I'm rebuilding my front end and I'm looking for a STRAIGHT front axle in good shape. Thanks!
I assume you are looking for a DB axle?
I had a '15 and it didn't have "DB" on it...unless I'm mistaken, I think most of the DB stuff started to disappear during the '14 model year. Might have TW or SF on it though. I believe Ford markings started to show up around 1919.
Like Tim said probably no DB by 1915. In addition to TW and SF there were axles (Herbrand or Hebrand) with an H inside a diamond. Not sure which years but in 1919 the started having Ford on them. Here is the TW on a 1911-14 spindle arm. T over W close to speedometer mount hole.
I believe I need a TW but I won't be completely certain until I take another look at it and I just left to go out of town. It is an early (February) 1915 so there might be a very slight chance it's a DB. I'll know for sure in a couple of days. Or I'll have my wife take a look at it... we'll see how that goes!
Dan Hatch may be able to help you. He sells rebuilt front axles and makes the tooling to do the job yourself.
DB axles have been seen on unmolested original '15s. However, most original '15s appear to have TW axles, as well as several others. The TW front axles appear to go as early as 1912. Transue and Williams began as two different companies well known in the automotive industry, and they made a lot of parts for early Fords. Their merger (I can't look it up right now) was right around the earliest model Ts.
Slight drift, I have an early early transmission driven plate with a "W" maker's mark. I don't know for certain, but wonder if it may be pre-merger Williams?
While the DB axles are prized by the brass era crowd, the others from that era are no less correct.
Jerry: If I can help, PM me. Thanks, Dan