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Somewhere I took a picture of a roadster that had a glass rear window hinged into a frame.The owner said He liked it when driving in good weather with the top up and no side curtains. for better air flow thru the car

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Somewhere I took a picture of a roadster that had a glass rear window hinged into a frame.The owner said He liked it when driving in good weather with the top up and no side curtains. for better air flow thru the car
I decided to have a fixed window for my top as I was going to have a/c. Decided to not use tha a/c and have to say that usually with no side curtains on the car, it does get hot in there on a 90*F stop and go driving day especially since I'm not running hood sides and all that heat comes right into the car.
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"Too hot" is not a much used phrase about the weather here in Norway.
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"Too hot" is not a much used phrase about the weather here in Norway.

But the trade off is really long summer days and short nights
(of course followed by that l-o-o-o-g dark winter)

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Yeah. But I don't complain. During an average Norwegian summer, we have lots of days we can drive an open car.

But even with the Gulf Stream outside our costline that make the Norway warmer than other areas on the same latitude, we certainly not have a tropical climate here.
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My wife's grandparents migrated to the US from norway about 100 years a go and she tells of stories that the garden produce was large, One cabage filling a bushel basket. Every christmas her family get- to-gether features traditional Norweigen food.
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I can't imagine what Norway would be like without that Gulf Stream keeping it somewhat temperate. I understand why Norwegians settled here in the US in Minnesota, N. Dakota and even Wisconsin - cold, dark with a bunch of snow in the winter but very nice summers (at least you don't have palm trees like in Ireland that is also brushed by the Gulf Stream).

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Good posts and information here, I just started to make the top for my modified 't' yesterday. I am using bits and pieces of an original model 'a' top.
there seems to be 'tack' strips built into the original bows, can anybody here explain what these are for and do i need to replace them? There is just a piece of one strip left, unless these are just 'fillers' to give the sheetmetal bows some substance.
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If it has holes where tacks were driven into it, then you will have to do something similar when you make your top. I suggest you find some pictures of what an original top looks like.
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model A top

The double back tape is a good tip, the hide-um strip is made from wire screen covered with fabric, then folded over the tacks-staples and the screen holds the fabric in place. On my old T roadster top, It did not have linkage between the bows like the later :One Man T tops. , I used the side pads stapled to the center bow to hold it in position.

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Tacks are used in the front header on an 'A' and those are hidden by Hidem. There are also pads that are tacked to the other bows but on a street rod, I probably wouldn't use them nor did I with the custom made top for my '31. For some reason, I can't find the photos of how mine was made, but here's a link to LeBaron-Bonney in Amesbury, MA who show how an OEM style top was installed (theirs of course):Instructions - LeBaron Bonney Company - Antique Auto Upholstery, Seat Covers, Panel Covering, Interiors Kits - Amesbury, MA

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Chopping A Soft Top - Street Rodder Magazine

http://mtfctulsa.com/Tech/roadster_top.htm

http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages...tml?1277948852

http://www.rodtops.com/

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another tip

The above video shows wrapping the bows with material. I have one set of top bows of unknown make, cheap at a swap meet. The top side of those bows have a routed area about 1/8 deep by 1/2 wide where the fabric is tacked-stapled . that would give a smooth finish for the final top material NO bumps from tacks or staples would show thru the finished job.

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Heres' where I am with mine. I believe the bows are Model 'A'. i had to narrow them about 5" and chop them about 4". This is the 1st mockup with the 2 sections that i completed before leaving last night. This is not the finished product. I am making it all so it'll fold into the space between the cab and roll bar and be secured when down with straps attached to the roll bar - like those tool bags on early motorcycles.
I have yet to figure out the front or even the windshield really.
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