I don't believe that is a Troy because it does not fold.
Does not look like the typical Troy wooden windshield.
Great photo, it is a 1909. Look at the linoleum running boards with screws holding the brass running board trim. Fabulous.
Early '09 front fenders & early covered wood running boards, that would indicate it's probably a water pump motor. No splash aprons !?
Herb, I've only had one Troy wood windshield, it was different from the one pictured. It had fairly large brass hinges with brass knobs about 1.5 inches in diameter. It was on 1909 roadster #4013.
Ford called them splash shields, but yes, I was surprised to see them missing. What's up with that?
It sure looks like a painted hood former. I've blown this picture up, I can see both of the driver's shoes and the outside pedal, but can only find one lever. I imagine that during early production the actual vehicles shipped were different from each other as parts arrived, parts ran out, and parts introduced were installed. This car must have had the lever mod done. Looks like a road crew that has been dragging the road smooth with the ropes and cross tie.
The hood former is painted the grey body color, as expected. The windshield is not one of the standard types. The support rods are made to split in half for easy shipment in the same crate with the windshield.
The splash aprons are the weirdest thing, no telling why they went missing on a car that looks to be less than a year old.
there appears to be a double stripe on the inside wheel felloe on the passenger side
Notice the wide accent lined painted around the border of the hood and right up the hood hinge.
Just an idea on the aprons, with them gone it would be easy to place shovels etc under the car from one side to the other balanced on the running boards. Just a thought.
Note also a wide black stripe painted on the edge of the wheel rims. This stripe is apparently painted on the rim on both sides of each wheel.
Royce I brought up the hood former as the question of brass formers had been raised in the past. I fully expected paint, and was not disappointed. This is a great study photo on af early T, isn't it? Gary
I remember in one of the magazines there was an article that featured a 1909 roadster. It was about the pin-striping on it. The man doing the striping hollowed out the end on a piece of blackboard chalk and put paint in it to daub on the head of the hub bolts. If you will notice the hub bolts appear to have that done to them.
So cool photo, it like a painted hood former.
About the unique clock https://goo.gl/pSvYM1
I think this thread has been hijacked!
I just spotted this from the current New Zealand thread, posted by Mark Herdman:
He says it was a shipment from "21st Dec 1909."
So considering shipping time which might several months this one might only be a few months newer than the one in the top picture.