I had some lose screws on the top plate of the front door. Removed the plate to plug the holes and found this number. Is this the body number, 134536 ? Any way of dating this number?
Should be the same number on all three doors and under the front seat if the wood is original Bob. There is usually a date next to the number under the front seat, but not always.
Thanks Royce, it is right where you said it would be, but there is no date that I see.
As I look at your photo, I suspect that what you are thinking is a "1" (number one) may actually be a poorly stamped "W" for the Wilson body company. Please let us know what the number on the wooden front seat frame reads.
From memory -- not as good as it once was -- I don't recall if the 1913 Wilson cars did or did not include the date with or near the body number. They did for the 1914 cars and apparently may not have for the 1912 bodies.
For details on where to look on the wooden front seat frame on the open cars, please see the thread: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/29/40322.html Note a 1913 would not repeat not have the body number on the front floor board riser, that started during 1915. Also remember to look on the front and rear heel panels to see if there is a letter stamped there.
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Hap, I removed the top plate from the right rear and I'm almost positive it is a 1. Here is a picture of that door.
Hap, W no date 13.
David -- thank you for confirming your USA 1913 Wilson bodied touring did not have a date. Does it have a “W” on the front or rear heal panel?
Bob--I missed your second posting. I agree it looks like a "1" and not a W in your follow on photos. Did you find any type of letter on the front or rear heel panel?
If you have a chance, please e-mail me a higher resolution copy of the photos of the numbers. Especially the entire front seat wooden frame rail where the number was stamped. Sometimes we can zoom in and possibly see something that was missed. In this case I would guess probably not -- but if you can e-mail the photo(s) I will try and see if I can make out any additional details. I'll probably be tied up for the next couple of days, but I will try to review them by the weekend. If you would like to send them, please click on my name and my e-mail address is the third line down.
Also please confirm the car is a USA produced and not a Canadian or other country produced Ford.
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