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by John Codman
Tue Oct 20, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Gasoline Evaporation "Tip"
Replies: 7
Views: 355

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: 419

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: 36
Views: 805

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: 461

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: 454

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: 418

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: 403

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: 1299

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: 1268

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: 590

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: 347

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: 1268

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: 1076

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: 745

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: 620

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: 620

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: 822

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: 1334

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: 1467

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: 1053

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: 392

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: 549

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: 782

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: 549

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: 1135

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: 401

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: 19
Views: 574

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: 359

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: 427

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: 1467

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: 705

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: 3204

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: 1467

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: 661

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: 280

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: 469

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: 530

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: 569

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: 1855

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: 649

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 ...
by John Codman
Tue Aug 25, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: radiator hose
Replies: 19
Views: 790

Re: radiator hose

I installed a set of red hoses from Lang's on August 26, 2014 (yup - six years ago tomorrow); I have had absolutely no issues with them, and if Lang's is still getting them from the same supplier I would unhesitatingly recommend them.
by John Codman
Sun Aug 23, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What do think
Replies: 4
Views: 335

Re: What do think

If the Pitman arm ball is worn badly, Lang's lists a replacement.
by John Codman
Sun Aug 16, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Gas Tank in 1927 Coupe
Replies: 13
Views: 709

Re: Gas Tank in 1927 Coupe

This time I agree with Kevin; now is the time to do whatever you need to do with the gas tank. A previous post mentioned the steering column and hogshead as obstacles to tank removal; I found that the column and choke/mixture rod were in the way, but I never pulled the floorboards and found that the...
by John Codman
Sat Aug 15, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Gas Tank in 1927 Coupe
Replies: 13
Views: 709

Re: Gas Tank in 1927 Coupe

I'm sorry, but I disagree with Kevin - removing and installing the "improved car" gas tank is a pain in the a__. I have heard folks say that it can be done without removing the steering column and instrument cluster, but I couldn't do it, and I have had the tank out twice. There is no particular act...
by John Codman
Fri Aug 14, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: correct radiator hose color
Replies: 10
Views: 807

Re: correct radiator hose color

I bought a set of repro hoses and OE style clamps from Lang's about six years ago. I have never had a leakage issue with the stock hose setup. The Lang's hoses are red; i just assumed that red was the correct color. I can't see why a hose manufacturer would make them red unless they knew (or at leas...
by John Codman
Fri Aug 14, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Upper Michigan is closed for the season - Covered Bridge?
Replies: 9
Views: 954

Re: Upper Michigan is closed for the season - Covered Bridge?

It wouldn't be the tour that would bother me. It's the restaurants, hotels, and any groups of people that would be attracted to the Ts when they stop that would concern me. No touring or more then one day round-trips for me until there's a safe and effective vaccine.
by John Codman
Fri Aug 14, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I love where I live!
Replies: 17
Views: 1229

Re: I love where I live!

SW Florida is nice most of the time, but it can be hot and humid as hell in the summah. The roads aren't great for a T either. Due to the vagaries of my pension, (my contributions were made with after tax funds) I can only live in Massachusetts (where the pension was funded), New Hampshire, Florida,...
by John Codman
Mon Aug 10, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New to Forum and Model Ts
Replies: 58
Views: 2275

Re: New to Forum and Model Ts

I agree with oldaviator (I too could use that handle, having flown GA for 44 years ending in 2015). I also have a magnetic flasher stuck to the rear of my T - in fact, I use two of them. The one thing that I worry about when driving my T is being rear-ended by someone going 25 mph faster then I am. ...
by John Codman
Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New to Forum and Model Ts
Replies: 58
Views: 2275

Re: New to Forum and Model Ts

I would not drive my T on a freeway - ever. You will find that a T likes a cruise speed of about 35 MPH. That is just too slow for a California freeway. The T will go faster, but at the expense of abusing a factory engine. I would look for an open car for my first T. The open car is a bit lighter, a...
by John Codman
Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is my TT overheating?
Replies: 15
Views: 705

Re: Is my TT overheating?

The fan really isn't doing anything when the vehicle is moving. I agree with those who suggest a Moto Meter; you are just guessing about the cooling system's operation without one. Assuming that the ignition timing and fuel mixture are correct, the most likely cause of overheating in a T is a worn-o...
by John Codman
Sat Aug 08, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Spark & Gas levers
Replies: 21
Views: 1876

Re: Spark & Gas levers

To Oilybill, Agree on the design not being one of Henry's better ideas. I'll go a step further and say that the entire steering column design is pretty bad. The top-mounted gearbox places much more stress on the steering column shaft then a bottom-mounted gearbox, and results in a poorly supported s...
by John Codman
Sat Aug 08, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: aJ baimes "arsenal of democracy"
Replies: 14
Views: 1156

Re: aJ baimes "arsenal of democracy"

Bildizer pretty much nailed it. The problem with high-octane rated gasoline in low-compression engines was that for decades, octane was raised with the addition of tetra-ethyl lead. The really high-octane avgas was the purple stuff and it contained gobs of lead. The lead in amounts greater then a pa...
by John Codman
Sat Aug 08, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: cotter pin installation?
Replies: 5
Views: 664

Re: cotter pin installation?

Drilling new holes will not weaken the bolts to any significant degree. The nut below the castellations does the holding, the castellations are there solely to give the cotter pin something to lock against.
by John Codman
Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Can we solve a 75-year old mystery?
Replies: 39
Views: 3584

Re: Can we solve a 75-year old mystery?

I agree with Steve Jelf.
by John Codman
Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Safest way to haul a coupe on an open trailer
Replies: 25
Views: 1676

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

I wish all the best on the trip to Texas. Having said that, I am reminded of the following quotes: "What can go wrong, will go wrong." and "The improbability of disaster is of small comfort to it's victim."
by John Codman
Fri Jul 31, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Happy Birthday, Henry
Replies: 6
Views: 600

Re: Happy Birthday, Henry

Ford actually gets credit for the first automated assembly line. Olds had an assembly line before Ford, but the workers had to manually haul the vehicle to the next workstation. Firearms manufacturers did the same as Olds years before the auto manufacturers adopted the assembly line method.
by John Codman
Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Safest way to haul a coupe on an open trailer
Replies: 25
Views: 1676

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

What Susanne said. 70-75 is way too fast to tow a T on an open trailer. If you do a fantastic job of tying it down and cover it with a substantial (in capital letters) tarp , you might consider 60 mph. If you want to travel at or above the speed limit, you need an enclosed trailer. The T simply wasn...
by John Codman
Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Flushing the block
Replies: 12
Views: 1090

Re: Flushing the block

1.) If you do pull the head, look over the head bolts carefully. They have been there for about a century under a fair amount of tension. I found two that I wouldn't reinstall in my T. Lang's and Snyder's both have them. 2.) As wacky as it sounds, pickle juice is a very good cleaner. It is highly ac...
by John Codman
Mon Jul 27, 2020 9:46 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this fixable???
Replies: 11
Views: 1047

Re: Is this fixable???

I agree with frontyboy - it's repairable. Also - there is an outfit in Newton, MA called Trefler, phone #(617)965-3388. Their stated business is art restoration, but they can and will repaiir just about anything - for a price. Typically they will have you ship the item to them, and they will then gi...
by John Codman
Sun Jul 26, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: exhaust manifold replacement
Replies: 21
Views: 1607

Re: exhaust manifold replacement

I didn't mean to imply that premium gasoline with or without ethanol is bad for the T, just that the cheapest Panther pee that you can buy today is way better then anything the Model T ran on when new. The only downside to ethanol is that it will absorb water in our vented fuel systems, and due to t...
by John Codman
Sat Jul 25, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: exhaust manifold replacement
Replies: 21
Views: 1607

Re: exhaust manifold replacement

Not sure where you are, but premium gas for a T is overkill. There's nothing in a stock Model T fuel system that ethanol will hurt unless you don't drive it much (like me). I use ethanol-free 90 octane gas because it sits for weeks and even months. If I drove it weekly I wouldn't worry about ethanol...
by John Codman
Sat Jul 25, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: We need Model T Facemasks
Replies: 15
Views: 1617

Re: We need Model T Facemasks

.... a bit pricey.
by John Codman
Fri Jul 24, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice
Replies: 122
Views: 4577

Re: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice

Model Ts don't leak - they mark their territory.
by John Codman
Fri Jul 24, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1927 Coupe History and Then Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 1049

Re: 1927 Coupe History and Then Questions

Chris's post is just about perfect. I totally agree with what he said. I would definitely drain the tank, saving the fuel in a clear clean container. If it's just a little dirty, clean the sediment bowl and drain the carburetor float bowl You didn't say whether it still has the vaporizer carb or if ...
by John Codman
Thu Jul 23, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Fan Hub Wobble
Replies: 11
Views: 818

Re: Fan Hub Wobble

RustyFords - I did the same, and I would do it again. I also agree with John Warren. When I changed the pulley, I found a bad crack in the fan. Lang's had a new fan that is a perfect repro of the original.
by John Codman
Thu Jul 23, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Evans Coolant
Replies: 26
Views: 1998

Re: Evans Coolant

I'm a firm believer in "If it ain't broke, don't fix it. I have been stuck in traffic in my T with the outside temperature at 90 plus and my waterpumpless T does not overheat. If everything is working as designed and in good shape, a flat-tubed Model T should not overheat under any normal circumstan...
by John Codman
Thu Jul 23, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice
Replies: 122
Views: 4577

Re: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice

The photo of the wishbone attachment to the engine scares me. Those are bolts that could unscrew themselves from the engine. It is possible that someone has put Loc-tite (thread locker) on the capscrew threads, but there's a reason why Henry made the T with studs and castellated nuts. When installed...
by John Codman
Wed Jul 22, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice
Replies: 122
Views: 4577

Re: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice

What John Kuehn said about radiators! Your T sounds just like mine as far as overheating. The flat tube from Berg's solved the problem. A safety tip that comes up here periodically - Check your front wishbone where it bolts to the bottom of the engine. There should be two studs with castellated nuts...
by John Codman
Sun Jul 19, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Please critique my 1916 Touring
Replies: 18
Views: 1179

Re: Please critique my 1916 Touring

In response to Norman's post - the biggest car show around when I lived in Massachusetts had a single class for 1920-1930. There was always a Duesenberg, Packard, or Bugatti present, so it wasn't possible for a T to win. Most T owners kept the hood closed to indicate that the car wasn't to be judged.
by John Codman
Sun Jul 19, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice
Replies: 122
Views: 4577

Re: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice

The coils don't always buzz - it depends on the position of the rollers in the timer if that's what you are using. As to a Magneto tester - the best test is how well it runs on magneto. If it runs well you (obviously) don't have any magneto issues. My '27 runs better on the magneto then on the batte...
by John Codman
Fri Jul 17, 2020 11:41 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: trailer design
Replies: 32
Views: 2715

Re: trailer design

I didn't need to see the video that Chris posted to know about too much weight on the rear of a trailer. Years ago we raced stock cars; one night we wrecked pretty good. The track tow truck loaded the car with the front end (and the engine) to the rear of the trailer as the race car wouldn't roll. O...
by John Codman
Thu Jul 16, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How Fast is Too Fast?
Replies: 43
Views: 3133

Re: How Fast is Too Fast?

I'm past the two-million miles driven mark and I think that I have a pretty good feel for my T. Most cars have a "sweet spot" where they run the absolute best; for my 2005 Dodge Magnum RT that speed is 79 mph. Unfortunately, there are certain individuals - usually dressed in blue, who do not approve...
by John Codman
Sun Jul 12, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Kevlar band lining sets
Replies: 28
Views: 2789

Re: Kevlar band lining sets

This seems to be a discussion on a par with what oil to use, or do you believe in Marvel Mystery Oil. I really wish that I knew what band material to use in my T. I like the concept of Kevlar, but the troops seem to be seriously divided as to whether it is the ultimate solution or not.
by John Codman
Sun Jul 12, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Enclosed Trailer Dimensions
Replies: 13
Views: 1795

Re: Enclosed Trailer Dimensions

My personal feeling is that if the spokes failed during a trailer trip they probably needed to be replaced before the trip.
by John Codman
Sun Jul 12, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Enclosed Trailer Dimensions
Replies: 13
Views: 1795

Re: Enclosed Trailer Dimensions

I am very happy with my Integrity trailer. As to fire chief's comment, your T will not bounce if you tie it down properly. I use two straps in front; one over each side of the front crossmember anchored diagonally outward towards the sides of the trailer. I use and two more straps over each side of ...
by John Codman
Sun Jul 12, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Buying a T
Replies: 10
Views: 1478

Re: Buying a T

As was said before, Closed cars (With the possible exception of the centerdoor sedan) usually bring less money then open. One reason for this is that the closed cars are not great parade cars whereas open cars are. If the T is equipped with a distributor, be careful about hand cranking the engine. U...
by John Codman
Sat Jul 11, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Enclosed Trailer Dimensions
Replies: 13
Views: 1795

Re: Enclosed Trailer Dimensions

My 16-footer advertises 84" height, and it is if you are stacking boxes, but the minimum loading door clearance is 81 inches. I have a '27 Touring car and it does measure 75 inches at it's highest point; earlier Ts are two to four inches taller but would still fit. I have a friend who has a '24 Tour...
by John Codman
Sat Jul 11, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: HEADS UP! Stolen Model T- Huntsville, Alabama
Replies: 19
Views: 2478

Re: HEADS UP! Stolen Model T- Huntsville, Alabama

I don't leave the key in my T because I'm afraid that some a*****e will steal the key, not the car.
I hope that the Ts owner gets it back in one piece.
by John Codman
Sat Jul 11, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How do you date a TT?
Replies: 11
Views: 1154

Re: How do you date a TT?

Buy it some flowers and ask it nicely.
by John Codman
Fri Jul 10, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 27 Engine details
Replies: 30
Views: 2072

Re: 27 Engine details

John Kuehn mentioned the horn; my '27 came to me with an anemic but period correct AOOGA horn which soon died. I replaced it with a Fun Projects reproduction of the original. If I can ever find someone who will repair the AOOGA unit, (I think the armature needs to be rewound) I will reinstall it. Th...
by John Codman
Thu Jul 09, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 27 Engine details
Replies: 30
Views: 2072

Re: 27 Engine details

Nice engine! I see that your '27 still has the vaporizer. The only thing that I see as incorrect is the harness from the timer to the coils. The harness runs across the front of the engine under the fan bracket. There is a clip (use 2 back to back) that holds the harness to the left side water outle...
by John Codman
Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rare?? Unused Portion Cutoff Touring
Replies: 9
Views: 1226

Re: Rare?? Unused Portion Cutoff Touring

You could make a model T sofa for the man-cave out of it.
by John Codman
Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Spark Plug Torque
Replies: 9
Views: 920

Re: Spark Plug Torque

Sock 'em down until they snap, then back them off 1/2 turn! :D
by John Codman
Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Will changing electrical system to 12v devalue the car?
Replies: 27
Views: 2002

Re: Will changing electrical system to 12v devalue the car?

I have seen the cranking videos before and they are great, but my T has "free started" twice in the last two weeks without being cranked at all. As to 12V - if my magneto had a major failure I might be tempted to go the distributor route, and if I was going to make a major departure from stock I mig...
by John Codman
Sun Jul 05, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Post Your 4th T Pictures
Replies: 34
Views: 2788

Re: Post Your 4th T Pictures

To Twrenn - Those '29 American LaFrance pumpers must have been really good - the town of Millis, Massachusetts had one up to about 20 years ago and they had no plans to retire it - it was still in regular use. The state finally made them get rid of it because it didn't come anywhere close to modern ...
by John Codman
Sun Jul 05, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Resonable priced 1915
Replies: 9
Views: 1645

Re: Resonable priced 1915

If I was looking for another T touring car I'd look into it. I get a kick out of the ad where it says Transmission: Automatic. The Massachusetts registry of Motor Vehicles decided that the planetary transmission in my '27 was an automatic as well.
by John Codman
Sun Jul 05, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The New Arrival: 1926 Roadster
Replies: 6
Views: 1015

Re: The New Arrival: 1926 Roadster

As to the rear-end grease mentioned in the OP - I know that the poster was joking, but in about 1964 a guy pulled into our gas station and said that the engine in his 1950 Plymouth was knocking and he wanted us to put three quarts of 90 gear oil in it's engine. We told him that most of the Chrysler-...
by John Codman
Sun Jul 05, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Post Your 4th T Pictures
Replies: 34
Views: 2788

Re: Post Your 4th T Pictures

To Hpetrino - Good eye! The flag belonged to my bride's grandfather and predates WW2. You can't see it, but the flags on the T are 48-star as well. The T flags are modern replicas, and I had a bit of a time finding them.
The photo was taken July 4, 2020.
by John Codman
Sat Jul 04, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Post Your 4th T Pictures
Replies: 34
Views: 2788

Re: Post Your 4th T Pictures

Here ya go! Got an eye for detail?
by John Codman
Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Laundaulet and Town Car
Replies: 11
Views: 1340

Re: Laundaulet and Town Car

New car prices are still FOB the plant of manufacture for North American vehicles. Shipping an automobile is expensive; thge manufacturer isn't going to absorb that cost.
by John Codman
Thu Jul 02, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 25 years now...
Replies: 15
Views: 1522

Re: 25 years now...

Congratulations!
by John Codman
Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What should salvage value be?
Replies: 32
Views: 2404

Re: What should salvage value be?

I'll bet that there's an easy $3,000 in parts there if you decide to part it out. See what it will take to buy it back from the insurance company - if you can get it for $2,000 or less it's a money maker, or you can take it on as a long-term repair project. I'll bet that you can find all or most of ...
by John Codman
Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Radiator stop leak
Replies: 16
Views: 1355

Re: Radiator stop leak

I agree with humblej. Stop-leak is a Band-Aid at best. If your radiator is leaking, the car will have cooling issues until the radiator is repaired or replaced. If your car is going to be a driver (as opposed to a show car), get a flat-tube radiator. Mine came from Berg's and it's great - perhaps th...
by John Codman
Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: NEW TO VAPORIZER
Replies: 24
Views: 2511

Re: NEW TO VAPORIZER

My '27 came to me with an NH. Obviously sometime during the last 93 years there was an owner who didn't like the vaporizer. I have no vaporizer experience, so I have no opinion to offer, but my T runs great with it's NH.
by John Codman
Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Engine Splash/Dust Pans: Yea or Nay?
Replies: 31
Views: 1912

Re: Engine Splash/Dust Pans: Yea or Nay?

My T didn't come with them, and frankly I didn't know that it was supposed to have them until I joined this forum. If somebody decides to give me a mint set, I'll put them on, but otherwise it's staying naked.
by John Codman
Sun Jun 21, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Got a 27 Coupe
Replies: 74
Views: 7000

Re: Got a 27 Coupe

A little off topic, but '26 and '27 gas tanks are made of unobtainium. In your travels, if you should run across a decent tank for a reasonable price, I would buy it as a spare. I hope that you never have to use it, but I believe that the gas tank was the first part placed on the assembly line, and ...
by John Codman
Thu Jun 18, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Accident today
Replies: 41
Views: 3188

Re: Accident today

I'm glad that you are OK, Richard. I agree that you should work it out through your insurance company. I have Hagerty on my T with an agreed-value policy. If you have an agreed-value policy, that's what they will pay you for a total loss, and they will not spend over the agreed value. Please note th...
by John Codman
Thu Jun 18, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Steering bracket removal
Replies: 13
Views: 1091

Re: Steering bracket removal

It is possible, but as was said above you will have to disconnect the spark timing rod and remove the spark control lever from the spark lever rod. This involves driving out the pin that holds the lever to the rod. This is in a confined area and most likely will not be as easy as it sounds. If you d...