I want to know if the rear cross member of my early '26 roadster is supposed to be straight from side to side or does it have a slight curve to it?
Also when I put the turtle deck on to see how it fits, the bottom of it sticks out from that rear cross member about 3/8". Is this a a feature of some of the early 26 roadsters? I have seen others where others where the turtle deck is flush with that cross member and they were on '27 roadsters.
The rear deck lower panel should be straight, no real curve by design. The body parts fit perhaps varied, the Ford isn't a Lincoln
Here is a very original runabout, seen at a meet, with good parts fit.
My '27 runabout has some curve to the rear cross member, probably from an impact to the spare tire carrier!
That panel is just sheet metal, the rear reinforcement for the subrail is a bit apart from the panel. The panel can take some abuse !
Dan-thank you for posting this. I can't see if the rear fenders are mounted to the body using welting or not on the original. It looks like there is no welting. I can see that it is a '26.
No welting between body and fender, but there was welting between the turtle deck and the body on the 26/27 runabouts.
Roger, I have welting between the turtle deck and body on my 27 runabout, but everything I could find said that originally there was NO welting on a T.
General rules often has one exeption, '26 and '27 runabouts are the welting exceptions among T's. See this thread for a picture of a NOS or early take off turtle deck with the welting still attached:
Thanks Roger, I had missed that thread.
Does welting go all the way back to the end of the body? The replaced welt on my car ends just behind the front edge of the rear fender.
Does anyone sell the correct welt?