Ok....I am about to put the roof on my Tudor. I didn't buy a kit, I am "winging" it as usual. I had a young amish boy make up trim like I see in the pics of the originals. He did a fantistic job for $10 bucks for 25'! I have the vinyl. Here is my question. Does the trim that goes on the edge where it wraps around the roof edge to the top of the body, go all the way around? In other words, do you put the trim on even where the drip rail will be? Or does it just run up to the end of the drip rail and stop there? The drip rail would then cover the nail heads holding the roof vinyl. HELP!
The 'hidem' band runs up to the ends of the drip rail. Search:
'coupe top molding tips'
for more info and pictures. The two-piece aluminium drip rail is tricky to fit because of the curve of the body, but worth it. Use an etch primer and paint it before fitting.
Drip rail barely covers hidem
My top fabric kit came with more than enough hidem strip to go all the way around the car and that's the way we installed it, over the top of the drip rail. It tucked into the drip rail quite nicely. That's the way it was when I took the old top off but it wasn't the "original" top. The guy who helped me put the top on my 27 Tudor upholsters VERY expensive classic cars for a living and his work has to at least, appear to be correct.
I'll take some detailed pictures of my installation later today and post them in this topic.
OK, here you go. I'm not going to say that this is "correct" because I don't know but the hidem strip fit perfectly inside the drip rail so we installed it over the drip rail.
The hidem strip is one piece, the seam is in the middle of the rear of the car, see if you can spot it.
Keeping in mind that the fabric tops on these cars probably only lasted about 10 years at the max, it's very unlikely that you're going to find a car that still has it's original top in it and I'm sure that there are probably as many ways to to put a new one on, as there were people doing it.
Good evening Dennis. I'd like to paint my 1926 Fordor a burgundy color like the color shown in your picture. What paint did you use? Brand, type (epoxy, lacquer, emamel...), color, number? Thanks. Jim
I will agree with one thing....that DOES look extremely sharp! Those that I have talked to on the phone about it all say run the Hide-em just a quarter inch or so under the drip rail and stop. Put a little silcone on the end to seal. I left my options open by leaving a tail of hide-em hang where the drip rail will start. I DO like the looks of yours! Thanks for the pics,
Jim, I bought the car as you see it, the paint job is very old, probably 1950's looks like it's enamel. It chips very easily.
I just purchased some more paint the same color as Milton. I will get the code when I am down in the shop if you would like. It is a Dupont Ful-Thane one step.