Nice pictures, Herb.
Notice the two individual cushions on the front and back. Hmmmmm..
Are the seat assemblies the same for both front and back on a tourabout?
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Very nice Tourabout pictures. 1909 or 10.
I've seen a few tourabouts in my life, just wonder how many were actually made? It appears the seats are different at the front armrest crown, the radius seems different.
Interesting split seat cushions. I can understand why the front is split but not the rear. Henry being soo cheap, surprised he spent the extra labor to split the rears.
Tourabouts were only made in the 1910 model year.
Did the tourabouts use water pumps ???
Dog Gone Great photo's Herb!
Canadian 1910 Tourings had a Split Front Seat Cushion (Easy Access to Gas Tank) kind of makes sense when you think about it
Nice picture. Looks like the same dimension tire on both front and rear - Canadian car? They had split seat cushions, I think. The production number of Tourabouts was grouped into the number of Tourings in 1910, so it's not known.
Doesn't have the 09/10 Dogleg Top Sockets but the 11 / 12 style ???
Interesting windscreen and supporting bracket between both halves.
Are the curved rear seat backrests normal for a tourabout??
Very nice photo once again from Herb :-)
I think you are looking at the buggy rail.
Here is a picture I harvested that I think Royce posted.
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Here is the discussion from a couple of years ago...
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Top assemblies were not all dog leg in 1909 - 10, and could have been dealer supplied, as were windshields. Also bear in mind you could buy the rear seat assembly to convert a runabout to a tourabout, in which case you would be obliged to buy a new top, again all dealer accomplished.
Here are a few more 1910 tourabout pictures.
My understanding is that the tourabout is basically a roadster with a second "front" seat added on the rear. There will be variations in the seat because Ford used several body suppliers at the time, and they were largely handmade. But the rear seat is basically the same seat as the front seat. On "real" tourings, the rear seat is very different. It is slightly wider, slightly higher, and squared on the front edge to mount the doors onto. The entire bottom structure is different also.
The tourabout is a step up for those that often needed to carry more than three people, but really did not want to have to pay the price for a full-blown touring. Legend says that Ford began offering the style after a number of customers bought (standard?) roadsters, ordered a replacement front seat, and built their own "tourabout". They were built by Ford for only about a year when the dropping prices for tourings made the tourabout unnecessary.
In 1976, on a MTFCA Catalina Caper tour, A fellow from Southern Califunny had a mostly original tourabout in very nice condition. I believe it was owned by the same fellow that preserved the Rip Van Winkle car so well for many years. I was told at the time that the tourabout was a very rare car.
Most of them today are reproduction bodies. That, unfortunately, is a "double-edged sword". While the reproduction bodies dilute the rarity of special and unusual survivors, how can putting more early model Ts on the road to be enjoyed and seen be wrong?? There may never be an ultimate answer to that question.
Sorry for the thread drift.
Thank you to all that have posted such wonderful photos! This body style has intrigued me for 38 years now.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Those dog pics are too cool! Looks like Jack is having too much fun. My dog would love to ride in the T, but she only got a ride tonight in the Model A, after I got the '15 back from the car show. And I bet the horse is saying..."heh heh....and they thought they'd REPLACE me! heh heh".
Where did you manage to get the photos of the T in the mud?? Apparently it was taken near Kalgoorlie in Western Australia (600 Kls from Perth where I live) I have never seen the second (side view) of the car and always believed it was a Touring car. What I was referring to in my post was the front dog leg top arm. Your photos show what I refer to as typical 1910 that is lower and meets the second arm at the bottom. The original photo posted looks like the 1911/12 style which is much higher making it easier to get in / out of the vehicle.
We have a national Veteran Rally in Kalgoorlie next month and there is a photo of this car in a museum up there. I was hoping to get a electronic copy of that photo. To see that you have it and a second one in a electronic format already has blown my mind!!! What is the possibility of getting copies of both photos??? I had thought that possibly this was my car as it had a history of being in that area (#33435)
WOW, what a start to my day. Cheers. Alan in Western Australia. (email@example.com)