Good evening everyone!
My name is Stephen. I have been looking at Ts for a long time now for a fun project car. After drooling at some of the nicer torpedos and brass cars on the market i consulted my wallet... it said no. SO I have decided to build a speedster/period hotrod. I have a fair bit of tin knocking experience and have been working on old cars my whole life but have finally decided to build one for myself.
I have found a 26 Roadster that is in OK shape and plan on turning it into something fun to drive in modern traffic. I am looking for advice on what i should do, shouldnt do, would be nice to do, etc. I have been saving up for a while to do this project so i think i have all the $$ i need for my "warm rod" haha
So far here are my plans,
-Remove the fenders
-install drop axle / lower rear member,
-Re-arch the springs for a bit more lowering
-19" steel wheels (model A?) car has the wire wheel hubs, sure i can get a way to mount A wheels on them
For a transmission i was thinking either of a Warford, or a Ruckstell with 3.0 gears in it. Both ways give me an over drive, but i guss with the Ruckstell i wont have "under drive" with the high speed gear in the back. Is this true? opinions on what would work best would be appreciated here.
Here is what i was saving up for. I am going to go with a Rajo OHV (one of the new ones). Going to give the Mfg a call to discuss the rest of the engine. But any suggestions would be appreciated.(cam, pistons, anything i should know, etc) Also going with distributor. Going to get a new radiator, and probably no water pump (good idea? or should i run a pump)
For a often driven Model T, what other things should i look at? Texas T rear hubs? XY adjustable pinon bearing?
I plan on doing a tear down of the entire drive train and all suspension components, an "inspect and replace" rather than a total rebuild of everything. What should i look out for?
Any other advice, tips, tricks, warnings, or just to call me crazy is welcome
Just realized i posted in the wrong forum haha....
Seeing as how you live in michigan there might be a few guys that can help u out. Find the local T club and go to their next meeting. Them come back and tell us more.