I have a newbie question - Can someone help with dates /sequence for the changes in running board design. It appears the Ford script changed from cross ways to length ways or vise versa and then disappeared to plain diamond pattern by 26 27. What should I be looking for for my 24 roadster?
See the encyclopedia:
And the vendors:
Ford script across. Should be easy to find since many years were similar.
clear as day now.
Do your research. One misconception is running boards from '13-25 are the same. Totally wrong! Yes, the script runs the same way, but that is all. First, the script for the '13-16 or maybe later is the same style as the '12, only was turned 90 degrees. Next, the '13-14s have the carbide tank holes on BOTH SIDES. The fender holes are 1/4" through at least 1920 or 21. After that they were changed to 5/16. There are two styles of 26-7 running boards also, big script and small script. By the '20s the design of the Ford script decreased in size and appearance.
My '26 Touring does not have stamped steel running boards, and I have seen other T's of the same vintage in Europe similarly equipped. I think they are wood covered with linoleum and framed in metal.
Does anybody know if they left the factory this way, or are they replacements?
Roar, I know the european drop frame 1925 models had linoleum covered wood running boards and by 1926 there were a lot less special parts made for the drop frame models though they still had a special deeper than US rear cross member in the frame, the lowered front axle and special fenders, so why not the same running boards as in '25. I've got a swedish parts book for 1926, but I doubt it's correct for every aspect of the cars that were built - the parts book says the low 1925 spindles were supposed to be used on the 1926 cars too, but most swedish 1926 cars I've seen has the US spindles in low european front axles. Your car too, it seems, in the nice photo you posted the other day
Yes Larry is correct. The diamond pattern for 1913 - 1915 is such that the carbide tank holes fall out in between the diamonds.
My engine is numbered as if it were built very late December 1925 (12987766) according to Floyd Clymer's book, probably between Christmas and New Year, but it must have taken a while for it to appear in Copenhagen and installed in a car, so may be a mid to late January or early February build. It appears that it was first registered in Oslo on may first in 1926 with the registration plate of A-966. The second owner had A-4419, the third C-3582. When I bought it, the fourth owner had C-5500 on the registration plate, and I had A-77999.
I attach a picture of the front of the car. I am not well versed on frame and front spindle variations, so I wondered if you can tell from this picture which type of spindles I have.
What you said reinforces my thinking that the car never had steel running boards.
Years ago I dated a running broad. But we had to break it off. My poor old tired heart can only take so much.
you need to read the topic line a little more carefully! :-)
P.S. Was it fun while it lasted?
Oh, oh, now I see. Okay. Even starting to tell the story made me tired. Now that I see it the way it's written I gotta say no, I don't know crap about running boards.
You have the 26/27 US spindles, not the even lower european 1925 spindles as the parts book suggests you wuld have (but none I've seen have), so I think it's perfectly reasonable to assume both your running boards and spindles are just like the Copenhagen factory built the car
If you are a "T guy" and know more about running broads than running boards, it says a lot about you! Hope you had fun!