"T" Tips - Restoration Videos

"T" Tips - Restoration Videos


This video series is dedicated to preserving the knowledge and techniques used in restoring and maintaining the Model T Ford. All videos are in DVD format. A description of each video is described below:

Series 1

• 1-1 Balancing Tires: Using modern weights to balance the tires on your Model T—a must for anyone driving a Model T over 35 MPH. Run Time: 16 min. 25 sec.
• 1-2 Model T Tires—I: Types of rims and tires used on Model Ts; tools & tips on repairing rims and mounting tires; how to mount a tire on a clincher rim. Run Time: 26 min. 56 sec.
• 1-3 Model T Tires—II: Building a tire mounting station; mounting tires on the drop center-type and split rim-type rims; tools and tips on repairing rims. Run Time: 24 min. 12 sec.
• 1-4 The Model T Fuel Filter: Restoring the different types of fuel filters; installing modern fuel line shut-off valves. Run Time: 15 min. 8 sec.
• 1-5 Model T Bands: Changing the transmission band linings. Types of transmission bands and linings available; inspecting and restoring bands; adjusting bands; tips and tools needed. Run Time: 15 min. 2 sec.

Series 2

• 2-1 Restoring the Transmission Cover: Types of covers, tools and tips, disassembly, pedal straightening, pedal alignment, sealing techniques, and assembly. Run Time: 20 min. 21 sec.
• 2-2 Restoring the `T’ Cutout: Types, its function, testing, selecting, disassembly, modernizing with a diode, assembly and testing. Run Time: 38 min, 10 sec.
• 2-3 Front End Alignment: Tools needed, special era tools used, how to align, front end inspection, proper caster, camber and toe-in. Also tips on rear end alignment. Run Time: 23 min. 31 sec.
• 2-4 Restoring the `T’ Transmission—I: Disassembly, tools needed, cleaning, inspecting, methods of checking for cracks, plus tips and suggestions. Run Time: 42 min. 6 sec.
• 2-5 Restoring the ‘T’ Transmission—II: Balancing, tools and special jigs, reassembly secrets, lubrication, repair techniques, old and new clutch plates, critical measurements and testing, plus tips and suggestions. Run Time: 53 min. 2 sec.

Series 3

• 3-1 Model T Coils—I: General overview of the evolution of the coil in the Model T. Covers both the Ford-made coils as well as those produced for Ford by other manufacturers. Run Time: 22 min. 51 sec.
• 3-2 Model T Coils—II: Repair and rebuilding a coil. How it works. How to select a coil to rebuild. Tips and tricks of coil rebuilding. Run Time: 40 min.
• 3-3 Model T Coils—III: Adjusting coils, installing new points. Testing coils. An overview of various coil testing machines available during the Model T era. Run Time: 38 min. 14 sec.
• 3-4 Restoring the Generator: How it works, repair and rebuild it. Tips for disassembly/assembly & equipment used in testing. Run Time: 31 min. 36 sec.
• 3-5 Restoring the Starter: How it works, test and rebuild the starter motor. Tips on eliminating oil leaks, removing and installing. Run Time: 19 min. 14 sec.

Series 4

• 4-1 Electrical Overview: An overall look at the progression of the Model T electrical system from 1909 thru 1927. Run Time: 18 min. 52 sec.
• 4-2 Brush Plate Restoration: A closer look at the brush plate restoration on the Model T starter and generator. Run Time: 41 min.
• 4-3 Speedometer Restoration—I: Starts with tips on selecting a used speedometer. Restoration techniques. A restoration of a Stewart-Warner Model 100 speedometer. Run Time: 57 min. 48 sec.
• 4-4 Speedometer Restoration—II: More restoration techniques as well as a restoration of a Stewart-Warner Model 160 speedometer. Run Time: 35 min. 8 sec.
• 4-5 Speedometer Restoration—III: Additional restoration tips, how a speedometer works, the proper running gear and installation. Run Time: 45 min. 11 sec.

Series 5 

• 5-1 Restoration of the T Rear End—I: Covers the regular T rear axle as well as the Ruckstell axle. Shows the types of housings used by the Model T through the years, disassembly techniques, inspection tips and more. Run Time: 48 min. 34 sec.
• 5-2 Restoration of the T Rear End—II: Continuation of inspection techniques, axle rebuilding, sources and tips. Run Time: 46 min. 03 sec.
• 5-3 Restoration of the T Rear End—III: Restoration of the drive shaft, rear end re-assembly and adjustment tips. Run Time: 50 min. 37sec.
• 5-4 The Model T Radiator: View each Model T radiator style from 1909-1927. Tour the Brassworks manufacturing shop and learn how a radiator cools; causes of radiator failure; see how a radiator is built. Run Time: 45 min. 07 sec.
• 5-5 Restoration of the Model T Manifold: Don’t throw away your bent manifold. See how you can bring it back to original shape. Run Time: 29 min. 4 sec.

Series 6

• 6-1 Restoration of the Model T Fan: Changes during production, restoring the fan & pulley, as well as proper riveting for the early fan. Run Time: 20 min. 10 sec.
• 6-2 Cam Replacement: Replace the cam without removing the engine. Measuring techniques, timing, tips and more. Run Time: 58 min. 40 sec.
• 6-3 Spoke Tightening Examines temporary & permanent fixes for loose spokes. Ever see a T with aluminum spokes? Includes handy, easy-to-make tools and tips. Run Time: 36 min. 40 sec.
• 6-4 Restoration of the Model T Steering Column: Details changes from 1909-27, types of steering wheels, how to disassemble and restore the column, gear ratios, make a Torpedo column. Special section on era accessories available for Model T steering. Run Time: 1hr. 17min. 20 sec.
• 6-5 The Model T Frame: Changes during production, what to look for in choosing a frame, how to check a frame for straightness, how to correct a bent frame, frame members, painting and more. Run Time: 29 min. 45 sec.

Series 7

• 7-1 How to Start and Drive a Model T (featuring Matt Foye). Learning the proper way to start and to safely drive a Model T. Starting safety as well as driving tips. Run Time: 27 min. 37 sec.
• 7-2 Model T Accessories: Fred Houston shows us many of the era T accessories as well as a visit to the Smith Collection where “Speedy” Bill Smith shows us some of his favorites. Run Time: 49 min. 09 sec.
• 7-3 Chassis Alignment: Milt Webb shows us methods to align the chassis so you will get the most out of your T. We also take a look at an air conditioned T. Run Time: 54 min. 04 sec.
• 7-4 Model T Safety: Fred Houston takes us through some great safety tips from seat belts to the latest in signal lights for your T. Run Time: 46 min. 49 sec.
• 7-5  Safety 2: The MTFCA Safety Check List: Matt Foye shows us the best way to use the check list to keep our T’s in safe condition. Run Time: 30 min.

Series 8

• 8-1 Model T Fashions: Melanie Patton shows us Model T era fashions. Run Time: 28min. 54 sec.
• 8-2 Metal Work 101: Larry Azevedo demonstrates the basic equipment in making replacement panels for Model T restorations. Run Time: 22min. 22 sec.
• 8-3 Taking a Model T out of Mothballs—Part 1:  Milt Webb  shows just what to do to get a T running after many years of sitting in a barn. In addition, he shows what should be done to make that T ready for durable touring.  Run Time: 56 min. 58 sec.
• 8-4  Taking a T out of Mothballs—Part 2. More of Milt Webb’s tips and demonstrations. Run Time: 1 hr. 09 min. 08 sec.
•8-5   Taking a T out of Mothballs—Part 3. Milt shows us more and we take a tour of two old Model T’s that have been revived from being stored for long periods of time. Run Time: 53 min. 09 sec.