I have recently reupholstered by 1924 Roadster. Now I am putting a new top on it. The back and middle irons and bows were fine but I have been surprised by the front irons being rusted out. Does anyone out there have the front irons available for a 24 Roadster?
Try Jack Daron and Model T Haven. There are others, but I'd start there.
That is a very difficult bow to find.I don't have any.
I don't know why, but that seems to be a common problem on '23-'25 roadsters. I had a mint socket until recently, and gave it to a close friend who needed one even though I really didn't want to.
Does anyone else have any suggestions where I can locate the front bow or have a suggestion on an alternative solution?
545 Dairy Road
Auburn, CA 95603
Is in the vendors section on the MTFCA site.
Don't know if they are still around (link is bad).
But worth a try.
He might be able to sell you the one bow?
Thanks Larry for the suggestion. I will make contact with him.
Give John Danuser a shout
Larry,for heavens sake,don't throw yours away. I would buy them for repair.
Jack Darin, do you repair them?
I repair bows for myself. I would hate to do one for someone and take the chance of messing it up. If it is mine ,it's my bad. I even replace curved end when necessary,but that is slightly more expensive.
I don't have any either, sold all my pcs to Jack
In the last 15 years I have found only one original 25 roadster front bow. I have yet to find anything that is even close to replacing one ,but sometimes you can cut down a touring bow and make do. They are tough.
Can you do some measuring and add the numbers to a closeup photo of what you need, so I can see better details? I'm currently in FL for a few more days then back to SC. I have some top bows/irons parts scattered at each location. Don't get your hopes up, but I'll look through what I have and see if it's anything you can use.
They 25 bow measures 19 1/2 inches from the flat on inside of bow to center of pivot point.
Sorry,inside should have been outside.
If you live near an Amish community, try their local buggy maker. Here in southern Maryland, our local buggy maker made all the bows from scratch for my '22 touring.
Mike: I have measured from end to end around the outside curve and the bow irons are 33 1/8. Also from the pivot end to the opening of the iron before the curve it is 19 3/8. My irons look as thought they have had the curves welded on previously so the dimensions may be a little off but I am sure thats ok. I to am in South Carolina (Columbia). Any help will be appreciated.
Just got in from the barn--no luck. I'm heading back to SC on Thurs. I'll check my stuff up there Fri and let you know.
As most of you know, I'm into the details. There are three common sense fasteners that go into that socket. The last one, toward the rear of the car has a boss in the socket, and is threaded #5-40 in two places for the fastener. That is how you tell the correct socket.
I finally had a chance to check my stuff in SC today. Sorry--no luck.
Dan,have them sandblasted &see what you have left.then I might fix them for you.it would be sept before I could get to them charley
Also, the center wood pieces are not all the same length! I don't have the info here, but the second bow is a different length (not by much!)
Everyone, Thank you for your interest and some of you going out of your way to help me, though to no avail. I took the irons to a metal fabrication shop and had the angles cut off and rewelded new channels with the angle turn on them. This cost me $60. Then I went to Lowes and bought some white 2" build out strips and am in the process of forming them to the channels to make my top front bow. About half way done. Got the angles in and secured them with liquid nails and a nut and bolt on each side to hold them in place. Next to do is pieces after the curve moving across the top. Oh Yeah, before I got into all this, I made sure that the staples would hold and stay secure into the 2" strips since they weren't real wood but a faux material. Probably more than you wanted to know.