Last week this '23 runabout was adopted by our family and seems to be getting along just fine with Otis and Frank. This "new" T is Clarence, after my great uncle who had a '24 just like this one. Runs great on battery or mag, has a working speedometer and even gives me a free start from time to time. This my first experience with wood bands so I'll just have to see how that works out.
Great T. Tim
It is a 1924 Ford, even if it was assembled in 1923.
Note the high radiator shell, high hood and high cowl.
Thanks Erik. You are more up on that than I am. Just checked the engine number and it dates to September, 1922.
Hi John, That '24 looks really nice. I see you've added a washing machine to the porch. Is the Gas sign new also?
BTW, I really like Otis & have a picture of it above my computer.
And, it has the trim panel below the radiator. Do the front fenders have the bent-down "lip" to line up with the lower radiator trim panel?
Mark and Keith, here is a photo I just took, hopefully to answer your questions. Regarding the washing machine---been there about 6 months, but the GAS sign has been there for several years.
Not sure if its a 22,23 or 24 but if you bring it over to my place and leave it here for the summer I bet I can find out.
Just make sure to gas Clerence up and leave the key. Just trying to help.
Very nice !!!
Drive safe and often
Yep, looks like a '24 to me.
Great looking runabout John!
Thanks Mike, sure good to hear from you.
That washing machine looks like the one in my west porch, a more modern replacement for the one in which Grandma used to make butter.
The '23 I bought a couple of months ago for comparison.
Mark, I saw your photos when you got the car. I've wanted a runabout for a long time and this one just made sense. It was about 30 minutes from home and I knew the owner and the previous owner as well. Both nice, honest men so I feel good about the car. Here Clarence is now with Frank and Otis. It's nice that my wife tolerates my hobby---she likes riding in a Model T too.
John very nice, and a shop with no drip pans.....I feel like a piker.....
Hi, John -- That's a nice addition to your collection of T's. Thanks for posting that front end detail pic. As Erik and others said above, the radiator and shell, front fenders, hood, and cowl all are '24 model year parts. It's not unusual to have a '23 title for a '24 car. It's also not unusual for T's to have had their engines swapped sometime in the past 90+ years. So this one IS just like your great-uncle's.
You debuted here on the forum with Otis, and I didn't know how you could top that find. Seems like "the hits just keep on coming." (I still like Otis.)
Is your splash apron a repro? It should have a hole for the priming wire. All the genuine Ford aprons have that hole.
The choke wire comes through the lower right corner of the radiator on this one.