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V o l u m e V II I I s s u e X OCT 2010 Published by the Tarheel T’s The Model T Club of the Piedmont

T-ANKERS AWAY…….

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IN THIS ISSUE IKE GOES FOR THREE

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MEMBERS ARE MAKING PROGRESS

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HENRY DURING THE “GREAT WAR”

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ALL WE WANT FOR CHRISTMAS

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NOTEWORTHY NOTES

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GOOD IDEA & WHAT IS IT?

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THE MEMBERS

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THE TARHEEL Ts is chartered as a chapter in both major MODEL T clubs.

t’s formal for $1700 ! name is But the main “The Tank & attraction is in Ordinance the name — this Memorial is a place where Museum”, but the mighty tanks t hat i s are renovated generally and placed on shortened to display. “the tank We will be museum”. traveling to the And while it’s museum on NOV specialty is 6th when the the mammoth tanks will not be machines of the only combat, the attraction. museum also There will be a has other large auto show displays of underway as arms and well. We will military items leave Ike Apple’s including home at 9am. uniforms, kits, A map and and arms. o t h e r The museum information is has a gift shot o n t h e which sells CALENDAR hats and t page. If you shirts, but are going, unlike other please use the destinations it email link on also sells that page to let us know so we don’t actual artifacts from the various leave anyone behind. wars. Want an RPG. They have one


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$ 260.00

2010 Carry Over $ 933.38 Other TOTAL

$1193.38 Disbursements

Party food/mail Overnight Other

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IKE MAKES A SPEEDY DECISION‌.

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ke Apple has added yet another great car to his growing herd of Model Ts. He earlier bought a nice touring car from Raleigh member Rick Burch. Rick has decided to sell the gorgeous speedster he collected and the trailer it rode in so he contacted Ike again. Ike and Gail went up to look it over, and towed the rig home along with a mass of tools which Rick had accumulated. Rick has decided to sell off the rest of his collection of tools, books and parts and a complete list is on the Want Ad page of our website.

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To make the story even more pleasing for Ike, Rick reports that after the Apples got home Ike gave the fancy speedster a few twists and it started up so he could move it from the brand new 2010 enclosed trailer and give it an inaugural run. And everything worked like new. Rick says he is now out of the Model T hobby and will be moving on to other pursuits. If you have interest in purchasing any or all of his remaining inventory, his email and phone are on Page 5.


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NOTEORTHY NOTES

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e have been there a few times and it was always quite pleasant. When the bright, young couple took over Chinqua Penn mansion and property with great plans to renovate it, it looked like one of the regions best examples of how the other half lived in the days of the Model T would finally get the care it needed. We were there a few times at events to display

our period correct cars but in the back of everyone's mind was the fear that even the nouveau riche owners might not have the cash to pull it all

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WALTER’S PROGRESSING…...

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ember Walter Underwood is making serious progress to get his 1915 touring car ready for the road. Since the e a r l y spring, Walter has purchased a second engine and is having it rebuilt. He also is having the transmission rebuilt, and had sent away the wheels to have them rebuilt. The wheels are back, the engine should be ready next month and the tranny is ready to be attached to it.

Walter is changing engines because he wants the car to have a starter and figured while he was at it he might as well make sure the transmission and magneto were up to the task. Beyond these major improvements, he has a new timer and other smaller parts ready to go. So, within the year we will have a “new” running brasser at club events and Walter will finally be able to smile the smile of the complete restorer behind the wheel ..

JAMES IS WORKING ON IT…..

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off. Now comes word that their wealth is under investigation and the property has been seized in a bankruptcy claim which charges the former company owner used it’s money to finance their lifestyle. The future of the property will be known after a hearing on November 30th.

hen last we saw James Evans he was tending to a car which was both steaming and smoking. Since then, he has begin to check things out to try to determine what gave him a DNF on the Silk Hope tour. His compression checked out fine and he believes the issue is timing. He has ordered an Andersen Timer and

a new timer control rod and is having the radiator completely cleaned. He is also checking out any other things which would cause the car to drastically overheat on a relatively mild day and tour. Further details as they become available.


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HOW ABOUT THAT !

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oor ole US Route 29. It once was the important route from Baltimore to Pensacola. Later, however, it was eclipsed by the Interstate

system and I –85 got all the glamour and attention. Over the years it ole 29 only remained pure until it approached Greensboro when it had to share it’s lanes with Rt.70 and US 220. Then the final ignominy; being named the “future US 785 ! It’s 44-lanes peter out on High Point Road becoming just another twotwo-laner through High Point. The State of North Carolina declared in 1960 that making Rt. 29 a 44-lane highway from Greensboro to High Point was a “top priority” and was to be completed by 1975. This year they are finally are moving to make it a 6-lane highway proving that “high priority” in Rale igh - talk me ans “sometime in the next half centurycentury-when traffic requires an 88-lane road.”

HENRY ~ MAN O’ WAR…….

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he Model T should feel very welcome at the “Tank Museum” since it is well known how much Ford was involved in WW II. But less known is his earlier work during WW I Even though he opposed the war, when the American and British governments asked for help, he responded. The British needed tractors to feed their island citizens. Henry provided 15,000 Fordson’s. Then, the US Army wanted a tank, so he came up with one using two Model T engines. Then the U.S. asked Henry if he could produce boats using the kind of line used to build Model Ts. Soon Ford was

producing Eagle Boats used to track down and stop the German submarines which were being used to stop supplies going to Europe. Those ships needed a more powerful engine, and thus the Liberty engine was produced by Ford and eventually others, not only for boats for an air cooled model powered airplanes. The Curtis Flying Boat used a Liberty engine to power it’s first flights— revolutionizing air warfare for the first time in a major conflict just as the submarine was changing maritime war. Ford also produced many different body types for Model Ts including ambulances, staff cars and gunnery cars. We have a video link on the PICTURE page showing Ford’s WW I work.

REMEMBER, RSVP EARLY…..

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lans are underway for the annual club Christmas Party at the Grandover Swim & Tennis clubhouse. The event will be held on December 11th beginning at 6pm and a map to the location is available on our website CALENDAR page. As always, we are requesting that those who plan

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attend fill out the RSVP form, also on the site, so the club and especially the planners will know how many to expect. Our memberships are “family memberships” so all family members are welcome. If you can contribute a side dish or a dessert it is always appreciated.


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THE MEMBERS Aber, Bill ** 292-4884 tarheelts@triad.rr.com Apple, Ike * 349-3417 igapple@bellsouth.net Atala, Anthony 406-3467 aatala@wfubmc.edu Bell, Don 998-7179 dbell@yadtel.net Brooks, Phil* 349-8313 phil1921modelt@yahoo.com Brown, Bill 349-7740 Bumgarner, Steve** (828)728-5758 sbumg@charter.net Burch, Rick** (919) 676-3283 rickburch@nc.rr.com Carbone, John** (919) 452-4413 vadocdoc@aol.com Castle, Tom * 992-3882 tcastle1@triad.rr.com Causey, Charlie * 685-4423 cgcausey@gmail.com Cole, Mack* (704)-792-0706 mackcole@vnet.net Davis, James 841-4950 ecidinc@yahoo.com Dolan, Jimmie (251) 970-1975 Dolan, Paul * (251) 943-1627 piddledolan@yahoo.com Ellis, Don ** 698-0827 modelter@bellsouth.net Evans, James W. * *349-8024 jevansjr1@triad.rr.com Fields, Howard 674-2202 Gray, Tim** 495-8406 timsantique@northstate.net Halbrook, Howard * 342-1031 hnhabrook@triad.rr..com Hanson, Chester * (704) 948-5375 lyn.hanson@att.net Helms, Michael (919) 457-7783 * mike@mikehelms.org Hodgin, Jim ** (919)-933-1027 jhodgin@email.unc.edu

Holton, George * 454-2586 gtholton@northstate.net Kaminar, Neil * 831-246-0450 nkaminar@skyhighway.com Ladd, David *704-292-1034 dladd@laddweb.net Ladd, William * 704-289-2081 dad@laddweb.net Link, John 376-3080 * jblink1@bellsouth.net McDiarmid, Stuart * 644-8698 skm.us@dlh-group.com Murray, Bennie emmurray@peoplepc.com 622-3238 Sims, Roger 254-1153 rogerdsims@bellsouth.net Taylor, James Carol (704)485-3674 Underwood, Walter 271-6221 wdu@triad.rr.com Wright, William * 634-1725 lawright6@yahoo.com York, Tony ** 629-5958 tyork@precisionwalls.com Ziglar, Jerry 767-4343 jerryziglar@triad.rr.com

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* — MEMBER MTFCA * — MEMBER MTFCI Underline — New Member Unless otherwise noted, the area code for phone numbers is (336)

Good Idea !

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f your car begins to have a mind of it’s own when you are trying to steer it, it is time to check things beginning at the steering wheel. In that cup under the steering wheel is a container for the steering gears. Get in there and check the gear posts. If one is loose, it is time to replace it. Then, head down the steering rod to the cup which holds the pitman arm to the rods. Any wiggle there? Either tighten it, or make a coin into a cup and use it as

What is it?

a temporary shim. Same goes for the wishbone cap located at the back of the engine. And while you are down there, give the front wheels a “push and pull” keeping your eye on the spindles. If there is any movement there, new bushings are the answer. After this check, she should go where you point her.

hose of us you have torn down engines and transmissions would have paid a lot for this strange looking wrench. When you go to tie the tranny to the crank shaft there is very little space to get a good grip, even with “thin walled” sockets. It also requires some strange bending to get the bolts firmly seated. Someone at sometime came up with this strange looking but surely great answer. The wrench is bent to get around the mag and into the slot where the bolts rest, and the socket is off centered so you can fit it between the crank plate and the rest of the flywheel.

TOURING f1908d


EVENTS 2010 Officers Pres. Don Ellis V.P. Tim Gray Tres. Phil Brooks Secty Bill Aber Email: tarheelts@tarheelts.com Board of Directors Geo. Holton (1) Mack Cole (2) Howard Halbrook (3) CLUB EMAIL ADDRESS: tarheelts@tarheelts.com

JAN 24

ANNUAL BOARD AND OFFICERS MEETING

FEB 28

TECH SESSION, Reidsville BAND CHANGING 1PM CtrlCtrl-Click on the event to display the MAP

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TECH SESSION TBA

APR 88-11

CHARLOTTE AUTO FAIR

MAY 22

ANNUAL OVERNIGHT TOURTOUR-JORDAN LAKE

JUN 26

ROADROAD-E-O - Howard Fields Airport

JUL 10

SUMMER PICNIC— PICNIC—HIGH ROCK LK

AUG 28

CEDAROCK SHOW– SHOW–

SEP 4

SILK HOPE TOUR/

NOV 6

NORTHERN TOUR —TANK MUSEUM DANVILLE 9AM

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TECH SESSION TBA

DEC 11

CHRISTMAS PARTY — RSVP REQUIRED

CHECK IT OUT ON THE MERCHANDISE PAGE OF THE WEBSITE.


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