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Maybe some of you remember my questions about bycast leather a while ago.
Here's what I have done so far.
The dashboard and centre console are made from 2 mm aluminum.
As a "first layer" I used some vinyl leftovers to help smoothen out the surface before I glued on the bycast leather.
Certainly not a pro's work, but good enought for me.
One of the seams on the centre console got som "turns", but I can live with that.
The leather seats will be dyed in the same color.

































 

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Of course not!
That's what this is all about, isn't it? To get inspired by each other?
 

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That whole set-up is absolutely ingenious. You should be really proud of that entire dash.
 

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Thanks for the positive response, and thanks to Dan for the advices of the Bycast leather.

The sewing is by the way done on a pedal driven Singer shoe maker machine ,with turning foot, from around 1900. I got it from my grandfather who died in '92.
The sewing machine works perfect, but long, straight seams are difficult when pumping the pedal. It's a matter of practice, I guess.
 

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Is that a series 7 post bed machine? I'd like to see pictures of it.
 

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The number on the small marking tag says 29 K 3
My grandfather was born in 1898 and bought the sewing machine used somewhere in the 1920's or 30's. He had a small farm and was quite handy, so he made a some extra money by fixing shoes, sharpening knifes and axes and stuff for people in the area in addition to being a farmer.
Times were tuff in the inlands of Norway in the 20's and 30's. My father tells that they were often freezing during the winters, especially one their feets, but at least they weren't starving.

My grandfathers brother had a similar, small farm close by and for 10 years the two of them were switching: Working 1 year at the railway and after that working 1 year on both farms. I guess they didn't become fat and bad shaped wery easy those days...

Using the sewing machine is a little tribute to my grandfather. He was certainly one of guys that made things to last.

 

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It's not a series 7 machine, they are really heavy duty. This is a model 29 made in Elizabeth, NJ. or in 2 different places in Scotland. It is a cylinder bed (also called a post bed) and has the optional table which was extra cost and did not come with the basic machine. It's in very good condition. I sure wouldn't want to do an entire interior with it.

If you can find the serial number, I can tell you exactly how old it is. If it doesn't have a letter before the serial number, it was built before 1900.
 

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killer machine, mom has my grandmas old pedal singer, not a shoe machine just a lightweight.

the dash came out super tight, love the aluminum trim rings, looks factory made!
 

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DanTwoLakes said:
It's not a series 7 machine, they are really heavy duty. This is a model 29 made in Elizabeth, NJ. or in 2 different places in Scotland. It is a cylinder bed (also called a post bed) and has the optional table which was extra cost and did not come with the basic machine. It's in very good condition. I sure wouldn't want to do an entire interior with it.

If you can find the serial number, I can tell you exactly how old it is. If it doesn't have a letter before the serial number, it was built before 1900.
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The serial number is F91460886 (or the last digit could be a 8)

It wont be much seams in my interior, except when I make the rumble seat.
The original table was rotted out, so I made a new one using the old as a pattern. The small wood drawer is the original one.
I have tightened up both over and under thread a bit, so the seams are really tight and nice.
 

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That machine was manufactured in Clydebank, Scotland in 1914. A definite oldy but goody.
 

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I'd like to point out that this thread is proof that you absolutely do NOT need the best tools or a huge workshop to turn out something wonderful. A little ingenuity, some practice and a lot of time can produce great results.
 

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I 'v got one too

The shoe maker in town has one, He restitched my Redwing boots a couple weeks ago , I bought one about 40 years ago. I welded up some angle iron brackets and mounted a singer clutch motor, But mine skips stitches, I asked a couple house hold sewing machine shops if they worked on them but now luck. Mine is 400 miles south wher we spend the winters. I don't know the model of mine.
 

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Mine skipped stitches earlier, and I it was because of the lower thread that was too loose compared to the upper thread.
No matter how much I loosened up the uipper thread, the lower tread was still too loose.
Then I got and instruction manual that showed me how to tighten the lower thread (I didn't know that was possible).

After tightening the lower thread a bit, the stitches became perfect. The machine have never skipped a stitch after that.
 
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