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by Loftfield
Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What do you use to heat your (freezing) shop for your T?
Replies: 44
Views: 1798

Re: What do you use to heat your (freezing) shop for your T?

I try to sequester the work area of my shop from the car storage area. Not only does this approach save $$$$ for heating, but I have found that heating the car storage area results in shrinkage of wooden parts, especially wheel spokes, as heated air is dry air. From the mountains of western North Ca...
by Loftfield
Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: The Henry Ford featured in St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Replies: 3
Views: 240

Re: The Henry Ford featured in St. Louis Post-Dispatch

We visited the Henry Ford this summer. It is worth driving far more than eight hours. Over many years the staff has managed to turn an eclectic assortment of things that amused Henry into an excellent display of American ingenuity, invention, and industry. Of especial interest to the Model T folks i...
by Loftfield
Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Engine was running, now seized
Replies: 25
Views: 1699

Re: Engine was running, now seized

My 1912 engine, restored before I got it, seized suddenly. Wrist pins had not been properly honed, melted piston aluminum from the heat.
by Loftfield
Fri Oct 25, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: How cold do you drive?
Replies: 55
Views: 2125

Re: How cold do you drive?

In 1968 when I was 22 (and yet immortal) I drove a 1915 Roadster, no side curtains, from Cleveland, Ohio, to Williamsburg, Virginia, in early January. No idea how cold it was, but one overnight in Pennsylvania it was jack up the rear wheel to crank it in the snow the next morning. I can attest that ...
by Loftfield
Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:10 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Hand Crank Mod
Replies: 10
Views: 894

Re: Hand Crank Mod

Thanks to Mr. Horlick for explaining the finer points of hand crank positioning. I now know why so many Model T's have that kinky leather jock strap, and the bells (balls?) suspended from the front axle on those cars that are more anatomically complete and correct.
by Loftfield
Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:04 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: I-81 through Virginia
Replies: 10
Views: 659

Re: I-81 through Virginia

Imagine, being blocked from passing by slow cars in the left lane while driving your Model T.....just dreaming.
by Loftfield
Sun Oct 06, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: CAR SHOW SPECTATOR DAMAGE
Replies: 25
Views: 1887

Re: CAR SHOW SPECTATOR DAMAGE

The comments on this thread run the gamut from "if you even look at my car cross-eyed I will have to kill you" to "These cars got their first paint chip the day they drove off the lot, so just enjoy them". If your car is a museum piece, a 1910 whatever with original paint, upholstery and dry rotted ...
by Loftfield
Sun Oct 06, 2019 6:28 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Hard starting: I'm out of ideas.
Replies: 38
Views: 1815

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

Your problem may be related to timing. Newly rebuilt (professionally) engine in our 1912 was hard to start, acted just as your does, had to jack up rear wheel in warm weather, until I advanced the spark lever a very few notches before cranking. Now starts each and every time with first pull, often e...
by Loftfield
Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Johns-Manville company
Replies: 29
Views: 1454

Re: Johns-Manville company

There are almost 125 different kinds of asbestos in the world, only three or four of them cause health problems. Asbestos in roofing and siding shingles is essentially innocuous, won't harm you at all unless it is shredded, like drilling or sanding, and even then it isn't all that bad. The asbestos ...
by Loftfield
Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Fuel level / Pressure effects on engine operation
Replies: 17
Views: 822

Re: Fuel level / Pressure effects on engine operation

Here in the Southern Highlands of North Carolina we measure the gradient of roads in gallons. We yet do not have any definitive empirical data on just how steep a hill is required for any particular gallon designation, all more or less by guess and by golly. In my 1912 I have to have three gallons i...
by Loftfield
Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Cold weather storage tips please
Replies: 14
Views: 685

Re: Cold weather storage tips please

First piece of advice: Move South! Second piece of advice: Leave a lot of green rodent poison pellets around, don't trust that you can seal your place against them...they always win. I don't know why green pellets work best but they do. There is nothing more disappointing than finding small rodent h...
by Loftfield
Sat Sep 21, 2019 6:37 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Duster, Car coat
Replies: 17
Views: 1134

Re: Duster, Car coat

You can buy repros, or you can go for originals. We have now bought four original linen dusters (two for us, two for passengers) at not much more than the repros cost (sometimes less). Try eBay and Etsy for originals, but you do have to look as prices vary widely. Since you have an "original" car, n...
by Loftfield
Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:14 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Whoops .. foot got stuck
Replies: 20
Views: 1345

Re: Whoops .. foot got stuck

In response to Jugster's comment about the T being easiest to drive. He is correct. I always tell folks that the Model T is easy to drive if you have five appendages, but that the 1910 Buick Model 10 that I drive requires six.
by Loftfield
Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Younger Members
Replies: 21
Views: 1454

Re: Younger Members

Not to worry. After many years working for and with numerous museums, national trusts, etc. its as always a commonality to bemoan the ageing of the membership, with concomitant worry over how to get the younger set involved. Here are the facts: young people are only interested in sex. That sex gives...
by Loftfield
Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Failure
Replies: 18
Views: 1546

Re: Failure

I go to shows, pay or not, if the show is in support of a group or idea that appeals to me. I always go to shows put on by the local club, again mostly to support the group. I drive either a 1912 Model T touring, or a 1910 Buick Model 10, depending on my whim. I have not, and never will, win any pri...
by Loftfield
Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:39 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Hand cranking, left versus right hand
Replies: 25
Views: 1176

Re: Hand cranking, left versus right hand

One other consideration. When pulling up the crank with the right hand the head faces away from the crank. When pulling up with the left hand the face looks at the crank. My grandfather lost his front teeth while hand-cranking a Dort. Admittedly he was a short fellow not long off the boat from Norwa...
by Loftfield
Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:26 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Buying gas from a visible gas pump
Replies: 12
Views: 938

Re: Buying gas from a visible gas pump

It is said that Harry Sinclair required his stations to pre-fill the glass globe at the top of the pump so that the sunlight would heat the gasoline, expand it, thus giving the purchaser a little less gasoline than would be the case is the gas had come from the cooler tank. I don't know if this stor...
by Loftfield
Tue Aug 27, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: State Inspections
Replies: 25
Views: 1152

Re: State Inspections

All of you idiots living in the ice and snow need to move South. North Carolina does not inspect any vehicle over 35 years old. No worries!

Tom Loftfield
Brevard, North Carolina
by Loftfield
Thu Aug 22, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Fords Garage
Replies: 4
Views: 449

Re: Fords Garage

Just ate at Ford's Garage in Dearborn, Michigan. This one did have Model T on display. Napkins were Ford blue wipe towels in stainless hose clamps. Food excellent!

Thomas Loftfield
Brevard, NC
by Loftfield
Thu Aug 22, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Why we should outlaw autonomous vehicles
Replies: 8
Views: 643

Re: Why we should outlaw autonomous vehicles

From a news clipping, Chardon, Ohio, 1970. Amish man in Middlefield, Ohio, went to town in the buggy. On the way home he died of a heat attack. The horse delivered the buggy (and the corpse) to the front door of the house." Poignant, but true. The REAL trouble with self drivers is that they must be ...
by Loftfield
Fri Aug 02, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Oil change ?
Replies: 28
Views: 1688

Re: Oil change ?

Oil is cheap! The standard Model T has no oil pump and no filter other than an aftermarket sieve under the transmission inspection plate. Change oil often. I wouldn't hesitate to change after 300 miles, and certainly wouldn't go more than 500. My theory is to get any metal filings and band threads o...
by Loftfield
Fri Jul 26, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: lost motion
Replies: 9
Views: 749

Re: lost motion

Thanks to you all for the concepts. I wasn't there when the pin was fitted, but the guy was a helicopter repairman, and as he phrases it, you can't fix it on a cloud. My experience with him has been that he is an ace mechanic. However, I take the points raised and will share them with him for this f...
by Loftfield
Fri Jul 26, 2019 7:03 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: lost motion
Replies: 9
Views: 749

lost motion

Two days ago a friend who parlayed his Vietnam crew chief experience into a lifelong job repairing helicopters found that he no longer had any slow speed. Removing the floorboards revealed that the slow speed pedal turned on the shaft a bit, but then caught and would engage the band when fully depre...
by Loftfield
Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: What If Henry Loved Aviation Just as Much as The Automobile?
Replies: 6
Views: 457

Re: What If Henry Loved Aviation Just as Much as The Automobile?

But Ford did make the trimotor. The vehicle pictured above looks strangely like a Ford trimotor without wings and two engines.
by Loftfield
Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Who stores their car with the top up?
Replies: 18
Views: 1212

Re: Who stores their car with the top up?

Top up whenever possible. Avoid shrinkage, folds setting, and rubbing. Too, for winter I put a lot of rat/mouse bait around, in, and under the car. Not only tops, but seats full of horsehair make wonder nesting places. I never heat my car area. Heated air is dry, dry air shrinks wood, body wood, and...
by Loftfield
Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:47 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: help diagnosis klunk broken drums?
Replies: 7
Views: 715

Re: help diagnosis klunk broken drums?

A little logic here! If the thrust washers are gone then you won't have low speed, reverse, OR high speed engagement. Very easy to tell if the problem is in the differential or the transmission.Very good advice above, don't tear things apart until all avenues of non-invasive investigation have been ...
by Loftfield
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: If you don't like car shows...
Replies: 5
Views: 647

Re: If you don't like car shows...

The biggest problem with car shows is that they remind us of our own mortality. I do brass cars so I always stand out, have lots of lookers, and I always let the youngsters squeeze the rubber horn bulb, gets them interested. However, across time the hobby has changed. "Antique" cars are now the cars...
by Loftfield
Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Ford's future - “reconceptualize” the company’s vehicle lineup
Replies: 43
Views: 2219

Re: Ford's future - “reconceptualize” the company’s vehicle lineup

To all those who are excited about driverless cars: just remember that the Titanic couldn't sink and the Hindenburg couldn't burn! When you get into a driverless car you let somebody else, who knows where, take responsibility for your traveling down the road at a high rate of speed. It will take onl...
by Loftfield
Wed May 22, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: How far we have gone!
Replies: 10
Views: 866

Re: How far we have gone!

How many times have you been approached by John Law who only wanted a better look at your Model T? The 1899 policeman followed the electric vehicle on his bicycle, which had a speedometer, noted the speeds involved, and then pulled over the electric simply so he could get a first-hand look at an ama...
by Loftfield
Mon May 20, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: High Gear Shift
Replies: 8
Views: 837

Re: High Gear Shift

It is pretty much essential to close the throttle when letting out the clutch pedal. At low rpm with low torque from the engine the high speed clutch discs will engage. Once high "gear" is engaged, then open the throttle for desired speed. As a small note, it is also very helpful to retard the spark...
by Loftfield
Sun May 19, 2019 6:52 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 6 volt voltage regulator
Replies: 7
Views: 778

Re: 6 volt voltage regulator

At a recent tour I saw a man with a tee shirt that said "6 Volt Guy Living in a 12 Volt World".. Says it all.
by Loftfield
Sat May 18, 2019 7:22 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Old Photo - Model T era shop and car
Replies: 12
Views: 1497

Re: Old Photo - Model T era shop and car

One reason nobody smiles in old photos is that many older films were slow, exposure times were lengthy, and it is easier to hold a frown than a smile for the time needed to get the picture. Subjects in photos were told to frown so that moving facial expression didn't blur the picture. Of course the ...
by Loftfield
Thu May 16, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: 1912 STEERING COLUMN COMPLETE
Replies: 1
Views: 515

Re: 1912 STEERING COLUMN COMPLETE

I will take the 1912 steering column. LOFTFJELD@GMAIL.COM
by Loftfield
Fri May 03, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 50 worst cars of all time?
Replies: 26
Views: 2231

Re: 50 worst cars of all time?

OK, now for a dose of reality. I own two 1912 Model T's, have been a Model T man from my 16th birthday, (now 73). I also own a 1909 and a 1910 Buick Model 10, Buick's offering to compete with Model T. Buick outsold Ford in all the years referenced above. The Buick Model 10 cost 10% more than a Model...
by Loftfield
Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: VowellArt
Topic: Link to VowellArt Gallery of technical drawings
Replies: 8
Views: 1690

Re: Link to VowellArt Gallery of technical drawings

Except in Britain where carburetor is spelled carburettor
by Loftfield
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:43 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: ON Topic - Other Model T Era Things
Replies: 19
Views: 1167

Re: ON Topic - Other Model T Era Things

Part of the appeal of the "steam" era is that it was La Belle Epoch, the beautiful time period, when Western culture reached the top of its influence, power, prestige, and inventiveness. Things, items, from that period are beautiful to behold, i.e. not only were items useful, rational, and well-made...
by Loftfield
Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:14 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: How do you get the oil petcocks to face out?
Replies: 11
Views: 1449

Re: How do you get the oil petcocks to face out?

Be sure to use YELLOW teflon tape. It is sold for use on natural and lp gas lines. It is thicker than the white plumbing tape and doesn't degrade in petroleum products.

Tom Loftfield
Brevard, N.C.
by Loftfield
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:12 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Enclosed Trailer Removable Winch Mount?
Replies: 9
Views: 871

Re: Enclosed Trailer Removable Winch Mount?

My winch (not wench, alas) is mounted on the side of the vee-nose, always out of the way. There is a D-ring installed in the center of the floor, to which I attach a snatch block as fairlead for the winch cable. Rather than having to move the winch, I simply remove the snatch block which then lives ...
by Loftfield
Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Drill and tap
Replies: 4
Views: 507

Re: Drill and tap

I just had to have the flange of the cast aluminium intake manifold on my 1910 Buick welded. The item is exactly what you have. Before you drill a hole to ruin a scarce piece of history, please contact me and we can exchange intake manifolds. Since mine is already "ruined" by the welding, drilling a...
by Loftfield
Mon Apr 01, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: The New Purist
Replies: 29
Views: 1992

Re: The New Purist

For the New Purist: words said many times before: If it doesn't leak something it is NOT a Model T!
For everybody when the fight between purists and non-purists gets hot and heavy, the phoney Latin: Non Carborundum Illegitimi!
by Loftfield
Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Old Photo- 1910 Ford touring
Replies: 5
Views: 993

Re: Old Photo- 1910 Ford touring

People did not smile in old photographs because the slow film required long exposure times. It is easier to maintain a still image for the camera with a straight face. Smiling tires the face muscles. Just a little historical postscript.
by Loftfield
Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: State Inspection of Ellie Mae
Replies: 35
Views: 2999

Re: State Inspection of Ellie Mae

Move to North Carolina. Vehicles over 35 years of age require NO annual inspection! Well, if you moved to North Carolina your vehicle(s) would require one initial inspection to ensure that the VIN matches the title, to ensure the car is what it claims to be, done by an inspector who comes to your do...
by Loftfield
Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: This younger generation... literally lost...
Replies: 71
Views: 4422

Re: This younger generation... literally lost...

If you walk into a house and there is a light flashing on the front of the media centre it means a teenager does NOT live there! I know how to use about 5% of what my cell phone can do, because I don't need the rest. On the other hand, we older folks have available a secret code that the younger set...
by Loftfield
Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Dear Abby
Replies: 56
Views: 3257

Re: Dear Abby

There are many misconceptions in this thread. Whether the nuts are castellated or not has very little to do with reproduction of Model T's. Instead, it is necessary to review earlier posts dealing with the placement of bells on the front axle, something that some owners of Model T's do based on old ...
by Loftfield
Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: aluminum intake manifolds?
Replies: 3
Views: 749

aluminum intake manifolds?

I just had a cracked cast aluminum intake manifold from a 1910 Buick welded, tedious job finding a person who was willing to do it but it was done and done well. My 1909 Buick also has a cast aluminum intake manifold, as do both my 1912 Model T's. Anybody know why cast aluminum intakes were used on ...
by Loftfield
Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Engine rebuild kudos Jack Putnam
Replies: 2
Views: 622

Engine rebuild kudos Jack Putnam

On Labor Day the engine in my 1912 Model T touring froze up. I took the engine to Jack Putnam in Bluffton, Ohio. The engine was back in six weeks. A previous rebuilder had failed to hone the wrist pins in the aluminium pistons (covered in earlier fora). The rebuild was extensive as the engine had be...
by Loftfield
Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:40 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB: Prestolite Tank Strap
Replies: 4
Views: 525

WTB: Prestolite Tank Strap

WTB: One Prestolite tank strap. OK, I'l take two if necessary.
by Loftfield
Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: “Remember Me” and logging in fixed
Replies: 22
Views: 1687

Re: “Remember Me” and logging in fixed

My log-in problem is fixed. Many thanks, Jeff!
by Loftfield
Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Old Photo-Model S Mother inlaw roadster
Replies: 17
Views: 1941

Re: Old Photo-Model S Mother inlaw roadster

The hat is available from Historical Emporium, a tall derby. Admittedly the H-E hat isn't quite as tall as the one in the photo, but pretty close. Being properly attired is half the fun of driving a T.