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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by rustyrods, Feb 5, 2016.

  1. rustyrods
    Joined: Jun 14, 2005
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    Can I see some home made model"A" and early 30's Roadster tops?
     
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  2. ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1454723379.914073.jpg . Bought the irons, cut to fit, made bows and had a shop cover it
     
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  3. 41 C28
    Joined: Dec 17, 2005
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    H 749.JPG omemade bows and header professional trimmer made the canvas.
     
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  4. I made up my own frame, and had my upholsterer pad and cover it. It's chopped 2 1/2".

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  5. bct
    Joined: Apr 4, 2005
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    Made the bows and the top. Store bought irons modified.
     

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  6. rustyrods
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    nice job guy's
     
  7. 2OLD2FAST
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    from illinois

  8. oj
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    I'm tryin to make mine and for those of you that have done it I doff my internet hat! making a top that folds back into a predetermined location and doesn't require a set of wrenches, prybars and torches to operate is a whole brand new level of difficulty.
    I Salute!
     
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  9. Even Ford struggled with it when they engineered the '57-'59 retractables.:D:eek:
     
  10. bct
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    I steamed them but it was only partially successful. For the steam to work you need green or at least non kiln dried. After i steamed I clamped them on the form then laminated.

    My biggest mistake was not enough arc in the main bow. Looked great flat but when it is tipped back it lost some. The tight fabric flattened it even more.
     
  11. 2OLD2FAST
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    If you were to do it again , would you laminate { I was thinking 1/8" thick strips ??} or would you try steam ?? I think you're saying the "top" of the bow needs a crown ??
    dave
     
  12. bct
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    Laminate for sure way more stable. 1/8" is fine but you will need nice straight grain without steam. The stock radius was huge and too buggy looking for my hot rod. When i went to a smaller radius it got difficult. I did both.
    if i lived back east i would find a nice chunk of green oak , riv out some edge grain, machine and steam the strips
    Yes im talking the crown across the top. more arc than you think.

    Im on my third mock up on my touring and getting close . The pic below was the first try.
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  13. 2OLD2FAST
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    Thank you .! I've been "planning " to do this for quite some time , finding someone who's done it sure helps !!
    dave
     
  14. bct
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    Anytime . Just ask. The whole thing was great fun . It was my first try at a top but i have been woodworking for years.

    Another tip is to make the pattern for the fabric out of 6mil clear poly and thumb tacks . Draw your seams with a sharpie , transfer layer to layer , add your hem and good to go.
     
  15. 2OLD2FAST
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    Same here w/the woodworking , but I've never tried any bending before ... believe me , if I can get off my dead ass & get started , I'm sure I'll have more ???
    dave
     
  16. AeroCraftsman
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    I cut down a set of Model A standard irons which is a little tricky because they're tapered tubes. I used a deluxe windshield with 32 stanchions, then flipped the header bow upside down so it's "channeled" over the windshield. It'll still fold back if I need it to..
    ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1454777518.155952.jpg
     
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  17. Built these from 3/4" strap and oak. 104.JPG 117.JPG
     
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  18. iafraser39
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    Mine is made up of strap steel and thin wall tubing. It folds flat and there is no fasteners on the body as it floats on the body moulding. I had an upholstery shop cover it. 20150923 047.JPG 20150923 107.JPG 20150923 107.JPG
     
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  19. Firecat7
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    Just a warning....always keep the roof line over the door parallel to top of door. anything else is just goofy wrong and looks homemade. their are a few fine example on this post. good luck
     
  20. Fogger
    Joined: Aug 18, 2007
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    When I bought my roadster 10 years ago it included original top irons and bows. The bows were cracked and unusable. I had chopped the windshield 3" and fit the irons to the body, that wasn't square. I used bows from LaBaron-Bonney and cut and tapered them to get the right contour, took me longer to weld the irons and fit the bows than it took the top shop to stitch the cover. Main reason for the days spent was draping cotton drop cloth over the bows and fitting it all together until I was happy with the profile. LARS 2015.jpg LARS 2015.jpg
     
  21. RICK R 44
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    Re worked 70's M G B bowes and covered them myself with marine grade polyester. If you want more pics and info, e mail me at springgrange@personainternet.com
     
  22. 32 Barn Car
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    from Oregon

    Original top frame /irons and bows , both cut and shaped for this build.......

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  23. iafraser39
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    Hi , You emailed me about the cost.
    The upholstery shop charged me $1,100 Canadian which is about $800. U.S.
     
  24. JimmyD3234
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  25. cory27t
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    I love the top Chris Casny did for his A roadster. I don't know if he had anything about it in his build thread, but I know that he did the whole thing and it looks bitchin. ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1454796719.195712.jpg
     
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  26. falcongeorge
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    I agree, really good looking top on that car.
     
  27. bobbytnm
    Joined: Dec 16, 2008
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  28. Thanks, here are a few more pics of my top. IMG_0098.jpg IMG_0217.jpg IMG_0266.jpg IMG_0108.jpg
     
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  29. cory27t
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