Hi all, last week I installed the seat back upholstery in my 1923 touring/pickup using a Cartouche kit that the previous owner provided with the car (he had already installed the seat bottom upholstery). The kit came with some extra pieces and I'm not sure where they go, can someone provide some guidance and pictures? The coil of material on the left is the hide-em strip that goes around the belt line, I won't install it until after the top is installed. However, I don't know what the other, smaller coil of material is for, nor the two heavy 8-inch long strips of material. I have seen some pictures that show some extra material and tacks around the front of the armrest, but the heavy 8 inch strips seem too short to do the job. For now, I just folded under the extra material at the front of the armrest and tacked it down. Thanks for any help you can provide.
The long roll of flat material goes around the edges of the upholster on the inside of the car. You put it on with the large headed tacks that should be there--it covers up the raw edges of the nailed (tacked in your case) of the upholstery.
The short pieces are your door check straps, so the doors don't fall open too far and bang against the fenders.
David, thanks so much! My car only has one door, so I guess I'll have a spare check strap. I'll pull up the seat bottom today and get started installing the flat trim material and tacks today.
The material that David described to you is only used to cover the raw edges of the nailed/tacked upholstery that are VISIBLE. Don't make the mistake of trimming the entire seat area.
Got it, thanks.
Good point William!! I never thought of mentioning that!
Don't forget Mark, the T was an inexpensive car, stuff that isn't seen isn't that finished!
If you are not interested in authenticity, then your CarTouche kit will be fine.
When I bought the car it came with the CarTouche kit and the seat bottom part already installed, so decided to go ahead and use the rest of it. The kit was well sewn, but was short on cotton batting. I had to remove batting from non-critical areas to fill out the more critical ones. Based on other comments on this forum, I would have preferred a Classtique kit.
I am sending my check to Elizabeth today for a Classtique top kit. I already ordered a new set of one-man top bows and irons from Lang's.