A long time ago there was a company (Carter's??) That sold various kits for tops, boots, etc. My bride can sew anything, so looking for a kit or pattern for the top boot for a 1923 touring. Thanks. D
Unfortunately, none of the top boots sold by the vendors are correct.
Larry Smith is very knowledgeable about top boots. He would know if 1923 Fords were equipped with top boots from the factory. If they were, it would be a matter of borrowing an original to use as a pattern or have someone make drawings for you.
Otherwise, Classtique makes top boots:
My father has the original top boot for his 1917 touring. About ten years ago he made a new one (he has a heavy duty Singer tailoring machine from the 1920s).
You might want to check out the "Model T Restoration Handbook"
by Leslie Henry
It has a section on how to make a top boot
Thank you. Durn, I have that book ... personally autographed by Mr. Henry.
Hey David, if you succeed finding patterns and your bride is as good as you say, I have 4 open cars that I would like top boots for. Interested, drop me a PM and we'll talk, thank you.
Top boots were not offered for any slant windshield Fords from late '22-25. They were an accessory for 26-7.
Make your own patterns with brown kraft paper. I did that for side curtains that my wife and I made. You will need straps, probably 3, to tie down the front and that anchor under the rear seat cushion.
I do like Ted says above. Using the Kraft paper allows you to make changes prior to the final product. When I started making boots, I noticed that most of the ones had no welting around the edges. Ford used welting. I've made several with good results.