Gang, I know that Ford used whatever parts were lying around while building Model T cars. So it would be no surprise that a certain model year would have parts from a previous year. Iím looking at a 1927 T and the block number I was given dates to September 1926. Is it conceivable that an engine from September 1926 would make it into a 1927 car? Or is it more likely that that engine is not original? Any help appreciated.
The 1927 model year commenced August 1926 so a September 1926 block is correct for a 1927 Ford.
Eido, the '27 should have the original engine numb er stamped on the frame. It would be on the top of the frame under where the passengers feet are. So then, if the engine in the car is the same as the frame number, then it's original. Otherwise, it's not. When looking for the frame number, it might be hard to see due to dirt, crud, etc. You may have to scrub the area good and use a wire brush on it.
The serial number on this 1926 frame is directly over the brake control shaft. It's usually on the right frame rail like this, but occasionally it's on the left side. "Matching numbers" isn't the big deal on Model T's that it is on some modern cars, but it's a nice bonus if a car still has its original engine.