Simple enough question: is there any trick to installing the little oiler cups on the suspension of my T? Looks to me like they ought to just drop into place, but should I be doing anything to make sure I don't lose them?
Use a piece of soft wood to cushion the blow and tap them in.
The oilers should be a squeeze fit. Compressing the taper on the oiler is all that holds them in. A soft piece of wood like Mark G says, about six inches long, can help to hold the oiler straight and in place so that they go in straight and compress properly. Doesn't take a heavy blow.
I turned a brass installation tool on the lathe stepped down to hold the lid up so as to not mess up the spring and small enough to go into the body for tapping in.
I take a small rounded head machine screw and thin the sides of the head on the grinder until it fits in the cup. Works great.
There are other things to consider. If you are talking about the common press in flip top oilers, Yes, just tap them in, however, when it comes to the ones on the main spring leaf you had better have the oiler positioned properly, or you aren't going to be able to get an oil can to it after you let the spring down to the normal operating position. The Ford service book pictures are useful for this type of application.
I rebuilt the rear end in the spring and took the opportunity to do it while it was out. Haven't tried is with parts still in.
Well that's easy enough. Thanks guys!
did it take a 12 or 20 ton press?
I can't remember the size socket but choose the one that will fit into the hole but rests on the ridge inside the oiler add an extension and tap in till seated. Fairly simple way, it does help if you take a bit of oil and rub it on the outside of the oiler and clean the the hole in the bushing.