I'm putting together 23 Coupe. I have replaced the radiator and the radiator shell. The hood that was with the T docent fit correctly, It's too short. According to the serial number it's a late 23' . So that means the tall radiator. That's what I have.
Does anyone know the process I need to follow to find the correct hood? Any advice would be greatly appreciated
Doug, The tall hoods are all the same until the 26-27 improved Fords. Rootlieb can supply a beautiful new one or if you need a good used one ,I have had good success in the Wanted section of MTFCA classifieds. Good luck not really that hard to locate.
The illustrations below should let you confirm that you have all the parts for a high or a low hood car. The photos are courtesy of Phil Mino and have been posted before.
Below is a high cowl firewall:
In the photo below the 1924 (some were produced in the fall of 1923 but are considered 1924 model year) -25 high cowl is on top and the 1917-1923 low cowl is on the bottom.
Below is a low cowl firewall:
Below is an illustration of the hood measurements:
Below shows the 1924-25 high hood with a dimple where the hood latch goes:
Below is the 1917-1923 hood that does NOT have the dimple by the hood latch:
Remember that how the car body is mounted, the radiator is mounted, the hood sills are mounted, and how straight the frame is also impacts how well the hood fits. I have mistakenly thought a hood was the wrong year only to find out by measuring the hood that the poor fit was caused by the other items.
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You might want to change the measurement of the 1925 hood. The rear should be 14 inches tall.
Where does it not fit? If you can latch it, it's not too short. There will be a gap at the bottom between the lower edge of the hood and the the hood sill.
Tall radiator hoods have dimples on the side panels. Low radiator hoods do not have dimples. It is possible to incorrectly assemble the parts from the two and get a hood that's no where near right.
Mine's a 25 and the hood does not sit on the hood sills. There is a gap as there should be.
Good catch. Thank you for pointing that out or I would have continued to post the wrong information. I don't proof read very well.
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Another point. The low firewall wire loom hole is below the terminal block, and the high firewall it is above. Another thing, the first photo posted is a 1924 firewall. It will work on a '25, but it is not correct. The patent plate on a 25 has two rivet holes, and three felt mounting holes. The firewall pictured has 5 felt mounting holes, which is typical of 1924. I know this is trivia, but if you want to be correct, it is important.
I wonder if Doug is talking about being too short between the radiator and the dash.If you use dash brackets for a wood dash on the steel dash,the steel dash wil be about a half inch or more too far back.The hood rod won't fit the holes for it in the dash or radiator shell.The differences in the brackets are due to the thicknes of the thin steel vs. wood.
Check out the Fordbarn website. There is a real nice hood for sale there if you still need one.
Thanks guys for all of your help. I feel like I'm headed in the right direction now