I have a '25 Coupe and am in the process of ordering upholstery. Elizabeth furnished numerous selections and I am wondering which is most correct.
The sample card shows a brown fabric approaching corduroy as well as several grays with stripes. A second sheet offers another striped fabric that is in the middle of brown and gray (taupe?) which has more pronounced stripes.
The car currently has black vinyl seats and the weathered door panels look to be originally some kind of gray.
Are there any experts that know what color scheme would be most correct for a '25 steel door coupe?
If you dig into the notes in the back of Bruce's book, you'll find letter from ford specifying the cutoff of brown, and the switch to Gray. I have a 25 steel door and it was made in November of 24 and it has Gray interior. My Grandmother made the Upholster for it in the early 50's because there weren't any kits available. My Grandfather told me that she did an incredible job of duplicating the color and striping. As I recall, my car was made almost a month after Henry issued the switch to Gray. If no one else comments and if you don't have access to the reference material, send me a PM tonight as a reminder and I'll dig up my info for you.
Thanks James, I looked in Bruce's documentation on CD and found the mention of the brown and that blue probably appeared later in production. Thanks for the lead on the documentation; I thought I knew where everything was in that book. My book is at home, but I have the CD with me.
The 25 coupe had a brown interior. The upper part (from the bottom of the windows up) including the headliner and package tray was a solid brown. From the bottom of the windows down and the seats it was a brown with a white stripe. The fabric is not corduroy, it was a wool blend. The color is a kind of medium shade of brown.
The 25 Fordor used a Blue upholstery but the Coupe and Tudor continued to use the brown. The switch to the gray was for the 1926 model year in August of 1925.
The brown when it fades out can appear to be gray.
The material was available through Bill Hirsh. David is correct, brown with white pin-stripe.
I have a 25 coupe. My family is the second owner. When I restored 7 years ago, I also was told it had to be brown, but after careful investigation, I determined that mine was gray. It also has some other 26 items such as the brackets that tip the top half of the windshield out, and it also has the 26 transmission. So I am pretty sure, that if it was late enough in the year, it could be gray.
Michael, it would be interesting to see what's the first 5 digits in your engine's serial number?
The transition to the improved car during juli/august of 1925 is interesting. Some improved car features may have been tested in '25 style cars during july?
Do you have the boss on the engine block with two threaded holes for the improved style hogshead fastening?
Do you have the large emergency brakes on the rear axle?