Well, after accumulating parts for a couple years, I finally decided to get them out of the shed and set them out to see what I have. Its all for an early 14 hack/truck style body. I found an original dash plate with the Jan 1914 serial, so that's the date I am going off of. I thought originally I had late 13 early 14 style front fenders, but they turned out to be earlier 13s. Ah well, they are original and will work anyway. My original rear fenders (repops pictured) are on there way and are also 13s. So, its seems to become a wide crossover from 13 to 14. The rear end is all 15 parts. Although, I am going with the later front axle with the lower wishbone style. I still have a few more parts to go. I do have the hard to find carbide generator, its just at my shop for repair. I need to find a pair of correct radius rods and the forged/cast cam on the handbrake lever too. Cant seem to, but still looking. I do have the correct figure 8 shackles, with all original brass oilers (took a while to find all those oilers!). Id like to find a set of taper leaf springs soon, or someday, and will switch out the later ones. I am not sure who made my firewall, it looks like a very well done repro with a hardwood core. I found it at a swap meet in the condition you see, and it was never used. But it sure didnt fair well, so I have to fix it and refinish it. Its a work and collection in progress. As I find better pieces and more correct ones I am switching them out. I hope to get started on the chassis and running gear this summer, and the body this fall. I've been working on my engine.
Reminds me of something off Keystone cops or Laural and Hardy! Esp that first picture. Except for engine and front spring looks like a good start.
Hahaha! Yes it does now that you mention it. I had a front spring, but it had two cracked leaves I did not see. So I am on the hunt for one. I have a nice complete 17 engine and trans I am working on.
Your firewall looks like a wall hanger to me. Cutting the firewall like someone has done, just to save time installing it or removing is not the smartest or the safest idea. Just my opinion.
Looks a lot like "Watch us assemble this model T in 20 minutes or less--Assembly at Noon" displays.
The slot cut from the steering column hole to the radius is how they were produced at the factory. They started that in 1912 and continued through 1914.
Hope that this helps. Bill
Good stuff Benjamin! That is how we do it in Australia. We don't have the luxury of finding complete cars or older restorations so we piece projects together from parts. I have built several brass radiator T's that way and will be soon laying out a heap of 1916 mechanicals to start a new project with my son. I will be sure to post pictures and update the forum fo9lk of progress.
'14's are great. It's nice to see another one going together.
Looks like a good start, Benjamin.
I'd figure out a way to get some sort of industrial strength glue under pressure (maybe in a syringe?) and fortify that firewall.
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Very cool. Looking forward to seeing the progress, Benjamin.
Following up on what Keith said, there are marine epoxies designed to penetrate that might work to stiffen up that firewall if it needs it and if that's what you want to do.
Thanks guys! Yes, I will look into the glue suggestions. It does need some work, but for 20 bucks, I think it was worth it! Especially being made as the originals were.
Warwick: thats kinda how this project started. I found the brass radiator in a friends storage unit. So I am building the car around that! hahaha! It sure would be nice to find an original 13-14, but not in the funds for one, and this is kinda neat just piecing it all together. Its a great learning experience on seeing what all goes into a Model T.
Anyone know of any original or good restored 13-14s out in the Cincinnati, Ohio area? It would be nice to look at them in person. Its hard to go by old pictures for all of it.
Ben: The Model T Haven will send single leaves if you want to go that way. Sorry i can't find the ph. #. Google it.
Thanks Charlie, I did not think of them. I will see what they can do.