Not sure what this is called but I'm missing two. I Looked at Lang's but could not find anything. Any ideas on what to use or where to find the appropriate caps.
Here's some Carl, they come in couple different sizes.
Thank you John, That helps a lot.
The links which John provided are for the oilers currently available.
The oiler in your photograph is the remains of the so called "man hole" type oiler, which has lost it's cover. The cover was retained by an internal spring and would allow the cover to be opened from any position. Those oilers are not being reproduced.
Thanks Bill, My question is what do I do. Is there something I can use, Will those other oilers work? Would like to find something to keep crud out.
A dust cap is what covers the valve stem on your wheels, if you have the correct valve stems.
Some of the manhole oilers had the base machined as part of the piece. The shackle bushing oilers look to be the replaceable type, they can just be twisted out with pliers. The tie rod and king pin ones, you would need to replace or turn off the old piece and bore to accept the new one. Or fine a black cap that will fit over the oiler.
Looks like I need to find some kind of cap to fit over it. Let the search begin.
Carl, if this is for your 1919 you're in luck. The cheap flip-top oilers (1917-1927) are correct for your car.
By the way, that spring on your linkage is an accessory band-aid for loose or wobbly steering. It would be a good idea to go through all the steering parts and replace whatever you find that's worn out.
I think I found something that should work. A little black paint and presto.
Thanks Steve. So maybe a front end rebuild may be in order this winter.
I like your style Carl! A model T owner thinking outside the box to keep his old Ford going.
When Mark from Oregon mentioned little black cap, That helped and got me thinking. Course when I'm thinking the wife says that's when I'm dangerous, mainly to myself.
It's amazing to me the number of people in this hobby that go to the trouble of doing something incorrectly! Why not do it right in the first place? Of course, research is the key.
BUT, it works Larry. Not everyone is as particular as some on this forum. I didn't originally post as I didn't have a solution for the OP, though I like the one he came up with. This is your second post to this thread with nothing to offer but criticism.
I had to replace several missing or broke oilers on my car when I got it. Got them from Lang's but be aware there are 2 sizes. I found that if you put the new oiler in the freezer for a couple of hours they contract just enough to make them install easier and sit deeper.
Larry's point is that it often takes just as much work to do something incorrectly as it does to do it correctly (not counting the research to find out what is correct, of course).
I dunno Mark. A trip to Loews is pretty quick in most parts I still feel a non comment would have been better post repair
Larry, As a newbe to model t's I'm sure you must know much more than me. According to another poster my oiler is not reproduced. The one's on Langs are a different type since mine appear to be cast in. I asked a question looking for help, if you have an answer I am anxious to hear it. I was just looking for something to keep dirt and water out, But if you are just going to bust my balls I don't see where you are of any help.CF.
Carl, I don't know of any parts with cast in oilers. What you show is a man hole type, minus the cover. It is a press fit the same as the later flip top style. If you get a pair of side cutters on it, it should deform and you will be able to lever it out. The later flip top style is an easy swap, and they are not expensive. That will give you the dust cap you seek, and a model T fix which is easily reversed if you ever get lucky enough to find an original man hole type.
Hope this helps.
Allan from down under.
There were early "machined" body manhole oilers with spring loaded, attached lids in both the spindle & tie rod bolts - I have some - photos to come .....
If Carl would post the year of his car it would be helpful. Did anyone notice the hole in the spring leaf, which also requires an oiler? It is true that Ford was experimenting with oilers around 1917, and there were some press in manhole type oilers used during that period.
Only took a second to find it's a '19
Yes it's a 1919. So if I understand correctly the man hole oiler is a press in type? And that it will pull or twist out and there's no repro but one from Lang's will work?
Carl, you are correct in your last post, at least until someone comes up with evidence to the contrary. Given the vicissitudes of model T parts identification, I reserve my right to be wrong again!
Allan from down under.