Been away from the forum a while, but with the Aircraft Carriers out of the shipyard in our area, work has slowed down enough, for me to get back to some of the projects.
A year ago (yes, it's been a while), while driving my 1915 Touring, the rear axle 'locked'. Car started hopping down the road, and in/out of incoming traffic. Luckily, I was only doing about 35mph, and I stayed upright, and came to a stop on the side of the highway.
During disassembly, I found the ring gear, in 7 pieces. 39 teeth on the ring gear. 13 on the pinion. Luckily, one of our local T Club members, had a set of gears, he had in one of his cars, for a short period, then went back to original. So, I have replaced the parts in my rear end.
During reassembly, I was asked 'Are you sure, you want the 3:1 ratio, in your Touring?'
I hadn't given it much thought. Just put back in, what I had taken out.
I never really had any issues, climbing hills, and liked the speeds I was able to maintain on level ground.
Was curious, what you all thought. Keep the 3:1 gears, or go back to what Henry Ford put in there.
I can't figure out the sliding gear assembly, so for right now, it's still sitting on a bench, in my garage.
I asked the same question here a few months ago and got a wide range of opinions.
I put 3:1 in this past spring. I use more low gear as you would think, and the rpm in high is noticeably lower at the same speed. I also put on a set of AC brakes.
I live in a relatively flat area and they fine. If you are driving with other T's, i was told that it will be hard to stay with them if they have the standard set up.
Three to one gears are just fine in a T. Simply shift into low Ruckstell the few times you must do so. It's no biggy. I have had four T's with 3 to 1 gears and a Ruckstell. It' the best of everything. And yes I always have accessory brakes. Almost killed the family before I learned how important that is. I changed the color of the seats.
While on the topic of 3:1 are 3:1 ruxtel the same gears as T 3:1?
Chadwick - same same
I have one of my 3 cars with 3:1. It is a roadster so it is lighter than the touring. It runs along just fine except when starting out on the slightest hill. Must go to Ruckstell/low or it is very hard on the low band. Once it gets rolling, it goes just fine. It actually pulls some hills faster than those with standard gearing. I go about 30 MPH up a 6% grade while the others go about 25 MPH. This leads me to use Ruckstell when going uphill on tours.
Original Ruckstell 3:1 gears were not actually 3:1. They had a 13 tooth pinion and a 40 tooth ring gear, making a 3.08:1 ratio. For many years, 13/39 ring and pin ions have been all that is available new, but I believe that Chaffin's is now, or soon will be offering them in 13/40 again.
Eric, I had a 13-39 out of my first Ruckstell when I was 14. It had a broken tooth on the pinion, and 3 on the ring gear.
Both gears were stamped Ruckstell.
Thanks for the clarification. I thought I remembered something was different and as I loaned/gave my 3:1 set to my mom from my ruxtel parts I will eventually have to replace it.