I need a pair, one left and one right, of the covers/caps for the end of the wooden armrests on my '21 touring. Lang's has them in their catalog but I would like to have a pair with some natural patina. Thanks. Tommy 828-726-7664
Wide or narrow?
According to Bruce's book, the narrow caps started in model year 1921.
Can someone tell me the dimensions, please?
I have both - let me know which style you need.
The narrow ones are about an inch wide, I just measured them on my 1925 Touring body.
I don't have any wide ones to measure, sorry.
Steve I sent you a PM
Steve, I am sorry I was away from home and it took me a while to get back and measure and photograph the caps. If Sam wants them by all means let him have them Thanks.
It is not an absolute, because many things have happened to model Ts in the past 90+ years. Generally speaking, the five panel rear tub takes the wide ones, and the three panel tub takes the narrower ones. It actually depends less on the number of panels in the tub, and more on whether the upholstery attaches to the wooden tack strip on the outside of the body, or to the piece of wood that is also the wood structure of the seat back (the outside tack strip makes the need wider). How and where the upholstery is tacked on is also the determining factor on runabout/roadsters, which do not have a rear tub to count the panels on them.
Whether runabout or touring, the earlier style should have a lip on the seat sheet metal that is folded outward, while the later type seat panels go straight upward and stop at the inner wood (no lip folded out). 1921 is the crossover for touring cars (both styles used through much of the year). However on runabouts, there is still debate on when that change was made. Some people firmly believe the early style seat and upholstery changed shortly after the touring car changed (late '21/early '22), while others insist the early style continued on runabouts until other changes were also made in 1923. I won't take a stand on that issue until I know more myself.
As to what people have done in the past hundred years? I have seen at least two three panel touring cars that restorers had added an outer tack strip. And a few early style bodies that had the outer tack strips left out, the fold either flattened or cut off. Some people just like to confuse things.
I type slow. Tommy's picture shows the early outer tack strip style.
Steve, let me know. Anybody, I still need a pair of caps. Thanks.
I'll dig the misc. bin out tomorrow - stuffed full of ham & too late to open the container !
Still need the caps. thanks.
I can't seem to locate my original caps - my apologies !
I have 2 that look to be original n.o.s. Bob