I ran across this and wanted to post it- I am not connected to the auction in any way.
Thank you for posting. If anyone on the forum follows up, it would be good to know where the engine number is stamped on the crankcase. On the first Model Ns the engine was stamped to the rear on the left side.
At some point, the crankcase s had a raised boss toward the front of the crankcase, and the number was stamped there.
Thanks for posting the “For Sale” link. Note Model N Runabout #174 was originally shipped from the Piquette Ave Ford Plant Aug 6, 1906. [Ref Trent's Early Ford Data Base available on the CD that comes with "Pate's Early Ford Automobile Encyclopedia" available from: http://www.earlyfordcars.info/
Some better quality photos would allow us to confirm it has the 1906 exhaust manifold, body with the body irons coming out of the back of the seat rather than wrapping around the top of the seat etc. If anyone is seriously interested in the car -- if you would like a second set of eyes to review photos etc. please drop me a note. And of course for that amount of money -- you would need to go look and drive the car.
There is an excellent support group for the 1903-1908 pre-T Fords -- the Early Ford Registry see: http://www.earlyfordregistry.com/ . And Lang's carries several pages of spare parts. A few of the early T parts are the same as the Model N,R,S, and SR cars (front spring, front ball bearing parts, rear brake shoes, etc.)
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Rob... theres an email address and a phone number to call the guy. Maybe theres a spare chassis behind the barn. He who hesitates is lost! ws
I know this car. If anyone thinks they may be serious about buying it send me a PM and I can tell you what I know of it.
Jerry, do you know where the engine number is stamped?
I'm sorry, that's one detail I don't recall. I may be able to find out however. I'll get back here if I can solve the mystery.
The car belongs to my neighbor in Lathrup Village MI. The car has been in a climate controlled environment since it was restored 30 years ago. It is currently being serviced by the head mechanic of the Henry Ford Museum. Once the car is running (it was lubricated but never started after the restoration)it will be relisted for sale. Engine # stamp location will be posted at that time.
Is it just me or does nearly everybody who offers an antique/vintage car or motorcycle these days 'Selling It For a Neighbor'?
It's getting to be as ubiquitous a term on eBay and other selling venues as; 'Barn Find'.
P.S. Original Barn Find: I'm selling a dairy cow this week for a neighbor if anyone is interested and that's 'No Bull'.
I'm told that the number is on the "Engine No." milled pad, as with all the later NRS engines.
Thanks Jerry. Bryan, we'll look forward to any info. Thank you,