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Browse Month: September 2017 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