1909

 

JAN 1 Ford Times
Windshield for Tourings announced.

 

JAN 11 Acc. 575, Ford Archives
Transmission cover door gasket T1547 changed from 1/8 to 3/16" and from 3/16 to 1/4" at the flange end in thickness.

 

JAN 13 Acc. 575, Ford Archives
T349BF, 342BF, 1712BF, and 1711BF rear fender irons to new design where irons go through the fender skirt rather than under it.
T1330 engine dust pan (right side) Changed to accommodate the Buffalo carburetor which needed additional clearance.

 

JAN 15 Ford Times
Model T Runabout pictured.

 

JAN 18 Acc. 575, Ford Archives
T-746 low speed band spring, used on the first 750 cars only. This was changed to T-841, which had been used on the reverse and brake bands. Now all three bands used the same spring.
T-1415 and 1416 rear fenders now drilled for irons which pass through the skirt instead of under the skirt. T-342B, T-349B, T-1711B and 1712B irons also changed to accommodate.

 

JAN 19 Acc. 575, Ford Archives
Design for thermo-syphon engine finalized. First 500 engines used 3/8" head bolts. 7/16" for the next 2000. (Water pump engines.)

 

JAN 26 Acc. 575, Ford Archives
Early front radius rod ball caps were retained with studs and nuts. Changed to T810 cap screws which were drilled for wire.
T55 brake shoes changed from brass to iron after car number 2500.

 

JAN 29 Acc. 575, Ford Archives
Front radius rod ball cap changed from 13 gauge to 11 gauge pressed steel.

 

FEB 1 Ford Times
Speedometers pictured. The National at $30, the Jones Model 21 at $30, and the Stewart Model 11 at $25. All have odometers that read to a maximum of 9999.9 miles.

 

FEB 3 Acc. 575, Ford Archives
The transmission cover plate on the first 750 cars has a riveted-in-place oil pocket.

 

FEB 9 Acc. 575, Ford Archives
T535A magneto support used on first 2500 cars.

 

FEB 11 Acc. 575, Ford Archives
T536A magnets used on first 2500. T536B later.

 

MAR 1 Ford Times
Ford Roadster at $975 in Canada, $825 U.S. described. No top, windshield, headlamps or speedometer, but with oil lamps and horn.

 

MAR 5 Acc. 575, Ford Archives
T509C, 581B, 582B breather cap for first 2500. T585 is breather pipe gauze.

 

MAR 10 Acc.575, Ford Archives
T74A driveshaft tube on first 2500. T74B after.

 

MAR 11 Acc. 575
T56 rear hub felt cap changed from a brass stamping to a to steel stamping.

 

MAR 15 Acc. 575, Ford Archives
T882B transmission door spring to be used after the first 750 cars, for 750 (more) cars only. The door is T1546(A) on the second 750. The second 750 transmission cover is T883B.br> Four T1564 Transmission cover door screws to be used after the first 1500. Then new door is T1546B. T826B (L/H) and T1805 (R/H) transmission covers modified to take the four screws.

 

MAR 19 Acc. 575, Ford Archives
T1546B transmission cover door (aluminum) and T1546C (steel). Both new designs.

 

MAR 26 Acc. 575, Ford Archives
T893B brake band fiber (ear end) and T846 brake band fiber (center). Rivet counterbore reduced from 5/16 to 9/32".

 

MAR 31 Acc. 575, Ford Archives
Carburetor adjusting fork to now use just one cotter pin instead of the two used before.

 

APR 1 Acc. 575, Ford Archives
Clutch finger with screw adjustment to be used after the first 2500. The new finger is T732B and the screw is T756.

 

APR 11 Acc. 575, Ford Archives
T1109 hood clamp used on first 2500 only. T1109B is the new clamp.

 

APR 22 Shipping invoices
First thermo-syphon engine, number 2,448, built.

 

MAY 13 Acc. 575, Ford Archives
New commutator parts listed. No indication as to when the new commutator was used.

 

MAY 15 Ford Times
Thermo-syphon cooling described as used on all cars.

 

JUN 1 Ford Times
Aluminum transmission cover pictured.
An article titled "A Question of Color" describes how all cars will be Brewster Green with black trimming and a red stripe when the present stock of red Tourings and gray Roadsters have been shipped.
This article has been quoted in many sources as the "proof" that this was the beginning of the "green" era. Actually, green cars had been built much earlier; this article really indicated the discontinuance of the red and gray bodies, and the standardization of the green color on all cars.

 

JUL 1 Ford Times
Tourabout at $850 announced for August 1 delivery. The rear seat was the same shape as the front (scalloped design).

 

JUL 9 Acc. 575, Ford Archives
"Changes have been made in the following parts; T-1408, 1409, 1717, and 1718 running board shields, left and right, 56 and 60" treads: We have made the rear ends of the shields straight, instead of a 6" radius, as per your (C.H. Wills) instructions....."

 

JUL 18 Acc. 575, #107, Ford Archives
Parts for new roller bearing driveshaft listed. Used after the first 15,000 cars.

 

JUL 19 Acc. 575, Ford Archives
"Changes have been made in the following parts; T-1408, 1409, 1717, and 1718 running board shields, left and right, 56 and 60" treads: We have made the rear ends of the shields straight, instead of a 6" radius, as per your (C.H. Wills) instructions....."

 

E. G. Liebold Reminisces, Vol. 10, Page 814, (Ford Archives) said:
"I don't know why they changed from red to black but I presume it was because carriages and buggies in the early days were largely black or what was known as a Brewster Green. I think that the Model T's after the red ones WERE a Brewster Green. That was so dark that it could almost be termed black."

 

JUL 21 Acc. 575
T-1562 Transmission brake band lining (new design.)
T-846 and 893B superseded by above. T-838B is the brake band assembly incorporating these changes.

 

JUL 23 Acc. 575, Ford Archives
T87 now T87A driveshaft on first 7,000. T87B used after 7,000. (Removable pinion instead of riveted type.) (Dated July 15.)

 

AUG 1 Ford Times
1910 cars announced. "Substantially the same as 1909. The Model T Ford cars as now being shipped on all orders is the 1910 car."

 

AUG 2 Acc. 575, Ford Archives
T58B driveshaft bearing to be used on 12,500 after 25,000. T165 rear axle sleeve and T48 axle used on 9,000 after first 6,000.

 

AUG 7 Acc. 575, Ford Archives
T1562 transmission bands supersede T846, T893B (the pre-woven type). The new band assembly is T838B.

 

AUG 8 Acc. 575, Ford Archives
T170 and T161 "Remove First used on first 15,000 cars."

 

AUG 9 Acc. 575, Ford Archives
Woven transmission band lining changed from 1-1/8" wide to 1-1/16" wide.

 

AUG 15 Acc. 575, Ford Archives
T562B magneto assembly after first 15,000.

 

AUG 16 Acc. 575
T165, T9C, T1C, T2C and T171C rear axle parts obsoleted.

 

AUG 18 Acc. 575, Ford Archives
T16A driveshaft pinion used on first 15,000. T87A driveshaft on first 15,000, T87B after 15,000. T16B, T74C, T87C, T183to T194, and T57B are used on new driveshaft used after 15,000. (Roller bearing pinion.)

 

SEP 1 Ford Times
New Coupe has a larger body. No gas lamps. Announced for October delivery. A rear deck with a metal rail for Roadsters and Tourabouts is shown at $9.00. This is a flat wooden panel with a pipe-like metal railing, open at the front.

 

SEP 22 Acc. 575, Ford Archives
T4B rear axle coupling ring (new design) and T169 rivet for same noted. T4 now called T4A and obsoleted. T4B used on T1D and T2D.
T-1D and T-2D rear axle housings (male and female).
"Drawings up to date showing T-4B, the new rear axle housing coupling ring, in place." Other notes indicate this change was made after the first 13,000 cars.

 

OCT Acc. 509, July 14, 1913, Ford Archives
Babbitt bearing rear axle used on first 12,000 cars. (October)

 

OCT 1 Ford Times
Gas lamps, top, windshield and speedometer now standard equipment on the Touring, Tourabout and Runabout. Closed cars still supplied less the gas lamps. "Unequipped" open cars available on special order.

 

OCT 6 Acc. 575, Ford Archives
T189 rear axle assembly with roller pinion and axle bearings noted as "Special Assembly."
T1526C crankcase has T899B transmission case flange replacing T899(A).

 

OCT 27 Acc. 575, Ford Archives
Cylinder front cover commutator boss diameter changed from 2-7/8 to 3-1/16" for new commutator.

 

OCT 28 Acc. 575, Ford Archives
"We hand you herewith blue print of T-404C Commutator Assembly incorporating the latest parts, to be used after the first fifteen thousand cars. We also hand you blue print of T-1410C new style Running Board, to be used after the first fifteen thousand cars....."

 

NOV 1 Ford Times
Coupe dimensions: door opening, 21-7/8". Front of cushion to dash, 24-3/8" Front of cushion to rear, 19". Width of seat, 39-1/2". Height, top of seat cushion to roof, 39-1/2". Floor to roof, 54".

 

NOV Shipping invoices
First listings of "Roller bearing rear axle."

 

NOV 23 Acc. 575, Ford Archives
Notes new design for brake rod supports, T-1367C and 1398C. "Above parts take immediate effect."

 

NOV 29 Acc. 575, Ford Archives
T-202 and T-202F, front axle. "Remove steering spindle clearance notches in yokes at points marked "A"."

 

DEC 2 Acc. 575, Ford Archives
T1367A and T1367B (R/H) and T1398A and T1398B (L?H) brake rod supports used on first 17,500 cars. Replaced with T1367C and T 1398C.

 

DEC 7 Acc. 575, Ford Archives
T4B rear axle reinforcing ring changed from steel casting to a drop forging.

 

DEC 20
Notes on modifications to the 56" rear axle housings. "Same changes on 48" and 60" treads." This is the first note regarding 48" treads this author has noted. The 48" tread is believed to be for the in-factory Model-T-based tractors.
"T-920B steering column tube, new design. Used after the first 32,500 cars" They must have used the same tube on the N-R-S Fords since they hadnít made that many Model Tís by this date. The actual figure probably was 12,500

 

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