I am getting ready to attach a top to my 26 touring. The parts appear to be good except for the tack strip behind the rear seat. It looks like a woodpecker has had a holiday on this piece but the wood appears to be sound. I have been checking in the restoration catalogs and there is a product called Kwik-Poly.This seems to be what I need except that it only comes in quarts and I only need about five percent of that volume to complete my job. Is there something out there to swell the wood and hopefully close some of the holes? I would go ahead and replace the strip but the upholstery has been done and I don't want to tear out what's been done. Any help appreciated. Thanks
Glue "half" toothpicks into the tack holes using waterproof glue such as Titebond II. Drive them in good before the glue sets up. Wait overnight then break off the toothpicks and sand flush.
Note: This tip was provided by Brent Terry and only remembered by me and reposted. I probably added the plug about the Titebond II. :-)
Yep, a friend and I did this to his touring car quite a few years ago (the tack strip looked like a porcupine when we were done and before busting off the tooth picks and sanding flush. Worked fine.
If I correctly understand the location of the tack holes, vertical, Kwik Poly would be hard to use. It is two liquids mixed and allowed to harden, would need a lot of damming and control. There is a product the woodworkers use to plug holes, holds fasteners and easier to use. Minimum mess after a little sanding. If I recall correctly it is also two parts, but more like putty.
Ted Aschmann's home made Quick Poly. Disolve all the foam cups in acetone that will disolve and use at once. I've never tried it. John
Hi to all,
I too have a 26 touring and am at the point to attach the upholstry to the tack strips and have lost one of the curved pieces on the back seat, passenger side. Is it possible to buy just that one piece. Does anyone know where it is available? My top attaches to snaps on the body. Only the seat spring covering attaches to this strip.
Now-a-days they use a plastic upholsterers strip. www.fordwood.com has them.
Thanks all, I just hope they don't think I'm crazy when I buy out the store's supply of toothpicks. Maybe I'll tell them I'm going for a record size hors'douver tray. Thanks again
There are 250 in a box and Dustin Hoffman agrees with that number in "Rainman". Should be good for 500 woodpecker holes when they are broken in half first.
Dollar store has a box of 1000.
Dang Jack, you know where all the deals are!!!:-)
Can't help mentioning this after seeing the Ted Aschmann recipe. Back in the days when we could use freon to clean up solder joints on circuit boards we used to keep it in old baby food jars at our work benches. One day we discovered that a styrofoam cup would immediately dissolve if it came in contact with the stuff. One of my coworkers started stuffing styrofoam into his jar of freon.
The next morning we had a hard polystyrene slug which we broke out of the jar. Looked just like one of those urinal cakes so I tossed it in one of the urinals in the men's room as a joke on the head custodian. He spent weeks trying to find out what outfit he bought that thing from because it lasted so long. Well so much for taking things off subject.
On the '24 Coupe I restored some years ago it was recommended to me to use wooden match sticks to fill the holes and it worked well in my case. I supposed the match stick wood is softer than the tooth picks. I glued them in with Elmer's Wood glue, snapped them off when dry, then sanded down....Michael Pawelek
or you can use wooden skewers
Old time shoe repairmen used soft square wooden pegs that were driven dry into the holes in the shoe heel area after the old nails were pulled out. That was back in the days of leather shoes.