Whitefish, Montana, USA - preparing for the Montana Majestic Mountain T Tour
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    We spent most of the morning tracking down a rod that would fit the engine of the T.  Part of the problem, of course, is getting it here.  Our son-in-law Ross Lilleker of Lilleker Restorations had one but, with it being Saturday, getting it shipped in a timely manner would be difficult.  He even offered to drive it to Dallas to a woman flying out to join the tour on Sunday.

    Then Rick Bonebright called.  He had talked with Rick Carnegie of Ford & More, Spokane, WA.  Carnegie had one, was willing to bore it
Driving it Home
Montana Majestic Mountain T Tour
On The Road Again
Yellowstone then Home
Runs great...
  ....Drive it home.
Runs great...
      ....Drive it home.
Day 38 - Saturday, July 31, 2010
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to spec, and send it to Whitefish with his daughter who is coming on Sunday.  If all goes well, we hope to get it installed by Sunday evening and be ready to start the tour on Monday morning.  And, as a backup, Ross will ship the rods he has by UPS.  Having extra rods is like having extra spares.  If you have them, you hardly ever need them.

    Russ Grunwald has been great about letting us use his garage and, when a thunderstorm rolled through yesterday morning, we were doubly grateful.  He was also nice enough to let us use his car when needed (he drove up in his modern car from Ft, Worth) and that was a huge help.  A little before noon on Saturday, our friends Wes and Karen James came by and brought us their pickup to use so we could give Russ his car back.  Wes and Karen live in Bryan in the winter and have a home near here in Montana for the summers.  They are also Model T people and are members of our home club the Texas Touring Ts as well as members of the Rocky Mountain Model T Club here in Montana that is organizing this National Tour.   Having a car gives us the ability to get around up here on the mountain as well as go down into town as needed.  We really appreciate the help we have been given to get us back onto the road.
In preperation for installing the new connecting rod, Ben clean
You can’t tell much about the the tasks ahead from these photog
The No. 2 piston is out of the engine.  The engine is ready to
Almost every Model T owner groans, “I’m too old for this.” when