March 2004
FRONT SEAT NEWS
MODEL T FORD CLUB  NORTHWEST OHIO, INC.
Officers: Bob Torbet, Pres.; Bob Hollister, V-Pres.; Jack Putnam, Treas; Jim Cook, Sec/Editor
NEXT MEETING: March 3rd 2004 7:30 at Jack Putnam's Shop 1215 Hancock Rd 28; Bluffton (4th house east of Anderson Tractor Supply), Phone (419) 358-6313
The February meeting was held at Jack Putnam's shop with 19 in attendance.  We had 3 guests beside the regulars.  20 members have paid their dues for this year with some additional dues paying done at the meeting.

The club officers were voted on.  Without dispute, the same slate as last year was suggested and unanimously railroaded into office.  Those of us present modestly accepted without a fight.  If anyone is unhappy with the leadership, please come to next year's nomination meeting and voice your nomination for some new leadership.  It really should change from time to time to get some fresh blood into the organization. 

Summer tours were again discussed.  It has been agreed to make them one day tours.  Some suggestions have been the Mad River Railroad Museum in Bellevue, the Auglaize Village, and the Tiffin Car Collectors.  There are also Covered Bridge tours in both Indiana and Ohio.  We will discuss these tours at the March meeting.

Paul White is going through a hard time physically.  Please keep him in your prayers.

Kurt Sneary is sorry that he can't attend our meetings; but, he feels connected to the club through the newsletter.  We will try to keep everyone informed of everything that is going on.  If you have anything of interest for the newsletter, give it to Jim Cook.
This is a picture of the group as they sit down for the beginning of the monthly meeting.  Have you ever seen so much shine in one place.  I really should continue to take pictures from the front.  Everyone had a good time after the business meeting checking out the new generation of old stuff sitting around the shop.  Jack always has something interesting to show and tell about.  Come join us on March 3rd.
Saving Your Drums
Cracked drums are a reality of Model T ownership.  They can be minimized by using the transmission only when necessary.  The brake drum is the one that most often has problems.  This comes from applying the brake as you would on a modern car.   Great amounts of heat are produced in the metal's surface.  By heating the outer ring while the inner hub remains cool, a stress is built up in the casting.  This results in stress cracks across the web.  Some heat can be reduced by pumping the brakes as you would on icy roads.  This allows oil to be pumped
into the band lining.  Another solution is to allow the car to coast to a near stop before applying the brakes.  Drive with the next stop in mind.  The low and reverse drums are best saved by engaging them fully as smooth and quick as possible.
Another Block is Ready to Go
This is the time of year that a lot of Model T blocks make their way through Jack's shop.  It is always a treat to see the different ways that previous owners have tried to prolong the life of their engines.  At least they think that  they're prolonging the engine's life.  What they are really doing is banking on borrowed time.  A Model T engine needs some attention from time to time.  Avoiding or ignoring that fact can lead to total breakdown.  Here we see a well maintained engine.  Some of the others that were sitting in the
shop were a little more, shall we say, rustic!  The picture below, although not very clear shows a main bearing that has been worn all of the way to the iron casting.  This much
movement can easily destroy a magneto.  This type of wear along with the excessive filing of rod caps and other bearing surfaces show the result of an owner trying to get a couple of more miles before the inevitable major repair.  With the price of that major repair so low, it is amazing that a proud owner would let an engine self-destruct just to save a few bucks.  The club is trying to promote the continual repair of the Model T's.  We are only comfortable driving them, once we realize the simplicity of their inner workings.
Restoration of a Coil Box
The Model T coil box is another one of those crude subassemblies hidden in our cars.  The wood is not polished or sealed. The contacts are stamped out of cheap brass.  The brass is riveted to the wood with weak rivets and the entire thing is wedged into the box with the wiring slipped in through troughs dug into the wood.  The only thing exceptional about the box is the metal case itself and the keyed knife switch on the front panel.  The knife switch can be set to either magneto on the left or battery on the right.  No battery was supplied!!!
closeup of contact
Box bottom with the four coil contacts
inside of keyed knife switch
The Tour Season Draws Near
The Mad River N.K.P Museum in Bellevue, Ohio is one of the possible summer destinations for a summer tour.  The museum was one of the stops on the 2001 Ohio Jamboree.  Since the day was already packed with a lot of stops, there was a lot here that was left unseen.  The museum website is http://www.madrivermuseum.org/
Another Possibility
Just a few of the cars that would be seen on a tour of the Tiffin collectors
air cooled Franklin
White steamer
REO Stanley Steamer
Model F
Locomobile
Hupmobile