New to this...recently purchased a Model T and I have read a lot about checking the bands. So what do I look for? How do you know when they are bad and need to be changed?
Howdy Kevin! Tell us more about your T: what year is it, when was last time it was driven, do you know any of its history? Best way to know about bands is just to inspect them. There's a cover plate on top of the transmission with 6 screws (they might be hex bolts) holding it in place. More background and information on your car will help us point you in the right direction. T's are really simple and easy to work on but also really different and they can throw you some curveballs. There are some important safety things to check on any T.
Are you new to foolin with autos or just new to Ts? Also, feel free to post any and all questions you have. There are tons of knowledgeable folks on here who are glad to help. However, a lot of topics have been covered multiple times and its easy to find by typing whatever your question is, then adding MTFCA into google. For instance you could search "How to change bands mtfca" and it'd give you a ton of results that are all threads discussing that topic. Just want to let you know cause it's easier to find info that way sometimes as opposed to waiting for folks on here to reply. But don't let that deter you from asking whatever you want!
Thanks Seth! It is a 1924 and was last driven today. It was owned by my father for the last 30 years and was driven maybe a dozen times while he had it. I'm not new to repairs, just new to the world of Model T's. We've already done quite a bit to it, just not sure about the bands. We have taken the cover off, replaced the screen, just don't know if the bands need to be changed.
It would help greatly if you could post pictures of the bands. If they are cotton and have been in the car a long time it is probably a good idea to go ahead and change them as they may have rotted a bit. Or, if you drove it today and she didn't make any unpleasant noises the bands may be fine. When you go to post pictures make sure photo size is 196kb or smaller, forum won't let you post anything with a larger file size.
The other thing that pictures of the bands will show is how far in the clutch adjustment screw is. You will also be able to look and see if the drums have any grooves at all. If they do that is like a brass rivet rubbing on the drum and indicates the band is really thin there - and should be replaced.