Trade my new top for an old top

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Brian Howard on Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - 10:07 am:

Hey everyone. I've got a 1917 roadster pickup that has a great barnfind appearance without a top or interior. I purchased a new top but it looks bad on the old body. Does anyone have old interior seats and a top they would be willing to trade for my new one?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Will Rice on Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - 10:15 am:

i do have a neighbor cat that can climb and sleep on your new top and make it look old pretty fast......


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Brian Mettling on Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - 12:17 pm:

I just learned quickly that every top is different in fit than what it appears. I bought a used top last year to fit on my touring, and the old top had varied resting points for the irons between the two cars. This would put stretch and pressure on the top in different points. Bottom line- it did not work. I had to get a whole new top and had it installed by a shop to do it right.

Careful switching out this tops, perhaps give it some time and it will fade, may save you some headache.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Seth from NC on Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - 01:54 pm:

Brian can you post some pictures? I bet there's some folks on here with some good suggestions for aging your top to match your car - would be much better/easier to do that than try and fit an older top.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Warren W. Mortensen on Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - 11:54 pm:

Maybe use oiled canvas instead of the usual leatherette? That might make it look a little more "used". Just a thought...


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Richard Eagle Ida Fls on Wednesday, July 02, 2014 - 12:15 am:



I recovered this top with new colonial grain vinyl top material several years ago and washed it liberally with mud. It gave it a nice old look and hasn't changed much except the bow pads have bleached nicely from the sun. It lives outdoors. Folks laugh when I talk about washing with mud but it does work well with a little practice.

Rich


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Brian Howard on Thursday, July 03, 2014 - 09:24 am:

Thanks guys. I might have to age the top and seats myself and see if I can blend it into the rest of the T. My offer still stands if someone is restoring one. I have new interior and a top still in the box I'd trade for ones that are worn but semi decent shape. I know there will be some playing around to get it all to fit right.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Richard Eagle Ida Fls on Thursday, July 03, 2014 - 09:51 am:

One nice thing about putting the new stuff in is that if you get a wrinkle or two it will add some character. Also you can have it strong and solid and not tearing in the wrong places. Above all, have fun with it.
Rich


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