I'm starting a new thread so that others can post images of their floorboards. These came with my 1923 runabout and are marked "Simplex Mfg Co. Kansas City" on the upper most board. What's interesting is the "bread-boarding" along the outer edges of all the boards to prevent splitting. The boards are 9/16" thick.
I just got a set of original floorboards given to me and I was glad to get them. I'll use them for patterns. All the metal plates were attached. Got lucky that day.
Could you please post them here. Would be nice to have a nice collection of pictures for reference. Are yours breadboarded on the ends like the ones pictured above?
It would be so cool if Russ Furstnow see's those! The judging guide lines are incorrect! Only the tabs are bent over. In 1925 they added a draft deflector, which requires four semi-tubular rivets, posted earlier this week.
My partial set of originals will arrive via UPS on Friday. I'll post photos of them when they do.
Here's a look at the imprint on the boards from my '13 runabout.
You can really see the planer marks on the back. Are the edges breadboarded with a spline?
Original floor boards in my '24 touring. As made from the supplier to the Ford assembly branch.
This set is marked with stamp in the edge, "Mengle Co, Louisville KY"
The main board cleats were a tad loose, so I added round headed nails from above to make them more secure. The originals are nailed with smaller head nails from the underside.
The metal plate tabs are used to hold the plates to the slots, no screws. The deflector on the upper board is riveted, with tubular rivets, in 4 places to the upper plate.
Stamped marking, kinda hard to read except by eyeball.
Where would you get the oval shaped banding around the brake lever? Did all years come with one?
Mark, these "F.B.Co." boards are not splined. They are made from ash, the pedal slots were cut rather crudely on a table saw, which made me think they were re-done clumsily in a restoration. The planks are 5/8" thick, as opposed to those notes indicating they should be 9/16". Probably as good a time as any to note that the pedal and lever surrounds are heavy, with no return edges into the openings in the wood. They are held on with round-headed wood screws.
The vendors can supply you with metal plates, and ones for the brake lever. The Improved Car, '26-'27 brake lever plate is an angled one, as it covers two of the floor boards.
For what it is worth as spurious trivia, Mengle Co of Louisville became part of Mead Corporation and the Mead Containers (brown corrugated boxes) actually bought their Louisville factory building FROM Ford...what was the Louisville Assembly Building!
Here's a pic of the lower toe-board and the iron. It was broken where pedal relief is thinnest. The floor was split out on the outside edge of the control lever slot, so I replaced those two pieces.
For those who have heard, "Ford use wooden parts crates to make the floorboards in the Model T", take note of the individual part numbers for the various pieces of wood that make up the floorboards.
Photo is a Fordor floorboard set, '26-'27.
And this letter from the office of Edsel Ford, 1922.
Used with permission, from the collections of The Henry Ford.
What years were the sheet metal deflectors
used as original equipment?
Mark, my '25 "mostly" original coupe has one. Don't know if it came that way or not, but it looks to be original. Dave