I was wondering, when did Ford stop putting Engine Casting Dates on the blocks? Why did they stop. My 14 T Runabout has one, 11 22 13, but my 1924 engine doesn't have one.
I guess this was a Dumb Question. Inquiring minds just wanted to know.
I think it was a practice that ended with the two valve covers during the winter 1921/22.
My 22 Touring has the two piece valve covers and a casting date of Jan 31 1922.
Appears the info now is casting dates came off blocks in 1922. When isn't clear.
What is clear is that the Rouge Plant was making all the blocks by end of 1922. One could consider the amount of new methods and processes in that huge, largest casting and forging operation in the world at that time would have made simple controls such as casting dates in blocks as part of materials control not really practical.
So its likely casting dates in the blocks were no longer a control need to rely on, and they were discontinued.
Is it the same with heads? I'm pretty sure I once saw a cylinder head with a '23 casting date.
Thanks for the information. I didn't realize the used them as late as the early 1920's.
An interesting anomaly is Canadian engine blocks, cylinder heads and transmission covers have casting dates until the end of production in August 1927.
Weren't replacement engines made in Canada for some years after serial production ended like in USA? Or were replacements imported as needed? (Ford USA made their last T engines in 1941)