Filling out the MTFCA safety check list of which 50% is assuring all the cotter pins are in place, got me wondering --- just how many cotter pins are there in a Model T?
Did a search of the last couple of years and didn't come up with an answer although I note the suppliers sell a "Model T Cotter Pin" collection which contains 150 of them.
Anyone ever counted them up??
Mark, in your link, I read with much interest from Richard Gould as how to be perfectly correct both cotter ends should be bent down in the same direction. Makes sense to me, as another posted mentioned how in the speed of production there is no way those factory workers had the time to split and bend the ends in opposite directions.
Naturally, it'd be nice to find some additional documentation on this seldom discussed issue. I haven't even been able to find anything about it in "Bruce's Big Book"!!
Murray Fahnestock states in his book on page 465 there are 95 cotters in a Model T. He maintains cotters should be split but not bent over. The head should be in a flat position not vertical. Ford named the pins cotter keys - not pins.
I'm not certain but, I think I recall once seeing a piece of assembly line video that showed a line worker installing cotter pins on Ts and he was using pliers to bend over the pins one way as mentioned above. It very well could be that Henry split them during early years and switched to folding them over at some point after the assembly line started.
Is this an important issue? Yes it is.
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