My TT has casting date of 11-3-19 in the circle and a serial number of 3525781 made in USA on block and head
The differential has the beads where the axel tubes go in
Is it safe to say it's a 1919 or is there a lot of leeway here
Well, your engine corresponds to November 5, 1919 assembly, making it a 1920 year model. The beads on the clam shells substantiate that it's an early truck (I haven't been able to determine with certainty when the beads were discontinued).
Does it have:
1. A wood firewall?
2. A low radiator?
3. Short running boards?
4. A short (1hole each site) rear chassis cross member?
These things would also substantiate what the engine number suggests. Another thing to look at is the patent plate on the firewall near the steering column. Is it the correct one for a 1920 T?
These darn trucks can be an enigma when it comes to determining the date or even year of manufacture. Usually there are a number of contradictory indicators.
If you ever disassemble the rear end, a pinion shaft indicates an early truck, a spider indicates a later truck. Also, I assume the body on your truck is aftermarket since cabs and bodies weren't offered by Ford until 1924.
Just have FUN with it!!!!
Thanks Henry it was just a chassis with no hood or radiator
When I bought it it does have a high cowl with no patent plate
Long running boards two holes in each side of the crossmember a round mounting plate on the steering column.
It did have some remnants of a wooden cab and it has
Solid rubber tires.I will be registering it for the first time here in
Central NY and all that is needed is a tracing of the eng.
Serial number for a vehicle with no reg. So I can call it any year I want but I would like to get as close as possible
I guess 1920 is good Thanks Jim
Henry is correct. November 1919 is in the 1920 model year.
Sounds like it's a hodgepodge of parts, as so many TT's are. I'm reasonably certain mine started out as a 1918 model with a '23 engine installed sometime later. When I registered it in 2008 (the old plate was a 1941 plate) I put down that it's a 1923 truck because I could (and did) convince the DMV clerk of that "fact" using Bruce McCalley's book and the engine number as proof. The path of least resistance worked and those guys here in the Califunny DMV can be pretty anal.