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

Post by NealW » Sun Jul 28, 2019 11:41 am

We drove our 21 Touring to church this morning to celebrate it's 98th birthday, or at least the 98th birthday of the engine being assembled! I then stalled at the one intersection on the way home... Glad that it has an electric start for such embarrassing situations!
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Re: What have you done to your Model T in July?

Post by Gil D'Aquin » Sun Jul 28, 2019 3:29 pm

Hi,

This is my second post regarding Model T's in July. I'm a new Model T owner having recently purchased my 1926 Touring Car. I'm very excited to finally be back into vintage cars having owned a 1929 Model A Sport Coupe in high school, as well as a '58 Ford Custom 300, and a '59 Ford Fairlane. It feels great just to walk into my shop and see Old Jenny smiling at me. Many thanks to Mark Gregush on the forum for giving me advice on how to remove the rear wood spoke wheels using a hub puller along with several other methods depending on how tight they're on.

I've been assessing my Model T and ordering a few items, not wanting to go overboard all at once. I'll be either shimming or rewooding my rear spoke wheels. I also ordered a wheel, mainly needing the split rim since one of mine is bad, (two really, but one is the spare). My car has rims which are 20" diameter on the inside and 22" diameter on the outside, and fit 4.40 / 4.50 - 21" tires. This seems to be the same size tire as the '28-'29 Model A. All four wheels are the same size. I plan to strip the old red paint off of the spokes and put a natural either spar varnish or linseed oil finish on them. I'll blast and paint the hubs and felloes black, and probably paint the split rims silver. Then I'll be ordering two new tires, tubes, and flaps. If anyone has a split rim to fit one of my wheels, I'd definitely be interested in buying it. I've posted a short video on Youtube. The link is below if you'd like to take a look.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaHQO-D7Nos&t=0s

I'm really enjoying seeing and hearing about all the beautiful Model T's on this forum. Keep up the great work guys. Hopefully soon, I'll be posting some success stories of my own.

Take Care,
Gil
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Re: What have you done to your Model T in July?

Post by kelly mt » Sun Jul 28, 2019 9:39 pm

Working to find a knock in the new speedster. It has quite the fan, one piece aluminum. Also, any idea who made this distributor drive?
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Re: What have you done to your Model T in July?

Post by Scott_Conger » Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:32 pm

Gil

Welcome...and keep us apprised of your progress.
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Re: What have you done to your Model T in July?

Post by Gil Fitzhugh » Sun Jul 28, 2019 11:19 pm

Since I bought my '14 touring 2-1/2 years ago, I've just been using it for one-day tours and general puttering around. That changed last month, when I went on the VMCCA Nickel Era tour based a few miles south of Gettysburg, PA. The tour was open to any car 1913 to 1927, even if it had no nickel, and there were other late brass Ts. Total mileage was 366, mostly on beautiful rolling country roads. But Day 2 was 125 miles to the Antietam battlefield, and the hills had pretty sharp teeth. There were several stretches of three or four minutes of standing on the low pedal.

Two weeks ago I took the car to the Red Dirt tour in Prince Edward Island, Canada. This was truly a delightful experience, with great scenery. The dirt really is red, and most of the dirt roads were in better shape than most of the paved ones. Our total mileage was 708, with about 50 miles on dirt.

Then I schlepped the car to Kingston, Ontario (946 miles!) to the HCCA tour. Mostly good weather, great destinations, more city driving than I enjoy, wonderfully welcoming people. Only (!) 192 miles. I rode as a passenger on the trip to Fort Henry. The show there ended at 9 pm, and we had a police escort back to the hotel through the middle of Kingston after dark.

I think I'll change the oil.

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

Post by Duey_C » Mon Jul 29, 2019 11:14 pm

I cleaned the plugs on the '18. OK. Found number one cylinder uses a little oil. OK.
I did run a piece of clean paper thru the points on my hot rebuilt coils.
Up here, these machines go thru extensive temp changes and humidity events like some see around our country so I worry..
Points looked good. Restart time tonight: I did have to caress 3's coil a little this evening to get him and his plug awake and firing.
Is it possible I've messed that coil's settings up when I struggle to get them in and out? I pulled them out to be sure the box contacts were spotless and cursed quite a bit before I remembered that coil box's secret, pull the middle two first. Ding!
Flat sanded the bulger's just a little last year or so to better fit the nice, fairly correct coil box I'm using.
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Re: What have you done to your Model T in July?

Post by kelly mt » Tue Jul 30, 2019 12:00 am

The new speedster has to many things to fix and adjust so I pulled the motor which will make them all much easier to fix. Going to adjust all the bearings, see what's up with the cam end play, re-line the bands and see if I have two piece valves. I'm also adding a outside oiler. Who knows what else might be hiding in there.
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Re: What have you done to your Model T in July?

Post by dhosh » Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:34 pm

Ordered new bearings and inner seals for the front wheel I'm rebuilding. Painted the new-to-me clincher rim, and standard Ford fellow. Perhaps, now, my spokes will fit! :-)


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

Post by Steve Jelf » Tue Jul 30, 2019 11:30 pm

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Yesterday I finished sliding the fresh engine into the runabout. Today I bolted up the ball cap, lowered the body onto the frame and installed the bolts, installed the engine mounting blocks and bolts, installed the steering column, wishbone, fan, and one valve cover. Tomorrow I'll buy gasket material and do the other valve cover, and add manifolds, carburetor, and other items. With any luck I'll greet the new month by going for a drive.
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Re: What have you done to your Model T in July?

Post by D Stroud » Tue Jul 30, 2019 11:48 pm

Dennis H., I don't think you are ready to assemble that wheel just yet. I may well be wrong, but from here your pictures appear to show a Kelsey felloe that uses loose lugs, and a Hayes rim, obviously with fixed lugs, kind of hard to tell from those pictures. They may go together, but they aren't made be used together. Again, I may well be wrong. Just a heads up. Dave
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Re: What have you done to your Model T in July?

Post by RajoRacer » Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:37 am

Yes, Dennis - let's see the other side of the felloe - that is a Hayes rim, for sure.

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

Post by kelly mt » Wed Jul 31, 2019 3:10 pm

Got the motor apart today and found the clutch disc drum retaining bolt came out which allowed the clutch to move to the rear. Also found the low drum is cracked. the reverse band liner is falling apart with lint and fiber everywhere and #3&4 rods are loose. Mains this afternoon. Also has a fiber cam gear.
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Re: What have you done to your Model T in July?

Post by 1925TT » Wed Jul 31, 2019 3:36 pm

Made it to the great Oregon steam up. Will be back again on Sunday. It's one of the only places that I get to be one of the fastest things on the street.
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Re: What have you done to your Model T in July?

Post by Rich Eagle » Wed Jul 31, 2019 6:18 pm

Too often I put off maintenance especially in hot weather. When the Coupe generator quit charging the last thing I wanted to do is take it off and play hide and seek. Fortunately bypassing the cutout gave the expected charging. Removing the cover I found the plastic base had broken and the diode I installed years ago had come unsoldered. I joined the two base halves with some JB Weld and wound string around to hold it while it dried. Then re-soldered the connection. A temporary try showed charge. Why do we always expect the worst and avoid these tasks?
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