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Forum: Model T (1909-1927) 12-15-2016, 10:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,459
Posted By Steve Jelf
Re: New Model T 27 year old hobbyist in North Carolina

I've been away from the site for awhile and just found this thread. Here are a couple of things that may be helpful.

http://dauntlessgeezer.com/DG80.html

http://dauntlessgeezer.com/DG79.html
Forum: Model T (1909-1927) 12-15-2016, 10:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,537
Posted By Steve Jelf
Re: Year of Mfg.?

Yes, the large brake drums say 26-27, but the rest of the chassis is earlier.
Forum: Model T (1909-1927) 12-15-2016, 10:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,509
Posted By Steve Jelf
Re: Another "new 2 the T"

Yes, that looks like a good one. The Ruckstell rear axle is a very desirable feature.
Forum: Model T (1909-1927) 12-15-2016, 10:13 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,409
Posted By Steve Jelf
Re: My "new" '27 Model T Sedan... what to do?

Sorry, I'm not like-minded. While I'm not a total purist, I do hate to see a good, complete car chopped up when there are lots of parts available for hot rod projects. I do think your estimate of...
Forum: Model T (1909-1927) 12-15-2016, 09:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,750
Posted By Steve Jelf
Re: Movie alert!

The CGI wasn't all devoted to dragons. Some of the New York street scenes were very impressive. But I agree, the glimpses of the traffic were often too brief to suit me.
Forum: Model T (1909-1927) 05-31-2016, 08:06 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,071
Posted By Steve Jelf
Re: Newbie

The average size of Americans was smaller in the Model T era, and a T can be a tight fit for larger folks. If you're in that larger category you may fit better in a 1925 or earlier T. Before you buy,...
Forum: Model T (1909-1927) 04-27-2016, 07:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,763
Posted By Steve Jelf
Re: Well I never knew I wanted one.........

When I'm asked about a Model A, I say I don't know much about those modern cars. Almost had one once, but didn't have the cash at the time. So later I ended up in T land, and I love it. Life in the...
Forum: Model T (1909-1927) 04-22-2016, 09:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,775
Posted By Steve Jelf
Re: magneto ? when looking

Check with Bob Bergstadt (Bob's Antique Auto Parts) just down the road from you in Loves Park. He may know somebody local who can help.
Forum: Model T (1909-1927) 04-21-2016, 10:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,775
Posted By Steve Jelf
Re: magneto ? when looking

When you get the car running on battery, you can do this magneto test to find out how good (or bad) your mag is:

http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/179374/183126.html
Forum: Model T (1909-1927) 04-21-2016, 09:44 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,394
Posted By Steve Jelf
Re: finish wood spoked

Be aware that "natural" wood spokes are a modern fad. They're very common today because so many people like the look of them, but wheels came from the factory black, as God and Henry intended. :D
Forum: Model T (1909-1927) 04-21-2016, 09:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,635
Posted By Steve Jelf
Re: replacing spokes

Gary is right about Stutzman. His price for hickory spokes is about half what all the parts dealers want for them. When I made the video there were a couple of things I didn't know about using the...
Forum: Model T (1909-1927) 03-25-2016, 08:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,921
Posted By Steve Jelf
Re: Parts supplier question

That RP reminds me of Kirk Hill's car. He made a trailer to match. He has some very nice T's, but this is the one that draws attention.
Forum: Model T (1909-1927) 03-22-2016, 07:50 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,921
Posted By Steve Jelf
Re: Parts supplier question

Ford never produced a 1918 roadster pickup. But they did produce a lot of roadsters, and it was an easy thing for folks to remove the trunk and install a home-made or aftermarket bed. That doesn't...
Forum: Model T (1909-1927) 03-22-2016, 07:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,261
Posted By Steve Jelf
Re: wire wheel colors

From the McCalley encyclopedia:
Forum: Model T (1909-1927) 02-22-2016, 09:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,989
Posted By Steve Jelf
Re: Transmission Adjustment

How's the weather in New Jersey? If it's cold, I suspect the oil theory is most likely. If that's it, the one-rear-wheel-off-the-ground suggestion is a popular remedy.
Forum: Model T (1909-1927) 02-22-2016, 09:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,235
Posted By Steve Jelf
Re: Need Help to Identify Model-T Coupe

The radiator apron first appeared on 1924 models, so the car is 24 or 25. I agree that Lansing is probably the city or the dealer.
Forum: Model T (1909-1927) 02-12-2016, 09:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,901
Posted By Steve Jelf
Re: "T for Two" screenplay

While 15 mph may seem slow, it would be quite reasonable on many of the 1918 roads. But by that time the rapid improvement of roads nationwide was well underway, and cruising at 30 to 35 mph was...
Forum: Model T (1909-1927) 02-09-2016, 12:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,425
Posted By Steve Jelf
Re: Painting Wood Wheels

Rattle can appliance epoxy enamel from Ace Hardware. So far so good.
Forum: Model T (1909-1927) 02-09-2016, 12:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,296
Posted By Steve Jelf
Re: Engine Removal

I dislike the idea of putting all that weight on one spark plug hole. I use a chain bolted to two head bolt holes. You can do it with the head removed, or leave it on and use longer bolts.
Forum: Model T (1909-1927) 02-09-2016, 12:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,897
Posted By Steve Jelf
Re: Owning a model T vs model A

If you don't mind a top speed of 40 mph, the T is great. I enjoy driving mine. But it's a matter of personal taste. I say do just as you would if you were shopping for a new car. Test drive both....
Forum: Model T (1909-1927) 02-09-2016, 12:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,134
Posted By Steve Jelf
Re: Interchangeability of engines

It would be easier to swap a later starter engine in place of an earlier non-starter engine, rather than convert the latter.
Forum: Model T (1909-1927) 02-01-2016, 09:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,425
Posted By Steve Jelf
Re: Painting Wood Wheels

I've painted wheels both ways, assembled and apart. Either way is fine. When I painted all the parts separately and assembled them, damage to the paint was insignificant. It was easy to touch up a...
Forum: Model T (1909-1927) 01-26-2016, 11:53 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,575
Posted By Steve Jelf
Re: Normal compression on a T... high altitude makes a difference?

"...one does not buy a model T because it is a fast or very enjoyable car..."

It's not fast, and it IS enjoyable. Wherever you go, you are your own parade. And wherever you stop, you are your own...
Forum: Model T (1909-1927) 01-26-2016, 09:01 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,575
Posted By Steve Jelf
Re: Normal compression on a T... high altitude makes a difference?

It depends on what the meaning of "supposed to" is. Rubber pedal pads didn't come with the car, but are a period aftermarket accessory.
Forum: Model T (1909-1927) 01-25-2016, 08:27 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,014
Posted By Steve Jelf
Re: Brent Mize email

His website: http://www.coildoctor.com/
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