Should there be tacks or fasteners on the edge of a two man touring top at the top irons? I've seen vintage photos with and without.
I don't know which way is correct, but I like to put a wood screw with a trim washer in those spots.
They usually have a snap fastener on the metal part of the socket about an inch from the lower edge of the top fabric. You un-snap it before you fold the top and re-snap it after the top is up and tensioned with the belts. If there is no snap you will find a screw-hole where one should be.
The second photo of the 1915 Ford does not appear to be a period photo.
It looks like a later photo of a restored car. Note the following:
- demountable rims
- accessory mirrors
- reflection of running board step plate in body paint
- steering wheel rim appears to be light - perhaps varnished
- hood is open as if car is on display at a car show
OR an upholstery nail with a head diam of about 5/8" ( which look a lot like those snap fasteners ) when viewed from the outside.
The top kits come with a tack with an extra large head to be placed in those two locations.
I place a snap there. When I used the tacks on our 13 the tack was starting to tear away from the top. With snaps I unsnap (if I remember) and don't have the stress on the fabric when the top is down.
If the top stayed taught enough I'd go without either. I have no idea what was correct.
Erik, you are right, I don't think that is a vintage photo. But, at first glance I thought it was.