Is this a license plate bracket? Haven't been able to find one on the parts suppliers websites, and I want to be sure to install my springs correctly. If it's a plate bracket, the flat should face the outside. Just want to be sure I've got the springs on the axle facing the right way! Thanks!
No that is not correct. Looks like a bolt going through the bottom tank on the radiator holding that plate. The license plate bracket mounts to the bracket holding the spring to the cross member.
Or depending on year
Thanks. So, just to confirm, the flat faces the rear so it can bolt to the radiator?
It should not even be there on a stock Model T for any year. The only brackets on the radiator at the bottom will be the ears that mount it to the frame. Even if you are building a speedster you still would not want something going through and hanging off the bottom tank like that. Even just the license plate will cause flexing and will soon develop a leak. I trust there is a tube soldered in that lower tank, it should not be there if it is. If there is a tube you will have to live with it or get it fixed.
Think that that non-Ford bracket is part of a 'steady-steer' accessory, where springs or rods went to stabilize the tie rod for steering.
You should remove that.
Only the spring bolt in the center should be under the main leaf.
The license bracket fits to the front crossmember engine bearing/clip.
It may be a steering accessory bracket; not sure as I didn't disassemble it. Probably why I haven't been able to find any information on it. Nothing I've been able to find shows how it would mount to anything, really. Thanks for the help.
Maybe it was used to hold the springs when painting. Looks like it would have to be removed for the spring to be installed. The "B" part in the above image fits where the bracket is.
I've removed it from the spring. I'll keep it, just in case it's for something important that I'm not seeing right now. Can always put it back on!