Finally got the touring out of one of the trailers where dad put it some forty years ago. He never really began the restoration on this one. Everything is there but its not assembled. He must have disassembled it for restoration and then never got to it. I had never seen the car in the day light until today.
Body is in remarkably good condition with no dents or body rot. The upholstery isnít that great and was obviously a nesting place for chipmunks..
But it was great to finally see the car. As the Torpedo goes into final paint, I will,crazy or not, now begin the restoration of this touring.
You can see the body number on the riser. The initials say, ďF B COĒ. which I believe stands for Fisher Body Company and the body number is 54572.
The engine number is 141607 and you can see the data plate number is 135229
It was exciting to see the body for the first time, so I thought you may be interested in seeing some photos
Great looking body..Good luck with the restore!
What great material for the start of a restoration! That will make a wonderful car.
Please keep us posted with progress photos, and most of all, "Git-er-done!"
That is great! Thank you for posting the photos of the body number etc. As far as I know F B CO would stand for Fisher Body Company. I have not yet been able to track down a document that would "prove that", but it is a logical possibility. At the moment it is also my "theory" on what it means when F B CO is found stamped into wood on Model T Fords. Note that has also been found on floorboards. [And not that sometimes the F B CO has been found in bodies with a different known body maker. I believe that is the result of the floorboards being mixed up during the past. I.e. the bodies were supplied with floorboards, but the floorboards had to be taken out of the body to make it easier to install the body etc. I suspect, but I do not have proof that the floorboards were stacked and a different floorboard could be used in a different body than the one it came out of. Yes, that is another one my theories. But for both of those if anyone has additional information to confirm or correct them, please let us know.
Again -- looks like a great car to work on!
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I need that rear axle for my 12! You don't want that piece of junk anyways. ;)
Now that's a great original project. Have fun I am envious. Can you post a picture if the engine?
Fantastic! You even have original upholstery for pattern!
There is Fisher Body '12 in my area, FBCo 42160, s/n, data plate, 100010, s/n 87486. Est Marchi-sh 1912 car.
Is the door latch assembly the same for the back doors as the fore-doors?
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Thanks Royce, Hap, Mike, Mark, Keith and all for the good words.
Keith, the door latches are all the same on the three doors. The doors work perfectly which surprised me. In fact those are same latches that are on all my 3 1912ís,, the ball-ish knob handle. Those Fisher Body numbers you cite, make sense, an earlier car and all the numbers are less. So thatís good info for you Hap.
Hap, thanks, I will check the floor boards for numbers.
Mark, I will post photos of the engine tomorrow along with some more of the original parts.
For those who sent me emails and want to see more photos..Still not all, have the fenders and splash aprons as well and oil pan they are in a different trailer and boxed.
hogs head is dated
Thought the radiator was in great shape, but have a new one dad bought several new ones in the early 80ís and they are still crated..
It must have been like Christmas unwrapping the best gift ever! :-)
That looks like a complete car and with most things in good shape.
Top Irons, bows,
part of the top? Don't know for certain.
Great , Just great, good luck and cant wait to see the progress!