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Ford 1926 / 1927 Roadster differences?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 13, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. Can anyone tell me the specific differences between the 26 & 27 Ford Roadster?
  2. Shaggy
    Joined: Mar 6, 2003
    Posts: 5,207

    from Sultan, WA

    Door sills and the only deffinitive i know, i've heard a little bit of the stamping on the doors before, but cant get a good answer
  3. waldo39
    Joined: Sep 8, 2007
    Posts: 41

    from Illinois

    '26 has a square raised plug in the rear end; '27 has square recessed. There is a small difference in the A pillar at the top hinge. New deck lids are available several places.
  4. flamed34
    Joined: Dec 30, 2009
    Posts: 807


    Any good suppliers of sheet metal for 26/27 roadsters? I have a nice complete roadster body that I bought a few years ago ($207.50 at auction with a full truck load of Model A parts!) but it's in need of a couple of patches (like around around the top of the seating area, sub-frame rails). I haven't started the build yet...just collecting parts...

    Wish I had had a bunch of cash at that auction...'35 Ford 5 window sold for $800 (solid overall, but needed lower body patched), '36 Ford 3 window ($1200 - very straight solid car), restored '30 roadster for $5500, PILES of model A thru '36 fenders (talking @ 10 fenders in a pile) for $5....list goes on and on!

  5. oldebob
    Joined: Oct 21, 2008
    Posts: 782

    from Spokane WA

    Main difference in the bodys is that the lower piece of the rear quarter is long on a '26 and extends way back. On a '27 it only extends back about 4 inches to a separate filler piece.
  6. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 29,475


    Lots of differances! Early and late cowls, windsheild posts, doors, two different turtle decks, full floor and no floor, side curtain rod holes in doors are the ones that come to mind. Rear crossmember on the chassis differ, and the running board Ford script is large and small. Yes, I like 26-27 Fords.
  7. ford didnt really like the whole model year thing back the , constant running changes, bottom o windshield post, doors , cowl, etc.
  8. Learn something new everytime I drop in here. Anyone got any photos of that?
  9. Heo
    Joined: Jan 8, 2010
    Posts: 524


    The headligt bar on 27 .26 have no bar
    think 3 ore 4 diferent bars on 27 dont remember
    all things that differ my father has a 27 roadster
    thats made the last month they made model t
    differ a lot from earlier 27
    but most things you most realy know whats
    you are locking fore

    On a hotrod the dont make any differens
  10. I'd like to echo what flamed34 asked; What suppliers are there out there for 26/27 roadsters with patch panels, door skins, etc?
  11. Shaggy
    Joined: Mar 6, 2003
    Posts: 5,207

    from Sultan, WA

    I just got done replacing the panel below my decklid, it was an 1/8 wider than the factory panel above the lid, which was something like a bit over 1/16 wider than it shoulda been compared to my decklid structure. So it all adds up to the panel below the decklid is close to 1/4" wider than is should be compaired to my decklid, but as i said even my factory stuff was off

    So i guess for me i'm gunna streach my decklid to match when i reskin it
  12. bloodsweat&gears
    Joined: Sep 19, 2009
    Posts: 11


  13. OFT
    Joined: Jun 1, 2005
    Posts: 568


  14. BAAAAAD experience with this joker.:mad: Would ONLY buy from him if I saw the parts in my hand first. Deceiving EVEN with pictures. Not sure that I even got what he promised. Rough cut out with a torch, and as bad as what I was replacing. Plus, forever to ship. Caveat emptor:mad:
  15. twofosho
    Joined: Nov 10, 2005
    Posts: 1,153


    I'll bite, where?

    While we're at it, is there really a decent patch panel supplier out there you can trust? One with parts that fit close enough you can tweak them to make them work instead of remanufacturing them, or tossing them and making your own up from scratch? One who will deliver when THEY say they will?
  16. hmuchler
    Joined: Oct 11, 2009
    Posts: 76


    My car is some kind of a model T. I was told 27. The bondo came off the door with the help of power tools and I have these holes above the door latch and handle. Right where a modern push lock button would be. What is it for?
  17. JohnEvans
    Joined: Apr 13, 2008
    Posts: 4,883

    from Phoenix AZ

    Hmuchler : Those holes are for sidecurtain mounts.
  18. Tall Tom
    Joined: Aug 19, 2005
    Posts: 380

    Tall Tom
    from Austin MN

    For patch panels check out
    John is a member here, I believe his handle is mcc7
    He can build anything you want.
  19. -Brent-
    Joined: Nov 20, 2006
    Posts: 6,796


    Hmmm.... that guy has RULED for me.
  20. Probably not important here, but '27 spindles are different. They lower the front axle 1" and are sought after for speedsters.
  21. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 29,475


    The 1926-27 T's had a large rear brake drum, and are good to use on T speedsters too. Very early Midget Race cars used these drums with 12' rimsc welded to them to make wheels. That 6 bolt hub pattern that ford used on the wood wheels became the standars in Midget racing for many years.
  22. RussTee
    Joined: Mar 25, 2008
    Posts: 1,230


    early 26 even had kero side lights
  23. BELLM
    Joined: Nov 16, 2002
    Posts: 2,590


    Door latches are different
  24. I'm trusting memory here, but didn't Ford add front brakes in '27? Knowing Ford, it probably didn't coincide with a model year change, probably a running change somewhere in late '26 or early '27.
  25. youngster
    Joined: Feb 26, 2006
    Posts: 533

    Member Emeritus
    from Minnesota

    You are going to find most all of the replacement and patch panels come from Howell's.
    Trying to sort out the variations in the two years has driven more that on person to drinking. Henry was known to make changes at the drop of a hat. That continued till Edsel took command of the company.

  26. Angry Frenchman
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
    Posts: 1,775

    Angry Frenchman

    A couple of guys said door jams, you can't loose. When I'm looking at A rusty pos hulk, I go by the door jam. 26 are screwed in, 27 are rivited.
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2010
    whtbaron likes this.
  27. hmuchler
    Joined: Oct 11, 2009
    Posts: 76


    Side curtains, have you a link to a photo or a picture of a side curtian. Rains 6 months a year here. Ok more like 7.5. I want some kind of splash / rain windows. Can anyone help with a photo or a link.
  28. opu27
    Joined: Mar 1, 2011
    Posts: 150

    from ONYX,CALIF

    you can use outer 26/27 door skins to make inside door panels. they have the same compound shape. you can put 4 2" holes in the center. you at least have something to work with. think about it. dick

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