I am curious does anyone know the meaning of "F.A." in the Ford descriptions of the starter and lighting systems that were introduced in 1919 with the closed cars and made (near) standard across the board a few years later for any Ford car?
I know of maybe a dozen other starting systems, some earlier, some later, but none of these third party suppliers has an F.A. in their description.
I'm also curious as to whether "F.A." was included from 1919 or whether it came alone later?
Any help or conjecture appreciated
Fred Allison (FA) was the designer of what was known as the "FA Starting and Lighting System" that was designed for and used on the Model T Ford. Many early starters and generators have the stylized symbol "FAL" stamped on some of the parts and stands for FA Liberty for the Liberty Electric who made many of the early parts. Most of the Liberty parts have minor differences from the final product Ford manufactured. .
Mr. Allison worked in the electrical engineering department of Ford Motor company.
Here is a photo of Allison in one of his early experimental electric Ford cars.
The first brochures show an oval plate with the F.A. Starting system attached. I've never seen one in 55 years. Maybe Ron Patterson would know something.
Here is an announcement about the introduction of the Ford FA Starting and Lighting System.
Thank you Mr. Ron!
I knew there was a LIBERTY system, along with maybe 1/2 dozen other systems by brand name concerns.
Your reply answered all my questions before they could be asked
The question came about because I came across a wiring diagram for a 'Liberty' and other than the Ford F.A. the only difference I could find was a fuse. Thought maybe LIBERTY jumped the '19+ bandwagon of non-starter cars perhaps with an after-market.
From the looks of the article, sort of one and the same...
I found a good example of the stylized FA (Fred Allison) Liberty logo that you will find stamped on Model T starters and generators made by Liberty Electric.
Some of this obscure stuff IS pretty neat to learn about...