My 1915 crank does not have a hole for The spring - can somebody give me a measurement where are the hole needs to be drilled at?
Are you really sure there's no hole? If you haven't already, be sure to poke all around with a nail or awl, I'll bet that the hole is there, just plugged with the end of a broken spring, or just greasy dirt and rust.
It's 5ĺ" from the ratchet end of the shaft, at the start of the bend, on the lower left side. As Mark says, it's probably there and hidden by rust/dirt/paint. It's very small and easy to miss.
I'll bet you, that if you sandblast the crank handle, that hole will show up.
Totally agree with what everyone has been saying. When I got my T, it didn't have a spring, and there seemed to be no hole in the crank for it. I looked all over.
After a lot of wire brushing and cleaning, sure enough, it was there all along!
When Martynn Vowell and I were helping Derrick Pang get his Runabout up to run about No hole was found . Got out the sandpaper and removed the paint ,found the plugged hole and took a drill and cleaned out the junk and caked mud out by hand twisting with the drill bit.
Measure the diameter of the spring, then drill the hole the next size bigger. Number size drills would be best here, (versus fractional sizes).
Thanks guys- iíll find that hole yet. Thereís no paint left on it and it it is machined smooth from usage- but itís got to be there. Iíll do some wire wheeling and check Steveís measurement and Iíll find that hole Ė thank you!
Once you find it, drill out the crud with a drill bit, so that the new spring 'L' end fits into the hole fully.
What's even more difficult on the late T's, is freeing up the handle.
I have a NOS crank that has two spring holes drilled. A bit hard to see, but the righthand one is in the usual position and the second one to its left is on the crank centerline. Anyone want to guess why that would have been done?
Added some light to the question, don't have a clue other than drill operator practice! Maybe you NOS, is actually a quality reject....?
The weed seeds are an aftermarket accessory.
Wipe some sort of quick evaporating solvent on it and watch it dry. I bet it shows up as the solvent in the hole will evaporate last.
R.V. ,One crank spring hole will accommodate a left hand drive and the other crank spring hole for those driving on the wrong side of the road ? Happy New Year to all my Forum Friends
Cool, Dan; how'd you do that?
I thought kinda the same thing. Maybe a factory mis-drill that wouldn't be reason enough to reject it. It sure wouldn't hurt anything.