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General Discussion / Re: '28 Top Reconstruction
« on: March 06, 2014, 04:06:00 AM »
Crazy Dave:  Nice pics.  Liked the ones in your bucket too.  Thanks for letting us know about those.  My wood look similar to yours in some spots....dry rot.  I was able to repair much of mine using a recommended product called "Poly All".  It really is great stuff...a polyurethane that will soak into wood and stabilize it.  Check out my description about using it on my top wood under "I need some advise" on page 4 of the general category.  If you are not a skilled wood worker, I recommend you consider using this product where you can rather than tearing out the top wood and milling replacement pieces.  If the wood is just too far gone, then you have no choice of course.  Good luck and keep us posted.  mc

General Discussion / Re: '28 Top Reconstruction
« on: March 05, 2014, 04:55:21 PM »
Chet:  There was no exposed wood 'trim' on my top.  I believe the wood 'chine' that Old Man refers to is the heavy duty wood framing that surrounds the cab roof perimeter and to which the top fabric is tacked.  All the wood is covered by the top fabric.  As Old Man describes, water can get in along the top edge of the sun visor.  One of my pictures shows the loose fabric along the front edge as a result of wood deterioration in this location.  You will recall all the fill and 'toothpick' repair I did to this wood framing to ready it for a new top.  I will get a picture and cross-section diagram of the rain gutter for you.  mc

General Discussion / Re: '28 Top Reconstruction
« on: March 05, 2014, 07:11:56 AM »
try again....

General Discussion / Re: '28 Top Reconstruction
« on: March 05, 2014, 07:09:38 AM »
last two.... Kim Mc

General Discussion / Re: '28 Top Reconstruction
« on: March 05, 2014, 07:07:28 AM »
more....  Kim Mc

General Discussion / Re: '28 Top Reconstruction
« on: March 05, 2014, 07:04:32 AM »
still more pics....  Kim Mc

General Discussion / Re: '28 Top Reconstruction
« on: March 05, 2014, 07:02:36 AM »
more top pics... Kim Mc

General Discussion / Re: '28 Top Reconstruction
« on: March 05, 2014, 07:00:30 AM »
Chet:  Hi Chet.  You mention "a picture below"... I didn't get a picture or are you referring to an earlier picture.  All the wood is oak.  The perimeter of the top of the cab is all wood framing beneath the sheet metal.  There is so much wood that if you removed all the sheet metal, there would still be a wood structure remaining that outlines the shape of the car!  The top perimeter framing is many pieces glued and screwed together.  I had to do a lot of fabrication and fitting to reproduce the repair parts I made.  I can try to get a cross sectional shape of the side and front main wood pieces but none of these are a consistent cross section from front to back.  But I will do the best I can for you.  It is probably a good thing that all this wood is covered by either the top material or the interior headliner and fabric of the sides.  I am still a little confused by what you are referring to as wood "trim".  The wood framing is not 'trim', but rather a substantial wood support structure.  But maybe I misunderstand what you are referring to.  I'll take some more pictures and try to do some sketches.  My fabric top was not the original, but the original "gutter" metal and metal "half-round" to finish the back edge of the top were retained.  The wood framing had both black paint and plenty of overspray from the original green body paint.  The raw edge of the top fabric was finished with a fabric belt also tacked down and apparent in the photos.  I'm going to post all the pictures I took of the top before I removed it.  It will take about 6 posts I think.

General Discussion / Re: '28 Top Reconstruction
« on: March 04, 2014, 07:24:35 PM »
SteveG:  I found the pics of my fabric top prior to removal.  It was not the original top but was secured around the perimeter in the same manner as the original.  I am sending 2 pics, one of the left front corner above the A pillar, and the other is the left rear corner above and behind the door.  I have about 12 more pictures but they are large format (3MB) so if you want to see those too I can send them to your email.  If others here want to see them I will just go ahead and reduce their size and post them here.  Let me know.

Chet:  I still have the wood exposed on my coupe so if you need more pictures let me know what parts you want to see.  You probably remember that I posted quite a few pics of the top wood in the thread I mentioned above ("I need some advise") (spelling error mine).  It's now on page 4 of the General Discussion.

Old Man:  You remember right.  :)

General Discussion / Re: '28 Top Reconstruction
« on: March 03, 2014, 05:40:43 PM »
The top on my '29 coupe was tacked to the wood framing all the way around.  The finish trim strip around the perimeter was also tacked using small round-headed tacks about 3/8 to 1/2 inch long.  I can't send a picture 'cause the top is off now.  But you might want to look at a previous post of mine on page 4 of this General Discussion forum.  It's titled "I need some advise..."; top wood repair discussion starts on about page 6 of that post.  I'll check my picture file to see if I have a photo of the original fabric top.

General Discussion / Re: Upohlstery Project '29 Plymouth Coupe
« on: December 01, 2013, 06:47:54 AM »
Hey Rich.  I am attaching 2 more pictures.  Interestingly, the driver's door does not have a pouch in the interior panel.  Perhaps this is because it is the Business Coupe, which I presume pretty much mean "no frills".  The seat is the original leather I believe; the car was originally my great grandfather's and was pretty much original when I received it about 60 yrs ago.  The pleats of both the seat and back are 4 inches wide.  Hope this helps.  mc

General Discussion / Re: Upohlstery Project '29 Plymouth Coupe
« on: November 30, 2013, 07:43:44 PM »
29Plycoop: I am sending you a picture of the original interior panel with pouch on my '29 coupe.  I believe the pouch originally was elastic and pleated, but I can check that if you want.  If you have other specific questions or need other pictures just let me know.  Glad to help if I can.  Kim Mc

Hello Tinkeys.  I haven't heard from you so I thought I may have missed a reply or email.  I just wanted to make sure we hadn't missed connections.  I am still able to help if you need it.  mc

Hey Tinkeys.  I live about 30 miles from Carmichael and could pick the block up for you.  I have no idea how to ship something like that overseas but I guess I will learn.  Maybe we should continue the discussion off the forum. 
I'll send you an email.  talk to you soon.  Kim Mc

General Discussion / Re: I need some advise...
« on: May 19, 2013, 08:22:19 PM »
Well, work on making the replacement wood pieces has been sporadic but I've finished that part.  Now I have to take out some shallow dents in the sheet metal in the upper right rear corner before I install the wood parts.  Once the wood is in, I won't be able to get at the metal behind the new pieces.  I am showing the separate new pieces below; I've had to make modifications from the original in order to fit the replacement parts to the good wood that remained after I cut out the dry rot.  I've also included the only two original pieces that came out in bits but I was able to glue them back together for at least partial patterns.  The parts pictured include 3 pieces that will fit in the curved corner; a long piece that extends from the L side to the R side across the back of the cab (the top gets tacked to this piece); 1 of the 4 top bows that I re-inforced with plywood strips along each side; and a couple of the new top slats (and an old one).  The top slats were cut from 1/4" T x 5 1/2" W x 48" L pre-cut poplar that I found at Home Depot; I was able to cut 3 of the 1 3/4" wide slats from each stock piece.  I made 15 slats for about $2 each.  I will install the corner wood pieces after I complete the little body work.  But I plan not to install the top bows and slats until later; I think it may be better to have that top hole left open while I tackle some of the other work.

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