I found it pictured in the encyclopedia, but no explanation. Anybody?
That might be the manufacturer....
Might be for Wilson-Hayes (1908-16). They were a Ford supplier of various sheet metal items.
Yes, I asked about those letters awhile ago ....
Anyone seen an "X" on the bottom ?
R is for Rockford
R is for robert geez bob
The TT hub caps i had listed in parts for sale
All had W on them
There are more letters than that guys. I've got a pile of NOS hubcaps. Been buying them for years, when you could get them cheap. Now you seldom see them, except on ebay.
So a list of those letters are Larry? And what the letters indicate?
Larry, glad you were able to accumulate all of those hub caps before the hoarders got them!
A few years ago the Model T Times had a pice about hubcaps/grease cups. Bud.
Mark, I am a hoarder! You and everyone else out there had the same chance to buy NOS hubcaps as I did, but you didn't do it!
Awesome post Larry !! I see you haven't lost your special touch
It's not hoarding if it's cool stuff,
The difference between hoarders & collectors;
- Hoarders accumulate everything.
- Collectors however have a theme.
As to why the "W"? An "L" just wouldn't make any sense.
But Jerry, "Y" not ?
I don't have the time to go through all of my hubcaps, but I just pulled out four. There are three X's, and one B. I've owned two '25 pickups, and have installed NOS hubcaps of both of them. I sold one, so that leaves me with one, and it of course has all NOS hubcaps with the original plating on them. I probably won't look at them tomorrow to see what the inscriptions are, but they are there!
My gosh Rich, you've got a real head scratcher there!
How many themes can you have before you become a hoarder?
So . . . to be 100% original, with NOS hubcaps, do all four have to match, or can you have three "X's" and one "B" on the same car ??
Unless I misunderstand my dictionary, being a "collector" does not preclude being a "hoarder" . . . and a "hoarder" can certainly confine himself to one theme.
NOT to muck this up, which plants tended to use the different lettered caps? Let's say, Milwaukee plant?
Verses Minneapolis, Detroit or Buenos Aries?
Rich, the encyclopedia says, "The unrestored 1917 'Rip Van Winkle' Ford had the earlier 'high F' style caps on the left side, and the later type on the right side." Sounds like another case of using up the old stuff while introducing the new stuff.
I can remember seeing a five pointed star where the letter would have been.
Late T keys have similar inscriptions on them.
I guess you can hoard themes as well... I'm doomed...
If you're going to bring the "dictionary" into this, then I'll have to bow out. My BS is no match for the dictionary...
I was cleaning up my '25 yesterday for a tour tomorrow, and it has three X's and one W. I finally decided to check what I have, and here are some more letters: One has no letter, O,U,W,B,X. They must have been made well into the '30s, as a few of them are chrome plated, the rest are nickel.