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Thoughts: 1926 Ford Optional Bumpers

Post by Mikey1968 » Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:04 am

Kicking around adding bumpers on my 1926 Touring. What are your thoughts? Pros? Cons? Split rears or one-piece?

My initial thoughts are they would be good to prevent damage, obviously....the big reason for bumpers, right? The con is the added length and weight. Also they might be in the way to hand crank, not sure.

On split vs one-piece rears is the split weighs a little less and don't hang over as much as the one-piece but won't protect the spare.

How about opinions on looks, too.

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Re: Thoughts: 1926 Ford Optional Bumpers

Post by John.Zibell » Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:54 am

The front bumper doesn't interfere with hand cranking. I went with split on the back of my Tudor to allow easy access to the spare. However I don't know if the solid rear would prevent access to the spare. The extra weight is minimal and I like the "protection" factor.
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Re: Thoughts: 1926 Ford Optional Bumpers

Post by rosenkranswa » Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:44 am

We have full length bumpers front and rear on our '26 Touring car that came with the car. Its a "Sport Touring Car" which at the time was Ford's way of gussying them up, bumpers, nickel radiator shroud, etc. The front doesn't interfere with cranking, and the rear doesn't interfere with accessing the spare. I don't think the added weight is perceptible.

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Re: Thoughts: 1926 Ford Optional Bumpers

Post by RajoRacer » Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:28 am

I have an original set of rear brackets for the full bars, if interested.

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Re: Thoughts: 1926 Ford Optional Bumpers

Post by DanTreace » Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:37 am

Same here Wayne.

Added Ford bumpers to the '27 and like them, hardly any weight add to be noticed. Does add length to the T in the garage for storage, but otherwise like the bumpers. Hand crank is easy.

Removing the rear spare tire is very easy too.

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Re: Thoughts: 1926 Ford Optional Bumpers

Post by Mikey1968 » Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:08 pm

RajoRacer wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:28 am
I have an original set of rear brackets for the full bars, if interested.
Actually I am interested...drop me a PM. I'm leaning towards the full rear bar.

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Re: Thoughts: 1926 Ford Optional Bumpers

Post by RajoRacer » Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:30 pm

Back at you.


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Re: Thoughts: 1926 Ford Optional Bumpers

Post by Mikey1968 » Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:45 pm

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Re: Thoughts: 1926 Ford Optional Bumpers

Post by Mikey1968 » Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:53 pm

rosenkranswa wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:44 am
We have full length bumpers front and rear on our '26 Touring car that came with the car. Its a "Sport Touring Car" which at the time was Ford's way of gussying them up, bumpers, nickel radiator shroud, etc. The front doesn't interfere with cranking, and the rear doesn't interfere with accessing the spare. I don't think the added weight is perceptible.
Mine is in that as found shape 26 Touring and has nickel radiator, hub caps and headlight rims. Probably will get the new stainless bumpers. I have some stuff that I had to go new on so it's developing a patchwork look I kinda like. Hood shelves and apron are new; so are the floors and mats..

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Re: Thoughts: 1926 Ford Optional Bumpers

Post by MWalker » Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:27 am

I haven't had a T with bumpers and don't want any. When I work on other folks' cars which have them, they certainly are in the way! :(


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Re: Thoughts: 1926 Ford Optional Bumpers

Post by Mikey1968 » Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:09 am

MWalker wrote:
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I haven't had a T with bumpers and don't want any. When I work on other folks' cars which have them, they certainly are in the way! :(
That was another concern of mine. I just dropped a wad of cash for a nice Berg's radiator and am thinking bumpers are a good idea as I learn to drive the T. Since I have 9 cars of various years, I'm used to cars with much more limited access than the T.

By the way, I used to live in Greenwood, Rogers and Fayetteville. Graduated UofA with a BSEE. Go Hogs!

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Re: Thoughts: 1926 Ford Optional Bumpers

Post by KeithG » Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:30 am

I have 4 T's and none of them have bumpers. I like it that way & feel bumpers just get in the way.
Just my opinion. Your mileage may vary.
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Re: Thoughts: 1926 Ford Optional Bumpers

Post by varmint » Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:34 am

If we lived in the country then "no" but we live in New Orleans. Enough said.
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Re: Thoughts: 1926 Ford Optional Bumpers

Post by Aarongriffey » Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:57 am

Too many folks could tell by the bumpers that my ‘26 touring was a model A!
Got rid of them.

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Re: Thoughts: 1926 Ford Optional Bumpers

Post by DanTreace » Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:55 am

Still think bumpers are a good thing to have, helps the driver know when to stop when backing up :o

Am so use to the Back-up Camera on my F150, these little bars are nice on my Ford! Was only a wood stick, but could have been an steel pole :shock:


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Re: Thoughts: 1926 Ford Optional Bumpers

Post by Norman Kling » Sat Apr 20, 2019 2:17 pm

I have them on my 26 touring. No problem with use of the crank or spare tire. They do come a bit close to the front tires on the end and if you hit something very hard and bend the bracket would stop the wheel from turning.

I don;t have them of the 26 roadster or 22 roadster and one time another T came too close at a stop sign and bent my rear fender. This would probably have been avoided if I had bumpers.
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Re: Thoughts: 1926 Ford Optional Bumpers

Post by MWalker » Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:18 pm

"By the way, I used to live in Greenwood, Rogers and Fayetteville. Graduated UofA with a BSEE. Go Hogs!"

If you ever get back here to God's Country, look me up. We'll kick some tires or something. I'm in Fayetteville.


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Re: Thoughts: 1926 Ford Optional Bumpers

Post by Mikey1968 » Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:32 am

MWalker wrote:
Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:18 pm
"By the way, I used to live in Greenwood, Rogers and Fayetteville. Graduated UofA with a BSEE. Go Hogs!"

If you ever get back here to God's Country, look me up. We'll kick some tires or something. I'm in Fayetteville.
Will do! Many years ago, I used to work as a waiter at Jose's.....back in the mid 80s


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Re: Thoughts: 1926 Ford Optional Bumpers

Post by Mikey1968 » Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:36 am

Decisions, decisions....this one's a hard one. It helps that they are a Ford option for my year, frame is pre drilled. Also helps that I have the nickel hardware already (rims, caps and radiator shell) for that one Ford trim option to include the bumpers. :roll:


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Re: Thoughts: 1926 Ford Optional Bumpers

Post by Mikey1968 » Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:38 am

Aarongriffey wrote:
Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:57 am
Too many folks could tell by the bumpers that my ‘26 touring was a model A!
Got rid of them.
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Re: Thoughts: 1926 Ford Optional Bumpers

Post by Pep C Strebeck » Sun Apr 21, 2019 3:13 pm

This was my fathers T when he was at Fort Sheridan. The bumpers may have the unwanted effect of attracting extra attention.
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