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Shouldn't that windshield support rod be on the inside?
Looks like a 1912, so the support rods should be longer and fasten besides the head lights - but maybe someone wanted to modernize his last years Ford to look like the new '13:s
1913 windshield on a late '12 body.
With that windshield rig, if he wants to remove his detachable fore-doors, he has to take off the windshield, too.
Notice that the second car also has a slant windshield but the radius rods go to the radiator.
The back one appears to have large reflectors, are they electric?
Are my eyes deceiving me, or does it have chains on the rear wheels?
Yes, Roar - chains and lots of mud.
No thread on the tires back then, so some extra traction may have been needed in summertime too depending on road conditions..
Tony -- yes the back car appears to have headlamps that have been converted to electric.
Note, the car's body is a slab sided 1912. And from Bruce's information the rear outside door handle on a slab sided 1912 was initially used after the 1911 style bodies were done away with (there probably would have been some overlap). On page 129 of his book "Model T Ford" Bruce states, "Initial production 1912 bodies had rear doors with outside door handles, with a mechanism similar to the 1911 and earlier cars…." And then he states, “Later production eliminated the outside door handle and used a lever on the inside of the door to operate the latch mechanism…”
"IF" it had been the slab side body without a door handle on the outside i.e. a late 1912, I would have wondered if it might be a transition model. I.e. where Ford introduced the newer windshield before the older body supply was exhausted. But because it is has the door handle on the outside and if Bruce's information is correct, then I would think it was more likely someone updated their car to look more modern. Of course we still have so much to learn about the 1912 year cars as well as the other year models.
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My '12 has no rear door handles and the earlier windshield set up. It was an original unmolested car when found. Unfortunately, the previous owner restored it. Today that would not have happened.