These units are cast iron. I've seen a lot of these with broken arms from being dropped. Any body have a photo of what the linkage looks like for installing one of these, or for that fact is anyone here running one of these??
I have attached a picture of the one on my 1914 Touring. I will try to see who made mine.
It's kind of a cool thing, but aside from making the timer easier to get to, does it really do anything to actually improve performance of a T engine? Of the 5 "Advantages" listed in the advertisement, 3 really just tell you how easy it is to install and how it's made, having nothing to do with improving anything. The advantages of the other 2 items listed are debatable at best. Even though it's a period accessory, IMHO it's a great example of an item that does more for the seller than the buyer.
As usual, thanks for posting this! Your efforts are truly appreciated.
They must have really been popular, at one time I had a whole box of them I'd taken off engines or bought at farm sales. I think the advantage of getting the timer up out of the water and oil that was always all over everything was worth the cost. Most people today have never fought a T down a muddy farm road with water splashing up all over the front of the engine drowning the timer or water blowing out of a broken off overflow tube on a hard pull and soaking up the timer.
There were a bunch of different manufacturers who made pretty much the same thing but I think Thomas had most of the market.
Victor W. Thomas
Timer Elevator for Ford Cars
Patent number: 1460806
Filing date: Feb 21, 1921
Issue date: Jul 3, 1923
But Henry, it clearly states that it "...corrects all ignition trouble arising from the timer." What more do you need to know?
Well, I would install one if I had that gear and bushing that goes on the cam.
OK - it probably is better on a muddy road.
I have tried to find one, even at Chickasha with no luck, sure none around these parts. KGB
Any timer that would be affected by an oil leak from the camshaft would benefit from an elevator timer maybe that is what they mean by "it corrects all trouble arising from the timer"
Certainly makes it easier to get to and work on.
There are Australian made versions of the Timer elevator as well.
Keith obviously your inability to find one of these is because Jay has them all! LOL (just joking Jay)
I have had a few of these over time, the last one I had got away from me, long story. I would like to have another, I cannot bend over, see, and etc., and they DO make it easier for people like me, that is the main advantage for me when I am tinkering with the timer.
Does that make it a distributor?,couldn't resist.