A 1903 Ford in 1938

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HerbIffrig
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A 1903 Ford in 1938

Post by HerbIffrig » Sat May 27, 2017 1:18 am

1938 spiceland centennial.jpg

I wonder if this car is still around and has been restored.

Timothy Kelly
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Re: A 1903 Ford in 1938

Post by Timothy Kelly » Fri Jul 14, 2017 4:59 pm

Herb:

Notwithstanding the label on the photo, I don't believe the automobile depicted is a Ford.

I don't know what it is....but it's not a Ford.

Timothy

HerbIffrig
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Re: A 1903 Ford in 1938

Post by HerbIffrig » Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:59 am

I think you are right Tim.
At first I thought the demountable wheels were a replacement done to keep the car drivable at the time of the photo. But there are some other differences such as the buggy type seat that appears to be on the car, and the area above the radiator. There might be a Ford engine under the car and they just put on what ever they could find to make the car usable.

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Re: A 1903 Ford in 1938

Post by W_Higgins » Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:06 pm

They both had a pretty good run. We almost could have asked them:

https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.c ... d=61282978

https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.c ... d=79344687

Two things that jump out at me:

If you look between the front wheel spokes at about 2-o'clock you can see the large radius 90-degree bend in the steering link (drag link, whatever you wish to call it) that seems to be unique to Ford.

Also, the front fenders look like the right profile, but that they have been twisted with the bottom perpendicular to the ground.

The body not being Ford, either whole or in part, wouldn't surprise me. Some original bodies surviving today have had a nose job.

That photo was taken right before the war. Given it's poor condition and low value, there's a good chance that it got scrapped.

Edit to add: Ed Poer was also listed in another piece of documentation as owning a "garage/service station".

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