Is it best to store ones T with the parking lever fully forward, "neutral" or engaged?
I don't have a starter, so I store fully forward (in high gear). The rational I have heard is that this squeezes the oil between the high speed clutches out reducing the drag. This makes starting easier and makes the car a little less likely to creep in Neutral.
I am new to Model Ts so listen to those with more experience.
I too was told fully forward for the same reason Joe stated above.
I hadn't considered starting drag. I was thinking it would be best to keep the parking brake fully forward so as not to "load" the spring.
This forum is wonderful... so much knowledge.
You can leave the lever forward, but be sure you pull it all the way back before starting. It can be quite disappointing when the car runs over you.
When crank starting especially when cold, I would recommend parking with the lever in neutral, pulling all the way back before cranking, and also putting a chock in front of the wheel. If it won't start, try jacking up a rear wheel and put the parking brake in the neutral position. In this case also chock the front wheel.
Leaving the lever forward also helps to prevent spring fatigue.
Thanks, Craig. That was my concern.