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FUEL SHUT OFF VALVE



A very popular Model T accessory is a valve to shut off the fuel supply at the carburetor. This is a safety measure to prevent a possible carburetor leak from dripping gasoline when the car is parked and creating a fire hazard.



The Model T parts dealers sell a valve like this, and a lot of people use it. Others use a ball valve available at any decent hardware store. Both are effective, but are too modern in appearance to suit me. This one also is so tight that you need a wrench to turn it. Some of the dealers sell another version that has more of a T era appearance, but it's expensive.


     

So I decided to use the stock Ford inlet elbow (Part #6154) and use the sediment bulb valve under the gas tank as a shutoff. But it would be pretty inconvenient crawling under the car every time I wanted to turn the valve. So I made an accessory that lets me control the valve from beside the car.


A handle under the running board is attached to a rod that goes to the sediment bulb valve. A screen door spring wired to the frame puts a little tension for stability on the rod. When the handle is down the valve is closed.
     
The bracket holding the rod and handle is made of half inch angle iron with washers welded on the ends and is held by running board bolts. This setup doesn't require drilling any holes in the car.  When the handle is up the valve is open. A piece of pallet strap riveted to the bracket serves as a spring to keep the handle up.





The upper end of the rod has a sleeve that fits over the valve handle and is held in place by a small hose clamp. The sleeve swivels to accomodate the changing angle as the valve is turned.


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