Is the rear seat tack rail one piece that goes all the way around?
Or is it in 3 sections?
Here's the back seat of my 24 Touring. It's missing the tack rail and probably some other wood. If anyone has a photo that shows all of this wood, I'd appreciate it if you'd post it.
two each side one in the back. charley
Thank you Charley...so that existing one in my photo can stay I guess.
Is the front seat tack rail one big piece?
no 3 on each side one in the back. charley
p.s. the one in the back is not org. charley
It'll all be covered up, so I'm asking more about fit and function than originality.
i have wooded about 300 bodies. square tube will function but!!!!!!!!!! charley
This may hinder or help. I have two different wood applications. I am working on a 1915 touring and the smaller bent pieces fit the back of the front seat. They sandwich between the metal seat back. The back seat I believe is the same. I acquired a rear section believing it was for the 15 however it was not, I replaced the old wood on anticipation it was the correct assembly. It may be possible that your wood is the same as the assembly I have? I plan on removing the wood and replacing it with the correct approximately 1" square sandwiched between the back seat metal.
The early models consist of 4 individual pieces sandwiched, two on the left side and two on the right side. The later model (that may be the same as yours) consists of 5 separate pieces. There is one wide piece across the back (yours does not look correct) and two side pieces attached to each side. There have been several wood changes throughout the years plus at least four different suppliers.
A tack strip, composed of two or four pieces (depending on the year) of steam bent 5/8" square wood strips, was used only on early (pre-'22) type bodies in which the tops and sides of the seat panels are folded over 90 degrees. Later bodies with panels NOT folded at the top edges used a belt rail, made up of 5 pieces of straight and curved wood about 3" wide.
The photo is from Vol. 22 Number 6 of The Vintage Ford. It's a roadster body, but it should give you the basic idea of what the belt rail looks like.
Below are two pics of the wood tack rail around the back seat top of my 1923 Touring. I believe this may be original wood. This may give you some input on your issue/question.
eric! not org but close. charley
Thank you for the photos...they're a big help.