Can anyone tell me who supplied the rear springs for the 1914 T's? While sanding down my rear leaf springs, I noticed some markings on the very top. I see an "H", the number 414 and what's left of a makers stamp. Is the "H" for Hayes?
Probably Herbrand. They made a lot of Ford's tools.
"The company was originally organized in 1881 as the Herbrand Carriage Forgings by Charles Thompson, who had been in the hardware store business, J. B. Van Doren and Jacob Herbrand, an inventor who held patents on Herbrand products.
The company’s early products included drop forgings for vehicle springs and suspension systems."
i have one with a 1915 date on it. charley
Bill I went through my rear axle last summer and found a date on the top leaf of the rear spring. I was installing it and decided I should take a picture. In the picture I had taken the leather cushion off and sanded the paint back off so the date would show......1913 T Runabout.
Robert, I suppose the numbers on my spring could indicate a date code of April, 1914 since my car was assembled 4/10/14.
Bill that is what I was thinking.......also the one picture you have with "hash marks"......seems familiar , just wish I had taken more pictures before I painted......I have a build date on my engine by serial number of 7-3-1913...and a good embossed number on the body from Beaudette.....but do not have a Ford body number.
I've had a number of these springs, and the "H" is usually part of HP, which stands for Hess Pontiac. They were used up through 1918.