I have a Model A that I'm restoring and most of the things I've read so far stress the importance of finding what month it was built. That's good, and I know the general reasons behind this, but my problem is that the car is sort of a patchwork of parts from different times.
My car is a 1930 Standard Coupe and has been in the family for 73 years. I haven't taken the body off but know that there's supposed to be a serial number visible on the left frame rail after doing so.
My rear bumper cross-brace is tubular * rather than pressed. One rear fender support is pressed steel ## and one is cast iron ***. The registration number suggests a motor built in Feb., 1929. The Ford's on it's second or third motor. The brake lever is to the right side # of the gearshift lever, and my car has a round #### rather than an oval speedometer. The original seat fabric is brown large-check wool ###. Front bumpers measure 64" wide ** but don't have bends near the ends #.
I'm not planning on doing a show-winning restoration and won't worry too much if 10 or 15 things are "off a little" out of the 5,000 parts that make up a Model A. Right now I'm thinking of just assigning a date-of-manufacture of, say, March 1st, 1930 and going on from there. Anybody have any opinions?
P.S. : I forgot to say that there's a fitting for a vacuum line # in the firewall but that there's an electric windshield wiper ****. The car was Black originally, but I've decided to paint it Chicle Drab and Copra Drab ###.
This feature is supposed to correspond to a build date of:
* '28-early '30
*** early 28
**** 28-mid 30
### correct for early 30
#### mid 30-31