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Old 10-25-2020, 02:47 PM   #1
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Default What is this on my Model A firewall?

Newbie to Model A; thought I knew a few things, but beginning to think, not so much! Please help identify what this is 'thing' in picture attached.

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Old 10-25-2020, 02:52 PM   #2
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Looks like a Bermuda bell.
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Old 10-25-2020, 03:00 PM   #3
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Bob, You are a genius! Exactly that! Once I got the plunger unstuck, wow! Have to ask a follow up? Was this a 'stock item' by Ford, or is it more likely a prior owner bolted this on?
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Old 10-25-2020, 03:21 PM   #4
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Bermuda bells were popular in the '50s as add-ons, a way to give the car additional personality.
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Old 10-25-2020, 04:11 PM   #5
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I remember seeing them in JC Whitney catalogs , years ago .
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Old 10-25-2020, 04:21 PM   #6
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Okay.... I havenít seen one of these before. What does it do? Presumably, it would ring, but why would the driver want it to ring? Just to make a different sound?


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Old 10-25-2020, 04:48 PM   #7
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Reproduction Bermuda bell. Years ago I missed a original one for $20! Pep Boys , western Auto, and others sold them. They are poorly designed. Unscrew the bell and look at the plunger. I replaced my weak plunger with an automobile valve. The striker is adjustable. The sound supposedly is a chick magnet.

They mount on the floorboards so your heal can stomp the plunger. Never saw one on the firewall.
Sometimes the hammer grounds on the bell and ruins the sound.
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Old 10-26-2020, 10:13 AM   #8
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The "Bermuda Bell" was a correct period accessory around 1899 to 1905 in the Locomobile steamer car and other makes at that time. Their sound was a Ding, Dong! They usually were mounted to the floor board of the car, and they were foot operated.

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Old 10-26-2020, 11:16 AM   #9
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Any chance there is a hole in the firewall to operate it from the inside of the car?

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Old 10-26-2020, 11:34 AM   #10
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I have one in two of my Model A’s ( one original ) but they are both mounted on the floor. Google them for more information.
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Old 10-26-2020, 02:10 PM   #11
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From the JC Whitney Catalog
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Old 10-26-2020, 02:38 PM   #12
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Ilangford, thanks for the memory I had a Bermuda bell on the floor board of
my 19 50 Ford.
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Old 10-26-2020, 07:15 PM   #13
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yes, the plunger is through the firewall... but I didn't know it was a plunger until I started getting answers on this thread!
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Old 10-26-2020, 07:16 PM   #14
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THanks, MIke!
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Old 10-26-2020, 08:22 PM   #15
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I'm still looking for one of these if anyone has one for sale.
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Old 10-26-2020, 08:40 PM   #16
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I'm still looking for one of these if anyone has one for sale.
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If Hershey ever opens up again, they are plentiful and not too expensive for the reproductions! Originals are not easy to be had.
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Old 10-27-2020, 01:19 AM   #17
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Hello I think old street cars used them also as a signal device too.
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Old 10-27-2020, 04:17 AM   #18
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If Hershey ever opens up again, they are plentiful and not too expensive for the reproductions! Originals are not easy to be had.
We'll I'll probably never make it to Hershey again but thats good to know anyways. Thanks,
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Old 10-27-2020, 05:47 AM   #19
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I'm still looking for one of these if anyone has one for sale.
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I am also very interested in this foot bell. If anyone want to send one to Germany, please offer.
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I have one original on my Model T and a repro on my Model A. The repro actually sounds better and is louder!
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