Model T Ford Maintenance Guide
Keeping your Model T running smoothly (and, of course, looking great while doing so) is no easy task. Caring for antique cars takes a lot of patience, dedication, and know-how. It also takes the right gear.
At Snyder’s Antique Auto Parts, we are committed to providing enthusiasts with quality Model T parts, tips and advice. We’re just as passionate about antique cars as you are, and do our best to encourage hobbyists to get the most out of their antique car experience— whether they’re new to Model Ts or have been working on them for years.
In the interest of enthusiasts from every level of experience, we’ve gathered information from experts on the best ways to keep your Model T running like the beauty it is. Below are our Top Five Maintenance Tips for Model T owners:
1. Prevent Problems
Just like your health, prevention is key when it comes to maintaining your Ford Model T. If you prevent problems from occurring, you won’t have to fix them. It’s as simple as that.
Keep your Model T stored in a dry, low humidity environment and under a well fitted cover. Extra attention like storing your car on a jack during the months you won’t be driving it will keep it off the ground and save your tires.
2. Follow a Routine
Never expect your antique car to run perfectly after a long storage if you don’t care for it during that time. Keeping up a basic maintenance routine, even when you aren’t driving your car, will preserve your Model T and keep it running its best.
Check your coolant level, fan belt, transmission bands, engine oil, tire air pressure-all on a regular basis. If you do these things consistently, you’ll prolong the life of your Model T and save yourself on costly repairs!
3. Use the Right Tools
If you’re lucky, you inherited the original tool bag that came with your Model T when you bought it. These, of course, are the ideal tools to work on your car with. If you didn’t get the original tool bag, you need to build your own—if you haven’t already.
Once you have your basic tools gathered, we’d recommend going the extra mile and gathering tools to build a mechanics toolbox. This will guarantee you have all the right tools to care for your Model T.
4. Read Up
The more you know, the better. Find out all you can about your Model T. Researching information about Model Ts from books (both old and new), reputable online sources, and Model T mechanics manuals will give you the extra leverage you need to make the most of your antique car experience. Brushing up on your basic auto mechanics will help a lot, too.
5. Become a Member
There are many Model T clubs and communities, both online and off. Do some research and find one (or more) to join. Check and see if there are any in or near your town.
Getting acquainted with other Model T enthusiasts like yourself gives you the opportunity to reap benefits from the experiences of others, and to share some of your own knowledge, too. Model T clubs and communities bring together people from all levels of experience, from beginners to experts. Plus, it’s always fun to get to know people who hold the same appreciation and passion for antique cars that you do.
Have specific Model T questions? Check out our Model T Ford Questions page on our site for answers.