Learn to drive the way Great-Great Grandpa did at the Gilmore Museum – (Washington Post)

The Gimore Museum

Model T Driving Lesson

The excellent Gilmore Museum in Hickory Corners Michigan is offering Model T driving lessons and one of the instructors is in his 90’s!

Read the article from the Washington Post here, great way to introduce younger people to the hobby. Model T starting and driving are acquired skills. I say this with some experience as I assisted in the restoration of a T back in my apprentice days. This will ensure that the knowledge lives on.

The Gimore

If you don’t about the Gilmore, take a look here, it’s on my bucket list to visit, nearly made it a few years back!

Joe Jagersberger (Rajo Joe) Hot Rod Pioneer

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Joe Jagersberger came to the USA from Austria and began working for Case Corporation in Racine Wisconsin to assist in developing a race car programme.

Whilst working for Case Jagersberger was a regular race competitor including racing at the Indianapolis 500. He continued to race until 1911 eventually becoming victim to a career ending crash after which he spent several months in hospital and resulted in an amputation of his right leg.

Despite his injuries he continued to work at Case as a consultant. He continued to design cylinder heads and other peripherals eventually starting his own company under the famous Rajo brand. The name of the brand was formed from the RA of Racine and the JO from his first name.

Rajo started off by producing spark plugs and various other items. They then moved into producing  performance cylinder heads for Ford Model T and Model A cars.

The first design was the Model 30 which had 4 exhaust ports and one intake port all on the right side of the head. The Model 31 had two intakes on the right and four exhaust on the left. The Model 35C, first known as the “Improved Rajo Valve-in-Head” and later as the Model C had two intakes and three exhausts on the right. The Model A used the stock intake ports on the block. It had two exhaust ports on the right. His Model B two intakes on the right and four exhausts on the left. It came in three versions. The BB featured a higher compression ratio and the BB-R also included two spark plugs per cylinder.

He also offered a modification to the 1941-52 Chevrolet “stovebolt” L6 OHV 15 bolt head, which added another set of 3 intake ports above the 3 originals, to permit adding (an) extra carburetor(s) on a separate manifold.

Jagersberger died in 1952. The company closed in 1980.

Rajo equipment is still very much sought after and command very high prices amongst the traditional hot rod community

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Here on Hemmings are some great examples of  period Rajo powered racers

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1925 Ford Faultless RaJo Racer

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1922 Ford Model T Indy Board Track Racer

There are also some interesting Rajo ephemera items to be found on sites such as eBay

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Sources Wikipedia, Hemmings, trackforum.com

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajo_Motor_and_Manufacturing

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Jagersberger

 

 

 

 

Did Henry Design the Model T as a Multi Fuel Vehicle? – Hemming’s Daniel Strohl

Interesting article from Daniel Strohl at Hemming’s.

Fact Check: Henry Ford didn’t design the Model T as a multi-fuel vehicle

Fact Check: Henry Ford didn’t design the Model T as a multi-fuel vehicle

Was the Model T designed to run on Multi Fuels?

Read on here

 

Steam Rally at Picket Piece Hampshire

Visited a steam rally at Picket Piece in Hampshire and spotted a couple of interesting vehicles.

The first was the 1912 Stutz that often frequents these events

The second was a nice old driver Model T

 

 

HISTORIC VEHICLE ASSOCIATION ROAD TRIP CENTURY CELEBRATION TOUR FROM DETROIT TO SAN FRANCISCO

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The Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) celebrated  America’s Road Trip Century by following Edsel Ford’s epic 1915 journey from Detroit to San Francisco. The HVA will be driving a 1915 Ford Model T that is similar to the car Edsel Ford drove. The event incorporated the centennial celebrations of the Ford Estate at Fair Lane and Panama-Pacific International Exposition the historic departure and destination points for Edsel Ford’s trip. Follow the trip here. H J Caulkins Jr created a limited edition leather bound souvenir book documenting the trip, not many copies still survive, some pictures can be seen here and here

 

 

Spring is around the corner

The weather is getting more spring like by the day which means those of us with limited workshop space can start working on our jalopies. I’ve spun the coupe around so that I can remove and clean the sump out. Also I can hopefully get the front axle removed and get the kingpins, brakes, dog bones  and all the other front stuff whilst leaving the car in place. But as you can see, space is a bit tight 🙂



The River Rouge Plant Dearborn MI

Looking at some old photos of my visit to the River Rouge Plan in Dearborn, the place where my A was born!! The 20 millionth Ford which happened to be a Model A was included in the display ( a 1931 slant windshield Town Sedan 160B) A video can be found on the excellent Ford Garage Website which can be found here

 

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