On the rear floor boards for the 1923 - early 1926 Fordor Sedans, there are two individual boards on the passenger's side which run half way across the body. Is there a gap on each side of these boards and also between them, or should they fit tight. The limited documentation I have been able to locate seems to indicate that there should be about a 3/32" gap around each board. This would make sense to allow for expansion of the boards due to changes in moisture content.
Dave ,here are pictures of my original rear floorboards from my 24,there is a gap that appears to be about 3/16".
Dave, here are the photos I sent you before, when I sent you the drawing with measurements. Mine has more than one board but they fit very tightly together. Jim Patrick
Thanks for the replies. I found two more sets of photos in my collection - one appears to fit tight, the other has gaps. Some use two equal size boards, some two different size boards, some use four boards. There doesn't seem to be any consistency in these floor boards!
David, I guess it just depended on what they had on hand, close by, at the time of manufacture. Whether two, three, four, or in my case, six, boards, so long as the various boards add up to the correct, overall measurement, that's what counts.
In the 84 year life of my '26 Fordor, I doubt if it has ever been driven in the rain or gotten wet, which may be why the boards are still so tight. At the time of manufacture, I'll wager that the floor boards fit tight, for the simple reason of keeping out water splashed on the underside from driving through puddles and raod dust, but over the years, the boards got wet and swelled which compressed their original widths so that when they dried, a gap was left. Also, wood, tends to shrink with age which also may explain the large gap in above two board floor. The fewer the pieces the wider the gap. The more smaller pieces there are the less gap there is between all of the pieces.
I'd say design your floor to be tight. If it were me, I might even use T&G to ensure strength and a good seal from water and dust. Jim Patrick