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by otrcman
Mon Mar 01, 2021 8:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The paint says
Replies: 12
Views: 841

Re: The paint says

I agree with Tom on the many changes in 1912. Maybe no two exactly alike ? My car is an April / May '12 slab side. One of the things I usually notice is the orientation of the handles on the rear doors. My handles are horizontal when the doors are closed. Photo #6 in this series has door handles but...
by otrcman
Sun Feb 28, 2021 1:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The paint says
Replies: 12
Views: 841

Re: The paint says

Something else interesting about picture #4: Notice that the horn is black & brass, but the acetylene generator and all the lamps are straight brass. I remember reading that the black/brass components began to appear in late '12, but hadn't envisioned that the transition would come one piece at a ti...
by otrcman
Sun Feb 28, 2021 10:06 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Have you ever damaged your hubcaps when loading or unloading your trailer?
Replies: 16
Views: 617

Re: Have you ever damaged your hubcaps when loading or unloading your trailer?

Tim said, "After a unloading incident with my enclosed trailer ($300 repair), I installed a Harbor Freight winch and now winch my Model T both on and off. I "steer" it by nudging the front wheels left or right and it insures "no drama" during the loading/unloading process. When I can, I park the tra...
by otrcman
Thu Feb 25, 2021 10:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Have you ever damaged your hubcaps when loading or unloading your trailer?
Replies: 16
Views: 617

Re: Have you ever damaged your hubcaps when loading or unloading your trailer?

P.S.from my previous post:

I gotta believe that winching a T onto the trailer is a lot less abusive to the transmission as well as to the hub caps.
by otrcman
Thu Feb 25, 2021 10:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Have you ever damaged your hubcaps when loading or unloading your trailer?
Replies: 16
Views: 617

Re: Have you ever damaged your hubcaps when loading or unloading your trailer?

My trailer is pretty narrow, too. Always a problem staying centered when loading and unloading the car. I finally came to my senses and bought a winch. Now the car creeps up onto the trailer slowly and smoothly and is so easy to watch out for the hub caps. Best of all, the winch has a wireless remot...
by otrcman
Thu Feb 25, 2021 9:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Electroless Nickel
Replies: 7
Views: 613

Re: Electroless Nickel

I have just one experience with the Caswell electroless nickle process and it was generally good. I had made a part that needed to be knurled on one end. I didn't have a beefy enough lathe for the task, so I took it to one of my friend's shop. After we did the knurling, Don showed me the plating kit...
by otrcman
Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:56 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Covid 19 Shot?
Replies: 49
Views: 1845

Re: Covid 19 Shot?

I have been trying to navigate the scheduling system for vaccinations and, like most government bureaucracies, it's pretty much of a CF. In this California county the scheduling is done pretty much on line. There is a button you click to "Schedule an Appointment". But the button is red and there is ...
by otrcman
Sun Feb 21, 2021 2:34 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Covid 19 Shot?
Replies: 49
Views: 1845

Re: Covid 19 Shot?

Tim J said: "....register with multiple vaccine providers and take the first vaccine you are offered." Tim, after you get a call back and have an appointment with one facility, do you then cancel all the others or does the county have a system that does it for you ? Seems to me that applying to five...
by otrcman
Sat Feb 20, 2021 8:20 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Covid 19 Shot?
Replies: 49
Views: 1845

Re: Covid 19 Shot?

Tim, Thank you starting this thread. We haven' gotten the shots yet. Just sitting back right now, collecting information on other people's experiences, weighing all the risks and benefits of shot vs no-shot, taking our time. I have no particular animus toward vaccination. I just want to know if the ...
by otrcman
Fri Feb 19, 2021 9:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What safety wire?
Replies: 26
Views: 901

Re: What safety wire?

2nighthawks said

"Hmmm,....call me crazy, but somehow, the two terms,...."safety wire" and Harbor 'Freight don't quite sound quite right to me!"

I wasn't going to say it Harold, but dittos ! The real thing is only a buck more.

Dick
by otrcman
Fri Feb 19, 2021 3:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What safety wire?
Replies: 26
Views: 901

Re: What safety wire?

Aviation safety wire as mentioned by others is good stuff. It is quite malleable and not as prone to breakage from twisting as other wires. Since we're talking aviation grade stainless safety wire, a good size guide is the FAA aviation mechanics manual AC 43.13-1B. Here is what the good book has to ...
by otrcman
Thu Feb 18, 2021 1:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Welding machines
Replies: 31
Views: 1357

Re: Welding machines

Jim, I'd suggest that you go into your welding class with an eye to learning the capabilities and limitations of the various types of equipment. Then keep looking around your shop at what you expect to weld. As your knowledge increases, you will be able to ask specific questions of the instructor. T...
by otrcman
Sun Jan 31, 2021 10:37 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: MORE CARBIDE GENERATOR QUESTIONS
Replies: 4
Views: 237

Re: MORE CARBIDE GENERATOR QUESTIONS

I'm certinly no expert, but your generator looks mighty pristine for an original. They're generally showing at least some inside corrosion if they were ever used.
by otrcman
Tue Jan 26, 2021 6:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: UPDATE: Model Ts Attracting Model Ts in the Malibu Hills, March 13th - 15th
Replies: 13
Views: 784

Re: UPDATE: Model Ts Attracting Model Ts in the Malibu Hills, March 13th and 14th

"By the way, I saw today on the MTFCA General Forum that cars from Ventura CA have taken an interest in this spontaneous spring non-tour." Ain't science grand ? With the aid of the internet we're now able to predict utterly random coincidences such as when two or more Model T's happen to be driving ...
by otrcman
Fri Jan 22, 2021 7:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Shot peened crankshafts ?
Replies: 11
Views: 914

Re: Shot peened crankshafts ?

Jerry, The facility that I talked to was in Lynwood, CA. The parent company is Curtiss-Wright Surface Technologies, which has facilities world wide. When I was working for NASA back in the 1960's we used the Los Angeles area facility, so that's the one I was familar with. By the way, I asked about w...
by otrcman
Fri Jan 22, 2021 6:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Shot peened crankshafts ?
Replies: 11
Views: 914

Re: Shot peened crankshafts ?

I did a bit more research on shot peening of crankshafts. Of course, original cranks wouldn't have been peened because the technology didn't exist at that time. But the T crank is something that would have benefitted greatly if it could have been done "back then". We probably would be seeing far few...
by otrcman
Thu Jan 21, 2021 11:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Prayers for Lloyd Hansen, Model T guy in Oroville, CA
Replies: 17
Views: 1146

Re: Prayers for Lloyd Hansen, Model T guy in Oroville, CA

BRAVO, LLOYD !

Just goes to show that you can't keep a good man down !
by otrcman
Thu Jan 21, 2021 4:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: OT - Cross Country In a Model A
Replies: 24
Views: 1167

Re: OT - Cross Country In a Model A

Some years ago there was a fellow who made a coast to coast trip each year in a diffent vintage auto. Then he would write a journal type article for one of the auto magazines. His Model A trip was done in the mid 1990's as I recall. The trip was not without breakdowns here and there, but (and this w...
by otrcman
Tue Jan 19, 2021 9:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Shot peened crankshafts ?
Replies: 11
Views: 914

Re: Shot peened crankshafts ?

No nitriding experience with a car motor, but with light airplane motors it's very common as you say. On a crank or a cam, nitriding makes the parts wear darn near forever. All you do is just keep putting in new bearings shells as required. That's why I was asking about shot peening, which has a dif...
by otrcman
Mon Jan 18, 2021 8:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Shot peened crankshafts ?
Replies: 11
Views: 914

Re: Shot peened crankshafts ?

Jerry, I wondered about the journals too. Did some searching on the internet and didn't find anything on whether they masked the journals to avoid peening or actually did all the surfaces. I didn't find anything, but called a friend who does antique airplane engines. He said he sends his original cr...
by otrcman
Mon Jan 18, 2021 7:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Shot peened crankshafts ?
Replies: 11
Views: 914

Shot peened crankshafts ?

Has anybody ever explored shot peening of Model T crankshafts to reduce the likelihood of breakage ? For those not familiar, shot peening looks a lot like sandblasting, but it serves a different purpose altogether. Shot peening became common in the late 1940's on highly stressed aircraft parts where...
by otrcman
Sat Jan 16, 2021 11:43 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Dressing the period part
Replies: 22
Views: 1191

Re: Dressing the period part

Picture of Dallas and Steve made me think of the 1950's ad:

"Which One Had The Toni ?"
by otrcman
Fri Jan 15, 2021 8:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Prayers for Lloyd Hansen, Model T guy in Oroville, CA
Replies: 17
Views: 1146

Re: Prayers for Lloyd Hansen, Model T guy in Oroville, CA

That's the wonderful news we've all been waiting to hear. Please give Lloyd best wishes from all of us.

Dick
by otrcman
Thu Jan 14, 2021 12:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Was the Model T good value for money?
Replies: 19
Views: 1015

Re: Was the Model T good value for money?

The Model T must have been a good value for the money when it was built. Sure were a lot of them sold. If you want to compare Model T's to something today, you would have to factor in money exchange rates with the country of manufacture, scale of production, and monetary policies of the selling coun...
by otrcman
Sun Jan 03, 2021 10:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Speedster Project Update, "Its Alive" "again"
Replies: 17
Views: 1050

Re: Speedster Project Update, "Its Alive" "again"

I got sound just by clicking on your link, Donnie. I don't have facebook at all, so just clicked "not now" when the facebook page showed up. From the sound of that motor, I think you're gonna need a helmet and a roll bar if you ever put the pedal to the medal for more than a couple of seconds. And y...
by otrcman
Sat Jan 02, 2021 12:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: covid
Replies: 11
Views: 1158

Re: covid

Glad you made it though, John. Rest and be well.

Dick
by otrcman
Fri Jan 01, 2021 7:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Does my rear axle housing need to be straightened?
Replies: 37
Views: 1728

Re: Does my rear axle housing need to be straightened?

Bill, I have never actually measured an axle shaft or a housing with the axle bearing the weight of a car, so I'm willing to be educated. But the loads imposed by your car as it stands right now may be giving you erroneous readings. Most of the time when people measure axle shafts or housings for st...
by otrcman
Fri Jan 01, 2021 5:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Does my rear axle housing need to be straightened?
Replies: 37
Views: 1728

Re: Does my rear axle housing need to be straightened?

Bill, I'm probably the only guy who doesn't know, but what is the context of the picture ? Is the axle installed in a car or is it out of the car ? If the axle is on jack stands (whether asle is in the car or not), where are the jack stands placed relative to the spring perches ? Is just one end of ...
by otrcman
Thu Dec 31, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: FJ - Some Humor To Brighten Your Day
Replies: 860
Views: 114397

Re: FJ - Some Humor To Brighten Your Day

This should bring back some fun memories - if you're old enough Mergatroyd! Do you remember that word? Would you believe the spell-checker did not recognize the word Mergatroyd? Heavens to Mergatroyd! The other day a not so elderly (I say 75) lady said something to her son about driving a Jalopy; an...
by otrcman
Thu Dec 31, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Driving question
Replies: 42
Views: 1900

Re: Driving question

Odds are that the combined tranmission brake and rear wheel hydraulic brake would overpower the torque of the engine. But ..... if you push the clutch pedal to the floor when you are very close to an obstacle the car may lurch forward and hit said obstacle before you can get your foot to the brake. ...
by otrcman
Mon Dec 28, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Driving question
Replies: 42
Views: 1900

Re: Driving question

In re-reading the OP's original question, I see that none of our replies has directly answered the original question: "......... when do you put the parking brake handle in the most forward position ?" The short answer is that you can put the parking brake handle in the most forward position most an...
by otrcman
Fri Dec 25, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Driving question
Replies: 42
Views: 1900

Re: Driving question

Dale P. just hit on a very important lesson for new T drivers : pushing the clutch pedal all the way to the floor as you come to a stop. Do you have experience with driving a conventional (stick shift) car ? Most people do. Having experience with a regular stick shift car, you have learned a habit t...
by otrcman
Thu Dec 24, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Craftsman 919.15624 Paint Sprayer for T Chassis?
Replies: 13
Views: 952

Re: Craftsman 919.15624 Paint Sprayer for T Chassis?

I'm with the others in suggesting one of the inexpensive modern spray guns. In addition to working better than the older guns, they are more economical in terms reduced overspray. At the cost of paint today, the paint saved in the first job will usually repay the cost of the gun. In addition, the ne...
by otrcman
Sat Dec 19, 2020 12:01 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: JB Weld or Bondo
Replies: 20
Views: 1373

Re: JB Weld or Bondo

Our much-admired artist in residence has commented on the beauty that can be seen in patina and rust. This fender has more patina and rust than metal. I bet Rich E. has the picture saved in his "Pictures to Paint" file already.
by otrcman
Thu Dec 17, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: The History Guy on Carl Fisher
Replies: 1
Views: 330

The History Guy on Carl Fisher

I wasn't sure whether this qualified for "On Topic" or not. So playing safe with OT. This is a 14 minute synopsis of the life of Carl Fisher, who was a key promotor many facets of the early development of automobiles, and yet his name is hardly noticed today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpFwDIuA...
by otrcman
Sun Dec 13, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Today's Social Distancing Video
Replies: 309
Views: 30626

Re: Today's Social Distancing Video

Thank you for posting these drives, Scott. I like the scenery, but I'm finding that I like the sounds even more. If I had to pick a favorite, it would be the quiet thrumming on flat ground in high gear at around 15 or 20 MPH. Just loafing along, very smooth and quiet. My car makes that same contente...
by otrcman
Sat Dec 12, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I would love to see more gow jobs
Replies: 26
Views: 1840

Re: I would love to see more gow jobs

"Don’t ever recall ‘gow job’ til 1990’s speak along with rat rods! Most times hot rod, racer and speedster. Old days jalopy and for open wheel T’s were called ‘bug ‘s’ , long before the Beetle of course!" Dan, I just ran across the term "bug" in an autobiography written by a man named Charles Kless...
by otrcman
Wed Dec 09, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Lost My Mind - Bought a Flanders 20 (Model T Competitor)
Replies: 85
Views: 3434

Re: Lost My Mind - Bought a Flanders 20 (Model T Competitor)

Burger in Spokane wrote:
Wed Dec 09, 2020 3:33 pm
Flanders used 27% more robust than comparable Fords.
How much does a percent of robust weigh ? I never was good at metric.

Dick
by otrcman
Wed Dec 09, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Lost My Mind - Bought a Flanders 20 (Model T Competitor)
Replies: 85
Views: 3434

Re: Lost My Mind - Bought a Flanders 20 (Model T Competitor)

Looking at the photos, Mark, it appears that your Flanders is more heavily built than a T. Does the car's weight confirm this ? It just looks more robust to me.

Dick
by otrcman
Sun Dec 06, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Today's Social Distancing Video
Replies: 309
Views: 30626

Re: Today's Social Distancing Video

One thing I'm noticing in these drives is the absence of stop signs at most intersections. Doesn't that take an awful lot of common sense to drive in the midwest ?
by otrcman
Fri Dec 04, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Survey on Hassler shocks
Replies: 35
Views: 1552

Re: Survey on Hassler shocks

No, Steve, but thank you. I just hoped that somebody could show us the difference between a regular Hassler and one with the damping feature. The car that I have now was purchased by my Dad in 1961, and a picture taken soon afterward shows Hasslers installed. When I inherited the car in 1997, the Ha...
by otrcman
Fri Dec 04, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Survey on Hassler shocks
Replies: 35
Views: 1552

Re: Survey on Hassler shocks

The Hassler ad that Dan Treace posted yesterday (Thursday) is interesting. The ad touts "The New Hassler Rebound Check and Shock Absorber". What's interesting about it is the term, "Rebound Check". That goes to exactly what Humblej said about adding damping to a spring rather than just adding a spri...
by otrcman
Thu Dec 03, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Front Hub Bearing Cup Inserter?
Replies: 17
Views: 833

Re: Front Hub Bearing Cup Inserter?

Here's a picture of my "tool". It's just a piece of fairly thick wall aluminum tubing and a length of all-thread rod. And a couple large area washers. The Ford tool would have been better, but I used what I had. I've read that there are some combinations of thin walled hubs and slightly oversize bea...
by otrcman
Wed Dec 02, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hopefully not too silly engine bolt/nut question
Replies: 23
Views: 1615

Re: Hopefully not too silly engine bolt/nut question

Susanne, I finally made contact with my friend Mike Grimes, who had some custom connecting rods made a couple years ago. Good news and bad news: First the good news. The Company was Saemz Performance, in Argentina. https://www.saenzperformance.com Mike said the parts were absolutely first-class and ...
by otrcman
Mon Nov 30, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A period looking shop.
Replies: 41
Views: 2465

Re: A period looking shop.

When we moved to our present location about 20 years ago the first thing we built was the shop building. I had guessed that our old house would take at least six months to sell, so there was no rush to start on the house. But as it turned out, the old house sold within three weeks and the buyers wan...
by otrcman
Sat Nov 28, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hopefully not too silly engine bolt/nut question
Replies: 23
Views: 1615

Re: Hopefully not too silly engine bolt/nut question

One of my friends had to have a custom set of forged rods made for an airplane engine he was rebuilding. They were made by a company in Brazil as I recall, and Mike said they were absolutely beautiful. Plus, they were about half the price that Crower is quoting. I'll email Mike and ask him for conta...
by otrcman
Sat Nov 28, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hopefully not too silly engine bolt/nut question
Replies: 23
Views: 1615

Re: Hopefully not too silly engine bolt/nut question

One of my friends had to have a custom set of forged rods made for an airplane engine he was rebuilding. They were made by a company in Brazil as I recall, and Mike said they were absolutely beautiful. Plus, they were about have the price that Crower is quoting. I'll email Mike and ask him for conta...
by otrcman
Thu Nov 26, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: E.B. White: Revisiting an old favorite
Replies: 17
Views: 1204

Re: E.B. White: Revisiting an old favorite

Steve J. wrote: "In 1949-50 I was in third grade. It was a combination third/fourth grade class. After lunch our teacher Mrs. Edna Gullett read history to the fourth graders, and of course we third graders got to listen too. I loved listening to the stories of Magellan, Da Gama, and other explorers....
by otrcman
Tue Nov 24, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What is the difference between a Model T and Model A Crankshaft?
Replies: 9
Views: 827

Re: What is the difference between a Model T and Model A Crankshaft?

Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but I think one of the most significant differences is that the Model A cranks are virtually never found cracked.
by otrcman
Tue Nov 17, 2020 12:02 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: An addition to John Warren's Early Wishbone post
Replies: 6
Views: 517

Re: An addition to John Warren's Early Wishbone post

Grandma and Grandpa both chose well. He got a woman of good literary skills and a sense of humor; she got a man who could fix her car when things went awry.
by otrcman
Wed Nov 11, 2020 12:19 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: HAPPY BIRTHDAY U.S. MARINES !!!
Replies: 8
Views: 549

Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY U.S. MARINES !!!

Our next door neighbor, Judy Portz, served in the Marine Corps during WWII. I first met Judy and Henry while their house was under construction 25 years ago. I immediately noticed the Marine Corps bumper sticker on their car and remarked on it to Henry. Henry replied, "Oh, that's not me. I was Army ...
by otrcman
Sun Nov 01, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: electric fuel cut off
Replies: 26
Views: 1135

Re: electric fuel cut off

Yup, those backfires will get you more often that you'd like. In my case it was a 32 Pierce Arrow Club Brougham. Big ole straight eight and slow cranking. I had just gotten the manifolds, carb, & exhaust hooked up and didn't yet have an air cleaner. Always the pessimist, I stationed my wife on the c...
by otrcman
Sun Nov 01, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: electric fuel cut off
Replies: 26
Views: 1135

Re: electric fuel cut off

Seems to me there are some plusses and minuses to consider for each design. On the plus side, having a shutoff that you can reach without getting underneath the car is nice for us folks who aren't as agile as we once were. But .... Having the shutoff right at the carb is easy to reach, but it you ha...
by otrcman
Fri Oct 30, 2020 7:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New page: Any misteaks?
Replies: 25
Views: 1708

Re: New page: Any misteaks?

Count me in as someone who noticed your "misteak" right away. But I was quite certain that your misspell was deliberate and that you wouldn't have committed such a cairless error.
by otrcman
Sun Oct 25, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Today's Social Distancing Video
Replies: 309
Views: 30626

Re: Today's Social Distancing Video

Every time I go for a ride with you, Scott, I'm struck by the dense stands of trees and the wide open crop lands. I'm guessing the early pioneers didn't find the land like that when they arrived. Somebody did an awful lot of stump pulling with teams of mules or oxen. Our predecessors were not afraid...
by otrcman
Fri Oct 23, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: All-Purpose or Wheel Bearing Grease?
Replies: 15
Views: 1023

Re: All-Purpose or Wheel Bearing Grease?

'fraid I'm going to have to go along with "not white grease" crowd. I thought the white stuff would be just the ticket for an assembly that I restored and put into a zip lock bag until it was ready to be put into use. A couple years later I took the assembly off the shelf to put it into service and ...
by otrcman
Thu Oct 22, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A little tire history
Replies: 8
Views: 774

A little tire history

I was doing some internet reading on the history of rubber in general and use on tires in particular. One article (link below) was especially interesting as to the development of rubber tires. Somebody here recently asked when tires switched from white to black. In the linked article, it seems that ...
by otrcman
Fri Oct 16, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Why wooden spoked wheels and not steel?
Replies: 19
Views: 1421

Re: Why wooden spoked wheels and not steel?

Dang !! After proof reading my post above several times I discover a typo in the very first word. Can someone please remind me how to edit a post ?
by otrcman
Fri Oct 16, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Why wooden spoked wheels and not steel?
Replies: 19
Views: 1421

Re: Why wooden spoked wheels and not steel?

Lors of good points made here, but one factor that hasn't been pointed out yet is the fatigue life required in a wheel design. What exactly is fatigue ? Basically, it's the phenomenon where something fails from repeated loading even though it held up fine in a single test. Let's say that you tested ...
by otrcman
Fri Oct 16, 2020 12:29 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T Joke
Replies: 6
Views: 1111

Re: Model T Joke

I'm left handed, but crank right handed. I've tried cranking left handed, but it feels very awkward and I don't get over Top Dead Center very well. I asked my physical therapist daughter-in-law to observe my cranking to see what was going on from an anatomical standpoint. Here is what she noted: Rig...
by otrcman
Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:25 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Share Your Tractor(s) - old ones that is ;-)
Replies: 82
Views: 7767

Re: Share Your Tractor(s) - old ones that is ;-)

1948 (or thereabouts) Farmall Cub. Under the silver tarp is another Cub; that one is about 1952. The sickle bar Cub is used for weed control. Most of the neighbors use modern lawn tractors, but I really prefer the sickle bar for being able to get in under trees and into tight places. The Cubs also h...
by otrcman
Sun Oct 11, 2020 11:36 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: "Pretty far-fetched" and stuff
Replies: 71
Views: 3586

Re: "Pretty far-fetched" and stuff

Burger asked, "Did you get out of there lickety-split ?"


Yeah, and then some.
by otrcman
Sun Oct 11, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: "Pretty far-fetched" and stuff
Replies: 71
Views: 3586

Re: "Pretty far-fetched" and stuff

I hadda get out of there. She was havin' a conniption fit.
by otrcman
Sun Oct 11, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: "Pretty far-fetched" and stuff
Replies: 71
Views: 3586

Re: "Pretty far-fetched" and stuff

"By the time I got to the top of the hill, my radiator was hotter 'n a two dollar pistol."

"And the head you coulda fried eggs on."
by otrcman
Wed Oct 07, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Cotter pins tips
Replies: 23
Views: 1475

Re: Cotter pins tips

A lot of good tools and methods here. I have most of the tools shown and have used all of the methods at one time or another. If one tool/method doesn't work, try one of the others. The only thing I have to offer that's different is to grind the flat side of a pair of side-cutters down until the cut...
by otrcman
Wed Oct 07, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Fords in the city
Replies: 23
Views: 1144

Re: Fords in the city

I'm surprised Burger hasn't chimed in with some commentary on the overhead wiring.

Will stay tuned.

Dick
by otrcman
Fri Oct 02, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Alternative fuel
Replies: 20
Views: 983

Re: Alternative fuel

Bob, I heard the kerosene story from my Uncle George Teters (1908-1987), who said he used kerosene in his Model A during the WWII years. He explained that he fashioned a small (~1 gallon) tank to the dash and teed it into the fuel line with a shutoff valve. The main tank held the kerosene and the li...
by otrcman
Thu Sep 24, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: starting an engine on a stand
Replies: 19
Views: 1459

Re: starting an engine on a stand

All good advice above. I couldn't tell from the photo, do you have a return spring on the carburetor throttle arm ? You don't want it to go wide open and start jumping around the floor with you not able to shut it down. Ditto for the timer arm. Probably want to put the timer arm at about TDC and loc...
by otrcman
Thu Sep 24, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Revisiting some fabrication
Replies: 124
Views: 19716

Re: Revisiting some fabrication

Rich (and anybody else who's interested), The link below is a video done by an expert metal shaper illustrating how shrinkage is induced by a bead roller and how to avoid panel warping due to the beads. I know you pressed your beads, but I have had the warping experience both from rolling and from p...
by otrcman
Wed Sep 23, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Dare we analyze my cracked crankshaft?? I say we do.. but INTELLIGENTLY
Replies: 23
Views: 1573

Re: Dare we analyze my cracked crankshaft?? I say we do.. but INTELLIGENTLY

James, in your original post you said, "First thing I did is have the crankshaft magnafluxed as always." Have you actually magnafluxed this particular crank in the past ? Was this same flaw seen previously ? If yes, then the only question you need to consider is whether it has grown since the last t...
by otrcman
Wed Sep 23, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Revisiting some fabrication
Replies: 124
Views: 19716

Re: Revisiting some fabrication

Rich,

When you pressed the beads into the lid, had you already put the perimeter flange on the lid or did you do the perimeter afterward ? I have pressed beads into panels (perimeter done first) and then had trouble with the center of the panel being too "tight".

Dick
by otrcman
Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Even the Experienced Make Bad Decisions
Replies: 51
Views: 3099

Re: Even the Experienced Make Bad Decisions

Terrific recovery, Hank. Not only your save on the original incident, but also on getting the car back on the road. I especially like your action of locking the aux transimission in low. My Dad had just completed restoration of a 1932 Pierce Arrow when he died of a heart attack. Mom elected to keep ...
by otrcman
Fri Sep 18, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Be careful cranking update
Replies: 7
Views: 809

Re: Be careful cranking update

Good to hear that you're over the surgery hump. Now comes the tedious process of healing. Amazing how long it takes to get over something that happened in such a short time.

Best wishes and hang in there.

Dick
by otrcman
Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just Me Bragging....,
Replies: 15
Views: 1243

Re: Just Me Bragging....,

Like the others, I'm glad for you and your Dad having a great relationship. From your Dad's standpoint, this is his time to see and relish the fruits of his labor in raising a highly competent son of good character. Nothing could be more gratifying.

Dick Fischer
by otrcman
Mon Aug 17, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Sweat and lacquer don't mix...
Replies: 24
Views: 2193

Re: Sweat and lacquer don't mix...

I've heard about people drinking hand sanitizer to ward of the dreaded virus. Have you been doing that, Steve ?
by otrcman
Fri Aug 14, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Kingston 5 Ball for 1909
Replies: 11
Views: 1303

Re: Kingston 5 Ball for 1909

Like most men, fancy diamonds and jewelry don't excite me much. But a perfectly cleaned up and operational brass carburetor ? Now, that really turns my crank !

Bravo, Stan !
by otrcman
Wed Jul 29, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I ALMOST GAVE UP........,
Replies: 92
Views: 7265

Re: I ALMOST GAVE UP........,

Grady,

I admire you and your family's positive attitude. So many people are crying, "Oh, woe is me" and you guys are out making hay while the sun shines.

Good on you and yours.
by otrcman
Sat Jul 25, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Did somebody say Ice Cream?!?
Replies: 9
Views: 1368

Re: Did somebody say Ice Cream?!?

Champ appears to be the perfect companion for an ice cream run. Does he get a dish of his own at the ice cream store ?
by otrcman
Tue Jul 21, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Dead Engines Can Run?
Replies: 13
Views: 1500

Re: Dead Engines Can Run?

I remember one of my uncles saying (in reference to a Model A),

"That motor is so wore out that the pistons keep changin' holes while you're goin' down the road."
by otrcman
Mon Jul 20, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Time to Re-tire?
Replies: 10
Views: 1677

Re: Time to Re-tire?

Tube looks fine. He just needs another tire.
by otrcman
Sun Jul 05, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Will changing electrical system to 12v devalue the car?
Replies: 27
Views: 2749

Re: Will changing electrical system to 12v devalue the car?

Change to 12V for better reliability ? Hmmmm... Model T's were designed to run on 6V. Every component in the electrical system is optimized for that voltage. When you install a 12V battery, then you begin to run a daisy chain of components that also need to be modified for 12V. Some of the modificat...
by otrcman
Wed Jul 01, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 25 years now...
Replies: 15
Views: 1986

Re: 25 years now...

Congratulations to both of you.
by otrcman
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old Photo - T lunch vendor
Replies: 14
Views: 1991

Re: Old Photo - T lunch vendor

Everybody sees something different in that photo. What caught my eye was the really nice installation on the top. Do you suppose that's the original Ford factory top, or was it installed by a private shop later ?
by otrcman
Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Engine Splash/Dust Pans: Yea or Nay?
Replies: 31
Views: 2589

Re: Engine Splash/Dust Pans: Yea or Nay?

My '12 has the engine pans installed. But for reasons a little different from what others have stated. The exhaust pipe necessarily runs very close to the floorboards, beneath the passenger's feet. I believe that the engine pans increase air flow around the hogs head area. That flow keeps the floorb...
by otrcman
Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Today's Social Distancing Video
Replies: 309
Views: 30626

Re: Today's Social Distancing Video

Scott, in re-reading my prior post I realized that it may have sounded in the last paragraph like I was criticizing your camera or your driving. I didn't mean it that way. I do realize that wide angle movies distort the perception of speed and distance. I just get into looking at all the scenery goi...
by otrcman
Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Today's Social Distancing Video
Replies: 309
Views: 30626

Re: Today's Social Distancing Video

"Everyone has been pretty quiet. Is anyone still awake? Do we need to make pit stop?" Trust us Scott, if anybody needs to make a pit stop, you will hear about it ! I'll share a little revelation while riding along. I generally keep the volume on my computer turned way down because of occasional loud...
by otrcman
Tue Jun 09, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this for a tractor?
Replies: 22
Views: 2280

Re: Is this for a tractor?

Yes on thread drift. Lots of interesting folks on this forum. I've only got two tractors, so that makes me tied for last place. Both are Farmall Cubs. One is permanently set up with a 5 foot sickle bar for mowing weeds. The other tractor has a Fast Hitch which I use to turn earth, tow trailers aroun...
by otrcman
Wed Jun 03, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Today's Social Distancing Video
Replies: 309
Views: 30626

Re: Today's Social Distancing Video

Scott,

Glad to be among your many passengers. One thing for sure, it's not me holding the camera. If it were, you'd get seasick with the image waving around all the time ! Does the camera have image stabilization ?

Dick
by otrcman
Tue Jun 02, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Today's Social Distancing Video
Replies: 309
Views: 30626

Re: Today's Social Distancing Video

Scott, Thank you for taking us along on your travels. I do have a couple of good news / bad news comments, however. The good news is that whenever I need to make a pit stop I don't have to ask you to pull over. I just hit Pause, go do my thing, and come back and Resume you. If all of us old guys wer...
by otrcman
Thu May 28, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Removing rear wheels
Replies: 13
Views: 1820

Re: Removing rear wheels

You got it off ! Well done. Any way you do it must have been the best way providing nothing was ruined in the process. Some time back I borrowed one of the reproduction hub pullers from a friend. I tightened it as much as I dared, and nothing happened. I tried rapping the hub and the puller several ...
by otrcman
Wed May 20, 2020 11:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Breaks on my caw
Replies: 11
Views: 1611

Re: Breaks on my caw

To paraphrase a line out of one of James Patterson's novels:

"I know those Brits talk funny, but don't ever underestimate them."
by otrcman
Wed May 13, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: The discussion of different hobbies.
Replies: 21
Views: 3386

Re: The discussion of different hobbies.

I have long aspired to have an extensive collection of money. But it never has seemed to work out.

Dick
by otrcman
Tue May 12, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1912 Pie Wagon
Replies: 10
Views: 1873

Re: 1912 Pie Wagon

Beautiful work, Tom. Are you the painter ?

Dick
by otrcman
Tue May 12, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1912 Pie Wagon
Replies: 10
Views: 1873

Re: 1912 Pie Wagon

Beautiful car, Tom. I had never paid much attention to pie wagons, but looking at your car and my uncle's car I notice that both have wire wheels. Was that a style, or is it just a coincidence that these two cars are so equipped ? Another thing I wondered about, and can't see in the pics of your car...
by otrcman
Sun May 10, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1912 Pie Wagon
Replies: 10
Views: 1873

1912 Pie Wagon

I just ran across this photo in an old family album. The car was built (or rebuilt, I don't know) by my Uncle, George Teters, in Glendale Arizona in the 1970's. Uncle George acquired his first old car, a 1908 Mitchell, in about 1932. Traded a Model T speedester for the Mitchell. I have no idea where...
by otrcman
Sun Apr 26, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: '16 Centerdoor restore...
Replies: 626
Views: 77909

Re: '16 Centerdoor restore...

Don,

Your body paint should be well hard enough for close inspection now. Are you happy with the result ? Sure looks good from here !
by otrcman
Fri Apr 24, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: '16 Centerdoor restore...
Replies: 626
Views: 77909

Re: '16 Centerdoor restore...

My late next door neighbor, a nationally known Cord 810/812 guy, used to say, "A talented amateur beats a highly paid professional every time!"
by otrcman
Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Need help reading part drawing on a Ford racer
Replies: 23
Views: 2557

Re: Need help reading part drawing on a Ford racer

Rob, Is there a title block somewhere on the face of the drawing? We might get more clues there, i.e. title, date or whatever. Notice the the oval hole has an extension line to the words, "FILE FIT TO NOZZLE ON DASH TANK". What do you suppose that means ? To me, a nozzle is what's on the end of a ho...
by otrcman
Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Looking for Help in upstate NY
Replies: 8
Views: 1393

Re: Looking for Help in upstate NY

The lady who used to own Classitique Upholstery now travels around the country doing installations. Everything I've ever heard about her has been good. My understanding is that you contact her through the Classitique website to find out when she will be in your area. https://www.classtiqueupholstery...
by otrcman
Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Painted Parts Storage
Replies: 11
Views: 1872

Re: Painted Parts Storage

I'm with David D. and Dan T. on the use of bubble wrap. I had some exhaust collector parts (not a T) Jet-Hot coated a couple of years ago. Jet-Hot is sorta like powder coating only for very high temperature operation. When I picked the parts up the pieces each one beautifully wrapped in bubble wrap....