I am putting a new top on my 13 Touring. I cleaned up the irons, bought new bows, trimmed them down, wrapped them, and attached 4 new footman's loops for the straps. When I put the bows on the car, and use strips to get all of the bows at the correct angles, the front bow is out of alignment. Rather than centered on the windshield, the distance between the windshield and the bow is about two inches more on the drivers side , than the passengers side. The windshield is centered, so I know that is not the problem. The two middle bows are perfectly vertical. Does anyone have ideas on how to make the front bow correctly aligned?
It sounds as if the front bow, on one side, is not as deep into the iron as on the other side. Measure from the outer edge of the front top iron to the front bow, on either side, and that should show your two inches.
Thanks. I measured from the top of the front iron to the inside edge of the bow. Both sides are equal (within about 1/8th inch).
Be sure that both of your front sockets are correct for a '13 touring. You may have one side from a different year. The '15 touring socket is 23" long and the '13-'14 is 26".
There are many lengths of bows. Some are 54", and it just might be maybe you wound up with 56"?
Brilliant! I looked and R.V., you are correct. There is a discrepancy in the socket lengths. Now I just have to figure out how to work my way around the issue.
BTW, I am really looking forward to seeing the coil box and coils.
Well, shucks, never thought about the irons being different side to side! Sounds like either replace the irons section on one side, or get the bow deeper into the longer iron. Interesting...but understandable...whenever I do an old top, I'll spend a lot of time getting everything square...in the span of 100 years, a lot of changes can take place, as you've found!
It's not the problem this time, but another thing to check is the location of the top support bracket in the front seat relative to the firewall. On 2 out of 3 1914 Touring cars either my father or I had, the brackets were in different places side to side. The distance to the firewall was 1 1/2 - 2" different. All three cars had the original wood in the body and the brackets hadn't been moved.