Howdy from Ks!
I'm with Scout Troop 183 in Tecumseh, Ks, and we are trying to restore a '26 Touring as a troop project. As with all projects, we've had successes and setbacks.
First, I want to shout out to Kevin Fielding for sharing with us a much needed intake manifold and front wheel bearings. That will get us down the road.
Our current setbacks are that one of our front wheel hubs has a structural crack in the outer race, the inner race of the other front wheel is buggered up and won't take a bearing race nicely, and we're missing a timer or distributor (preferably a distributor). If you have parts you'd be willing to donate, sell or trade, please contact me.
Have attached a couple of pictures and will update as we go.
Try contacting Model T Haven 2031 Nebraska Rd, Iola, KS 66749, 620-365-6709, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, they are great and have helped me with Model T parts.
When towing a Model T please don't attach the rope to the axle as shown in your photo this can pull the wishbone out of the socket in the engine pan (big setback) instead attach the pull rope to the frame. be safe and enjoy good luck
Saw the same thing, G.R. It's also a wise thing to 'tie down' from the frame if possible when put on a trailer. That will help to eliminate some 'bounce'.
One items that will cause the hub to split like that is to have the spindles on the wrong side of the car. When the car goes forward the nut as well as the outer bearing (or outer cone for the ball bearing equipped cars) should loosen.
If they are installed where the bearing can tighten as the wheels go forward sometimes you can get away with it for a long time. Sometimes they tighten up and split the hub. Sometimes the tighten up, and the wheel stops turning.
Note if the wheel had been on an axle that was under a trailer -- the same thing can occur.
Also from the photo -- the spokes in the wheel look a little distressed? Be sure they solid before you start driving the car. For rolling the car around to work on it -- the hub and wheel will work ok until you get ready to drive.
Thank you for serving with scouts. They have done a lot over the years to help the world be a better place.
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