I've noticed two different styles of eyelets used on side curtains and top boots. This pertains mainly to the early brass cars, as opposed to the later models. The standard size, that most of us are familiar with, and a longer version, which is 1/8" longer. The width is the same for both. The common version appears to be used where they connect to the body, whereas the longer version is used where the side curtain is fastened to the top. I have original top boots that have the longer fastener for the flaps, two on each side. I wonder why?
Larry, would any of your original top boots be for a 1914 runabout? I would like to make an authentic one. No idea about the different eyelets. (Never have seen originals.)
I have the original top boot off of my '13 runabout. The '14s had woven cotton straps, whereas a '13 had leather straps. The '13 top boot has the long eyelets. I don't know where you would get a punch for them? Does anyone know? I have some NOS top boots for '17-22, but they don't have the flap.
Good question Larry, l'm right behind you with side curtains and a top boot for our touring.
Q/- when did those small bullet fasteners come into play.
Is this the punch you're looking for? I got mine at McMaster.com They also have other styles. Search "canvas punches" or "common sense".
Are the small bullet fasteners you mentioned lift the dots, or the Anzos they used on the top sockets from 22-25, and maybe '26-7. They are threaded on one end.
I have a common sense eyelet punch you can borrow.
The tall fasteners are generally for "double" stacks of eyelets. They also made "triple" high.
I know you don't like to post photos, but a picture or two might help.
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