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by Gonenorth
Fri Oct 16, 2020 8:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: To Ruckstell or not to Ruckstell....that is the question
Replies: 24
Views: 1141

Re: To Ruckstell or not to Ruckstell....that is the question

The best option would be to find folks in your local club who have either a Ruckstell or Warford, and drive both. Make your decision from there. If you go the Ruckstell route; I would highly recommend getting the newly manufactured unit from Chaffin's. Newly manufactured CNC machined parts are reall...
by Gonenorth
Sat Sep 26, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What oil do I use in my T? 5w? 60w?
Replies: 30
Views: 798

Re: What oil do I use in my T? 5w? 60w?

I have used Amsoil Premium 10W-40 since my first oil change after breaking in the engine. The protection of full synthetic oil is excellent. No problems with band slippage either. HOWEVER...my car doesn't leak much, and I get it at a discount that prices it about where Pennzoil, Castrol, or Valvolin...
by Gonenorth
Mon Sep 21, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What to you, gives a Model T its charm?
Replies: 32
Views: 816

Re: What to you, gives a Model T its charm?

I love my Model T because its living, rolling history every time I am behind the wheel. And more than that it reminds me of the great times and stories my grandfather shared with me of his years growing up at the dawn of the automotive age. Also learned some great Model T tips from his own experienc...
by Gonenorth
Sat Aug 29, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T's in Duluth.
Replies: 3
Views: 455

Re: Model T's in Duluth.

Lots of places are still open but require masks to visit. The great Lakes Aquarium in Canal Park is an interesting place. Unfortunately the Maritime Museum down there is closed, but its always fun to watch the ships come in and out of the harbor through the canal. The North Shore Railway and Museum ...
by Gonenorth
Mon Aug 24, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Replacement air filter element suggestions?
Replies: 10
Views: 725

Re: Replacement air filter element suggestions?

Check out the K&N Filters website: https://www.knfilters.com/, and see if they have something you could use. If they have a product that would work, just contact your local auto parts stores to see who has it or can get it.
by Gonenorth
Mon Aug 24, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: straightening spokes....
Replies: 11
Views: 1107

Re: straightening spokes....

Cool tool, but won't do anything for over-all hub-rim alignment if other spokes just have minor bending. I took my wire wheels to a place in Wausau, WI that did all five of them for $125. There are lots of places who do rim alignment bending. I'm pretty sure there are other places that can do the jo...
by Gonenorth
Mon Aug 24, 2020 8:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: CARBURETOR CLEANER FUEL ADDITIVE
Replies: 8
Views: 622

Re: CARBURETOR CLEANER FUEL ADDITIVE

I would try just shutting off the fuel and draining the carb bowl first. Might be a flake of something or a little accumulated water laying in the bottom causing issues. If that fails to improve the situation, then maybe throw a bottle of STP fuel injection cleaner or similar in there.
by Gonenorth
Thu Aug 20, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ball bearing 4th main
Replies: 14
Views: 715

Re: Ball bearing 4th main

The other issue is "faked" bearings from offshore sources. I pretty much exclusively use SKF bearings because they are some of the best in the business. But there can be problems there as well. This explains the predicament SKF is in pretty well: https://www.skf.com/us/organisation/brand-protection[...
by Gonenorth
Tue Aug 18, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model Ts Illegal?
Replies: 33
Views: 1939

Re: Model Ts Illegal?

If you live in rural areas (or close to them), there will always be areas to drive your T. Population in those areas is decreasing and has been for several decades. The recent "Escape the infected Cities" trend won't greatly impact that trend. So rural roads will always be around to hit the road upo...
by Gonenorth
Sat Aug 15, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 6 Volt LED Headlight Bulbs
Replies: 12
Views: 891

Re: 6 Volt LED Headlight Bulbs

The ones I have installed are the BA15D with high/low beam functions. Before switching to them I ran 25 watt halogens. I would say on high the BA15D LED bulbs are comparable to the halogens I ran previously in the headlights. However, the amp draw is only a fraction of what is required to power the ...
by Gonenorth
Thu Aug 13, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 6v Generator to 12V?
Replies: 8
Views: 632

Re: 6v Generator to 12V?

Fun Projects shows a regulator specifically for 12v. The Model T generator doesn't care what the battery voltage is (within reason). It will put out 6/8/12, but at decreasing amperage as the voltage increases. You will have to reduce the amperage using the 3rd. brush to something around 4-5 amps or ...
by Gonenorth
Thu Aug 06, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Russ Potter Carb
Replies: 4
Views: 724

Re: Russ Potter Carb

Russ rebuilt my NH. Some of the best money I ever spent. The car ran great after that.
by Gonenorth
Wed Aug 05, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 12v Alternator gear or belt? Best price with quality?
Replies: 9
Views: 924

Re: 12v Alternator gear or belt? Best price with quality?

I'll second Pat's recommendation. The Birdhaven unit is the best unit in my experience available out there at the moment. It required the least amount of shimming to get a great fit and has been reliable. My 6v Birdhaven alternator worked great, no issues. I did, however, remove it and replaced it w...
by Gonenorth
Sun Jul 26, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Buckeye Auto Electric Alternator
Replies: 13
Views: 1349

Re: Buckeye Auto Electric Alternator

I purchased one for my car a couple years ago. The pinned on gear did not mesh correctly with my camshaft gear, even after multiple shims. Returned it, got another one. Same issue. Puled it back out to check the gear mesh and discovered it was off significantly. They use a gold plated gear of some s...
by Gonenorth
Mon Jul 20, 2020 7:29 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Transmission bands and synthetic oil
Replies: 12
Views: 1194

Re: Transmission bands and synthetic oil

Been using Amsoil10W-40 (high zinc) oil in my '26 Touring for 5 years now. Have kevlar bands properly adjusted. No issues with slippage at all.
by Gonenorth
Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:04 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Will changing electrical system to 12v devalue the car?
Replies: 27
Views: 2032

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

Along with all those things that have been suggested, if you really feel the need for more starter rpm, get a Optima 6 volt battery. They have 800 CCA as opposed o a standard 6 volt battery's 600 CCA. Have one in mine and it really rolls it over. Only caveat I have is that you need to have a regulat...
by Gonenorth
Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:12 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: LED headlight bulbs
Replies: 16
Views: 1739

Re: LED headlight bulbs

I replaced my halogen bulbs (headlights and dual function tails) with LED bulbs. Used the lower one shown in the previous post for the headlights. I originally order the "warm" light versions but found their light output didn't seem to measure up to the halogens, so I replaced them with the "bright"...
by Gonenorth
Sat Jul 04, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Thank You Chaffins !! New Ruckstell
Replies: 9
Views: 1281

Re: Thank You Chaffins !! New Ruckstell

I ordered one of Chaffin's Ruckstell kits and had them install the housing on the left axle housing. New CNC parts are just a joy to work with. Makes precision assembly so much easier. Been enjoying mine for 5 years now.
by Gonenorth
Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vaporizer Question - bowel vent leak
Replies: 11
Views: 847

Re: Vaporizer Question - bowel vent leak

I would rebuild that shutoff valve while I was at it. Lap the valve in and apply some EZ-Turn. Did mine 3 years ago. Absolutely no issues as I run the fuel out of my carb almost every time I park the car for any length of time.
by Gonenorth
Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Distributor and burnt points
Replies: 11
Views: 904

Re: Distributor and burnt points

Remember that back in the days before electronic ignitions, 12 volt systems had bypass and ballast resistor in their ignition systems. When the car was cranked, the bypass delivered 12 volts to the points. When the key was turned from "start" to "run", the current was routed through a ballast resist...
by Gonenorth
Sun Jun 28, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Installing balance beads
Replies: 13
Views: 1328

Re: Installing balance beads

I use about an 8" piece of gold tygon fuel line hose. Regular vinyl will work ok too, but you need a piece longer than the one provided. I rotate the tire between 10 and 2. Attach the hose to the stem after removing the core. Make sure the air is out of the tube, Fill about 2"-3" of beads in the tub...
by Gonenorth
Sun Jun 28, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How do you Downshift?
Replies: 10
Views: 990

Re: How do you Downshift?

With a stock trans set-up, or with a Ruckstell, or a Warford or similar? Please specify.
by Gonenorth
Sun Jun 28, 2020 5:55 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 12 Volt Geared Starter
Replies: 9
Views: 880

Re: 12 Volt Geared Starter

If you have a hot soldering iron or mini-torch you can modify your existing starter for 12 volt operation pretty easily.
by Gonenorth
Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:24 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Starter rebuild
Replies: 4
Views: 538

Re: Starter rebuild

To start with, get the MTFCA electrical book. Lots of good info on starters and generators in there. I have rebuilt both generators and starters, and its actually kinda fun and educational. All the components you will need are available from the vendors. One thing I do is to replace the starter or g...
by Gonenorth
Wed Jun 24, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Engine Splash/Dust Pans: Yea or Nay?
Replies: 31
Views: 1957

Re: Engine Splash/Dust Pans: Yea or Nay?

Have them on my '26. No problems with cooling and I do believe it keeps some of the road dust and debris out of the engine compartment.
by Gonenorth
Wed Jun 24, 2020 6:27 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ford accessory Stop/Tail light parts ???
Replies: 11
Views: 1218

Re: Ford accessory Stop/Tail light parts ???

Looks like you are looking for parts for the accessory tail/stop for your 26 roadster? Those Ford dual function tail lights were similar to the 28/29 Model A commercial lights. You might want to contact Bratton's Model A Parts. They sell a Duolamp reproduction unit that is similar to your Ford unit....
by Gonenorth
Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 8 volt Batteries
Replies: 9
Views: 819

Re: 8 volt Batteries

This place might be able to help you find what you need: https://www.ledlight.com/
by Gonenorth
Tue Jun 16, 2020 7:55 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: VR or cutout
Replies: 15
Views: 1513

Re: VR or cutout

Bernd, You might want to consider switching to LED bulbs. I know they don't look "period", but their light output is exceptional and amp draw very low. I switched the halogen and regular bulbs out of my 26 Touring (headlights, courtesy light, dual function tail lights). When they are all on, they dr...
by Gonenorth
Thu Jun 11, 2020 6:48 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: VR or cutout
Replies: 15
Views: 1513

Re: VR or cutout

The biggest problem may be the availability of voltage regulators for the Model T generator. To my knowledge, they have been back ordered for some time and no real delivery date has been floated out there to date. In the mean time, 10-12 amps is set way too high for the generator output using a cuto...
by Gonenorth
Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Zajicek HC Head
Replies: 19
Views: 1795

Re: Zajicek HC Head

Had the Z head installed on my engine by the rebuilder. Ran it for two years and replaced in with the Prus head. Like this set up better. The Z head is on mt project engine now, but if that turns out well I will get another Prus head for that as well.
by Gonenorth
Tue May 26, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Halogen Tail Lites
Replies: 6
Views: 654

Re: Halogen Tail Lites

I had the dual function halogens in my 26 tail lights. Yeah, they were bright...but sucked up a ton of watts and amps. And yes, they were hot. I switched to dual function LED bulbs in the tails now and they are plenty bright, run much cooler, and use barely any wattage to operate. Switched out the h...
by Gonenorth
Wed May 20, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Harbor Freight jack stands
Replies: 28
Views: 2717

Re: Harbor Freight jack stands

This is part of the central issue with Chinese sourced products: inconsistent production practices and quality control. Yes, they do manufacture some pretty good stuff that is well built and reliable. But issues like infrequent tooling changes, lack of inspection, poor quality control practices, and...
by Gonenorth
Wed May 20, 2020 7:42 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Should I get a Model T or A?
Replies: 25
Views: 1992

Re: Should I get a Model T or A?

Find some A and T owners who are willing to teach (and let you test drive) both. Then go home and drive your folk's vehicle. Use that experience to make your initial decision. What those experiences teach you may help in defining exactly what you want in a vehicle. And, remember...no matter what you...
by Gonenorth
Thu May 14, 2020 7:54 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rebuilt generator
Replies: 11
Views: 1312

Re: Rebuilt generator

Certainly there are some pretty reputable vendors mentioned that do a great job of rebuilding and setting up a generator. But if you want to stay more local, look around for a shop that does electrical work on old tractors. Many of these folks understand 3rd brush generators and can do a credible re...
by Gonenorth
Thu Apr 30, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Use a torque wrench in difficult places
Replies: 8
Views: 1216

Re: Use a torque wrench in difficult places

I just use a crow's foot to get to the head bolts near the firewall. Same goes for most other tight places
by Gonenorth
Mon Apr 20, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Emergency brake as service brake
Replies: 19
Views: 1735

Re: Emergency brake as service brake

Have a '26 Touring. I installed the equalizer and set it up to engage the service brakes before the trans brakes activated as well. My impression: the whole set up was only marginally better than just using the trans brake. I experimented with different shoe linings as well. Again, not much differen...
by Gonenorth
Sun Apr 19, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Diferences between 26and27
Replies: 15
Views: 1638

Re: Diferences between 26and27

Probably need to have Donnie Brown weigh in here. He has done some research on the Improved Car models and has a pretty good handle on the various changes. His handle is "Dobro" on the forum. Contact him and see what he says.
by Gonenorth
Fri Apr 10, 2020 8:17 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Goodbye Old Friend - Tire Report.
Replies: 17
Views: 1861

Re: Goodbye Old Friend - Tire Report.

Bob, Check with some of your local tire centers or gas stations. My local guy has a newer variety of tire changer that grabs by the rim not the hub. He can and does change clincher as well as 21" tires. He's done of some of mine and I will never bother beating myself up for few bucks doing that again.
by Gonenorth
Sat Apr 04, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Newbie question about magneto
Replies: 21
Views: 1601

Re: Newbie question about magneto

Personally, I would pull the engine and pop the hogshead cover off. I know some guys will tell you to leave the engine in the care and pull the hogshead cover, but the 26 Model T is far from roomy up front. If you have a loose magnet down there on the flywheel and you don't deal with it, you will be...
by Gonenorth
Fri Apr 03, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A change of fuel on my road to Damascus
Replies: 17
Views: 1760

Re: A change of fuel on my road to Damascus

Yep! I have seen that on a few machines that have sat over the winter. The bad thing is that water can rust the heck out of metal fuel tanks. I even add Stabil 360 to non-oxygenized fuel if it sits for more than a month or so.
by Gonenorth
Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:34 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Water pump
Replies: 10
Views: 1116

Re: Water pump

I think a lot depends on your car and where you live. I know guys up here in near tundra that never run water pumps and don't use thermostats. Their cars run fine for them. My car runs cool and warms up too slowly without a thermostat (160 degree). On cooler days (70 degrees) without the thermostat,...
by Gonenorth
Fri Mar 06, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Signs of Spring
Replies: 19
Views: 2623

Re: Signs of Spring

Up here in the near tundra of northern WI winter persists, but there are some signs of spring. The lake has been rumbling underneath the ice. A sure sign the ice is beginning to weaken, the trumpeter swans have started to return to open water, and the piles of snow are gradually shrinking. Bears hav...
by Gonenorth
Sat Feb 29, 2020 7:28 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Running Board Tool Box on Ebay now.
Replies: 13
Views: 1976

Re: Running Board Tool Box on Ebay now.

Last box I bought at auction was in pretty much identical condition, but without all the stuff inside Paid $20. I watched a few folks look it over before the bidding started and didn't like the fact that "somebody drilled some holes in the bottom". Yep, heard 'em say that. I was the only bidder.
by Gonenorth
Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:37 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Michigan UP Tour Idea
Replies: 24
Views: 3127

Re: Michigan UP Tour Idea

Scheduling any outdoor event north of the hard winter line can get problematic in the Fall. Having lived in this part of the planet most of my life, I've learned that you have until roughly mid October before the temps fall off the edge. Usually we can count on "Indian Summer" sometime around Octobe...
by Gonenorth
Fri Feb 07, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1926 Dash board screws
Replies: 6
Views: 1109

Re: 1926 Dash board screws

You can get the screws at McMaster-Carr, Seems to me they are 1/4-20 oval head. Forget the length at the moment. Not real expensive.
by Gonenorth
Fri Feb 07, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved cars, actual first date of production?
Replies: 17
Views: 2273

Re: Improved cars, actual first date of production?

If your front axle doesn't match the model, don't be surprised. My 26 Tudor (early December 1925 build) had an earlier axle too. No, it wasn't factory. After crawling underneath and wiping the grime from the ball socket on the pan, it was pretty obvious at some point in its existence by the amount o...
by Gonenorth
Sat Feb 01, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Paint
Replies: 3
Views: 652

Re: Paint

Gloss black.
by Gonenorth
Sat Feb 01, 2020 7:50 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 26-27 accessory bumpers nickel or chrome?
Replies: 16
Views: 1918

Re: 26-27 accessory bumpers nickel or chrome?

I had long discussion with the plating guy I take my stuff to on the original processes used back in the day. He's also a car guy and a collector. He told me one of the major problems with the longevity of factory plated nickel parts is that most of those parts were "flash plated". The parts were cl...
by Gonenorth
Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: FRANK TAYLOR SCAM?
Replies: 6
Views: 1131

Re: FRANK TAYLOR SCAM?

I always have some fun with them and tell them it will take 10 business days to clear the check after deposit and then the funds will be available for the transaction. Strangely enough they don't like that idea.
by Gonenorth
Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1924 Roadster is it original or a restored?
Replies: 20
Views: 2250

Re: 1924 Roadster is it original or a restored?

Never seen a '24 engine painted Moleskin. Didn't get a real close look at the common sense fasteners, but they look chromed. Most of that type of vintage hardware I've seen has been nickel plated. Still, it looks like a nice car. But original...no.
by Gonenorth
Thu Jan 09, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: ...Holy switch, Batman!!!!!
Replies: 18
Views: 2034

Re: ...Holy switch, Batman!!!!!

The other advantage of using a solenoid is that you can connect connect an in-line fuse in a weather proof holder under the car bewteen the battery and the footswitch (from there connected to the ignition switch) and have an easy method to disable electrical system of the car. No more worries about ...
by Gonenorth
Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:29 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: ...Holy switch, Batman!!!!!
Replies: 18
Views: 2034

Re: ...Holy switch, Batman!!!!!

Easy way to determine if the starter has a dead short is to remove the positive cable connected to the starter and insulating it so its not grounded, then hitting the switch briefly. If nothing happens, then the starter probably has a dead short someplace. If the problem persists, check switch or wi...
by Gonenorth
Sat Dec 28, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Fordite Steering Wheel
Replies: 6
Views: 1152

Re: Fordite Steering Wheel

I have followed Dan's routine, and then use successive coats of semi-gloss water based poly. Seals up the Fordite and leaves it with a nice, but not too shiny finish.
by Gonenorth
Sun Dec 08, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: sinking cork
Replies: 7
Views: 1052

Re: sinking cork

Got news for you...those black floats are made of a material called "nitrophyl" . Notice they are listed as "alcohol resistant", not alcohol proof. They too will absorb fuel and get heavy over a fairly short time. And it happens with non-oxygenated fuels as well. Had lots of trouble with them in var...
by Gonenorth
Thu Nov 21, 2019 6:47 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: generator problems must be contagious
Replies: 3
Views: 756

Re: generator problems must be contagious

What I have found is that if you find a place that knows how to repair older tractor electrical systems, there's a pretty good chance they understand the Model T's three brush system. Establishments that deal only with modern automotive electrical systems rarely have a clue how to deal with generato...
by Gonenorth
Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Oil Leak coming from weep hole in starter
Replies: 3
Views: 851

Re: Oil Leak coming from weep hole in starter

The shaft bushing is worn and needs replacement. The vendors sell a bushing kit that includes an oil seal that is pressed into the nose cone that stops oil leaks well.

https://www.modeltford.com/item/5105SK.aspx
by Gonenorth
Sun Nov 17, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: ***1926-1927 Cowl Mounted Fuel Tank***
Replies: 24
Views: 2813

Re: ***1926-1927 Cowl Mounted Fuel Tank***

Dan, Thanks! Your memory is a whole lot better than mine. I have no explanation for the differences but only having one part number either. All I can tell you from experience is the tanks aren't interchangeable.
by Gonenorth
Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: ***1926-1927 Cowl Mounted Fuel Tank***
Replies: 24
Views: 2813

Re: ***1926-1927 Cowl Mounted Fuel Tank***

Martynn, Excellent work! I have always admired your ability to work with complex software and generate those drawings. One thing that I can add is that there are two different tanks I have run across. The '26 Improved Car fuel tanks from the Touring and Tudor models are not interchangeable. The slop...
by Gonenorth
Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:04 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How cold do you drive?
Replies: 69
Views: 7021

Re: How cold do you drive?

Coldest drive yet:43 degrees. Not much fun. The biggest challenge up here isn't necessarily the cold, its road salt. Not willing to subject my T to that so it goes into storage in late October and doesn't emerge until late April.
by Gonenorth
Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Buying on Craig's List
Replies: 69
Views: 8295

Re: Buying on Craig's List

Don't do it!! Unless you have someone there on-site where the car resides that knows Model T's and you trust to handle a cash transaction, avoid. Craigslist is full of scammers and swindlers. I bought my first Model T off a Craigslist ad, but I went there cash in hand, personally inspected the car, ...
by Gonenorth
Sun Oct 06, 2019 7:00 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is a water pump necessary?
Replies: 39
Views: 4254

Re: Is a water pump necessary?

Yes! I have a water pump. Last I looked, its laying in a pile of crap someplace in the back of my garage. My car runs fine without it.
by Gonenorth
Sun Oct 06, 2019 6:54 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What type of grease do you use in your bearings?
Replies: 9
Views: 1375

Re: What type of grease do you use in your bearings?

I put red high temp wheel bearing grease in the front bearings, but I hand pack those. Most of my other grease cups have zerks in them, so I just use synthetic marine wheel bearing grease in there...since that's what I keep in the grease gun and have plenty of tubes of it on hand.
by Gonenorth
Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Cold weather storage tips please
Replies: 14
Views: 2019

Re: Cold weather storage tips please

I'm way far north of most folks. My car stays in an unheated garage from roughly mid-October until it emerges in mid-April. I make a habit of draining the fuel from the entire fuel system. Just put it in my truck and use it up. I too put the car upon jack stands and take the air pressure down to 10 ...
by Gonenorth
Sat Sep 21, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ford primer color
Replies: 11
Views: 2040

Re: Ford primer color

I have an early '26 Tudor that was a December 1925 production unit. The car went through a couple really bad "restorations" on the exterior, but not on the interior (other than seat upholstery). After removing the interior panels I discovered the car has the original rack numbers chalked on the insi...
by Gonenorth
Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 6 VOLT STARTING PROBLEM.
Replies: 4
Views: 932

Re: 6 VOLT STARTING PROBLEM.

If your connections are good, consider an Optima Red top 6v battery next time you need one. Yes, they cost more...but they last longer and have 800 CCA. Most 6v batteries have 600 CCA. Those extra cold cranking amps really roll it over.
by Gonenorth
Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 12 volt Question
Replies: 22
Views: 2717

Re: 12 volt Question

Yep! That's how you do it. Takes one heck of a hot soldering iron to get good connections. Its kinda of a headache, but it will be much nicer on your starter. I have lots of friends who have 12 volt system on their cars. They claim not to have issues with their bendix components. However I am stayin...
by Gonenorth
Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: LED Headlights
Replies: 34
Views: 4950

Re: LED Headlights

Anybody find and use some LED brake/tail bulbs that work well in daylight? Have a set of single socket/dual pin tails (original tail lights) for the Tudor. In the Touring I have a split function tail light (separate sockets for tail and brake light bulbs). Would like to upgrade those to LED as well....
by Gonenorth
Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Why great cars don't sell?
Replies: 34
Views: 4674

Re: Why great cars don't sell?

I'm not sure the demand is there any more. From the pages of Econ 101: demand and availability determines price. At every price there is a buyer; fewer at higher prices, more at lesser prices. Several years ago when I was looking for my first Model T I went over to a place that advertised classic ca...
by Gonenorth
Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Generator Rebuild
Replies: 8
Views: 1463

Re: Generator Rebuild

Outside of the recommendations already listed, you might want to ask around if there's a long established electrical shop that does lots of old tractor work. I found one under an hour's drive from me that was familiar with Model T generators, starters, and bolt on magnetos/distributors. The old gent...
by Gonenorth
Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Found Inside a Coil
Replies: 5
Views: 1452

Re: Found Inside a Coil

You can sure tell penmanship was still taught in schools back then.
by Gonenorth
Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Question on Oil Fill Timers...
Replies: 21
Views: 2684

Re: Question on Oil Fill Timers...

Art are you talking (or writing) about the cam gear cover that has the oil filler cap, or the timer cover itself? Might be able to help if I can figure out exactly what you want.
by Gonenorth
Wed Jul 24, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Stale gasoline disposal
Replies: 18
Views: 2573

Re: Stale gasoline disposal

I you are in an area where its allowed, stale gas is great for burning brush piles. I use it as a cleaner too. Then it goes to the brush pile!
by Gonenorth
Sat Jul 20, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Iola, adios.
Replies: 7
Views: 2260

Re: Iola, adios.

My impression of Iola pretty much mirror's Steve's: it was a lot of walking for darn little benefit. I saw very few pre-war parts and little that interested me as a Model T guy. The admission price isn't a big deal for me, but the lack of parts is. Unless I get interested in muscle cars and custom b...
by Gonenorth
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Interesting article on ZDDP in oil
Replies: 3
Views: 1030

Re: Interesting article on ZDDP in oil

Longtime Amsoil customer here: I don't see much if any benefits of using zddp in Model T oils aside from break-in. My rebuilder gave me a vial of it to add to my conventional oil for break-in. My engine broke-in at about 90 miles. You could tell: the engine temp dropped about 20 degrees once the rin...
by Gonenorth
Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Northern ILL to KY or TN...?
Replies: 13
Views: 2071

Re: Northern ILL to KY or TN...?

Did you talk Bob's about securing it to a pallet and shipping via Fastenall? Rockford is a pretty good sized town so there has to be one fairly close to Loves Park.
by Gonenorth
Sat Jul 06, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 6 volt battery dilemma
Replies: 21
Views: 2919

Re: 6 volt battery dilemma

Got an Optima Red Top 6 volt battery three years ago. No checking electrolyte...ever. Has more CCA than any farm store battery. They are not cheap. But in this case you get what you pay for.
by Gonenorth
Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Some reassembly required
Replies: 10
Views: 2674

Re: Some reassembly required

Steve, you will love the SCAT crank. Engine runs smoother and no more worries about participating in the two-piece lottery.
by Gonenorth
Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Coolant in thermosiphon systems
Replies: 22
Views: 3057

Re: Coolant in thremosiphon systems

Tim, You're right on Lake Superior. Just use some of that water. That lake hardly ever freezes.
by Gonenorth
Sun Jun 23, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Changing to a H/C Head, The Basics?
Replies: 11
Views: 2220

Re: Changing to a H/C Head, The Basics?

Had the Prus head on my car for going on 4 years. Had a z head before. Prus head is a noticeable difference. I run the timing advanced about half way through the quadrant in town or just putting down country roads. But if the speed builds up to around 25 mph, I advance fully to almost within a few c...
by Gonenorth
Sun Jun 23, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Coolant in thermosiphon systems
Replies: 22
Views: 3057

Re: Coolant in thremosiphon systems

I run mine closer to 40/60% antifreeze adjusted to -47. Yep! It can get darn cold up here in the tundra. And "no", I don't drive it in the winter. It lives in an unheated garage from mid-October until mid-April. I have a good flat tube radiator and the car never overheats even when we get into the o...
by Gonenorth
Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:07 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: recommendation on 6 volt battery purchase
Replies: 17
Views: 2660

Re: recommendation on 6 volt battery purchase

Looks like a standard tractor battery. I have never gotten any more than three years out of them. Cells seem prone to shorting out. Paid up for a Optima Red Top 6 volt sealed battery. End of issues. And at 850 CCA as opposed to most other farm batteries 600 CCA, it rolls the engine over faster and i...
by Gonenorth
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How much time have you got ??
Replies: 23
Views: 3660

Re: How much time have you got ??

Lots of times it comes down to priorities. For some folks Model T's are the passion of their lives. For me its more of an interest. If I have wood to cut, house chores to accomplish, or other obligations, I don't feel bad if the Model T stays in the garage. I have one driver and another "project" ca...
by Gonenorth
Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: T for sale
Replies: 8
Views: 2663

Re: T for sale

Well, to start with its not "very original". And I agree, the price is questionable.
by Gonenorth
Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Best oil, I’m almost afraid to ask...
Replies: 43
Views: 4816

Re: Best oil, I’m almost afraid to ask...

There really is no "best" oil for your Model T. Its more a question of preference, and some oils containing friction reducers should probably be avoided. Any good quality multi-grade or straight grade (in warmer temps) will work fine. Yes, detergent oils are better than non-detergent oils particular...
by Gonenorth
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Carburetor air leak?
Replies: 3
Views: 1025

Re: Carburetor air leak?

Had that problem as well until I had Russ Potter rebuild my NH. Trying to get a good consistent idle was constant challenge. Set it, idled OK. Drive down the road and stop...idle off and car runs rough. Also seemed like I was always adjusting the mix while driving as well. Under light throttle it ha...
by Gonenorth
Fri Jun 07, 2019 6:54 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: slow cranking starter
Replies: 18
Views: 2910

Re: slow cranking starter

Most of the "original" starters I have been into are full of oil and grime. Doesn't take much wear on the shaft bushings or clogging of the weep hole in the nose cone to allow oil to migrate into the starter itself. Just as a matter of routine maintenance, I always take an unknown starter apart, cle...
by Gonenorth
Thu May 30, 2019 7:03 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Do you register your old plates?
Replies: 29
Views: 3759

Re: Do you register your old plates?

Jim, Sr. just pointed out one issue with WI plates. You can display YOM plates as long as the other ones are in possession in the vehicle someplace. But you are restricted to operation of the vehicle by the type of plate you purchase. The antique plates do come with restrictions, most of the old car...
by Gonenorth
Mon May 27, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Starter wants to fall off
Replies: 10
Views: 1919

Re: Starter wants to fall off

If lock washers don't do the trick, clean the threads out and use some blue locktite. But first check your bolts for correct size and thread pattern. I have picked up several at my local hardware store that have varied from batch to batch they have received. Take an original (if you have one) and ma...
by Gonenorth
Sat May 18, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What timer do you use
Replies: 43
Views: 5370

Re: What timer do you use

I'm in the TW camp as well. Just take it off and blow the little bit of carbon dust out of there once a year. Been four year of great service out of it and I have yet to experience a problem with it. Just have to remember to keep that little wire that keeps the brush in its holder so you can install...
by Gonenorth
Mon May 13, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: '27 Radiator Apron
Replies: 14
Views: 2579

Re: '27 Radiator Apron

George, I can tell you for a fact that the tapped hole was there earlier than '27 model year cars. My '26 Tudor was assembled in early December 1925 and it has the tapped hole present in the front mount and in the apron. Don't know about 1925 model year cars though.
by Gonenorth
Sat May 11, 2019 7:10 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: DeWALT Generator tester
Replies: 3
Views: 915

Re: DeWALT Generator tester

That's a cool idea!! Been looking for a way to test and set generators up for long time with out having to make a special set-up.
by Gonenorth
Fri May 10, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Lubricants, what do you use?
Replies: 21
Views: 2904

Re: Lubricants, what do you use?

OOPS! Change that to "a whole lot shorter". Too early, need more coffee.
by Gonenorth
Fri May 10, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Lubricants, what do you use?
Replies: 21
Views: 2904

Re: Lubricants, what do you use?

I think the list of what you shouldn't use is a whole lot longer than what you can use. Mostly it comes down to preference. I use full synthetic lubricants and oils, mostly because I get them at wholesale prices. So there isn't much difference between those and regular mineral oils for me. Also help...
by Gonenorth
Wed May 01, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Sta-Bil or Seafoam?
Replies: 17
Views: 2834

Re: Sta-Bil or Seafoam?

I have tried Seafoam and Stabil. Seafoam never seemed to do a great deal except maybe clean the carb some. I always thought the red Stabil was fine with the old gasoline formulations prior to oxygenated fuels, but is useless with them now. We've had better luck with the Marine Stabil keeping moistur...
by Gonenorth
Sun Apr 28, 2019 7:43 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Trailer update
Replies: 4
Views: 1420

Re: Trailer update

I bought a 5K winch for my trailer as well, however I haven't even installed it. With the Ruckstell in low and the trans in Ford low, the car barely creeps up the ramp. Same with backing it out. I suspect a Warford would give you the same results. I can see how it could get a little scary without ei...
by Gonenorth
Sun Apr 28, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Need Advice on Taking My Car into Canada
Replies: 25
Views: 3319

Re: Need Advice on Taking My Car into Canada

Been back and forth across the border more times than I can count. Most went smooth, some didn't. One time I got detained at the border and ultimately turned around when (being honest) I told the Canadian border folks I was going up fishing for a few days and helping my friend who owned the fishing ...
by Gonenorth
Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:22 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Blasphemy - oiler versus zerk
Replies: 8
Views: 1633

Re: Blasphemy - oiler versus zerk

When I rebuilt the springs and components of my 26, I replaced pretty much all the grease-able shackles and king pins, tie rod ends, etc. All of them seemed in pretty good shape and I kept the old components. I don't mind periodically oiling the stuff that needs is regularly. Where I did use zerks w...
by Gonenorth
Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:03 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Another E-10 experience
Replies: 21
Views: 3234

Re: Another E-10 experience

My rule of thumb is to never let E-10 sit any more than about 60 days in anything without running it. Seems to phase separate after that. I have used Marine Stabil to keep that from happening for a few months, but I never leave fuel of any sort in any vehicle or equipment beyond that. Where it's pos...
by Gonenorth
Sun Mar 17, 2019 6:40 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Coolant Recommendation
Replies: 45
Views: 6634

Re: Coolant Recommendation

Probably helps to know what is in your tap water. Some tap water has a high dissolved mineral content from lime deposits or iron, along with a bunch of other noxious stuff. If you don't know, most county health dept's have simple water test kits available for a few dollars that can help you answer t...
by Gonenorth
Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Coolant Recommendation
Replies: 45
Views: 6634

Re: Coolant Recommendation

I get Conventional Green IAT at Orielly Auto. Always get the straight stuff. I mix mine stiffer than most folks at -47. Yeah, its gets cold up here. Sometimes really cold. I know some guys mix in a coolant booster of some brand or another. I prefer Amsoil Coolant Booster (mostly because I can get it...