Was doing some re-assembly on the '25 coupe, and now have a question: Are there supposed to be blocks between the running boards and their supports? (There were none when I initially took it apart.) Looking in the catalogs, I see 'blocks' identified next to 'running boards'.. If so, could I make them myself? Perhaps even using Mylar, since I'm not concerned as to be a "purist"?? (No future rust or rot.) Dad's TT doesn't reveal any evidence of ever having blocks, either. Any difference? Thanks!
Sure you could make your own. Make them just a little thicker then the depth of the running board channel and maybe an inch wide. Except for the very early T's, all T's and TT's had them.
Thank you, Mark!
Would there be any advantage, or too much 'give' to make them out of hard rubber? (I can hear Burger's reply already!)
Yep, supposed to be something in between as far as I know. :-) And I know nothin'. :-)
I'm in the correct space of mind right now Marv and I can see where hard rubber or Mylar might be one "end all" solution. No squeaks if things loosened up perhaps.
Marv, the wood ones that the vendors sell would probably way out last both you and me. Dave
You really don't want to use too soft a material. They should really not give when you step on them. That's what the job of the running board iron's/supports is.
Am hearing all of you! Eliminate rust, rot, squeaks, but wonder about durability. And Dave, I agree that vendor product would likely outlast me. On the farm, we couldn't always wait for parts or someone else - We had to 'figgur tings owt'! It's the challenge of the situation, and where to find an appropriate material....? Wood would be a simple answer. (And, there's 'lotsa-oak' I've saved along the way.)
Suggest you purchase the blocks from R.V. Anderson's brother.
They are faithful reproductions of the originals
J.P. Anderson Antique Automobile Wood Specialties
2571 Gerry-Ellington Road
Gerry, NY 14740
The price list I have from fall of 2015 was $6.00 for a set of four.
Don't waste your time with plastic or rubber. The engineers at Ford Motor Co. already did the thinking for you 100 years ago. They knew what they were doing.
Thanks, Erik. It proves again "We're never too old to learn what we don't know!"
The blocks that are cheaply available are well made and work well.
As D. Stroud suggested they will last the next 50 years and longer than a lot of folks.
I use plastic deck board material for these (and other) blocks, dimensionally stable, does not rot and absorbs little water. jb
All of the blocks that Ford used on the T were made from HARD MAPLE which is a very hard wood that is also rather dense. It doesn't plane real easily but otherwise makes for a very strong and not easily crushed spacer block.