Attaching top irons to body-

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2013: Attaching top irons to body-
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Brian Mettling on Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 08:52 am:

hi all,

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!

http://macsautoparts.com/model-t-top-iron-to-body-studs-roadster-t3860/camid/MDT /cp/YU0UJU841000035/


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mark Strange on Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 09:05 am:

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!

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dale Kemmerer on Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 09:39 am:

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
Dale


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jack Daron - Brownsburg IN on Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 09:46 am:

I have brackets,contact me off line or call jackdaron@aol.com 317-679-6624.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mark Strange on Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 10:52 am:

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.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jared Buckert on Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 11:07 am:

Mark, what are the rectangular pieces in the picture? I have the brackets but not those pieces. Are they essential for reinstalling the brackets?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By clayton swanson on Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 11:13 am:

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.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mark Strange on Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 11:20 am:

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.

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Brian Mettling on Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 02:03 pm:

THANKS GUYS, appreciate the support, it gets pretty confusing when you don't have a basis to work from! I'll start emailing folks.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Larry Smith on Monday, September 23, 2013 - 11:42 am:

If you are interested in the correct bolts to attach your top irons, RV Anderson has them.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Frank Harris from Long Beach & Big Bear on Monday, September 23, 2013 - 11:57 am:

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.


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