Model A or T Cutout?

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2017: Model A or T Cutout?
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Pat Kelly Montana on Monday, October 30, 2017 - 09:12 pm:

How can I know if a cut out is for a Model T or a Model A?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Bill Dodd on Monday, October 30, 2017 - 09:48 pm:

If its on your T the its a T cutout, If its on an A then its an A cutout. Seriously, if its the Original style cutout, it can correctly be used on either one.
If it is a modern ELECTRONIC one, then you have to determine if it is a positive ground ( MOdel A)
or Negative ground (Model T)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Pat Kelly Montana on Monday, October 30, 2017 - 09:57 pm:

Thanks Bill. Now I have to buy a Model A to test the darn thing.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Allan Bennett - Australia on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 12:03 am:

Pat, on our Canadian sourced A model cars, one forked terminal goes to the generator. The second one screws to the side of the can. On our T model cutouts, both terminals fix to tabs at the base.
They are interchangeable in service.

Hope this helps.
Allan from down under.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Pat Kelly Montana on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 12:13 am:

Thanks Allan, good info.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Larry Smith, Lomita, California on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 10:50 am:

The V-8's use the round Ford script cutout too. The pronged terminal on those is screwed on. I'm not sure about the Model A's.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By David Dewey, N. California on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 12:07 pm:

Most Model A cutouts had two screws, one for an L shaped connector to the generator post, the other for the wire to the junction box. Early cut outs (until Jan '29) had a forked terminal on one side, and a threaded one on the other for the wire. On the "usual" cutout, there was a round fiber insulator shaped to fit against the cut out body for the screws. After mid-1930 the screws became hex head instead of fillister head. The "feet" that mounted the cut-out ;had slots for the mounting screws.


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