I have a new top kit for my '21 Touring and a set of bows and sockets (still together) coming. I would like to make sure that I have the necessary hardware to operate with the top up. I guess that I need to find a Touring that I can look at. I wonder if any suppliers offer a hardware kit?
Take a look at the diagrams in Hap Tucker's post from earlier. The diagram is on page 155 of Murray Fahnstock's book.
There are a number of straps and footman loops required. There is a pair at the back that take the strain of the rear of the top. These have D-rings to hold onto your top supports. Your top probably uses the windshield clamps.
If they are anything like a '22-25 with the slant windshield, it ain't going to happen.
I don't know of anyone that sells a kit for the top hardware. Lang's has several pages of the items needed to hold the top up. And they include original style as well as a more affordable accessory style that also works.
See also the posting about side curtains, but also contains a lot of top photos at:
Rip Van Winkle 1917 side curtains
1918-22 two man top – mostly plus some other info
1919 Touring Top
1917 touring top
15-16 Touring car top trim strip behind rear seat
also includes a couple of photos from the Vintage Ford of the 1920 touring top that is also shown on pages 284-285 and also 276.
Does anyone have a set of instructions for installing a Two Man Touring top?
Unless you are competing for a trophy, I would suggest consider having the roll up back window. It was NOT offered originally by Ford on the 1915 and later tops – but it was offered on the 1914 and earlier Model T tops. It cuts down on drag when the top is up but it provides a nice shade from the sun and lets the air flow nicely.
Note you share you have a 1921 touring. Is your body the earlier 1915-1921 style where the top rest comes down from the back seat and there are 5 sections to the rear seat area as shown below? Note how the rear support strap D ring goes over the top rest bracket. (Both photos below are from the "Vintage Ford" and are used by permission to promote our club and hobby. Note they are also reprinted on page 317 of Bruce McCalley's book "Model T Ford.")
And a better view of the rear top support with the D ring is at the posting:
Or is it the later style used 1921-1922 with two man top and 1923-25 with the one man tops? One where the top rest and the rear support straps go around that as shown below?
Hap l9l5 cut off (without a top)
Tommy, Steve Bumgarner lives in Hudson NC. He has a touring car and a roadster. He can show you what you need . If you don't know his address contact me. I will put in touch with him.