Here is a direct quote from page 558 in Bruces book: March 22, 1917 (acc. 78. Letter to all branches). "As we expect to paint all bodies black by April 15, we ask that you kindly give us an inventory of all the F-113 (blue body paint) you have on hand, and that you do not requisition any more of this material beyond your needs to April 15." I take this to mean they were still using blue paint until this time. The question is what bodies were they using it on, or is it possibly referencing wheels?
Why the heck does Ford Motor Company want to know how much F-113 the branch offices have in their inventory? It seems like an odd request.
March 1917 seems pretty late for midnight blue cars. However, the branches could have used the blue for repairs on '11-'13 cars.
Although I really like mine, I wish we had the definitive formula for F-113.
What's the date on surrounding ascensions? I wonder if the date was mistyped or transcribed in error. It might have been easy to confuse a 4 with a 7.
Here's more at the online encyclopedia: http://www.mtfca.com/encyclo/1914H.htm
"To add to the confusion, another letter, dated February 20, 1919, addressed to the branches, said, “As closed bodies are now being painted black, instead of green as heretofore, also carmine striped, it becomes imperative that the branches prepare to repair bodies when needed according to the new color. It is necessary that someone in your paint shop, accustomed to the method of striping, be assigned to this work, as this section of body painting is something new for branches to contend with. Striping pencils and carmine paint for striping will be furnished you for this purpose upon request for same.”
In the same letter, Ford goes on with “New paint specifications. . . These are being sent you at this time and comprise the change in sedan, coupe, touring car and torpedo body painting, according to the latest information. You will note the change in the Symbol number of paint used in painting closed bodies, as well as that for the touring car and torpedo bodies, and wheel paint, as called to your attention in our general letter of the 11th and 12th. F-165 and F-166 will be held for repairs only on closed bodies which were formerly painted green.”
So two different Ford letters dated 1917 and 1919 talks about other-than-black closed cars.
also, bruce's study finds that 1914 wheels are listed as blue in the parts reference. i have a 14 runabout soon to be on top the project list and the blue cars look very nice to me. any photos appreciated
"As we expect to paint all bodies black by April 15,..."
Apparently that change didn't happen by the 15th of April in '17, since there are known examples of 1918 closed cars with their original green body paint.
The 1919 letter saying closed cars are now being painted black probably is accurate. I've not heard of any '19 - '25 cars which were any color other than black.