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Am I ready for the Parade?

Posted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:34 pm
by TspokeMan
I've been driving my restored '25 T Roadster PU for 2 weeks now. My driving comfort level is getting better each day. Understand I never have driven A Model T before this. But I have driven on some of the higher traffic, 4 lane streets lately.
There is an annual theme parade in town in one week that I am interested in partcicipating with my T.
I guess my question is 'am I ready'? Other than making sure I top off the gas tank, what other preparations, concerns are thoughts out there from you experienced owners/drivers?
If I have the parking brake clutch in neutral is it ok to use low speed off and on during the parade route? Other suggestions?

Re: Am I ready for the Parade?

Posted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 1:25 pm
by DLodge
TspokeMan wrote: โ†‘
Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:34 pm
... If I have the parking brake clutch in neutral is it ok to use low speed off and on during the parade route? Other suggestions?
That's how I do it, for what it's worth.

Re: Am I ready for the Parade?

Posted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 1:33 pm
by Steve Jelf
What Dick said. Just be sure you hold the pedal down tight when you use it. Letting the drum spin against the band lining too long is what causes excessive heat.

Re: Am I ready for the Parade?

Posted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 2:21 pm
by MichaelPawelek
Just because you will have the engine idling and pressing the low pedal down donโ€™t make the mistake of having the timing all the way retarded. The engine will overheat in a parade quickly. Advance the spark enough for a slightly higher idle. Been there, done that! :)

Re: Am I ready for the Parade?

Posted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 2:23 pm
by Ruxstel24
Take your time and leave plenty of room in front of you.
My question is, is your T ready for a parade ?
Ts love to get hot at slow speeds, as long as you have a good flowing radiator, you should be fine.
Make sure your bands are adjusted up prior and enjoy !!

Re: Am I ready for the Parade?

Posted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 2:53 pm
by Rich Bingham
Driving in a parade will be an experience you'll never forget. Everyone should do it once. Some folks love it, others will run away screaming. Fun for some, not for all. Enjoy !! :lol:

Re: Am I ready for the Parade?

Posted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 3:55 pm
by Mark Gregush
Heck our club president is a complete novice and he just did the St Johns Portland Oregon parade. I normally have a blast but this year was too darn hot. The 25 cut down vapor locked and stalled a total of three times, added water the first time and crank started her all three times (on battery). The crowd had a blast watching, me I was sweating buckets! LOL :lol: And yes I will do it again.

Re: Am I ready for the Parade?

Posted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:12 pm
by Peter, Memphis TN
You probably already know this, but a Model T will spit excess water out of the radiator overflow, until it gets to its comfortable level.

The only mistake I have made in a parade was having the spark retarded too far, and she overheated and stopped. After she cooled off, she was AOK.

All the other hints given above are absolutely correct, and all you need to know.

I'm from New Orleans, and I know about riding in a parade. It is likely to be the most fun you've ever had, both for you and your passengers. Be sure the kids have plenty of goodies to throw. Not chocolate, but hard candy and trinkets. (Chocolate melts and ..... you know).

Have a ball!

Re: Am I ready for the Parade?

Posted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:27 pm
by Mark Gregush
RE throwing candy etc; make sure it is allowed first. Some parades do not allow it.

Re: Am I ready for the Parade?

Posted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:30 pm
by Norman Kling
If you have Ruckstell or other auxiliary transmission, put it in the lowest range and also lock the lever into the neutral position. If it tends to slip on the quadrant, cut a wedge which will fit in front of the lever to hold it into neutral. Then use eilther the low the brake or leave in neutral. The slightly faster idle and partially advanced spark will also help. What I do is neutral until the gap in front of me widens then push low just long enough to catch up, and then neutral again. Likewise if the persons in front of me slow down or stop, I use the brake until the gap widens. Driving a T in a parade is quite easy.
Norm

Re: Am I ready for the Parade?

Posted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 7:59 pm
by TspokeMan
Some good points made. I appreciate the input. I'm looking foreword to the parade experience๐Ÿ™‚

Re: Am I ready for the Parade?

Posted: Sun Jun 02, 2019 11:13 am
by Scott_Conger
David

being new, and I don't know the condition of your brake quadrant, and probably you don't either, I would take the extra step to make a block of wood that fills the emergency brake slot that will hold the brake lever in neutral and then screw a second piece on top of that. This block can be laid on the floor and kicked into the slot with your foot when you're ready and it will ENSURE that the car does not jump into high.

Being new, and the excitement of a parade (you and spectators), all this extra effort is waranted in my opinion

Have fun.

Re: Am I ready for the Parade?

Posted: Sun Jun 02, 2019 11:39 am
by NHUSA
What everyone has said.
I attached a cord to the anti-high gear block so I could easily remove it.

I used to do parades but realized that they were hard on the T - especially if there were and hills, even small ones.

Re: Am I ready for the Parade?

Posted: Sun Jun 02, 2019 10:03 pm
by HaroldRJr
TspokeMan - Some good advice here in this thread! You might re-read what Norm Kling wrote above, and I would add just a bit to what he said:

A lot of guys dislike parades, because they can be hard on bands, however, if you leave some room ahead, and drive smart, you usually don't really have to be "hard on the bands". Most T guys dislike the Model T's tendency to "creep", however, position & block (if necessary) the hand brake lever in neutral as Norm said, and a couple others have repeated, and a lot of the time, on the level stretches of the parade, you can just let the car "creep" and you often don't have to depress the clutch pedal at all! "Creep"can be your "friend",....FWIW,....harold