I joined this forum back in May when I was planning to build a studebaker powered T roadster.. had a very negative response which I fully understand but have to admit to being a little miffed at.. anyway after much thought and not a little luck I have managed to source the running gear out of a T Coop to use on my roadster.. I am now going to build a lakes era inspired T using all T part's.. Clayton Padderson is partly to blame for this with his ongoing encouragement to go all T.. any way folks I just thought I would let you know that I have been firmly bitten by the T bug... going for standard tune to start with and then we shall see what we can achieve...
sorry Clayton.. Paddison...
Welcome back! T's come in all shapes, sizes, condition and tune. I'm sure you will be able to put together a great car that you and others will be proud of. And Clayton is inspiration to many of us. He picked the goal he wanted to achieve and went after it. And like most Ts even after he finished it he even redid some areas to make it handle even better.
Another interesting thing about the UK and other European Ts that used the UK frame parts is how the drop frame parts differ from the USA and Canadian parts (and even from the USA specification parts used in the UK production both the Drop Frame and standard parts appear to have been used with some overlap how much I do not know. The English Ford book [highly recommended for you or anyone else with a UK car or interest in Ts and how they are different in the UK and available in the USA from vendors such as Langs at: http://www.modeltford.com/item/ENGLISHT.aspx or in the UK it is available from http://www.modeltbook.co.uk/ . ] Both styles of parts will work but some of the parts will not mix well for example the DF wishbone will not fit properly with the earlier spring perches. For information on the DF parts please see the great description on pages 153-176 of the book summary shown at: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/331880/375948.html and showing the axles and spindles at: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/257047/290074.html
See also the North West Vintage Speedster site at: http://www.nwvs.org/ for some ideas and http://www.nwvs.org/lawrence-o-hughie-hughes-auto-racing-photo-collection/ for more extreme ideas.
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Welcome back Shaun,
I'm very sorry if you perceived the welcome as negative in your last thread, my attempt at being funny wasn't meant to be mean, seriously.
Here's your last thread: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/331880/361856.html?1368643402
Misunderstandings are much more common when discussing online since we can't see the face of those we are talking with - a thick skin is recommended in all forum discussions. This is the best forum for original T's and also good for discussing modified T's, but there are purists here who may get offended by certain types of modifications. Changing the engine block to something else or anything "rat roddish" would likely get negative responses, I was just trying to prepare you for that
I'm very interested in how the original T's were built and in americana from the early 20'th century in general - but also in how to modify T's to preform better.
An idea to build a '26 roadster gow job like some youth could have done it in the early 30's has been on my mind since I started looking for T parts back in 1986, but it was Clayton's build that really got me off the starting blocks - the current state of my roadster can be seen in my profile picture.
Good luck with your build (any pictures?) - and remember Clayton has a thread over at the HAMB too - what we are doing is a crossover between these forums, but the best knowledge about T running gear parts is right here
Pics please and best of luck. Glad you have "the bug".