I JUST PURCHASED MY FIRST MODEL T. ENGINE NEEDS MAJOR WORK...ANYONE KNOW GOOD MECHANIC IN NAPLES, FL. AREA WITH MODEL T EXPERIENCE? ENGINE BLOCK PROBABLY IS CRACKED SO ALSO NEED SOMEONE TO REPAIR BLOCK/REBUILD ENGINE. ANY IDEA OF COSTS FOR REBUILDING THE ENGINE? ANY ONE KNOW OF A REBUILT OR GOOD CONDITION REPLACEMENT ENGINE AND COST?
Here is a 26 engine assembly that would drop in your 25. There is one bid and 10 hrs before bidding ends. I have no connection with this sale, just stumbled om it last night.
Does your engine run? Can you feel compression when you turn it over with the crank? Why do you think its cracked? Have you really done a thorough exam of what you have? It could be your problems are smaller than what you think?
You should be able to buy a completely rebuilt engine and transmission assembly for about $3000-$4000.
Ted is spot on.
In my opinion- if you are going to the trouble of R & R
on an engine - tranny - differential you should be 100%
certain it is in good operating condition.
Thanks for your info/observations. car starts but only runs at idle and then runs rough. Two cylinders fill with oil and foul spark plugs after repeated cleaning and gapping of plugs. Oil cap blows off when car backfires. Haven't yet pulled engine to check cylinders, pistons and rings.
You can do a lot of checkups with the engine still in the car. Sounds like bad rings at least. Has it been sitting a long time? Sometimes the rings starts to seal better after running it hot after it has been sitting and gotten stuck, but you certainly can't count on it..
Start with simple stuff first before pulling the motor.
If you are not familiar with Model Ts, you may just be overfilling the crankcase with oil.
The engine should not backfire if the ignition timing is adjusted correctly and/or the fuel mixture is properly adjusted.
Find someone local to help you and see if you can borrow a good set of properly adjusted coils if you already don't have any.
(Message edited by Erik_johnson on April 27, 2016)
You may indeed need an engine/transmission rebuild, but maybe not. I agree, before you start dismantling the thing check the easy stuff.
But first, this will fill you in on some useful sources of knowledge: http://dauntlessgeezer.com/DG80.html
As for something simple to do, here's one: http://dauntlessgeezer.com/DG97.html
There's a lot more, of course. Here's an extensive rundown from Milt Webb. You may not need all of it immediately, but it's a very good explanation of the things you should check. http://dauntlessgeezer.com/DG93.html
One of our favorite sayings: Welcome to the affliction.
By the way, you didn't specify what Model T you have. Advice sometimes is specific to certain years or body types.
Since this your first T I would check out the engine first as others have said. Get the Ford service manual at the very least. There are other books available on the MTFCA website for every aspect of a Model T.
Using the manuals along with the information from the web sites mentioned will really help.
Put the Model T service manual by your easy chair
and read and refer to it from time to time.
You could have a diamond in the rough!