FRONT SEAT NEWS
MODEL T FORD CLUB  NORTHWEST OHIO, INC.
Officers: Bob Torbet, Pres.; Bob Hollister, V-Pres.; Dave Benny, Treas; Jim Cook, Sec/Editor
February 2003
NEXT MEETING: February 5th, 2003 7:30 at Jack Putnam's Shop 1215 Hancock Rd 28; Bluffton (4th house east of Anderson Tractor Supply), Phone (419) 358-6313
The January meeting was held at Diamond River Steakhouse in Findlay.  Bob Torbet led the dinner meeting with 22 members and guests in attendance.  Everyone reportedly ate well and had a good time.  The weather turned a little snowy; but, the roads were still OK to get home.  As mentioned earlier, the club's new official name is "Model T Ford Club Northwest Ohio, Inc", 1215 Hancock Rd. 28, Bluffton, Ohio 45817. 

There has been some discussion about becoming a chapter of the Model T Ford Club International (MTFCI). Bob Torbet has looked into it and says that all we need are 5 members of the International club in good standing.  I know that Jack P, Dave N, and myself are all members of the International.  I'd bet that we already have the 5 needed.  If you are a member of the International, please let Bob Torbet know.  As for the operation of the local club, there would be no difference in the way that we do business.  We can be affiliated with both clubs.

We will be electing the club officers for this year... so if anyone is interested in placing their name on the ballot, just say so.  The candidates are as follows:
President - Bob Torbet
Vice President - Bob Hollister
Secretary - Jim Cook
Treasurer - Jack Putnam

Bob Torbet will be attending the Model T Snowmobile Jamboree in New Hampshire and is hoping to have pictures and a Video for the next meeting.  It should be exciting.

Jack would like to have a half dozen or so tech days this year.  This would be a chance for us to get together on a Saturday or Sunday and work on members' projects.  These would not be meetings; but, they'd be a chance to get dirty and work on getting all of those garaged T's out on the back roads where they belong.  The more that we work on these cars, hands-on, the more confident we'll feel about driving them.  Please come to the next meeting with some project ideas for the club.

2003 dues are due.  They are $20/family this year.
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
Melvin has developed a way to fit a sealed beam headlight into a Model T headlight enclosure.  He demonstrated them at our last meeting.  If you are interested in adding one of these setups to your 6 or 12 volt T, give Mel a call at (937) 497-0457.  (These will not work on a magneto.  You must have a 6 or 12 volt battery in your car.)
Model T Snowmobiles in New Hampshire
Bob Torbet and his son-in-law have been invited to the Annual Model T Snowmobile Jamboree in Lancaster, New Hampshire.  They will be gone for the weekend of February
first and second.  Bob has promised lots of photos and a video tape for our files.
     The Model T Snowmobile people hold this event every year in a place where there is a lot of snow.  This year they cold have held it in Ohio.  How many of us have had our T's out in winter?  Just think of the thrill of driving that old fliver around on a snowy back road.  The wind whirling around the windshield and the heat of the engine raising around the floorboards. If you haven't tried it, you really should.
'Tis Rod Season (Jack's been busy)
click on the picture for a better view
As I'm sure that I have mentioned before, Winter is the time to pour rods.  You need to heat up the shop anyway; so, why not us that expensive fuel to heat up a little metal at the same time.
     All of the rods need to be cleaned and tinned before any babbit is poured into the molds.  The molds are sometimes smoked to keep the metal from sticking to the mold.  The big trick is to get the babbit just the right temperature so that it does not freeze off prematurely, and not so hot that it sticks to everything.  This is one of those jobs that is best done in one sitting.  Ask someone who makes candy about weather conditions and sugar candy.
After the rods are poured, they are first filed flat with a file and then rough machined to either standard or .010" over for a crankshafts that have been machined down.
The last step is to drill the oil hole and weigh the resulting rods to get matched sets for engine balancing reasons.
The pile of babbited rods on the right have been matched up by weight so that they will not throw off the rotating forces on the crank.
Let's get together for a little fun!
If there is anyone that would like to donate a project for the group to work on, please let us know.  We'd love to help get another Model T on the road.

   Here are just a few of the projects that we have worked on in the last couple of years.  There haven't been too many complaints about the workmanship so far.

The idea is to have a tech day when we can concentrate on one or two projects.
Bob Hollister's phantom power loss problem
Winding your own fieldcoils
Charging magnets with a DC welder
Jim wires up "Old Henry's" transmission
1916 engine from "Old Henry" rebuild