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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dave Wells on Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 10:21 pm:

Hi everyone. This is my first posting. Nice to meet you all. I've been lurking here for a few months and decided to join in now that I've seen what a great forum this is. I have a very original 1919 Runabout, serial 3125xxx. I know it was built late in May 1919 but, I would like to know if it came from Highland Park or one of the branch plants. Could someone please look it up? Thanks. Dave.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Steve Jelf, Parkerfield KS on Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 10:54 pm:

Saturday, May 24.

3,124,672 3,125,800
(3,125,801 3,126,000) 200 to Long Island
3,126,001 3,127,606
Daily total: 2,735


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Wayne Sheldon, Grass Valley, CA on Friday, May 17, 2013 - 01:01 am:

Most Ts, there are few if any records to say definitely which branch assembly plant produced it or not. Most years, only original purchase and sales records may have that information. Someday, maybe while researching their model K, someone will find those records. (Just joking)
Dave W,
Welcome to the affliction! For some, it can become life-long!
That runabout looks like a good start on a nice collection!
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Rob Heyen - Nebraska on Friday, May 17, 2013 - 01:16 am:

Dave,

Welcome. You'll receive a lot of great advice on this forum, lot's of great T knowledge among the members.

Enjoy,

Rob


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Roger Karlsson, southern Sweden on Friday, May 17, 2013 - 04:16 am:

Here's an interesting history over Ford's archive: http://alturl.com/nn25u

"Ford's historical records suffered another serious blow in August 1970, when a fire at the museum destroyed many production records, automotive drawings, building blueprints and artwork by Norman Rockwell."

I guess that's the main reason so many questions remain unanswered about Model T production after the early teens.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dave Wells on Friday, May 17, 2013 - 07:26 am:

Thanks so much guys. I know about the records fire. It seems every time I buy a classic car, there is a records fire that covers the year of car that I own. Too bad because I love knowing the history. Steve, what can you tell me about those 200 cars to Long Island NY? I've never heard of that. My car is one of them.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Steve Jelf, Parkerfield KS on Friday, May 17, 2013 - 08:07 am:

Serial numbers listed in Bruce's encyclopedia from January 1918 through December 1919 include blocks of numbers and/or knocked-down engines sent to Long Island. Those are on most days of production, but not all.

Beginning in January 1920 the numbers sent to other plants are given without any designation of which plants they were.

"Blocks of engine numbers and 'knocked down' engines continued to be shipped to Long Island and to other assembly plants. The serial numbers are listed in the records but are not shown here after December, for they serve little purpose other than being of some interest. The production figures shown from here on are for Highland Park only. The differences between the serial numbers and the production numbers are due to the shipments to the branches."

That's all I know.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By David Stroud on Friday, May 17, 2013 - 01:59 pm:

Dave, look for a number stamped in the wood just inside of the left door next to the floorboards. I don't know about a '19, but my '25 coupe has one there. The numbers are preceded by KC, so I assume it was assembled at the Kansas City branch plant.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dave Wells on Friday, May 17, 2013 - 07:00 pm:

Thanks very much Steve. It's interesting to know that my car was one of the 200 assembled at the New York plant. I knew I had a north east coast car. It's also nice to know the date it was built. I'm glad to see the factory still exists and has just been restored. If I ever make it to New York again, I will be sure to stop and see it. That would be the fifth Model T plant I have visited. I have already been inside Highland Park, The Rouge and both Toronto plants.

David, there appears to be a number stamp on my passenger side floorboard riser. I was considering chemically stripping off the paint so I could read it but, it looks so blurry, I don't think it would help, although I might try it soon anyway and post the results here.

BTW, this car is now in Canada. Nearly all T owners I know have Canadian cars. Mine is the American original which is how i wanted it.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dave Wells on Friday, May 17, 2013 - 07:02 pm:

Thanks very much Steve. It's interesting to know that my car was one of the 200 assembled at the New York plant. I knew I had a north east coast car. It's also nice to know the date it was built. I'm glad to see the factory still exists and has just been restored. If I ever make it to New York again, I will be sure to stop and see it. That would be the fifth Model T plant I have visited. I have already been inside Highland Park, The Rouge and both Toronto plants.

David, there appears to be a number stamp on my passenger side floorboard riser. I was considering chemically stripping off the paint so I could read it but, it looks so blurry, I don't think it would help, although I might try it soon anyway and post the results here. That is the side effect of having an open car.

BTW, this car is now in Canada. Nearly all T owners I know have Canadian cars. Mine is the American original which is how i wanted it.


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