From time to time, we see jacks advertised as being a A-17080-C2 jack but in fact, it’s a clone probably made by Ajax, the same manufacturer of the C2 jack. There are two differences that, once you know what to look for, distinguishes the clone from the Ford tool kit jack used in 1930 to the end of production.
The clone C2 jack has a double internal screw where the Ford C2 jack has a single screw. But the easiest way to tell is to examine the jack bodies. Note in the photo that the clone C2 on the left is definitely “fatter” then the Ford C2 jack on the right due to the clone’s double-screw.
The C2 Clone jack will work just fine with your Model A, and the original A-17081-A jack handle will fit fine as well. It just isn’t appropriate for Blue Ribbon Judging. So, if you’re shopping for a 1930-31 jack for your tool kit, be aware of the differences between the C2 jack and its clone. -Rick Black
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