First time I have owned a modern T; 1926 touring. So I climbed in the car through the front door on the driver’s side. Big pain to do so. Not sure why Henry even put this door in? I will mostly enter in through the front passenger side; unless I grow smaller in my old age.
You need a "folding wheel" (aka "fat mans wheel") - I have one in my Fordor and it is the only way that door is of any use
It works pretty well when the top is down. You just stand on the running board and swing in your right leg with your butt over the door post. Then scoot your butt down and past the steering wheel. It is harder when the top is up because then you need to bend over in the middle while you do it. The door on the Model A Phaeton was wider and much easier to enter. I wonder why Henry didn't widen the T door. Since the 26-27 was a new body style it would have been an easy thing to do.
It is mainly the brake/high gear lever that is in the way. I will keep working on it. Thanks for the hints. Mark; we’re headed to Maine in a few weeks. Really like Maine.
The extra door is handy when tinkering with the transmission linkage, starter bendix, etc.
Living in Canada, pretty much every T that I see has the 4th door. When I climbed behind the wheel of a 1926 that I recently saw, it was a challenge. My knees kept banging the wheel. The top was down, and it even had a 1916 wheel to make it that much easier. I will stick to the passenger side door if and when I get my own car!
Robert; that is true, it was easier to work on from the drivers door.
I used to do wedding hire in a Rolls which had the drivers door firmly bolted shut. Previous owner had fallen over the gearlever when getting out and broke his arm.
Chuck - all Canadian cars had the 4th door - some of these cars went to Australia where they where right hand drive.
Unless I am on a major slope and need the parking brake on, I tend to park with the handbrake forward as I find that engine compression holds the car real good and it relieves the tension on the clutch spring. Would doing that give you enough room? I can't comment further because my car is an American model. I've never sat in the drivers seat of a Canadian or improved model.
Greg: that makes sense, as now you have a universal body; just put the steering column on whichever side you want?
Dave: that will help, I’ll give it a try. It was just awkward for my first time.
Maybe you should try Murray Fahnestock's way of getting into his Model T:
Of course, this works best with the top down.
Thomas: Looks like I could HURT myself jumping in that way?
Chuck - What part of Maine, and which weekend? Our annual "Mainely T Tour" is from September 9TH thru the 13th in the Boothbay region - if your around then look us up...
I have a '26 touring as well, and I never get in through the driver's door. I've got long legs (6'5') and I can't figure out how to fold in around the brake lever. So I just enter through the passenger door and all is well.