I think this is one of the best accessory parts ever made they work so great we decided to make them, if you ever had to change a fan belt on a hot motor this was the trick
We make these right here in states and have sold tons of these
part # T-3905-SN The crank ratchet pin that is spring loaded, no more pin with a cotter key;
Lets see your favorite accessory, Bob
Mike - That's the only one "Henry" liked!
I don't have a picture but the Pedal extension for reverse and the wider bolt on ones for the low speed and brake pedals. The reverse especially for people like me who wear size 13 boots!
They do make things a little easier.
Since the Ruckstell is already mentioned, my vote for second place is the various higher compression heads. Great addition to get more out of those 20 horses.
The lined brake shoe for the small drum.
The neoprene seals for the axle shafts.
The Ruckstell axle greatly improves the drivability of the Model T, and gets my vote.
For winter I think the Snowmobile conversions gave the T year round use for work especially the Mail and Doctors... next I would vote for the Livingood 4x4 conversion. Although not sold in large numbers it gave the T the ability to traverse any terrain (especially in the times where most roads where horse paths..
The oil screen under the transmission inspection lid that collects all kinds of lint and dirt that shouldn't circulate in the oil is one.
The high volume oil line that taps oil from the flywheel and distributes it to the front of the engine is another.
Bob, I agree with you. I show my 1911 touring and drive it on tours. When I show I have to put on a leather fan belt. The crank ratchet pin with a cotter pin is a pain in the neck to change. Thanks
for making them.
Roger - agree. Those two devices saved a ton of engines.
Wow Robert! In all the years I've been on this forum, I've never seen that 4x4 accessory. How did I miss it?
I know, I know, there's 3 accessories in this one picture. I'd say my favorite is the Bosch Triple Gear drive that lets you run a high tension magneto. It single-handedly eliminated problems with magnets, magneto coil, timer, coil box, and coils. Name another accessory that eliminates as many areas that routinely cause problems. Even a dizzy requires more parts and a battery. The high tension mag adheres to all the same principles that folks like about the stock ignition: hand-crank startable and no battery needed. Heck, it does one better by providing a much more consistent spark at high RPM. What else has such a dramatic improvement on the T?
Motometers are great. They give one more method of monitoring your car's performance, and they look just plain cool.
Another one I'm excited to use this year is the manifold cooker. After a long day of motoring, I can work up a powerful hunger. Not a performance enhancer or anything like that, but definitely a nice addition.
Those are the only two accessories I have so far, but I'm open to trying new things.
I really think the combination manifold is a really nice accessory. I realize that their main purpose "back in the day" was to aid in burning the poor grade of gasoline at that time as efficiently as possible. However, another nice feature is the fact that the combination manifold just about completely eliminates the possibility of a warped exhaust manifold. I'm not sure how you'd explain this,....whether the cool fuel/air mixture through the intake portion of the large combination manifold casting tends to somewhat cool the exhaust portion of the manifold, or, if the hot exhaust tends to warm the fuel/air mixture which passes through the intake and into the cylinders, and which by the way, pretty much ends the old debate about whether or not to use the carburetor heat stove/pipe. At any rate, they run real good, even with modern gasoline, and altho' at least a dozen or so companies made them, I personally like the ANCO (Anderson) and the Wilmo.
Being one of those despised purists, I'd have to go with aftermarket air for my tires.
The older brown New Day timer.
YOU are ALL correct!!!!!
Hal!!! Original AIR?
Sounds like Royce!
Joe in Mo.
All mentioned are great! IMHO I believe any auxiliary brake system is the "best" accessory
I don't necessarily think aux brakes were the best accessory in the day because the design of the T, the roads and traffic conditions were better matched. However, we drive our T's in 2015. Roads are much better and traffic moves much faster. Effective brakes at T top speed are a must now.
The tree-lined back road to no place in particular. The free day with nowhere to be and
all the time in the world to get there. Without those two, owning a Model T is as pointless
as tits on a tomcat.
Looks like we are doing ok. We manufacture 3 out of the bunch. The Ruckstell Axle, Neoprene Axle Seals and the Miles Built Dual Exhaust Manifold. Funny no one mentioned the High Volume Intake Manifold. It is one of our best selling products we manufacture.
You are highlighting my favorite life "accessory". Seems to work well
with any vehicle I own. Never seems to go out of style or lose its popularity.
I think I'll go give mine a go right now.
John, that is an "accessory" starter!
Norm - They're usually quite "temperamental"!
Rear view mirror.
Surprised no one has mentioned the APCO tie rod ends or thee APCO wishbone cap. Both are mighty handy to reduce slop .
It was kind of a 'tongue in cheek' joke. Any time one of us that have been branded with the dreaded "Purist" branding iron raises an objection to someone dropping a V-8 Chevy into their T, we get the smart@$$ remark something to the effect of "Do you use NOS air in your tires? Well then, don't try to tell me what to do with my own car".
Didn't realize a V8 Chevy engine was ever a T "accessory", the title to this thread.
Gary, I was explaining my comment to Joseph.
When I purchased my early 26 touring in CA it had many period correct additions and I am still trying to get all in working order. Bumpers, stop light, vacuum wiper, gas pedal, rubber pedal covers with metal edges and a start-o-matic. I since added period correct light that work for back up with a brake light switch to operate and gas gauge (glass tube near passenger door hinge). An oil can needs the mounting to go under a head bold. It has a running board luggage rack and the step plates should be the last. Does anyone know who can/will repair the start-o-matic? And does anyone have the path for a line to go from the manifold to the wiper. It was on the car in early 60's but I can' remember how it was.
All of the accessories are great and can't pick one over the rest.
Here's a few accessories That would be nice to see reproduced.
Who'd have thought that Christina would make her first appearance on the 2015 Forum under an accessories thread??!! Boy, have I missed her! Thanks John Semprez!
I was thinking that bailing wire was the best accessory for a Model T until I saw John's starter picture and Jay's action cartoon.
I guess I missed the post from Royce about the accessory Water Pump being the best. I am hoping to make Chickasha if weather permits. Maybe I can find a pump there and add to his collection.
I wanna know when Christina is going to do another T photo shoot.
I'm with Seth. Been WAY too long!!
Here's the best Model T accessory I've ever seen. It's a whiskey still in the bed of the pickup--provides fuel for both the Model T and the driver--a real necessity in the Ozarks. I saw this at the Springfield, MO, swap-meet a couple of years ago.
So Rick, did you buy it?
No I didn't buy it--darn it. Actually it was not for sale. It was a member's car put there as part of a display for a local MTFCA Chapter. I don't know who the owner is. It is a very nice un-restored 1925 Model T pickup. I've seen it at several local car events around Springfield, MO.
Don't leave home without it.
Ben Hardeman says, "With a cell phone and a credit card, you can drive a Model T anywhere."
My favorite one is the luggage rack.
(which I haven't mounted yet...unfortunately).
There are a lot of great accessories for the Model T. I bet Jay could write one heck of a book on the subject. Didn't somebody write a book about them? I've heard of such a thing, but cannot for the life of me remember who wrote it. Maybe we'll find some hidden gems in there for this list.
How 'bout a gadget that allows one man to gracefully deploy a 2-man top?
Jared. It was James L. Kenealy who wrote three books on Model T Accessories.
Here's a link to buy all three for $45 on ebay
The best accessory you can put in a T is a competent driver.
Thanks Jay. I knew I'd seen it a few times, either on eBay or on the forum. Just couldn't remember who wrote it.
#3 Sure stop disc brakes
That is MY opinion & i'm sicken to it!