looking for help in determining the dates that the brake lever and sidelight brackets changed from brass plate to painted. judging standards say 1911 cars have them plated but i'm not so sure. thanks for your help. am sending some parts to the plater and want to be sure i have them all. cheers
It depends on when in 1911 it was built - the change was noted Feb. 23, but after that it would have been some time until it was implemented in production and all parts were used up.
"FEB 23 Acc. 575, Ford Archives
Brake lever and foot pedal plates specified to be black-painted steel instead of brass-plated and polished. The hand brake lever was also changed from brass-plated to black painted. T-1603 dash lamp bracket changed from brass to blued steel."
i have a feb build date ..... for the life of me i looked in the ency and somehow missed the paragraph you quoted. side lamp brackets maybe changed in the same time frame?
well, i got the pieces stripped of paint and found traces of the orig copper and brass plating. so now i can send off to the plater with some assurances of being correct.
What irritates me, the judging guidelines refer to the hand brake as an emergency brake, which it is not. Lets call it what it is!
Well, Larry, you're right for most of the years, but in 1926/27 the hand brake was improved enough to be used as an emergency brake - see the 1927 Ford Manual: