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Old 10-13-2020, 07:01 AM   #1
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HI;

I'm doing some research on the Milwaukee Plant and the ( R ) symbol and what I'm looking for is if anyone has the ( R ) stamping in there Car, on the front sil brace right in front of the Driver's seat about in the middle of the seat.

And what I also need is the numbers behind the letter ( R ) as I'm trying to figure out the production numbers from day to day, I think I have it but I need more of the ( R ) Stampings and the Numbers behind it.

And this is all from the Milwaukee Plant so if you have a Model A that was made in the Milwaukee Plant, you should have the Letter ( R ) and some numbers behind it as I have a few letters and numbers from some people but I need a lot more.

What I'm trying to figure out is the day to day production figures and what I'm also trying to do is to figure out what those numbers all mean, as I think I have a few of them figured out but I need to get a lot more letters and numbers from the Milwaukee Plant.

Basically more of the day to day production figures from that plant.

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Old 10-13-2020, 10:08 AM   #2
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Good luck on the "day to day" production...You may spend the next 40 years in trying to figure that one out. If you want to shorten your time, you might want to take a trip to the Ford Archives and start searching for those specific records.

There are two Ford Archive spots in Dearborn...there is the Benson Ford Research Center at The Henry Ford where most go to get there information and the other is the Ford Motor Company Archives which most do not know about, and trust me...there is a lot there also, and it is here that just may have your answers.

Otherwise...except for 1928...1929 thru 1932 is your best bet and those are just monthly production totals. Of coarce there are the yearly total sheets also.

(R) is also used for the Richmond, California plant but that did not start till August 1931.

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Old 10-13-2020, 11:32 AM   #3
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Steve;

I know it was a long shot but I had to try something, and I know that there a monthly totals and NOT day to day but I just had to try something as I'm at my wits end here.

Plus I think I figured out some of the numbers after the ( R ) stamping on the front sill brace, but I need the monthly totals for the Milwaukee Plant to figure it out as like I said I need a lot of those numbers from that Plant to do it.

As I already have some of them from the Benson research center but they won't copy any more of them for me unless I go there and get them, and I just can't do that on my own plus I need more of the sill brace numbers also to do it.

And plus I think I have part of it figured out just from the few numbers that I do have, but I just can't be sure on any of it as this will take me years to figure it out but I think I have two of the numbers already but who knows on even that.

I wish I had the numbers that Dave has on the Milwaukee Plant but I'm Not going to even ask him, as I don't think he would give them to me anyway as you know we don't see eye to eye on things.

But I got working on this a while back and I just couldn't put it down so I just kept on going with it as you know I'm NOT writing a book on it, or anything like that as that was my wife's idea not mine I just like to research the Milwaukee Plant.

And have and will be for years to come I'm sure but I just can't put those brace numbers down, just have to figure them out for that Plant as I know that those numbers are suppose to tell you when the cars were made the date month and year.

Supposedly but who knows they could mean something totally different from that, so now that I got the ( R ) figured out for that Plant I want to know what those numbers mean also.

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Old 10-15-2020, 08:08 AM   #4
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Jeff,
1. I am not certain the R was used by the Milwaukee plant.
2. If you looked at my e mail from July 12th 2015, it contained ALL R numbers I had.
3. Agree with your eye statement.
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Old 10-15-2020, 08:28 AM   #5
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First I agree with Plucks statement and Dave's #1 comment also. Also as stated it would take years to discover daily counts, if ever. Unfortunately, since I am almost 84, I probably do not have those years. Plucks statement of the MOST PROBABLE source for what you seek in FMC's archives and not BF Ford Archives. Just thinking of the time factors for such an on site search, is making me tired. Best regards, Jim Langley...
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Old 10-15-2020, 12:01 PM   #6
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Jim;

First I know that the production records are Monthly and NOT Daily as Ford didn't do them Daily, I wish they did but they didn't and looking back on the stuff I have from the Milwaukee Plant there all Monthly figures and NOT daily like I thought.

The only thing that I found out to be daily was the personnel files in the Milwaukee Plant that is, I'm sure they had the others daily also but only wrote them down in the books that went to Ford monthly.

But I can't find the others from the Milwaukee Plant and Jim I do have documented proof that the (R) symbol, was the Letter code for the Milwaukee Plant at that time.

And I also have documented proof that the Milwaukee Plant was at some time a manufacturing Plant, for some time building Model (T) One Ton Trucks in that Plant.

Now what I don't know for how long that lasted as all I have is a newspaper clipping that states that the Milwaukee Plant will be a Manufacturing Plant, but it doesn't give a date of the starting and I have never found a ending date as of now that is.

That is if they ever stopped manufacturing in that Plant as it could of gone into the Model A era, as I don't know that for sure but I have never found anything in the papers stating that it ever stopped.

My guess is that they just kept on going manufacturing Trucks into the Model A era but I can't be certain of that either, as I'm still looking for the proof of that but I haven't come close to finding it yet.

As I do have or did have a picture of them building or making Rear Fenders for the Model T Trucks, and that's why I think it went on into the Model A era but I can't be sure of that either as I haven't found it in the papers yet.

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