I just started a rebuild of a 1924 engine.
I should like some advice on a few points.
- The camshaft have a fiber timing gear. It is looking good but I wonder if I should change it by an old good iron one or a new nylon or Aluminium? What can I use to clean the old fiber gear ? Is White-Spirit OK ?
- The solid tappets will be change by adjustable tappets but in the past I saw the adjust screw go down in the tappet hole when the valve is closed so the tappets are hard to adjust. Can I grind off 3/8" from the studs the tappets go in??
Thanks, Have a fine weekend.
The fiber timing gear looks good BUT I would replace it with a new Aluminum gear. Others may have different advice.
I used the adjustable tappets with self locking screws in my 21 Touring rebuild.
These are available from Langs. They worked fine for me.
I didn't machine the tappet guide holes on mine.
You can purchase a thin adjusting wrench or grind down one of your own if you want to keep from doing this.
You also can purchase a thin wrench from Langs for this purpose.
Some do machine down the guide holes. You can do that if you prefer.
In any case I would purchase a rebuilt Mag ring since you have your engine apart.
Is that a rebuilt one in the right hand pic?
Have a good day.
Thanks for the advice. Yes the Mag ring is rebuild. I do this myself the way I found in the MTFCA manuel. Sending one to the US to be rebuild and buy one in the US make it triple the price so I tried it myself. I don't make any short cut, take it all apart, clean the copper wires, insulate them and make new coils. The first I did 8 years ago and is still working.
Too nice to put in a dirty old engine.
You should hang it on the wall!
I like the old solid lifters.
They don't get out of adjustment.
I wonder if they looked that good when new? Nice work. Agree with Bob. It would make a hell of a garage clock.
I assume the '24 has a starter and a generator. That's reason enough to get rid of the fiber timing gear. I know, some people have used them for years with no trouble. Yet. But my experience with this one shows what can happen.
I'd go with a good original Ford gear or a new bronze one.
I'm a past member of the "chewed up fiber gear club." It'll stop you real quick! And leave a really bad mess everywhere in the engine. One guy said that the original steel gears were too noisey! You really have to be kidding! I used aluminum; now my T runs quieter than a mouse pissing on a blotter