I stuck 19 inch wheels onto my Montana 500 car.
More pep but less top end.
They look funny
Why indeed? Really just a matter of expediency. Here is the long story: I was inspired by Clayton to build a gow job, but I wanted mine to be more along the lines of Multy Aldrich's or Gabby Garrison's.
So, the first thing I do when I build a car is to do the rear end. This rear end is ultimately for my gow job. But, I have decided to go through the drive train of my Montana 500 car. After 5 years and around 7000 miles, I want to "freshen" it up a bit. I plan to go through the rear end this year and the motor next. So, anyway, in order to be able to keep driving my T, I slapped the gow job rear end into it.
It works really good. It has 19" Chevrolet wheels and some kind of outside brakes.
I don't know who made these, but they are slick. Easy to install and self-energizing both forward and in reverse. I have them hooked up to the parking brake lever, but have been using them as service brakes. They are fabulous.
Did the Model T 6 bolt pattern fit or did you re-drill your hubs?
Tom, I like the wheels. As has been said many times, one should be able to do as one likes with his own vehicle.
I miss having you "down the street" i.e. a short trip from Coeur d' Alene for advise and expert repairs. I now have the only Model T within a 100 miles so I'm on my own but I've sure learned a lot about how to maintain my T. Life in the AZ desert is good.
Ted, I made adapters for the rear. I used a hunk of aluminum as a spacer. I turned the center to the size of the T hub snout, and then turned a step to center the wheel.
The brake drum and hub are then rebored to the Chevy pattern with the super-spacer on the Bridgeport.
The back of the spacer is counterbored for the hub.
The brake drums are bolted on with 3/8" bolts, but the studs, which go all the way through really hold it all together.
The fronts just use Chevy hubs, which go on with no modification.