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by Chris Barker
Mon Feb 10, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your Model T in February?
Replies: 48
Views: 3070

Re: What have you done to your Model T in February?

My '26 Coupe's pre-made brown carpet got a hole under my left heel.
I found carpet of a much better colour and had it edged by an upholsterer after I cut it to shape.
Floor, side panels and seat plinth.
by Chris Barker
Fri Jan 24, 2020 7:41 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your Model T in January?
Replies: 62
Views: 3583

Re: What have you done to your Model T in January?

I noticed increasing areas of erosion on the contacts of my TW timer - at the start and finish of each segment. I removed it and carefully set it up in my 4-jaw lathe chuck and made very fine cuts across the track. Then polished it. I was surprised to find that it required removal of almost 0.015" t...
by Chris Barker
Tue Jan 21, 2020 3:33 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A new DIY electronic coil tester.
Replies: 182
Views: 7187

Re: A new DIY electronic coil tester.

I follow the logic about ttf at 6v and 12v, but should there be a check at 30v (or more) to represent the real magneto environment?
by Chris Barker
Wed Jan 08, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A new DIY electronic coil tester.
Replies: 182
Views: 7187

Re: A new DIY electronic coil tester.

2.7 kohms is just within the range I have measured. Probably OK.

What made you think it is 'bad' - either in the HCCT or FACT?

I would be tempted to try to 'mend' (re-set) it using either the HCCT or the FACT, then, if successful, try it in the other tool.
by Chris Barker
Mon Jan 06, 2020 6:22 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A new DIY electronic coil tester.
Replies: 182
Views: 7187

Re: A new DIY electronic coil tester.

The figures Matt quoted are the same as I have encountered when rebuilding coils - as measured by Strobospark. Lots of people run cars with a mixture of original and modern caps - few have ever thought about the effect on timing and hardly anyone had a means of measuring it. The majority of old Ford...
by Chris Barker
Sat Jan 04, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A new DIY electronic coil tester.
Replies: 182
Views: 7187

Re: A new DIY electronic coil tester.

Luke,
to be clear, are you saying that the coil takes LONGER to fire with higher applied volts?

As Ron told me, the T coil has traps for the logical mind!
by Chris Barker
Wed Jan 01, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A new DIY electronic coil tester.
Replies: 182
Views: 7187

Re: A new DIY electronic coil tester.

It is desirable that coils have similar characteristics of TTF vs applied voltage because our magnetos go from less than 10v at idle to 30v+ at high rpm. When I got my car, I found it had no magneto, and running on 6v required ALL the available advance! Reading of others' experiences, it seems that ...
by Chris Barker
Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A new DIY electronic coil tester.
Replies: 182
Views: 7187

Re: A new DIY electronic coil tester.

While I'm enjoying, if not altogether following this discussion on current and meter readings, let's not forget what we are trying to do (other than escape Christmas 'festivities'). When we drive our Model Ts - remember them? - we want our ignition system to reliably and consistently deliver sparks ...
by Chris Barker
Fri Dec 27, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A new DIY electronic coil tester.
Replies: 182
Views: 7187

Re: A new DIY electronic coil tester.

Following all this - and seeing that nothing is ever quite as simple as we hope - should make us appreciate the effort and achievement of Mike Kossor with his thing that we can't mention.

(I have no connection with MK!)



Mike,
I'll p.m. my bank details :)
by Chris Barker
Thu Dec 26, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A new DIY electronic coil tester.
Replies: 182
Views: 7187

Re: A new DIY electronic coil tester.

Great Post Mr Jeff - or may I call you Admin?

We could have a poll here to find out how many other people have carefully created solid state blinker modules that worked perfectly......until they started the engine!

Merry Christmas from The Olde Country
by Chris Barker
Sun Dec 22, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A new DIY electronic coil tester.
Replies: 182
Views: 7187

Re: A new DIY electronic coil tester.

Mike, I'm trying to understand your 'scope images. Why do the steeper 20v ramps appear to start later than the slower 5v ramps? Have you adjusted (offset) the x axis for each voltage? If not, does the time-to-fire variation correlate with current - so higher rpm giving more mag output will advance t...
by Chris Barker
Sun Dec 22, 2019 4:47 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A new DIY electronic coil tester.
Replies: 182
Views: 7187

Re: A new DIY electronic coil tester.

Mike, a somewhat less contentious question - Does it really say a 1" spark on your result pictures? I have always understood that asking a coil to jump more than about 10mm risks an internal arc. Thanks for your contributions - and of course Luke's. I am following them avidly here in the UK and if -...
by Chris Barker
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 15,000,000 Ford video
Replies: 7
Views: 787

Re: 15,000,000 Ford video

What colour was, or is, that engine? It's obviously much paler than the others one the line - presumably green?

Where are the later outdoor shots with the Quadricycle?

Thanks
by Chris Barker
Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T cutaway image source?
Replies: 4
Views: 593

Model T cutaway image source?

Can anyone tell me where this cutaway image came from, or who created it please?
by Chris Barker
Sat Nov 09, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: High compression head ????
Replies: 6
Views: 822

Re: High compression head ????

I have a Giant Power Head. Before fitting it I measured it and calculated 5.1:1 compression ratio. It does have the 'squish' areas above the pistons. It makes a significant improvement to performance. On most of those hills where in High with the stock '26 head you gradually slow down from 30 to abo...
by Chris Barker
Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Starett Socket Set
Replies: 3
Views: 660

Re: Starett Socket Set

It's apparently almost the same content but a different box. Mine is also a 443, but maybe a 443B The write up in the ad doesn't mention the drill holder but it's on the picture in the lid, as is the small tommy bar. The 'rivet' isn't shown. I wonder what's in the top left corner of the lid? Also, $...
by Chris Barker
Sat Oct 19, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Starett Socket Set
Replies: 3
Views: 660

Re: Starett Socket Set

So; no-one knows! But I have now discovered, by more cunning and persistent application of Google's services that the pointed item is a drill bit holder. There is a tapered square hole inside the square shaft. If you hold the knurled bit and turn the square, it winds out, presumable following the dr...
by Chris Barker
Thu Oct 17, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Starett Socket Set
Replies: 3
Views: 660

Starett Socket Set

I am fortunate to have been given a complete period Starrett socket set (the ratchet is soaking to lubricate the mechanism) Can anyone tell me the functions of the three items in front of the box please? The tiny bar has a taper and will fit in the hole at the base of the square section in the point...
by Chris Barker
Sat Oct 05, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is a water pump necessary?
Replies: 39
Views: 2043

Re: Is a water pump necessary?

Well, I've scanned through all these replies.

Wouldn't a simple NO have sufficed?
by Chris Barker
Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ideal crankshaft radius?
Replies: 7
Views: 731

Re: Ideal crankshaft radius?

Hmmm. Interesting answer - probably what the questioner wanted, but I was thinking 'What's half the stroke? Ah yes, 2"'
by Chris Barker
Sun Sep 29, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hard starting: sometimes the answer is simple
Replies: 8
Views: 914

Re: Hard starting: sometimes the answer is simple

Can anyone think of any reason at all why narrowing plug gaps from .03 to .025 should make things better in a HC engine - or any engine - if was starting OK at .03?
by Chris Barker
Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:43 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wheeler & schebler carb information request
Replies: 12
Views: 816

Re: Wheeler & schebler carb information request

Many thanks to all on behalf of my fellow enthusiast here in England.
He is Terry Leach, and this is his 'normal' T
by Chris Barker
Sun Sep 08, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wheeler & schebler carb information request
Replies: 12
Views: 816

Re: Wheeler & schebler carb information request

I'm told:
"Its definitely a Wheeler Schebler model t carburetor with Ford A on the float lid. Other Mark's are FAX8 and FA stamped on the float bowl."

and I have this pic
by Chris Barker
Sat Sep 07, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wheeler & schebler carb information request
Replies: 12
Views: 816

Wheeler & schebler carb information request

A question from a UK Model T owner: "I have recently purchased a Model T after market carburettor manufactured by Wheeler and Schebler Indianapolis.I am in the process of reconditioning it and wondered if you might hold any information relating to the carburettor and in particular the operating and ...
by Chris Barker
Sun Sep 01, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Need help with front end alignment
Replies: 8
Views: 537

Re: Need help with front end alignment

May I ask the obvious?
Is the axle tilted backwards as is should be?
by Chris Barker
Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:07 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Figure this noise out
Replies: 5
Views: 509

Re: Figure this noise out

Following the thoughts above, Have your coils been properly and reasonably recently checked and adjusted? You can easily 'set up' coils to give a spark and make the engine run, but the 'time-to-spark' may differ between the coils if the correct test gear isn't used (HCCT, Strobo-Spark or ECCT), and ...
by Chris Barker
Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: LED turn signals?
Replies: 20
Views: 1634

Re: LED turn signals?

One word of warning. I have the 6v system but the 18W bulbs took a lot of current (6A) So I converted to LED and bought a flasher suitable for LEDs (the old style 'hot wire' type needs the current of a filament bulb. It all worked fine.....until I started the engine. Then either the RF from the coil...
by Chris Barker
Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Why won't my 1923 touring start...
Replies: 5
Views: 822

Re: Why won't my 1923 touring start...

It seems to be a Universal Law that, at some time in its life, every old car's wiring will fall into the clutches of someone who really should not be allowed out without his mother.
by Chris Barker
Wed May 08, 2019 5:04 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T coil tester advice: HCCT, Strobo-Spark, ECCT
Replies: 103
Views: 8627

Re: Model T coil tester advice: HCCT, Strobo-Spark, ECCT

My reply is the same as Scott Conger's on the 19th. I understand the points made in favour of setting by time-to-spark, but surely the power in the spark matters too? And that must relate to current. I would want to have both the same for all coils. One other point. I usually agree with Steve Jelf, ...
by Chris Barker
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: What's legal in the USA?
Replies: 7
Views: 1093

What's legal in the USA?

Here in the UK we get some US car programmes. Some are good; others not so. I quite like Sin City Motors - nice people who are skilled in what they do -but I have to ask if what they produce is legal to drive on public roads? Those blown diesels which belch black smoke out of vertical stacks, spikes...
by Chris Barker
Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Another question re: removing a 27 engine
Replies: 6
Views: 839

Re: Another question re: removing a 27 engine

I have a '27. I can't see how you can leave the headlamp bar in place - unless you lift off the whole body! However, I don't see why the paint should suffer. The heads have square shafts beneath, so they should not turn. The nuts can be removed under the fenders, and then the bolts lift out. I sugge...
by Chris Barker
Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Giant Head arrived!
Replies: 9
Views: 1303

Re: Giant Head arrived!

I measured and calculated a CR of either 5.3:1 or 5.6:1 - I can't recall exactly.
by Chris Barker
Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:32 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Giant Head arrived!
Replies: 9
Views: 1303

Re: Giant Head arrived!

You will like it.
A noticeable and very useful improvement at low and mid revs, but not too much.
Some sources say 30% extra power - 6HP!

Any idea what colour they were originally?

I painted mine black with silver letters - it's worth having just for these!
by Chris Barker
Sun Feb 24, 2019 5:19 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: This Model T Exploded!
Replies: 18
Views: 2370

Re: This Model T Exploded!

Gaps around panels and doors
by Chris Barker
Sun Feb 24, 2019 4:07 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: This Model T Exploded!
Replies: 18
Views: 2370

Re: This Model T Exploded!

Hmm. The shut lines aren't too good
by Chris Barker
Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:33 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: OT What if...No more gas ?
Replies: 43
Views: 3312

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

Not IF but WHEN. It will happen. Someone fairly soon will invent an affordable battery which will give a range of 500 miles. It may be purely electrical; it may be a fuel cell, but it will come. And when it does, that will be the end of petrol and diesel cars, and then trucks. The revolution will be...
by Chris Barker
Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Something Better Maybe?
Replies: 15
Views: 1807

Re: Something Better Maybe?

It is one of the mysteries of the universe that when Ford added the 6v starter and generator they did not eliminate the magneto and trembler coils and just fit a distributor and coil.
Just consider the cost saving for about 40 million trembler coils.
by Chris Barker
Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Radial Tires
Replies: 10
Views: 1536

Re: Radial Tires

I wondered what made you think they are radials but they are on the site as 'Bias Look Radials' despite the inch width sizing

Radials are almost always marked with width in mm, so tI would have expected 115 x 21
by Chris Barker
Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: My and Your TT trucks
Replies: 51
Views: 4590

Re: My and Your TT trucks

Never seen a DIY Vaporizer plate before!

Buy 2 - they only last 2-3 years. Not expensive.

Nice truck