Did the original T's come from the factory with any kind of floor mats, or just plain wooden floors?
Rubber mat in front and (for touring) a cocoa mat in rear. Not sure about closed cars. My 26 tudor had carpet .
There is a discussion about the floor mats at: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/331880/363127.html?1369067173 and the photo below taken in Jan 1915 showing the floor mat.
Note Bruce and the Judging Guidelines are not in agreement on the color of the floor mats for some years -- but they both agree a floor mat was used. FYI: The 1903 Model A Fords came with a floor mat as well as the Fords that followed it. [Ref page 52 of 91 chapter 6 "Accessories and Parts" in "Pates Early Ford Automobile Encyclopedia." Available from the author at: http://www.earlyfordcars.info/
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Thank you for that info!
I don't know of anyone who carries a white mat that is angled to fit a 15. The black one fits (may need a little adjusting). The smaller cocoa mat the vendors carry fits-- it rolls all the way up the toe panel and is correct for shows, but, the rubber one will fit and is cheaper and much easier to get the FL sand out of the car.
Does anyone have an original '25? One year only!
What makes it different?
Larry, are you talking about open or closed cars? If closed, what would be the difference between '24 and '25 coupes? They are nearly identical in appearance. I don't know about the open cars, are they similar also? Just curious. Dave
I looked on Lang's site for their open car front rubber floormat and here is what it said:
"NOTE: These mats are correct for 1915-24 only, they drop in on 1925 floor but leave a gap at the top. There are no mats being reproduced for 1925 that will fit exactly"
Mark: Langs has it right, because I bitched about them not being oversize enough to fit a '25. If Don Snyder would have added the same amount I have to cut off everywhere else, there would have been plenty. BTW, I am talking about the open car mat.
The rubber mat I bought for my '15 Touring was oversized and so, needed quite a bit of trimming, but cutting away just little bit at a time produced a snug, custom fit that otherwise might not have been possible.
The straw, cocoa-colored mat for the rear fit perfectly right out of the box. Both dress up the interior very nicely.
I have a 1960 Hemming's catalog that has an ad for front mats. Black $13.00. Red, Green or White $16.00. Was Green or Red ever a standard or factory color for mats?
Ford supplied Model T Ford front rubber floor mats were off white early on and black later on. Ref: http://www.mtfca.com/encyclo/F-H.htm#flor2 So, no, the Red & Green mats offered back in the 1960s would not have been the original colors.
Note we are always open to new discoveries. So if someone finds documentation etc. that says other colors were used, please let us know.
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I doubt if I will buy any more floor mats! I removed my TT mat to add a Rocky Mountain tranny. I didn't roll it up or lay it flat like maybe I should have. Just folded it in half and set it on a old box. Six months later I pick it up to install in TT. It broke in half. Made me mad! The mat isn't more than 4 yrs old! I will cut old carpets for my other trucks.
My '26 Touring, bought in 1957, came with a black rubber floor mat wit some kind of burlap backing. No mat in the front though. I bought a replacement for the back, due to a deteriorating condition of the old one, and it is too big. It did not say anything about "Cut to fit".