Took off some latches that were behind the front seat of a touring. These would have opened like suicide doors. Best I could find was maybe 1914?
The rear doors on my 1910 open at the front.
The rear doors on my '23 Touring are hinged at the back, so I call them Suicide Doors.
The rear doors on my 1925 Touring body are hinged at the back (suicide doors).
My '15 Touring has suicide doors in the back and I sure don't want either of them to pop open at cruising speed (Packard addressed the problem with simple hook & eye latches on the interior). -My single front-seat door has its hinges at the front edge as normal.
Rear doors of a '13 are suicide if that's any help.
12 opens from the rear like the front door.
My 26 Touring has hinges in front, so that must have been the first year the hinges were in front.
I would have to check more but seems to me that there was some touring built in the early teens that were not suicide rear door but it may have just been one of the several body builders Ford used.
My 1916 Beaudette Touring has suicide doors
My 21 touring hinged at rear
Forgot to add an important fact. The latches were the drop down style, not the slider style. It would have latched from above.
All USA produced Model T Ford tourings with the exception of the 1912 slab sided and the 1926-27 improved models had the "suicide"style rear doors hinged at the rear. (Note early 1912 tourings continued to use up the step side 1911 bodies fitted many fitted with the removable front door -- and those also had the suicide style rear doors.)
A photo of the body might help -- is it a 1914 body? Then likely 1914 door striker plate if it was not replaced. Below is a 1914 to early 1916 striker plate that used a latch that had a vertical bolt rather than the later 1916-1925 style latches. And of course a photo of the part you are asking about would help also.
Below is a photo posted previously on the forum by Robert Fordam. Is this the style you have?
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Hap, that is the striker plate that was on the backside of the front seat. The body has been taken completely apart and sandblasted for restore, I only had the front half of the touring body. The front of the body looked like it had been bolted up to a wooden firewall. Thanks!!