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.
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 🙂 )
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.
On Saturday, July 8th, two members from Taree Historic Motor Club made their way to Wauchope for the Yesteryear Truck & Machinery Show. President Lindsay Higson brought along his 1967 Bedford J3 truck, which looked absolutely superb, and myself, my 1925 Ford Model T. The weather was fantastic, warm, with not a cloud in the sky. Roughly 130 trucks filled the arena at Wauchope showgrounds, and scattered around the outside, around 30 vintage cars, a selection of pre-war motorcycles, vintage tractors and bulldozers, stationary engines; both petrol and steam powered, market stalls and a swap meet. I’m pleased to say my car was awarded Best Car for the 1900-1930 category.
Everything on wheels was also invited to participate in the Grand Parade, around the outside of the arena, with commentary by a very knowledgeable commentator, who seemed to know a lot about every vehicle that drove past him – including mine! A great show, highly recommended, I will definitely be returning next year.
My 1925 Ford Model T touring at Forster Keys Family Fun Day. My wonderful wife Shae and myself braved the freezing cold early morning to drive to the event 🙂 Enjoy the video 🙂
Sunday 2nd July 2017 was Forster Keys Family Fun Day. The weather was absolutely fantastic throughout the day, with not a cloud in the sky. The morning started out absolutely freezing, although I have to say, my Model T started on the first crank, which was surprising!
Our club had seven cars in attendance, including Ray Lapham’s VC Commodore, Al Bryson’s Triumph, my Ford Model T, Peter Eaton’s Mazda 929, A Jaguar belonging to one of our newer members, a BMW, and a stunning Studebaker of which the owner’s name eludes me.
There was the usual selection of market stalls, entertainment by the Great Lakes Band and a marching Scottish pipe band. The annual Forster Keys Family Fun Day Dog Show proved popular with dozens of dogs entering a number of categories. My sister’s kelpie Max won first prize in the Tricks category. The DONK club had their usual collection of beautifully restored stationary engines on display. The noisiest thing there was a sea-plane, which was taking off regularly from the river alongside, taking people for joy flights over the area – no power boats at the event this year, so our ears were spared!
The only mishap I report is on my Model T — the pack nut, which secures the exhaust pipe to the manifold, came undone, resulting in some unique sound effects!
All in all, it was a great day out, with good support from numerous car clubs from up and down the coast, including from Port Stephens, Newcastle, Taree and the Great Lakes.
The turnout was less than last year, mostly due to a nasty weather forecast for Tuncurry, with rainfall in the region of 20-40 millimetres predicted – and yet we didn’t see a single drop! It was hit and miss whether I was going to take the Model T along, making a last minute decision at 8 o’clock in the morning – glad I turned up!
Some more of our members present included Peter Jackson with his Chev, Don Phillips brought his Mini Cooper S, and Allan Walters with his Chrysler 75.
This years featured car was the Morgan, with a collection of nearly a dozen Morgan’s of various vintages, from early models right up to those built less than a decade ago.
An interesting mix of cars, the usual suspects and some not usually seen, including a Willy’s MB Jeep, which saw action in Papua New Guinea, a stunning and unmolested Ford Model A, a number of Jaguars, MG’s and the usual Valiants. Some congratulations for two of our members, who won awards for their cars, Don Phillips won Best British for his Mini Cooper S, and Allan Walters won an award for his Chrysler 75.