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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Chopperman, May 30, 2023.

  1. Chopperman
    Joined: Sep 26, 2006
    Posts: 1,272


    Just picked up this all original 24’ T. It’s the fastest 35mph I’ve ever gone.

    This is as basic as it gets and the fact that it’s still on the road nearly 100 years old and unmolested truly saying something.

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  2. In my opinion, the greatest car ever built.
  3. Needs a split manifold and a three speed. He he.
  4. Chopperman
    Joined: Sep 26, 2006
    Posts: 1,272


    Im having to resist all temptation to modify / improve this one. It’s come this far without people upgrading parts.

    I did have to put a water-pump on it to control some overheating issues though

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  5. 62rebel
    Joined: Sep 1, 2008
    Posts: 3,219


  6. That's a cool ride, congratulations are in order and with wooden spoke wheels. HRP
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  7. I have memories of spotting one of those driving by around the year '49 or '50 and some kid (probably me) shouting, "Hey! Look at that ol' timey car!"

    Give those wheels a bit of wax every so often,
    or else............ DSCN0033.JPG
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  8. Cool, the fact it made it to 1 century old without being chopped up into a hot rod would make me feel that it earned the right to stay as is. It's always nice to see how they were envisioned to be by Ford from the get go.
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  9. hemihotrod66
    Joined: May 5, 2019
    Posts: 955


    My grandfather use to say if they aren't steamin they ain't running right...
  10. Bob Lowry
    Joined: Jan 19, 2020
    Posts: 1,369

    Bob Lowry

    Keep it as you received made it this far without someone modifying it so it deserves to remain as is...kind of
    like catch and release....enjoy it and let it go to another caretaker when you are done...nice find. Tell us how
    it came about....
  11. flatheadpete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2003
    Posts: 10,400

    from Burton, MI

    Neat car. Fix what needs fixing and keep on using it. Very cool.
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  12. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 23,176


    For once, I agree with these^^^^^ guys....:)
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  13. Here ya go…for the I can’t find my reading glasses crowd.
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  14. Recently sold dad's sorta survivor '27. It had wooden wheels, the spokes are called ''fellows''. Glad to say I know how to drive one. A bit to learn and remember at first. Easy once you know how. That hand crank can maim!
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  15. rusty valley
    Joined: Oct 25, 2014
    Posts: 3,823

    rusty valley

    Nice car. Model T's are a lot of fun. Should be able to cruse at 45 when she's tuned proper. Your heat problems may just be a little lean, or a little retarded on the spark. A friend once showed me how sensitive they can be using his motometer. Going down the road set proper the motometer showed
    "normal", and retarding the spark lever would show the temp start to rise in a mile or 2. Same thing screwing in the main jet. Sadly, my 26 touring cracked the block so I have been T less for over two years now:(
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  16. Cool old survivor. Enjoy it for what it is. My father had a 17 touring car, he restored mostly original. Being a 17, he added elec starter. For sure the add-on water pump is a good improvement, that helped running cooler and keeping from puking when you stopped driving. My dad also added the rocky mountain rear brakes, a good idea for driving in today's traffic. Rocky mountain brakes are oversize (approx 10 inches diam if my memory is right) rear brakes, actually external shoe that squeeze around the outside of a drum. An added brake lightin the rear lamp hopefully helped some. My dad just used a battery without recharge from the car. Just charge battery once home.

    His car 35-40 mph was about max cruising speed. The engine might go faster, but it starts shaking a lot and will take out the babbit bearings since the engine is not counterbalanced. Plus the wood spoke wheels, relativity quick steering, high center of gravity, reduced braking vs modern cars, all add up to just taking 35 mph or little more and enjoy the scenery.
  17. 270ci
    Joined: May 17, 2010
    Posts: 433


    Actually, the round part of the wheel that the spokes go into is called a "felloe".
    There are steel felloes. such as the ones on the OP's 24, while the earlier cars and wagons used steam bent wood felloes. as shown in the post by "the shift wizard".
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  18. alanp561
    Joined: Oct 1, 2017
    Posts: 3,977


    Congratulations, how cool is that? I'm in the "keep it original and drive it" camp.
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  19. winduptoy
    Joined: Feb 19, 2013
    Posts: 3,138


    My '18
    The best thing I ever did was rebuild the coils and timer. It is still thermal siphon cooled.
    The coils and timer made it loose the one miss that would come and go, make it start right now and run cooler. They are fun and a tinkers dream come true
    PM if you want me to go over the coil rebuild process... there are some good youtube videos to give you an idea IMG_20200322_085243676.jpg That's the old capacitor and I guarantee that you can not time the coil without new ones installed

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  20. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 54,458


    neat cars. I bought one a few years ago that needed a lot of mechanical work, so I took it all apart and put it back together. Quite a learning experience.

    But driving where you have to drive a ways to get into town, at 30 mph on 45 mph roads, is a chore. I ended up selling it.

    I'm sure glad I got to have one, though. Enjoy yours.
  21. 41 GMC K-18
    Joined: Jun 27, 2019
    Posts: 3,209

    41 GMC K-18

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  22. Beanscoot
    Joined: May 14, 2008
    Posts: 2,851


    Some said "Made in Canada", even better!
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  23. Old Tony
    Joined: Aug 31, 2020
    Posts: 29

    Old Tony
    from Benton, AR

    Model T's are a hoot! This is my 23...and I agree 100% with this "It’s the fastest 35mph I’ve ever gone"

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  24. s55mercury66
    Joined: Jul 6, 2009
    Posts: 4,283

    from SW Wyoming

    @Retired can give you some tips on fixing 'er up a little
  25. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 30,020



    The wood you can't see. Looks like that car was well cared for and stored inside all its life. Congratulations! Bob
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  26. I love originals, what a great car!
  27. MCjim
    Joined: Jun 4, 2006
    Posts: 797

    from soCal

    I see this...
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  28. Tow Truck Tom
    Joined: Jul 3, 2018
    Posts: 1,493

    Tow Truck Tom
    from Clayton DE

    Sweet car, My wife talked me into a survivor 24 tudor, a real fun toy.
    It came with a waterpump and a Delco dist ( Jeep? )
    Only change I would like is safety glass.
    I did have the head milled. I cleaned out the rust in head, had radiator in the shop.
    Also used threaded stock with a chopped off end to drill band 'lint' out of the oil passage to the front main. ( of course a fresh set of band lining )
    I have run 100 mile days several times, no prob. 24mpg

    Trivia I learned on the way, back then they wern't called like they are now, they were just Fords

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