunately, since pot metal takes to precision casting so well, way too many distributor b...
by BuddyTheRoadster
Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: This is becoming ridiculous!
Replies: 50
Views: 7031

Re: This is becoming ridiculous!

I'd imagine you would have to pass off a neighbor for this to be enforced. Andy This is paramount! My family enjoy good relationships with our neighbors, and my Dad was the surrogate grandfather to all the kids, so no one complains about the trailer in the driveway or the black hole that is the gar...
by BuddyTheRoadster
Sat Jul 06, 2019 1:48 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: This is becoming ridiculous!
Replies: 50
Views: 7031

Re: This is becoming ridiculous!

Now is the time for people in Sacramento County to get involved in local government and overturn this. Here is a link to the actual county zoning: http://www.code-enforcement.saccounty.net/Programs/Pages/AutoRepair.aspx I find Section 4 prohibiting the painting of car parts troubling. There's a lot ...
by BuddyTheRoadster
Fri Jul 05, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: This is becoming ridiculous!
Replies: 50
Views: 7031

Re: This is becoming ridiculous!

Reading the article, it seems that standard DIY maintenance things are fine. The crack down is on 1) using tools not normally found in a residence, 2) working on cars registered to someone who doesn't live there, and 3) a project done outside of an enclosed garage that makes a car nonoperative for m...
by BuddyTheRoadster
Wed Jul 03, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Wanted: OEM Rajo 4 Valve Intake Manifold
Replies: 0
Views: 515

Wanted: OEM Rajo 4 Valve Intake Manifold

Looking to buy an original Rajo 4-Valve intake manifold as shown in advertisement below. Thanks!

Chris
by BuddyTheRoadster
Fri Jun 28, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Production Stopped of Parts
Replies: 16
Views: 3447

Re: Production Stopped of Parts

There's a fighting chance that production stopped sometime in the 1930s, and they assembled motors from parts on hand through 1941. There might be documentation at the Benson Ford Archives, but I don't know where you'd start to look.
by BuddyTheRoadster
Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Coolant in thermosiphon systems
Replies: 22
Views: 3319

Re: Coolant in thremosiphon systems

On my car, Dad ran straight water with an ounce or two of soluble oil to inhibit rust. There haven't been any problems to speak of since 1995.
by BuddyTheRoadster
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:13 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: For Sale: Accessory Perrless Radiator Shell
Replies: 4
Views: 1263

Re: For Sale: Accessory Perrless Radiator Shell

Is it for a high or low radiator?
by BuddyTheRoadster
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Demountable Rims - When were they standard equipment?
Replies: 3
Views: 1101

Re: Demountable Rims - When were they standard equipment?

It's the same answer as the starter package. Demountable rims were available from 1919 as an extra, but they weren't included on every car until 1926. There were various 23-inch rim variations, and I can't remember what's what, but it's all in the McCalley Encyclopedia. And then of course, 21-inch s...
by BuddyTheRoadster
Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: OF carburetor float stuck
Replies: 7
Views: 1519

Re: OF carburetor float stuck

All the Stromberg O-series carburetors (except for the OTs) use the same float and float bowl cover, so you can always scrounge from a parts carb. Also, a lot of drivers would just unscrew the big nut on the float bowl cover and tap the needle valve until it stopped flooding. (I think that's why tha...