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    ENGINE SERIAL NUMBERS
    The engine number was also the serial number of the car. Engines were numbered when they were completed, and for the most part went into a chassis within a day or so. However, some engines were assembled and numbered at branch assembly plants. Highland Park would ship a block of engine-number records to an assembly plant and these engines might be made weeks or months afterwards. Consequently, engine numbers can only be used to date the "engine" NOT the car.
    It might be interesting to note that Ford claims to have built fifteen million Model T cars; this figure based on the number of engines. Records show, however, that a good many engines were made which did not go into a car, perhaps being for replacement or other use. Fifteen million, of course, is an approximate figure. Add the thousands of cars made in Canada, which are not included in the U.S. serial numbers, and the fifteen million is a reasonably safe number. (Canadian serial numbers, beginning about 1913, generally begin with a "C" and were not a part of the U.S. count. Prior to 1913 Canada used U.S. engine numbers.)


    A comprehensive daily serial number list, with many notes, is included in the book, Model T Ford. That list is about 150 pages long, much too large to make available on this site.
    1908* Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Start #
    End #
    1
    11
    12
    101
    102
    309

    1909* Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Start #
    End #
    310
    646
    647
    1052
    1053
    2025
    2026
    2691
    2692
    4036
    4037
    5980
    5981
    8107
    8108
    9840
    9841
    11148
    11149
    12405
    12406
    13132
    13133
    14161

    1910* Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Start #
    End #
    14162
    15500
    15501
    16600
    16601
    19700
    19701
    23100
    23101
    26500
    26501
    29500
    29501
    30200
    30201
    31000
    31001
    31900
    31901
    32500
    32501
    33700
    33701
    34900

    1911* Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Start #
    End #
    34901
    37000
    37001
    40000
    40001
    45000
    45001
    50800
    50801
    57200
    57201
    60500
    60501
    62100
    62101
    66700
    66701
    69876
    69877
    83100
    83101
    86300
    86301
    88900

    1912** Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Start # 88901 92001 95901 103801 112901 123801 132001 139701 144501 157425 B series B series
    End # 92000 95900 103800 112900 123800 132000 139700 144500 157424 B series B series 183563

    * Numbers shown are based on the dates of sale, not of manufacture.
    ** The actual dates of manufacture of engines before 1913 have yet to be discovered. The numbers shown are based on the dates of the sale of the engine/automobile. From the available data it appears that engines were installed in cars, or sold as engines only, in numerical order until summer of 1912. In late 1912, however, engines were assembled and numbered, and then stored for later installation. Consequently serial numbers and dates are no longer in order.

    In the summer and early fall of 1912 engines were made in a separate plant (only known as "Detroit" in the records, and these engines were given "B" numbers 1 through 12,247. These B-series engines were installed in random order beginning in October and ending in December 1912. To add to the confusion, there is a gap in the regular serial number sequence of 12,247 numbers, somewhere between 157,425 and 170,000. We have found no evidence of engine numbers in the 158,000 to 169,000 range. During these three months, a mixture of the B-numbers and the regular numbers were used and by the end of December all the B-numbers were used.

    It appears that the engines of this period were warehoused and removed at random, sort of a last in, first out sequence. For example, B-numbers in the B-1,000 to B8,000 range were used in October, B-7 to B-12,000 in November, and B-5,000 to B-12,000 in December.

    Ford's records show 157,425 as the first number of fiscal 1913 (October 1, 1912), yet cars with engines in the 153,000 to 157,000 range were sold in October (in addition to the "B" engines). 169,### to 173,### in November, and 169,### to 183,563 in December.

    1913 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Start #
    End #
    183564
    200993
    200994
    218239
    218240
    239151
    239152
    260201
    260202
    281651
    281652
    302915
    302916
    320615
    320616
    336400
    336401
    348735
    348736
    364897
    364898
    382797
    382798
    408347

    1914 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Start #
    End #
    408348
    436567
    436568
    461017
    461018
    487282
    487283
    506822
    506823
    526040
    526041
    540850
    540851
    550938
    550939
    569238
    569239
    591735
    591736
    617535
    617536
    636735
    636736
    656063

    1915 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Start #
    End #
    656064
    680348
    680349
    706623
    706624
    737938
    737939
    773490
    773491
    805840
    805841
    839925
    839926
    856513
    856514
    881063
    881064
    914026
    914027
    949225
    949226
    986060
    986061
    1028313

    1916 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Start #
    End #
    1028314
    1071928
    1071929
    1119003
    1119004
    1169023
    1169024
    1219573
    1219574
    1273413
    1273414
    1328148
    1328149
    1362989
    1362990
    1400913
    1400914
    1452213
    1452214
    1510398
    1510399
    1569776
    1569777
    1614516

    1917 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Start #
    End #
    1614517
    1679591
    1679592
    1739906
    1739907
    1812013
    1812014
    1888043
    1888044
    1968619
    1968620
    2044131
    2044132
    2113501
    2113502
    2162888
    2162889
    2231009
    2231010
    2310409
    2310410
    2383951
    2383952
    2449179

    1918 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Start #
    End #
    2449180
    2503204
    2503205
    2558189
    2558190
    2611439
    2611440
    2657479
    2657480
    2700789
    2700790
    2735679
    2735680
    2756251
    2756252
    2774621
    2774622
    2787821
    2787822
    2792306
    2792307
    2805097
    2805098
    2831426

    1919 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Start #
    End #
    2843127
    2880166
    2880167
    2933046
    2933047
    2997146
    2997147
    3067736
    3067737
    3139951
    3139952
    3210841
    3210842
    3277851
    3277852
    3346876
    3346877
    3429401
    3429402
    3515431
    3515432
    3587996
    3587997
    3659971

    1920 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Start #
    End #
    3659972
    3743076
    3743077
    3817076
    3817077
    3910001
    3910002
    3969151
    3969152
    4055281
    4055282
    4141451
    4141452
    4233351
    4233352
    4329901
    4329902
    4426386
    4426387
    4526541
    4526542
    4617928
    4617929
    4698419

    1921 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Start #
    End #
    Closed 4698420
    4736431
    4736432
    4810014
    4810015
    4907505
    4907506
    5008005
    5008006
    5114533
    5114534
    5223135
    5223136
    5337545
    5337546
    5447816
    5447817
    5529519
    5529520
    5602301
    5602302
    5638071

    1922 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Start #
    End #
    5638072
    5683808
    5683809
    5737278
    5737279
    5812608
    5812609
    5922968
    5922969
    6058671
    6058672
    6199796
    6199797
    6334196
    6334197
    6473196
    6473197
    6582724
    6582725
    6713881
    6713882
    6844681
    6844682
    6953071

    1923 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Start #
    End #
    6953072
    7084225
    7084226
    7217971
    7217972
    7386111
    7386112
    7564111
    7564112
    7738372
    7738373
    7927374
    7927375
    8122674
    8122675
    8311581
    8311582
    8477681
    8477682
    8664281
    8664282
    8843065
    8843066
    9008371

    1924 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Start # 9008372 9232672 9427722 9622522 9814522 9984772 10126472 10266472 10404822 10560822 10734506 10886260 HP
    10566001 10566010 10764952 10863731 Rouge
    End # 9323671 9427721 9622521 9814521 9984771 10126471 10266471 10404821 10560821 10734505 10886259 10999000 HP
    : 10566009 10764951 10863730 10944033 Rouge

    1925 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Start # 10998001
    10994034 11135309 11302020 11477656 11668648 11869208 12062487 12222529 12290761 12399497 12621502 12823127 Rouge
    End # 11066938 (End of Highland Park engine production)
    11135308 11302019 11477655 11668647 11869207 12062486 12222528 12290760 12399496 12621501 12823126 12990076

    Beginning in September 1924 Ford began producing engines at the then-new River Rouge plant. Initially Highland Park would send the Rouge a block of engine-number records and these numbers appeared on engines built at the Rouge. As Rouge production climbed, Highland Park's declined and as the Rouge became the primary source they would send blocks of number records back to Highland Park. The result of these two production sites was that there is no real numerical sequence in engine numbers between September 1924 and February 1925. The daily serial number lists published in Model T Ford, the Car That Changed the World shows the days on which certain engines were produced but this abbreviated listing does not.

    1926 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Start #
    End #
    12990077
    13138675
    13138676
    13286289
    13286290
    13454889
    13454890
    13619705
    13619706
    13769814
    13769815
    13912754
    13912755
    14049029
    14049030
    14194489
    14194490
    14331152
    14331153
    14472253
    14472254
    14577135
    14577136
    14619254

    1927 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Start #
    End #
    14619255
    14698502
    14698503
    14762945
    14762946
    14851445
    14851446
    14927495
    14927496
    15007032
    15007033
    15016374
    15016375
    15023924
    15023925
    15034699
    15034670
    15047409
    15047410
    15059396
    15059397
    15068957
    15068958
    15076231
    Model T number 15,000,000 was assembled May 26, 1927.

    1928 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Start #
    End #
    15076232
    15081163
    15081164
    15086394
    15086395
    15091184
    15091185
    15098381
    15098382
    15107771
    15107772
    15118348
    15118349
    15127973
    15127974
    15137550
    15137551
    15142855
    15142856
    15148053
    15148054
    15149646
    15149647
    15150381

    1929 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Start #
    End #
    15150382
    15152127
    15152128
    15153662
    15153663
    15154757
    15154758
    15156134
    15156135
    15158335
    15158336
    15160345
    15160346
    15162310
    15162311
    15165673
    15165674
    15169414
    15169415
    15170468
    15170469
    15170784
    14170785
    15170988

    1930 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Start #
    End #
    15170989
    15171574
    15171575
    15172030
    15172031
    15172363
    15172364
    15172997
    15172998
    15173626
    15173627
    15174112
    15174113
    15174202
    15174203
    15174518
    15174519
    15174830
    15174831
    15175122
    15175123
    15175498
    14175499
    15175690

    1931 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Start #
    End #
    15175691
    15175825
    15175826
    15175966
    15175967
    15176074
    15176075
    15176171
    15176172
    15176207
    15176208
    15176314
    15176315
    15176432
    15176433
    15176439
    15176440
    15176591
    15176592
    15176650
    15176651
    15176686

    1932 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Start #
    End #
    15176687
    15176691

    1933 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Start #
    End #
    15176692
    15176696
    15176697
    15176702
    11176703
    15176712

    1934 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Start #
    End #
    15176713
    15176722
    15176723
    15176732
    15176733
    15176739
    15176740
    15176742
    15176743
    15176749
    15176750
    15176756
    15176757
    15176761
    15176762
    15176763

    1935 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Start #
    End #
    15176764
    15176777
    15176778
    15176778
    15176779
    15176782
    15176783
    15176787
    15176788
    15176792
    12176793
    15176796
    15176797
    15176799
    15176800
    15176804
    &mbsp; 15176805
    15176807

    1936 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Start #
    End #
    15176808
    15176811
    15176812
    15176812
    15176813
    15176816
    15176817
    15176817
    15176818
    15176820
    15176821
    15176822
    15176823
    15176823
    15176824
    15176824

    1937 15176825 to 15176853

    1938 15176854 to 15176862

    1939 15176863 to 15176877

    1940 15176878 to 15176881

    1941 15176882 to 15176888
    The last Model T engine was assembled on August 4, 1941. A total of 169,856 engines were built after the last Model T was assembled in Dearborn.
    3 ~ Tudor's
    Henry Ford said
    "It's all nuts and bolts"


    Mitch's Auto Service ctr

  • #2
    Really nice Mitch the model T is a very interesting car.

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    • #3
      Canadian built "T" engine numbers.
      Please bear in mind that this list was compiled in 1987, more than 30 years ago.
      Last edited by Rob Patterson; 03-25-2019, 06:03 PM.
      "When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." "HENRY FORD
      1915 Ford "T" Speedster (Evangeline), 1921 Ford "T" Tourer (Anastasia), 1955 Ford Zephyr 6 (Purdey), 1975 Triumph Dolomite Sprint (Daisy), & a couple of moderns.

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