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by Luke
Fri Oct 23, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Replacing front crossmember
Replies: 15
Views: 733

Re: Replacing front crossmember

To further illustrate what I was describing above here's a couple of video clips on the how to go about it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sn1m1egXY5I https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWmFxtGw_Lo At about 1:30 on this video you can see a good example of what I was getting at about how the rivet shou...
by Luke
Fri Oct 23, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Replacing front crossmember
Replies: 15
Views: 733

Re: Replacing front crossmember

An important point to note when you're doing the job (and really the main reason for riveting rather than bolting): The entire rivet should be heated , ideally in a forge, before putting in place and hammering. If you can't do this then at least the entire shaft should be heated by whatever mechanis...
by Luke
Wed Oct 21, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Direct LED replacement headlight
Replies: 35
Views: 1584

Re: Direct LED replacement headlight

Chris, I can only speak from fundamentals, others may have actual experience, but my initial view is that the right LED lamp should cope with a magneto. As LED's are a current device many headlamps will have proper drivers contained within the carapace of the unit, which themselves tend to have wide...
by Luke
Tue Oct 20, 2020 1:45 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Direct LED replacement headlight
Replies: 35
Views: 1584

Re: Direct LED replacement headlight

Snyder lists LED replacement headlight bulbs for MODEL A's in their catalog. Are the locating pins the same as a Model T? Would they work? Terry, as far as the base is concerned they are the same. In terms of the business end, the Model A has a 50/32 CP (Candle Power) bulb, the Model T manual "Answ...
by Luke
Wed Oct 14, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Can we solve a 75-year old mystery?
Replies: 39
Views: 3619

Re: Can we solve a 75-year old mystery?

Thanks Bill, I'll pass that link on to Steve.
by Luke
Wed Oct 14, 2020 6:52 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Direct LED replacement headlight
Replies: 35
Views: 1584

Re: Direct LED replacement headlight

No matter how LED's are arrayed, they cannot be made to replicate the pinpoint light source of an incandescent fillament. At best, multiple LED's can approximate this, but it is still a scattergun approach, made worse for oncoming vehicles by the intensity of the light. As for low beam, how does th...
by Luke
Wed Oct 14, 2020 12:41 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Can we solve a 75-year old mystery?
Replies: 39
Views: 3619

Re: Can we solve a 75-year old mystery?

For those interested in the human side of this story I spoke with Steve again today; he's been able to decipher some of the documentation he received from which some interesting things have turned up. It turns out that his Dad was captured by the Germans in 1942 or thereabouts. His brother was sent ...
by Luke
Wed Oct 14, 2020 12:05 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Direct LED replacement headlight
Replies: 35
Views: 1584

Re: Direct LED replacement headlight

Over the past year I went to some trouble to locate an [inexpensive] LED replacement for the tungsten filament bulbs in my T. I wanted to use LED's for the low(er) current requirements, which meant I could reduce the generator charge current and save the battery from cooking, amongst other things. W...
by Luke
Mon Oct 12, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: The Beach Boys yellow pickup.
Replies: 6
Views: 490

Re: The Beach Boys yellow pickup.

Ok, some more searching using a different engine ... from the following photograph I think it is a Model A (look at the dash etc) but with V8 wheels, odd lights, and of course those grass doors: beach-boys-history2.png I don't know a lot about the models that came immediately after the Model A, or e...
by Luke
Mon Oct 12, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: The Beach Boys yellow pickup.
Replies: 6
Views: 490

Re: The Beach Boys yellow pickup.

Brent: Given Henry's predilection for farm-related manufacturing techniques (Fordite, Soy bootlids etc) I wouldn't be so sure! Erik: That was excruciating :-) I'm remain curious as to the origins and subsequent path of the vehicle post this photograph. I'm really surprised there's so little informat...
by Luke
Sun Oct 11, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: The Beach Boys yellow pickup.
Replies: 6
Views: 490

The Beach Boys yellow pickup.

I got here in a round-a-bout way after looking at some detail on John Lennon's 80th birthday ... what I found, and was intrigued with, was this photograph: beach-boys-history.jpg I've seen it variously described as a 'Jalopy', 'Truck' and a Model A, depending upon the reporter, but I'd like to know ...
by Luke
Mon Oct 05, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ford folks
Replies: 12
Views: 369

Re: Ford folks

I like the 4th photo, where the guy has just broken his wrist from cranking. I was quite taken by that photo too. I tried to enlarge the relevant area to see where the advance lever was at, however the original quality wasn't quite good enough (and the reflection on the screen didn't help). It did ...
by Luke
Sat Sep 26, 2020 3:47 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Can we solve a 75-year old mystery?
Replies: 39
Views: 3619

Re: Can we solve a 75-year old mystery?

For anyone interested in this thread, here's a short update... Steve recently obtained his dad's service records. Unfortunately they're all in Polish, which Steve doesn't read, however (thanks to an online translator) he's been able to determine at least that his dad spent 1942/1943 as P.O.W. in Ger...
by Luke
Wed Sep 09, 2020 2:08 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A new DIY electronic coil tester.
Replies: 219
Views: 20929

Re: A new DIY electronic coil tester.

John, Good to see your build - it looks as if you have a slot for two coils? If you look back through the various posts you'll see a fair amount of into that may give you some idea of the target TTF and how that is derived. In my view, based on personal experience, first principles, and information ...
by Luke
Wed Sep 02, 2020 3:17 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A new DIY electronic coil tester.
Replies: 219
Views: 20929

Re: A new DIY electronic coil tester.

Matt, Good on you for doing this, I hope you get some responses. Over here I'm beginning to see one or two things I ordered back in January, so perhaps I'll have some gear to work with by the time our summer break comes around. Not sure yet if that'll mean much change to the code/hardware, but a bit...
by Luke
Wed Sep 02, 2020 3:00 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Coils not working
Replies: 39
Views: 1233

Re: Coils not working

Rick, There are several things that could be at issue, and at several thousand miles distance it's a little difficult to go over all of them, but the likely problem is simply 'connections'. There are connections in the coils themselves (eg. points), the box that houses the coils (eg. the spring conn...
by Luke
Wed Aug 19, 2020 12:01 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Adventures with " The Big Green Truck"
Replies: 21
Views: 1155

Re: Adventures with " The Big Green Truck"

Here you go ... Tank removed, colour, sepia, and grey versions. I've 'aged' the sepia and grey photo's a little - the grey photo more so. I've also added a cropped version that sharpens the image and gets rid of the, er, 'newer' machinery evident to the LHS ;) green_truck_colour.jpg green_truck_old_...
by Luke
Wed Aug 12, 2020 2:45 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Measurement Request - '26 Roadster Top
Replies: 10
Views: 687

Re: Measurement Request - '26 Roadster Top

Tom, See the drawing below. Is this what you were looking for? I hope it's clear enough - unfortunately I was struggling with low light due to some faulty fluro tubes so the sketch isn't as good as it could be (and it just 'grew' rather organically). With my car I discovered that there appeared to b...
by Luke
Mon Aug 10, 2020 2:47 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Measurement Request - '26 Roadster Top
Replies: 10
Views: 687

Re: Measurement Request - '26 Roadster Top

Tom,

I have a '26 Roadster, I've no idea if it matters but as it's ex-U.S. it should be ok to get the measurements from.

Unfortunately I may not be able to get to it 'till Wed morning our time, however if no-one else has come up with anything I'll check it out then and post the information for you.
by Luke
Thu Aug 06, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Can we solve a 75-year old mystery?
Replies: 39
Views: 3619

Re: Can we solve a 75-year old mystery?

Frank, you're right the trail can seem to go on forever! Thanks for spending your time on this - Steve has requested his father's U.K. service records, but due to recent events he hasn't rec'd that data yet. It's probably more the mystery around the Model T photograph, and Karol's time in the U.S. t...
by Luke
Thu Aug 06, 2020 7:05 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Can we solve a 75-year old mystery?
Replies: 39
Views: 3619

Some more info has come to light

This is turning out to be quite an international trip ... Steve sent me some more info today that he'd got from his sister in the U.K. "It appears that Dad enlisted into the Polish land forces in 1944,and was in the 1st armoured division.. we got this off his cap badge and sleeve badges... later he ...
by Luke
Thu Aug 06, 2020 6:42 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Can we solve a 75-year old mystery?
Replies: 39
Views: 3619

Re: Can we solve a 75-year old mystery?

Allan, do you think the chairs you mention could be as old as 1940? I know that's what the thing looks like, but I suppose I thought they'd be more wooden legs and canvas seats etc at that time. Tim, I still can't 'see' the lake, but I'll have another look in the morning! Thanks for the info on the ...
by Luke
Wed Aug 05, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Can we solve a 75-year old mystery?
Replies: 39
Views: 3619

Re: Can we solve a 75-year old mystery?

Wow, thanks for all the input everyone! Thomas, Frank, Jim, I agree it looks like a chair, but it seems to be floating in space - which does make it look a little incongruent to the rest of the photo. I think at this stage it's not likely to add much more to solving the puzzle? Unless perhaps someon...
by Luke
Wed Aug 05, 2020 2:33 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Can we solve a 75-year old mystery?
Replies: 39
Views: 3619

Can we solve a 75-year old mystery?

A few months ago I visited a friend, Steve. We got talking about old cars and he mentioned that he had a photo of one that he'd be interested to know more about. Just today I had the chance to visit him again, and obtain a copy of said photo. Below you'll see what that photo was of - I make it as a ...
by Luke
Fri Jul 17, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: MTFCA and MTFCI Representation in Georgia
Replies: 7
Views: 1026

Re: MTFCA and MTFCI Representation in Georgia

Darin,

It's very kind of you to offer your help, thank you - very much.

I've responded to your email (where's the thumbs up emoticon! 8-)

Cheers, Luke.
by Luke
Wed Jul 15, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: MTFCA and MTFCI Representation in Georgia
Replies: 7
Views: 1026

Re: MTFCA and MTFCI Representation in Georgia

Darin, Unfortunately I can't help you, although I wish you a good outcome in your pursuit. My reason for responding is that I have a little personal interest in what you come up with. My own Model T was shipped from Douglasville, GA, in about 2012 and although I've been able to find out a little abo...
by Luke
Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Possibly one of the first single-make car clubs in the world?
Replies: 4
Views: 848

Re: Possibly one of the first single-make car clubs in the world?

Interesting information Tony, thanks. An Austin Seven was the first vehicle I drove (apparently), when I was three years old. I remember nothing of it but I had let off the handbrake and nicely reversed it down a significant hill into a neighbours drive - more, I suspect, through good luck than good...
by Luke
Tue Jul 07, 2020 4:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Church outing at Peel Forest, Feb 13, 1913.
Replies: 3
Views: 830

Re: Church outing at Peel Forest, Feb 13, 1913.

Thanks Keith, apologies for removing the content.
by Luke
Tue Jul 07, 2020 4:24 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: When nobody worried about scratching their T
Replies: 14
Views: 2110

Re: When nobody worried about scratching their T

Thanks Tony.

I appreciate you all responding, apologies for removing the content.
by Luke
Tue Jul 07, 2020 4:18 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Deleted posts.
Replies: 7
Views: 1332

Deleted posts.

Recently I posted some information and photographs in three threads entitled " When nobody worried about scratching their T ", " Possibly one of the first single-make car clubs in the world? ", and " Church outing at Peel Forest, Feb 13, 1913. ". The photographs in these posts were taken between 191...
by Luke
Mon Jul 06, 2020 2:18 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: When nobody worried about scratching their T
Replies: 14
Views: 2110

I couldn't resist.

Look what I found Adrian, same time and place, just 90 odd years earlier ;)

adrian_albert_old.jpg
by Luke
Sat Jul 04, 2020 2:45 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Motor and trans wanted - with a geographical hiccup (I need it in NZ :-)
Replies: 5
Views: 727

Re: Motor and trans wanted - with a geographical hiccup (I need it in NZ :-)

Oops, I've had a busy few days and haven't logged back in until now. sorry,,, Anyway thanks for responding, I'll try and call you both tomorrow (according to the double-duck it's 0040 in Colorado right so guess you wouldn't appreciate me trying you now, Nick!). Chris, do you have a telephone number?...
by Luke
Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Motor and trans wanted - with a geographical hiccup (I need it in NZ :-)
Replies: 5
Views: 727

Re: Motor and trans wanted - with a geographical hiccup (I need it in NZ :-)

Thanks for that information Howard.

I've called Nick and left a message on his answer service.

If you don't mind I may contact you for a headsup on how you went about importing your engine. It seems it could be useful info.

Cheers, Luke.
by Luke
Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:00 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Motor and trans wanted - with a geographical hiccup (I need it in NZ :-)
Replies: 5
Views: 727

Motor and trans wanted - with a geographical hiccup (I need it in NZ :-)

Hi all, Sadly my 1926 Roadster suffered a recent motor failure. To be fair this has probably been on the cards for a while, but disappointing nonetheless as I'd hoped, unsuccessfully, to find a replacement before it happened. The bands had been needing regular adjustment too and were getting near th...
by Luke
Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:22 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 12v cutout
Replies: 9
Views: 714

Re: 12v cutout

The generator on a Model T is a current -controlled device; you set the current delivery via the 'third brush' and I'm sure you'd find lots of information on that here. If you want to voltage regulate the output of the generator you can use a voltage regulator, but note that it should be a shunt reg...
by Luke
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Cimorelli's Model T Digital Library
Replies: 14
Views: 1233

Re: Cimorelli's Model T Digital Library

I once tried to contact the site owner because I had something I wanted to contribute back to them, unfortunately that was unsuccessful.

However I do have an off-line mirror of the site as of a few months ago. Is there a particular item you're looking for? I may be able to locate it and send to you.
by Luke
Wed Jun 03, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A new DIY electronic coil tester.
Replies: 219
Views: 20929

Re: A new DIY electronic coil tester.

Barry, It sounds to me like you're on the right track, and will be learning quite a bit on the way. You can get peak currents up to 6-7A or so, meaning the 20A sensor would be better. It's a shame there's not a 10A unit - you will see I used a CT initially, which worked ok, but I think the ACS devic...
by Luke
Mon Jun 01, 2020 1:06 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A new DIY electronic coil tester.
Replies: 219
Views: 20929

Re: A new DIY electronic coil tester.

Thanks for the update on your tester Barry. It's a fairly long thread but somewhere back amongst it you'll see I did a little python-based code snippet to plot the results as output by the Arduino. I expect you're doing something more sophisticated, but it may be of some interest. IMV a 5A ACS712 ma...
by Luke
Sun May 31, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A new DIY electronic coil tester.
Replies: 219
Views: 20929

Re: A new DIY electronic coil tester.

Steve, Good to see another tester being constructed, thanks. I'm interested that the SSR seems to be performing ok. I looked at using one of those but decided (from the data sheet) that the rise time was too slow. I did suspect it would be better than advertised, but never pursued it, so it's good y...
by Luke
Tue May 19, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Should I get a Model T or A?
Replies: 25
Views: 1992

Re: Should I get a Model T or A?

John, Your first car will be a memorable one, no matter what you choose. Bear in mind that if it's an icon you're looking for then in many respects either the A or the T will do admirably, however as a vehicle to take you places and do lots of trips in etc neither will really be up to the task today...
by Luke
Tue May 19, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: This was trucking-Old Photos
Replies: 395
Views: 38880

Re: This was trucking-Old Photos

D Stroud wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 7:56 am
Luke, I thought that was a T6 or a TD6, but what is a BTD6? I've never seen that designation before. Cool Dozer though, what ever it is.
Dave, I thought this might interest you - local advertising copy for a BTD-8 crawler:

btd8_advertising_copy.png
by Luke
Wed May 13, 2020 6:14 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: This was trucking-Old Photos
Replies: 395
Views: 38880

Re: This was trucking-Old Photos

Adrian's got it. We have both TD6 and BTD6 here in NZ, my understanding is that the former isn't electric start. I think a neighbour had one once and it had a pony motor, much like the Cat D4U etc. I've got to be careful what I say here (looking furtively around) but I've been known to watch the odd...
by Luke
Mon May 11, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: This was trucking-Old Photos
Replies: 395
Views: 38880

Re: This was trucking-Old Photos

Herb Iffrig wrote:
Sat May 09, 2020 3:43 pm
Luke is that A TD9?
Herb, it's a BTD6 - the electric start version. Loves a dose of ether in the morning :-)
by Luke
Fri May 08, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: This was trucking-Old Photos
Replies: 395
Views: 38880

Re: Fine for overweight cargo, 1929.

Thanks for the information everyone. That it's an International truck makes some sense, given the original source of the photograph. This came from a company that did photography for International here in NZ, evidenced by various other photographs in the collection of agricultural equipment manufact...
by Luke
Wed May 06, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: This was trucking-Old Photos
Replies: 395
Views: 38880

Fine for overweight cargo, 1929.

I found this photo first in some random archives, then went looking to see if there was any associated detail. What I found was: "CHRISTCHURCH, This Day. A motor lorry which, with its load, weighs over ten tons, must, according to regulation, have six wheels. In the Magistrate's Court yesterday, bef...
by Luke
Tue Apr 21, 2020 1:18 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Enforced Isolation - Countrywide Shut Down
Replies: 33
Views: 3736

Re: Enforced Isolation - Countrywide Shut Down

I hope you haven't completely cornered the market on timing covers! Since I can't get any parts right now my working mower is bigger and faster than yours - and it's a Ford (where's the 'pokes-out-tongue' emoticon?) - but getting in close to the house is problematic. Mower 1, Window 0 :x -----------...
by Luke
Mon Apr 06, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old topic - Magneto Output and speed..and volts and amps, andcycles per second
Replies: 25
Views: 2055

Re: Old topic - Magneto Output and speed..and volts and amps, andcycles per second

I designed something similar to this a while ago (at least I assume it's similar - if there is any detail it'd be interesting to see?). Mine was effectively a rev-counter also calibrated in MPH, driven either by magneto, timer, or magnet/hall effect device on a wheel. For the magneto drive I used a ...
by Luke
Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: odd coil
Replies: 10
Views: 1502

Re: odd coil

I have noticed, with my electronic tester, that a few coils set for the 'optimum' ~2ms time-to-fire or ttf at 12V (which I believe is what Mike's machine utilises?) will not fire well in a vehicle, nor in a HCCT. Adjusting the electronic tester voltage down tends to support the observed issue (ie. m...
by Luke
Fri Mar 13, 2020 6:27 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Coil capacitors
Replies: 21
Views: 3102

Re: Coil capacitors

No, John's correct.

2 x 0.47uF 400V caps in series will give a total capacitance of 0.235uF at 800V, certainly near enough to the 0.22uF required.
by Luke
Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Question about LED lights
Replies: 3
Views: 799

Re: Question about LED lights

If they're standard tungsten filament bulbs then generally yes (with disclaimer below). If they're LED's then possibly not, as many of these are DC only. Even if they have rectifiers built in 12VAC may be too much. Bear in mind that 12VDC is simply that, 12V. However 12VAC could have a peak voltage ...
by Luke
Fri Mar 06, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Period Picture- That Feminime Touch
Replies: 16
Views: 2652

Re: Period Picture- That Feminime Touch

Tim, do you know anything about the subject, or the ultimate source of the photo? Seems to me there could be quite a story there...
by Luke
Fri Mar 06, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old Photo - "Daddy at the Saloon"
Replies: 20
Views: 2769

Re: Old Photo - "Daddy at the Saloon"

All these aviation stories remind me of another forum I belong to! Stan, I wonder if you have the co-ordinates of the [scary] Dupuyer airstrip you're talking about? I had a quick look around but wasn't really sure of where to settle on. I think it's extremely unlikely I'd ever fly in there, let alon...
by Luke
Fri Mar 06, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A new DIY electronic coil tester.
Replies: 219
Views: 20929

Re: A new DIY electronic coil tester.

John, Good to see it in a box, and with the 4-line screen. That's what I was going to leave mine at, but Matt's idea of showing the ramp etc is a good one. It may be possible to have both the LCD and OLED screens running if you'd want - as long as the i2c address of each unit is different, and the A...
by Luke
Wed Mar 04, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old Photo - "Daddy at the Saloon"
Replies: 20
Views: 2769

Re: Old Photo - "Daddy at the Saloon"

.... Access there is by horse or foot, it does have an airstrip at Benchmark which will pucker all but the best pilots -- you'd better be there early in the morning or late at night, be underloaded, know mountain air currents and have a plane built for flying in and out of airstrips like it. The co...
by Luke
Tue Mar 03, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A new DIY electronic coil tester.
Replies: 219
Views: 20929

Re: A new DIY electronic coil tester.

Steve (and others), I apologise but I'm still waiting for components to arrive before I do much more on this. They're taking a very long time, I assume it's to do with the virus. As I don't have an OLED screen the same as Matt's I can't test any changes I'd make to the code, hence it's best that he ...
by Luke
Tue Mar 03, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old Photo - "Daddy at the Saloon"
Replies: 20
Views: 2769

Re: Old Photo - "Daddy at the Saloon"

I had a go at cleaning up the image and enhancing it to see if one could get more any more detail.

Unfortunately the original isn't all that high a resolution (do you have a better scan Rich?), and I was probably a bit aggressive with some of the tweaks but here it is FWIW:

saloon.jpg
by Luke
Sat Feb 29, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Pedal notches
Replies: 31
Views: 3791

Re: Pedal notches

Larry,

Top marks for the quantitative analysis!

However it appears there's no free play shown? Was there indeed none, or did you start the measurement at first engagement rather than say with the pedal lightly back against it's stop?
by Luke
Fri Feb 28, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The Quiet Ford - an early "advertorial"
Replies: 0
Views: 650

The Quiet Ford - an early "advertorial"

Further to my previous 'historic' posts here's an article on "The Quiet Ford" which appears in the Progress Magazine, Wellington NZ, 2nd August 1909. Between some OCR'ing (thanks to Tesseract and the NZ National Library) and a little manual editing I also add a text version at the end of this post. ...
by Luke
Fri Feb 28, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Early scoop - speculation re upcoming new Ford
Replies: 0
Views: 648

Early scoop - speculation re upcoming new Ford

I came across this article in the Sept 1908 copy of "Progress Magazine", a [approx monthly] periodical published in New Zealand from 1905 to the 1920's. The mag appeared to have a reasonable degree of motoring and other contemporary engineering news, and had obviously been given some 'inside news' r...
by Luke
Fri Feb 28, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Grumpy writer on cost of parts, and cheap Model T's
Replies: 6
Views: 1596

Re: Grumpy writer on cost of parts, and cheap Model T's

As a result of some other research I was doing I came across a little more New Zealand motoring history. More earlier Ford related rather than specifically Model T, but perhaps interesting all the same. In 1905 and 1906 we imported several hundred vehicles, of which approx twenty were Ford's and spe...
by Luke
Thu Feb 27, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old photo- question the date though?
Replies: 13
Views: 1746

Re: Old photo- question the date though?

I was interested to see if this was part of the Burton digital archive - in the hopes that a higher resolution image might have been available for enhancing (I had a go with this one but couldn't improve it much). While I wasn't able to find it immediately I did find the following image of this hard...
by Luke
Sat Feb 15, 2020 1:02 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is my starter toast?
Replies: 16
Views: 2391

Re: Is my starter toast?

ivaldes1 wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:49 pm
While I am waiting for a starter, I wonder what I can cover the starter hole with and just crank start it? -- IV
Yes, this works fine.

Just make a cover plate out of a piece of 20g steel (or whatever) and fix on with the starter bolts/screws...
by Luke
Fri Feb 14, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Pedal notches
Replies: 31
Views: 3791

Re: Pedal notches

Luke, if you purchase a new notch, let that be your guide as to how much your pedal ramp needs to be built up.... Yes, thanks Allan (and others), however I don't have a new notch at this stage - and don't know if need to get one or not without any standard to measure it or the pedal by. Larry and o...
by Luke
Fri Feb 14, 2020 1:40 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Pedal notches
Replies: 31
Views: 3791

Re: Pedal notches

Scott,

Thank you very much, however I mixed up my pedals - it's the brake pedal that's the issue, not first gear, sorry! :oops:

Do you know of any dimensions for that pedal, particularly around the ramp boss?
by Luke
Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Pedal notches
Replies: 31
Views: 3791

Re: Pedal notches

Scott,

Mine's LHD - '25 trans, if that makes a difference.
by Luke
Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Pedal notches
Replies: 31
Views: 3791

Re: Pedal notches

Please excuse me for butting in, however in relation to this I wonder if anyone has specifications for the pedal cams? I've had a look at the service manual but it doesn't mention anything - perhaps they were all too new when that was written - but it'd be useful to know what the cam/ramp dimensions...
by Luke
Wed Feb 12, 2020 4:28 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Adjusting coils
Replies: 13
Views: 2733

Re: Adjusting coils

Bob, Although the points are on the low tension side you'll have back emf enough that you'd probably get a shock if you utilise non-insulated tools. However the bigger question is why would you want to this? To what standard would you measure against? Ordinarily coils are adjusted outside of the veh...
by Luke
Sat Feb 08, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: correct angle or measurement for front axle caster
Replies: 15
Views: 2862

Re: correct angle or measurement for front axle caster

Ed, Erik, You won't get a lot of disagreement from me, however in my case after a series of earthquakes the garage floor just isn't what it was so finding a reasonable spot to use a square isn't that easy. As I use the laser for other cars it wasn't hard to use it on the T, and since I see no reason...
by Luke
Sat Feb 08, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Plastic vs. Wood Coils
Replies: 30
Views: 3437

Re: Plastic vs. Wood Coils

Good to see that innovation, Dick. It'll be interesting to hear how your trials go with a few more miles on them, hope you have continued success. FWIW I have a plastic coil here that I was given recently. I'm think I'm going to use it when I research and design my own electronic timer; it's trivial...
by Luke
Sat Feb 08, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved cars, actual first date of production?
Replies: 17
Views: 2273

Re: Improved cars, actual first date of production?

Jim, Kevin, Rick, Thanks for the continued information. I find it fascinating in general, but also useful to give me a better idea of what I've got. Kevin, you may be close to what's happened with mine as I had to replace the front chassis gussets prior to registering here. Hard to say whether they ...
by Luke
Thu Feb 06, 2020 4:58 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: correct angle or measurement for front axle caster
Replies: 15
Views: 2862

Re: correct angle or measurement for front axle caster

Allan, If you have a perfectly flat floor then that should work fine (flat not being the same as level!). Out of interest; over the years I've tended to look for simple but accurate methods to do my alignments. The first one I did was nearly 40 years ago now (using a Dunlop optical gauge that I stil...
by Luke
Thu Feb 06, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Grumpy writer on cost of parts, and cheap Model T's
Replies: 6
Views: 1596

Re: Grumpy writer on cost of parts, and cheap Model T's

I never knew you could buy an Electric Model T. Must have only been for sale in NZ. We're pretty special down this way :D Actually, I recently took my T to an electric car group evening 8-) . Took several people for a ride and generally had a good time - there's just something about the beat of a T...
by Luke
Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: correct angle or measurement for front axle caster
Replies: 15
Views: 2862

Re: correct angle or measurement for front axle caster

Allan, First of all my apologies, I grabbed my metric verniers when I went out to my car... I get 117mm between the centre of the bottom and top flanges. At 5 degrees the difference from vertical would be 10.2mm, at 5.5degrees it's 11.2mm. Also, when I did my alignment recently I used a cross-laser ...
by Luke
Wed Feb 05, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved cars, actual first date of production?
Replies: 17
Views: 2273

Re: Improved cars, actual first date of production?

Dan, thanks for your info. Interesting re GA, that would have been useful to know when I was trying to deal with the bureaucracy here! FWIW the car does seem to appear in an online register, its VIN is the engine serial number. The trans pedals are pre-26 (ie. not wide), so perhaps a complete engine...
by Luke
Wed Feb 05, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Grumpy writer on cost of parts, and cheap Model T's
Replies: 6
Views: 1596

Grumpy writer on cost of parts, and cheap Model T's

As part of some research for a friend I came across some interesting newspaper clippings: The first was a letter to the Otago Daily Times, dated 16th Dec 1929. Clearly there had been, or was about to be, a significant increase in the cost of spares, and the writer was unhappy: odt_16_dec_1929.png Fo...
by Luke
Wed Feb 05, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Bosch DU4 Magneto Manual
Replies: 9
Views: 1168

Re: Bosch DU4 Magneto Manual

I'm happy to do that Tim, have sent you an email.
by Luke
Tue Feb 04, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Bosch DU4 Magneto Manual
Replies: 9
Views: 1168

Re: Bosch DU4 Magneto Manual

Tim, Danny, I hope you don't mind but I've taken the images, cleaned/straightened them as best as possible, and created a PDF manual. The result is attached here, I've had to downsample it 'cos I couldn't upload a 5.7MB file, but it's ok I guess. Tim, perhaps you could check if I've got the pages in...
by Luke
Tue Feb 04, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 6v to 12v model T starter conversion
Replies: 13
Views: 1665

Re: 6v to 12v model T starter conversion

Tony, As luck would have it I'm in the process of moving my car over to 12V and LED lighting and have been going through the research/design stage. By my calculations I'd be needing just on 5A at night with the lights and motor running, so with your customer and similar LED's your name would still h...
by Luke
Tue Feb 04, 2020 3:57 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T stats for New Zealand - and a wild guess for the rest of the world
Replies: 0
Views: 485

Model T stats for New Zealand - and a wild guess for the rest of the world

Not as if I didn't have a lot of other things to do I thought I'd take a quick peek to see how many Model T's we had in NZ. This is a question I'm almost always asked whenever someone sees my car and I have, up 'till now, not been able to answer. Fortunately I've ways of dealing with big data and ha...
by Luke
Mon Feb 03, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved car brake rivet size, and friction material for bands?
Replies: 11
Views: 1349

Re: Improved car brake rivet size, and friction material for bands?

Dan, yes I did read about the early metal-metal brakes. Guess they really were for parking only! I accept that one could use pop rivets, it's just that I wouldn't. I'm no stranger to doing whatever's needed to make things work, and I expect if one only used the brakes when stationary it would be fin...
by Luke
Mon Feb 03, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved cars, actual first date of production?
Replies: 17
Views: 2273

Re: Improved cars, actual first date of production?

Gosh, thanks everyone for your help - it's certainly given me a bit to go on! Dan & Larry, I'll attach a couple of photos below, from your information it seems to me that the motor may not be original as it doesn't appear to have the boss, also it doesn't have the wider brake band so I guess it mean...
by Luke
Mon Feb 03, 2020 2:17 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved car brake rivet size, and friction material for bands?
Replies: 11
Views: 1349

Re: Improved car brake rivet size, and friction material for bands?

Tailpiece - having looked again at some of the postings I'd previously seen I now recollect that I did see the rivet 'reversed' in the band material :oops: clearly my recent foray into the brakes and the horror story there was too vivid in my mind. At least that's my excuse, maybe age has something ...
by Luke
Mon Feb 03, 2020 2:10 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved cars, actual first date of production?
Replies: 17
Views: 2273

Improved cars, actual first date of production?

Not wanting to hijack Scott C's thread on his 26-27 Roadster, but it prompted me to ask something I've wondered about for a while. I have '26 (well, maybe it's a '26) 'New Beauty' runabout. It was imported into this country from Douglas County, GA, somewhere between 2011-2013. Having looked it up I ...
by Luke
Sun Feb 02, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved car brake rivet size, and friction material for bands?
Replies: 11
Views: 1349

Re: Improved car brake rivet size, and friction material for bands?

....reason you must use bifurcated or split rivets in woven trans band lining is to sink the teeth of those splits into the woven soft fabric linings so the linings don’t pull away from the trans bands.... Ah, thanks Dan. I've not had occasion to replace my bands yet and had assumed the head of the...
by Luke
Sun Feb 02, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved car brake rivet size, and friction material for bands?
Replies: 11
Views: 1349

Re: Improved car brake rivet size, and friction material for bands?

Jim, Thanks, I'd read quite a bit on band replacement but didn't find an answer to my curiosity over lining material. And having the perverse 'need to know why ' that I do I'm still not sure that the brass brake rivets couldn't be used without ill effect. I've possibly missed the post that explains ...
by Luke
Sun Feb 02, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved car brake rivet size, and friction material for bands?
Replies: 11
Views: 1349

Re: Improved car brake rivet size, and friction material for bands?

Thanks Dan, very quick reply, and just what I needed :-) I'm pleased to hear the transmission band & brake shoe rivets are the same size. Although the 'proper' ones are bifurcated I see no reason at this stage why I couldn't use the same rivets for both jobs. Saves buying two separate boxes of them ...
by Luke
Sun Feb 02, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved car brake rivet size, and friction material for bands?
Replies: 11
Views: 1349

Improved car brake rivet size, and friction material for bands?

Hi, Hoping someone could tell me the correct size for the brass brake shoe fixing rivets for a '26 please (with the larger brake drums)? These are the part hollow rivets that are fitted through the friction material to the metal shoe itself. In my case I expect the friction material to be 3/16" thic...
by Luke
Sun Feb 02, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A new DIY electronic coil tester.
Replies: 219
Views: 20929

Re: A new DIY electronic coil tester.

Neil, I'd hoped that Mike K was going to respond to your question because I've never seen one of his ECCT's, let alone operated one, so I'm not the best person to ask, sorry. However I think Mike sets a target time to fire, and all coils are measured against this. If a coil takes a longer or shorter...
by Luke
Fri Jan 31, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ten Character minimum for message???
Replies: 14
Views: 1891

Re: Ten Character minimum for message???

W Austen wrote:
Fri Jan 31, 2020 6:45 pm
Now that it's 2020 maybe it will move to 20
Eh? Don't you mean 40! :-)

It's 2022 we've got watch out for:

https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/42_(answer)
https://www.independent.co.uk/life-styl ... 05734.html
by Luke
Fri Jan 31, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ten Character minimum for message???
Replies: 14
Views: 1891

Re: Ten Character minimum for message???

Having had something to do with forum software I expect it's just that a version upgrade will have introduced some standard conditions that weren't there before, and which the admins may or may not wish to alter at some stage. A bit like the loss of location detail that occurred - possibly at the sa...
by Luke
Fri Jan 31, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A new DIY electronic coil tester.
Replies: 219
Views: 20929

Re: A new DIY electronic coil tester.

John, Pleased to hear you've been using the software (where's the thumbs up icon?!), thanks for letting us know :D Yes it's meant to be a triple pole two-way switch - not my best diagram I'm afraid. It's simply there to switch the coil to either the FET/H-bridge, or the cap test pins on the Arduino....
by Luke
Thu Jan 30, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A new DIY electronic coil tester.
Replies: 219
Views: 20929

Re: A new DIY electronic coil tester.

Neil, The 'FACT' theory of operation and that of the ECCT are essentially the same. The essence of it is that a motor doesn't care about 'average current setting' (ala HCCT), rather it simply wants to see consistent spark at the right time, and across all four cylinders. With modern electronics it's...
by Luke
Thu Jan 30, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A new DIY electronic coil tester.
Replies: 219
Views: 20929

Coil testing data

As mentioned earlier, on Wednesday we tested a number of coils from several sources. The coils included brass-tops and plastics. The methodology used was to initially set the points (some were dressed) by feeler gauge, then test the capacitors and set the coil timing in the 'FACT' at 12.1V. Primary ...
by Luke
Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A new DIY electronic coil tester.
Replies: 219
Views: 20929

Re: A new DIY electronic coil tester.

Scott, Chris' meter scale is fairly cramped at the lower end, 2V might be difficult to determine, and for various reasons it'll be several weeks before any further opportunity to test so I'm not able to comment on that much further. However wrt your enquiry on the range of average current draw, and ...