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by Rich Bingham
Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1187
Views: 47603

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

I'm perennially amazed at how posts to this exciting topic always seem to be closely inter-related, in constant mesh, like the gears of a fine-tuned planetary transmission ! Going back five posts to the uncertainty whether that actually is Kalamity Dick in the seance photograph, when Sebastian asked...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1187
Views: 47603

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

How nice ! I, too, have been privy to "outdoor convenience" on many occasions in my youth. The memory is indelible.
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Foto of the Day
Replies: 268
Views: 17444

Re: Foto of the Day

In the "cool old hardware" dept. - horse barn in our place was originally a 4-horse shed with tie-stalls. It probably dates from about 1905, I love the ridged hinges and ceramic knobs on the manger doors. Apologies for the Phillips screws, which I really detest, but slotted head wood screws have dis...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Foto of the Day
Replies: 268
Views: 17444

Re: Foto of the Day

Not exactly car related - but I've had fun with this - I've noted for some time that Babe seems to encourage avian visitors in her stall, but I didn't think she'd go so far as to build them a bird house in there. Chicks just fledged . . .
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Foto of the Day
Replies: 268
Views: 17444

Re: Foto of the Day

Why yes !! We can start complaining about the heat any time now ! :lol:

"As a rule, man's a fool,
When it's hot he wants it cool,
When it's cool he wants it hot,
Always wanting what is not !"
by Rich Bingham
Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1187
Views: 47603

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

The photo on the left is of particular interest, as it was unusual to see candid photographs in that era. This one was doubtless taken the day Stevie decided to tie a string of fire-crackers to the family cat's tail. Mrs. Holleranger rescued the cat (held on her left arm) and she has Stevie firmly b...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Foto of the Day
Replies: 268
Views: 17444

Re: Foto of the Day

Rich, is that Doc Battles' office ?
by Rich Bingham
Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1187
Views: 47603

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

I'm not here either. Sebastian came by and picked me up in his sport-about. We headed down-river to meet Ludwig at McTucker's Fall. Ludwig appears to have gill-netted the sturgeon that was swimming in our front yard during the flood of '97. Most of the tag in its adipose fin is quite corroded, but t...
by Rich Bingham
Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What a useful wrench
Replies: 9
Views: 874

Re: What a useful wrench

Gascolator ?!? :shock: wha'dat ?!?
by Rich Bingham
Sat Jul 06, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Famous Model T art
Replies: 6
Views: 797

Re: Famous Model T art

Steve, thanks for that story from your family history. I much enjoyed that ! Also great to see this monumental bronze. (I love that grasshopper on the radiator !) As for horses encountering horseless carriages for the first time, I agree that by '26, most probably there were few horses on the road t...
by Rich Bingham
Sat Jul 06, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Old Photo-Mechanics on parade
Replies: 5
Views: 569

Re: Old Photo-Mechanics on parade

J. O. U. A. M. began as a youth organization of a fraternal organization established in 1845. It became an independent society in 1885.
by Rich Bingham
Sat Jul 06, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Is this 18% grade too steep for a Model T to descend down?
Replies: 34
Views: 2612

Re: Is this 18% grade too steep for a Model T to descend down?

That run represents an average 14% grade if I did the math right. Good on ya, Chad !! :D

(Maybe harder to descend "up" ?? :lol: )
by Rich Bingham
Sat Jul 06, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Old Photo-Mechanics on parade
Replies: 5
Views: 569

Re: Old Photo-Mechanics on parade

Long before the advent of grease-covered automobile monkeys, carpenters, wheelwrights, cabinet makers, tinsmiths, millwrights, blacksmiths, and carriage and wagon builders (even sign painters) i.e. practically all skilled trades - were collectively referred to as "mechanics". Not unfairly, after the...
by Rich Bingham
Fri Jul 05, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Old Photo - the Irma Hotel
Replies: 11
Views: 833

Re: Old Photo - the Irma Hotel

Thanks Rich. Dunno why I always seem to think "steam" first when there's a White ! :roll:
by Rich Bingham
Fri Jul 05, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Old Photo - the Irma Hotel
Replies: 11
Views: 833

Re: Old Photo - the Irma Hotel

FWIW, I believe the fellow driving the White steamer is "Ranger Bill Miller" (1878-1939) an actor and film director who was a Texas Ranger, toured with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show for a time, and claimed (falsely) to have been Wm. F. Cody's adopted son.
by Rich Bingham
Fri Jul 05, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1187
Views: 47603

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

As so often is the case on this fascinating thread, the information piles up so quickly and abundantly it becomes hard to follow through with important details. Going back to the previous page, in reference to all the fowl language, it becomes quite apparant why the expression "Duck soup" became syn...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: planning to drive your T on July 4?
Replies: 26
Views: 1344

Re: planning to drive your T on July 4?

Like any other day, I'll drive Lizzie to check on the irrigation, then maybe a joyride around the neighborhood just for fun.
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Any 1913 Runabouts in Idaho or close by
Replies: 4
Views: 351

Re: Any 1913 Runabouts in Idaho or close by

Hi Joe, Yup. I have a '13 runabout, you're welcome here any time. Meanwhile, if you have questions, I'm no expert but I'll do my best to answer questions you may have. You may want to contact "Original Smith" as he also has a '13 runabout. He's very knowledgeable. My Lizzie (like most Idahoans these...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Jul 01, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Advice needed painting a wooden body Touring
Replies: 9
Views: 874

Re: Advice needed painting a wooden body Touring

Richard, yielding to temptation would be a good thing ! :lol:
by Rich Bingham
Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1187
Views: 47603

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

Burger, yes, I could believe that. Congratulations on your appointment to the Hahvahd faculty ! Meanwhile, I'm struck by the fact that Pablo Bunon (sorry, I don't know how to apply the proper orthographic marks, such as the tilda over the "n") was (height differences notwithstanding) a dead ringer f...
by Rich Bingham
Sat Jun 29, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Chattering Brakes
Replies: 36
Views: 1657

Re: Chattering Brakes

. . . brake drum is shinier than the other two. Not blue or discolored .. just smoother and shinier. The accepted wisdom in driving technique is to avoid "feathering" the low and reverse bands; get right on 'em and lock them up quickly as is practical. I'd reckon no one advises doing that while bra...
by Rich Bingham
Sat Jun 29, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Looking for this 1916 T
Replies: 10
Views: 1161

Re: Looking for this 1916 T

Can you narrow it down a little within those 181,556 square miles Bob ? :shock:
by Rich Bingham
Fri Jun 28, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: OLD PHOTO - BIG CLOTHES, SMALL PEOPLE AND A FORD
Replies: 6
Views: 850

Re: OLD PHOTO - BIG CLOTHES, SMALL PEOPLE AND A FORD

I see three Fords in that picture !
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jun 27, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1187
Views: 47603

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

Herb, it is remarkable how you are able to find such interesting photos, each one adding valuable detail to the full history of Kalamity Dick and his life, times, and many associates. Thank you again ! In this case, the photo provides a link to the early history of Kalamity Dick at the beginning of ...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Old Photo - Wes and Camping Trip
Replies: 12
Views: 909

Re: Old Photo - Wes and Camping Trip

In the interest of narrowing down the "guessology", the American Austin Co. was organized in 1929 and produced cars under license from the British Austin Motors Co. from 1930 through 1935. The car in the photo looks to be typical of models prior to 1927 given the styling hallmarks. ( I like the idea...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Carriage or car body?
Replies: 7
Views: 823

Re: Carriage or car body?

Yes it could be a sleigh body. It was not uncommon to use a body of that type on runners in winter, and on a carriage running gear in summer. Many similar bodies were used on automobile chassis in the "oughts" 1900-1906 especially. Lack of a horse-drawn type dash and the cut out in the toe board sug...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1187
Views: 47603

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

Herb, positive identification would be the inscription Gerard Larkvonnet had engraved on the underside of the "bell" of the spittoon. Alas, there is no record of how it read. Personally, I would have expected to see more than one dent in it after "Chugwater Harold" stumped home from the saloon with ...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Jun 24, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1187
Views: 47603

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

This just in ! Heinrich discovered the Hearst papers picked up the story of Kalamity Dick's citations as a "filler"article. The following edited transcription appeared in the June 25 issue of the San Francisco Chronicle, page 16, wedged between an ad for "Hanford's Balsam of Myrrh" and the Castro Va...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Holley G starting overflow?
Replies: 1
Views: 238

Re: Holley G starting overflow?

I'd say it's not "abnormal" . . . perhaps you are choking too much; all T's respond differently, but two pulls "cold" in summer weather is adequate to start my '13 with the Holley G carb. In cold weather, three or four might be required. Perhaps your float level is set a wee bit too generous ? You c...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1187
Views: 47603

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

I sure wish we could read the articles in that clipping. I have been trying for years to locate a complete issue of the Chugwater Herald for June 17. Obviously it was the annual special edition, as the 40-cent price indicates. What we can read of the articles indicates a report on the mill explosion...
by Rich Bingham
Sat Jun 22, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: In-line fuel filter recomendations
Replies: 16
Views: 1250

Re: In-line fuel filter recomendations

:roll: opinion : based on my experience, the stock setup, i.e. "spud" sediment bowl under the tank, straight-through line and OEM carb needs no filter nor additional plumbing. I've run tanks so cruddy the spud wouldn't drain without prodding the petcock, and a fair handful of rust and dirt would flu...
by Rich Bingham
Fri Jun 21, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Not Model T - date and make?
Replies: 6
Views: 642

Re: Not Model T - date and make?

I agree with Rich, and probably before 1920, perhaps as early as mid-teens, no later tan 1922. Just a guess. Good on you for making the effort to be precise !! Things moved along really fast between 1900 and 1920 !! (And we think changes are rapid these days ! :shock: )
by Rich Bingham
Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: FJ - Some Humor To Brighten Your Day
Replies: 181
Views: 10736

Re: FJ - Some Humor To Brighten Your Day

Joe: "I got this Model T for my wife !"
Moe: "Seems like a fair trade."
by Rich Bingham
Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: As seen on Craigslist
Replies: 11
Views: 1300

Re: As seen on Craigslist

Cute, but how exactly would it "press" ?!?
by Rich Bingham
Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Spoke Tightening Method
Replies: 14
Views: 1323

Re: Spoke Tightening Method

Scott's right. If a spoke is loose at the felloe, surely it's loose at the hub as well. More, driving a screw through a spoke is an invitation to split it. Properly rebuilt wheels are the best (and most important) investment you can make in the safety and "good running" of your model T.
by Rich Bingham
Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1187
Views: 47603

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

Neither Larkspur nor Sasquatch understood that molecular biology has nothing to do with moles. Moles, of course, are not related to hedgehogs. Neither is Sasquatch. The rifle pictured above is indeed a bolt-action, probably a model 18 Sprungflump .27 cal. Very rare. Early ads called it a "blot-actio...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: New T owner with a few questions
Replies: 21
Views: 1460

Re: New T owner with a few questions

What a great looking runabout !! No one has mentioned the after-market radiator, and I'm not "up" on '13-'14 differences enough to know if the crank handle changed from "curvey aluminum" to "straight taper steel" in '14. (??) It's always a question with a 105 year old Model T just how many later par...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Lotion or conditioner for touring top?
Replies: 2
Views: 315

Re: Lotion or conditioner for touring top?

Doubtless your top material is vinyl, being made in the 1990s. Like every other "rubberized" material that pre-dated vinyl, given enough age and exposure to weather and sunlight, it will become brittle and crack, but it so far outlives the old materials it's not much of a consideration. Unless you f...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1187
Views: 47603

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

That photo of the hedgehog reminds me of photos I've seen of Cuthbert Maddox's second cousin Larkspur Bondurant. Larkspur was a rather colorful character around the tri-burg area in the late 1950's, and an 8mm movie sequence of him walking along the shore of Lake Chugwater not only appears nearly id...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Summer's around the corner
Replies: 5
Views: 546

Re: Summer's around the corner

I recall one time my Dad teased Hank, an elderly friend with a thick Georgia accent, upon finding him "all dressed up" in a suit and tie. Dad offered maybe he was looking for a girl-friend. Hank replied, "Thet'd be just like a dam' dawg chasin' a cawr. Whut's he gonna do if he ketches it ? He cain't...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Interesting tinny sound at startup
Replies: 11
Views: 820

Re: Interesting tinny sound at startup

I've found through the past two years, my Model T runs better and quieter than ever. Meanwhile, the audiologist claims I have increased hearing loss. I refuse to believe there's any connection hear (!) Bad noises get worse and louder . . . inconsequential noises that go away, well, What ?? Me worry ...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1187
Views: 47603

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

Rich, thank you again for posting yet another of the invaluable photos of the two friends. As previously noted, the pornograph section of my confutor has been permanently disabled, and though Heinrich and Sebastian have sent many historic photos from the files for me to authenticate, I am as yet una...
by Rich Bingham
Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Cars and Coffee Regency
Replies: 16
Views: 931

Re: Cars and Coffee Regency

I'd bet on DeSoto, given Burger's interest in them. Otherwise, a mid-1950's "space-age" land yacht, about the size of a brontosaurus, ain't it grand ? From the days when new cars were still a wonderment.
by Rich Bingham
Sun Jun 16, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Top damage - needs re-blacking
Replies: 8
Views: 903

Re: Top damage - needs re-blacking

That doesn't appear to be wear damage, rather a smear of some white substance on the top material. Try removing it with a little lacquer thinner (or acetone, your wife's fingernail polish remover) used sparingly on a rag and see if it comes off.
by Rich Bingham
Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Shop tip
Replies: 10
Views: 1183

Re: Shop tip

It's Bill wrote:
Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:18 am
$#£÷*@×&€$!!!!%÷$#??
Translation : "Rippin strippin cornsarn dang fang zarg barga ding-dong !"

Works every time !
by Rich Bingham
Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: If you don't like car shows...
Replies: 5
Views: 609

Re: If you don't like car shows...

The public likes car shows. There's no dearth of people proud of their cars who like to show them. Fun for both ! In short, car shows are the sort of thing that people who like that sort of thing will like. I've had a lot of fun at car shows, and made friends and good contacts while participating. T...
by Rich Bingham
Sat Jun 15, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: What a mess ... my garage with puddles of gas
Replies: 34
Views: 2299

Re: What a mess ... my garage with puddles of gas

I've noticed that opinions on modifications and methods are more often than not diametrically opposed, either side offering substantial quantities of logic, experience and passion to support their positions. I'd be inclined to listen to Stan Howe. In the end, one's choices depend on advice my grand-...
by Rich Bingham
Sat Jun 15, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Removable ear bands in 1915?
Replies: 18
Views: 1242

Re: Removable ear bands in 1915?

Don't do it.
by Rich Bingham
Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1187
Views: 47603

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

Worth noting, KD's collaboration with Nigel Mangrove precipitated Cuthbert Maddox's losing interest in working closely with KD. It began with his difficulty understanding Nigel's British accent and partly it was owing to his lack of understanding of highly complex systems and his rudimentary work ha...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Old Photo - Brass Era - AUTUMN Parade
Replies: 5
Views: 645

Re: Old Photo - Brass Era - AUTUMN Parade

Wonderful photo !! Where are we ? Two right hand drive cars . . . and the lead car has a custom body.
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Hood Corners Pads - what are they?
Replies: 11
Views: 1067

Re: Hood Corners Pads - what are they?

Little leather triangular "pockets" meant to be riveted to the inside lower corners of the hood, presumably keep the hood from scratching up the cowl. Unnecessary accessory ?
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1187
Views: 47603

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

Once again, careful research reveals how these tidbits of history are so inextricably intertwined in their details. A few readers wrote in to say how they scoffed at the unlikely surname "Mousetrap" as it appeared in reference to the Excelsior dealing brothers, Mickey and Mookie, stating they were t...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Identify that item!
Replies: 17
Views: 987

Re: Identify that item!

Herb nailed it. Missing one rein loop, it would have been sewn into the "saddle" and surcingle.
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: So tell me why I should buy a model T?
Replies: 61
Views: 3702

Re: So tell me why I should buy a model T?

:shock: just think how much fun you could have driving your Model T nekkid !! :o
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: How much time have you got ??
Replies: 23
Views: 1955

How much time have you got ??

A post today to the topic "Tell me why I should buy a Model T" provided a good quiz for a prospective buyer. It occurred to me perhaps another question might have been added, to wit, "How much time have you got to 'tinker', and to drive a Model T (at 30mph) ?" What do our members think about the amo...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Identify that item!
Replies: 17
Views: 987

Re: Identify that item!

Thanks Tom. Mighty interesting. Glass blower's tool makes sense. Neat item !
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Identify that item!
Replies: 17
Views: 987

Re: Identify that item!

Bend at the end of the handles suggests a blacksmith's tool. Can you post a closeup of the jaws, slightly open ? (Should be a fun thread Tom !)
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1187
Views: 47603

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

Re/ throwing information overboard, I see the KD saga spilling over into the regular discussion page. Just to clarify, that is indeed Cuthbert Maddox with his little dog Bowser, standing at the rear fender of the early Model T. The picture commemorated owner Phineas Mousse's trip from Fleabite, Wisc...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1187
Views: 47603

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

As it turns out, whenever anyone suffered a snake bite, both Kalamity Dick and Cuthbert would offer a sip of Happy Sally to the snake as well. You can't be too careful, they found !
by Rich Bingham
Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: FREE
Replies: 22
Views: 2583

Re: FREE

Any "book review" results from the opinions of the reviewer, so it's difficult to be objective. Here's my thoughts, if anyone's interested: First off, as noted, Mr. Moore was writing for a specific audience - definitely not Americans who cherish Model Ts. Weighing the glimpses of himself when he app...
by Rich Bingham
Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 1909 2 Lever on Ebay!
Replies: 11
Views: 1396

Re: 1909 2 Lever on Ebay!

?!? What's the fuss ?? Looks like the perfect Model T, all of the original shortcomings have been improved by retro-fitting modern components. Improved ride, no problem cruising at highway speeds, doubtless the brakes are adequate by 21st century standards. Isn't this what we're all striving for ? :...
by Rich Bingham
Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: California without gasoline-burning cars?
Replies: 26
Views: 1641

Re: California without gasoline-burning cars?

I have to put that 300,000 pounds into other terms to get a perspective. That's 150 tons, or roughly the gross vehicle weight of four 18 wheel semis fully loaded . . . I don't think that outfit could tow them. :shock:
by Rich Bingham
Sat Jun 08, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: So tell me why I should buy a model T?
Replies: 61
Views: 3702

Re: So tell me why I should buy a model T?

Maybe you shouldn't. Greg and Mark make good points. First, make sure you are well enough acquainted with the beast to be certain you really like them well enough to adopt one. Given the number of posts on this forum by folks who are one way or another striving to make their Model T into "something ...
by Rich Bingham
Sat Jun 08, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: California without gasoline-burning cars?
Replies: 26
Views: 1641

Re: California without gasoline-burning cars?

It snows in Califunny ?!? :shock:
by Rich Bingham
Fri Jun 07, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1187
Views: 47603

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

Wonderful photo. I, too, had forgotten that summer was suspended during the war years. Pretty bleak, overall. I'm pretty sure that's Cuthbert Maddox to the left of the flag. He wasn't an Uvula League officer either, but had a part interest in that sleek craft in the picture. Cuthbert wanted to chris...
by Rich Bingham
Fri Jun 07, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: 09 or 10? Toutabout
Replies: 3
Views: 715

Re: 09 or 10? Toutabout

The earliest Ts fascinate me. I reckoned it wasn't a "two-lever, two-pedal" car, but I don't know enough about them to be able to tell where they fall in production. Great picture !! I wonder where ?? Seems to me the architecture behind should be a clue as to the section of the country where this wa...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1187
Views: 47603

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

Gosh, is my face red ! Not only because the buffer wheel was over-loaded with rouge (I've been polishing the thermobaffle bushings on the first model kaphistulator I'm restoring) but because of this fox-paws over the approximate date of which "last summer" the note on the photo was referring to. I m...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1187
Views: 47603

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

For obvious reasons, Heinrich has never looked in the heterogeneous bin. On rare occasions, he delegated a search in the bin to Sebastian, who in turn had Bartholomew do it for him. (Bart has no scruples on the subject). I, myself, have never had occasion to peruse its contents, so I am delighted to...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Revisiting some fabrication
Replies: 100
Views: 8511

Re: Revisiting some fabrication

Rich, I always immensely enjoy seeing your work !!
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Old Photo - Alberta Family
Replies: 7
Views: 760

Re: Old Photo - Alberta Family

Wonderful picture !! Looks like a '12 (?) with some age on it, electric headlight conversion - I wish we could read the license plate !
Thanks for posting this !! :D
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Band adjusting nut change
Replies: 7
Views: 706

Re: Band adjusting nut change

First, why does it need replacing ? To review, the adjusting nut has an index slot which rests on the "bump" on a washer with an internal tab which mates with a groove in the pedal shaft. This keeps the nut "captive" at the tension to which the band is adjusted. There is no "bolt". The threaded shaf...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1187
Views: 47603

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

Thanks for posting that, Herb ! I hope some of the other volunteers from the Institute will regale us with tales of "The Kid's" many adventures with and without KD. Sheleen sure could put away the Happy Sally ! That picture is worth a good horse-laugh, whether you have a horse or not !
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1187
Views: 47603

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

I'll drink to that !! In fact, I'll drink to most anything, any time ! Some say I have a problem, but I never take more than an ounce of Happy Sally, and only at supper-time (medicinal purposes only). The hip flask I carry is only for snake bite. Oooops ! Time to feed the snake. More later . . .
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Foto of the Day
Replies: 268
Views: 17444

Re: Foto of the Day

Thanks for posting that Gil ! Lizzie seems happiest on a track like that. :D
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1187
Views: 47603

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

Later generations often fail to realize just how frequent were the interactions of noteworthy folks "back in the day", and how so many who shaped the modern world as we have come to abandon it often crossed paths. I'm not 100% certain of the identification, but I am reasonably sure that is indeed li...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jun 04, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Give me a ride!
Replies: 19
Views: 1597

Re: Give me a ride!

Tom (The Atom Bomb) has the run of the place, and likely has a pleasant relationship with our horses. I've seen Babe nuzzle him, and he often perches on stall doors. He is never around when I fire up Lizzy. (?). Last evening, I gave my two grandsons a riding lesson in the small pasture, and Tom was ...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jun 04, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Economy of scale
Replies: 10
Views: 1100

Re: Economy of scale

It's interesting to note that during the Model T's production run of nearly 19 years, the country was on the gold standard. I'm thinking that means for the most part, a 1927 dollar had the same purchasing power that a 1908 dollar had ? Since the Roosevelt administration "re-arranged" the monetary sy...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jun 04, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1187
Views: 47603

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

Back to the group photo in the doorway of the old blacksmith shop, that is indeed Cuthbert Maddox at center. Interesting photo, as it shows as well Cuthbert's estranged brother Waldorf (in the derby hat) by his side. This was the only time Waldorf came west for a visit, hoping to make amends to Cuth...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Pld Photo- Minot SD
Replies: 3
Views: 562

Re: Pld Photo- Minot SD

Do they make Montana jokes there ?
by Rich Bingham
Sun Jun 02, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Give me a ride!
Replies: 19
Views: 1597

Re: Give me a ride!

Aardvarks aren't bad eating and taste a little like gecko . . . Rich Geckoes are great to have around. Catch 'em by the tail, tail falls off. Renewable meat source. We used to keep a flock next to the chicken coop, similar idea. Gather the eggs and the gecko tails at the same time. Gecko tails and ...
by Rich Bingham
Sat Jun 01, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Am I ready for the Parade?
Replies: 13
Views: 1046

Re: Am I ready for the Parade?

Driving in a parade will be an experience you'll never forget. Everyone should do it once. Some folks love it, others will run away screaming. Fun for some, not for all. Enjoy !! :lol:
by Rich Bingham
Sat Jun 01, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1187
Views: 47603

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

Regarding KD''s motorcycle daze, Sebastian just sent this gem over the teletype: Enduring brutal sub-zero temperatures and near impassable winter roads, he rode the cycle for 36 hours non-stop between Toledo and Elyria. The Toledo pennant came in handy, he cut patches from it to repair his mukluks. ...
by Rich Bingham
Thu May 30, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Foto of the Day
Replies: 268
Views: 17444

Re: Foto of the Day

Just a little hot . . . a perfect image of "that really steams me !". I hope the little coupe wasn't too mad !

Steve, a really pleasant picture. Rules, schmools. The "composition police" seem able ever to find fault with the most masterful of images.
by Rich Bingham
Thu May 30, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Gasoline Fumes
Replies: 21
Views: 1578

Re: Gasoline Fumes

. . . gravity flow if a leak does happen, it will continue to leak until the tank is drained. Norm It's insidious. If you can smell gasoline there is possible danger. Norm is right. For months I fought with the "spud valve", the drain petcock, and the carb drain, never visible dripping, but parts w...
by Rich Bingham
Thu May 30, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OH CRAP!
Replies: 10
Views: 756

Re: OH CRAP!

Mad as a wet parakeet ? We have had an unusually wet May. Snow has still been piling up in the high country. It's a mixed blessing for us "desert dwellers". My first crop hay is "made" with only one pass irrigating. It will surely rain on it when it's down. :roll: Good advice, Burger. I wish I could...
by Rich Bingham
Thu May 30, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1187
Views: 47603

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

Once again we must give high praise to Heinrich for his massive skills as a researcher. As Cuthbert's motorcycle phase only lasted for one single afternoon, that photo is likely the rarest item in the archives. Trouble began when the motorcycle's engine lugged into a stall as Cuthbert attempted to s...
by Rich Bingham
Thu May 30, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Forum Support Questions
Topic: OT or not- my pet peeve about posts
Replies: 19
Views: 1517

Re: OT or not- my pet peeve about posts

Most often, I post from my "telephone" (?!?). Mainly because I take all of my photos with my "telephone" these days. I have noted that while the new forum setup allows me to post them without re-sizing, the full size image will appear sideways, and I have no options to dink with the image. However, ...
by Rich Bingham
Wed May 29, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1187
Views: 47603

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

The munkberry famine hit the tri-burg area very hard. This photo from the archives shows Ma Furstenwurst's fruit cellar after she donated all the munkberry moon she had on hand to St. Swithin's Orphanage in Saddlestring. Rumor has it she held back one can of munkberry moon ( kidney bean flavor ) for...
by Rich Bingham
Wed May 29, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Foto of the Day
Replies: 268
Views: 17444

Re: Foto of the Day

Dale, thanks for the note on Three Island State Park !

Rich, a unique view of a Model T and a fine picture - very artful !

I'm not sure why I took this picture . . .
by Rich Bingham
Wed May 29, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Cork inserts in trans bands ?
Replies: 11
Views: 803

Re: Cork inserts in trans bands ?

Several aftermarket band linings were offered using cork inserts "back in the day". Reviews at the time seem to indicate they worked well, operated very smoothly and increased band lining life. I bought this set as a curiosity. They smell musty and the cork has deteriorated. The woven lining may als...
by Rich Bingham
Tue May 28, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1187
Views: 47603

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

Shakey Bob more than deserved his share of the prize money. Grootnig had looped a rope around the left-rear corner of Number 3's frame, and made Shakey Bob stand in the mechanic's seat facing backwards, pulling on the rope for the remainder of the race. That's how he was able to win on only three wh...
by Rich Bingham
Tue May 28, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Foto of the Day
Replies: 268
Views: 17444

Re: Foto of the Day

"The first time we met is a favorite memory of mine . . ." -Merle Haggard

Lizzie in the belly of the transport that brought her out from New Joisey. She gave me a free start right off. I reckoned she liked me !
by Rich Bingham
Mon May 27, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Foto of the Day
Replies: 268
Views: 17444

Re: Foto of the Day

Steve, the crossing re-enactment probably started later than 1971. I see the last one was held in 2016. The website states the next re-enactment is "postponed indefinitely". Too bad, the site has a number of good photos. I'm sorry, I don't know how to post a link.
by Rich Bingham
Mon May 27, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1187
Views: 47603

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

Long-time readers of Precision Machine & Ox-shoeing Journal were unhappy when Joe Delklub was promoted to assistant editor. By then, Kalamity Dick had ceased contributing to the journal, complaining that Joe's editing made his articles nonsensical. The fact that Delklub was a poor speller added to D...
by Rich Bingham
Mon May 27, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1187
Views: 47603

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

Re/Herb's photo, Cuthbert Maddox had a horse named Jo-Del; he won every race he entered from Chugwater to the Medicine Line back in the day. Any connection ? I understand the animal had a remarkably musical "whinny". It's wonderful to see Clerd Finklebytner carrying on a proud tradition. Concert kaz...
by Rich Bingham
Sun May 26, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Foto of the Day
Replies: 268
Views: 17444

Re: Foto of the Day

Yup. Alfalfa, no cwazy wabbits, just gophers which we never had until forced to irrigate with sprinklers. Glenn's Ferry is about 185 miles west of us, a lot of desert and much drier than the upper valley. Were you there for the wagon crossing Steve? I always wanted to ride with them but haven't made...
by Rich Bingham
Sun May 26, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Foto of the Day
Replies: 268
Views: 17444

Re: Foto of the Day

Thanks for that last one Rich ! Interesting to see the "innards" of a '13-'14 housing. The early ones have a special charm. Up to the last couple of weeks of rain, our Lizzie went back to work helping me with the irrigation.
by Rich Bingham
Sun May 26, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: 2019 General Discussion Forum
Topic: Hail and an old top
Replies: 10
Views: 904

Re: Hail and an old top

Golf-ball size hail would have left the Poesche looking like it had been worked all over with a ball-pein hammer. You're a good friend ! Your friend should realize your kindness saved him thousands in body work, and gladly buy you a new top. Barring that, if it were mine, I'd patch it. It still look...
by Rich Bingham
Sat May 25, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1187
Views: 47603

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

Most listeners who were lucky enough to hear the pair of them harmonize on their kazoos were brought to tears. Interestingly, as we look deeper into the tire cord/popular song phenomenon, veiled references in the memoirs of other drivers of the period infer that hearing music from one's tires was mo...
by Rich Bingham
Sat May 25, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 1187
Views: 47603

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

Many people do not know that Barney Oldfield was a kazoo virtuoso, another endeavor he had in common with KD. Oddly, neither Oldfield nor KD wore corduroy trousers. They both hated that "zip-zip" sound as they walked. Nonetheless, they were very popular for many years during that period. As one migh...