I replaced the tack strip on my 27 touring by buying a piece of 1 by 2 of Azek window trim molding. Which is made of pvc. I cut it down to 3/4 by 1 inch which is 8 ft. long. This material can be formed very easily, by using a heat gun to warm it up. Just start at one end and heat about a foot of it and shape it to fit, and then drill holes in about 6 inches apart fasten that. After that just heat and form it to fit and start putting in screws about 6 inches apart or where needed till you are all around. when it cools it will stay formed that way. Worked great and cost about 9 dollars compared to 150.00. I would show pictures but I don' know to post them.I am not very good at computers.
It sound like you are pretty good at bending trim molding. Good solution.
I did something similar a few years ago only mine was ripped from a 3/4" by 2" PVC trim plank bought from Home Depot.
If everyone realized how easy this is and how well the tacks hold in the PVC material, I don't think they would do it any other way!
Just think you guys,......if some of these old Fords last "ANOTHER" hundred years, some of the "purists" at that time will be arguing amongst themselves about just how old PVC is and whether or not it was actually "factory installed"!
Jay where can you buy the material. Thanks John
I bought it at home depot for nine dollars for a 8' piece. This was the first time I had done this and it really easy, I was surprised.
Does the tack strip provide any reinforcement of the back panel?
David Yes it does, this material is really strong and holds the tacks really good.
David Yes it does it is real regid and it holds the nails real good
Sounds a lot like the stuff Fordwood sells (for considerably more than 9.00).