Finally got the 1924 Roadster on the road. Drove it for about a mile today. I've been working on it since my auction purchase in October 2014. Seems to pull well, though reverse not effective up an incline; seems to be slipping. I'm pleased that it starts easily. I just need practice.
I found the reverse pedal extension sold by the vendors is very helpful in allowing full pressure on the reverse pedal without getting your foot tangled up in the other pedals.
Reverse takes more pressure to engage as the band is contracting against the rotation of the drum not with the rotation as with the low speed band.
That is a nice looking car, Wish my 24 roadster was that far along
The reverse pedal extension is a real improvement when using reverse. Especially when you wear size 13 shoes!
As Mark S. stated above it really helps. I bought one for my 21 Touring and after using it I now use them on my 24 Coupe and 19 Runabout.
Without the engine running push the reverse pedal down firmly. If it stops about 1" above the floor boards the band is adjusted properly.
Gustav, if you look down into the opening in the hogshead the reverse drum turns counter clockwise so, the band tightens with the rotation of the drum.
Looks great Phil, Congrats. Take your time and enjoy all the idiosyncrasies that come along with your T. But most importantly, have fun while driving and finding them out. Best of luck with it.
Really, really COOOOL Phil, very nice, you have to be super proud of it, "atta-boy" award.
Phil, is that a turn signal light attached to the top saddle iron? That would be a great place to make sure the driver behind you sees your intentions. Beautiful car!
Nice job! Enjoy the fruits of your labor!
If you are using Kevlar band linings then correct the band issue immediately. Allowing the reverse band to slip in use WILL cause the most vulnerable of the three drums to break. Tighten the band so it will not slip in use. Be sure it isn't too tight or it can drag when not in use and break the drum.
If you have wooden bands then just adjust them a bit and have fun!
Thanks for the replies. I believe the bands are Kevlar, and I'll check the adjustment. I plan to add turn signal lamps on the top rest brackets, and I got the Fun Projects turn signal switch.
The trick is to wear narrower shoes! Since you have Kevlar bands, be sure to clamp the drum tight, or you are in line for a cracked reverse drum.