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YAY! We got the Ford Model T to run!

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by quads, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. quads

    quads Minister of Fire

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    I'll try Steve! But, with 27 heirs and only 3 of us or so doing anything at all, I might be pulling my hair out instead of taking pictures. HAHA! I just hope the auction people have a big crew.

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  2. Flatbedford

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    If nothing else, maybe you'll get enough $$$ out of this to buy yourself a Fiskars. ;lol
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    It looks like they are going to be some incredible auctions. I'm really glad I don't live close by. If I went I would probably come back with a ton of stuff. I had that same 1963 Mercedes, even the same color. It was a royal pain, burned oil badly and the neoprene lining in the gas tank kept flaking off and clogging the fuel filter. I was so glad to say goodbye to the car!
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  4. MasterMech

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    Whoa! How did we miss this one Roscoe? ;)

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    This is gonna be one heck of a day....
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  5. quads

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    Sounds like the same car! ;-) HA!
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    One guy said 440 engine. Another guy swears that is not true, he says 383. Me, I don't know one from the other. I did take a pic of the engine once and have it somewhere if anybody wants to see it.
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    Yes, please.
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    "Incredible" doesn't even come close. :eek:
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    Quads - from the pic I can't see just to the right of the distributor. If there is a 2x3" flat machined pad it will be stamped 440 with some other stuff. The 383 did not have that pad.
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    There's going to be thousands of field mice evicted at that auction. Better keep the cats around.
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    The guy that told me it was a 383 said the same thing, something about it does not have the machined pad. So I can assume it is a 383.
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    Sad thing is the farm cats are all gone. We trapped them and gave them all away. I'm not a big fan of cats, but there has been a rabbit explosion since the cats left. And my garden is even less of a fan of rabbits! HA!
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    I second the motion!

    EDIT: Looks like a 383 but I'm not 100%. 440 is monstrous in size.
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    Off Topic...But rabbits seem to beeverywhere this year!
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    Neat old cars...all of them. We banter about ethanol quite a bit on here, but I'm told the 'T' was one of the first flex fuel vehicles...having carb mixture and spark advance adjustable to change between the two fuels. A neat throwback to a time when gasoline was expensive / hard to come by and the government wasn't so overbearing. If the farmer had no gas, he could easily distill some 'shine, change the fuel/spark settings and run the car on ethanol. Funny how far cars have 'evolved' ... or not in some cases!
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    Yes, the spark advance and the fuel mixture are adjustable on the fly! Confuses a lot of people, but fortunately that engine isn't too fussy about such things. HA!
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    I like the simplicity of the Model T's systems. You can see and fix almost any issue. There is no waterpump, instead it uses a thermo-siphon system. The gas system is gravity fed. If you are low on fuel and have to go up a hill, go up backwards. ;lol The brakes though were sub-standard. My dad said they used to pop the vehicle in reverse when you needed to slow it down quickly.
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    I believe mechanical and rear wheels only. Only slightly better than the friction brake of a little go cart.
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    Yes, I think there were actually no brakes at the wheels, but a friction band in the transmission acted as a brake on the rear wheels.
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    I haven't looked at it too closely, but I think you are correct!
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    Isn't reverse achieved with a pedal rather than gear shift?
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    Yes, there are 3 pedals and no clutch, throttle is on the steering column.
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    I didn't drive it, just took pictures while one of the cousins did. But I think the left pedal is low, the middle pedal is brake, the right pedal is reverse. The throttle is on the right of the steering column, spark advance on the left, and the fuel mixture knob is on the dash in front of the passenger. The parking brake is set by pulling the brake lever all the way back, neutral in the middle, and if you put it all the way forward in combination with the low pedal pushed gives you high gear. Yikes! And I could be wrong about one or more. Maybe I will get to take it for a spin myself before somebody else owns it.
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    Don't break it. If in doubt, get out. The thing's worth a bunch to a whole lot of Ford collectors just the way it is.
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