I received a 1954 'reproduction' of the 1913 Ford Model T Instruction book today when I helped a friend get his Model A running.
Did Ford give these to new T buyers?
I think I have an instruction book for my '22 I just assumed that they came with the cars to teach new owners about them.
You need to take a little more time when you sit and color the T on the front page
I have a feeling Henry gave nothing away with the car. There was a price to everything that could be considered an accessory.
Ford didn't give anything he considered unnecessary away with his cars though an owners manual was indeed necessary in a time when most buyers hadn't driven anything but a horse before buying a Model T..
In the linked thread there's a packing list showing what was included when buying a Model T in 1914, the "Ford Manual" is #1: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/411944/453617.html
Yeah, but he seemed to pretty much stay in the lines Dennis!!
Did you receive a Model T Instruction Book when you bought a new Model T back in the day?
That 6th Edition Instruction Book is the modern reprint available. Got this one off the MTFCA Museum gift shop book rack.
Check thru the various pages and you will see old underlines in pen ink, that got reproduced when the later reprint was set on plates. Probably still today these same plates are used for the current reprints. Can't believe all the stock dates to 1954 printed books
Just noticed that yours has two-color print on the front cover. With red in the big T.
The modern version has no red ink on the cover. So yours is likely the 1954 or at least a 50's or 60's reprint.
Or...is that red just a crayon work of some kiddo?
I think Dan is onto something. The red looks home-made to me.
If you have Bruce's encyclopedia you'll find that it contains 21 of these manuals, from 1907 (N, R, S) to 1927. Not facsimile reprints, but the copy and the illustrations are there.
Or you can just look at them online:
Ford reprinted the 1913 instruction book in the early '60s. They are everywhere.
In 1959, I wrote to Ford H.Q in Geelong regarding my TT. They sent me a copy of the 1954 reprint 'With Compliments'.
Thanks Royce, those links say the book was supplied with new cars.