I took the rear axle out of my new 1916 touring to replace the thrust washers and found brass ones! This is a very low mileage original car. Everything was cotter pined and safety wired, all the bolts were stuck in place with years of grime. There is no indication it's ever been apart. Anyone ever heard of original brass thrust washers?
Yes, no idea where (assembly plants)/when they were used, but I've heard of them.
Yes, they were made out of bronze for about a year, the records were changed 3-2-15 to bronze (from "semi steel") and then 3-11-16 to "steel and babbitt" but that wasn't the first or last time those poor washers were changed, see this thread on Trent's research: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/506218/585529.html?1447242043
Thanks Roger, the record of change coresponds exactly to the washers in my rear axle. Kim
My 16 coupelet had bronze thrust washers in the differential when I took it apart but I cannot confirm if they are original. Build date for my 16 was November of 1915.