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Model A Fordor top

I am building a 1926 fordor model t sedan.
This is my first hot rod.I am ready to put a top on but do not want to use the original material. Has any body formed thin aluminum over wood for a top?

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I have seen van or wagon roof sections used, A T is almost flat,a commercial van might be a closer contour.
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I suspect that more then one has tried to use aluminum and afterwards wished that they hadn't. I think what you are trying to say is that you want to make that top insert then install it in place of the original fabric. You could probably use it if you padded and covered it with some decent cloth but a a stand alone and painted piece, it would not work well as it is a dissimilar metal to the original steel that, in the hot sun would tend to ripple like lake swells in the summer at the beach while the rest of the roof would retain shape. Then there is the cost factor of aluminum vs steel at probably 5X more expensive or more if you sourced a steel donor piece from a junk yard. An original cloth top, using everything repro except the cloth material still looks good. Material - there are hundreds of choices with Hartz cloth being the usual. Then, of course, you could weld that hole closed with junk yard top - but then you get into lots of welding, shrinking, and other body work that if not really good can make a disaster of your car - and often they crack and ripple after a few miles and heat cycles. And I've seen all of that happen.

But, with all that said, it is whatever you want to do with your car
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alu roof

Thank you for your help. What bothers me is I have a 1926 Chrysler with the correct top and some times it slaps when I go down the road. I think it is going to fly off.
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The T has just about a flat top, very close to flat. If you just want to put something there to then put vinyl over it, I would think getting something like the wagon roof and screw it down then put the vinyl over it wouldn't be a difficult project.

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t roof

that sounds good to me.
I will hit the salvage yards.
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I used a 58 Ford wagon top on a '28 Ford once. It had small depressed ribs in the top, and looked real nice when done. I'll try to scrounge up a few pics of it (was over 30 years ago).
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