DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY PICTURES OF A 1918 ROADSTER DASH, AND THE ROOF WITHOUT CLOTH, SO I CAN SEE THE POSITION OF THE BOWS, AND SEE IF ANY PARTS ARE MISSING FROM THE ROOF AND DASH?
The 1918 didn't have a dash,unless one was added as an aftermarket speedometer thing.If so it would likely be a flat board across that area.
This is what a home made dash would look like.
1919 was the magic year when the starter was made available (Option equipment on some models)
From your profile, this appears to be your first posting. Welcome aboard! The 1915-1922 two man tops used the same basic layout. Below is an illustration from Murray Fahnestock’s “The Model T FordOwner” which is available from the vendors such as Langs, Snyders etc.
When speedometers were ordered as an aftermarket accessory, they were often mounted on a board similar to the one posted above. Nowadays we would call that a dash. But Ford also used the term “dash” to describe what we would sometimes call a firewall. The part that separated the engine compartment from the driver’s compartment. So you may want to clarify which if either of those you are referring to when you use the term dash.
Also, please let us know if you are new to Ts or new to the forum or both. If you are new to both – there are a lot of things we like to share with new folks so they don’t have to discover all the “oops” on their own. And when you type with the CAPS lock on – it is considered shouting. Something you would want to do to emphasize something etc. I would recommend using all lower case if you don’t want to fool with upper and lower case. I’m old school and I still like to start the sentence with a capital letter.
Again, welcome to the forum.
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Jimmy, Welcome aboard!
Here's a wooden dash first offered by Stewart Warner in 1917 to go with their speedometer setup.
Ford called the firewall a dash and the piece that carries the instruments a board (instrument). So he may be asking about what we now call the firewall but using Fords terms.
Thanks Jay for these photos.
... if I plan to mount the instrument to come into my Coupelet this will then be perfect for me.
Ford didn't make a roadster in 1918. The two seat body style is called a runabout.
The top on any runabout Model T was never a "two man" top. That colloquialism applies to touring tops only.
In 1925, they are still called runabouts, but I have internal Ford memos which refer to the cars as roadsters, if fact there are places in original Ford literature where my '13 runabout is referred to as a torpedo!
This tag was attached to the gas tank bracket under the seat of my 1917 torpedo runabout when my dad bought it from the original owner in 1951.
Thanks for all the help. Yes I am new to T's, and new this forum...please excuse any mistakes I will probably make, and let me know how to make myself better. I am grateful for the dash ideas. My T does not have one, so I am not really wanting to add one. However, I have a bracket on the steering column that doesn't seem to have a place to go. That is the only reason I thought I might be missing something.
For the dimensions shown in Hap's drawing, a little advice for when it comes time to cover it.
Don't just try and 'work' to the dimensions shown. Take lath, or 1x2, or bailing wire, and whatever else you need to 'crib' the frame in place before trying to mount the top bumpers, back rings, and the top pieces themselves.
A further little trick is to make sure your top material is softened in the sun...and...that 22-3/4" dimension is lifted to 24" as a final step before the top material with all other 'cribbed' to the dimensions shown. Provides just enough final tension when done and pulled down in the stirrups to keep it from 'bagging' later has been my own experience. (Along with only seating nails half-way until I'm satisfied with the final fit.)