I am looking to replace 1915 Runabout Top Irons. Having difficulty finding good used irons. Are those sold by vendors good and as originals? Is there a recommendation for manufacturer other than sold by vendors?
There are some rather cheesey looking ones that some of the vendors sell - they work but do not look very similar to originals if you are within 10 feet.
Then there are the ones made and sold by John Boorinakis - they are nice. I think he has a 12 month waiting list at times, you could call him to find out.
I suspect that you actually need the sockets that the bows slide into. The top irons are the parts on the body that support the top assembly.
Royce is correct the sockets are what I am looking for. Anyone have his contact info?
He advertises in Vintage Ford
I didn't see him in the last issue of the "Vintage Ford" but he is listed on the Supplier's Page of this forum see: http://www.mtfca.com/suppliers/Suppliers.htm Scroll down and you will find:
545 Dairy Road
Auburn, CA 95603
Top Bows and Top Sockets for Model T Fords, 1909-1927, and others. For information please call, write, or visit our web site E-mail John
Note I'm 90% sure he no longer maintains the web site (I'll drop a note to the club recommending removing that dead link) but the other information should be good. There is also a place to click on a "send e-mail".
Good luck with your top.
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Try Mel's Leather and Horsehair. He also makes top iron sockets. He is located in Ohio.
I think it would be easier to find a complete original 1914-1917 top assembly (sockets with bows) than screw around with reproductions.
May take a little patience but they are around.
I purchased a reproduction set of 15 roadster top sockets from John. They are an excellent product. I was so impressed I got another set for my 11 touring from him. All the used pieces I was able to find had so much rust that it didn't make sense to try and fix them. Well worth the wait in my opinion.
I have a set of irons and bows that came from a T touring circa 1915-16. They look as if they were reworked to fit a roadster. not correct for ROADSTER and not complete for a touring. They are not rusted and seem to be in good condition, iron and wood. They are located at my home in Orono, MN . For pick up only. trade or sale. I had not thought of them until I saw this post.