I just bought a pair of timing gears (by accident) that seemed a bit more expensive than others I've seen advertised.
They were made by Dan McEachern. Are they worth the extra cost vs the gears sold by other manufactures? If yes then why and also is there a problem with using a bronze timing gear from Chaffin's with a brand X crank gear from say Lang's? To me it shouldn't make any difference but I don't have enough experience with Model T's and the various vendors yet to make a knowledgeable decision. Can anyone advise me on this?
I don't know what the quality or pricing is for other gears. I can only speak for Dan's gears which are very high quality and the gears that I use. I believe there are 2 choices for crank gears, heat treated & un-heat treated. I suspect the cheap ones are soft.
As for Chaffin's gears, I haven't used them but I have great respect for his products. I'm sure they're good as well.
Dan's gears have a great rep. That's what's going in my 1923 touring's engine rebuild.
One plus for using both gears from Dan. You can be assured they are cut right and matched. Changing the gears is not something you want to do every day, so IMO that's worth a little more.
Sam, sorry for your accident, but for $25, I'll relieve you of your "mistake." Happy to help out!!
For the most quiet and long-lasting operation, always use gears in a set in which both (all) were cut on the same machine.
If I could afford to, Dan's gears are the only ones I would use (the bronze big gear). Since I am broke, I only use good original steel gears, at least until I run out of them.
Dan's gears have the best reputation. That being said the Model T timing gears are not rocket science and mixing or matching gears from two different manufacturers should cause no problems. I used a new steel crank gear I bought from Wards or Sears in 1962 with an aluminum time gear I bought from Bob's in 2001. They worked fine.
Our Bronze gears are made by Dan. our crank gears are made by Gearles. They work just fine together.