March 2005
FRONT SEAT NEWS
MODEL T FORD CLUB  NORTHWEST OHIO, INC.
Bob Hollister, Pres.; Bob Torbet, V-Pres.; Jack Putnam, Treas; Jim Cook, Sec/Ed
NEXT MEETING: March 2nd 2005 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 attended by 19 members and friends.  Bob Hollister led the short business meeting during which time we discussed upcoming projects, advertising sent to the club, and possible tours for this summer.

Many how-to videos are available in the club's library and we have discussed buying even more.  These videos are a great resource. Please use them as needed and remember to return them when you are finished.  If you need any help, let us know.  We're always looking for worthy demonstration projects.

After the meeting we were treated with the usual mixed bag of current and upcoming projects around Jack's shop.  Ben Nolting has shown a bit of interest in welding up old cracked crankshafts; so, Jack gave him one to experiment with.  It had two or three cracks.  Good luck goes out to Ben in this little project.  Remember that they make great table lamps.

Dave will be going to Chickasha this year and has an extra room for anyone that may need it.  This is the premier Model T swap meet in the country.  If you're looking for something in particular, here's your opportunity to get out there and have a good chance of finding it.  They say that the prices are reasonable.

The MTFCI would like to see more of our members on their rolls.  They are trying to make more of an effort to connect with the local chapters.  They really do have a nice magazine that comes out every other month.

I will be working on some areticles for the upcoming newsletters based on the engines that are now in Jack's shop.  Because of their high mileage, we are hoping that they will reveal some of the good and bad shop practices and the weak links in the drive train.  It should be interesting to investigate wear and tear when the entire history of the vehicle is known.  We'll all learn something together.
A Couple of New Engines Arrive for a Checkup
These two engines arrived in shrink wrap.  You can't see the engines; but, you can see that they are packed facing both directions.  This was done to help even out the weight and clear the ears.  We hope to write up an article on the history of these engines and some of the special characteristics of their "guts".  The crate behind the engines contains a Model T rear end.
The A closer look at one of the engines shows the typical wear pattern from the exhaust pipe rubbing on the aluminum hogshead.  If anyone has a good cure for this common problem, pleas let us know your solution.  I do know that Vern Campbell from Michigan makes a specially bent pipe that would leave a little more space in the area.  Also, notice a bit of a water leak at the rear of the head gasket.
A Quick Trip to Auburn
Recently, one of the car clubs that I belong to decided to take a modern car tour to help cure a little cabin fever.
The tour destination was a weekend in Auburn, Indiana (the home of the Auburn, Cord, and Duesenberg).

While I'm not big on the high dollar cars of the 20's and 30's, Sue and I do enjoy the company of the group. Also, I was told that there are other cars in the collection that would be of interest to me.  It is true, that once 
you've seen one $250,000 car, you've seen them all.  After we strolled around the beauties on the showroom floor, the collection upstairs was just more glitz to walk by.  I couldn't even tell you what was up there on the main floor.  I can however tell you that the cars that sparked my interest were along the outer walls of the third floor.  There was a history of Indiana automakers that started with the battery and steam cars of the 1890's and continued
up to the present.

Beginning with the first picture to the left we see an Auburn Towncar. I'll bet that the wood made a lot of noise. Next, just above, we have a McIntyre. This auto still looks much like a buggy maker's offering with its double leaf springs and narrow spoked tires.  To the left is a Zimmerman with its large flywheel fan.  At the bottom right is my wife next to a 1951 Crosley Super Sport.  This car was owned
by Frank Lloyd Wright.  It just goes to show that even a guy that was loaded knew a good value when he saw one. 

As a final note, I would highly recomend a weekend in Auburn.  The hotels cater to the auto enthusiasts. They're all decked out with old car "stuff".  Even the shops downtown are packed with pictures and models of the cars that made Auburn famous.