Had a fan blade brake today.
Driving too Fast again?
Dean, You sure are right there. I'll take Luck any day.
I will blame it on fan bushings needed to be replaced. Vibration fatigue.
Good luck is nice when you get it! Checking fan blades often can often prevent such need for luck. That said, it truly IS amazing how quickly a crack can form and go from unnoticeable to flying debris!
Had a friend loose a blade on his '14 fan on tour at the Ponca City Ok. tour years ago. It vibrated bad. Just broke the blade off the other side and continued on tour.
I just cut the fan belt and continued on my way to visit my 99 year old Mother .
The Model A world has a great after market one piece aluminum fan for those that do a lot of driving. Is there anything similiar for the Model T available?
Lang's, (and others), carry a new fan blade just like Dean's, (except not broken ;O) ), for about $13. Very high quality and even comes nicely powder coated. Best deal in town.
Suggest all Model T owners inspect their fans for this common type of fan blade fatigue failure. Fortunately I caught this one on my car before it launched.
I just replaced the fan on my roadster after finding a cracked blade. I looked at several used fans and all but one had cracks. I bought a new one. PK
It happened to me too. The loose blade tried to come thru the side of the hood then wedged between the belt and top pulley breaking the yoke and dropping the fan on top of the crank pulley. The loose blade continued up to the top of the engine and landed on #4 plug, shorting it out.
Wow, I have never checked either of my T s sounds like something I better do this weekend. I know model A s are bad about it too. I just didn't think about it. To many new things on T s to figure out I guess. Thanks Tim
I think the whole problem started with that water pump. . . . .
(Hey, someone had to bring the subject up!! )
I think most of us are going out now to check our fan blades!!
That large aluminum crankshaft pulley (with the allen screw for tightening ) makes a fan spin a lot faster, therefore the blade can cause more damage. I also had a blade punch a hole in the hood. I don't stand in line with the fan when the hood is open.