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by HPetrino
Wed Oct 21, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Front Spring Question
Replies: 3
Views: 126

Re: Front Spring Question

I'm not really sure, but i THINK the eight leaf spring is for 1926-27 T's and the nine leaf is a TT spring.

Hopefully someone who knows for sure will chime in.
by HPetrino
Tue Oct 20, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Accidental aging of new wiring harness.
Replies: 2
Views: 218

Re: Accidental aging of new wiring harness.

Chris,

Over the years there have been a few discussions on this forum about how to achieve the desired patina on new body parts. I believe you have found the correct answer. Wait. :lol:
by HPetrino
Sat Oct 17, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model t as a daily in the early 40s?
Replies: 50
Views: 1316

Re: Model t as a daily in the early 40s?

Wayne, Do you remember the old guy with the large old truck, probably an early to mid-1920's model, who sold produce to restaurants in downtown San Jose? If I remember the story correctly, he started with the truck new as a young man. I remember seeing him and the truck in the 1950's and early 1960'...
by HPetrino
Sat Oct 17, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model t as a daily in the early 40s?
Replies: 50
Views: 1316

Re: Model t as a daily in the early 40s?

I acquired my '18 TT in about 2002. It still had it's last license plate, 1941. It was part of the ranch equipment included when my grandfather purchased a ranch in Santa Clara, CA in 1946. I'm assuming it was on the road until sometime in 1941, then relegated to ranch life where it spent the rest o...
by HPetrino
Wed Oct 14, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What other Dumb thing did you do today?
Replies: 21
Views: 876

Re: What other Dumb thing did you do today?

We all have our share of these stories. Just yesterday I put toothpaste on the hairbrush.

Gene,
Isn't it totally amazing how far a little oil will go? :lol: :lol:
by HPetrino
Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: "Pretty far-fetched" and stuff
Replies: 55
Views: 1741

Re: "Pretty far-fetched" and stuff

Pardon me. My above post should be addressed to Rich.
by HPetrino
Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: "Pretty far-fetched" and stuff
Replies: 55
Views: 1741

Re: "Pretty far-fetched" and stuff

Burger,

I imagine readers under 40 or 50 don't really know what getting something caught in a ringer actually means. :lol: :lol: :lol:

When I was a kid my mother got her arm caught in ours. She managed to pull the plug with her other hand. Scary.
by HPetrino
Fri Oct 09, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New to forum & Model T
Replies: 11
Views: 342

Re: New to forum & Model T

As they say, welcome to the affliction! Lot's of good information the links provided above. If you're mechanically inclined, which you say you are, don't over think it. It's a T. Compared to modern cars it's very simple. If it has fuel, spark and air it'll run. You should post any questions on this ...
by HPetrino
Thu Oct 08, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model TT Rear Leaf Springs ... How many Leaves?
Replies: 4
Views: 232

Re: Model TT Rear Leaf Springs ... How many Leaves?

Rich,

When I took mine apart one of the little top leaves was broken and the other was missing altogether. I don't see how there can be much flex at the top of the stack. It's hard (at least hard for me) to understand why they are so commonly found broken.
by HPetrino
Wed Oct 07, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: "Pretty far-fetched" and stuff
Replies: 55
Views: 1741

Re: "Pretty far-fetched" and stuff

My 23 year old grandson has a girlfriend who feeds him regularly. It reminds me of, "The way to a mans heart is through his stomach."
by HPetrino
Tue Oct 06, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Cotter pins tips
Replies: 23
Views: 1041

Re: Cotter pins tips

I don't think the cotter pin guy at the Ford factory removed very many cotter pins. :lol:
by HPetrino
Tue Oct 06, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Boat Trailer Axle Guidance Please
Replies: 9
Views: 399

Re: Boat Trailer Axle Guidance Please

Well, my learning curve has been vertical on this. I found in my file the Trailer Buddy Axles by UFP service pamphlet that has a diagram and detailed instructions on greasing the hub and bearings. So, after reading that a few times and watching a few videos I got busy. The first thing to do is tap t...
by HPetrino
Tue Oct 06, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: "Pretty far-fetched" and stuff
Replies: 55
Views: 1741

Re: "Pretty far-fetched" and stuff

He's older than Methuselah.

She's no spring chicken.

He's tighter than a frogs butt, and that's water tight.
by HPetrino
Mon Oct 05, 2020 11:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model TT Rear Leaf Springs ... How many Leaves?
Replies: 4
Views: 232

Re: Model TT Rear Leaf Springs ... How many Leaves?

You have the correct number of leaves. Nine on each side is what Ford put in the TT's. No two should be the same length. The top one is very short. The bottom one goes from the anchor bolt to the hanger assembly at the perch. Somewhere in the middle there should be a spring clamp. Yes, they are very...
by HPetrino
Sun Oct 04, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: head bolts
Replies: 17
Views: 730

Re: head bolts

Dennis, I did a little looking around on this. As near as I can tell the 3 1/4" bolts are "stock" for a high head T. I suppose you could get away with a longer bolt, but I really don't think it's necessary. I would imagine the vast majority of T engines our there are using this length and doing just...
by HPetrino
Sun Oct 04, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: head bolts
Replies: 17
Views: 730

Re: head bolts

Good advice above. I'd be sure to clean the holes thoroughly. I used an ice pick (or similar instrument) to loosen any crud in the bottom, then held my shop vac over the hole while blowing compressed air into it. A couple of times and the hole should be pretty well cleaned out. (It was amazing how m...
by HPetrino
Thu Oct 01, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A birthday today.
Replies: 3
Views: 306

Re: A birthday today.

I thought this thread would be about the fact that on this date in 1908 Ford introduced the Model T.

Jimmy Carter is indeed a real gentleman. We could certainly use some of his soft spoken civility and honesty today. Happy Birthday to a truly fine man!!
by HPetrino
Tue Sep 29, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: My 1910 will not start!
Replies: 13
Views: 440

Re: My 1910 will not start!

I agree with Mark's comment. Also, have you checked to be sure there's gas getting to the carb?
by HPetrino
Sun Sep 27, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Flying Model T
Replies: 23
Views: 1248

Re: Flying Model T

Greg,

What you say is true, but not very many of them actually flew. :lol: :lol:
by HPetrino
Sat Sep 26, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Boat Trailer Axle Guidance Please
Replies: 9
Views: 399

Re: Boat Trailer Axle Guidance Please

Thanks fellers. That helps.
by HPetrino
Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Boat Trailer Axle Guidance Please
Replies: 9
Views: 399

Boat Trailer Axle Guidance Please

I have a 2006 boat and trailer, which I purchased new. Everything seems to be working fine right now, but being the old poop that I am I've been thinking. What maintenance should I be doing on the axle hubs? I seem to remember that the axle is a "Trailer Buddy Axle by LIFP", but I'm not sure. Anybod...
by HPetrino
Thu Sep 24, 2020 12:51 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: What car is this?
Replies: 18
Views: 692

Re: What car is this?

Dang. It sounds more like a means to make a bomb than start an engine.
by HPetrino
Tue Sep 22, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: What car is this?
Replies: 18
Views: 692

Re: What car is this?

Dang guys. How hard can this be? I've already eliminated 62 possibilities. :lol: :lol: :lol:

Of course, I personally have no idea what it is.
by HPetrino
Tue Sep 22, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this radiator junk? 300 for a radiator???
Replies: 40
Views: 1024

Re: Is this radiator junk? 300 for a radiator???

I realize that, Rich. He's not building a street rod. My comment was intended to address fit when using a '17 T hood.
by HPetrino
Tue Sep 22, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this radiator junk? 300 for a radiator???
Replies: 40
Views: 1024

Re: Is this radiator junk? 300 for a radiator???

Would it fit? Well, maybe. Note that in all the catalog items shown above the years they fit are listed as 1917-27. Stock T radiators are different for 1917-23 and 1923-27. I don't see how it could work for both with all other components being stock.
by HPetrino
Mon Sep 21, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: What car is this?
Replies: 18
Views: 692

Re: What car is this?

I tried to cheat and searched the Prest O Starter. I found this list of cars that were planning to use them:
Self-Starter-Car-List-Jan.-4-1912-p30.jpg
by HPetrino
Mon Sep 21, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Need help--How to Clean Radiator
Replies: 8
Views: 355

Re: Need help--How to Clean Radiator

If it hasn't been run in 61 years I'd also pull the head and clean both the block and the head at the same time.
by HPetrino
Sun Sep 20, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: TT update
Replies: 4
Views: 321

Re: TT update

Where did you find a new trailer like that with 6 volt brakes?
by HPetrino
Fri Sep 18, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old (1920) photo - Parts salad T's started early
Replies: 7
Views: 437

Re: Old (1920) photo - Parts salad T's started early

Mark, Your "Parts Salad" reference is spot on for a Model T. I believe, more than any other car then or now (at least that I know of), the Model T offered a unique opportunity to mix and match. Nearly every time something new was introduced it had to match the existing situation, meaning it had to b...
by HPetrino
Thu Sep 17, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T TT truck 6 speed
Replies: 8
Views: 374

Re: Model T TT truck 6 speed

Well, in any event it's a good thing the hill is a short climb. He's only going to get as far as the gas in the carburetor will take him. At that angle even with a full tank I think it's uphill from the tank to the carb. :lol:
by HPetrino
Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T TT truck 6 speed
Replies: 8
Views: 374

Re: Model T TT truck 6 speed

I can tell you, not very fast. My TT has a Muncie. It provides 3 forward gears, a reverse and a neutral. All told, that gives me 7 forward speed combinations and 5 reverse combinations. It's also important to know that I have the low speed rear end gears. In Ford high Muncie overdrive I can get to 3...
by HPetrino
Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: This was trucking-Old Photos
Replies: 395
Views: 38441

Re: This was trucking-Old Photos

I'm not so sure White's were used in San Jose, but the body set-up was pretty much identical and they were green, not red. If I remember correctly they were manned by a 3 man crew. 1 guy was the driver and the other 2 hauled the garbage as I described above. I never noticed if they rotated positions...
by HPetrino
Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: This was trucking-Old Photos
Replies: 395
Views: 38441

Re: This was trucking-Old Photos

When I was a kid in San Jose, CA during the 1950's garbage trucks like this one were in use. The garbage men had large aluminum cans, maybe 50 or 60 gallon capacity, with a large shoulder hook. They'd come down the driveway to the back yard, put down the big can, empty our 2 regular size garbage can...
by HPetrino
Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wood Spoke Removal
Replies: 11
Views: 473

Re: Wood Spoke Removal

BFH, huh. It took me a while to understand what that acronym means. It reminds me of a TV news special aired many years ago. A very attractive young female reporter was following this guy on a tour of a nuclear reactor plant and hanging on every word he said, asking lots of questions along the way. ...
by HPetrino
Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: MODEL TT truck Early Late DRIVE SHAFT Comparison rear end splines
Replies: 4
Views: 281

Re: MODEL TT truck Early Late DRIVE SHAFT Comparison rear end splines

Thanks for the reply Steven. I suppose there are some secrets these old girls are just not going to give up. I've read most of the posts on this forum about TT rear ends, including the discussions about the numbers on the clamshells. My theory is that Ford began production of the TT intending to ser...
by HPetrino
Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: MODEL TT truck Early Late DRIVE SHAFT Comparison rear end splines
Replies: 4
Views: 281

Re: MODEL TT truck Early Late DRIVE SHAFT Comparison rear end splines

[Steven, I have a few comments/questions: 1. I didn't know there was any difference in the TT drive shaft from 1918 through 1927. My '18 TT has the beaded clamshell housings and it's equipped with the differential shaft and 2 differential pinion gears. The "later" TT's had a differential spider and ...
by HPetrino
Thu Sep 03, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Heads up on the same old scam
Replies: 16
Views: 933

Re: Heads up on the same old scam

OK Steve, I'll bite. What's the significance of Tuesday March 19, 1957 at 4:32 PM?
by HPetrino
Thu Sep 03, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Heads up on the same old scam
Replies: 16
Views: 933

Re: Heads up on the same old scam

Guys like this have always been around. All that's changed is the technology. 35 or 40 years ago I was Director of Facilities and Operations in an elementary school district here in CA Central Valley. I was there for 7 years. One item we used a lot of was F40 CW Fluorescent light tubes. Every spring...
by HPetrino
Thu Sep 03, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Winter is coming. High of 60 next week.
Replies: 14
Views: 610

Re: Winter is coming. High of 60 next week.

The forecast for Modesto (CA Central Valley) is 103 deg. F. tomorrow then two days of 109 deg. F. The only thing that makes it tolerable is the fact that we're already into September and soon things will cool off. Of course, this is really bad news for the firefighters fighting a number of fires nea...
by HPetrino
Sun Aug 30, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: "Pretty far-fetched" and stuff
Replies: 55
Views: 1741

Re: "Pretty far-fetched" and stuff

Many of our sayings and comments don't really mean, literally, what we think they mean. George Carlin did a whole routine on this. I can only remember one that he talked about. He said, "Take the term 'legally drunk'. If he's 'legally drunk' what's the #$&%ing problem?"
by HPetrino
Fri Aug 28, 2020 12:02 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Car Stinks!
Replies: 15
Views: 1096

Re: Car Stinks!

In the early 1300's a fellow named William of Occam postulated that the simple answer tends to be the correct answer to a problem. This is now called Occam's Razor: Occam's razor, Ockham's razor, Ocham's razor (Latin: novacula Occami) or law of parsimony (Latin: lex parsimoniae) is the problem-solvi...
by HPetrino
Wed Aug 26, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: For All Eternity
Replies: 21
Views: 883

Re: For All Eternity

I had an Acura TL, 2004 if I remember correctly. A headlight bulb burned out. Per the manufacturers published instructions the only way to change that #@%&@ bulb was to first remove the entire front bumper cover, then dig your way in from there.
by HPetrino
Sun Aug 23, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: tt atake bed
Replies: 9
Views: 498

Re: tt atake bed

Often the "wood foundation" of a TT stake side bed consists of two pieces of heavy lumber that are laid on the chassis in a non-parallel manner. The forward end of these two pieces rests on the top of the chassis rail just behind the cab. the mid-rear of these pieces rest on top of the rear chassis ...
by HPetrino
Sat Aug 22, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: adding choke rod inside of body 1917 touring with starter
Replies: 12
Views: 515

Re: adding choke rod inside of body 1917 touring with starter

My '18 TT engine had been replaced with a '23 engine. Whoever did it installed a solenoid on the firewall for the starter, low and to the left of the steering column. In order to be able to reach the solenoid button and choke at the same time a piece of bailing wire was used as a choke rod. A hole w...
by HPetrino
Fri Aug 21, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Speaking of cranking !
Replies: 6
Views: 432

Re: Speaking of cranking !

Really hard to tell, but upon enlarging it somewhat I'm thinking it's a spring loaded accessory. Wind up the spring, then release it to turn the engine over.

Of course, pure guess......
by HPetrino
Wed Aug 19, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Wool gathering on road rage
Replies: 5
Views: 559

Re: Wool gathering on road rage

It's an interesting thought Rich. I've also noticed that "angry" look. Unfortunately, the most angry looking vehicles seem to be driven by drivers with matching personalities.
by HPetrino
Tue Aug 18, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ad-on brakes
Replies: 38
Views: 1282

Re: Ad-on brakes

Mark S., Thank you for your post. The fact of anchor location and braking capabilities is difficult to explain (at least for me and I've tried) and you did so with ease. I have period Bennetts on my TT. The bands are anchored at the midpoint and they work great in both directions. I think all too of...
by HPetrino
Tue Aug 18, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ad-on brakes
Replies: 38
Views: 1282

Re: Ad-on brakes

I'm not positive, but I'm pretty sure the TT brake drums are larger in diameter as well as width, so I seriously doubt a set of outside TT brakes can reasonably be adapted to a touting car. There were (are) a variety of outside brakes out there. They are all similar, but each is a little different. ...
by HPetrino
Mon Aug 17, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wiring a 1925 TT without an ignition switch
Replies: 5
Views: 365

Re: Wiring a 1925 TT without an ignition switch

It's been a number of years, but when I finally got the engine back in my TT, the radiator installed, fuel hooked up, and wiring put back together I started cranking (no starter). I cranked, cranked and cranked some more. I couldn't get it to even pop. The only "shortcut" I used was a large 6V flash...
by HPetrino
Sun Aug 16, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model Ts Illegal?
Replies: 33
Views: 1893

Re: Model Ts Illegal?

Of course none of us can say with certainty what the future will bring. I do think that in the future there will be fewer and fewer roads on which it's safe to drive a T. Some roads already have "minimum" speed limits as well as maximum speed limits, and those minimum speeds are beyond the reach of ...
by HPetrino
Tue Aug 11, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What’s going on here?
Replies: 13
Views: 1073

Re: What’s going on here?

They were following lemmings and failed to notice where things were headed.
by HPetrino
Tue Aug 11, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Trucks
Replies: 3
Views: 524

Re: Trucks

I love these old photos. They give us an interesting and valuable insight into the past, which usually explains a lot of what's going on in modern times. The "Phone 23" in the bottom photo tells a whole story all by itself.
by HPetrino
Mon Aug 10, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ruckstell axle question
Replies: 8
Views: 704

Re: Ruckstell axle question

In simple terms, a Ruckstell does not give you more speed. They provide 2 gears, direct drive and under drive. The low gear provided is not as low as Ford low, so it's useful when you're climbing a hill but don't need the benefit of a really low gear, just a little boost.
by HPetrino
Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: This was trucking-Old Photos
Replies: 395
Views: 38441

Re: This was trucking-Old Photos

*...1933 if that helps.*

I need a proof reader.....
by HPetrino
Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: This was trucking-Old Photos
Replies: 395
Views: 38441

Re: This was trucking-Old Photos

The Caterpillar Fifteen it's haling was manufactured during 1928-1933f that helps.
by HPetrino
Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: T tool at the flea market
Replies: 6
Views: 762

Re: T tool at the flea market

Just out of curiosity why did Ford use two piece valves in the first place? It sure seems that one piece units would have been easier to make, easier to install and cheaper all the way around.
by HPetrino
Fri Aug 07, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: This was trucking-Old Photos
Replies: 395
Views: 38441

Re: This was trucking-Old Photos

Rich, I do believe you've nailed it. Thanks!
by HPetrino
Thu Aug 06, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: This was trucking-Old Photos
Replies: 395
Views: 38441

Re: This was trucking-Old Photos

Burger, Doggone it! Why did yo have to ask what make is the sedan on the hook? I probably spent 2 hours online scrolling through photos of old cars. You'd think it would be fairly easy to identify. The windshield and the radiator cover are very distinctive. Also, although blurry, when I enlarge the ...
by HPetrino
Thu Aug 06, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Reproduced my 1915 California license plates. What do you think? ...Picture.
Replies: 10
Views: 1181

Re: Reproduced my 1915 California license plates. What do you think? ...Picture.

Nice work!! Every time I see old CA plates it makes me think of the two red 1914 plates my grandfather used in the 1940's, '50's and early '60's to scrape apricots off the drying trays. They each had a piece of wood screwed to the upper holes so you could use them without cutting your hands. Being m...
by HPetrino
Fri Jul 31, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: trouble in River City.
Replies: 13
Views: 1359

Re: trouble in River City.

I dunno how long you've been married Bud. My wife and I are coming up on 47 years. In those many years I've learned a little (very little). I'm sure in the same situation I would have said the same thing you did, but later I would have realized that a much better answer would have been, "Yes dear, a...
by HPetrino
Wed Jul 29, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is it a T?
Replies: 14
Views: 1293

Re: Is it a T?

The radius rod and the transmission pan say yes, it's a T. I wonder how she got in and out of that thing in those clothes?
by HPetrino
Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Color for my 1910 Touring
Replies: 14
Views: 1330

Re: Color for my 1910 Touring

I like your green/black plan. Paint it and enjoy it!!!

Dang Darel. You bought it 73 years ago? You're almost the original owner. :lol: :lol:
by HPetrino
Tue Jul 28, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Making Spokes
Replies: 7
Views: 808

Making Spokes

I had a 1959 episode of "Tombstone Territory" on the TV. In one sequence Lee Van Cleef was making spokes for a carriage or a wagon or whatever. They were long spokes being fashioned out of a piece of wood that looked to be about 2" X 2" X 24". What was interesting was the lathe he was using. It look...
by HPetrino
Tue Jul 28, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Under bed spare tire carrier
Replies: 14
Views: 1166

Re: Under bed spare tire carrier

When I started working on my TT I found a spare tire and rim (30 X 3 1/2 which matched none of the other wheels, was flat and the rubber as hard as a rock) wedged up under the bed on top of the rear chassis cross member. I dunno if there's room on your truck to do this, but if there is you might con...
by HPetrino
Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Flushing the block
Replies: 12
Views: 1078

Re: Flushing the block

I agree with John K. In addition to using air to blow it out I used my shop vac and also vacuumed it out. Even when I thought I had it all out, changing direction of the air flow produced even more crud.
by HPetrino
Mon Jul 27, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: This was camping.
Replies: 7
Views: 865

Re: This was camping.

Make the a "Hooverville".
by HPetrino
Sun Jul 26, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: This was camping.
Replies: 7
Views: 865

Re: This was camping.

Herb,
I'm not sure. but I don't think they're camping. It looks more to me like a "Hoverville" of the depression.
by HPetrino
Sun Jul 26, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Home town
Replies: 5
Views: 699

Re: Home town

I dunno how many Turlock's there are in the USA, but I'm thinking not many. The second and fourth photos were taken just south of Modesto (where I live) in Turlock, CA I bet.

Thanks for posting!
by HPetrino
Sat Jul 25, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Waaahoo, got my TT title and plate today..... (now with a pict)
Replies: 13
Views: 956

Re: Waaahoo, got my TT title and plate today..... (now with a pict)

Why do you even need a windshield at 20 MPH? :lol: :lol: :lol: Congrats on getting your title. When I did mine here in CA I didn't even have a Bill of Sale. It had been my grandfathers truck, then my uncle had it and I got it from my uncle in about 2002. It hadn't been licensed since 1941. I was abl...
by HPetrino
Thu Jul 23, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done with your T in July ?
Replies: 69
Views: 5854

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

Neal,' My TT was my grandfathers from 1946 until his passing in 1965. It was his ranch truck, used for all manner of work. He always called it his "Baby Lincoln". It is my unsubstantiated belief that "Baby Lincoln" was a term originally applied to the Model A when it came out because folks thought i...
by HPetrino
Thu Jul 23, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: July 23, 1903
Replies: 3
Views: 558

July 23, 1903

I just read in MSN's "Today in History" that on this date Ford Motor Company sold it's first automobile, a Model A, to a fellow named Ernest Pfenning of Chicago. And so it began.......
by HPetrino
Wed Jul 22, 2020 11:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Struggles At Low RPM
Replies: 11
Views: 841

Re: Struggles At Low RPM

I'd be looking for a vacuum leak.
by HPetrino
Mon Jul 20, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Dead Engines Can Run?
Replies: 13
Views: 1145

Re: Dead Engines Can Run?

The bottom line is that Model T engines are extremely simple. An engine my be "plumb wore out" and still run because nothing critical has actually failed, like a broken rod, valve, piston, crankshaft. etc. In my opinion the reason they keep running as they do is the absence of many modern car featur...
by HPetrino
Sun Jul 19, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1917 truck rear axle. Save or scrap?
Replies: 3
Views: 469

Re: 1917 truck rear axle. Save or scrap?

I'm too far away form you to make the trip worthwhile, but I'm pretty sure someone near you will take it off your hands.
by HPetrino
Thu Jul 16, 2020 11:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rare TT Truck factory body?
Replies: 26
Views: 1711

Re: Rare TT Truck factory body?

I'm purely guessing, but in looking at the same photo as the one John posted in my copy of the book it looks to me like the "screen" material is a woven chain link style steel mesh. It looks to me like that sort of heavy chain link that's woven out of a heavy gauge wire. If I'm correct it would have...
by HPetrino
Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How Fast is Too Fast?
Replies: 43
Views: 3101

Re: How Fast is Too Fast?

If speed is all-important then a T isn't the car. There are too many reasons to list.
by HPetrino
Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: You Can't Make This Stuff Up.
Replies: 10
Views: 1550

Re: You Can't Make This Stuff Up.

Susanne, Your story reminds me of another: My youngest son, at the time about 18, was not a fan of the TT. In fact, he didn't like it at all (a fact that's since changed). One Saturday morning I needed materials for a backyard project. My modern truck was in the shop, so I asked him to come along in...
by HPetrino
Tue Jul 14, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: You Can't Make This Stuff Up.
Replies: 10
Views: 1550

Re: You Can't Make This Stuff Up.

I visited a local fruit stand a number of of times in the TT. One day I stopped in driving a modern car. The young lady who runs the place looked at me then smiled in recognition saying, "You're the guy with the old truck you have to wind up!"
by HPetrino
Tue Jul 14, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Interesting video from 1929
Replies: 6
Views: 769

Re: Interesting video from 1929

Norm,

I don't know how accurate it was, but I once read that there was a movement in the 1890's to close the U.S. Patent Office. The argument of the proponents of this plan was simply, "After all, everything that can be invented already has been invented."

Boy, were they ever on the wrong track.
by HPetrino
Sun Jul 12, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Buying a T
Replies: 10
Views: 1467

Re: Buying a T

You should also be thinking about your plan once you have a T and it's "on the road". Living in Henderson, NV means there are a lot of very lonely roads to explore. Think about what you should carry with you in the way of tools, duct tape, baling wire, etc. Always carry a cell phone. Always be sure ...
by HPetrino
Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How do you date a TT?
Replies: 11
Views: 1132

Re: How do you date a TT?

Using the running boards is not as reliable an indicator as I formerly thought, Take a look at this: https://www.mtfca.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=14025&sid=c017488bcf6ffd32f5370a4a4b22def9 One item not mentioned is the patent plate. It probably is one to the more reliable indicators. You may nev...
by HPetrino
Fri Jul 10, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Share Your Tractor(s) - old ones that is ;-)
Replies: 75
Views: 5579

Re: Share Your Tractor(s) - old ones that is ;-)

Years ago I had a '68 Ford F-250 that Dennis's truck reminds me of. It had a very similar lumber rack too. That old truck was indestructible and unstoppable. It had a 390 cu. in. V-8 with a 4 speed granny manual transmission, a Posi traction rear end, AM radio and a heater. The darn thing would get ...
by HPetrino
Fri Jul 10, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: TT Truck Running Boards
Replies: 25
Views: 1696

Re: TT Truck Running Boards

I'm reasonably certain that Justin is right. Short vs. long running boards was a function of the cab style once the long boards were introduced.
by HPetrino
Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Share Your Tractor(s) - old ones that is ;-)
Replies: 75
Views: 5579

Re: Share Your Tractor(s) - old ones that is ;-)

Leo,
I have a little grandson who is 6 1/2 now. When he was about 3 he would watch that movie ("Cars") as many times a day as his parents would allow. He has all the toys and loves McQueen! Makes me smile.
by HPetrino
Tue Jul 07, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Muncie parts
Replies: 7
Views: 596

Re: Muncie parts

Tom is on the right track. It's been 20 years since I had my Muncie apart to replace the bearings. I do not remember any seals in the thing at all. It relies on gravity to keep the oil contained, which can bee less than wholly effective. It's hard for me to imagine any pressure buildup. The top od t...
by HPetrino
Sat Jul 04, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Post Your 4th T Pictures
Replies: 34
Views: 2759

Re: Post Your 4th T Pictures

Well John, either it's an old photo (July 1959 or before) or it's a more recent photo in which an old flag was used. That 48 star flag was replaced 61 years ago today when the 49th star was added for Alaska on July4, 1959. It didn't last long. One year later, July 4, 1960 the 50th star was added for...
by HPetrino
Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Classifieds - Vehicles
Topic: Model T Tractor - SOLD
Replies: 5
Views: 1823

Re: Model T Tractor

I love it!!

I suppose in Ruckstell under/gearbox under/Ford low you can point it in a direction, set the throttle, go for a sandwich, and by the time you return not much has changed. :lol:
by HPetrino
Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: TT Truck Running Boards
Replies: 25
Views: 1696

Re: TT Truck Running Boards

Like David, I too THINK it was about 1924. You must remember that old style parts were used up until gone, then the newer style was introduced into production. This suggests that the boot scraper style may nor have appeared everywhere at the same exact time.
by HPetrino
Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Clean brake shoe/Lining
Replies: 11
Views: 917

Re: Clean brake shoe/Lining

Whatever you use, be SURE to wear gloves designed for that purpose! Any of the products you're likely to use are quite toxic and it's best to avoid direct contact with your skin.
by HPetrino
Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Making progress on the TT
Replies: 15
Views: 1174

Re: Making progress on the TT

How come only one wheel? Was it damaged?

Looking very good!!
by HPetrino
Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Smelly Tool Boxes
Replies: 11
Views: 1063

Re: Smelly Tool Boxes

Dang. All this time I've been searching for a pair of my grandson's gym socks. :lol: :lol:
by HPetrino
Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Garages, my hometown and down the road.
Replies: 3
Views: 724

Re: Garages, my hometown and down the road.

Larry,
It's often 100 + deg. F. in Turlock during summer. Right now it's a cool 96 deg. F. :D
by HPetrino
Fri Jun 26, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What should salvage value be?
Replies: 32
Views: 2372

Re: What should salvage value be?

The "Salvage Vehicle" laws vary from state to state. I suggest you spend a little time on the CA DMV website and research the various aspects of the situation specifically as to CA law. Since this forum is nationwide (international for that matter) some of the responses here may or may not be applic...
by HPetrino
Tue Jun 23, 2020 11:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Thin bushing removal?
Replies: 24
Views: 1848

Re: Thin bushing removal?

The chisel is a good approach. Another I'd suggest is a hack saw blade. Cut it in two places and push out the pieces.
by HPetrino
Sun Jun 21, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Share Your Tractor(s) - old ones that is ;-)
Replies: 75
Views: 5579

Re: Share Your Tractor(s) - old ones that is ;-)

It was never mine, but I grew up with it. This is my maternal grandfather on his Caterpillar Two Ton. This particular tractor was a Cat, not the earlier Holt. Holt made the "Holt Caterpillar Two Ton" from about 1919 until 1925. In 1925 Holt and Best merged to create Caterpillar. This tractor was pro...
by HPetrino
Sun Jun 21, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Found: Henry Ford's experimental opposed-piston engine
Replies: 2
Views: 810

Re: Found: Henry Ford's experimental opposed-piston engine

Perhaps a little thread drift, but this is the OT board. :lol: These photos bring to mind my longtime interest in the various possible engine configurations. V, I opposed, etc. I learned a little about this subject in the USN. The submarine I served on half a century ago was laid down in 1949. She w...
by HPetrino
Fri Jun 19, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Bearing clearance on Ford TT axle
Replies: 1
Views: 250

Re: Bearing clearance on Ford TT axle

I don't believe there are any clearance guidelines or "settings". I just ran mine tight enough to eliminate excessive movement being sure everything moved freely and that's it. I may be wrong, but it's been working fine for 18 years since had it apart.
by HPetrino
Thu Jun 18, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Can Anyone ID this Car?
Replies: 9
Views: 1451

Re: Can Anyone ID this Car?

I'm not certain, but I think it's a 1947 Pontiac
by HPetrino
Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wood vs metal firewall for a TT
Replies: 11
Views: 863

Re: Wood vs metal firewall for a TT

If you're interested in digging a little deeper into what year your truck might be take a look at the horn button, the patent plate and the rear chassis cross member. These will point in a direction, but probably not pinpoint the YOM. If your truck is registered/licensed leave that part alone. Resea...
by HPetrino
Thu Jun 18, 2020 12:12 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wood vs metal firewall for a TT
Replies: 11
Views: 863

Re: Wood vs metal firewall for a TT

Firewall brackets are listed as 1917-1922 and 1923-1927. I'm not positive about this, but I think the difference was to accommodate a metal vs. wood firewall. I THINK if you change from a wood firewall to a metal firewall you'll need to change the brackets too. Of course you cold make one. Alternati...