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Old 04-09-2018, 02:38 PM
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Second lifetime attempt....

At fabricating side panels. So far so good. Took the old, used it for pattern, cut backing out of Coreplast. Got all the leather cut and tacked together, sent to the shoe shop to have the seams sewn. I hand sewed the one short seam, and went ahead and installed on the new panel. Just have to cut the vent holes, and put that one in.
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Old 04-10-2018, 07:59 AM
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Looks sharp! Please post some pics when you get it installed.
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Thanx for the compliment. I'll post more pics, as I get some of the other panels completed. And when I get them installed.
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Old 04-11-2018, 06:48 AM
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I hope to start this process this year and am learning a lot and seeing what others are doing is great motivation.
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Well, here's what happened; Went to pick up the pieces at the shoe shop, guy there told me that he was afraid his machine wouldn't be able to make a consistent stitch,(was afraid he'd mess it up) so he didn't do it.
There are zero upholstery shops that are open when I'm not working, and the one place that is open won't do it because they're not doing the whole job. Well, I've sewn enough leather in the past, that I know it can be done on a regular household sewing machine, provided that it's not one of those newfangled plastic ones they can't take the pressure of denim, much less cowhide. Sew, I went to the flea market to see what I could find in the way of a sewing machine. First one I found was a Kenmore of the proper vintage for $75, but the shaft that holds the needle was bent. (how do you bend one of those?) Anyway, I was talkin' to a friend who has a booth there, and he mentioned a guy accross the way that might have one. Sure enough, he had one, close to the proper vintage, and it seemed to work just fine. So I handed him $20, and headed home with it.
Got it home and started inspecting it. It kinda favored a cross between a Singer, and an old White, it's a cheaper off brand, made in Japan, under license from a company in Buffalo NY. Under the machine, in the bottom of the case, was the operating manual, and warrenty card, filled out. Date of purchase was Aug. 7, 1958. Anyway I got out my leather needles, wound a bobbin, and made a few test stitches. I started with a simple plain seam, then a french seam, which it handled with ease, so I went to a single welt, and id stitched it up like butter, so I decided to push the envelope, and took 3 pieces, and stitched them together with a single welt on top and bottom, effectively stitching 5 layers of cowhide. It blew right through it like it was satin.
I stitched up all my pieces, and installed them on the panels. I'm short one piece, which I'd left at the shoe shop. I'll have it tomorrow. So for $20 I got a worthwhile "hobby machine" to replace my White with a broken shuttle.

The stitching is a little erratic, but Hey, it's my second lifetime attempt.
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Went today and got 'em installed. Was a PITA but managed to finish up right before the rain. I'll paint the trim when I do the headliner.

But the seats will be next.
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Good job, looks great!
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Yes those do look nice, that air field is not off of 575 by chance is it?

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Looks great, I was wondering what kind of car those would fit in when I saw the shape...

Thanks for posting the pics!
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They gonna require you to do another W&B calculation after those are installed??
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Yes those do look nice, that air field is not off of 575 by chance is it?

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yeah, just off 515 up in Jasper. (575 turns into 515 about Ballground)
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They gonna require you to do another W&B calculation after those are installed??
Nah, I'll just leave a pint of fuel behind.
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