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by otrcman
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Are these the correct windshield support rods?
Replies: 12
Views: 518

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Later year replacement parts
Replies: 9
Views: 524

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: I'm Thankful
Replies: 14
Views: 633

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Later year replacement parts
Replies: 9
Views: 524

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Just hauled home 1911 runabout
Replies: 37
Views: 2091

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Inflation !!!
Replies: 26
Views: 1272

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Inflation !!!
Replies: 26
Views: 1272

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: big freeze
Replies: 30
Views: 1279

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Vintage Cupholders?
Replies: 25
Views: 1364

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Vintage Cupholders?
Replies: 25
Views: 1364

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Warford Support Bracket ?
Replies: 41
Views: 1363

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Warford Support Bracket ?
Replies: 41
Views: 1363

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Vintage authenticity?
Replies: 97
Views: 3291

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Can we stop? I’m thirsty.
Replies: 14
Views: 1114

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Can we stop? I’m thirsty.
Replies: 14
Views: 1114

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Ford history questions
Replies: 41
Views: 1361

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Foto of the Day
Replies: 289
Views: 19709

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Foto of the Day
Replies: 289
Views: 19709

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: New gasoline shut off valve sticking?
Replies: 13
Views: 591

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Will this work on my acetylene tank?
Replies: 11
Views: 637

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: 10
Views: 650

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What is the vacuum test telling me?
Replies: 22
Views: 1389

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Totally Unbelievable
Replies: 9
Views: 1471

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Crank I.D. ?
Replies: 1
Views: 272

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Foto of the Day
Replies: 289
Views: 19709

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: New Tool
Replies: 29
Views: 2213

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Timing with a New Day
Replies: 16
Views: 848

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Not for sale just an OF to look at
Replies: 12
Views: 1286

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 1915 runabout: wrong door?
Replies: 27
Views: 1291

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Here I go again .... to OCF
Replies: 244
Views: 42046

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Open car rear view mirrows
Replies: 28
Views: 1429

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Lost my Mom today
Replies: 16
Views: 1045

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Do I need a pilots licence for this thing?
Replies: 13
Views: 1242

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Met FJ
Replies: 9
Views: 618

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Hand cranking, left versus right hand
Replies: 25
Views: 1176

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Hand cranking, left versus right hand
Replies: 25
Views: 1176

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Valve covers
Replies: 6
Views: 495

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Help ID Vehicle Request
Replies: 13
Views: 916

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Help ID Vehicle Request
Replies: 13
Views: 916

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Early vs. Late 1913 Fenders
Replies: 22
Views: 1130

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Ouch...her new name is TrailBlazer
Replies: 14
Views: 1047

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: I'm Back! (...sorta')
Replies: 10
Views: 873

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What Parts Should be Pre-Ordered When Replacing an Axle in a Ruckstell?
Replies: 15
Views: 1023

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Line boring early block
Replies: 8
Views: 988

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Today made it all worth it
Replies: 25
Views: 1721

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Fitting timing gears
Replies: 9
Views: 850

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Sometimes they bite back......... ouch!
Replies: 19
Views: 1458

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: J.C.Taylor antique insurance rates
Replies: 17
Views: 1977

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: First drive
Replies: 4
Views: 551

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: "Pride Goeth" or "The 15 Mile Oil Change."
Replies: 22
Views: 1361

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Advice needed painting a wooden body Touring
Replies: 9
Views: 939

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Old Photo - Early cut-down T
Replies: 13
Views: 1305

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Stiff Speedometer head
Replies: 9
Views: 678

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Strange metallic rattling solved !
Replies: 9
Views: 1144

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Battery Lifting / Removal Methods
Replies: 36
Views: 2467

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Jelfified?
Replies: 13
Views: 1474

Re: Jelfified?

Love the porcelain valve handle. Features like that just ooze class !
by otrcman
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: OLD PHOTO - Down home
Replies: 25
Views: 2217

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: FP Voltage Regulator
Replies: 6
Views: 797

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: So tell me why I should buy a model T?
Replies: 61
Views: 4018

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Is this 18% grade too steep for a Model T to descend down?
Replies: 34
Views: 2734

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: The 14 T is driving me nuts , starting mystery ...
Replies: 36
Views: 2679

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Steering Gear Case Plating
Replies: 6
Views: 638

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Do I have a broken crankshaft?
Replies: 14
Views: 1739

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Do I have a broken crankshaft?
Replies: 14
Views: 1739

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: 521

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Grease cup: OK to shorten the post?
Replies: 31
Views: 2561

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Substitute for kwik poly
Replies: 10
Views: 1547

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Last Doolittle Raider
Replies: 24
Views: 1939

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Who Will Be In Bakersfield the 12th and 13th?
Replies: 8
Views: 804

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Will a "roll pin" work as an alignment pin. ???
Replies: 8
Views: 966

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What have you done with your Model T in April?
Replies: 121
Views: 11874

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Driving a truck
Replies: 13
Views: 1838

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Revisiting some fabrication
Replies: 100
Views: 8778

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: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: I never "tire" of Chickasha....
Replies: 9
Views: 1882

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

Regarding your top picture, Rob:

Where is the fourth tire ? Was the camera man holding it ?
by otrcman
Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: FJ - Changing a bad day with a good attitude
Replies: 16
Views: 2032

Re: FJ - Changing a bad day with a good attitude

There's plenty to like about that car. But did anybody else notice the gorgeous purple glass in the headlights ? And both sides match !

Dick
by otrcman
Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Invited to an invatation only car show,
Replies: 9
Views: 1461

Re: Invited to an invatation only car show,

There really are special occasions that demand formal attire. When I bought my TIG welder, I quickly discovered that T-shirts are innapropriate attire. TIG sunburns are no fun. For those special occasions, I have colored flannel long-sleeve shirts. When we are going to some special event, my wife so...
by otrcman
Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Invited to an invatation only car show,
Replies: 9
Views: 1461

Re: Invited to an invatation only car show,

Heck, I always assumed that your Sunday Go To Meeting clothes WERE bibs. Had no idea you owned anything else.

Me, I'm a jeans & T-shirt guy. For formal events I wear a clean T-shirt.

Dick
by otrcman
Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:00 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: "Neighbors" - period humor
Replies: 15
Views: 1997

Re: "Neighbors" - period humor

Thanks for that bit of "inside humor", Terry. Somehow I visualize Henry Ford getting a chuckle out of that exchange. But today a movie producer would probably get a letter from the auto maker's attorneys.
by otrcman
Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: How do you drill an un-drillable hole ????
Replies: 19
Views: 1981

Re: How do you drill an un-drillable hole ????

Well done, Donnie. Part of being a smart guy is knowing how/who to ask when you don't have the necessary information ready at hand on your own. As far as not knowing how many favors you have left to use in the future, ask yourself how many favors you have done for others. I bet you're still on the s...
by otrcman
Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:34 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: How do you drill an un-drillable hole ????
Replies: 19
Views: 1981

Re: How do you drill an un-drillable hole ????

I'm with Scott on the EDM suggestion, Donnie. Here's why: Your weld filler material is probably harder than you-know-what due to the rapid cooling rate of the weld. As you already know, it took a ton of heat to do the weld in the first place because of the massive size of the jig. So when you comple...
by otrcman
Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Garage Space
Replies: 34
Views: 2900

Re: Garage Space

Not enough garage space ? When I retired, we relocated and bought a bare piece of land to build our "dream home". The construction included a generous 3-car garage and then a separate 40X50 shop building. I was pretty sure it would be sufficient. But what I didn't count on was people seeing all my s...
by otrcman
Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 300 cubic inch 1910 Ford comes to life
Replies: 19
Views: 2026

Re: 300 cubic inch 1910 Ford comes to life

From your earlier posts, Rob, I got the idea that Ford kept the engine covered in hopes of passing it off as a standard Model T powerplant. Well, for anybody who had heard the sound of a regular Model T, that ain't your Mother's Model T.

Dick
by otrcman
Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What Would You Like to See the Vendors Offer
Replies: 54
Views: 4339

Re: What Would You Like to See the Vendors Offer

Excuse me for accidentally omitting one more thing I'm thankful for. And that's the number of skilled and knowledgeable people who perform specialized services for us. I'll mention Stan Howe as an example, but there are many more like him. We should treasure these gifted people.

Dick
by otrcman
Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What Would You Like to See the Vendors Offer
Replies: 54
Views: 4339

Re: What Would You Like to See the Vendors Offer

Having one foot in another restoration hobby (antique airplanes), I am eternally amazed and thankful for the variety of Model T parts and suppliers. And I'm grateful for their very reasonable prices. The most recent Lang's catalog is a case in point. Looking through the Lang's reminds me of looking ...
by otrcman
Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: O.T. how did you get your sweetie to support your T addiction?
Replies: 51
Views: 3100

Re: O.T. how did you get your sweetie to support your T addiction?

Like Val and his wife, I do the cars and my wife does dolls. But I was surprised to hear that Val's wife has so many dolls. I thought my wife had the world's supply cornered. My Dad had cars, and Mom and Dad co-existed very well with their respective interests. But at one point Mom drew a line in th...
by otrcman
Sun Feb 03, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Old Photo- DR. Gossle's car after a fire
Replies: 6
Views: 1009

Re: Old Photo- DR. Gossle's car after a fire

What caught my eye is the fact that the car seems to be badly fire damaged and yet the gas tank is intact. Maybe the car itself wasn't the fire source but it was in a building that was burned.
by otrcman
Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Have you ever made a stupid mistake?
Replies: 57
Views: 4359

Re: Have you ever made a stupid mistake?

We need to clarify the question a little:

Have you ever made a stupid mistake ,,,,,,,,,

... in your life ?

... on your T ?

... in the past year ?

... in the past week ?

... today ?


The answer would be:

... yes

... yes

... yes

... yes

... Give me a break. I just got out of bed.
by otrcman
Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Top Boot Pattern
Replies: 4
Views: 644

Re: Top Boot Pattern

Hi Tim, I see that your post for this thread is dated Jan. 28. That's today ! Does this mean you are home and already bored with sitting around trying to heal ? Great ! I have an old top boot. The only thing I know for sure is that it's too small to fit my '12 Touring. Other than that, I don't even ...
by otrcman
Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Teflon Tape for Carb Fittings
Replies: 35
Views: 2439

Re: Teflon Tape for Carb Fittings

"Now there is one for the “Rumor Mill”... Any actual documentation that this really happened, or just something you heard somewhere???" OK, here is my personal experience with a copper line. It's a Model A, and it's engine oil, but the effect was the same. Some years ago I bought an aftermarket oil ...
by otrcman
Fri Jan 25, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Forum Support Questions
Topic: Macintosh problems with the new Forum?
Replies: 10
Views: 995

Re: Macintosh problems with the new Forum?

10.13.6 here. When I first began with the new Forum all was well. But within a few days I couldn't log in. This was using the Safari browser. But when I use Firefox, all is well. I have no idea whether this is a problem with my computer, or the Forum, or (as usual) the deficient user.
by otrcman
Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: It's time to STOP RESTORING, and START PRESERVING the remaining good original cars that are left...
Replies: 61
Views: 4642

Re: It's time to STOP RESTORING, and START PRESERVING the remaining good original cars that are left...

Rich Eagle touched on an important aspect of this discussion, and I'd like to amplify on it. For now, the only incentive to push an owner toward preserving rather than restoring is his own personal value system. That, and maybe some encouragement from his peers. So we would need to provide some ince...
by otrcman
Thu Jan 24, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Ford Tractor (1) old man (0)
Replies: 39
Views: 3746

Re: OT - Ford Tractor (1) old man (0)

I guess I could live with Phillips head providing it didn't show (But it would always bug me just the same.) I'd draw the line at metric, though. I've had a couple of cars that were "mixed metric" and I never knew what wrench to try first. Hated that. Besides, I still believe that metric is un-Ameri...
by otrcman
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Ford Tractor (1) old man (0)
Replies: 39
Views: 3746

Re: OT - Ford Tractor (1) old man (0)

After looking at pictures of a '53 Ford Jubilee, I can see that it's not all that different from my '48 Farmall Cub in where the tires and fenders are relative to my feet. So this incident deserves a bit of analysis. I suspect that Tim is like me, a little less flexible with age. My neck doesn't swi...
by otrcman
Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Ford Tractor (1) old man (0)
Replies: 39
Views: 3746

Re: OT - Ford Tractor (1) old man (0)

Dang, Tim. Your story got more horrifying as I read along. But I kept reading, hoping it would somehow have a happier ending. I'm so sorry for what happened, but at the same time thankful it wasn't worse. As we get older, having our cell phone at hand becomes more important. My wife fell coming off ...
by otrcman
Tue Jan 22, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: OT Be fashionable and safe.
Replies: 26
Views: 2473

Re: OT Be fashionable and safe.

When I was a little kid I was riding in the back seat of my folk's 1940 Chevrolet sedan (suicide doors). My mother put on the brakes at an intersection and I hung onto the door handle to keep from sliding off the seat. Of course that opened the door and I wound up out on the pavement. I don't actual...
by otrcman
Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:14 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: How do you tell the difference between a late 11 and early 12
Replies: 7
Views: 1045

Re: How do you tell the difference between a late 11 and early 12

Wayne and Keith have pretty much demonstrated that there really isn't any specific configuration that you could call a "definitive '11" or a "definitive '12". And I don't believe further research will ever reveal any sharper definition of models. Perhaps an explanation of why there is no line in the...
by otrcman
Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Dan Killecut - Anybody Heard From Him?
Replies: 17
Views: 2060

Re: Dan Killecut - Anybody Heard From Him?

Yes, I enjoy reading Dan's posts. Always looking for the next installment of the grandkids adventures.
by otrcman
Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Forum Support Questions
Topic: I'm in
Replies: 12
Views: 1050

Re: I'm in

Me too. Passed the test !