Apologies if you have seen this before and I had missed it.
The story is too good to pass by :-)
Around twenty or so years ago,
I brought home a single cylinder Model T
ford motor. As for
I donít know.
The story goes that way back in the depression days some clever
farming person wanted a small motor and had a big one, namely the
With the aid of a hacksaw, (no cutting discs in those days) they cut
behind number one cylinder across the top of the crankcase then down
behind the centre main bearing.
The rear section of the crank came forward to carry the flywheel, Both
water jacket and sump
plated up and presto a
single cylinder 675 cc Ford T motor.
Number two piston is
the hole it once
travelled in. Starting
requires two turns on the flywheel with choke on, then ignition
coil ) on and choke off.
Nine times out of ten itís away,i t runs pretty well
but the balance could be better.
Being a follower of Youtube, thanks to a friend that does equally odd
projects, the motor bike idea was hatched. The wheels were space
savers (big ones) with the centres removed, the hubs are two inch water
pipe with inserts to carry the Chinese bearings. The spokes are three
quarter tube from the local scrap man
as is the
one inch galv pipe that
forms the frame.
The seat came from a mate as did the cheese box date 1916 (period
accessory) that carries the battery and trembler coil. The headlight
(another mate)is Ford again but from the colour of the glass should
probably be on the other end .An old fire extinguisher serves as a
cooling water tank and the fuel tank came from a rotary hoe.
The right angle drive was once a Ford
10 differential (English, and yes it
leaks) driven by a vee belt with a jockey pulley to tighten the belt, acting
as a clutch .Final drive is spares from my CT110 postie bike and the
brake is a Model T transmission band around a flat belt pulley.
The project kept me amused for a month or so and cost next to nothing.
Itís surprisingly rideable but
I suspect land transport may think otherwise.
I guess itís all a bit silly but what does one do with a quarter of a Model
That is pretty neato! Thanks for sharing!
I think that is wonderful. I've never seen this and am very glad you posted it.
It may be a ridged frame..... but I would drive it... thanks for the post..and the story
Too cool for school. Great post !
Back view if possible please. Like to know how it's enclosed.
WOW! That is amazing.
That is way cool! I had seen a 2 Cylinder Model T engine. And even eight cylinder Model T engine. I never dreamed of a one cylinder Model T engine!
Please show more pictures of the rear. Iím trying to figure out how you drive the clutch.
Such a good story,very appreciated!
I love it part about "single cylinder 675 cc Ford T motor."
I recall a friend of my brother having three race cars built from T, A and Chevy engines, all two cylinder cut downs. The T had a head on it cut down that said: J O.
This is as fun to see as they were.
Hi all, I am sorry but that is all the photos that came with the story!
Sadly this is not my bike as I would give it a try too~!