When I bought the '26 it was disassembled down to the wheels, frame and drivetrain. It had a new wood kit ready to install in the sandblasted and primed body. I finally figured out where all of the wood pieces went. The sheet metal has small 1/4" holes along where the wood fits. I assume the wood is installed using small wood screws through the holes........Is this correct? Or do I use something else other than the wood screws? The answer may be so obvious to most readers but when you buy a T in a "basket" it leaves me guessing sometimes. Thanks, Jack.
Yes, the remaining wood parts in my touring hulk and roadster body were fastened by wood screws. Most of the wood in an open 26/27 is for nailing the upholstery in place, not so much for reinforcement.
Except for the body blocks, spokes and roof slats, my '26 coupe has no wood in it whatsoever. When I purchased it in 1970, it had apparently been sitting outside for years and was in terrible shape with deep rust all over the body, bullet holes through the sides, broken windows, rotten tires, rotten upholstery and no wood at all, so I was unaware that it even needed to have wood in the body, so I never put it in. In 1972, I installed a "Carter's Cut and Cover" upholstery kit which came with upholstery covered cardboard panels equipped with serrated fasteners which lined up with and locked into the existing strut holes, so it was unnecessary to nail anything. My car has not suffered in the least to not have these wood panels. Jim Patrick
PS...Oh yes. Forgot to mention it has wooden floorboards, too... Jim Patrick
Here's a picture showing the location of the wood:
(may differ depending on when the Touring was made - the side panels were held by metal brackets on later improved tourings)
The above illustration had me baffled, as to the location of #670. It is not located up high in the cowl, as pictured. It actually goes up in the underside of the cowl section, right behind the firewall.
I believe that the #670 wood part is correct and is to tack the top of the kick panel to. It was riveted to a metal strip near the top of the cowl.
I don't know if it was on all 26/27's. I did not put it on my roadster and the kick panel stays in place well. In fact I don't believe that a replacement could be installed the way it was originally because there is no access to the back of the rivets. Looks like it was originally installed before the skin was put on the cowl.