Assembling a 1926 RPU on a '26/'27 frame and running gear. Have a 8 leaf rear spring and earlier 7 leaf front spring up front. Question is, will this set-up sit sort of level with '25 or earlier front spindles (have them)? Any pictures of this setup would be appreciated. Thanks, Dave
The 26/27 T's were lowered by a higher arc in the rear crossmember, no change in the rear spring 1918-27. In the front the 26/27 was lowered in two ways, partly with a new front spring with a lower arc and partly with the lowered spindles. If you use an older front spring and older spindles, you'll get the 09-25 height in the front but 26/27 height in the rear. The effect may be a pickup that looks overloaded when empty?
26/27 spindles and front springs are usually easy to find. Factory built roadster pickups got a 9 leaf rear spring and they may have been slightly higher, like a leaf thickness higher, but for most hobby use without much load it could give a rough ride..
OK, the first photo is as I bought it with a correct model spindles and the earlier arced spring. Whoever "restored this car didn't put on the correct low-arc front spring. The later spindles would add about and inch to the front axle height. Since the front end had a number of issues that needed addressing, I rebuilt it with the correct spring and better Improved car spindles. The net effect is to lower the front end a little more, but it drives and handles loads just as well as before.
One of my customers has a 26 coupe that was done just as described above, it does look odd. It need the front end redone so the plan is to correct it at some point.
Guess I'm looking for a set of 26/27 spindles then.
Bob's in Lowes Park, Ill, has restored 26/27 spindles with new bushings for sale.
Using the 26/27 spindles will only provide a 1/2 inch drop which is no big deal, IMO, but they also reduce the positive camber of the pre 26 spindles. My 27 touring has the correct low arch spring with pre 26 spindles. It came to me that way in 1994. Will change to 26 spindles when its time to do the king pins.
The one on the Right is the 26-27 version.
(Not included is the early one-piece design.)
I use '26-7 spindles on my '21, because of the reduced camber. The front tires don't wear nearly so much (on the outside) as with the early-style spindles.