From about serial number 900 until the end of Model T production in 1927 (1928 for the TT Truck) the transmission and clutch remained largely unchanged. Earlier Model T’s built in the 1909 model year prior to about serial number 900 had a different operating system that requires some different techniques. For the sake of clarity we will not address the earlier so called “two lever / two pedal” cars in this article.
The Model T uses three pedals and one lever to operate the parking brake, clutch, reverse speed, low speed, high speed, so – called “neutral” (more on this later) and foot operated brake.
Let’s look at a step – by – step procedure to adjust the brakes, bands, and clutch, while we explain the operation of each control. In order to achieve proper adjustment of each component it is important to first of all understand that they are inter – related. You must verify the adjustments in order if you want to have success. Adjusting components out of order will result in poor operation.
In my quest to find out the proper way to restore my 1910 touring there is only one place to find out all the answers. That place is the Benson Ford Archive at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Continue reading “The Parking Brake Lever”
Ford used clincher tires on the Model T Ford from the first 1909 passenger car built in the fall of 1908 until the end of production on the TT truck. There is a lot to know about these tires for the person new to the hobby, and perhaps even for those of us who have been around the block a few times. Let’s examine them and see what we can learn. Continue reading “Time to Re-Tire : Model T Fords and Clincher tires”
When the 1909 Model T Ford was introduced in the fall of 1908 Ford was already the leading car manufacturer in the world. Within weeks of the first Model T being sold there were accessories available to “improve” it. Then as now, there were accessories that made claims that were either partly true or completely untrue. Other accessories offered genuine improvement. In any case they offer today’s Model T enthusiast interesting options to add to the car, or to hang on the garage wall as a conversation piece.