It is interesting to see he ordered the optional electric lights and an oil gage. The car number listed is that the body number or just a production number?
The car number is stamped on the firewall patent plate. The motor number is the official VIN.
Without looking at the books, it appears that car was a Dec '12 or early Jan '13.
Was it normal for Ford dealers to install accessory lights? I wonder what brand they used. I wonder if Henry might have taken a dim view of this.
The two inner tubes were $7.15
The price of the 'lectric lights were $8.00!
Of course the dealership then had a set of gas lamps and a carbide generator to add to the inventory.
I see no battery. I wonder if the lights ran off of the magneto?
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"Elec. lights" could mean cowl lamps only, headlamps only, or both. It also could mean full lamps or just the internals to electrify the gas and/or oil lamps. It could even mean an electric spot-lamp added. Over the years, I have seen original photos of just about every combination of electrified lamps.
Lots of dealers sold accessories to go with the model Ts they sold. It was only a few years after this that Henry Ford complained to them and threatened them with losing their franchises. I don't recall what year it was, but he also threatened to void warranties if accessories were used at some point. Or so I have read. I don't think the threats were backed up very much, because many of the dealers did continue to sell accessories. Parts houses and jobbers sold many more also.
A wonderful piece to share! Thank you Jay.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Chains ----- snow chains ?
HE LEFT HIS CHAINS BEHIND advertisement.