Speedster with modified front axle-Photo

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2014: Speedster with modified front axle-Photo
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Herb Iffrig on Sunday, January 05, 2014 - 10:19 am:



Do you think they "shrunk" the front axle to get the lowering idea to work?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ed Baudoux on Sunday, January 05, 2014 - 12:03 pm:

Very interesting. It also looks like a brass radiator with a larger top tank, or a dummy shroud up there, to match a higher hood.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Andy Clary on Sunday, January 05, 2014 - 12:17 pm:

looks like the upside down perches to lower it. I wouldn't want to shake hands with the guy that put the kink in the middle of the axle for crank clearance. looks like a pretty early car.

Andy


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ake Osterdahl on Sunday, January 05, 2014 - 01:49 pm:

Is it modified brass radiator, hand crank 1914 or older.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Richard Eagle Ida Fls on Sunday, January 05, 2014 - 02:11 pm:

The rear cross member looks '14 or later. Also looks like an electric tail light. I'll bet he had some hair raising rides in that.
Rich


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kohnke Rebabbitting on Sunday, January 05, 2014 - 02:23 pm:

Looks like Barbed wire to hold the crank up.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Harold Schwendeman - Sumner,WA on Sunday, January 05, 2014 - 04:33 pm:

I'd bet that there's an accessory overhead conversion, or, at least some type of high compression head on that car, because it looks like that hand crank is considerably longer than the stock one so as to make the "hopped-up" engine a bit easier to crank, hence the barbed wire holding up the crank!

That's like so many old photos that Herb, Jay and Erich and a few others post from time to time; the more you study them, the more you see! Thanks Herb,.......harold

P.S. Still seeing more,......interesting that there is some sort of tail light or brake light installed, but no headlights!

P.P.S. Also, that "notch" in the front axle must be because the stock straight axle was too close to the crank because of the way the chassis was lowered.

Hmmmm,.....I'm guessing that the wheelbase has probably been increased a total of 6" or 8" as the lowering method pushed the front axle 3" or 4" forward, and the rear axle 3" or 4" rearward, hence the upside-down steering wheel to add a bit of length to the stock steering.


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