Last Thursday my wife and I took delivery of our new baby. Not an actual baby, a 1926 T!
We've never owned a T before, so this is a dream come true for both of us. I'm glad I found this site and look forward to asking you all a ton of questions in the coming months and years.
A quick one to start with - who has the Model T book that lists all the serial numbers by day of production who can tell me when 14234836 was made?
Thanks in advance,
Engine 14234836 was one of 6502 engines assembled on September 10, 1926.
The MTFCA website encyclopedia says that model year 1927 ran from August 1926 to May 26, 1927, which would make your car an early model year 1927 production.
If your title says 1926, I would leave it that way, one less thing to try and explain to the DMV.
As the saying goes, welcome to the affliction. Your serial number date is Friday, September 10, 1926. That's early in the 1927 model year. The number should also be stamped on top of the right side frame rail, under the floor board. (Occasionally it's on the left rail.) If it's the same number, your car has its original engine. The encyclopedia which gives that information is listed here: http://dauntlessgeezer.com/DG80.html
Very helpful, thanks. I don't have the engine number, only the chassis number on the docs.
We put the car into storage to keep it away from the SE England wet weather until summer arrives so I can't say if it's matching numbers or not until I get access to the car again. Here's the car just before we put it to bed.
Hmmm, pic didn't work...
Welcome. I think you will find as I have this forum is full of good advice and good cheer. Many many folks from all over the world are eager to help you with your new addition.
I see you are east of London. Have you been to the Goodwood Revival? I was there in 2014 and enjoyed myself immensely. Hope to go again before too long.
Have a good time with your "new" car.
Get to work an hour earlier, just to spend time on the forum. Google does a better search of the MTFCA site than this search engine. First is to make it safe and mechanically sound. Then get the pretty stuff done.
My wife calls her T my mistress. Be careful you can find yourself day dreaming and thinking of the T a lot.
Information, Information and Information! There are several good publications that are available. You can purchase these from the vendors that sell T parts.
Langs and Snyders are some of the most trusted along with several others.
Go the MTFCA home page and click on parts suppliers. You can see there information there.
They will send you a free catalogue full of T parts and good information. You also can go directly to their websites and get your catalogues and books that way.
The first book you need to get is the Model T Ford shop manual. This a MUST for any T owner.
Its the book you need next to your easy chair and look at from time to time.
Good luck with your new car!
Deke, to post a picture, it needs to be under 250 mp, others can toll you most efficient way to downsize the picture. I usually right click on the picture in windows, resize it there and then resave the smaller size file.
Wow, great response; thanks everyone. I'm an old hand at utilising specialist forums as I play a Gretsch guitar and drive a '57 Chevy Bel Air. The stuff I've learned about those subjects from forums is immeasurable. Great to see the same exists in the world of T.
Dale, thanks for the advice re pictures. I did see that limit later on so I'll resize and post tonight.
Hi again guys. As you were so helpful dating the frame for me I wonder if I could impose and ask the same for the engine number: 13384245.
Many thanks :-)
That engine number dates to March 18, 1926.
Deke, You may want to contact Jem Bowkett, who I believe lives outside London, as someone who has a lot of knowledge on the Model T and later Model A. I have not seen him post in quite some time and believe he had major trouble a few years back with his early brass era T. Broken crankshaft? Anyway, he speaks proper English unlike some of us!
Welcome, You'll find this is the greatest place for T info and any kind of help you might need. Some not so much so but still you'll find it fun
I agree with John Kuehn on the manual, but don't take it as gospel. I have found errors in it.