I flipped the rear seat up on my '26 Touring I acquired recently expecting to see a rear floor pan with the hump stamped in similar to the one my '26 Tudor. What do I see? A piece of plywood with a rectangular cut-out where the spring protrudes. Now I know the plywood isn't period, and that Ford also liked to cut corners, but is that all that is normally there is a wood panel with a cut-out for the spring? Doesn't seem correct.
I would have gone out to the garage and taken a pic of the car, but it is raining heavily. So, instead you get a shot of the whole deal.
That's a fine looking early 26, Kevin. It's beautiful.
My first T was a late 26 touring, and it had a sheet-metal floor under the back seat with a hump over the spring, just like on a sedan. However, I question whether that was the only touring configuration.
The Ford (Burd-Gillman) shock absorber set was sold first in 1926. It came in two models: one for the touring car and one for every other car, including the fordor sedan. The only difference between the two sets was the height above the axle at which the rear shock absorber was mounted. The Mounting bracket was therefore bent differently. It was bolted to the rear frame cross-member, using on of the clips holding the spring, and it sat forward of the spring, almost touching the floor of the rear seat. The rear shock built specifically for the touring car had to sit about 2 inches lower than on every other Ford passenger car built in 1926/27.
Why? I've wondered, was it to give clearance to a special floor below the rear seat? Such a lowered compartment floor would have given more storage room under the seat.
Looks like Mac's has the floor pan without the hump cover that is not available.
Will do John, Thanks!
Hey Kevin, here's what it would look like with white walls. Just finished putting a Ruckstell in mine last week. Your note is interested because mine is missing the hump too, but it does have a metal floor. Careful, exhaust gas will come up through the hole, right now I have plastic taped over mine.