I was told the appearance of this bolt that runs across the width of the body (in this case a touring) is an indication of an 'earlier' body.
Can any of you shed light on when this appeared and disappeared?
That bolt appeared in about spring of 1915. It is a typical feature of 1916 - 1921 or thereabouts touring bodies.
For contrast, here is an earlier 1915 body. The earlier bodies have mostly wood structure in the bodies.
Thanks Royce. Good to know when it appeared - Do we know for sure when it disappeared?
Boy this is a good question! I scratched my head on this one also.
I am almost to the point of getting my 21 Touring together. Seat springs and upholstery is coming next.
The body is a low cowl, 5 piece back somewhere between 19-21. It had no engine. The rear seat kick panel has a B embossed on it so I am assuming it is a Beaudette body.
It didn't have the bolt thru the body that's on some of these cars. BUT the seat frame has the hole for it.
Since Ford used up to five body makers during this period (so I've read) did all the body makers use the bolt through the body?
I have some old panels from the same period (low cowl) and some panels have the hole and some don't.
Anyway I left out the bolt with the new replacement panel I bought for it.
My car may have been a transition car since its a early to mid year 21.
The bolt indicate the cars has a metal seat frame. Non-bolt cars have a wooden seat frame. It depends on the body manufacturer. IIRC Kaler was one of those who used wood seat frames in 1915.
IMHO, the story about wood seat frames because of conserving metal for WWI is, as Henry would have said, bunk. It all depends on the body manufacturer.
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