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by otrcman
Mon Nov 30, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A period looking shop.
Replies: 40
Views: 1730

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: 15
Views: 752

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: 15
Views: 752

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: 886

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: 643

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: 376

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: 346

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: 930

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: 930

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: 1397

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: 277
Views: 25093

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: 811

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: 612

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: 17
Views: 794

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: 17
Views: 794

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: 991

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: 81
Views: 6627

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: 57
Views: 2065

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: 57
Views: 2065

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: 57
Views: 2065

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: 1198

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: 910

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: 829

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: 1212

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: 119
Views: 17516

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: 1320

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: 119
Views: 17516

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: 2558

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: 667

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: 1103

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: 1873

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: 1063

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: 6267

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: 1193

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: 1309

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: 1438

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: 2378

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: 1751

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: 1755

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: 2240

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: 277
Views: 25093

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: 277
Views: 25093

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: 2049

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: 277
Views: 25093

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: 277
Views: 25093

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: 1597

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: 1409

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: 3027

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: 1698

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: 1698

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: 1698

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: 621
Views: 69363

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: 621
Views: 69363

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: 2231

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: 1234

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: 1686

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: 162
Views: 13182

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: 1159

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: 2573

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: 2656

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: 2109

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: 2924

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: 1524

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: 1701

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: 1675

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: 4233

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: 2289

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: 4233

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: 1914

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: 439

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: 1910

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: 879

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: 176
Views: 17100

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: 1286

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: 6330

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: 1394

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: 5925

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: 3736

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: 3736

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: 1851

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: 1542

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: 2295

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: 1542

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: 4914

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: 3469

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: 3469

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: 3875

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: 3344

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: 3344

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: 4236

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: 4236

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: 10401

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: 2505

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: 2505

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: 6272

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: 428
Views: 63490

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: 428
Views: 63490

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: 3825

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: 1634

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: 2643

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...