I'm about to give a friend of mine a hand in replacing the bows and top on his '14 Roadster.
He has three brand-new steam bent bows, but we have no idea as to what the measurements are in relationship to the distance of the top of each socket to the top of each bow (or whatever feature is used as a reference).
I would appreciate it very much if someone could give us these dimensions or, better yet, a diagram showing dimensions and their relationship to the bows and sockets.
I did a search on the subject and turned up nothing for 1914 Roadster. Any help, advice, moral support, or heckling is greatly appreciated.
Many thanks in advance.
Here is another thread with some info on 1914 roadster top bows:
If all else fails, maybe you could scale the bow dimensions using a known measurement on your friend's car and this photo?
When searching the forum, instead of using the forum search utility, I often find it easier to use Google. Just search Google for what you're interested in, then add "MTFCA" at the end and it will show a bunch of related forum threads.
A drawing with the dimensions for a 1915-1922ish roadster are located at: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/29/21299.html
According to the posting at: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/331880/342527.html?1361407408 the 1913-1917 top irons for the Roadster are the same. But the front bow on the 1914 is different:
By Dan Killecut on Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 12:24 pm:
The top irons between a 13 through 17 may be the same, but the front bow over the windshield is not. The 14 goes out farther than the later cars. This is because of the windshield placement on the body.
I ran into this problem with my 14.
By Royce in Dallas TX on Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 06:34 pm:
I pulled the '14 and the '15 out to take pictures to illustrate your point which is of course correct. It was a nice day for a drive too!
The '14 windshield is about 4" forward of the '15 location. As a result the front bow is longer. The other bows and the sockets are all the same.
And there was some additional discussion after that.
Additional good info on 1914 Roadster top at:
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A big THANK YOU to Mark and Hap!
This is what I was looking for. I tried the Google search, but could only find Touring info. You guys must have the "Magic Touch".
You never cease to amaze me with your wealth of knowledge. My hat's off to you.