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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: 745

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: 797

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: 775

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: 788

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: 232
Views: 10935

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: 232
Views: 10935

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: 1079

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: 232
Views: 10935

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: 232
Views: 10935

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: 871

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: 758

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: 1522

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: 1071

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: 1071

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: 1071

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: 584
Views: 41665

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: 584
Views: 41665

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: 1164

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: 646

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: 945

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....
by otrcman
Tue Mar 24, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Post a photo of your antique Model T License Plate
Replies: 141
Views: 6524

Re: Post a photo of your antique Model T License Plate

1912 California plate on my '12 Touring. This is no doubt supposed to be on the front with a solid plate on the rear. But I only have the one plate, so on the rear it goes. DMV doesn't seem to know the difference.
by otrcman
Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Interesting picture from 1912
Replies: 5
Views: 763

Re: Interesting picture from 1912

"Anyone else surprised by the spare tires?" Do you mean the mounting location or the color, Jeff ? I didn't notice the color the first time I saw the pic, so thank you for sending me back for another look. Do you suppose the spare is wrapped with a protective cover, or is it really a black tire ? I ...
by otrcman
Tue Mar 10, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Good news for Russ Potter
Replies: 18
Views: 1642

Re: Good news for Russ Potter

Good new for Russ is good news for all of us. Russ is a valued member of our little Model T community. We share in your happiness, Russ.

Dick
by otrcman
Tue Mar 10, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Period Picture- Hump"T"y Dump"T"y
Replies: 17
Views: 1907

Re: Period Picture- Hump"T"y Dump"T"y

Just a guess, but I'd say that the sledge hammer is a "marker" to tell the driver how far to spread one load of concrete. So yes, you could expect to see a sledge in that position in every action shot.
by otrcman
Sat Mar 07, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Period Picture- Early Photoshop?
Replies: 10
Views: 1424

Re: Period Picture- Early Photoshop?

Simple explanation: FLUBBER
by otrcman
Tue Feb 25, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Roger Barrett 1934-2020.
Replies: 24
Views: 1862

Re: Roger Barrett 1934-2020.

Our hearts all go out to you, Erik. Having lost my Dad thirty plus years ago, I can tell you that your pain seems so terrible now, but it will mellow and change. There's not a day gone by that I haven't thought of my Dad, but I have evolved to an acceptable spot. I know that he still exists, in my h...
by otrcman
Thu Feb 20, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Not a sale, just a post. What did I do in Feb, etc.
Replies: 8
Views: 1080

Re: Not a sale, just a post. What did I do in Feb, etc.

Stan,

When you put a beauty like this in the box, do you shed a little tear and tell it goodby, knowing that it will probably never look this nice again ?

Dick
by otrcman
Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: wood spokes
Replies: 9
Views: 1069

Re: wood spokes

This thread raises a significant point: Wood spokes are a major factor in the safety of a Model T. The condition of the wheels & spokes will be an important selling point when it comes time to sell your car. If you have wheels rebuilt by one of the well known rebuilders, it's a good idea to save the...
by otrcman
Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:31 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Roger Peterson passed away
Replies: 7
Views: 1142

Re: Roger Peterson passed away

R.I.P. Roger. You have given a lot of people good memories, and that says a lot.


Keith, I related to my wife your story of Jan getting a new piece of jewelry every time Roger bought another car or piece of equipment. She asked, "Did she have to sell a piece of jewelry each time he sold a car ?"
by otrcman
Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Transmission autopsy: Bad driving?
Replies: 33
Views: 2985

Re: Transmission autopsy: Bad driving?

For those who advocate a specific technique to avoid transmission abuse, I recommend watching this video. People doing the "teeter totter" in their Model T's. This was a popular event in the past, although I haven't seen it much lately. My dad regularly participated in teeter totter events whenever ...
by otrcman
Thu Jan 30, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Happy Birthday Original Smith !
Replies: 17
Views: 1445

Re: Happy Birthday Original Smith !

FJ:

That's got to be the best birthday card I've ever seen. ("Forget the present, I didn't get you one.")

Think I'll have a couple gross of those printed up and use them exclusively from now on !

Dick
by otrcman
Wed Jan 29, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Transmission autopsy: Bad driving?
Replies: 33
Views: 2985

Re: Transmission autopsy: Bad driving?

In his original post for this thread, Steve questions his pedal operating technique. Having read the many transmission failure posts over the past 15 years, it seems to me that today's drivers, Steve included, are being plenty careful. If you think about how drivers back in the day must have treated...
by otrcman
Tue Jan 28, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Slot head screws source
Replies: 11
Views: 1278

Slot head screws source

There was a comment on one of the other threads commenting favorably on Don Booth's use of authentic slot head screws. I quite agree. Here is a supplier that is a good source of slot heads. I have no association with them apart from being a satisfied customer: Restoration Supply Company 15182 Highla...
by otrcman
Tue Jan 28, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Slot head screws source
Replies: 0
Views: 285

Slot head screws source

There was a comment on one of the other threads commenting favorably on Don Booth's use of authentic slot head screws. I quite agree. Here is a supplier that is a good source of slot heads. I have no association with them apart from being a satisfied customer: Restoration Supply Company 15182 Highla...
by otrcman
Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How to disassemble and reassemble a top socket?
Replies: 9
Views: 1282

Re: How to disassemble and reassemble a top socket?

Might have to wait to save up enough $ to buy a roll of solder. Every time I have to buy another roll it's sticker shock.

Dick
by otrcman
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: H-1 Bowl nuts
Replies: 4
Views: 570

Re: H-1 Bowl nuts

Very nice, Stan. I followed along from caption to caption, nodding as the "trivial" cost of materials and tools was mentioned, fully expecting the last caption to say, "And then send them to people who gripe because they cost a dollar each". I do love to work brass, especially hex stock when you tak...
by otrcman
Sat Jan 04, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Getting Rattles Back On The Road
Replies: 155
Views: 10145

Re: Getting Rattles Back On The Road

If I may make a suggestion, buy Angie a nice pair of mechanic's gloves. Attractive young ladies prefer to not have broken fingernails, bandages on fingers, etc. For most aspiring young male mechanics, an injury is a badge of honor. Not so for young ladies. And kudos for instructing your daughter abo...
by otrcman
Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The Model T Is A Over Powered Beast.....
Replies: 3
Views: 974

Re: The Model T Is A Over Powered Beast.....

Beast or no beast, the T appears to have superior air conditioning. If these cars are in Texas, that will be important next summer !
by otrcman
Sat Dec 28, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A LITTLE FRIDAY LEVITY
Replies: 51
Views: 4637

Re: A LITTLE FRIDAY LEVITY

Well, Stan, since we're all coming out of the closet regarding our ages, I'm compelled to report that I arrived on this earth exactly 57 days ahead of you. November 2, 1942.

I have mixed emotions about growing older. The ride has been great, but I'm not so sure I like the destination.

Dick
by otrcman
Wed Dec 18, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Spiral Tube Radiator.
Replies: 6
Views: 938

Re: Spiral Tube Radiator.

"All Parts Machined to Jigs and Interchangeable"

In England ? You gotta be kidding me. They should have sold the concept to Rolls Royce !
by otrcman
Wed Dec 18, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Merry Christmas
Replies: 57
Views: 3945

Re: Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to you, every one.

Dick
by otrcman
Sat Dec 14, 2019 11:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Jacking help removing rear axle
Replies: 31
Views: 2508

Re: Jacking help removing rear axle

"If you jack up the rear end and remove the wheels you can put a piece of heavy wall steel rectangular tubing under the frame and over the wishbones and support it on good jack stands." I agree with you, Dale. And with all the others who advocate supporting the car with a beam at the aft end of the ...
by otrcman
Sat Dec 14, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Jacking help removing rear axle
Replies: 31
Views: 2508

Re: Jacking help removing rear axle

When I removed my rear end, I put the stands exactly where your's are. Didn't like it, no sir, not one bit. Long story short, I put a couple of safety stands at the junctions of the running boards, right where they meet the rear fenders. That's not a very strong point, but I rationalized that I was ...
by otrcman
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Are these the correct windshield support rods?
Replies: 12
Views: 1231

Re: Are these the correct windshield support rods?

Here is a photo which illustrates the "bend near the top" that you ask about, Mike. This picture was taken in early 1962, when my Dad had just purchased the car. I can't vouch for any modifications prior to that time, but here is what the windshield brace rods look like: 1. The rods are very thin wa...
by otrcman
Tue Nov 26, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Later year replacement parts
Replies: 9
Views: 946

Re: Later year replacement parts

Burger said, "...I mean, the car's story BEGAN at a place of original equipment, but as anything that survives today has a LONG history since being built. I find this post-manufacture history to be just an interesting as what is OEM correct ...." I couldn't agree more, Brent. When I realized that th...
by otrcman
Tue Nov 26, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I'm Thankful
Replies: 14
Views: 1456

Re: I'm Thankful

Gosh, Tim. I didn't know that you were just out of knee surgery when you got bitten by the tractor. Did the tractor bite interrupt your physical therapy for the knee ? There's no "good" time for an injury, but one trauma piled on top of another makes things a lot worse. Nevertheless, I'm glad to see...
by otrcman
Mon Nov 25, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Later year replacement parts
Replies: 9
Views: 946

Later year replacement parts

Bob Peterson's thread on his newly acquired (and unrestored) 1911 raised an idea in my mind. I've long wondered about the history of my 1912, which is unknown prior to 1960. So an idea arose: can we learn anything by looking at the age of replacement parts on a mostly unmolested car ? In Bob's case,...
by otrcman
Mon Nov 25, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just hauled home 1911 runabout
Replies: 37
Views: 3497

Re: Just hauled home 1911 runabout

A truly great car, Bob. So my question here is in no way meant as criticism. Am I seeing a 15-16 coil box in one photo ? If so, that would indicate to me that your car remained in operation long enough to receive the later box. That's interesting in that my mostly original '12 had a 15-16 box as wel...
by otrcman
Thu Nov 21, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Inflation !!!
Replies: 26
Views: 2418

Re: Inflation !!!

I apologize if this comment is thread drift, but George Mills said in part: "......... when his quantities exceeded the latest issue serial number Ford......" George, this raises an intriguing point. If Western Auto sold as many drums as Ford sold cars, that means that drum changing was a very commo...
by otrcman
Thu Nov 21, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Inflation !!!
Replies: 26
Views: 2418

Re: Inflation !!!

Another thing to consider when comparing 1920's Model T parts prices vs present day is economy of scale. Back in the 1920's, there were a couple of million reverse drums produced per year just to equip the new cars. So a drum could be manufactured for barely more than cost of the metal. Drums (and o...
by otrcman
Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: big freeze
Replies: 30
Views: 2651

Re: big freeze

Won't work, Erik. Without a radiator you hood won't stay put.
by otrcman
Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vintage Cupholders?
Replies: 25
Views: 2319

Re: Vintage Cupholders?

Intead of a cup holder, how about a non-tipping cup that you can set on the floor ? There are lots of wide base cups on ebay, but I couldn't find one with a Ford on it.

Similar cups probably existed when T's were new.
by otrcman
Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vintage Cupholders?
Replies: 25
Views: 2319

Re: Vintage Cupholders?

Looks like Fido is willing to take care of the problem for you.
by otrcman
Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Warford Support Bracket ?
Replies: 41
Views: 2842

Re: Warford Support Bracket ?

What you have found is exactly what I found on my car. So I exercised the "take it out and put it back to stock" option. Through that adventure I realized Henry Ford's wisdom in not giving his approval to any of those inline aux transmissions. My understanding is that the only multi-speed option tha...
by otrcman
Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Warford Support Bracket ?
Replies: 41
Views: 2842

Re: Warford Support Bracket ?

Mark G. has made two references (Nov 4 and Nov 5) to the safety issue with bolting a Warford directly to the back of the T transmission. But nobody seems to picking up the significance of what he's saying. There is supposed to be an intermediate housing installed between the front of the Warford and...
by otrcman
Thu Nov 07, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vintage authenticity?
Replies: 104
Views: 7138

Re: Vintage authenticity?

Threads like this can be real eye-openers.

Just about the time I get comfortable with a group of crusty old gear heads, it turns out that many are inellectuals and deep thinkers in disguise !
by otrcman
Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Can we stop? I’m thirsty.
Replies: 14
Views: 1777

Re: Can we stop? I’m thirsty.

Burger, I can understand your love for glass insulators. Nothing like a bunch of insulators all in a row for a kid with the 22 he just got for Christmas.

Dick (Just kidding ...... don't shoot !)
by otrcman
Sat Nov 02, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Can we stop? I’m thirsty.
Replies: 14
Views: 1777

Re: Can we stop? I’m thirsty.

I bet Burger liked the North Pole Ice Cream photo the best. Look at all those overhead wires. Think of all the insulators !
by otrcman
Sat Nov 02, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ford history questions
Replies: 60
Views: 3928

Re: Ford history questions

I'm certainly no magneto expert, but it has always seemed to me that Ford's flywheel mounted magneto embodied sublime synergy (take that for allitteration, Bob Coiro). Consider these factors: 1. To produce adequate electrical output from a magneto, the magnet must be moved rapidly past the armature....
by otrcman
Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Foto of the Day
Replies: 394
Views: 42074

Re: Foto of the Day

Wouldn't it be more accurate to call him a "Trick and Tweeter" ?
by otrcman
Tue Oct 29, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Foto of the Day
Replies: 394
Views: 42074

Re: Foto of the Day

We've talked before on the Forum about what tools to carry in our Model T's. Sounds like (in Texas, at least) there's a tool made by Winchester that would be pretty useful.
by otrcman
Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New gasoline shut off valve sticking?
Replies: 28
Views: 2543

Re: New gasoline shut off valve sticking?

I had the "tight valve" problem with my light airplane. A fellow older and more experienced than I suggested adding a bit of (I won't say what type) oil to my fuel. The oil left just a bit of a coating on the intake & exhaust valve stems to prevent the ever-present sticky valve problem, and pretty m...
by otrcman
Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Will this work on my acetylene tank?
Replies: 11
Views: 1141

Re: Will this work on my acetylene tank?

Marty, That won't actually regulate the gas pressure; it'll just tell you how much pressure you have set. And it will only read correctly with all the the gas valves flowing at the same time. An acetylene regulator on a welding tank typically has two gages -- a high pressure gage and a low pressure....
by otrcman
Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Missing Model A post?
Replies: 11
Views: 1833

Re: Missing Model A post?

Another owner of both a Model T and a Model A here. I think looking at the evolution is fascinating. The N, R, S cars are fascinating precursors to the T. Then looking at the evolution of the T family, one is not particularly surprised by the A. Through them all, we are looking at the early evolutio...
by otrcman
Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What is the vacuum test telling me?
Replies: 22
Views: 2278

Re: What is the vacuum test telling me?

Tractordoc already seconded John Warren's suggestion of a cylinder pressure test, so I guess the best I can do is "third" it. But when doing a pressure leakage test it's a lot easier to listen at the intake, exhaust & breather by using a length of hose. Garden hose, vacuum hose, whatever. Just so it...
by otrcman
Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Totally Unbelievable
Replies: 9
Views: 1966

Re: Totally Unbelievable

Lincoln drove a Ford ? Didn't know that, but it makes sense since he was shot in a Ford dealership (or somthin' like that).
by otrcman
Thu Oct 17, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Crank I.D. ?
Replies: 1
Views: 492

Re: Crank I.D. ?

I can't speak to the type of crank an Oldsmobile would have, but that one looks for the world like the one I have for an aircraft hand intertia starter. Inertia starters for airplanes were in use from the 1920's up through WWII.

Dick
by otrcman
Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Foto of the Day
Replies: 394
Views: 42074

Re: Foto of the Day

Would it be too corny to title that pic, "A Sea of Boaters " ?
by otrcman
Mon Oct 07, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New Tool
Replies: 29
Views: 3689

Re: New Tool

Dick L. said, "I went off in a Huff once, but the Huffs are notorious for water pump and carburetor problems. I decided to trade it in and considered a Snit, but ended up getting a Ford instead." So what made you choose to get a Ford instead ? Did you feel like you needed more grief ? Or was it simp...
by otrcman
Sun Sep 29, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Timing with a New Day
Replies: 16
Views: 1691

Re: Timing with a New Day

"I believe I have the piston travel correct by watching through the spark plug hole and using a straw ..." There is one trap that you can bite you when looking at piston position. (Don't ask me how I know.) The piston comes up to TDC twice per cycle. If you set the timing on the wrong stroke, your t...
by otrcman
Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Not for sale just an OF to look at
Replies: 12
Views: 1814

Re: Not for sale just an OF to look at

Stan,

Are you sure that carb didn't come off a boat motor ? Maybe one that sunk years ago and was recently raised ?

Dick
by otrcman
Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1915 runabout: wrong door?
Replies: 27
Views: 2194

Re: 1915 runabout: wrong door?

Neal W. made an important point that nobody else has picked up on. Is it the door that's out of shape, or is it the body ? Maybe you could measure the width of the body at the door latch and compare it to another car that has well-fitting doors. Or just push in on the body at the door latch and see ...
by otrcman
Sun Sep 15, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Here I go again .... to OCF
Replies: 244
Views: 388918

Re: Here I go again .... to OCF

Steve,

Did you actually request a police car to escort you across the bridge, or did he just happen to come by in the nick of time ? I newer would have thought to make a request, but sounds like an excellent idea.

Dick
by otrcman
Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Open car rear view mirrows
Replies: 28
Views: 2435

Re: Open car rear view mirrows

RustyFords said: "I'm still on the hunt for a side rearview mirror. Since my car is sporting a weathered look, I don't want a new, shiny one."


Heck, Don, you are in Houston. Just buy a new one and let it sit outside for a week. It'll look like it's a hundred years old in seven days.


Dick
by otrcman
Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Lost my Mom today
Replies: 16
Views: 1934

Re: Lost my Mom today

It's a tough time in our lives when we lose a parent. Now you and your wife will need some time to heal. Don't feel bad about having let other things in you life slip for a while. You did what was important. Our Mom's unfailingly saw to our needs when we were too little to do for ourselves. Now you ...
by otrcman
Tue Sep 03, 2019 12:31 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Do I need a pilots licence for this thing?
Replies: 13
Views: 1834

Re: Do I need a pilots licence for this thing?

Looks like it had a load of Flubber on board !
by otrcman
Tue Sep 03, 2019 12:26 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Met FJ
Replies: 13
Views: 1725

Re: Met FJ

Dear TH,

How do I know if I'm talking to Terry or Terrie ?

DF
by otrcman
Sat Aug 31, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hand cranking, left versus right hand
Replies: 25
Views: 2492

Re: Hand cranking, left versus right hand

Editorial comment on my initial post:

I used the unfortunate word "spin". But I didn't mean to imply that I was spinning the crank to start the engine. I'm only doing quarter turns.

Unfortunate choice of words.
by otrcman
Sat Aug 31, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hand cranking, left versus right hand
Replies: 25
Views: 2492

Hand cranking, left versus right hand

Charles Whitehouse posted pics and a description of his unfortunate broken arm. His thread eventually drifted to hand cranking safety and left hand versus right hand. I'd like to pick up where Charles' thread left off on the subject of cranking. So here's my take the left versus right issue. I was t...
by otrcman
Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Valve covers
Replies: 6
Views: 817

Re: Valve covers

Tim, I presume that you are thinking about the "Real Gaskets" ? I have been using the same set on my Continental C-85 valve covers for almost 20 years and they are truly magic. I wonder if one could contact the company and just buy a sheet of the silicone material large enough to cut out your own T ...
by otrcman
Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Help ID Vehicle Request
Replies: 13
Views: 1450

Re: Help ID Vehicle Request

Another observation on that object on the left rear side of the vehicle in question. The top of the radius is quite a bit higher than the front fender, probably too high to be a rear fender. So it's more likely a side mount. Wouldn't a side mount positioned right behind the drivers' door be more lik...
by otrcman
Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Help ID Vehicle Request
Replies: 13
Views: 1450

Re: Help ID Vehicle Request

No idea as to make, but just trying to examine some details. Is that a side mount on the left side of the body ? Or maybe a rear fender ? If it's a side mount, then there is no access to a second row seat from that side -- making a questionable depot hack sort of vehicle. More likely a truck. If it'...
by otrcman
Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Early vs. Late 1913 Fenders
Replies: 22
Views: 2017

Re: Early vs. Late 1913 Fenders

Rodger, You could put an early fender on one side, and a late fender on the other side. Most people wouldn't notice, but for the few sharp-eyed types you could explain that you are pretty sure your car was built on changeover day and everybody knows just how frugal Henry Ford was. Hey, Model T's are...
by otrcman
Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ouch...her new name is TrailBlazer
Replies: 14
Views: 1575

Re: Ouch...her new name is TrailBlazer

I prefer bread crumbs when I want to mark my trail. One good thing about using oil though -- the birds don't eat it.

Dick
by otrcman
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I'm Back! (...sorta')
Replies: 10
Views: 1335

Re: I'm Back! (...sorta')

Harold, Glad to hear that your plumbing job came out well. I have a friend who had a triple, probably on the same day that you had yours'. I forwarded the comments about the "A-fib" sensation on to Lane. I don't know if he's in the "40%" or not, but it sounds like useful information for anyone who h...
by otrcman
Wed Aug 07, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What Parts Should be Pre-Ordered When Replacing an Axle in a Ruckstell?
Replies: 15
Views: 1842

Re: What Parts Should be Pre-Ordered When Replacing an Axle in a Ruckstell?

Whatever you pre-buy, you are almost certain to need something more. When John Semprez did my rear end a couple of years ago (and a fine job he did), he would call me from time to time and tell me what he had found and what I needed to order and have shipped to his house. Seems to me, the only part ...
by otrcman
Sun Aug 04, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Line boring early block
Replies: 8
Views: 1496

Re: Line boring early block

Interesting picture, Erik. I've never actually seen a line boring operation, so maybe this is a dumb question (won't be my first ........ or last). I notice that the block is not clamped down to the table. As a matter of fact, it appears to be sitting on a cushion of shop rags. So, what keeps the bl...
by otrcman
Sun Aug 04, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Today made it all worth it
Replies: 25
Views: 2872

Re: Today made it all worth it

Congratulations and well done, Tim. One of the next rewarding events in your Model T career will be to perform your first "one-car car show" at the local ice cream parlor. And as Hap said, give yourself some time to get the hang of driving it. It's a little like your first tailwheel airplane. Dick
by otrcman
Sun Jul 28, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Fitting timing gears
Replies: 9
Views: 1242

Re: Fitting timing gears

Richard,

How long did you have to work the gear set to achieve the results you wanted ? Did you work them in both directions or only in the engine rotation direction ? Just trying to learn how it's done.

Dick Fischer
by otrcman
Wed Jul 24, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Sometimes they bite back......... ouch!
Replies: 19
Views: 2154

Re: Sometimes they bite back......... ouch!

When I was in college I had a tired old Studebaker. I didn't drive it more than every week or two, and the battery had generally gone dead. So I parked it on a small hill behind the dorm I was living in. When I needed to use the car, I just coasted down the hill, popped the clutch, and went on my wa...
by otrcman
Tue Jul 23, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: J.C.Taylor antique insurance rates
Replies: 17
Views: 2853

Re: J.C.Taylor antique insurance rates

Just received my J. C. Taylor renewal notice. Same amount as last year to the penny. And this is in California. Go figure.
by otrcman
Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: First drive
Replies: 4
Views: 880

Re: First drive

Finally ! ........... A place to use that rear end that you assembled with the ring gear on the wrong side.
by otrcman
Sun Jul 14, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: "Pride Goeth" or "The 15 Mile Oil Change."
Replies: 22
Views: 2133

Re: "Pride Goeth" or "The 15 Mile Oil Change."

Still in the learning mode as I’ve not yet faced changing bands. But I’m definitely a believer. So how do you tie the nut with dental floss? It seems to me, if you thread the floss through the center of the nut, that the floss will be cut as the nut is threaded onto the shaft. Is the thread fit so l...
by otrcman
Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Advice needed painting a wooden body Touring
Replies: 9
Views: 1434

Re: Advice needed painting a wooden body Touring

+1 with the guys who recommended West System Epoxy. The only two things I can add are: 1. West has a first rate staff of technical advisors who will work with you to find the best solution for your particular problem. These guys are great and there is no consulting charge. They even have a toll free...
by otrcman
Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old Photo - Early cut-down T
Replies: 13
Views: 1812

Re: Old Photo - Early cut-down T

Nice to see all the information on this photo. But my initial reaction went like this:


"Elbert, I agree that the man offered you a good price for the fenders, so I can understand THAT......... But selling the seat was a bad idea no matter how much you got for it !"
by otrcman
Fri Jun 28, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Stiff Speedometer head
Replies: 9
Views: 1299

Re: Stiff Speedometer head

Mike, It's not uncommon for mechanical instrument grease to "congeal" after so many years. If nothing is broken, a competent spedometer repairman can clean and re-lube the speedometer and it will work for many years. There are several good people doing Model T speedometers. I don't have a list of na...
by otrcman
Wed Jun 26, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Strange metallic rattling solved !
Replies: 9
Views: 1594

Re: Strange metallic rattling solved !

Jeff said: "It all begs the question: What’s the difference between a rattle snake and a Model T?"

Jeff, the difference between a rattle snake and a Model T is that you can't kill a Model T.

Dick
by otrcman
Wed Jun 26, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Battery Lifting / Removal Methods
Replies: 36
Views: 4081

Re: Battery Lifting / Removal Methods

I'm with Joe S. The older I get the more I use my portable engine hoist for lifting things. Besides getting older and less capable, I don't seem to have so many able friends in the neighborhood who can come over to help lift things. Most of them are either less capable than me or pushing up dasies s...
by otrcman
Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Jelfified?
Replies: 13
Views: 2254

Re: Jelfified?

Love the porcelain valve handle. Features like that just ooze class !
by otrcman
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: OLD PHOTO - Down home
Replies: 25
Views: 3234

Re: OLD PHOTO - Down home

Every time I open this picture my eyes go to that tree stump in the middle of the yard. Why did they cut it down ? Was is hit by lightning ? Did it die ? Roots in the cistern ? My own theory is that Pa planted equally spaced saplings all around the house (Perhaps at Ma's direction). Good idea; trees...