I finally got the front axle apart, cleaned, re-bushed, painted and assembled in the 1914 chassis. It seemed like a good early axle.
Does anyone else see a problem? I can't even blame Mr. Murphy for this one.
26 / 27 spindles.
Trade someone for a rebushed set of the correct spindles!
Do you have the right steering arms. No vertical offsets? Also the correct tie rod?
Wide track?, Bob
The axle had the correct arms even the hole for the speedometer arm. I didn't notice the spindle position until I was reaming the bushings in the second one. It just shows that after 51 years of "T" experience we can still overlook the obvious. I will change these out at some point in time but the car will sit a little lower until then. The tie rod is correct. After looking for 26/27 spindles you think I would have noticed this earlier. Finding them on an early axle was a surprise. Just shows that anything can happen to these things over the years.
OK, I'm ready for the next problem.
Assembled the axle backward?
Never mind. Lol
Laughing out loud in sympathy!
It's OK. I need a good laugh once in a while and no damage done. I would have been disappointed if several other things had been mentioned that weren't right. Years ago I worried over every little detail but the cars I build now are just pure fun.
I hope every T guy can enjoy their cars this much.
P.S. It's not a wide track but the photo does make it look wide.
So you have the first "Low Rider" ever made a very rare car in deed. Did you add the mag skid plates or the hydraulic lift kit?
Rich -- You might like having the later spindles on the car. I have them on my '21, on purpose. The lower stance isn't noticeable, but the reduced camber is. And the front tires will last a lot longer with the later spindles because of that. So it may not be a problem after all.
Good point Mike. I will be driving it a while before any changes. I will see how it does.
Rich, your car will climb hills better because it will always think it's going downhill!
And don't the later spindles afford one to use the tapered roller bearings rather than the ball bearings too? I'm not sure if you can use the modern bearings on the early spindles, looks to me like you can't.
Question/request: does anyone have the bushing reamer and face cutter they'd be willing to lend me? I have fresh bushings for my spindles, but haven't bit the bullet yet on the $150+ worth of tools I need for a relatively rare job. I'd be happy to pay shipping both ways.
PM me if this is a possibility. If not, I'll just eventually add those to my growing stash of T-specific tools I use once in a blue moon. =)
Tim, I believe either type of bearing can be used on early or late spindles. The inner bearing surface and the threaded portion is the same.