Homemade belt pulley using T Parts!

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Homemade belt pulley using T Parts!

Post by Dennis Fleming » Sat Nov 16, 2019 8:31 am

I always find it interesting what neat ideas people come up with to accomplish a goal.
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Re: Homemade belt pulley using T Parts!

Post by Ed Fuller » Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:24 am

Really neat find Dennis!

Looks like a stack of parking brake drums bolted to a wood spoke rear wheel hub to make the pulley?

What did they use for the shaft? Is it the outer end of an axle?

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Re: Homemade belt pulley using T Parts!

Post by Steve Jelf » Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:35 am

To be used with a Model T stationary engine.
The inevitable often happens.
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Re: Homemade belt pulley using T Parts!

Post by Allan » Sun Nov 17, 2019 5:56 am

The best use of these I have seen was in New Zealand. The fellow who makes the best hickory spoked wheels, for any make and model of car, had a set of T drums and clutch mechanism in the drive line for his big old lathe on which he machined out the centre hole for the hubs and trued the faces or the hub flange and the outside plate. If I remember correctly, he used the T clutch to disengage the drive, rather than slip belts off the pulley formed by the trans drums.

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Re: Homemade belt pulley using T Parts!

Post by Dennis Fleming » Sun Nov 17, 2019 9:33 am

Ed,
All though I have not taken it apart I do believe it is indeed an axle shaft cutdown and machined square.
It also has a captured bearing within the ball cap.
I am going to investigate how that was done when I get time.


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Re: Homemade belt pulley using T Parts!

Post by D Stroud » Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:44 am

I had one very similar to that, but the two center drums weren't larger than the outer ones. I have often wondered just how that worked out for them. Probably worked just fine for what they were doing. They most likely knew that a flat pulley shouldn't work for a flat belt, and just did it anyway because that was all that they had to work with ;) Dave
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