I'm doing some mockup this morning. I'm putting a '26 on an early frame.
From end of frame to body center is 36 1/4"
Drawing shows 38 1/4" and here is a mock-up pic at 38 1/4". I can't go any further back or I lose hood alignment.
I have frames here that are all different...ugh! Look at the rear wheel centered in the rear quarter. Good enough?
Here is John Regans 1909-13 frame drawing. It covers the body mounting locations for all Model T frames up through 1925: http://www.funprojects.com/pdf/FPIframe.pdf
Here's a 1926/27 frame drawing: http://www.wescottsauto.com/WebCatalog/Tech/FrameDiagram1926-27.pdf
There are more body mounting brackets on a 26/27 frame - and they're all in different positions from the earlier frames. Even the firewall bracket holes are moved. (but you can leave the firewall brackets off a 26/27 body, the other eight body mount locations are sufficient - and you can always drill new holes and bolt the brackets in better positions (as I've had to do, I've also got a '26/'27 runabout body on an earlier '25 frame)
Ford had the rear wheel slightly forward in the rear wheelhousing like many other early cars, don't really know why? If you make a modified car you may adjust it to your own liking. Clayton Paddison lowered his 26 runabout with an old speedster lowering trick by moving the rear axle 2-1/2" behind the rear spring. Then he moved the body 2" to the rear and used a '28-'29 Model A Ford hood that is exactly 2" longer than the T hood. There are always ways to make it fit
That helps immensely, Roger. I was just always taught that you have to make it perfect, and it's just not that way in the T world.
If Ford had the wheels slightly forward, that's good enough for me. That gives me room and I can always move the radiator back a 1/2" if I need to!
Thanks, just needed to hear it from someone else.
This is how I lowered my car. I did a mild update to the old Laural/Roof style drop and a variation of several styles I merged in my design for the front drop.
The front axle was pushed forward 2-3/4"..
The rear axle was pushed back 3-1/2" if I remember correctly...
To compensate for the stretch, I did slide the body back almost 3 inches to line up the wheel arches...then installed a '28-'29 Model A hood as Roger states as it was the perfect shape and size.
it gives a great stance and profile.
If you don't build it to fit an existing hood, Rootlieb will also make you a custom hood. And if you only want the top piece -- that should be easier / cost less but they can also make the entire hood any way you want. They already have the Model T radiator size and the 1926-27 Model T cowl size. How long would you like it to be?
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What does a custom hood run from Rootlieb? I might end up going that route rather then sectioning an A hood.