The Model A Ford was the Ford for 1903 and most of 1904. In October of 1904 the four-cylinder
Model B appeared and in December the Model C, which was a somewhat revised Model A. Later
versions of the Model A were given the Model C motor and were named the Model AC. About March
1905 the Model F was added to the line and the Models B, C, and F continued well into 1906.
The Ford factory at Piquette Avenue, Detroit, Michigan
|THE 1904-05 FORD MODEL B|
To you, the auto mobile user, present or prospective, we present this description
of our product for 1905 with a feeling of well justified confidence which past successes bring.
The Ford automobile stands out pre-eminent among all other well known cars, having carved for
itself in the country's commercial history a place second to none and won a popularity that can
be based upon one word,---and that a host in itself,---MERIT.
The Ford factory is the most modern in existence, controlled by a trained force
long experienced in the manufacture and exploitation of motor cars. Every department of the
automobile business is admirably covered from the first design to the care of customers using
|THE MODEL B FORD
The Model B Ford for 1905 is a touring car of light weight and great power. From
our experience in automobile building we are enabled to produce a motor of great power and
to build a car of light weight, and at the same time of great strength. The handsome appearance
of this car is only one of the notable features you will find herein described. To produce
such a car at such a price would a few years ago have been impossible. Today our modern
equipment enables us to place before the public in Model B a car which we believe cannot be
The valve cam shaft runs parallel to the line of the crank shaft, being thoroughly
protected and constantly lubricated by the oil splash. The valve cams arc most accurately
made and thoroughly hardened.
The Ford type of transmission, so successful in the past, has been adapted in
an even more practical form for the greater power of Model B. No other type of speed
controller allows of changes of speed with so little trouble to the operator, or is of
so simple construction.
These are five in number one each for spark and throttle, two for speed
controller and one for the brake.
A distinctly great advance in automobile construction is found in the Ford
frame with its application as a driving member. Simple as it may seem to the casual
observer the building of an automobile frame is a complicated and difficult problem never
completely solved until the advent of the Ford flexibly suspended frame and protected
driving shaft. The importance of this point warrants a somewhat full description in order
that the prospective automobile user may thoroughly see the advantages of the Ford
construction and the reasons why others have so far failed.
The main frame is of pressed steel built light and strong according to mathematical
beam principles. It will be noted that the motor weight is entirely suspended within the end
limits of the front springs, the rear motor suspension being but a few inches in front of the
rear suspension point of the front spring. This means that practically the entire motor load
is borne by the front springs and the portion of the frame between the front spring ends. The
live weight is supported by the rear member of the frame at points so close to the rear springs
that the frame is practically without strain at this point, the weight being suspended directly
from the spring by a pivot of great strength. The frame is moreover quite narrow, thus giving
it added strength to withstand cross strains. In brief the main frame can be made light because
its construction gives an excess of strength where strength is needed.
The driving power is then transmitted to the front axle through the front springs,
and here again the perfection of this construction is seen. The driving (or in this case
pulling) member of the front springs must be strong and stiff. To meet this point the front
springs are half-elliptic, this form giving the least amount of side play and enabling the
most direct application of the driving force. The spring is so fastened to the front axle that
its forward section is short and stiff (little resiliency being there required), while the
section to the rear of the front axle is far longer, thus giving a maximum of resiliency where
it is needed-under the motor.
The rear axle casing is of the best quality steel tubing thoroughly braced.
The live axles run in ball bearings of the most approved construction. The bevel gear
drive is carefully designed, the gear teeth being specially cut for smooth running, and
thoroughly hardened. The spring supports are placed well towards the axle ends, thus
insuring the strongest support. The oiling of the drive shaft and bevel gears is
automatically done from the main oil reservoir.
The car is equipped with a hub brake of latest pattern on each rear wheel,
actuated by a foot pedal. These brakes are thoroughly protected and are most reliable
and positive in action.
The Model B car is fitted with side entrance tonneau body, which has all the advantages of the tonneau, and in addition, gives easy entry to and exit from the car directly to the sidewalk. The front seat is divided. The body is very roomy and is painted and upholstered in the best and most serviceable manner.
The muffler is of the most simple construction and is extremely silent.
The very long wheel base insures the easiest and most comfortable riding.
The most simple system of lubrication known is used in Model B, the main system automatically oiling every part of the motor, driving shaft, bevel gears and rear axle.
The steering is positive and irreversible, the gear being very easy of
adjustment. The wheel and post are handsomely finished in bright brass and are very strong.
BATTERIES AND COIL
The batteries and induction coil are of the latest and most approved type, very simple and most conveniently placed. The jump spark ignition system is used.
No method more easy for the entire control of motor or car speed than the Ford has ever been devised. A maximum speed of at least 40 miles per hour can be attained and on the high gear the car can also be run very slowly by throttling.
The admirable design and Careful construction of the Ford motors enable them to produce a maximum amount of power. The car being, moreover, light and the losses in transmission of power to the rear wheels being extremely small, the rated horse power really understates the power of the car to do work in comparison with other cars of similar price. The rated horse power of the Ford Model B is twenty.
Every part of the car is easily reached and inspected. The sides of the hood covering the motor can be easily raised and the entire hood is quickly removable. The motor and its appurtenances are compact. The filling of the gasoline tank under the front seat and the filling of the water cooling system through the radiator with its fan are too obviously simple to require special mention. The front mud guards are removable to assist motor inspection.
EQUIPMENT AND TOOLS
Two side oil lamps and a handsome tube horn are the regular equipment. A set of tools necessary for ordinary emergencies is also included.
SPECIFICATIONS OF MODEL B
PRICE---$2,000 F.0.B. Detroit.,br>
WHEELS---32 inch wood artillery.|
TIRES-3-1/2 inch clincher double tube.
MILEAGE CAPACITY ONE FILLING (GAS0LINE)---At least 200 miles.
MILEAGE CAPACITY ONE FILLING (OIL)---At least 100 miles.
CAPACITY---Gasoline tank 15 gallons.
MAXIMUM SEEED---at least 40 miles per hour.
COLOR---Rich dark green, yellow running gear.
UPHOLSTERING-Black, of best leather, handsomely tufted.
EQUIPMENT---2 side oil lamps, tube horn and necessary tools.
|THE 1904-05 FORD MODEL C|
WHEELS AND TIRES
TWENTY EIGHT inch artillery pattern Wheels specially designed for great strength. The tires are standard three inch heavy detachable double tubes.
THE PERFECT distribution of weight in the Ford car combined with the long wheel base, easy spring action and freedom from engine vibration make the Ford car preeminently the most comfortable car of its type.
EVERY PART of the car is easily reached, the adjustments are few.
INSPECTION AND TESTING
EVERY CAR is carefully inspected during its construction and thoroughly tested on the road before shipment. Every detail has the most minute attention by a force of experts.
EQUIPMENT AND TOOLS
THE MODEL C car is equipped with two excellent side oil lamps and with a large post horn. A set of the necessary tools for small repairs and adjustments, and a tool box of ample size, placed conveniently under the foot board, are provided.
So marked is the simplicity and adaptability of the Ford Model C that it has
proven most popular as a commercial vehicle. It is needless to place before the reader the
great advantages in the delivery of goods to be obtained by the use, in place of animal power,
of the reliable mechanical power supplied by the automobile. The entire country is now
realizing the obvious economies to be thus gained. The requisites for the successful delivery
car are reliability, durability, simplicity, power and economy. A perusal of the foregoing
description of Model C will convince that these qualities are to be found in this car to the
TO THE DOCTOR
You need not be told the value to you of a few hours saved. Every doctor knows
that, and today thousands have taken advantage of the time and money economies of the
automobile. No longer experimental, the motor car has taken its place among the necessities
THE FORD MODEL C
The Model C Ford combines all the good features of the popular two cylinder car
of 1904, known as Model A.
That this is to be found in our Model C the hundreds of our 1904 friends will
The motor is of the water cooled horizontal two cylinder opposed type, giving a
maximum amount of power for its size and weight. The cylinder with its water jacket is cast
in one piece, thus obviating packed joints so likely to leak. The crank shaft is a steel drop
forging with bearing surfaces ground to gauge. The valve cams are hardened and run in oil.
The inlet and exhaust valves are of the same size, both mechanically and separately operated.
They are easily removable by taking out the threaded plug in the valve chamber and removing
the spring seat pin from the valve.
Every part of the motor is made as well as perfect design and loflg building
experience can make it. The materials are the best obtainable and the machine work of the
highest quality. Every part is interchangeable.
A carburetor of the simplest construction and most easy adjustment is used, and is placed in a convenient place directly under the foot board.
Two sets of dry cells are used, being placed conveniently on the rear of the frame. A double throw switch is placed on the right of the driver's seat, allowing the instant use of either set of cells.
The induction coil is of the best quality and of the vibrator type. It is conveniently placed under the drivers seat where inspection can easily be given to the wire connections.
The same well proven device so successful in. the previous model, is used in the
Model C with such improvements as time has shown us would be advantageous. The transmission
consists essentially of a set of gears in a retaining case, two friction bands and a
series of friction disks. The drive on the high gear is direct, no gears rotating, all
being locked together thus giving the most efficient drive possible. A sliding circular
wedge positively and firmly presses together the various sections of the case and the
friction disks. The low gear is the most efficient form known being brought into action
by a friction band which causes a gear on the motor driven shaft to rotate two gears
in the transmission, one of these in turn rotating the gear fixed to the driving sprocket.
The reverse is also actuated by a friction band throwing into action a set of reducing
gears which give a reverse motion to the driving sprocket.
The Ford system of driving controls is the most logical in existence. The necessary motions are few and are instinctively made. A hand lever at the right of the seat controls the high and low gear. On the foot board are the brake pedal and the reverse pedal and also the foot lever governing the motor throttle. On the steering post is the small lever controlling the spark advance. If by any chance an operator should make an error in applying a control no other result could ensue than the stopping of the car or motor. Thus is safety assured.
Especial attention has been given to the quality and strength of the driving chain and
the best roller chain obtainable is used. The chain adjustment is simply made by sliding
back the rear axle, the rear springs always remaining parallel to the frame.
The rear axle is made as strong as possible being reinforced by two trusses. The differential gear is simple and of the best construction. The front axle is of great strength, the knuckles and yokes being of the best material to withstand road shock and wear.
The principal brake is placed on a drum on the middle of the rear axle and is absolutely positive and perfectly reliable. An easy adjustment is provided for taking up wear. An auxiliary brake is also found in the reverse friction band which can be used in many cases.
Perfect comfort in riding is assured by the use of specially designed full elliptic springs of the greatest resiliency and strength.
A remarkably roomy tonneau body of handsome design is one of the strong features of the Ford. The standard color is a beautiful dark green, the finish and upholstering being of the best and most serviceable quality. The body is entirely separate from the running gear allowing it, by the removal of a few bolts, to be easily detached if it is ever desired to thoroughly inspect the working parts of the car.
The gasoline tank is now placed under the hood where it can be conveniently filled. Its capacity is greatly increased and its cylindrical form is a marked improvement.
SPECIFICATIONS OF MODEL C
Price---Runabout, $850; Tonneau car, $950; both F.0.B. Detroit.
ACCESSORIES FOR MODEL C
Tonneau attachment complete, handsomely furnished, spring back and seats,---$100.00
SPECIFICATIONS ON DELIVERY CAR
Price---$950 F.0.B. Detroit.
All machines shipped F.0.B. Detroit.
The foregoing description is but a brief summary of the main good features of
the Ford cars. Undoubtedly you have found therein many interesting points and it will be
our pleasure to more thoroughly explain anything that may be desired. The best and most
satisfactory way is, of course, to see the car personally, and if you should not know
of our agent that is nearest you, write us for the information.
Model F is the general all around car for the man who wants a powerful
runabout or a comfortable and fast touring car for five people at a moderate investment
and low cost of operating and maintaining, capable of taking all kinds of roads.
Specifications of the Model F
Weight, 1,400 pounds.