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by John Codman
Sat Jan 16, 2021 5:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: License Plate Bracket on 27 Coupe
Replies: 6
Views: 138

Re: License Plate Bracket on 27 Coupe

My '27 has the plate bracket mounted below the crank lever. I don't know if it is original or not, but it looks to be so.
by John Codman
Wed Jan 13, 2021 4:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Physically hard to Crank
Replies: 25
Views: 983

Re: Physically hard to Crank

I have had the same issue with my '27. I am definitely not going to jack up a rear wheel whenever I decide to hand-crank it. If it actually takes that much effort to start a T, I'll find something else as a toy. I have hand-cranked many Ts, and none have been as hard to crank as mine. I have owned i...
by John Codman
Fri Jan 08, 2021 9:03 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Klaxon horn debut
Replies: 7
Views: 393

Re: Klaxon horn debut

Patent date only indicates when the patent was issued, not when the invention was first installed on a particular product (such as a Ford car).
by John Codman
Thu Jan 07, 2021 9:55 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What other than normal gas, can you run your T on?
Replies: 31
Views: 1295

Re: What other than normal gas, can you run your T on?

Avgas is a great idea for long-term storage; it has a shelf life of five years. It also has a hell of a lot of lead in it, even though it is called "100 Low Lead". It is low lead compared to the old 100-130 Octane avgas that it replaced, but still higher in lead than pump auto gas ever was. I wouldn...
by John Codman
Wed Jan 06, 2021 4:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What other than normal gas, can you run your T on?
Replies: 31
Views: 1295

Re: What other than normal gas, can you run your T on?

If you are worried about the availability of gasoline (I'm not), there is always Propane. It burns cleaner, and with relatively minor work, any gasoline engine can be adapted to using it. A plus is that you don't have tp worry about the availability of original gas tanks.
by John Codman
Sun Jan 03, 2021 5:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Pick your choice
Replies: 13
Views: 709

Re: Pick your choice

I like the deeper reds too.
by John Codman
Fri Jan 01, 2021 5:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Happy New Year! What are you planning to do on your Ts this year?
Replies: 15
Views: 675

Re: Happy New Year! What are you planning to do on your Ts this year?

Get at least one wheel restored on my '27. Two are done - two to go.
by John Codman
Fri Jan 01, 2021 9:30 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Cars you once owned it would be nice to have now
Replies: 34
Views: 1145

Re: Cars you once owned it would be nice to have now

To Burger - That Desoto in decent condition would be worth a fortune today. 383 "Commando" engines were rare, and the factory didn't list the manual transmission as an option, although it is thought that an extremely low number were built. In numbers-matching well-restored condition. it would probab...
by John Codman
Fri Jan 01, 2021 9:20 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: photos of Model T assembly off the train
Replies: 34
Views: 1561

Re: photos of Model T assembly off the train

Great photos! Thanks for the posting.
by John Codman
Thu Dec 31, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Cars you once owned it would be nice to have now
Replies: 34
Views: 1145

Re: Cars you once owned it would be nice to have now

1962 Chrysler 300 H. 380 HP 413 with dual Carter 4bbls. Solid lifters. I drove this car through a timed flying mile at a tweak over 142 MPH. That is the fastest that I have ever been in an automobile. It was a solid, good handling, good braking dependable car. The dumbest thing I ever did was to sel...
by John Codman
Mon Dec 28, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Electric Model T Conversion
Replies: 17
Views: 1049

Re: Electric Model T Conversion

Retaining the original T transmission would be a bad idea. An electric motor develops it's maximum torque at 0 rpm, so a low gear is unnecessary. An electric motor - unless carefully selected to develop no more horsepower and torque then the original 20 hp T gasoline engine, would overstress the mod...
by John Codman
Sat Dec 26, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 24 fuel tank.
Replies: 2
Views: 225

Re: 24 fuel tank.

In his case, since the installation isn't standard, he could use any tank. He probably could find a new modern tank that holds 20+ gallons and sell the T tank to a member who really needs it.
by John Codman
Fri Dec 25, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: My wife has been after me to...
Replies: 12
Views: 827

Re: My wife has been after me to...

R u stil alive? I'd be ded. Love it tho.
by John Codman
Fri Dec 25, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done with your T in December
Replies: 41
Views: 3275

Re: What have you done with your T in December

I always enjoy reading this monthly post. I am constantly amazed at the talent that I see here. This is an amazing group. Merry Christmas to all!
by John Codman
Fri Dec 25, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Driving question
Replies: 42
Views: 1633

Re: Driving question

I strongly recommend that you spend considerable time with the new-to-you T in a vacant parking lot. A T doesn't drive anything like a modern car (as has been posted earlier) and your modern car instincts can get you in trouble really fast. I plan my stops well ahead and try not to use what passes f...
by John Codman
Fri Dec 25, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 13T - Starting issues and mixture adjustments
Replies: 29
Views: 1071

Re: 13T - Starting issues and mixture adjustments

I agree with those who say that all Ts are different when starting. My '27 will not start with the spark fully retarded. It likes about three notches of "advance" (which is still retarded, just not as much). As mine warms up there will be considerable fooling with the mixture or it will quit. Once i...
by John Codman
Thu Dec 24, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Gas Tanks
Replies: 29
Views: 1525

Re: Gas Tanks

To Henry K Lee and others,
If anyone will make "improved car" high quality cowl tanks for $250 each I'll take four. I will sign a contract.
by John Codman
Tue Dec 22, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Steaming Radiator
Replies: 24
Views: 1053

Re: Steaming Radiator

I agree with Steve Jelf. Go through the cleaning process, be sure that you have no vacuum leaks and that the ignition is in good shape, then if you still have the problem it's time for a new radiator. I am assuming that the cooling system is full. From some of the comments I assume that you live in ...
by John Codman
Sat Dec 19, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Possible stupid question alert!
Replies: 18
Views: 1316

Re: Possible stupid question alert!

Thanks for the reply Mark. I'll check in the next couple of days.
by John Codman
Sat Dec 19, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: News for Me
Replies: 11
Views: 694

Re: News for Me

Mark, Once you get used to it, retirement will be the best part of your life. I retired in 2008 and the last decade has been wonderful. I hope that yours will be the same.
by John Codman
Sat Dec 19, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Possible stupid question alert!
Replies: 18
Views: 1316

Re: Possible stupid question alert!

Mark, 10W30. I have no idea when the starter was last serviced, but as the engine cranks so hard by hand, I don't believe the starter is the issue. The connections have all been checked and the battery is new and fully charged.
by John Codman
Sat Dec 19, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Susan's retirement day is December 17th !!
Replies: 17
Views: 818

Re: Susan's retirement day is December 17th !!

Susan will be missed by all of us. I wish her a happy retirement.
by John Codman
Thu Dec 17, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Possible stupid question alert!
Replies: 18
Views: 1316

Re: Possible stupid question alert!

It has been pointed out to me that I have not provided some essential background information, so here goes: This is a running, non-restored '27 touring car. To the best of my knowledge, the last time the engine was disassembled was in 1927 at the Ford factory. It runs really well, has good power (fo...
by John Codman
Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Possible stupid question alert!
Replies: 18
Views: 1316

Re: Possible stupid question alert!

When hand cranking in neutral the car does not move significantly and there is virtually no difference in the cranking effort with the rear wheel jacked up or on the ground. The starter also has a tough time cranking the engine.
by John Codman
Tue Dec 15, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Any tips on insurance?
Replies: 31
Views: 977

Re: Any tips on insurance?

I have Hagerty and no claims. Most of what I have heard about Hagerty is good, but I too resent being forced into their "club". The benefits of Hagerty's club only duplicate what we have with AAA for our other cars. Hagerty requires that the covered vehicle be parked/stored inside a real building. T...
by John Codman
Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Possible stupid question alert!
Replies: 18
Views: 1316

Re: Possible stupid question alert!

Thanks for all of the responses guys. I'll try Norman's suggestions about hand cranking today.
by John Codman
Sun Dec 13, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done with your T in December
Replies: 41
Views: 3275

Re: What have you done with your T in December

Henry, I love those old wooden boats! Also modern replicas of them.
by John Codman
Sun Dec 13, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rest in Peace - Bob Barrett
Replies: 5
Views: 726

Re: Rest in Peace - Bob Barrett

I didn't know Bob, but it's obvious that his passing is a loss for all of us. My condolences to his friends and family.
by John Codman
Sun Dec 13, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Possible stupid question alert!
Replies: 18
Views: 1316

Re: Possible stupid question alert!

No. It's just unbelievably hard to hand crank.
by John Codman
Sun Dec 13, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Possible stupid question alert!
Replies: 18
Views: 1316

Re: Possible stupid question alert!

I do understand that Dan, The issue is that there is a tremendous amount of drag on the engine when cranking in neutral. In fact I cannot hand crank it, and I have hand-cranked many other Ts. With the lever in neutral I can turn the raised wheel with some serious effort. With the plugs out and the w...
by John Codman
Sun Dec 13, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Possible stupid question alert!
Replies: 18
Views: 1316

Possible stupid question alert!

I was going to adjust the three clutch screws in the transmission. I jacked up the left rear wheel and placed the tranny in neutral. With the transmission in neutral the rear wheel will not turn. The parking brake is definitely not set. It doesn't make any difference what position the lever is in th...
by John Codman
Thu Dec 10, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done with your T in December
Replies: 41
Views: 3275

Re: What have you done with your T in December

Started on the job of adjusting the clutch screws. The floormat is out, as are the front floorboards. The transmission top cover is off and the left rear wheel is jacked up. I'm hoping that in the next couple of days I will pull the spark plugs, then I'll have a go at actually doing he adjustment. T...
by John Codman
Mon Dec 07, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Where can you find new Model T parts?
Replies: 16
Views: 952

Re: Where can you find new Model T parts?

For a radiator - Berg's Radiator, 322 South Paul Ave. Buford, IL62814 (618) 231-3507.
by John Codman
Sat Dec 05, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How well will a carport protect our Ts?
Replies: 21
Views: 1054

Re: How well will a carport protect our Ts?

Bear in mind that Hagerty will not cover a vintage vehicle kept in either a trailer or a carport. It must be a permanent garage or pole building.
by John Codman
Sat Dec 05, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I wish I had this problem- too much money in hand
Replies: 21
Views: 1372

Re: I wish I had this problem- too much money in hand

Jem, I tried to purchase what was supposed to be the last new factory right door for an '82 Chevy conventional pickup about 15 years ago. Supposedly it was at a dealership in Wyoming. I called their $750 bluff and had my local GMC dealer order it. The dealer got a message back that said that it was ...
by John Codman
Sat Dec 05, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Tools to take with you on a Model T drive?
Replies: 27
Views: 1021

Re: Tools to take with you on a Model T drive?

Cell phone, AAA card, Bottle of good bourbon.
by John Codman
Sun Nov 29, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Battery bracket
Replies: 10
Views: 550

Re: Battery bracket

My '27 is the same as Original Smith's - or was until I removed it to weld in a piece of it's bottom that had rotted away. Maybe someday I'll get around to reriviting it, but it's a very low priority. (BTW: spel-check doesn't like the word reriviting).
by John Codman
Sun Nov 29, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your T this November
Replies: 37
Views: 2467

Re: What have you done to your T this November

Taken the front floormat and floorboards out in preparation for adjusting the clutch screws. Unfortunately, she who must be obeyed has instructed her husband to start putting up the Christmas decorations immediately if not sooner. I'll probably get back to the clutch in a few days.
by John Codman
Tue Nov 24, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Running without coolant?
Replies: 17
Views: 983

Re: Running without coolant?

I wouldn't hesitate to run an engine for about 90 seconds without coolant.
by John Codman
Mon Nov 23, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 26/27 Patch Panels
Replies: 5
Views: 305

Re: 26/27 Patch Panels

Lang's sells some.
by John Codman
Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A sad day for the Model T Ford owners
Replies: 15
Views: 1552

Re: A sad day for the Model T Ford owners

I did not know Glenn Larson, but having lost one of my brothers to Covid, I do know how his friends, family, and colleagues feel. My condolences to all.
by John Codman
Fri Nov 20, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Interesting T on Epay
Replies: 10
Views: 1424

Re: Interesting T on Epay

I guess that I'm the odd man. It would cost quite a bit to return it to original. I wouldn't pay anything lose to what the seller wants for it, but at a significantly lower price I would be interested.
by John Codman
Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Jay Leno video about the Model T
Replies: 5
Views: 764

Re: Jay Leno video about the Model T

I noticed that both the museum's and Jay's 1925 Ts had the later balloon tires and wheels. I guess that they liked the softer ride.
by John Codman
Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Radiator drain petcock
Replies: 18
Views: 748

Re: Radiator drain petcock

Sorry that I can't help you. I did install a #3079 petcock which I purchased from Lang's, but that was five years ago. It has never leaked a drop.
by John Codman
Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Interesting T on Epay
Replies: 10
Views: 1424

Re: Interesting T on Epay

I'm guessing that the water outlet at the top of the head was the heater inlet and the return went to the bottom of the radiator there's no reason why convection wouldn't feed the heater. It looks like a nice little car, but there is a lot of stuff that I would want to undo. JMO.
by John Codman
Sun Nov 15, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What did you do to your T, January 1, 2100
Replies: 6
Views: 453

Re: What did you do to your T, January 1, 2100

I'm not all gloom and doom. Certainly the world has problems - some cause by the ever-increasing Human population, but so far, as time has marched on, things have gotten better. It may well be that the T will be reduced to being a museum piece, but there will still be a few - perhaps running on Prop...
by John Codman
Thu Nov 12, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 13T - Lack of Power Above 30 mph and Pics of the bands (new)
Replies: 35
Views: 1737

Re: 13T - Lack of Power Above 30 mph

When I forget to flip from Battery to magneto on my '27, the top speed is reduced, but not by as much as yours (in the OP) is. I would take a couple of hours and go back to the basics; I would check the compression, take a look at the plugs, check the coils - I'm sure that there are people on this f...
by John Codman
Thu Nov 12, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Has anybody here ever crashed their T?
Replies: 31
Views: 1655

Re: Has anybody here ever crashed their T?

No real crashes, but I did graze the barn door with my right front fender once. Several breakdowns on the road - all related to a cruddy fuel tank. I finally pulled the tank (not a fun thing to do on a '27) and had it cleaned. No fuel-related failures since.
by John Codman
Wed Nov 11, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1927 touring green? Now with photos!
Replies: 28
Views: 1130

Re: 1927 touring green? Now with photos!

Dan, I'm a bit confused as to the new colors letter that you posted. It lists two new colors for the open cars, neither of which is Highland Green. I know that the 15 millionth touring car was Highland Green, as is my '27 touring car. Mine has an old repaint, but it was not a restoration and I have ...
by John Codman
Mon Nov 09, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T Capabilities on Hills?
Replies: 39
Views: 1974

Re: Model T Capabilities on Hills?

The '23 engine shouldn't have any effect on the performance. The '23 has the same horsepower as the '27. A '23% grade is a lot or a vehicle with 20 hp and a 600 lb or so load. The total weight is close to 2,500 lbs. I would agree that a Ruckstell axle would be a good solution.
by John Codman
Sat Nov 07, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1927 touring green? Now with photos!
Replies: 28
Views: 1130

Re: 1927 touring green?

My '27 touring is March '27 production and is green. It has been repainted in the distant past, but I can find no evidence that the original color differed significantly from what it is now. It's color either is or is close to Channel Green.
by John Codman
Fri Oct 30, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your T in October?
Replies: 70
Views: 4224

Re: What have you done to your T in October?

Conducted a 'speriment - My '27 has a Berg's flat-tube radiator installed in 2014. It has cooled beautifully ever since the day I installed it. Today with my DVOM I measured the temperature drop from the top to bottom of the radiator. Idling in our garage, I waited for the temperatures to stabilize;...
by John Codman
Fri Oct 30, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Motorcycle Oil
Replies: 41
Views: 2135

Re: Motorcycle Oil

The 1953-54 Plymouths offered a semi-automatic transmission called the Hy-drive. It was basically a manual transmission with a torque converter. The engine and Hy-drive transmission (including the torque converter), shared the oil supply which of course was the engine oil - all 10 quarts of it!.
by John Codman
Thu Oct 29, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Alternate History Question 2: Modern Model T
Replies: 5
Views: 415

Re: Alternate History Question 2: Modern Model T

The modern Model T was the VW Type 1 Beetle.
by John Codman
Tue Oct 27, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Snow in October in Montana
Replies: 17
Views: 888

Re: Snow in October in Montana

I was outside doing yard work this AM. Shade temp was 86 and very humid. I'm in now taking a break. My shirt was soaked. It's hot here in SW Florida.
by John Codman
Mon Oct 26, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How do I tell if my engine has been rebuilt?
Replies: 19
Views: 1077

Re: How do I tell if my engine has been rebuilt?

Jerry VanOoteghem wrote:
Sat Oct 24, 2020 7:22 pm
"Do I basically need to strip it down to the block and measure everything to know for sure? How can I tell if new Babbitt was poured?

No. Just run it and drive it. If it performs well, with no knocks etc., just keep on going and don't worry about it.
I agree. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
by John Codman
Mon Oct 26, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Floorboards from crates...myth, right?
Replies: 25
Views: 1259

Re: Floorboards from crates...myth, right?

Ford did use the wood from crates, but not for T floorboards. He used the crates to make charcoal. Kingsford charcoal - still available today was started by Henry Ford and Edward Kingsford, whose wife was a cousin of Henry.
by John Codman
Sun Oct 25, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Mini rant, T related
Replies: 29
Views: 1517

Re: Mini rant, T related

Steve Jelf's post of October 24 hit the nail on the head. During my lifetime the USPS has done a great job. It's only recently that things have gotten FU.
by John Codman
Tue Oct 20, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Gasoline Evaporation "Tip"
Replies: 7
Views: 510

Re: Gasoline Evaporation "Tip"

I agree with Danb. I would rather that the gasoline evaporate then turn into the crud that it does. I would drain the tank and use the fuel in a car that I am actually driving. In my case, I use old fuel mixed with new in my garden tractor.
by John Codman
Tue Oct 20, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is There A Right Way, Or Just a Cosmetic Way?
Replies: 6
Views: 531

Re: Is There A Right Way, Or Just a Cosmetic Way?

Methinks that the above post is theoretically correct, but is way overthinking the issue. Our roads here in SW Florida are built with a significant crown - 3 inch downpours are not rare here. My T does not pull and I have not noticed any significant tire wear other then what would be attributed to n...
by John Codman
Tue Oct 20, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Another newbie No Start
Replies: 39
Views: 1344

Re: Another newbie No Start

I confess that I have not read all of the posts, but in the OP it looks like the owner is diagnosing the problem by throwing parts at the car. The Model T is no different then any modern gasoline-powered automobile; fuel, air, and spark at the right time and if the engine is in decent mechanical con...
by John Codman
Mon Oct 19, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Big Timing Gear
Replies: 16
Views: 694

Re: Big Timing Gear

I have probably replaced 50 timing gears in modern cars. In every case the change was necessary because the nylon gear failed. If there is any reasonable alternative, I will never install a nylon timing gear. I have also never noticed any difference in the sound of the steel gear as opposed to the n...
by John Codman
Thu Oct 15, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Nice little speedster
Replies: 4
Views: 552

Re: Nice little speedster

I would have liked to see the speedster, but the link wanted me to join something. and I don't do that.
by John Codman
Tue Oct 13, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Headlight Question
Replies: 11
Views: 617

Re: Headlight Question

Richard Petty once said "I'd rather be lucky then good." I agree and I guess that I was lucky disassembling and later reassembling my '27 headlights. Rather then re-Nickle plate my existing rings, I decided to replace them with repros from Lang's (I'm sure that Snyders rings are from the same manufa...
by John Codman
Sun Oct 11, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: HELP! Can Get some pics of interior upholstery from 26 or 27 Touring please?!
Replies: 12
Views: 568

Re: HELP! Can Get some pics of interior upholstery from 26 or 27 Touring please?!

Bob P. is correct. my 1927 was built in March of 1927 and had no buttons. The rear seats had been redone with buttons, but the fronts were original and had no buttons.
by John Codman
Sun Oct 11, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: LOOK WHAT HAPPENED!
Replies: 10
Views: 1452

Re: LOOK WHAT HAPPENED!

I would never argue with Steve Jelf., who is a master at the model T and far more knowledgeable then I; technically he is correct, but if you run a mixture of anti-freeze and water, or add a good anti-rust chemical to your coolant and change the coolant every few years, the steel "freeze" plugs will...
by John Codman
Sun Oct 11, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Should I use white tires, or black?
Replies: 28
Views: 1586

Re: Should I use white tires, or black?

Flaps are another topic like oil and coolant; you will get a bunch of differing answers.
by John Codman
Sun Oct 11, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Let’s go to Minnesota
Replies: 14
Views: 739

Re: Let’s go to Minnesota

Great photos! Any idea about dates?
by John Codman
Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New to forum & Model T
Replies: 11
Views: 555

Re: New to forum & Model T

Welcome, Len. Getting the T started and driving it are two different animals. I go along with what Norman Kling said about getting it started, but you need to do a safety inspection before driving it. The front suspension and steering need to be thoroughly inspected and lubricated and repaired as ne...
by John Codman
Wed Oct 07, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Should I use white tires, or black?
Replies: 28
Views: 1586

Re: Should I use white tires, or black?

I agree with the above post. If you have nothing better to do then clean tires, get the whites; otherwise, black is beautiful.
by John Codman
Mon Oct 05, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: An open letter to Jonah D'Avella
Replies: 15
Views: 1280

Re: An open letter to Jonah D'Avella

I agree with the above posts. A good life lesson is to remember that the least expensive way to accomplish anything, is to do it right the first time. Purchasing really good used parts, and quality new ones means that you will not have to spend extra dollars and extra time trying to make it right. I...
by John Codman
Sun Oct 04, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: head bolts
Replies: 17
Views: 893

Re: head bolts

Obviously the stripping strength is proportional to the number of threads engaged. The more threads engaged the better. I have a friend who is a mechanical engineer who told me that his rule of thumb is 1 1/2 diameters of thread engagement if possible. Doing some checking, I found tables that say on...
by John Codman
Sat Oct 03, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Alternative fuel
Replies: 20
Views: 886

Re: Alternative fuel

Tax free has nothing to do with kero, gas, or fuel oil! If any of these were used on the farm or off road most taxes did/do not apply. On the farm sales tax in Mich does not apply. Some large farms will use on road or clear diesel for both trucks and tractors and get a refund on the portion used of...
by John Codman
Fri Oct 02, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Alternative fuel
Replies: 20
Views: 886

Re: Alternative fuel

Just for the record, aviation jet fuel (JP-4) is Kerosene. As was said in the OP, the aircraft kerosene Is refined to higher standards then the kerosene that some gas stations sell. As with all aviation fuels, it is never shipped in a tank or pipeline that was used for a non-aviation product, unless...
by John Codman
Wed Sep 30, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How Often Do You Clean Your Timer ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1049

Re: How Often Do You Clean Your Timer ?

I installed a timer from Lang's. It was identical to the (I think) original timer that I removed. This was five years ago. I oil it regularly, but have never cleaned it. My T runs beautifully.
by John Codman
Wed Sep 30, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Number of Coats of Paint
Replies: 29
Views: 1607

Re: Number of Coats of Paint

I agree with jiminbartow. Rustoeum appliance paint is the way to go. My only problem with it is that the local Ace Hardware store is out of it more often then it has it.
by John Codman
Mon Sep 28, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: HELP!!! SHOULD I USE A WATER PUMP??
Replies: 48
Views: 1827

Re: HELP!!! SHOULD I USE A WATER PUMP??

To JMGolden - Back when the world had corners and I along with several friends was involved in racing a Ford flathead V8 stock car. The cooling system gave us fits. Someone said that they thought the coolant was flowing through the radiator too fast (we didn't run thermostats. What we ultimately did...
by John Codman
Mon Sep 28, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: is a resistor needed in a 12 volt system
Replies: 29
Views: 1328

Re: is a resistor needed in a 12 volt system

MSD 8214 ballast resistor. Summit racing equipment stocks them. NAPA also lists one for less money - but I'll bet it's Chinese. AC Delco still has a part number for the classic ceramic resistor that they used from 1953 through 1972. Addressing the OP, the answer is yes.
by John Codman
Sun Sep 27, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Removing Steering Column
Replies: 9
Views: 483

Re: Removing Steering Column

I have removed the column in my '27 Touring several times. It is much easier with the Pitman arm removed, but it can be done with the arm still installed. The main problem is that there is only one position where the arm can be snaked through the firewall, and it isn't any of the 38 that you just tr...
by John Codman
Sun Sep 27, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: T buckets
Replies: 12
Views: 740

Re: T buckets

Virtually all T-buckets that have been built in the last 25 years are fiberglass. It's too hard to find a good T body. and fixing up a tired one is more time-consuming and expensive then just purchasing a new 'glass body.
by John Codman
Sun Sep 27, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What oil do I use in my T? 5w? 60w?
Replies: 30
Views: 1107

Re: What oil do I use in my T? 5w? 60w?

I agree with Twrenn. I use Rotella 10 W 30 which is available (usually) at Wal Mart. I have checked with Shell, and Rotella still has lots of zinc in it. It has been pointed out to me that the T has low valve spring pressure so zinc isn't as important in a T as it might be with a more modern flat-ta...
by John Codman
Sat Sep 26, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: T buckets
Replies: 12
Views: 740

Re: T buckets

I have actually been into hot rods longer then antiques. I have owned a 1928 Olds coupe, several Model A's, a '35 Chevy EC (standard) coupe, a 1938 Chevy coupe and a 1933 Buick 4 dr sedan, not to mention my present 1927 T touring car. I never hot rodded any of them. I also built and own an '82 Chevy...
by John Codman
Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Dare we analyze my cracked crankshaft?? I say we do.. but INTELLIGENTLY
Replies: 23
Views: 1424

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

My biggest concern would be that as Norman Kling said, you would have an obligation to tell any person that you might someday sell the car to that it has a cracked crankshaft. If I were that potential purchaser, in my mind I would be thinking that before I ever drive the car, the engine has to come ...
by John Codman
Thu Sep 24, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Speedster to Coup conversion
Replies: 5
Views: 528

Re: Speedster to Coup conversion

My first question is: Has the frame been modified? If the answer is yes, it probably would be cheaper as well as much quicker and way less aggravating to just find and purchase a coupe. If the answer is no, then if you are looking for a long-term project, the answer would be a qualified yes. The rea...
by John Codman
Mon Sep 21, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rubbing noise???
Replies: 29
Views: 1694

Re: Rubbing noise???

You need to carefully inspect the entire axle, spring, and steering system before you drive the car on the road again. It sounds as if something is bent or loose. The fact that you have to apply leverage to the steering wheel to get the car to straighten out of the turn bothers me. A tight T front e...
by John Codman
Mon Sep 21, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Need help--How to Clean Radiator
Replies: 8
Views: 490

Re: Need help--How to Clean Radiator

I agree with John Kuehn. I found this out the hard way.
by John Codman
Sun Sep 20, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New Member / Model T owner
Replies: 10
Views: 583

Re: New Member / Model T owner

Is the steering sloppy? If you are new to the T you may think (as I did) that aiming the T rather then steering it is normal for a 90+ year-old car. It isn't. Over the first few years I picked away at the slop. There was no one "smoking gun"; virtually every connection in the steering system had a l...
by John Codman
Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: HELP!!! SHOULD I USE A WATER PUMP??
Replies: 48
Views: 1827

Re: HELP!!! SHOULD I USE A WATER PUMP??

I agree with those who say that straight antifreeze should not be used in any engine. It sounds counter-intuitive, but straight antifreeze does not transfer heat as well as a 50/50 mixture of antifreeze and water. It also freezes at a higher temperature than that same 50/50 mixture. Straight antifre...
by John Codman
Fri Sep 18, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Water or 50-50 Antifreeze ?
Replies: 17
Views: 991

Re: Water or 50-50 Antifreeze ?

As has been said earlier, there's not enough difference to worry about. Here in sunny SW Florida where I don't have to worry about freezing up, I still run 50/50 antifreeze. I'm far more concerned about rust damaging my Berg's radiator that cools beautifully then I am with the antifreeze solution no...
by John Codman
Thu Sep 17, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model A motor into a T?
Replies: 38
Views: 3728

Re: Model A motor into a T?

My feeling is that if you are going to replace the T engine with something non-stock, then go for more then another 20 HP. I would suggest a Chrysler Hemi.
by John Codman
Thu Sep 17, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: HELP!!! SHOULD I USE A WATER PUMP??
Replies: 48
Views: 1827

Re: HELP!!! SHOULD I USE A WATER PUMP??

A model T with a good cooling system doesn't need one. Henry built about 15,000,000 of them without the pump, and many are running fine a century later without one. If you want to display a period-correct accessory, do it. otherwise, if your T doesn't cool properly there is an issue with the existin...
by John Codman
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New place to take your T for ice cream, or is it
Replies: 4
Views: 781

Re: New place to take your T for ice cream, or is it

There is a seasonal ice cream shop called the Black Cow on Rt 109 in Millis, MA that makes their own delicious product. The T has been there several times (before we moved to Florida). The point of this post is that on occasion during the summah they will make a batch of Guinness-flavored ice cream....
by John Codman
Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I got my touring running!!!! What do I do with junk in the radiator tubes in the engine?
Replies: 3
Views: 356

Re: I got my touring running!!!! What do I do with junk in the radiator tubes in the engine?

There is a process called "rodding out" which does precisely what you want. They take the tanks off of the core and (guess what?) run steel rods through the tubes to get rid of the junk. A warning - if the car has an overheating issue, rodding out the core may be a waste of time (and money). If the ...
by John Codman
Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 13T - Coolant Temp and Initial Driving Experience
Replies: 8
Views: 628

Re: 13T - Coolant Temp and Initial Driving Experience

I'm pretty sure that the T engine will gain at least a few degrees of coolant temperature upon shutdown. Although unlike modern thermostat controlled engines the convection in the T's cooling system will continue to operate, there is no airflow through the radiator to remove heat from the coolant. I...
by John Codman
Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Free Start need Help
Replies: 12
Views: 776

Re: Free Start need Help

I agree with Rich Bingham. I wish that I had your problem. I have had three free starts in the last seven years.
by John Codman
Sun Sep 06, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: glue or screw?
Replies: 10
Views: 733

Re: glue or screw?

No Model T ever had a Phillips head screw from the factory. The Phillips screw was patented in 1932.
by John Codman
Sun Sep 06, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Redster
Replies: 34
Views: 2163

Re: Redster

That belongs in a Target ad.
by John Codman
Sat Sep 05, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 13T - Insured Value
Replies: 6
Views: 782

Re: 13T - Insured Value

My opinion is that you should insure it for what you would sell it for. If you would sell it for $10,000 then that's a fair value. I wouldn't sell my unrestored but pretty good looking '27 touring car for the $12,000 that it's insured for; I think that I will go to $13,000 when policy renewal comes ...