Replacing the Fourth Main

Replacing the Fourth Main

The fourth Main (Ball cap) has leaked since I first installed the engine in our Model T Pickup fifteen years ago.  This year it has been washing the grease out and the U-joint has been thumping so I decided to replace it.  Fortunately I had a ball cap (4th main)...
Ruckstell

Ruckstell

On the way home from our recent camping trip the Ruckstell quit working.  It wouldn’t engage – just went to neutral. Ruckstell neutral means no gears and no brakes. Nothing sounded broken so I figured the lock plate must be spinning.  It has been over 15...
Front End Wobble Revisited

Front End Wobble Revisited

It was embarrassing pulling into the show and shine last week.  Hitting the slightest bump sent the front wheels into a death wobble.  I used to be able to tame the tantrum by turning the wheels sharply but last Wednesday the only option was to accelerate to more than...
Model T Bendix

Model T Bendix

In 1910 Vincent Bendix, an American born entrepreneur invented and patented the Bendix starter drive which made the electric starter practical for internal combustion engines. The Bendix engages the pinion gear and ring gear at near zero rotational speed while at the...
Trailer Hitch

Trailer Hitch

Here is what I did to add a hitch and a spare tire hanger to our 1926 Model T Roadster Pickup. The hitch receiver is bolted to the U-channel that forms the rear frame of the pickup box and to the back part of the subframe that forms a support for the pickup box. On...
Dangerous Liaisons

Dangerous Liaisons

It was the dog days of summer following the Second World War. To break the tedium of a lazy Saturday afternoon Bob and his buddy decided to tune up the loose front end on their “cut down T” project.  The steering linkage was badly worn so they sorted through the junk...