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by Steve Jelf
Wed Apr 01, 2020 11:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Social Distancing
Replies: 4
Views: 312

Re: Social Distancing

Gotta love the rattle of a Model T on a country road on a Monday morning. :D
by Steve Jelf
Wed Apr 01, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New old tool for the workshop collection
Replies: 10
Views: 584

Re: New old tool for the workshop collection

This is the Mossberg tool for that job. You see it (or one like it) being used in Ford factory films. IMG_5022 copy.JPG IMG_5019 copy.JPG I've always had to use the tie-it-up method. Sometimes that has been easy and sometimes it's been an ordeal taking approximately forever. I was delighted to find...
by Steve Jelf
Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A Complicated Man
Replies: 29
Views: 1362

Re: A Complicated Man

I probably could have gotten through the day without reading of hitler’s perceived good attributes.

Agreed. He was an evil, demented SOB. I should have left him out.
by Steve Jelf
Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The frustration of incompetence
Replies: 58
Views: 2925

Re: The frustration of incompetence

No news is no news. Saturday was windy, as sometimes happens in Kansas, and a strong gust caught the south door of my shop and wrecked it, and I do mean wrecked. For now it's bolted back in the frame and I'm using the north (back) door. Before I replace the door I'm building a porch roof that will ...
by Steve Jelf
Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New Day Timer very advanced and walking
Replies: 6
Views: 351

Re: New Day Timer very advanced and walking

I agree that measuring distance applies only to the Ford timer, and even there you don't need it. Here's how to time your New Day and most other timers:

http://dauntlessgeezer.com/DG97.html
by Steve Jelf
Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A Complicated Man
Replies: 29
Views: 1362

Re: A Complicated Man

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. ~ Saint Paul [/size] Nobody's perfect. ~ Joe E. Brown in Some Like It Hot [/size] The best of people have their flaws, and the worst of people have their virtues. George Washington is widely admired for his honesty and selfless service. But he...
by Steve Jelf
Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Post the earliest picture of you and your T
Replies: 36
Views: 1084

Re: Post the earliest picture of you and your T

I haven't been at it that long. I was already an old bald guy.

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2009

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2011
by Steve Jelf
Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vendors Closed because of COVID-19
Replies: 12
Views: 796

Re: Vendors Closed because of COVID-19

I would call and ask. I expect internet, phone, and mail orders are going on as usual.
by Steve Jelf
Mon Mar 30, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: FJ - Some Humor To Brighten Your Day
Replies: 357
Views: 32442

Re: FJ - Some Humor To Brighten Your Day

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I delight in telling them it's for a 1915 Ford runabout. I also enjoy spending two dollar bills, dollar coins, and halves to watch the panic and confusion. :D
by Steve Jelf
Mon Mar 30, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Anyone making lever extenders or reverse pedal extenders?
Replies: 7
Views: 485

Re: Anyone making lever extenders or reverse pedal extenders?

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Here's a home made pedal extension using two inch square tubing.

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If you have welding equipment it's easy to make.
by Steve Jelf
Mon Mar 30, 2020 12:07 am
Forum: Forum Support Questions
Topic: Trying to post pictures
Replies: 10
Views: 275

Re: Trying to post pictures

Pictures being jpg files is not the problem. I post JPEGs here all the time.

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Usually I don't have to do any editing, but occasionally the site will tell me the file is too big. In that case I just make a slightly smaller copy and proceed.
by Steve Jelf
Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Forum Support Questions
Topic: Trying to post pictures
Replies: 10
Views: 275

Re: Trying to post pictures

Keep it simple. Skip Photobucket. Post directly from your computer. A JPEG is fine. Like this:

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by Steve Jelf
Sat Mar 28, 2020 12:27 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Be careful dusting off your car.
Replies: 11
Views: 985

Re: Be careful dusting off your car.

I don't care if it's in the Bible, I hate the idea of whacking magnets with a hammer. I make shims and put them under the low ones. That brings them up to where all are within two or three thou. Close enough for gummint work.

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by Steve Jelf
Sat Mar 28, 2020 12:14 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Headlight problems
Replies: 17
Views: 701

Re: Headlight problems

Hey, there's an actual magneto bulb (Dan's fourth picture). I found a few of those at Hershey for 50¢ each. I suspect the guy didn't know what they were, but you can often find bulbs cheap at swap meets.
by Steve Jelf
Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Installing new tires on rusty rims.
Replies: 18
Views: 638

Re: Installing new tires on rusty rims.

Chris, from what I can see from your picture, your rim looks to be very useable.


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I agree. If you have a full set of rims no worse than that, I would blast them clean and have them hot dip galvanzed.
by Steve Jelf
Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Will a 1915 Touring w/ top down fit in a 6'x12' enclosed trailer?
Replies: 11
Views: 502

Re: Will a 1915 Touring w/ top down fit in a 6'x12' enclosed trailer?

Yes, just barely. Length, front tire to rear fender = 138", so you have only 6" to spare. Width, hubcap to hubcap = 68", leaving 2" on each side. You would need to move the car in and out very slowly and carefully with a winch. I would go a little wider and longer with the trailer.
by Steve Jelf
Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Installing new tires on rusty rims.
Replies: 18
Views: 638

Re: Installing new tires on rusty rims.

...painting the rims won't prevent them from rusting. [/size] I can attest to that. At last year's midwinter clinic I was supposed to do a presentation on installing metal valve stems. I took along a clincher rim with a tire on it, thinking I'd dismount the tire and put a metal stem in the tube as ...
by Steve Jelf
Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Camping with a T
Replies: 42
Views: 1857

Re: Camping with a T

I like many of the set-ups shown so far, but I like Dean's the best. I can imagine a trailer, even a small one, being an encumbrance in some circumstances. The light camper provides a place to lie down and sleep but doesn't add much weight for the car to deal with.
by Steve Jelf
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model t handbrake
Replies: 15
Views: 641

Re: Model t handbrake

Peter, as you add photo files they stack up with the first on the bottom and the last on top. Note the numbers here:
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To post them in order start with the bottom one.

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by Steve Jelf
Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Post a photo of your antique Model T License Plate
Replies: 88
Views: 2054

Re: Post a photo of your antique Model T License Plate

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1915 runabout. Kansas didn't put the year on plates until 1919.

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A closer look.

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1923 Touring. It shows the year, but they haven't started showing counties yet.
by Steve Jelf
Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: When you get down.
Replies: 14
Views: 974

Re: When you get down.

My kind of road, Rich. :)
by Steve Jelf
Mon Mar 23, 2020 11:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: This ^%$#(& engine is driving me crazy!!!
Replies: 27
Views: 1231

Re: This ^%$#(& engine is driving me crazy!!!

These other guys know a lot more about the subject than I do, but experience tells me you should ditch that fiber gear, especially in a 1924 which presumably has a generator.
by Steve Jelf
Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1916 headlight issue
Replies: 12
Views: 372

Re: 1916 headlight issue

I don't intend to drive at night, but if I do it will probably be in city areas with ample ambient light.

That's my policy. To make mag lights become almost adequate you have to go fast enough to outrun them. :D
by Steve Jelf
Sun Mar 22, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Front Tire Wear
Replies: 11
Views: 621

Re: Front Tire Wear

The bottom line is that excessive gather, as the Bible calls it, can eat up your tires PDQ. Not having enough will do the same.
by Steve Jelf
Sun Mar 22, 2020 11:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 4 screw brass top coils
Replies: 20
Views: 1127

Re: 4 screw brass top coils

I use bluing from the local gun shop on Champion X plugs. It works very nicely.
by Steve Jelf
Sun Mar 22, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Tired of sitting around
Replies: 18
Views: 883

Re: Tired of sitting around

Good decision. The Universe isn't worrying about you. :D
by Steve Jelf
Sun Mar 22, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1916 headlight issue
Replies: 12
Views: 372

Re: 1916 headlight issue

I switched to the other set of bulbs and everything worked properly.

Have you tried driving with them at night? :)
by Steve Jelf
Sun Mar 22, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Front axle assembly and refurbishment
Replies: 7
Views: 468

Re: Front axle assembly and refurbishment

My first choice would be Jeff's suggestion. Second, Ignacio's. When it's down to bare metal I prep with 50/50 phosphoric acid. Wet the part then wipe dry with paper towels (wear surgical gloves), then let it air dry thoroughly. On chassis parts I use rattle can Rustoleulm satin black. I think gloss...
by Steve Jelf
Sun Mar 22, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Bear Front End Alignment Tool
Replies: 4
Views: 379

Re: Bear Front End Alignment Tool

Without seeing any pictures I can't tell you anything about the Bear tool.
Bit I can show you how I do mine: http://dauntlessgeezer.com/DG104.html.
by Steve Jelf
Sat Mar 21, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Gasket making
Replies: 11
Views: 513

Re: Gasket making

Peter, how thick?
by Steve Jelf
Sat Mar 21, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1916 headlight issue
Replies: 12
Views: 372

Re: 1916 headlight issue

IMG_4990 copy.JPG Even pins, two contacts. These are pretty common at swap meets. They're not specifically for mag lights, but they work. Despite being marked 6-8V they last pretty well for me. A problem with bulbs a hundred years old is that sometimes when you put them into the socket and try to t...
by Steve Jelf
Sat Mar 21, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The frustration of incompetence
Replies: 58
Views: 2925

Re: The frustration of incompetence

For a few days I've been taking a vacation from working on the car. Soon I'll turn on the air and do the leak-down test. The coolant loss may have done some damage, or not, as I have no idea if it happened just before I discovered it in the parking lot or sometime the day before. If it had any effe...
by Steve Jelf
Fri Mar 20, 2020 11:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Signs of Spring
Replies: 19
Views: 1536

Re: Signs of Spring

70º yesterday, 35º at noon today, and the forecast says 27º in the morning. Then back to 76º by Wednesday. It's the spring roller coaster.
by Steve Jelf
Fri Mar 20, 2020 11:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Camping with a T
Replies: 42
Views: 1857

Re: Camping with a T

...did you take along cans of pork and beans and Vienna sausage? [/size] On my last trip I dined mostly on cucumbers, tomatoes, jalapeño cheese, dry roasted peanuts, bananas, and a few fig bars for dessert. Breakfast was wheat thins and a banana. By cutting out restaurant meals I cut my food bill t...
by Steve Jelf
Fri Mar 20, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Headlight problems
Replies: 17
Views: 701

Re: Headlight problems

...the wire goes to one headlight and then to the second one and then back to the switch, so like with old fashioned christmas tree lights if one bulb burns out, all lights go out, same happens on your T... [/size] As Norm says, that's on MAG lights. Battery lights are wired in parallel. March 1922...
by Steve Jelf
Fri Mar 20, 2020 11:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Gas life span
Replies: 14
Views: 683

Re: Gas life span

Drain it and use it for washing parts. :o
by Steve Jelf
Fri Mar 20, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Camping with a T
Replies: 42
Views: 1857

Re: Camping with a T

Like Dennis, I sleep out but carry a tent. So far the only time I've used it was when I stayed in the same camp spot more than one day. For sleeping when it rains I put a large tarp over the car and sleep inside. I eat food that doesn't require cooking.

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by Steve Jelf
Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Camping with a T
Replies: 42
Views: 1857

Re: Camping with a T

IMG_4095 copy.JPG I've been taking a web chair that rides on top of the trunk. Anytime I wanted to take anything out or put anything in I had to hook or unhook half a dozen bungees. That got pretty old. IMG_4127 copy.JPG So after last fall's trip I bought a backpacking chair for $21.98 at the local...
by Steve Jelf
Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Looked at a TT today
Replies: 20
Views: 1164

Re: Looked at a TT today

...the engine and trans has never been touched...

How do you know? It's possible, but 90+ years is a long time.

are parts available for a one ton ruxtull?

Ruckstell parts come from Chaffin's, but I don't know how many are for the truck version. I'd call and ask.
by Steve Jelf
Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:17 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Top/Lid for Boyco Running Board Cans
Replies: 14
Views: 557

Re: Top/Lid for Boyco Running Board Cans

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Orignal BOYCO lid. 1.5" x .5".
by Steve Jelf
Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1915 Top
Replies: 8
Views: 441

Re: 1915 Top

Mine just slide in like that. I don't know if it's correct, but that's the way they are.
by Steve Jelf
Wed Mar 18, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Top/Lid for Boyco Running Board Cans
Replies: 14
Views: 557

Re: Top/Lid for Boyco Running Board Cans

I thought I would look for a source with a Google search of steel can manufacturers. I am always amazed by how many big companies have websites that range from user-unfriendly to downright dysfunctional. I submitted inquiries where I could. I'll report if there are any responses.
by Steve Jelf
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Top/Lid for Boyco Running Board Cans
Replies: 14
Views: 557

Re: Top/Lid for Boyco Running Board Cans

I took a Boyco lid when I went to town today, so I could compare lids on various products. Oatey PVC stuff is a no-go. Their lids are all too big or too small. The same goes for all the thinners and paint removers I saw. At the hardware store, the only place in town that I know of with chafing fuel...
by Steve Jelf
Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Horns???
Replies: 9
Views: 555

Re: Horns???

I would check with the other parts dealers to see if anybody still has one in stock.
by Steve Jelf
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:20 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Top/Lid for Boyco Running Board Cans
Replies: 14
Views: 557

Re: Top/Lid for Boyco Running Board Cans

Sterno now comes in a can with a press-in lid, but that Chafer looks like it might work.
by Steve Jelf
Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The frustration of incompetence
Replies: 58
Views: 2925

Re: The frustration of incompetence

don't use too much pressure.

I haven't done this before.10 psi enough, or more?
by Steve Jelf
Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The frustration of incompetence
Replies: 58
Views: 2925

Re: The frustration of incompetence

If all fails go back to the basics.
1) fire/spark
2) fuel
3) compression

The tester says it's compression. :(
by Steve Jelf
Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: WHat Have You Done To Your Model T In March?
Replies: 98
Views: 6399

Re: WHat Have You Done To Your Model T In March?

Frustrated with my engine troubles, I took on a different job I figured I could handle. IMG_4979.JPG Last year my three gallon running board can suffered a parking lot crunch. IMG_4980.JPG So I stuck in a rubber stopper with a hole drilled through it and blew up the can with compressed air. IMG_498...
by Steve Jelf
Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Top/Lid for Boyco Running Board Cans
Replies: 14
Views: 557

Re: Top/Lid for Boyco Running Board Cans

I asked about this a few years ago and got several suggestions. None of them turned out to fit. One of my cans was leaking around the spout, so I emptied it, put water in it and tried to solder the leak. It turned out that the spout was aluminum and melted! I thought I would solder on a steel spout...
by Steve Jelf
Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The frustration of incompetence
Replies: 58
Views: 2925

Re: The frustration of incompetence

Your gauges could be messed up. Are you using a screw in gauge or a gauge that is pushed into the plug hole and held in place while cranking? [/size] Screw-in, good and tight. Wondering about the accuracy, I screwed it into the spark plug tester and checked it with the regulator. IMG_4984 copy.JPG ...
by Steve Jelf
Tue Mar 17, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The frustration of incompetence
Replies: 58
Views: 2925

Re: The frustration of incompetence

I would even chance the question, “Did you put all the valve keeper pins in?”

Yes, at least I got that right. :(
by Steve Jelf
Tue Mar 17, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The frustration of incompetence
Replies: 58
Views: 2925

The frustration of incompetence

I thought I was following the book, but obviously not. Starting the 1915 was iffy at best, requiring lots of choking and crank pulling with a wheel off the floor. Compression tests got 36, 20, 13, 16. Squirting oil in the cylinders changed those readings to 20?!?, 32, 18, 26. I pulled the head and ...
by Steve Jelf
Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1913 Dark Blue
Replies: 14
Views: 793

Re: 1913 Dark Blue

Here's the applicable encyclopedia page.

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If you aim to be correct, wheels will be painted body color.
by Steve Jelf
Mon Mar 16, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Oil Change Information
Replies: 7
Views: 305

Re: Oil Change Information

Some people believe that the more oil costs, the better it is. I believe as long as it meets the API standards and has that symbol on the container, there's no need to subsidize expensive advertising.

http://dauntlessgeezer.com/DG103.html
by Steve Jelf
Mon Mar 16, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Old Age Memory Problems
Replies: 31
Views: 2278

Re: Old Age Memory Problems

I would worry that my forgetfulness is a sign of age, but I've always been this way. :D
by Steve Jelf
Mon Mar 16, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Who wanted original top prop nuts
Replies: 10
Views: 528

Re: Who wanted original top prop nuts

It wasn't me, but I wouldn't mind seeing a picture so I can see if the ones I have are close to correct.
by Steve Jelf
Mon Mar 16, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is The Date Accurate?
Replies: 6
Views: 429

Re: Is The Date Accurate?

While1889 is possible (three years after the Benz motorwagen), 1898 or 1899 is much more likely, especially if the car is a known make like Loco.
by Steve Jelf
Mon Mar 16, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Chickasha Status - NOW CANCELED
Replies: 34
Views: 4313

Re: Chickasha Status - NOW CANCELED

If the country's reactions to Pearl Harbor and 9/11 represent our finest hours, our country's reaction to this represents the opposite. [/size] While the military and terrorist attacks and a pandemic call for different responses, we were unprepared for all three. The way South Korea has handled thi...
by Steve Jelf
Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Chickasha Status - NOW CANCELED
Replies: 34
Views: 4313

Re: Chickasha Status

Weather at Chickasha in March has always been a gamble. Looks like we're very lucky this time.

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by Steve Jelf
Sat Mar 14, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: ARE THEY NUTS?
Replies: 111
Views: 3411

Re: ARE THEY NUTS?

The survivors will always remember the Great Toilet Paper Panic of 2020. Like Appomattox, Pearl Harbor, Tiny Tim's wedding... Fortunately I have enough TP to last several months, and didn't have to join the TP frenzy. It seems the madness was confined mostly to paper products, though I did find som...
by Steve Jelf
Sat Mar 14, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: TT Year Identification Help
Replies: 24
Views: 704

Re: TT Year Identification Help

So the mouse nest is a starter/generator type. That makes it 1919 or later. The original two-piece valves suggest it was never rebuilt before it went into retirement.
by Steve Jelf
Sat Mar 14, 2020 1:47 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: TT Year Identification Help
Replies: 24
Views: 704

Re: TT Year Identification Help

... It may be that the "V" stands for "Volunteer"...

I didn't think of that. There are lots of W towns in Iowa. There's probably at least one with a volunteer FD.
by Steve Jelf
Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: WHat Have You Done To Your Model T In March?
Replies: 98
Views: 6399

Re: WHat Have You Done To Your Model T In March?

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Reinstalled the head. Again. I should have it all back together tomorrow and find out if it runs.
by Steve Jelf
Fri Mar 13, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Looking for information on TT Rear spring bushings
Replies: 9
Views: 438

Re: Looking for information on TT Rear spring bushings

I would measure the shackle and measure the hole in the perch. I bet both of them will be a standard size, like 9/16 and 11/16 or 5/8 and 3/4, and the bushings would match. I hope somebody seeing this will have a bushing to measure.
by Steve Jelf
Fri Mar 13, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: TT Year Identification Help
Replies: 24
Views: 704

Re: TT Year Identification Help

1784629 = Wednesday, March 21, 1917 3594772 = Wednesday, December 3, 1919 The reason for two numbers is a mystery to me too. Is the engine pre-starter, or post-starter? If you're not sure, post pictures of it from both sides. Some states keep old vehicle registration records, but most do not. You c...
by Steve Jelf
Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Tire questions
Replies: 16
Views: 863

Re: Tire questions

A few words of caution about tubes. There was a run of Custom Classic tubes (India) that were prone to cracking. I don't know if any of them are still in the supply chain. So far I've had no trouble with Hartfords (China). When ordering tubes I would ask what brand they are, and if the answer is Cu...
by Steve Jelf
Fri Mar 13, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Tire questions
Replies: 16
Views: 863

Re: Tire questions

I'm a bit surprised by that link. I believe all the clincher tires come from the same source, and that the only differences among them are name and appearance, not quality, and that if one wears better than any others it's due to tread design. (I'm thinking of NON SKID tread, which I've heard wears...
by Steve Jelf
Fri Mar 13, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: need carburetor help
Replies: 11
Views: 762

Re: need carburetor help

1 Failure to refill the bowl can be due to a stuck float needle, or it can be due to debris clogging the inlet. Neither one requires buying another carburetor. 2 If all your compression readings were close to that 35 psi the car might not have the power it should, but it would start and run. But th...
by Steve Jelf
Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Temporary closing
Replies: 10
Views: 1344

Re: Temporary closing

...very badly needed and very much overdue maintenance, streamlining, and re-organizing.

I need to do that too, but I'm retired and don't have anything to shut down. :D
by Steve Jelf
Thu Mar 12, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A nice surprise
Replies: 2
Views: 732

A nice surprise

When I went out to the road to fetch the mail this afternoon I found this in the box. I approve.

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by Steve Jelf
Thu Mar 12, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Substituting for a part: Is there a metallurgist in the room?
Replies: 28
Views: 1437

Re: Substituting for a part: Is there a metallurgist in the room?

I made a pin by just cutting a piece off the top end of a 7/64" drill bit. Today I stopped at the Fastenal store to order a 36" piece of drill rod, priced at $3.13 on the Fastenal website, just to have the material on hand for future use. The manager informed me that it would come from the manufact...
by Steve Jelf
Thu Mar 12, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: NOTICE:CHICKASHA PIZZA PARTY HAS BEEN CANCELED.
Replies: 5
Views: 987

Re: NOTICE:CHICKASHA PIZZA PARTY HAS BEEN CANCELED.

As Cubs fans said for a hundred years, wait til next year. :D
by Steve Jelf
Wed Mar 11, 2020 11:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Idea for a winter tour
Replies: 5
Views: 606

Re: Idea for a winter tour

You can go, Dave. I'll sit here in my heated office and watch the video. :D
by Steve Jelf
Wed Mar 11, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: model t tire rims
Replies: 29
Views: 1502

Re: model t tire rims

...could i possibly use J B weld to fix it temporarily? [/size] I agree with Dan, but I would put it this way: NO! :o This rim is too far gone to be worth fixing. I wouldn't try serious metal work on it, and JB Weld would be useless for this. The only realistic way I see that you'll be able to use ...
by Steve Jelf
Wed Mar 11, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How do you load your trailer
Replies: 3
Views: 790

Re: How do you load your trailer

The deuce & 1/2 takes me back to Korea. :)
by Steve Jelf
Wed Mar 11, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: model t tire rims
Replies: 29
Views: 1502

Re: model t tire rims

I agree that the pictured rim is toast. Too dangerous to use. Maybe somebody in your local club has a rim (or rims) they can lend you for the weekend. Then you can take some time to find good replacements. New rims cost $255 each, but you can often find good originals at swap meets for about $60 or...
by Steve Jelf
Wed Mar 11, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Substituting for a part: Is there a metallurgist in the room?
Replies: 28
Views: 1437

Re: Substituting for a part: Is there a metallurgist in the room?

Now here's another question. How good (or bad) are the current reproductions from the parts dealers? Several years ago some folks posted that they would use only original pins because the new ones wore out quickly. Are the current pins any better? At 25¢ each they should be perfect.
by Steve Jelf
Wed Mar 11, 2020 12:37 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Substituting for a part: Is there a metallurgist in the room?
Replies: 28
Views: 1437

Re: Substituting for a part: Is there a metallurgist in the room?

It's very likely I have some originals somewhere, but it will probably be weeks or months before I find them. For now I'll go with a piece of drill bit.
by Steve Jelf
Wed Mar 11, 2020 12:11 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Substituting for a part: Is there a metallurgist in the room?
Replies: 28
Views: 1437

Re: Substituting for a part: Is there a metallurgist in the room?

Yes, I can get it from Lang's or any of the parts dealers. But I want to use the car this weekend. I'm sure a nail would be too soft. That's why I asked about drill stock.
by Steve Jelf
Wed Mar 11, 2020 12:02 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Substituting for a part: Is there a metallurgist in the room?
Replies: 28
Views: 1437

Substituting for a part: Is there a metallurgist in the room?

It is maddening when that one little part vanishes from the planet and you don't have a spare. In this case the part in question is the little valve spring seat pin (#3057). In my 3000 parts drawer I found plenty of seats, but not one pin. So I'm wondering if a piece of the same diameter drill bit ...
by Steve Jelf
Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: FJ - How far are you driving to Chickasha Swap Meet ?
Replies: 64
Views: 2806

Re: FJ - How far are you driving to Chickasha Swap Meet ?

Danny, it's Friday-Saturday. Friday is the big day. There will be some stragglers Saturday morning.
by Steve Jelf
Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: WHat Have You Done To Your Model T In March?
Replies: 98
Views: 6399

Re: WHat Have You Done To Your Model T In March?

I didn't have a suitable tool for installing valve springs, so I set about making one. IMG_4943 copy.JPG It needs a little tweaking, but most of the time the springs don't pop out of it and go flying across the shop. IMG_4941.JPG I finished it today and installed four springs before I ran out of ti...
by Steve Jelf
Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What "Parts" would I need to install a starter on my 1915 Touring
Replies: 13
Views: 954

Re: What "Parts" would I need to install a starter on my 1915 Touring

The pre-1919 engine is not built to accept a generator, but you can charge the battery off the magneto if you want.
http://dauntlessgeezer.com/DG102.html
by Steve Jelf
Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Moderator - thank you for stopping a potential mess from spiraling out of control
Replies: 18
Views: 1963

Re: Moderator - thank you for stopping a potential mess from spiraling out of control

I didn't see what prompted this, but given experiences in years past I can imagine. Thanks to Chris and Jeff for being there when some folks yield to their baser temptations. :D
by Steve Jelf
Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Order deadline for Lang's at Chickasha
Replies: 2
Views: 367

Re: Order deadline for Lang's at Chickasha

...if you have rebuildable carburetor cores, we will purchase those at the show as well.

How much? Whole/mostly whole carbs acceptable?
by Steve Jelf
Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: FJ - How far are you driving to Chickasha Swap Meet ?
Replies: 64
Views: 2806

Re: FJ - How far are you driving to Chickasha Swap Meet ?

The last two trips to Chickasha, it's been ugly getting through Dallas on Thursday morning. [/size] Years ago when I had the sign business I went to a lot of swap meets, and before I had a trailer I took a helper to assist with setting up. On one trip to Conroe the helper was a young guy who had al...
by Steve Jelf
Mon Mar 09, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New Day Timer Brush
Replies: 17
Views: 1384

Re: New Day Timer Brush

If it works well, just reset the timing. That's pretty simple.
by Steve Jelf
Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hayes wheels - what would you do?
Replies: 22
Views: 1864

Re: Hayes wheels - what would you do?

Wayne, if you Google galvanizing in california you'll find several companies. When I had my rims hot dipped the minimum price made them about $33.50 each. The weight limit for that minimum would have allowed me to have about 60 rims done for the price if I'd had that many, which would have been und...
by Steve Jelf
Mon Mar 09, 2020 12:24 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Signs of Spring
Replies: 19
Views: 1536

Re: Signs of Spring

SPRING THAW.jpg
by Steve Jelf
Mon Mar 09, 2020 12:20 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hayes wheels - what would you do?
Replies: 22
Views: 1864

Re: Hayes wheels - what would you do?

...Oshkosh Plating Technologies zinc coated 5 rims for me for $125...

That's not a bad price. Hot dip, or electroplate?
by Steve Jelf
Sun Mar 08, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Chaffin's Garage is not closing
Replies: 42
Views: 3607

Re: Chaffin's Garage is not closing

Here is the man.

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Glen with George Clipner at Bakersfield.
by Steve Jelf
Sun Mar 08, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: WHat Have You Done To Your Model T In March?
Replies: 98
Views: 6399

Re: WHat Have You Done To Your Model T In March?

Dallas, I love the early Sunday morning shot. That kind of early or late sunlight makes for some great pictures.
by Steve Jelf
Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: DST Reminder. Set clocks forward tonight at 2:00 am
Replies: 11
Views: 804

Re: DST Reminder. Set clocks forward tonight at 2:00 am

I've always thought it was funny when dairy guys said the time change confuses the cows. It doesn't confuse them a bit. They know what time it really is. :D
by Steve Jelf
Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Chaffin's Garage is not closing
Replies: 42
Views: 3607

Re: Chaffin's Garage is not closing

...can we still get a catalog?

You can get it in PDF here: http://chaffinsgarage.com/
by Steve Jelf
Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: WHat Have You Done To Your Model T In March?
Replies: 98
Views: 6399

Re: WHat Have You Done To Your Model T In March?

...did any of the valves or seats show signs of not sealing properly prior to grinding?

Yes, they did. None of the valves needed grinding, but several valves and seats were ready for a touch-up. I also invested $45 in making sure the head is flat.

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