anyone out there know where I might get some diagrams pertaining to the assembly of a 24 T coupe. I have a basket case that had been disassembled
Are you seeking engine info, wood, electrical, body or frame info? Lots of people here who know many specifics and hints.
You put your right bolt in and you shake it all about, you put your left bolt in and. . . .
Actually Vernon, that's a good way to buy one, if you are familiar with Ts, however, it's also a good way to get really frustrated fast! Rouge River's not a big place, but there's probably someone nearby who can help you. Otherwise, post pics here and we'll try to coach you through it long-distance.
For instance, if the chassis is completely apart, we'd probably suggest first putting it on jack stands and check it for out-of-square, and for sags. Then check all the rivets for tight, running board brackets (also known as shin kickers; you'll find out why soon enough! ) for proper position (somewhere on this site is a diagram giving those dimensions).
It's like a house, the frame is the foundation and if it's wrong, the "house" won't go together right.
There are books on various "sub-assemblies" put out by the clubs, they are really helpful.
These are body pictures from Ford Price List of Body Parts, '24-'25 coupe.
While this is a touring body, fun way to see how all the thousands of T parts come together to make one.
I notice this is your fist posting. Welcome to the forum. The 1924-1925 coupes are very similar. There is a lot of information on the body as well as the chassis restoration. I need to run to work (it pays for the food, lights, and car parts). But if you will send me your e-mail address I will send you an article on restoring a 1925 coupe as well as an article on rewooding a 1924ish Canadian coupe which is very similar to the USA 1924-25 cars. If you click on my name at the begining of this post, it brings up my profile and my e-mail address is the third line down. Please put Model T in the subject line and it will be read much sooner. Also note -- if it doesn't go through for some reason the Private Message (PM) feature of the forum works well for me and you could send it that way also.
As other have said and will say -- starting with a drivable car is a lot easier way to have fun much sooner. But depending on your budget, your skills (have you worked on cars or machinery all your life or will this be the first time you are working on a car?), your support group (a wife that wants you to succeed is much more encouraging that one that wants you to get rid of the junk...) etc. you can assemble a T from parts.
I would recommend post some photos so folks can see if the parts look rebuildable or rebuilt alread etc. Also to see if they look like they are from the same car or a mixture of several cars or even several different makes of cars etc.
Joing a local T club will be a great help to you. Lots of folks will let you look at their car or project and the chassis is the same with a few exceptions up until the 1926 improved model when they made many changes to the chassis to make it lower. see: http://www.mtfca.com/clubpages/chapters.htm and http://www.modelt.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5&Itemid=15 for the location of the local chapters. They can be a real source of encouragement and help you as you learn about your car. You may also find a lead on a complete car and that would make things much easier and enjoyable for your first T.
Steve Jelf has an excellent set of books he recommends for new owners on his web site at: http://dauntlessgeezer.com/ with the T section at: http://dauntlessgeezer.com/DG52.html and the recommended books listed at: http://dauntlessgeezer.com/DG80.html
Note there are also free “how to books” on the internet such – see: http://books.google.com/books?id=uKVAAQAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=editions:xR 56bbT2W68C&hl=en&sa=X&ei=tdpWVMi4PMOjgwSAhoC4Ag&ved=0CBcQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=fa lse and there are others – on the net.
Note how to assemble the T is discussed in the Ford Service manual that is online at: http://mtfci2002.readyhosting.com/manuals/Model_T_Service_Manual/mtsm.html and does include the starter equipped cars and even the 1926 -27 “Improved car” features. The owners/instruction manuals are at:http://www.mtfca.com/books/bookmenu.htm and the 1921 would work great for your 1923 car. Also the Ford Instruction Course on that same page the link is: http://www.mtfca.com/books/Course.htm And to help you with parts identification etc. I like Lang’s Old Car Parts on line catalog (you can also down load it as a PDF) available from: https://www.modeltford.com/download.aspx 16 mb so on a slow connection start the down load when you are going to do something else. Many of the photos are in color. Many but not all of the part numbers are the same as those used by Ford. They also have some helpful tips in the catalog. They are also great folks to deal with.
And before I forget -- be sure to verify what year or years of parts you have. It may be titled one year but actually not have any parts from that year. (I've had cars like that before....).
Again welcome to the hobby and to the forum!
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