I am getting ready to order the front and rear top straps for my 1914 Touring and was wondering what Ford originally used - leather or cotton webbing? Although my car has the original interior and has one remaining top boot strap, made of cotton webbing, I'm not sure what to use for the top straps themselves. I think the buckles, hooks and loops were all black, but not sure about the straps themselves. Anyone out there have an original '14 top assembly that can give me some advice? I really strive to keep thing as Henry intended if I can.
Contact RV Anderson via the forum.
He has researched the subject and he manufacturers and sells accurate reproduction straps and has replacement hardware if you need it.
If you are referring to the straps from the front bow to the windshield and the straps from the rear bow to the "L" iron, they are to my best understanding black leather. And yes, R.V. knows what is what.
Hope that this helps. Bill
Late '14 began the changeover from leather to cotton, starting with the rear curtain straps, but the majority of late '14s still used leather. The proportion slowly reversed through '15 and '16 so that by late '16 few cars still had leather "stay straps" a Ford called them.
My rule of thumb is:
Late 1914: Probably all leather
1915: either but rears probably cotton
1916: Probably all cotton
My original 1915 was made in January and according to Hap Tucker, is the earliest touring on his registry. It has leather front straps and cotton rears.