I am cleaning up my 1919 engine for rebuild, including new paint. I have a bill of sale, but I can barely read the numbers. So I think I better re-stamp the engine number, but I need to find out what size stamps to buy.
Thank you-Paul in Tacoma
What most people call a Font is actually a Typeface. Font refers to the size of a typeface and is expressed in 'points'. You would have to identify the typeface first then figure out how many points or font size.
Take a sharp dental tool, wear magnifiers and scratch the stamp areas deeper. You'd be amazed at how much shows up, then no one can question your "restamping!"
Most NEW stamps will not match the shape or style of the old numbers. You will need an older set. Dan
The American blocks used 1/4" and Canadian used a letter C with 5/16" numbers
I would try David's suggestion before undertaking the search for matching stamps. Even if you found stamps to match the factory numbers, which I suspect is very unlikely, restamping a digit in the same spot is well nigh impossible. If you don't believe it, stamp a letter or numeral on a piece of scrap material, then try to repeat it in exactly the same spot. VOE.
Thank you Craig. I will use 1/4" (typeface).
Have done that to replace block, milled off old, and re-stamped 1/4" numerals using metal stamp set from Harbor Freight.
Maybe less than best, but have seen original Ford factory stampings worst!
Someone did a comparison of the modern stamps and the stamps used by Ford but I can't seem to find it now. I forgot the style name but I think you can get some that are really close to the original. The cheap "fake" numbers can be spotted in a second.
Would say that Ford factory stamps weren't fancy with serfs at the tails of the numerals.
Ford Service told branches and dealers to use hardware store number punches.
Have an old set of stamps with fancy serfs, and compare to modern Harbor Fright Pittsburg brand 1/4" numerals.
Here is original Ford stamps on a block
I have found if you start in the center and work outward they even up more and look better, just what some old boy told me and it works for me. Hope this helps.
Paul check with Steve Tomaso he lives near you, may have a set you could use or pay him to stamp the block.