I am assembling a 1923 Touring-Low Cowl. I am trying to figure out what top irons that I may need to find. I seem to be confused (as usual). Help me with what I should be looking for.
Thank you, Paul in Tacoma
Touring iron and bow set.
One-Man style, '23-'25
Sketch compliments of a kind forum poster!
The 1923-25 USA tops are basically the same (first 100,000 had the side of the top a straight line all the way back to the rear and after that they curved gently down about 2 5/8 inches at the rear (ref page 327 Bruce McCalley, “Model T Ford”) and the rear window changed in late 1925. Note the Canadian tops were introduced earlier in 1920 (some say 1921) but they had approximately 5 different top bow designs with minor differences. (Ref from memory – the Canadian Service bulletins – so not as reliable as looking it up.)).
Phil Mino has done a great job of documenting the dimensions of the one man top when installed on the USA 1923-1925 Model T Tourings. See his postings at: http://www.fordfarm.net/25TrgTop.html
(The 1926-27 measurements are at: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/118802/173560.html?1291318078 and they include some relevant information you can use in fitting the bows that overlaps 1918-1927 when the bend is in the metal top irons reinforced with wood.)
Good luck with your search.
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That scribble in the diagram above looks familiar! Here is a picture of the irons: