I've heard 1913 runabout bodies were bigger than 1914's, but never really understood why. Yesterday I may have found part of the answer. I'm in the process of re-upholstering my seat cushion, which was re-upholstered years ago. I'm not sure that the diamonds in my cushion were laid out correctly, so I borrowed a cushion from an original un-restored touring to go by. The touring cushion is one inch shorter, front to back than the runabout. The width is the same. So, I guess I'm going to have 1" more leg room! After I'm done I'll tackle the seat back upholstery, which is still original.
When I was doing research for the upholstery for my 1911 I realized that the cars with Beaudette bodies had larger diamonds on the seat cushion than cars with Hayes or other body makers. Was Ford doing upholstery by 1913, or was is still done by the body maker?
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I understand, that each upholstery guy just kinda did his own thing as long as they probably followed some basic guidelines.