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JCAR 04-14-2013 03:43 AM

1955 corvette
 
I am working on a 55 corvette. The door panels are in poor shape, and I am currently repairing the fiberglass before I cover them. I am trying to make them as close to original as possible. The pleated portions are no problem, I have the long arm sewing machine to sew the heavy thread right to the panels, like the factory and it appears 1/4 sew foam will do the trick. The thread looks to be size 277. The "smooth" portion of the panel appears to have been padded with cotton? What material should I cover this with, prior to wrapping. I can't tell from pics if it should appear "hard" like closed cell, or soft like open cell foam. I am also looking for the screw washers that appear to be inserted into the panel and kick panels, that are about 1/4 tall and look like the backs may have been bent out slightly with an anvil or die so that they stay in place. I can make the tooling if I can find the washers. I feel a little ignorant about the foam....but I can't find another 53-55 Vette around to look at. Any help is appreciated, Jeremy.

DanTwoLakes 04-14-2013 07:26 AM

My guess is that is would not have been closed cell foam, it would have been soft foam. The other padding is probably bonded cotton, and you could replace that with anything of similar density and thickness, there are a lot of choices. Are the fasteners grommets? Here is a link to those: Willcox Corvette, Inc. - Parts, Restoration, Help - "When you're not the biggest, You try harder"

JCAR 04-15-2013 01:40 AM

Thanks again DanTwoLakes...those grommets are exactly what I was looking for. I plan to replace the cotton with 1/4 open cell foam. I think closed cell would look "too hard". I figured the cotton was most likely soft to the touch when it was new...but 60 years later it's hard as a rock. I just want to try and get it as close to original. Thanks again for the link, I will add them to my supplier list. Jeremy

DanTwoLakes 04-15-2013 02:52 AM

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Here's another Corvette supplier you should have if you don't already: Al Knoch Corvette Interiors, exact reproduction manufacturers of Corvette interiors Their Corvette seat covers are second to none. The covers in the pictures are from a '67. They also have door panel kits, convertible tops, etc. for 53-55 'Vettes.

JCAR 04-15-2013 04:09 AM

Yes, Al knoch has some good stuff. The challenge with this car is that the color is harvest gold. There is a lot of stuff out there for the red or white cars, but the harvest gold interior is difficult to find at best. Customer did manage to find some seat covers, not sure where. The vinyl came from SMS. Thank you again DanTwoLakes, you always come through for anyone that needs help.

DanTwoLakes 04-15-2013 10:58 AM

Why Harvest Gold? I thought most people tried to restore the original 'Vettes to stock condition. Seems like a huge loss of value for the car.

JCAR 04-15-2013 09:08 PM

Actually, the car is harvest gold from the factory. A very piece. Only 700 1955 corvettes were built, and a very small number of those were harvest gold, and this car has some more options shrinking the production run. Internet rumors put the number of factory, harvest gold 55's known to exist in the low teens....I really don't know, but a quick google search does seem to support the owner's claims.


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