I am trying to get the top bows set and ready for the new top.
It seems that the front wood was replaced and I need to know if this is correct or how far off I am.
Should the wood go deeper in the bracket?
Is this look ok?
You need your windshield up and tight. Then measure between the two posts. In fact you can put the brackets on the posts. The spacing must be exactly correct for the top to fit the windshield posts. It could vary a fraction of an inch depending on the particular fit of the windshield top section. Mark the center of the top bow and measure the distance from one side to the center. It should be the same on both sides.
Is the corner piece particle board or wood? Is that a crack across in the 3rd pic?
Looks 'bout right. Could be into the metal a bit more, should just about touch the curved thin wood tack pieces in the sides. Just be sure you have the proper measure from iron to iron.
But remove that Phillips screw, it will tear the vinyl wrap and wind flap on that front bow.
The wood bow should be riveted to the metal iron, at those little holes underside, lots of torque locking and folding back that front bow!
This is my 26 top. You can see they just about touch in cornerpiece.
Dan, The screw is to just hold the wood in the frame, it will be replaced.
Dallas, That is a great shot. Exactly what I needed.
I unwrapped the curved part and it feels like paper or something. Looking at Dallas's picture Now seems that I will be learning how to bend some wood.
The other bows I wasn't going to touch.
Thank you gentlemen.
Steve,strips of thin plywood will bend around that curve. Cut enough to get the thickness required, glue them and push them into the iron. It will hold them while the glue dries, and the plywood will give a perfect medium to nail into.
Hope this helps.
Allan from down under.
Allan, Thank you for the process. I would have been trying how to get the curved piece into to the iron.
Dallas, One more question. Are the two silver screws ground down or a rivet of some kind?
Rivets from Langs. I used 2- 5/16 pieces of poplar to steam bend for corners. Ash for top bow. I made my rivet tool from broken concrete chisel.
Here is the a picture of the "cardboard" stuff that I pulled out of the corner.
Now What kind of wood should I replace it with?
Once I get the passenger side done, I will get the drivers side.
Poplar works well. I believe thats what was in mine originally. 5/16strips soaked overnight took about 30 minutes in steamer. No glue needed. I kept about 5psi on pressure cooker for 30 minutes. Have clamps ready. I had about 3 minutes work time. Mine set for a few days in clamps before I finished. Do not release clamps and let wood set. It will straighten out over a day or so. Dont ask how I know. Some say they boiled the wood to bend. Sounds like either method will work.
I was able to find some straps of wood from Lowes.
What do you think. How hard should the wood be?