My 25 ford is an original, unrestored model T touring. I have all the bows, no covering or straps. My plan is to stretch a piece of awning material over the top to provide some protection from the sun. This is not a show car. My problem is with the bows. With the straps attached they will not fold down. Am I correct in assuming that the straps (and even the top material) attaches securely to the front bow. the rear bow and the rear of the car? The 2 center bows (2 & 3 from front) are left to "float" as the top is lowed. As usual, comments and suggestions are appreciated. Dewey
If you have the original bows, then look at them to see where there are tack holes. That will tell you what's attached and where.
The top material itself is attached front, rear, and to rear of body, as you state. I think you'll find that the two side pads, and possibly the straps, were attached to each bow. There has to be tension back to front on the middle bows in order to hold them in place.
The price of a kit top is probably not much more than the awning material you mention, and even if you did a so-so job of installing, it would be better than just a piece of fabric over the top.
David & Arthur,
On a '25 the middle bows are located solely by the connecting arms of the top bow assembly and not the bow straps or bow pads.