For 1926, how did the factory top boot look? I have never seen one and would like to create one.
Any photos or advice would really help.
There is a picture of one in the 26-7 Fordex. It was an option and was made of tan top material.
Or just go topless like this gal
In the above factory images, it seems the bottom snaps along both edges to the overhang from above to close things up. It also hooks over the knobs at the top iron pivot points. Would love to see a detail of this part of the boot. How did it stay on the knobs? Was there any way to tighten it at that area so it didn't come off at that knobs? Also, would like to see any images of how the straps come off the back and fasten under the seat.
Also, what material is likely to be the best to use? Lined or un-lined?
It would be an asset to the hobby if someone has an original to use for a pattern. I've made a few for earlier cars as Ford made them. Many T owners are satisfied just to have one, and don't seem to care about the detail. Note from the artists renderings, the front part of the boot goes around the top prop nut, which would be the only way to keep that part of the boot from blowing back when driving. I've often wondered if there were additional snaps and fasteners used for this installation. Perhaps Dan Treace would know.
I agree Larry. I would like to make one that is factory correct, but it needs to work well and I wonder what details we can't see in the above images? Anyone out there have a 26 original?
The illustration are artist license in that factory brochure picture. So just because you see what looks like Lift-the-Dot fasteners on the bow edge who knows? Have never seen an original top boot cover for '26-'27 runabouts or tourings.
The vendors supply a pretty good one, I have used both runabout and touring boots. The have a draw string on the rear under to tie down. And pair of straps from the top edge over the backrest, that secure by the rear seat cushion sitting on the straps. Prevents wind lifting the boot cover.
The runabout boot does come up over the large round knob at the body iron. The touring does not as there are more bows to cover, it is short of the top prop round nut.
vendor type in black vinyl
If going after the correct look in a fawn (tan ) material I would call on Elisabeth at Classtique for her to make one She does fine work.
Does anybody have patterns for the top boot or the gypsy curtains?
That would be great.
Anyone have an original boot?