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  • Folding top irons on PU?

    Anyone here with folding top irons on a Model A pickup? I would be interested in your experience. How they work? Glad you have them? Wish you didn't?

  • #2
    I built my own about 35 years ago out of 5/8's rebar and loved them. I also made side solid , lift out side curtains out of old split window VW bus front door sliding windows. Turned upside down the angled end fit the angle of my top irons perfectly. The rear window frame came from a 1949 Ford convertible.My pickup is a beater/ work truck so it was fine. I loved them but now the wind & weather beats me up so I usually put them down only to do repair work on the engine/ trans for easier accessibility.

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    • Ted Duke
      Ted Duke commented
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      Thanks Ray,
      I'm old and worn out, but I figure my grandchildren would like the top down, especially all of of lovely granddaughters.
      Ted

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    When I was working on my rdstr pu I considered them, but also wanting the stake side wood I opted not to purchase them. Using the two together was not going to work. Make sure using them does not interfer with any other plans. Other than that I think they would be great. Rod
    Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good.

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    • #4
      Originally posted by Rowdy View Post
      When I was working on my rdstr pu I considered them, but also wanting the stake side wood I opted not to purchase them. Using the two together was not going to work. Make sure using them does not interfer with any other plans. Other than that I think they would be great. Rod
      Thanks Rod,
      I hadn't realized the stake side would interfere, will consider that.
      Ted

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      • #5
        I have the fixed RPU roof irons but havent got to the stage of putting them together....

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        • #6
          The folding irons are not that great. When the top is down, it rests on the edges of the bed rails, and can chafe through the top material.
          If you install your top wiht original irons, but install snaps on the belt rail of the cab, and snap the top on, you can remove it in a minute and leave it in the garage.
          Bill
          http://www.brauchauto.com/
          Eastern Connecticut

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          • Beauford
            Beauford commented
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            That is what I got. How hard is it to put these tops together? (Top Material) Still in the box...

          • Ted Duke
            Ted Duke commented
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            Thanks, something to consider.

            Beauford - back in the day, I think 1975 I bought a new convertible top from J.C Whitney for a 65 VW. My wife and I had to add a few inches on material to the back to make it fit, but it was not difficult IF you are patient. Fortunately she was! We also made a headliner from scratch. more difficult, but doable by amateurs. Good videos on-line now,
            Last edited by Ted Duke; 08-19-2017, 07:15 AM.

          • Beauford
            Beauford commented
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            I glanced over directions and it looked somewhat straight forward...I will watch videos!! Thanks

        • #7
          I have my non-folding standard top irons now for my 1929 Rdstr PU. I will be ordering the top from Classique (their inside panels are excellent).

          Looking at side curtains. Anyone have them?

          Do you use them?

          Where did you get them or did you make them?

          Full of questions today aren't I?

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          • Mitch
            Mitch commented
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            Mike's a good guy and if you need any technical assistance you will get it.

          • Ted Duke
            Ted Duke commented
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            I know that about Mike. Just checking to se if people really use them. I have never seen them in use.

        • #8
          I would use side curtains, and if you want close to original, then buy from Classtique.
          If you want more visibility, then make your own from clear vinyl, like a couple in our club did.

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          • #9
            Tom, How much visibility is there with Classtique curtains for a Roadster PU ? Any pictures of them?

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            • BNCHIEF
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              Ted without you sitting in the car and seeing for yourself that is a hard question to answer I have had side curtains on my model t touring and they limit visibility a great deal Tom gave you a great suggestion on a whole piece clear many have done that with great results, ask Mike about that.

            • Ted Duke
              Ted Duke commented
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              Thanks, looking at all options

            • BNCHIEF
              BNCHIEF commented
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              Good luck Ted Mike is fantastic to deal with.

          • #10
            I agree. Got my interior from him. Quick and beautiful workmanship.

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            • #11
              The new folding irons are a little bit of a pain to put together,it takes a little patience with drilling,fitting,and filing to make them fit.Make sure your body is mounted and aligned properly first.VERY important.If the measurement from the pivots on the side to the tips of the stanchions is not equal,STOP and find out why.If you try to make them fit with unequal side measurements,you will just wind up chasing your tail for dozens of hours.You really need to do that with the non-folding irons too,but you can get away with a lot more with those.

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              • Ted Duke
                Ted Duke commented
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                I decided against the folding irons. I will be careful to check those measurements.

              • Beauford
                Beauford commented
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                The Fixed irons were easy for me to put together....the cardouche top is a whole other subject. While it looks good to the untrained eye there is a lot I'm not happy with..Get a Lebron and have better luck.

            • #12
              Originally posted by Ted Duke View Post
              I decided against the folding irons. I will be careful to check those measurements.
              I agree with your choice. I never put the top down on my 28 Phaeton.

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              • #13
                I just took the top off the roadster pickup. It is easier to enter and exit, and since my girlfriend is handicapped, it is better for her.
                Bill
                http://www.brauchauto.com/
                Eastern Connecticut

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                • Beauford
                  Beauford commented
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                  Heck yeah!! I'm not a large man but getting in my RPU with top on is a trick....

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