I'm loading up parts to take to Chickasha, and this front axle is one of them. I like to put the years on the parts when I can, to help potential buyers. This axle has the following in relief:
Ford in script, then an H in a diamond, then 4 2 9.
Are these numbers a date code?
There also is an AAX-8 (or 3) on the inner side of the perch boss, in case it matters:
Thanks for any info.
Sorry Mike, the format for the dated axles I have and have seen is as this: 6 - 16 - 26
That's what I have seen, as well. That's why the single-digit 9 has me buffaloed. I'm not thinking it's an '09 axle, just wondering what it is.
Here's a quick answer. I've tried to run down different from axles for a couple of projects, and here's some comments by Trent Boggess in the encyclopedia that I found most helpful:
"Two tidbits did come out of the front axle releases. First, trademarks in the forgings: one of the most commonly observed trademarks is TW in a diamond or circle. This is Transue & Williams. The second trademark is an H which stands for Herbrand. Technically, the axles produced by these two companies should be distinguishable. In Sept. 1920 Ford introduced a new design axle forging which was straight between the two spring perch bosses. The older design is curved between the two bosses. The older curved design was designated T-202-B1 and was made by Herbrand. Transue & Williams and Ford made the straight design which was designated T-202-B2. (The curved design referred to here is not the same as the late 1926 and 1927 where the middle of the top of the axle is about 1/2 lower, and presents a definite distinguishable curve between the perches, than on older designs.)"
So, sounds like it's pre-1920. It's obviously not a Dodge Brothers axle, so I'd say it's in the 1915-1919 range. But that's just my semi-educated guess. Could be older, too - Trent doesn't specify when Herbrand began forging axles.
I thought the "AAX" designated a different steel used '25-'27??
There were several companies that forged axles for Ford. I believe Herbrand was the only one that put the actual dates on them. I have one in my garage that says 5-24-25 on one side, and on the other it says 5-25-25!
Larry, they must have been doing that axle when the quitting bell rang.
Perhaps it was the midnight shift.