Happy 4th of July from the other side of the pond. This might seem a strange request but does anyone have a link to a video (Youtube etc) of a model T 4 seat tourer's one man hood being put up and taken down that they could share? Either with or without the top material on. I'm trying to work out how the mechanism actually operates.
Be very careful with your fingers -- the top can pinch them and permanently injure them. Especially true if someone is moving the top and your fingers are not clear of the areas that will be pinched by the top. Somewhere I believe I read a note that the Ford employees did not like that top because of the injuries it caused at the factory. I might have remembered that incorrectly – so if someone has a reference supporting that memory or correcting it, please let us know.
The below instructions are from the Aug 1922 Ford Service Bulletin:
Note the service bulletins are available hard copy or electronically from the vendors.
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Many thanks for the warning Hap, Fingers have been duly warned. The guide you posted I have seen before and this is why I have been looking for a video to see a top (hood here in the UK) being put up. I am currently restoring a car which emulates the model T and in the process of working out the geometry of the folding mechanism for a top as the original had a 'tent pole' style top. My car is a 1954 Ford 103e Popular and was changed in the late 60's to look like the Dr Who car 'Bessie' by the Siva car company. Like many restorations, life gets in the way and it takes longer than anticipated. I have posted here a few times and the information received has been very helpful.
A couple of pictures of my car
Perhaps this will help:
If I'm correct, the service bulletin shows the first design of the top with no curve at the back.
That is correct. The bulletins were published Aug 1922.
Above note the difference in the 1924 Model T touring top where it meets the back curtain on the Shorpy photo from: http://www.shorpy.com/node/15206
Only the fist 100,000 or so one-man tops on the early 1923 style cars produced in 1922 had the top material cut straight the entire length back. After that there was a curve at the back.
Ref: http://www.mtfca.com/encyclo/doc22.htm NOV 7, 1922 Acc. 78, Box 47-49, Ford Archives
One-man top restyled; now had gentle curve down at the rear bow. This change made "after first 100,000 cars."
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