Sambuca has always been short on legroom and when I added my Ruckstell 2 speed rear end this spring, there was even less legroom. So I needed to find a way to move the backrest back and with the help of Dave Gagne' over this past weekend we gave him a new seat arrangement. Now I have plenty of legroom for a more comfortable (not to mention a much safer) drive on all our long T tours. When we finished I took Dave for his 1st ride in a Model T and he was grinning ear to ear all the way.
Nice Warren! As a wood worker all my life I can see your talent. At six two with large feet and hands I decided to make my 16 black smith built pick up a bit more comfortable. The center seat from a Toyota van is the right size the difference in comfort is very large. It might be a mistake bolting in seat belts but almost any thing goes with the hundred year old modified 16
Very cool. Don't tell me the seat-back was even with or in front of the pillar? I'm guessing it was. :-)
How much did you gain? About 3-4 inches? Very cool.
Every time I look at an express delivery or a hack, they look better to me.
I'm a scoche taller than Paul and every scrap of legroom is quite precious! Bent legs get sore fast and being comfy surely helps!
The good thing in a T is, once rolling, my feet are wherever comfy. ;-)
There's a cute little (brand new) fork-lift at my work but I hesitate to use it as it's apparently meant to be used by shorter stature fellas. I have to dangle my left foot in mid air to make ready to use a brake pedal. No room... :-/
All Ts are tiny inside. I took my package tray in my 26 coupe to get a little more room. Also my model A coupe has been taken out it makes both more driveable for me. I am 6ft8 so room is a must for me.
Paul, it was not only comfort, but more important it was for safety. I have shrunk down from 6' to 5' 10" and had to keep my feet outside the Ruckstell shifter and emergency brake, which would have been a real problem if I needed to make a quick stop. It was Dave Gagne' who supplied all the talent with the wood work.
Duey, what can I say, but yes it was even with the front pillar, which originally it was mounted to. By moving it back I picked up almost 6".
Tim, I agree all Ts were made for smaller men. I own a 1926 coupe and a '26 touring. The coupe is not to bad, but the touring has very limited foot space. What do you mean by "I took my package tray in my 26 coupe to get a little more room"?