I bought a manual tire changer at Harbor freight the other week to remove some car tires and such instead of driving to town every time I need to remove a tire from a rim.
When I was there buying the manual changer there was a motorcycle tire changer attachment that could be bought and installed on the car tire out fit. Now what I was wondering, could this changer work for the wire wheels of the 26-7 T?
Try it out if you can fit a wire wheel to the machine as it is without extra attachments? The fastening to the hub is similar to modern wheels. Is it in the hub area they're fastened? (It's hard to tell what kind of machine you've got without pictures)
There are some videos on Youtube demonstrating it on motorcycle tires. They all agree not to use the big bar that comes with it, they recommend buying the bar from NoMar instead.
Be sure to check that the tool can be adjusted wide enough for a Model T wheel to fit.
Yes it will work with the 26/27 wire wheels. It will also hold a buffalo wheel. I made a different cone center that doesn't mar the wheel as bad. I'm going to check on the momar bar.
I use a Nomar changer for motorcycle tires and it works well for 26/27 wires. Those wheels have a "drop center" and it is critical that you keep the bead in the center of the wheel (not seated) as you bring the bead over the last half of the rim. I think that clincher style tires are most easily put on with big tire irons and help - sometimes they are almost impossible ( see Steve Jelf's post). If you order a Nomar bar, I would order several rubber ends as well as they tend to bend especially as you learn to use the tool. I also use NAPA tire lube (ruglide?) that works well.
Here is the No Mar bar https://www.nomartirechanger.com/Mount_Demount_Bar_p/tc-mdbar.htm They also have replacement tips. https://www.nomartirechanger.com/Demount_Tips_Set_Screw_Style_B_Replacement_3_P_ p/rp-dt3b.htm as they take a great deal of stress when doing some tires. I have a Coats 220 tire machine but picked up the No Mar bar as the Coats de-mounter is too thick for some motorcycle wheel/tire combinations. The dish isn't deep enough. I do find the Coats all steel bar with the added rim protector works fine for Model T tires.
Well i am going to pour a small concrete pad out beside the shop to mount this car tire changer on. Once I get it out of the box and put together i will post a pic.I will take a pic of the motorcycle adapter next time i go to harbor frieght.