Being new to the T research world I have had folks that have said , " Well you know when Henry Ford lived here in Savannah/Richmond Hill he got the idea to stuff the seats with our Spanish moss.
Then they say wells thats until he figured out that it has redbugs?
So whats the real truth behind this?
BTW still looking for the right 26 Coupe
Living in North FL, we hear all that stuffing about Spanish moss in T's....sorry, no truth in these stories.
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Thank you Dan, I suspected as much as I havent found anywhere Henry Ford built any car local.
Figured it had been discussed before but I had no idea that the tour folks in town we're mis-representing the old Ts.
Never done any of the tours personally but have been in Savannah 54 years.
Thanks again, now I can rebut it.
The legend was, tuck and roll upholstery jobs in Tijuana used horse manure for stuffing.
It would appear to me that Spanish Moss, or any other vegetation, could harbor fungus or mold. For that reason I would doubt it.
You do live in a lovely city!
Did a tour last year in Savannah, with Model T's and yes, the tour bus guide said that too...Spanish moss in Model T seats, so most of the passengers laughed...tough T audience.
The guide did get the Ford dealership right, this is the original 1912 T dealership, new that year in Savannah, still doing business today, 100 years later, but in a bigger location! J.C. Lewis Ford.
Ralph, I don't know about the Tijuana horse manure stuffing legend but a high school friend back in the early 60s took his 56 Ford to Tijuana and had the seats done. Real pretty in red and white. Turned lumpy in short order; we pulled the hog rings and the stuffing was newspaper. Interesting reading though. :-)
Was through Tijuana back in the 70's. Couldn't believe the number of upholstery/interior shops just over the border. Glad now it was a rented car so I wasn't tempted!
As you may, or may not know, my late father was in the upholstery business for fifty years (he was the guy that made the door panels in Humble Howard's Studebaker Lark Convertible). In the late 50's-early 60's he had an upholstery shop in the back of an old furniture store on Atlantic Blvd. in Monterey Park near East Los Angeles.
He would work there in his off hours (nights and weekends) when he wasn't working his "regular job" which was on the production line at Pillsbury Canned Bisquit Co. in East L. A. at Atlantic and Triggs.
He told me a story (since I was only 2 or 3 when this happened) about a guy that came by his shop one weekend driving an early 30's "Hot-Rodded" (most likely Ford) coupe. He walked in and asked my dad to give him a quote to do a tuck-and-roll job on the seat, door panels, and kick panels.
When he heard my dad's quote, he quipped "Hey man, I can get that done in T.J. for half that price." So, in my father's thick Rhode Island accent, he said " Well kid, den dat's where ya' need ta take it den." "See ya' layda." The potential customer then departed the scene.
Apparently after several weeks had passed, the young man returned. He walked in the rear entrance of the store where my dad was working and asked "Hey, remember me?" My dad said "Yeah, you're da' guy wit da' T.J. upholstery job." The man replied "Right, can I ask you a question?" and motioned for my dad to follow him out to the parking lot in the back where his car was.
When they got to the car, he asked my dad to put his head in the car and smell. When my dad had done so and pulled his head from inside the car, he asked my dad "Is Naugahide supposed to smell like that?" At that point my dad pulled the seat cushion out of the car and took it inside. He put it on the workbench bottom-side up. Dad took a knife and cut through the burlap covering the springs. The first thing he hit was a rolled, red shop towel. Rolled inside the shop towel was, you guessed it, horse manure.
At that point, my dad told the guy "Well kid, dere's ya' "Teejawana" upholstery job." It took dad a couple of weeks to re-do the car at the original price he quoted him.
Nice, Mike. I remember the horse manure legend was even in a teenager movie about TJ.