For those of you who didn't know or those like me who forget, The later cars have a felt for the emergency brake cross shaft that could use a little oil now and then. I thought I would take a picture while I'm replacing my felt( the fuzzy gray thing on top of the frame rail). The later cars had a square hole in the bracket and earlier had a smaller round hole. Early early brass T's didn't have any nor a hole in the frame to oil though.
If your T has been sufficiently oiled recently, please disregard this reminder.
Thanks Richard, I did not even know about this section of the Model T. I wonder if my car even has the felts . . .
When did the square oil hole in the brackets begin to appear?
A hard FELT thanks Richard for bringing this up! I'll be checking our 4 T's cross shaft mounts out for the proper felts later today. :-)
Hard Felt. I get it.
I have seen two cross shafts with the cast or forged cam arm using the large square hole and one later pressed steel arm with the smaller round hole. My assumption that the square was later may be wrong. This probably has been discussed here before but I didn't search for it.
I also believe as early as '13 and '14 frames had the oil hole between the mounting holes.
My '18 TT has them. When I took it apart in about 2003 it looked like the last time they had been oiled was upon assembly in '18.
When I first discovered these holes in the coupe and in the fordor I plugged them with felt. I did not know they originally had felt in them. I oil them when I add grease to the u-joint and drive shaft bushing.
Oiling my first T years back I had the floor boards up and said to myself there has to be a better way to oil the shaft than squirting oil at it from below. There were no holes in the frame. I thought. Wether the felts were rock hard or just plugged with dirt I don't know but I couldn't see them until I started digging. Bar oil for them as they just pee eng. oil on the floor.
When I'm under a T I oil everything that moves.
Unless the cross shaft bearings are tight.......yeah right......I just squirt some oil on the ends.
I'll guarantee more oil gets in that way than through a tiny felt wick.......assuming the wick isn't harder than the frame that is.......