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Old 01-21-2017, 01:57 PM   #1
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Default Murray vs Briggs

Hello All; It has been some time since I have participated in Fordbarn mainly due to the fact that I sold my beloved coupe several months ago.

I am in the process of purchasing a 1930 Town Sedan Deluxe that I have known for many years from an old friend. I don't know if it is a Murray or Briggs.

How can I tell the difference?
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Old 01-21-2017, 02:03 PM   #2
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In 1930

Briggs had a square side window openings.

Murray had a curved top on the side window openings.

When Ford built the 31 Slant Window, he had Murray and Briggs build the bodies the same so parts were interchangeable. So all slant windows, Murray and Briggs, have the curved top on the side window openings.
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Old 01-21-2017, 02:22 PM   #3
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If you have a Macs catalogue, there is a picture. Good luck. Wayne
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Old 01-21-2017, 02:27 PM   #4
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Here is a link to the MAFCA web site that has photos.

http://mafca.com/rt_briggs_or_murray.html
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The top,of the doors on the Briggs are straight,and the Murray has a slight curve on the top of the door
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Old 01-22-2017, 09:25 AM   #6
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Also, if you measure the door openings, on a Murray, front and rear openings are the same. On a Briggs, the front door opening is larger than the rear door.
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Also, if you measure the door openings, on a Murray, front and rear openings are the same. On a Briggs, the front door opening is larger than the rear door.
Thanks, I did not know that! Wayne
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Can't wait to see the vehicle, Dick. Perhaps, on the "Get-A-Way" tour?
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Congrats on getting another car!
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Do you have any pictures of the new baby
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I wonder if there was any difference in quality between the two. I have both and can't tell any difference but what do I know.
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For sure Glenn
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Old 01-22-2017, 02:06 PM   #13
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Thanks to all for the information. I will be transporting the car this week. It's about a 350 km journey. I will post a pic as soon as I have the car home. The car is definitely a Murray.
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Looking forward to seeing it Dick
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I wonder if there was any difference in quality between the two. I have both and can't tell any difference but what do I know.
I've liked the arch of the Murray windows, but can't say that I can detect any difference in quality, and I'd be happy to own either one.

To me the Fordor Sedan is the tops in luxury and comfort.
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here you go. (there are fastener differences as well between the two companies).

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