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Ford Parts: 1920

Ford Parts: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Taylor-Tolley Motor Co., authorized Ford agents, interior." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.


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All those parts

They don't seem to have a lot of parts but what they do have they have a lot of. There are about 2 dozen fan assemblies on the very top shelf. Then there are close to 75 carburetors just thrown in a bin. Used? Close to 20 sets of ring and pinion gears for the rear end. And almost a whole bin of pistons. What is in the cans has me baffled. Smaller pistons? bearings? And the number of water jackets that connect the radiator hose to the block. I wonder how big their selection of nuts, bolts and washers is.

We ran out of Ford parts by 1926

Back story and photo of the exterior of this parts department is: The building at the corner of 14th and T Streets, NW, served as a showroom, auto supply store, and repair shop. It was built in two stages. The first, the larger three-story portion, was designed in 1919 by DC architect B. Stanley Simmons for a Ford dealership, the Taylor-Tolley Sales Company.

By 1922, the company was called the R.L. Taylor Motor Company, and added the 46-foot high portion to the south of the original building. The company also switched from Fort to Chevrolet in 1926, when it had 65 employees. and there's the exterior of the building also.

Thingamajigs and Whatzits

I'll bet dollars to donuts that whatever part that guy asks for--it's going to be on the top shelf!

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