Some may remember that I tore the top on my 24 Touring when I failed to completely open the garage door and got caught on the door handle. Some folks recommended I repair the tear with book binders tape or a patch but I would not have been happy with that type of repair since this car is much too pretty and I tend to be somewhat anal about using a patch.
I wound up getting an entire new Top Kit from Clastique Upholstery. I elected to change the top (torn) piece only and the remainder of the kit is still in its original box along with the torn (top) piece shown in the pictures. If there is any interest in a mostly new (24) Touring Top Kit with instructions etc send me a pm and I will take it to Hershey. I'm thinking it will be considerably easier to patch / repair that rip now that the piece is off the car and someone may have interest.
Failed to mention that I have additional large sample piece of the top fabric that could be used to make the repair.
Would that fit my 1926 touring? If so I am interested.
If it were off the car (which would be a tough job) it could be patched with a sewing machine...cheaper than a new top.
I could be interested in it even though I don't have a car that it fits. I could probably remake the top to fit my upcoming '15 runabout. But I would prefer it go to someone with a proper car that it belongs on. Someone with a '23 to '25 touring in somewhat original looking condition should be able to make really good use of that. I do not know how close it would be to fitting Mattthew G's '26. I can probably buy good material locally and make my own from scratch. Nobody having to pay shipping and handling would be a plus.
I just like to see good usable stuff made good use of. I have had to struggle to get what I want most of my life. I like to see others get good deals to help them along also.
I think I remember reading about this top being damaged. I feel sorry for anyone that does this. A half inch clearance is an easy thing to overlook (I have done a few dumb things in my life and remember well how I feel when I do). But if someone can benefit in a simple way, it can take the sting out of the pain.
Just a few of my thoughts.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Wayne, congrats for thinking outside the box! It does indeed look like there is enough good material there to make a roadster top, I hope someone with a roadster steps up to the challenge.
This top is OFF the car and in the box with the complete new kit from Clastique. It was such a good match (since the one that I damaged was not terribly old) that I decided to change the TOP torn piece only. I've been looking at this complete top kit on the shelf and thinking there is a veeery good chance that I will not need it since I'm close to the stage in life where everything I buy has a lifetime warranty My thought process is that there may be someone who would like to save some cash, repair the tear and put it to good use. ASIK it will fit 23 to 25 Touring. Never gave thought that it could also be cut down to fit a Roadster (smart thinking). Heading to Hershey in the am so I may flip a coin to decide if it's worth taking along since I have no way to display the pictures to interested parties and unfolding it would be a PIA and there ain't very much room left in the car.
Dad did the same thing to his top. Stuck black duct tap from the inside. Still holding but an eye sore to the trained eye. I'll replace it someday.
I am still interested ;)
Anyone know the difference from the '23-'25 and the '26? Could I make it fit?
Dick - check your messages, I sent you one. I may be interested too...for my 23 touring. thanks! email@example.com