Ford Model T Blog

Model T’s and Oil Lamps…

Then and Now 😊

Not exactly a Model T, but from the same era 😊


A simple candle lantern on the left, I made when I was about 13 years old… and on the right my newly acquired and restored 1930’s Australian-made Lanora oil lamp…

Before restoration – 1930’s Australian-made Lanora oil lamp…

After restoration…


Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

Old Bar Beach Festival 2017

Weather was fantastic for Old Bar Beach Festival 2017, and as usual I took my 1925 Ford Model T, and my ever supportive wife Shae …I’d say there were at least 100 cars there, not including the Kombi vans

An outstanding number of our club members attended the show ‘n’ shine – with 20 cars on display, including ‘25 Ford Model T, ‘68 Morris Minor Traveller, ‘67 Bedford J3 truck, ‘61 Triumph Herald, ‘68 Ford Cortina GT MK 2, ‘56 Ford Thunderbird, ‘42 Willys Jeep, ‘48 Holden 48-215 (two of them!), ‘68 Triumph MK 1, ‘62 Triumph TR 4, ‘74 Triumph Stag, ‘82 Holden WB van, ‘69 Ford Falcon GT, ‘29 Chrysler 75, ‘56 Vauxhall Velox E, ‘79 Porsche 911, ‘87 Dodge Ram, Mazda 929 and ‘66 Morris Mini Deluxe. 

The weather stayed fine all day, windy in the morning, calming in the afternoon with consistent sunshine and mild cloud cover. In total I’d say there were over 100 vehicles on display, ranging from veteran and vintage to classics and hot rods. Of course, a few VW Beetles were present, and a small number of Kombi’s occupied the end of the field. According to NBN news, over 40,000 people flocked to Old Bar, many more than last year. 

The format for the show ‘n’ shine was changed this year, scrapping the usual judging categories in favour of a single $1,000 prize drawn at random. There was the usual food vans offering anything from hot dogs and hot chips, to wood fired pizza and churros! The ice cream van was run off his feet with customers too. 

The Rural Fire Service had their usual display, with a fire hose connected to the nearest water main, spraying a deluge of water to amuse the kids and cool them down!!

On the subject, I added a set of comic eyes to the windscreen of my Model T, the same as ‘Lizzie’ in Pixar’s movie ‘Cars’, which proved very popular with the kids, with dozens of photos being taken. 



Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia has been given a total face-lift :)

If you’re a regular, you may have noticed one or two changes since your last visit to the website… has been given a total face-lift 🙂

We’ve moved away from the dark theme, in favor of a lighter, easier to read theme, please let me know in the comments what you think 🙂

New Website

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

Model T World Tour is Back on the Road! :)

In the Summer of 2012 Dirk and Trudy Regter from the Netherlands started a journey in their 1915 Ford Model T, visiting over 50 countries covering all the continents of the world. 

This journey of approx. 80,000 miles will be made in order to raise money to support the worldwide work of SOS Children’s villages International.

You can follow their adventure and make a donation to the cause at their website: 

YouTube Channel: 


Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

Ford Model T – How to Fix a Loose Exhaust Pack Nut

In this video, I show you in how to fix a loose exhaust pack nut that continually likes to work itself loose!

I’ll show you once and for all how to stop that pesky nut from backing out and altering your exhaust note to sound like a WWII airplane!! 

The simple fix…

Exhaust Pack Nut Solution

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

Engine running rough, found the problem and a solution! :)

So I was having trouble with my Model T running like it had a bad case of the flu.

The culprit? This little guy… the Carburetor Spray Needle – had the tiniest burr on the tip, just enough to upset the flow and cause the engine to run rough.

Ford Model T Carburetor Spray Needle

I carefully removed the burr and reinstalled the needle, and viola! The engine now runs like a champ! 🙂 

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

How to stretch an old clincher tire… Brilliant!

1909 advertisement for Firestone Non Skid tires

Clincher tires can be tough to mount sometimes. One thing that can cause trouble is when the tire sits unused in new condition for a few years. The tire “shrinks” somewhat, and it also gets hard. One enterprising Model T mechanic developed a solution years ago. We don’t know who he is, but thank you who ever you are or were!

The solution is to use a modern tire mounted to a wheel to stretch the old tire enough to make it easy to mount. In my case I am using a P18575R14 trailer wheel and tire. It is the spare from a two wheel utility trailer that I own. This tire when inflated to 50 PSI measures about 25 inches outside diameter at the center.

The process goes like this:

Deflate the modern tire. Make sure there is no tube inside the clincher tire. The clincher tire is then pulled onto the outside of the modern tire. Get it centered on the modern tire  as much as possible. Inflate the modern tire to its maximum rated pressure. In our case the pressure was 50 PSI. 

Let the tire sit overnight.

The next day you can deflate the modern tire and remove the clincher. It will be much easier to install.

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

For the Kids… Color in Mitch’s Model T :)

For the kids… Color in Mitch’s Model T 🙂

Download and print the coloring sheet for my 1925 Ford Model T for your child or grandchild, have them color it in, then post a picture of them holding it to the comments of the Facebook post (click here), along with their name and age, and I’ll collect them for a video… Happy coloring! 🙂

I’ve included a sample below (it doesn’t have to include a background, but the more creativity the better 🙂 )

Download and print the coloring sheet from here: 

Model T Coloring Sheet

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

I bought my new radiator from The Brassworks, and I have to say, I’m very impressed.

Here’s the instructions that came with it for best results…

Do not leave your radiator in the box; install it, flush fluids through the radiator and polish brass as needed.

Radiators are constructed with solder and flux, a mildly corrosive acid. Each radiator is pressure tested in a test tank to assure there are no leaks and neutralize any flux used in the assembly. Leaving a radiator in a sealed box for a prolonged time may cause residual flux to oxidize. This oxidation may cause the polished brass to turn a light orange color and in extreme cases may “etch” the metal. This can be avoided by circulating fluids in the radiator and in the case of polished brass radiators, polishing the metal.

We recommend the use of distilled water to prevent premature mineral build-up in engines and radiators. Our customers often use a combination of 50/50 distilled water and ethyl glycol and report success. We are unaware of any long-term consequence to this common coolant.

The Brassworks

Brassworks radiator

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia