I spotted something that I'd never noticed while changing the oil yesterday: The transmission cover is an aftermarket, which incorporates a fitting for the outside oil line. The cover is stamped, "Ford Faithful Oiling System". There is a separate part beneath the cover which incorporates a filter screen and a sludge trap.
Is the Ford Faithful a fairly common accessory ? I keep noticing little things like this even though I've been exposed to this car for years. Probably because it's the only T I have any experience with. So out of the ordinary things don't catch my eye like they would a person who has worked on many different T's.
Correction: I think the more correct term for the part I'm describing is "Transmission Inspection Cover".
It was a good accessory that seems fairly common. There have been several discussions where they've been mentioned, here's one: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/179374/243712.html?1319856427
Well actually just a mention of it in Wayne’s post at that link . . .
Here's a link to a Accessory of the day post.
The Old Faithful Oiling System is a good way of transferring oil to the front of the engine. I made some modification to the input plate by adding a plastic input plug to fix oil flowing into the engine stopping oil leaks. Also add a quick disk-connect the top which helps in the removal of the tube from the cover plate.
The Old Faithful Oiling System modification to the input plate is attached below:
Many years ago, I knew a lot of people that had the Ford Faithful oiler on their Ts. You could find them at nearly every swap meet and most people I knew (including I) had at least one hanging in the garage.
These days, they seem to be difficult to come by, and it has been 15 years since I had one. I have a couple something similar, but no more Ford Faithfuls. Something I will look for at Auburn Sunday.
Some of the oilers that mount higher up around the flywheel are actually better for moving oil up front on a hill. But a Ford Faithful does help.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Pardon my being nieve but is that lower piece that Art is showing a homemade item or part of the ford faithful oil system?
The lower piece is correct, and is made to fit both the 3 & 4 dip pans. The same company also made the Sure Feed Oiler, which is similar. There are a lot of fittings in the picture that are not part of the original setup.
One thing that hasn't been mentioned about the Ford Faithful is that the "reservoir" of oil formed by the device dumps as you loosen the inspection cover bolts. So be sure to place a pan under the rear end of the transmission unless you enjoy having a goodly size oil puddle on your floor. I change the oil just seldom enough to always forget about the pan until it's too late.
The original FORD FAITHFULL OILER back in the T days was made in Pasadena. They were stamped steel.
The cast aluminum ones were made in the eighties in Auburn, California in a high school shop, I believe.
I knew the man who was in charge of the program and he sold them at swap meets and advertised them in model T club newsletters, etc.
He said it was too much work to make the stamped steel ones like the originals, so they just designed their own and cast them.
I can not remember the man's name, but I'm sure Wayne Sheldon and Erik Barrett does.
He also sold new Ruckstell shift knobs.
Does this feed the front bearing the way the external oil line kits sold today does? It seems like an easier installation than the other type. Are any mods needed for the pan end/outlet piece?
Another thread on the "Ford Faithful" oiler:
I had not heard about the ones made here in Auburn. Then again, I have only been here about ten years now.
Dick F does mention a good point to remember. I remember cleaning up that oil mess a few times. Back in the '10s and '20s people didn't worry about spilling oil on the ground. It helped control the weeds.
The piece that bolts up under the pan cover just puddles oil by the number one rod which in turn splashes it around the front of the motor including the number one main bearing. Those were made in several variations and similar ones were used by other after-market oiling accessories. I have seen them made for three-dip pans only, four-dip pans only, and as Larry S says, ones made to fit either three or four dip pans. I have one of those hanging on a nail in my shop.
A few times, I have simply tapped a fitting into the side of the pan at the front (side near the bottom). Less in the way when checking rods. I never really liked the "bolt under" item anyway. They tend to leak.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
I have a cover and the special threaded nipple bolt , make me a best offer.
The fitting above on the right is made for a mag post oiler.