For those who have no running boards on their Speedsters, what (if anything) do you all use for a step; especially for the passenger side? My frame/body is not lowered, and it's quite a step up for shorter folks to be able to climb in. No problem for me on the driver's side, but getting in that high, over the tailpipe, can be tough for the passenger. Thanks for any and all input!
I'll post pics later when I'm on the laptop instead. I have a '14 speedster and use brass step plates that go on the running board. I just built some reinforced brackets for them to float by themselves out from the body. I think some of the silver/chrome Ford step plates would look great on your speedster.
A step from an old horse drawn buggy works well. Let me know if they are not available in your area. Ed
I kept the mounts and added some hard wood slats.
Dave, is that exhaust pipe double wrapped or shielded? I'd hate to be the passenger that accidently rests his arm on that pipe!
Mark - not wrapped or shielded. I learned about that pipe when I was a kid many years ago. It only took one time.
Dave: Langs sells a "Faultless" step plate. It is an exact repro of the step plate used on the "Faultless" speedsters.
I don't have any photos but I've seen various types of steps from horse-drawn buggies used on speedsters.
I would cut those exhaust stubs off at the hood and put a 90 on them then rework the exhaust to go below the body line but still outside. You could have a straight run to the back without the angles. That looks really scary to me with a passenger trying to grab something to hold on. I also have a speedster with a side exhaust and had a girl get a little burn by leaning on the pipe but it was her thighs with jeans on and not shorts--she backed up quick and no skin damage. Easy change that should only take an afternoon. Burns are bad and not like cuts--they scar big and hurt for a long time.
A one of the two small step plates used for getting into most roadsters rumble seats work great with a simple bracket.
Use round clutch and brake pedal pads if you can't find buggy steps.
The round steps from a rumble seat model A are made so shoes won't slip on them.
Get them for a deluxe coupe or roadster '30-31.
I had really small foot-size buggy steps on mine previously. They were very nice and inconspicuous but were tough to find with your foot when exiting. That plus the flashy brass is why I changed them. Just lots easier to use. Look a Mercury speedster, the step plates on those are half again as big as the Ford step plate.
I used Ford running board brackets cut in the middle and narrowed, and bolted closer together on the frame to suit the width of the standard repro accessory step plates.
Also of note and IMO a great addition for speedsters are the foot pegs (both photos) we added for driver and passenger — they makes long drives far more comfortable and keep footsie to a minimum.
You could always lower that car down alittle,
Chris, I see you've locked down the shackle on one end of your spring. How has that worked for you?
Gary, much less side sway in corners. I locked the left rear shackle as well — apparently these shackle locks are a common modification in the UK for Austin Seven Specials (speedsters)...
Here are a couple ads showing the "Faultless" step plates that Langs has in there catalog. Pics are kinda small but show how they will look.
Chris, Thanks. I may give that a try.
I used the short TT running boards on my speedster. Still working on it when I can find the time. Hope to finish by 4th of July.
Chris, I have shackle locks on my speedster like yours. Instead of clamping around the axle, the arm on the lock is bolted to the leaf spring bolt on the leaf with the eye.
As a side thought, son Anthony believes that the connecting rods from a 289 Ford V8 are a bolt on fit to the rear axle tubes. If this is the case, it would save having to make any brackets to mount things to the back axle. In your application all that would be needed is to weld on a bolt after cutting the rod off.
This may help some one.
Allan from down under.
Allan - Can you please post a photo of your shackle lock installation? Thanks!