I'm a newbie here (Southeastern Michigan) and like the styling of the '26-'27 roadster. I was wondering if a tall person '6 "4, 215lb could fit and operate a '26-'27 roadster if the fuel tank was relocated and seat was modified in some manner?
I'm about 6' 4" tall and 236 lbs. It is a tight fit, but I can make it. Perhaps making a "thinner seat cushion and backrest" may give you a little more room. Another thing is foot size. I am a size 12 shoe and pushing the reverse pedal may be something you may consider also! I would suggest you try one to see if it would work for you. If there is a Model T Ford club in your area, perhaps someone would be willing to let you see how you fit and even perhaps let you drive it in a parking lot or some such area.
I forgot to mention I am size 12 EEE. The triple E is the wide shoe. Perhaps if you have narrow feet this is not as much a consideration. Sorry I was using myself as an example, and it may not be true of you! Merry Christmas!
Thanks, Arnie. We have about the same feet (I'm pushing 13 EEE). I know there is a Model T Ford club in the Detroit area and will contact them. My goal is to be able to drive it quite a bit in the summer months (short drives) and enjoy the weather.
I'm 6'3", and my first T was a '26 Touring. I could fit, but it was uncomfortable, and my two knees were right under the steering wheel. I'd say pass. A '25 would suit you better, at least it does me. I have a '25 roadster, and I fit much better.
It would be pretty hard to relocate the fuel tank, but you can construct seats with thinner cushons. Perhaps tie the springs down or put in a piece of plywood covered with foam rubber. The earlier cars have a bit more leg room.
I know a man who has a 22 or 23 Touring and he has added extensions to the top posts to raise the front of the top. See the attached picture.
His car is the one on the right maroon colored. You could do the same to the windshield of a 26. With the wide pedals, you should have an easier time with your feet and you can add an extension to the reverse pedal to make it higher so you won't hit the other pedals when you push reverse.
Tom I have a 26 roadster pickup, would be happt to let you check the fit. Mine has 22 motor and trans but I have a 26 roadster car that has original motor and trans. You can check that also. Im about 6ft and 11 shoe. The smaller pedals in the RPU is tight for me. Im in Indiana about 17 miles south of Sturgis MI
Thank you, Larry Smith, Norman Kling, and Dallas landers for your advice. I'm just starting this exploration phase. My intent is to drive it during the warmer months (and maybe into the start of colder ones too). That's the reason for the roadster body style.
Dallas landers, thank you for your offer of allowing me to test fit in your Model A's. I may take you up on it.
Sorry Tom. Its a T. I actually get that alot from the general population. These guys are great for advice on anything old car related.
My typing mistake, Dallas. I knew they were T's and I wanted to type "T", but my brain went on hiatus for a moment. Ha!
I'm also 6'4" and wear 36" leg jeans. You need to be able to "fold" to put it on well!! I've been driving my '27 roadster for 40 years. The thin seat backrest helps
I am 4'11", 320lbs. and wear a 13EE shoe, but I look dynamite in a speedo.
Thanks for asking.
Burger, I think the TT will fit!
I am 6'5" and 235 lbs with size14 feet. I can barely drive a '26 - 27 runabout, my knees hit the steering wheel. It is very uncomfortable for me . Sold our Model A phaeton for the same reason. Too small inside.
I guess Waldo did it back in the day
"Burger, I think the TT will fit!"
The advantage of a TT is that I can be strapped down as the load
and hire a driver !