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by Rich Bingham
Sun Mar 22, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Radiator Caps
Replies: 37
Views: 2486

Re: Radiator Caps

This one was given to me as “authentic 1913” by a friend who lost his ‘13 in a tragic fire. Small differences may be due to wear ?
by Rich Bingham
Sun Mar 22, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Radiator Caps
Replies: 37
Views: 2486

Re: Radiator Caps

Yup. Accumulated error. 😟

I thought perhaps some pictures might help. This is the pressed cap on my ‘13, presumed to be correct by two previous owners.
by Rich Bingham
Sat Mar 21, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

“Mad Dog” Maddox was known for his malapropisms. Relating everything to ranch work, he called hollyhocks “colliehocks”, as his old dog Shep loved to nap in the bed of hollyhocks that grew behind the horse barn. Of some interest are the limited brain surgeries Alex Geranium dabbled in. For a very sho...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Mar 19, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

I had a bike with vacuum tubes in the tires too. They were very popular for a short while. Folks liked them as there were very few leaves on streets and in the gutters come fall. I was very disappointed to find they were unavailable in 30x3-1/2” when I got my first Model T. Not all reviews were posi...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

I believe that’s correct, Rich. The five and dime was built from the same blueprints but was only a three-storey building lacking the upper tower area which was unnecessary for vacuum-tube centrally located accounting. It’s most likely the workers removed their sombreros at the photographer’s reques...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Period Picture- First Day Of Spring
Replies: 7
Views: 584

Re: Period Picture- First Day Of Spring

Sure does ! Maybe torn off when chains came loose ?
Is that a Model A following ? Parked cars seem to indicate early ‘30s for the photo.
by Rich Bingham
Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The frustration of incompetence
Replies: 124
Views: 9043

Re: The frustration of incompetence

:lol: let’s start this !! Opening bid ?? Anyone ? Anyone ?? Bueller ? :lol:
by Rich Bingham
Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Period Picture- First Day Of Spring
Replies: 7
Views: 584

Re: Period Picture- First Day Of Spring

:lol: Maybe, Henry ? Actually the snow has been plowed from the curb to the center of the street on both sides, something that’s still done around here today. It sure cuts down on jay-walking !! :D
by Rich Bingham
Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1913 Dark Blue
Replies: 14
Views: 1114

Re: 1913 Dark Blue

Not to worry Tim !! Give em time. When half worn out and not well adjusted you’ll get that authentic Model T stoppage again, plus a lot of squeaking !! 👍🏻 (you’re all welcome to ask how I know :lol: ) Re/ “perfectly authentic” 1913 blue, it’s well to remember that in the day, most bodies came painte...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Period Picture- First Day Of Spring
Replies: 7
Views: 584

Re: Period Picture- First Day Of Spring

There’s hope! It’s thawing on the sidewalk and you can buy a cee-gar after you get your haircut. Great picture !
Thanks for posting it Tim. Any idea where this was ?
by Rich Bingham
Wed Mar 18, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

How I miss those old movie palaces from the ‘20s. What a shame. This beauty in Horse Creek was razed in 1950 to make way for a drive-in movie “theater”. Oh well, you can’t stop Progress. Which reminds me, Cuthbert had a race horse named Progress . . .
by Rich Bingham
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

Re/ the Indian Motorcycle: Not withstanding the marque’s popularity among native Americans, it’s a shame their smallest light model, the “Hindu” was unable to compete with Japanese imports in the early 1960’s when the craze for small cycles reached its height. Perhaps confusion over nomenclature was...
by Rich Bingham
Sat Mar 14, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Period Picture- Abandoned Or Hit?
Replies: 16
Views: 1456

Re: Period Picture- Abandoned Or Hit?

The 1944 date is reasonable. A 15 to 20 year old T that quit wasn’t worth anything. I’ll bet it was being “mined” for parts.
by Rich Bingham
Sat Mar 14, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Period Picture- Abandoned Or Hit?
Replies: 16
Views: 1456

Re: Period Picture- Abandoned Or Hit?

I vote abandoned. The block and transmission may belong to it. Looks like a manifold lying on the fender. A date on the photo would help confirm. Can’t read a date on the license plate.
by Rich Bingham
Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is my MotoMeter normal?
Replies: 10
Views: 891

Re: Is my MotoMeter normal?

Probably normal. The guy you’re about to run over don’t care how hot your motor’s running . . . 😜
by Rich Bingham
Thu Mar 12, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Lizard head
Replies: 8
Views: 1220

Re: Lizard head

Many small reptiles are. :D
by Rich Bingham
Mon Mar 09, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

Interesting side look at the popular music of the period ! Burger’s post noting credit given to “C. Maddox” for the musical score opened an interesting line of enquiry. Bartholomew has uncovered documentation which details Cuthbert Maddox’s interest in music. He provided several scores for Tri-burg ...
by Rich Bingham
Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: DST Reminder. Set clocks forward tonight at 2:00 am
Replies: 11
Views: 1139

Re: DST Reminder. Set clocks forward tonight at 2:00 am

Speaking of sleep, I had a blanket that was too short for the bed, so I cut a foot off one end and sewed that onto the opposite end. Just like daylight saving ! It’s much longer now. :D
by Rich Bingham
Sat Mar 07, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

Wrapping up, Oz Moses’ nephew Moses Moses (his folks figured to save on first names) was the Tri-burg specialist in two-wheel transport. His unhappy expression in the above photo was due to the third wheel on the sidecar in which KD was riding. He often said, “If you can’t get it done on two wheels,...
by Rich Bingham
Fri Mar 06, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Period Picture- That Feminime Touch
Replies: 16
Views: 1916

Re: Period Picture- That Feminime Touch

Probably 3/4 elliptic springs on rear. Actually, parallel springs fore and aft was a common suspension setup for a very long time.
by Rich Bingham
Thu Mar 05, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

EB0AE109-BC6C-45E6-AB23-E3DAFE1B7E9A.jpeg Interestingly, Oswald Moses was a saddle tramp who partnered with Cuthbert “Mad Dog” Maddox for a short while in the early days. He was exceptionally noted for a complete lack of emissions in spite of the fact his diet consisted exclusively of beans and bac...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Mar 03, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old Photo - "Daddy at the Saloon"
Replies: 20
Views: 2065

Re: Old Photo - "Daddy at the Saloon"

Thanks for sharing the photo, Rich. Intriguing little puzzle the Model T presents, but I think I’m more taken with the view of Dupuyer, and the humor in labeling it “daddy at the saloon”, given that your grandfather Hutt was a Methodist minister. “Taken unaware” adds to the fun. I don’t suppose your...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Mar 03, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

Kalamity Dick was an enigma with a top hat. The warm celestial glow of his expression (much like Buddha’s) no doubt came from the inner calm he derived from deep thought and helping people. There is nothing in the record to verify the rumor that the recipe for Happy Sally was based on an ancient Hin...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Mar 02, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

When the Model T was introduced in the fall of 1908, Tri-burg entrepreneur Amos Aloyisius Abercrombie correctly assessed the desperate need early motorists had for roadside assistance, and outfitted a wagon filled with tires, tubes and spare parts. Pulled by a team of sturdy Percherons, he was thus ...
by Rich Bingham
Sat Feb 29, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Crossing the Yuba river
Replies: 9
Views: 905

Re: Crossing the Yuba river

Maybe there’s burlap (or something) involved in the tire wrap, looks to me like there’s a lot of rope used - pretty common traction improvement. I wonder if they worried at all whether that cable rig would stand the load ? I’m sure the car was not suspended, but the cable kept them from being swept ...
by Rich Bingham
Sat Feb 29, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

Herb, the party on the left looks oddly familiar. I’ve asked Benedict and Lothar, our two newest interns, to search the Teddy Roosevelt files for corroboration. Meanwhile, I’d like to return to the previous image to supply a bit of detail: Many people do not know of Kalamity Dick’s experiments in pa...
by Rich Bingham
Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

Well said, Burger. We all should take to heart your admonition, which is precisely in the spirit of the high standards the Uvula League worked tirelessly to support. That the organization fell apart when its last president, Daphne Turkle, ran off to be a pole dancer is no reflection on the high idea...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Feb 26, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old Photo-Wrecked early Model T
Replies: 10
Views: 1013

Re: Old Photo-Wrecked early Model T

Top bows, front seat and likely other wreckage are in the wagon. The kids are fascinated !
by Rich Bingham
Wed Feb 26, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

An excellent contribution Herb ! That’s William “Fedora” Finklenberg on the left with his spatula, and Robert “Bobolink” Mudrum on the right with his shovel. The pair fired the boilers for steam toilet subscribers in the Chugwater area. It’s of interest to note that while concerns for hygiene and sa...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Feb 25, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

The Floor Dinosaur could have revolutionized janitorial service in the second decade of the last century. Its decommissioning by the Institute’s board of directors was not KD’s fault. As the building was being completed, he designed the Dinosaur with the original blueprints in hand. Architect Ephrai...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Feb 25, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Pedal Shaft Seals
Replies: 13
Views: 1230

Re: Pedal Shaft Seals

Lead in paints and gasoline, asbestos as fireproofing and in friction linings, talc (soapstone) to lubricate inner tubes and in baby powder, oil leaking from automobiles. All commonly encountered fifty years ago, and certainly in the heyday of the Model T. The current generation goes into paroxysms ...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Mill the Z-Head for higher C.R.?
Replies: 13
Views: 1553

Re: Mill the Z-Head for higher C.R.?

Just “academically”, how much of an increase does that .050-.075” make in the compression ratio ? :?:
by Rich Bingham
Mon Feb 24, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

Herb, that is not the Buick’s vacuum tank. Probably an error in Heinrich’s part as he was looking for a photo of a vacuum tank. The item shown above is a vacuum tank. This is the first model Floor Dinosaur which the Institute’s maintenance department developed from KD’s concept drawings. That slopin...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Feb 24, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

So many worthwhile things have sprung from humble beginnings. Just think ! The Institute began in a small log hut very much like this one! The casual observer would never guess our imposing four-story marble and terra-cotta building, which covers just over a half-acre, grew from such a modest initia...
by Rich Bingham
Sun Feb 23, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

Cuthbert Maddox claimed to have received many presents from flying objects that traversed the skies over his ranch through the years. Some were unidentifiable others not so much. I’m referring to the flying objects as well as the presents they left. Kalamity Dick brought the scizowhackler out to the...
by Rich Bingham
Sun Feb 23, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

The military has a long tradition of influencing the style of foot gear and apparel: Wellington boots, Raglan sleeves, Ike jackets and the like. Only in recent decades have the gloves developed by Corporal Tunnel come into disfavor. Apparently there are problems ?
by Rich Bingham
Wed Feb 19, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

That explains this clipping from the July 15, 1920 issue of the Saddlestring Post-Intelligencer: “At 9:45pm this Saturday evening last, constable Alvin Beezerbump was making his evening rounds when he was surprised to see Mr. Richard Q. Klamitboffer, well known Triburg figure, rifling through the ga...
by Rich Bingham
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

Thanks for the kind words Burger, but I must give credit where credit is due. I’d be lost without the help of Heinrich, Sebastian and Bartholomew whose intimate knowledge of the Institute’s archives makes it possible to have access to precise references and documents. The board really should raise t...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

Right you are, Burger. The Lake Street Five were all prominent figures in the Chugwater basin in those days. They interacted in their professional lives and found music a common ground where their creative energies could find relaxation. Left to right we see Harvey Fierstein, blacksmith and wheel-wr...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

The wonderful device shown above was a KD development inspired by Duke Fitzellwitz’ reverse adaptation of his sousaphone. Tragically for a musician, Duke suffered a severe loss of hearing, but found that by plumbing a stethoscope into his instrument his auditory acuity was not only restored, but hei...
by Rich Bingham
Fri Feb 07, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

Herb’s photo shows Lucius P. Hovershaw at the controls of his “Water Strider”. An early Tri-burg aviation enthusiast, Lucius sought KD’s engineering advice when he set about constructing his craft. A contrarian sort of personality, Hovershaw took issue with nearly all of Dick’s advice and went his o...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: question about exhaust/intake manifold stud bolt material ???
Replies: 14
Views: 1169

Re: question about exhaust/intake manifold stud bolt material ???

The structure of cast iron is not amenable to fine threads. Fine threads present more surface area; shallower thread cut reduces stress risers.
by Rich Bingham
Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

Yes, it’s one of those quaint colloquial expressions unique to the area. Another one more commonly heard around Medicine Bow is “Root hog or die” but like “Wire Larkvonnet Chugwater” no one seems to know what it means. ?!? Sebastian was running the phrases through the Institute’s Transmogrilator (ye...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Feb 03, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Help to identify make and year of car
Replies: 8
Views: 1092

Re: Help to identify make and year of car

Perhaps the license plate might give a clue as to “no newer than” ? I have a feeling Larry is right, although Pierce never changed much year to year, you’d have to be a “Pierce Guy” to pin down slight changes. The tubular bumper gave way to a more conventional style in ‘29. Oddly, those hallmark hea...
by Rich Bingham
Sat Feb 01, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

Apologies if our loyal readership fears some discussions are veering too far from our main purpose, i.e., documenting the life and times of Kalamity Dick. The note on the kiwi is apropos. KD was a keen observer of wildlife, and noted to Prof. Woonsoggle on many occasions the coincidence of the annua...
by Rich Bingham
Fri Jan 31, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

The original screen play for “The Wicked Queen” called for ten dwarves, including Smiley, Stinkey and Itchey. The latter two were written out early on for obvious reasons. Smiley left the cast to run for governor. It’s unclear why Dopey wasn’t also dropped, given the less than positive aspect of his...
by Rich Bingham
Fri Jan 31, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

Now I’m really confused. I thought it was the Scarecrow who sang “If I Only Had a Brain”. (?!?)
by Rich Bingham
Fri Jan 31, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ran when parked
Replies: 16
Views: 1796

Re: Ran when parked

varmint wrote:
Fri Jan 31, 2020 3:35 pm
Enclosed trailer only.
Well of course. The dust will blow off hauled in the open. :lol:
by Rich Bingham
Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Strictly Model T Humor
Replies: 99
Views: 11537

Re: Strictly Model T Humor

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

(I really shouldn’t laugh - ‘taint funny ! :o )
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jan 30, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Bad Driving Habits ??
Replies: 2
Views: 330

Re: Bad Driving Habits ??

Scott,

Thanks much for adding that ! True, it’s totally unnecessary and counterproductive to “redline” the motor before starting the car in motion !!
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jan 30, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Bad Driving Habits ??
Replies: 2
Views: 330

Bad Driving Habits ??

Just wool-gathering rather than drift from Steve Jelf's "Transmission Autopsy" thread. I know I'm not alone in my admiration for Steve's massive contributions to this forum and to the Model T hobby. There are few of us who have put so many miles on Model T Fords, nor delved so thoroughly into their ...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jan 30, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

Curiously, the highest technology to come out of the short lived Tri-burg mobile phone service was the wire de-tangler KD developed. Using the reels from several reel-type lawnmowers, KD’s ingenious device was run from a PTO installed on the Chesbromobile. Phone service was discontinued daily at 10:...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jan 29, 2020 10:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: question for those who have actually adjusted valves
Replies: 3
Views: 523

Re: question for those who have actually adjusted valves

Just curious. Do youse guys with adjustable lifters set them hot ? I’d guess not since gap is specified for the stock non adjustable lifters. Prolly not that critical.
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jan 29, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

Right you are Herb. A slight misunderstanding about the brass pole in Ernie’s. It was installed as a foot rail at the bar. The comment about “. . . the dancers who graced the brass pole . . .” is a bit misleading. Them gals could put away the suds or knock off double shots with the best of them.
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

Perry, I hope you aren’t making an unseemly insinuendo regarding Rich E.’s account of the performers who graced the stage at Ernie’s. Bartholomew delivered six volumes of ledgers from Ernie’s Saloon to him last week for re-cataloguing. The performers’ contracts were all there along with the lease ag...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

Blue periods were unique to that short-lived vein of diacritical marks in Perpetuity. Since they were actually punctuation marks, the miners screened the richer ores at the stamp mill and discarded them. Local children used them for marbles.
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Foto of the Day
Replies: 394
Views: 41846

Re: Foto of the Day

Weather is a state of mind to a degree. January thaw now feels like a heat wave compared to two weeks ago. I’d get Lizzie out for a spin, but recent weather deposited a four foot drift up against the shop door and I’m too lazy to shovel out - so I guess I’ll just dream of summertime with the rest of...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jan 22, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

Too late to remind everyone to have their snoggle-goggles on to protect your eyes from epsilon rays. Carl’s red eyes will return to normal within a fortnight. Applying balsam of myrrh sparingly to the eyelids may help. Don’t forget the goggles during next year’s astral event !
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jan 22, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Strictly Model T Humor
Replies: 99
Views: 11537

Re: Strictly Model T Humor

:lol: :lol: if only !! Usually they head for the radiator !
Rich, these are great !! :D :lol: :lol:
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jan 22, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Memory
Replies: 55
Views: 4881

Re: Memory

Fun remembries Rich. I well remember your carpet. Glad you’re still playing on it !! :D

By now most everything on our place has a lengthy back-story. Like how our ‘65 Mustang turned into a 2-bottom Massey plow. :shock:
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Memory
Replies: 55
Views: 4881

Re: Memory

Fun remembries Rich. I well remember your carpet. Glad you’re still playing on it !! :D

By now most everything on our place has a lengthy back-story. Like how our ‘65 Mustang turned into a 2-bottom Massey plow. :shock:
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1914 Body changeover date
Replies: 4
Views: 551

Re: 1914 Body changeover date

Dan Hatch wrote:
Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:12 am
I have a 13/14 Roadster that never was sold by the dealer.
?!? That’s intriguing ! Please tell us more Dan. What does that mean ? :D
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jan 21, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Strictly Model T Humor
Replies: 99
Views: 11537

Re: Strictly Model T Humor

Only “T” folk can relate !! I wonder how many of our members have actually patched tubes roadside ? My first T, I rolled on ancient rubber for over a year and probably only got 10 to 20 miles between flats. (if that). That all went away with a set of new Riversides, and it’s a good thing too !! They...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jan 21, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old Photo-Wrecked T
Replies: 8
Views: 1162

Re: Old Photo-Wrecked T

Rich, I think you’re right. First off I was thinking “roll over” but the damage seems to fit colliding with a moving train, especially the broken rear wheel. 1911 sure fits. The little guy at rear seems really amused ; “Oh boy !! Wrecked car !! My favorite thing !!” Circus posters in the barn behind...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old Photo-Wrecked T
Replies: 8
Views: 1162

Re: Old Photo-Wrecked T

Likely true at speeds under 30 on dirt roads. I’ve read several accounts of fatalities owing to injuries from breaking plate glass. On the other hand, I’ve also read more than a few accounts of fatalities involving open cars. Best idea is to keep the rubber side down and the brassy side up !!
by Rich Bingham
Mon Jan 20, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

Re-reading through the back pages of this account, I see that KD was wont to rebuild and reassemble Model T transmissions in his sleep. However, this was only when the waxing Gibbous moon was at 52% or greater. Otherwise, the position of the moon gear would be out of phase. It’s well known that KD n...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Jan 20, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Has anyone tried these tires?
Replies: 46
Views: 4152

Re: Has anyone tried these tires?

Nigel, thank you for the first person information. I’m glad to know 30x3” tires will also become available. I hope you will keep forum members updated as you learn more. Meanwhile I’ll be saving my pennies in the hope of being able to buy a set. These really appeal to me, both for the stated quality...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Jan 20, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wheel Balancing weight diagnosis
Replies: 15
Views: 1238

Re: Wheel Balancing weight diagnosis

I suppose if I were smart enough either to fine tune my Lizzie, or opt to “soup it up” with all the improved cranks, cams, heads, carbs and ignition now available, and I rolled on paved roads at 50 per and quicker, I’d see the need for balancing. As it is, I mostly travel dirt and gravel, and Lizzie...
by Rich Bingham
Sun Jan 19, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Has anyone tried these tires?
Replies: 46
Views: 4152

Re: Has anyone tried these tires?

Now I’m really curious about Bockley. Their website claims that their clincher tyres (!) are superior owing to ten years of development and special attention to engineering, the lack of which resulted in tire failures and Michelin abandoning their “beaded tyre” line. They say their tires are careful...
by Rich Bingham
Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

Interestingly, when the tastes of the patrons frequenting Ernie’s Saloon demanded a change from the two staple choices, whisky straight up or beer, faddish cocktails with fancy names like “Old Fashioned” , “Thomas & Jeremiah”, “Brandy Alexander”, “Cuba Libre” and such like became ragingly popular. S...
by Rich Bingham
Sun Jan 19, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

Question now, is this the same ‘05 Packard without the windshield ? There couldn’t have been many in Calhoun County at the time. In fact, many Tri-burg residents claimed to have seen their first “horseless carriage” as late as 1938. Sebastian found this photo in the file marked “Mort” - rather a con...
by Rich Bingham
Sun Jan 19, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Has anyone tried these tires?
Replies: 46
Views: 4152

Re: Has anyone tried these tires?

DanTreace wrote:
Sun Jan 19, 2020 12:07 pm
...but one would have to like the large name on the sidewall :lol:
A matter of taste I guess. The imprint is very much “period correct”. I kinda like it. Too bad they don’t also come in 30x3. Or do they ?
by Rich Bingham
Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Has anyone tried these tires?
Replies: 46
Views: 4152

Re: Has anyone tried these tires?

Good looking diamond tread tires ! I hope they work out for you ! 👍🏻
by Rich Bingham
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

It is hard to imagine anything in Perpetuity. Not long after the first claims were filed on Blisterbug Creek which led to the rich alphabet mines in Calhoun County, a promising vein of diacritical marks was discovered far upstream near the headwaters. Boomers rushed to the scene, and soon the mining...
by Rich Bingham
Sat Jan 18, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What is this fore?
Replies: 3
Views: 582

Re: What is this fore?

I think that’s the center mandrel for an adjustable reamer. (?!?)

Blades and collet are missing.
by Rich Bingham
Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

Dallas, thank you for your kind words of appreciation for our research staff. Positive reenforcement is valuable to them, especially since their hourly wage rate has been frozen since 1912 at twelve cents per hour. Something to do with complying with the Klamitbofer Endowment in Perpetuity.
by Rich Bingham
Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Today’s new tool
Replies: 6
Views: 1093

Re: Today’s new tool

Clever and useful ! Dean, can you use it to drive out an old bushing as well ?
by Rich Bingham
Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

How true, Rich. It seems the whole Spaydaford family was at odds with society at one time or another. Skippy appeared to be the only responsible member until the debacle that ended his custard stand venture. Were the Spaydafords all psychopaths, or were they just misunderstood ? Sociologists often d...
by Rich Bingham
Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

Burger, thanks for that insight. I think the anteater’s name was just “Excapesmee”. Seems anthills were sparse and far apart in the sage on the Upper Terrace. Maddox couldn’t afford more than four strands of bobwire on his spread, that and small signs forty rods apart reading “FENCE - do not cross” ...
by Rich Bingham
Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Dog days
Replies: 16
Views: 1687

Re: Dog days

Kathy, your pups ride in luxury ! Package shelf seems just right for them.

My Dad told me when he was a boy, his dog Pal (a rat-tail Spaniel) would ride the front fender next to the hood of grandpa‘s ‘25 roadster pickup. He’d often run to catch up and then jump aboard.
by Rich Bingham
Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

Laurel Larkvonnet had the distinction of being Medicine Bow’s official town drunk. He won the Mayor’s award twenty years running, at which point the town council suspended the competition as pointless. Laurel was unsteady on his feet and was always guessing about his steps. Culpeper’s sold anise dro...
by Rich Bingham
Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:01 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Dog days
Replies: 16
Views: 1687

Re: Dog days

Dogs and Model Ts compliment one another !
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

Sebastian found this one in the trunk of values. It appears to be Cuthbert mounted on Magnitude. Apparently there is a sizable file of Magnitude in the archives if you know where to look. Sebastian took the first step.
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

How could the ladies resist ?? Apparently quite easily. It’s true Cuthbert was an able hand with the ponies, and animals in general seemed to love him. People, not so much. Perhaps a lot of the “incompetent stumblebum” assessments had more to do with his utter lack of people skills than a lack of in...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jan 16, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your Model T in January?
Replies: 62
Views: 5645

Re: What have you done to your Model T in January?

Steve, thanks for the post. It’s always a treat to see your shop and your work. Same for all you fellers getting stuff done. It’s an inspiration !! :D :shock: what have I done in January? :shock: So far, not a frolickin’ thing !! :( (So much for New Year’s resolutions - I have plowed a lot of snow, ...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: More new snow and smiles
Replies: 44
Views: 5007

Re: More new snow and smiles

Rich Eagle wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 4:32 pm
I just use that for an excuse not to over clean.
:lol: it’s the art of intelligent neglect :lol:
Practicing it can enrich your life !
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jan 15, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: More new snow and smiles
Replies: 44
Views: 5007

Re: More new snow and smiles

While corrosive chemicals on the road aren’t the best thing for a Model T’s underbelly, I don’t think they get as much exposure as newer vehicles with all-steel body pans. Driving mud, snow and slush, I’ve never seen where much of it gets above the splash shields. Most of it spatters on fenders and ...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:41 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

Burger, thank you for posting these. It’s true we have been remiss in not sharing such glimpses of the Institute and the archives vaults, even though we have received many such requests from flat-earthers all over the globe. Please thank Heinrich for his thoughtfulness when you see him. I suspect he...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What shackle is this?
Replies: 7
Views: 770

Re: What shackle is this?

Not manufactured IMHO. The flat bar stock has all the earmarks of back-yard blacksmithing but the threaded items have been neatly machined. Certainly a better “fix” than poorly made reproduction shackles that many have reported fail in a short while. You may want to re-make the turned pieces that ar...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: And now something on the lighter side-Photo
Replies: 3
Views: 823

Re: And now something on the lighter side-Photo

Thanks for another great photo Herb !!
They must have been good, the little dog seems to be laughing :lol:
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:02 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

A product called “Mucilage” advertises heavily, claiming to clear up congestion of all sorts. A 500 gallon load of it was dumped on the viaduct at last report it only made things worse. What was the third question ?
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

I recall the Broadway production that was loosely adapted from the “Gumsmoke” television program. I believe it was titled “Fanny Get Your Gum”. Oddly, it didn’t really appear on Broadway, but in a theater that burned down on the corner of Capital and A Streets. The establishment was famous for its o...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

One of Sheriff Thwapp’s more embarrassing encounters was an attempt to enforce Saddlestring’s new morality code. When he attempted to shut down the Dove Cage Saloon, Miss Lulubelle Suggs got the drop on him. Shoving two 38s into his back, Thwapp was disarmed and abandoned his mission. Lulubelle was ...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Jan 13, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

Very interesting. Pugalstick “Two Gun” Thwapp was a controversial figure at best. His thriftiness bordered on parsimony, evidenced by his recycling his old wanted posters when he was campaigning for sheriff. Further, as the alphabet mines were running thin on “Fs” at the time, he chose to save less ...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ethanol gas
Replies: 34
Views: 2599

Re: Ethanol gas

Facts are so inconsiderate of fondly held misconceptions. “Grow it yourself” proponents always seem to forget that besides the negative environmental aspects listed, it takes fuel to grow it and process it. The net gain is pitiful.
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

That is Nimrod in the photo. Probably KD chose him for the test run as he was especially susceptible to motion sickness. KD’s inventions for alleviating pediatric gastric distresses are especially interesting as we study the history of KD’s varied achievements. In this case, it’s plain to see how th...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jan 08, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Babbit thrust washers
Replies: 18
Views: 1612

Re: Babbit thrust washers

That’s most likely, Larry. Interestingly, the 1915 parts list specified bronze thrust washers, which makes it a point of interest as to when lead alloy washers were introduced into production.
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jan 08, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2097
Views: 136805

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

The fact that Fitzellwitz was suffering with a severe bout of hay fever while recording “Stammering With the Sergeant” made his performance even more amazing, something any sousaphonist can readily appreciate. The recording would have very likely led the hit parade if the movie, “No Time for Field B...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jan 08, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Babbit thrust washers
Replies: 18
Views: 1612

Re: Babbit thrust washers

I’m sure to be corrected by experts who know better, but I’ll offer what I gleaned from an association with a production engineer who established a soft metal foundry here 30 years ago. Interestingly, he named his enterprise “Blackfoot Brass”. According to him, most alloy proportions may be specific...