A friend acquired and rebuilt a Ruckstell rear end for a 1926 Model T Pickup.
He had to buy a repro shifting lever and rod.
Therein lies the problem, the parts do not seem to go together well and there are two collars with set screws in them that do not seem to belong anyplace. There are two threaded U bolts that appear to be too short for a proper installation. Then too, the lever has to be pulled back to put the Ruckstell in high gear and he would like to push it forward. One more problem is that the battery box is in the way of the connection rod.
Could some one post some good photos of a proper installation or provide a good diagram?
Here is the factory picture.
That shift rod is usually two piece, and you have to bend the new repro one to look like those in the sketch. Original rods are locked together with a solid slipped into the tubing, and riveted. Some are made that way, maybe your rod has outside sleeve and lock screws...seems odd. Internal part riveted would be stronger.
The anti-rattle bracket on the torque tube doesn't
have to be used, found that the repro on mine just caused the shifting rod to bind sometimes.
As for shifting, the Ruckstell lever on the axle is pulled forward to engage Ruckstell gearing, and pulled back to return to non-Ruckstell or regular rear axle gear. Don't know how to change that!
The curve in the shift rod will allow the rod to clear the battery box, the rod crosses over.
And the shifter with splines, for the lever on the u-joint normally allows one to adjust the shift to a nice place, and to allow the shift to not hit the front of the seat cushion or to hit the dashboard in the later T's..
Oops...maybe didn't state that right.
mentioned the little lever on the axle itself...
But for that long lever the driver has.....
that shifter lever in the compartment is pulled back to engage Ruckstell! And you push it forward to get out of Ruckstell.
The booklet that Dan posted is probably original. It really doesn't show the bend for around the battery carrier as much as it should. They were bent there from the factory. I notice the shift rod guide is tilted somewhat on the torque tube. That helps too.
Here's two pictures of the install on the '27 touring. The rod was already bent when purchased the used Ruckstell, and with these bends it clears the battery case, and swings over the torque tube to get to the shift lever on the U-joint.
" the lever has to be pulled back to put the Ruckstell in high gear and he would like to push it forward."
To change that around the shift lever on the Ruckstell would have to be turned around 180º. Don't know how that could be done.
Two ways I could think of; install the lever on the shifter facing 180 the other way, would take some work and the battery box would rally be in the way. Mount a reversing lever on the torque tube. Or better yet, this is how they were made, learn to use it as is.
Are my three T's w/Ruckstells oddballs?
They all have the shift lever low back and direct forward.
Maybe he has the old style shift lock assembly and has the lever installed 180 the wrong way. I think it could be installed several ways as it's a square shaft. Does he have the shift lever on the rear end pointing to the center or to the drivers side wheel?