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12th May 1925, Page 30
12th May 1925
Page 30
Page 30, 12th May 1925 — nAKENIG BEST USE OF THE FORD.
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Valuable Advice on Every Phase at Ford Transport, Which Will Appeal to the Owner. Driver and• Repairer.

TN THIS series of hints', concerning Ford light -1-chassis and ton trucks wherever they are employed for commercial purposes, we endeavour to deal with the subject from every view-point, so that theadvice given will appeal to the owner, drives', maintenance engineer or mechanic.

We shall welcome for inclusion among the hints those which have proved of value to individual users, and will make suitable remuneration for any which are published. The contributions should be accompanied by rough sketches wherever possible.

Readers are recommended to obtain the original "Book of the Ford," which constitutes a complete manual dealing with the Ford car, the van and the truck, 2s. Dd. post free from the offices of this Journal.

309.—A Coil Clip to Facilitate Testing.

The accompanying drawings show a temporary clip for a coil box, which was constructed by one of our readers for the purpose of rendering easier the testing of Ford coils.

This can be used with success even on Fords with out batteries by fixing the clip in position under a cylinder-head stud, inserting the coil and turning the engine by hand. The clip is made from mild steel sheet or strip, bent to suit the coil. To it are attached in the manner illustrated, the clips, connections and bolts from an old coil box, insulation being provided where necessary. The use of this clip allows the spark to be observed even while the starting handle is being turned, and it also allows the coils to be tested individually.

310.—A Tool for Removing Gudgeon-pin Bushes.

An improved tool to facilitate the usually difficult operation of removing bushes from Ford pistons has been brought out recently by Lake and Elliott, Ltd., of Braintree, Essex.

The tool is exceedingly simple to operate.. It is made in three portions—the anvil, or block, which fits between the bottom -ing and the scraper ring and possesses an aperture into which the bush may fall whet, driven out, a stepped collar and the


driver. The bushes must be rembved by driving them out from within, as there is not sufficient clearance for removing them if driven in from the outside.

In using the tool the stepped collar is inserted into the lower bush and the piston is located on the block. The driver is then inserted through the top bush. The end of the driver is slightly forked, the prongs tending to spring outwards, whilst the shoulder above the fork comes into contact with the collar. The spring of the fork prevents the stepped collar from falling off and the tool is in the correct position for driving out the upper bush after the piston has been turned ever on the block.

311.—Keep Tight the Bolts of the Universal Ball-cap Housing.

Behind the transmission cover of tie Ford chassis is positioned what is known as the universal ball-cap housing, which is secured to the transmission cover and crankcase by bolts and setscrews. Besides carrying the propeller-shaft tube and universal coupling, an inverted housing which holds a whitemetal bearing to support the rear part of the transmission is also held by 'hese bolts and setscrews. If they be allowed to become loose, as is often the case owing to their being out of sight—out of mind, a good deal of power will be lost and the rear main bearing of the engine will have the whole of the stresses of the transmission thrown on it. There is also a risk of fracturing the rear end of the engine block, and it is, therefore, most important that the bolts and setscrews should be kept tight.


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