ID this brake rod?

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2014: ID this brake rod?
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Steve Jelf, Parkerfield KS on Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 02:52 pm:


The rear end has the pre-1920 forging.


The front has the early forged clevis.


The rod is not bent to go over the radius rod. So far I haven't found a reference that explains what year this is.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Wayne Sheldon, Grass Valley, CA on Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 05:14 pm:

Clearly, it has been welded about one inch ahead of the clevis end. So likely it was modified at some point and lost its offsets.
On the other hand. I seem to recall reading on this forum recently, that the offset to clear the radius rods was added sometime during 1909. So, maybe it is an early '09? The forging does look slightly different than the rods I have.
I would say, provided that weld looks really good and strong, carefully bend the rod to match a typical later rod and use it. The truth is, most clevis end rods were welded about there originally. But I have not seen any sign of a weld on my original forged-end model T rods. I have welded several rods for various vehicles over the years in order to repair them. At first, I was unsure about doing so. Until after I examined about a dozen original rods (model T, model A, and other things) and found nearly all of them were originally welded.
Just my observations.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Layden Butler on Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 05:22 pm:

Someone shortened a 1919 truck rod?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Royce in Georgetown TX on Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 06:13 pm:

It is not 1909, early or late. I think Layden might be right.

People repurposed Model T parts in all sorts of imaginative ways. You come across all kinds of things that defy explanation.


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