I just received my copy of The Ford Times for all of 1909, that's all twelve months starting October 1908 and over 400 pages. It was digitized by Google books and ordered from the Harvard Book Store. It cost $12.50 for the book and another $5.00 for shipping.
I just think it is very good reading for anyone to get a feel of what it was like to be a dealer of Fords back in the day. It even shows how to re charge the magnets in the car with 4=6volt batteries. I know that this was a recent topic on the form.
I also want to thank all of you that replied to my search of information for the wheels on a 1909. I would like to see some more close up pictures showing how the joining plates were anchored, rivets or with nuts and bolts also any pictures of the tear drop spokes. I will be having a set of new wheels built by Mr. Stutzman in the near future and want to make sure they are built as originally equipped. Thanks, Steve
Here are two pictures of early 1909 wheels, on a restored T done by one of the most knowledgeable restores around.
If you zoom on the above with your Windows tool bar, you can see the anchor rivets of the jointing plate.
Thanks Dan, you can really see the teardrop of the spoke in these pictures. I plan to leave most of my car as found but the wheels were changed to 30x3.5 demountable but retained the non taper rear axle hubs. I am putting everything together to take to Mr. Stutzman, I have the correct hubs front and rear but only have front rims that have the countersunk wood screw holes in them. Thanks again for the pictures.
If you are looking at restoring items as accurately as possible, I would recommend two sources for good information. First, Bruce McCalley’s “Model T Comprehensive Encyclopedia” CD available from Barbara McCalley. She had them advertised on both the MTFCI and MTFCA site a while back but I did not see them on either swap site when I just looked. There is a posting about the CD at: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/257047/303050.html
I would recommend both the CD and the reprint of Bruce’s book. But if you are only going to obtain one of them, I would recommend you obtain the CD as it has information that was corrected and added since the book was originally published. I have not reviewed the reprinted version of Bruce’s book – so I do not know if it exactly as the original or if it also includes some and/or all of the updates Bruce continued to make to the information. –
Second, I would recommend obtain a copy of the MTFCI Sixth Edition of the Judging Guidelines. Bruce also contributed some towards that effort. And while it will continue to be updated over the coming years as additional information is discovered and documented, it a an excellent resource. See the posting at: http://modelt.org/discus/messages/2/33968.html for information on how to order the guidelines [they are also available from the vendors – at a higher cost].
And of course the original documents from the Benson Ford Archives provide a wealth of information also.
Thank you for posting the information about the Google books version of some of the early Ford Times being available on CD. Not only are they fun to read, but they also can provide a lot of early photos to help with identification of paint schemes, lamps, etc. They also have an online version at: http://books.google.com/books?id=ZgAZAQAAIAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=Ford+Times+1908&hl=en&sa=X&ei=KC7nUMq_BorM9QS7vICAAg&ved=0CDoQ6AEwAQ# I downloaded a copy as I haven’t figured out how to Zoom in on the text/photos without the photo disappearing off the right side of the screen. Once downloaded it acts like my other PDF photos etc.
Do you know if the photos and illustrations in the CD version of the Ford Times are the same resolution or if they are a higher resolution than the ones available online? For example at the bottom of page 9 of the first Ford Times in that group which is the Oct 1, 1908 vol II no I is the photo of a Model S Runabout shown below:
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