Are there pictures of a top without the covering. I need to know how the frame and top bows should look for a 1913/14. I may have to construct some missing parts. Thanks, John
Please don't tell me what is wrong with this car-There are some issues- help me fix it one piece at a time. It runs. Any help with the top
Someone built up a body using the back seat from an early touring. Not enough detail to determine if it came from a Model T.
If you provide some close ups of the top, we can better determine what you have, an automobile roadster top or something someone built up from parts. To me, it doesn't look like you have Ford top bows from any year. Or, perhaps the bows are assembled incorrectly on the car. If it is a complete roadster top from a non-Ford, with the right covering it could probably be put up correctly and look nice and tight.
John, that is definitely a different-looking body, very creative actually; But the top that Erik posted looks different from the one you posted. The one you posted looks like it might work out, the one Erik posted would need major rework of the bows to be useful.
First, you will help yourself greatly if you correctly erect the front top bow. Although you have put up your top the front bow end is still in the down, or stowed, position. You need to remove the ends and move them up to the lugs near the upper portion of the top sockets, near the bow.
Note the position of the front bow on this touring car; yes, a newer car but still a two man top, same thing. Hope this helps, Bill
Hi Erik, Thanks Both pictures are of the same car Your picture is clearer than mine . It is correct that some creative person constructed the body from parts available however the bows are in different positions in each photo. I am thinking I can shorten or lower the centre bow and tilt the rear bow back more.}
Since your body was mocked up, the geometry is not the same as a factory runabout body so a factory top may or may not fit correctly.
It appears that you have remnants of an early roadster top, but it is not from a Ford.
One of the bows appears to be homemade from a piece of flat strap iron.
Based on the photos, I would remove the piece of strap and make a much longer bow. It appears the second bow has an upper set of eyelets. A longer first bow could then be fastened to the upper eyelets of the second bow. The first bow would then extend over the windshield.
I would have to see much closer pictures of the top without the fabric or see it in person to truly see what you have.
Check your bows against the dimensions in the above diagram. It could be you have the correct bows, but they my be assembled in the wrong order and not attached at the correct attachment points for that particular bow.