I got this axle with some parts Saturday, check the date
Most of the dated axles I have looked at were '20 to '23, with a few into '24 and '25. I have long wondered how late they got dated that way, and whether it was only certain auxiliary suppliers.
Is there a makers mark somewhere on the axle? (They're usually outboard of the spring perch.)
Look close at the date
Production of engines continued well past the official end of whole car production, why not other major parts like front axles? Also, to my eye the 8 appears to be upside down.
Thatís a three thatís upside down
In the past there have been photos posted of the dates, same axle, different date on each side.
I believe Herbrand was the only company that dated axles.
AAXC is a Ford metallurgical composition variant.Ē
Rather than dated axles, it would make more sense if the date referred to the die used to stamp the axles. That would also explain axles with different dates on either side.
Allan from down under.
Engines were made until the spring of 1941. Why not axles?
Could be a 3 or even a mistake.
If you blow up the 26 the six looks more like an upside down 3.
Cute. I still can't see that as an upside-down "3" in the first picture (it starts to show at about 250 percent zoom, but begins to blur a bit). But in the close-up it clearly looks to be.
Rats. It must be a common '23 (mold) axle, not an end or past end of production axle.
Still an interesting item. I know that I have seen a couple engine blocks with part of the date upside-down on them. It seemed to be a fairly common error, working with movable dies in poor light in the factories as they were.
In coin and stamp collecting, errors like that become quite valuable. Maybe we should do the same for cars?
Oh Wayne, I know itís a little blurred, but it sure looks like a three to me. :-)
So how was the lettering and numbers applied to the axles. Was the raised numbering effect caused by stamping the numbers and letters into the axle mold and then stamping the axle? Just wondering.
John, for the numbers to be embossed on the axle, they must have been engraved in the stamping die. For this reason alone, I suggest the date is used as a record of the die used, rather than a date of manufacture. Otherwsise, they would have to be changing die each day.
On some of the tools, the Ford logo and numbers are embossed by stamping the background down.
Allan from down under.
My guess is an upside 3, I have 4 or 5 dated axles, 2 are in 1912 and I believe a 25 and two 1926 axles.