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1904 Ford Model B - “ Running On Empty “

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:20 pm
by Freighter Jim
A remarkable undertaking is in the works ....

That - if successful - will see a 1904 Ford Model B participate
in the 2020 New London to New Brighton Antique Car Run.

A collaborative effort of dedicated - passionate - average folks
are making this possible ....

“ Running On Empty “

Watch this for thread for updates.

FJ


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Re: 1904 Ford Model B - “ Running On Empty “

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:30 pm
by Freighter Jim
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FJ

Re: 1904 Ford Model B - “ Running On Empty “

Posted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 4:10 am
by Freighter Jim
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FJ

What has been done

Posted: Mon Jan 20, 2020 5:46 pm
by Freighter Jim
Last Monday The Model B fired and caught on three cylinders.

I got it all on several videos.

Next Sunday or Monday it will probably run on all four.

Ten months have passed and so much has been done ....

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FJ

It's Alive !

Posted: Wed Jan 29, 2020 6:46 pm
by Freighter Jim
On Monday around 11:00 am - the 1904 Model B caught on a compression stroke and ran on all four cylinders.

Kim Dobbins is on the left and Don Skille on the right.

They were the principal parties responsible over the past year that made this happen.

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If you want to view a video of the historic start - click here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/jcz6pc81z0qew ... s.mp4?dl=0



Jim

Re: 1904 Ford Model B - “ Running On Empty “

Posted: Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:00 am
by MochetVelo
I like the "electric starter" connected to the crank shaft. Is it just a dc motor with a lot of torque? How is it connected?

Phil

Modified fractional motor

Posted: Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:16 am
by Freighter Jim
Don & Kim took a fractional horsepower motor that has a rating of 30 rpm and modified it to the crank.


FJ

Running & Driving Now

Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2020 11:57 am
by Freighter Jim
So ....

The 1904 Model B was re=assembled completely.

The original transmission was repaired and re-installed.

All the linkage was re-attached and a temporary seat was made for the maiden voyage.

And on Thursday June 18th, 2020 history was made when the only known 1904 Ford Model B
in existence with an intact running gear as it left Piquette ,,,,

Started by hand = drove down the road - ran thru low & high speed - stopped.

A couple days later the restored largely original body was put back on the car.

For those who have Facebook accounts - if you are logged in to Facebook - you can
visit my page which is public - click on the " Photos " album - select the Model B album
and view images and videos documenting the two year journey:

https://www.facebook.com/people/Freight ... 5456325407


Jim

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Re: 1904 Ford Model B - “ Running On Empty “

Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2020 5:16 pm
by J&J
Thank you for posting this.

Research Begins

Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2020 8:46 pm
by Freighter Jim
I left Southern California on July 17th, 2020.

The " Friendship Ford " slowly made it's way East along I-40 making stops in:

Flagstaff - Winslow - Holbrook Arizona

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Then Northeast along I-44 making a stop in:

Tulsa, Oklahoma

The East along I-70 making a stop in:

St. Louis, Missouri

At these stops folks received a talk about The 1904 Ford Model B in general and this car in particular.

Final talk was on Saturday, July 25th, 2020 in the parking lot of the final destination.

After the talk(s) there were photo opportunities ....

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FJ

Research Begins

Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2020 9:01 pm
by Freighter Jim
For the next (3) months you can see The 1904 Ford Model B Serial Number(s) 51-52-55 at
The Early Ford V-8 Museum in Auburn, Indiana:

@ http://www.fordv8foundation.org/


Moments after entering the museum on Saturday - Tia & Andy were the first visitors:

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I spent all day Saturday & Sunday with Joshua Conrad who is the Museum Director:

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This concludes the first phase which started for me in April of 2018.

Discovery - Research - Sympathetic Restoration - Museum Placement.

I provide over (4000 miles) of direct enclosed transport free of charge.

I have named The 1904 Ford Model B Serial Number(s) 51-52-55 " Alexander " The Friendship Ford

The namesake is Alexander Y. Malcomson:

@ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Y._Malcomson

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So Long Alexander For Now ..... ( The Journey Isn't Over )


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FJ

Re: 1904 Ford Model B - “ Running On Empty “

Posted: Tue Oct 06, 2020 7:28 pm
by TonyBowker
I’m a mechanical guy and while beauty pictures are fine I like to see a little of the detail. These were taken while on a trip to Kim’s garage.
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Copper water cylinders
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Coil box
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Transmission
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Rear axle

Re: 1904 Ford Model B - “ Running On Empty “

Posted: Tue Oct 06, 2020 7:46 pm
by TonyBowker
Of course the body was reworked by Ray Wells in El Cajon so I had to drop by for a look and see.
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Body in primer
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Close up of door hinge
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Door striker. Similar to the 1909 Model T
I have several more photos if anyone is interested😊