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Old 11-18-2012, 05:09 AM   #1
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Which Model A body style do you consider has the best seats and driving position, and which do you consider has the worst?
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Old 11-18-2012, 05:32 AM   #2
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Default Re: Best and worst seats/driving position

Stort person, tall person, thin, not so thin, they all will change the answer.
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Old 11-18-2012, 05:43 AM   #3
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Okay, for someone about 5'9" (175cm), not so thin.
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Old 11-18-2012, 05:44 AM   #4
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My back is very sensitive to seats and driving positions. I only have expeieience with roadsters and my 31 is one of the mosf comfortable cars I have ever been in and may others tell me the same. My 28 roadster is good but like all 28 and 29's they have less legroom than the 30-31s so for me not as comfortable.
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Old 11-18-2012, 07:16 AM   #5
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For my six one, 200 pound frame my 45B '30 Coupe seems to fit the best and is better for me than my 40B '31 Roadster. A close second for best fit would be my 155B '29 Briggs Town Sedan. The 155A '29 Murray Town Sedan is much tighter. Worst for me is my friends '29 Roadster pickup. Gar Williams
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:02 AM   #6
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Trucks are the least comfortable for everybody, but seem to be the most popular body style for non-Model A people.
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:22 AM   #7
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tudors have the longest doors (ez access) & the drivers seat is adjustable .
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:33 AM   #8
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Worst: Swing away seat on Model A Standrive.
Especially when it's swung away!
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:33 AM   #9
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After standrive, mail truck would fit well with the 5 or 6 inch thick flat seat cushion and 2 inch thick backrest, creating that perfect 90 degree seat......
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:49 AM   #10
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tudors have the longest doors (ez access) & the drivers seat is adjustable .
Actually Victoria/400A doors are longer. The only Tudor with an adjustable driver's seat was the Deluxe Tudor.

For me the Fordor has a great seating setup. A 30-31 Roadster with original seat springs is good too.
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:24 AM   #11
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For my six one, 200 pound frame my 45B '30 Coupe seems to fit the best and is better for me than my 40B '31 Roadster. A close second for best fit would be my 155B '29 Briggs Town Sedan. The 155A '29 Murray Town Sedan is much tighter. Worst for me is my friends '29 Roadster pickup. Gar Williams
This illustrates and important point. These two models were essentially identical when new. Now if you throw into the mix either weakened original springs OR new springs which are traditionally too stiff you are comparing apples to oranges. Below is a link to something I posted awhile back that relates somewhat. BTW, my low mileage Deluxe Fordor is incredibly comfortable.

https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showpo...91&postcount=3
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:31 AM   #12
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Cabriolet is stunning, but swinging size 14 Brogans between the cowl panel and front of the seat is cumbersome. 6'4", 220 lbs. Would consider removing the package tray for more (any) legroom, but only if the process were reversible and my head didnt ride against the light curtain with the top up.

My elderly Labrador thinks running boards are the genteel things for ladies making a graceful entry and exit. The window sills are also perfectly placed for ignoring the fawning crowds taking her picture while she does the "Queen Elizabeth" gaze at her loyal subjects. Seat height ideal, double locking door handle just made for leaning against the door.
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'30 Coupe is the most comfy for me, '30 Phaeton is nice too, but I have a heck of a time getting in and out the little door, low top, and windwings in the way.
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Most comfortable is my 31 sport coupe. least comfortable is my 28 station wagon.
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:13 AM   #15
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5'11", 200 lbs, 68 years old; 1930-1931 Coupe with the addition of a rolled-up towel for increased lumbar support (personal opinion).
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:32 AM   #16
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In my experience I have had the opportunity to drive the late Owen Owens Town Car on several occasions( one was for my eldest daughters wedding). I WAS 6'1 1/2 and it was very un comfortable!!!! The seat back was verticle and very little cushion.
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:32 AM   #17
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In my experience I have had the opportunity to drive the late Owen Owens Town Car on several occasions( one was for my eldest daughters wedding). I WAS 6'1 1/2 and it was very un comfortable!!!! The seat back was verticle and very little cushion.
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Old 11-18-2012, 01:02 PM   #18
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'30 Coupe is the most comfy for me, '30 Phaeton is nice too, but I have a heck of a time getting in and out the little door, low top, and windwings in the way.
I'm glad my 28 Phaeton never had windwings installed. I also find them to be in the way when I ride in my friend's 31 Phaeton.
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Old 11-18-2012, 04:02 PM   #19
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Coupes are the best riding/driving, but Tudors (including vicky's and a400's) are easiest to get in and out of, but their seats are not comfortable at all. A town sedan is the happiest medium and is pretty comfortable.
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Old 11-18-2012, 05:12 PM   #20
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Victoria & A400 doors are sized to allow access to the rear seat area; there isn't any real relationship to the driver's seating size or comfort. The early style Victoria seats were kinda adjustable while the later style, like that of the A400, was easier to increase legroom.

At 6'-1", 170 lbs, my roadster is a little tight in legroom. If I didn't like the lines of the Victoria more, I'd go for a Tudor sedan.
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