Friend of mine bought a touring a number of years back. When it arrived I was looking it over and it had one of those hudco covers. It took almost a tube of RTV to seal it up the gaps were so bad.
Chadwick, if you friend wants to sell that Hudco let me know!
Thanks for posting the link to the six volumes of "The Automobile Trade Journal" and for starting us off in the Ford section. There are a ton of accessories for T’s listed there including one or two that I think mentioned different body companies offering a four door body for the Model T. Those four door bodies fit well with a Sep 1, 1922 magazine. Ford did not introduce his own Fordor bodies until around Dec 1922 an then as a 1923 model year car (ref: http://www.mtfca.com/encyclo/1922.htm under major model year improvements).
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Many of us like the idea of a 20 minute “band change” as advertised for the "Hudco-Ford" accessory transmission cover you pointed us to. I suspect that 20 minutes is still optimistic. But it should be a lot easier than the stock Ford transmission cover.
Note Peter Kable commented that he made a RHD one several years ago at the thread at: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/80257/116389.html?1260069721 I would like to know more about how he did that. Did it take two transmission covers to make the one? And what method did he use to mate the parts?
In that same post, one of the poster’s commented he had two of them – not installed.
And finally the thread also mentioned they did tend to leak but that the same felt used for the transmission cover to the back of the engine with the new silicon worked well for keeping it under control.
CAUTION OT / rabbit trail: Note – all stock Fords 1927 and earlier leak compared to a current new car (ok – I don’t know if the new Morgan Roadster added leaks to the engine to make it more authentic or not. What’s a Morgan? See their wood framed body at: http://blog.caranddriver.com/a-tour-of-morgan-motor-companys-factory/ and since they use current Ford engines they probably don’t leak unless they have been modified…. At http://blog.caranddriver.com/good-show-morgan-plans-to-sell-its-venerable-roadsters-in-america-again/ it commented that they might even be for sale again new in the USA sometime in the future. )
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Thanks Hap for the extra info on the Hudco. If alloy I would want one.
I've done the Morgan factory tour; it's great. They also have (or did have) a car you can rent. All Morgan cars and the 3-wheeler are sold in Australia but big $$$.