To illustrate this point, my most recent No. 6. The sole has a hole for a from adjustment screw, but the frog did not have the hole for the frog adjustment screw bracket.and also remember a lot of planes do not fall exactly into a type. Stanley would use up parts they had. Parts also got replaced over the years, so keep it all in mind when trying to find the types.
I think you've hit the nail squarely on the head Dave. I worked for General Motors for several years and I can tell you, there are never any "leftover parts". That's why repair manuals have asterisks....."style A, style B, old style, new style, "early, late" etc. All these facts can are a part of an old plane's charm....or any vintage tool for that matter.To illustrate this point, my most recent No. 6. The sole has a hole for a from adjustment screw, but the frog did not have the hole for the frog adjustment screw bracket.
I do not think the frog was replaced. It feels like a case of the old frogs being consumed even though the new soles had the frog adjustment hole.
I have both type 8 and type 9, Stanley.And after looking at several ID sites, and taking into account all the available facts, I can say my "new" No.5 is definitely a type 8...... Um.....or maybe a 9 LOL :laughing: