I am beginning to fit my new one man top irons onto my touring to begin taking measurements. Question is, i don't have anything to mount the top irons on the body. The studs or whatever that attaches it are gone. I saw where the MAC book has 25-27 studs that thread on. Anybody know if these will fit onto my 23 Touring body? thanks!
My 1923 touring/pickup came with these mounts. The brackets on the workbench fit inside the rear corners of the body. There should be a hole in the rear of the body on each side for the top saddle rods to fit through, they go through those holes and screw into the brackets. If you don't have the brackets, try Model T Haven, or perhaps someone else on the forum has a set they will sell you. Good luck!
the brackets on the work bench are for a roadster not a touring. the ones for touring reach from the top of the body down to the sill and have two threaded holes for short rods that protrude the the sheet metal,one for the top saddle and one for the fender mount
I have brackets,contact me off line or call firstname.lastname@example.org 317-679-6624.
Dale is correct, I should have mentioned that the brackets on the workbench are for a roadster, sorry.
I got one of my brackets and a running board spare tire mount from Jack Daron, he's very good to deal with.
Mark, what are the rectangular pieces in the picture? I have the brackets but not those pieces. Are they essential for reinstalling the brackets?
the small plates go on the corners where the top wood tack rails have a joint between the back and the corner. just added strength to the joint. just make them out of thin, maybe 18 gauge steel.
They are pieces of sheet steel with an elliptical dimple stamped in the middle of them to give them some stiffness. They help attach the pieces of upper body wood to the body and to each other. I don't know if the touring car pieces are the same, but you could ask Jack to send you the correct pieces with the brackets if he has them.
THANKS GUYS, appreciate the support, it gets pretty confusing when you don't have a basis to work from! I'll start emailing folks.
If you are interested in the correct bolts to attach your top irons, RV Anderson has them.
The bracket must have spreaders to the sides to keep the actual mount from twisting. Two bolts in line do not keep it from twisting. Most tops fail while being towed at highway speed with the top up.
If you find a good mount without the spreaders you can weld horizontal straps as needed to make it stronger. Make the straps long enough to grab a good second mounting place in your car's body. Remember, you can't see them with the upholstery mounted so make them strong and redundant.