Did the body suppliers furnish the open car bodies with tops already installed or was that done at the assembly plants or even the dealers?
What little I know says NO. The open car bodies were furnished without tops yet I really do not know.
Would you help?
I'm trying to justify using what I have.
A 7-17 No-Name Runabout body and a 15-17 set of oval top irons and curved bows that came with.
1. For a USA, Canadian, or English Runabout assembled in May 1917 the top would have been furnished with the car from the factory.
2. Oval bows would be typical for 1917 model year cars with most sources stating the rectangular bows are typical for 1918 model year cars. Note I'm sure they did not change all the production locations exactly on a single date.
There would have been some overlap. But with a May engine serial number and assuming it was assembled with a month or two it would be considered a 1917 model year and the oval top bows are a typical feature.
ref: http://www.mtfca.com/encyclo/1918.htm TOP: (Open cars). Top color was black on all open cars. Similar in style to the 1917 but now with rectangular cross-section irons.
Note the 1909 Model Ts the tops were optional ref: http://www.mtfca.com/encyclo/1909.htm TOP: (Open cars) Optional equipment. More than one supplier. Some had wool linings, generally in a dark red color. Top color was black on the Touring, and either black or gray on the Runabout. Top sockets were oval in cross-section and fastened to a forged railing on the body. Top sockets curved outward from the body.
Also by 1917 the open car bodies were usually upholstered and the top fitted at the Ford assembly plant.
You might also check the right front floor board riser and if the wood has not been replaced, you might find a body letter and number and also a date the body was made. One of our cars had the original wood and that is visible. The other one - not so much. Please see the posting “Home for the Holidays” at: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/29/40322.html for additional details on where to look and what you might find.
No-Name Runabout -- that could still be a name... "Noname." By the way if you give your car a name they are more likely to let you see that they are alive... please see the thread: Are T’s really alive? At: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/708324/763593.html Otherwise they are likely to be really quiet if they see you….
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"Also by 1917 the open car bodies were usually upholstered and the top fitted at the Ford assembly plant."
Bingo. That's what I was looking for.
Been there on trying to name the body mfgr. It has the date and a serial but no ID letter to be found. :-)
Possibly a Milwaukee assembled car.
Thanks much Hap! :-)
That T (Tin Cup) is very much alive and it's mad that I'm so slow. :-)
I don't believe they came with saddles though, I am the third owner of a Canadian 1926 touring and it came with rubber plugs where the saddles go.
David - the removable top saddles came with the one man top style in 1923, so the question whether all open cars got their top saddles separate among the tools or if they had to be bought extra is only a question for the last five model years.
The rubber plugs started in 1922. I believe what Roger says above is correct. Just another way Ford was able to save money. The plugs are available from Langs.