Is the one you don't ask! So since I have never dealt with a touring top before...Do these top irons look correct for a 25 or do I have something Bass-Ackwards?
Looks correct to me
Thanks Steven I was a little concerned that the one bow will only be supporting the top fabric on it's edge.
Not to worry - webbing "supports" the top, which will "billow" some when under way. The padding over the bow radius protects the top fabric from chafing holes, and looking like a "starved horse".
The rear socket looks bent. You will want to make sure that the left and right socket sets match each other before you start installing the top material or top kit.
Phil is right, check just below where the other bow attaches. Doesn't look bent too much, you should be able to bend it back straight without kinking it. As Phil said, once it is straight, check it against the other side and make them the same.
i just did the top on my 24. did you get the roll up rear curtain? if you have problems and i sure did shoot me a line its still fresh in my memory for now.
Some additional recommended postings on doing a 1923-25 touring top:
John Carter posted a link to Phil Mino's excellent photos of a 1925 top and bows. The USA tops are the same 1923-1925. [Late 1925 had a one piece rear curtain window -- but the bows etc. should be the same.] Includes sketch of the bow spacing also.
See: Phil Mino also has touring info on his site:
The Canadian tops had several different versions 1920-1925.
(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.)
And there are lots of photos with and without the top upholstery on the bows on Tony Cimorelli’s web site on rebuilding his 1923 (same 1923-25 for USA production) touring top at: http://www.cimorelli.com/mtdl/projects/bodyopen/23-touring-top-web/index.htm and http://www.cimorelli.com/mtdl/projects/bodyopen/touring_top_rebuild/index.html Tony did a lot of documentation when he rebuilt his 1923ish. It may or may not be exactly what the factory used – but it looked good when he was finished. If anyone has more accurate or better documented information, please let us know.
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Thanks Phillip but I am a long way from putting the material on. I have a lot of straightening and some welding and repairs to the irons then I need to get the bows then I will get the top kit from Classtique.