I have a couple early front axles here and trying to determine the years
they look alike
one has T 202 and a W under it
the other has no markings,
yes I know perches are reversed on one
I am thinking the no name is 1912 ???
Sometimes the information is closer to the center.
The "W" is the "Williams" foundry mark. Many Model T front axles are marked with a "T" transposed over a "W" for "Transue-Williams." I think it is an early one--maybe about 1911, before the T and W merger.
The plain one has no markings on either end or in the center, I wire brushed the whole axle and nothing, if I remember 1912 some had no markings? Bob
My '12 has a Dodge Bros. T-202 axle, clearly marked.
Companies other than Dodge were making axles for Ford by 1912. A couple years ago, through google, I found a lot of great information about Transue and Williams companies. A few months ago, I tried to find some of that information to confirm what I remembered reading, and google gave me tons of responses of nothing I asked for. IF I recall correctly from what I read a few years ago, Transue and Williams merged about 1911 or '12. They would likely have continued using pre-merger markings for awhile after the merger. I have an axle just like that one, T202 with a W. I don't recall if I put it under a car or not, but I think I used the T over W one, and should still have the W axle for a future project.
The horseless carriage crowd, and some early T people, sure do love their Dodge Brothers axles. I have seen many people brag about them on their 1915 T. The silly thing is, that very few Dodge axles were still being put on new Ts in '15. The T/W axle is probably more correct on anything from 1913 onward.
Even after Ford started forging most of their front axles in house, Transue Williams continued being a secondary supplier almost until the end of T production.
I wonder about the one with no markings, if I remember right for a short time in 1912 these were used, Bob
Just FYI, The perches have most likely been reversed to accomodate / fit one of the aftermarket assistor spring or snubbers.
Yes I have seen that before, Bob