I received this email from a friend of mine, and as I know next to nothing about the '12 torpedo as such, was moved to post his question here:
"I just started to think about the 1912 Torpedo that I have. One of the things that I am missing is the Patent Plate. The mounting holes on my original firewall, measure 3 and 7/16 inches horizontally, and 2 and 3/8 inches vertically between the holes. I purchased from Langís a part # 1865B and a 1865C; neither is correct. The #1865B is way too small, and the #1865C is way too big, and also, as shown in Gail Roddaís , Parts Identification Guide Vol. 2, page 25, the part# 1865C was used in early 1913 only. My engine number is 129xxx. I am not sure, but I think I need the plate that is shown in picture #7, of the book just mentioned, but I donít know if the mounting is close, or the same as I have. ... The plate shown in picture #7 as far as I know is not presently available from the vendors. If I remember right, they called that a midyear version, and said that it was only used for a short time."
Anyone have any details about this plate they'd share here?
I have two 1912 Torpedos(The early one which you restored the coil box and coils) and one 1912 Touring. They all have different size data plates.
The first one you see is the data plate for the early, February Torpedo,
The second one, the long and narrow one, is the for the July Touring
The last one which is a B engine Torpedo, I donít have the data plate handy but here is a photo of the original dash and you can see that it is larger than the others.
So I would think that yours should be either of the first two.
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The Data plate for the eary,February Torpedo. It didnt seem to upload in my post
Thanks, Greg. Do any of your plates, or the holes in the dash that you show, match up with the measurements he gives?
I will check and get back to you ..