What, if any, differences are there been the 1924-25 Model T coupes and the 1926-27 models. My engine number dates to Jan 1926 but I bought the car as a 1927. There are no serial numbers on the frame rails. Is there any other way to tell what year I might have.
It is my understanding that the early 26's didn't have the numbers. I'm not sure exactly when they started that.
Extreme difference in '24-25 model year coupes and the Improved Car coupe, 1926 model year, that began in Aug 1925. Remember, the same is true today, the 'new' model year for Ford was the fall of each year. So a mfg Aug 1925 is a 1926 Ford.
Your Jan '26 engine number would be a 1926 model year.
1926 Improved Ford
This body is ALL steel. The earlier ones are wood frame with metal nailed on panels.
Typical '25 and earlier
Typical, the frame stamps began in Dec 1925 for the Improved Car, earlier Fords did not have frame stamps.
It is typical that engine swaps were made, your T may not have its original engine.
A picture of your Ford T would help to date it.
In dating a car, the engine serial number is a basic starting point. But because so many engines have been swapped in the past ninety years, you also need to post good pictures, the more the better. Show the front and rear suspension, the engine compartment from both sides, the interior (including pedals), firewall, fan, etc. Some features are specific to one or two years, and may be very helpful in dating a car. These cars are often registered and titled with the wrong year, so that 1927 you were told may or may not be right.