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by Original Smith
Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Tail Lite Wiring
Replies: 4
Views: 470

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: 3324

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: 660

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: 1365

Re: Authentic Top Trim Pieces

Thanks Jim for posting. I can always rely on you to post important information with no guessing allowed!!
by Original Smith
Tue Nov 26, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: oil can 1912
Replies: 12
Views: 1522

Re: oil can 1912

The one on the left is correct. Just because a part has a 1912 patent date doesn't make it a 1912! Maple City, Mfg. also made oil cans for that era with a double Ford script.
by Original Smith
Tue Nov 26, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just hauled home 1911 runabout
Replies: 37
Views: 3324

Re: Just hauled home 1911 runabout

I own two 1913's that had later coilboxes installed at some point. I imagine the reason for doing this is it was easier to obtain standard coils, rather than try to find originals.
by Original Smith
Tue Nov 26, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Authentic Top Trim Pieces
Replies: 14
Views: 1365

Re: Authentic Top Trim Pieces

You have a lot of priming and sanding to do on that top one, I've done it, and to me it's worth it for a non obtainable part. It would be nice for someone that does stamping to be able to remake that part. If there is someone out there that can do it, I have a NOS spear to loan.
by Original Smith
Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Just hauled home 1911 runabout
Replies: 37
Views: 3324

Re: Just hauled home 1911 runabout

What a lucky guy. You have found a real treasure!
by Original Smith
Sun Nov 24, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Starter Wire Too Long
Replies: 8
Views: 959

Re: Starter Wire Too Long

I hope you get it fixed. I've had problems with repro wiring, and have had a local company duplicate the original Ford wiring so it fits.
by Original Smith
Fri Nov 22, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Mounting 1913 Oval Gas Tank
Replies: 6
Views: 683

Re: Mounting 1913 Oval Gas Tank

The tank will not come out the top on a '13 touring. I've always put the bolts in with the nuts on top. They can't come out, because they have a cotter pin in them. The Ford service book clearly shows this. I had to lift the body off the chassis on my '13 touring to remove the gas tank. On my '13 ro...
by Original Smith
Thu Nov 21, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Extreme Trivia
Replies: 8
Views: 1317

Re: Extreme Trivia

Ed: You are right! I should have labeled it for what it is, Anzo Fasteners! I just didn't think that anyone other than purists like me would even be interested. Not all Anzo fasteners were used on T's, only some of them, therefore, most of the pictures that Dan Treace posted are not relevant.
by Original Smith
Thu Nov 21, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Strange Hub Cap Wrench
Replies: 3
Views: 736

Re: Strange Hub Cap Wrench

Nothing strange about it. It's a 1909.
by Original Smith
Wed Nov 20, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1915 Parts
Replies: 20
Views: 2005

Re: 1915 Parts

There are two styles of high F hubcaps. 1913, and 1914-17. The 1917's are nickel plated. The 1913 hub cap is very much like the 1914 style, but the F is much larger and bolder. It takes some practice to get used to the two styles.
by Original Smith
Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1915 Parts
Replies: 20
Views: 2005

Re: 1915 Parts

Those horns are pretty plentiful. Many times they are interchanged incorrectly. A true '15 horn has a scalloped bracket. As far as I know all 13-15 horns have the same hole spacing. For detailed information contact Jim Lyons in West Virginia.
by Original Smith
Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Pitman arm fit
Replies: 20
Views: 1215

Re: Pitman arm fit

I'd be careful of the repro spark and throttle rods. I also understand the are made of brass which is not a good idea. It is not difficult to take one of those steering columns apart. Just do it carefully and don't panic. You will notice the spark and throttle rods were put in before the gear case w...
by Original Smith
Tue Nov 19, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Extreme Trivia
Replies: 8
Views: 1317

Re: Extreme Trivia

Here are the most common Anzo's used from late 1922-1925. I don't know about any other year, but do know they were used throughout Model T production. The parts that I have are all NOS, and are made of brass, raven finished. I hope these photos will do for now. I'm not very good at taking pictures.
by Original Smith
Tue Nov 19, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1911 steering column
Replies: 13
Views: 1335

Re: 1911 steering column

I have a stock '25 T that has original 5-1 gears. I have several other T's that have the original 4-1 setup. I honestly don't see why changing to the 5-1 ratio is worth it.
by Original Smith
Tue Nov 19, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Extreme Trivia
Replies: 8
Views: 1317

Re: Extreme Trivia

Referring to the photos above, the only photo I recognize is the middle one. Who knows, that picture may even be my car! The female fastener in that photo is exactly the one I had to resize to work. I'll do my best to get some pictures for everyone before I put everything away today.
by Original Smith
Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Extreme Trivia
Replies: 8
Views: 1317

Extreme Trivia

Those of you who know Model T's well also know that Ford used Anzo Fasteners throughout Model T production. The problem today is apparently Anzo is no longer in business. I pick up those fasteners whenever I can, and have enough for my use. When I restored my '25 pickup a few years ago, I was determ...
by Original Smith
Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB One VG 13-25 running board
Replies: 11
Views: 603

Re: WTB One VG 13-25 running board

The ones Frank pictured would be correct for a 15 or 16. Notice the high "F".
by Original Smith
Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: FS 30x3 1/2 NOS Tire Chains
Replies: 7
Views: 713

Re: FS 30x3 1/2 NOS Tire Chains

Good find Mark! Too bad those chains won't warm up your garage!
by Original Smith
Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB One VG 13-25 running board
Replies: 11
Views: 603

Re: WTB One VG 13-25 running board

It's easy for those running boards to be misrepresented, because they are not the same from '13-25!
by Original Smith
Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Brackets for top saddle support arms
Replies: 5
Views: 591

Re: Brackets for top saddle support arms

Don't forget, the L arms and the straight through top saddle rods use different top saddles.
by Original Smith
Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Drive shaft bushing question
Replies: 14
Views: 1082

Re: Drive shaft bushing question

Just be sure to get the slot on top before you drill the hole.
by Original Smith
Sun Nov 17, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 2019 HCCA Holiday Motor Excursion
Replies: 18
Views: 1762

Re: 2019 HCCA Holiday Motor Excursion

The new location is great. Huntington Drive, and Santa Anita.
by Original Smith
Fri Nov 15, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: '24 T Barn Find
Replies: 20
Views: 1758

Re: '24 T Barn Find

This car has obviously been repainted. Take a look at the wheels. I don't see any of the plating in those photos. I also wonder about the 30,000 miles. I don't see the speedometer gear on the wheel. A dashboard photo would be nice.
by Original Smith
Fri Nov 15, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: '24 T Barn Find
Replies: 20
Views: 1758

Re: '24 T Barn Find

This car is a super find. I believe it to be a very late '24. Take a look at the tire carrier. It has the 1925 style taillight and bracket, and the tire carrier to go with it which was modified by Ford to accept the added weight of the taillight and license plate. I hope who ever buys this car saves...
by Original Smith
Fri Nov 15, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ring gear and pinion
Replies: 5
Views: 740

Re: Ring gear and pinion

Unless you do a lot of driving on mountain roads, I would suggest sticking with the stock ratio.
by Original Smith
Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Source for Hard-to-Find Fasteners
Replies: 18
Views: 1963

Re: Source for Hard-to-Find Fasteners

I've had good luck with Blacksmith Bolt in Portland, Oregon.
by Original Smith
Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vintage authenticity?
Replies: 104
Views: 6729

Re: Vintage authenticity?

Isn't that photo taken in a garage by Matt, Phil Mino's 1910 or 11 with the dip door?
by Original Smith
Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: More on wheel replacement
Replies: 31
Views: 2242

Re: More on wheel replacement

Model T rims were zinc plated.
by Original Smith
Tue Nov 12, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Touring and Roadster window spacing
Replies: 0
Views: 269

Touring and Roadster window spacing

I would like to hear from anyone with and original untouched 1923-24 touring or roadster, with the original rear curtain intact. I need the exact measurement of the rear windows (lights), and the spacing between them. I'm not interested in anything else!
by Original Smith
Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old Shorpy Photo- T with lots of grafitti
Replies: 6
Views: 1075

Re: Old Shorpy Photo- T with lots of grafitti

I wonder if that '25 roadster is around these days? Maybe it's been restored?
by Original Smith
Sat Nov 09, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Installing a 1926 Radiator.
Replies: 11
Views: 1171

Re: Installing a 1926 Radiator.

No different that any other high radiator that I can see.
by Original Smith
Sat Nov 09, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Himico Cylinder Head
Replies: 15
Views: 2280

Re: Himico Cylinder Head

Doesn't look like the combustion chamber of that head would be any better than a Ricardo, or Giant Power.
by Original Smith
Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Pitman arm fit
Replies: 20
Views: 1215

Re: Pitman arm fit

That is not a very good looking shaft. What is wrong with the one that came out of it?
by Original Smith
Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this an original Model T tailgate?
Replies: 10
Views: 1297

Re: Is this an original Model T tailgate?

The tailgate is definitely a T tailgate. This style was also used on the first 1928 A pickups too. They found the hinge was weak, and they are, so they modified that hinge for the A's, but they will still fit a T. You mentioned in a phone call that there is a slight convex problem with that tailgate...
by Original Smith
Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: WARNING New Clincher Tire Blows Off Rim!!
Replies: 16
Views: 1706

Re: WARNING New Clincher Tire Blows Off Rim!!

How could anyone make a tube to fit a 23" and a 24" rime at the same time. Not a good idea in my book. That maybe your problem.
by Original Smith
Thu Oct 31, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: fan hitting crank start?
Replies: 7
Views: 804

Re: fan hitting crank start?

I used to run a water pump for years, and found out about 10 years ago a T doesn't need one, so it now hangs on the wall. There are a lot of different belts that may work offered by Langs, and others. But if you choose to continue, you my wish to try a different size pulley on your pump. That may or...
by Original Smith
Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Done the Seat Cushion
Replies: 23
Views: 1679

Re: Done the Seat Cushion

Is Ford the only company that used painted upholstery buttons?
by Original Smith
Tue Oct 29, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Interesting Discovery Today
Replies: 5
Views: 1126

Re: Interesting Discovery Today

You are fortunate to have such an original car. To me cars like yours are a gold mine of facts. Keep up the good work. Be sure to save the original upholstery for further reference.
by Original Smith
Sun Oct 27, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Leather rear axle seals
Replies: 11
Views: 1063

Re: Leather rear axle seals

I don't call making parts that dig into your axles rude! I call it dumb! I have a number of original script leather seals like Tim posted. As I recall, they started using them in 1925, but I can be off on that.
by Original Smith
Sun Oct 27, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Will this work on my acetylene tank?
Replies: 11
Views: 1057

Re: Will this work on my acetylene tank?

I don't think there is any pressure off a carbide generator.
by Original Smith
Sun Oct 27, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Done the Seat Cushion
Replies: 23
Views: 1679

Re: Done the Seat Cushion

So why after all of you post's did you use hog rings? I don't get it!
by Original Smith
Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Cleaning up is a good thing
Replies: 31
Views: 2924

Re: Cleaning up is a good thing

I wonder if Schrader made those for Ford? I've seen them with Ford script. You could make an adapter out of an old spark plug.
by Original Smith
Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Safety wire
Replies: 9
Views: 1139

Re: Safety wire

I ran out awhile back, and I had to go to three different auto parts stores to find it!
by Original Smith
Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ford stamping on front cross member
Replies: 9
Views: 862

Re: Ford stamping on front cross member

I have no idea when Ford started stamping the script in those crossmembers, but most of that practice began in the late teens, where the script started appearing on everything.
by Original Smith
Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Leather rear axle seals
Replies: 11
Views: 1063

Re: Leather rear axle seals

I have a bunch of Ford script leather washers somewhere, and the retainers to go with them. The problem with the reproduction retainers that were made a few years back, is the idiots that made them had too much tension on the lugs. When I used them on my '25, I bent each one of them up so they could...
by Original Smith
Sat Oct 26, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Lubricating A T
Replies: 9
Views: 933

Lubricating A T

Here is an area many people forget to oil. When needed, oil the clevis pins for the brake rods, and controller shaft, and what about the cam for the clutch? What about the Timer swivel joint on early cars? Something to think about.
by Original Smith
Sat Oct 26, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Springs For Oilers
Replies: 1
Views: 406

Springs For Oilers

Does anyone make new springs for the oilers they used on early Fords? Does anyone do this on an exchange basis, or just individually? I have over a dozen originals with broken springs that I'd like to get working.
by Original Smith
Sat Oct 26, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Electrical connectors
Replies: 13
Views: 1046

Re: Electrical connectors

Another choice would be to purchase a new loom. They are not that expensive.
by Original Smith
Fri Oct 25, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Best car cover
Replies: 3
Views: 507

Re: Best car cover

Richard:
I've had good luck with Langs.
by Original Smith
Fri Oct 25, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What tool is used for installing seat cushions
Replies: 14
Views: 1235

Re: What tool is used for installing seat cushions

Use Keith's tool. I used wide jaw Vise Grips, which does the same thing. With the vise grips, once you set the distance, you don't have to set it again. Ford the curves, I used a smaller jaw.
by Original Smith
Fri Oct 25, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Cutting axle tubes for floating hubs
Replies: 15
Views: 1339

Re: Cutting axle tubes for floating hubs

The best way is the way Ford intended!
by Original Smith
Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Billy Poohbah’s hill climber
Replies: 13
Views: 1973

Re: Billy Poohbah’s hill climber

I knew Chris pretty well, and saw him shortly before he passed away. He was a fun guy, and controversial too. I never cared for the fast stuff like Chris did though. Stock has always been good enough for me. If anyone has access to Saga Magazine for March 1962, Vol. 23, No. 6, page 32, there is a ph...
by Original Smith
Tue Oct 22, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rear Windows
Replies: 9
Views: 1115

Re: Rear Windows

Mike and I are working on this together. Two years ago, I did quite a bit of research on the subject. Some of those old prints are difficult to read. Once again, the reason for this post is, the next time you go on a tour, you'll see what I mean especially the 22-24 rear windows.
by Original Smith
Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Sierra Vista Pictures
Replies: 1
Views: 425

Re: Sierra Vista Pictures

I'm still paying big time for a bad batch of gasoline I bought in Sierra Vista several years ago. So far I've had to remove the gas tank by lifting the body up to extract it, and flush the tank out and re-solder the gas tank flange. There is apparently still some residual crap in the system, but I'v...
by Original Smith
Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Broken early style horn tubing brackets
Replies: 2
Views: 539

Re: Broken early style horn tubing brackets

Gosh Randall, I can't believe you want to deal with that junk! Of course if you are going to modify it to look like what Ford actually used then you are forgiven!
by Original Smith
Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Adjusting #4 ConRod on 3 dip pan?
Replies: 22
Views: 1665

Re: Adjusting #4 ConRod on 3 dip pan?

I've done it. The rod needs to be either at 4 o'clock or 8 o'clock, which ever is comfortable for you. I use plenty of rags as mentioned above. Since removing that rod cap and putting it back on is so difficult, judging by the other three rods, I opt for the same number of shims, only hoping it will...
by Original Smith
Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rear Windows
Replies: 9
Views: 1115

Re: Rear Windows

The illustrations above are exactly why I posted this. There can't be two different sizes for the years posted, there can only be one! I'm working with Mike Francis on this, and we will eventually clear up all this misinformation.
by Original Smith
Sat Oct 19, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Winter is coming, time to cut wood. Model T buzz saw
Replies: 35
Views: 3318

Re: Winter is coming, time to cut wood. Model T buzz saw

There is a video around that I've seen a couple of times. It shows a guy driving a '25 pickup down a dirt road to a place where there is a Model T saw. It shows him cutting up enough wood to fill up the bed of the pickup, and then he drives off.
by Original Smith
Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Keys!
Replies: 4
Views: 560

Re: Keys!

A dozen or more years ago I paid $500 for a NOS Ford keyboard with about three or four keys on each hook. I have no regrets that I did this. Since that time, I've filled each hook to the end. I prefer the solid nickel keys, but have a few of the brass ones laying around too.
by Original Smith
Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Don't you love it when?
Replies: 11
Views: 1450

Re: Don't you love it when?

I was on a tour earlier this year with Jeff, and I must admit it's good to see someone as fired up as this guy. We need more of them in this hobby.
by Original Smith
Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Interesting shocks for the Model T Ford
Replies: 4
Views: 828

Re: Interesting shocks for the Model T Ford

The best shocks are no shocks at all. For our roads today, a stock Ford is fine.
by Original Smith
Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Oil level for car Ruckstell
Replies: 10
Views: 881

Re: Oil level for car Ruckstell

My understanding is Ford lowered the oil hole in 1918, but it's still not low enough! I've seen some Ruckstell housings with a boss for a drain plug, but that's it. I saw a Canadian housing once that had a drain plug in it.
by Original Smith
Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I Miss the Ol' Timers
Replies: 22
Views: 2343

Re: I Miss the Ol' Timers

Just go on a tour sometime. We're all over the place!
by Original Smith
Thu Oct 17, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: For sale (in a jingle)
Replies: 7
Views: 1002

Re: For sale

Try the classified.
by Original Smith
Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Small difference in 1913 Victor 1 side lamps
Replies: 4
Views: 463

Re: Small difference in 1913 Victor 1 side lamps

Keep an eye out for that correct #1 tailamp. They do show up from time to time. I'm happy you found that side light. Very few 1913's have #1's on them. Several years ago I saw a photo of a 1913 with #1's on it. It's the only one I've ever seen. Oh, I failed to mention, Victor made a square #1 tailam...
by Original Smith
Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1915 Tool kits
Replies: 9
Views: 969

Re: 1915 Tool kits

What I would do is look at the pictures in a 1915 Ford parts book. Consider this. The parts books are usually a year behind on tools, so that may be of some help to you. When at the car show at Hershey last Saturday, I noticed Pete Ratledge had his tools laying in front of his car, including some pr...
by Original Smith
Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rear Windows
Replies: 9
Views: 1115

Rear Windows

I'm collecting data for rear windows for 1913-1927 tourings and roadsters. I'm only interested in cars that have the original tops supplied by Ford. I need the size of the window, (light), and the spacing between the windows from 17-21, and 22-24. For the purists out there, if you have ever been any...
by Original Smith
Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Driving with a Ruckstell
Replies: 13
Views: 1053

Re: Driving with a Ruckstell

I would just find a deserted road, and start practicing. I usually hit the clutch, and ease up on the gas when shifting, but not always. It kind of depends on the situation.
by Original Smith
Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Found Key!
Replies: 23
Views: 1973

Re: Found Key!

I believe there were at least four different companies that supplied keys for Fords. The key you found should have a number on the other side of the key. Many companies made replacement keys too without the Ford script.
by Original Smith
Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Crivitz Wisconsin and farther north
Replies: 33
Views: 2522

Re: Crivitz Wisconsin and farther north

Didn't Ford have an operation up there?
by Original Smith
Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Oil level for car Ruckstell
Replies: 10
Views: 881

Re: Oil level for car Ruckstell

The oil level is the same as the standard rear end.
by Original Smith
Mon Oct 14, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Little Things Mean a Lot
Replies: 0
Views: 420

Little Things Mean a Lot

I found very little at Hershey this year, but I did find three good working original oilers for my 1913's. That made my day. As most of you probably know there is nothing like an original part. I've already replaced one, and need to check my other cars now. I'm sure I'll use the other two that are l...
by Original Smith
Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Upholstery Quandary
Replies: 6
Views: 926

Re: Upholstery Quandary

It looks to me like you will have enough to redo it correctly. One thing to remember is don't use fabric covered upholstery buttons. They are plain steel, painted black. I suggest only doing business with Classtique, no one else. While at Hershey, I saw a 1913 with the wrong seat cushions. They hung...
by Original Smith
Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1924 Windshield Stanchion Attachment Bolt Head Diameter
Replies: 1
Views: 240

Re: 1924 Windshield Stanchion Attachment Bolt Head Diameter

All of the slant windshield posts use the same diameter, which is smaller than anything made today. They were also raven finished from the factory.
If no one gives you an answer, I can go measure the ones on my 1925 for you. The 1925's use two different lengths. The 1924's should be the same.
by Original Smith
Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Question on the radiator mounting kit plate nut
Replies: 17
Views: 1281

Re: Question on the radiator mounting kit plate nut

It depends on how original you wish to be. It is true, the early ones can spin, but I've had little trouble with them. Around 1926 they redesigned them to twice the length, so they don't spin.
by Original Smith
Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Latest Project - Manhole Cover Tie Rod Bolts
Replies: 6
Views: 881

Re: Latest Project - Manhole Cover Tie Rod Bolts

Good project. Those are definitely needed. Perhaps next winter you can add the spindle bolts! As far as I know they were used in 1915-16.
by Original Smith
Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Do all 1920s model Ts have these?
Replies: 11
Views: 1664

Re: Do all 1920s model Ts have these?

I would save that upholstery for reference. Take a look at some restored cars, and you will see many of them are way off on the location of the upholstery buttons, and also the location of the back rest spring.
by Original Smith
Sun Oct 06, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Greasing inside wheel bearings?
Replies: 29
Views: 2817

Re: Greasing inside wheel bearings?

I know I'm negative, but wheel bearings are all greased the same! What's the problem?
by Original Smith
Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Introduction and question
Replies: 12
Views: 1403

Re: Introduction and question

I'm surprised it has a 3 dip pan. I thought the 4 dip came out in 1924. It looks like you are going to have a fun car.
by Original Smith
Sat Oct 05, 2019 12:29 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rear axle seal vs. shims
Replies: 14
Views: 1321

Re: Rear axle seal vs. shims

I'm still stuffing three of the thick felt seals that Langs sells in my housings. They work well, but are a bitch to put in. I like to break in the center hole for them before installation.
by Original Smith
Sat Oct 05, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Do all 1920s model Ts have these?
Replies: 11
Views: 1664

Re: Do all 1920s model Ts have these?

Mark: I wonder if that is the metal piece you asked me about? I've seen them many times, but just didn't recall the part at the time. Sorry.
by Original Smith
Sat Oct 05, 2019 12:20 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is this a Stewart Speedometer wrench for a Model T?
Replies: 6
Views: 737

Re: Is this a Stewart Speedometer wrench for a Model T?

I believe an exact copy of that wrench was made a few years back. Don't remember anything more.
by Original Smith
Sat Oct 05, 2019 12:17 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Is a water pump necessary?
Replies: 39
Views: 3032

Re: Is a water pump necessary?

I ran a water pump for over 40 years, and never had a problem with it. It was a Blackhawk brand. About 10 years ago, I decided to remove it to see how the car would do. The car didn't care! Now I have to keep the water level in the radiator a little lower than I previously did, but other than that I...
by Original Smith
Sat Oct 05, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Annual Tour Next Year, Spokane
Replies: 2
Views: 442

Annual Tour Next Year, Spokane

In the last issue of the Vintage Ford, we were told there would be an application for the tour in the current issue. There isn't! How come?
by Original Smith
Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB Hall-Scott 2-Speed diff.
Replies: 5
Views: 617

Re: WTB Hall-Scott 2-Speed diff.

Do you want a Ruckstell or a Perfecto? They were both made by Hall Scott.
by Original Smith
Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Scandinavia bands improvement?
Replies: 4
Views: 670

Re: Scandinavia bands improvement?

Scandanavia bands can not be improved from what they were in the 1950's and 60's. I have purchased enough of the original lining to last me until I die. I've never been able to figure out why they changed it, which is typical of things in this hobby. What was good is still good. Don't change it!
by Original Smith
Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Adjustable Drive Shaft Bearing Assembly choices
Replies: 10
Views: 974

Re: Adjustable Drive Shaft Bearing Assembly choices

Since Ford made over 15 million cars with no problems to speak of, I will continue to use Fords methods. I have many thousands of miles on my cars, with no issues, and I'm using Ford script babbit front D.S. bushing up front with no problems either!
by Original Smith
Wed Oct 02, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: NOS AC 26 spark plugs - What are they worth?
Replies: 2
Views: 482

Re: NOS AC 26 spark plugs - What are they worth?

I've been using those for years. Is $20 a good price?
by Original Smith
Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Cleaning fuel line?
Replies: 6
Views: 691

Re: Cleaning fuel line?

How about a speedometer cable?
by Original Smith
Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How much time to pull an engine?
Replies: 19
Views: 1658

Re: How much time to pull an engine?

Too bad you didn't indicate the year of the car in the original post!
by Original Smith
Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Installing seat upholstery
Replies: 17
Views: 1667

Re: Installing seat upholstery

When I did mine, the plywood compressor I used was about four inches all the way around bigger than the seat spring. I used two 2X4's for the bottom somewhat close to the edges of the spring to distribute the force more evenly.
by Original Smith
Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 1913 body striping
Replies: 8
Views: 779

Re: 1913 body striping

I've seen plenty of early 1913 cars. and none have ever had striping. As far as I know, the only 1913 models that had striping were the ones built in 1912, and that includes the blue paint too.
by Original Smith
Tue Oct 01, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T engine total rebuilt in Russia
Replies: 10
Views: 1206

Re: Model T engine total rebuilt in Russia

Tighten up you overflow pipe before it comes in contact with your fan!
by Original Smith
Tue Oct 01, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Engine re-builder in Los Angeles area.
Replies: 3
Views: 622

Re: Engine re-builder in Los Angeles area.

It was probably Larry Blair. Unfortunately he had to close his business due to a stroke. He is coming along though, and I wish him all the best.
by Original Smith
Tue Oct 01, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Early Bolt Trivia
Replies: 3
Views: 717

Early Bolt Trivia

I needed a bolt today to attach the muffler to the frame for a 1915 I just bought. I found one, and I've seen this before too. First it has a rounded shank, as most early bolts do, and the hole is there for the cotter pin, but here is what I saw today, and have seen before too. There is a very, very...