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by mgarrett
Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Evans Coolant
Replies: 26
Views: 1347

Re: Evans Coolant

Like Marvel Mystery oil, there are a lot of opinions about various products on the market. I can tell you from personal observation that a friend of mine here in Texas (where it gets REALLY hot in the summer) was having a problem with a Model A engine boiling over any time when speeds would exceed 4...
by mgarrett
Sun Jul 19, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Coast to Coast in a T
Replies: 16
Views: 1009

Re: Coast to Coast in a T

An Englishman named Tim Moore did it a couple of years ago. Here are some links to get you going. http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/708324/752135.html?1498858636 http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/708324/769226.html?1500331120 http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/708324/772937.html?1501470613 h...
by mgarrett
Sat Jul 18, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice
Replies: 122
Views: 2484

Re: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice

Brendan, Congrats on your first T. You will have a lot of fun both doing repairs and driving - to me, they both are equally enjoyable. Your best bet for anything Model T is to check out Lang's Old Car Parts, and Snyder's Model T & Model A parts. They have proven to be the best source for quality par...
by mgarrett
Wed Jul 15, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: OT but can apply to Model T - turn signal wiring mystery
Replies: 20
Views: 1348

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

Please see my original post...the turn signals are installed on my 1940 Ford, but as I stated, could apply to model T also.
by mgarrett
Sun Jul 12, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: OT but can apply to Model T - turn signal wiring mystery
Replies: 20
Views: 1348

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

Very informative and helpful observations from everyone, thanks. I will be looking into some of the questionable areas mentioned in my setup to see if I can uncover the culprit. Back later with further developments.
by mgarrett
Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: '27 Wire wheel stud repair
Replies: 7
Views: 482

Re: '27 Wire wheel stud repair

Thanks for all the feedback. :) I'll try to find someone that can braze it for me - seems to make the most sense.
by mgarrett
Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: OT but can apply to Model T - turn signal wiring mystery
Replies: 20
Views: 1348

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

I know there are some electrical whiz kids on this forum - I've read some posts/threads exhibiting impressive electrical knowledge and would sure appreciate some sage electrical troubleshooting advice regarding a problem I'm having getting my turn signals to flash/work correctly. This could apply to...
by mgarrett
Fri Jul 10, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: '27 Wire wheel stud repair
Replies: 7
Views: 482

Re: '27 Wire wheel stud repair

Hank,
Someone before me tried that approach, but it's wallowed out a little too much for that to work. Maybe tack welding and JB Weld! Thanks for your reply.
by mgarrett
Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: '27 Wire wheel stud repair
Replies: 7
Views: 482

'27 Wire wheel stud repair

I removed a front wire wheel to install new hub caps and had a problem with one of the wheel studs spinning freely in the hub when trying to remove the lug nut. Looks like the stud hole in the hub is wallowed out. What is the best (safest) repair? Laying a bead of weld in a couple of places on the s...
by mgarrett
Sat Jun 20, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: So how do I get this stuff out.
Replies: 16
Views: 915

Re: So how do I get this stuff out.

Don't forget that the pan has several areas that were brazed from the factory like the dam at the front that holds the front crank seal and the mounting ears that sit on the frame to name a few. You wouldn't want to get to aggressive with heat that it would cause the brazing to melt. That would be "...
by mgarrett
Fri May 29, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Oil Cock Wrench And Gas Gauge
Replies: 4
Views: 601

Re: Oil Cock Wrench And Gas Gauge

Dan, very neat piece of antique automobilia - especially for us Model T fans. Congratulations on your cool find! :D
by mgarrett
Mon May 25, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Creating Patina ... Need Help
Replies: 16
Views: 795

Re: Creating Patina ... Need Help

Muratic acid will do the job in a very short time, but be careful - this stuff is evil if you get it on your skin. Wear gloves, protective clothing, and eye protection. Avoid breathing the fumes too.
by mgarrett
Mon May 25, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: OT Ford Barn
Replies: 3
Views: 351

Re: OT Ford Barn

I'm on it now...no problems logging on either.
by mgarrett
Wed May 20, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Putting another T back on the road after a 35 year sleep
Replies: 14
Views: 1175

Re: Putting another T back on the road after a 35 year sleep

Quickm007;
Not sure what caused my overheating issue, except maybe since it was a new engine I might not have had the mixture set just right. I also took it up to a speed she wasn't ready to handle just yet? :D I'm taking it easy on her for a while to let things loosen up.
by mgarrett
Wed May 20, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Before and After
Replies: 7
Views: 748

Re: Before and After

Danny,
Exquisite work in a fraction of the time it took me; I'd say you were seriously motivated. Looks like superb craftsmanship from here! Well done!!
by mgarrett
Tue May 19, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I need to make It easier to work on Model T axles
Replies: 11
Views: 1062

Re: I need to make It easier to work on Model T axles

Bill,
You win the Best New Product Award for Model T owners for 2020, hands down!! So when are you going to start production? :D :lol:
by mgarrett
Tue May 19, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Putting another T back on the road after a 35 year sleep
Replies: 14
Views: 1175

Re: Putting another T back on the road after a 35 year sleep

Richard G, Regarding your comment on the tires...boy, was that experience an eye opener for me! To your question, the tires weren't hard since they were stored inside out of the harmful rays of the sun, but they were in a hot metal barn for all those years and what I hadn't expected, but the tires h...
by mgarrett
Tue May 19, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Putting another T back on the road after a 35 year sleep
Replies: 14
Views: 1175

Re: Putting another T back on the road after a 35 year sleep

Appreciate all the compliments! It was a fun experience, sometimes frustrating, but very rewarding. And as Duane said, I got a pretty cool '31 Model A Slant in the deal!
by mgarrett
Sun May 17, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Putting another T back on the road after a 35 year sleep
Replies: 14
Views: 1175

Putting another T back on the road after a 35 year sleep

My sister bought this '24 Touring and a survivor '31 Model A Slant Windshield sedan as a package deal in 2016 from an older gentleman in our community. She said she would give me the Model A if I would put the Model T together and get it running for her. The catch to the agreement was that this T wa...
by mgarrett
Wed May 13, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What does this mean?
Replies: 9
Views: 873

Re: What does this mean?

It certainly got hot, but why would only the center 2 exhaust ports be indicating a lean mixture? I'll have to work on the mixture adjustment as well as the advance. I'm running one of the Model T Ranch distributors and set it up as well as I could understand to the instructions. I hope I didn't hur...
by mgarrett
Wed May 13, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What does this mean?
Replies: 9
Views: 873

What does this mean?

manifold.JPG Took a first drive in a car I've been working on. The car has a new engine and after a 5 mile drive I noticed steam and spitting coolant on the windshield. When I got back to the shop, I noticed the exhaust manifold center section looked ashen/grayish in color, while the rest of it was...
by mgarrett
Fri May 08, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: handy accessory
Replies: 5
Views: 725

Re: handy accessory

A sure way to keep someone from "getting your goat!"
by mgarrett
Tue Apr 21, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Cylinder head with no Ford script
Replies: 9
Views: 794

Re: Cylinder head with no Ford script

Dan, I have no idea about the true condition of my engine since I traded another Model T for it a couple of years ago. When first got the car, I noticed a very slight little knock - in my estimation not enough to be concerned about, so I removed all the shims from the rod caps and installed dippers ...
by mgarrett
Mon Apr 20, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Cylinder head with no Ford script
Replies: 9
Views: 794

Re: Cylinder head with no Ford script

A coincedence you mention the Z head. I have a '27 Speedster (has a Ford script head - someone must have changed it before I got the car) and have actually been thinking about installing one, but have all but talked myself out of it since I'm not sure how robust the bottom end is and sure don't want...
by mgarrett
Mon Apr 20, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Cylinder head with no Ford script
Replies: 9
Views: 794

Re: Cylinder head with no Ford script

Dan,
Thanks for the reply. It pays to work with the experts!
by mgarrett
Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Cylinder head with no Ford script
Replies: 9
Views: 794

Cylinder head with no Ford script

I have a cylinder head I removed from a '23 engine a while back - don't have the car anymore, so don't have the serial #. Wondering who, when, why was it cast without the beloved Ford script on top? Love that big "Ford" script bling looking at you when you open the hood! Any ideas??
by mgarrett
Thu Apr 16, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Board under Rear Seat.
Replies: 21
Views: 1287

Re: Board under Rear Seat.

My best guess is support for the rear seat spring assembly.
by mgarrett
Mon Apr 13, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New engine start-up ----- NOISE!
Replies: 51
Views: 2908

Re: New engine start-up ----- NOISE!

I purchased one of those digital inspection cameras over the weekend with the long goose-neck probe and, going in from the starter opening, snooped around; got a good look at the oil baffle above the drain plug and as much of the oil pan area as I could get to and found no sign of any broken pieces ...
by mgarrett
Fri Apr 10, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: free starts
Replies: 52
Views: 2622

Re: free starts

It seems to me that in order for a Model T to provide a "free-start", the engine would have to be in good enough mechanical condition to maintain fairly strong compression for an extended period of time with the engine at rest, along with being in good tune on all fronts - correct timing, sound igni...
by mgarrett
Fri Apr 10, 2020 8:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New engine start-up ----- NOISE!
Replies: 51
Views: 2908

Re: New engine start-up ----- NOISE!

Thanks Allan, I hadn't noticed being preoccupied with chasing the source of the noise.
by mgarrett
Thu Apr 09, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New engine start-up ----- NOISE!
Replies: 51
Views: 2908

Re: New engine start-up ----- NOISE!

Hey John,
That's unfortunate, and I appreciate you sharing your experience. I'll be especially vigilant to use my inspection camera snake to look into the belly of the beast in case the same fate befall me!! :shock:
by mgarrett
Thu Apr 09, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New engine start-up ----- NOISE!
Replies: 51
Views: 2908

Re: New engine start-up ----- NOISE!

Jerry, I think you're on the right track about the bendix gear rubbing against the ring gear. There is a lot of slop without that balance ring being in place and it's bound to allow for parts to come into contact with each other that shouldn't be. Also, when I spin the engine over with the hand cran...
by mgarrett
Thu Apr 09, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New engine start-up ----- NOISE!
Replies: 51
Views: 2908

Re: New engine start-up ----- NOISE!

Norman,
No coils, no magnets...see my previous post. I agree with you - it's hard to imagine that the counterweight ring could possibly come off with the Bendix spring and bolts in the way, but stranger things have happened! :D I"ll still be checking around inside looking for the errant part.
by mgarrett
Thu Apr 09, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New engine start-up ----- NOISE!
Replies: 51
Views: 2908

Re: New engine start-up ----- NOISE!

Scott, yes absolutely! I've read of the disaster that ensues when not removing it first. I will say that the flywheel magnets and coils had been removed (we're running a distributor) and oil slingers were installed, but I removed the Bendix anyway as a precaution.
by mgarrett
Thu Apr 09, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New engine start-up ----- NOISE!
Replies: 51
Views: 2908

Re: New engine start-up ----- NOISE!

Yep, I already probed around inside with a magnet pick-up tool for the missing ring, but came up with nothing. My next move is to buy or borrow a video inspection camera and do some serious snooping. I'm not sure if it's possible for it to come of the end of the starter with the Bendix spring in the...
by mgarrett
Thu Apr 09, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New engine start-up ----- NOISE!
Replies: 51
Views: 2908

Re: New engine start-up ----- NOISE!

NOISE UPDATE!-----got the starter out last night and found this: Model T starter bendix 2.JPG Model T starter bendix 1.JPG Model T bendix spring.JPG The balance ring counterweight is completely missing from the Bendix gear! Without the ring I suppose it caused the spring to bind up and deform. The d...
by mgarrett
Wed Apr 08, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What's wrong with this photo?
Replies: 13
Views: 1284

Re: What's wrong with this photo?

I thought surely someone would say...it has a water pump! :lol:
by mgarrett
Tue Apr 07, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New engine start-up ----- NOISE!
Replies: 51
Views: 2908

Re: New engine start-up ----- NOISE!

All comments above are great and certainly worthy of closer inspection. I'll be looking into all of them before swinging the motor. Back later with more details.
by mgarrett
Tue Apr 07, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New engine start-up ----- NOISE!
Replies: 51
Views: 2908

Re: New engine start-up ----- NOISE!

Adam, thanks for weighing in. Best I can tell, the cam gear is fiber so I think the problem lurks in the transmission area.
by mgarrett
Tue Apr 07, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New engine start-up ----- NOISE!
Replies: 51
Views: 2908

Re: New engine start-up ----- NOISE!

Norm, I feel pretty sure the oil line is open, but I'll check it before pulling the engine.
by mgarrett
Tue Apr 07, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New engine start-up ----- NOISE!
Replies: 51
Views: 2908

Re: New engine start-up ----- NOISE!

As our own Steve Jelf has so eloquently stated..."the inevitable often happens". Removed the generator last night, started her up, and made the grim discovery that the noise was still there. :( Before I do the engine extraction, I'm going to check the cam gear mesh as Alan has mentioned and remove t...
by mgarrett
Mon Apr 06, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New engine start-up ----- NOISE!
Replies: 51
Views: 2908

Re: New engine start-up ----- NOISE!

I have my fingers crossed that the generator is the problem. Sure don't want to have to pull the engine to look for hidden gremlins in the transmission...or elsewhere! :o
by mgarrett
Mon Apr 06, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New engine start-up ----- NOISE!
Replies: 51
Views: 2908

Re: New engine start-up ----- NOISE!

Awesome stuff guys...thanks! :D
by mgarrett
Mon Apr 06, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New engine start-up ----- NOISE!
Replies: 51
Views: 2908

Re: New engine start-up ----- NOISE!

Very noteworthy, Jim. I'll check it out!
by mgarrett
Mon Apr 06, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New engine start-up ----- NOISE!
Replies: 51
Views: 2908

Re: New engine start-up ----- NOISE!

Great pointers from everyone. Anyone ever heard of a generator making the noise described?
by mgarrett
Mon Apr 06, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New engine start-up ----- NOISE!
Replies: 51
Views: 2908

Re: New engine start-up ----- NOISE!

Thanks, Steve. You may be on to something. Since I didn't rebuild the engine, I didn't check the timing gear to see if it was fiber or aluminum. I'll pull the generator to make sure.
by mgarrett
Mon Apr 06, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New engine start-up ----- NOISE!
Replies: 51
Views: 2908

New engine start-up ----- NOISE!

I know it's impossible to describe, let alone diagnose strange engine noises on a forum like this, but I'm looking for some general guidance. If my description of the noise problem sounds similar to someone's previous experience I would appreciate the feedback. (I didn't build the engine I'm describ...
by mgarrett
Fri Feb 21, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A Homework Assignment for You
Replies: 17
Views: 2114

Re: A Homework Assignment for You

Steve,
Just posted my 27 Speedster. My homework is done!!
Mike in Texas
by mgarrett
Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Slow Speedsters
Replies: 13
Views: 1378

Re: Slow Speedsters

Not sure about your definition of "slow", but I have clocked my '27 Speedster at 50 mph. Frankly, it's a little scary when you consider how inadequate the stock brakes are at stopping at that speed if you had to. :shock:
by mgarrett
Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Help - 24 Touring hood shelf installation!
Replies: 6
Views: 733

Re: Help - 24 Touring hood shelf installation!

Success!! When you first look at all the pieces laying on the workbench and compare them with the holes in the frame and splash apron, nothing makes intuitive sense. High praise to all those who came to my rescue!
:D
by mgarrett
Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Help - 24 Touring hood shelf installation!
Replies: 6
Views: 733

Help - 24 Touring hood shelf installation!

I'm in the process of putting a '24 Touring back together that was completely blown apart when I got it. I'm not exactly sure about the sequence of installation of the hood shelves and wood blocks and need some guidance from the pros here on the forum since I've never installed them before. Is there...
by mgarrett
Fri Feb 07, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Education on Warford transmissiion needed
Replies: 14
Views: 1127

Re: Education on Warford transmissiion needed

All great info from everyone...and much to consider. I'll take a look at it this weekend and report on my findings.
by mgarrett
Fri Feb 07, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Education on Warford transmissiion needed
Replies: 14
Views: 1127

Education on Warford transmissiion needed

I'm a newbie to Warfords and know very little about them. I have the chance to buy an iron case Warford trans that is currently installed in a running Model T. The owner is removing it and going with a Ruckstell axle instead. I am going to take a look at it this weekend and would appreciate an educa...
by mgarrett
Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A different option to the fuel sediment bowl
Replies: 29
Views: 2912

Re: A different option to the fuel sediment bowl

Doug, Don't be scared! I've been using one of these on my 27 Speedster for 5 years without any issues. Unless you're planning to do some rock climbing or high-center on some off-road trails I wouldn't worry about it. The tank sits high enough to avoid most road obstacles you're likely to encounter. ...
by mgarrett
Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What did you do with your model T in June
Replies: 97
Views: 14280

Re: What did you do with your model T in June

Lifting a Model T on a 2 post lift is a real pain - the narrow frame and design of the undercarriage makes it tough to set the lift pads and clear everything like the battery box, muffler, and the front wishbone. This is not a new idea to anyone, but I decided to make one yesterday to make oil chang...