From the Jackson Citizen Patriot newspaper. Jackson, Michigan. May 18, 1927.
Very interesting! Thanks, Steve
They were very optimistic about the time it took to engineer and retool the factories for the new Model A.. Production started October 20, '27, but they weren't up for sale at the dealers until December 2.
There is also a book by almost the same title: Farewell To Model T.
It's interesting that at least one segment of the Ford customer base didn"t find the Model T outdated or obsolete as sometimes reported. Or perhaps it was just local government inertia, implying that approving a new model would slow down the process.
Or they were afraid of having to train everyone on how to use a stick-shift??
Didn't Ford say they would make parts "until the last Model T was off the road"? Here it says "five years". Did they expect all the Ts to be gone in five years? Regardless, they were wrong or they lied.
Ford built Model T engines until nearly the end of 1941. I'm thinking that except for WWI, they might have continued to build "T" engines even longer!
Since Ford built T engines until 1941 did that mean a complete engine assembly or just the short block. They may have continued to make transmission also.
I can remember in the early 60's reading in J.C. Whitney catalogs a section for Model T and A parts.
You could buy a rebuilt T transmission for 75.00.
Purchased for 2$ at local antique shop.....
Yes, a classic tribute....
John, the numbered engines they built were always complete, spare blocks weren't numbered. It's likely production of blocks was running about as long as the production of complete engines. Then it's likely parts were available from Ford's warehouses to be ordered by local dealers until they were sold out, like until the mid/late 40's maybe? Then other suppliers filled up the aftermarket demands when Ford no longer saw any profits in it.
When I restored my coupe in 1976 I bought the new tires from the current Sears catalog.
Dick, that was a great article, i really enjoyed reading that. It seems the love still continues.