Just got a load of parts in check this out very early 1915 steering column, note no horn tube or hole for horn button, still has brass plating on part of the rods, also picked up nice 1915 riveted windshield complete,Bob
Going to list the on t-bay next week
I bought one just like it at an old auto junk yard in Texas County, Missouri, in 1973. I put it in a 1915 runabout and sold it a few years ago.
I have two in my shop right now. Good find.
I have one on the rig I just put on the road. Was very surprised to learn of it's vintage and rarity.
My '15 Touring (which has an engine number that suggests an assembly date of either April or March) has a steering column with no provision for a button or a wire. The notch in the floorboards makes me suspect it had been manufactured with a squeeze-bulb horn. When I bought the car, it had been fitted with a hand-Klaxon mounted on the driver's side. No idea when that was installed.
I had one I used in my '15 Roadster (runabout). It had some brass plating on the control rods up at the quadrant. Some of the local experts argued that it wasn't brass plating at all. Just rub-off from the quadrant. Wish I had known you guys then.
Just brought one home Tuesday and it also even had the lower bracket with the raised numbers !
I see one every time I drive my 1915. That's the typical steering column for the 1915 model year. The type for a car with electric horn would be identical except for a pair of holes on the top for the horn button and I think six holes on the bottom to secure the wire tube (not sure about that part).
I would not call it a "very early" 1915 column. It is the most common column used in 1915.