Installing Directionals on a Ford T Model
|After a near collision with another Model T
on the 2001 National Tour, I vowed to put directionals and brake lights on
the Coupe. Now that my son is 16 and is driving the Coupe in this
years tour, I needed to act. I purchased one of the directional kits
from Snyders. It's about $70 odd dollars and contains a 4 wire
directional switch, flasher, flasher pigtail, a fused link, and 4 18
wheeler side lights, all with 6 volt bulbs.
When I was on the Biliy Melton tour, I spied a 24 Roadster that had a really sano setup, so I plaguerized the setup.
I had my son, AJ, install the front directional lights, as in figure 1. He enlarged the holes on the directional bracket to 3/8 and attached them, upside down, on the front radiator mounts. I needed to re-bend the light bracket so the wire would clear the Model T frame.
Next came the rear. Fortunately, the rear spare carrier bracket is ideal for mounting, and already had holes drilled. Again enlarging the holes of the light brackets to 3/8", I had my son, AJ, bolt them up.(Figure 3 and 4)
We then ran wire from the left front directional, through the insulator on the hood shelf, to the left rear directional. Same for the right side. One solid wire, point A to point B.
Installation of the 4-wire directional switch (Figure 5) was a bit of a chore. The first thing we did, was to put black electrical tape around the steering column, just below the horn button. That will keep the switch from sliding down. Next, we soldered a wire to the switch clamping band and ran that to ground. That is needed to give the switch a good ground, despite the electrical tape. We then bolted up the switch and ran the 4 wires down the steering column. I took a hose clamp the size of the flasher, and fashioned a one inch piece of excess switch band material (tin), drilled a hole at either end, and screwed the hose clamp to the underside of the dash wood. The flasher was put in the hose clamp and tightened up. That made the flasher hidden from view, yet secured to the wood dash support. I ran the fused link from the flasher power lead, to one terminal of the ammeter. This would provide power to the directionals with fused protection. The blue wire was then spliced into the left lights wire using one of those blue splice connectors - no wire breakage this way. The yellow went to the right side. The remaining wire went to the flasher.
Plugging the flasher into the flasher socket and hooking up the battery was the last task. All signals worked correctly and the hazard lights flashed as claimed. I later found these lights for $2.99 each at PEPBoys. The switch will run about $40 odd dollars. Or, order the kit direct from Snyders.
Figure 1 - Front directional light attachment