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1928 Chrysler 72 roadster Top Irons and Bows

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I am restoring a 1928 chrysler 72 roadster and I am looking for the top irons and bows and also the hold downs. Any help would be appreciated. Please can email me on my address.

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I believe I may have the hold downs for your 72 there is a gentleman in Ohio who makes irons 419-368-3226 his name is Mel Clawson.

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Did you find any bows? The company that did my 26 phaeton had just done a 26 roadster. They custom made the bows . The one gentlemen is a great woodcraftsman.

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We steam bend and shape bows as well. We also make top irons in steel or polished stainless but we don't currently have patterns for this assembly.

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1929model75- is the number yours or Mel Clawson's? Thank you for the advice.

chryslermike25-No I havent found any bows yet so could ask for the gentlemans number who makes them, please? Thank you very much.

restorer32- can I have a contact number please?

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I also need a set of Irons for a Buick, I can sort out the wood bows myself can you supply, have measurements etc.

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The number I posted is for Mel I also suggest you make it a point to contact restorer32 as he is very active on this forum. The Chrysler historical society was very helpful when I needed irons for a model 75 I restored once they were able to send factory blueprints of the irons.

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Did anyone ever come up with patterns or a maker for a 28 Chrysler 72 roadster? I have a new set of irons but none of the wood for patterns.

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There are numerous utube videos on how to steam bend wood for a variety of applications on a car or boat. Or you could laminate them. When I had my irons repaired by John Bouranakis in Dairy CA I just had him make three bows as well. The dimension he needed was the measurement across the pivots where the irons mount to the body, minus 1" to give it some tension. To get the length between the end of the irons and the actual bow I drew it up in autocad. I could manipulate so I could see it up, or down. So for my project it worked out at 7.5" This is a 2 person Chevrolet top going onto a 28 depression style RP. 

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