Just choke it for about one revolution of the engine and then don't choke anymore. Seems like it takes more to start a '23 'T' than my '490', I was not aware of that, thought they were similar. The T engine displaces 2. More than once when I was teaching myself to drive my foot got stuck and I immediately started to panic. Firing too early causes predetonation, where the explosion starts to try and push the piston back down the cylinder, against its current movement upwards.
It just ate me up inside, that I couldn't drive it or even sit in it. By on Wednesday, November 15, 2006 - 10:03 am: Revived thread for Zack Loveless on basics of how to start and drive a Model T. For beginners it is best to have the lever in this position while learning to back the car up. The discharge from the coil is triggered by collapsing the coil field by earthing the each coil at the correct time by the timer, commutator mounted on the end of the camshaft on the front of the engine. Henry Ford was a maniac about cutting costs everywhere a penny could be saved. Roadsters without decks and pickup bodies.
As a result, the engine develops about 20 horsepower, but it makes 83 pound-feet of torque due to the long stroke and relatively large displacement. Speedsters were typically homebuilt cars usually done after they were set aside from normal everyday use. With dealerships and factories setup throughout the world, the Model T was mass produced and easily available to many buyers. Has original 1925 California license plates. That means that the valves are next to the pistons, pointed upwards.
Steam provided many benefits such as being quiet, clean, and cheap. 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. You use the trottle on the steering columm for the gas peddel. Take it slow, be careful and enjoy. You need to choke it enough to get it started without flooding with too much gas. My first try was going fine until I came up on a stop sign. Below you will find a link to an article detailing the operation and importance of the timing of the ignition system.
When you turn the motor over you should hear a Buzzing sound from the coils if it is equiped as original. Letting it rotate wears out the linings in the tranny. Should be a starter button on the floor in a 23. The driver sets the spark timing by means of a second lever near the steering wheel, which rotates the distributor cap. There didn't have to be a ton of guards covering every moving part, or little picture warnings showing mashed fingers to deter a person from hurting himself.
There is a choke rod sticking out through the lower left front of the radiator shell that you can use to choke the engine from the front while you crank it. The innovative Model T served its purpose. Mike By on Monday, June 19, 2006 - 07:29 pm: Jeeze, all this doom, gloom and dire warnings of apocalyptic diaster. Over 30 different types of black paint were used to paint various parts of the Model T. Between its introduction in 1908 and the end of production in 1927, the basic engine in the Model T hardly changed at all, and it continued to be used in a wide variety of applications after Ford moved on. This open Ford Model T was modified to serve as a delivery vehicle. Choke is on the dash on the passenger side and should pull up.
You need someone else who knows how to drive a T to take you there first before you attemp to drive. No one in America knew how to make vanadium steel so Ford financed and set up a steel mill. Just the same, most of us highly recommend that some type of auxilliary brakes be installed on the rear wheels when using auxilliary transmissions. The first Model T was produced on September 27th, 1908 at the Piquette Plant in Detoit, Michigan. This had been used in the Model K but was not suited to such a large vehicle.
By this time, many of Ford's competitors had switched to the same principles that had made the Model T success: a cheap and reliable vehicle built on an assembly line produced in mass quantities. Then come back for specific questions. In combination, these features gave the Ford a smoother, more impressive appearance. Millions of Model T engines are still running today, about 100 years later. © 2006-2016 All rights reserved.