Ford relies on its dealers to keep customers informed of vehicle status. Once your VIN has been assigned, there's a special toll-free number they can call to get current production status for any outstanding order. Don't believe otherwise.
I hear nothing from my salesman. He doesn't even return my calls. When I talk to the Sales Manager, I get the same story - "Factory Hold." I don't know what that means - they have taken delivery of their first one already - I am number 2! How can I find out myself?
Tom, I have e-mailed you privately about this matter, but I wanted to let everyone know that the #1 cars are still being delivered. I, for example, have the #1 car for my dealer. It is VIN #4222, and it is (theoretically) being built this week and delivered in mid-November.
So the #2 cars are likely indeed still on "temporary hold" but should start getting their build dates very soon.
Ford is making about 500 cars a week, so you should be able to extrapolate your schedule from that. I expect that the #2 cars will start being delivered in December. But it depends on how many cars total your dealer is getting.