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by Rich Bingham
Wed Jun 17, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Request for expert advice to help date a photo
Replies: 18
Views: 1057

Re: Request for expert advice to help date a photo

It is an open car, windshield stanchion bolted to the cowl is typical. Earlier style of radiator shell with integral lower molding was transitional in ‘23. I believe Wayne is right.
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jun 17, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Again, a remarkable photograph. Doubtless, this launching is the maiden voyage of the KD Zepplin, which took to the skies from the Squamish field at Scratchankle College on St. Swithin’s Day, 1931. You can tell from the license plate on KD’s raceabout in the foreground, and the broken bottle of Happ...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jun 17, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Thanks for bringing that up, Burger. It’s often amusing to compare the advances and lapses in technology between here and Europe. The article made no mention of KD nor of the extensive use of push ropes in the Tri-Burgs over a century ago. Oh well. I understand yellow breeches were uniform in the It...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jun 16, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

So much of the heavy work in the Basin would have been real slow drudgery without KD’s helpful know-how. Owing to the wizardry of his mechanical genius, every workday in the Tri-Burgs was practically a fun-fest. Workers in all trades looked forward to each 12 hour day with happy anticipation. Here w...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jun 16, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Thanks Rich. I just tripled the order. After all, it keeps. Interesting, KD’s raceabout shows in this photo of the alphabet mine, the adit where the richest vein of “Gs” played out just before the regatta in ‘23. Minors referred to it as the “G-string”. Most had their mouths washed out with lye soap...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jun 16, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The File mystery
Replies: 21
Views: 1291

Re: The File mystery

Professor Plum. Because there was no place to hide it in the library. Last trip to the gas station. ;)
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jun 16, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this too dangerous to keep as is?
Replies: 20
Views: 2078

Re: Is this too dangerous to keep as is?

Not a speedster - a ‘12 torpedo.
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jun 16, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Not to digress, but subscribers to this topic will want to know that with just a month less one day until the annual St. Swithin’s Day Celebration, preparations are progressing apace. Bartholomew has brought the floor sanitizer up from the basement to purify the Institute’s foyer for the opening ded...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: free starts
Replies: 52
Views: 2759

Re: free starts

. . . There are times when it seems more like a horse than an automobile. I completely agree with that !! An uphill, down dale ramble at 25 per on a dirt road, top down and windshield folded is as close to a high lope on a good pony as one can get riding a motor contraption. More, like a horse, the...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Jun 15, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is motor oil with graphite common?
Replies: 9
Views: 600

Re: Is motor oil with graphite common?

Bad is right, Dan ! Graphite is conductive - shorts out the magneto !! 😳
by Rich Bingham
Mon Jun 15, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Scandinavia band linings
Replies: 5
Views: 641

Re: Scandinavia band linings

I have always run Scandinavia lining, pre 1965 and recently, as of 2017 so I can’t speak to whatever variations different owners of the brand offered during the interim. One thing I have always done is to soak the linings in pure neatsfoot oil overnight after riveting them to the bands. This was rec...
by Rich Bingham
Fri Jun 12, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Foto of the Day
Replies: 404
Views: 50886

Re: Foto of the Day

Beautiful ! Please show us more !
by Rich Bingham
Fri Jun 12, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vibration
Replies: 17
Views: 861

Re: Vibration

It's a 100 year old car, employing 100 year old technology. The best you're going to do is balance the engine and transmission someday, which will cost about 1/2 of the car's present total value unless you do it all yourself. Enjoy it for what it is. Old cowboy advice: “Don’t try to make your pony ...
by Rich Bingham
Fri Jun 12, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Who uses 30 x 3 clinchers?
Replies: 30
Views: 1479

Re: Who uses 30 x 3 clinchers?

I’m in for a pair of 30x3s. Tread is currently more or less a mere suggestion on all four tires on my ‘13. I’m in no hurry to buy tires that have an increasingly poor performance review. I like the look of the Bockley tires, and I’m very interested in them.
by Rich Bingham
Fri Jun 12, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Holley G priming question
Replies: 8
Views: 558

Re: Holley G priming question

Thanks for the testimonial Tim. I’ve never noticed any lack of response with a Holley G. Plowing through heavy mud or sand or negotiating a steep grade in low gear is more in keeping with the power requirements of the T engine than driving at speeds above 35mph. A stock Model T will lope along at 25...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jun 11, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Holley G priming question
Replies: 8
Views: 558

Re: Holley G priming question

I love the Holley “G” carb, and put one on my ‘13 even though it’s not “correct”. Others with more carb savvy are welcome to correct my notions, but I would say the float adjustment and resulting “puddle” at the strangling tube is the most critical aspect of setup for good results. I have not starte...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Paintless Dent Guy
Replies: 3
Views: 695

Re: Paintless Dent Guy

Tim, that’s good news indeed. I wondered about the ability of those who practice this craft to deal with old iron, a couple of armchair opinions indicated it wouldn’t work on our antiques since panels on the new cars are so much thinner, and tempered. Useful testimony! Thanks for posting. (It’s also...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jun 10, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

The “Better Farms & Barns” centerfold was the cause of much salacious gossip in the Basin when it appeared. It’s possible those yellow pantaloons found in the Institute’s basement may be the originals. I wish Heinrich would put them back. They really need to be examined for authenticity.
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jun 09, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Not exactly a book, but “Lulu” (not her real name) was featured in a special issue of “Precision Machining and Ox Shoeing Journal”. An article by Binford Stroschlap titled “Oiled Doves” covered several of the Tri-Burg ladies who were employed in various capacities developing improved machinery of al...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Rich, that lapse is most likely due to the note “meet Lulu at 10:30”. Obviously KD drew the sketch before that meeting. Lulu was well known for her condensing aptitude, no doubt inspiring the later improvements he made to the design.
by Rich Bingham
Mon Jun 08, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

The sketches on napkins file is probably the largest single collection of documents in the archives. No doubt this is one of KD’s concept sketches for the floor sanitizer. The notation, “tuna on rye, no mayo” dates it to the first edition when KD was allergic to mayonnaise. Meanwhile, Snickley locat...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Jun 08, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How many of us ?
Replies: 29
Views: 1559

Re: How many of us ?

Great fun to have these responses. Thanks, fellows ! Part of my intent, which I didn’t make clear at first, is to learn how many had a T as their first personal driver. So, whether you owned it or not, if a T (or TT) was your first, that counts. Model A ? Close, but no cee-gar. Owning one first, but...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Jun 08, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Weak mag ?!?
Replies: 3
Views: 345

Weak mag ?!?

In the thread on the self-destructing magneto, R. V. Anderson commented that a weak mag could indicate cracked magnets. How weak is weak ? What’s the best test for magneto strength ? Do you need instruments ? My Lizzie starts readily on battery when cold, but I haven’t had a similar response crankin...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Jun 08, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How many of us ?
Replies: 29
Views: 1559

How many of us ?

A thread about a new owner’s “maiden voyage” and subsequent comments got me wondering - how many of us can say our first car was a Model T ? :lol:
by Rich Bingham
Sun Jun 07, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Kristy Spadaford favored yellow pantaloons. It’s documented in the archives. Very relevant !
by Rich Bingham
Sun Jun 07, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: free starts
Replies: 52
Views: 2759

Re: free starts

Oh ! That’s different. That works every time. I thought one of the rules of free start was the car cannot be moving ? 😜
by Rich Bingham
Sun Jun 07, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Rich, thank you for supplying that excellent photo of the flume. It’s remarkable in that it clearly shows KD’s raceabout negotiating Sasquatch Creek on one of his excursions to photograph the migratory Opisthocomos in their spawning plumage. Balloon tires on the raceabout improved flotation. Dick is...
by Rich Bingham
Sun Jun 07, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: free starts
Replies: 52
Views: 2759

Re: free starts

I’ve never gotten a free start on “mag” yet. :(
by Rich Bingham
Sun Jun 07, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Milton Spring emptied into Sasquatch Creek about a mile below Cuthbert’s west pasture. The Falicson boys built the flume that diverted the stream into the bottling works. Milton Wallop produced the beverage line for ten years. He never let on that the “wallop” ingredient was actually owing to his er...
by Rich Bingham
Sat Jun 06, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 13T - Starting trouble
Replies: 34
Views: 1649

Re: 13T - Starting trouble

Simply put, adequate spark, gasoline and correct timing, should run, even if poorly for other reasons. Eliminate one of the three, no go !
by Rich Bingham
Fri Jun 05, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 13T - Starting trouble
Replies: 34
Views: 1649

Re: 13T - Starting trouble

What carburetor are you running ?
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jun 04, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How may Modet Ts
Replies: 3
Views: 600

Re: How may Modet Ts

Good thoughts Harold. I do think you’re a little quick to “junk” the Model T, however, as well as “re-commission” them. Perhaps region is a factor in the number of Ts continuing in service, but I think our own family history is likely pertinent: In 1929, at the age of 38, my granddad bought his firs...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jun 04, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

It’s likely KD’s food preferences were shaped by Aunt Frodee’s cooking. It was said by those who knew her well that she never deviated from the recipes in Sloan’s cookbook. A tee-totaler, she sternly disapproved of Happy Sally, but always had a “fifth” of Sloan’s Liniment on hand for all occasions. ...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jun 04, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

That reminds me, one topic we have inadvertently neglected on this thread is a discussion of KD’s gustatorial preferences. As he was well known for his adventuresome palate and eclectic tastes, I have requested Sebastian and Bartholomew to research all aspects of this intriguing facet of KD’s life a...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Am I right to be upset? Children in old cars
Replies: 75
Views: 6856

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

:o the midwife don’t deliver at home ? :o
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Burger, mea culpa. This is what comes from incomplete identifications. Boris Ametre, shown looking from the window in the above photo, is the great-grand uncle of Heinrich’s good friend, Boris Slagwater. I can see the confusion, both wear hats.
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Boris was a rather relaxed personality. Arraigned for counterfeiting in Chattahootchie (he was casting phony silver dollars out of Linotype metal) he was acquitted for lack of evidence. His accomplice had melted them down into fishing sinkers, which was actually more profitable. Warned by the presid...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Which is easier to repair: A or T?
Replies: 15
Views: 1032

Re: Which is easier to repair: A or T?

:D I really enjoyed your post, Bill. You’re very kind to the gremlins. My no-water pump, no-starter T shipped from ‘way back East a few years ago. Any gremlins it had hanging about just waved goodbye. :lol: :lol:
by Rich Bingham
Mon Jun 01, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Which is easier to repair: A or T?
Replies: 15
Views: 1032

Re: Which is easier to repair: A or T?

Those who have owned, driven and worked on both should respond to this. (For fun !) :D
by Rich Bingham
Thu May 28, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

One thing leads to another around here. The rabbit hunt photo reminds me that KD had a brief lived affair with LuluBelle Suggs, who was crowned Queen of the Aberdeen rabbit drive that year. More humanely, they used ball bats - but I digress.
by Rich Bingham
Wed May 27, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wondering about mileage
Replies: 3
Views: 594

Wondering about mileage

Just pondering the imponderable. Think of it ! Over fifteen million Model Ts rolling through almost one hundred and twelve years of history to date. Does anyone dare to estimate the number of miles they have traveled ? (So far ! We ain’t done yet !) Even at the conservative annual average (20,000 mi...
by Rich Bingham
Wed May 27, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Brass brazing rods
Replies: 18
Views: 1199

Re: Brass brazing rods

The annals of the Model T include instances where the riveted gear case has parted from the column. When that happens you have no steering, which has resulted in serious mishaps. Make sure your re-attachment is robust and sound. No aluminum, no plastic, no glue !
by Rich Bingham
Mon May 25, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Creating Patina ... Need Help
Replies: 16
Views: 848

Re: Creating Patina ... Need Help

Natural “patination” in progress here. Heavy rains the past couple of days, apparently the hood hinge leaks like a sieve ! No doubt the spark plug wells were full of water when I cranked ‘er up this morning - I never thought about it. I’m a little surprised the plugs weren’t shorted out by all that ...
by Rich Bingham
Fri May 22, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Interior Fabric sources
Replies: 9
Views: 589

Re: Interior Fabric sources

Rich, that looks great ! Corduroy is a good choice. Bill Hirsch used to order up authentic wool broadcloth stuffs for the restoration trade, but even 30 years ago it was mighty expensive and required him to make massive orders with woolen mills in the U.K. He may still have some Model T patterns. Wo...
by Rich Bingham
Fri May 22, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Rich, that’s correct. He didn’t change them until January 4, 1936. They were still brown. Slug always was a snappy dresser, but he wouldn’t have had to wear two pairs of socks if he’d worn the right size boots. (14 triple “E”)
by Rich Bingham
Thu May 21, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

The Diablo tire patent was devilishly clever, and would have revolutionized pneumatic tire technology for years to come had Biff Huffingpuf, inventor and founder of the company, been independently capitalized. Alas, he made a “deal with the devil”, and launched his tire enterprise with financing fro...
by Rich Bingham
Thu May 21, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Brass "conversion"
Replies: 20
Views: 1162

Re: Brass "conversion"

The encyclopedia states 308,162 cars were built in 1915. I heard the “urban myth” that there were more ‘15s around than Henry built (owing to phonied-up 1916-22 cars) back in the ‘60s. Does anyone still believe that ? :lol:
by Rich Bingham
Wed May 20, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Curious how that magenta beret brings us back to our main subject, the adventures of Kalamity Dick: In his early school days, KD had a very close friend, name of Chad Plackett who affected a beret. The two shared many happy after-school hours, fishing for mud puppies on Upper Chugwater Creek, and co...
by Rich Bingham
Wed May 20, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wood Band Install - Issue
Replies: 5
Views: 484

Re: Wood Band Install - Issue

Two observations: There were at least three (likely more) suppliers of bands throughout production, and each had their own slight differences. For the detachable ear variety, mis-matching “ears” and bands may or may not be problematic when fit up in the case. (Going through a big pile of bands in a ...
by Rich Bingham
Wed May 20, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Jack was a kind soul who often fed the pigeons in Chugwater Park on his lunch break. The birds loved him for himself, and would sit in his lap and perch on his arm to get the moss seed he brought them.
by Rich Bingham
Tue May 19, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Few people know how instrumental great great grandma Burger was in the development of the self contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA). She often complained to Jack Crustacean who worked the seed beds at the moss plantation how trailing the “hard hat” diving suit air hoses and gear lanyard ...
by Rich Bingham
Mon May 18, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

The pages reveal many fascinating details. Miss Prudence Ramcootie taught all nine grades in the one-room school house KD attended for three years. Her diary entry for September 4 : “. . . It’s an absolute delight how quickly young Richard Klamitboffer has grasped the concept of turning pages in a b...
by Rich Bingham
Sun May 17, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Wasn’t there also a model they called the “Strudelmaker” ?
But we digress.
by Rich Bingham
Sat May 16, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

The Hamlin brothers really were wizards, but that’s another story. Some made fun of the promotional poster shown above, but in spite of exaggerations of scale, it was based in fact. During summer vacations, KD’s nephews would take turns writing informational messages on the back of the elephant that...
by Rich Bingham
Sat May 16, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Point of information, KD swore by the “Wizard Oil” (far right). He claimed it was a “. . . marvelous mystery . . .” how it eliminated aches and pains after a hard day of adjusting kaphistulators throughout the Tri-Burg area, although it was never proved how the anaesthetic quality of a shot or two o...
by Rich Bingham
Sat May 16, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Don’t wanna git stuck
Replies: 8
Views: 1094

Re: Don’t wanna git stuck

:lol: I’m in mud like that now. Re-seeded the hayfield and having to sprinkle up the nurse crop, we’re checking on the irrigation in Lizzie as usual. Mud on the headlands is about as deep as that last picture shows. Steering becomes a little “snakey” but no big problems with traction. Dealing with a...
by Rich Bingham
Fri May 15, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: PARTS OF MODEL T FORDS USED FOR OTHER THINGS,
Replies: 22
Views: 2228

Re: PARTS OF MODEL T FORDS USED FOR OTHER THINGS,

Back when I first became enamored of the Model T Ford, before the demise of the forty acre farm (circa 1962) it seemed nearly every farmstead in our corner of southeast Idaho had one of these one-row spud diggers in their bone pile of discarded machinery. Now, like the small farm, they have disappea...
by Rich Bingham
Thu May 14, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Rich, I know from experience reading excerpts from KD’s log book how exciting that can be, so in the spirit of the Ex-Lax Kid, I have to agree if you can post more of KD’s adventures, that would indeed “. . . be a treat for all of us !” I’m sure Irving will be much gratified by your efforts. Burger,...
by Rich Bingham
Thu May 14, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Which topic ? Glad to see Irving. We grabbed a beer at Ernie’s and he (very politely) reminded me that the title of this topic is “The Adventures of Kalamity Dick”, and he had come all the way from Brooklyn just to remind the Institute trustees that he, for one, would like to see more about real adv...
by Rich Bingham
Wed May 13, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Wayne, I’m so glad you brought up both of those points. For some time now, certain anachronisms such as the modern currency in that old photo, have come to the attention of the research staff. Indications seem to point to the possibility that KD’s Uncle Lumby (Columbus Q. Klamitboffer) was occasiona...
by Rich Bingham
Tue May 12, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 14 Touring
Replies: 6
Views: 559

Re: 14 Touring

I agree, Larry. Spokes are striped as well.
by Rich Bingham
Mon May 11, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Thank you Herb, that explains the eighteen inch papier-mache rat 🐀 in the rotating displays artifacts bin. It frightens Bartholomew and his cat as well.
by Rich Bingham
Sun May 10, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Rich, thank you for providing the photo of KD behind the wheel of the Owlsley’s light delivery truck. Historically important for two reasons, the sign imprint on the van shows Ma Owlsley in her younger days, and the truck proves that scale receipts found in Seamus’ documents were indeed for truck lo...
by Rich Bingham
Sun May 10, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Two simple, dumb questions about the hogshead
Replies: 17
Views: 1030

Re: Two simple, dumb questions about the hogshead

While I can see the rationale for soaking the felt with varnish it sounds like it would be messy and problematic if one ends by doing such a good job of sealing up the trans cover that it’s permanently glued in place. I’ve never accomplished a “perfect seal” on any of my Ts, so I can’t say if oil wi...
by Rich Bingham
Sun May 10, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
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Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Burger, please thank Heinrich for supplying this photo next time he sees you. There’s a good reason why he is the Institute’s senior researcher and janitorial foreman. At first I wondered why there were two steam traction engines pulling in tandem to deliver the spandrel beams. Then I realized the e...
by Rich Bingham
Fri May 08, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
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Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

I’m glad to learn the Owlsleys keep up the tradition of holding a community biscuit feed each St. Swithin’s Day. That was started by Ma Owlsley on the occasion of the very first regatta. Her favorite saying was, “You can put horse turds in the oven, but that don’t make ‘em biscuits.” There were time...
by Rich Bingham
Fri May 08, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Foto of the Day
Replies: 404
Views: 50886

Re: Foto of the Day

wayne sheldon wrote:
Thu May 07, 2020 3:55 pm
Why does that running board three pictures up make me think of Salvador Dali?
Persistence of vision, Wayne. :lol:
by Rich Bingham
Fri May 08, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
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Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Actually, Herb, the rifle is structural, forming the brace between the seat upright and the front fork. Recoil dramatically improves the bicycle’s brakes which are marginal at best. Once, descending Killmotor Hill, Deputy Clodworth Beezley was obliged to fire thirty six rounds in order to avoid cert...
by Rich Bingham
Thu May 07, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

As a former deputy himself, Bartholomew was especially motivated to research the home on Slickpoo Road. While digging through the files, he found this photo of the prototype bicycle Kalamity Dick designed and built for sheriff Chauncey T. Dumbrow shortly before he was voted out of office. Personally...
by Rich Bingham
Wed May 06, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Floor sealer help
Replies: 19
Views: 1021

Re: Floor sealer help

I am perennially amazed at the number of ways to “skin a cat” that arise on the forum whenever a problem is posed for solution. Usually a few recommendations are diametrically opposed, and some reflect misunderstanding of materials or methods, although they seem to have satisfied the person who offe...
by Rich Bingham
Tue May 05, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Strictly Model T Humor
Replies: 100
Views: 13459

Re: Strictly Model T Humor

:shock: 2,017.8 ? :lol:
by Rich Bingham
Mon May 04, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

The Fat family was a bit shy of their relationship to the Ons. They were all heavy drinkers, and the Fats were tee-totaling Methodists. Hung Wun achieved remarkable fame as the world’s first side-saddle bull rider in spite of his alcoholism. Rodeo fans thrilled to see him ride the salty ones in full...
by Rich Bingham
Mon May 04, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Priming Wire Hole
Replies: 5
Views: 730

Re: Priming Wire Hole

You really do want to run the choke wire through the brass trim or the shell. Repro radiator on my ‘13 was not drilled for one, and the wire was run through the core next to the trim piece for a number of years. In time, this damages fins, and possibly tubes if there’s enough chafing. Thanks to the ...
by Rich Bingham
Mon May 04, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
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Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Tu Fat was a legend in the Basin. Most folks don’t know how deeply he influenced both the recording industry and the genre of Western music. The 16th album was the first time artwork was produced exclusively for an album cover. No mean feat in the era of wax gramophone cylinders. Tu and his Taildrag...
by Rich Bingham
Sun May 03, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

It’s a curious fact of horticulture that Asian noodle varieties are annuals planted as row crops as seen in the above photo, whereas spaghetti and other Italian pasta varieties grow on trees, usually in olive orchards. Wo Fat’s noodle farm was successful enough to supply his restaurant, but never pr...
by Rich Bingham
Sat May 02, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old Photo - Chicken Feed
Replies: 16
Views: 1789

Re: Old Photo - Chicken Feed

d stroud wrote:
Fri May 01, 2020 10:32 pm
. . . I can tell you for a fact they do indeed "flop around" after being relieved of their heads . . .
Flop around they will. Dave, I never said they don’t “flop around”. I have never seen one walk about or run as if they were still intact, as Dennis reported. :)
by Rich Bingham
Fri May 01, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

A skilled hand with explosives when on the job in the alphabet mines, Surge seriously misjudged the amount of TNT required to blow up a 30 x 3-1/2” tire to 55psi. The Saddlestring Clarion did publish a very fine eulogy, however.
by Rich Bingham
Fri May 01, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old Photo - Chicken Feed
Replies: 16
Views: 1789

Re: Old Photo - Chicken Feed

Not to contradict Henry, but “reliable sources” have confirmed that chicken is the irregularly sized golden brown morsels of deep-fried “something” sold in small paper trays by Mickey D’s and other similar establishments. :lol: :lol:
by Rich Bingham
Fri May 01, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: unconventional transmission brake bands
Replies: 20
Views: 1285

Re: unconventional transmission brake bands

Like Joe, I’ve found old cork insert linings in my parts stash. They didn’t look very much worn at all.
by Rich Bingham
Fri May 01, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: carbide generator hose
Replies: 10
Views: 1025

Re: carbide generator hose

I got red rubber tubing from Lang’s just a couple of years ago that measured up correctly. It had a sort of “fabric weave” light texture. My Lizzie spends summers outside, and the UV has not been kind to these hoses. It’s checking and fading some, though still viable. At one point I thought I read t...
by Rich Bingham
Fri May 01, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

It’s quite plain from this flood of informative photographs that the PLP inventors were very conscious of power to weight ratios in these early attempts; hence the use of small children. Hepzibah claims the first trials for water-skiing chickens were aimed at achieving “escape velocity” to get them ...
by Rich Bingham
Fri May 01, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: 'Oliver Sudden'
Replies: 7
Views: 1004

Re: 'Oliver Sudden'

Wherefore “taste” in music ?!? Ever anon, listening to commercial music on the radio, one becomes aware of the mind numbing similarity in all genres. If you like it, it’s “good music”, if it’s unfamiliar, you probably don’t like it. On that note (hee, hee!) why the bum jokes about polka and accordio...
by Rich Bingham
Fri May 01, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old Photo - Chicken Feed
Replies: 16
Views: 1789

Re: Old Photo - Chicken Feed

To continue in the vein some may find “inappropriate” ( :shock: really ?!?) we have always kept a flock of laying hens. What with culling the cockerels for fryers, and terminating stewing hens when they’re past optimal egg production, over the years I have stripped to the waist and donned the black ...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Apr 30, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: unconventional transmission brake bands
Replies: 20
Views: 1285

Re: unconventional transmission brake bands

Here you go Les ! NOS :lol:

I would have used them but they smell funky and I think have damp rot. There were several brands marketed with cork inserts “back in the day”.
by Rich Bingham
Thu Apr 30, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

For some time the trunk of values has proved invaluable in providing details on obscure topics. The “Poultry Livery Period” in the Basin has been entirely overlooked up to now, so the Institute’s entire team of researchers has been at work with the files since discovery. Here’s a quick rundown on wh...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Apr 29, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: unconventional transmission brake bands
Replies: 20
Views: 1285

Re: unconventional transmission brake bands

I thought this was about using leather for band lining ? “Turn to mush”. ? I don’t think so. Think of frying bacon ! Heat and oil would eventually turn leather brittle and glazed, likely losing its ability to grab the drums efficiently. Times past, there have been posts about using harness leather (...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Apr 28, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old photo - Roadster pick up
Replies: 12
Views: 842

Re: Old photo - Roadster pick up

Thanks, Charley. I see that now. Wooden box !
Rich, thanks for taking the trouble to look through plates. I don’t see a match either. Of course knowing the plate still wouldn’t necessarily tell us where the photo was taken.
The mystery deepens !
by Rich Bingham
Tue Apr 28, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old photo - Roadster pick up
Replies: 12
Views: 842

Re: Old photo - Roadster pick up

Rich, the veggies and landscape look to me like it could be anywhere south of central Nevada. Just a wild guess. Back to the license plate, barring a post at a higher resolution, the inscription seems to offer some earmarks that might suggest both state and approximate year for a plate guru to guess...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Apr 28, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old photo - Roadster pick up
Replies: 12
Views: 842

Re: Old photo - Roadster pick up

:shock: good thought Charley ! I didn’t even think of that ! :oops:
by Rich Bingham
Tue Apr 28, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old photo - Roadster pick up
Replies: 12
Views: 842

Re: Old photo - Roadster pick up

Yes, looks like ‘15 or earlier fenders on a ‘17-‘22 T. From the looks of them, especially the right one, the owner was mighty rough on front fenders. Proof that “parts salad” Fords were “normal” even in their salad days ! :lol: It would be fun to learn the state and year of the license plate if phot...
by Rich Bingham
Sun Apr 26, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

I’m glad you asked that Herb. Kalamity Dick and Sam Gilson never did see eye to eye. Part of their disaffection stemmed from the fact that at the time the mineral was discovered, the Uintas Basin was Indian reservation land and for that reason, pretty much out of KD’s usual path as he made his round...
by Rich Bingham
Sun Apr 26, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
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Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

They’re still mining Gilsonite and adding it to asphalt mixes for paving. Good post Herb, thanks ! (Honest ! No joke !! You can check with Heinrich at the Institute if you doubt me. )
by Rich Bingham
Sat Apr 25, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: shutters
Replies: 7
Views: 705

Re: shutters

“Winter fronts” of various types were common accessories for all cars in cold climates, from sheets of cardboard to “bonnets” of leatherette with snaps to adjust the amount of coverage to metal shutters. Semi tractors still use the fabric type. Packard, Rolls and others had thermostatically controll...
by Rich Bingham
Sat Apr 25, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Burger, you may want to avail yourself of all five volumes of the Ketone manuals. They were collated, updated and re-published as a set, titled “Ketone’s Mineral and Mining Sampler” in 1939. Great bedtime reading, but it’s heavy. As many reviewers commented, “ I couldn’t pick it up.”
by Rich Bingham
Fri Apr 24, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old Postcard - Fully loaded model T
Replies: 19
Views: 1439

Re: Old Postcard - Fully loaded model T

Just to beat a dead flivver, here’s a snap of the repro fender on my ‘13. I think 20 years ago or so repro front fenders were offered as being for’13-‘14 ? Not long ago a correspondent pointed out the ‘13 “no bill” fenders had a sort of “buck-toothed” flare to the front edge. Can we assume the ‘14 f...
by Rich Bingham
Fri Apr 24, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

“Ketone’s Compendium of Mineral Marinades” lists milk of magnesia and cream of vanadium as interchangeable. Philo used milk of magnesia only because the drug store was next door to Ernie’s. Being particular as he was, KD always preferred cream of vanadium, and separated it from fresh vanadium milk h...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Apr 23, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Replating a R.V. Mirror
Replies: 7
Views: 784

Re: Replating a R.V. Mirror

Thanks, R. V. and Mark !! :D
by Rich Bingham
Thu Apr 23, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Kalamity Dick had so many endearing personality quirks. Cuthbert claimed KD's aversion to Philips screws was rooted in an unfortunate incident involving milk of magnesia, but we can't be sure of that. For a short time, Ernie's Saloon offered a cocktail called a Philips Screwdriver, but it proved unp...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Apr 23, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
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Views: 170401

Re: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?

Sebastian just crossed my desk with a sheaf of notes from KD’s briefcase. (There was also a well preserved ham sandwich in the briefcase which will be displayed in the Institute’s kaphistulator display along with KD’s favorite pair of pliers) Pertinent to this discussion are the details for upgradin...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Apr 23, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Replating a R.V. Mirror
Replies: 7
Views: 784

Re: Replating a R.V. Mirror

Larry, I assume you want the mirror glass re-silvered - not metal parts plated ?

If so, I’m interested too, I have a pair of gas headlight reflectors that need to be re-silvered. “More research is indicated !”