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by Norman Kling
Sat Aug 15, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Gas Tank in 1927 Coupe
Replies: 9
Views: 198

Re: Gas Tank in 1927 Coupe

I have had good results with a tank I received in a pile of rusty parts, which I turned into a 1926 Touring. I took the tank to a radiator shop which boiled it out and coated the inside with some kind of sealer which is not soluble in either gasoline nor alcohol. I have been driving it for over 15 y...
by Norman Kling
Fri Aug 14, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Upper Michigan is closed for the season - Covered Bridge?
Replies: 6
Views: 450

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

We have been doing local tours once a month. I feel safe on these tours and we get take out food and sit on our running boards socially distanced. I would not, however want to go on a tour on which we could not make the round trip in one day. It would be terrible to be hospitalized in some distant p...
by Norman Kling
Thu Aug 13, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 6v Generator to 12V?
Replies: 7
Views: 323

Re: 6v Generator to 12V?

I don't know whether it will work with a voltage regulator, but with a cutout, the 6 volt generator will charge a 12 volt battery. One of my cars came with 12 volt when I bought it. Later I installed a 6 volt battery and it still worked.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Tue Aug 11, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ruckstell axle question
Replies: 8
Views: 471

Re: Ruckstell axle question

With a 3-1 gearing you can get a little more top speed with the Ruckstell and might be good in flat country. We have quite a few hills here in the San Diego area and a few years ago we had a national tour here. It was headquartered in Barona, an Indian Reservation which has a big hotel. In order to ...
by Norman Kling
Tue Aug 11, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What’s going on here?
Replies: 13
Views: 801

Re: What’s going on here?

Could it be a tsunami? Note the cars in the water and the one on the shore overturned. Very unusual. Otherwise why would those cars be on the shore?
Norm
by Norman Kling
Tue Aug 11, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Gas tank repair thoughts/ideas
Replies: 16
Views: 532

Re: Gas tank repair thoughts/ideas

A large soldering iron would work, but under no circumstances a torch! The question would be: Why would it have a pinhole leak? Is it rusted out on the inside? If it is, you might have more problems coming up. I once tried filling with water and using a torch. I couldn't get it hot enough to solder....
by Norman Kling
Tue Aug 11, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Fresh mag ring?
Replies: 29
Views: 1059

Re: Fresh mag ring?

I rewound 3 coil rings following the instructions in the book, "electrical system". I installed 2 of them in 2 of my cars and the work very well. The third one was donated to the club and auctioned off. I don't remember who bought it, but haven't heard any complaints.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Tue Aug 11, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Head Gasket Failures
Replies: 15
Views: 883

Re: Head Gasket Failures

I have not had a failure, however, I check the flatness of both head and block before I install a new gasket, and I also check the bolt lengths so they do not bottom out before the head is completely tightened. I warm up the engine for a few minutes without driving the car. Then re-torque the bolts ...
by Norman Kling
Tue Aug 11, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T Brake Is Pretty Good
Replies: 10
Views: 575

Re: Model T Brake Is Pretty Good

I think there are more than kind of AC brakes. On my 26 Roadster I bought a new set of brakes, I think from Chaffin's, but maybe from somewhere else (It was 30 years ago). Anyway, they appear to be the same as the currently sold Rocky Mountain Brakes for the large drum axle. The parts are identical ...
by Norman Kling
Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Band Eating transmission
Replies: 26
Views: 987

Re: Band Eating transmission

Check your low pedal and shaft. When you push it down, it will move about half way down without moving inward. That first half of the movement is, all the way out, high and half way down is neutral. As soon as it reaches neutral the pedal should move inward or toward the right which will tighten the...
by Norman Kling
Mon Aug 10, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Band Eating transmission
Replies: 26
Views: 987

Re: Band Eating transmission

You keep saying the "clutch", however you say the low and brake are needing adjustment. The clutch only affects the high gear. How is the high gear working? Does it slip? If so, you have a problem with the clutch. If not, but you have a problem with wear on low and brake check the following. The con...
by Norman Kling
Mon Aug 10, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is my TT overheating?
Replies: 15
Views: 452

Re: Is my TT overheating?

A bit of gurgling on a hot day is normal. Before you start out again, check the coolant level in the radiator. It should be about level with the Ford emblem when the radiator is cool. If it is hot, it could be higher, but you should be able to see coolant in the top tank. Be sure it is coolant you a...
by Norman Kling
Mon Aug 10, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T Brake Is Pretty Good
Replies: 10
Views: 575

Re: Model T Brake Is Pretty Good

A couple of things. It is good to have brakes on the rear wheels even though the transmission brake is working. If you have a failure in the drive train from the U joint to the axle, your wheel brakes will stop the car. I like three sets of brakes on my cars. 1. the transmission brake. 2 the parking...
by Norman Kling
Mon Aug 10, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New Here
Replies: 16
Views: 523

Re: New Here

A good thing about a Model T V/S other antique cars, is that almost any part need to keep it going, is readily available. Some body parts or other parts unique to a particular year are harder to find but still appear at swap meets. A good manual on the repair of Model T's is the original Service Man...
by Norman Kling
Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New to Forum and Model Ts
Replies: 46
Views: 1311

Re: New to Forum and Model Ts

There are many places you can go without using a freeway! A few years ago we had a national tour in Riverside. One day we drove from Riverside down to Knot's Berry Farm for lunch and then back to Riverside without using a freeway. Another day we drove down to Old Town Temecula without a freeway. Eac...
by Norman Kling
Sun Aug 09, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New to Forum and Model Ts
Replies: 46
Views: 1311

Re: New to Forum and Model Ts

Darrin mentioned parts sources. He lives on the east coast. Here in Southern California we have Chaffins Garage in Corona, not far from where you live and also Lucas Tire in Long Beach. The Brassworks is in San Luis Obispo and The Rocky Mountain Brake Co is in Temecula. So we have quite a few good r...
by Norman Kling
Sat Aug 08, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New to Forum and Model Ts
Replies: 46
Views: 1311

Re: New to Forum and Model Ts

Take your time while deciding which Model T to buy. Most models are not rare. When you decide what you are looking for, try to find one with a good body, unless you are good at body work. The mechanical parts can be rebuilt or repaired, but the body is much harder to restore. Not only is there paint...
by Norman Kling
Sat Aug 08, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Measurement Request - '26 Roadster Top
Replies: 10
Views: 380

Re: Measurement Request - '26 Roadster Top

I have a 26, however it has the wrong top bows. They were made for a 25 or earlier, but it does fit on a 26 even though not correct. The big difference is that the original top bows, the rear bow has a curve near the location where it bolts to the body. This curve allows the top bow to be a few inch...
by Norman Kling
Sat Aug 08, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: aJ baimes "arsenal of democracy"
Replies: 14
Views: 730

Re: aJ baimes "arsenal of democracy"

I don't think a high octane gas will hurt the T engine, however, it is a wast of money because it costs more. The compression on a stock Model T engine is not enough to cause the normal low octane gas to knock unless the engine is severely overheated. In fact, a ping is a good indicator that your en...
by Norman Kling
Thu Aug 06, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: replacing touring top
Replies: 14
Views: 486

Re: replacing touring top

Several important tips. First align all the bows. be sure the center bows are straight up and down. You can measure at top and bottom of the upright portion to be sure they are parallel. The front bow is fastened by a leather strap and can be moved forward or backward by adjusting the strap. Same wi...
by Norman Kling
Thu Aug 06, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Having a hard time removing my old tire from demountable (not a split rim)
Replies: 3
Views: 333

Re: Having a hard time removing my old tire from demountable (not a split rim)

I agree with Quick. I have not attempted to do both sides together, I do one side at a time. I use at least two and even better three tire irons. I also with demountable rims remove the tire from the inside of the rim so that if I should happen to scratch the rim it will not show as much as from the...
by Norman Kling
Wed Aug 05, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hot No Start
Replies: 25
Views: 1240

Re: Hot No Start

This is a true story about a 6 volt ignition coil! Not a T but same principle as a T with distributor. I had a 1937 De Soto and it would start up and run a block or two and then quit. After it sat for a while it would start up and run a few blocks again. I also had a 1938 Plymouth at the time which ...
by Norman Kling
Tue Aug 04, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1926 Model T sediment bowl
Replies: 2
Views: 309

Re: 1926 Model T sediment bowl

The valve handle should point down, however, it is possible to install the handle 180 degrees and have the handle point up when on. So if you get no fuel with the handle pointing down, try pointing up. If neither will allow fuel to flow, you have a blockage elsewhere in the fuel system.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Tue Aug 04, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hot No Start
Replies: 25
Views: 1240

Re: Hot No Start

I don't think it is a vapor lock. A vapor lock occurs in the fuel line, not the carburetor. With a typical vapor lock, the engine will start and then when the fuel in the carburetor runs out it will quit because the vapor lock in the fuel line will not allow the fuel to flow to the carburetor. Norm
by Norman Kling
Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hot No Start
Replies: 25
Views: 1240

Re: Hot No Start

How is your float level? It is possible that the hot gas is percolating in the float bowl and flooding the carburetor. Try opening the gas all the way and hitting the starter, or if hand cranked, with the key OFF rotate the crank around and around as fast as you can for a few turns. Then turn on the...
by Norman Kling
Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: So why so little interest?
Replies: 39
Views: 2741

Re: So why so little interest?

Unfortunately, people seem to be most interested in the cars they knew while growing up. People such as myself who is 9 years younger than the last Model T used to see and occasionly ride in a Model T. However we are getting quite old now. The younger generations are interested in cars from the 50's...
by Norman Kling
Mon Aug 03, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Remove Pinion Gear with U-joint still on?
Replies: 14
Views: 632

Re: Remove Pinion Gear with U-joint still on?

Is something wrong with the gear or bearing? Otherwise why do you want to remove the gear? A regular puller should fit behind the gear with a screw to tighten the puller. Not the sliding hammer type puller. Once the gear starts to move it should come right off because the shaft is tapered It is quit...
by Norman Kling
Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Polarity of battery
Replies: 10
Views: 565

Re: Polarity of battery

Don't swap anything! The ammeter goes to negative with the lights on. That is correct. If your generator is working and the lights are off, the ammeter should go to positive. If so, everything is OK. With the lights on, your and the engine running, the lights on would go to negative at idle, and the...
by Norman Kling
Fri Jul 31, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Safest way to haul a coupe on an open trailer
Replies: 25
Views: 1109

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

I will also add this. If you wrap the car, be sure it is tight. If not, the wind will whip the wrapping and ruin the paint on the car.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Fri Jul 31, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Safest way to haul a coupe on an open trailer
Replies: 25
Views: 1109

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

I have not pulled a closed T on an open trailer, however, I do pull open cars all the time. I put the top down and put a boot on the top. I once pulled my 22 without the boot. I only went about 20 miles on the trailer that time but there was a head wind and the top material got untacked so I always ...
by Norman Kling
Thu Jul 30, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done with your T in July ?
Replies: 69
Views: 4488

Re: What have you done with your T in July ?

We actually had a tour today and drove to the Rocky Mountain Brake Co. We saw a small collection of cars there and also the shop where they manufacture the brakes. It was 100 degrees today so quite hot, but something to do other than "shelter in place". If someone posts some pictures and I see them ...
by Norman Kling
Thu Jul 30, 2020 10:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Carb issues
Replies: 6
Views: 539

Re: Carb issues

They idle better with the spark retarded. Not all the way up but about 3 or 4 notches above where it runs well at cruising speed. It could also be the carb mixture as posted above. Some carburetors have an adjustable idle jet. In that case you can try adjusting it for smoothest idle.
by Norman Kling
Thu Jul 30, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Another One is Back on the Road
Replies: 8
Views: 685

Re: Another One is Back on the Road

What kind of wheels are those? The usual de-mountable wheels have 4 bolts. Yours have 6. You have done a good job in making it look good. Hopefully, it will run good too and you can join in many tours and parades. Model T's are fun in many ways.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Wed Jul 29, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Some old Fords
Replies: 3
Views: 329

Re: Some old Fords

Engines must have been cold in first two pictures or someone would have a hot seat!
by Norman Kling
Wed Jul 29, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Flushing the block
Replies: 12
Views: 690

Re: Flushing the block

You might also remove the freeze plugs and run the cable through the passages. Replace with brass ones. Be sure to use some sealer around them when you install and use a flat punch in the center to spread them out to fit tight.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Wed Jul 29, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Help with ID
Replies: 26
Views: 1130

Re: Help with ID

Looks like Johnny Cash's first car! :lol: I think the earlier posts have nailed it.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Mon Jul 27, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: “Leaping”/lurching in second?
Replies: 6
Views: 361

Re: “Leaping”/lurching in second?

Try raising the spark lever a few notches when you shift to high, then as you begin to pick up speed advance again. Sometimes the spark is too advanced for the speed of the engine and will cause some lurching. Also be sure the parking brake lever is all the way forward because sometimes it will move...
by Norman Kling
Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice
Replies: 122
Views: 2772

Re: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice

The grease cup should be at the top of the u joint! Someone has turned the cover upside down to make the grease cup more accessable, but if it interferes with the brake shaft, it is in the wrong place. Usually a person with a good wrist can reach the cup from underneath, but it is very easy to reach...
by Norman Kling
Mon Jul 27, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this fixable???
Replies: 11
Views: 729

Re: Is this fixable???

I know someone in El Cajon Ca who could probably fix that. He is a member of the club, but I don't know whether he has access to this forum. He got his start working on musical instruments and also on brass parts for old cars. Norm
by Norman Kling
Sun Jul 26, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Why do I keep wearing tires out?
Replies: 26
Views: 1241

Re: Why do I keep wearing tires out?

One very quick way to check out the entire alignment of the frame and axles would be to measure from center of the front spindle bolt at the bottom of the axle to a point on the opposite rear side. Such a place as the bolt where the rear radius rod bolts to the rear backing plate. Then measure in th...
by Norman Kling
Sun Jul 26, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Now what?
Replies: 10
Views: 1113

Re: Now what?

You will have to get old Dobbin to pull it to higher ground, or wait for the water to recede. Hopefully it will not get any higher.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Sun Jul 26, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Home town
Replies: 5
Views: 538

Re: Home town

That must be Turlock Ca. because of the Date palm in the background. I don't think those trees grow in most of the other states.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Sun Jul 26, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: exhaust manifold replacement
Replies: 21
Views: 1031

Re: exhaust manifold replacement

As to the proper adjustment of the fuel mixture adjustment, no one setting is the same for all carburetors. You can try the 1 1/2 turns and if you can get the engine started, adjust by turning leaner till it slows down and back the other way till it begins to surge. Then set at the point about half ...
by Norman Kling
Sun Jul 26, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: exhaust manifold replacement
Replies: 21
Views: 1031

Re: exhaust manifold replacement

I think it is in the fuel system. Some things to check for are: 1. Fuel filter. If you have an in line fuel filter other than the sediment bulb under the gas tank, those additional filters have been known to choke the fuel line. When you have a full open throttle, is when you need the most gas, and ...
by Norman Kling
Sat Jul 25, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: exhaust manifold replacement
Replies: 21
Views: 1031

Re: exhaust manifold replacement

Depending on how steep a grade you might not be able to go over 25 MPH, and some will require low gear or if you have an auxiliary transmission a shift to a lower range. If You notice that the car seems to feel like it is running out of gas and runs better when you back off the accelerator, you migh...
by Norman Kling
Sat Jul 25, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is it ok to have a space between the engine and the side rail? (pictures)
Replies: 15
Views: 738

Re: Is it ok to have a space between the engine and the side rail? (pictures)

The vertical bolt should be tight. The horizontal bolt snug but not tight.The idea is to let the wood block stop sideward movement, but not let the bolt cause the metal to bend which will cause metal fatigue.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Sat Jul 25, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: exhaust manifold replacement
Replies: 21
Views: 1031

Re: exhaust manifold replacement

I don't use a torque wrench on those nuts. I just use a wrench with about a 10" handle and tighten them starting toward the center and working out. That is the two closest to center and then the outer two. I turn them to where the nut won't turn with reasonable pressure. Then after I warm up the eng...
by Norman Kling
Sat Jul 25, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is it ok to have a space between the engine and the side rail? (pictures)
Replies: 15
Views: 738

Re: Is it ok to have a space between the engine and the side rail? (pictures)

It is kind of hard to put the bolt through the frame, block, and pan support. Once you get that bolt in then the nut is the hard part. This is how I do it: I use a box end wrench with some masking tape on it to hold the nut in place. put the tape over the back side of the wrench and let some of the ...
by Norman Kling
Sat Jul 25, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice
Replies: 122
Views: 2772

Re: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice

I'm sorry! Your thread got so long that it is now on two pages! My last comment was in regard to the last post on the first page.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Sat Jul 25, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice
Replies: 122
Views: 2772

Re: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice

When you tighten, be VERY sure not to put too much force on the last bolt on the block or the bolt on the crankcase nearest the front of the hogs head! It is very easy to crack the cast iron parts at those locations. In fact I would say if the bolt is snug just do as was posted above and clean out t...
by Norman Kling
Fri Jul 24, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Why do I keep wearing tires out?
Replies: 26
Views: 1241

Re: Why do I keep wearing tires out?

Another question. When you drive on a level road, does the car pull to one side? If it does, which way? It could be that the rear axle is offset from the front axle, or that wheel on one side is closer to the rear wheel than it is on the other side. These things can be caused by a bent frame, or the...
by Norman Kling
Fri Jul 24, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Fender bender
Replies: 9
Views: 906

Re: Fender bender

There are more bent parts than just the fenders! However, thee might be a few good parts there which, if it happened these days, would be welcome such as the gas tank in the 26-27.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Fri Jul 24, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Struggles At Low RPM
Replies: 11
Views: 499

Re: Struggles At Low RPM

If the engine is hard to turn over in neutral, I would suspect a problem with the clutch. If you put the parking lever in the neutral position, and push the car it should roll with some effort but the engine not turn. Likewise when you turn the crank, the engine should turn but the car would not rol...
by Norman Kling
Thu Jul 23, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Time to Re-tire?
Replies: 10
Views: 924

Re: Time to Re-tire?

That spare tire has a bad hernia! Needs a very large boot inside and a roll of duct tape on the outside for a truss. Then the tire will be good as new. Drive slowly however as it might be out of balance after the surgery. :lol:
Norm
by Norman Kling
Thu Jul 23, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Struggles At Low RPM
Replies: 11
Views: 499

Re: Struggles At Low RPM

What did you do to the engine while it was apart? Perhaps the problem is a tight engine. It will take a bit more gas to idle the engine until it breaks in. In fact sometimes the engine cannot even be started with the crank or starter and has to be pulled for the first start. Drive short distances at...
by Norman Kling
Thu Jul 23, 2020 1:14 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Why do I keep wearing tires out?
Replies: 26
Views: 1241

Re: Why do I keep wearing tires out?

This is what I do when I set the tow in. With the car on a level surface, I take a carpenters square and find the place where the tire touches the square in front of the tire. Then I put a piece of tape in the center of the tire at that point and make a mark right at the center. I do this for both w...
by Norman Kling
Wed Jul 22, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Why do I keep wearing tires out?
Replies: 26
Views: 1241

Re: Why do I keep wearing tires out?

You sat wobble. Do you have wood spokes or wire spokes? If you have wood, your spokes could be loose causing the wobble. And if it gets too bad, your wheel could collapse. Other possible causes of "Wobble" would be loose spindle bolts and bushings or other loose parts where the spindle arm connects ...
by Norman Kling
Mon Jul 20, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice
Replies: 122
Views: 2772

Re: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice

A voltage regulator or a diode cutout are polarized. That means if they were made to work with negative ground they will cut off the battery from the generator when the generator is not running, however if they were made for a positive ground, they will allow the battery to go through the generator ...
by Norman Kling
Sun Jul 19, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rear axle update
Replies: 18
Views: 1460

Re: Rear axle update

That hole looks to be at the bottom of the tube. If so it would not be a "breather" but a drain. We now have available good seals for the wheel bearings and you should not need to drain the fluid. Only exception would be if the 4th main at the rear of the transmission leaks letting oil drain down th...
by Norman Kling
Sun Jul 19, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice
Replies: 122
Views: 2772

Re: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice

The radiator should be filled to about half way up the top tank when the engine is cold. It will rise as the water heats and expands. If it was overfilled, the water will run out the overflow until it reaches it's level. If the water is filled to the correct level and it still overflows and steams, ...
by Norman Kling
Sun Jul 19, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Please critique my 1916 Touring
Replies: 18
Views: 787

Re: Please critique my 1916 Touring

The car looks beautiful! Most of us would be proud to own a car like that. If it runs as good as it looks, you have a very good T. You need to make a choice at this time. Either choose a show car, or a driver. It is almost impossible to have both with the same car. If you choose driver, just leave i...
by Norman Kling
Sun Jul 19, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hard Shift Into High Gear
Replies: 3
Views: 278

Re: Hard Shift Into High Gear

When you shift up from low to high, push the throttle all the way up. That will give you the smoothest shift. Then pull down the throttle to maintain or increase speed.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Sun Jul 19, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Cracks in my Turtledeck
Replies: 7
Views: 457

Re: Cracks in my Turtledeck

It looks like the crack lines up with the hinge. Try opening and closing the lid and see where the metal is flexing. It might not be anything to do with the wood, but just over 90 years of opening and closing which puts a strain on things until something finally snaps. You can weld it up and maybe p...
by Norman Kling
Sun Jul 19, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice
Replies: 122
Views: 2772

Re: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice

The Ford did not come with a water pump and if the cooling system is working as it should, you don't need a water pump. Sometimes if a car is overheating, the owner would buy an accessory water pump to try to improve the cooling. They tend to leak and sometimes will drain the cooling system. A water...
by Norman Kling
Sat Jul 18, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice
Replies: 122
Views: 2772

Re: Just Got My First T, Need Some Advice

That car looks like a 23. It has a slant windshield and one man top. The change came somewhere toward the end of the year 1922. I have seen cars with a straight windshield called a 23 and some with a slant windshield called a 22. The year model was introduced in the fall for next year, but sometimes...
by Norman Kling
Sat Jul 18, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Back of body sitting crooked
Replies: 10
Views: 546

Re: Back of body sitting crooked

Answer to J.R. Yes. A couple things which might not have been mentioned above. There should be a leather or rubber pad between the top of the spring and the frame. And the head of the bolt protrudes through that pad and into a notch in the center of the frame cross member. Then you tighten up the u ...
by Norman Kling
Fri Jul 17, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Radiator Installation Tips And Tricks?
Replies: 11
Views: 641

Re: Radiator Installation Tips And Tricks?

looking at the diagram posted by John, the way I do it is to put all the springs and thimbles on with the nuts but without the radiator. Then I tighten it down until the spring under the frame rail compresses. I then put something thick enough to hold the spring in the compressed position. You can u...
by Norman Kling
Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How Fast is Too Fast?
Replies: 43
Views: 2183

Re: How Fast is Too Fast?

I don't have a speedometer on my Model T's. I just drive at a speed at which it doesn't seem to be straining, and at which I can stop comfortably if I need to stop. I have passed speed indicators which post my speed. I am usually under 40.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Cracks in my Turtledeck
Replies: 7
Views: 457

Re: Cracks in my Turtledeck

Could you post a picture, also what year is the car?
Norm
by Norman Kling
Thu Jul 16, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: noticed a difference(H V intake manifold)
Replies: 5
Views: 357

Re: noticed a difference(H V intake manifold)

I have a completely stock engine, even sleeved back to original bore. Has aluminum pistons and standard size(SKAT)crank. I won a high volume intake manifold as a door prize. I use a Holly NH carburetor and Anderson timer. It ran good at high speeds with partially open throttle, but slow on low speed...
by Norman Kling
Wed Jul 15, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How Fast is Too Fast?
Replies: 43
Views: 2183

Re: How Fast is Too Fast?

They run best around 35 to 40 top speed, however, there is one place between San Diego and Escondido where the most direct route is to take rte 15 across a river. Any other route is many miles longer. There is a place where I take the 15 across Lake Hodges bridge. It is level and I get on at the las...
by Norman Kling
Wed Jul 15, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Main Shaft and Crank Shaft Alignment
Replies: 11
Views: 502

Re: Main Shaft and Crank Shaft Alignment

If the alignment was made when the engine was assembled and it has not been changed since, then I would agree that the alignment is important. You should mark the crankshaft and the flywheel and the transmission shaft when you take it apart so that you can get things back as they were before. If the...
by Norman Kling
Wed Jul 15, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Clutch finger screws
Replies: 11
Views: 586

Re: Clutch finger screws

I agree with the above. When you are in high gear the fingers should not be pressing on the spring. The spring should be tight against the disks. A few things could be giving you a problem. One is the adjustment for free neutral. and the adjustment of the cam screw on the clutch lever. Another thing...
by Norman Kling
Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Can arc welding weaken magnets ?
Replies: 6
Views: 586

Re: Can arc welding weaken magnets ?

I welded up a crack in the frame and put on a reinforcement right at the place where the crankcase ear is bolted to the frame. That was almost 30 years ago and the frame has not cracked again and the magneto still works.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Interesting video from 1929
Replies: 6
Views: 564

Re: Interesting video from 1929

I wonder if he was Donald Trump's grandfather? He looks a bit like him and has a lot of energy for an old man. Actually his "play" is his gym. He is in good physical and mental health because he does more than just sit down. I can remember that during the 1950's I thought that just about everything ...
by Norman Kling
Mon Jul 13, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Seat Belts, What of it?
Replies: 35
Views: 2047

Re: Seat Belts, What of it?

It depends a lot on which T you have, and how the accident occurs. In a typical rear or front end crash which is not real hard, the belt would keep you from hitting the windshield or back of front seat, however it would not have a shoulder harness in an open car and so you could hit the steering whe...
by Norman Kling
Sat Jul 11, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Magneto problems
Replies: 2
Views: 327

Re: Magneto problems

Someone must have tried to remove the starter while the bendix was still in place. It won't come past the coil ring and can very easily damage the ring. The old insulation is usually very brittle and the coils need to be rewound. In order to do that the engine and flywheel must be removed. Then the ...
by Norman Kling
Sat Jul 11, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How to Paint a T?
Replies: 9
Views: 932

Re: How to Paint a T?

I realize that how you paint depends on which year and which body you have. The one I painted was a 26 touring which is an all steel body. First I did all the dent straightening and welding up rusted out places (which were few). Then I used an epoxy primer on the bare metal including the inside as w...
by Norman Kling
Fri Jul 10, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Top Dead Center #1
Replies: 3
Views: 395

Re: Top Dead Center #1

There are two "top dead centers" for each cylinder. The crankshaft makes two rotations for each turn of the camshaft and also there are two positions in which the camshaft gear can be installed on the camshaft. But it doesn't make any difference which position the gears are in relation to the camsha...
by Norman Kling
Fri Jul 10, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Connecting Rod Babbitt Crack
Replies: 20
Views: 1542

Re: Connecting Rod Babbitt Crack

The rod was not tinned properly and the temperature might have been too cold so that the babbit did not stick. It will eventually break off so you need to re-pour or replace with another rod.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: They hung up on me!!
Replies: 16
Views: 1655

Re: They hung up on me!!

We just traded in an 06 Buick for a new Subaru. I got a call from the people who want to sell me a warranty. I told him I have a 22 Model T Ford Roadster and he hung up. Then a got a call from someone who said,"Hi Grandpa, this is your grandson". I asked him which one? He asked, "Don't you recognize...
by Norman Kling
Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Spare Tire Carrier Question
Replies: 19
Views: 853

Re: Spare Tire Carrier Question

One thing I don't think anyone mentioned. The tire valve should be as close to the top as you can get it so that rain doesn't get into the rim.Norm
by Norman Kling
Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Great Tips from Dave Huson in Mile High Newsletter
Replies: 6
Views: 1832

Re: Great Tips from Dave Huson in Mile High Newsletter

About 25 years ago I bought a Ruckstell from Dave. I drove from San Diego to Colorado and back with it. It is still in my car and still working.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Thu Jul 09, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Head Gasket Options
Replies: 5
Views: 600

Re: Head Gasket Options

Most important thing is to have the crushable metal around the combustion chambers. The water jacket holes can be sealed with heat resistant sealer, but the metal around the cylinders will keep in the compression.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Emergency brakes converted to service brakes
Replies: 21
Views: 1588

Re: Emergency brakes converted to service brakes

I would rather use Rocky Mountain brakes. You just bolt them on and no modifications are necessary. That leaves me with 3 sets of brakes and in case all that fails, I will still have the reverse. Anyway, all these systems only stop the rear wheels, so keep the tires in good shape and leave following...
by Norman Kling
Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 40 HP Model T
Replies: 14
Views: 1448

Re: 40 HP Model T

I have heard of using a Model A crankshaft or a new T crankshaft with a longer stroke to increase the horsepower. Might get 40 by doing it, however, the rest of the drivetrain was not made for that much increase and is a weak point.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 40 HP Model T
Replies: 14
Views: 1448

Re: 40 HP Model T

I have a stock 26 Roadster. In Death Valley there is a viewpoint called Dante's View. Lee Chase told me it is a good viewpoint. So I went up with my wife, Dolores. None of the other T's took that road. I have the cowl mounted gas tank so I could go up the hill going forward. I used both Ruckstell an...
by Norman Kling
Tue Jul 07, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Need help to identify the model year of this Model T Touring
Replies: 26
Views: 1189

Re: Need help to identify the model year of this Model T Touring

It looks like a late 22 or early 23. It has a high radiator but the windshield is still straight with a 2 man top. That particular year there seems to be an overlap between low and high radiators as well as two man and one man tops.
by Norman Kling
Sun Jul 05, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Will changing electrical system to 12v devalue the car?
Replies: 27
Views: 1393

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

Kerry mentioned something I forgot to say. The bendix on the starter will hit the flywheel very hard if you use 12 volts. Some have tried a coil in series with the starter wiring, such as an old bendix spring. It might cut down on the current after the starter is engaged, but it will do nothing abou...
by Norman Kling
Sun Jul 05, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Will changing electrical system to 12v devalue the car?
Replies: 27
Views: 1393

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

The 6 volt system is reliable. The coils are reliable especially if the magneto works. To change to 12 volts you need to change the generator. I realize some people have adapted alternators to fit the gear drive, but they don't have the cooling fan built in and also the gear seems to be a weak point...
by Norman Kling
Sat Jul 04, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Post Your 4th T Pictures
Replies: 34
Views: 2087

Re: Post Your 4th T Pictures

These pictures are from last year. This years parade has been cancelled.
pictures of Coronado, California July 4, 2019 The people were lined up 5 or more deep and people on balconies of buildings for about 2 miles.
Norm
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by Norman Kling
Fri Jul 03, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: up or down
Replies: 8
Views: 815

Re: up or down

Be sure to keep plenty of grease in the universal joint and the front driveshaft bushing. They both have grease cups at the front of the driveshaft. The more grease you keep in those areas, the less oil will run down the driveshaft tube from the 4th main to the differential.
by Norman Kling
Fri Jul 03, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The New Arrival: 1926 Roadster
Replies: 6
Views: 790

Re: The New Arrival: 1926 Roadster

A nice looking car except, I would rather see black fenders and all the other red parts painted black. Looks like a straight body. The extra heavy oil might make the knocks quieter, however it will not flow down the oil tube very well and may actually hinder the lubrication rather than help it. I th...
by Norman Kling
Fri Jul 03, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What's that tube next to the camshaft?
Replies: 7
Views: 682

Re: What's that tube next to the camshaft?

On one of my T''s, the funnel came off right after I started the engine for the first time after a rebuild. I started it up and after driving for a mile or two, the magneto stopped working. I switched to battery and ran the car for about 10 years on battery. I had installed a magneto oiler from the ...
by Norman Kling
Fri Jul 03, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Oil petcock help!
Replies: 11
Views: 784

Re: Oil petcock help!

When you install a new petcock, be sure the threads are good enough to hold it. Otherwise, I recommend either replacing the crankcase, or welding up the hole and re drill and tap with a pipe thread. If that petcock should fall out while you are driving, you might lose all your oil and cause a disast...
by Norman Kling
Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1926 Touring Door and Interior Panel INstallation
Replies: 14
Views: 626

Re: 1926 Touring Door and Interior Panel INstallation

If those are the original or repro's of the originals, they are spring loaded snap fasteners. There is a small hole in the center and the tack gets driven into that hole. I didn't take any pictures when I did mine, so I am sorry that I have none to post.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Thu Jul 02, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 25 years now...
Replies: 15
Views: 1115

Re: 25 years now...

Congratulations. The first 25 is the hardest. By then you know that you aren't going to change her, but she might be able to change you. And you have decided not to fight the small things. When Dolores and I were married, we drove to Las Vegas in a Model A. In those days I could get a tire already m...
by Norman Kling
Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1926 Touring Door and Interior Panel INstallation
Replies: 14
Views: 626

Re: 1926 Touring Door and Interior Panel INstallation

The top of each door panel fits into a groove under a lip of metal at the top of the door. Be sure the panel is all the way up so that water doesn't get in or that the panel warps and pulls away from the door. Once you get the top in, fit the bottom so that the overlap of metal is equal on front edg...
by Norman Kling
Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Steering gear case play
Replies: 14
Views: 815

Re: Steering gear case play

I put a shim between the brass steering box and the housing. Be sure the housing is not cracked. A crack will sometimes happen especially if it has been loose for a while. Put in a shim then rivet and seems to hold, at least mine has for many years. Works fine on the diamond shape box. Perhaps other...
by Norman Kling
Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Getting started on the '25 project
Replies: 5
Views: 389

Re: Getting started on the '25 project

Do you have any other parts than the frame? The frame is a good start.
Norm