The top prop nuts on my 1927 roadster are nickel plated caps over an iron base. They measure 1 13/32" wide.
In original photos most of the prop nuts look dark but sometimes they appear light as if they are nickel plated.
Can anyone confirm if these are factory original?
This is the 15 millionth Model T built. It came off the assembly line as you see it here. Like every 1927 Model T touring, the prop nuts were painted black. The car is completely original including the tires, on display at the Henry Ford.
Thanks Royce. I've seen this car a couple times at the Henry Ford Museum many moons ago (before I acquired my roadster). Wish I had had a decent camera back then for collecting details.
I don't know if it's my computer screen or my ever-aging eyes, but the steering gear appears to be polished brass in this picture. That is nickel plated, isn't it?
Unfortunately the 15 millionth car has been repainted, who know what else was done?
In 1927 Ford offered a jazzed up version of the open cars called Sport roadster / Sport touring with gypsy curtains and a top booth. Don't know if nickeled prop nuts was included in the package? Some model A:s had nickeled prop nuts with the same thread, that's for sure.
Here's the 15th Million in new paint fresh, no nickel on the top prop nut, and nickel on the steering case.
The one you posted looks like old stock, but is probably aftermarket. They are 1 1/2" diameter, and are black.
Thanks for the info guys. I'm going to pop for the black repos.
With Model Ts being built in various plants and countries, how did they determine this was THE 15 millionth car? Considering Henry's accounting methods (or lack of them)in the T era I harbor some doubts as to the validity of this particular car being the actual 15 millionth produced. I suppose if not the actual car it is a symbol of the 15 million produced world wide and that is good enough.
I would think it would be due to the engine number which is valid enough I think even though the branch plants probably made another 1000 cars while they were having their little ceremony. BTW, has anyone here actually seen the stamped engine number? I've seen the car but, the hood was closed and off limits of course.
Factory photos of 15th million.
Note the engine in the background, either 14,999,999 or 15,000,001
Thanks Dan , I've never seen those photos. I think it's more than safe to call that the fifteen millionth Ford. Just like when the branch plants got their assigned blocks of numbers, they were just bins full of parts on an assembly line until the assigned numbers came along and were met by that guy with the hammer and punch. The number is the car.