The Report function of the forum works well. If you see someone acting up, acting out, or just being an okole, use the Report function. It works! I have it set up so it not only sends me an email, but that email is then marked with a flag, and get's put to the top of my email list. I will try to access/look at the report/topic as soon as possible, but remember, I'm on a six hour time delay, and other mods not only have a life, but a real job as well. k den
Given your preferences, if it were mine I would use a natural cast iron color for all cast peices, the block, cylinder head, timing cover, fan support , and transmission cover (we call it a hogs head). With a touch of weathering it will look great. Call it a 1923 engine as that was the most common year T sold. LOTS of them came unequipped at that time. I'll run out to the barn tomorrow after work and try to get a photo for you. Eric
As for colors there are a couple choices. The standard (or most recently accepted) party line is all Ford engines were body color until mid-1925, when the cast iron parts were painted dark green. So, a 1911 would be blue, a 1909 red or gray and everything from 1914 to midyear 1925 black. As I said, this is the most current information from the International judging community. The rest of this is not controversial. Carburetors are black trimmed in brass. Hoses are red with cadmium plated hose clamps. The fan belt would have been a natural tan color . Spark plugs are white (though i have seen them in lavender) and have a very dark bluish - gray base with brass caps. The exhaust manifold is natural cast iron and the intake and heat pipe engine color. You could also paint all of the cast iron components natural iron gray too. If you need photos of a finished engine or more of a weathered engine let me know.
Looks just right. One last detail I might add would be to add the bolts and fingers that hold the exhaust and intake manifolds in place. Now that you have it this far how are you thinking of painting it?
This Is Most definately a kit car, and quite a nice one. Typically the wheel and tire combination are a dead give-away as are the external exhaust pipes on the drivers side. The same holds true for Duesenberg replicas. If you see pipes on the driver's side it ain't a real Auburn or Duesenberg. The same is not true of Cords which were V8, not straight 8 powered.
Actually a better question is if a starter and generator would be inappropriate. It is fundamental to understand that the Model T Ford was in near constant evolution. That being understood, one could order a Model T with or without an electric starter and generator beginning in 1919, though today you will see many cars built prior to that year (including both of my 1915's) that have been retrofitted with electric starters and generators. This is not a task for the feint of heart as the engine and transmission have to come out and completely apart. In any case, your engine as it is now is a very authentic representation of an unequipped Ford engine. Adding a starter and generator along with the coil box would look good too but if this was my project I'd skip those items. Hope that long winded response helps. Eric