|JAN 5||Acc. 575, Letter 261, Ford Archives|
|T-4322 Hub brake cable. Changed from 12 feet to 14 feet.|
T-4335 hub brake cable clamp. Changed number required from 8 to 4.
T-4333 Hub brake cable assembly. Removed the cable clamps from one end and showed the cable to be fastened by being wound with fine brass wire (#20 B&S=.032) and soldered in place.
(Ford used rear brake cables on cars shipped to Germany.)
|JAN 9||Acc. 575, Letter 263, Ford Archives|
|T-520 starting crank handle. "Replaced knurling on
handle with ridges and grooves. Changed material from hard rubber to aluminum
and specified the handle to be black enamel."|
|JAN 15||Acc. 575, Letter 265, Ford Archives|
|T-4334 Hub brake cable pulley. "Change radius at bottom
of groove from 1/32 to 1/16"." (Cars to Germany)|
|JAN 18||Acc. 575, Letter 267, Ford Archives|
|T-4322 Hub brake cable. Changed diameter from 1/8 to 5/32.|
T-4334 Hub brake cable pulley. Changed radius at bottom of groove for cable from 1/16 to 5/64.
|JAN 19||Branch letter #15 to Atlanta|
|In response to requests for unpainted Delivery Cars, this
letter announced the availability of this style "delivered in the
lead," which is just the undercoat. Included in this letter is the
following: "You understand, of course, that the chassis will all be black,
including the fenders, this lead proposition applying only to the body."
This seems to indicate that chassis and fenders on all cars were all black at
this date because it hardly seems likely that chassis and fenders would be
painted black just for the Delivery Cars.|
|JAN 24||Acc. 575, Letter 268, Ford Archives|
|T-4333 Hub brake cable assembly. Changed size of cable from
1/8 to 5/32. Also changed size of cable clamps. (Cars to Germany)|
|FEB 8||Acc.565, Letter 398, Ford Archives|
|T-4332 Hub Brake Cable. "We have changed the diameter
from 1/4" to 15/64"." Had also changed the size of the wires and
the number of wires that made up this cable.|
|FEB 10||Acc. 575, Letter 274, Ford Archives|
|T-686 Hot air pipe. "This pipe has been redesigned and
material changed from cast iron to cold rolled steel."|
|FEB 15||Acc. 575, Factory Letter 276, Ford Archives|
|T-520 starting crank handle. (Aluminum) "Removed ridges
from outside of handle and added dimensions specifying the exact shape of same.
Called for polish all over."|
|FEB 20||Acc. 575, Factory Letter 277, Ford Archives|
|T-5015 Steering gear case (for worm steering gears). New drawing.|
T-904 Steering gear case specified to be used with regular steering gear.
T-983, T4128 and T5010 Worm steering gear assemblies.
It would appear that, as with the brake cables, Ford used a worm steering gear on some production. (Cars to Germany) Reference to such steering parts was also found in the 1920 Factory Parts List.
|MAR 8||Acc. 575, Letter 281, Ford Archives|
|T-91-1/2 "Changed name from rear spring hanger (with
wide flanges on stud end) to rear spring hanger. Changed radius for flange on
stud end from 5/8 to 1/2. This makes the flanges on both ends the same diameter.
Also changed the number required from 2 to 4."|
T-91 Rear spring hanger (with narrow flange on stud end) Obsolete and replaced by T91-1/2.
T-246 front spring hanger replaces T229 as described above.
|MAR 16||Acc. 575, Letter 284, Ford Archives|
|T-991 "Changed name from steering worm sector to
steering worm wheel. Have also specified this piece to be a complete wheel
instead of only a sector, thereby allowing the wheel to be turned around from
one side to the other as the teeth become worn out. This will allow one piece to
be used twice as_long as before." (Cars to Germany)|
|APR 16||Acc. 1701, Releases, Ford Archives|
|T1141 (Radiator front wall)|
"Made in USA" to be placed on this part (radiator). Extreme care should be taken not to cut the letters clear thru the metal."
|APR 16||Acc. 575, Letter 295, Ford Archives|
|T-240B front and rear hub cap. "Have specified the note
"Made in U.S.A." to be placed on cap."|
T-2530 & 2531 running boards. Specified to have the "Made in U.S.A." added.
T-400C cylinder block also to have the U.S.A. added.
|MAY 9||Acc. 575, Letter 304, Ford Archives|
|T-901B "Steering wheel rim changed from 12-3/8" i.d.
to 12-1/2". This changes the outside diameter from 15" to 15-1/8"."
|MAY 15||Acc. 575, Letter 305, Ford Archives|
|T-240B hub cap. Specified that the note "Made in
U.S.A." be embossed instead of stamped. "This means that all the
letters on this cap will be embossed and the background oxidized."|
|JUN 11||Acc. 575, Letter 314, Ford Archives|
|T-410 camshaft. "Redesigned, bringing the shape of the
cams up to date with the change in T-533 (drawing of the cams); also changing
the angle between the Exhaust and Inlet cams from 111 degrees to 113 25'
degrees. This change to take place on the 1913 car. (To be used when present
stock of camshafts is used up.)"|
T-901B steering wheel. Cross section made larger, from 1-1/4 to 1-3/8". Inside diameter now 12-1/4, O.D. the same."
T-156 1/8" brass pipe plug used on cylinder head (four used). Head drilled and 1/8" drill to combustion chambers. (Drilled with 21/64" later, according to letter #319 of 7-3-12.)
|JUN 13||Acc. 575, Letter 315, Ford Archives|
|T-2852 and 2853. New (1913) rear axle housings specified for
use on 1913 cars.|
|JUN 14||Acc. 575, Letter 316, Ford Archives|
|T-4476 Cylinder oil tube funnel. "To be a brass casting
and only to be used until the brass stamping funnels can again be obtained,
after which the brass casting will be obsolete."|
Note: During July many references were made to the "1913" touring car bodies.
|JUN 14||Acc. 509, Letter, Ford Archives|
|Production sold out (except for 1,000 Delivery Wagons) until
September 1. No orders accepted except for Delivery Wagons.|
|JUL 29||Acc. 575, Letter 329, Ford Archives</tr>|
|T-55 Hub brake shoe. "Redesigned and change number
required from two to four. The new shoe will require two brake shoe
|AUG 10||Acc. 575, Letter 335, Ford Archives|
|T-410 camshaft. Angle between intake and exhaust cams changed
from 113 degrees 25 min. to 115 degrees 21-1/2 min.|
|AUG 16||Acc. 575, Letter 337, Ford Archives|
|T-685 Breather pipe cap. " `Made in U.S.A.' under the
name `Ford'; also specified the name `Ford' to be embossed, and the `Made in
U.S.A.' to be stamped."|
|AUG 27||Acc. 509, Letter, Ford Archives|
|Orders being accepted for all models except the Roadster.|
|AUG 30||Acc. 575, Letter 342, Ford Archives|
|T-428 Exhaust and intake valve stem bushing. "New
drawing. This bushing is to be used when, owing to the variation of the cylinder
castings, the holes for valve stems do not come concentric with the bosses for
same, in which case the bosses are machined off, and a 1/2 inch hole reamed in
the casting, allowing for this special bushing to be pressed in place."
|SEP 4||Acc. 575, Letter 344, Ford Archives|
|T-528B Starting Crank Ratchet. "Redesigned changing
material from drop forging to pressed steel." (This experimental ratchet
was noted earlier in the Factory Letters as being made at the Buffalo plant,
which was formerly the Keim company which developed the deep pressings for the
crankcase, rear axles, etc.)|
|SEP 28||Acc. 509, Letter, Ford Archives|
|Prices (1913 models?): Touring, $600. Torpedo, $525. Delivery
Wagon, $625. Town Car, $800.|
|OCT 1||Acc. 575, Letter 352, Ford Archives|
|T-1414-B and 1413-B Front Fenders. Notes the change in the
front flange (bill) from the 1912 pattern to the new 1913 pattern (no bill).
Further comments that if one fender is replaced on an older car, both fenders
would be needed to have a "matched set." Other minor modifications
were made in the overall design to better facilitate installation on the 1913
|OCT 5||Acc. 509, Letter, Ford Archives|
|"The only equipment permitted to be attached to any Ford
cars is a robe rail, a clock, and a tool box on the running board. No exhaust
cut-outs, trunk racks, bumpers, batteries or other items mentioned in previous
letters should be recommended or permitted to be put on Ford cars either by our
branches or by our dealers; and, as previously noted, our guarantee will become
void if devices of this sort are attached."|
|OCT 11||Acc. 575, Letter 355, Ford Archives|
|T-603. "Changed name from Fan Pulley Driven to Fan. We
have made this change in name because the pulley has been re-designed,
specifying the fan blades and pulley to be cast in one piece. Change material
from bronze to aluminum. We call your attention to the fact that when this
drawing was first issued as experimental, the ends of the blades were 2"
wide. They have been changed to 2-1/2" wide."|
T-1546 Transmission Cover Door. "Redesigned this piece making it a simple flat piece of sheet steel."
|OCT 17||Ford Archives|
|T291B front wheel assembly. Specifed 3/16" rivets to be
used to hold the rim to the felloe, replacing the #10 x 3/4" flat-head wood
screws being used. Also specified that the hole for the inner tube valve stem be
lined with 9/16" 25 ga. steel tubing to prevent chafing.|
|OCT 18||Acc. 575, Letter 357, Ford Archives|
|T-1215. Muffler Asbestos. "Added note specifying this
asbestos to be dyed black. Note: If possible we would like to have the muffler
asbestos which we have on hand colored black in some way, also that the muffler
straps be black enameled."|
|OCT 28||Acc. 509, Letter, Ford Archives|
|Torpedo Runabouts sold out. None to be available until
January 1, 1913.|
|NOV 1||Ford Times|
|1913 Models illustrated.|
|NOV 5||Letter, Ford to Chicago branch, Acc. 509, Ford Archives|
|"Whenever you have the occasion to furnish rear axle
housings in pairs, be sure to send out the 1913 design. You are also privileged
to replace old housings with the new ones at half the catalog price whenever
such an exchange is desired by the customer.|
"We will furnish 1913 fenders for both 1912 and 1913 cars and will discontinue altogether any further 1912 type fenders. Where customers object to the absence of visor on the forward end of the front fenders, instruct them to trim off the opposite 1912 fender to correspond."
|NOV 6||Letter, Ford to the Buffalo branch, Ford Archives|
|"Under separate cover we are mailing you a small
quantity of prints of the new Ford Touring Car for 1913. You will notice that
these prints are exceptionally clear ones, and we believe they can be used to
good advantage by your salesmen."|
Which would seem to indicate they made "1913" cars long before they were actually delivered.
|NOV 6||Acc. 509, Letter, Ford Archives|
|Kingston Master Vibrator coils discontinued. Replaced with
4-coil Heinze or Kingston boxes at $10 exchange. About 10% of 1913 cars to use
K-W coils. (Apparently Ford installed master vibrator coils at the factory or
|NOV 11||Acc. 509, Ford Archives|
|Steering rods and balls 2725, 2725B, 2726, 2726B, 2727, 2727B
discontinued. Brazed units only available from here on.|
|DEC 1||Ford Times|
|1913 Runabout shown.|
|DEC 3||Acc. 509, Letter, Ford Archives|
|Delivery Wagons sold out and discontinued.|
|DEC 3||Acc. 575, Letter 374, Ford Archives|
|T-902-B Steering Gear Spider. "Changed material from
brass to malleable iron, changed note specifying spider to be black enameled
instead of polished." (Refers to blueprint; the change probably was made
|DEC 5||Acc. 509, Letter, Ford Archives|
|Model N camshafts recalled because of a possibility of the
dowel pin hole being drilled incorrectly.|
|DEC 13||Acc. 575, Letter 382, Ford Archives|
|T-512-B Inlet Pipe. "Changed material from pressed
aluminum to cast iron."|
|DEC 19||Acc. 575, Letter 384, Ford Archives|
|T-619 Fan Assembly. Pressed blades, riveted to pulley, style
reinstated. Notes that blades will be made of heavier material than earlier.
Drawing to show pressed steel blades riveted to bronze pulley.|
|DEC 27||Acc. 575, Letter 387, Ford Archives|
|T-4446 Commutator Head. "Changed material from `W' brass
casting to aluminum, and specified this piece to be a die casting."
|DEC 31||(Factory Letter)|
|26,139 cars produced from October 1, 1912 to this date.
(Fiscal 1913 production.)|
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