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Old 11-29-2021, 10:51 AM   #1
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I just purchased a '31 Model A DeLuxe Roadster over the weekend and it has only one problem that I can see and that is a broken top bow. the center bow has split/broken at the mounting screws and I need a replacement. I have not had much luck in my online search so far and I would like to purchase just the one bow if possible. Any leads/suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 11-29-2021, 11:16 AM   #2
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The bow was originally steam-bent Oak that was varnished. The only repro bow available was a laminated bow, -and I am pretty sure that Pennsylvania-based company is out of business now.
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Old 11-29-2021, 11:05 PM   #3
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I recently bought a set of Deluxe Roadster top bows from Snyders. They are one piece steam bent oak. Very nice quality. The main bow needed to be thinned down and tapered some where it fits to the irons but if you have an old original bow to go by, you can do this. The header needed a lot of re-shaping to make it correct but I had original old bows to go by.

I do not know if you can only buy only one bow.

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Old 11-30-2021, 06:20 AM   #4
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Depending on the overall condition and shape of your broken bow, it might could be repaired.
Glue, clamps and 3/16 pegs can do wonders. If course the pegs might show but negligible.
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Old 11-30-2021, 07:15 PM   #5
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Depending on the overall condition and shape of your broken bow, it might could be repaired.
Glue, clamps and 3/16 pegs can do wonders. If course the pegs might show but negligible.
The thought crossed my mind but the ends split at the screws and there is some wood missing.
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Old 12-05-2021, 11:55 AM   #6
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I do some wood working and I use a lot of super glue. The glue I use with a spray on hardener. This stuff does wonders on wood that has chips, or breaks in it. It can be used on saw dust to fill small or large holes. I have made and fixed the bows on my model a roadster.using it. Amazon sells the wood super glue and fast hardening spray and if you can't get it there you can get it at pennstate industries. I use the medium and thick CA (cyanoacrylate) glue depending on what you are working on. If you use CA glue wear rubber type gloves or be careful as once you get it on you it will take a lot of finger nail polish remover to get it off you. I can not tell, you how many times I glued my fingers together. Gorilla glue sells a similar product but I have not had good luck with it. The CA glue can be bought at a lot of places. Also use a breathing mask for health reasons when using this glue.
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Old 12-05-2021, 11:59 AM   #7
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I was buying bows from the amish in PA and adjust them for size


they offered 48" 50" and 52" I believe and I paid 50. each and bought about 8 at a time for my various projects. dont remember from who anymore........
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Old 12-05-2021, 01:12 PM   #8
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I think that was the guys in chambersburg pa
I think he’s retired or just gone….
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