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by Peter, Memphis TN
Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old gas
Replies: 4
Views: 103

Old gas

Just read the thread about problems with old gas. I'm concerned about that, and I have a question: If I drain the old gas out of my T's tank, into, say, a 5-gallon gas can, what do you suggest I do with it? Let's assume it is old enough, and has gone bad enough, that it won't work in my modern car, ...
by Peter, Memphis TN
Wed May 27, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 6 Volt Battery Cap
Replies: 11
Views: 431

Re: 6 Volt Battery Cap

When you go to those places to ask about a cap, go in the Model T and make sure they see it. That will change most people's reaction from (yawn) to (what can we do to help?)
by Peter, Memphis TN
Sun May 24, 2020 11:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Any cheap ideas or good ideas for buying paint
Replies: 7
Views: 366

Re: Any cheap ideas or good ideas for buying paint

Back when I was a Contractor, my painters taught me a very simple but important lesson: When choosing a brand of paint, pick up the cans and test their weight. The heavier the paint, the better it is. The reason is, the 'goodies' that will be left behind on the surface after the solvent evaporates, ...
by Peter, Memphis TN
Thu May 14, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The frustration of incompetence
Replies: 118
Views: 7934

Re: The frustration of incompetence

I'm happy to allow that it might be a camera illusion, but: What I see in all the pictures of the valve seats, is that they are not concentric. Every one of the seats seems wider on one side than the other. It's as though they were cut with a tool whose guide shaft was bent. Or it was loose in the v...
by Peter, Memphis TN
Wed May 06, 2020 12:14 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Floor sealer help
Replies: 19
Views: 626

Re: Floor sealer help

I like Alan's suggestion of thinned enamel, especially black. But, I have a couple of suggestions to add. First, Alan said "Mineral Turpentine." As a Painting Contractor for many years, I have to say I never heard of that particular product. There's Turpentine, and there's Mineral Spirits. Actually,...
by Peter, Memphis TN
Mon Apr 20, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: tire mounting lube working too well?
Replies: 10
Views: 662

Re: tire mounting lube working too well?

Of course the lubricant you use is important, but don't forget to use the correct air pressure - it locks the tires against the rims, resisting slippage. It should be 60 psi. On our modern cars we're used to tires that seldom need additional air, but older, tube-type tires tend to weep air, and shou...
by Peter, Memphis TN
Tue Apr 14, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: Forum Support Questions
Topic: New posts - top or bottom?
Replies: 1
Views: 158

New posts - top or bottom?

It seems like a new post or an answer to a post on the General Discussion Board, has always shown up at or near the top of the Board. I recently discovered the OT Board, and specifically a thread started by Freighter Jim some time ago, called "Something to brighten your day." It appears others have ...
by Peter, Memphis TN
Sat Apr 11, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Red hot manifold
Replies: 5
Views: 431

Re: Red hot manifold

Steve's right - that generally means you're running too retarded on the spark. Here's the reason, as I understand it: If the spark ignites the fuel late, it's still in the process of exploding when the exhaust valve opens, and the explosion continues in the exhaust manifold - thus heating it red hot...
by Peter, Memphis TN
Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Water pump
Replies: 10
Views: 560

Re: Water pump

WARNING!!! If you remove the water pump, which I recommend you do, don't forget to also remove the thermostat! The original "thermo-barf" system didn't use a thermostat. When a water pump was installed, some folks also installed a thermostat. Without it, the engine would take quite long to warm up, ...
by Peter, Memphis TN
Sat Mar 07, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Starter bendix springs
Replies: 10
Views: 990

Re: Starter bendix springs

Aren't they wound in the opposite direction?
by Peter, Memphis TN
Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Engine Miss
Replies: 8
Views: 677

Re: Engine Miss

I vote for a come-and-go short inside the coil box. Or a bad connection inside the coil box.
by Peter, Memphis TN
Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: OIL IS CHEAP
Replies: 8
Views: 1010

Re: OIL IS CHEAP

This is not particularly relevant to Model T engines, but more for general information. Years ago a friend who works for a tow-boat company, who said his company's boats could be recognized by their sound, as they sound just like diesel locomotives - because they use the same engine - told me of the...
by Peter, Memphis TN
Sat Dec 14, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Your thoughts please.
Replies: 37
Views: 2403

Re: Your thoughts please.

Bud, I've always enjoyed interfacing with you on the Forum. I'd hate to see you sidelined by this problem! I have always posted, almost to the point of preaching, that when a Model T is to be cranked, it should always be done with the foot, never the hand. Here's my thinking: First, the leg is much...
by Peter, Memphis TN
Sat Nov 30, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What do you use to heat your (freezing) shop for your T?
Replies: 44
Views: 3467

Re: What do you use to heat your (freezing) shop for your T?

Sorry, I meant to specify any heater that burns fuel -- not electric heaters.
by Peter, Memphis TN
Sat Nov 30, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What do you use to heat your (freezing) shop for your T?
Replies: 44
Views: 3467

Re: What do you use to heat your (freezing) shop for your T?

I'm a lot more concerned by your "almost passed out" comment than the actual temperature of the shop. It sounds like your heater may have used up enough of the Oxygen to put you in a dangerous situation. This is serious business. It goes without saying that the combustion products of any heater shou...
by Peter, Memphis TN
Fri Oct 11, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Strictly Model T Humor
Replies: 89
Views: 10063

Re: Strictly Model T Humor

Great, Rich!!

The only thing that could make it better would be somehow showing the ignition key concurrently falling in....
by Peter, Memphis TN
Sun Oct 06, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: ”Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black.”
Replies: 21
Views: 1874

Re: ”Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black.”

I'm always a bit skeptical about a quote attributed to someone in the past. This one, of course, is "part of history" according to many, but then, so is Caesar's quote: "All Gaul is divided into three parts." The correct quote would be "Gaul as a whole is divided into three parts." Not a lot differe...
by Peter, Memphis TN
Fri Sep 27, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is This For A Model T?
Replies: 10
Views: 1275

Re: Is This For A Model T?

I know! I know! It's a THINGAMAJIG! Of course, when you find a left-hand version, it's called a DOOHICKEY.
by Peter, Memphis TN
Sat Sep 07, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New New York License Plates
Replies: 16
Views: 1612

Re: New New York License Plates

I live in Memphis, which comprises most - but not all - of Shelby County, Tennessee. That means there are two governments, two mayors, and two sets of rules governing me. In addition, I pay Property Tax to both, and they are about equal amounts. All that I learned when I moved here, and I've pretty ...
by Peter, Memphis TN
Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rusted Radiator outlet
Replies: 9
Views: 935

Re: Rusted Radiator outlet

It appears from the pictures that you might be able to get a decent seal with a hose. I'd start by clipping away the ragged parts, making sure you have at least 1/2" of good metal all around. If you do, you can probably use a slightly longer than usual piece of hose, and seal it with Permatex or som...
by Peter, Memphis TN
Thu Jul 04, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Commutator defect?
Replies: 5
Views: 814

Re: Commutator defect?

I would suggest you check for "slop" in the ends of the wire that runs from the steering column to the "commutator.' In the scenario you describe, I can see where everything electrical is working correctly, but moving the lever doesn't immediately move the commutator. This would show up in both dire...
by Peter, Memphis TN
Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Strange charging issue . . .maybe
Replies: 11
Views: 1225

Re: Strange charging issue . . .maybe

Let's take the ammeter first. It should show a discharge when you turn on the lights. If it doesn't (you said it shows nothing ever), then either the ammeter is defective, or it's wired incorrectly. I think the easiest way to find out would be to disconnect one of the wires from the ammeter, and see...
by Peter, Memphis TN
Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Porcelain Engine
Replies: 14
Views: 1932

Re: Porcelain Engine

I'm going to hazard a guess that the coating is NOT ceramic. My reason is: I imagine that iron and ceramic have vastly different coefficients of expansion when heated, so there could not be any adhesion between them, and the coating would flake off. Unless, of course, the engine was being prepared f...
by Peter, Memphis TN
Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Diagnose by Sound?
Replies: 7
Views: 1032

Re: Diagnose by Sound?

My compression tester has a rubber 'nose' on it, that you just jam down into the spark plug hole. The only problem is, you need both hands to hold it down tight, and that means you need someone else to hit the starter. Generally, you should crank the engine enough for the cylinder you're testing to ...
by Peter, Memphis TN
Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Diagnose by Sound?
Replies: 7
Views: 1032

Re: Diagnose by Sound?

Could be an exhaust valve sticking open. To check - take all 4 plugs out. While someone slowly turns the crank, use a flashlight and look into each cylinder and watch the valves move up & down. You can tell the intake valves from the exhaust valves by their positions - next to where the affected man...
by Peter, Memphis TN
Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Looking for help re mixture problem
Replies: 22
Views: 1997

Re: Looking for help re mixture problem

I may be way off base here, but something said "intake leak" to me as I read your post. It seems counter-intuitive, but worth checking for - I think. It's easy to check for. Simply start the engine, and spray either WD40 or carburetor cleaner around the two places where the intake manifold meets the...
by Peter, Memphis TN
Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: trouble shooting weak ignition spark !!! Help
Replies: 12
Views: 1305

Re: trouble shooting weak ignition spark !!! Help

12 gauge wire should be plenty capable of carrying the current needed to get good spark from the coils. I'd take another look at all the connections, though. You spoke of the "sound" from the coils. Have they been looked at with the proper equipment? As I understand it, it is not possible to set a c...
by Peter, Memphis TN
Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Am I ready for the Parade?
Replies: 13
Views: 1627

Re: Am I ready for the Parade?

You probably already know this, but a Model T will spit excess water out of the radiator overflow, until it gets to its comfortable level. The only mistake I have made in a parade was having the spark retarded too far, and she overheated and stopped. After she cooled off, she was AOK. All the other ...
by Peter, Memphis TN
Wed May 29, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Removing oil from concrete.........
Replies: 12
Views: 1484

Re: Removing oil from concrete.........

RajoRacer » Wed May 29, 2019 3:06 pm
Muriatic acid.

I must respectfully but strongly disagree!!

Muriatic Acid dissolves the bond within concrete. That's why it is used to clean off spilled mortar on bricks and driveways. If you use it to clean oil from a driveway, you are destroying the concrete!
by Peter, Memphis TN
Mon May 20, 2019 11:56 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: How far we have gone!
Replies: 10
Views: 1288

How far we have gone!

On May 20, 1899, which I make out to be 120 years ago, Taxi driver Jacob German was pulled over and arrested by a police officer riding a bicycle for speeding down Manhattan's Lexington Avenue in his electric car at 12 miles an hour, at a time when the speed limit was 8 mph; it was the first recorde...
by Peter, Memphis TN
Wed May 15, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: OT? Not Really, Model T Related
Replies: 9
Views: 1231

Re: OT? Not Really, Model T Related

It would be a shame to put either that boat or that outboard in our dirty water!!!
by Peter, Memphis TN
Wed May 15, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old Photo-Air driven car
Replies: 13
Views: 2236

Re: Old Photo-Air driven car

I'd be interested in a comparison, not done by someone with a pre-conceived idea, that disregarded all the other supposed statistics, and simply compared the CO2 produced by a modern gasoline automobile per pound/mile traveled, vs. the CO2 produced by several different types of power plants, to char...
by Peter, Memphis TN
Mon May 13, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Help/suggestions trouble shooting no fuel flow problem
Replies: 11
Views: 1441

Re: Help/suggestions trouble shooting no fuel flow problem

Dave, your profile shows you have a 1921, and an earlier post says your new project is older. Either way, that means the fuel tank is under the seat. Right so far? There is a solid brass combination shutoff valve/sediment bulb under the tank, if original. But your post says something about a "glass ...
by Peter, Memphis TN
Sun May 12, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Flushing radiator
Replies: 8
Views: 1142

Re: Flushing radiator

CLR has been widely touted on this Forum for that purpose. There are three things you're trying to remove from the water passages -- Calcium and Lime from the water, because folks don't use distilled water as we all know we should, and Rust. That's what CLR stands for. There may be some oil and some...
by Peter, Memphis TN
Sun May 05, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New floorboards painting...help!
Replies: 15
Views: 1734

Re: New floorboards painting...help!

Mark, you used to be correct, that the computers only found the closest match. Today, however, they can do an exact match. Essentially it's an infinite-choice machine. They also know that a different mix of colorants is required for each type of base. As for Home Depot, not only "the kid" doesn't kn...
by Peter, Memphis TN
Sat May 04, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New floorboards painting...help!
Replies: 15
Views: 1734

Re: New floorboards painting...help!

I suspect a search of the archives would show that the factory 'washed' all floorboards with black something-or-other. If I'm wrong about that, others will quickly correct me. If I'm right, the blue floorboards would have been a later change, and you could go either way. If you want to absolutely co...
by Peter, Memphis TN
Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Sta-Bil or Seafoam?
Replies: 17
Views: 1952

Sta-Bil or Seafoam?

I'm curious - which do you prefer? Both claim to stabilize gasoline in the tank, although neither says how long. And, is there a third choice I don't know about?
by Peter, Memphis TN
Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Professional Appraiser
Replies: 5
Views: 1021

Re: Professional Appraiser

Bump
by Peter, Memphis TN
Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Professional Appraiser
Replies: 5
Views: 1021

Professional Appraiser

A friend at church asked me to recommend a "professional appraiser" for an antique car he is looking at. He implied it was a high-dollar car, and worth the cost of having an appraiser come and look at it.

He's in Memphis.

Any suggestions?
by Peter, Memphis TN
Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Trailering Questions
Replies: 9
Views: 1435

Re: Trailering Questions

Most folks cris-cross the tie-downs, making it almost impossible for the tires to slip around.

In terms of the hand brake, leaving it on makes it less likely that the car will roll off the trailer when you un-do the straps. Seems like a good safety idea.
by Peter, Memphis TN
Fri Apr 05, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Let's talk gasoline
Replies: 36
Views: 3425

Re: Let's talk gasoline

I don't qualify as an authority, but here's what I have gleaned from reading this Forum and other sources for many years: About gasoline: Like oil, any gasoline you buy today is light years better than was available when your tractor (or Model T) was built. About ethanol, however, there are some rea...
by Peter, Memphis TN
Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: oil
Replies: 7
Views: 1265

Re: oil

First, you need to know that the dipstick you mention was made by a modern car factory, for a modern car engine. Whoever put together your dipstick kit used one that approximates the levels in a Model T engine, but it isn't necessarily accurate in terms of the quantity needed to become "full." What ...
by Peter, Memphis TN
Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Were these standard on tube stems?
Replies: 11
Views: 1448

Re: Were these standard on tube stems?

I've found that the cap with removal tool makes the stem too tall for the big cap. So, I have one only on my spare tire. By the way, this reminds me of a good little Trivia question - which I got from CarTalk: There is a part of your car that is exactly the same as it was when it was first made, whi...
by Peter, Memphis TN
Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: t coils
Replies: 5
Views: 1057

Re: t coils

I'm going to propose two other purposes. One, the tar would be a reasonably good insulator, and help prevent arcing. Two, it would provide a pretty good heat sink. I've had hot tar dropped on me, and can testify it holds heat longer than you'd expect.
by Peter, Memphis TN
Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wierd bolt attn blacksmith era not t but old
Replies: 6
Views: 1293

Re: Wierd bolt attn blacksmith era not t but old

When I take my grandchildren to Philadelphia (a family tradition), we always visit the Art Museum. Mostly because of the "Rocky Steps." They have a whole gallery devoted to medieval armor. Suits of armor, swords, etc. I have noticed that parts of the suits of armor are held together by threaded stud...
by Peter, Memphis TN
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The dirt funnel
Replies: 17
Views: 2449

Re: The dirt funnel

The more learn about the origin of the Model T, the more I wonder just how much of its design was done by Henry, and how much was done by the Dodge Brothers. Of course Henry approved what they did, but did he have a hand in the design of details like this?