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Finally got the rims pulled off the T and cleaned all the crud off----that old rubber is as hard as a bowling ball---only to find the tires are 450-21s, not 30x3-1/2. No they aren't interchangeable
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Hovannes wrote: 21 Oct 2022, 11:00 Finally got the rims pulled off the T and cleaned all the crud off----that old rubber is as hard as a bowling ball---only to find the tires are 450-21s, not 30x3-1/2. No they aren't interchangeable
Rollin' on 21's.
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The 450-21s arrived but not the inner tubes (yet)
The old tires have been putting up quite a fight to get them off.
I discovered they're on split rims, which explains the curious jack that's not a jack tool I found.
Now I have to figure out how it works.
Fortunately there is a You tube (isn't there always?)
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This is in my project list now. I need to find a carburetor. I bought it from another guy in the bookface Gravely group and picked it up at the East Ohio Gravely meeting in Dresden Ohio a week ago.
This is a Gravely model D, the predecessor of the model L and all of the later walk behinds.
Benjamin Franklin Gravely built his first walk behind motor plow in 1916 to help alleviate the labor required to tend large gardens. He used a small motorcycle engine to power a single wheel, walk behind plow. The early machines where built and sold one at a time by Ben Gravely with the help from a machinist friend. By the 1920's he had gotten some more engineers and investors onboard and opened a production line to build the model D.
It's powered by a 2.5 HP air cooled engine, early model D's were water cooled. I can't be positive on a year, but we're thinking 1930's.
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I'm headed off to ACE Hardware to pick up some flat silver Rustoleum to paint the T's clincher tire rims since I can't do anything else until the inner tubes get here Then to Lowes for some Ash to reconstruct the seat risers on the ol' sportscar.
It's going to be an old car kind of day.
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You don't have to be crazy to drive a Model T
https://aeon.co/videos/its-a-journey-in ... -in-winter

but I suppose it helps!
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Yesterday I took the three worst split rims to the blaster, and commenced painting the three best split rims.

I learned that Henry Ford built his Fordor Ts with aluminum bodies because of weight.
Does that make my Tin Lizzy an Aluminum Alice?
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Hovannes wrote: 08 Nov 2022, 08:39 Yesterday I took the three worst split rims to the blaster, and commenced painting the three best split rims.

I learned that Henry Ford built his Fordor Ts with aluminum bodies because of weight.
Does that make my Tin Lizzy an Aluminum Alice?
Silly - makes it Al.
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