FRONT SEAT NEWS
MODEL T FORD CLUB OF NORTHWEST OHIO
Officers:  Dave Benny, Pres.;  Bob Hollister, V-Pres.; Jim Cook, Sec/Treas/Editor
January 2002
NEXT MEETING: January 2nd, 2002 7:30 at Jack Putnam's Shop 1215 Hancock Rd. 28, Bluffton (4th house east of Anderson Tractor Supply), Phone (419) 358-663
The December Christmas Party was held at Diamond River Steakhouse in Findlay, Ohio.  There was not a formal meeting.  There were 24 members and guests.  Dinners were ordered and everyone settled into a couple of hours of polite conversation about Model T's and life's events.  All of the projects that we are involved in are taking a little bit longer than we had expected.  Some of us are just having a little trouble getting started.  Jack keeps churning out completed engines, Bill keeps beating scrap metal into works of art, Sue and I are now involved in two clubs, Bob has settled into the snowmobile groove for the winter, and Denny is busy with live steam railroad restoration.

I've decided to use this newsletter to make a few suggestions about what we can do to prepare our cars for the winter months.  There's also a suggested fix of adding neoprene seals to the rear axles to early cars to help stop those pesky oil leaks.  I've also dug up another picture of one of the 1914's.  Those viewing the picture can use it as a "before picture" for our upcoming group weight reduction program.

Officers will be elected at the January meeting.  It is a blessing to serve and we should all be so blessed. Amen!!
Just a little reminder that dues are due
Your $20 keeps the club afloat with postage stamps, paper, refreshments, and a consistent meeting place.  Club membership is the ingredient that makes the difference between a project car and a touring car.
Wants, Needs, For Sales
Paul Walzak is selling an Auto Dolly that is just the right size for a Model T or A.  Call Paul at 740-657-8719 or contact him on the web autodolly@columbus.rr.com
His website is
www.autodolly.net
Jack Putnam is selling a three point rolling engine stand that far exceeds the one commercially available.  Call Jack at (419) 358-6313
Become a more active member
As always, if someone has a project that they are working on and would like the club to help out, bring it up at the meeting for the members to discuss.  There is a great amount of knowledge in the group.  Every one of us can make a difference in the group.  We might even decide to have the next meeting in your garage for a little hands-on-experience.
Anyone that would like to write an article for the newsletter or present a project at one of our meetings is welcome to contact one of the officers.  We'd be glad to have the help.  Thanks!!!  
Upcoming Tours
Colorado/Wyoming Model T Tour - June 8th - 14th 2002.

Keystone Cops Regional Tour - August 14th - 18th 2002.

All Ohio Model T Jamboree - August 30th - September 1st 2002.
A Possible Answer to Rear Axle Leaks
Submitted by Jack Putnam
For many years I have searched for a practical way to use a neoprene axle seal on the early pre 26 axle tubes.  A leather seal was used in 26-7 and provisions were made for it in the tubes.  But there is not space enough to use these seals in the early axles.  Yes, I know they have neoprene seals in the catalogs and they work fine in the late axles but in the earlier ones you have to grind off the axle sleeve to make room for them  Take a look at the photo to see what I've done.  The washer is a Ford part about .040 in thickness.  There is room for it.  The seal goes towards the differential inside the tube and the sleeve is put in place next.
This is one of the pictures that Bob Hollister snapped while we were in Livonia, MI. The Model T that we are standing next to is number 2 of the T100 project cars.  Jack sent the picture to me with the title "potential owners".  That's Jack Putnam on the left and Jim Cook on the right.
What Should I Do With This Model T in the Winter
My first suggestion would be to make sure that you have a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water in the car.  Now put on your parka, a warm scarf, a pair of lined mittens and go for a drive in the country every couple of weeks.  "Oh what fun, it is to ride, in an open Model T".  The community will now be convinced that you should be committed to the home.

For those of you who are a little less adventurous, I would offer these suggestions.

1. Remove the battery to a dry workbench.
2. Drain the gas tank and carburetor.
3. Do an oil change.
4. Remove the plugs and add 1/2 tablespoon of oil to each cylinder.
5. Turn the engine over a couple of times.
6. Replace the plugs loosely in their holes.
7. Jack up the car to get the tires off of the ground.
8. Reduce the tire pressure by 10 pounds.
9. Drain the radiator or fill it with a 50/50 mix of antifreeze/water.
The axle jack to the left is nested just under the ouside hub of the front wheels.  By taking the weight off of the tires during storage, the tires are less likely to develop flat spots.  The other benefit is the relief of the pressure on the wooden spokes.  This axle jack is a simple device that locks into place with a little coiled wire on the horizontal bar.  The tire is raised above the floor by a mere 1/2 inch.
There is a second set of bottom holes in case the tire height needs to be adjusted higher.