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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: 1208

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: 2205
Views: 170163

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: 2205
Views: 170163

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: 2205
Views: 170163

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: 2018

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: 100
Views: 13451

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: 369

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: 369

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: 2205
Views: 170163

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: 594

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: 2205
Views: 170163

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: 2205
Views: 170163

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: 2205
Views: 170163

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: 404
Views: 50869

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: 2205
Views: 170163

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: 100
Views: 13451

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: 5518

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: 5518

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: 620

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: 100
Views: 13451

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: 1295

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: 1295

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: 2205
Views: 170163

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: 4559

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: 1487

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: 4559

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: 2205
Views: 170163

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: 2205
Views: 170163

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: 4559

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: 4559

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: 2205
Views: 170163

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: 631

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: 2205
Views: 170163

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: 1209

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: 2205
Views: 170163

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: 2205
Views: 170163

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: 1925

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: 2205
Views: 170163

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: 1925

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: 2205
Views: 170163

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: 2205
Views: 170163

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: 6337

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: 5488

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: 5488

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: 2205
Views: 170163

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: 925

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: 862

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: 2205
Views: 170163

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: 2205
Views: 170163

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: 2205
Views: 170163

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: 2205
Views: 170163

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: 2922

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: 2205
Views: 170163

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: 1835

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: 2205
Views: 170163

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: 1835

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...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jan 07, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Hudson Iowa Street scene-Old Photo
Replies: 5
Views: 975

Re: Hudson Iowa Street scene-Old Photo

:shock: Shouldn’t they all be Hudsons ?!? :shock:

Great photo, thanks for sharing it !
by Rich Bingham
Tue Jan 07, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Babbit thrust washers
Replies: 18
Views: 1835

Re: Babbit thrust washers

Just a niggling point. The lead-alloy differential thrust washers are not exactly a “Babbitt” alloy as rod bearings and mains are. The washers were die cast from what is generically referred to as “pot metal” a substance which has no specific recipe, being largely composed of zinc plus lead, tin, bi...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Jan 06, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ethanol gas
Replies: 34
Views: 2922

Re: Ethanol gas

Ethanol in gasoline isn’t the only amendment to the recipe in the past 40 years or more. Nowadays there’s quite a soup of solvents, volatiles and chemistry in gasolines that vary with the locale and can be very different across the country, depending where you live. All are very different from the s...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Jan 06, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170163

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

This happens to be the only extant photo of the three unrelated brothers. Obviously, it was taken on the occasion of the embarrassing coyote/jackalope incident. Clever photography partially conceals the leg-irons joining KD and Cuthbert. Melvin was not arrested. He remained with the pair in the Rawl...
by Rich Bingham
Sun Jan 05, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Where to start?
Replies: 26
Views: 1972

Re: Where to start?

Opinions on this thread are a sure indicator of resale value and interest. If your primary goal is to drive without having to do extensive overhauls, if both run and drive when you go to see them in person, barring documentation on any engine and/or differential rebuild, there’s little difference th...
by Rich Bingham
Sat Jan 04, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just an Old Car Painting
Replies: 119
Views: 16002

Re: Just an Old Car Painting

I love this one ! We were mighty picky in the 60’s, and at the time, I, for one, somehow thought the hulks would always be there, along with the Hoover wagons that provided a wealth of frames, wheels, running gear parts, and not infrequently, usable tires. Returning to the hunt for rust in the mid-7...
by Rich Bingham
Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170163

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

Rich, thank you for posting this picture of KD in his momoputzopede. Up til now, it was a strong point of contention between Bartholomew and Sebastian, who maintained the unique vehicle was one of KD’s inventions. Bartholomew held that no such machine ever existed, much less that such a thing was KD...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Jan 02, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Take a look at these spurs!!
Replies: 7
Views: 1032

Re: Take a look at these spurs!!

Beautiful work. A search for Cotton Eliot reveals he doesn’t appear to be a “commercial” smith (no website) but he’s actively involved with the craft in Texas and the Southwest. It’s been over 40 years now one of our remaining old-school open hearth blacksmiths let his fires die. He kept a rack of M...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jan 01, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Correct Era Street Scenes, Dealerships, and Service Stations, etc.
Replies: 11
Views: 1385

Re: Correct Era Street Scenes, Dealerships, and Service Stations, etc.

These are great ! Thanks for sharing them Burger.
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jan 01, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: A sucker for chocolate
Replies: 22
Views: 2220

Re: A sucker for chocolate

Thank heaven for the mind warp ! You can use your own Jedi powers to tune in and amplify it, which then gives jaded and cynical adults the power to communicate with critters and kids, thereby gaining true wisdom !! Dallas, your pup looks completely at ease. It’s relaxing just to see a dog so content...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Jan 01, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: TW Timer
Replies: 15
Views: 1644

Re: TW Timer

My T came to me “used”. The previous owner had toured some 10k miles with it, and maintained it well. It had a TW installed, no report of its length of service at that point. When I set about getting acquainted with my new friend, examination of the timer body showed considerable erosion of the insu...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Dec 31, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old Photo-An Auto polo Team
Replies: 10
Views: 1090

Re: Old Photo-An Auto polo Team

Dallas, I’m pretty sure when they played auto polo, by the time they quit, no one was happy :lol:
by Rich Bingham
Tue Dec 31, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170163

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

:oops: My apologies Rich. I should have second-guessed the note and refrained from asking. After all, a man’s cuspidor is his own ball of wax, to max a mitaphor as Sebastian is wont to say. I see from the old clock on the wall we are mere hours away from having 2020 vision ! I’ll raise my glass of H...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Dec 31, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170163

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

Johnny Cask had a string of hit songs a mile long; “Filson’s Poison Booze”, “I Ran the Mine” and “Goat Ropers in the Sky” were some of my favorites at about the quarter mile mark. Their daughter Roxanne was quite a performer in her own right. She also sang a little. I believe she had a hit with a tu...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Dec 30, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170163

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

“Webstad’s Compendium of the English Language and Assorted Tunafish Recipes” was a staple in most Tri-burg homes, along with the family bible and the “Mushroom Herder’s Almanac”, although most of Webstad’s definitions deviated from those found in first edition copies of “Funk & Wigmall’s American Le...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Dec 30, 2019 6:26 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170163

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

Right you are Burger. KD was always a model of sartorial splendor no matter the occasion. He was never seen without his top hat, starched collar and tie no matter how dirty the job. In this instance, he wears his frog coat over a natty pair of swimming togs, anticipating a dip in the moss plantation...
by Rich Bingham
Sat Dec 28, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170163

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

Speaking of which, Bartholomew just brought up an issue of “Hoard’s Dairyman” from the basement archives unsorted pile. An article within claims pre-1909 Hupmobiles can be modified to run on sour milk. Coincidence no ? (It might be a good time to remind those who follow this topic not to read everyt...
by Rich Bingham
Sat Dec 28, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170163

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

There’s the reason they called him “bob”.
by Rich Bingham
Fri Dec 27, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: A sucker for chocolate
Replies: 22
Views: 2220

Re: A sucker for chocolate

Dallas, a couple of years back we were adopted by a Corgi who had a number of health issues. Long story short, most of his ailments responded to a diet based on raw meat. We’re lucky to have an “in” with a local packing house.
by Rich Bingham
Fri Dec 27, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: A sucker for chocolate
Replies: 22
Views: 2220

Re: A sucker for chocolate

Burger, you’re lucky !! Or much better informed than we are. The sleen that adopted us a couple of weeks ago is not solar/radiant powered. The vet informs us he is an “obligate carnivore”. Contrary to all current PC trends, he thrives on raw meat (meat is murder) and at the current rate he consumes ...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Dec 26, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Pen and ink and sketches.
Replies: 88
Views: 9831

Re: Pen and ink and sketches.

Can’t say it enough Rich, fine work that always thrills me to see. Thanks for sharing it !
by Rich Bingham
Thu Dec 26, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: A sucker for chocolate
Replies: 22
Views: 2220

Re: A sucker for chocolate

Our pets are certainly a big part of our lives and deserve a little show-casing here I think. How many of us have a pet that’s as crazy about Model Ts as we are ?

Hannah is my highly trained working dog. On sheep, I do everything she tells me ! :lol: :lol: She’s also an avid Model T enthusiast.
by Rich Bingham
Thu Dec 26, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The Day after Christmas
Replies: 5
Views: 590

Re: The Day after Christmas

Merry Christmas to one and all, and may God bless.

Oh boy!! Second day of Christmas, we’re just getting started !! :D ten more to go. Party hardy !! :lol:
by Rich Bingham
Tue Dec 24, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Old Photo- Renault style hood car
Replies: 24
Views: 2246

Re: Old Photo- Renault style hood car

:lol: something very appealing about the “duck”. Unique and intriguing in a way that transcends merely being a “foreign” car. As for horsepower ratings, really, all the formulae are pretty arcane. Horsepower by the score or the hundreds is beyond my comprehension as I think it must be for anyone who...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Dec 23, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170163

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

Truly an historic photograph which shows Kalamity Dick on the right, and Cuthbert Maddox on the left, flanking the ecumenical Tri-Burg Glorious Bell Bangers, from left to right, Rubin Thimblewit, Skippy Spaydaford (at age six), Elmo Furd, Roybahl Ferndip and Fr. Aloyisius, pastor of St. Swithin’s Pa...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Dec 23, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Old Photo- Renault style hood car
Replies: 24
Views: 2246

Re: Old Photo- Renault style hood car

For those struggling with the metric system, a metric skadoodle is equal to 43,578.8 sodalitres, or approximately 8,714 Imperial gallons. In dry measure that’s 956 cubic octacres.

You’re welcome :D
by Rich Bingham
Mon Dec 23, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Fordite steering wheel repair
Replies: 24
Views: 2321

Re: Fordite steering wheel repair

It would be interesting to know what the composition and process actually was for “Fordite”. It certainly had a fair amount of fiber content, straw or more likely sawdust. My memory of the stuff is that it had a hard rubber aspect, i. e., handling old weathered steering wheels would leave my hands b...
by Rich Bingham
Fri Dec 20, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A LITTLE FRIDAY LEVITY
Replies: 51
Views: 5154

Re: A LITTLE FRIDAY LEVITY

We had Pluggers years back for a short while. The cartoons are going the way of the passenger pigeon. What few are left, many look like they are drawn by four-year-olds who use their feet, and the lines are either acidly sarcastic or just plain depressing. Good to know the good ones can be found onl...
by Rich Bingham
Fri Dec 20, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170163

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

Tim Whoolery was manager of the Tri-Burg International Hairport in that era. Ground crew foreman Chad Placket was in charge of the wind shears used to keep the sagebrush on the landing strip at a manageable height. Chad never forgave himself for the part the wind shears played in the twins’ accident...
by Rich Bingham
Fri Dec 20, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Graffiti on model T cars
Replies: 21
Views: 2456

Re: Graffiti on model T cars

My first Model T was a derelict, fairly complete mechanically, but no rims on the wheels ; the hogshead was off, starter and bands had been misplaced. It had been a touring car, but the rear tub had been removed. The windshield brackets had been sawed off flush with the cowl. Someone had hand painte...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Dec 18, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1913 Runabout Top question
Replies: 13
Views: 1235

Re: 1913 Runabout Top question

I hope Larry notes this thread and provides some insight. I have a ‘13 runabout and it’s a nice older restoration; I never questioned the authenticity of the top work, mostly because I’m not knowledgeable enough to assess the fine points. I’d like to know just for the sake of knowing the difference ...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Dec 17, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170163

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

Longtime readers of these archives will be gratified to note this historic photo shows (left to right) Mookie Moustrap, Cuthbert “Mad Dog” Maddox, Kalamity Dick and Kid Sheleen forefront at the bar. Others may identify their companions. Miss Blue was often in need of cheering up. Happy Sally was if ...
by Rich Bingham
Sun Dec 15, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170163

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

Yes, wonderful and interesting times. You’ll note that’s KD at the bar enjoying a large flagon of Happy Sally. The law officer at his left is not constable Puddinghead, however. It appears to be a youthful Cuthbert Maddox; the mustache being an unmistakable element of his identity. He wears the badg...
by Rich Bingham
Sun Dec 15, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Jacking help removing rear axle
Replies: 31
Views: 2871

Re: Jacking help removing rear axle

Personally, I prefer the overhead approach to rear axle removal. I built an overhead beam out of doubled 2x6s for my vintage chain fall. It could also serve for pulling the engine. Timber is handy and easy to make into needed garage items. The axle support on the floor jack is a 4x4 with appropriate...
by Rich Bingham
Sun Dec 15, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Your thoughts please.
Replies: 37
Views: 2977

Re: Your thoughts please.

Granted, it may be easier to encounter a unicorn, but what about one if those “crank from the seat” mechanical gizmos that were offered back in the day ? Would that help you at all ? Next question, do they work as well as “as advertised” ? I’d like to think a concerted effort by forum members would ...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170163

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

It’s interesting to note how far advanced KDs techniques were. It has only been recently that bio-mechanical solutions in the medical field have come to be applied successfully, and nowhere near as invasive as the apparatus he installed for Winston’s betterment. This ledgermain feat did not go entir...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Dec 10, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Front crossmember spred
Replies: 17
Views: 2005

Re: Front crossmember spred

Steve Jelf wrote:
Sun Dec 08, 2019 12:28 am
In these parts chain binders are usually called boomers . . .
Is that the “OK boomer” Tim Rogers has been writing about ? 😳
by Rich Bingham
Fri Dec 06, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170163

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

That’s exciting news for movie fans, Rich ! For anyone wanting to see an advance trailer, the movie is titled “Dances With Moles”. I understand there’s some breathtaking footage of the moss plantations in bloom.
by Rich Bingham
Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: How did they do it?
Replies: 12
Views: 1936

Re: How did they do it?

Like a moth to the flame, I’ll hazard a guess, so folks who REALLY KNOW what they’re talking about can correct me 😊 Even plowing deep, eventually you’ll nick hard-pan ! 😜 Like a locomotive on rails, narrow tires concentrate the weight, so tractive effort is most positive. Given the high clearance of...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: The Mortgage Lifter; was: "The Ford Cheaper than a Horse"
Replies: 7
Views: 1197

Re: The Mortgage Lifter; was: "The Ford Cheaper than a Horse"

Jack, I'm glad to see I'm not the only one amused by comparisons of "the horse" vs. the Model T Ford. For what it's worth, here's a modern comparison: In round numbers, feed and shoeing costs me about $1000 annually to keep my saddle horse. Through the year, I'll ride about 1,200 miles. A thousand b...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Dec 02, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170163

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

Another instance that proves the necessity of this forum where questionable and spurious historical commentary can be examined and corrected by fact rather than rumor. Kalamity Dick became reclusive and retired to the basement of Ernie’s Saloon in the early’40s. Sometime before 1950, he and his old ...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170163

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

Errata:
We’re perplexed by the “Bud Light” sign in the background of that photo, clearly dated as “Thanksgiving, 1931”. Anhauser-Busch didn’t begin marketing Bud Light until 1982. Anyone ? Anyone? Bueller ?!?
by Rich Bingham
Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2205
Views: 170163

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

That wonderful photo of the Thanksgiving banquet at Ernie’s in 1931 deserves comment. Thanks to Sebastian for his tireless efforts tracing and re-tracing the aisles of the basement archives. (We really should buy some rubber to put on that tricycle he gets around on. The rims are marking up the parc...
by Rich Bingham
Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Foto of the Day
Replies: 404
Views: 50869

Re: Foto of the Day

Looks great with side mounts ! :lol: