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by GrandpaFord
Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Traded in my T
Replies: 25
Views: 1380

Re: Traded in my T

Thanks all for the nice comments. It is indeed a blast to drive. I miss my T but am enjoying owning an A again. This is number 6. I sold all the others, unfortunately. First A was in high school, many moons ago. Back then it was just an old car. I traded an English Ford, Prefect, for it.
by GrandpaFord
Thu Nov 19, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Traded in my T
Replies: 25
Views: 1380

Traded in my T

I traded in my T for a new Model A. The Ford dealer gave me a good price for my old T and a discount on the new car. I would have kept the T but I don't have the room.
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by GrandpaFord
Thu Nov 19, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Alchohol?
Replies: 29
Views: 1299

Re: Alchohol?

The RV dealers sell a non-toxic antifreeze that is used to winterize RV's. Boats use this too. See https://www.campingworld.com/star-brite ... antifreeze
by GrandpaFord
Tue Nov 17, 2020 8:14 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How Many Ts used in the decades since production ended
Replies: 14
Views: 844

Re: How Many Ts used in the decades since production ended

If you count the plastic Model T's with V8's, there are now more 1923 cars on the road than in 1923. Probably an exaggeration, but growing with each passing year. Why are all the new Model T's registered as 1923 models? Nobody knows.
by GrandpaFord
Sun Nov 15, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: grease zerk for U-joint grease cup
Replies: 18
Views: 1021

Re: grease zerk for U-joint grease cup

Buy Zerk fittings with 1/8 NPT and tap the inside of the grease cup with a 1/8 NPT tap. Clean out the chips and old grease. The cup will look stock and protect the Zerk fitting.
by GrandpaFord
Tue Oct 13, 2020 9:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Direct LED replacement headlight
Replies: 35
Views: 1951

Re: Direct LED replacement headlight

So, after all that precise focusing the beam is passed through a lens to spread it out, at least on the later cars. In my experience, if the LED's elements are tightly grouped and at the original location of the filament, then the LED bulbs work just fine.
by GrandpaFord
Tue Oct 13, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Greetings from NC
Replies: 17
Views: 1137

Re: Greetings from NC

Where in NC are you? I live in Wilkesboro and my club, the Tar Heal T's is centered in the Greensboro area.
by GrandpaFord
Tue Oct 13, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Greetings from NC
Replies: 17
Views: 1137

Re: Greetings from NC

It will help to get an experienced Model T person to help. Search for a local club and ask for help. A barbeque will help attract help. You will find lots of guys and gals that will love to help.
by GrandpaFord
Sun Oct 11, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rust removal Evapo-Rust
Replies: 36
Views: 2345

Rust removal Evapo-Rust

This piston came out of an engine that was sitting in a salt shed for salting meat. The whole engine is frozen solid. Before soaking for 4 days the wrist pin would not turn and the rings were frozen in their grooves. After treatment the wrist pin can move and the rings are free. The treatment leaves...
by GrandpaFord
Wed Oct 07, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A steam powered Model T? On Craigslist for the person who needs everything.
Replies: 12
Views: 1123

Re: A steam powered Model T? On Craigslist for the person who needs everything.

Very cool. The hard part will be to put together the boiler and all the controls and stuff it under the Model T hood.
by GrandpaFord
Fri Oct 02, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Modern Pistons/modern engine internals in Model T
Replies: 9
Views: 949

Re: Modern Pistons/modern engine internals in Model T

The cast iron pistons are heaver than the aluminum pistons made for the Model T that are available from the suppliers. Every revolution the pistons have to stop and reverse direction two times. The heaver pistons take more force to stop and reverse and add more stress to the crankshaft than the alum...
by GrandpaFord
Fri Oct 02, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: is a resistor needed in a 12 volt system
Replies: 29
Views: 1419

Re: is a resistor needed in a 12 volt system

I have a 12 volt coil and 12 volt system. I have a ballast resister wired into one position of my ignition switch and wired out in the other position. The idea was to start the car without the resistor in the circuit and then switch over for running. I bought a high performance coil, the best coil I...
by GrandpaFord
Sun Sep 27, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What Aluminum Head Saver to Use
Replies: 13
Views: 970

Re: What Aluminum Head Saver to Use

For my money, with a thermosyphon system, I would not put anything in the radiator that had the potential to clog tubes. The zinc anode should make electrical contact with the aluminum head so it should be placed in the outlet and the wire inserted between the head and the outlet fitting and wound o...
by GrandpaFord
Wed Sep 23, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Do they make a self advancing distributor?
Replies: 30
Views: 1287

Re: Do they make a self advancing distributor?

My friend Steve sold his T which had a VW distributor with a centrifugal advance. It worked well. On my car the centrifugal advance is locked so it does not work. I like being able to adjust the advance manually. As an aside, the amount of advance needed is related to the turbulence during ignition,...
by GrandpaFord
Mon Sep 21, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rubbing noise???
Replies: 29
Views: 1734

Re: Rubbing noise???

I had the same noise after changing fan belts. The fan was hitting the pulley in the front of the engine. Only happened on hard right turns. Also check to see if the hand crank is trying to engage on hard right turns.
by GrandpaFord
Mon Sep 21, 2020 8:29 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T starter
Replies: 14
Views: 1133

Re: Model T starter

You can change the wiring on the stator of an original 6 volt starter to make it into a 12 volt starter. The original 6 volt stators are wired two parallel, two series so that a pair of windings sees 6 volts when using a 6 volt battery. By changing the stator windings to 4 in series each set of two ...
by GrandpaFord
Sun Sep 20, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Alternator voltage output
Replies: 7
Views: 484

Re: Alternator voltage output

Steve, You may want to try charging the battery with a battery charger and then try the alternator again. If you have a hydrometer, check the specific gravity of the acid. After charging, let the battery sit overnight and then check the voltage. It should be about 12.4 volts. How old is the battery?
by GrandpaFord
Sun Sep 20, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Alternator voltage output
Replies: 7
Views: 484

Re: Alternator voltage output

Steve,

How long has the battery been sitting? With the same current input, as the battery becomes more charged the voltage goes up. The voltage may be due more to the battery than the alternator.
by GrandpaFord
Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Head Bolts
Replies: 6
Views: 539

Re: Head Bolts

Here is what I did on my car. I used a bottom tap as Dan suggested and blew out the chips with an air gun, being careful not to leave any chips in the cylinders. I measured the thickness of the head. I then screwed a bolt into the block all the way down, finger tight, using some oil, without the hea...
by GrandpaFord
Fri Sep 18, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Blockley Tyres
Replies: 21
Views: 1204

Re: Blockley Tyres

The link in my initial post will get you to the 30 x 3.5 tires. In the text on that page it says that the 30 x 3 tires are "also well advanced." Not sure what that means.
by GrandpaFord
Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Blockley Tyres
Replies: 21
Views: 1204

Blockley Tyres

Does anyone know anything about Blockley Tyres? They are advertised as a superior tire and it appears not made in Vietnam. The company says that they last longer and perform better. Apparently available in 30 x 3.5 and 30 x 3 clincher type, called a beaded edge in England. See https://www.blockleyty...
by GrandpaFord
Thu Sep 17, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: HELP!!! SHOULD I USE A WATER PUMP??
Replies: 48
Views: 1913

Re: HELP!!! SHOULD I USE A WATER PUMP??

No. I needed at least 10 characters to publish this so here they are.
by GrandpaFord
Thu Sep 17, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model A motor into a T?
Replies: 38
Views: 3778

Re: Model A motor into a T?

I keep trying to find someone who will want to trade their A for my T. I have had lots of fun with my T and have enjoyed the experience but have always owned A's in the past and would like to get back into one. I don't have the cash or space for two antique cars or I would burden my heirs with both.
by GrandpaFord
Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Priming Wire Hole
Replies: 9
Views: 1547

Re: Priming Wire Hole

Where mine is on my 1915. May or may not be the original location.

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by GrandpaFord
Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:34 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Metal seat frame cutting my upholstery-looking for protection
Replies: 4
Views: 375

Re: Metal seat frame cutting my upholstery-looking for protection

There are many different solutions. I used a rattle-reducing flocking tape from McMaster Carr (https://www.mcmaster.com/7417A5/). It comes in different widths and has an adhesive on one side. It is wear resistant and can be stuck on the outside of the upholstery fabric. After several years it has no...
by GrandpaFord
Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Repairing fan belts
Replies: 10
Views: 756

Re: Repairing fan belts

Nice machine to look at but I use a heavy duty sewing machine from https://www.sailrite.com/. I have repaired fan belts, sewn sails, made upholstery, made tops, and many other projects with my machine. It will sew through several layers of leather. I have owned it for 15 years. It is cast iron and h...
by GrandpaFord
Fri Sep 11, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Runs rough on battery
Replies: 11
Views: 820

Re: Runs rough on battery

John and Peter have the right advice. I can only add the suggestion, after cleaning a contact, to use an electrical contact grease, available at Lowes or from McMaster Carr. The grease will keep the connection from re-oxidizing and becoming resistive again. You can also use the grease available from...
by GrandpaFord
Fri Sep 11, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Shim Removal
Replies: 14
Views: 967

Re: Shim Removal

Timesaver works. Plastigauge works. When you take shims out, take one out from one side at a time, tighten up the nuts and see if the engine is hard to crank. If it is hard you have taken out one too many shims. Put one back and try again. Alternate the sides that you take the shims out of, first on...
by GrandpaFord
Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: running out of gas
Replies: 9
Views: 695

Re: running out of gas

There are lots of people who will disagree with me but I use exhaust gas pressure in the tank and can climb steep hills with only a gallon of gas in the tank. Only a few inches of water pressure is needed to push the gasoline to the carburetor. The pressure builds up when going up hills because the ...
by GrandpaFord
Wed Sep 09, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Oil Leak help, anyone seen this before?
Replies: 4
Views: 678

Re: Oil Leak help, anyone seen this before?

Hi Doug, Welcome to the affliction. There are actually two problems, the manifold gasket is not sealing and you are getting oil in the cylinder. There are two kinds of gaskets for the exhaust manifold, a flat one which is an after market product, and copper rings that are used in conjunction with st...
by GrandpaFord
Wed Sep 09, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: how do you fix a gas leak?
Replies: 29
Views: 1433

Re: how do you fix a gas leak?

Mark, The tapered pipe fittings are NPT and the straight threaded fittings are designated NPSC or IPS. In the size we are talking about the threads per inch are the same and the OD is equal at the small end. As you can imagine, mixing the two threads will result in problems. I am curious why your sa...
by GrandpaFord
Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: how do you fix a gas leak?
Replies: 29
Views: 1433

Re: how do you fix a gas leak?

Allen is right. The normal pipe thread is tapered but there is a type of thread, mostly used in European countries, that has a straight thread and uses a gasket. For the tapered pipe thread I use Teflon tape, either multiple wraps or the thicker variety used for gas lines. For the valve, there is a ...
by GrandpaFord
Wed Sep 09, 2020 6:03 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hot Air Pipes
Replies: 30
Views: 1957

Re: Hot Air Pipes

Bob, I also found that my performance is better without the pipe. But, on cold mornings in the summer here in the south, with high humidity, after a highway run of about 45 minutes, my carburetor will freeze up, stopping the car. So I put the pipe back on. I found that I can move the pipe enough to ...
by GrandpaFord
Sat Sep 05, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: low speed drum on trans rebuild
Replies: 11
Views: 872

Re: low speed drum on trans rebuild

The other people who responded are all correct. But here is my take on it which may or may not be correct and I will probably get some people who disagree. The bands are going to wear in to fit the drums. So unless the drums are really rough or cracked or deeply grooved, I would just leave them alon...
by GrandpaFord
Sat Sep 05, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Surging after about 15 minutes of run time
Replies: 13
Views: 739

Re: Surging after about 15 minutes of run time

Check that the hole in the gas cap is clear.
by GrandpaFord
Thu Sep 03, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Leaf Spring Silicone
Replies: 21
Views: 1214

Re: Leaf Spring Silicone

Not a bad idea but silicone sheet is probably not the right stuff. I have used polyethylene plastic sheets from McMaster Carr in other applications where a slippery, wear resistant material is needed. It is available in different thicknesses and with different properties. If you try it, let the memb...
by GrandpaFord
Thu Sep 03, 2020 6:42 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Triple contact plugs, what application ?
Replies: 2
Views: 291

Re: Triple contact plugs, what application ?

Most bulbs on my boat have one filament and two contacts, one contact supplies the current and the other is ground. It is possible that your triple contacts have one going to ground.
by GrandpaFord
Wed Sep 02, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What kind of a car is this?
Replies: 17
Views: 1630

Re: What kind of a car is this?

The back end of the car doesn't seam to match the front end. Could it be something someone built out of pieces?
by GrandpaFord
Mon Aug 24, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T truck $3,000 in West Virginia
Replies: 2
Views: 612

Re: Model T truck $3,000 in West Virginia

I misread the price. They are asking $3,900.
by GrandpaFord
Mon Aug 24, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T truck $3,000 in West Virginia
Replies: 2
Views: 612

Model T truck $3,000 in West Virginia

https://parkersburg.craigslist.org/cto/ ... 18087.html

I do not have a horse in this race. Just thought someone on the forum would be interested. If you buy it, let us know.
by GrandpaFord
Fri Aug 21, 2020 6:28 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Economy Motor Head Company
Replies: 13
Views: 1275

Re: Economy Motor Head Company

A better way to get the swirl is to have a squish area above the piston that pushes the combustion charge into the valve area where the plug is. There is at least one aluminum head available today that has this feature. This eliminates the restriction at the intake valve. All later flat head designs...
by GrandpaFord
Tue Aug 18, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Economy Motor Head Company
Replies: 13
Views: 1275

Re: Economy Motor Head Company

The more the compressed charge is swirling the faster and more complete it will burn. This in turn means that the engine will run more efficiently and produce more power. The combustion will happen quicker meaning that the pressure will build up faster which means that the spark will not have to be ...
by GrandpaFord
Tue Aug 18, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Bumper Stickers on Model t's
Replies: 31
Views: 2081

Re: Bumper Stickers on Model t's

A friend gave me a magnetic "sticker" that identifies my car as a "1915 Model T Ford". It saves at least one question. Other stickers I have seen: "This car is constipated, hasn't passed a thing in days" "If you don't like this gear, you really would not like the other one" "Pass with care, driver a...
by GrandpaFord
Mon Aug 17, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model Ts Illegal?
Replies: 33
Views: 2340

Re: Model Ts Illegal?

My experience with LA freeway traffic is that it is too slow for a Model T. When it takes 4 hours to go 20 miles, how fast it that?
by GrandpaFord
Sat Aug 15, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Different....
Replies: 21
Views: 1928

Re: Different....

Another clue: The rear wheels are cambered in quite a lot like the ones on the back of a VW bus. The T axle would have the wheels straight up and down.
by GrandpaFord
Fri Aug 14, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T oil pressure tech question?
Replies: 12
Views: 1190

Re: Model T oil pressure tech question?

Don't mean to hijack the thread, but has anyone used an electric oil pump that was turned on with the ignition switch? And would that work to prime this engine? Starting an engine is where most wear occurs so having oil flowing before starting should in theory reduce the wear.
by GrandpaFord
Fri Aug 14, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Different....
Replies: 21
Views: 1928

Re: Different....

Photoshop. Good job though.
by GrandpaFord
Tue Aug 11, 2020 8:32 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ruckstell axle question
Replies: 8
Views: 1001

Re: Ruckstell axle question

I have the Ruckstell rear end with 3:1 gearing in my 1915 touring car. I have a strong engine but it does not pull any better than a car with stock gearing on hills when in Ruckstell high. The main advantage with the 3:1 gearing is that the engine does not turn as fast for a given mph. Dropping down...
by GrandpaFord
Sat Aug 08, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: aJ baimes "arsenal of democracy"
Replies: 14
Views: 1530

Re: aJ baimes "arsenal of democracy"

What Bill said about the additives to boost the octane rating is true, but I don't think the high octane gasoline available at gas stations will make any difference to how a normal Model T will run.
by GrandpaFord
Sat Aug 08, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Oil line
Replies: 4
Views: 999

Re: Oil line

The outside oil line I used required holes to be cut in the hogs head and the side of the pan near the front. I did all the work when the engine was apart for an overhaul. I added the oil line that allows an optional oil filter which has trapped lots of crap. My oil now stays clean. The oil filter t...
by GrandpaFord
Sat Aug 08, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: cotter pin installation?
Replies: 5
Views: 838

Re: cotter pin installation?

It is perfectly acceptable to use lock washers. The lock washers are allowed in Model T touring safety inspections. I don't know about Model A's but suspect they would be allowed there too. Use the split type lock washers not the star type.
by GrandpaFord
Fri Aug 07, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Gouged pinion gear?
Replies: 13
Views: 1762

Re: Gouged pinion gear?

The highest stress on a gear face is not at the surface but below the surface. After many cycles the gear will fail by spalling. The number of cycles it takes depends on the steel and the force. More force means shorter time. Once a spalling failure occurs on one face the rest are close behind. Bett...
by GrandpaFord
Thu Aug 06, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: replacing touring top
Replies: 14
Views: 1403

Re: replacing touring top

When you first back into your garage after putting the new top on, make sure that there is no low hanging bracket on your garage door that can poke a hole in the new top. Can anyone guess why I mention this?
by GrandpaFord
Thu Aug 06, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 12v Alternator gear or belt? Best price with quality?
Replies: 9
Views: 1173

Re: 12v Alternator gear or belt? Best price with quality?

My Texas T gear driven 12 volt alternator works fine. But because of the gearing the alternator does not turn as fast as it was designed to do. This means that it will not start to charge until about 25 mph with 3:1 gearing or 20 mph with stock gearing. Since all alternators use the guts from off-th...
by GrandpaFord
Mon Aug 03, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Checking Toe end
Replies: 8
Views: 1003

Re: Checking Toe end

John, There are special tools available to straighten an axle but what I used was a 6 foot pipe wrench. I wrapped the axle with 1/8 thick aluminum so that the pipe wrench would not scar the axle. I used a floor jack on the end of the pipe wrench and actually lifted the front of the car off the groun...
by GrandpaFord
Mon Aug 03, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Remove Pinion Gear with U-joint still on?
Replies: 14
Views: 1427

Re: Remove Pinion Gear with U-joint still on?

I have been known to take a grinder to the jaws of a puller to get them to work on difficult to pull items.
by GrandpaFord
Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Texas T alternator
Replies: 6
Views: 910

Re: Texas T alternator

If you are running on mag the engine will run without a battery. Since the alternator does not put out at idle, running on Batt will not work without a battery. If you do not have a battery I would suggest having some kind of load on the alternator, for instance burning the lights.
by GrandpaFord
Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Texas T alternator
Replies: 6
Views: 910

Re: Texas T alternator

I have one on my car. I had a different brand previously with the same results. My car has 3:1 gearing with a Ruckstell rear end. I will convert my experience to the stock gearing of 3.6:1. I changed out the ammeter to a voltmeter which I feel keeps a better eye on the condition of the battery. I ha...
by GrandpaFord
Sun Aug 02, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Mysterious ticking from left rear wheel
Replies: 21
Views: 1874

Re: Mysterious ticking from left rear wheel

Shims are needed to take up wear in the axle or hub or both. Alan is correct that one shim is the correct number. You can buy stainless steel shim stock in any thickness from McMaster Carr and cut your own shims. You can make a template out of paper to cut the shims. New axles are made slightly long...
by GrandpaFord
Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: HELP!!!!!!!!!
Replies: 14
Views: 3200

Re: HELP!!!!!!!!!

I am not sure if this will help because I think I have a different turn indicator switch, but in order for my rear lights to work correctly, i.e. one light blinking and the other solid when turning and braking, I had to wire the brake lights through the turn indicator. There was one wire coming from...
by GrandpaFord
Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:17 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Checking Toe end
Replies: 8
Views: 1003

Re: Checking Toe end

While you are at it, check the caster and camber on both sides. You can get a rough idea of the camber by just sighting down the car on both sides to see how the front wheels compare with the rear wheels. Adjust the toe-in last after adjusting the other geometry. If the caster is different side to s...
by GrandpaFord
Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Now what?
Replies: 10
Views: 1621

Re: Now what?

Carburetor may be flooded.
by GrandpaFord
Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Part 2, Ford v. Ferrari, MTT, July/August issue
Replies: 4
Views: 663

Re: Part 2, Ford v. Ferrari, MTT, July/August issue

Well worth the read. Rod did a great job researching this article and did a great job writing it. Hats off to Rob. As a gear head, the technical aspects were the most interesting to me. The holes at the bottom of the cylinders to let out the exhaust at the bottom of the stroke were a great idea. If ...
by GrandpaFord
Wed Jul 29, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Erosion of Headgasket Surface
Replies: 14
Views: 1502

Re: Erosion of Headgasket Surface

I don't know if this works with brazing but when welding on cast iron using a nickle rod (stick welding) we used to hammer the weld to put it in compression. Because the weld was hot and cooled it was in tension which would lead to another crack along the weld, so hammering it changed it from being ...
by GrandpaFord
Mon Jul 27, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Erosion of Headgasket Surface
Replies: 14
Views: 1502

Re: Erosion of Headgasket Surface

I would be a little scared of brazing as the heat could crack the cast iron, but I suspect that someone who knows what they are doing could braze it. You can determine how much has been taken off before by running the piston up to the top of the stroke and noting where it lands. You will have to tem...
by GrandpaFord
Mon Jul 27, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: “Leaping”/lurching in second?
Replies: 6
Views: 785

Re: “Leaping”/lurching in second?

You engine has a slight miss. Probably in the ignition system.
by GrandpaFord
Sun Jul 26, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 13T - Plugs pulled after a min of running
Replies: 10
Views: 1405

Re: 13T - Plugs pulled after a min of running

Probably did not get hot enough to burn the carbon off the electrode. Check again after 100 miles. Make sure the mixture control is set correctly. Shut off the engine after traveling at normal speed and as you as soon as you stop. Don't let it idle. As others have said, if the engine is running OK t...
by GrandpaFord
Sat Jul 25, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Why do I keep wearing tires out?
Replies: 26
Views: 2479

Re: Why do I keep wearing tires out?

Stephen, When I was growing up the car repair shops had front end alignment tools that consisted of a series of bubble levels that attached to the front wheels and a part that connected between the two. My moving the wheels right and left the mechanic could tell all about the alignment: caster, camb...
by GrandpaFord
Thu Jul 23, 2020 7:37 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Why do I keep wearing tires out?
Replies: 26
Views: 2479

Re: Why do I keep wearing tires out?

I did not read all the responses in detail so someone else may have asked this. Is the problem new? On my car the axle was bent when I bought the car with the caster much different on one side than the other. I had to bend the axle to bring it back into alignment. I used a 6 foot pipe wrench with 1/...
by GrandpaFord
Sat Jul 18, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How Fast is Too Fast?
Replies: 43
Views: 3900

Re: How Fast is Too Fast?

With 3:1 gearing I calculate that at 1000 rpm my car is going 30 mph. So at 10,000 rpm my car would be going 300 mph.
by GrandpaFord
Thu Jul 16, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How Fast is Too Fast?
Replies: 43
Views: 3900

Re: How Fast is Too Fast?

OK, here is my two cents. I have aluminum pistons, a distributor, a high lift cam, a shaved low head (high compression), and a fresh but broken in engine. I also have 5:1 steering gears and true 5 degree caster. Oh, and also 3:1 gearing in the rear end. My car is a 1915 touring car. Mechanically it ...
by GrandpaFord
Sun Jul 12, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: trailer design
Replies: 32
Views: 3303

Re: trailer design

Craig,

Northern Tool sells trailer brake add on's. So if you buy or make a trailer without brakes you can add them later. Depending on your state, legally you will need trailer brakes if the weight of the trailer and load is over a certain amount.

Neil
by GrandpaFord
Sun Jul 12, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: trailer design
Replies: 32
Views: 3303

Re: trailer design

Craig, I have seen some really nice aluminum trailers for hauling cars. I wish I could afford one. My camper has an aluminum frame and it is very light for the size. Your 1500 should pull a trailer with a Model T OK. My Frontier pulled my utility trailer, like the green one that tdump showed, with m...
by GrandpaFord
Thu Jul 09, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Spark Plug Torque
Replies: 9
Views: 1181

Re: Spark Plug Torque

I have had good luck using Teflon tape to seal the plugs. I just snug them up. The Teflon tape means that they don't freeze in the holes, don't leak, and are easy to remove.

Neil
by GrandpaFord
Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Kevlar band lining sets
Replies: 28
Views: 3326

Re: Kevlar band lining sets

I had the Kevlar linings and replaced them with cotton. I just didn't like the feel of the Kevlar and thought that the cotton would be kinder to my new drums. But others swear by Kevlar. I do have to tighten my low band often and I have disk brakes with the transmission brake as a backup. If I loose...
by GrandpaFord
Wed Jul 08, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Resonable priced 1915
Replies: 9
Views: 1933

Re: Resonable priced 1915

I emailed the owner. Here is what he said. I am not inserting any comments from me. Neil: Thank you for the listing and interest - to answer your questions: The engine is a 1915, vin#797606 (May, 1915) on motor (will confirm, on the title) I started to do a limited restore and was removing the top (...
by GrandpaFord
Wed Jul 08, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 40 HP Model T
Replies: 14
Views: 2211

Re: 40 HP Model T

To me there is no point in increasing the horsepower beyond about 25 or so for a full bodied car. I really don't want to drive my touring car more than about 45 mph anyway because of safety issues and because it is just more fun at the slower speeds. Now if you are going to go racing or want a reall...
by GrandpaFord
Mon Jul 06, 2020 7:59 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Resonable priced 1915
Replies: 9
Views: 1933

Re: Resonable priced 1915

Not all people know the difference between 1915 and 1916 and may think that 1915 was the last brass car or may think that a 1916 is a 1915 car. I am kind of curious to learn if anyone checks this car out and what they find. Since I have no intention of buying it, I am not going to bother the owner w...
by GrandpaFord
Mon Jul 06, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: LED headlight bulbs
Replies: 16
Views: 2122

Re: LED headlight bulbs

Hi Keith again, You could probably do the same thing by using a double throw switch and adding a resistor in one side of the switch. The wires would then join and go to a single contact on the LED bulb. You would have to experiment with different resistors to get the amount of dimming you need. The ...
by GrandpaFord
Mon Jul 06, 2020 7:41 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: LED headlight bulbs
Replies: 16
Views: 2122

Re: LED headlight bulbs

Hi Keith, The switch was there when I bought the car 15 years ago. It is a double throw, single pole switch, the kind with a toggle lever. It is not original and mounted on an added bracket. There are two wires that go to each bulb, one for high and one for low (dim). Each wire goes to a single cont...
by GrandpaFord
Sun Jul 05, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: LED headlight bulbs
Replies: 16
Views: 2122

Re: LED headlight bulbs

Allan, My car has a dim switch setting for the headlights which reduces the brightness (Lumins) to about 14% of the high beam. I am going to have to get used to dimming my lights when approaching other cars. I did not have to do that with the old bulbs. The dim setting is somehow built into the bulb...
by GrandpaFord
Sun Jul 05, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Resonable priced 1915
Replies: 9
Views: 1933

Re: Resonable priced 1915

Might be a 1916 judging by the black headlight rims.
by GrandpaFord
Sun Jul 05, 2020 8:50 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Resonable priced 1915
Replies: 9
Views: 1933

Resonable priced 1915

I have no interest in this ad or the car but I thought someone on the forum may be interested. It is a 1915 touring car and looks complete and original, down to the wheels. It will need some TLC, but not a complete restoration. https://richmond.craigslist.org/cto/d/farmville-1915-ford-model-touring/...
by GrandpaFord
Sat Jul 04, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Champion X spark plug gap - one owner's observation
Replies: 9
Views: 1540

Re: Champion X spark plug gap - one owner's observation

I found that my car idled better with a larger gap too. Also Champion X plugs.
by GrandpaFord
Sat Jul 04, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: LED headlight bulbs
Replies: 16
Views: 2122

Re: LED headlight bulbs

Hi Frank, Thanks for the reply. The LED's are brighter than the picture shows. My phone camera compensates for the added brightness by reducing the exposure time so the lights seem not as bright in the photo as in real life. The house across the street was more visible with the LED's. You are right ...
by GrandpaFord
Sat Jul 04, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: LED headlight bulbs
Replies: 16
Views: 2122

Re: LED headlight bulbs

Here is the correct fourth photo, which is a view from the driver's seat with the LED bulbs installed.
by GrandpaFord
Sat Jul 04, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: LED headlight bulbs
Replies: 16
Views: 2122

LED headlight bulbs

I have a 1915 car with two contact headlight bulbs that are wired for high beam and low beam. The car is set up for 12 volts. The incandescent bulbs are 27 watts each on high beam and 8.3 watts each on low beam which works out to 2.25 amps each on high beam and 0.69 amps each on low beams at 12 volt...
by GrandpaFord
Fri Apr 03, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: 15-16 front fenders for sale
Replies: 11
Views: 1696

Re: 15-16 front fenders for sale

Thanks Mack,

It was nice meeting you today. You have a great shop and a great location. Good luck with your speedster.

Neil
by GrandpaFord
Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: 15-16 front fenders for sale
Replies: 11
Views: 1696

Re: 15-16 front fenders for sale

Sold pending payment.

Thanks, Neil
by GrandpaFord
Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: 15-16 front fenders for sale
Replies: 11
Views: 1696

Re: 15-16 front fenders for sale

Hi Mack,

I got your email and responded, twice. Thanks for your interest. Depending on where in NC you live, I may personally deliver them to you.

Neil
by GrandpaFord
Sat Mar 28, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: 15-16 front fenders for sale
Replies: 11
Views: 1696

Re: 15-16 front fenders for sale, price reduction

$25 each. If no one buys these they go in the trash. I have no room to store them.

Neil
by GrandpaFord
Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: 15-16 front fenders for sale
Replies: 11
Views: 1696

Re: 15-16 front fenders for sale

Due to the underwhelming response, I have lowered the asking price to $50 each. These are taking up room in my tiny garage. I hope everyone is staying healthy. I worry about all the people who have been laid off. Hopefully the stimulation package will help. I am laying low in North Carolina and work...
by GrandpaFord
Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: 15-16 front fenders for sale
Replies: 11
Views: 1696

15-16 front fenders for sale

One left front and one right front for 1915-1916 for all body styles. These are used fenders that were repaired sometime in the 1950's. I used them on my touring car for years but have recently bought new ones. They will need to be fitted. They have dents and amateur repairs especially where they ma...
by GrandpaFord
Sat Aug 24, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: GPX file
Replies: 0
Views: 514

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: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: National Cookville tour
Replies: 14
Views: 2514

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...