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Old 03-07-2019, 10:47 AM   #1
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Default 1940 Convertible footman loops

Random question, I'm redoing the top on my '40 and I have a footmans loop on either side above the side window opening, and another pair on the rear wood bow. From pictures I found it appears straps go from the rear bow down, to what I don't know, to help support the weight of the rear window. Does anyone know where the bottom terminates? And what are the loops above the side windows for? Thanks!
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Old 03-07-2019, 11:50 AM   #2
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Default Re: 1940 Convertible footman loops

Kube has just restored a 40 convertible and will have the definitive answer. The 40 convertible I sold recently had loops in the same places as what you describe but the top fabric was off.
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Random question, I'm redoing the top on my '40 and I have a footmans loop on either side above the side window opening, and another pair on the rear wood bow. From pictures I found it appears straps go from the rear bow down, to what I don't know, to help support the weight of the rear window. Does anyone know where the bottom terminates? And what are the loops above the side windows for? Thanks!
The footman loops on the rear wood bow are, as you suspect, correct. As are the loops above each door.
When the top is in the upward position, the loops on the rear wood bow have the rear straps threaded through them. This aids in keeping the rear window "flap" from well, "flapping" too much. The picture I've attached should help you envision this.

The loops above the doors (one each side) are utilized when the top is folded down. A leather strap is threaded through each and subsequently through a loop behind each rear seat side panel. This is what keeps the folded assembly secure within the top well.
Picture attached of the rear of one side panel.
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Perfect, thank you! I'm missing the loops in the side panels but I can feel the holes there. As for the straps on the rear, what does the lower mount look like? Or is it stitched right to the tack strip? My car had a top on it but it was not original, so those rear straps were missing entirely.
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Perfect, thank you! I'm missing the loops in the side panels but I can feel the holes there. As for the straps on the rear, what does the lower mount look like? Or is it stitched right to the tack strip? My car had a top on it but it was not original, so those rear straps were missing entirely.
Those rear straps are tacked (stapled) to the rear body tack strip before the top is installed.

Note that the interior side of those rear panels have snaps. These serve two purposes. One, they fasten the previously mentioned loop to the outboard side of each panel and accept the (only one each side) female snap of the top boot when covering the lowered top assembly.
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KUBE: Your details are so complete and detailed. I have been working on a 40 convertible since 2010 and I am 83 years old. So it is slow, and I try to copy all your hints. Just wundering when you might be completinng the new 40 Ford V8 book?
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KUBE: Your details are so complete and detailed. I have been working on a 40 convertible since 2010 and I am 83 years old. So it is slow, and I try to copy all your hints. Just wundering when you might be completinng the new 40 Ford V8 book?
I am hoping it'll go to the printer this year. I am getting close.
It's been a nearly exhaustive process. No complaints mind you. It's been a rewarding process as well
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We all thank you for doing it. I don't know of anyone more capable and knowledgeabe than you. I try to copy or note all of your comments about everyones problems. Thanks again.
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We all thank you for doing it. I don't know of anyone more capable and knowledgeabe than you. I try to copy or note all of your comments about everyones problems. Thanks again.
Thanks for the too kind words. I do appreciate it.
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Thanks so much Kube!
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Perfect, thank you! I'm missing the loops in the side panels but I can feel the holes there. As for the straps on the rear, what does the lower mount look like? Or is it stitched right to the tack strip? My car had a top on it but it was not original, so those rear straps were missing entirely.
Wow someone older than me 77 that has been working on a 40 converible for a long time.
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