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by Rob
Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Model T twin engine tank demonstration video
Replies: 3
Views: 507

Re: Model T twin engine tank demonstration video

Another. This looks more advanced, with gun mounted and more hardware:

https://s3.amazonaws.com/NARAprodstorag ... fc-662.mp4

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by Rob
Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 15,000,000 Ford video
Replies: 7
Views: 610

15,000,000 Ford video

From the National Archives. I thought some might like this footage if you’ve not seen it. I’m looking for a specific film, so sorting through a lot of Ford films. https://catalog.archives.gov/search?q=*:*&f.ancestorNaIds=90439&sort=naIdSort%20asc&offset=1540 A605508C-13A6-4289-8707-68B69ACB0D56.jpeg...
by Rob
Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Converting a Ford to a Truckford - video
Replies: 13
Views: 613

Re: Converting a Ford to a Truckford - video

Regarding the year, there is one brass T converted into a pickup (15 or 16) at the Robinsons plant. The other T’s look like black radiator with steel coilboxes. My guess is between 1917-19. After the TT was introduced I wonder if aftermarket truck kits were competitive?
by Rob
Sat Nov 30, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Converting a Ford to a Truckford - video
Replies: 13
Views: 613

Converting a Ford to a Truckford - video

From the National Archives: (click on the link to see the video)

https://s3.amazonaws.com/NARAprodstorag ... c-3339.mp4


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by Rob
Sat Oct 26, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Where is Rob??
Replies: 11
Views: 1244

Re: Where is Rob??

Hi guys. It’s been a busy fall, and I haven’t taken time out for the forum or car work lately. Currently, the racer has scored cylinder walls, so the motor has to come apart. The K magneto is out of sorts, and the F needs a few issues addressed. The N has broken front spring leaves and the 09 hasn’t...
by Rob
Sat Sep 28, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What do you do when the boss says “I want you to build a car that will beat the fastest racer in the world?”
Replies: 59
Views: 2992

Re: What do you do when the boss says “I want you to build a car that will beat the fastest racer in the world?”

Larry, I don’t think there is room for an impulse. I had one on a 1913 Buick and it worked great. I had no battery to be concerned with and the impulse mag made starting easy. Bud, the two spark mag is quite interesting, and evidently was well thought of “in the day,” as many race cars of the period...
by Rob
Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What do you do when the boss says “I want you to build a car that will beat the fastest racer in the world?”
Replies: 59
Views: 2992

Re: What do you do when the boss says “I want you to build a car that will beat the fastest racer in the world?”

Kevin,
I’m thinking of putting it on the shelf, and using a modern two spark that uses a battery. This Bosch works great, but is temperamental and starting on mag is a chore, considering it’s a higher compression 300 cubic inch motor. Thanks for your post,
Rob
by Rob
Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What do you do when the boss says “I want you to build a car that will beat the fastest racer in the world?”
Replies: 59
Views: 2992

Re: What do you do when the boss says “I want you to build a car that will beat the fastest racer in the world?”

Thanks Duey. I have become a Frank Kulick fan over the years. What an understated, over achieving man, who was in the right place at the right time to help Ford achieve greatness on the track. Kevin, I don’t have all the plugs and wires on in the last photo. There are two sets of plugs, one on each ...
by Rob
Sun Sep 22, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What do you do when the boss says “I want you to build a car that will beat the fastest racer in the world?”
Replies: 59
Views: 2992

Re: What do you do when the boss says “I want you to build a car that will beat the fastest racer in the world?”

Thanks guys. A couple of young guys are doing the fabrication. It’s good to know there are incredible young craftsmen coming up in the world today. Now to get them interested in early cars........... Dave, I think the mag is working ok. It’s a different animal, two spark. Without a battery side and ...
by Rob
Sat Sep 21, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What do you do when the boss says “I want you to build a car that will beat the fastest racer in the world?”
Replies: 59
Views: 2992

Re: What do you do when the boss says “I want you to build a car that will beat the fastest racer in the world?”

Thanks John. No, we have to pull the head and see why #4 is fouling the plugs. Maybe scoring (borescope), so we’ll see. Meanwhile, I had the correct intake manifold fabricated and it’s coming along well: 0110CCC7-B6CA-4D42-A712-C29E49F9BDAB.jpeg Intake/exhaust of the Ford Special at THF: FC2101F9-06...
by Rob
Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What do you do when the boss says “I want you to build a car that will beat the fastest racer in the world?”
Replies: 59
Views: 2992

Re: What do you do when the boss says “I want you to build a car that will beat the fastest racer in the world?”

Thanks guys. Bud, yes, several marquees “disguised” their racers to look similar to their production cars. Buick and Case were good examples. Ken, the 300 cu. in. version is our motor. What I’ve learned is Joe Galamb and Ford used the lower cylinder holes to let the engine exhaust (breath) better. I...
by Rob
Wed Sep 18, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What do you do when the boss says “I want you to build a car that will beat the fastest racer in the world?”
Replies: 59
Views: 2992

Re: What do you do when the boss says “I want you to build a car that will beat the fastest racer in the world?”

Finishing this marathon of a thread, a few more excerpts and followup. In the article below, another version of “the story.” D43D6B82-66AC-417C-8A8E-DB7A92070BDF.jpeg The second paragraph should bring a smile to any Ford enthusiast. A reminder, the Blitzen Benz the Ford had just beaten held the one ...
by Rob
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What do you do when the boss says “I want you to build a car that will beat the fastest racer in the world?”
Replies: 59
Views: 2992

Re: What do you do when the boss says “I want you to build a car that will beat the fastest racer in the world?”

Finally (an end to this thread?), we’ve reached race day. Henry Ford and Frank Kulick have probably their best racing day and event ever. Ford had many victories over an eleven year period, beginning with Sweepstakes in 1901 and ending with Algonquin Hill Climb in 1912. Possibly better than the 999 ...
by Rob
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What do you do when the boss says “I want you to build a car that will beat the fastest racer in the world?”
Replies: 59
Views: 2992

Re: What do you do when the boss says “I want you to build a car that will beat the fastest racer in the world?”

Leo, looks like a great read. Wayne, Barney Oldfield and Henry Ford are forever linked in early racing history, and I believe some “history” about the two and their relationship is poorly documented. Tom Cooper contracted with Henry Ford to build two racers in 1901. Ford built the racers, later name...
by Rob
Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What do you do when the boss says “I want you to build a car that will beat the fastest racer in the world?”
Replies: 59
Views: 2992

Re: What do you do when the boss says “I want you to build a car that will beat the fastest racer in the world?”

September 25th arrives, the beginning of the two days of racing at the Michigan State Fairgrounds. Rain and a wet track caused postponement of the morning races, and the meet was extended to the 26th and 27t. Meanwhile, Burman, Harroun and Fitzpatrick drove exhibition races during the afternoon. Eve...
by Rob
Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What do you do when the boss says “I want you to build a car that will beat the fastest racer in the world?”
Replies: 59
Views: 2992

Re: What do you do when the boss says “I want you to build a car that will beat the fastest racer in the world?”

Thanks guys. Leo, I wondered the same (does the crown still exist). Bob Burman was killed racing a Peugeot in 1916. His world record 141 mph made with the Blitzen Benz in 1911 outlived him. “Wild Bob” Burman and the “Blitzen Benz” are making their way toward Detroit. At Grand Rapids he sets the trac...
by Rob
Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What do you do when the boss says “I want you to build a car that will beat the fastest racer in the world?”
Replies: 59
Views: 2992

Re: What do you do when the boss says “I want you to build a car that will beat the fastest racer in the world?”

The summer of 1911 progresses, and Bob Burman and the Blitzen Benz tear across the U.S., making track and world records: ECB5B268-C38B-4BB7-96D6-124DFC147911.jpeg D5AF6636-9B06-47CB-B92A-4EB8CCA182DF.jpeg The records keep coming: 9E5D804C-D1B4-49C3-A0B6-7BCE3B76FF11.jpeg In Scranton, Burman demonstr...
by Rob
Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What do you do when the boss says “I want you to build a car that will beat the fastest racer in the world?”
Replies: 59
Views: 2992

Re: What do you do when the boss says “I want you to build a car that will beat the fastest racer in the world?”

A quick finish for tonight (but not the end of the story). The Hawthorne track meet began with Frank Kulick winning the first race, driving the 228 cu. in. Ford Special in the 161-230 c.i. class. As it turns out, one turn on the track was unsafe, and a driver was killed during the first race. Then, ...
by Rob
Sun Sep 15, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What do you do when the boss says “I want you to build a car that will beat the fastest racer in the world?”
Replies: 59
Views: 2992

Re: What do you do when the boss says “I want you to build a car that will beat the fastest racer in the world?”

The day of the Chicago races arrives. Many of the greatest drivers and cars are there, practicing for the events, chasing records and trophies: 17A624E4-2760-4C7A-8F6E-BFA5263190AE.jpeg While not a headliner in the story, Kulick and his Ford racers are mentioned frequently in the article: 1779AF56-8...
by Rob
Sun Sep 15, 2019 1:02 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What do you do when the boss says “I want you to build a car that will beat the fastest racer in the world?”
Replies: 59
Views: 2992

Re: What do you do when the boss says “I want you to build a car that will beat the fastest racer in the world?”

Henry Ford had a chip on his shoulder. His Ford Special racer wasn’t allowed to compete in the inaugural Indy 500 in 1911. The minimum weight was 2300 lbs., almost twice what the new big Ford Special weighed. Henry Ford, Frank Kulick and many Ford Company representatives attended the race, but were ...
by Rob
Sat Sep 14, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What do you do when the boss says “I want you to build a car that will beat the fastest racer in the world?”
Replies: 59
Views: 2992

Re: What do you do when the boss says “I want you to build a car that will beat the fastest racer in the world?”

Thanks Andre. Wayne, continuing on............. On page 39 of his Reminiscences, Joe Galamb went into some of the engineering that went into the Ford Special motors. Joe Golamb: “I’ll never forget that. The cylinder was made out of aluminum, whole aluminum blocks. We put some steel sleeves in it, al...
by Rob
Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What do you do when the boss says “I want you to build a car that will beat the fastest racer in the world?”
Replies: 59
Views: 2992

Re: What do you do when the boss says “I want you to build a car that will beat the fastest racer in the world?”

Thanks guys, now back to the story.......... The Blitzen Benz made it’s appearance in 1909. Hemery, a well known European driver (who Henry Ford had competed against in years past) set a world record of 126 mph. The Benz was sent to the U.S., where Barney Oldfield drove the “Lightening Benz” to a ne...
by Rob
Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What do you do when the boss says “I want you to build a car that will beat the fastest racer in the world?”
Replies: 59
Views: 2992

Re: What do you do when the boss says “I want you to build a car that will beat the fastest racer in the world?”

While Joe Galamb had significant involvement in many important facets of Ford history, this one fascinates me the most. On page 39 of his reminiscence, Joe Galamb stated: “ From 1908 to 1914, I was in the Engineering Department carrying out experimental work. We were building racing cars. That was m...
by Rob
Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What do you do when the boss says “I want you to build a car that will beat the fastest racer in the world?”
Replies: 59
Views: 2992

Re: What do you do when the boss says “I want you to build a car that will beat the fastest racer in the world?”

Thanks guys. Bud, yes, I’ve heard a bit of Mr. Galamb’s recording. One of his friends and peers was Charles Balough. Mr. Balough worked for Ford and moved on to eventually lead the Hercules company (if memory serves). Bruce Balough, who frequents this forum, is Charles’ grandson, and has provided mu...
by Rob
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What do you do when the boss says “I want you to build a car that will beat the fastest racer in the world?”
Replies: 59
Views: 2992

What do you do when the boss says “I want you to build a car that will beat the fastest racer in the world?”

That’s what Henry Ford said to Joe Galamb in 1909. Here’s the story, as recounted by Joeseph Galamb. Note: Transcribed from the first taped interview of Joseph Galamb by Owen Bombard in 1952. Courtesy of Benson Library, The Henry Ford, all rights apply. Joseph Galamb was born in Hungary in 1881. He ...
by Rob
Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Dean Yoder gets a ride to OCF
Replies: 9
Views: 904

Re: Dean Yoder gets a ride to OCF

Kim,
I wondered how you had a photo of Dean riding to Old Car Festival, as he rode with me. Of course you meant a different ride. Below is a photo taken as Dean and I headed to his place from OCF:
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I was imoressed how fresh Dean is following a long arduous trip..... :D
by Rob
Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Milwaukee to Detroit and back again in a Model T
Replies: 28
Views: 1595

Re: Milwaukee to Detroit and back again in a Model T

You’ve had a lot of great Model T adventures this year Dave. Congratulations and here’s to many more T adventures in the future.
by Rob
Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Have photos of early cars with wire wheels? Period and current
Replies: 8
Views: 612

Re: Have photos of early cars with wire wheels? Period and current

Alex, I’ll go one better. Vintage 1910/11 wire wheels on a Ford Special racer, designed and built by Ford. Photos and drawings courtesy of The Henry Ford, all rights apply: 52999A32-6C98-4FFF-A756-DFFCBA06F6D5.png 8A22FBC5-1EB0-4238-914D-758920E5167F.jpeg Ford drawing of racer spokes: This drawing i...
by Rob
Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Old Car Festival videos. Gaslight tour, daytime tour and Model K’s go off road.
Replies: 6
Views: 678

Old Car Festival videos. Gaslight tour, daytime tour and Model K’s go off road.

For your viewing pleasure: Gaslight tour videos https://www.dropbox.com/s/o1ns4ygfbyrftat/OCF%202019%20gaslight%20%231.mov?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/fu6n3m55u3jyb23/2019%20OCF%20gaslight%20%232.mov?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/130cbq10jmh00ve/2019%20OCF%20gaslight%20%233.mov?dl=0 https://www....
by Rob
Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Somebody please make some good OCF 2019 videos
Replies: 11
Views: 828

Re: Somebody please make some good OCF 2019 videos

Nothing special, but an "over"view. Click on the link below if you have 8 minutes to kill.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ptade2aoyqmc3 ... e.mov?dl=0

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by Rob
Thu Sep 05, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: I am coming after you Steve - to OCF
Replies: 20
Views: 1398

Re: I am coming after you Steve - to OCF

Just a point of order. If you had gas on board, you didn't run out of gas.... :lol:
by Rob
Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:43 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: The “K whisperer” and I have arrived........ in Dearborn
Replies: 6
Views: 591

Re: The “K whisperer” and I have arrived........ in Dearborn

Bud, take care. Off to the library this morning. Who would have ever thought my idea of the perfect day would be time spent at a research library. Certainly not my former teachers........... :shock:
by Rob
Mon Sep 02, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: The “K whisperer” and I have arrived........ in Dearborn
Replies: 6
Views: 591

Re: The “K whisperer” and I have arrived........ in Dearborn

Thanks Hank. Yes, Dean's the best.

Bud, unfortunately the racer motor needs attention and won't be out again until next spring. Will we see you this weekend?
by Rob
Mon Sep 02, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: The “K whisperer” and I have arrived........ in Dearborn
Replies: 6
Views: 591

The “K whisperer” and I have arrived........ in Dearborn

Started at 1:30 a.m. and met Dean Yoder at his place about 9:00. Dean did what he does best, quickly rebuilt the roller and the yoke that holds it for our K roadster. In a couple of hours, it was better than new, and off we went. Arrived at the Pink Pallace in Dearborn a few minutes ago. Now, a week...
by Rob
Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: My T broke my wrist DAMN
Replies: 36
Views: 2000

Re: My T broke my wrist DAMN

sorry Charles. Good luck with the healing and rehab process.
by Rob
Mon Aug 26, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: McLaren rims
Replies: 6
Views: 737

Re: McLaren rims

These are the "McLaren" style wheels Mike made for me. The rears needed to be a different size and he researched rims and different spokes and built a great set of wheels. The wheels are well made and he went over and above to get them to me at Chickasha this year.
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by Rob
Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Before New London, there was Paynesville
Replies: 4
Views: 440

Before New London, there was Paynesville

Ten years ago Dave Dunlavy planned a “pre-tour” based out of Paynesville prior to the New London to New Brighton (Antique Car) Run. It was a big success with several early Ford and brass T owners attending. That winter, Tim Kelly suggested we meet at Paynesville every year, and we have ever since. B...
by Rob
Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 50 photos from New London to New Brighton Run
Replies: 14
Views: 825

Re: 50 photos from New London to New Brighton Run

Thanks for posting Dave. Great pics.
by Rob
Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: New London New Brighton
Replies: 28
Views: 2237

Re: New London New Brighton

Great event, as always (although a little on the wet side this time...... :shock: ). I added up the Model K appearances that I’m aware. My good friend the late Tim Kelly brought his “new” Model K on the run ten years ago. His success with the K motivated me to get one, and the next year took my firs...
by Rob
Mon Jul 29, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Fun day
Replies: 16
Views: 1324

Re: Fun day

Glad you made it home in good time. Thank you for your help!
by Rob
Sat Jul 27, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: The First Ford sold.
Replies: 44
Views: 2792

Re: The First Ford sold.

Ok, now I’m curious (ID#). It seems the numbers have no rhyme or reason, except that they seem to be sequential for multiple orders/sales. For example, look at Holle mfg. on the page below from Trent’s database. Both C and B have sequential ID numbers. FE54143A-E7CB-4A02-8D59-0A816BC312D5.png Maybe ...
by Rob
Sat Jul 27, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: The First Ford sold.
Replies: 44
Views: 2792

Re: The First Ford sold.

John, I agree, the Wannamaker C sales do look like probable B numbers. And the I.D. numbers are in sequence, for what that’s worth. Initially I thought maybe the I.D.# had something to do with when the order came in, or time between order/testing/receiving cash and when the car shipped. However, tha...
by Rob
Fri Jul 26, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: The First Ford sold.
Replies: 44
Views: 2792

Re: The First Ford sold.

Hughson said years later that he would have been 35 million to the better had he invested the 5K. However his investors wanted cars, not start up auto company stock. I believe he lived to be close to 100.
by Rob
Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: First Fords - continued from the beginning
Replies: 3
Views: 408

Re: First Fords - continued from the beginning

Thanks Wayne. This file contains a magazine description of DAC’s automobiles for 1900. It includes drawings of several body styles, all on one chassis (sound familiar?). An excerpt of the description of the car and drivetrain follow, along with a link to the entire file: https://www.dropbox.com/s/a2...
by Rob
Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: The First Ford sold.
Replies: 44
Views: 2792

Re: The First Ford sold.

Tim, Interesting. I have questions about the ledgers, and maybe Trent has the answer if he sees this thread. One question is, do the dates on the ledger represent the date the order is received at the factory? Is it the date the cars are shipped? Possibly the day the car arrives at the destination? ...
by Rob
Thu Jul 25, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Fun day
Replies: 16
Views: 1324

Re: Fun day

Do you have Mike's GPS address? Give me a call when you have time. Bruce will be there after 4:30 pm. We might all stay in my camper at Julie's or just drive to Milford after working. Have a good night and safe trip to God's country..... (that would be Nebraska). :D
by Rob
Thu Jul 25, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Fun day
Replies: 16
Views: 1324

Re: Fun day

Are you on the road already? Nice here today, but hot tomorrow.
by Rob
Thu Jul 25, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: ZINK MOTOR CO. APPLETON CITY, MO
Replies: 2
Views: 381

Re: ZINK MOTOR CO. APPLETON CITY, MO

Great story and pics. Thank you for posting.
by Rob
Thu Jul 25, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: First Fords - continued from the beginning
Replies: 3
Views: 408

First Fords - continued from the beginning

Below is a link to odds and ends collected over the years for anyone interested. The file includes information about Henry Ford’s first automobile company endeavor, the Detroit Automobile Company, founded in 1899. Included is an 1899news story in which the reporter gives first hand impressions while...
by Rob
Thu Jul 25, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Must watch! Racers beeing raced, sort of .
Replies: 4
Views: 613

Re: Must watch! Racers beeing raced, sort of .

Thank you. Great video of vintage racers.
by Rob
Thu Jul 25, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Sometimes they bite back......... ouch!
Replies: 19
Views: 1464

Re: Sometimes they bite back......... ouch!

Adding insult to injury......


https://www.dropbox.com/s/bw0qgxw3dprl9 ... M.mov?dl=0

The K was warmed and primed, with everything set right before this. Still, I doubt we'll have Julie start it anymore...

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by Rob
Wed Jul 24, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Sometimes they bite back......... ouch!
Replies: 19
Views: 1464

Re: Sometimes they bite back......... ouch!

Thanks guys. My first serious kickback with the K happened last year at OCF. I always prime my cars prior to switching the ignition on, but the higher compression K usually still need a pull. And the racer only has a dual spark mag, no battery. Just as I pulled the K over, I noticed two coils buzz, ...
by Rob
Wed Jul 24, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Sometimes they bite back......... ouch!
Replies: 19
Views: 1464

Sometimes they bite back......... ouch!

I’ve had two bad kickbacks from the 1910 Ford racer, and one from the K so far this year. So far, the K’s bite is worse..... Due to the large motor (406 cu in), I have to grab the crank in both hands, and essentially perform a deadlift motion: 580868D8-0E11-477F-BE69-021FA1EE507E.png Unfortunately, ...
by Rob
Wed Jul 24, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: The First Ford sold.
Replies: 44
Views: 2792

Re: The First Ford sold.

W. L. Hughson was one of Fords first agents, and sometimes listed as the first. He met Henry Ford prior to the formation of FMC, and supposedly appeared as Ford and Malcomson were looking for investors in 1903. Hughson, from San Francisco, reportedly had $5,000 with him from CA investors, for the pu...
by Rob
Wed Jul 24, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: The First Ford sold.
Replies: 44
Views: 2792

Re: The First Ford sold.

Let’s get down in the weeds........... Tim, the Ford Motor Co. Board of Directors meeting transcripts are an extremely good resource to follow the early activities of Ford Motor Company. It’s interesting to read who made and seconded motions, how some items, such as the Selden Patent suit evolved (t...
by Rob
Tue Jul 23, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: The First Ford sold.
Replies: 44
Views: 2792

Re: The First Ford sold.

Tim, With respect, I’ve not seen a period advertisement, article or classified listing a Ford Model AC. I thought, possibly incorrectly, that the 10 hp 1904 Model A motor was the same motor as that used in the 1905 model year C. This is a page from the October 28th, 1904 Ford Motor Company Board of ...
by Rob
Tue Jul 23, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: The First Ford sold.
Replies: 44
Views: 2792

Re: The First Ford sold.

Thanks for the good info. Always good to go back to our roots.... One clarification. Ford did not produce a Model AC. The Model A began with an 8hp motor that was later upgraded to 10hp. The same 10 hp motor was used on the 1905 Model C. Parts books may have referred to some components as "AC" becau...
by Rob
Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: High speed adjusting bolt question.
Replies: 16
Views: 894

Re: High speed adjusting bolt question.

Larry, Problem is, I have a 300 cubic inch special Ford built racing engine, probably putting out over 70 hp, tandemed with a standard Ford transmission. I don't know what Ford and Frank Kulick did, but I suspect they had more than a stock T spring/clutch and control set up. Ford was the 5th winning...
by Rob
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: High speed adjusting bolt question.
Replies: 16
Views: 894

Re: High speed adjusting bolt question.

My friend Bruce just put this together and sent a pic. He said it takes about an inch:
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by Rob
Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: High speed adjusting bolt question.
Replies: 16
Views: 894

Re: High speed adjusting bolt question.

We're going to use the 10% stronger spring from Lang's with 1/4 in spacer to add more pressure on the high speed clutches, hopefully to stop slippage. This motor has a lot of torque, and with 3:1 gears the clutch slips too easily and is almost out of adjustment already. This will probably translate ...
by Rob
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: High speed adjusting bolt question.
Replies: 16
Views: 894

Re: High speed adjusting bolt question.

Thank you Dan.
by Rob
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: High speed adjusting bolt question.
Replies: 16
Views: 894

Re: High speed adjusting bolt question.

Anthonie, Thank you. Do you recall the size of the bolt? I like the shape you ground it to. We’re thinking of a roller, and I need the dimensions for a friend to see if there is room. We need to strengthen or shim the spring and put in new discs. I’m also looking for Turbo 400 blue gen 2 discs. For ...
by Rob
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: High speed adjusting bolt question.
Replies: 16
Views: 894

High speed adjusting bolt question.

Does anyone have the dimensions of the high speed/clutch adjusting bolt? Should the end that hits the “ramp” be hardened, or do you use a hardened bolt?
Thanks,
Rob
by Rob
Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: The Miller Indy Cars at the Milwaukee Mile
Replies: 2
Views: 352

The Miller Indy Cars at the Milwaukee Mile

Friend Bruce and I had the opportunity to run the 1910 Ford Special at the Milwaukee Mile racetrack with the Harry Miller Club. Great weather and incredible racers made it a wonderful day. Lots of old and new friends also made for a fun day, including running with "the big dogs." https://www.dropbox...
by Rob
Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: They did it to Ford again...... The first Indy 500 in 1911, and no Ford Special
Replies: 10
Views: 919

Re: They did it to Ford again...... The first Indy 500 in 1911, and no Ford Special

Wayne, so far 58mph on a curvy road is our max. The throttle is barely open then. We spent the day working on the mag, so hopefully tomorrow it goes together and away we go. Regardless, amazing speed cars here. A coupe of eye candy examples:
by Rob
Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: They did it to Ford again...... The first Indy 500 in 1911, and no Ford Special
Replies: 10
Views: 919

Re: They did it to Ford again...... The first Indy 500 in 1911, and no Ford Special

Dave, see you there.

Susanne, that’s great!

Wayne, I’ll try to post some video and pics of the racers.
by Rob
Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: They did it to Ford again...... The first Indy 500 in 1911, and no Ford Special
Replies: 10
Views: 919

They did it to Ford again...... The first Indy 500 in 1911, and no Ford Special

I recently entered the upcoming Miller Milwaukee Mile event. However, initially was denied entry, because our poor little Ford Special racer wasn’t an Indy car. After a little more research, and with the the help of several Miller Club members, we’re in! Meanwhile, this sent me scurrying to find out...
by Rob
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Found 1915 town car remains so many questions
Replies: 12
Views: 2258

Re: Found 1915 town car remains so many questions

Great find and project. Thank you for posting and the responses, and please keep us up to date.
by Rob
Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: I am 87 today
Replies: 33
Views: 1978

Re: I am 87 today

Happy Birthday Darel
by Rob
Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Speedster Reunion, here we come....... An Australian in Lincoln
Replies: 4
Views: 703

Re: Speedster Reunion, here we come....... An Australian in Lincoln

Another red speedster ready to make the trip to Lincoln:
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The place looks like a used speedster lot:
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by Rob
Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Speedster Reunion, here we come....... An Australian in Lincoln
Replies: 4
Views: 703

Speedster Reunion, here we come....... An Australian in Lincoln

Doug Partington, owner of the Wikner Special, known as Australia's oldest race car, arrived yesterday with his Wikner Special, ready to check in today for the Speedster Reunion. Last weekend he put the the Model T racer through it's paces at the Milwaukee Mile Speedway. IMG_4425.PNG Photos and video...
by Rob
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:20 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Montana 500 First Day Photos and Videos
Replies: 43
Views: 3435

Re: Montana 500 First Day Photos and Videos

Thanks guys. Hope to see it some day.
by Rob
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Model R for sale in Belgium
Replies: 6
Views: 933

Re: Model R for sale in Belgium

Frank, when i looked at the photo showing the rear end and pointed trunk, it looked correct. NRS, as with Mosdel K, had a beefy differential and housing, as opposed to early Model T diffs. One difference from 1906 Model N and 1907/08 NRS was that the support rods at the diff housing were straight on...
by Rob
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: First drive of the year....
Replies: 5
Views: 625

Re: First drive of the year....

Dave, yes the carb is working. However, it needs a larger seat for max performance. The mag isn't working as it should, but the battery side of the mag is working very well, as are the coils (Dean Yoder tuned them over the winter).
by Rob
Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: First drive of the year....
Replies: 5
Views: 625

First drive of the year....

by Rob
Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Getting the Ford special ready for next weeks Speedster Reunion in Lincoln. Today, Minnetonka MN.
Replies: 9
Views: 1160

Re: Getting the Ford special ready for next weeks Speedster Reunion in Lincoln. Today, Minnetonka MN.

Leo, then I was having real fun............... plus a big knot on my already fake knee....... :shock:
by Rob
Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Model R for sale in Belgium
Replies: 6
Views: 933

Re: Model R for sale in Belgium

Thank you for posting Leo. The pointed deck should indicate a Model S runabout. If that's the case, it should have 28 inch tires/wheels, although the description mentions 30 inch. Either way, an attractive early Ford runabout.
by Rob
Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Getting the Ford special ready for next weeks Speedster Reunion in Lincoln. Today, Minnetonka MN.
Replies: 9
Views: 1160

Re: Getting the Ford special ready for next weeks Speedster Reunion in Lincoln. Today, Minnetonka MN.

Tim, yes, magneto problems can be a real letdown. Nice racer by the way! This racing version is perplexing because there is no battery side, just two plugs running off the mag. As a result, the motor must start from mag, or be pulled or pushed. I thought we had the problem solved (and it is better) ...
by Rob
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:29 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Getting the Ford special ready for next weeks Speedster Reunion in Lincoln. Today, Minnetonka MN.
Replies: 9
Views: 1160

Getting the Ford special ready for next weeks Speedster Reunion in Lincoln. Today, Minnetonka MN.

Took the Ford racer to good friend Bruce in MN yesterday. The mag wasn't working well, so off I went at 3:00 am from Nebraska. We tore into it at 11:00 am: IMG_3499.JPG This was the end result at 8:00 pm: https://www.dropbox.com/s/1uhnjqp790imn7t/50%20mph%20in%20Minnetonka.MOV?dl=0 IMG_3503.PNG Back...
by Rob
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Back in the USA - my first drive with the Ford special racer
Replies: 14
Views: 1768

Re: Back in the USA - my first drive with the Ford special racer

John, just saw these last posts. Yes, I'll be in Lincoln.

Wayne, as far as I can tell, Ford made 8 or more motors.

The exhaust manifold was made up, and based on drawings from THF, I think only one cyl should exhaust out the fake tank, the other three our straight pipes through the hood.
by Rob
Sun Jun 09, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Enjoying Life
Replies: 5
Views: 769

Re: Enjoying Life

We came by Iowa City with the racer, but you were in Indiana. Enjoy the rest of the trip.
by Rob
Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Back in the USA - my first drive with the Ford special racer
Replies: 14
Views: 1768

Re: Back in the USA - my first drive with the Ford special racer

This motor has incredible torque. Even with 3:1 diff and 32 inch tires you shift to high at about 10-15mph. After that, you accelerate as quickly as the clutches allow. 58 mph on that road is now our highest speed.
by Rob
Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Back in the USA - my first drive with the Ford special racer
Replies: 14
Views: 1768

Re: Back in the USA - my first drive with the Ford special racer

We have our first speed record. This was on a curvy stretch, so not much chance to let her out:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/8alqxy0ct2tql ... M.mov?dl=0

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by Rob
Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Back in the USA - my first drive with the Ford special racer
Replies: 14
Views: 1768

Re: Back in the USA - my first drive with the Ford special racer

Mark, I hope to bring it and the K or F. We'll see how things go this summer.

Another video showing the engine "barking" a bit:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/o8j9gob0dnskx ... M.mov?dl=0

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by Rob
Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:54 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Back in the USA - my first drive with the Ford special racer
Replies: 14
Views: 1768

Back in the USA - my first drive with the Ford special racer

My first drive with the Ford racer. My initial conclusion?
She's fast...... 8-)

Link:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/5tmay5vhten5w ... M.mov?dl=0

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by Rob
Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: OCF Application
Replies: 28
Views: 2343

Re: OCF Application

I submitted the application, however there was no link or place to attach photos on the link. Maybe due to using iPad or for some reason the submit photo page had no information about attaching pics. I submitted the application and emailed photos of the cars, so we'll see what happens. Thank for pos...
by Rob
Fri May 31, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Looks like I'm going to Canada next week. The Ford Special is on the road.
Replies: 14
Views: 1364

Re: Looks like I'm going to Canada next week. The Ford Special is on the road.

Thanks guys. Looking for the right time next week to take the trip. Peter sent more pics this morning. All that's missing are the front floorboards. Who would ever guess under that stock hood lies a 292 cu. in. 1910 Ford motor? 8-) IMG_3421.JPG IMG_3422.JPG IMG_3420.JPG IMG_3419.JPG
by Rob
Fri May 31, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Looks like I'm going to Canada next week. The Ford Special is on the road.
Replies: 14
Views: 1364

Re: Looks like I'm going to Canada next week. The Ford Special is on the road.

Thanks guys. Perry, that is the five ball carb rich/lean adjusting rod. The racer at THF has the same setup. Mario, Peter Fawcett's shop is just outside Ontario, so I won't get to Quebec. It does look like a bit of Europe, and the Ford Special does have a history in France.
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by Rob
Thu May 30, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: FJ - Rare 1913 Stanley Steam Mountain Wagon FS On HCCA Classifieds
Replies: 45
Views: 2773

Re: FJ - Rare 1913 Stanley Steam Mountain Wagon FS On HCCA Classifieds

Dan, congratulations! What a great piece of steam and automotive history. Enjoy.
by Rob
Thu May 30, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Looks like I'm going to Canada next week. The Ford Special is on the road.
Replies: 14
Views: 1364

Looks like I'm going to Canada next week. The Ford Special is on the road.

Allan Fawcett adjusting the racer as it idles outside the Fawcett shop. Click on the link for the Dropbox video (1 min 13 sec): https://www.dropbox.com/s/flswc1xpk456f38/Racer%20idling%2005-30-2019.mp4?dl=0 IMG_4252.PNG Peter Fawcett driving (6 min 36 sec): https://www.dropbox.com/s/t3tln92bjb30mmi/...
by Rob
Thu May 30, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Ford Special Racer, it's about a wrap.
Replies: 17
Views: 1319

Re: Ford Special Racer, it's about a wrap.

Thanks guys. Wayne, good ideas on numbers. Dave, there are a few Ford Special racer photos with headlamps. A few of the races the Specials ran in were long enough to require headlamps: IMG_4239.PNG IMG_4240.PNG IMG_4242.PNG Below is a photo of the Ford Special 3 liter racer sent to France, with head...
by Rob
Wed May 29, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Ford Special Racer, it's about a wrap.
Replies: 17
Views: 1319

Re: Ford Special Racer, it's about a wrap.

Dave, thanks.

Wayne, i meant to answer, I probably won't make another tank. We will have the wood wheels although I'm not sure I'll ever put them on. The back wire wheels are 32 inch giving us a slightly higher gearing. Along with 3:1 ring and pinion it should be a good "go fast" racer.
by Rob
Wed May 29, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Ford Special Racer, it's about a wrap.
Replies: 17
Views: 1319

Re: Ford Special Racer, it's about a wrap.

Dave and Wayne, I'll probably have magnetic numbers made that may be placed on the gas tank. The aluminum hood doesn't give me the same option. I know places like Kinkos in Lincoln make a mesh sign material that might make a radiator number, although I don't know if it will stand up to heat. A few p...
by Rob
Wed May 29, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Ford Special Racer, it's about a wrap.
Replies: 17
Views: 1319

Re: Ford Special Racer, it's about a wrap.

Thanks guys. For a little context, four Ford Special racers dressed in white:
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by Rob
Wed May 29, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Ford Special Racer, it's about a wrap.
Replies: 17
Views: 1319

Ford Special Racer, it's about a wrap.

Just received the latest pics. If all goes well, it's on the way back to Nebraska next week.
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by Rob
Tue May 28, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: How tall is the tallest T?
Replies: 13
Views: 1211

Re: How tall is the tallest T?

Steve, something new coming to the stable that you need a trailer for?
by Rob
Sat May 25, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 1910 292 cubic inch Model T engine is going together.
Replies: 22
Views: 2351

Re: 1910 292 cubic inch Model T engine is going together.

Bill, they are trying to have the racer ready for the Speedster Reunion in Lincoln in June. Susanne, I've noticed one wood wheel on the right front at a couple of different events. The wire wheels were 32x4, and the wood standard 30x3 1/2, so maybe they kept the wood wheel on for the speedometer? A ...
by Rob
Sat May 25, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Ford special racing motor description- starting with the smallest
Replies: 13
Views: 1174

Re: Ford special racing motor description- starting with the smallest

There were three sets of rules, A.A.A. and two others (can't recall the acronyms at this moment). Also, AAA revised their rules in late summer early falll of 1910, so I'' not sure how their classes were affected. Bottom line, it's unlikely a Ford Special was sent to Winnipeg. Still, it's the only ex...