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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

My Ford Model T at Wauchope Yesteryear Truck & Machinery Show

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.

Enjoy the video 🙂

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

My 1925 Ford Model T touring at Forster Keys Family Fun Day

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.

My 1925 Ford Model T touring at Forster Keys Family Fun Day

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

My Model T ar Great Lakes Motorfest 2017

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.

My 1925 Ford Model T with Allan Walters' 1929 Chrysler 75

1925 Ford Model T

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

Weekend on Wheels 2017 – Video

Shae and myself took my 1925 Ford Model T to Weekend on Wheels on Sunday.

Allan Walters won Best Vintage for his 1929 Chrysler 75 – congratulations Allan, well deserved, considering the 30+ years it took to get your car looking as fantastic as it does today

The weather was threatening in the morning, and drizzled a little, but cleared up to a somewhat warm and sunny afternoon.

I estimate almost 200 cars were present, with the usual hot rods, trucks, motorcycles. 

Not many original vintage cars there, aside from street rods, my 1925 Ford Model T and Allan’s 1929 Chrysler 75 were the oldest original classics there. 

Al Bryson’s Austin Healey Sprite quickly had the hood up when the rain started!

Enjoy the video! … 

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

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