Hey all, after a good cleaning I see there is a ton of brass on my oil pan. Was this used at the factory as a sealant around rivets and whatnot or would it have been added later to deal with leaks?
Tim: You could have a problem with the triple gears wearing. The brass could be from there.Is the transmission noisy?
Normal. Ford brazed the pans to seal them up. not to worry.
Tim , this is how they did it in the factory .no problem .
He is asking about the outside. Yes there is typically a bunch of brass on the out side. They were not to tidy about it's application when doing the pans.
You can see some of it here. Yes, quite normal.
Yes its normal, should look like they slopped it on with a mop.
Tim this is a good example of how building T's was done at the factory.
We have a tendency to restore our T's better than what Ford built them.
Ford wasn't detail oriented to the point we are today. His T's were reliable and built for the times but he also was interested in building for 'the masses'.
Most every engine pan you will see brass slopped on as yours in one slop or another!
Most all T's as they came off the line were good 10 footers. (Looks really good from 10Ft)!!
Here is a page from the book " Ford Methods and the Ford Shops".
Just one page of the 62 operations required to produce the crank case. The chapter is titled " Crank - Box Press Work and Annealing Operations."
Regards, John Page, Australia
Another picture from Ford Shops. Slopping on that bronze! Stop those oil leaks. Sort of.
Neat picture Dan! I always wondered how Ford did it.
Motorcycle frames were built that way too. Ralph Cherry was restoring a De Deon Bouton Dose Dos for Vic Tanny and when he removed the paint from the frame, there was the furnace brazing.
Worst brazing I've ever seen and I'm pretty crappy at it myself. After 3 T's and thoroughly cleaning 3 engines I realised the bird droppings or stalagmite look was normal. I feel sorry for those poor buggers on the line back then. The cash was OK but it must have been killing work.
they saved all the nock out from the rad fins to use as brazing for top sockets .they just heated them red hot and poured them in . charley
"Slopped it on with a mop" pretty well describes what I'm looking at. Thanks guys.
Considering how many they were running through they didn't have time to be neat. KGB
Don't grind it down either! A lot of over restored cars have done that.
When I was restoring my first T, a 15 touring, I was sure some amateur had done a cobble job replacing the arms on the pan, learned later that is just how it was done. Makes it a lot easier for the likes of me to repair some of these parts!