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Old 05-04-2013, 09:21 AM   #21
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I am going back out to Gilmore museum today ..i'll take a lot of pictures and under car too if they will let me get close and under the car.And i'll ask about history of the car too.
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Old 05-04-2013, 03:03 PM   #22
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Jim Spawn who was one of the those responsible for aquiring the car with engine number one the supposed Tom Edison car for the MAFFI Museum, told me that this car belonged to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn. They did not have it on display but had it in long term storage. When approched they aggreed to alow MAFFI to display it at the museum.
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Are we sure about that?

Just what is the actual LENGTH of the engine number pad in *A1* using the real car it is in?

Please take a photo of the pad with a ruler underneath the pad itself if anyone is going to the museum in the near future.

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I'm with you...but I know...photos lie?
The other thing from this photo...NOW...the pad IS TOO long.
The bolt hole spreed on the ID(of the holes) is 2"..but photos lie.

Steve,..I wrote Tom....I'd like to know the body number...151 sticks
in my head...but that could be the Tudor. You have a reference?
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Old 05-04-2013, 06:58 PM   #24
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I am going back out to Gilmore museum today ..i'll take a lot of pictures and under car too if they will let me get close and under the car.And i'll ask about history of the car too.
So Duffer...

What is the LENGTH of the engine number pad on *A1*?

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I'm with you...but I know...photos lie?
The other thing from this photo...NOW...the pad IS TOO long.
The bolt hole spreed on the ID(of the holes) is 2"..but photos lie.

Steve,..I wrote Tom....I'd like to know the body number...151 sticks
in my head...but that could be the Tudor. You have a reference?
Dudley,

No...I do not know the answer to that one.

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Old 03-25-2023, 01:09 PM   #26
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one more bit of info about the #1 phaeton. When I was a youth, in the 50"s, the #1 engine sat is the Henry Ford Museum, on an engine stand, along with the picture of Henry stamping the engine. The phaeton body was displayed elsewhere in the museum. Later,about 1882, as a then member of the Motor Cities Chapter, I with 4 or 5 other members, volunteered to replace the #1 engine into the #1 phaeton, as requested by the museum. This was done on a Sat AM. I do not remember the motor # of the engine that was in the #1 phaeton when we made the swap. The Motor Cities Chapter was at the time meeting in the museum property and the club and the museum had a relationship, thus the request.
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Old 03-25-2023, 01:29 PM   #27
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Does anyone know what the color of that car is?
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Old 03-26-2023, 01:24 AM   #28
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Relating to Will Rogers and Henry Ford for president, I had an original 33rpm record of Will Rogers nominating (and joking) about H. Ford. Our club tour was to the Will Rogers Ranch Home and State Park here in Hollywood/Los Angeles. I donated the record to the estate and got to meet W. Rogers granddaughter who, unknown to me, was there for a business meeting. She said they didn't have this record. She now lives in Bakersfield and the Will Rogers Museum is in his home state of Oklahoma.
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Here is a larger picture of the Model A that duffer originally posted.
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Old 03-26-2023, 07:59 PM   #30
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Seems like Henry put the engine with *A1* on the shelf (or stamped a fresh one) until manufacturing caught up with demand and he had a spare car to give Edison. I suspect the engine stamped with just the 1 was retained for their archives.

Good YouTube video in this subject
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OXrVLF5Y9o

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Old 03-27-2023, 09:23 AM   #31
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Does anyone know what the color of that car is?
Dawn Gray DK and Gunmetal Blue...

(We have painted two different cars in the authentic contrasting schemes.)


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Here is a study on the serial number pads - http://www.plucks329s.org/pdf/studie...ND%20CODES.pdf


The pad with the *A1* stamping on the engine does not seem to be correct for the time period. The one in the attached image is *A354* The change to the rectangular pad took place between engine 616 and 633 per the study.
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Old 03-27-2023, 03:33 PM   #33
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Dawn Gray DK and Gunmetal Blue...

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So it is Dawn Gray Dark, or was this color renamed in later years?
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Old 03-27-2023, 04:37 PM   #34
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So it is Dawn Gray Dark, or was this color renamed in later years?
Can't speak for renaming it in later years, ...but that is Dawn Gray DK (-or Dark). The paint colors were available in either configuration in 1928.
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Old 03-27-2023, 05:17 PM   #35
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I have a 28, and I think it is that color. To tell ya the truth, I thought it was called GunMetal... But in later years there was a GunMetal Blue paint color offered. At least I think that is the way I remember it.

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Old 03-27-2023, 05:43 PM   #36
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When I was a youth, in the 50"s, the #1 engine sat is the Henry Ford Museum, on an engine stand, along with the picture of Henry stamping the engine. The phaeton body was displayed elsewhere in the museum. Later,about 1882, as a then member of the Motor Cities Chapter, I with 4 or 5 other members, volunteered to replace the #1 engine into the #1 phaeton, as requested by the museum.
I searched the Ford Museum site and could only locate the photo of him stamping the engine not the engine itself.

I suspect there are 2 engines with the # 1 on them: The first approved engine that Henry stamped with just the 1 digit and the *A1* stamped engine that went into the Phaeton Henry gave to Edison.

The Phaeton provenance is solid. It was gifted back to Ford by Edison's widow in 1943. It would be interesting to see that paperwork and any photos of the car at the time.
Here is the video at the point they talk about the car coming back from Edison: https://youtu.be/1OXrVLF5Y9o?t=416

I suspect the B&W photo is the Edison car in 1928 due to the paint scheme. It's at Ford's Engineering lab which makes sense for it to get a final test and inspection before delivery. The second photo is taken outside Edison's Fort Meyers Laboratory while the car was at Greenfield Village in Dearborn. Both are from Ford's archives. https://www.google.com/maps/@42.3046...656?authuser=0
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Old 04-01-2023, 04:57 PM   #37
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one more bit of info about the #1 phaeton. When I was a youth, in the 50"s, the #1 engine sat is the Henry Ford Museum, on an engine stand, along with the picture of Henry stamping the engine. The phaeton body was displayed elsewhere in the museum. Later,about 1982, as a then member of the Motor Cities Chapter, I with 4 or 5 other members, volunteered to replace the #1 engine into the #1 phaeton, as requested by the museum. This was done on a Sat AM. I do not remember the motor # of the engine that was in the #1 phaeton when we made the swap. The Motor Cities Chapter was at the time meeting in the museum property and the club and the museum had a relationship, thus the request. Jerry
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An oddity - The pictures of 189 show the early type serial number pad (said to have been used on first 600 or so blocks).
I blew the photo up of Henry stamping 1 on a block in Oct 1927 and it's the later style pad that was up by the head. There are also photos of Henry, and others standing behind a model A engine - I suspect it it the 1st engine but the pictures only note taken in 1927 - the engine in those photos has the later pad. If you compare where Henry is stamping the 1 and where it is on the A1 engine in an earlier post I think you'll agree there are 2 engines with a 1 stamped on them.

I'm certain that there would have been multiple molds in use at the same time with changes ongoing. The Edison A has the later pad and the museum records reflect it was gifted to the Ford Museum by Edison's widow and the engine number was A1.
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Old 04-05-2023, 10:52 AM   #39
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The first picture is the Edison phaeton and #1 engine that I took in 1978 while at the MARC Meet. The later pictures of the phaeton were taken a few years ago at the Gilmore.

The picture of Tudor with the phaeton in the back is a 1927 it is black and Gunmetal Blue. It was owned by Archie Jackson and I may be wrong but I think it was one of MARC's first Henry winners.

While the colors may look different, it's all about the lighting. The first picture is all-natural lighting. The Tudor and Phaeton are the same body color.

The picture of the engine clearly shows the boss for the engine # which is the later boss. Also it looks like the water pump nut is the 30/31 Zinc nut and the steering column is later. Keep in mind the Phaeton was a diver not a show car. The value in this "A" is in its history not in how correct it is. Being a driver like most of our "As" when it needed servicing I am sure parts were changed when it was taken into the dealer which may also include the engine. Which may explain the different engine boss. If the engine needed repair/rebuild I am sure it would be cheaper and faster then to swap the engine and restamp it.
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Did you take a closeup of the engine on the stand? I suspect it just has the digit 1 on it not A1. The Henry Ford repainted the Edison car at some point.
I haven't found online where/if they have Model A engine 1. They do have some T engines and the first V8 flathead.
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