I bought an old Ford Wrench for my husband and I was trying to get some information on it except I can't find anything that quite matches it. If anyone can give me more info on it that'd be great!
Engraved Ford 5-Z-324
"Ford" looks different than I normally see it.
According to the Tools section of Bruce Mcalley's book "Model T Ford, the Car that Changed the World", Wrench 5-Z-324 is listed as a "Ratchet Wrench, Transmission Band Adjustment", very useful!
It is first shown with that number in September of 1921 and listed for 50 cents.
In May of 1925 it was listed with a reduced price of 30 cents.
Do you have any insight as to why the Ford writing looks different or is that just how they engraved it then?
Unfortunately, no. Maybe one of our experts will chime in?
Actually, considering what it's engraved on, the hardness of the metal (maybe) I think it looks pretty close to the "usual" Ford logo.
Another version of the same thing is 5-Z-829. Both are much handier than the #1917 band adjustment wrench that came in the Model T tool kit.
#1917 came in different versions over the years.
The specialised Z series Ford tools were usually for garages doing auto repair.
The script & number is not engraved but stamped whereas the usual toolkit items are forged with script included & embossed
The Ford script can be a clue to the era of a tool ,eg. they are different from early to late T plus the A era script [ early only]has a different look.
What a lovely person you are, buying your husband a wrench.
I guess what I was trying to say was stamped and not embossed. I've only ever seen the embossed kind and that's why I was wondering about it. Thanks for all the info so far. Hopefully I can get some more
I thought the same thing as Brian, what a nice gift, your husband is a lucky man!
My with got me an old wench.
I have an aftermarket wrench with the same purpose in mind. I cannot find any markings on it. If these are working correctly they sort of reduce the opportunity to drop the wrench.
Forgot to mention that it is a single ended ratchet. I don't know if that makes any difference. I would post a picture of the whole thing but I can't get the file size down enough
Steve, even if it's not Ford I suspect there may be some markings hidden by dirt/rust.
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