Levers and a Model T

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2016: Levers and a Model T
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Fred Dimock, Newfields NH, USA on Friday, May 27, 2016 - 04:34 pm:

My Model T has levers for timing and gas but I am talking about something else.

For years I have wanted to know how much my hack weighs and I finally figured it out.
I got a hanging scale from work that goes to 300 pounds and used a 6 ft 4X4, Jack, and engine lift to weigh each corner of the car.
I used the Jack as a fulcrum, carefully measured the beam so the axle was 18 inches from the end and attached the scale between a point that was 54 inches from the same end. Next I used the engine hoist to barely lift the wheel off the ground then wrote the indicated weight down.

After doing all four corners I did a bit of math and came up with 2100 pounds.

Surprise the rear weighs more than the front!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Henry Petrino in Modesto, CA on Friday, May 27, 2016 - 04:37 pm:

Wow Fred. It may have been easier to just drive it to a scale. :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By paul iverson freeport ill. on Friday, May 27, 2016 - 04:44 pm:

Very ingenious!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Tim Lloid on Friday, May 27, 2016 - 05:28 pm:

I am just to lazy for all of that.I would take it to a truck stop scales if there is one near you! Tim


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mark Strange - Hillsboro, MO on Friday, May 27, 2016 - 06:02 pm:

That approach can be done in tension like you did, or compression:

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Henry Petrino in Modesto, CA on Friday, May 27, 2016 - 06:07 pm:

I've also heard that you can outline the tire/pavement contact area with a pencil, then work out total contact area for all four tire in square inches, then multiply the result by the tire air pressure.


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