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by Derek Kiefer
Tue Feb 23, 2021 2:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The one that got away
Replies: 3
Views: 660

Re: The one that got away

I was 11 years old when I went to the MTFCI Clear Lake, IA tour, and for my first time saw a loud, low, fast, red boattail speedster. I fell in love with that car and have wanted one ever since. In 2013, the car was listed for sale in the MTFCI magazine. I couldn't take off work, and was arranging t...
by Derek Kiefer
Thu Dec 31, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1909: How red was red?
Replies: 14
Views: 1383

Re: 1909: How red was red?

Old photos of fire engines usually look black also, but we know they weren't.
by Derek Kiefer
Thu Dec 17, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Can anyone help me identify this eingine?
Replies: 11
Views: 799

Re: Can anyone help me identify this eingine?

Jonah D'Avella wrote:
Thu Dec 17, 2020 4:14 pm
Beside it it says 3 25 16 i think
You're missing one digit on your serial number. March 1916 is should put it in the 1.1 million range.
by Derek Kiefer
Wed Oct 28, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Can someone tell me about these wheels?
Replies: 16
Views: 1376

Re: Can someone tell me about these wheels?

I have the same wheels on my '25 Touring.
Most would never notice that they are Chevrolet wheels.
by Derek Kiefer
Wed Oct 21, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Frontenac project
Replies: 7
Views: 818

Re: Frontenac project

Sold already. My mouse was hovering over the Buy it Now button several times, but I didn't pull the trigger.
by Derek Kiefer
Tue Sep 29, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Talk about speedsters please
Replies: 36
Views: 3610

Re: Talk about speedsters please

There's a Bugatti replica fiberglass body on an "A" chassis for sale in the Facebook group "Speedsters & Pre-War Racing Cars Only"
It's a private group, so I can't share it here unfortunately. Is he still looking for a body?
by Derek Kiefer
Fri Aug 07, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: So why so little interest?
Replies: 39
Views: 5031

Re: So why so little interest?

As long as the cars exist, someone will have to own them... If there's no interest at current prices, they'll get really cheap and a new generation will find that there's cheap fun to be had, maybe as a novelty at first, but may grow into a passion. The hobby isn't going away in my opinion.
by Derek Kiefer
Tue Aug 04, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: BEN SNYDER'S #220
Replies: 21
Views: 3094

Re: BEN SNYDER'S #220

The first picture also has a 2-piece firewall and what appears to be the longer Torpedo hood.

I agree it has 1-piece spindles, but arguably, some of the earliest '11 Torpedos should have had them.
by Derek Kiefer
Thu Jul 30, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: BEN SNYDER'S #220
Replies: 21
Views: 3094

Re: BEN SNYDER'S #220

Looks like an '11 Torpedo in that picture.
by Derek Kiefer
Mon Jun 15, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Minnesota Swap meet
Replies: 12
Views: 2051

Re: Minnesota Swap meet

Looking forward to it!
by Derek Kiefer
Thu Apr 09, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Gilmore Museum
Replies: 3
Views: 1047

Re: Gilmore Museum

My phone pops up a notification every day to show me pictures I took on that date in previous years.
Today it reminded me I went to Gilmore exactly 2 years ago. :)
by Derek Kiefer
Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Build Date?
Replies: 23
Views: 4212

Re: Build Date?

title correction was easy in Minnesota when my 1925 was titled as a 1924, and again when my '55 Chevy had a "5" in the VIN where it was actually an "S" The T was done when I transferred it in my name with just a printed page from the MTFCA encyclopedia as proof of the year-error. (May 1925 serial nu...
by Derek Kiefer
Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What is this ??
Replies: 57
Views: 7293

Re: What is this ??

Take this seriously, a magnet coming apart will do a LOT of damage.
by Derek Kiefer
Fri Nov 22, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old photos - stripping a wrecked 1914 T
Replies: 18
Views: 3105

Re: Old photos - stripping a wrecked 1914 T

It looks like a 1913 to me, judging by the doors.
by Derek Kiefer
Thu Oct 31, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Am I right to be upset? Children in old cars
Replies: 75
Views: 9330

Re: Am I right to be upset? Children in old cars

My response to that would not be appropriate for this forum.
by Derek Kiefer
Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Snowmobile chassis for sale at Hershey???
Replies: 8
Views: 1877

Re: Snowmobile chassis for sale at Hershey???

Did anyone take a picture from the rear? I'm curious what holds the rear TT axle in place, and if all the car's weight is suspended on the center axle???
by Derek Kiefer
Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Camerons 18th annual swap meet
Replies: 4
Views: 1459

Re: Camerons 18th annual swap meet

Looking forward to it. 8-)
by Derek Kiefer
Tue Oct 22, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: 0 To 60 or 60 To 0. That Is The Question
Replies: 8
Views: 1737

Re: 0 To 60 or 60 To 0. That Is The Question

It took my Model T 92 years to reach 60mph.
by Derek Kiefer
Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Chickasha's Last Hurrah
Replies: 45
Views: 6140

Re: Chickasha's Last Hurrah

I'm undecided, but hearing that registrations are way up makes it more appealing. :)
by Derek Kiefer
Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Younger Members
Replies: 21
Views: 3556

Re: Younger Members

I'm 36, bought my first T at 17, and have been attending T events since I was 10. I'm married and have 3 young boys of my own now. I am also into 50s classics, 60s musclecars, and modern performance cars as well. I build, drive, race, and enjoy cars of all types. T club events are the most kid-frien...
by Derek Kiefer
Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Steering Quickener
Replies: 14
Views: 2787

Re: Steering Quickener

Yes, these quickeners CAN be installed backwards to slow the ratio. 1.5:1 installed backwards behind a 4:1 would make it 6:1, or forwards would be 2.66:1 ratio. This is the input/output ratio of the steering wheel and steering shaft, not the actual measurement of how much the wheels turn (pitman arm...
by Derek Kiefer
Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: ID & Price? Frame, fenders, running boards and splash guards
Replies: 11
Views: 1996

Re: ID & Price? Frame, fenders, running boards and splash guards

The "bulged" splash aprons are not accurately reproduced, so those would have some value. I'm not sure how much though.
by Derek Kiefer
Mon Aug 26, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Why great cars don't sell?
Replies: 34
Views: 5400

Re: Why great cars don't sell?

There are a lot of better cars, more practical cars, faster cars, safer cars, more comfortable cars, easier cars to maintain, and cars that you can just do more things with than a Model T. It's completely irrational and irresponsible to own and drive one. If that rare person who is crazy enough to w...
by Derek Kiefer
Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved car front axle
Replies: 11
Views: 2512

Re: Improved car front axle

I have several axles with 26-27 spindles and none of them had the dip.

I had a 27 roadster, which DID have the dip in the axle.
by Derek Kiefer
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Winfield SR vs Zenith S4BF
Replies: 17
Views: 2851

Re: Winfield SR vs Zenith S4BF

What do you have for exhaust?

My T has balanced crank, Z-head, 290 cam, etc. Top speed with the NH was 52mph. I put a Winfield 4H on a high-volume manifold, and went no better than 52mph... After I accidentally blew the muffler apart, I went 57mph with a bit more left in it! :o
by Derek Kiefer
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: What have you done on an old non-Model T vehicle.
Replies: 178
Views: 29845

Re: What have you done on an old non-Model T vehicle.

This probably won't be the most popular thing on this forum, but I stuffed some modern tech in a 50 year old car and have been driving it to its limits. EFI 383ci LS1 stroker made 434hp/449ft-lbs to the rear wheels. Lots of suspension upgrades, big brakes, and sticky tires make it handle quite well,...
by Derek Kiefer
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Ford's future - “reconceptualize” the company’s vehicle lineup
Replies: 43
Views: 5980

Re: Ford's future - “reconceptualize” the company’s vehicle lineup

Tom Hicks wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:52 pm
I find that modern cars are nothing but boring to drive.
You just haven't driven the right modern car then... ;)

There are some seriously fun cars being built today if you beat them hard enough. :lol:
by Derek Kiefer
Fri Jun 28, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old Photos - Looking for ID's
Replies: 17
Views: 3162

Re: Old Photos - Looking for ID's

The 10-spoke front wheels on the first picture make me think Cadillac
by Derek Kiefer
Tue Jun 18, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: OLD PHOTO - Down home
Replies: 25
Views: 4707

Re: OLD PHOTO - Down home

otrcman wrote:
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:36 am
Every time I open this picture my eyes go to that tree stump in the middle of the yard. Why did they cut it down ? Was is hit by lightning ? Did it die ? Roots in the cistern ?
My guess is it's the chopping block where they lopped the heads off of chickens.
by Derek Kiefer
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Battery Lifting / Removal Methods
Replies: 36
Views: 5992

Re: Battery Lifting / Removal Methods

When I had a '27 roadster, I put one of my kids in the trunk to guide it while I pushed up from the bottom. :lol:
by Derek Kiefer
Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: New Ford Movie
Replies: 3
Views: 1287

Re: New Ford Movie

It's the classic Goliath beats David story... wait, what???
by Derek Kiefer
Fri May 17, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old Photo-What happened?
Replies: 11
Views: 2819

Re: Old Photo-What happened?

I'd say fire, since all the wood, tops, and other soft-parts appear to be missing from all the cars. The only thing that seems out of place is that the tires are still somewhat intact.
by Derek Kiefer
Wed May 15, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Ford's future - “reconceptualize” the company’s vehicle lineup
Replies: 43
Views: 5980

Re: Ford's future - “reconceptualize” the company’s vehicle lineup

Is there anyone who believes this tripe Not me, not even a little bit. :roll: New cars do everything better than old ones. There are some turds today as there always have been, but by and large, cars today are much better than they ever were. Old cars look good and are fun to drive, but that's wher...
by Derek Kiefer
Wed May 08, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Overhead Cylinder Head Repro
Replies: 4
Views: 1557

Re: Overhead Cylinder Head Repro

I believe you are talking about Dave Szumowski's version, rather than Mark Chaffin's.

Dave built a beautiful DOHC powered Model T speedster.
by Derek Kiefer
Mon May 06, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Cars and Coffee
Replies: 35
Views: 4108

Re: Cars and Coffee

Looking at shiny cars might not be everyone's idea of fun, but it looks like a lot more fun than sitting around complaining about how others enjoy their day on the internet...
by Derek Kiefer
Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 50 worst cars of all time?
Replies: 26
Views: 4844

Re: 50 worst cars of all time?

The goal of many writers today is no longer journalism, but to sell advertising. Controversy is a quick and easy way to get the attention needed to get people to click on a garbage article, and boost those "page view" numbers in order to sell more ads. Politicizing it in a way to get people to argue...
by Derek Kiefer
Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Neat Photo
Replies: 11
Views: 3153

Re: Neat Photo

The encyclopedia lists production at 1415 Town Cars produced in fiscal 1913
http://www.mtfca.com/encyclo/1913.htm

I don't know how accurate those numbers are, however, as it lists 0 in 1915, yet there are known original 1915s that still exist.
by Derek Kiefer
Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Faultless or Bulldog Race - Bit of a Long Shot
Replies: 17
Views: 3630

Re: Faultless or Bulldog Race - Bit of a Long Shot

A nice original just sold in Illinois about a month ago. Sadly, I saw the ad too late as it had already been sold.
by Derek Kiefer
Sun Apr 21, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Financing a Model T
Replies: 23
Views: 4326

Re: Financing a Model T

I wanted a $20k tractor and only had $10k liquid, but the banks wouldn't finance a tractor. I borrowed against my modern truck which was paid off a few months earlier. 3 year loan was financed at 2.9% for an auto loan compared to something like 8% for a personal loan, and completely hassle free unli...
by Derek Kiefer
Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT. Funny Ford car ad. Best of craigslist nominee.
Replies: 5
Views: 1451

Re: OT. Funny Ford car ad. Best of craigslist nominee.

Just spill a little gear-oil in the affected areas, if pee and vomit smells bother you. :lol:
by Derek Kiefer
Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Restamping engine numbers
Replies: 29
Views: 6586

Re: Restamping engine numbers

Anything other than a proper Model T serial number stamped on the block would be a red-flag for me as a buyer. Maybe not a deal-breaker, but definitely a red-flag. Incorrect stampings, made-up body tags, and other home-made identifications that are obviously not original all create a question of val...
by Derek Kiefer
Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Obese, hell I didn't even think I was overweight
Replies: 81
Views: 11506

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

According to that calculator, my weight is fine but I'm 5" too short!
by Derek Kiefer
Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Restamping engine numbers
Replies: 29
Views: 6586

Re: Restamping engine numbers

Owning a set of number stamps makes for a lot less hassle when dealing with incompetent bureaucrats...
by Derek Kiefer
Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Which N-series Tractor
Replies: 15
Views: 2873

Re: Which N-series Tractor

Wayne,
The 48 and 51 models would both be 8N models
The '54 would be an NAA, which is the same tractor as the '53 Jubilee except the big round badge above the grille didn't have the "Golden Jubilee Model 1903 - 1953" writing on it.
by Derek Kiefer
Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T swapmeet.
Replies: 18
Views: 4689

Re: Model T swapmeet.

I will be there for a little bit early, but can't stay long.
by Derek Kiefer
Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Identifying Build Year
Replies: 14
Views: 2828

Re: Identifying Build Year

Everything from the front doors forward appears to be 1925 based on the equal-length door hinges, high cowl, tall radiator, radiator apron, and the shape of the front fenders where they meet the apron. (wheels and windshield excluded)
by Derek Kiefer
Tue Apr 02, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 65 MPH stock Model T!!!
Replies: 14
Views: 3730

Re: 65 MPH stock Model T!!!

Now that April Fools is over, everything on the internet is true again. With my 1925 Touring, I managed to tickle 60mph (GPS verified) with it for the first time in 2017, so I like to tell people that its 0-60 time is 92 years. :lol: I have been 140mph on a race track in a modern car, and 60mph in t...
by Derek Kiefer
Fri Mar 29, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: MTFCA Magazine Article on 50 mph...
Replies: 53
Views: 8174

Re: MTFCA Magazine Article on 50 mph...

1900rpm is only 46mph. That's no problem at all with a balanced crank and professionally built engine. Still very smooth and quiet at that point, and not laboring the engine at all. Mine is smoother and quieter at that speed than a stock unbalanced T engine at 35mph. Mine starts to run a little hott...
by Derek Kiefer
Thu Mar 28, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: MTFCA Magazine Article on 50 mph...
Replies: 53
Views: 8174

Re: MTFCA Magazine Article on 50 mph...

I'd argue that going 50mph on an open 2-lane highway (where traffic runs 60+) is no more dangerous than the risk of getting run over from behind while going 30mph on that same highway.
by Derek Kiefer
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: What's legal in the USA?
Replies: 7
Views: 2109

Re: What's legal in the USA?

It's only illegal if you get caught. ;)
by Derek Kiefer
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Towing a trailor?
Replies: 11
Views: 2704

Re: Towing a trailor?

I'd do a lot of things that many people wouldn't recommend... but I wouldn't do that with stock T brakes!
by Derek Kiefer
Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Thursday at Chickasha?
Replies: 28
Views: 6380

Re: Thursday at Chickasha?

I have always sold more before noon on Thursday than the rest of the weekend combined.

Unfortunately, I won't be coming this year.