I have a 1913 Touring, reg. as 13' since purchased new in 13' Has a 14' Beaudette body.1913 frt. fenders and 14' frame. Purchased from 2nd owners Son.Completely original and unrestored. Car No. 333938, Motor No. 355311 and Date on Head 10-13. Car and Eng. No. check out as Oct.1913 per Bruce McCauly, considered a 1913 / Transitional Car per phone call with Bruce prior to his passing (RIP)
I do need top bows or repair, original main bow drivers side rusted thru at mount. any information appreciated
James..I sent you a PM. Thanks
James... Those of us with 1913 cars (especially those of us with Late ones) would like to see some pictures.
The date on the head 10-13 would mean October 13th of an unspecified year. It sounds very appropriate for an early 1914 T like yours.
The '14 model year began October 1, 1913 so your car is one of the earliest official 1914 Model T's. Serial numbers for 1914 began with 348,736. In fact the "1914" bodies began a few months earlier, perhaps in late July 1913.
Let's see photos of your front fenders. Ford made only a slight change to front fenders in 1914, adding embossing to the fender apron. 1914 fenders, like 1913 fenders, did not have bills on the front.
Royce..didn't Ford add bills to the front fenders later on in 1914?
I got some front fenders with a 4 rivet bracket and bills. Late 14 or early 15? They have the cross head and bead on the apron. I cut the bills down and put them on my car since it is earlier, October 1913 cast date.
The front fender bills were first drawn in late June of '14, so it was probably mid/late August before they started appearing on cars.
Not that this adds anything of value to this thread, but I can't help wondering if "Henry" and his engineers knew about the weakness in the '13 Touring body that allowed the rear of the body to sag and the doors to pop open when back seat was occupied, when they were wasting time, money and energy in redesigning front fender bills!
You need to remember that the last 1914 Model T was built on July 31, 1914. It was serial number 550938. Note: the encyclopedia page for 1914 has a typo. The number I typed is correct.
The first 1915 Model T was serial number 550939 with the engine serialized on August 1, 1914. It would have looked just like the 1914 T's built the day before.
My '13 has bills too! They just don't hang down!
Good one Larry! Mine too!