I am new to this forum and this is my first post. I have a very old FORD data plate. It is brass and was on a vehicle with the ID number437283. The plate has patent numbers on it from Dec. 22, 1903 to Nov. 12, 1912 with several dates in between. The plate states that this vehicle was sold subject to restrictions as to price and territory in which it may be sold. Any violation of these terms will put the seller in violation of the terms and the title of the vehicle will automatically revert to the FORD MOTOR CO. DETROIT, MICHIGAN, USA.Can anyone shed any light on this for me? THANK YOU AND KIND REGARDS, TOM
It's a body data plate. The number stamped into it identifies the serial number of the body, not the car. Bodies were manufactured by various sub-contractors as well as by Ford.
Looks to be a "Groundhog Day" car, Feb. 2, 1914
No, it's the "car number" and it differed from the engine number by 1914, so we can't be sure what day this car was assembled - but it was indeed a 1914 and the patent plate should look something like the one on Mark Chaffins '14:
The body number is different, it's placed under the front seat and looks like this on Mark Chaffin's '14:
Roger, yeh, your right. Thanks for setting me straight! Another "brain fart"...been having a lot of them lately!!
In just that short time reading about the BODY plate to go and grab the book, I had already forgotten that he was talking body plate number, not engine number!
Hi Guys, Thanks to all who replied. My data plate is an exact copy of the one pictured. Again, Thanks for the help. Tom
Every time I see that scratched up body number plate on Marks '14, it makes my blood boil.
If it is the first picture - like Bob's - it could be a reproduction and available for about $5.00
- If it looks like the second by Roger it might be real old.
My son found this while metal detecting in a pre- World War 1 dump site. It is identical to the second picture and was at the time buried about 10 t0 12 inches down. It cleaned up nicely and has a beautiful patina.
Perhaps I lack an incredible grasp of the obvious, but In am confused. My block is stamped 246488 and under the seat cushion is stamped 152694. The date molded into the block is 4 3 13, which I understand as the casting date. The stamped number, which indicates when the engine was complete, is from approximately April 11, 1913. When I bought my T, the patent plate was missing. I want to install a repro plate, but is the correct number for that plate 152694?
I stamp it about 1000 earlier.
I'm sorry for asking, but 1000 earlier than what? I had assumed that the patent plate was like a modern VIN, but if a number from the body is used, and with multiple body providers, the patent plate number is somewhat useless. Am I wrong?
It cleaned up nicely and has a beautiful patina.
I think I'd use the cushion number--it sorta fits in with the "usual" number gap when compared with the engine. And yes, the body number on the patent plate is pretty much useless for registration purposes, at least here in CA.(AFAIK)
Thanks for your insight. I will use the cushion number.
Thanks for your response
Since I am relatively new to the Forum, and you used (AFAIK) in your response, I must ask... Is there a "Forum For Dummies"?
I certainly am familiar with IMHO, SNAFU, FUBAR, BOHICA, and others, but I cannot fathom things like BUMP, AFAIK, and others. Where is the interpretation guide?
BUMP - not an acronym. Just sends the thread back to the top of the list.
AFAIK - As Far As I Know
Sorry about that, I thought that one was pretty universal.
And Bump is just bumping the thread up on the list, like bumping the car in front of you to make more room in the parking space! (Isn't that why it's done???)
I do think there is a "translation" page out there somewhere!