I can't really tell but the car looks like a 1912 Ford Torpedo roadster.
I think the photo is later than 1912. The way the guys are dressed makes me think 1930's.
What do you think?
The car is a 1912, I think it may be an open runabout or commercial roadster. I think I am seeing a folded down side curtain behind the men where a door would be if it were a torpedo runabout. Great photos.
Herb, Thanks for posting the great pictures. Being a Ca. licensed surveyor I like old pictures of survey crews. If it was just the 2nd picture, no car, by their dress, I would say it was from the 1930's or even early 1940's. In the picture with the 1912 T, the car is in good shape, so the picture probably is earlier, say 1920's. The 4 leveling screw transit is a typical style transit of the 1920's.
It has a gas tank on the rear deck. Wouldn't it have to be a 1912 Torpedo Runabout? It is obviously not a 1911 Torpedo Runabout or Open Runabout. A Commercial Roadster would not have a deck mounted tank and I can't say that I've ever seen anything called an Open Runabout for 1912.
Walter I think you are right after comparing some photos. Here are some 1912 Torpedo runabouts for comparison:
Royce! i think what you see is a bag for the transit .if it were side curtains they would need more clothes.ha.ha. charley