I just purchased a pair of 1926-'27 rear radius rods from Mike Peterson for my '26 coupe. I saw them on ebay listed as '26-'27's and noticed they did not have the adjustable nut on them like the pair currently on my car, but, instead, have a permanent flange, so I assume the pair on my coupe are not correct for 1926 and decided to get the correct pair for my car.
Question. I am a little concerned that the '26-'27 radius rods, being equipped with the permanent flange, will not allow for any adjustment. Has anyone ever found the permanent flange location on these '26 radius rods to be a problem or can I be assured the the location of the flanges will be in just the right location for keeping the rear axle square with the drive shaft housing? Jim Patrick
Some of the early 26's did have the adjustment nut,so you may be chasing your tail. The shoulder ones should work just fine.
I have the shoulder on one of my 26's and it works just fine. Unless you are looking for a correct car according to the date of manufacture, it is not a big issue. In fact it might be better than the adjustable ones. The important thing is to keep the drive shaft perpendicular to the axle shafts. With the radius rods the same length on each side, it should actually be easier to keep that straight, and Henry wouldn't have approved it unless he thought it was better.
Thank you Jack and Norm. Jim Patrick
the 26 -27 radis rods with the 2 nuts are also longer than the 25 and older with 2 nuts.
I think you mean shorter?
I am not an authority to any extent on the "improved" cars. But given the relative numbers I have seen of the '26/'27 rods with nuts front and back vs rods with nuts front only, I always believed that the flanged rods with the single nut were for the later cars, maybe '27 only? I don't know, just makes sense to me. I seem to recall that Jim P's coupe is a moderately early '26 (always was black). I wouldn't worry about which rods it has.
The "two nut" '26 radius rods can be used on earlier rear ends, but they are a bit short. You could wind up with problems getting things squared properly. The beginning-of-time through '25 model radius rods generally cannot be put on a large brake drum '26/'27 rear end as the "V" end does not open wide enough to go around the later brake cam. (I did see one on a car once. I never did figure out how they got it on there)
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
My '26 coupe with matching numbers, 13427770 was manufactured in March of 1926 (I don't know the precise day). Upon dismantling it during its' first restoration in 1970, I found some of the original paint which was black. Bruce McCalley assured me that this was correct as many of the early '26's were painted black, until the old inventories of black paint were used up. Jim Patrick
What ebay listing are Mike's parts under? I haven't seen anything from him for many many months. I have tried Ford Model T Parts,and Model T Ford parts in both parts and accessories, and antique auto parts. Dave
Gunman63. He has a few items up right now.
Search for "model t" 26 then restrict to just ebay motors, that'll filter it down to currently 122 parts - almost all of them suitable for a 1926 Ford, including some of Mikes parts. Just 15 parts listed by him currently, none of them radius rods. But he may still have a few at home for sale?