I am searching for photos of original style interiors of 1924/1925 coupes.
I intend to install a new interior into my late 24/ early 25 coupe and I am running into trouble (I didn't remove the old interior) figuring out how the interior quarter panel installs. My car has steel panels like these
The kit includes pre-covered panels which apparently will not work.
If anyone would be able to take pictures of their coupe's interior panels with the seat cushion and back removed, it would be very helpful to my project. Your help will be appreciated.
Does anyone have a late 1924/early 1925 coupe that is willing to help me out? I've searched the web, looked through all the restoration guides I could find, and have not found what I am looking for.
James have you tried to contact the poster you are referring to? Dave Sosnoski is well versed on the 24 25 Coupes. He would probably know.
Also you probably have the right kit but is it the one for the wooden doors or steel doors.
Hi John, I'll try contacting Dave. The kit is for wood doors judging from the nails pre-installed in the panels, and the car has wood door frames. The quarter trim panels are also with pre-installed nails, but the interior quarters have the steel stampings (in the photo in the link of my first post) with which I am clueless how to upholster.
James I have a late 24 Coupe. My car has wooden door frames but it does not have the steel panels below the quarter windows like yours.
If I remember there were changes from time to time in building these cars. (or so I've read on this forum).
The interior kit I used in my car came from Macs. It didn't have the preinstalled nails in it.
My car still had the remains of the interior still in it. It had cloth covered cardboard panels under the quarter windows which extended to just under the curve of the body. They were nailed on.
The small design changes that occurred along the way in the factory from one year to the next can really be confusing. My car like yours has those little things that make you go HUH??!!
As I recall the window risers are not always the same either.
Hi John, no word from Dave as of yet. From what I can gather, the steel panel was designed to close the gap where the backrest and cushion. I will assume that the steel panel gets covered with fabric. The panel is screwed on with several screws which would make attachment to body after upholstering impossible or unlikely. So... I am unsure how to proceed. Anybody else have one of these coupes with the curved panel on the interior quarter?
The steel panel was used on the early version of the 24 Coupe, those built between Aug - Dec 1923. Sometime around late Dec - early Jan 1924 they eliminated this panel. At the top they added a wooden garnish board to attach the garnish molding to and they added a different design panel at the bottom to cover the gap at the back corner of the seat cushion.
If you look at the panel there are three V shaped tabs which run diagonally down the panel. The upholstery cardboard fits under those tabs and those are what hold the back side of the upholstery panel in. Once they eliminated the metal panel, the upholstery cardboard then ran all the way across between the two pillars. Interestingly, the upholstery itself still only ran to that diagonal line - it didn't run all the way across.
You will probably have to rework that upholstery panel to cut the cardboard back to fit under those tabs.
If I have some time I'll see if I have a photo showing the upholstery in this area.
Hope this helps.
Hope these will help. Dan
Thank you Dan, those pictures tell me a lot. According to Dave the three tabs hold the back edge of the panel in place. If there is any way to get a picture with the back rest removed it would be very helpful so I know how to -gulp- cut my panel to fit around the back edge. Dave is working on a detailed book about these coupes, and a picture of the backrest support would be helpful to him as well.
Thanks again fellow Model T enthusiasts!