One of the last major projects on my 1915 roadster will be installing the top. My car came with a new (un-installed) top. The instructions I have for installing the windbreaker in front of the windshield are a little confusing to me. I have been collecting images of windbreakers, and I have found two different styles.
Here is "style" 1:
Here is the second style that I found:
Is one style more correct than the other? Style one seems like it would be easier for me to install. Style one might also be slightly more effective.
Style two looks more like the windbreaker in the instructions that came with my top (although it is hard to tell from the diagram in the instructions).
Which windbreaker style matches your car?
The first one is correct.
Neither is correct for your car.
1915 Fords did not come from the factory with a wind flap.
The plate on the first car looks like 1918. Would they have fitted a new top in less than 2 years? The flap may have been added but It may be that some tops did in fact come from the factory with the flap. One thing I know from touring in the rain is that you need the flap if you want to drive in the rain and stay reasonably dry whether it came that way or not!
The factory equipped flaps came much later.
As Erik pointed out correctly the 1915 Fords did not come from the factory with a wind flap.
That said, they also did not come from the factory with a roll up rear curtain -- and unless you want to be totally keeping with the way the car came from the factory I would recommend adding a roll up rear window.
Ref some of the photos in Bruce McCalley's book and CD which many are also in "The Vintage Ford" Magazines on page 261 they have a photo of the 1917 Rip Van Winkle Ford that clearly shows the top frame of the windshield is not covered with a wind/rain breaker.
Page 201 shows a factory photo of the "New" 1915 style roadster (the large headlamps and Larger Rim side lamps and you can clearly see the top of the windshield frame.
Page 212 and 213 show a 1915 runabout/roadster with a top that has the roll up rear window. While that is not original -- it gives you a nice shade in the hot summer time with the top up and it cuts down on the drag of the top and allows good air circulation.
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