I found the easiest way to install Kevlar Bands, is to enlist the help of my very good friends Paul & Ken LeBlanc. Last night Paul came over the house and installed the new bands, springs (Langís #3425BQ), band adjustment washer & nuts (2), in less than two hours. He also swapped the brake pedals from my í26 coup to my touring, so at some time later I can add disk brakes to the touring car. Kenís contribution last night was lending us his brake changing tool and rivet setting pliers!
With friends like Paul and Ken life is good & easy!!!!
Paul LeBlanc installing new bands
I also added new wheels with shinny hub caps!!!!
Paul needs more practice. The Ford service manual says changing the bands should take should take forty minutes.
I did mine in only about a week.
Thats lightning fast Steve. My buddy has had his bands ready to install for 10 years. Meybe this spring
Hey Dallas, why not help your friend to finally do the installation - could be fun if he provides some beers
Are Paul & Ken available to come to Florida?
Steve, Paul did it in less than two hours, including changing & installing brake pedals, riveting Kevlar bands and checking front end play. He also installed clip to hold my tail light in place, which I was unable to do myself. I figured, as long as he was in the garage I might as well take full advantage of him being there!!!!
Now I can start doing some happy motoring this spring,
Dallas Landers, if I was the one doing the job I wouldn't be as fast as your buddy,
G.R.Cheshire, I'll ask them Thursday night when I see them.
Roger Karlsson, it didn't cost me any beers, but I did treat Paul to some of my home made Beef Stew and he did have a second helping. Told me Beef Stew was Ken's favorite and he was going to rub it in on Thursday night.
Roger, Im ready when he is to get it done. Need someone to run around with. The other just run off
Would Paul like a couple of days in sunny Florida as a break from winter? I have a few T's that could certainly use him!
I would never have my cars on the road as safe and dependable as they are with out the kindness of strangers -- and they don't come any stranger than Jerry Van!!!
Seriously, I am by no means a mechanic -- I'm more of an historian -- and without the help of others, particularly, Jerry, I don't think my cars would be as good as they are.
Old car folks are particularly helpful, but, in the six or so years I've owned my '14, I have found Model T people to be more so.
Steve Jeff a day but then beer breaks slow one down a little
Val Soupios, I will pass along your invite to the LeBlanc brothers Ken, Paul and Steve, without them I would not be driving any of my Ts!!!!
Marty Bufalini, I agree with you 1000 percent. I always recommend that everyone join their local Model T club, the members are always ready, willing and able to help keep other members car on the road.
Hi Warren. That's very nice looking touring car. Cheers, John