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by Chris Barker
Mon Jan 18, 2021 11:31 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Early vs late crankshaft
Replies: 9
Views: 624

Re: Early vs late crankshaft

After checking for cracks, I suggest that the most important thing is to ensure that the 4th main - and indeed the other 3 - are all in line. I have my doubts about the often-recommended method of standing the engine/transmission on its nose. When you put the unit in the car, the weight of the trans...
by Chris Barker
Mon Jan 18, 2021 4:29 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Was the Model T good value for money?
Replies: 19
Views: 811

Re: Was the Model T good value for money?

I have a copy of 'Ford Dealer and Salesman' from 1922. In it is a snake oil ad which claims that some device will effectively make gas cost 15c instead of 25c. I conclude that gas cost 25c in 1922. I think $1 in '22 is $15.5 now, so that means fuel then was the equivalent of $3.88 now. So be thankfu...
by Chris Barker
Fri Jan 15, 2021 6:05 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Resistance: How many ohms are acceptable?
Replies: 10
Views: 441

Re: Resistance: How many ohms are acceptable?

I am wondering whether your meter may be misleading you somewhat. The voltage it applies and the current flowing will be very small. I wonder if it's more meaningful to compare the current supplying a bulb directly and via the switch. I suggest a 12v stop or turn lamp bulb. That should take about 1....
by Chris Barker
Thu Jan 14, 2021 4:01 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: All I have left
Replies: 10
Views: 820

Re: All I have left

Well thank you very much for all these many posts.
Much appreciated.
by Chris Barker
Tue Jan 12, 2021 4:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Advice for towing '22 Center Door long distance
Replies: 21
Views: 713

Re: Advice for towing '22 Center Door long distance

I have a '26 Coupe. I'm sure the aerodynamics would be better if it faced backwards, but I'm afraid the doors might come open (hinges at the front). If your Centredoor has rear hinges, you might consider facing aft. Otherwise face forward. I always tie down the outer ends front and rear axles with s...
by Chris Barker
Sat Jan 09, 2021 9:44 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: looking for suggestions on location of battery cut off switch
Replies: 31
Views: 959

Re: looking for suggestions on location of battery cut off switch

On the floor next to the starter switch?
In the upstand at the front of the seat (if it has one).
by Chris Barker
Sat Jan 09, 2021 4:58 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vaporizer Choke Assembly Rigging Question
Replies: 7
Views: 345

Re: Vaporizer Choke Assembly Rigging Question

I think James has clicked on the wrong link!

Does this help?
Ignore my air filter.

http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/411944/416013.html
by Chris Barker
Fri Jan 08, 2021 5:24 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Now better photos. "Does anyone have a recommendation for an air filter?"
Replies: 9
Views: 599

Re: Now better photos. "Does anyone have a recommendation for an air filter?"

Here's a foam one for a dirt bike from an eBay supplier on my Vaporizer. I made a tubular adaptor which is a push fit, but there's a retaining wire over the top. They come in many attachment tube diameters (35mm to 50 or even 60mm), and straight or angled. This seems to run OK. I can't detect any ch...
by Chris Barker
Fri Jan 08, 2021 5:17 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Timer Collection Photos
Replies: 42
Views: 1827

Re: Timer Collection Photos

You are absolutely right, but timers with ramps (e.g. Anderson) or perhaps the one with the eccentric bearing shown above can sometimes get so far out that cylinders fire on different magneto peaks! You can also get cylinders switched on 'between' the magneto peaks. My measurements on an Anderson sh...
by Chris Barker
Tue Jan 05, 2021 5:05 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Timer Collection Photos
Replies: 42
Views: 1827

Re: Timer Collection Photos

Mr Edison's effort looks ingenious and robust, but I wonder if the timing is very precise. Interesting that he provided a separate ground brush so that the ball bearing didn't carry the current.
by Chris Barker
Sat Jan 02, 2021 4:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Timer Collection Photos
Replies: 42
Views: 1827

Re: Timer Collection Photos

Here's one you may not have in your collections. I've always found that My T goes best with an Anderson, but the intercylinder timing goes wrong eventually - they are about 4 times as sensitive to being off-centre as a roller or brush, and the fit in the case (mine anyway) isn't too precise. I have ...
by Chris Barker
Sat Jan 02, 2021 4:06 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Timer Collection Photos
Replies: 42
Views: 1827

Re: Timer Collection Photos

I like the No-Kick device. Proper contacts, immune to being off-centre and you could adjust the inter-cylinder timing off the car.
But did it work and last well?
by Chris Barker
Thu Dec 31, 2020 4:08 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: "T" Parts Terminology
Replies: 11
Views: 692

Re: "T" Parts Terminology

The most blatant example is MAGNETO. In every other application - cars, trucks, aeroplanes - a magneto is a device that generates very high voltage pulses that power spark plugs directly. The thing on the Model T flywheel is an alternator. In Britain, we have a problem with 'cotter pin'. To us, a co...
by Chris Barker
Mon Dec 28, 2020 4:32 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Installing a battery cut off switch
Replies: 32
Views: 1247

Re: Installing a battery cut off switch

I'm surprised that no-one has mentioned the voltage drop you get with these things. For those of us still using 6v (and preserving our starter motors), we need all the volts we can get. The knife type is probably better than those with face contacts, but there will still be some resistance. My car h...
by Chris Barker
Mon Dec 21, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What is this?
Replies: 12
Views: 1001

Re: What is this?

You need this: https://www.modeltford.com/item/6445C.aspx and this: https://www.modeltford.com/item/6484CX.aspx probably this: https://www.modeltford.com/item/6404BX.aspx and maybe a bulb holder too. The original was just a low power tail light, but you might want to try to fit a double contact to t...
by Chris Barker
Fri Dec 18, 2020 4:03 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1926 Coupe Upholstery
Replies: 32
Views: 1596

Re: 1926 Coupe Upholstery

Scott C's sample is like what I have on my car, but mine was done in 1990.
by Chris Barker
Sun Dec 13, 2020 4:37 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1926 Coupe Upholstery
Replies: 32
Views: 1596

Re: 1926 Coupe Upholstery

My green '26 Coupe has fabric that is green with brown stripes, and tan headlining. I believe it came from a US supplier as a kit around 1990. The carpet is new and home made.
by Chris Barker
Sat Dec 12, 2020 4:38 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Medicine
Replies: 10
Views: 1019

Re: Medicine

Excellent.
Cheered me up.

However, there is a risk of an overdose......
by Chris Barker
Wed Dec 09, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: T race car
Replies: 27
Views: 1394

Re: T race car

Really nice work. Good to see everything, including the driver, really low Will you explain the controls. I'm guessing that - the right pedal is the throttle the outboard lever on the right is the rear brakes there is no transmission brake the horizontal lever just left of centre is for reverse the ...
by Chris Barker
Tue Dec 01, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New 21" Split Rims
Replies: 10
Views: 867

Re: New 21" Split Rims

Are all the bolt holes round? Mine are oval in places so you can fit the wheel without pushing back the bolts.
Is there a no screw at the rim join?
by Chris Barker
Mon Nov 30, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Post a photo of your antique Model T License Plate
Replies: 162
Views: 14491

Re: Post a photo of your antique Model T License Plate

Someone told me that the unusual colour ('26 Ca were blue) means it was a government car.
by Chris Barker
Wed Nov 25, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Air filter
Replies: 14
Views: 1106

Re: Air filter

Steve, you inspired me to sort a 'been meaning to' job. My '26 Coupe has a Vaporizer so a different design. I bought a dirt-bike angled filter for about $6 and I also did a bit of sheet metal work. The tricky bit is a 'dent' on the engine side so that the choke control can operate. No mods to the ca...
by Chris Barker
Tue Nov 24, 2020 4:45 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Stations and stores
Replies: 6
Views: 700

Re: Stations and stores

"Starter Teeth Replaced Without Removing Flywheel"

But did they remove the hogshead?
Did they take the engine out?
Sump and hogshead off?
Arc welding?

I wonder.
by Chris Barker
Tue Nov 24, 2020 4:40 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: THE HORSE IS DOOMED
Replies: 9
Views: 837

Re: THE HORSE IS DOOMED

A horse is a horse, of course, of course And no one can talk to a horse of course That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mr. Ed! Go right to the source and ask the horse He'll give you the answer that you'll endorse He's always on a steady course Talk to Mr. Ed! People yakkity yak a stre...
by Chris Barker
Mon Nov 23, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Turn signals
Replies: 19
Views: 924

Re: Turn signals

You say you have a mechanical flasher. Are you sure it's the traditional type with a hot wire? They are usually unaffected by anything. I once went to great trouble to fit LED bulbs to my flashers, and bought a solid state flasher to suit. It worked great....until I started the engine! I don't know ...
by Chris Barker
Wed Nov 18, 2020 4:45 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 21" Rims - Pacific Ballon Rim Tool
Replies: 7
Views: 607

Re: 21" Rims - Pacific Ballon Rim Tool

But did you manage to push the rim out without scratching the paint at the join????
by Chris Barker
Tue Nov 17, 2020 5:05 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

The decline in the UK of Model T cars was hastened by the annual tax regime which was based on engine bore and number of cylinders. Ford owners had to pay twice as much as the average small car. Fuel consumption of 20mpg didn't help either. UK fuel prices have always been higher than US. But the sur...
by Chris Barker
Mon Nov 16, 2020 5:05 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

In the UK, when production ended there were about 45000 Model T cars taxed for road use (this number excludes the large numbers of TTs and other commercials - vans etc). Taxation records show that the number in use then halved every two years until, in 1938, just 1100 were still registered. Of that ...
by Chris Barker
Thu Nov 12, 2020 6:03 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T Capabilities on Hills?
Replies: 39
Views: 2051

Re: Model T Capabilities on Hills?

This may have been suggested already, but an easy improvement - and well worthwhile on a heavy 27, is a high compression head. Only an hour to fit too. It will give up to 30% more power That could do it for you. And it's useful generally on your hilly roads. A Z head gets good reviews, but there are...
by Chris Barker
Wed Nov 11, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 999- what does this say?
Replies: 10
Views: 972

Re: 999- what does this say?

Was the car ever in the hands of a dealer?

If so, he might have painted 'Ford dealer since 1903' on it - anytime in the 1930s, 40s, 50s etc.
by Chris Barker
Mon Nov 09, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Prices going down ?
Replies: 28
Views: 1836

Re: Prices going down ?

I think we have now passed 'Peak Classic Car', so prices will drift downwards. Lots of reasons - young people view cars as 'white goods' (and with what's on offer now, why not?) - environmental influences, if not pressures, growing slowly - the prospect of no gas stations about 10 years after electr...
by Chris Barker
Sat Nov 07, 2020 3:26 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Questions About Trunk Lid on 1927 Coupe
Replies: 7
Views: 440

Re: Questions About Trunk Lid on 1927 Coupe

I may be wrong, but I think I recall that it has to come out forwards into the cabin, so the parcel shelf comes out first.
Fiddly, and much better with 2 people.
by Chris Barker
Wed Nov 04, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1926-27 Engine Color
Replies: 25
Views: 1391

Re: 1926-27 Engine Color

Does the above mean that my car is Drake Green?
by Chris Barker
Wed Oct 21, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Mag verses battery
Replies: 7
Views: 536

Re: Mag verses battery

If you feed a trembler coil with DC it will fire and spark about 200 times per second until the tar melts. The mag generates a series of voltage pulses - a positive pulse is followed by a negative pulse. There 8 cycles (16 pulses) per crank rev. Each pulse lasts long enough, and is strong enough to ...
by Chris Barker
Fri Oct 16, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T on the international scale
Replies: 10
Views: 981

Re: Model T on the international scale

300,000 were built at Trafford Park in Manchester from 1911 for the UK market, and this factory also supplied parts to European assembly plants in France, Denmark etc. In 1917, Ford opened a plant in Cork, where his family had emigrated from. It had a foundry which supplied Trafford Park. UK Ts were...
by Chris Barker
Wed Oct 14, 2020 3:28 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Direct LED replacement headlight
Replies: 35
Views: 1951

Re: Direct LED replacement headlight

All this theory about parabolic lenses and pinpoint light sources versus multiple LEDs is all very well and correct.

BUT

If you have driven behind 6v tungstens and then fitted LED bulbs, the difference is night and day.
by Chris Barker
Mon Oct 12, 2020 4:08 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Oil pn support dogear blocks
Replies: 20
Views: 954

Re: Oil pn support dogear blocks

I suggest that most people will think it permissible to fit a stiff nut.
That saves eye, back and temper stresses.
by Chris Barker
Thu Oct 08, 2020 5:20 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 15 YEARS OLD AND ABOUT TO CHANGE BANDS FOR FIRST TIME!
Replies: 19
Views: 1022

Re: 15 YEARS OLD AND ABOUT TO CHANGE BANDS FOR FIRST TIME!

AND DO NOT DROP AN ADJUSTING NUT OR WASHER DOWN INSIDE. AND DO NOT DROP AN ADJUSTING NUT OR WASHER DOWN INSIDE. AND DO NOT DROP AN ADJUSTING NUT OR WASHER DOWN INSIDE. AND DO NOT DROP AN ADJUSTING NUT OR WASHER DOWN INSIDE. Stuff rags or paper towel down the side of the casing, below the nuts. Best ...
by Chris Barker
Tue Oct 06, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Roll bars for my race car hahaha.
Replies: 4
Views: 636

Re: Roll bars for my race car hahaha.

I'm just a Brit, but I seem to recall seeing a larger one in St Louis
by Chris Barker
Fri Oct 02, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Identify this event please
Replies: 11
Views: 981

Re: Identify this event please

Thank you.
I had all those thoughts, but then I saw that car 21 appears to have 1917+ curved fenders.....
by Chris Barker
Thu Oct 01, 2020 5:04 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Identify this event please
Replies: 11
Views: 981

Identify this event please

I have been asked if I can find out where, when and what this event was. The cars are numbered, and one is marked 'Pilot'.

Thank you
by Chris Barker
Mon Sep 07, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: running better on battery
Replies: 3
Views: 421

Re: running better on battery

The above is all good. You might also check the magneto output. You need an AC voltmeter - analogue is better for this check. You should get about 5v at idle, rising to over 30v at high rpm. (a simpler check is to connect a turn or brake light 12v 21W bulb; it should get VERY bright or blow when you...
by Chris Barker
Fri Sep 04, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: NH Carburettor needle taper
Replies: 2
Views: 322

NH Carburettor needle taper

A friend of mine here in England called to ask if I could tell him the correct taper angle for his NH carburettor needle. He has several old ones with wear grooves, and they have a fine taper. He bought a new one (which perhaps originates from Snyder's or Bob's) and that has a much 'blunter' taper. ...
by Chris Barker
Thu Sep 03, 2020 3:38 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Coils not working
Replies: 39
Views: 1603

Re: Coils not working

If all 4 coils buzzed in the 'good' location, they are adequate for now. Go to the timer and its wiring. It could be a roller, a brush or a flapper. It's obvious how it works. Clean it up and, if it's roller, oil it. If it's a flapper, grease it. If you want to remove the rotating part for cleaning,...
by Chris Barker
Mon Aug 31, 2020 5:07 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I’ve Never Seen This Accessory - Have You ?
Replies: 9
Views: 1141

Re: I’ve Never Seen This Accessory - Have You ?

The trouble with that fix is that it's at the wrong end of the engine. The aim is to keep the magneto gap small - but above zero!
The alternatives which shimmed the third or even second bearing would have been better......for a while.
by Chris Barker
Thu Aug 20, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Diskies, no diskies.
Replies: 13
Views: 1345

Re: Diskies, no diskies.

Hmmm.
Those spokes exceed 100mph airspeed at the top of their travel; I wonder whether there's a drag improvement?
Maybe you need them on the inside too.
by Chris Barker
Wed Aug 19, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Diskies, no diskies.
Replies: 13
Views: 1345

Re: Diskies, no diskies.

Where can I find some??


(Are they Montana 500 legal?)
by Chris Barker
Mon Aug 17, 2020 3:57 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model Ts Illegal?
Replies: 33
Views: 2340

Re: Model Ts Illegal?

I don't think it will be safety, politics or 'greens' that end Model T motoring, it will be the market. As soon as a fuel cell that doesn't weigh 1500lb and does give a 500 mile range appears, the EVs will take over as quickly as the Model T replaced the horse 100 years ago, and the gas stations wil...
by Chris Barker
Sat Aug 08, 2020 3:38 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1927 Coupe History and Then Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 1314

Re: 1927 Coupe History and Then Questions

No light, no air = no problem!

I'm more amazed by the other 3 staying up.
There is an old concours joke about NOS air
by Chris Barker
Fri Jul 31, 2020 3:24 pm
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

Yes; very impressed. Arrived today in Somerset, England.
by Chris Barker
Fri Jul 31, 2020 4:03 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Safest way to haul a coupe on an open trailer
Replies: 25
Views: 2194

Re: Safest way to haul a coupe on an open trailer

I have always towed my '26 Coupe forwards on an open trailer. No bother. I usually stay at 60 but have occasionally gone faster. No bother. I cover the rad because I once got the timer etc all wet. The battery gets wet in heavy rain. I do attach elastic straps to the bonnet (hood) catches. I have wo...
by Chris Barker
Fri Jul 24, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1927 Coupe History and Then Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 1314

Re: 1927 Coupe History and Then Questions

Have them rebuilt.
As long as you can measure between about 2500 and 3500 ohms between the two terminals on the side, they will almost certainly live again.
by Chris Barker
Fri Jul 24, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1927 Coupe History and Then Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 1314

Re: 1927 Coupe History and Then Questions

I wouldn't rush into tearing it apart. Model Ts with much worse histories have been successfully resurrected. I would want to find out - carefully- what you've got. If it was running OK in 1959 it may well do so today as long as wildlife hasn't got into the mechanicals. It would be good to find a fr...
by Chris Barker
Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Interesting video from 1929
Replies: 6
Views: 979

Re: Interesting video from 1929

Hmmmmm.
The sound and picture quality seems rather good for 1929.
Just 2 years after The Jazz Singer.
by Chris Barker
Sat Jul 11, 2020 3:41 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: OT but can apply to Model T - turn signal wiring mystery
Replies: 20
Views: 2387

Re: OT but can apply to Model T - turn signal wiring mystery

I agree with Squirrel. The hot-wire flashers have to have a certain current to work. (By the way, I and others have discovered the hard way that modern solid-state flasher units that are not load dependent, and work with LEDs do NOT, repeat NOT, like the Model T environment. All is fine.....until yo...
by Chris Barker
Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:33 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T engine Marine Conversion
Replies: 26
Views: 2803

Re: Model T engine Marine Conversion

The usual marine transmission was a very clever adaptation of the car gearbox. The teeth were ground off the driven (sun) gear, and the low and brake drums were locked together. When the reverse drum was clamped, the output turned at 0.96 x engine speed in reverse, so the sailor had direct drive for...
by Chris Barker
Fri Jun 19, 2020 4:30 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Instead of pouring Babbitt...
Replies: 35
Views: 3691

Re: Instead of pouring Babbitt...

What is the MTFCFB please?

I even Googled it and got no answers
by Chris Barker
Wed Jun 17, 2020 3:07 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this too dangerous to keep as is?
Replies: 20
Views: 2945

Re: Is this too dangerous to keep as is?

It will get closer when the body rises relative to the axle - over a sharp rise for example.
I would jack the chassis until the front axle is off the ground. If it's still clear then it's OK.
by Chris Barker
Sat Jun 13, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vibration
Replies: 17
Views: 1636

Re: Vibration

You might check the front mount. The cap bolts can be tight, but if the parts are worn it will vibrate. Shim (=tin can) will fix it. Also, grease it.

And check the big nut that connects the manifold to the exhaust pipe, and that the silencer doesn't have loose parts inside.
by Chris Barker
Wed Jun 03, 2020 3:56 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Notice to MTFCA members outside the U.S.
Replies: 8
Views: 1699

Re: Notice to MTFCA members outside the U.S.

Ours arrived (UK) last week in the same post as another American Model T magazine.
by Chris Barker
Fri May 29, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What did you do with your T Model in May ?
Replies: 79
Views: 7888

Re: What did you do with your T Model in May ?

I cloned my 1925 Coupe.......in one sixteenth scale for my first grandson, aged 15 months.
The radiator, spring axle and back of the headlamps is cut and filed from one piece of 5mm steel. It has to be robust!
by Chris Barker
Tue May 26, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Halogen Tail Lites
Replies: 6
Views: 874

Re: Halogen Tail Lites

LEDs are to Halogens what Netflix is to Betamax!
by Chris Barker
Mon May 18, 2020 6:30 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1927 T Coupe Windsield Hinge Rubber
Replies: 7
Views: 919

Re: 1927 T Coupe Windsield Hinge Rubber

My '26 Coupe only has rubber down the sides and along the bottom. I don't get leaks along the top because of the hinge.
by Chris Barker
Fri May 15, 2020 6:00 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1927 Deck Lid
Replies: 2
Views: 533

Re: 1927 Deck Lid

I recall it being tricky.
Have you tried starting from inside the car with the shelf removed?
by Chris Barker
Sat May 02, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rock Maple spokes and fellows
Replies: 17
Views: 2100

Re: Rock Maple spokes and fellows

I don't know how your Rock Maple compares with American maples, but according to this table, all American maples are greatly inferior to Shagbark Hickory.
https://www.woodworkweb.com/woodwork-to ... ngths.html
by Chris Barker
Thu Apr 16, 2020 5:18 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Cushion spring gap
Replies: 12
Views: 1634

Re: Cushion spring gap

I do like the feeler gauge method - I'll use it next time, though maybe a bit thinner than 0.010".

I just tapped and looked until they seemed like my others or until I could insert a feeler gauge alongside the rivet.
The hew ones are usually much too big (0.020"+) but I think 0.004 to 0.008 is fine.
by Chris Barker
Wed Apr 15, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Cushion spring gap
Replies: 12
Views: 1634

Re: Cushion spring gap

I have tapped many rivets to reduce the travel to c. 0.005" and I have never had trouble with the rivet swelling.
by Chris Barker
Wed Apr 15, 2020 3:40 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Where were Model T engines made?
Replies: 12
Views: 2105

Re: Where were Model T engines made?

Cork was intended to provide castings for all Ford Europe, especially the Trafford Park plant to avoid import duties on US-made parts. Building began in 1918. However, by the time it was in full production, Eire was a separate country. Nevertheless, Cork's foundry, said in the 1920s to be the most m...
by Chris Barker
Tue Apr 14, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Transmission Simulator
Replies: 8
Views: 1546

Re: Transmission Simulator

It depends on which browser you use. Google 'Unblock Flash Player' and you will find advice. For Chrome, when you got to a website that needs Flash, a tiny puzzle piece appears top right. Click on that, then 'manage'. Click on the switch and you should get the 'ask first' option. Reload the site and...
by Chris Barker
Thu Apr 09, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: In car Mag recharge
Replies: 7
Views: 1123

Re: In car Mag recharge

I doubt that 30A is enough. When I have done this job (successfully) with 3 x 12v batteries there was a big spark when I connected.
by Chris Barker
Fri Apr 03, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Magnet leveling
Replies: 17
Views: 2348

Re: Magnet leveling

Do you have a spare starter ring gear?

I found that if you lay this on top of the magnet plates you can check that the ring gear is parallel to the flywheel face with a vernier depth gauge and you can identify the high and low spots very easily.
by Chris Barker
Tue Mar 31, 2020 6:02 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New Day Timer very advanced and walking
Replies: 6
Views: 1029

Re: New Day Timer very advanced and walking

I think you already know the answer. It's not right. The brush must have been pushed in as far as its spring or housing will allow, and that's still not enough. The timer casing perimeter must rest hard against the timing cover, and the brush must then not be hard in. I would not run it as you descr...
by Chris Barker
Sun Mar 29, 2020 5:43 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Gould 2-speed rear axle for Fords
Replies: 1
Views: 659

Re: Gould 2-speed rear axle for Fords

I'm trying to figure out how it worked, and what ratios it provided. I guess from the text that it gave a 50% reduction. That would make it similar to some other devices, and would be consistent with using differential-style gearing. It's also consistent with the recommendation to use 'speed' gears ...
by Chris Barker
Thu Mar 19, 2020 4:15 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: '26 Coupe Package Tray
Replies: 8
Views: 1034

Re: '26 Coupe Package Tray

I also have fabric covering - a kit dating from around 1990, I believe.
by Chris Barker
Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: NEW TO VAPORIZER
Replies: 24
Views: 2984

Re: NEW TO VAPORIZER

18 years and about 35000 miles on a Vap -

Mine will always cold start if I do the following.

Pull out the choke, richen by 1/4 turn, give it some throttle and press the starter for 4 compressions.
Push in the choke, turn on the ignition and press the starter.

And it will never start if I don't!
by Chris Barker
Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Coil capacitors
Replies: 21
Views: 3527

Re: Coil capacitors

Sorry, I misunderstood.
I thought he was trying to get 0.47 from two 0.22s!
by Chris Barker
Fri Mar 13, 2020 4:27 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Coil capacitors
Replies: 21
Views: 3527

Re: Coil capacitors

Shouldn't that be in parallel??
by Chris Barker
Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 26 coupe windshield glass removal
Replies: 3
Views: 596

Re: 26 coupe windshield glass removal

My '26 Coupe has a steel frame in two parts, a wide 'U' and a closing piece. Held together by some small screws at two of the corners. These all came out and then I was able to separate the frame parts and gently pull the frame from the glass. I bought some thin rubber strip (about 0.050" thick?) to...
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: 76
Views: 11483

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: 8217

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: 239
Views: 25341

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: 239
Views: 25341

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: 239
Views: 25341

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: 239
Views: 25341

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: 239
Views: 25341

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: 239
Views: 25341

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: 239
Views: 25341

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: 239
Views: 25341

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: 239
Views: 25341

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: 239
Views: 25341

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: 1616

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: 1054

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: 1620

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: 1161

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: 1161

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: 1161

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: 4919

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: 1544

Re: Ideal crankshaft radius?

Hmmm. Interesting answer - probably what the questioner wanted, but I was thinking 'What's half the stroke? Ah yes, 2"'