I looked in several catlogues for closed car front floor mats. The only ones I found were for 26-27. Then I came across a note in Snyder's catalogue saying closed cars before 1926 used carpets instead of rubber mats. So now I'm wondering what's correct for a 1923 Fordor and where I can find it. It would be nice to have a more specific description than carpet. That term covers a lot of territory. Some good pictures would be nice.
If you have Langs 2014 catalogue check out page 148. They have a listing of carpets by Cartouche for closed T's 15-27. You can get either the original wool style or the non-original nylon fabric.
Forgot: Cartouche will send you a carpet sample card to give you an idea of the carpet they sell for closed T's. The latest Macs catalogue has some info on it.
i ordered two for my 24 Fordor and they did not fit so i sent them back, i will fit and cut my own.
I ordered an interior upholstery kit and a carpet for my '22 Coupe. The interior upholstery kit need very little adjustment but the carpet didn't even come close to fitting. I thew it in the trash and took a fabric sample of the interior with me to the carpet store and matched the color then cut my own. I'm not bragging but the carpet I cut and fit looks great. My 7 year old grandson could have cut a better carpet pattern then what I got from the vendor.
OH I forgot to mention to Mr. Thrifty that buying my carpet from the carpet store cost about $25. I had enough to line the turtle deck and some left over for the next time. I used a paper pattern and then singed the edges to keep it from unraveling.
If you decide to do it yourself:
You can buy wool carpet from Bill Hirsch, cut it to the pattern you like and then take it to a carpet shop or upholstery shop and have them sew leatherette binding on the edges.
(Once you click on the type of carpet you'd like to view, click on "Click Here To See Samples")
We bought wool carpet from Elizabeth at Classtique (she gets it from Hirsch). We cut it to the proper size and made the appropriate openings.
We glued the binding to the edges and then went back to Elizabeth and had her sew the binding (we live not too far from her).
For the binding with sharp curves (such as around the meter and the tiller flange) we actually used naugahyde and made a "cookie cutter" pattern of the opening, folded it over the edge and then made slits on the bottom side of the naugahyde. This allowed the curves to remain flat instead of bunching up like it would if we had used binding.
Oh, I love that car!
Sorry for pushing a thread drift.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
I've never dealt with Cartouche (Or however you spell it), but when I restored my Model A, I used Lebaron Bonney upholstery. They sent a pattern for me to cut to size to ensure a proper fit of the carpet. I thought that was pretty professional for them to know that the bodies differed and custom fitting would make happier customers than 'one size fits none'.
Steve, it's great seeing that your touring is back on the road!
If you drew up a good sketch with dimensions of the pieces of carpet you wanted, I'll bet Classtique would make you up a custom set of carpets (call Elizabeth first to make sure).
When I ordered my side curtains from Classtique, I sent them a sketch of the custom driver's side front curtain that I wanted, here is the sketch I sent them:
The curtains they sent (including the custom one) fit perfectly and look great:
BTW, when you decide to start working on the top, I got my top bows and irons from Lang's and the top kit from Classtique.