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by Russ T Fender
Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Engine splash pans
Replies: 32
Views: 1218

Re: Engine splash pans

I run my '10 and '14 without the pans in Florida and have never had a problem with overheating. I think the pans were intended to keep dirt and mud from unpaved roads out of things. That would be especially important for open valve engines. The early cars even had pans around the transmission and mi...
by Russ T Fender
Wed Nov 11, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T on a 2-post lift
Replies: 21
Views: 909

Re: Model T on a 2-post lift

I decided on the four post lift because it can be moved around the shop if needed since,it,does not need to be anchored to the floor and I too was concerned about using a two post lift with my larger cars..
by Russ T Fender
Tue Nov 03, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Burlap sack seats?
Replies: 20
Views: 906

Re: Burlap sack seats?

Rough but period correct. Found on a well used depot hack stored since 1940.
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by Russ T Fender
Sun Nov 01, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Fixing flats.
Replies: 12
Views: 679

Re: Fixing flats.

I know it probably goes without saying but be sure to check the inside of the tire casing with your hand before inserting the new tube in case the offending object that caused the puncture in the first place is still there waiting for a repeat performance.
by Russ T Fender
Sat Oct 24, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 13T - Ford wrench, unknown tool, and old parts
Replies: 19
Views: 722

Re: 13T - Ford wrench and unknown took

Don't know about the wrench but the other tool is for grinding valves
by Russ T Fender
Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T Weather vain.
Replies: 19
Views: 1202

Re: Model T Weather vain.

My wife let me put this one on the shed but refused to have it on the house.
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by Russ T Fender
Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1911 Top windshield seal
Replies: 5
Views: 269

Re: 1911 Top windshield seal

This is what a previous owner did on my '12. Not too keen on adding Murphy buttons to the windshield but it has kept us dry on many rainy tour days.
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by Russ T Fender
Wed Sep 23, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Dare we analyze my cracked crankshaft?? I say we do.. but INTELLIGENTLY
Replies: 23
Views: 1282

Re: Dare we analyze my cracked crankshaft?? I say we do.. but INTELLIGENTLY

Why not have it x-rayed. I believe that is how they confirmed the quality of the weld on my 1908 Locomobile crank.
by Russ T Fender
Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Tire wanted
Replies: 1
Views: 342

Re: Tire wanted

Still looking
by Russ T Fender
Sat Sep 12, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: White Firestone Tires
Replies: 3
Views: 653

Re: White Firestone Tires

The old PJA Pneumatics were light grey. I still have a set on the shelf but given their age am afraid to use them.
by Russ T Fender
Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: running out of gas
Replies: 9
Views: 592

Re: running out of gas

The early 40 h.p. Chalmers Detroits used exhaust pressure to compensate for the lower gas tank on the racier runabouts. The tank was too low for gravity feed. My Touring car has the seat much higher so it was unnecessary but the manifolds are the same and there is a plug in mine where the connection...
by Russ T Fender
Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Tire wanted
Replies: 1
Views: 342

Tire wanted

Looking for one or more usable 30X3-1/2 Universal white sidewall clincher tires. One of mine finally bit the dust
by Russ T Fender
Sat Aug 22, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Inner tubes "MADE IN USA "
Replies: 14
Views: 835

Re: Inner tubes "MADE IN USA "

I am nursing 30+ year old tubes in all my cars but one and some of them have 4 or more patches. They rarely require more air and when they do it is a pound or two. The one car that has new tubes is consistently losing air at the rate of 5 pounds or more per wheel per week. No wonder valve stems are ...
by Russ T Fender
Fri Aug 21, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Carburetor Adjustment
Replies: 7
Views: 728

Re: Carburetor Adjustment

When cold crank once or twice with choke on. Then turn on switch and crank without choke to start. Some carburetors work best if mixture knob is opened a 1/4 turn initially and then closed once started. When warmed up no choke at all. Everyone is different so you have to experiment until you discove...
by Russ T Fender
Fri Jul 17, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How Fast is Too Fast?
Replies: 43
Views: 3495

Re: How Fast is Too Fast?

I enjoy driving at speeds of up to 25 with an occasional run up to 30 when approaching a hill. Easy on me and the car. It's not high tech but everything that moves can only move so much before it wears our. Higher speeds mean more rpm's. It's just plain old common sense. I don't drive my T's because...
by Russ T Fender
Mon Jul 13, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Seat Belts, What of it?
Replies: 35
Views: 3245

Re: Seat Belts, What of it?

My concern, especially on the early cars, is that the body itself is not adequately anchored to the frame to withstand any major impact. So, if you secure the seat belts to the body you will go where it goes but, worse yet, if you secure it to the frame you and the seat belt may wind up holding the ...
by Russ T Fender
Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just to be sure
Replies: 9
Views: 1008

Re: Just to be sure

I have taken the water pump off of every T I acquired that had one when I got it. Some had relatively new radiators and others were original radiators. Never noticed a difference. The fan is another issue. You probably don't need it if you are moving all the time but it sure helps when you are sitti...
by Russ T Fender
Sun Jun 21, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Magneto problem
Replies: 22
Views: 1866

Re: Magneto problem

Years ago I threw a belt on a tour on a day that was well into the 90's and without a motometer did not realize how hot the car was getting with the original radiator until I started loosing power. It got real hot to the point where the oil was so thinned out that I lost almost all of my braking cap...
by Russ T Fender
Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Who uses 30 x 3 clinchers?
Replies: 30
Views: 2336

Re: Who uses 30 x 3 clinchers?

I use them on 5 of my cars and am still running some very old non-skids on some of them. I have been waiting for decent tires to replace them.
by Russ T Fender
Fri Jun 12, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vibration
Replies: 17
Views: 1432

Re: Vibration

One of my cars had springs under the pan ears when I got it. Perhaps the springs were not strong enough but I found the engine twisting excessively when accelerating to be annoying and I was concerned that it was actually putting more stress on the pan ears. I removed them and went back to the Ford ...
by Russ T Fender
Fri May 29, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Fall Hershey
Replies: 43
Views: 3580

Re: Hershey news

With people coming from every part of the U.S. and the world it would be crazy to let that many people get together and then return home to potentially get this pandemic started all over again. God willing there's always next year!
by Russ T Fender
Tue May 19, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: cherry picker arm length
Replies: 12
Views: 1418

Re: cherry picker arm length

I am assuming what you are referring to as a cherry picker is a portable engine hoist. Most engine hoists have an adjustable hoist arm that you can slide in or out depending on the weight of the engine. The further in the heavier load it can take On mine you can slide it all the way out for a T and ...
by Russ T Fender
Sat May 16, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Don’t wanna git stuck
Replies: 8
Views: 1438

Re: Don’t wanna git stuck

I remember mud like that at Hershey,
by Russ T Fender
Sat May 16, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Non T--Stolen '27 Chandler & Trailer
Replies: 25
Views: 3278

Re: Non T--Stolen '27 Chandler & Trailer

Since we are talking about trailer security, when I used to live in NY they would steal anything left unattended. It was not uncommon to see cars, trailers and other wheeled items disappear entirely or wind up sitting on blocks with the wheels gone. I chain the wheels on my trailer together and thro...
by Russ T Fender
Sat May 16, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: NEW TO VAPORIZER
Replies: 24
Views: 2734

Re: NEW TO VAPORIZER

The Vaporizer carburetor on my '27 started fine with the starter if you richened the mixture a1/2 turn and held the coke on all the way. Unfortunately, it was a bear to start on the crank when cold. I rarely use the starter as none of my other cars have one and found this to be annoying but the real...
by Russ T Fender
Thu May 14, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old wall mounted phone
Replies: 8
Views: 1408

Re: Old wall mounted phone

That's why we still have the rotary phone. We have frequent electric outages and no cell phone coverage so without a rotary dial phone we'd be screwed. Last year a young man who was lost stopped at our house and asked to use the phone because he had no cell phone service. I handed him the rotary dia...
by Russ T Fender
Thu May 14, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1916 brass radiator, what other years will it fit?
Replies: 1
Views: 416

Re: 1916 brass radiator, what other years will it fit?

I think they will work on all cars with brass radiators but of course would not be correct because there are cosmetic differences.
by Russ T Fender
Thu May 14, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old wall mounted phone
Replies: 8
Views: 1408

Re: Old wall mounted phone

Upstate NY we have dial phones and a party line. Unfortunately, the young maintenance people working for the phone company don't know how to deal with a party line so I guess it won't be long before they make us switch over.
by Russ T Fender
Sat May 09, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wheel skates...
Replies: 9
Views: 1138

Re: Wheel skates...

I have a set of theses. They are designed for you to drive on to them so you don't have to jack up the car to use them. Wish I could find another set! They don't make 'em like they used to
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by Russ T Fender
Sat May 09, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Upholstery Suggestions
Replies: 23
Views: 2045

Re: Upholstery Suggestions

On my original depot hack they took an old floor mat and used it for a seat back.
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by Russ T Fender
Fri May 08, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: '16 Centerdoor restore...
Replies: 617
Views: 68326

Re: '16 Centerdoor restore...

How did you get that done so fast? I'm three years in on a restoration and half as far along as you are! Don't you ever sleep?
by Russ T Fender
Mon May 04, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Good Idea's Needed!
Replies: 20
Views: 1771

Re: Good Idea's Needed!

Here's another
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by Russ T Fender
Mon May 04, 2020 10:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Good Idea's Needed!
Replies: 20
Views: 1771

Re: Good Idea's Needed!

Here's one way
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by Russ T Fender
Sun May 03, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What do you use to take off old varnish / laquer....
Replies: 9
Views: 1059

Re: What do you use to take off old varnish / laquer....

I had lamps that were treated with something other than lacquer and it was tough stuff. Nothing but soaking in acetone for several days would remove it.
by Russ T Fender
Sun May 03, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What do you use to take off old varnish / laquer....
Replies: 9
Views: 1059

Re: What do you use to take off old varnish / laquer....

Acetone! But you have to be careful with it, especially when disposing of used rags.
by Russ T Fender
Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:21 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: More hard cranking problems on the 1909
Replies: 14
Views: 1690

Re: More hard cranking problems on the 1909

As far as I know you have to remove the hogs head to change the bands so there is no reason to use the bands with the detachable ears. I have tried on my '10 without success. The opening is just too small. I did not however have any interference issues when I tried the later bands but there are a fe...
by Russ T Fender
Sun Apr 26, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1927 Model T Two Door Sedan Price
Replies: 21
Views: 2561

Re: 1927 Model T Two Door Sedan Price

After seeing pictures of the car and assuming the engine is free and has compression I don't think the asking price is out of line. I agree that cleaning it up and running it as is makes the most sense and will get you the best bang for the buck. I did that with a non Ford that I ran as found for ov...
by Russ T Fender
Sun Apr 26, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Virtual Model T Tour
Replies: 252
Views: 16504

Re: Virtual Model T Tour

A not so old covered bridge in upstate NY.
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by Russ T Fender
Sat Apr 25, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Tack Strip?
Replies: 23
Views: 2098

Re: Tack Strip?

I used it when I redid the top and upholstery on my '14 Runabout. It moulds easily with a heat gun and holds tacks and staples just like wood.
by Russ T Fender
Sat Apr 25, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Speedsters
Replies: 92
Views: 9357

Re: Speedsters

My speedster in a not too neat garage.
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by Russ T Fender
Sat Apr 25, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Need Help for installing Benchs on a Speedster
Replies: 14
Views: 1236

Re: Need Help for installing Benchs on a Speedster

I wanted storage under the seats so I used a piano hinge in front and repurposed some old spindle bushings and tappets to guide and stabilizes the seats when they are down. Worked out great.
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by Russ T Fender
Sat Apr 25, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1927 Model T Two Door Sedan Price
Replies: 21
Views: 2561

Re: 1927 Model T Two Door Sedan Price

A few years ago I bought a '22 Centerdoor that had not run since 1960. I paid $3,500 for it and the previous owner had just put 5 new tires on it hoping to get it running. It is an original unrestored car with a very good original interior. I got it running in a day and have been driving it ever sin...
by Russ T Fender
Fri Apr 24, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: FOR SALE - FRONT END ACCESSORY FRAME BRACE
Replies: 8
Views: 1522

Re: FOR SALE - FRONT END ACCESSORY FRAME BRACE

That looks like it would be a good accessory that could be reproduced rather easily. Doesn't require any modification to the car and actually serves a real purpose. I'd be interested in a few sets.
by Russ T Fender
Fri Apr 17, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Virtual Model T Tour
Replies: 252
Views: 16504

Re: Virtual Model T Tour

A few Fords in front of the La Chute River falls.
by Russ T Fender
Mon Apr 13, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Engine miss
Replies: 41
Views: 3152

Re: Engine miss

Art, after years of struggling with a two piece timer I gave up, changed the timing cover and switched to a brush style timer. No more problems. Unfortunately, the early timing cover for the two piece timer can't be used and if you want to keep the spring loaded fan set up you will need very early t...
by Russ T Fender
Sat Apr 11, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Appropriate gas tank for 1922 Center Door Sedan
Replies: 9
Views: 1014

Re: Appropriate gas tank for 1922 Center Door Sedan

My '22 Centerdoor has the flat top. But assuming the highest part of the sloped tank is the same height as the flat top tank it should work just fine. The tank is a tight fit so the recommendation that you take measurements and have them checked against a new tank is good advice.
by Russ T Fender
Sun Mar 29, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: NH carb adjustmet rod
Replies: 21
Views: 1748

Re: NH carb adjustmet rod

May be a silly question but if you have a non starter car or truck for that year do you still have the bell crank? Knowing Henry, I would expect only starter equipped cars to have the bell crank as it serves no purpose if you don't have a starter.
by Russ T Fender
Sat Mar 28, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Intake manifold leak
Replies: 7
Views: 1055

Re: Intake manifold leak

I ran into an issue like that a few years ago. I had purchased new rings and glands and it turned out that the rings were keeping the manifold from crushing the glands. I don't know if it was because the rings were too wide or that the depressions in the block and/or the manifold that the rings set ...
by Russ T Fender
Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wind wings
Replies: 9
Views: 1371

Re: Wind wings

Let me try that again!
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by Russ T Fender
Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wind wings
Replies: 9
Views: 1371

Re: Wind wings

Steve, here is the template I received. I don't have access to my car right now so I can't hold it in place to see how it looks but it seems to be very close to the glass pictured in the Ford brochure posted earlier in this thread. The bottom of the glass is somewhat rounded on the template but I wo...
by Russ T Fender
Mon Mar 23, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Painted Parts Storage
Replies: 11
Views: 1646

Re: Painted Parts Storage

I am doing a restoration of a non Ford car and am in the 4th year of the project. After allowing the parts to air cure for a week after painting I wrapped them in bubble wrap and stored them in boxes in my storage space. Four years later I am now in the process of unpacking those parts and everythin...
by Russ T Fender
Sun Mar 22, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Turn signals
Replies: 29
Views: 2957

Re: Turn signals

My electrical skills are challenged even by the simple system on a Model T so perhaps the answer to this question is obvious but it certainly escapes me! Why can't the e-lights be designed to operate two signal units so you could have one on the front and back using the same controller?
by Russ T Fender
Sat Mar 21, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 26 Tudor tail light question
Replies: 6
Views: 864

Re: 26 Tudor tail light question

This is the mount with the accessory tail light
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by Russ T Fender
Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1906 Ford Six and another car. What are your guesses?
Replies: 17
Views: 1907

Re: 1906 Ford Six and another car. What are your guesses?

Rob I have a 40 H.P. Chalmers-Detoit without a compression release and a bad back. I have priming cups on each cylinder and after I prime each cylinder I leave them open about 1/4 way to start cold and shut them right after it starts. Poor mans compression release!
by Russ T Fender
Thu Mar 19, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1906 Ford Six and another car. What are your guesses?
Replies: 17
Views: 1907

Re: 1906 Ford Six and another car. What are your guesses?

Either that Thomas had a compression release or it must have come with a gorilla. Starting a 40h.p. car without a compression release is tough but that monster would be almost impossible!
by Russ T Fender
Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wind wings
Replies: 9
Views: 1371

Re: Wind wings

Thanks for the information. I think I have a template on the way!
by Russ T Fender
Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wind wings
Replies: 9
Views: 1371

Wind wings

Does anyone have the dimensions for the glass? I guess I can fudge it but I'd rather get it right! Thanks.
by Russ T Fender
Mon Mar 16, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Oil Change Information
Replies: 7
Views: 1023

Re: Oil Change Information

It takes 4 quarts all through the oil filler at the front of the engine. The engine and transmission share a common sump. Type of oil is a more complicated issue as there are as many opinions on that as there are different oil types available. I run straight 30WT detergent in my rebuilt engines and ...
by Russ T Fender
Mon Mar 09, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Numbers-matching 26 Touring
Replies: 12
Views: 2224

Re: Numbers-matching 26 Touring

My '27 touring has matching numbers but when I got it the engine for it was sitting in a corner and the engine in the car had a '25 serial number. The '25 engine ran fine but I thought it was well worth the effort to rebuild the '27 motor and put it back where it belonged! Is it more valuable that w...
by Russ T Fender
Mon Mar 09, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rivet or Bolt
Replies: 9
Views: 1847

Re: Rivet or Bolt

They make threaded rivets that you can use. From the outside they look like just like rivets. I have used them in a number of places where I had to remove a rivet and could not install a replacement without causing damage to paint etc.
by Russ T Fender
Tue Mar 03, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: windshield glass
Replies: 19
Views: 2689

Re: windshield glass

I had to buy a whole sheet of the correct thickness safety glass (way more than I needed) as no one had it in stock. It was a bit expensive but I wound up using it all after buying another car that still had plate glass and replacing a cracked piece in one of my other cars. Don't know where the glas...
by Russ T Fender
Mon Mar 02, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New video from Robert Merz
Replies: 9
Views: 2146

Re: New video from Robert Merz

I hand crank all my T's. Starters are highly overrated!
by Russ T Fender
Sun Mar 01, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Wind wing bracket set F/S
Replies: 2
Views: 512

Re: Wind wing bracket set F/S

I'll take them.
by Russ T Fender
Sat Feb 22, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A Homework Assignment for You
Replies: 17
Views: 2674

Re: A Homework Assignment for You

Thanks Steve. I deleted the old picture and got it right this time.
by Russ T Fender
Sat Feb 22, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A Homework Assignment for You
Replies: 17
Views: 2674

Re: A Homework Assignment for You

I tried to add a picture and could not get it to post right side up. I tried to rotate it but it would not work. What am I doing wrong and how can I remove the picture that was added to the photo gallery. My '22 Centerdoor is getting tired of laying on it's side!
by Russ T Fender
Sat Feb 15, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Separated Weld on Wire Spoke Wheel; Suggestions on Fix
Replies: 8
Views: 1530

Re: Separated Weld on Wire Spoke Wheel; Suggestions on Fix

If you can get some of the powder coating material you can mix it with acetone into a paste that you can brush over the damaged spot.
by Russ T Fender
Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: CRANKSHAFT END PLAY SHIM
Replies: 15
Views: 1971

Re: CRANKSHAFT END PLAY SHIM

I have used the brass shim that fits behind the crankshaft pulley. It lasted a bit over a year with a fair amount of driving. It was supposed to be a short term fix until I could pull the engine but I replaced it with another one after the first one wore down and got another year plus of driving out...
by Russ T Fender
Fri Jan 31, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: '16 Centerdoor restore...
Replies: 617
Views: 68326

Re: '16 Centerdoor restore...

It's actually the gum rubber tires!
by Russ T Fender
Fri Jan 31, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: '16 Centerdoor restore...
Replies: 617
Views: 68326

Re: '16 Centerdoor restore...

My original '22 Centerdoor still has the composition roof material which has sagged over the cross bow supports but is still functional. I coated it with Flex-seal to keep it waterproof as the top material was alligatored. It really did a good job of filling in the crackled surface to make the top w...
by Russ T Fender
Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Help ID this auxillary transmission - Planator
Replies: 33
Views: 5056

Re: Help ID this auxillary transmission - Planator

It has been a while since I had mine apart but it also has the detent in the middle. I can easily shift mine with the car standing still. In fact that is usually what I do when pulling into the garage or the trailer.
by Russ T Fender
Tue Jan 21, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Help ID this auxillary transmission - Planator
Replies: 33
Views: 5056

Re: Help ID this auxillary transmission - Planator

I have one on my '27. It has neutral. I have been told that it should not but it sure is nice to have a true neutral and since it shifts fine and has never slipped out of gear I have to believe it was intended. Perhaps earlier versions did not. Planetor low is great for loading into the trailer or m...
by Russ T Fender
Fri Jan 17, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your Model T in January?
Replies: 62
Views: 7633

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

Art what is the paint you used on the body? It's just what I have been looking for! Beautiful!
by Russ T Fender
Fri Jan 17, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Cleaning the rust and Painting the internal parts of the Ford Model T
Replies: 6
Views: 1084

Re: Cleaning the rust and Painting the internal parts of the Ford Model T

You can look into using Ospho. It neutralizes rust and provided a paintable surface without having to wash it off. It can be used over paint, rust or bare metal so you don't have to remove all the old paint if you don't want to. If the paint is not flaking, peeling and is otherwise sound you can jus...
by Russ T Fender
Sat Jan 04, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Center door body I D Tags
Replies: 4
Views: 782

Re: Center door body I D Tags

No tag but this stamping on my '22.
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by Russ T Fender
Tue Dec 31, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Jacking up a rear wheel: Does it matter which one?
Replies: 32
Views: 4089

Re: Jacking up a rear wheel: Does it matter which one?

With a bad back I often jack up a rear wheel to make cranking easier. I raise whichever wheel is most convenient at the time and have never noticed any difference. I keep a winter jack in each car and can easily raise a wheel using that. Key is chocking a front wheel on both sides of the wheel so it...
by Russ T Fender
Mon Dec 23, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: fitting crankshaft mains,bearing scrapeing
Replies: 21
Views: 2721

Re: fitting crankshaft mains,bearing scrapeing

Are you looking for a driver or just occasional use? If the latter you might be able to get away without cutting the crank if it is a bit tapered but the first thing you need to do is get the proper measurements so you know what you are dealing with. It's mostly a question of how long the repair wil...
by Russ T Fender
Mon Dec 23, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1915 Muffler Question
Replies: 4
Views: 793

Re: 1915 Muffler Question

If it's like my '14 the tail pipe is swaged into the cast muffler end.
by Russ T Fender
Sun Dec 22, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: fitting crankshaft mains,bearing scrapeing
Replies: 21
Views: 2721

Re: fitting crankshaft mains,bearing scrapeing

For what it's worth, I gave up scraping bearing years ago in favor of time saver. It is easy to use and gives very good results. As far as the crank journal is concerned you definitely don't want it out of round or tapered so you certainly don't want to try to fit the bearing until you have that sor...
by Russ T Fender
Sat Dec 21, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: My tiny garage built in 1919
Replies: 25
Views: 3043

Re: My tiny garage built in 1919

With four Model T's in a two car garage I was in desperate need of more space. While thumbing through Model T service bulletins I came across an article showing the interior dimensions for the smallest recommended garage for housing a Model T which are 10'X16'. In less than a week I had it built and...
by Russ T Fender
Sun Dec 15, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Speedster seat,how are they upolstered
Replies: 6
Views: 1026

Re: Speedster seat,how are they upolstered

My seats are similar to yours. I bought that stuff they use in place of wood for tack strips and heated it to shape it into the contour of the top of the seat. I screwed it on from the inside so it was flush with the top edge of the sheet metal seat back. The upholstery is rolled over the tack strip...
by Russ T Fender
Fri Dec 13, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Replacing lower steering column bracket bushing
Replies: 12
Views: 1539

Re: Replacing lower steering column bracket bushing

Easy enough to do unless the steering shaft itself is worn. If that is the case the shaft may need to be replaced or turned down to the diameter where the shaft is worn. Otherwise, if you ream the bushing so you can get the shaft in the bracket it will be loose when the part of the shaft that is wor...
by Russ T Fender
Sun Dec 08, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Interesting clutch on ebay
Replies: 10
Views: 2051

Re: Interesting clutch on ebay

Plymouth had free wheeling on the PA and PB models.
by Russ T Fender
Sat Dec 07, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Newbie-Hello, Everyone!
Replies: 32
Views: 3936

Re: Newbie-Hello, Everyone!

If you jack up a rear wheel, chock the front wheels and put the hand lever in neutral without it engaging the rear brakes you should be able to crank start the car with the switch in the battery position. Take out the plugs and put a couple of tablespoons of gas in each cylinder before you replace t...
by Russ T Fender
Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T accident in Kerrville TX yesterday
Replies: 46
Views: 7053

Re: Model T accident in Kerrville TX yesterday

It all boils down to the fact that "you can't fix stupid". No amount of lights , flashing or otherwise, is going to protect you from the morons out there driving these days. I have been passed by women putting on their makeup, men reading the newspaper, people texting with both hands and any number ...
by Russ T Fender
Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Foto of the Day
Replies: 428
Views: 63114

Re: Foto of the Day

Last run of the year
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by Russ T Fender
Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Newbie-Hello, Everyone!
Replies: 32
Views: 3936

Re: Newbie-Hello, Everyone!

I believe there is a small difference between the '26-'27 top and the earlier one man top.
by Russ T Fender
Thu Nov 28, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: 13/32x16 Taps
Replies: 30
Views: 3173

Re: 13/32x16 Taps

I will take one also
by Russ T Fender
Fri Nov 22, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Repair of brass headlights
Replies: 8
Views: 1624

Re: Repair of brass headlights

If there is a musical instrument repair shop near you they can probably repair your lamps. They are used to straightening mangled and dented instruments. I had one do a horn for me.
by Russ T Fender
Wed Nov 20, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Timer issue???
Replies: 8
Views: 1261

Re: Timer issue???

Jeff what you are saying is true when driving but if you have the engine set at a certain rpm with the timing retarded and then advance the timing the rpms should increase without touching the gas. When I start my stem winders with the spark lever in full retard position and the throttle open a bit ...
by Russ T Fender
Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1911 steering column
Replies: 13
Views: 2239

Re: 1911 steering column

I was able to work in the gears with time saver on my '14 column. It was time consuming but I wound up with a nice tight, smooth running set of gears. It was well worth the effort.
by Russ T Fender
Thu Nov 14, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Question about new tool??
Replies: 31
Views: 3674

Re: Question about new tool??

I'll also take one.
by Russ T Fender
Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1924 engine with no freeze plugs
Replies: 13
Views: 2150

Re: 1924 engine with no freeze plugs

Could it be an earlier replacement block that was stamped with the number of the block it was replacing?
by Russ T Fender
Sat Nov 02, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New York titles?
Replies: 5
Views: 1066

Re: New York titles?

Titles started in 1972 for NY. Prior to that you transfer via the registration which has a provision for that on the back. If you get the registration filled out for the transfer and a bill of sale it should not be a problem. I have transferred cars from NY to Florida that way without a problem. Flo...
by Russ T Fender
Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Am I right to be upset? Children in old cars
Replies: 75
Views: 8512

Re: Am I right to be upset? Children in old cars

Scott I am confused. I read your link but the cops told me that the exemption for seat belts in cars built prior to 1968 does not apply to children. It is true that I don't need seat belts but according to the police I do have to have them if I want to take my grandkids in the car. I have been stopp...
by Russ T Fender
Thu Oct 31, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Am I right to be upset? Children in old cars
Replies: 75
Views: 8512

Re: Am I right to be upset? Children in old cars

Well I guess my grandkids won't be able to ride in my cars until they are 18. Hope I live long enough to see that day. Right now I would have to live to be 91 and that assumes I won't have more grandkids! There is a risk in everything we do and a reward associated with that risk! Depriving me and my...
by Russ T Fender
Thu Oct 31, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Am I right to be upset? Children in old cars
Replies: 75
Views: 8512

Re: Am I right to be upset? Children in old cars

I think Florida deleted the exemption for cars not originally equipped with seat belts, at least as it applies to children and the use of car seats. That is what a police officer told me when he pulled me over for having two of my grandkids in the back seat of my touring. He just gave me a warning b...
by Russ T Fender
Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: two man top
Replies: 3
Views: 669

Re: two man top

If the car you are looking to put a top on is the '21 roadster and you already have the body irons, sockets and bows all you need is the kit from Classtique and a little bit of patience. I did my '14 Runabout using their kit and it came out great. I had never done anything like that before but it is...
by Russ T Fender
Wed Oct 30, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Foundry run
Replies: 6
Views: 1830

Re: Foundry run

Nice castings, who do you use? I have some things I need to get done and your castings look like they do a fantastic job!