I have this hole on the left side of my dashboard. Any typical uses come to mind? Maybe wiring for a spot light?
My guess is someone drilled the hole to install some sort of toggle switch or headlight switch to serve as a battery disconnect. Looks suspiciously like the one that used to be in my dash before it was welded up and repainted.
That's the same place somebody placed a push-pull switch for the ditch lamp on Nellie, the '23 cut-off. Easy to reach and short run of wire to the terminal block too for the lamp.
Interesting that the hole is in almost the exact same location. Funny ... we just decided to name our '23 runabout Nellie, after our beloved cat Nellie who died a couple of months ago. She was 18. I also have an original wood pickup bed on hold for the '23. So, your T has a cousin in New York state. :-)
The tool box that has a pad lock on it looks almost identical to one that I have. It came of a 9n Ford tractor that my Father use to have.
While we are guessing, how bout a starter button,50s style.
I have an identical hole in the same position on my 24 Touring.
As a short term solution, tape over the back of the hole and fill the hole with black RTV.
I have the same hole in my '25 runabout's instrument panel. With this many cars, it must be a factory hole. Early cigarette lighter I'm guessing.
OT Mine is named Nelly after my Grandmother who learned to drive in a Model T cut off PU.
I'm no help Mark. No hole in the dash in the 24 here.
You guys with the 23's really don't have the column support on the dash. Sorry, that's what my head saw.
Fill the hole. It doesn't belong there! I just had 13 non original holes welded up on my '13 frame. Thank God you only have one!
That hole is for the button of a second horn that was mounted somewhere in the rear of the vehicle. It is placed there to startle the passenger(s).
At least that's what mine was connected to. I had to patch the hole in the rear floor under the back seat as well.
I'm thinking that if I install a vintage spot light I'll put a rubber grommet in that hole and run the wire through there. It will be useful, look intentional ... and be nicely installed.
Dan... I'm jealous of your 'Glove box'... I've been looking for similar... ended up with a Wells Fargo leather/canvas bank bag... but is too wide to fit between the wall and brake arm. I'll have to make a leather one like yours!
Also... what's the rack for, fore of your running board toolbox? Boots??