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Open Diff: The Only Thing We Have to Fear…

Posted May 03, 2017 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: Ford model t project car restoration

Recently, my Barnstormers clubmate Bryan and I decided to tackle getting his Ford Model T speedster ready for the upcoming driving season. Bryan has had his speedster for a couple of years now, but it has never been quite dependable or powerful enough for him to feel comfortable taking it very far from his garage—especially in Albany, New York, traffic. His growing frustration with the old Ford had led him to bestow an unfavorable nickname on the handsome little car, best reprinted here in French as La Chienne Rouge.

Our friend and fellow Barnstormer Clayton “Mr. Model T” Paddison assures us that such a lightweight car, even with an essentially stock engine, should be fine for any driving, leading us to believe that something just wasn’t right with Bryan’s speedster. A recent video Bryan had shared with the club of himself and his son piloting the speedster through his neighborhood made Clayton think that the car was running highly retarded, though Bryan said he had the spark lever in a fully advanced position.

Troubleshooting a 100-year-old classic over the phone with someone 3,000 miles away.

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05/03/2017 10:42 AM

Probably needs to be "scoped" to see how far off that timing is.

No wonder you call her that, it is a fitting name, I think.

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05/03/2017 11:18 PM

Ford , 1929 Pickup, original barn find, just went to auction , down the street---Original everything, seats, glass, paint, but the engine had not been run for many years, Like I say, literally garaged in a barn for 40 or more years.. Opening bid, $ 4500...Friend who deals in rodding old classics says that , at one point , rodded , it would fetch a good price. But now, since so many Baby Boomers have converted these types of vehicles, he thinks the conversion prices are dropping below original.., and it may be more valuable as stock..Ideas, and opinions ??

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05/04/2017 9:58 AM

Is this what we are talking about? I am not at all surprised by the opening bid price, but I could see it going way higher if the thing is all polished, and the leather is presentable.

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05/04/2017 12:37 PM

Yes same vehicle, apparently. The one at auction was not polished, altho the paint was original, along with the tires etc. As an aside, an old Mexican neighbor lady , upon her husband's death,in 1992, opened her garage, and showed us their 1940's Chevy Coupe, last of the Chevy's prior to the WW2 auto plants conversion. We aired up the tires, the leather smelled new, and the most amazing thing was that the rubber windshield and window gaskets were all perfect! Resilient and not hard.. Why do the newer ones go hard and crack and yet many of the older cars we see, have gaskets in good or great shape? Formulations of rubber?

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05/04/2017 1:46 PM

Real rubber or the good old version of butadiene rubber if that was around then. New stuff is synthetic goop made from corn cobs.

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05/04/2017 2:01 PM

Thank you.. Good ole corn lobby! Planned obsolescence, I guess...

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