JAN 3 Letter from Ford to all dealers “Effective January 3rd, the Tudor Sedan will be equipped with black wire wheels as standard equipment at no extra cost.”
JAN 14 Letter to dealers from Fargo branch “With the resumption of assembling operations, Tudor Sedans are being regularly equipped with black wire wheels as standard equipment at no extra cost.”
FEB 11 Ford letter to branches and dealers “Commencing Monday fourteenth (sic) all Ford Coupes delivered or shipped should be equipped with black wire wheels at no charge in billing price to dealer and effective Monday February twenty-first black wheels of this type will be considered standard equipment at no extra cost to customer, same as Tudor and Fordor.”
FEB 14 Letter to dealers from Fargo branch “Effective Feb. 14 all Ford Coupes delivered or shipped to dealers will be equipped with black wire wheels at no change in price. Beginning Monday, Feb. 21, black wire wheels of this type will be considered standard AT NO EXTRA COST TO CUSTOMER, same as the Tudor and Fordor.”
MAR 2 Letter GL1600 from the Fargo branch “For your information, the following is a comparative analysis of the babbitt in a connecting rod rebabbitted by an outside concern, and standard Ford babbitt: Outside Standard Ford Tin82.96% 85-86% Lead 5.00% .10(max.)% Copper 5.15% 7.00-7.5% Antimony 6.89% 7.00-7.50% The letter continues, stating that the increased copper in the Ford babbitt gives greater wear, and stresses that the dealers should use the Ford babbitt instead of any outside material.
MAR 21 Factory letter to branches
“Since the standardizing on blue and brown colors for our open cars, requests have been made by various fleet owners to have the Runabout with Pickup Body painted in black to match other Ford Pickup Cars operated by such fleet.
“Such requests have been approved and it has been decided that any of our regular colors, in addition to black finish, should be optional on the Runabout with Pickup Body upon specific request of the Fleet owners as well as individual buyers.
“The above also applies to Foreign Branches and European Companies.”
MAR 30 Letter from Ford to all dealers Announced the approval of the Kingston vaporizer for the Model T with a note that some may be used as standard equipment “on a small percentage of our production.”
The Kingston unit listed at $9.00 and they made a special introductory price of $4.50, shipping one to each dealer.
MAY 26 Engine production records, Ford Archives Engine 15,000,000 built this date. 14,999,999 to 15,000,001 were held out of May 25 production. The last number built May 25 was 15,002,217.
MAY 31 Engine production records, Ford Archives All-steel valves now used in all engines except those for export.
JUL 29 Letter 1668 from the Fargo branch
“A special all-steel valve for Model T cars and trucks is now available through service stock, and in order to effect a complete initial distribution of this product to all dealers, we will include a small quantity with your next parts order.
“This all-steel valve is very much superior to the present type valve and we therefore recommend its use in your repair and service work.
“The price is 25 cents each, subject to dealers’ regular discount, and your future requirements may be ordered in the usual manner with your next monthly stock order.”
AUG 4 Engine production records, Ford Archives
The last Model T Ford engine was built at the River Rouge plant. It was serial number 15,176,888. (Seven T engines were built in 1941.)
169,856 Model T engines were built after the end of car production at the Detroit plant.
© Bruce W. McCalley. Rev. February 22, 2007.