After 70 years in existence, any manner of things may have taken
place with a car. Even if it has been stored
most of it's entire life, it was made impure at the factory. Parts were made
and installed by a
person. Model T's needed fitting. Factories used over runs from the last year's model,
in order to make every
effort to keep the Model T factory line moving. Ford used black
paint, because it dried faster than any other paint.
Some autos were knocked down at
the factory, shipped by train, Re-Assembled at small town dealerships. The dealers
would hire anyone to help put the cars back together. If a part was
missing or broken, the workers would make a new part. It didn't have to
match the other side,
it just had to fit. Workers even used the crates as floor boards. Often, when a
dealer sold a car, it was Titled on the date of sale, not the year it was made.
Non-USA made Ford Roadsters & Tourings had all working doors.
Ford used custom parts as early as 1913. If
you needed a replacement part, dealers only had what was available, which
probably was a metal piece.
1916 was the last last year of
the Brass era. 1917 through 1922, saw these changes: 1917 had a steel radiator
shell; 1919 demountable rims & electric starter; 1920 cowl lamps became an
option. 1923 and 1924 cars were identical to each other, but some bodies had steel
doors; balloon tires; nickel plated radiator shell; the Center Door Sedan was dropped; a
real Tudor Sedan was made and Henry Ford renamed the Four-door Sedan, to be
the Fordor, after himself, which is now a registered trademark for the Ford Motor
In 1926, the doors and the body
sills were steel. Everything was about to change. Lower cars; drivers side doors became
usable; chrome bumpers and
colors other than black.
and 1927 styles were identical, except wood spokes were replaced by the "new"
In May of 1927, the Model T
assembly line was shut down. Ford built more than 15 million cars from 1914 to 1927.
The first Model A cars rolled off the line in early DEC.1927. In less than
30 days Ford had sold all of the 4000 cars they had built.
"AR' body styles, made in 1927, but sold as a 1928 car. Do you have an "AR"? Go to our