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Model T clutch adjustment

Ford Model T clutch adjustment
Not possible to start engine due to NO neutral.
Handbrake lever on. One wheel jacked up. Turn wheel, engine turns.
Please ignore product and car info.

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  • Brian Taylor
    Brian Taylor Jul 30, 2009

    Standard Model T transmission.
    Could this just be due to oil drag when cold?
    Car is "in gear" regardless of hand brake lever position.

  • joecoolvette
    joecoolvette May 11, 2010

    No neutral? And how is that? What clutch are you using? Perhaps you'd like to read this,http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/508...

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Check to see that when you pull the lever back, that the parking brakes aren't grabbing. Approximately straight up, and down with the lever, is the neutral position, then pulling it back slightly towards the seat will set the parking brake.

Also, push the low pedal in very slowly, until you feel when you hit the low speed cam. You'll feel it. There will suddenly be more resistance at this point. That's where neutral is. The pedal should move down about 1 and 1/2 inches. The manual states halfway, this may be incorrect.

Jack up the car, (Use chock blocks under the tires, and work on a hard, level flat surface), check that the parking brakes are not setting when the lever is in the neutral position.

And yes, your deduction is correct about when the clutch oil is cold. The clutch used is a 'Wet Clutch'.

1.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Model_T_Ford
2.http://www.modeltcentral.com/transmission_animation.html



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