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by Erik Barrett
Wed Jul 22, 2020 2:28 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Don’t be like Wile E. Coyote !!!
Replies: 3
Views: 770

Re: Don’t be like Wile E. Coyote !!!

I don’t buy stuff from ACME.
by Erik Barrett
Mon Jul 20, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T versus Model A Valve Springs
Replies: 5
Views: 412

Re: Model T versus Model A Valve Springs

Overheads want more spring pressure because the weight of the pushrods, heavier valves, and higher rpm range can all contribute to valve float.
by Erik Barrett
Mon Jul 20, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T versus Model A Valve Springs
Replies: 5
Views: 412

Re: Model T versus Model A Valve Springs

I have seen A springs in a model T. I think they put too much pressure on the cam bearings which are much larger in an A. I use new springs and you can shim them if you want more pressure but I have not found it necessary. The valves won’t float until you are way past the rpm limits of most T engines.
by Erik Barrett
Sat Jul 18, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Volvo overdrive ?
Replies: 29
Views: 1626

Re: Volvo overdrive ?

Mark, I sent a message. My Dodge is an early 1916.
by Erik Barrett
Sat Jul 18, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Volvo overdrive ?
Replies: 29
Views: 1626

Re: Volvo overdrive ?

It looks like several Laycock overdrives made for me by Mickey and Rich in Bakersfield. I have never had a problem with any of them and they work great. When used in combination with a Ruckstell with a left land shifter it is the best setup I have ever used in a model T. Test drive a car equipped li...
by Erik Barrett
Sat Jul 04, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Thank You Chaffins !! New Ruckstell
Replies: 9
Views: 1097

Re: Thank You Chaffins !! New Ruckstell

All of the Chaffin Ruckstell parts I have use are of superior quality to the originals.
by Erik Barrett
Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:08 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: boring a T block
Replies: 8
Views: 1127

Re: boring a T block

.080” will not be a problem unless there is a lot of core shift in your block casting, which is rare but does happen. I would not be afraid to punch it out to that point, I have built many that large. We have built two full race overhead engines here bored out to 3.879”. That’s nearly.140” oversize....
by Erik Barrett
Wed May 13, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Henry's Chariot
Replies: 33
Views: 2585

Re: Henry's Chariot

Reminds me of this.
by Erik Barrett
Fri May 08, 2020 12:52 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: TT Woes.
Replies: 4
Views: 525

Re: TT Woes.

Do you have the low or high speed gears? Now is the time to put high speed gears in if you don’t have them. They have six teeth on the worm gear.
by Erik Barrett
Sat May 02, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Driveshaft Rebuild Showstopper
Replies: 11
Views: 1093

Re: Driveshaft Rebuild Showstopper

Second attempt at posting. Hope two of them don’t pop up. Anyway, I have been there. Working late one night shortening a driveshaft tube for a Warford I forgot to put the four bolt collar back on the tube before welding the flange back on. Rats. I sliced the collar in two and welded it back together...
by Erik Barrett
Thu Apr 16, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Piston ring seating
Replies: 24
Views: 2141

Re: Piston ring seating

If it is a ring seating problem, Bon Ami does work with updraft carbs. Don’t ask me how I know.
by Erik Barrett
Thu Apr 16, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Piston ring seating
Replies: 24
Views: 2141

Re: Piston ring seating

Do a leakdown test to find out where you are losing compression. Lock the engine at TDC and apply compressed air to the cylinder. You will hear it leak at the carb, exhaust, or crankcase. These Buicks are prone to problems with the valve cages. They can move and misalign with the ports if the nuts a...
by Erik Barrett
Sat Apr 11, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vaporizer carbs
Replies: 5
Views: 598

Re: Vaporizer carbs

Either a vaporizer or an NH is correct for 26/27 cars. The vaporizer was designed to use the very low quality fuel available at that time. Really not necessary now and the NH is the better choice with modern gas.
by Erik Barrett
Fri Apr 10, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: free starts
Replies: 52
Views: 3219

Re: free starts

There were quite a few cars like the Mercedes that were starter from a static condition. I think possibly the “Beast of Turin” Fiat race car does as well. Engines with raised compression ratios from performance accessories rarely give free starts because they bounce back from TDC before stopping so ...
by Erik Barrett
Thu Apr 02, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What Have You Done To The "T"- April Edition
Replies: 81
Views: 7112

Re: What Have You Done To The "T"- April Edition

Do you have a gap gauge or do you need to use mine?
by Erik Barrett
Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: HELP--- WHAT ON EARTH
Replies: 9
Views: 1573

Re: HELP--- WHAT ON EARTH

I have run into these. There were a bunch made years ago. I think it’s Caterpillar brake lining. Hard on drums and prone to chatter.
by Erik Barrett
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this a Ruckstell trans part?
Replies: 6
Views: 693

Re: Is this a Ruckstell trans part?

Yes, it is, but it’s for a TT truck.
by Erik Barrett
Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: TT Question.
Replies: 1
Views: 333

Re: TT Question.

Same parts.
by Erik Barrett
Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rajo-head questions
Replies: 16
Views: 1416

Re: Rajo-head questions

Certainly, and as suggested it is a good idea to use studs and nuts. Dan McEachern has them.
by Erik Barrett
Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rajo-head questions
Replies: 16
Views: 1416

Re: Rajo-head questions

I set valves at .012” intake and .014” exhaust at TDC compression stroke. Torque head at 25, then 40, then 50 lbs/ft. if you are using the early block. Go to 55 lbs/ft if you are using a later block. Retorque several times until it holds torque.
by Erik Barrett
Tue Mar 24, 2020 3:06 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: This ^%$#(& engine is driving me crazy!!!
Replies: 27
Views: 2345

Re: This ^%$#(& engine is driving me crazy!!!

What Dan said. Piston travel adjustment works well with all original Ford parts. Any new parts and you will do better with the cam grinders’s recommendation. Cam gear can go on either way, makes no difference.
by Erik Barrett
Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:54 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: FJ - How far are you driving to Chickasha Swap Meet ?
Replies: 64
Views: 5358

Re: FJ - How far are you driving to Chickasha Swap Meet ?

Ok so the question is now, how far did you drive before you had to turn around and go home? I went about 600 miles.
by Erik Barrett
Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Chickasha Postponed - Now Cancelled
Replies: 28
Views: 3538

Re: Chickasha Postponed - Now Cancelled

Rats. Got the rig loaded up and make it to Kingman before they pulled the plug. I knew better but couldn’t help myself. Had to tie the stuff in the trailer down real good for this pic.
by Erik Barrett
Sun Mar 15, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: "Ran When Parked"
Replies: 6
Views: 1102

Re: "Ran When Parked"

Dodge Brothers
by Erik Barrett
Tue Mar 10, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What "Parts" would I need to install a starter on my 1915 Touring
Replies: 13
Views: 1806

Re: What "Parts" would I need to install a starter on my 1915 Touring

That’s pretty much everything. I’ll do this with you. Easily handled in a weekend. You supply the electrical parts, I have the rest. I’ll call when I have a moment to talk.
by Erik Barrett
Mon Mar 09, 2020 12:22 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: FJ - How far are you driving to Chickasha Swap Meet ?
Replies: 64
Views: 5358

Re: FJ - How far are you driving to Chickasha Swap Meet ?

Thanks guys. I promise when we get there everything will be right side up. Looking forward to the pizza feed. My best memory of those events in the past was many years ago when I was there and Bruce McCauley walked in. I shouted ALL RISE! When they saw who it was they did so. My dad worked for Bruce...
by Erik Barrett
Sun Mar 08, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: FJ - How far are you driving to Chickasha Swap Meet ?
Replies: 64
Views: 5358

Re: FJ - How far are you driving to Chickasha Swap Meet ?

1910 T and 1909 EMF stuffed in the trailer. Leaving next Sunday. Pics are sideways as usual posting from IPhone. Only a problem here.
by Erik Barrett
Fri Mar 06, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: FJ - How far are you driving to Chickasha Swap Meet ?
Replies: 64
Views: 5358

Re: FJ - How far are you driving to Chickasha Swap Meet ?

I will as soon as I pick it up. I am delivering it there for a friend.
by Erik Barrett
Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:10 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Curses! Low compression.
Replies: 12
Views: 1737

Re: Curses! Low compression.

What Norm describes is a cylinder leakdown test and is exactly what should be done next. It will provide a definitive answer to where your lost compression is going. Most likely it will be valves but there are several possibilities. The trickiest part of this test is getting the engine on perfect TD...
by Erik Barrett
Thu Feb 27, 2020 1:30 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Roger Barrett 1934-2020.
Replies: 24
Views: 2414

Re: Roger Barrett 1934-2020.

Thanks everyone. Dad was in L.A. when the MTFCA was started. He was a member of the International club and retained that membership but embraced the new club and its different attitude centered on touring and fellowship rather than showing brass era cars. He knew all the founding members. Not only d...
by Erik Barrett
Tue Feb 25, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Roger Barrett 1934-2020.
Replies: 24
Views: 2414

Re: Roger Barrett 1934-2020.

Thank you everyone for your kind words. We all miss dad and are thankful for the times we had with him.
by Erik Barrett
Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Roger Barrett 1934-2020.
Replies: 24
Views: 2414

Roger Barrett 1934-2020.

Yesterday my mentor, teacher, role model, best friend, and father passed away at 85 years old. He taught me how to be a man, to love others as myself, how to work on the old machinery for which we shared a passion, and about God’s grace so abundant in our lives. He taught me how to drive a model T a...
by Erik Barrett
Mon Feb 24, 2020 1:41 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Tobin Arp thrust facing tool
Replies: 15
Views: 1985

Re: Tobin Arp thrust facing tool

Les, I would like to have one for my TA14. Count me in.
by Erik Barrett
Fri Feb 07, 2020 1:54 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: correct angle or measurement for front axle caster
Replies: 15
Views: 2672

Re: correct angle or measurement for front axle caster

I am going to agree with my friend yellow T racer on this one. The specification he gave is about twice the positive caster Ford called for on the model T. We have found this is perfect for light cars and especially for fast cars. And he’s right, model T’s don’t need laser alignment. A carpenter’s s...
by Erik Barrett
Sat Feb 01, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Do You Want To Meet The 1904 Model B Owner At Bakersfield Swap Meet ?
Replies: 5
Views: 985

Re: Do You Want To Meet The 1904 Model B Owner At Bakersfield Swap Meet ?

I had the privilege of working on some parts of this historic car. I would live to see it there and meet the man who has made it happen. It’s the oldest four cylinder Ford running.
by Erik Barrett
Thu Jan 30, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Mag Particle Results - 1911 Crankshaft
Replies: 11
Views: 1736

Re: Mag Particle Results - 1911 Crankshaft

The crank broke. It was a Sure Mike vintage counter weighted unit. After the block was repaired I put in a Scat crank.
by Erik Barrett
Thu Jan 30, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Mag Particle Results - 1911 Crankshaft
Replies: 11
Views: 1736

Re: Mag Particle Results - 1911 Crankshaft

Use a late crankshaft. Preferably one marked EE. The early ones are not nearly as good. If you have a 1911 block you want the best crank you can afford. I just repaired a 1911 engine the broke the crank and ripped the rear main web out of the block. Had to have lock n stitch put it back together. Ex...
by Erik Barrett
Wed Jan 08, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Turlock, CA Swap Meet
Replies: 5
Views: 879

Re: Turlock, CA Swap Meet

We will be there. Have not missed one in 43 years. Every year I threaten to make it the last one. Rumble Seat Garage in GG 59-64. Will have T stuff.
by Erik Barrett
Sat Jan 04, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Metallurgy question Rajo rocker arm shaft.
Replies: 17
Views: 1267

Re: Metallurgy question Rajo rocker arm shaft.

My original Rajo four valve had separate shafts which damaged the head. It’s a bad design. I went to a single stainless shaft with great results.
by Erik Barrett
Fri Dec 27, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T engine with Model B Crank
Replies: 30
Views: 2622

Re: Model T engine with Model B Crank

We just worked on an engine similar to this one. It took a whole bunch of work to stuff a model B crankshaft into a T. You have to turn both the rod and main journals down to model A size or it won’t fit. There have been some T’s built with model B rods but they are OHC jobs with no camshaft in the ...
by Erik Barrett
Wed Dec 25, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Merry Christmas!
Replies: 10
Views: 1290

Re: Merry Christmas!

Jem, Merry Christmas from across the pond and then some. Hoping your new year is not dry but not rainy either.🍺
by Erik Barrett
Tue Dec 17, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Oil pump
Replies: 72
Views: 5165

Re: Oil pump

Les, we built an engine with one of these and have had no priming problems. We primed the pump and lines with heavy weight oil when we built it and have not touched it since. We are careful to watch for pressure on starting.
by Erik Barrett
Thu Dec 05, 2019 1:51 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Very dark day. Howard is gone.
Replies: 46
Views: 4978

Re: Very dark day. Howard is gone.

A great loss to the T community and to speedster people in particular. I have met Howard many times and had the privilege of talking with him and Fast Frank Harris weeks ago when they they came to see us race Chris Egsgaard’s blue Long Beach champ in Murietta. They had not seen it race in 45 years w...
by Erik Barrett
Thu Nov 28, 2019 12:47 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Tomorrow’s project
Replies: 7
Views: 1958

Re: Tomorrow’s project

I do these all the time. I braze them up and rebore them. Most of the time the brass is all gone when they are bored out due to shrinkage as they cool. Dozens of repaired ones out in the road.
by Erik Barrett
Mon Nov 25, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What is this?
Replies: 5
Views: 1096

Re: What is this?

Closed cab TT truck.
by Erik Barrett
Fri Oct 25, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rumble Seat Garage - the new racer - Chris Egsgaard’s 1973 Long Beach champ
Replies: 14
Views: 2084

Re: Rumble Seat Garage - the new racer - Chris Egsgaard’s 1973 Long Beach champ

If you think he is pale you should have seen him after the first time I turned him loose with the Wild Cherry II. He was ashen, absolutely terrified.
by Erik Barrett
Fri Oct 25, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rumble Seat Garage - the new racer - Chris Egsgaard’s 1973 Long Beach champ
Replies: 14
Views: 2084

Re: Rumble Seat Garage - the new racer - Chris Egsgaard’s 1973 Long Beach champ

Admin Jeff did a fabulous job wiring the car. You can tell he is used to working with high end cars. Very meticulous. The car had a quarter mile test drive today and went into the trailer for the races. Robert came back kind of pale so I think it is running well. We are southbound at this time on I-...
by Erik Barrett
Fri Oct 25, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rumble Seat Garage - the new racer - Chris Egsgaard’s 1973 Long Beach champ
Replies: 14
Views: 2084

Re: Rumble Seat Garage - the new racer - Chris Egsgaard’s 1973 Long Beach champ

Frontenac crankcase adapter to model A transmission with another adapter to 39 Ford V8 transmission.
by Erik Barrett
Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:48 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rumble Seat Garage - the new racer - Chris Egsgaard’s 1973 Long Beach champ
Replies: 14
Views: 2084

Re: Rumble Seat Garage - the new racer - Chris Egsgaard’s 1973 Long Beach champ

The car is ready to go and will race for the first time since Long Beach on Saturday at Santa Margarita. This is not a hill climb, it is vintage drag racing, so we will have a chance to spank some flathead V8’s too.
by Erik Barrett
Thu Oct 24, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: TT worm drive ratio
Replies: 5
Views: 813

Re: TT worm drive ratio

Remove the four bolt cover behind the worm gear. Take the big nut off and remove the thrust bearing and worm gear roller bearing. Look in with a pen light and count the teeth on the worm gear. Four teeth, low speed. Six teeth, high speed.
by Erik Barrett
Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Chickasha's Last Hurrah
Replies: 45
Views: 4840

Re: Chickasha's Last Hurrah

Rumble Seat Garage is coming.
by Erik Barrett
Mon Oct 21, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Billy Poohbah’s hill climber
Replies: 13
Views: 2481

Re: Billy Poohbah’s hill climber

Got it running last night. Sounds very potent. Won’t idle, need to work on the Winfield D model carb. We hope to race it on Saturday at RPM nationals in Santa Margarita.
by Erik Barrett
Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Billy Poohbah’s hill climber
Replies: 13
Views: 2481

Re: Billy Poohbah’s hill climber

That’s Egsgaard’s Wild Cherry. It turned the whole hill climb thing upside down and was the beginning of what the Long Beach event was famous for. It is the car we modeled the Wild Cherry II racer after.
by Erik Barrett
Sat Oct 19, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Billy Poohbah’s hill climber
Replies: 13
Views: 2481

Billy Poohbah’s hill climber

Chris Egsgaard’s 1973 Long Beach champ is coming back together.
by Erik Barrett
Sat Oct 19, 2019 2:51 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Don't you love it when?
Replies: 11
Views: 1806

Re: Don't you love it when?

I am glad to have been involved with getting this model T back on the road. That’s what we are about at Rumble Seat Garage. Jeff is a great T hobbyist and so much more. He gave up racing insanely fast Porsche race cars for this and I can say he has embraced our love of these cars to the fullest.
by Erik Barrett
Mon Sep 23, 2019 2:03 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Three to One Gears
Replies: 15
Views: 2078

Re: Three to One Gears

3:1 gears are not a good proposition for a full body model T. Definitely not for a coupelet. These are for lightweight speedsters or runabouts at most. If you have an overhead on your car you don’t need them either. These engines work at higher rpm ranges so stock gears will give you all the speed y...
by Erik Barrett
Sat Sep 21, 2019 2:43 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 5.17:1 Ton Truck Worm Drive Gear Sets - In stock now
Replies: 1
Views: 4174

Re: 5.17:1 Ton Truck Worm Drive Gear Sets - In stock now

The price quoted seems awfully expensive until you look a a set of these gears. Reproducing them must have been absurdly expensive. I can’t imagine them being available but hats off to the people making it happen.
by Erik Barrett
Mon Sep 16, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How often do you clean your New Day timer
Replies: 6
Views: 1022

Re: How often do you clean your New Day timer

I have one of the old manufacture New Day timers on my dump truck. The one that says “No oiling”. I go for years at a time without touching it. I have a modern seal on the camshaft so that helps keep it clean.
by Erik Barrett
Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:59 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T Hobby Question
Replies: 18
Views: 2253

Re: Model T Hobby Question

After getting behind the wheel of a model T and getting comfortable with it, you will be ready to give up on the Shelby thing, maybe even throw rocks at it. The T is the most fun for the buck you can have with an old car. People drive them now for the same reason they did when they were new. They ar...
by Erik Barrett
Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: T’s at our local cruise night.
Replies: 2
Views: 599

T’s at our local cruise night.

We brought a couple of model T’s to our Auburn car show. There were a lot of people walking right by killer street rods and customs to look at these cars.
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by Erik Barrett
Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:33 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: .10 over pistons Question
Replies: 4
Views: 638

Re: .10 over pistons Question

Get a set of .030 pistons and have a competent machine shop bore and hone it. These blocks can go .060” and beyond. If you are worried about the longevity of a block that is .010” oversized at 90 years old you must be expecting to live to be 400.
by Erik Barrett
Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Oil sight gauge issue
Replies: 27
Views: 2963

Re: Oil sight gauge issue

I have repaired two engines damaged when these sight glasses broke on gravel roads.
by Erik Barrett
Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Post your favorite sign
Replies: 48
Views: 6084

Re: Post your favorite sign

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by Erik Barrett
Fri Sep 06, 2019 3:02 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Triple Gear Pins
Replies: 26
Views: 2845

Re: Triple Gear Pins

There is no reason to worry about double oversized pins or welding up a mangled flywheel. I have stacks of flywheels that don’t need heroic measures to save them. New pins are all they need. Anyone who needs one can pick it up here at no cost whatsoever. Just come and get it. All I ask is be ready t...
by Erik Barrett
Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: BUFFUM
Replies: 10
Views: 1605

Re: BUFFUM

I have some of those bearing scrapers. They precede the nazi era.
by Erik Barrett
Thu Aug 22, 2019 2:49 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Napa tour - bummer
Replies: 38
Views: 4616

Re: Napa tour - bummer

Jeff, this is not your first trip down this road. What’s up with that? What are the symptoms and conditions extant at the time of the failure?
by Erik Barrett
Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:09 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: My stupid mistake of the week...
Replies: 16
Views: 2127

Re: My stupid mistake of the week...

In the 1950’s my father bought a TT truck with a wooden cab. It had solid rubber tires on the back. They called it the Teddy truck because Teddy Roosevelt was a rough rider. At some point dad scored some 23” pneumatic TT wheels and tires. He backed the truck into the garage at his grandma’s house an...
by Erik Barrett
Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Adjusting band brake when you have rocky mountains
Replies: 2
Views: 495

Re: Adjusting band brake when you have rocky mountains

Just leave it a little on the loose side so it is still down there and functional in case something goes wrong with the RM brakes.
by Erik Barrett
Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Need photo TT truck lower steering column mount
Replies: 13
Views: 1494

Re: Need photo TT truck lower steering column mount

The TT part is different. It should have a TT part number on it. The difference is the angle between the frame and the column.
by Erik Barrett
Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Babbitt Material
Replies: 15
Views: 2152

Re: Babbitt Material

Herm, thanks for the input. I will stick with grade 2. My book on rebuilding model A’s claims that Ford went to a cheaper lead base babbit because they thought the more robust, larger crankshaft did not require the more expensive grade. Maybe that is why the Ford name is on some lower grade babbit i...
by Erik Barrett
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Line boring early block
Replies: 8
Views: 1760

Re: Line boring early block

The block is clamped down through the cylinder bores. The rags are there to protect the deck surface from scratching. The mill drives the bar with a flexible coupling so perfect alignment is not required, but I get it close. This block has been opened up to use babbit on the upper main bearings. Ori...
by Erik Barrett
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Babbitt Material
Replies: 15
Views: 2152

Re: Babbitt Material

Herm, please elaborate. I’d like to learn more.
by Erik Barrett
Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Babbitt Material
Replies: 15
Views: 2152

Re: Babbitt Material

I buy government grade #2 from United Metals. They publish their formulae online and it is what Ford used for model T’s.
by Erik Barrett
Sun Aug 04, 2019 3:16 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Today made it all worth it
Replies: 25
Views: 3395

Re: Today made it all worth it

Well done! The best is yet to come, you have many good times to look forward to. Your model T will often require your attention but will pay it back many times over. Any time you have trouble there is help here.
by Erik Barrett
Sun Aug 04, 2019 3:10 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Line boring early block
Replies: 8
Views: 1760

Re: Line boring early block

Yes it is an early one. Number is just over 5000. I know the owner as as Micheal.
by Erik Barrett
Sat Aug 03, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Line boring early block
Replies: 8
Views: 1760

Line boring early block

One of today’s projects. Main bearings on a 1909 block.
by Erik Barrett
Sat Aug 03, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Layne Transmission
Replies: 5
Views: 975

Re: Layne Transmission

Still need to have the ball cap fourth main.
by Erik Barrett
Wed Jul 31, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What Parts Should be Pre-Ordered When Replacing an Axle in a Ruckstell?
Replies: 15
Views: 2222

Re: What Parts Should be Pre-Ordered When Replacing an Axle in a Ruckstell?

Stan’s advice on a new bronze plate is good. If that thing is bent or dished it is impossible to get correct gear mesh without resorting to questionable methods. A wise investment and new ring gear bolts too for sure.
by Erik Barrett
Tue Jul 30, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Fitting timing gears
Replies: 9
Views: 1443

Re: Fitting timing gears

Les, that is how the French bar locates the bore. It has four support bearings which is an improvement over the KRW unit.
by Erik Barrett
Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Fitting timing gears
Replies: 9
Views: 1443

Re: Fitting timing gears

I bored mains for years with a KRW bar. I now use a French bar and used it on this block. With these kind of machines any setup error is more likely to place the crank too far from the cam rather than too close unless you abuse the equipment with a hammer or other implement of destruction. I am very...
by Erik Barrett
Sat Jul 27, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Have you had a drum failure ? POLL
Replies: 47
Views: 4216

Re: Have you had a drum failure ? POLL

Yes, it has happened to me. About 30 years ago I was driving my dump truck loaded heavy to our club swap meet. It had a Ruckstell, Warford, and no auxiliary brakes. They were not available new at that time and I had been unable to procure an original set. Spare me the lecture, we all know it was a d...
by Erik Barrett
Sat Jul 27, 2019 5:02 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: California without gasoline-burning cars?
Replies: 26
Views: 3844

Re: California without gasoline-burning cars?

I believe that Governor Newsome and and his cronies in the State legislature truly believe if they passed a law mandating the sun not come up tomorrow, that it would not! Who do these freaks think they are? We are a very long way from independence from fossil fuels, regardless of legislation.
by Erik Barrett
Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Could not go for a ride today - 4014 came through
Replies: 12
Views: 1961

Re: Could not go for a ride today - 4014 came through

4-8-8-4. 600 tons watered and fueled.
by Erik Barrett
Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Could not go for a ride today - 4014 came through
Replies: 12
Views: 1961

Re: Could not go for a ride today - 4014 came through

Allan, LOL, that would be a little messy and it would have to be a big bucket. If it’s anything like 844, the fireman has a couple valves to feed it fuel. It uses steam pressure to atomize the oil and inject it into the firebox. I dont think one stoker could have shoveled enough coal to power a big ...
by Erik Barrett
Thu Jul 25, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Could not go for a ride today - 4014 came through
Replies: 12
Views: 1961

Re: Could not go for a ride today - 4014 came through

1.2 million lbs of railroad history. Do you know they are fueling that beast with used motor oil?
by Erik Barrett
Wed Jul 24, 2019 11:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Trans trouble
Replies: 8
Views: 1149

Re: Trans trouble

Transmission rebuilt with bushings too tight. Most likely triple gears but any of them can cause this. I have had to fix many of these here. Some of them are so bad they rip the pins out of the flywheel. Others just weld the bushing to the pin. Anyway, your engine is coming out for repairs. A proble...
by Erik Barrett
Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 26 front axle trouble
Replies: 14
Views: 2027

Re: 26 front axle trouble

You are better off just swapping ends with the axle and leaving the perches alone. Now would be a good time to make sure your spindles are not on the wrong side also. That can be dangerous.
by Erik Barrett
Sun Jul 21, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Pressure testing blocks.
Replies: 5
Views: 1048

Pressure testing blocks.

I thought some might be interested in how we pressure test model T’s. Every block and head that comes out of here goes through this. It’s very simple to do but it has prevented quite a few flawed parts from being sent out the door only to cause problems later.
by Erik Barrett
Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:44 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How we replace a broken crankshaft at Rumble Seat Garage
Replies: 26
Views: 3564

Re: How we replace a broken crankshaft at Rumble Seat Garage

All things are possible. I am going to try to reunite Terry’s model T with its original engine block that matches the frame number. It’s a sad case that is going to need a lot of work, but will be worth the effort if it can be done.
by Erik Barrett
Sat Jul 13, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How we replace a broken crankshaft at Rumble Seat Garage
Replies: 26
Views: 3564

Re: How we replace a broken crankshaft at Rumble Seat Garage

This was a car I bought from the estate of a local club member. I put in a Stipe cam, Reeder flathead, and a couple other goodies. The bearings looked good, I was told they were redone when the car was restored. My guess is the crank was not magnafluxed and was put in cracked. I had it on the Nation...
by Erik Barrett
Sat Jul 13, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Help chasing down engine knock
Replies: 6
Views: 1008

Re: Help chasing down engine knock

Bent rod can cause noise.
by Erik Barrett
Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:43 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How we replace a broken crankshaft at Rumble Seat Garage
Replies: 26
Views: 3564

Re: How we replace a broken crankshaft at Rumble Seat Garage

Those Ford time studies are a crock. Flat rate times are still that way today, and even worse if it’s a warranty job. They assume nothing will go wrong like a broken bolt, incorrect parts provided, and a host of other things. This job would have taken me 30-40 hours to do by myself. I had good helpe...
by Erik Barrett
Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:09 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How we replace a broken crankshaft at Rumble Seat Garage
Replies: 26
Views: 3564

Re: How we replace a broken crankshaft at Rumble Seat Garage

Well, it was quite a weekend. I had an ideal combination of parts, equipment, and people helping to make the project a success. Steven and my model T partner and best pal Robert Weitzel were troopers on this job. This is a car I got from the estate of a local club member. I did not build the engine ...