May 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: May 4th 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 April meeting was attended by 11 members and friends.  Bob Hollister led the short business meeting.  Jack reported that this year's paid membership was 26 to this point, with more expected as people came back to Ohio after travels afar.  The previous meeting minutes were approved.

The Hancock county Museum event is still in the works. The old car event will revolve around the 1913 Adams Truck.  They'd like at least 20 pre-WWII automobiles as a static display. The club has made the commitment to organize the event, with many members tentatively vowing their support.

It seems that more and more of the organizations in the area have come to the same conclusion.  They are interested in having old cars at their festivals; but, they don't want it to be a "hot rod" show.  Many of them have gone to the stipulation of pre-WWII.  The latest of these is the Pandora Jaycees.  They would like to have a cruise in with all pre-WWII cars on August 13th.  Many of the members think that it'd be a great idea. It helps to promote a feeling of heritage and history at the same time.

Two of the T-100 engines have been back to Jack's to be reworked.  They have over 30,000 miles on them and are leaking like sieves. All of the problems in these engines seem to come from the "trouble pans" and the condition under which the cars are driven.  They are started at the Village every morning and are driven all day at, or close to, an idle.  The oil is not making its way up into the top rings.  As a result there were definite stepped ridges where the rings stopped in the block.  The engines have been bored and sleeved to correct the problem.  Jack suggested that they take the cars over to the test track once a week to give the engines a workout.

As for the pans, the wishbone mounts can be wobbled easily with the hand; and, all of the rivets have worked their way loose.  The alignment is so far off that the end cap had to be reamed out in order to make the end cap fit properly.  Surprisingly, the bearing caps show less than 0.0005" wear.  The transmission is still tight and we hope that it stays that way.  You see, they didn't make any replacement parts.
Bill Sieberg to the Rescue Again
One of the guys had a horn that needed a little adjusting. Like many of us, he did not want to mess up a perfectly good horn by trying to adjust it himself; so, he brought it to the monthly meeting to see if someone could help him out.

There is a special technique to working with brass. It takes a steady hand and a keen knowledge of the metal and its characteristics to know how far it can be stretched before it breaks its structure. Here we see Bill S. repositioning the entry tube to a double spiral horn. One foul
move and the horn would lose $200 in value.  We are lucky to have a craftsman like Bill in our midst. Thanks Bill for all of your time and effort.
What is a Good Job Worth???
Bob is standing behind three of the most recent rebuilds.  One of them is for Bob, another is from across the country, and the third is finally for one of Jack's own car's.

As an example of what can happen in the price of a rebuild, one of the engines was claimed to be in running order and just needed new babbitt.  It turned into a new crank, bored block, new cam , and a new set of balanced rods. Its not easy to answer the question "How much will this cost". But, I've discovered that everyone asks it.
Be prepared to pay whatever it costs to fix an engine properly. A dependable craftsman will do a good job and will not overcharge you for thier work.  If a person needs to ask, they probably don't have the resources to be restoring an antique automobile.

Dick Runion of Tiffin told me a great story about a guy that wanted a radiator for an antique tractor. He came into the shop to ask for a cost. Dick took a quick look at the radiator and started adding time and materials in his head.  He told the guy that each cell of fins would cost about one hundred dollars to produce. There were 20 cells in the radiator. With that, the fellow quickly did the math in his head and said that he'd try to make it himself. Two years later he had made his own radiator that looked like @#$% and didn't cool. It likely took him 2000 hours to build.  What is our time and talent worth???
A Little Bit of What I've Been Doing Between Meetings
We don't normally fix radiators. They are normally constructed from scratch by using the original as a pattern.  This Alco was made in the state of New York. Alco is best known for the railroad locomotives that they made. Few people know that there was also an Alco car.
These radiators come from all over the country to be recreated from the originals. This Renault is in because of an accident that ripped out 5 of its tubes. Matching tube dimensions and soldering them in without disturbing the other tubes will be the challenge on this project.
This Rambler is made entirely from scratch. A couple of the mounts and the neck were salvaged from the original.
This Thomas Flyer radiator is from a very rare car. It was the first car to win the race around the world. It's a long story.
The radiator to the left is a Bianchi. It is a good example of a radiator that the owner wanted to keep, and just recore it. As a result, it took longer to rebuild than it would have to completely recreate a new one.

Brass as it is formed is brittle. It require annealing to make it flexible. Every time a piece of brass is jarred it returns to its brittle state. If you think about what happens to the radiator as you are driving down the road, you can understand why brass radiators develop cracks and leaks. After 100 years of abuse, most brass is beyond repair. Attempting to reuse it only causes frustration.
Just a reminder that our club has agreed to help host the Adam's truck exhibit in September at the Hancock County Museum.  We seem to be best at working on one day events. So, let's go with our strengths.  There is also a one day event in Pandora in August. Get the cars out and let the public enjoy them. These events help to get us focused on our cars. The more we get them out, the better we'll feel about driving them. The more that we drive them, the more confidence that we have to tour them.
A Sneak Peak at That Famous Quiet T-100 Transmission
I didn't know if anyone was interested; but, here is the T-100 transmission parts that were machined directly from billets.  Unfortunately, they didn't make any extra parts.