I was lucky enough to find NOS springs for my current project. I took them apart and sand blasted them and came across these Ford scripts.
Neat! Was the Ford script randomly stamped or usually in one area on all the springs. I have noticed the DD but didn't notice Ford on the springs that I've done. Maybe I didn't look close enough or it was worn off.
You find it in lots of places, like front cross members on black era cars, rear radius rods, thrust washers, axle bearing sleeves, and timing gears.
More spring marks.
Great, I've found marks near the center bolt on my worn 26/27 springs.
Now you have a chance to round off the cut edges on the leafs rubbing on the leaf below, then maybe the wear will be much less than typically found on used springs.
It's easy to mix graphite powder into black paint if you can't find slip plate locally - that's close to what Ford painted the springs with.
Block letters too. I recently bought a curled front leaf with block letters. Must have been made in the '20s.
Makes me wonder if the block "FORDX" was not a factory job. Perhaps one of those spurious parts Henry warned us about?
John, The Ford script was only on one leaf. It was the fifth one down on the front on the underside of the leaf. The placement of the Ford script was 3 inches in from the center of the Ford script. The script with the DD was 5 1/2 inches in to the center of the script on the other end of the leaf. The Ford script was 1 1/4 inches long. I found no script on the rear spring, but it had the same Ford dealer tag on it and the same paint as the front. Whether it was Ford or after market, who knows.
Roger, I have ground the edges. The wear should be a lot less.