Would someone be able to post some photos of correct 1918 roadster pickup dash area?
First of all, Ford did not sell a roadster or a pickup in 1918. They sold a runabout, which you could remove the turtle deck if you wanted to install a pickup box of course.
There was no dash per se in 1918 - the ignition switch was mounted to the coil box, as it had been since the first Model T in 1909. There was no dash board specifically.
This is the interior of my '17 runabout which is identical in every way to 1918. This car has an accessory light, speedometer, and ignition lock, as well as a Ruckstell.
Some time in 1918 model year the headlight switch was moved from the fire wall to the horn button. There was no dash in 1918.
Mark, can you post a picture of your car so that we can see exactly what it is? After nearly 100 years, cars get changed and parts get scrambled. Some creative folks assemble complete cars from parts they gather from different years.
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Ok here goes, not sure if this will work size wise. Un-restored truck, same family for decades.
Anybody make a seat cover for these? I don't want to restore this truck, looks fine the way that it is.
You can get replacement upholstery from any of the T part vendors.
It looks like a 1917 - 18 in the photos provided. Pretty solid looking too - should be a lot of fun.
WOW, Nice Pickup, You can get a seat cover from many of the supply houses. The dash area of your car is pretty simple and looks correct. Install some running boards and she will look great. Your pickup was obviously built many years ago, Pickups weren't available until 1925,unless they were built. I love the patina as well and would not change a thing. The model T Club here in Las Vegas Nv. helped me in many ways to get rolling including some used tires. There is a lot of help out there, good luck and have fun. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you, mine has running boards. I is a 1918 and I have the title. I am on my way to get the truck out of there now. I will try to post photos later.
By the way John, nice pickup you have there, I had a 24 like that.
Thanks Mark, I am working on getting upholstery and a top. I will probably not totally restore it either. I love to see some history.
Stewart had a wooden dash to fit the 17/18 open cars for aftermarket speedometer installations. Pretty neat if you want to raise your carb adjustment or add a magneto meter etc. I have a couple of them. Don
Beautiful pickup Mark!
What's the scoop on the coil box cover? That looks really cool! Probably just something simple.
Floorboards, John meant floorboards I bet. :-)
Thank you guys for keeping them as they are.
John, you don't have top mounts, just like my '24!
Well I got it home, have to finish working on my 41. I have another project, was not counting on this, just need to get some time and money.
That is so cool Mark, and thanks Duey for the correction.
Ok I could not find my recent post on this so I will tag on to this one.
I am looking for photos of under the seat, behind the seat, around the tank and so on for this year truck. See my photos. Wondering what the cuts in the boards just to either side of the fuel tank are for.
There originally was a wooden tray for storing stuff (tools or side curtains, etc.) behind the gas tank.
The correct gas tank for a 1918 Ford is round. Your gas tank has been replaced with a later oval tank and, in order to make it fit, most of your tray has been removed.
Here is the tray from my unrestored 1917 roadster. For all practical purposes, 1917 and 1918 roadsters are basically the same.
PS: Your top bows are not stowed properly in the down position.
The second bow has two eyelets.
When the top is up, the pins of the first or front bow are put in the upper eyelets of the second bow.
When the top is in the down position, the pins of the first bow are put in the lower eyelets of the second bow. That way, the first bow lines up with the other two bows and does not stick out in the back.
First photo is my '17 roadster with top in the down position - not the greatest photo but I have circled the two eyelets of the second bow. (My car has the oval top sockets and straps with the retaining split pins but your top sockets are probably square and should have wire retaining clips that slide up and down
Second photo of oval roadster top sockets showing the two eyelets.
Looks like a nice early '25 bed in the photo above.
I need a seat spring for the top if anyone has an old used one for sale. I have the bottom.
Larry, Thank you very much for posting. Thanks to all of the nice people on this site. I plan to keep the truck as is for the most part but may have a tough time recreating the interior so it looks old. The top bows were just laying loose on the truck for that photo. They are in very bad shape. Going to need a lot of other photos of the cab area and front and back of firewall if you have the time, otherwise thank you very much.