Can anyone give me the correct height for fitting a robe rail please. The car is an '09 tourer and I don't want to miss screwing into the frame rail hidden by the front seat upholstery.
Don't know any correct height, as robe rails are accessories.
For your 1909, the body is all wood, so the backrest is solid wood, any place would be OK for shiny brass single slot oval headed wood screws to mount the robe rail brackets.
On the faux '09 placed the brackets where I liked and screwed them to the laminated wood backrests.
What about for a 1911 Touring? I see the parts suppliers sell the brass robe rail, so how do you know where to attach them?
You could use sheet metal screws.
Or you could fish up a washer and nut from under the backrest upholstery, by pulling away some tacks at the backrest base, and making a channel by loosening the upholstery and use machine bolts.
Pilot holes for the brackets first, as you want the rail to be level and placed in a good spot to hang the robe!
Some robe rails were designed for mounting brackets to fit the wood tack strip around the front seat, you just locate with small nail and find a woody spot, then drill and mount with screws.
On my '27, sheet metal s.s. screws with pilot hole, locating the robe rail where it best fit, and the ends of the screws dipped in J.B Weld, to hold the screws from pulling away.
Here is an original 1911 with the robe rail.
This style of robe rail can be attached directly to the back of the wood tack rail (on top of the upholstery trim) or, if there is enough overhang, to the underside (ledge) of the tack rail. This allows you to avoid drilling blind holes in the sheet metal.
Thanks guys, didn't want to mess it up. Should be OK now with your advice taken.