Nickel Levers and Steering Case

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Adam Corts on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 12:16 pm:

Questions concerning an Early 1922 Touring

I had a question about the spark and throttle levers. Are they supposed to be nickel plated (might have been Zink) the entire length from the lever end at the quadrant to the other end in the engine bay?

I guess the steering gear case is also nickel too. What about the steering wheel nut and quadrant itself?

What else was Nickel on the 1922 Touring. (I know it might have been Zink in 1922 but I think that is a change I can make).


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Herb Iffrig on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 01:35 pm:

I think the levers were never zink.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Adam Corts on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 03:06 pm:

Herb, Here is the info from the encyclopedia:

THROTTLE AND SPARK ROD EVOLUTION
(These are the hand controls on the steering column)

7-14-16
Redesigned again. Copper and nickel plated and polished, for use on 1917 cars.

5-5-19
Specified to be zinc plated and polished.

7-27-26
Changed finish from zinc plate to nickel plate.




How far does the plating go down the rod is it the full length?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Tex Holtby on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 04:49 pm:

Adam, I have two 25's and had both levers, steering gear cases, covers and cover screws nickel plated. The nickel plating on the rods extends into the steering gear case area only. I used a wire wheel to clean up the rods where they protrude from the column on the engine side of the firewall & then clear coated them. I am very happy with the outcome. If I could figure out picture posting I'd show you the outcome!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Adam Corts on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 05:01 pm:

Tex, So the Nickel only goes as far as the steering gear case then the rest of the rod is painted black or remains natural?

Thanks for the help.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Tex Holtby on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 08:06 pm:

Remains natural is my understanding - and how I did mine. Tried to attach a pic here but having trouble resizing to allow it to upload. I can send you a pic if you PM me with an email. Tex


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mike Walker, NW AR on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 10:30 pm:

Adam -- The lower part was not painted black, it was bare steel. It you paint it, you cannot get the lever arms and other little spacer pieces to slip over it. After you get it all assembled, you can clear-coat the rods and steering shaft as Tex did (so did I). The clear-coat is not "authentic," but it helps keep the parts from rusting. :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Adam Corts on Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 03:28 am:

Thanks for that info Mike and Tex. I did not know that. Someone must of sprayed some black on them as they were assembled in the car. I think I will try to get them plated and then clear them, as you and Tex suggested.


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