I have two different size on button tops for my Anzo fasteners for the side curtains for my 1911 touring car. One is about 5/8" and the other is about 3/4".
Does anyone know which is correct?
Here they are on a friend's 1911. His are 5/8" They just look like snaps on his car:
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I would recommend contacting folks with some original tops from that era. Since it is documented that tops were supplied by different manufacturers in 1909-10 and in 1914 (ref tags below) there is a good chance there were different manufactures of the tops during 1911-1913 also. Which size was used may have been related to the time, top maker, or just to chance. Just like the bodies varied some based on who produced them and when, or the lights and horns varied with who produced them and when, I would "guess" that the tops varied some by who produced them and when or who did the installation.
1909 – 1910 entry:
…..Some versions in 1909 lined with a red material, others were not, depending on manufacturer. Some tops had a front windshield curtain that rolled up, even on cars supplied with a glass windshield. Rear window 17 x 9-1/4” with 3” biased corners. On early cars, and perhaps even the later ones (into late 1909 or 1910), the top sockets were painted body color. The support rail and the landau irons, however, were black. Rear curtain rolled up. Most tops were black but some were gray in 1909. Supported by strap that ran to front lamp bracket, hooked in place.
1914 tags with top suppliers listed from the "Vintage Ford" July-August 2012 used by permission:
Note in the MTFCI Judging Guide the type of fasteners for the 1911 cars is not addressed or I missed that part if they were addressed for the 1911 cars (not the first nor last time I will miss something).
Would those with original 1911ish tops please let us know what size Anzo fasteners your top used? Also if you have a copy of the original shipping invoice for your car, please let us know if it says who supplied the top [ref page 22 of the Nov-Dec 1999 "Model T Times" article that indicates sometimes a top manufacture name may be noted].
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