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by Rich Bingham
Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2182
Views: 163901

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

It’s possible KD’s association with Fierstein was motivated by Kalamity’s research on controlling rubber maggots. An infestation left most automobile owners in the Tri-Burg basin literally tireless. Dick soon found Cuthbert’s home remedy for thrush (copper sulfate and tobacco juice) solved the prob...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2182
Views: 163901

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

It’s possible KD’s association with Fierstein was motivated by Kalamity’s research on controlling rubber maggots. An infestation left most automobile owners in the Tri-Burg basin literally tireless. Dick soon found Cuthbert’s home remedy for thrush (copper sulfate and tobacco juice) solved the probl...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2182
Views: 163901

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

Speaking of latter-day actors, it’s interesting to note that Pernicious Pictures began a re-make of “Man Without Gingham” in 1956. Vincent Price was cast in the role of Fentmore Google, with Peter Lorre as Kalamity Dick. The initial “takes” were shot on location near Ozone, Idaho but the project sta...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Nov 27, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just hauled home 1911 runabout
Replies: 37
Views: 3799

Re: Just hauled home 1911 runabout

Jeff, that’s great ! “B’ar grease” was pretty universally used by the old timers for everything from cooking, to hair oil, to oiling boots and harness ! Leather needs to retain a certain moisture content to remain viable. Oils help to soften leather and retain that moisture level, providing a certai...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Snow anyone????
Replies: 23
Views: 2309

Re: Snow anyone????

Kenny Edmondson wrote:
Wed Nov 27, 2019 7:12 am
. . . you’re wrong . . .
Nothing new there Kenny. I’m ALWAYS wrong. :lol:

Glad to hear it worked well. It sure would be handier than heavier rope !
by Rich Bingham
Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2182
Views: 163901

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

That’s a wonderful thought for the season Rich, something we can all take to heart. I’m reminded that Cuthbert had a mockingjay brazed onto the radiator cap of his ‘13 Ford, not quite the same thing, but that’s a story for another time. (It was a pretty unique mascot though)
by Rich Bingham
Tue Nov 26, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just hauled home 1911 runabout
Replies: 37
Views: 3799

Re: Just hauled home 1911 runabout

Good observation Eric !! I believe you’re right. The seat cushion does look like old “leatherette”.
by Rich Bingham
Tue Nov 26, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Snow anyone????
Replies: 23
Views: 2309

Re: Snow anyone????

perry kete wrote:
Tue Nov 26, 2019 2:44 pm

I used thread myself . . .
Good thinking Perry ! But have you considered your tires are full of thread under that there rubber ? Save yourself a lot of trouble by simply running them tires you got that are wore down to the cord !
by Rich Bingham
Tue Nov 26, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2182
Views: 163901

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

It’s a real treat to review the wealth of information in this topic and ponder on its historical importance. Coincidence or destiny? A year agone, and we’ve come full circle, back to Ernie’s in Medicine Bow. :P
by Rich Bingham
Tue Nov 26, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Snow anyone????
Replies: 23
Views: 2309

Re: Snow anyone????

. . . chains tear up fenders when they come loose . . . :lol: Ah yes ! Sounds from my youth. When streets and roads were all “snow floor” the traffic that was moving would sound with the sort of chirping whirr of tire chains, and the inevitable metallic slap of some element that had come loose bang...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Nov 26, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Snow anyone????
Replies: 23
Views: 2309

Re: Snow anyone????

Rich, while we’re waiting, please hold forth on using rope. I know you’ve done it, I’ve always wanted to ! From old pictures, I’d guess the old timers used 5/8 or heavier. The rope in the pic Perry posted (more alliteration 😜) looks too light to me to be much use. ‘Nother thought (? Question?) seems...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just hauled home 1911 runabout
Replies: 37
Views: 3799

Re: Just hauled home 1911 runabout

Is it possible to make the seat material (leather?) more pliable? . . . This would be a good opportunity for someone with knowledge and expertise restoring / conserving leather to offer some wisdom. Research-wise, methods for doing so would depend on the nature of the material used. Was it top grai...
by Rich Bingham
Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Auto Wash Bowl
Replies: 16
Views: 1955

Re: Auto Wash Bowl

Looks strictly urban. Heat pipes? Water would have to be nearly up to the frame before that would be a problem. This is why Henry gave us splash pans. How many early cars do you reckon crossed streams without bridges fairly regularly? I don’t think hubs or axles would ship any water while moving. Ju...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Nov 20, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Gas tank sediment bowl
Replies: 7
Views: 899

Re: Gas tank sediment bowl

I suppose there’s no value in speculating without solid documentation but I’d be willing to bet they came unpainted. Then as now, some seeping or sweating if fuel is inevitable which would (will) ultimately remove a coat of paint.
by Rich Bingham
Tue Nov 19, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How were Ford Model T bodies painted?
Replies: 13
Views: 1854

Re: How were Ford Model T bodies painted?

From what I gather, the moving assembly line was a benchmark wherein the transition began to bodies made in-house. I believe open car bodies were increasingly made by Ford through 1915-16 until most if not all were made in house by 1920. The enclosed styles continued to be supplied by outside source...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Nov 19, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2182
Views: 163901

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

There's an amusing story behind Kipper's Hudson. Thornberg Kipper was a successful moss planter in the Tri-burg Basin who dominated moss production there, and became quite wealthy. With the increasing popularity of the automobile, Thornberg (Thorny to his friends) purchased a Hudson automobile. As w...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Nov 19, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How were Ford Model T bodies painted?
Replies: 13
Views: 1854

Re: How were Ford Model T bodies painted?

Great sources fellows. The short answer is bodies were delivered painted with brushes before the moving assembly line (1913-14). When Ford began building their own bodies paint was flowed on in a recirculating system with a sort of “garden hose” apparatus. When color was once again made available in...
by Rich Bingham
Sat Nov 16, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2182
Views: 163901

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

Minutes in hand can be hazardous. Bartholomew just came upstairs from the Institute archives to show me the single copy we have on file of the “Saddlestring Evening Standard” (a very short lived periodical published only from February through September, 1908 before being absorbed by the Saddlestring...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Source for Hard-to-Find Fasteners
Replies: 18
Views: 2228

Re: Source for Hard-to-Find Fasteners

. . . They are labeled as chipboard screws! My theory is that tapered wood screws would tend to work out of chipboard, but parallel threaded screws would maintain their hold . . . The wood screw we have known for decades is tapered, and depending on the application (wood species, etc. ) they operat...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Nov 13, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Critique needed..is this a 1919?
Replies: 13
Views: 1529

Re: Critique needed..is this a 1919?

A little bit of "parts salad" to this one. The starting crank goes with the late model engine. The steering wheel is earlier than '19. Perhaps the earlier stirrup handles got replaced for tee handles ? I had a '20 with forged runningboard braces, certainly a '19 would have them. What a great car !! ...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Nov 13, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: trade my '28 A coupe for another T?
Replies: 23
Views: 2327

Re: trade my '28 A coupe for another T?

It all boils down to what thrills you more as an object of desire. 50 years ago a Model A could still run the roads with modern traffic, while a T was markedly slower. Today both are equally problematic. Is an "A" less troublesome and more dependable than a T ? Of course it depends on which A and wh...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Nov 12, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2182
Views: 163901

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

"Silly beings" ?!? We have met the enemy and he is us ! :lol:
by Rich Bingham
Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Old Age Memory Problems
Replies: 31
Views: 3325

Re: Old Age Memory Problems

I'm having a ball in geezerville - not much has changed. I've always had bum eyesight (wore glasses since I was six) so wearing specs is no big deal. I've always been scatter-brained and forgetful, but now I can claim a "senior moment", and I get a bye. Kinda like hollering "King's X" when we were k...
by Rich Bingham
Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2182
Views: 163901

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

Oftimes negative opinions have been expressed about some of the events that have been included by the International Olympic Committee through the years, saying they are too sedentary (e.g. Parcheesi, Tiddly-winks and four-handed Pinochle) to be considered along with extreme athletic events such as p...
by Rich Bingham
Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old Shorpy Photo- T with lots of grafitti
Replies: 6
Views: 1207

Re: Old Shorpy Photo- T with lots of grafitti

These photos are great ! Dating by the two "new" cars, no earlier than '38 or nine. "Dopey" scrawled on the car refers to Disney's "Snow White" (1937). It's interesting to me to note the changes we never seem to notice. The T is only 14 years or so old, but looks really ancient. Does anyone even not...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vintage authenticity?
Replies: 104
Views: 7961

Re: Vintage authenticity?

. . .Views may change over the years . . . I believe they have, and will certainly continue to do so. When we began our Model T journey over 50 years ago, most perceived the restoration process to mean total disassembly and re-painting, replacing and re-plating everything "brand new". This was unfo...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: "OK, boomer"
Replies: 24
Views: 1939

Re: "OK, boomer"

You tell 'em, Tom.

You're the best and the brightest, and you're always right about everything. No need to offer other points of view. Thanks for posting. :idea:
by Rich Bingham
Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vintage authenticity?
Replies: 104
Views: 7961

Re: Vintage authenticity?

I believe Norm is correct that no Model T is 100% authentic. If it were possible to examine random examples from each benchmark year during the evolution of the Model T., preserved as they came from the factory in some kind of time-warp, it's my opinion there would arise many interesting discrepanci...
by Rich Bingham
Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2182
Views: 163901

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

Oh ! Now I get it. Typo in my cook-book says "thinly spiced". I'll try again.
by Rich Bingham
Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Foto of the Day
Replies: 404
Views: 50175

Re: Foto of the Day

Relics seem even more appealing under a blanket of snow !
by Rich Bingham
Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2182
Views: 163901

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

I seem to recall that, Rich. The Neumanns were a bit odd. Only family in the neighborhood to grow Sudan Grass for a lawn. Something to do with gophers, I understood. Maybe not.
by Rich Bingham
Sat Nov 02, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2182
Views: 163901

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

A wonderful and instructive contribution Burger. Thanks for providing it. The lithograph was the work of Erasmus Mingo, grandfather of Norman Mingo, who produced the Mad Magazine covers in the 1960s. While a consummate draftsman, the Elder Mingo balked at rendering human features. He solved this con...
by Rich Bingham
Sat Nov 02, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: New tail lights for Mustangs
Replies: 9
Views: 1188

Re: New tail lights for Mustangs

Two horsepower ?? One for each patrolman I'd say (and that's plenty ! ) That is genius ! Wonderful what can be done with LED lights. Be safe out there guys !
by Rich Bingham
Sat Nov 02, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2182
Views: 163901

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

Back to Jimmy, not one of Cuthbert's cavvy, but there's a connection. In the late 20's Cuthbert traded a yearling filly to a traveling salesman who took her back east. At the ripe age of 22, the mare foaled Jimmy in 1950. Giving the lie to the song, Jimmy actually COULD roller skate in a buffalo her...
by Rich Bingham
Sat Nov 02, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I swear...
Replies: 14
Views: 2041

Re: I swear...

I swear too, but I shouldn't. Like Dad told me, "Son, don't swear. It sounds like hell and don't do a damn bit of good. "
by Rich Bingham
Fri Nov 01, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Pen and ink and sketches.
Replies: 88
Views: 9621

Re: Pen and ink and sketches.

Yes there were. I especially remember how friendly and cordial were the couple in the green Packard touring. Proof to me how pleasant encounters sustain the hobby !
by Rich Bingham
Fri Nov 01, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Pen and ink and sketches.
Replies: 88
Views: 9621

Re: Pen and ink and sketches.

I'm really enjoying these, Rich !! Thanks for posting them. You kinda do them a disservice by calling them "sketches". They are very refined, finished ink drawings ! (I remember that Packard - gosh, '91 seems a long time ago 😳)
by Rich Bingham
Wed Oct 30, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Spark plug recommendations?
Replies: 17
Views: 1536

Re: Spark plug recommendations?

I use spark plugs in my Model T, and can highly recommend them ! :lol:
by Rich Bingham
Tue Oct 29, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Period correct beverages
Replies: 10
Views: 1233

Re: Period correct beverages

Ruxstel24 wrote:
Tue Oct 29, 2019 12:48 pm
Lots of shine being made out there still . . .
:lol: :lol: :lol: words to live by :lol:
by Rich Bingham
Tue Oct 29, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Foto of the Day
Replies: 404
Views: 50175

Re: Foto of the Day

That doesn't look so bad John, here's to today, wind out of the north at 23mph, chill factor -8F
. . . Because it's Idaho ! (Winter ! My favorite thing !) :lol:
by Rich Bingham
Tue Oct 29, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2182
Views: 163901

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

Oddly enough, a large file containing Barnswoggle's working drawings featured prominently in the collection of documents which formed the core of research materials when the Institute was established. It was noted that the Barnswoggle drawings were donated by Miss Muriel Von Hoopnagle. In an addendu...
by Rich Bingham
Sat Oct 26, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2182
Views: 163901

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

Just an aside, but a curious fact is, in Idaho, the month of March always lasts 90 days. Prove it to yourself next time you get the chance.
by Rich Bingham
Fri Oct 25, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What is this?
Replies: 4
Views: 971

Re: What is this?

Thanks for the pix Robert. Interesting stuff. Seems like the tubes are too stingy for an outside oiler, what does that cylindrical item do ? As for the ball-end nut, is it possible the two pieces didn't originally go together ? I've seen hinge pin finials that were threaded to go in the body of the ...
by Rich Bingham
Fri Oct 25, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Pen and ink and sketches.
Replies: 88
Views: 9621

Re: Pen and ink and sketches.

A fine drawing !! (Ain't they never heard of "artistic license" ? - :lol: )
by Rich Bingham
Thu Oct 24, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What is this?
Replies: 4
Views: 971

Re: What is this?

Can you post a picture ?
by Rich Bingham
Thu Oct 24, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Missing Model A post?
Replies: 11
Views: 1993

Re: Missing Model A post?

. . . why didn’t Henry go with the “single spark system” when the starter cars came out in 1919? Think of the savings . . . Bob, as Henry had pared costs to the bone, I'm pretty sure any re-design, re-tooling and sourcing different components would not have made for savings. Unless the motor had be...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Oct 23, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2182
Views: 163901

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

Long John Yahoodie's short-lived but iconic "Long "John's Panhandle & Unmentionables Inc. " gave seasonal employment to a number of Chugwater residents while the burlap mill and stitchery was running. Yahoodie's literal rags-to-riches-to-rags story was, indeed, the inspiration for the book, "The Ris...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Anyone want to venture a guess on what this axle is for?
Replies: 9
Views: 1148

Re: Anyone want to venture a guess on what this axle is for?

Model T rear axles were often modified for application on farm implements. Around here, many one-row spud diggers used them. (Blackfoot, Idaho - world potato capitol - 😉 )
by Rich Bingham
Tue Oct 22, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2182
Views: 163901

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

Thanks for posting that photo of the turdbine processor, Perry. A wonderful example of the sort of complex machinery KD developed. Many wondered how he was able to produce such engineering marvels working alone. Truth is, he did have the benefit of the assistance of many bright minds in an indirect ...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Oct 22, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Do you have a photo in the gallery?
Replies: 5
Views: 995

Re: Do you have a photo in the gallery?

I had to check. Yup. Posted a picture. I should look through the "family album" more often.
by Rich Bingham
Tue Oct 22, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Sitting in our 14
Replies: 10
Views: 1384

Re: Sitting in our 14

Even better ! Let us know how you make out.
by Rich Bingham
Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How cold do you drive?
Replies: 69
Views: 5698

Re: How cold do you drive?

How cold do you drive ? If your core temperature drops below 95F, you're hypothermic. Don't do that. :lol:
by Rich Bingham
Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2182
Views: 163901

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

Wayne, please do grab the Victrola. I'm certain this topic qualifies for a new record, as I'm sure no other topic has ever appeared on these boards that has continually been at the top of the "current" posts for over two years running. Rich, kudos to your uncle for his perspicacity. The correlation ...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Sitting in our 14
Replies: 10
Views: 1384

Re: Sitting in our 14

. . . i can't seem to crank it.It seems as if it binds up and is very hard to crank. I can relate. If my '13 Lizzie is laid by for any length of time (usually when the barn door is snowed in) I've noted that she feels very "dry" on cranking, and harder to turn than normal. This is not the elastic t...
by Rich Bingham
Sun Oct 20, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2182
Views: 163901

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

Excited by the prospect of discovering works of art from KD's hand, Sebastian was greatly disappointed to learn that none of his paintings exist. While a mechanical genius, KD could be amusingly literal when out of his metre. When he essayed to begin painting pictures, he understood "oil colors" to ...
by Rich Bingham
Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2182
Views: 163901

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

For many years, children in the tri-burg region were convinced that KD actually WAS Santa Claus. With his mysterious comings and goings, and legendary generosity, it certainly was plausible. Although KD's wide circle of friends and their high regard for him could have made KD a very successful figur...
by Rich Bingham
Sat Oct 19, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2182
Views: 163901

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

Perry, easily confused as Porkey and Percy were just one set in the ten pairs of twins in the Pinkwort family. Yes, Mabel was just one of the sisters, but Aspidistra Pinkwort counted as seven of them. She was known in the family as Ma Pinkwort's "miracle baby".
by Rich Bingham
Fri Oct 18, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Weight of bare chassis
Replies: 13
Views: 1613

Re: Weight of bare chassis

Weight of a bear chassis - variable. Black bears weigh anywhere between 90 to 600 lbs. Grizzlies can weigh over 1,000. Bare bear chassis ? Bare bones, figure 12 - 14 % of live weight.
by Rich Bingham
Fri Oct 18, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Paintings that aren't Model Ts
Replies: 106
Views: 12618

Re: Paintings that aren't Model Ts

It's always a treat to see your work Rich !
by Rich Bingham
Fri Oct 18, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Jackson
Replies: 2
Views: 698

Re: Jackson

"Fatman" steering wheel and Firestone demountables ?
by Rich Bingham
Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Stains in Brass
Replies: 5
Views: 892

Re: Stains in Brass

"Dezincification". ❤️
Look it up in your Funk & Wagnall's
by Rich Bingham
Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Something kinda neat!
Replies: 2
Views: 702

Re: Something kinda neat!

That IS neat !! Thanks for sharing.
by Rich Bingham
Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2182
Views: 163901

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

Speaking of turning stones, the Pinkwarts were an odd family. They never bought groceries nor patronized local beaneries, but the whole family was, well, rather rotund. Shortly before their residence was condemned for rodent infestation, it became very uncomfortably drafty and cold in winter. Pa Pin...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Oct 16, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rear axle work table, fixtures and tooling.
Replies: 19
Views: 2142

Re: Rear axle work table, fixtures and tooling.

Joseph, thank you for posting. It's a pleasure to see everything orderly, with proper tools, and so well thought out. Such a contrast ! Inspires me to try to follow your example, rather than my usual "down on hands and knees, in the mud, and the blood and the grease !" Thank you for posting. Here's ...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Oct 14, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2182
Views: 163901

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

As the subject of stunt doubles has already been broached, further research indicates that during Perturbation (1919-1933) a notorious boot-legger named Irwin Caltrop used his uncanny resemblance to Cuthbert (Mad Dog) Maddox to elude local law officers and federal agents bent on enforcing the Volste...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Question on the radiator mounting kit plate nut
Replies: 17
Views: 1582

Re: Question on the radiator mounting kit plate nut

I'd vote to make both available. I had to cut the long ones down to clear the fender iron bolts on my '13, the plate wouldn't clear the original "tall head" fender iron bolts, which set the radiator stud at an angle. Yup, a short plate will spin and can be difficult to disassemble, but then, if the ...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Totally Unbelievable
Replies: 9
Views: 2091

Re: Totally Unbelievable

:lol: Henry, sounds like the title of this thread should be the title of that book !! :lol: Those who pretend to write history have an ethical obligation to be accurate. It's hard enough to research factual accounts without some jackass cluttering up a subject with wrong information. Shame on them. ...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2182
Views: 163901

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

Rich, that's fascinating. I had no idea. I was visiting with Sebastian just the other day about the movie stuntmen of the '40s and 50's. Interestingly, he told me Buckwalter was the father of at least one set of Doublemint Twins. No doubt it ran in the family ? (twice!) As for Hollywood stuntedmen, ...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2182
Views: 163901

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

Good timing Burger. Heinrich is notoriously allergic to latex. We'll await your further expletives. The Moss Control Center thanks you for your input. Expect a plaque at the next St. Swithin's Day awards banquet.
by Rich Bingham
Tue Oct 08, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Lowest priced new Model T
Replies: 13
Views: 1583

Re: Lowest priced new Model T

Henry and Dennis are on to the "meat" of the price issue. Many were working for a dollar a day back then, making a new runabout cost nine months' wages ! I wonder what the equivalent purchasing power of $260 00 is in today's emaciated dollars ?? Another thing to consider - excepting those within wal...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Oct 07, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2182
Views: 163901

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

In spite of the reverse vote, the castigator syndicate was successful insofar as in our part of the West, "Ws" are often denunciated as vowels, giving Jameson the last laugh. Actually, Jameson's last laugh occurred when he offered to buy a round of the whiskey branded with his surname in an Irish pu...
by Rich Bingham
Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Need Some Advice
Replies: 3
Views: 626

Re: Need Some Advice

Once again I'm mystified by a repro part that is not made to original spec. Why ?!? How much more would it cost to do it right ? Spring frames will bend even when they're steel. Aluminum sounds like sure failure sooner than later.
by Rich Bingham
Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: ”Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black.”
Replies: 21
Views: 2201

Re: ”Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black.”

RustyFords wrote:
Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:03 am
. . . this one has found a place in my heart like no other.
:D likely most of us agree heartily !! ❤️
by Rich Bingham
Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: VIX Scientific Gas Saver
Replies: 8
Views: 1293

Re: VIX Scientific Gas Saver

Even though their open screens you're still adding an impediment to fuel/air flow. Can't see what good it'll do really. I'll bet it's even odds Charlie. Flow is impeded, but the fuel is vaporized better. At moderate speeds the theory was that better fuel economy would result. Better performance ? N...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Oct 02, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How to stop gas seeping from the sediment bowl?
Replies: 7
Views: 925

Re: How to stop gas seeping from the sediment bowl?

I've fought this battle too ! It took a while to find all of the pieces of the puzzle. I'm guessing my problem was same as yours, Steve: seepage kept the "spud" damp (and smelly) with gasoline, never quite leaking enough even to cause a drip. I removed the "spud" and gave the valve a good working ov...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Oct 02, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1913 body striping
Replies: 8
Views: 993

Re: 1913 body striping

Darren J Wallace wrote:
Wed Oct 02, 2019 3:47 pm
. . . I’ve posted it a million times😊
And it's a pleasure to see it every time you do ! Thanks Darren !
by Rich Bingham
Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1913 body striping
Replies: 8
Views: 993

Re: 1913 body striping

I'm sure you're right Larry. The only striping I've seen on 1913 "style" cars has been in old photos; no telling the build date, or the color, either. For that matter, pix showing striping are might scarce !! Using period photos as an indication, striping on wheel spokes appears to have been common ...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: VIX Scientific Gas Saver
Replies: 8
Views: 1293

Re: VIX Scientific Gas Saver

True enough Mark, but kerosene was much cheaper than gasoline nonetheless. (and no road tax !). It was common well into the 1950s for gasoline tractors to be fitted with two tanks, winterfronts and adaptations to enable them to run on "low-cost fuel" kerosene, fuel oils, etc. saving "expensive" gaso...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1913 body striping
Replies: 8
Views: 993

Re: 1913 body striping

It's well worth the discussion anyhow. My pet peeves re/ striping are stripes too heavy (wide), too much, and wrong color. On '13s, one often sees the belt line stripe coped around the windshield back-brace bolt head (mine was done that way). Period photos show it low enough to clear the bolt head. ...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is the Model T considered a compact/sub car?
Replies: 12
Views: 1470

Re: Is the Model T considered a compact/sub car?

Just to be nit-picky, 171.2" (14'-3") is the overall length of the Yaris. Correct on Model T wheelbase, wheel base is the distance between axels. Wheel/tire diameter plus fender overhang gives you overall length. Probably should add the overhang of the touring top when it's down as well for a Model ...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2182
Views: 163901

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

Interesting note on the comic strips, "Waxford & Mabel" and "Over at Our House". Both appeared in the Saddle String Herald and the Chugwater Times, but neither were syndicated. Cartoonist Bud Sagendorf seems to have plagiarized KD's appearances in Waxford & Mabel, as he introduced a "crazy inventor"...
by Rich Bingham
Fri Sep 27, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2182
Views: 163901

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

There are many references in the record to KD's animal allergies, and none indicating that he ever owned pets, or any animals at all. If Kalamity Dick had owned a cat, it's most probable the creature would have drunk Happy Sally, and not champagne. It's not that KD didn't like animals. He was fond o...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Sep 26, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: '12 firewall wood??
Replies: 2
Views: 412

Re: '12 firewall wood??

Regarding reproduction dashes for the brass cars, many seem to be made from plywoods faced with cherry (?) cabinet veneers. Not a problem in the short-haul, but as furniture grade sheet stock is not required to do much more than look good, soft-wood interior plies, often with multiple voids, are not...
by Rich Bingham
Thu Sep 26, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1914 Wiring Question
Replies: 21
Views: 1956

Re: 1914 Wiring Question

Just a few thoughts on the battery as not OEM: The coil box and switch were provided in 1914 by K-W, their system was used on other makes and in other iterations which would make the battery option a necessary feature on other applications. When a driver inevitably experiences the need for correctin...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Sep 25, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Not for sale just an OF to look at
Replies: 12
Views: 1938

Re: Not for sale just an OF to look at

Extreme restoration began even while Model Ts were being manufactured. Maybe you have run across this "period correct" story: A farmer was replacing a tin roof on an old shed and wondered what to do with the metal he'd taken off the shed. A neighbor suggested he should crate it up and send it to the...
by Rich Bingham
Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: tire pressure
Replies: 11
Views: 1773

Re: tire pressure

Would you recommend over 70psi for "oversize" 30x3-1/2 tires ?
by Rich Bingham
Tue Sep 24, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: OT - Adventures of Kalamity Dick - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 2182
Views: 163901

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

It sounds a bit silly to many folks that the MacWarfords named three of their sons "Bill", but it was very efficient. When Mrs. MacWarford wanted the kids to come to supper, take a bath or go to bed, there was no need of repeating her orders name by name. William was deaf, so the difference mattered...
by Rich Bingham
Tue Sep 24, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Difference in Grease Cups?
Replies: 8
Views: 957

Re: Difference in Grease Cups?

While we're in the subject, are grease cups with a brass cap older than those with a steel cap ? My '13 has an assortment, no "cauliflower" caps (good name !) but that doesn't mean much. She was restored when I got her and I know nothing of the "provenance".
by Rich Bingham
Mon Sep 23, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Tragedy struck. Help, please ?
Replies: 23
Views: 2901

Re: Tragedy struck. Help, please ?

Great idea !! Thanks Rich !!
by Rich Bingham
Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Duster, Car coat
Replies: 17
Views: 2031

Re: Duster, Car coat

Driza-bone is in the class of outer wear with cowboy slickers. Stateside you can probably find knock-offs less spendy than the Aussie original. Check your local saddle shop or western wear stores. Since "The Man From Snowy River" oilskins became real popular. I'm hopelessly out of fashion. I have a ...
by Rich Bingham
Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Cleaning nickel safely.
Replies: 12
Views: 1950

Re: Cleaning nickel safely.

It's my understanding that nickel is impermeable, and a proof against corrosion; unlike chrome, which is porous and can allow under layers to tarnish or corrode. Nickel is given to oxidize and become dull, requiring minimal polishing to remain bright. You could try most any good metal polish safely ...
by Rich Bingham
Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Duster, Car coat
Replies: 17
Views: 2031

Re: Duster, Car coat

There is a difference between a duster (floor length) and a shop coat (knee length). They were universally buff or light tan (dust colored) for obvious reasons, and were in general use thirty years or more before the advent of the infernal gas buggy. I think efforts at period dress really complement...
by Rich Bingham
Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Tragedy struck. Help, please ?
Replies: 23
Views: 2901

Re: Tragedy struck. Help, please ?

Thanks to all who responded, especially to Hank for making the effort to go through his "stuff" and to Gus - (email sent)

I really think a feller could solve most any problem with the help of this Model T community ! :D
by Rich Bingham
Sun Sep 22, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Aluminum foil= Snipe hunt?
Replies: 6
Views: 961

Re: Aluminum foil= Snipe hunt?

All that said, aluminum foil actually is very useful when hunting snipes. :!:
by Rich Bingham
Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Sealing my 12 rivet rear end
Replies: 17
Views: 1824

Re: Sealing my 12 rivet rear end

You made a beautiful job of it Rich !
by Rich Bingham
Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just an Old Car Painting
Replies: 119
Views: 15951

Re: Just an Old Car Painting

There's something very appealing about that '09 under six inches of new snow that makes me want to experience getting her started, and plowing through drifted roads, something I've never done. A couple of years ago when we had heavy snows in the valley, my Lizzie was laid up, undergoing an operation...
by Rich Bingham
Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Inspection cover. Which side is out?
Replies: 15
Views: 2008

Re: Inspection cover. Which side is out?

:shock: I dunno Dave ! Now I'm worried about that dog. Did the yoghurt kill him ? :shock:

Good one ! :lol: (I really don't worry much - seems a waste of time. When things go wrong, it seems like it's pretty rare that they are the things you've been stewing over ! ;) )
by Rich Bingham
Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1915 runabout: wrong door?
Replies: 27
Views: 2408

Re: 1915 runabout: wrong door?

Thanks for that, Allan ! I haven't had the pleasure of seeing any D&F bodies in person, only the photos you and our friends down under gave posted here. I get the impression they were designed and finished with more refinement than the "stock" Model T bodies from the factory. The "twist bar" concept...