Should my 1918 Touring have round felloes or square felloes? (Non-demountable) What is correct for 1918?
According to the MTFCA Encyclopedia:
"The felloes were changed to “square” instead of being rounded, apparently in late 1917 or early 1918 according to a letter dated April 16, 1918 at the Ford Archives."
Round felloe with round spokes, square felloe first used in 1921.
From Bruce McCalley's book:
"By 1920 the square-felloe wheels were used in some production, along with the round felloe type. 30 X 3" tires were used in front when the car had standard wheels. By 1925 all wheels had the square fellow."
That's all I could find about felloes.
The last word in he quote should be "felloe". Darn auto-correct.......
Think that both styles used for a while. Ford had several mfg. making wheels to keep up with production.
Accession doc dated April 16, 1918 states two suppliers, Hayes and Prudden making wheels with square felloe. Felloe actually had a 1/16" radius on the edge of the felloe.
So could be at late 1918 square used on some T's, rounded on others.
As for conflicting documentation, use Bruce's data, unless others will advance his efforts in the future. Lots of unknowns on when parts were first used on the Ford, lots of changes made in lots of assembly plants.
Typical square felloe non-demountable, don't know maker...