UPHOLSTERY
Open Cars
1909-1910 Leather, diamond tuft design. Black color. 1911 Leather. Diamond tuft on seat backs but diamonds sewn on the cushions. 1912 Leather with tufted and sewn diamonds on backs and cushions. Imitation leather may have appeared before the 1913 models. 1913-1927 Leather phased out and replaced with imitation material. Seat bottoms were leather until about mid-1913, with seat backs and sides in imitation leather beginning earlier (perhaps as early as 1912). In general, the cars with leather upholstery had diamond-tufted seats. The imitation leather seats had a sewn diamond pattern until about 1914 when the seat backs became pleated. The seat bottoms continued the sewn diamond pattern until 1917 models. 1917 and later cars used only the pleated design.

The front roll of the arm rest was leather until around 1916. 1917 and later cars had a small metal cap on the arm rest, and no longer used the leather.

Door and side panels were covered with imitation leather until about 1917 when the side panels were changed to a black cardboard-like material, with a trim welting around the edges. 1926 and 1927 cars came with and without buttons in the seat upholstery.


UPHOLSTERY
Closed Cars
1909-1914 Coupe: Black leather seats with imitation leather door panels and trim.

Town Car: black leather seats and door panels, with fabric lining and trim.

1915

Sedan: gray and white striped pattern in wool. Trim was bright and elaborate. Seats were diamond tufted in the rear, but comparatively plain in front.

Coupelet: Black leather seats and door panels. Folding top had blue lining and trim.

Town Car: see 1916.

1916

Sedan: (Centerdoor) Gray and white striped pattern in wool but less ornate than the 1915. Seats were pleated instead of diamond-tufted. Trimmed in gray lace.

Coupe: Seats, door panels and straps were changed to imitation leather during this period. The top also changed to imitation leather, and was now lined and trimmed with green fabric and lace.

Town Car: The seats, front and rear were real leather. The jump seats and door panels were covered with imitation leather. The top also changed to imitation leather and was lined and trimmed with the same blue/gray fabric used on the 1915 sedan. Later (mid-1916 and on) used a less ornate cloth top lining.

1918 The Sedan and Town Car continued as in 1917. The Coupelet used gray whipcord fabric and lace previously used in the Sedan. The cowl area was trimmed in imitation leather. 1919-1922

Sedan: Continued as in 1917. With the introduction of the starter (1919) came a dashboard and gray whipcord quarter panels.

Coupelet: Continued the gray whipcord fabric and lace trim introduced in 1918 and, like the sedan, had whipcord quarter panels.

1922-1923 Centerdoor Sedan and Coupe: Brown wool. Carpet at the bottom of the doors. 1923-1924 Tudor, Fordor and Coupe: Brown wool. No carpet on the bottom of the doors in later production. 1925 Tudor and Coupe: Brown wool as in 1923. Fordor; dark-blue wool. Tudor and Coupe may have been blue in later 1925 models. 1926 Gray with red stripe on maroon cars, gray with green stripe on green cars. Headliner and body panels were gray with no stripe. 1927 Gray with white stripe on all cars. Headliner and body panels with no stripe.


WEIGHTS Model
Date Starter
Clincher Non-starter
Clincher Starter
Demountable Non-starter
Demountable Starter
Balloon Non-starter
Balloon TOURING 11/1/19 1580 1500 12/16/20 1575 1485 1640 7/15/22 1571 1477 1625 1535 6/4/23 1596 1510 1655 1573 9/4/23 1603 1517 1652 1580 7/24/24 1600 1500 1650 1553 td>1/10/25 1594 1494 1644 1547 10/8/25 1703 1607 1728 1628 1738 1640


RUNABOUT Model
Date Starter
Clincher Non-starter
Clincher Starter
Demountable Non-starter
Demountable Starter
Balloon Non-starter
Balloon 11/1/19 1480 1390 12/16/20 1465 1380 1525 7/15/22 1480 1385 1533 1445 6/4/23 1474 1388 1533 1451 9/4/23 1481 1395 1540 1458 7/24/24 1477 1375 1527 1427 1/10/25 1471 1369 1521 1421 10/8/25 1622 1526 1645 1547 1655 1557


COUPE Model
Date Starter
Clincher Non-starter
Clincher Starter
Demountable Non-starter
Demountable Starter
Balloon Non-starter
Balloon 11/1/19 1680 1580 1685 1680-“with instrument board and battery only” 12/16/20     1685 11/16/22     1729 6/4/23     1744 9/4/23     1772 7/24/24     1755 1/10/25     1749 9/24/25 1828 1732 1851 1755 1860 1758 10/8/25     1851


FORDOR Model
Date Starter
Clincher Non-starter
Clincher Starter
Demountable Non-starter
Demountable Starter
Balloon Non-starter
Balloon 11/16/22     1915 2/26/23     1939 6/4/23     1945 9/4/23     1950 7/24/24     1933 1/10/25     1927 10/8/25     1994


TUDOR Model
Date Starter
Clincher Non-starter
Clincher Starter
Demountable Non-starter
Demountable Starter
Balloon Non-starter
Balloon 11/1/19 1845   1875 1815-“with instrument board and battery only” 12/16/20     1875 2/26/23     1900 9/4/23     1923 10/27/23     1898 2/19/24     1898 7/24/24     1888 1/10/25     1862 9/24/25 1939 1842 1961 1862 1972 1875 10/8/25     1961


ROADSTER PICKUP Model
Date Starter
Clincher Non-starter
Clincher Starter
Demountable Non-starter
Demountable Starter
Balloon Non-starter
Balloon 10/8/25 1706 1610 1729 1736 1638


CHASSIS Model
Date Starter
Clincher Non-starter
Clincher Starter
Demountable Non-starter
Demountable Starter
Balloon Non-starter
Balloon 11/1/19 1080 1060 12/16/20 1155 1070 1215 7/15/22 1175* 1082* 1230 1140* *Includes fenders and aprons and 16 lb gas tank 6/4/2 1196 1110 1255 1173 9/4/23 1203 1117 1262 1180 7/24/24 1205 1103 1253 1158 1/10/25 1199 1097 1247 1152 10/8/25 1218 1122 1243 1144 1250 1151


CHASSIS (Coupe) Model
Date Starter
Clincher Non-starter
Clincher Starter
Demountable Non-starter
Demountable Starter
Balloon Non-starter
Balloon 7/15/22     1707(?) 9/4/23     1268 7/24/24     1256 1/10/25     1251


CHASSIS (Fordor) Model
Date Starter
Clincher Non-starter
Clincher Starter
Demountable Non-starter
Demountable Starter
Balloon Non-starter
Balloon 11/16/22     1271 (Including fenders) 6/4/23     1255 9/4/23     1260 7/24/24     1252 1/10/25     1246


CHASSIS (Tudor) Model
Date Starter
Clincher Non-starter
Clincher Starter
Demountable Non-starter
Demountable Starter
Balloon Non-starter
Balloon 12/16/20     1215 7/15/22     1900(?) 6/4/23     1245 10/27/23     1250 2/19/24     1250 7/24/24     1237 1/10/25     1231


TT CHASSIS   Starter
Pneumatic Non-starter
Pneumatic Starter
Solid Non-starter
Solid 11/1/19   1340 1395 12/16/20     1430 7/15/22 1520 1427 1480 6/4/23 1565 1480 1560 9/4/23 1572 1487   1567 7/24/24 1520 1423 1612 1515 1/10/25 1514 1417 1606 1509 10/8/25 1577 1473 1617 1513


TT CHASSIS WITH CAB   Starter
Pneumatic Non-starter
Pneumatic Starter
Solid Non-starter
Solid 6/13/24 1798 1701 1887 1790 8/11/24 1798 1702 1887 1790 12/30/24 1792 1696 1881 1784 1/10/25 1792 1696 1851 1784


TT CHASSIS WITH CAB AND EXPRESS BODY Starter
Pneumatic Non-starter
Pneumatic Starter
Solid Non-starter
Solid 6/13/24 2155 2061 2247 2145 7/24/24 2155 2062 2247 2145 1/10/25 2149 2056 2241 2139


TT CHASSIS, CAB, EXPRESS BODY AND CANOPY WITH SCREENS   Starter
Pneumatic Non-starter
Pneumatic Starter
Solid Non-starter
Solid   (No rear fenders but with lamps and tools) 8/11/24 2342 2252 2438 2333 12/30/24 2336 2246 2432 2327


BODIES   Fordor CoupeTudor Touring Runabout Open Cab Truck 12/16/20       415 308 (less instrument panel) 12/16/20 475 675 421 309 (with instrument panel) 7/15/22   477 670 395 303 11/16/22 644 499 2/26/23 668 499 670 395 303 6/4/23 690 499 678 400 278 9/4/23 690 504 648 400 278 260 6/13/24 681 499 653 395 272 275 10/8/25 704 563 669 456 374 249 (Open car bodies included top and windshield)


Closed
Cab Express w/
Fenders Express w/o
Fenders Canopy
Roof> Side
Screens Gate
Screens 10/27/23 353 2/19/24 373 8/11/24 357   86 51 33 10/8/25 383 354 335 74 55 30


Stakes for
Canopy Platform
Body Stake
Body Stakes Runabout Body
&Pickup Bed Pickup Bed 8/11/24 18 12/30/24     588 3/21/25         406 10/8/25 18 452 615 163


WHEELS
1909-1910 Part # Factory # Description 2800 291 Front, red 2801 291 Front, green 2802 291 Front, gray 2812 99 Rear, red 2813 99 Rear, green 2814 99 Rear, gray 30 x 3 tires in front, 30 x 3-1/2 at rear. Hubs had 5-1/2&quot: flanges. Front and rear hubs appeared similar, unlike 1911 and later style. Ball bearings in front hubs. Round-felloe, painted body color, with and without striping. Striping varied but generally was an open “V” on the spokes, and a single ring on the felloe. Hub caps were brass with “Ford” in block letters. Thin oval spokes. 1911-1916 2800 291 Front, blue 2814B 99 Rear, For non-tapered axle. (Early 1911) 2814C 2815 Rear, blue, tapered axle Same tire size but heavier construction and 6” flanges. Rear hub heavier with change to tapered axles; no longer looked the same as the front hubs. Painted blue, with and without striping as on the earlier cars. Hub caps had “Ford” in script, with “Made in USA” added in late 1912. The “F” in the “Ford” was higher in the early caps, and there seems to have been some variation in size and placement of the lettering, perhaps due to different suppliers. Rims were screwed to the felloes (#10 x 3/4” flat head) in 1909 through sometime in 1912, after which they were riveted with 3/16” rivets with a washer on the inside. Also, perhaps at the change to the riveted felloes, the tire valve holes were specified to be lined with steel tubing (9/16” o.d., #25 B.W. gauge). Spokes were oval-shaped and the felloes were rounded 1917-1918 2800 291 Front 2814C 2815 Rear Hub caps of the same pattern were now nickel-plated. The front hubs were made with a longer shoulder. Rear tires now had tread pattern. (The front tires remained smooth. The treaded rear tires began appearing during 1916.) The felloes were changed to “square” instead of being rounded, apparently in late 1917 or early 1918 according to a letter dated April 16, 1918 at the Ford Archives. 1919-1924 2800 291B Front, Non-demountable 2800B 291D Front, Kelsey demountable (1919-1924) 2800C 291E Front, Hayes demountable (1921-1923) 2800G 291G Front 2814C 2815 Rear, Non-demountable 2814G 2815B Rear, Kelsey demountable (1919-1924) 2814H 2815C Rear, Hayes demountable (1921-1923) 2814J 7698C Rear, Ford demountable (1922) 2814J2 7698D Rear, Ford demountable (1923) 2814K 2815E Rear, Ford Demountable (1924-1925) Demountable rims available as an option, using 30 x 3-1/2 tires all around. Hayes, Kelsey, and Ford supplied wheels, so there were variations in the style. The rims were zinc plated. Non-demountable wheels continued as standard equipment. In 1920 the wooden felloes were replaced with steel, and wheels could then be supplied without hubs. (The wood-felloe wheels tended to warp when there was no hub in place.) On July 14, 1921 The shape of the spokes was specified as being round instead of oval in cross section. 30 x 3 tires were used in front when the car had the standard (non-demountable) wheels. Hub caps were nickel-plated but about 1923 they were made of steel, rather than brass. (Steel had been used as far back as 1918 but brass replaced the earlier steel for a time.) According to blueprints, caps were also made of zinc (polished but not plated) around 1924.

Beginning in 1919, front wheel bearings were changed to Timkin roller on trucks and, later, closed cars. By 1920 they were standard on all cars with demountable wheels but apparently the ball type were used on open cars with non-demountable wheels until 1925.

Initially, demountable wheels and rims supplied by Kelsey and Hayes were not interchangeable, apparently even within the same brand. With the introduction of “Ford” wheels (apparently made by Firestone and Cleveland companies) all brands became alike so that any rim could be used on any wheel. It would have been possible that more than one manufacturer’s wheels could have appeared on a single car.

Non-demountable front wheels which used 30 by 3” tires were apparently dished throughout production. Wheels which used 30 by 3-1/2” tires (demountables and 1926 non-demountables) appear to have not been dished.

In a letter to the Ford branches dated March 7, 1924, the following appeared:

Wheels and Rims
The necessary changes have been made in the Kelsey wheel and rims also the Firestone and Cleveland rims so that with the exception of a few Kelsey wheels which are still to be shipped, we will have but one wheel and one rim for production, even though they are being shipped from three different sources. The felloe band on the Kelsey wheel has been changed so that it is exactly the same dimension as the Ford, Hayes, or Motor wheel and a car could be built with one wheel of each make. The rims have been changed to the ‘attached lug’ type and a car could be built using one rim of each Hayes, Kelsey, Motor Wheel, and Firestone.

“This arrangement will make it possible to report front demountable wheels as one item, rear demountable wheels as one item and T-8774 rims as one item. The bolts and nuts are also interchangeable…This arrangement will eliminate the necessity of carrying the stocks in your plant separately, i.e., when you receive a carload from Kelsey you can unload it and put material in the same pile with Hayes or Ford wheels and the rims with Hayes, Cleveland or Firestone rims.

T-8834A Demountable Rim Clamp Nut for Kelsey wheels. Will be used for service on these wheels and also as a unit of one on all cars equipped with demountable wheels and will be known as the Tire Carrier Clamp Nut…

With this arrangement it is necessary to carry in service the following:

T-8807   Clamp and nut assembly (Firestone and Cleveland rims). T-8831BR   Clamp (Kelsey) T-8831FR   Clamp (Firestone or Cleveland) T-8774CR   Demountable rim which was the original rim furnished by Cleveland and Firestone (rolled bead type). T-8774DR   Demountable rim, Cleveland & Firestone solid bead type. T-8774AR   Demountable rim (Kelsey old style). T-291DR   Front wheel, demountable (Kelsey) T-2815BR   Rear wheel, demountable (Kelsey)

When supplying Service for the other types of wheels which have been used you may take any make of wheel from your assembly stock to fill this order, likewise with the attached-hub rim. In carrying stocks of hubless wheels it will be necessary to carry one wheel for Kelsey and one wheel which may be shipped from either Hayes, Kelsey, Ford, or Motor Wheel for supplying replacements of all other makes.” LIST OF WHEELS, RIMS, RIM PARTS TO BE CARRIED BY BRANCHES FOR PRODUCTION AND SERVICE T-291B   Front Wheel Clincher (Hayes Motor Wheel) T2815A   Rear Wheel Clincher (Hayes Motor Wheel) T-291   Front Wheel, Demountable (New style interchangeable) T-2815   Rear Wheel, Demountable (New style interchangeable) T-8774   Demountable rim T-8332   Demountable rim nut (Hayes, Firestone, Cleveland, Kelsey) T-8334   Demountable rim nut (Hayes, Firestone, Cleveland, Kelsey) TT-178   Truck Clamping Ring (Kelsey) TT-2815B   Truck Wheel, demountable (Kelsey) TT-8774A   Truck Rim, demountable (Kelsey) TT-2815C   Rear Truck Wheel, demountable (Hayes-Bimel) TT-8774B   Truck demountable rim (Hayes) TT-8807   Truck demountable rim clamp and nut assembly (Kelsey) TT-8832   Truck demountable rim bolt (Hayes, Kelsey) TT-8834A   Demountable rim nut (Kelsey) TT-7645A   Truck wheel (Solid tire) SERVICE PARTS T-291D   Front wheel, demountable (Kelsey old style) T-2815B   Rear wheel, demountable (Kelsey old style) T-8774AR   Demountable rim (Kelsey old style) T-8774CR   Demountable rim (Firestone, Cleveland Rolled bead type) T-8774DR   Demountable rim (Firestone, Cleveland Solid bead type) T-8807   Demountable rim clamp (Firestone, Cleveland) T8831BR   Demountable rim clamp (Kelsey) T-8831FR   Demountable rim clamp (Firestone, Cleveland) T-293AR   Hubless demountable wheel (Kelsey) T-293BR/CR   Hubless demountable wheel (Hayes, Ford, Motor Wheel) T-295AR   Hubless clincher wheel, front T-2816   Hubless clincher wheel, rear TT-2817AR   Hubless truck wheel (Kelsey) TT-2817BR   Hubless truck wheel (Hayes) “For the present we will have two truck wheels, the same as in the past. We will within a short time have this corrected so that there will be but one type of these wheels. The clincher wheels will be handled as in the past.” 1925 Same wheels as above but 21” balloon tire/wheels an option. 2800I 291H Front 21” Balloon, black (1925-1927) 2800J 291I Front 21” Balloon, natural (1925-1927) 2814N 2815F Rear 21” Balloon, black (1925) 2814P 2815G Rear 21” Balloon, natural (1925) 21” wheels finished in natural wood were available in addition to the standard black. 1926 2800A1 291J Front 30×3-1/2 Non-demountable (1926) 2800I 291H Front 21” Balloon, black (1925-1927) 2800J 291I Front 21” Balloon, natural (1925-1927) 2814F2 7698H Rear 30×3-1/2 Non-demountable (1926) 2814N2 2815J Rear 21” Balloon, black (1926-1927) 2814P2 2815M Rear 21” Balloon, natural (1926-1927) 2881 2846 Front/Rear, 21” Wire (1926-1927) Early production continued the options available in 1925 but the 30 x 3-1/2 (all around) demountable wheels became standard after a short time, then the 21” wheels with demountable rims became standard. 21” wood wheels were the same as 1925 except for the 11” rear brake drums. Wire wheels, introduced in January 1926 in black only at first, then in several colors, became optional. These used the same 21” tires as the wooden balloon wheels. New hub caps, nickel-plated steel, were used with the wire wheels. 1927 Standard wheels were the 21” demountables, with the wire wheels an option. Wire wheels became standard equipment in the last production on closed cars beginning in late 1926. Black was the supplied color; other colors were special order or dealer-installed options.


FRONT WHEEL HUBS
1909-1910 2815, f/n T-40 or T-102
Flange diameter 5-1/2 inches. Used ball bearings. 1911-1916 Flange diameter 6 inches. Used ball bearings. Hubs had short outer shoulder (about 7/8”) with a 11/16” threaded section for the cap. 1916-1919 2803C (T-232) Ball bearing
2803B (T-219) Roller bearing
Similar to 1915 type but now had longer (about 1-1/2” in the 2803B) outer shoulder for greater strength, with shorter (about 3/8”) threaded section. 1919-1926 2803 (T-200) Ball bearing
2803B (T-219) Roller bearing
Similar to 1918 style but now fitted with Timken roller bearings on all cars except the open models without electrical equipment and with non- demountable wheels, which continued the ball bearings until about 1925. 1926-1927 2803B (T-219) Wood wheels
2882 (T-2841) Wire wheels
Wood wheels used same hubs as 1925. Wire wheels had entirely different design hub with five studs to secure the wheel.


REAR WHEEL HUBS
1909-1910
2815 (T-102) Designed for non-tapered axle with pin through the diameter to hold the wheel. 5-1/2” diameter flanges. The general shape of the hub was like that of the front hubs. 1911 2815B (T-40B) Non-tapered axle continued into early 1911. 6” flange style hubs for these axles. 1911-1927 2815C (T-2819) Tapered axle. Flanges are 6” diameter. Shorter, near-uniform diameter hub section. 1926-1927 2815C (T-2819) Wood wheels
2887 (T-2842B) Wire wheels (with brake drum) Wood wheels used same hubs as 1925. Wire wheels had entirely different design hub with five studs to secure the wheel.


WOOD WHEEL COLORS Early wheels were shown as “blue” in the parts books. Apparently this color continued until about 1915 (a guess, it could have been earlier or later). In 1914 the factory listed the following paints to be used on the wheels:

First coat F-108 black, 2/3 pint.
Second coat F-109 Blue color varnish, 2/3 pint.

Striping with French Gray striping color, 1/10 ounce.

Finish coat F-753 Gear Varnish. (This was basically a clear varnish top coat also used on bodies.)

The “blue” was an almost-black color, easily taken as black.

WIRE WHEEL COLORS
(Late 1926, and 1927) Casino Red, Emerald Green, Straw, Drake Green (1927) and Black.

In late 1926 when wire wheels became standard on the closed cars (but not all at the same time), the standard wire wheel color was black. Colored wheels were special order or dealer-installed.


WHEEL HUB CAPS The following information is based on the factory blueprints, with the dates an approximation based on the dates of the blueprints. As with most Model T parts, there could have been considerable overlapping in the use of the various designs.

1909-1910 Brass, with “Ford” in block letters. Top is domed with a 2-5/8” radius. 1911 Brass, with “Ford” in script. No “Made in USA.” Had rounded-end style, in the same pattern as the 1909-10. 1911-1912 Brass, with “Ford” in script. “Made in USA” in later production. Ends were now flat, with a thin outer border, similar to the later types. 1913-1914 Brass, similar to 1912 but with

Made in USA.” Most, if not all, versions had the “Ford” with a higher than usual “F.” 1914-1915 Brass, similar to the 1913 type but the hexagon part now had a “scalloped” appearance at the junction of the main body of the cap. The background of the top was painted black. The “high F” was discontinued. 1924 The black background was discontinued. During 1915 the caps were made of steel, being brass plated until 1917 models (July 1916), then nickel plated. Sometime, perhaps in 1917, the top was redesigned with a smaller diameter circle in which the “Ford” was stamped. The “Ford” is smaller but the

Made in USA” is a bit larger. (The unrestored 1917 “Rip Van Winkle” Ford had the earlier “high F” style caps on the left side, and the later type on the right side.) 1924-1926 While appearing the same as the previous design, the caps were made of zinc. 1926-1927 Nickel-plated brass and similar in style to the previous type.

Caps for wire wheels were with the Ford script but were of steel and were larger; crimped in place on the wheels. Nickel-plated.


WINDSHIELD
(Open cars unless otherwise noted)
1909 Rands
Troy (brass and wood frames)
Mezger (Automatic)

Optional on early open cars. Support rods to front of car fastened to the radiator mounting bolt, or the front or rear fender-iron mounting bolt, depending on manufacturer. 1910 Troy (few)

Rands
Mezger (Automatic)
1911 Rands
Vanguard

Mezger (Automatic) 1911 Torpedo & Open Runabout Windshields were held in place with two clamps (two each of f/n T2266B & T2267B) near the ends of the firewall. When the Torpedo and Open Runabouts first appeared, the usual clamps would not hold the windshield solidly due to the slope of the lower windshield panel. This problem was initially solved by installing a third clamp (T2665 front clip) at the center of the windshield; this clamp having a greater curve to grip the lower windshield frame. After a short period, the outer clamps were modified (or replaced by the T2665 perhaps), eliminating the need for the center clamp.

1912 Rands
Vanguard 1913 Rands
Diamond
Vanguard
Standard

Sloping lower section with upper half that folded forward. Painted black. All except one Rands used halves of different sizes and they were generally the same overall dimensions. Rands supplied two styles, one similar to the other brands, and one with both halves of equal size, and which required a different set of support brackets and a modified front top bow. 1914 Standard
Similar to 1913 but top section now folded backwards (towards the driver). The windshield support brackets had a bow in them to clear the folded section. 1915-1916 Upright windshield which folded to the rear at the center. Hinges had equal-length arms. Mounting bracket was riveted to the windshield frame. Sidelights mounted on this bracket. 1917-1929 Similar to 1916 but about April 1917 the hinges had unequal arms so that when folded the upper half was above the lower. The mounting bracket was now separate and screwed to the windshield frame. (After about Feb. 1917.) With the introduction of electrical equipment in mid-1919 the windshield mounting brackets were redesigned to eliminate the side lamp brackets on those supplied by the factory with starters. The older style (with the brackets for the oil lamps) continued on the non-starter cars. 1920-1922 Similar to the 1917-20 style except that the brackets no longer had the integral oil lamp supports. The oil lamps, used only on non-starter cars, now had a separate forged mounting bracket, held by the same bolts that secured the windshield frame to the body. 1923-1925 Sloping windshield with a fixed lower section and an upper section which pivoted forward or backward. Sidelight brackets now a separate item and were used only on non-electric cars. Posts now bolted to the body, eliminating the forging used earlier. Top now fastened to the top of the windshield posts. 1926-1927 Similar to 1925 but both sections could be moved; the lower section only outward, the upper in either direction. Stanchions on the 1926 open models were found to be somewhat weak and in later production they were modified to have a larger base at the mounting area, typical of the 1927 models.


WINDSHIELD SNAP LOOP This is the metal fitting that fastens to the windshield hinge and to which the top support strap hooks.

The initial use began with the 1912 models. Prior to these, the top support straps ran to the front of the chassis, connecting to a loop at the radiator mounting bolt or to an integral loop on the headlamp bracket.

The loop was initially designed with dual-diameter ends; one end being 1“ and the other 1-1/8”. Ford records indicate that on December 29, 1911 the design was changed to now have a diameter of 7/8” at both ends, with the two holes being 13/32”.

On April 14, 1916 a note specifying this loop to be brass-plated was removed from the drawing. The loop was to be made of crankcase stock and was to now be “tumbled and raven finished.” On August 22, 1916 a note was added; “Have shown loop bent at an angle of 22 degrees.” This bend probably was made earlier since the strain to the top straps would seem to have made the bend even if the loop was initially a straight piece.

On July 17, 1920 the loop was specified for repairs only and then on April 9, 1921 it was again specified for standard production. It would seem that the sloping windshield was contemplated but then delayed. In any event, this part was discontinued when the sloping windshield appeared in U.S. production in late 1922.

The loop straps appear to have been black-colored leather until about 1913 and then became cotton webbing until the 1923 models when they were no longer required.

Evolution of the T-3827 Top To Windshield Snap Loop. 10/17/11 New design, 2 req. (Torpedo Runabout 1912) 12/29/11 Changed diameter of ends from 1” at one end and 1-1/8” at the other end to be 7/8” at both ends. Also specified the sides to be concave, curve having a 1-3/16” radius and tangent to ends of the loop. Also changed large hole from .75” dia to 13/32” making both holes the same. Have also specified this loop to be used on touring car 1912 after the first 20,000 cars and on the Roadster with Rumble Seat, after the first 1,675 cars. 10/10/14 This piece to be used on Windshield for Touring car and Torpedo, 1915. 4/14/16 Removed note which specified this loop to be brass Plated, and called for loop to be tumbled and raven finished. Specified this loop to be made from crankcase stock.

Specified use on Touring car and Torpedo 1916. “This is to take immediate effect. All loops on hand to be used up.”

8/22/16 Have shown loop bent at and angle of 22 degrees. Specified for use on Touring Car and Torpedo 1917. 7/17/20 Have added suffix letter “R” to above-mentioned symbol numbers, specifying these parts to be used for repairs, 1915-20. Note: the above parts, and also other parts mentioned in this communication specified “for Repairs”, will be considered to be used for Repairs as soon as the new type of windshield is in production with the 1921 type of touring body. Kindly be governed accordingly.

(Apparently the sloping windshield had been planned for introduction with he redesigned body but was delayed until late 1922.)

5/9/21 Removed “R” and specified same for use in 1921. 5/22/21 Specified the first item in panel to be used with Touring Vertical Windshield only. Also specified for use in 1922.

© Bruce W. McCalley. Rev. February 12, 2007

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