Does anyone out there have pics or plans for the wood inside the body? Seat back,seat base, door posts,tack rail. All I have seen are very vague. Good pics with dimensions would be great! Thanks in advance, Steve
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I bought a set of plans from "Miller Model T Re-Wooding Plans"
We are also about ready to do the wood in the 26 touring and will need some plans or a wood kit. If the plans are any good we could cut the wood here at home. What is the best kind of wood to use? I know the 26 didn't have a lot of wood and we have a few parts but don't have it all to use as a pattern. I would think the plans should give a pattern or templet? I have heard the kits don't fit and need a lot of work anyway so might as well make your own.
I bought some plans from Leon Parker for my 25 roadster. Used white ash. Works real good. Screws require a pilot hole.
I've seen pictures where some type of thermoplastic was used for the tack rail around the back of the seats.. Anybody knows what type of plastic or who sells it?
I would also recommend you contact Leon Parker (if you click on this thread and go down he has a post at the bottom that has his e-mail – I don’t like to repost those without permission: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/29/48028.html ) Leon Parker . I know he has some excellent wood plans and has them for the open models from at least 1914 to 1927. The last I remember reading he almost has all of the plans for the 1913 but still needed a few more measurements. If anyone has a 1913 where they can measure items – please let Leon know and he may ask for help for those few remaining items.
The biggest advantage to Leon’s plans is Leon. If you have a question you can contact him and he will help walk you through something and/or send you some photos of when he rewooded a similar part of the car.
Note for the runabout, roadster, and tourings of 1923 low cowl cars and earlier there is more fitting of the wood than in the later cars. Why? Because the bodies were made by different body manufactures and while they all looked very similar the body panels and/or wood was not necessarily the same in all places. The bodies interchanged fine – the mounting brackets were in the same location. For a sample of how they varied see Trent’s site about the torpedo at: http://oz.plymouth.edu/~trentb/ModelT/Torpedo2/TorJune16Y2K.html . Scroll down about 10 photos to the section labeled “Body” and notice the different ways two different body makers did the same sill under the door. And at: http://mtfca.com/encyclo/doc15.htm Bruce has the Jun 26, 1915 Factory Letter that states:
JUN 26, 1915 Factory Letter
"Hereafter when ordering body panels for 1915 cars, please give both the car and body numbers. The body number will be found on the right sill just inside the front door. This number will be preceded by a letter which indicates by whom the body was made.
"The above information is necessary as panels for bodies made by our various suppliers vary somewhat."
But the later high cowl touring and runabouts were Ford bodies and were not produced by outside manufactures, but by Ford to his own specifications. They were introduced in 1923 but are considered 1924 model year cars. And the 1924s have more wood in them than the 1925 models.
But even the 1924-25 cars will still require fitting of the wood. Why? Because over the years things have stretched, been bent and the owners will stretch them as they straighten them out, etc. But two new 1924 cars would interchange the wood great back in 1924 while two different 1922 cars might or might not interchange the wood without needing additional fitting.
For the Tack Strip – from http://fordwood.com/touring23misc.htm they state: “We've been using a synthetic tack strip since 1994. Product is a moldable, space-age material, superior to wood, used by the furniture industry for it's strength/durability.” That part is listed for the various body wood kits. There are a couple of postings about that – see:
Good luck with your projects,
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(still curious what kind of synthetic it is.. might go for the tractor fan belt idea Dave Huson wrote about.. )