Besides "Don't do it" What advice/driving/coolant/ technique do you recommend for parades. I have a touring car with a Ruckstel.
Ive heard some like to drive in circles if its going slow enough to keep the engine cooler. Havent had a parade yet, but will soon.
If youve got a new radiator and clean block it shouldnt overheat.
I drive in parades all the time. If you have a good radiator and a clean cooling system it should not boil.
This is what I do. I set the parking brake in the neutral position with the shifter in Ruckstell. Then I set the throttle at a fast idle and tap the low pedal to keep up with the parade. If I start going faster than those in front of me, I coast in neutral The fan will keep air going through the radiator. So I alternate between low, coast, and brake. I haven't had any overheating problems.
Why FAST idle? To keep the fan going faster?
I do like Norm at an idle fast enough not to stall. Never overheated..the Ruckstell is great for parades
I do the same as Norm, the fast idle turns the fan faster but I have it a little bit off idle so I don't kill the motor in the middle of a parade. Don't forget a car load of kids and your smile. Have a great time.
Keep the timing advanced more than you normally would at that speed.
Most folks I know run with the spark lever all the way down..
Extra air in the tires wouldn’t hurt either.
I ALWAYS drive in parades at a a fast idle, even when standing still.
After about 20 parades I can honestly say I have never had an overheating problem in a parade.
If you have an early T without louvers in the hood sides you may have trouble. I have seen that problem a few times.
The Warford underdrive in high pedal is perfect for parade style driving. You can maintain a nice pace with good engine rpms.
I just drove my TT C Cab (see profile) in SA’s Battle of Flowers Parade. Slow Parade and I never used low band. Just low Ruckstell and Warford underdrive and that 5.25:1 differential did the rest.
I did my first parade in a Model T 3 days ago; took a high school couple in the parade from school to the civic center for their prom. I don't use the Ruckstell very often (the truck pulls hills quite well with standard gearing); but with the rear shifted down it crept along at parade speed just fine in low with the throttle open a notch or two...we went along like that for half an hour of so and never overheated.
Most of what is posted here is about what I do. About the only time I really bump the throttle up is to get a bit more "SOUND" out of the exhaust whistle.
When we used to parade a lot we ran it with the hood partially propped open.
I put a block of wood in the hand brake slot so the handle will stay in neutral and not mistakenly drop forward into high gear.
I attach a heavy string to it so I can pull it out quickly if needed.
During the parade I hang back a bit, lock in low to start moving forward, and then coast a bit to catchup. I do not let the low speed band slip any more than needed.
Before the new radiator, I carried a quart spray bottle and when the temp got too high I had someone give the radiator a quick misting.