I'm 18 years old and my first car is a 1919 Roadster. This car has the rear truss support accessory, my question is can I still put the SURE-STOP brakes on the car without removing the truss support? Thanks
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Check out this past thread. It looks like you should have no problems.
Jonathan, If you fit the brakes first, and then find you can't fit the truss rod, it really won't matter. On today's roads with today's use, a truss rod is not really necessary on the back axle of all but the earliest cars.
Hope this helps.
Allan from down under.
While I like the look of the axle truss on an early car and I understand that some of the early (read weaker) rear axles can benefit from the installation, I must ask: "How do you jack up the rear of the car with the truss rod in the way?" Special jack? Special fixture on a regular jack? Remove the truss rod? Pictures, please. Inquiring minds want to know. Bill
It's not recommended to jack up an early car at the diff. Better to place the jack out near the wheel.
Yes, Gene I have read that. How do you put a jack under the outer end of the axle, near the backing plate with the truss rod clamp in the way?
Likely depends on what style accessory truss rod you have. Many are beefy castings, wouldn't hesitate from lifting mine with a jack at the underside of this bracket. If you have a flat tire, ya gotta lift it!
Here is another style on an original '13.
Thank you for the pictures, they help me understand where or how one might place a jack to lift the car. I can see that with the style shown in the second and third photos, clamped to the axle tube, there is room to place the Ford jack under the outer casting and have a secure lifting point. The style shown in the first picture, clamped to the outer casting, gives me pause as I envision little contact between the underside of that clamp and the saddle of the Ford jack. Hmmmm. Thanks again for the pictures. Bill