I have a '24 Touring that has been COMPLETELY disassembled and while doing an autopsy yesterday I discovered only one of these. It looks as though there are locations for 4 of them that screw into steel inner support braces in the rear on either side of the rear seat. Anyone have a photo or drawing of how they function and support the top bows?
Thanks to all for guidance.
You need only 2 of them. They protrude through the holes in the body. There should also be saddles attached to them to properly cradle the top bows.
Saddle pads & straps...
Here is the threaded top prop rod sticking out of the body. The saddle is hanging loose, upside down.
And with top down, the saddle and straps hold the folded top from bouncing .
Aren't those examples in the photos too long, especially the last photo?
They look long because they ARE long. They are the fender irons.
Well what the? All these years have used those prop rods, normally the top is up and take them out and put the plugs back in the hole.
Wondered why when left in they stuck out so far!
Now have to get a set of short correct prop rods...ah...more things to shop for at swaps.
Or just get out the cut-off saw
More correct length on the threaded top prop rod.
Mine were stuck fast (or so I thought) until I started driving the car and they started unscrewing themselves