I was wondering what the differences were in door upholstery between model years of a model T coupe for 1920, 1921, and 1922. What does the upholstery look like/style/design. I understand that the 1922 model t coupe has carpet at the bottom of the door. What about the other years?
Page 319 of Bruce McCalley’s book “Model T Ford” shows a period photo a 1922 “ish” coupe with the door open (bar type door handle) and it does NOT appear to have carpet on the lower part of the door. The caption with the photo says, “Typical closed cars, 1919 to 1923. Many minor modifications were made, such as the change o ft he door handles form the bail type to the bar type about 1922, and the addition of metal covers for the wooden window frames about the same time. But the general appearance remained about the same.”
While not quite as early as you were looking for there is some information at:
Dave Sosnoski has a very original 1924 Coupe at http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/29/27450.html and he has done a lot of research on the coupes. Note his original 1924 Coupe does NOT have any carpet at the bottom of the door.
And there is additional information at: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/29/28607.html
From memory, I think the Centerdoor sedans may have had some similar upholstery. Suggest you search on Upholster Centerdoor using “and” option and you may find some notes saying coupe also.
Maybe it was under the 1926 coupes and tudors, but I thought that sometime in the last year or so there was a posting that described the upholstery, color, stripes, etc. I checked my “coupe” folder but I did not find it there
You might also want to look at the JV site at: http://mysite.verizon.net/viaccino/closed.html
And click on their “sample” button.
See also: http://www.cartoucheupholstery.com/fabric_samples.asp and their sample page below:
http://www.macsautoparts.com/fabric/samples/SAMPLE-T1.pdf (they also have sample cards of upholstery available.
Hap Tucker 1915 Model T Ford touring cut off and made into a pickup truck and 1907 Model S Runabout. Sumter SC.