I'm finished putting the bow drill's on my 1914 Touring bows and was wondering where the footman loops are supposed to go. Are they supposed to attach in the curve of the front and rear bows, or off to the side on a flat area?
Pretty much right in the curves is what I've seen and done but, don't start drilling holes until you get a few more opinions.
The footman loops go right in the center of the curve. This is what centers the bow over the windshield, so be sure to get both in exactly the same place in the curve.
According to the Ford print of the 1914 touring car top, the front loops are mounted so the center of the loop is 4-5/8" from the inside surface of the front bow. The rear loops are mounted so their centers are 20-1/2" from the center of the rear bow.
RV, you are confusing me! 4 5/8" from what inside surface of the front bow?
Bill, R.V. is right on with the measurements (like he usually is...). My original top has the rear footman loops at 41-1/2" apart (20-3/4" from the center each). I understand why Ford measured the front loops the way R.V. described, but my front bow is slightly curved, so there isn't a flat inside surface to measure to. Therefore, if I measure from the center of the pin that mounts that socket/bow to the vertical socket, one side measures 28-1/2" and the other is 29" to the center of the loop. They are NOT in the center of the curve (on my car at least). This is an original top from a late '14 touring.
Thanks for the kind remarks, but I'm just quoting from the print.
Larry, it's the part of the front top bow that is directly in front of your forehead when you're driving the car.
This may help. Here is detail from the print. Notice it calls for two strips of sheet brass between the front and second bows: