Does anyone have a crank case support installed near the ball cap ? thanks. Ken
This is something I have wondered about, if it was flexible in the lateral, but rigid in the vertical, would it help keep the pan in line?
Had something similar on a '27 Tudor. The guy that bought the car kept asking me about it but I'd never seem one before and wasn't too savvy on T's at the time. It may have been a fix for a damaged or broken ear or just an after market accessory touted to take the strain off the mounts.
I recently installed one that RDR gave to me from his Great Race car. It isn't the cool looking cast alum one but has a plate with a hole on the bottom with a connecting threaded rod on each side up a cast hanger. I tightened up the nut just enough to keep it from shifting around when I drive.
I've been told it's nice to have for safety just in case one of your ears breaks.
I've worried about my ears cause I believe I have a little oil seepage from one hopefully from a loos rivet but possible from a crack. I'll find out then next time I have the engine out but hopefully that will be a long time since I have a Bill Dubats crank now.
Have 'em on several of my T's. They smooth out the engine shakes, snapper and crisp shift to high, and gas mileage is improved....does all the claims say......
One of the pan ears on my 1924 cut-off touring car has a weld repair, so I installed a pan support for extra insurance.
Does anyone think a support at the ball cap area would be beneficial ? Thanks for your thoughts and comments . Ken
Not real sure a 4th main support is needed with the Ford, especially today on smooth roads. If an accessory trans is added to the driveline, then perhaps yes, as more weight is on the bearing.
There was a least one accessory made in the day that fit to the 4th main / ball cap area. You don't see many remaining today, so must have not been a success, you do see a lot of the belly pan type of straps / truss.
Here is link to Accessory of the Day:
Thanks for all the cements friends, Just thinking of some preventative measures for flexing. is that why the 26 /27 T`s bolted the hogs head to the engine block to keep the engine and transmission from flexing ? thanks. Ken
Have 'em on several of my T's. They smooth out the engine shakes, snapper and crisp shift to high, and gas mileage is improved....does all the claims say....
Oh wait....forgot...not the belly strap, its the Hi Power timer...lets me save gas and climb hills my Ford could never climb before
Hay Dan ! I was wondering how a belly pan support could improve gas mileage ? there is a lot I don`t know about the model t so I`ll take your word for it. Ken
Mark, I think the 2 nuts go on the outside of the truss rods,. not one in one out
not too sure but I think I've seen it
I prefer the one in, one out configuration because it locks the bracket solidly onto the threaded rods, preventing relative movement that can eventually cause wear.
I always use one in one out. As mark said it locks everything solidly and no wear on the threads as the car shifts and twists.