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by GrandpaFord
Sat Aug 24, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: GPX file
Replies: 0
Views: 213

GPX file

I was on the Cookeville tour last week. George Akin supplied GPX files to me that I loaded in my Garmin GPS. These files are routes for all the days' tours. Normally when you enter a destination in a GPS, the GPS determines the best route based on time or distance. In order to control the route you ...
by GrandpaFord
Sat Aug 24, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: National Cookville tour
Replies: 14
Views: 1102

Re: National Cookville tour

I was there too. My wife and I had a great time. Thank you Tennessee T's. Great group. We particularly enjoyed the many waterfalls and the short nature hikes to view them. The falls were spectacular. We will come back to this beautiful area. There was one road that was not much more than a wagon tra...
by GrandpaFord
Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 5 times increase in thermosyphon rate
Replies: 14
Views: 1077

5 times increase in thermosyphon rate

Warning: scientific content. An interesting article in Science Daily recently about a 500% increase in thermosyphoning heat exchangers, see https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/08/190801131432.htm. The article calls it a turbulent heat exchanger but it is the same thing as a thermosyphoning sy...
by GrandpaFord
Sun Jul 28, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Wanted side lamp chimney
Replies: 1
Views: 221

Re: Wanted side lamp chimney

No longer needed. Thanks for all that looked in their parts boxes.

Neil
by GrandpaFord
Fri Jul 26, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Wanted side lamp chimney
Replies: 1
Views: 221

Wanted side lamp chimney

Wanted:

Side lamp brass chimney for early 1915 touring car. Any condition.

Please email nkaminar (at) skyhighway.com. Spammers will be neutered :lol: .

Neil
by GrandpaFord
Sun Jun 23, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Changing to a H/C Head, The Basics?
Replies: 11
Views: 1183

Re: Changing to a H/C Head, The Basics?

My advice for what it is worth. Use a thicker washer than the one supplied with the head, available from McMaster Carr. The thin washer will cause the bolt holes to dish. Run a bottom tap in the threaded holes in the block and blow them out with compressed air. Use a good copper anti-seize compound ...
by GrandpaFord
Sun Jun 23, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Windshield hinges question
Replies: 10
Views: 724

Re: Windshield hinges question

So, as Wayne said, it turned out that I had all the right parts, just in the wrong places. Thank you Wayne. Chalk this up to "learn something new every day" or maybe learn something new constantly. There was no grease in the hinges and no cotter keys. Now, with grease, the hinge folds nicely, withou...
by GrandpaFord
Sat Jun 22, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Windshield hinges question
Replies: 10
Views: 724

Re: Windshield hinges question

IMG_1066.jpg This is the right side hinge. Notice how the arms are tangent to the outside diameter of the hinge. IMG_1067.jpg This is the left side hinge. Notice that the arms are NOT tangent to the outside diameter of the hinge. Pay no attention to the junk in my garage. I am not sure which is cor...
by GrandpaFord
Sat Jun 22, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Windshield hinges question
Replies: 10
Views: 724

Re: Windshield hinges question

Thanks Wayne and Cudaman. So I guess I am in the market for a set of windshield hinges for my 1915 touring car.
by GrandpaFord
Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Windshield hinges question
Replies: 10
Views: 724

Windshield hinges question

When I fold my upper windshield half on my 1915 touring car the gap becomes uneven. On close examination, the hinges are the same parts on both sides with the right side outside part stationary and the left side inside part stationary. The are apparently the same hinge used for both sides, one turne...
by GrandpaFord
Mon May 13, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Spark plug threads stripped. Very strange
Replies: 18
Views: 1691

Re: Spark plug threads stripped. Very strange

Use a Teflon tape or anti-seize compound. If you use the thin white Teflon tape, use several wraps. The yellow or pink stuff is thicker and works better on the plug threads. The copper based anti-seize compound works the best for me.
by GrandpaFord
Mon May 13, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: The 14 T is driving me nuts , starting mystery ...
Replies: 36
Views: 2686

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

The number 1 spark plug being out is ionizing the air which helps with the combustion. :lol:
by GrandpaFord
Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:51 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: 15-16 Hood FS
Replies: 4
Views: 531

Re: 15-16 Hood FS

Brent, Please email my your address and I will send the hood. I will email you with my address and you can send me a check.

Thanks, Neil
by GrandpaFord
Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: 15-16 Hood FS
Replies: 4
Views: 531

Re: 15-16 Hood FS

Steel, but thinner gauge so it weighs about the same as an aluminum one.
by GrandpaFord
Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: 15-16 Hood FS
Replies: 4
Views: 531

15-16 Hood FS

I bought a new hood for my 1915 touring car and the old hood is for sale. It is a thinner gauge than the new one which makes it easier to lift off but more susceptible to dings. It has a few dings already. It rests a little lower towards the hood boards than the new hood. It comes with the leather p...
by GrandpaFord
Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: HACKERS... again
Replies: 30
Views: 2418

Re: HACKERS... again

Please remember to check that the prefix for the site is https:// and not http://. The one with the s is secure while the other is not. The old site was not secure (did not have the s) and your password could get stolen. Mine did and the scammer tried to extort me, saying that they knew everything o...
by GrandpaFord
Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Sure fire way to find oil leaks
Replies: 6
Views: 918

Sure fire way to find oil leaks

I rebuilt my Ruckstell and was careful to use sealant, but still have a small oil leak. It is really hard to find oil leaks because they are hard to see. I found mine by puffing colored chalk dust, the kind use for chalk lines, over suspected areas of the differential. The leaking oil washes away th...
by GrandpaFord
Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Scat stroker and Stipe cam - is there an issue?
Replies: 6
Views: 1171

Re: Scat stroker and Stipe cam - is there an issue?

Jason, I don't think you have to worry about a broken crank with a new Scat crank, even with the stock size journals. The cranks that are breaking are old with lots of miles on them or have been ground wrong. I have a shaved low head on my car and a new Stripe 280 cam. Although I am not trying to ca...
by GrandpaFord
Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Is Florida ethanol different?
Replies: 34
Views: 2430

Re: Is Florida ethanol different?

Gasoline is a mixture of many different molecules, some light and some very heavy. An interesting experiment is to boil some until you are left with only the heavy stuff, which looks a lot like the tar that others have posted pictures of. I did this in college as part of my automotive engineering cl...
by GrandpaFord
Sat Mar 02, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Scat stroker and Stipe cam - is there an issue?
Replies: 6
Views: 1171

Re: Scat stroker and Stipe cam - is there an issue?

Jason, What are you trying to do? Are you after more torque or higher rpm? Are you going to put this engine in a standard car or speedster? Several people on the forum have reported that they wished they did not put in a crankshaft with longer stroke. That is required modification to the engine and ...
by GrandpaFord
Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Model T Transmission rebuild, The Way We Do It
Replies: 17
Views: 3194

Re: Model T Transmission rebuild, The Way We Do It

I see you used a safety wire on the screw that retains the clutch hub instead of a cotter pin. Why? Is there a chance that the wire could work its way up and become loose?
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by GrandpaFord
Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: correct angle or measurement for front axle caster
Replies: 4
Views: 697

Re: correct angle or measurement for front axle caster

Don't forget to check the tow in after any change in caster. Because of the camber, changes in caster will change the tow in.

Here is a good tread on caster math: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/822076/847393.html
by GrandpaFord
Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: OT What if...No more gas ?
Replies: 43
Views: 2855

Re: OT What if...No more gas ?

By the way, Tesla has designed electric trucks. They go up grades about twice as fast as Diesel trucks and re-charge going down. Not on the road yet but coming. Trucks can carry lots of batteries and the proportional weight of the batteries is less than that of cars. The economics that Tesla pushed ...
by GrandpaFord
Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: OT What if...No more gas ?
Replies: 43
Views: 2855

Re: OT What if...No more gas ?

My response is mostly OT, not related to Model T. New highly efficient and inexpensive batteries using sulfur not lithium are being researched now. They won't be available commercially for 10 or more years. But I can see a day when the electric car will have as great of a range as a gasoline car and...
by GrandpaFord
Sat Feb 09, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Valve Seals?
Replies: 10
Views: 1051

Re: Valve Seals?

Valve stem seals are designed to leak a controlled amount. They do not seal off completely. I thought about putting some on my engine when I rebuilt it because the guides are worn and the valve stems are at the maximum. I could not find any that fit the cast nipples where the guides reside. The clos...
by GrandpaFord
Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Free start with a distributor?
Replies: 16
Views: 1385

Re: Free start with a distributor?

Free starts are rare with a distributor but more likely with the stock ignition system because of the multiple sparks and the wider crank angle that the spark can occur. Sorry, but I disagree that free starts can hurt the crankshaft. It is not much difference than cranking it over by hand. Some earl...
by GrandpaFord
Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Free Start
Replies: 19
Views: 1883

Re: Free Start

All the broken cranks that I have seen on the forum were cracked before they broke and all had the signs of fatigue failure. None showed a sudden break because of a heavy load or torque. A fatigue failure is caused by repeated back and forth bending, just like breaking a paper clip by bending it bac...
by GrandpaFord
Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Interesting engine on e-bay
Replies: 13
Views: 1756

Re: Interesting engine on e-bay

Sorry, the connection passages between the first two and last two cylinders are in the head, not block. You can see them in one of the photos.
by GrandpaFord
Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Interesting engine on e-bay
Replies: 13
Views: 1756

Re: Interesting engine on e-bay

This is an old design of two stroke per cycle engine (two stroke). But usually the two cylinders were opposed in a single cylinder with two crankshafts driving the two pistons. The pistons come together and move apart at the same time. When they are at the end of their strokes they uncover an exhaus...
by GrandpaFord
Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: OT-Brass Car ID
Replies: 8
Views: 860

Re: OT-Brass Car ID

Hood looks like it might be a Packard.

surprising number of 2 horsepower high wheelers.
by GrandpaFord
Sat Feb 02, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Help a T Novice Understand Greasing
Replies: 17
Views: 1596

Re: Help a T Novice Understand Greasing

Here is what I did on my car. I cleaned the grease cups and then tapped a pipe tap that fit Zerk fittings. You can buy the grease cups with the Zerk fitting already in them but I am cheap so I made my own. The caps for the grease cups hide the Zerk fittings. For the oilers, I unscrew them and put a ...
by GrandpaFord
Sat Feb 02, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Lets see your Speedster
Replies: 81
Views: 6754

Re: Lets see your Speedster

Some nice old photos of Model T speedsters and race cars on the The Old Motor today. http://theoldmotor.com/?p=136181.
by GrandpaFord
Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: OT Canada has Arrived
Replies: 25
Views: 1988

Re: OT Canada has Arrived

Why the cold air while the poles are getting warmer faster than the rest of the globe? As more thermal energy is put into the globe by increasing temperature, the jet stream is meandering more than in the past. This pushes tongues of cold air south while at the same time pushing warm air north. Ther...
by GrandpaFord
Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Compression test
Replies: 12
Views: 1420

Re: Compression test

Since you have the manifolds off you can hear any valve leakage at each port.
by GrandpaFord
Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Compression test
Replies: 12
Views: 1420

Re: Compression test

The easiest thing to do is to just crank it over by hand with the crank, with the ignition off and the throttle open. You can feel the compression. If the engine has not been run for a while the oil has drained out of the rings and there will not be much compression. Add some engine oil, a tea spoon...
by GrandpaFord
Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Have you ever made a stupid mistake?
Replies: 57
Views: 4370

Have you ever made a stupid mistake?

Last Sunday I wanted to give the kid across the street a chance to drive my 1915 Touring car. He likes mechanical engineering and just got his driver's license. So I started up the car and after about 30 seconds it quit. I tried to re start the car but it would not even kick. So I told Evan to go ho...
by GrandpaFord
Tue Jan 29, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Oil oozing from head bolt
Replies: 9
Views: 1222

Re: Oil oozing from head bolt

Could be oil. If you are burning a little oil and there is a leak from the cylinder to the head bolt hole in the head, and there is a little leak at the head of the bolt, then a little oil will show up at the head of the bolt over time. If the oil is black then it is coming from the combustion chamb...
by GrandpaFord
Tue Jan 29, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Too cold to drive?
Replies: 29
Views: 2306

Re: Too cold to drive?

Please be careful out there this week. It is expected to get colder than Antarctica in parts of the northern mid-west. Two people have already frozen to death. Stay inside. Don't over exert yourself trying to shovel snow or start your frozen car. Keep your cell phone charged.
by GrandpaFord
Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 2019 MTFCA National Tour, Cookville TN
Replies: 17
Views: 1971

Re: 2019 MTFCA National Tour, Cookville TN

I sent my registration in Friday. Limited to 150 cars. The area that the tour will take place in is absolutely beautiful. I have three passengers signed up including one with four legs. The hotel allows dogs.
by GrandpaFord
Sat Jan 26, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Forum Support Questions
Topic: Wierd login problems - Firefox?
Replies: 15
Views: 1439

Re: Wierd login problems - Firefox?

Foxfire will sometimes not allow you to log into an unsecured site. Check to see if the prefix is http or https. The https is secure and the http is not. You can just go up to the URL address at the top and change to or add https:// before the www. This goes for other web sites besides the MTFCA sit...
by GrandpaFord
Sat Jan 26, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Stromberg OF install problem.
Replies: 14
Views: 1300

Re: Stromberg of install problem.

Is there another manifold, perhaps an after market one, that would work?
by GrandpaFord
Fri Jan 25, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Forum Support Questions
Topic: Macintosh problems with the new Forum?
Replies: 10
Views: 998

Re: Macintosh problems with the new Forum?

I have 3 Macs at home, two are 32 bit and one is a 64 bit. All have the most recent operating system. I use Firefox as my browser. So far no problems, although I have not tried all the features like sending a PM.

Neil
by GrandpaFord
Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Generator Needs HELP
Replies: 5
Views: 669

Re: Generator Needs HELP

It sound to me like the wire connected to the output that goes to the battery is shorted to the field winding that is normally supplied by the third brush. You can test for a short buy putting little strips of cardboard or paper between the brushes and the commutator and then use an ohm meter to see...
by GrandpaFord
Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Carb Heat
Replies: 19
Views: 1903

Re: Carb Heat

I kept taking my heat pipe off and then put it back on after my carburetor ices up. Now I just leave it on. It does not detract from the performance that much.
by GrandpaFord
Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: new piston rings
Replies: 9
Views: 1110

Re: new piston rings

If the 3rd, or 4th, ring does not have the slots, then there is no need to have the holes in the pistons. If it does have the slots, then the holes should be drilled. If you don't have the slots then you don't have an oil control ring and all the rings are compression rings. The rings should be clos...
by GrandpaFord
Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Clear Coil???
Replies: 5
Views: 709

Re: Clear Coil???

Electronic silicone encapsulant.

Here is one source, there are others.

https://acc-silicones.com/products/enca ... capsulants
by GrandpaFord
Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: new piston rings
Replies: 9
Views: 1110

Re: new piston rings

Phil, All modern pistons have the holes in the oil ring grooves.
by GrandpaFord
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Security on the new site
Replies: 0
Views: 290

Security on the new site

Chris should be commended for the new site. Many users may not realize that the new sites is much more secure, especially if you know how to use it. The prefix (before the www. etc.) is the key. http:// is an unsecure version of the site while https:// is the secure version. You can get there by typ...