I may have made an error!
I talked to a gentlemen today that owns a 1927 Touring that was made during the last days of production. He thought his vehicle did not have the tabs to hold the floorboards in place.
Therefore my statement some time back stating that I thought that the tabs to hold the floorboards in place were put into production for the later models may not be correct.
The tabs I am talking about were in line with the split in the floorboards were the transmission pedals fit. The tabs were located at both the drivers and passengers side on the metal structure that supported the ends of the floorboards. This metal structure was at an angle.
They are in place on my 1926 coupe that was manufactured in March of that year. Jim Patrick
Early 26 Tudor and 26 Closed Cab TT had them too.
26 CC-TT (I made the riser but transferred the old clip.)
My late '26 Coupe has them
Are those pictures of my '26 tudor and my C Cab? If so I demand royalties ;o)
*sent from my office at The Dearborn Inn
my early 26 touring has them, and its not enough. on windy days, or at high speed sometimes the floor boards will blow out making the pedal operation a challenge. i know it should have a floor mat, but i like the wood look. 2 more tabs on the next seam down is on the list
Sometimes the tabs are loose and vibrate down. Whenever I replace my floorboards, after twisting the tabs in place, I insert the end of a door shim and cut it with a razor knife and break it off even with the end of the tab. That way, it stays in place covering the seam of the floorboards and holding them in place, so that only one is needed per side. Jim Patrick
yes its true jim, they did vibrate down first. i fixed that by driving a small tack in so the tab swings around and gets caught under the head of the tack. i first put the car together in winter, and had the pine boards so they fit perfect, so tight it was a struggle to install them. then, the next summer they swelled up from humidity and i could not get them in one day, so i cut them smaller. now, after driving for 3 years, they have shrunk to be too loose!! floor mat is there for a reason i guess
My '27 Fordor made in Oct. '26 at the Highland Park has them also.
Question for Arnie - Does your friends car have the holes where the tabs should be? It shouldn't be too hard to get a pair of tabs from a parts car and install them.
My '27 touring was built the last week of March and has the tabs so clearly the later cars should have them.
My clips were missing on my 26 roadster so I made some replacements. They are installed with a 2 1/2" screw with hood hold down springs and double locking nuts. The spring provides a clamping force on the floor boards and prevents rattles. The non-standard clip is covered be the floor mat.
Perhaps its the other way. On this early 1926 runabout I did, the clips on the riser were not there. And no hole for the retaining rivet either!
This body was mfg. Sept 1925, early '26 model year.
Later '26 on thru the '27 model year have the floorboard retaining clips.
I put a 6 inch piece of duct tape in a verticle direction over those tabs to keep them in place.
If you hit a bad bump and that top piece falls down, you only option is to immediately turn off the switch, as none of the pedals will depress.
On my last tour, I hit a bump bad enough to break my fire extinguisher strap and the top board stayed in place.
With my big feet, there's no chance of those floorboards coming up, bump or no bump ;>)
My friend did not have the vehicle with him at the parts swap, so I could not visually confirm his statement.
However, as soon as I find contrary information to something I have posted, I try to inform the members right away. Hopefully some time in the future I will indeed be able to seen the vehicle with my own eyes, and then inspect it for any evidence of holes for where the tabs should be located.
It might be next year before I see "Old Rusty" to give a report back on my findings.
Perhaps the owner of the vehicle will respond with a message if he looks at his vehicle and reads this post!
Enjoyed talking to Don and that sure is one nice model T!! Any trouble going back to Bay City? Bud.
Ken, very nice to meet you also. No problems going back to Bay City at all. But a two hour trip of shake, rattle and roll will take a toll on the nerves. I still can't believe how nice that Model A is. Very impressive to see the complete original interior in that good of shape. You are one lucky man to have found that car. Hope to see you at the Old Car Fest shortly. Lets keep our fingers crossed for good weather...