Hi, I am trying to replace the starter on my grandfather's 1915 model t. I removed the bendix first, per other forum posts, but now can not get the 4th bolt off the starter itself. It is behind the wooden firewall. How do I access it? Thanks for your help!
You are going to have to trim firewall so it will clear.
You are going to have to unholy the body and lift it sufficient to access the screw head and/or cut the corner of the wood firewall to make access easier next time.
There weren't any starters on 1915 T's originally, that's why there isn't access to the screw - you'll have to make a modification (or maybe even lift the front of the body)
Thanks, everyone! We ended up disconnecting the firewall from the chassis so that when we wiggled and lifted the steering column, we could get the firewall up by about 3/4" to give access to that bolt. Now the starter is off and being examined. One problem at a time. Thanks again!
A fellow poster (Bob Coiro) had a similar problem,
and, if you are interested, he can offer you a few tips on how to put the pieces back together...in such a way as to make a possible future removal somewhat easier.
He can be contacted thru the Forum.
Also, see the sketch by Peter Kable on April 15, 2015 in this thread:
I faced that exact problem. _I have a pdf file of detailed, illustrated instructions for tilting the body back on the frame to access that stupid top, outboard starter mounting bolt. _Please send me a private message with your e-mail address so I can send it to you (free of course).
Just cut a notch in the wood be done with this annoying issue
I been there befor
Sounds like she's got it done with minimal effort.
If Henry had CAD he would have noticed the inference problem before sending it to production.
It is most likely Steve Jelf has a special tool for at least part of the procedure!
Fred - Roger Karlsson's Nov 1, 04:48 pm post above pretty well explains why the problem exists and why Henry hand no "interference problem" to consider in 1915,......FWIW,......harold