When the 1923 Model T appeared in the fall of 1922, the windshield on the best-selling touring and runabout types was given a smartly sloping angle; and a new, one- top was fitted. Aside from the additional doors, the Fordor used a rectangular rear window and crank-activated roll-up windows to further distinguish itself from the center-door version. In August 1923, the 1924 style appeared. Front wheels used taper-roller Timken bearings except in the non-starter, non-demountable open cars. The shell was painted black. The pattern is a stitched vertical pleat design on both seat bottoms and backs. Note: The touring car shown here is the very early model.
By 1924 more closed American Automobiles than open cars were made in the United States. Top sockets were rectangular in cross-section. The new Coupe had an integral turtle deck. Underscoring Ford's new-found interest in style, two body types that had been scorned for their outmoded appearance were finally phased out. The hood was then larger higher and wider. It seems safe to presume that the frugal Henry Ford was intent upon using up remaining stocks of the older bodies. The runabout followed about November, with a new body and turtle deck as well.
These cars were generally referred to as 1924 models in Ford literature. Internally, sheetmetal firewalls began to replace wooden ones early in the model year. The followed the 1923 Fords. Hub caps were the same as the previous year. Price effective October 2, 1923. Oilers were pressed into the springs. In early 1923 a new metal firewall replaced the wood one for a short time both types being used for a time , then in August a new larger metal firewall was used to match the larger hood.
To continue Ford's story with the 1924-1926 Model T, continue on to the next page. Price effective October 30, 1923. The wheel spider was pressed steel and painted black. A new Fordor sedan appeared in December 1922, which used aluminum panels throughout the body. The high radiator cars as well as the new Coupe and Tudor Sedan were 1924 models. Production of the 1923 Ford models started in the fall of 1922 and continued until June 1923 when the 1924 Ford Model T's were introduced. The engine had a displacement of 176.
This open Ford Model T was modified to serve as a delivery vehicle. All these models had the low radiator. By June 1923, there was a larger hood and a taller radiator with a stylish valance beneath it. Handles were pressed steel in the pattern of the 1922 type. Though mounted on the same 100-inch-wheelbase chassis that was under every Model T, the four-door's body was three inches longer and an inch lower than the older type's coachwork. New features included instrument panels and a sheet metal firewall instead of the wooden firewall used since the early 1900s.
Note that the Center-Door Sedan continues but the new Fordor Sedan is added to the line. No longer had any handles; must be opened with a large key. Mounting brackets clamped to the tank. . The Coupe used the sedan tank located in the turtle deck until the new bodies 1924 models , which used the standard oval tank under the seat.
Closed car amounted to 30% of Ford's production when other manufacturers reached 50%. Side and tail lamps were similar to 1917 on the non-starter cars. The hood clash strip now dog-legged out at the rear, with the rear hold-down clamp extending through the splash apron. Horn button was on the left side of the column. The shape of the top was given a gentle curve downward at the rear after the first 100,000 models. A new steering column support bracket connected the instrument panel to the column for added rigidity, apparently during later 1923 1924 models production. These features made the open body styles to look new.
The Coupelet and Sedan Centerdoor continued into 1923 with minor modifications that were introduced in 1922, but were both replaced with the new Coupe and Tudor Sedan in August 1923. The Coupe and Tudor Sedan were all new, with coupe doors opening at the rear. The switch is on the dashboard on all cars. In fact, by this time, even open models with starters and demountable rims outsold bare-bones units by about five to one. The Body was made of aluminum over a wood frame. There was no cowl vent in the early Fordor sedans but the vent was added during early 1923, before the change to the larger hood. Additional drive train features included a two speed planetary transmission, disc clutch, torque tube drive and straight bevel rear axle.