For starters, I'd pull the lever back which sets it in low range. Tractor made from Model A Ford or suchlike with two car transmissions in tandem for very low gearing, a shortened wheelbase, and some scheme to fit large-diameter wheels? Sometimes if you have everything set right, the car drives itself! It took me two weeks of lurching forward and grinding gears just to get from first to second. Craig By on Monday, June 19, 2006 - 09:54 pm: I think the worst part of driving a T for the first time is learning or should I say unlearning the clutch. Only registered users and moderators may post messages here. But if one had never driven a car back them, a Model T would be much easier to learn and drive than other automobiles of the teens and '20s, the pre-synchomesh era. Frank I've had similar experiences.
An interesting selection in that shed. Once started, pull left lever down a bit advance spaark and engine will speed up. I always learn from this forum. Adjust the timing stalk upward to retard the timing, move the throttle stalk downward slightly for an idle setting, and pull back on the hand brake, which also places the car in neutral. As a result, Canadian built Model T cars are found all over the world, including Australia and New Zealand. I was really apprehensive about kick-back with the hand crank, and used the electric starter exclusively.
There also appears to be a drum brake located at each rear axle pinion. See that it is supplied with gasoline. It is fairly obvious this is a very old conversion. Thank goodness, because I am the only one who knows how to start it and literature and owners are hard to come by for advice, I have had to fashion my own parts! Good luck and have fun!!! For instance, the settings will be different on the highway, than if you are going up a hill and different still when going down a hill. More than once when I was teaching myself to drive my foot got stuck and I immediately started to panic. It has nothing to do with the car being underpowered or somewhat lacking in meaningful brakes. The oil should, however, have sufficient body so that the pressure between the two bearing surfaces will not force the oil out and allow the metal to come in actual contact.
I spoke to an old head at a show that told me his experience with this phenomenon. The Model T did not go into production until 1908 followed by thesecond generation Model A. By on Wednesday, June 21, 2006 - 01:41 pm: Bob - Keep the spark fully retarded when using the electric starter as well. The lever is in neutral when almost vertical and clutch is in a released condition. People will always try to sharpshoot you, even when they haven't watched.
It's located across the road from the Orroroo garage go Google it, you non-South Australians which is a time-capsule gem of a place in itself. Very cool old school pictures. Both of these guys together don't even have a clue!!! Along with Henry's basic stubbornness, one more reason the Ford stayed in production so long -- too long, surely -- was Ford nation. If it has been sitting for a while you may want to jack it up and start it with the rear end suspended. Erik Johnson By on Monday, October 26, 2009 - 01:07 pm: Erik, Why high and not low? You'll have to play with the mixture when starting, driving off, and when it's hot and has been sitting. But, you have to be careful, because it will get flooded if you are not careful with the gas peddle! When he grew up and got a Ford Model T, he took his own family to the Memphis Cotton Carnival and the trip took about 6 to 7 hours due to road conditions and how many times they had to stop and put water in the radiator.
And Henry Ford and his team learned all their tricks from a pig. They are a niche car, at best, but can still be found for sale on the internet with minimal effort. It isn't a matter of spinning the engine over rapidly, if it's properly timed it's going to start fairly easily. The Model T set 1908 as the historic year that the automobile became popular. In my fathers vineyard we had an artesian bore pump jack that had 2 straight cuts gears to operate. By on Monday, October 26, 2009 - 01:19 pm: Its all about physics.
In 1928 Ford reintroduced the Model A again. My grandpa showed me all the secrets of how to get the car running right and started before he died, because he drove ones like it when they were only a few years old. Here is a photo of my dad, on the right, dreaming of driving a motorcycle. For beginners it is best to have the lever in this position while learning to back the car up. At first glance, it seems like this car would be easy to just hop in and drive. I really like it --accurate without being pedantic, long enough but not too long, professional but not too slick. It might help to turn the engine over a few times with ignition switch off.
To Go one pushes in the left pedal and releases the brake. Jim By mick on Tuesday, June 20, 2006 - 01:06 pm: Yes, pushing down on the hand crank with an engine back fire. Quite a pretty nice looking roadster, even if the rumble seat was missing Bob By on Saturday, November 03, 2007 - 06:42 am: There is no way to learn how to drive one of these things short of doing it since the only thing they share with a modern car is a steering wheel. The chassis seems extended to compensate for the large dia wheels. I'd like to see more events offer that type of opportunity to the general public. Get it rolling good, then jump in, put it in second, and pop the clutch. In 1906, Ford secretly set up a place to build his cars in a building on Piquette Avenue in Detroit.
Both of these models came with the cowl ventilator that had been introduced on the Fordor. Try the brake peddle next to see if everything stops turning in the back. I know how to start the T by using the crank, just didn't know how to start by pushing, now I do. Accepting the ride, they proceeded a mile or two and came to a hill that curved at the bottom. I had sort of figured out how to make it go but the concept of stomping down on what is usually the gas pedal didn't compute in a panic. The steering on a Model T can get extremely snotty when going that direction and can get you in all kinds of trouble. Probably a 35 year span.