Adjusting The Model T Ford Transmission and Clutch

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.

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