I've looked in lang's catalog for the commutator (timer) pull rod and can't seem to find the one for my 1916. But i do see one for the 1921 thru 1925. Does anyone know where i can find this part or part number for my car? Thanks, Robert
Lang's catalogue says 3534B fits 1909-1925 but is correct for 1921-1925. Chaffin's catalogue simply lists it as 1909-1925. But the Ford parts book lists it for 1912-1925. Going by the Ford book, it looks like 3534B is OK for 1916.
Most likely, the timer rod is still the threaded type in 1916.
The original pull rod for your 1916 has a swivel ball joint at the steering column end which is threaded on the rod. Because it is threaded on the rod, the distance can be shortened or lengthened so fine adjustments can be made without having to bend the rod.
Ford eventually simplified the design and eliminated the swivel ball joint. This also would have lowered the cost of producing the rod.
The later style without the swivel ball joint will work on your car. Also, it may be considered safer. The original swivels tend to wear out and the ball can pop out of the socket. When I find original rods at swap meets, the swivels are usually worn out.
I have timer rods that the threads are worn down from vibration. A way to correct this, if the threads are still good, is to use a coil nut as a jam nut on the swivel.
Larry, the one for my car is missing all to gather. I'm guessing when i moved the car from north Georgia down to south Georgia it fall off.