JAN 9 Acc. 235, General Letters, Ford Archives Announcement of all-steel body and cab for trucks. Express body to which stakes, etc., might be added.
JAN 18 Letter from Chicago Branch
The Ford Motor Company enters the new year with a new product, an all-steel combination truck body and cab mounted on the standard Ford One Ton Chassis to be sold as a complete unit.
The new body is of the open express type, so constructed that it may be readily converted into other body combinations by using stakes, side boards, canopy top, screen sides, etc.
“In fact” says the Ford statement, “the purpose in producing the new body was to place a low cost general utility truck, meeting body (sic) agricultural and commercial requirements at the disposal of ton truck users.”
The body is built of steel to withstand the most severe usage and presents a new development in construction. The steel sills are reinforced with wood in order to lessen vibration and road shocks, thus making for more durability and longer life.
The loading space is seven feet two inches in length by four feet in width and of convenient and practical depth. The end gate is strongly braced and secured by heavy chains which hold it in position when lowered.
The cab, also of steel construction is extra roomy. The seat is of artificial leather, well-cushioned by four inch springs. Protection from the weather is afforded by close fitting door curtains mounted on uprights and opening and closing with the door. An oblong window in the back of the cab gives ample facilities for rear vision, adding to the safety as well as the convenience of the driver.
The new truck which is already on display in many Ford dealers show rooms throughout the country, sells complete with steel cab and closed body for $490.00 F.O.B. Detroit, being priced in accordance with the standard Ford policy.
In addition to the saving offered truck users in this body, is the convenience of now being able to buy the Ford One Ton truck complete and ready to put into service.
MAR 12 Engine production records, Ford Archives Lightweight pistons first used.
MAR 18 Letter from Chicago Branch “We hear stories that some salesmen are telling their customers to be sure and look at the motor number of any car when they buy in order to be sure they get a late motor number. These particular salesmen are just making a lot of trouble for themselves because at the new plant we have hundreds of motors that have been standing there for thirty days or more and will be going into the cars in the course of production. This means that all dealers will receive motor numbers from the Burnham plant that will be considerably lower in number than those motors received from the Chicago plant so just stop your salesmen making any remarks at all about motor numbers because in so doing they are going to make a lot of trouble for you when we start shipping from the new plant.”
P.S. In correspondence the old Ford plant in Chicago is referred to as the Chicago plant and the new plant is referred to as the Burnham plant because it is near the Burnham railroad yards.
MAR 23 Engine production records, Ford Archives Start 1/32″ babbitt in connecting rods. In all beginning April 23.
MAR 24 Ford Archives Truck prices: Chassis, $370. Chassis and cab, $435. Chassis, cab and body, $490. Chassis, cab, body and canopy roof, $520. Same with side screens, $545. Chassis and body (no cab), $425. Chassis, body and canopy, $455. Chassis, body, canopy and screens, $480.
APR 19 Engine production records, Ford Archives New camshaft and front bearing in all production. Start 1/32″ babbitt in universal ball cap. In all by April 29.
APR 29 Engine production records, Ford Archives New camshaft and bearing in all production.
MAY 7 Engine production records, Ford Archives New rear cam bearing begun. In all by May 21.
JUN 4 Engine production records, Ford Archives Engine 10,000,000 built at 7:47 A.M.
JUN 6 Engine production records, Ford Archives 1/32″ babbitt in front and center crankshaft bearings. In all production beginning July 16.
JUN 27 Acc. 235, Box 21, Ford Archives “Effective immediately, all branches painting that part of steering post which is exposed under the hood, will discontinue same. Our reason for not desiring to paint this portion of the steering gear post is that when painted the quality of the steel used in these posts is not visible and the outstanding appearance of strength is covered up.”
JUL 17 Engine production records, Ford Archives New style transmission covers began. New oil tube with a larger funnel began this date and was used in all production beginning August 12.
JUL 18 Engine production records, Ford Archives New (four-dip) crankcase begun.
SEP 17 Letter from Chicago plant
Windshield wiper, dash light and rear vision mirror are three new accessories now being offered by the Ford Motor Company through its extensive dealer and service station organization. In presenting these accessories, the company has followed the policy prevailing in the marketing of all its products, that of giving the highest quality at the lowest possible cost.
The Ford windshield wiper is constructed so that the double ply rubber is always pressed firmly against the glass and all vibration is eliminated, yet the wiper is easily operated. The steel handle has a polished white metal grip which will not rust.
The rear vision mirror is made of polished plate glass manufactured by the Ford Motor Company. The mirror is held firmly by felt clamps and an ingenious arrangement not only permits easy adjustment to any desired position, but also locks the mirror in position, holding it there firmly and thus relieving the driver of the inconvenience of making frequent adjustments in order to maintain clear rear vision.
The Ford dash light is neat and attractively finished in black to harmonize with the instrument board. A feature is the manner in which the base of the light fits into the panel instead of simply being attached to the surface. This eliminates all possibility of it shaking loose.
A Ford emergency kit, consisting of two headlight bulbs, a tail light bulb, a spark plug and a tube repair outfit, also in included in the Ford accessory line.
SEP 29 Engine production records, Ford Archives First engine (10,566,001) built at River Rouge Plant. Production continued at Highland Park until February 13, 1925; the last number produced there being 11,067,000. (The Rouge plant’s last number the same day was 11,198,371.)
FORD FACTORY LETTER
From Ford Motor Company, Detroit office
September 29, 1924
Change in the upholstery in the Ford Fordor Sedan, which has been effected lately, has given the car a most attractive interior.
This Ford type, which has been highly popular since its introduction into the Ford line, is now upholstered in a soft, durable cloth of blue-slate background relieved by a royal blue stripe. Head lining and floor rugs harmonize nicely in color and blue silk curtains on the three rear windows give an added tone of richness to the interior, equally effective in the day time and under the soft glow of the dome light at night.
Appointments are complete, the Ford dash light, windshield wiper and rear vision mirror now being part of the standard equipment of the Fordor Sedan.
With the change in upholstery, the closed car buyer is given a little more variety in the selection of a car for family use — the Fordor with its blue interior and the always attractive Tudor, upholstered in dark brown.
Upholstery in the Ford coupe also remains in brown cloth, affording the most practical and pleasing effect under the wide variety of uses to which this popular Ford closed type is adapted.
OCT 30 Acc. 1701 Model T Releases, Ford Archives T-5044B1 steering gear assembly, L.H control, 5 to 1 gear ratio adopted for use on T chassis with 21 by 4.40 tires.
DEC 24 Ford Archives Platform stake body added to truck line.
© Bruce W. McCalley. Rev. February 21, 2007