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by Norman Kling
Sat Jan 25, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Stick in time took out crank?
Replies: 14
Views: 708

Re: Stick in time took out crank?

OUCH! :x That looks too thick for band lining. But it could be. I guess if you check out the bands and if they are wood and a piece has broken out of one, you will know. It looks like the block and crankshaft are toast. I guess that is a reason why an auxiliary oiler is good to have. I had one T whe...
by Norman Kling
Sat Jan 25, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T Ford Accessory Front Axle Support MT-4097
Replies: 4
Views: 386

Re: Model T Ford Accessory Front Axle Support MT-4097

That would be the least important place to put another spring. It would not keep the ends of the axle from bouncing, but might actually make the ride harder because your fulcrum will be right in the center. Hassler's would be a better choice, however I personally don't think either is necessary. Norm
by Norman Kling
Wed Jan 22, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Plugs #1 and #4 more fouled
Replies: 2
Views: 272

Re: Plugs #1 and #4 more fouled

I would think this would happen more often if you run a water pump because it recirculates the cooled water faster than the thermosyphon system. If you have a water pump try removing it and running just a fitting like Henry did. Also try leaning the mixture just a little. Rich for starting but leane...
by Norman Kling
Wed Jan 22, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Memory
Replies: 54
Views: 1388

Re: Memory

The forum asked me to log in and I forgot my password. Memory is slipping!
When I was very small, before I even went to school, our house had Knotty Pine walls. I can remember the shape of every not and where it was located on the wall. Now I don't even notice such things!
by Norman Kling
Tue Jan 21, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Drive shaft pinion bearing sleeve, TOO tight?
Replies: 7
Views: 425

Re: Drive shaft pinion bearing sleeve, TOO tight?

I have installed them by heating up the sleeve and installing it on a cold driveshaft. You need to work fast and be sure to get the keyway lined up right, because once it cools off it will be tight. You will need gloves so you don't burn your hands.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Why won't my 1915 engine start unless I tow (bump-start) the car.
Replies: 31
Views: 1253

Re: Why won't my 1915 engine start unless I tow (bump-start) the car.

Tony is a very helpful friend. He is ready to help either at home or on the road. On many tours, you will see him, hair messed up and clothes dirty because he was under someone's car helping them with it. I'm very glad that he won the Rosenthal award. He deserved it for many years, but finally recei...
by Norman Kling
Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ruckstell sliding clutch gear question
Replies: 2
Views: 164

Re: Ruckstell sliding clutch gear question

With the axles free to turn, try turning the driveshaft while someone tries to move the clutch gear. Just a small part of a turn and the clutch gear should move either one way or the other. If it slides further into the ruckstell gears you should be able to install the shifter. Be sure the fork is i...
by Norman Kling
Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Memory
Replies: 54
Views: 1388

Re: Memory

I might have met Dennis, but thought his name was Cotton. I never saw it spelled, just pronounced.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Memory
Replies: 54
Views: 1388

Re: Memory

I was an installer, repairman, line assigner, cable splicer, maintenance splicer and outside plant engineer. Retired in 91 and then worked as a contract engineer for 15 more years. I started in Glendale and after 2 years transfered to San Diego. I didn't know any of those people.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Why won't my 1915 engine start unless I tow (bump-start) the car.
Replies: 31
Views: 1253

Re: Why won't my 1915 engine start unless I tow (bump-start) the car.

The point of view is looking from the front of the car by the radiator toward the timer. Clockwise would move the top where the rod is connected toward the steering column and counterclockwise away from the steering column. Another thing to check is that none of the wires of the clips on the end of ...
by Norman Kling
Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Memory
Replies: 54
Views: 1388

Re: Memory

The stories about radio and telephone bring back memories to me. First one is the day of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The president was going to speak, but our radio wasn't working so my aunt and uncle came by in their almost new 1939 Plymouth which had a radio and we all went for a short ride while ...
by Norman Kling
Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Why won't my 1915 engine start unless I tow (bump-start) the car.
Replies: 31
Views: 1253

Re: Why won't my 1915 engine start unless I tow (bump-start) the car.

I believe northsouth had a broken crankshaft last year and the engine was rebuilt shortly thereafter. However he did go on at least one tour since then so it should be broken in by now. Perhaps it has something to do with the colder weather. That would make the engine harder to crank and also need t...
by Norman Kling
Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Why won't my 1915 engine start unless I tow (bump-start) the car.
Replies: 31
Views: 1253

Re: Why won't my 1915 engine start unless I tow (bump-start) the car.

When installing a new timer you need to check the length of the timing rod. It can vary from one brand timer to another. Check to see when number 1 fires. Then turn the crank until it just begins to buzz. The pin through the front of the crankshaft which holds the crank when you crank the car should...
by Norman Kling
Sun Jan 12, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How much gear oil in rear end?
Replies: 15
Views: 626

Re: How much gear oil in rear end?

Be sure you have a 15 rear axle in your car. Some older cars have later rear axles placed when repairs have been made. The later axles had the fill hole placed lower and you fill those till it is up to the fill hole. You can tell by looking at the plug. It is approximately half way up the housing on...
by Norman Kling
Fri Jan 10, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Memory
Replies: 54
Views: 1388

Re: Memory

In my elementary school every year around Memorial Day an old man in a blue uniform would come to the auditorium and sit facing the students. He was introduced as Capt. Mingea a Civil War Vet. We kids even knew there he lived. He didn't speak, but just sat there. Now it is almost the same number yea...
by Norman Kling
Wed Jan 08, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Resurrection of a 1909 Model T
Replies: 63
Views: 7017

Re: Resurrection of a 1909 Model T

I hope to see it on the road soon! It looks good, Tony. :D
Norm
by Norman Kling
Wed Jan 08, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: CUSTOMER APPRECIATION SALE 20%
Replies: 35
Views: 3079

Re: CUSTOMER APPRECIATION SALE 20%

I'm sorry to hear about this, however, I can understand why you want to liquidate. Too bad no one has come forward to buy you out. You have done more than I could ever attempt to help keep our cars running. I hope someone will continue to manufacture parts for our Ruckstell axels. I also realize tha...
by Norman Kling
Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Another New Guy Intro
Replies: 9
Views: 469

Re: Another New Guy Intro

You say there is not magneto. From your picture you don't have a generator. How do you provide electricity to the coils? Do you have a starter? I would suggest you install a generator and a battery so that you can keep the spark going while driving and also to be able to use the lights. You might no...
by Norman Kling
Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The spark plug controversy
Replies: 26
Views: 932

Re: The spark plug controversy

Be sure to clean out the area of the head around the sparkplug so dirt doesn't go down into the cylinder when you remove the sparkplug. Also remove the nut holding on the wire and place it away from the head so it doesn't fall in. Don't break off the spark plug in the head when you try to remove it....
by Norman Kling
Mon Jan 06, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Low pedal sticking.
Replies: 13
Views: 549

Re: Low pedal sticking.

After you get the band adjusted so the pedal does not stick down, pull back the parking lever to the neutral position and then on a level surface try pushing by hand. The engine should not turn over when you push. Also try cranking. The car should not move when you crank. The clutch is never complet...
by Norman Kling
Mon Jan 06, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ethanol gas
Replies: 34
Views: 1336

Re: Ethanol gas

I don't think you will get any gasoline in the crankcase unless you are misfiring on one cylinder and drive that way for a long time. Some might get through the rings or valve guides, but even when misfiring I would think that most of the unburnt gas would go out through the exhaust system. Most old...
by Norman Kling
Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Low pedal sticking.
Replies: 13
Views: 549

Re: Low pedal sticking.

I did, however, the idea would still apply if the original poster has replaced his.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Where to start?
Replies: 26
Views: 833

Re: Where to start?

pile of rusty parts.jpg Finished.jpg From the looks of things, the hack looks like it is in better condition. However, as has been stated previously, it is a modified body, which is not like anything Henry actually made. Since you don't want to do much work to get it running, I would suggest that i...
by Norman Kling
Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Low pedal sticking.
Replies: 13
Views: 549

Re: Low pedal sticking.

Since you replaced the notch and cam, the most likely cause of the problem is the adjustment is too low. Try adjusting about 1/2 turn and see if it helps. If not turn another 1/2 turn. The best location for the low speed clutch to make connection is between 1 inch and 1 1/2 inch above the floorboard...
by Norman Kling
Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Low pedal sticking.
Replies: 13
Views: 549

Re: Low pedal sticking.

After you get it adjusted, it is very important to check that the low band is not too tight. If it is too tight you risk cracking the low drum. I had this happen to two drums before I discovered the cause of the problem. It was the low cam and low notch which were worn and I could not get the pedal ...
by Norman Kling
Mon Jan 06, 2020 1:07 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Carburetor intake air pre-heater as a cleaner
Replies: 13
Views: 749

Re: Carburetor intake air pre-heater as a cleaner

I think it is because the T carburetors were not designed for an air cleaner. When anything restricts the air coming into the carburetor it restricts the high end performance because the fuel air mixture entering the engine is limited. It also affects the fuel mixture like driving with the choke par...
by Norman Kling
Thu Jan 02, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Driver's side headlight won't light
Replies: 34
Views: 766

Re: Driver's side headlight won't light

Pull out the bulb and use your test light on the conductor inside the socket. One lead to ground and the other to the contact inside the socket. If your test lamp lights up, you have either a problem with the socket or the ground. Sometimes the spring inside the socket under the contact has gotten w...
by Norman Kling
Tue Dec 31, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Jacking up a rear wheel: Does it matter which one?
Replies: 32
Views: 1414

Re: Jacking up a rear wheel: Does it matter which one?

I can't see why, because whichever wheel you leave on the ground will not move and the differential will cause the opposite wheel to turn. However, you would have slightly less friction if you jacked up both wheels.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Tue Dec 31, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Difference between 09-25 and 26-27 Rocky Mountain Brakes
Replies: 10
Views: 455

Re: Difference between 09-25 and 26-27 Rocky Mountain Brakes

When using the currently produced Rocky Mountain brakes,they work very well going forward, however tend to loosen when going backward. They work like an oil filter wrench, they are actually assisted by the forward movement of the drum. The above being said, be sure to have the internal transmission ...
by Norman Kling
Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: HAPPY NEW YEAR WISHES!
Replies: 16
Views: 418

Re: HAPPY NEW YEAR WISHES!

Actually it will be 366 days till the next new year because 2020 is a leap year. I wish that we will all have good luck with our T's and many good and interesting tours. No serious disasters in 2020, and world peace. Hopefully we will have a good result from our elections and the people will respect...
by Norman Kling
Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Passing the hat...
Replies: 11
Views: 329

Re: Passing the hat...

We live on a gravel about 1/4 mile from the paved road. This road is named and the sign at the corner of the main road has the name of our gravel road. This road ends at another road which goes due south. That road is also named a different name from our road. To get to our house you continue down t...
by Norman Kling
Tue Dec 31, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: T sputters when turning a corner or hits bump
Replies: 19
Views: 764

Re: T sputters when turning a corner or hits bump

Are you sure it was a spark? Could be spitting fire out of the carburetor. You might see it through that hole. I am puzzled as to what might be causing it, but since it seems to come when turning or going over a bump, I would think it might be electrical rather than fuel related since you cleaned th...
by Norman Kling
Mon Dec 30, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New Spindle Arm Bushings
Replies: 4
Views: 277

Re: New Spindle Arm Bushings

Yes. And you need to find someone who has the proper tool. It has a rod which goes all the way through both bushings with the reemer at one end and a facing tool on it so that the surface is flat and fits between the axle ends. This space changes with wear on the axle and sometimes the axle also nee...
by Norman Kling
Mon Dec 30, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Fallbrook Tour - Two Days Away!!!
Replies: 27
Views: 1385

Re: Model T Fallbrook Tour - January 19-21

Sorry I will be missing this tour. It sounds like it will be fun. That same weekend my grandson in northern California will be receiving his Eagle Scout award, and don't want to miss that event. He has worked very hard to achieve the highest award in the Boy Scouts, which is a higher rank than any o...
by Norman Kling
Mon Dec 30, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Questions from a newbie
Replies: 30
Views: 986

Re: Questions from a newbie

One thing to try is a ground cable from the starter (where it bolts to the hogshead) to the frame. Scrape the frame clean where you bolt it on. Often on an old car there is corrosion between the parts of the drive train and the chassis so it does not conduct very well. Also things to check is the co...
by Norman Kling
Sun Dec 29, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Difference between 09-25 and 26-27 Rocky Mountain Brakes
Replies: 10
Views: 455

Re: Difference between 09-25 and 26-27 Rocky Mountain Brakes

Nothing is the same. The drums are a different size so the mounting is also a different size. The bands are a different size. You should be able to sell them to a club member who wants the brakes on his car and buy a set to fit your rear end, or you could buy an earlier housing and install the innar...
by Norman Kling
Sat Dec 28, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: ....Beating a: “Dead Horse!”
Replies: 10
Views: 685

Re: ....Beating a: “Dead Horse!”

I have a 26 Roadster with earlier top irons. They work, but it does not look quite correct. I also have a Touring. I don't know whether you can get an earlier top to fit on a touring. However you can get a set of repro top irons for about $1,000. I know that's a lot to pay, but used ones can be a pr...
by Norman Kling
Sat Dec 28, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Bumpers???
Replies: 12
Views: 763

Re: Bumpers???

I have 2 26 T's. One with bumpers and the other without. I have no problem hand cranking either one. The rear bumper is one piece and I have a spoke wheel and no problem with it fitting either. My car is a touring. It could be a problem with a roadster or coupe. My spare carrier slants outward at th...
by Norman Kling
Sat Dec 28, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Price comparison of Gas
Replies: 11
Views: 784

Re: Price comparison of Gas

In our town there are two major brand stations across the street from each other located right at the off ramp from the highway. The Shell is always 2 cents less than the Chevron. Always, regardless of the price of either! I think I know the reason, because this is the first gas station along the hi...
by Norman Kling
Sat Dec 28, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: No tests required!
Replies: 5
Views: 387

Re: No tests required!

Well! I suppose that he had to take full responsibility for her driving! Even with the test, many teens will do things which are unsafe, especially when accompanied by other teens. I remember 67 years ago driving along Pacific Coast Highway toward Zuma Beach with a group of teens and someone handed ...
by Norman Kling
Fri Dec 27, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rehabilitating a Motometer
Replies: 7
Views: 616

Re: Rehabilitating a Motometer

I had one which got too hot and the red went all the way to the top. When it cooled down it was still at the top. I tried tapping it on the top of the spare tire, then boiled it and put it in the freezer. These didn't work. Then I tied it to a rear wheel and jacked up the car and spun it with the en...
by Norman Kling
Thu Dec 26, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The Day after Christmas
Replies: 5
Views: 319

Re: The Day after Christmas

Good one #46! Here we have a white Day after Christmas! It snowed this morning on the mountain back of our house. Unusual for this area, but got down to 32F here last night.
Snow !  December 26 20019 002.JPG
by Norman Kling
Thu Dec 26, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Freeze plugs
Replies: 12
Views: 676

Re: Freeze plugs

When you put the plug in, use a large flat punch in the center. That will flatten the plug rather than dish it in in the center. A large bolt or even a 1/2 inch socket extension will do for a punch As said above, use sealer around the edge. If it still seeps a little after you put it in, clean the a...
by Norman Kling
Tue Dec 24, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rear axle bearing problem
Replies: 16
Views: 840

Re: Rear axle bearing problem

Try removing the bearings and then check that the axle shafts are centered in the housing. If they are off to one side or too far up or down, it could be a sign of a bent housing. However if the shaft is centered and the tightness is all the way around the bearing, you probably have a snug sleeve. N...
by Norman Kling
Tue Dec 24, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: stalls when fully retarted and on mag
Replies: 7
Views: 558

Re: stalls when fully retarted and on mag

When you run on battery, you have 6 volts DC at the coils at all times. It depends on when the rotor comes in contact with the segment for the timing, however, when you run on magneto, the AC voltage begins to climb as your magnet passes the magneto ring coils and when the voltage builds to peak, it...
by Norman Kling
Sat Dec 21, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: old photo
Replies: 5
Views: 610

Re: old photo

When I was in elementary school the crossing guard had a Terraplane. She called it her "Terrible Plane" The car was about 8 years old then!
Norm
by Norman Kling
Sat Dec 21, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Recharging magnets in car without removing transmission
Replies: 17
Views: 808

Re: Recharging magnets in car without removing transmission

I have had best results with hogs head off and charging each magnet individually. I tried to charge a weak magneto using the in car version on a '21 and made it worse. I suspect that the insulation was bad and one of the coils grounded out so actually less output rather than more. Anyway the car run...
by Norman Kling
Sat Dec 21, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: My tiny garage built in 1919
Replies: 25
Views: 1229

Re: My tiny garage built in 1919

Looks good and some great tools such as the coil tester and the old radio. I have heard that it gets very cold in Rochester. I have only been there in the summer. I like your old house as well. Reminds me of some of the places I lived when a boy. This house I live in now was brand new when we moved ...
by Norman Kling
Fri Dec 20, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: My tiny garage built in 1919
Replies: 25
Views: 1229

Re: My tiny garage built in 1919

Where's the picture?
Norm
by Norman Kling
Fri Dec 20, 2019 12:58 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Henry needed a locking steering wheel
Replies: 7
Views: 614

Re: Henry needed a locking steering wheel

He did put them on the early V8's.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Thu Dec 19, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A Model T story - might be true
Replies: 6
Views: 868

Re: A Model T story - might be true

I remember those days! There was a station about a block from where I lived and I used to get all my services there. One day I went to get the oil changed and a lube. When I was done, I realized I had left my wallet home and didn't have the money to pay for it. (Now this man had filled my tank and d...
by Norman Kling
Tue Dec 17, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Running poorly.
Replies: 56
Views: 1993

Re: Running poorly.

One other thing I don't think was mentioned above, is the heat tube which runs up from the carburetor air intake to the back of the exhaust manifold. This will warm up the air flowing into the carburetor which will help to vaporize the fuel in cold weather. It even helps in humid weather when not fr...
by Norman Kling
Mon Dec 16, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ever run out of Gas??????
Replies: 17
Views: 1404

Re: Ever run out of Gas??????

Back in the 1950's Diesel was cheaper than gas and I filled up my model A and drove from Los Angeles to San Bernardino and back on it. I just enriched the fuel adjustment a bit and off we went. good thing I had some extra spark plugs! They fouled about half way there and the smoke was very black! Wh...
by Norman Kling
Sun Dec 15, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Running poorly.
Replies: 56
Views: 1993

Re: Running poorly.

I don't know whether this has been mentioned, but if your spark fails to occur at the spark plug, the high voltage spark will find the shortest path to ground. Sometimes this path can be through the inside of the coil box. Especially if the wood is wet and it does tend to get wet either from washing...
by Norman Kling
Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Running poorly.
Replies: 56
Views: 1993

Re: Running poorly.

If you have a good fuel flow, and good ignition the next thing to check would be compression. It should be somewhere around 45 to 50 psi on each cylinder and they should be close to the same compression. This measurement is with stock engine and at low elevations. The higher you are above sea level ...
by Norman Kling
Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Your thoughts please.
Replies: 37
Views: 1295

Re: Your thoughts please.

It would be a lot of work to replace the hogs head and flywheel with a starter setup, but maybe you could get a friend or couple friends in the club to help you. Then you could have an electric starter. You can keep the old hogs head and convert back to crank only if you ever want to do so, or sell ...
by Norman Kling
Fri Dec 13, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Are there still good tire deals going on?
Replies: 7
Views: 474

Re: Are there still good tire deals going on?

I have had good luck with Lucas Tires. I call Long Beach, Ca location and the tires are on my porch next day. Haven't had any problems with their tires. They have several different reproductions of the tires available during the days when the Model T's were daily drivers. I think there is a location...
by Norman Kling
Tue Dec 10, 2019 1:09 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Newbie-Hello, Everyone!
Replies: 32
Views: 1719

Re: Newbie-Hello, Everyone!

That looks like Erech's car. I saw it once. I would suggest that you pull it with a long rope. Attach at the front cross member or the spring but not the axle. pull it until it starts in high gear. Then have the towing vehicle stop. Once you get it running, you can fiddle with the carburetor adjustm...
by Norman Kling
Sat Dec 07, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What are the symptoms of an intake leak?
Replies: 11
Views: 698

Re: What are the symptoms of an intake leak?

Are the manifolds stock? I received a high volumn intake manifold as a door prize on one of the tours and installed it on an otherwise stock engine. The symptoms I had were that it ran very good at high speeds on relatively level roads, but was very sluggish at low speeds after shifting and going up...
by Norman Kling
Sat Dec 07, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What are the symptoms of an intake leak?
Replies: 11
Views: 698

Re: What are the symptoms of an intake leak?

A few things: I don't know exactly what was done to "newly restore" the engine. If you put in new pistons, rings, and tightened the bearings, your engine will be tight for a few hundred miles and needs to be broken in by driving slowly and being careful not to overheat and will loosen up as you driv...
by Norman Kling
Fri Dec 06, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Newbie-Hello, Everyone!
Replies: 32
Views: 1719

Re: Newbie-Hello, Everyone!

Did you get the title signed by the former owner? If so, you can probably just transfer into your name even if the person you bought it from did not have it transfered, however, depending on the laws of your state, you might be liable to pay the taxes for the time since it was last licensed. When I ...
by Norman Kling
Fri Dec 06, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rocky Mountain Brakes, Stop,.... then they don't
Replies: 13
Views: 940

Re: Rocky Mountain Brakes, Stop,.... then they don't

I should have said shorten both the rods to the rear wheels and the rod between pedal and equalizer. This is how I adjust my cars. I have three of them. First adjust the clearance between the shoe and the drum. 20 thousands Then adjust the parking brake so that the wheels turn freely in neutral but ...
by Norman Kling
Fri Dec 06, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rocky Mountain Brakes, Stop,.... then they don't
Replies: 13
Views: 940

Re: Rocky Mountain Brakes, Stop,.... then they don't

Crawl under the car and have someone push hard on the pedal. Many times the equalizer can move all the way to hit the rear of the crankcase. If so, either something is bent, the rear of the engine has sagged or the adjustment is wrong. You might need to shorten the rods to the rear wheels and length...
by Norman Kling
Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Newbie-Hello, Everyone!
Replies: 32
Views: 1719

Re: Newbie-Hello, Everyone!

you can get brand new ones for about $1000 from the vendors. The 26 and 27 irons were different from the older ones. You can sometimes find used ones for sale but are usually in very poor condition because they were formed from thick sheet metal which was rolled and has an open seam. So over the yea...
by Norman Kling
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Old Age Memory Problems
Replies: 23
Views: 1236

Re: Old Age Memory Problems

I keep ordering parts and installing them and then a few days later I find unopened new parts which I had previously ordered!
Norm
by Norman Kling
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Very dark day. Howard is gone.
Replies: 46
Views: 2648

Re: Very dark day. Howard is gone.

I will miss Howard. He was a great man and a good friend to many. We will miss him on tours and speedster runs and at the Long Beach swap meet.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Thu Dec 05, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hood shelf clip replacement help needed.
Replies: 23
Views: 713

Re: Hood shelf clip replacement help needed.

Although I have never tried to install a hood shelf clip on an early brass car with a starter, this is how I do it on the cars I have. I use an adjustable valve spring lifter tool and set it to a narrow position, then put on the spring and washer and compress the spring with the tool and insert the ...
by Norman Kling
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T road trip in 1924
Replies: 8
Views: 693

Re: Model T road trip in 1924

In 1926 my grandfather and uncle drove a Model T from Los Angeles to Plymouth Rock and then into southern Ontario Canada and back home. Took most of the summer. Unfortunately, they did not take pictures of the car, but they did take pictures of some places of interest and people they knew and visite...
by Norman Kling
Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T accident in Kerrville TX yesterday
Replies: 46
Views: 3824

Re: Model T accident in Kerrville TX yesterday

I think it might be repairable. The frame can either be straightened or replaced. Not a big problem. The fender can be replaced or straightened and the glass can be replaced. The sheet metal still looks good. if the wood is cracked, that would be the most expensive thing to replace, but it can and h...
by Norman Kling
Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Amazing postcard set
Replies: 9
Views: 802

Re: Amazing postcard set

What postcards?
by Norman Kling
Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Changed Wiring and Problems Running Now
Replies: 26
Views: 1132

Re: Changed Wiring and Problems Running Now

Here is what I would check first. Put the spark lever all the way up and turn on the ignition switch to battery. Turn the crank very slowly till you get a spark at number one. Then turn again one half turn until you get a spark at number 2. Then turn again one half turn till you get a spark at numbe...
by Norman Kling
Tue Nov 26, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Snow anyone????
Replies: 23
Views: 1260

Re: Snow anyone????

We are expecting it on Thanksgiving over 3000' but we live at 2,350' so probably will only see it on the mountain tops. We have one right east of our house which is over 4,000' so it will be white. Here we just expect a lot of rain. We will be having family over so we don't plan to go driving in it....
by Norman Kling
Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Engine turn off after a short drive.
Replies: 24
Views: 967

Re: Engine turn off after a short drive.

The Kingston L4 is a good carburetor but it is more complicated than the Holley NH. It has a flap which opens up the passage for higher speed driving. That flap must be loose enough to move by the pressure of the air going through. I would suspect that you have a problem with the float valve because...
by Norman Kling
Fri Nov 22, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Price comparison of Gas
Replies: 11
Views: 784

Price comparison of Gas

I often wonder why the prices of gas vary so much from one brand to another and with the location of the station. We live in a smaller town about 10 miles from a larger city. Our gas is usually about 25 cents a gallon higher than it is in the city. Also the two stations at the highway interchange ar...
by Norman Kling
Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Found source of Ruckstell noise
Replies: 15
Views: 1093

Re: Found source of Ruckstell noise

Looks like the spool for the pinion bearing is chipped on the edge and also I have not seen a lock ring like that on any Ruckstell I have worked on. A problem with using two used gears which came from different axles is that each gear is worn to mesh with its mate and if you change one of them, you ...
by Norman Kling
Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Engine was running, now seized
Replies: 25
Views: 1941

Re: Engine was running, now seized

Run with water just long enough to be sure nothing is leaking, then switch to coolant. As posted above it keeps the iron and aluminum from corroding and it will also prevent freezing. Even here in Southern California It has gotten down to 18F a few times, which would be enough to crack the block or ...
by Norman Kling
Thu Nov 21, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Inflation !!!
Replies: 26
Views: 1442

Re: Inflation !!!

Those were the days when people would pick up pennies on the street! Now I don't even keep coins in my pocket. My first car was a '29A which cost $95 and it ran fine. I bought other A's which ran for $50 and a Franklin for $25.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Found source of Ruckstell noise
Replies: 15
Views: 1093

Re: Found source of Ruckstell noise

Can you post a picture of the strange parts? From what you have said, something must have been out of alignment between the gears.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Wed Nov 20, 2019 1:02 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Timer issue???
Replies: 8
Views: 590

Re: Timer issue???

Does the timer rotate when you move the lever? If you have a lot of slack in the linkage, it might not be moving. If you are running on magneto, you have about 3 or sometimes 4 positions where the timing actually advances or retards. It could be moving a bit but not far enough to actually advance or...
by Norman Kling
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Head Gasket Replacement
Replies: 21
Views: 1173

Re: Head Gasket Replacement

The old fashoned permatex. The color is reddish brown. Not the sylicone type, I had a similar leak only mine was in the rear corner behind the exhaust manifold and I did not see where it was except that it leaked out. The leak was not enough to cause a problem because I checked the coolant level bef...
by Norman Kling
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Engine was running, now seized
Replies: 25
Views: 1941

Re: Engine was running, now seized

You could have a leaky head gasket or a crack in the head. You can have a crack in the block near the valve seat which if it leaked when the valve was closed would go into the cylinder. It is very common to have a crack between the exhaust valve and the cylinder. I don't know what the "hard stuff" i...
by Norman Kling
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: "T" will not continue to run.
Replies: 15
Views: 1048

Re: "T" will not continue to run.

Before you remove the carburetor, open the drain plug at the bottom of the carburetor bowl. Fuel should run out freely. If only about 1/2 cup runs out and then stops running, your float is stuck either closed or there is a blockage in the float jet. Since the jet is smaller than the fuel line, a dir...
by Norman Kling
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done with your T in November ?
Replies: 42
Views: 2588

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

Saturday, the Model T Ford Club of San Diego drove up to the Railroad museum in Campo Ca. There was a ceremony for the 100th anniversary of driving the gold spike which completed the railroad between San Diego and El Centro. This railroad was named, "San Diego and Arizona Eastern Railroad" It dipped...
by Norman Kling
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 26 Brake Cam Question
Replies: 23
Views: 874

Re: 26 Brake Cam Question

It is not good to use the rear wheel brakes for "emergency" unless you also use the low pedal. Reason is that pulling back the lever puts it into neutral if you pull it while you are in high gear. I like to put auxiliary brakes on the rear wheels which are activated by the brake pedal. Then when you...
by Norman Kling
Sun Nov 17, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: "T" will not continue to run.
Replies: 15
Views: 1048

Re: "T" will not continue to run.

A partially plugged fuel line, or a speck of dirt in the needle seat on the side toward the fuel line will give these symptoms: The engine will start up and run until the gas in the carburetor is burnt out. Then if you let the car set for a while fuel will slowly enter the carburetor bowl and it wil...
by Norman Kling
Sun Nov 17, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Head Gasket Replacement
Replies: 21
Views: 1173

Re: Head Gasket Replacement

One important thing I neglected to say is before you install the bolts, clean out the threads in the block with a bottoming tap. blow out the dirt. If you are using new bolts or if the head has been resurfaced, try the head on without the gasket and check that the bolts will go all the way down and ...
by Norman Kling
Sun Nov 17, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Head Gasket Replacement
Replies: 21
Views: 1173

Re: Head Gasket Replacement

Check the straightness of the block and head. It won't seal if warped. The head can be easily resurfaced, but best to wait till you rebuild the engine to do the block. If you have a low spot along the edge, you can get some permatex form a gasket and fill in that area. Just do areas around the water...
by Norman Kling
Wed Nov 13, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Out west power outages, some advice
Replies: 55
Views: 2177

Re: Out west power outages, some advice

When I was growing up in the 1930's and 1940's in California, there were fire breaks along the ridges of all the mountains and hills. They were built by the CCC during the great depression. We did have fires in those days but they usually stopped at the fire breaks. Those fire breaks served two purp...
by Norman Kling
Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: trade my '28 A coupe for another T?
Replies: 23
Views: 1328

Re: trade my '28 A coupe for another T?

That looks like a very good Model A and is one of the more desired models. It is better for road trips than a T. It is also worth more than the later T's. Unless you can find a very good brass T you should keep the A.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Mon Nov 11, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: the model A and church.
Replies: 9
Views: 924

Re: the model A and church.

Rich,
You are fortunate to still have your fingers. I wouldn't try to start by spinning the fan.
Norm
by Norman Kling
Mon Nov 11, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done with your T in November ?
Replies: 42
Views: 2588

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

Took out about .0005 in shims from #3 rod bearing and took out a bit of slack in the drag link. Getting ready to drive to Campo Railroad museum for the 100 year anniversary of the San Diego Arizona Eastern Railroad. This was a railroad which went east from San Diego toward El Centro. Mostly for frei...
by Norman Kling
Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 26-27 Roadster Body Questions
Replies: 56
Views: 4095

Re: 26-27 Roadster Body Questions

The early 26 had headlights bolted directly to the front fenders. Then several types of cross bars were either added or were after market. Since the 26 and 27 could be bought with bumpers, the bumpers would block the view of the license plate so it was attached to the cross bar. The 27 had the light...
by Norman Kling
Sun Nov 10, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: MAGNETO TROUBLESHOOTING
Replies: 33
Views: 972

Re: MAGNETO TROUBLESHOOTING

Steve brings to mind one other thing about the terminal block on the firewall. With a steel firewall, if you should have a screw a little too long, it could make contact with the firewall and ground out the circuit. It could be just on the cusp and the vibrations of the car could move it to make or ...
by Norman Kling
Sat Nov 09, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: MAGNETO TROUBLESHOOTING
Replies: 33
Views: 972

Re: MAGNETO TROUBLESHOOTING

On a 23 you Your switch should have a post on one side for battery and on the other side magneto. wire and connect the battery to that side of the switch. Tape up the magneto wire so it won't touch anything connected to the battery. Then run the engine on battery with the switch in the magneto posit...
by Norman Kling
Sat Nov 09, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Need help identifying a radiator and cap
Replies: 11
Views: 707

Re: Need help identifying a radiator and cap

I would recommend that you put the radiator on a T and put something such as a piece of old innertube and fasten with a wire tie or something. Then take the T out for a drive and try to get it as hot as you can to see how well the radiator performs before you look for a cap. The reason why is that t...
by Norman Kling
Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Newbie continuation
Replies: 16
Views: 453

Re: Newbie continuation

I should have also said, Don't try to start with the plate off the transmission or you will get oil all over everywhere!
Norm
by Norman Kling
Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Newbie continuation
Replies: 16
Views: 453

Re: Newbie continuation

When you tried to start the engine, what position was the parking brake lever? It should be all the way back with the rear wheels locked. In that position the transmission would be in neutral. You should be able to turn the crank or the starter and the engine would turn over. If it won't turn, try j...
by Norman Kling
Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Pitman arm fit
Replies: 20
Views: 810

Re: Pitman arm fit

Don't shave the bracket! From the looks of things, the spark and throttle rods are long enough. You would need to shave too much off the bracket to make things fit. Do you know whether these parts came off the same car before it was disassembled? I would suspect the shaft is too short because everyt...
by Norman Kling
Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Obese, hell I didn't even think I was overweight
Replies: 81
Views: 5099

Re: Obese, hell I didn't even think I was overweight

When I was a "growing boy" in high school I tended to eat and snack and still remain skinny. However when we stop growing taller, we must not eat so much or we will still keep growing outward. It is not really important to "diet". Counting calories is a waste. Easiest way to keep the weight off is t...