I took the drivers side splash shield and running board off my 1914 Touring, and am having them blasted, repaired and painted. It was kind of difficult to pull the shield off, and I'm looking at the shield and thinking it would probably be easier to re-install if the body was off. Is this how it's supposed to be re-installed or is there another way other than trying to pry the body up to slip the shield in place?
Bill - I just removed the running board and splash shield on the drivers side of my '14 Touring a couple of weeks ago & did it without removing the body from the frame.
I removed the 3 body bolts from the drivers side of the car and slightly jacked up the body on that side, giving me about 1/4" clearance to slide the splash shield in.
This worked ok, but it would have been easier if the body was off the frame.
Keith - where did you put the jack on the body? I think I'd rather try that approach before taking the entire body off the frame.
Bill - We used a bottle type hydraulic jack put under the front of the back seat floorboards.....that would be just behind the gas tank. We put a large support under the floorboards (about a 6" x 6" piece of 2 x 6, and jacked on that.
We did this very gently so as not to stress the body and were able to get 1/4" clearance between the frame and the body. The splash apron then slid in pretty easily.
Thanks for the tip, Keith, I will let you know how it turns out when I get ready to re-install the shield!
BTW, what is the casting date for your '14? Mine was cast 3/9/14 with a build date of 4/10/14. I bought it out of the Milwaukee area this past spring. According to the seller (he bought it in 1998) the car was on display at an auto parts store since the early 1960's where he used to make deliveries. I don't know any earlier history like how the auto parts store came by it, but the car has it's original interior and seems to have low mileage.
Bill - My '14 is #500,999 built on 4/22/14 and the casting date is 3-16-14. My car, according to what I was told when I bought it, was originally sold in Iowa. The uncle of the man I bought the car from was a Ford mechanic and when he retired, he bought and restored the car. This would have been maybe in the '60's. When this man died, his nephew got the car and kept it for some 15 years until I bought it. The nephew lived on a farm in SW Minnesota that has been in his family since 1889, hence it is a "Century Farm".
The cars restoration is now something like 50 years old and it shows like that. That's ok with me since I wanted a driver type car and that's what it is.