Are rear radius rods interchangeable?

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2013: Are rear radius rods interchangeable?
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jim Patrick on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 02:40 pm:

I know there is a right and left radius rods and if they are installed correctly the seam of each will be on the bottom so they will not hold water in their hollow cavity, but if you had to (for instance, if you had 2 right hand rods), would it be possible to use a right hand rod on the left side with the seam on top, or are the rear forks angled slightly differently so as to prohibit this action? Jim Patrick


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jack Daron - Brownsburg IN on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 03:15 pm:

They will fit,but keep looking for the correct one.Wouldn't want that rod to rust out at the most inappropriate time..


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Wayne Sheldon, Grass Valley, CA on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 07:15 pm:

Before about 1918, they were made from an extruded tapered tube and did not have an open seam. They also did not have "sides". Those tend to rust out badly from the inside on the bottom/back end. I have hours of work into ones for my brass era projects.
You could have that open seam brazed up. I did that, (the whole length) in order to repair an earlier one that was too far gone except for the ends themselves.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Tim Wrenn on Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 08:34 am:

Wayne...wow, just learned something new. Will soon check the rods on my '12 and '15 for any signs of weakness, "rust-rot" or whatever. What about drilling a small weep hole underneath the earlier ones without the open seam?
Tim


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By keith g barrier on Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 08:45 am:

I would use it if that's what I had. I don't think many of us drive in the rain or ford many creeks anymore. If I was worried about the water being trapped, I would drill a couple small holes at the down hill end. KB


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Royce in Dallas TX on Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 09:10 am:

26/27 radius rods won't work on earlier cars. And vice versa.


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