Does anybody know where I can get depot hack plans .
Free is nice but ill pay if I have to.
Here's a good thread with info: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/118802/167784.html?1288542520
And here's some more http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/331880/361499.html?1368751026
The threads Roger posted have the information on how to obtain the excellent plans from Wagon Works for their York #8 Suburban body.
One additional thought to consider as you design/build a depot hack body -- how tall are your garage doors and how tall are you? Sometimes if you make the roof an inch or so lower it will fit in your garage better. Also folks seem to be a bit taller and larger than back in the 1920s. You many want to consider giving the driver a little more room by moving the seat rearward a little etc. And in many cases if the car is to be used by more than one person it would be nice if you could move the seat back for the person who is over 6 ft tall or move it up for the person who is closer to 5 ft tall. Has anyone seen some good options for modifying the depot hack plans so the front seat could be adjusted? I’m short – so I have not had a problem with the Model T seating (not yet anyway). But one of my son-in-laws is around 6 ft 6 in so in a case like that – it could be nice to be able to adjust the seat when trading out drivers.
Good luck with your project.
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I second Haps height statement, my first body build (knowing nothing about model T's). I had to
reduce the height by remove 2" before I could get out of the garage. Everything is a learning experience on a T but much fun.
PS-- I drew up my own plans from pictures and no measurements.
I bought a set from ebay. Not thrilled. Several meas. errors, etc. Used as a starting point to design my own.
Do not forget about the gas tank if it is frame mounted. and how much leeway you have. I bought the finished product from Pleasantville Manufacturing in Dewittvill New York and it worked out great. They might have plans that they would sell at a reasonable price, check on it. Just my opinion.
Right Bill. Wish I had set my tank back a couple inches.
Maybe here ???
Thanks guys . The reason why I'm asking is because the guy who I bought my depot hack from was only about 5 feet tall and his wife and kids were about the same . So my car is so small the only way we could drive it is by sitting on the passenger side and stretching over. I can't just move the seat back because there is a very small space for the rear door and even my baby cousins (7-9 years old )have trouble sitting in there .
If you post some photos someone may have another solution that might work for you rather than having to build another complete body.
For example -- if it is possible to move the gas tank back and move the front seat back -- would that give the driver the room they needed? If so -- you may be able to change the rear seating to facing each other or even facing to the rear and enter through the rear tail gate with a step rather than side doors. That might not even be possible with your body -- but just a thought.
There are probably some options folks would recommend. Clearly building a new Hack body you could make it as you desired.
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Michael, I can think of three things to look into after seeing the photo of your depot hack:
1. Relocate the backrest for the front seat slightly farther back by repositioning or making new seat hardware. Just an inch or so back.
2 Move the whole body back about 1 inch if you can. You will need a filler for between the hood and the body , and will have to probably make some slight modifications to the pedal ramps/slots and the brake lever slot.The steering wheel would stay where its at so you would gain some clearance there. How far you can move the body back is of course dependent on the rear door to fender clearance. Least amount is best.
3. Get a slightly smaller steering wheel
It would be a shame to have to go with a new body if you don't have to.
LOL When I drove our hack in the 60's there was plenty of room for me behind the wheel.
When I got it out of the barn in the 2010's I found that it had shrunk and I couldn't fit so I did exactly what Ray suggested.
I moved the seat back about 3 inches.
I was careful not to drill new holes because the vehicle is very close to original and added a strap to the brake handle so I could pull it back from the full forward position.
The same thing happens to my clothes, they seem to shrink in the closet over time if I haven't worn them in a few years ;>)
When my hack steering wheel started rubbing my stomach, I bent the brackets holding the back of the front seat to allow me to sit a little further away from the steering wheel.