I'm building a basic speedster from parts. First I have a 1916 chassis with the spring perches having holes for the wishbone to fit into. I noticed the axle looks to be tilted forward. do the early perches tilt or bent like say a 1923 with the lathe boss. second question the engine is in the chassis and connected to the driveshaft and rearend . I moved the chassis around today and it rolled freely even with the tranny in high gear ( i have no brake handle installed)the motor did not turn but will turn over by the crank handle. There is no oil in the motor and the plug are installed. motor and rear end was rebuilt a few years ago but never installed or driven. Should it roll freeling and is because there is no oil for the bands?
Mike,Pull your hubcaps and see if you have axel keys??High is direct drive.Bud.
Pull the transmission inspection plate and see if the clutch is released. Then jack up one wheel and have someone rotate the wheel while you watch inside the transmission to see what rotates. Either the clutch is released, something is amiss in the driveline or maybe you are mistaken about the engine not turning.
First question. The front axle should be tilted with the bottom forward of the top. If the top is forward of the bottom, something is wrong. Perhaps the spring perches are on opposite sides or the wishbone is upside down or bent.
Second question. Do you have any auxillary transmission behind the Ford transmission or in front of the rear axle. If you have a transmission with a neutral, that could be why your car coasts. with your Ford transmission inspection plate off, have someone crank the engine while you look at the transmission. If the rear drive plate with the spring doesn't turn, your clutch is not engaging. That could happen if the link between the low pedal and the clutch is adjusted incorrectly or the fingers on the clutch are not adjusted correctly. If the rear plate does turn, something between the transmission and the wheels is incorrect. Oil on bands would have no effect on whether or not it would coast.