I have a question with regards to the roadster "bun" patch panels. In Langs catalog they are listed as S154-P and S155-P. The first is listed for a roadster, and the second is listed for a roadster pick-up. However, I just saw a picture from the Ford Factory assembly plant in Indianapolis which shows that what is considered to be a roadster pickup panel installed on a roadster on Nov 5,1925.
Perhaps the panel with the end embossed was a difference between early and late 1926. Donnie, do you or any other person have information with regards to this?
I have seen factory photos with roadsters with the embossing at the end of the panel. However I have seen many roadster that do not have the embossing at the end of the panel, which makes me think perhaps this is another early to late difference, rather than a roadster to roadster pick-up difference.
The long bun panel is 1926, The short bun panel is 1927.
No proof other than countless observations.
I have no proof also, but my observation is the same. Perhaps someone can confirm as the suppliers selling the patch panels may give one the wrong impression if this is true!
Arnie, I believe you and Mike may be correct. I have no dates as to change of the panels. I just have observations and probably the same photos that you mention. You are probably right on the catalogs being wrong. There are lots of things that have been "thought" to be right for so long that the wrong thing has became the "new right". That is one of the things that I hope the Improved Models studies will help change. I have not did any studies for the last few months as its just too cold . !!!! Ill try to continue when it warms up some (probably after I have laid the Chickasha trip to rest )
Arnie, I think you and Mike and Donnie are right and the catalogs are wrong too. Again, no proof, other than observations.