You know where the timing cover and engine pan have semi-circle cutouts which "seal" around the crankshaft immediately forward of the small timing gear? That's not a bearing or a sealing surface. How is it supposed to seal so that oil being slung by the timing gears doesn't gush out?
Richard, I use these rope seals, they work really well.
As with many Model T repairs, there are many ways to do it. Ford used felt up to the improved models in 1926/27, then maybe rope seal. Rope seal was also used on the Model A and it's available from A parts vendors like Snyder's. You just have to cut the larger A pieces a little, works better than felt. Though the felt is included in every complete gasket set.
If the sealing surface on the crank is nice, ground or repaired with a thin sleeve, then you can use a modern seal, glued in place with some gasket cement. A fitting modern seal is available from the vendors - though you must put it in place while the pan is off the engine.
OK, I see the rope seal in there now. It was so hard, flat and dirty when I took the pan and cover off it escaped me. This is my first foray into the guts of a T engine so I'm still learning all the intimate details. Thanks for the point in the right direction.
There are a LOT of T guys and gals in the Metroplex. Start with contacting Royce or Ted, both of whom post here and are very knowledgeable. There is a local chapter of this club in Dallas also. Make your contacts and watch stuff happen. Regards, Tim
Good to know! Thanks, Tim.