Hey you guys on the left coast, Anyone have a complete or partial list of Ford assembly plants operating in California in 1926? Just curious.
Los Angeles and San Fransisco.
Los Angeles, Santa fe St. Not sure if the Long Beach production Plant was up & running by the end of the T's.
My plant is on Santa Fe st. in Los Angeles Co., do you have an address, I'd like to drive by in the morning and take a photo of whats there now.
Henry Ford Av is south off Anaheim St, west of Santa Fe. That plant started with the A.
The Library of Congress has era pix of the plant, but I can't find the link right now.
Btw, Friction Materials on Santa Fe is the best place for brake linings.
I think somebody had a list of assembly plants and had posted it awhile back. My car was put together in St.Louis. Chugging around a little better, friend ???
George n L.A.
The Los Angeles plant was on the corner of 7th and Santa fe, across the street from LAFD fire station 17. A good friend of mine, Clyde Sturdy owned Associated Gear with his brothers and was located in the building next door. The Ford building was still there a couple of years ago, and was being used by an importer. They bought Clydes building and demo it for a parking lot. I retrieved one of the old light fixtures off the Ford building when they gave it a face lift back in the 70's
Isn't there a San Jose plant? Did it come later, or is it what is being referred to as the San Francisco plant?
Largest size I could post, this map has all the plants and sales branches.
I have a 26 touring produced in 25. I bought it in southern California. Is there any way to find if it was produced at a plant in California? Is there any motor numbers associated with the plants? Thanks for any help.
In some cases there is a way to tell when and where a late Model T was assembled. Some of the assembly plants stamped a mark (letters) to indicate which Branch assembled the car and some of those included a date when the body was lowered onto the chassis. Which is very close to the date it rolled out the door (with the exception of being stamped late one night a little before midnight and rolled out the door a little after mid night.) For information on where to look for that number see: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/50893/60612.html?1216380968 For the twp California plants -- LA was used for Los Angels and later during the 1930 Model A production Long Beach. SFA or SFAA was used for San Francisco. And while we never figured out which assembly plant assembled the 1926 Sedan discussed at
we did clearly see it’s assembly date stamped in the metal body sill that holds up the front floorboard. It was clearly May 28, 1926 – shown below (ok the owner confirmed 28):
Note so far we haven’t found many assembly plant numbers so don’t grind off the paint looking for one – they apparently did not stamp them all at every branch all the time. And we are still trying to figure out the general time they started stamping them.
If anyone does find a body assembly number or the older 1914-1922 body manufacture number – please let me know. Feel free to post the information and I will probably see it. But if I do not post a comment “Thank you!” etc, please let me know because none of us can read all of the postings and I do not want to miss any of the numbers. Thank you!
Hap Tucker 1915 Model T Ford touring cut off and made into a pickup truck and 1907 Model S Runabout. Sumter SC.
What would this tell me?
Stamped in the wood near parking brake
We would probably need some additional information before we could say what it means and even then we may not know enough yet to really say. We (or at least me) are at the very early stages of understanding the Branch Assembly Codes for the Model T Fords. The 1928-1931 Model A Ford Branch Assembly Plant codes still have several missing pieces but they have a wealth of data on them already. But we only have a few reference points on the Model T Fords.
It would be helpful to know what the engine serial number is (feel free to xxx the last three digits – we just need an approximate date). Also the body type -- For the “metal bodied” Model Ts such as the 1926-27 Tudor Sedan, roadster, touring, roadster pickup, I would think they stamped the Branch assembly number into the metal channel that held up the large front floor board. However, on the 1926-27 Fordor that was basically the same wooden structure as previously used – I would suspect (guess) that the number would be stamped into the wood – since it does not have a metal channel supporting the front floor board.
So if your car is 1927 with an engine date around Jan – I would think the number indicates it was assembled at the Los Angels Branch. For the date – I would like some more data. If you could send me a photo of the number (please place a dime or a ruler etc. next to it to help show the size) we might be able to figure out more about it. In the past I have inverted the colors and zoomed in on some numbers and been able to read some numbers that the owner initially missed. Also what is he body style year? I.e. 1924, 1925, 1926-27 other?
Sorry I don’t have something “ah ha” to offer. But I would like to look at it more closely – so if you can send a photo that would be greatly appreciated. The compressed photos we can post on the forum often lose a lot of details that can be helpful. For example a digital camera photo that I have of an engine will allow me to zoom in and read the serial number. The same photo compressed will not allow that level of detail.
Thank you so much for taking a look and posting your number. I’m looking forward to discovering more in the weeks to come.
Hap Tucker 1915 Model T Ford touring cut off and made into a pickup truck and 1907 Model S Runabout (only one branch assembly plant in 1907 – and it was Ford Motor Company Canada and produced their own body, fenders, wheels, etc. but used the USA chassis parts.