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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: 775

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: 412

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: 642

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: 98
Views: 2644

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: 598

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: 1240

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: 1460

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: 1098

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: 1314

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: 873

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: 822

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: 862

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: 2402

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: 1051

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: 2402

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: 989

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: 212

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: 1030

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: 440

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: 119
Views: 6401

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: 823

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: 3596

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: 751

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: 3059

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: 1955

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: 1955

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: 968

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: 748

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: 1102

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: 748

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: 2904

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: 1944

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: 1944

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: 2084

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: 1894

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: 1894

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: 2228

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: 2228

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: 97
Views: 5346

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: 1493

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: 1493

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: 41
Views: 2149

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: 344
Views: 32591

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: 344
Views: 32591

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: 1969

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: 948

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: 1469

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: 1874

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: 1732

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: 401

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: 344
Views: 32591

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: 3130

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: 1322

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: 1581

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: 1828

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: 301366

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: 2032

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: 1539

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: 1576

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: 1416

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: 2045

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: 2045

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: 658

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: 1184

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: 1184

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: 1638

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: 1320

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: 1111

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: 1461

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: 1238

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: 2405

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: 1035

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: 1888

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: 2469

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: 750

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: 1793

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: 1194

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: 1569

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: 1024

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: 1374

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: 3464

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: 1943

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: 2816

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...
by otrcman
Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: FP Voltage Regulator
Replies: 6
Views: 986

Re: FP Voltage Regulator

I put one on my Model A a couple years ago. Just followed the instructions. It works like a champ.
by otrcman
Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: So tell me why I should buy a model T?
Replies: 61
Views: 5293

Re: So tell me why I should buy a model T?

This thread has been a real treat to read. I didn't need to be sold on ownership of a Model T; it's just hearing you guys wax poetic is a great experience. I already knew that you weren't just a bunch of greasy knuckle draggers, but this thread has demonstrated what genuine deep thinkers you really ...
by otrcman
Mon May 20, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this 18% grade too steep for a Model T to descend down?
Replies: 34
Views: 3395

Re: Is this 18% grade too steep for a Model T to descend down?

I've not seen this grade first hand, but am inclined to err on the safe side and not do it. Here's my reasoning: 1. You are not making the decision for yourself, you are making the decision for many individuals. You probably don't know the detail condition or equipment of every car, nor do you know ...
by otrcman
Thu May 16, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The 14 T is driving me nuts , starting mystery ...
Replies: 36
Views: 3243

Re: The 14 T is driving me nuts , starting mystery ...

Donnie, I'm still struggling to understand what difference having one plug removed could make. Do you suppose you were simply able to spin the engine a little faster and that additional suction through the carb enabled better choking action ? You didn't mention it (or maybe I missed it), but is this...
by otrcman
Fri May 10, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Steering Gear Case Plating
Replies: 6
Views: 815

Re: Steering Gear Case Plating

Daniel, The short answer is YES, the pitting can be repaired. The basic process is that the pits are filled with ordinary solder, the solder fill is filed and sanded smooth, then copper plated, polished, and finally, nickeled. Think of the solder as bondo for body work. You can either do the pit fil...
by otrcman
Wed May 08, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Do I have a broken crankshaft?
Replies: 14
Views: 2055

Re: Do I have a broken crankshaft?

I don't know if this is an appropriate question for this thread, but has anyone ever heard of a SCAT crank breaking ?

Dick
by otrcman
Wed May 08, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Do I have a broken crankshaft?
Replies: 14
Views: 2055

Re: Do I have a broken crankshaft?

Erik & Steven, you're both a class act. Your example of a gentlemanly transaction after the sale is something that we should all look up to.

Dick
by otrcman
Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: WD-40 Rust Remover ?
Replies: 3
Views: 691

WD-40 Rust Remover ?

My son sent me this link showing an experiment with a product called WD-40 Rust Remover. Anybody else ever heard of this product ?

https://youtu.be/FBXllfzk4GQ

Dick
by otrcman
Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Grease cup: OK to shorten the post?
Replies: 31
Views: 3356

Re: Grease cup: OK to shorten the post?

"What's wrong with using the grease cup the way it was designed?" If the U-joint is low, that cup starts looking like using a thimble to fill a bucket. The Model A probably holds more than a T, but I remember a helpful fellow at Snyder's telling me that, if I didn't know when my Model A was last gre...
by otrcman
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Substitute for kwik poly
Replies: 10
Views: 1958

Re: Substitute for kwik poly

There is an argument that the "thicker" epoxies actually do a better job of penetration than do the "thin" epoxies. It goes like this: The thin epoxies cure very rapidly. So even though the thin penetrates very fast, the time available is very short. In contrast, some thicker epoxies, about the visc...
by otrcman
Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Last Doolittle Raider
Replies: 24
Views: 2542

Re: Last Doolittle Raider

Last Sunday nite my wife and I were coming home from a visit with kids/grandkids in a nearby town. It would be dinner time by the time we got home, so we elected to stop at the local In 'N Out Burger. We placed our order and then my wife snagged the only open table while I waited for the order to co...
by otrcman
Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Who Will Be In Bakersfield the 12th and 13th?
Replies: 8
Views: 1082

Re: Who Will Be In Bakersfield the 12th and 13th?

Re-Homing. What a wonderful expression !
by otrcman
Sun Apr 07, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Will a "roll pin" work as an alignment pin. ???
Replies: 8
Views: 1175

Re: Will a "roll pin" work as an alignment pin. ???

Donny, You have nothing to lose by trying the roll pins. They're pretty cheap. If they don't work out for any reason, pull them out and go to plan B. My only concern is that the roll pins may not be able to withstand the wacks that the pan will require. I've never straightened a pan myself, but unde...
by otrcman
Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done with your Model T in April?
Replies: 121
Views: 14955

Re: What have you done with your Model T in April?

Does covering the car so it doesn't get overspray while painting something else count as doing something on my T ?

Dick
by otrcman
Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Driving a truck
Replies: 13
Views: 2169

Re: Driving a truck

I wonder if that wavy glass is some sort of safety glass or just plane sheet glass ? My natural aversion to seeing my own blood would insist on knowing for sure.
by otrcman
Tue Mar 19, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Revisiting some fabrication
Replies: 102
Views: 10634

Re: Revisiting some fabrication

"Hose clamps worked well at this point."

Rich, were you using the hose clamp to keep the flange from moving around while you tightened up the corner radius ?

Dick
by otrcman
Sat Mar 16, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I never "tire" of Chickasha....
Replies: 9
Views: 2104

Re: I never "tire" of Chickasha....

Regarding your top picture, Rob:

Where is the fourth tire ? Was the camera man holding it ?