With several Model T’s in the garage we get to drive a different one often enough to be able to compare them to each other. I started noticing “hmmm the ’15 doesn’t drive as nice as the other ones.” It was sort of squirrelly at higher speeds. It seemed to dart one way or the other on bumpy roads. Something wasn’t right. I thought about putting the car together about 25 years ago, and couldn’t recall ever checking the alignment. Maybe I never had? With that thought I started researching what the various Model T manuals around here said in order to make a decent job of it.
The front end has several bushings at the steering pivot points and bearings on the wheels. All these things need to be in good condition, greased or oiled properly, and in the case of the wheel bearings, adjusted properly.
Since I couldn’t recall ever checking the toe in on the ’15 previously I decided that was going to be the task for the day. It’s easy to do if you know how. You need a bit of masking tape, a carpenter’s framing square, and a tape measure to check toe in on your Model T.
We spent about half a day checking, adjusting and lubing the front end. After all that work we were pretty greasy so a change of clothes followed a good cleanup.
With the alignment now set properly the car is transformed! It is much easier to drive. The car no longer darts from side to side on bumpy roads. It wants to cruise at higher speeds. Our confidence level is improved. This was a job that took a few hours but cost only the price of a couple cotter pins.