What is the purpose of having 2 holes on the Floor boards of Model T?
Is there anything supposed to be there?
They usually have one. Someone in the last 100 years probably put an extra one in there for something.
Show a picture. Some holes were put there by the factory, and others by owners for accessories or for ease of lifting the boards. We have no idea which holes you mean without a picture.
The "factory" made hole is there to make it easier to remove the toe-boards.
Picture of "factory" style floor boards with the one finger hole:
Here you go ! Apologies for not putting up the picture. My bad.
Hole at the center probably for easy board removal. Hole on the right side may be for ease of board removal or one of the aftermarket oil sight gauges/dip stick.
Thanks a lot Michael this helps and makes sense as well.
The one hole may have had a Bermuda bell in it. Look to see if there are screw holes on the underside of the floor board. The bell mounted under the floor board and a foot plunger stuck up through the hole.
This is the original floorboard of my '26 roadster. The portion shown by the red circle is missing. The finger hole is evident and the notch for the choke/carb mixture rod at the top is shown as well.
Will my 24 Coupe has the outside cut out just like that along with the brake oval bracket removed. I inherited the car from my Grandfather in the mid 50's and it was that way then. I guess it was "notched" to make it easier to get out. The finger hole is in the same position like mine is also.
Sid, it appears your top toe-board is not original, it looks like it was re-made at some point using plywood - pedal slots are usually cut square and are fully covered by the "irons".
There was a piece missing as might be expected as it is a weak point. These images were sent to me a while back by somebody on the forum. They show the construction even though there is a missing piece.
Yes i could find screw holes underneath the footboards. Hearing about this Bermuda bell for the 1st time.
What is its function.
Bermuda bells were an added accessory item not issued by the manufacture. The bell, I was told, were used to warn pedestrians of the approaching auto so they wouldn't step out in the street and get hit. I think this is a strange story because I'm sure the pedestrian would hear the engine long before the bell! I know the children enjoy ringing it. (sometimes too much!)
Will. I did consider consider putting in some new floorboards in my Coupe but just couldn't do it since they were the ones my Grandfathers feet rested on for so many years! They are in about the same shape as the ones you pictured. They are still good and stable and will stay in the car from now on. I guess I'm just sentimental!
Maybe just replace the piece that is missing?