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by ArthurB
Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Which shim to use?
Replies: 2
Views: 75

Re: Which shim to use?

Thanks Norman, I've been following the Chaffin book and the Fun Projects instructions. I've reached the point where Chaffin says I can use a shim under the ring gear or the "more primitive" solution of a thrust plate shim. He mentions the thrust plate shim will shift the entire assembly to the right...
by ArthurB
Mon Feb 17, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Which shim to use?
Replies: 2
Views: 75

Which shim to use?

I am adjusting the pinion gear lash. I'm trying to choose between a thrust plate shim and ring gear shim. It seems to me the ring gear shim will only change the pinion gear lash. What makes my head hurt is trying to figure out what the thrust plate shim will change. Will it change the axle to axle c...
by ArthurB
Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hyatt bearings stuffed with hair?
Replies: 13
Views: 985

Re: Hyatt bearings stuffed with hair?

I had the same suspicion as 67pontiac that some bearings were actually intentionally manufactured with felt in the rollers for some perceived benefit. The felt was so dense and uniform that it's hard to imagine how it infiltrated the roller. But the fact that none of you has come up with any documen...
by ArthurB
Thu Feb 06, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Differential case collar repair
Replies: 3
Views: 358

Differential case collar repair

I went to start reassembling my axle for a test fit and realize I failed to measure one thing: the outer collar on the left half differential shell, which keeps the steel washer and thrust washer centered, is badly worn. It's cone shaped where the old babbitt washer was, at least 1/16 if not 1/8 und...
by ArthurB
Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hyatt bearings stuffed with hair?
Replies: 13
Views: 985

Re: Hyatt bearings stuffed with hair?

Felt axle seals-- that makes sense. This stuff looks like felt put in a blender. Thanks for solving the mystery. I use modern seals so I forgot there used to be felt in there.
by ArthurB
Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hyatt bearings stuffed with hair?
Replies: 13
Views: 985

Hyatt bearings stuffed with hair?

I've been sorting through a pile of Hyatt bearings to rebuild my axle. One of the bearings I chose with good looking/ within spec rollers is presenting an unusual problem. When I went to clean it I discovered the rollers are stuffed with hard old grease and some sort of coarse, short fiber. I've bee...
by ArthurB
Mon Dec 16, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Drive Shaft Bushing bore
Replies: 4
Views: 298

Re: Drive Shaft Bushing bore

Thanks guys, that makes a lot of sense. I am using the modeltfordfix article (https://modeltfordfix.com/rebuilding-the-drive-shaft/) and the Glen Chaffin front and rear axle booklet as a reference. I just double checked but I don't see any mention in either source about aligning the groove for the g...
by ArthurB
Mon Dec 16, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Drive Shaft Bushing bore
Replies: 4
Views: 298

Drive Shaft Bushing bore

I bought a new brass drive shaft bushing. It has a shallow groove machined in it that runs 90% of the length of the bore. What's the purpose of this groove?
by ArthurB
Sat Dec 14, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Snow-T
Replies: 4
Views: 622

Snow-T

Thought you folks would enjoy this 1926 T with the snow track. This was displayed at WAAAM today. They recently got it running with a Ruxstell and are now waiting for some snow to see how it handles.
IMG_4566.jpg
by ArthurB
Sat Nov 09, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Installing a 1926 Radiator.
Replies: 11
Views: 720

Re: Installing a 1926 Radiator.

Mike, I did this recently on my 1927. If you preload the bottom spring by putting flat stock or washers between the frame and the bottom of the stud, the job is much easier. Otherwise you may not have enough thread showing at the top to start tightening down the nut at the top.
by ArthurB
Sat Nov 09, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vintage Cupholders?
Replies: 25
Views: 1704

Vintage Cupholders?

Now that my 1927-ish Roadster is operable I've taken to driving a mile or so down the Columbia River Highway every Saturday to get a bowl of soup and Thai tea at my favorite food cart. It's remarkably hard to get back uphill to my house without spilling the tea. I've thought about installing a cup h...
by ArthurB
Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Adjustable Drive Shaft Bearing Assembly choices
Replies: 10
Views: 751

Re: Adjustable Drive Shaft Bearing Assembly choices

Thanks for sharing your experiences. I'll note that everyone is happy with the choice they made. I hope that means this is a relatively low-risk project. I'm eager to tear open the drive shaft and rear axle to see what I have, but I'm trying to squeeze in a few more nice drives before the rains star...
by ArthurB
Tue Oct 01, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Adjustable Drive Shaft Bearing Assembly choices
Replies: 10
Views: 751

Adjustable Drive Shaft Bearing Assembly choices

I'm preparing to overhaul my drive shaft, with the expectation of installing an adjustable modern drive shaft bearing assembly unless everything is miraculously in spec. It looks like there might be a few different choices between the different vendors, or maybe they just have different pictures of ...
by ArthurB
Sat Sep 21, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Aluminum foil= Snipe hunt?
Replies: 6
Views: 710

Aluminum foil= Snipe hunt?

I have a little bubbling around 3 of my spark plugs, so I figured I would give the "aluminum foil" trick a try as some here recommended. Easier said than done! How do you get the foil to stay in place as you screw in the plug? I cut a strip of heavy foil and wrapped clockwise. First, since the plug ...
by ArthurB
Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How many cups of grease does it take...
Replies: 32
Views: 2258

Re: How many cups of grease does it take...

I can verify Adam's comment about some of the grease working its way into the transmission. I pumped away at my zerk fitting, never seeing any grease come out of the U-joint cover. Next time I opened the transmission cover plate I found what I first thought was a dead mouse in the screen. It was a b...
by ArthurB
Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Headlamp alignment
Replies: 0
Views: 240

Headlamp alignment

I'm getting ready to align my headlamps per the Ford Service manual, but before I make the up/down adjustment I notice the lenses on both lamps seem to be tilted top outward from the centerline by 5 degrees. In other words the lines in the glass lenses are 5 degrees off of vertical (in opposite dire...
by ArthurB
Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Windshield Hardware
Replies: 1
Views: 240

Windshield Hardware

1927 Roadster, I'm replacing a chopped plastic windshield with a real glass two part one. I have reproduction stanchions and frames. I had safety glass cut to size, bedded it with bedding compound. So far, so good. I just want to be sure I'm using "best practices" with the hardware which allows/ pre...
by ArthurB
Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Historic Columbia River Highway Tour
Replies: 2
Views: 634

Historic Columbia River Highway Tour

Hope this is the proper place to post this: You're all invited to drive your Model T's (or other pre-1949 vehicles) on the Historic Columbia River Highway this July 13th. It's a chance drive on this beautiful section of highway built in 1920-22 and largely unchanged. Much of it is closed to motor ve...
by ArthurB
Tue Apr 02, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Glass dimensions, 1926-27 Roadster?
Replies: 11
Views: 1077

Re: Glass dimensions, 1926-27 Roadster?

Good question. The top and the bottom line up perfectly with no stretching, so I don't think I would want to stretch the bottom to fit the glass or it won't match the top. The top is nice and square. I measured more carefully and it looks like the top glass channel measures 37 3/16", so I think the ...
by ArthurB
Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Glass dimensions, 1926-27 Roadster?
Replies: 11
Views: 1077

Re: Glass dimensions, 1926-27 Roadster?

I printed the drawing and used it to cut a half template. My windshield frame is a reproduction from Speedway Motors (says "Mr. Roadster" on the box). The quality looks very good to me, though I don't have an original to compare it with. The welds certainly look good. When I insert the template all ...
by ArthurB
Fri Mar 29, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Glass dimensions, 1926-27 Roadster?
Replies: 11
Views: 1077

Re: Glass dimensions, 1926-27 Roadster?

My windshield frame arrives this afternoon so I will hand check the numbers then print the curvy parts and see how well they fit the frame. Thanks!
by ArthurB
Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Champion X: Loose top?
Replies: 3
Views: 788

Re: Champion X: Loose top?

Hmm, if the electrode is soldered to the cap I might be able to reflow the solder with my heat gun. I'll try it this weekend.
by ArthurB
Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Champion X: Loose top?
Replies: 3
Views: 788

Champion X: Loose top?

I have some "vintage" Champion X (crimped brass top, long insulator) plugs and noticed on one the brass top rotates, but the electrode at the far end does not rotate with it. How is the electrode attached to the brass top and screw? Is this a problem? Is this fixable? Also, the copper crush washer i...
by ArthurB
Thu Mar 28, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Glass dimensions, 1926-27 Roadster?
Replies: 11
Views: 1077

Re: Glass dimensions, 1926-27 Roadster?

Mark, I think I can explain the vertical dimensions. It is discussed in second to last post at the old discussion thread linked above, but here is my "simplified" view of it: The drawing says at the middle of the windshield the vertical dimension is min 6 29/32, max 6 31/32. At the edges, measured a...
by ArthurB
Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Glass dimensions, 1926-27 Roadster?
Replies: 11
Views: 1077

Re: Glass dimensions, 1926-27 Roadster?

The part numbers and drawings come from the 1927 Ford Glass Price List (attached). I'm trusting it is accurate. My understanding is that where there are pairs of numbers, it represents the min/max spec for the overall assembly.
1927glass.pdf
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by ArthurB
Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Glass dimensions, 1926-27 Roadster?
Replies: 11
Views: 1077

Glass dimensions, 1926-27 Roadster?

Does anyone just happen to have an Autocad file or a scale template drawing file for the glass in a 1926-27 Roadster? I have the dimensioned drawing from an old thread ( http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/29/46320.html?1201254336 ) but if someone's done the work to bring this into modern manufactu...
by ArthurB
Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Uh-oh: Oil change drama
Replies: 7
Views: 1718

Re: Uh-oh: Oil change drama

Good point on the magnetic plug. I have one, and this chunk was waiting at the drain without much sign that it's been grinding through the gears. I also have a magnet in the transmission screen. It found the tail of the zip tie I dropped while replacing the bands-- the little metal ratchet was enoug...
by ArthurB
Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Uh-oh: Oil change drama
Replies: 7
Views: 1718

Re: Uh-oh: Oil change drama

Good news, Erik gets the prize. He was correct identifying my chunk of steel as part of the starter mechanism. It has been reunited with two other pieces of the original single part. I'm not 100% sure I have all the pieces, so I will poke around a bit more. But it looks like I have a relatively simp...
by ArthurB
Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Uh-oh: Oil change drama
Replies: 7
Views: 1718

Uh-oh: Oil change drama

I drained my oil this evening and this part came out with the old oil. Had to wiggle it to get it through the hole. I've had a brass rivet and some small pieces of metal come out with the oil before but never seen anything like this. It looks like hardened steel, maybe a bushing? Bearing race? It's ...
by ArthurB
Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:42 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Anyone from Oregon headed to Bakersfield swap?
Replies: 0
Views: 361

Anyone from Oregon headed to Bakersfield swap?

I'm looking to get a runabout top from Bakersfield swap up to Oregon, preferably Portland area. I'm happy to pay a fair gas/shipping fee for your trouble. Please PM me if you can help out. Thanks!
by ArthurB
Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Terminal Block tightening?
Replies: 14
Views: 1792

Re: Terminal Block tightening?

I stopped by WAAAM yesterday to check on a '26 Touring they were restoring. This one took Kim's "toothpick" fix to the extreme: the entire terminal block was made from a chunk of wood. Not clear if this was a period repair or more recent, but they get some points for creativity.
by ArthurB
Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Steering Stabilizers
Replies: 35
Views: 3255

Re: Steering Stabilizers

Where are "Mythbusters" when you need them? I'm not nearly as confident in the sheer strength of a hickory spoke as you are, Scott! I'll buy a spare or two when I redo my rear wheels this summer and see if I can rig up a test.
by ArthurB
Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1927 Roadster Windshield Advice
Replies: 4
Views: 687

1927 Roadster Windshield Advice

I've been trying unsuccessfully to find a windshield frame for my 1927 Roadster. I posted a WTB on the forum but no luck. So... do any of you have experience with reproduction frames, like the ones Speedway Motors sells? Is there anything I need to watch out for, or is it a pretty vanilla reproducti...
by ArthurB
Tue Mar 05, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Steering Stabilizers
Replies: 35
Views: 3255

Re: Steering Stabilizers

Thanks for all the replies. I feel much better knowing all the time I spent last summer replacing everything that was worn in the front end was worth it. But you guys forgot one element of front end handling which I discovered driving on a very hot dry day. I knew all the bushings were fresh and eve...
by ArthurB
Sun Mar 03, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB: 1926-27 Windshield Frame (Roadster)
Replies: 1
Views: 376

WTB: 1926-27 Windshield Frame (Roadster)

I need a windshield frame for my 1927 Roadster, original or reproduction. I have the stanchions already. Anyone have a set rusting in the corner of the garage, with or without glasss? PM me. Thanks!
by ArthurB
Thu Feb 28, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Terminal Block tightening?
Replies: 14
Views: 1792

Re: Terminal Block tightening?

Thanks guys, I think the Langs and Snyders catalogs sent me a bit astray here. Both of them indicate the "original style" terminal block is for show cars, which sure isn't me, so I didn't read any further. If I'm reading it correctly the "original style" terminal blocks are much harder rubber, and w...
by ArthurB
Wed Feb 27, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wire Chafing
Replies: 14
Views: 1422

Re: Wire Chafing

Keith, the receipt was still in my car. The NAPA part # is 630-1067, and it is described as "Grommet (130)" It cost $4.29. My recollection is it took a little effort to install since it was a hard rubber/plastic material and it was a hair oversized for the hole, but it went in and it's not coming ou...
by ArthurB
Wed Feb 27, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Terminal Block tightening?
Replies: 14
Views: 1792

Terminal Block tightening?

As an EE I couldn't tolerate the messy wiring of my 1927 Roadster so I yanked everything, installed a terminal block (and fuse) at the firewall and then rewired all with proper wires. The only part which I'm not satisfied with is the terminal block itself. I bought it from Langs, it has 6 positions ...
by ArthurB
Wed Feb 27, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wire Chafing
Replies: 14
Views: 1422

Re: Wire Chafing

Just redid my wiring. My 1927 firewall had a shoulder as Allan described, but I got a nice grommet at NAPA which was just big enough to let the wire loom through, and it was "thick" enough to allow for the shoulder in the firewall. Funny thing is the grommet package said it was for Ford cars.
by ArthurB
Wed Feb 27, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Steering Stabilizers
Replies: 35
Views: 3255

Re: Steering Stabilizers

Thanks for all the advice. I wasn't aware of the 5:1 "improved" steering. I'll have to check that I have the right gears in place. I know it's a 1926-27 steering column but never thought to verify the gearing. I think I have everything else properly adjusted and to spec, but it's probably a good ide...
by ArthurB
Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Steering Stabilizers
Replies: 35
Views: 3255

Steering Stabilizers

I know this is a touchy subject, but I am new to T's and need to understand. I have a 1927 Roadster. I've entirely rebuilt the front end, so steering is "to spec" with fresh bushings, kingpins, spindles etc. Steering seems tight, though I've never driven another Model T. One thing I've learned drivi...
by ArthurB
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Order of assembly front sheet metal 26/27
Replies: 7
Views: 892

Re: Order of assembly front sheet metal 26/27

I just completed this assembly on my 1927 Roadster using the VowellArt diagram. It helped to precompress the bottom springs on the radiator studs by placing washers underneath the lower end of the mounting stud. 3 or 4 washers did the trick for me, though it takes some effort to get them in there. T...
by ArthurB
Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 26/27 brake light wire color?
Replies: 16
Views: 1446

Re: 26/27 brake light wire color?

I must be missing something. Is there a brake light in that diagram? I just see the tail marker light.
by ArthurB
Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: OT: Unintentionaly altered history
Replies: 28
Views: 2935

Re: OT: Unintentionaly altered history

I curate the photo collection at our local history museum, and I'm constantly checking with the experts at our local auto/aircraft museum (WAAAM) to validate photo dates by automobile model year. Our DOT also was nice enough to change plate layout every decade, and if I'm lucky I can read the year o...
by ArthurB
Mon Feb 11, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 26/27 brake light wire color?
Replies: 16
Views: 1446

26/27 brake light wire color?

Is there any commonly used color for wiring a 26/27 brake light? I'm using black for the tail lights. I know it doesn't matter but as long as I'm ordering wire I might as well get the "right" color, if there is one. While we're at it, can someone clarify for me what lights were standard or available...
by ArthurB
Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Sagging Steering Column
Replies: 16
Views: 1646

Re: Sagging Steering Column

Thanks guys, I loosened everything as Scott suggested. The holes in the firewall "patch" seem to leave enough play that I could get the dashboard bracket on with a little lifting of the steering column, which repositioned the square steering column flange a hair but still left the bolts lined up. No...
by ArthurB
Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Sagging Steering Column
Replies: 16
Views: 1646

Re: Sagging Steering Column

Thanks for the pictures and ideas. I checked the casting number for the lower bracket. I would have said it was "T-982C" but since that isn't an option I think it is the correct T-932C. The steering column is the correct square bracket one, but I'm not so sure about the firewall mount and bracket. I...
by ArthurB
Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Sagging Steering Column
Replies: 16
Views: 1646

Re: Sagging Steering Column

I'll inspect the flange for bends.

I'm not familiar with the rubber pad between the dash and the column. Can someone tell me how thick it should be? Does it go all the way around the column or just on the top?
by ArthurB
Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Sagging Steering Column
Replies: 16
Views: 1646

Sagging Steering Column

I have a 1927 Roadster Pickup. It had a messed up incorrect dashboard which I replaced with a proper 1926-27 dashboard. Everything fits perfectly except the steering column seems about 1/2" to 1" too low where the dashboard clamp would attach. I would need to pull up on it pretty hard to attach the ...
by ArthurB
Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hand Crank spring #2
Replies: 5
Views: 694

Re: Hand Crank spring #2

Hmm-- my handle rattles and I can see a small piece of metal in there that might have been an old spring. Does the spindle for the handle unscrew from the crank to let me replace the spring? It doesn't look like it does, but there's a bit of paint ("patina") in the way.
IMG_3308.jpg
by ArthurB
Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hand Crank spring #2
Replies: 5
Views: 694

Hand Crank spring #2

I bought a hand crank rebuild kit which includes a new bushing, pin, and two springs. I installed one spring with the end in the small hole near the crank bend so it keeps the crank from engaging accidentally. But what do I do with the other one? It is about an inch long and the diameter is too smal...
by ArthurB
Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How to tell when it is time to change transmission bands?
Replies: 34
Views: 3207

Re: How to tell when it is time to change transmission bands?

Ignacio, I was in a similar position last summer, wondering when I would need new bands, until one day I couldn't make it up my driveway. Once the bands are thin they can shred easily. Fortunately I could back up the driveway to get to my garage. I decided to take the hogshead off since I was using ...