The other day I went out to the garage with plans to go for a drive in one of the Model T’s. I was immediately confronted by a heavy gasoline smell. The first thought was to open the garage door to vent the vapors. Next I looked under the 1914 to see a drip pan under the car holding a considerable amount of fuel. Fortunately there was no fire! I had tried a newly rebuilt carburetor the day prior, and the fuel line evidently had cracked some time during or after my drive around the neighborhood testing the carburetor. The copper fuel line, of undetermined age, had failed as they always do. Time to make a new one from steel that won’t fail unexpectedly.Continue reading “Replacing the Fuel Line on your Model T Ford”
Kingston introduced the final variant of it’s L series carburetor for the Model T Ford at the beginning of the 1922 model year. It was the iconic Kingston L4, used on millions of Model T’s and TT trucks from 1922 – 1927. A good performing carburetor, it provided years of trouble free motoring and simple design that could be repaired easily. Let’s take a look at how to restore one.Continue reading “Repairing a Kingston L4 Carburetor for your Model T Ford”
Ford was busy revamping the exterior “look” of the Model T Ford in 1915 model year. At the same time, subtle mechanical improvements were being implemented. The Kingston Model L carburetor was introduced about the same time as the new model and fiscal year. Because of its lower fuel inlet Ford engineers specified the Kingston L be used exclusively in the new Center Door Sedan, coupled with a longer intake pipe and heat tube which positioned the carburetor lower for better fuel flow.Continue reading “Rebuilding the 1915 and 1916 Kingston Model L Carburetors”
Ford always had primary and secondary vendors for parts purchased from outside vendors for the Model T. Such was the case for carburetors. Some time in late 1916 model year a new, improved Kingston carburetor was fitted to about half of Model T production. The Model L2 used an improved float bowl design and the needle / seat arrangement was simpler to manufacture and more reliable than the type used in older Kingston carburetors. The L2 proved to be a good design, and was used on millions of Model T’s from late 1916 through mid 1922 model year, when it was replaced by an improved model Kingston.
- Let’s see what it takes to fix a typical old Kingston L2 that has been sitting in the weather for decades.
The generic term “Growler” describes a specialized tool used to test generator and motor armatures. Any generator or motor repair shop will have one of these tools. All Growlers have the basic “Growl” test feature and some have two additional test features depending upon the manufacturer. All three capabilities are desirable to comprehensively test an armature.
1. Basic “Growl” test function is the capability to place the armature windings adjacent to high strength magnetic field and check for shorted windings.Continue reading “Testing a Model T Generator Armature Using a Growler”