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by Original Smith
Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Steering column and control rods
Replies: 13
Views: 690

Re: Steering column and control rods

I assume you have a better pair of control rods to use?
by Original Smith
Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Babbit thrust washers
Replies: 18
Views: 1504

Re: Babbit thrust washers

I pulled an original differential apart a few years ago, only to discover both sides were in perfect condition! My thought on this is when the car was restored in the late 40's, they must have been replaced. This is a 1913 runabout I own.
by Original Smith
Wed Jan 08, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Buckeye Jack
Replies: 15
Views: 1432

Buckeye Jack

Did anyone notice what that early Ford Buckeye jack sold for on ebay yesterday? Over $1,000!
by Original Smith
Mon Jan 06, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ford service bulletin
Replies: 28
Views: 2032

Re: Ford service bulletin

I don't know why, but the 1926-7 issues are way more difficult to find than the earlier versions.
by Original Smith
Mon Jan 06, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Reaming drive shaft bushing
Replies: 15
Views: 1318

Re: Reaming drive shaft bushing

Why not try a combination reaming and facing tool. They are available.
by Original Smith
Sat Jan 04, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Looking for open car mirror
Replies: 12
Views: 1125

Re: Looking for open car mirror

Mark: Ford didn't offer a mirror until late in 1924, so the mirrors pictured above would be ok for your car. HOWEVER, the Trico mirrors that Ford did offer from 1924-1927 did not look like what is pictured here. They wrap around the top of the windshield and have two screw holes in the front too. Th...
by Original Smith
Sat Jan 04, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: For Sale: NH Full Flow float valves
Replies: 11
Views: 1137

Re: For Sale: NH Full Flow float valves

Scott:
Please send me your email address, and I send you a check right away. Thanks
by Original Smith
Sat Jan 04, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB Horn bracket
Replies: 2
Views: 264

Re: WTB Horn bracket

I believe Randall Anderson makes the correct bracket.
by Original Smith
Sat Jan 04, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Carbide generator parts scematic or photos?
Replies: 9
Views: 764

Re: Carbide generator parts scematic or photos?

A friend of mine told me he uses straight Hydrogen Peroxide in his tank, and the lights burn much brighter. After use, he pours it back into the bottle.
by Original Smith
Fri Jan 03, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Fordite steering wheel repair
Replies: 24
Views: 1852

Re: Fordite steering wheel repair

I have a 17" type, and just keep waxing it. The Fordite still comes off, so I wear leather gloves when driving. I don't wish to paint it, because that will destroy the original look.
by Original Smith
Fri Jan 03, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Tail lights, brake lights, and turn signals
Replies: 21
Views: 1713

Re: Tail lights, brake lights, and turn signals

I have no proof on this, but I've seen a few of these. The late taillights used from 1924-1927 sometimes have a straight through socket similar to a headlight socket, which enables the owner to use a spring loaded plug of either one contact or two contacts. I have one of these in my 1925, and use it...
by Original Smith
Fri Jan 03, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Start There - Finish Here
Replies: 7
Views: 1184

Re: Start There - Finish Here

Show us some more pictures when it is done.
by Original Smith
Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1911 button tufting layout.
Replies: 18
Views: 911

Re: 1911 button tufting layout.

Beware of the dull black hides available today. You can still buy shiny black, but you have to look for it. Be sure to use the black metal topped pronged upholstery buttons too. A lot of T guys don't know that.
by Original Smith
Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Part Needed
Replies: 0
Views: 405

Part Needed

Would like to purchase an original authentic Rocky Mountain bell crank for the equalizer, or any other spare parts you may have.
by Original Smith
Wed Jan 01, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Modern advances in the lubrication of the original roller type timer
Replies: 27
Views: 1902

Re: Modern advances in the lubrication of the original roller type timer

I've been using New Day timers for over fifty years. For me they are the most reliable. I only need to remove them occasionally to rough up the surface, and blow out the dust. You must use a modern camshaft seal to use one however.
by Original Smith
Wed Jan 01, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Fallbrook Tour - Two Days Away!!!
Replies: 27
Views: 2163

Re: Model T Fallbrook Tour - January 19-21

I will be attending. My problem is deciding which car to drive! Perhaps I'll take my '25 pickup pictured above, as I haven't had it out recently. The resort is a great place to stay. I was there recently at the AACA Western National Meet, and it doesn't get any better.
by Original Smith
Wed Jan 01, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Chickasha 2020 Pre-War Swap Meet Pizza Party
Replies: 14
Views: 1513

Re: Chickasha 2020 Pre-War Swap Meet Pizza Party

It will be great to attend your final pizza get together one last time. I admire the fact you three are giving back to the hobby this way. I've done business with all of you over the years.
by Original Smith
Wed Jan 01, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Looking for seat upholstery reference photos
Replies: 2
Views: 446

Re: Looking for seat upholstery reference photos

Mark: I admire your determination! I wish more members would be like that. The one that really upsets me is the placement of the rear windows in 1917-1925 touring cars and roadsters. I took an adult school class in automobile upholstery, and learned a lot. If I was younger, I probably would have gon...
by Original Smith
Tue Dec 31, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 2019 HCCA Holiday Motor Excursion
Replies: 18
Views: 1734

Re: 2019 HCCA Holiday Motor Excursion

I'd like to thank Peter Eastwood for planning the best tour route ever! The only thing I dislike, and it happens every year, is people who own newer model cars, and are not invited, decide to crash our tour, and eat our doughnuts.
by Original Smith
Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Winter ride in Russia
Replies: 11
Views: 1154

Re: Winter ride in Russia

How do the tires do? I've driven in very little in snow. When I did, I drove very slow, and the wheels just sank through the snow to the pavement.
by Original Smith
Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Valve Stem Comparison
Replies: 4
Views: 733

Re: Valve Stem Comparison

I have thought of using balancing beads, but don't know how. I really like the photo of the original Schrader valve stem comparison. I have never seen that one before. It is a real good piece to have.
by Original Smith
Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Difference between 09-25 and 26-27 Rocky Mountain Brakes
Replies: 10
Views: 734

Re: Difference between 09-25 and 26-27 Rocky Mountain Brakes

If Jack would have done his homework when he started making the brakes, he would have found the brake pedal bracket and the equalizer. Instead he found a Bennett equalizer which is backward from a Rocky Mountain. Rocky Mountains use a cable, and pull on the brakes. Having to use rods just complicate...
by Original Smith
Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ford service bulletin
Replies: 28
Views: 2032

Re: Ford service bulletin

The MTFCI did all of the bulletins a few years back. For reference it is great, but I disliked the fact they didn't reproduce them exactly like the original bulletins. The should have used the glossy paper, and punched the holes in the same location, and used the orange lines on bulletin #1, and blu...
by Original Smith
Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New Spindle Arm Bushings
Replies: 4
Views: 426

Re: New Spindle Arm Bushings

Ford changed to steel bushings at some point. I prefer to use brass or bronze, so I don't wear the tie rod bolt. I ream them to fit the bolt, but facing is not required.
by Original Smith
Mon Dec 30, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ford service bulletin
Replies: 28
Views: 2032

Re: Ford service bulletin

I have a complete set in an original binder. It took me several years to complete the set. I still have a few extras.
by Original Smith
Mon Dec 30, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Difference between 09-25 and 26-27 Rocky Mountain Brakes
Replies: 10
Views: 734

Re: Difference between 09-25 and 26-27 Rocky Mountain Brakes

As Norman explained nothing is the same. The current Rocky Mountain brakes were copied from an original 1926 AC brake, and are not even close to a correct Rocky Mountain Brake!
by Original Smith
Mon Dec 30, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Modern advances in the lubrication of the original roller type timer
Replies: 27
Views: 1902

Re: Modern advances in the lubrication of the original roller type timer

I'm wondering how you propose to put grease through the oil cap on the timer? Since it is an oil cap, it seems obvious to me. Read the Ford Service book, and your instruction manual for the answer.
by Original Smith
Sat Dec 28, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Early Body Bolts
Replies: 9
Views: 1162

Re: Early Body Bolts

I don't know if I can post any pictures of this bolt, as they are now on the car! There are three on each side. The front and rear are the same size . The center one is about 1/16" longer. The early 13's had a much longer rear body bolt to go through the cast iron frame bracket. I had to have one of...
by Original Smith
Sat Dec 28, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: WTB brass JNO carbide generator
Replies: 3
Views: 351

Re: WTB brass JNO carbide generator

What is a JNO generator? Could it be Jno. Brown?
by Original Smith
Sat Dec 28, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Valve Stem Comparison
Replies: 4
Views: 733

Valve Stem Comparison

Perhaps many of you have noted my discussions in the past about original Schrader and Dill valve stems. You may have also noted that I prefer an 888 which is not authentic to a 777 which is. I have noted in the past why I prefer the 888 to the 777. For the first time I'm posting and example of these...
by Original Smith
Sat Dec 21, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Early Body Bolts
Replies: 9
Views: 1162

Early Body Bolts

I recently acquired a POS 1915 touring, which is partially disassembled. The good news is, it's a real '15, not a conversion. Anyway, three of the body bolts were missing, and the early ones are a non standard size, using an 11/16 across the head bolt. Yea, I know I could easily slip in a 5/8 non st...
by Original Smith
Sat Dec 21, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Back to school
Replies: 16
Views: 1489

Re: Back to school

I used to teach high school. I took my T to school many times for demonstrations.
by Original Smith
Sat Dec 21, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: My tiny garage built in 1919
Replies: 25
Views: 1948

Re: My tiny garage built in 1919

Most of the houses in my area had what I call a Model T garage. Room for one Model T, and that is all.
by Original Smith
Fri Dec 20, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB Piece of red carbide hose.
Replies: 12
Views: 979

Re: WTB Piece of red carbide hose.

Let me know what you find. I recently did the hoses on my two '13s, and had the SAME problem. I found some plain red hose from McMaster Car that works, but would like to have the cloth hose too. I also learned from my experience the amount of hose supplied was not adequate for a '13-14. Perhaps it w...
by Original Smith
Fri Dec 20, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1913 Runabout Top question
Replies: 13
Views: 963

Re: 1913 Runabout Top question

Take a look at the second attachment posted by Mark Strange. It should answer a lot of questions for anyone doing research on a 1913, including the top for the roadster. One thing I would like to share, is the common sense fasteners for the side curtains were placed into the bow drill before being s...
by Original Smith
Fri Dec 20, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Which hook for 1915?
Replies: 7
Views: 759

Re: Which hook for 1915?

Please forgive me if I'm wrong, but the bottom photo that Dan posted doesn't appear to be a 1915.
by Original Smith
Thu Dec 19, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1913 Runabout Top question
Replies: 13
Views: 963

Re: 1913 Runabout Top question

I'm no expert, but I did copy the original top exactly from my car. A '14 top would probably work, but is not correct if you are into authenticity. My cars top came out fine, and still has the original wood bows too. I placed original common sense fasteners in the correct locations as well. The top ...
by Original Smith
Wed Dec 18, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Can you show the original of this?
Replies: 15
Views: 1595

Re: Can you show the original of this?

I disagree with Dan's conclusion. I believe the above part with the hump is earlier. Why? Because Ford was always looking for ways to cut costs. I have a pair of NOS top to windshield clamps, and they have the flat wing. Doesn't the '26-7 open cars use the same one as the 23-5?
by Original Smith
Tue Dec 17, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Cleaning a gas tank in California?
Replies: 14
Views: 1140

Re: Cleaning a gas tank in California?

I used carburetor cleaner years ago. I put in a handful of CLEAN pea gravel and tossed it around. That worked for over 50 years until I got a bad tank of gas a couple of years ago. I took the tank to a local radiator shop to have it cleaned out, and here is where I made my mistake. Don't assume the ...
by Original Smith
Tue Dec 17, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Seat Upholstery finally done
Replies: 9
Views: 822

Re: Seat Upholstery finally done

The only pleat that was sewn all the way to the top was the center one. All the rest were sewn about two inches above the buttons, and then folded the rest of the way. That way, the installer could easily make corrections. Another thing a lot of restorers fail to understand, is there is no stuffing ...
by Original Smith
Sun Dec 15, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Napa tour - bummer
Replies: 38
Views: 3699

Re: Napa tour - bummer

What does the Grand Poobah have to say about all of this?
by Original Smith
Sun Dec 15, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Installing Oilers
Replies: 11
Views: 1044

Re: Installing Oilers

Check with Langs. Don doesn't usually sell oilers that won't work! I've always had good luck finding originals at swap meets.
by Original Smith
Sun Dec 15, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Merry Christmas
Replies: 57
Views: 3607

Re: Merry Christmas

It's nice to hear Merry Christmas again! I guess it wasn't politically correct for awhile.
by Original Smith
Sun Dec 15, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Napa tour - bummer
Replies: 38
Views: 3699

Re: Napa tour - bummer

Keep us posted! There have been a lot of triple gear bushing problems in the past. Bob Bergstadt had the last batch made to Ford Z bronze specifications.
by Original Smith
Sun Dec 15, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Jacking help removing rear axle
Replies: 31
Views: 2264

Re: Jacking help removing rear axle

Dan, it looks like you have a Canadian Ruckstell.
by Original Smith
Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Does anyone have a paint code for Model A engine green?
Replies: 6
Views: 634

Re: Does anyone have a paint code for Model A engine green?

I believe you can purchase Model A engine paint in spray cans from the A vendors.
by Original Smith
Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Replacing lower steering column bracket bushing
Replies: 12
Views: 764

Re: Replacing lower steering column bracket bushing

Contrary to what Steve mentioned, the early cars used one bushing, the same length as the bracket.
by Original Smith
Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Installing Oilers
Replies: 11
Views: 1044

Re: Installing Oilers

Since you did not mention the year of your car, which is important, refer to the Ford Service book, and it will show you pictures of the correct placement of the oilers. The early T's use 1/8" pipe thread oilers.
by Original Smith
Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Do these brackets look familiar?
Replies: 3
Views: 607

Re: Do these brackets look familiar?

I remember when I restored the bed on my '25, I needed to replace one of those. What a job!
by Original Smith
Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: u-joint wear
Replies: 3
Views: 433

Re: u-joint wear

Don't forget to pack the u joint area with a light grease.
by Original Smith
Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Speedometer 18 roadster.....
Replies: 7
Views: 664

Re: Speedometer 18 roadster.....

Why not just install a firewall mount like a 13-15. You will have many choices. Stewarts are the most common. If you need everything, I would count on spending as much as $1000, but it probably won't be that much.
by Original Smith
Thu Dec 12, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Wanted: AC brake parts
Replies: 15
Views: 1431

Re: Wanted: AC brake parts

What baffles me is why both Rocky Mountain and AC repro's have chosen to use rods instead of the original cable set up's which is so much easier to do. It doesn't make sense to me. But what do I know? I have original Rocky Mountain brakes on three of my cars.
by Original Smith
Thu Dec 12, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB Early starting crank
Replies: 12
Views: 894

Re: WTB Early starting crank

What annoys me, is I've never seen the high dome rivet for the handle reproduced, only the flat one! I wonder why?
by Original Smith
Thu Dec 12, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T in Los Angeles
Replies: 16
Views: 1657

Re: Model T in Los Angeles

Mark:
If you have a chance, come on by. Perhaps we can go to lunch or dinner?
by Original Smith
Wed Dec 11, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this a "dummy" flywheel ring gear for a non-starter car?
Replies: 40
Views: 2640

Re: Is this a "dummy" flywheel ring gear for a non-starter car?

Sure looks factory to me. I didn't know Ford was using aluminum magnet spacers that early?
by Original Smith
Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: not model T Continental engine
Replies: 16
Views: 2251

Re: not model T Continental engine

Continental made engines for a number of different makes of cars. I believe a Jordan is one of them.
by Original Smith
Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old Photos: Model T’s Including a Bus
Replies: 10
Views: 954

Re: Old Photos: Model T’s Including a Bus

I wonder if that bus body is a professionally made body? It kind of looks home made to me.
by Original Smith
Sun Dec 08, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Interesting clutch on ebay
Replies: 10
Views: 1332

Re: Interesting clutch on ebay

A lot of American cars had free wheeling in 1932 and 33.
by Original Smith
Sat Dec 07, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rocky Mountain Brakes, Stop,.... then they don't
Replies: 13
Views: 1259

Re: Rocky Mountain Brakes, Stop,.... then they don't

It would be nice if someone would reproduce the original correct Rocky Mountain Brakes that were cable operated. There are no problems with them! The same goes for the AC brakes. Why make something so simple, so difficult??????
by Original Smith
Sat Dec 07, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: John Berch's truck
Replies: 6
Views: 1353

Re: John Berch's truck

It appears he is using a Ford battery box too. That's impressive.
by Original Smith
Sat Dec 07, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1913-1917 Hubcaps
Replies: 11
Views: 926

Re: 1913-1917 Hubcaps

I've been to every Hershey meet for 34 years, without missing one. I used to pick up NOS late hubcaps all the time for $10 each. That is getting harder to do. I've also found a lot of early hub caps there for what ever I had to pay.
by Original Smith
Fri Dec 06, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Phil Mino's website
Replies: 9
Views: 1378

Re: Phil Mino's website

Thanks for the note Bill. Phil and I were good friends, but due the distance from Los Angeles, I was lucky to see him once a year.
by Original Smith
Fri Dec 06, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Are these the correct windshield support rods?
Replies: 12
Views: 1137

Re: Are these the correct windshield support rods?

It's nice to see so many 1912's with the correct fore doors! Many people in my area have removed them for some reason.
by Original Smith
Fri Dec 06, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1913-1917 Hubcaps
Replies: 11
Views: 926

Re: 1913-1917 Hubcaps

Keith: Do you have a complete set now? I know that early stuff is hard to find, so I imagine you'll keep buying whatever you find.
by Original Smith
Fri Dec 06, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: side curtains 1927 runabout pickup
Replies: 15
Views: 1934

Re: side curtains 1927 runabout pickup

I've seen those mis-labeled 26 curtains before. Owning a 1925, I've received 26 curtains before, and have not been able to use them. 1925 & 26 owners, take note! Thanks for posting Jim!
by Original Smith
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Mounting A Stubborn 30 x 3
Replies: 32
Views: 1963

Re: Mounting A Stubborn 30 x 3

Keith:
Where did you find rubber stem tubes that fit through the opening in the felloe? I haven't seen anything since Schraeder made them that works!
by Original Smith
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: To All Of You and Yours...,
Replies: 8
Views: 885

Re: To All Of You and Yours...,

It's too bad, and sad at that, that we have people in our society that don't feel this way!
Merry Christmas to all from a cold wet Southern California!
by Original Smith
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1913-1917 Hubcaps
Replies: 11
Views: 926

Re: 1913-1917 Hubcaps

Another script detail is on the running boards. The Ford script on them is similar from 1913 through 1925, but entirely different styles over the years. The 1913's are similar to the hubcaps, and the 'F' got shrunk over the years. In addition, the 13-14 running boards had the holes for mounting the ...
by Original Smith
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1913-1917 Hubcaps
Replies: 11
Views: 926

Re: 1913-1917 Hubcaps

I'll go along with Keith on that one. The RH cap that Jim posted looks like a cross over maybe? I know from all the hub caps I've collected, there were at least two different companies making them, or maybe more. I have two 1917 hubcaps. One has a black center, and one doesn't.
by Original Smith
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1925 Roadster Curtains
Replies: 28
Views: 2781

Re: 1925 Roadster Curtains

I don't know if anyone is making the correct side curtains for the 22-25 open cars. The original side curtains I have are almost as good as Jim's but not quite. Making these curtains was one of the most fun projects I've done. I strongly suggest making paper patterns for each of the curtains, so as ...
by Original Smith
Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: side curtains 1927 runabout pickup
Replies: 15
Views: 1934

Re: side curtains 1927 runabout pickup

I'm glad the pictures of original side curtains were posted. As you can see, they are different from Carters. Also Ford did not use lift the dot fasteners.
They used Anzo fasteners, which are getting difficult to find these days.
by Original Smith
Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Mounting A Stubborn 30 x 3
Replies: 32
Views: 1963

Re: Mounting A Stubborn 30 x 3

Yup! That is the tool. Can't own a T without one. Like Steve said, I'm glad they are still available.
by Original Smith
Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1913-1917 Hubcaps
Replies: 11
Views: 926

1913-1917 Hubcaps

I've posted this information before, so here it is a different way. The first hubcap with the big "F" is a 1913. It is similar to the 1914 hubcap next to it. There is one more photo shot a different way. The 1914 hubcap was used at least through 1917, but was nickel plated. It may have even been use...
by Original Smith
Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Mounting A Stubborn 30 x 3
Replies: 32
Views: 1963

Re: Mounting A Stubborn 30 x 3

What I've been using for years is a special wire that looks like a modern speedometer cable, with a nub at one end that screws onto where the valve cap goes, and has a Tee handle at the other end. What I did this time to hold the tube in place is a rim nut screwed in upside down into the felloe. It ...
by Original Smith
Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model t rear axle: Cad or detailed drawings
Replies: 5
Views: 679

Re: Model t rear axle: Cad or detailed drawings

Just use the Ford Service book. You don't need drawings.
by Original Smith
Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Mounting A Stubborn 30 x 3
Replies: 32
Views: 1963

Re: Mounting A Stubborn 30 x 3

Interesting post Keith! I have Excelsiors on my '25, and didn't need to do anything!
by Original Smith
Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1923 Rear Curtain
Replies: 3
Views: 382

Re: 1923 Rear Curtain

Interesting comment Adam. Let us know if you hear of anything more on the subject.
by Original Smith
Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Gasket board save
Replies: 11
Views: 1122

Re: Gasket board save

I have an original Ford green one. It has no place for 4 dip pan gasket. Did they ever make one?
by Original Smith
Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hood shelf clip replacement help needed.
Replies: 23
Views: 1169

Re: Hood shelf clip replacement help needed.

How are we supposed to know what you are talking about when you don't give the year of your car??
by Original Smith
Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1923 Rear Curtain
Replies: 3
Views: 382

1923 Rear Curtain

When I go on tours, and other Model T functions, I'm amazed at the different sizes of rear windows restorers have chosen for their curtains. Proper research always helps, and here is an example of an original 1923 rear curtain. I'm not so sure the information that Dan Treace has is correct either. I...
by Original Smith
Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Mounting A Stubborn 30 x 3
Replies: 32
Views: 1963

Re: Mounting A Stubborn 30 x 3

I like the photos that Steve Jelf posted! He's got it right with these photos. Even though Ford used 777 Schraders, I prefer the 888's which are 1/4" shorter, and still leave enough threads for the rim nut after it is mounted on the wheel.
by Original Smith
Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Mounting A Stubborn 30 x 3
Replies: 32
Views: 1963

Re: Mounting A Stubborn 30 x 3

The reason for my problem was the tire, even though new, it was old and hard. I cut a V notch in the beads today to give me room for the original metal valve stem, and that did the trick. The new tires are softer, and don't seem to care about the valve stems.
by Original Smith
Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: 192-13 Coil (NOS)
Replies: 2
Views: 432

Re: 192-13 Coil (NOS)

Bruce: That is a great looking coil, but I don't think it is NOS! It has later style points, and I can see scrape marks in the wood from where it has been in a coil box. Good luck on finding a buyer.
by Original Smith
Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Mounting A Stubborn 30 x 3
Replies: 32
Views: 1963

Re: Mounting A Stubborn 30 x 3

I agree with Adam. A new flap is easier to work with than a used one, however, I'll be using the old one. I use lots of talcum powder, and that seems to help.
by Original Smith
Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1915 Parts
Replies: 20
Views: 1981

Re: 1915 Parts

Those hubcaps are easy to get confused on, especially the difference between a true '13 and '14. Keep in mind, Ford had different suppliers for those. The depth of the octagon can be different. I probably have more 1913 hubcaps than anyone, and there are differences among them. For anyone interested...
by Original Smith
Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Mounting A Stubborn 30 x 3
Replies: 32
Views: 1963

Mounting A Stubborn 30 x 3

I've been mounting Model T clincher tires all of my adult life, and have never had a problem until this past week. There are several factors that come into play here. The tire is new, but has been sitting around for several years. I have mounted the tire twice, but have been unable to close the bead...
by Original Smith
Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Phil Mino's website
Replies: 9
Views: 1378

Re: Phil Mino's website

Go onto Royce's website. There is a very good tribute to Phil written by a close friend of Phil's that lived nearby. Model T Ford Fix.com.
by Original Smith
Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old Photo, Brass touring car and family
Replies: 4
Views: 697

Re: Old Photo, Brass touring car and family

Usually, the late '14 front fenders have the '15 lip. This one doesn't appear to have them. Also, Ford was installing the new Ford special speedometers in late '14.
by Original Smith
Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Phil Mino's website
Replies: 9
Views: 1378

Re: Phil Mino's website

My good friend Phil Mino passed away a few months ago. I spent a day with him just prior to the Bakersfield meet this year. He will be missed.
by Original Smith
Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: SOLD NEW set of #2819 Brass 1911-1912 Hub Caps
Replies: 6
Views: 623

Re: NEW set of #2819 Brass 1911-1912 Hub Caps

I've never seen a Ford hubcap with the F made that way.
by Original Smith
Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Tail Light ID
Replies: 8
Views: 762

Re: Tail Light ID

I have a box exactly like Jim has, in a little better shape. The tail light lens is like the one that Mark posted, and is plastic. The difference is there is a Ford script decal across the face of the lens which is blue and white. I've always believed this tail light was manufactured for Ford after ...
by Original Smith
Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Authentic Top Trim Pieces
Replies: 14
Views: 1358

Re: Authentic Top Trim Pieces

The spears posted above as far as I know were only used by Ford. They can't be made from anything. If someone with a metal stamping business would be willing to make a die to stamp these, I'm sure it would be a big seller for the purists.
by Original Smith
Sat Nov 30, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Tail Light ID
Replies: 8
Views: 762

Re: Tail Light ID

The new 26 style tail light was introduced in 1924.
by Original Smith
Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Authentic Top Trim Pieces
Replies: 14
Views: 1358

Re: Authentic Top Trim Pieces

The problem with converting a common style spear to the Ford style is the Ford style is bigger. Yes, you can alter a common one to have the tails like a Ford one, but it still will not be correct. The Ford spear is wider from top to bottom.
by Original Smith
Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: info wanted, length and quanity of engine block and hogs head bolts to crankcase
Replies: 11
Views: 763

Re: info wanted, length and quanity of engine block and hogs head bolts to crankcase

As many people do, you failed to mention the year of your engine. If your engine uses the stiffner plates commonly used on later T's, they require a 1/8" longer bolt. Most of your question should be common sense! All you need to do is figure it out.
by Original Smith
Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Authentic Top Trim Pieces
Replies: 14
Views: 1358

Re: Authentic Top Trim Pieces

Mark: When you get mine, you'll have an extra! Happy Thanksgiving!
by Original Smith
Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Tail Lite Wiring
Replies: 4
Views: 460

Re: Tail Lite Wiring

I used friction tape, which is period correct. Read the above comment.
by Original Smith
Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just hauled home 1911 runabout
Replies: 37
Views: 3311

Re: Just hauled home 1911 runabout

I don't see how a '14 lid could be slanted?
by Original Smith
Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ruckstell
Replies: 2
Views: 654

Re: Ruckstell

Gosh Dean, isn't one enough?
by Original Smith
Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Authentic Top Trim Pieces
Replies: 14
Views: 1358

Re: Authentic Top Trim Pieces

Thanks Jim for posting. I can always rely on you to post important information with no guessing allowed!!