I just purchased a ‘27 Roadster. It has not been started for 20 years. There is no battery. Can anyone tell me the easiest way to determine if it was converted to 12 volt before I try starting it?
Also, there is no ignition key,but the key slot turns easily with a screwdriver. Is that normal?
Great Falls, MT
.Sorry, that was suppose to say, “6 volt vrs. 12 volt”.
I was just about to ask my wife what a 6 volt bra would be!
Pull a light bulb and see if its a 12 volt. Putting a 6 volt in and trying to start wont hurt anything. Lots to do on a car that hasn't started in 20 years. Sounds fun!
Does it loo like this?
Does it have a generator or an alternator. If it has an alternator sure bet it is 12 volt if it has a generator there should be a tag riveted to it if it was a 12 volt that had been modified for use with the model T if it is a standard model T generator then I would say it is six volt.
Tim you would need 3 "Cells" to make 6 volts
When resurrecting a dormant Model T from its long snooze, Milt Webb's widely circulated checklist can be helpful.
I'd start with 6volt with negative ground and go from there. See if someone had attached a Bendix spring to the starter motor.
We with 12 volt cars usually attach a bendix spring to drop voltage .
You can also check one of the headlight bulbs or tail light.to see if its 6 or 12 volts as indicated by the part number. even if its been converted to 12 volts there is a good chance the starter is still 6 volts, if its has a distributor instead of the four buzz boxes it most likely 12 volt.
There are a lot of T guys in Great Falls, Kurt Baltrush, Tom Foster, Mark Smith, Arnold Schlagel, Harry Mitchell, John Rummel, the young guy at Fritz's Cadillac, Seth at Fritz's, etc. There is a pretty active T group there that runs a couple local tours a year. Give any one of them a call. I'm in Helena, John Steele in Manhattan, Tony Cerovski in Helena, etc., etc.
Tim I imagine they loo like that. That your's?
No, this is the one I wear...
If you fellows keep this up the T Parts vendors are going to start putting man(sieres) in their catalogs, or brass(ieres) for you pre 16 guys.
Thank you for your help!