Want to see inner door panel shots. Want to rehab mine
Here are two:
This late '27 used the smooth pleat style upholstery, no buttons.
Thanks Dan, got any close up of the door panels ??
This is the best scan I can do.
Thanks again Dean, I'm trying to figure out if my older repops are missing anything and where they are tacked and type of tack.
Those panels seem pretty good repro.
What is missing is the metal escutcheon around the door lever, and on originals there is a 'c' shaped metal escutcheon on the cutout curved part over the latch catch. But most repo have that circle part cutaway already and sewn.
The 2nd photo you posted shows the fastener, that small 'head' of the door upholstery fastener. That is a flat head ring shank nail. The nail goes into a socket button that is placed in the holes around the inside perimeter the door metal panel.
But not all the way around. Therefore all Improved Open cars get a 'gap' at the top of the door cardboard near the lever. That is just the way the Ford is made.
It's the low cost auto right ?
You can see the ring nail heads on the lower edge of the door cardboard.
Here are the ring nails and sockets:
Thanks again Dan, I was wonderin how those went in. On the 15 mil T it looks like it has more material around the edges. More nails too. I wanted to remove my panels recolor and flatten the curls more. Mine look like they were mounted a little on the low side
Note that the original nail retaining cups are brass or other metal cups, not plastic!
Yeah I got got it. One of my concerns was I thought the panels should go under the lips (hangover) at the top, seemed logical.
As for the original panels, they had welting around the edges. Repro use stitching. But I vaguely recall seeing the original '27 at Don Garlits museum, and seem to believe the cardboard door panels were 'embossed' for a fake welting look. Could be mistaken, have to visit there again and take some photos. Photos are better than memory
Here are some close ups of original '26 touring rear.
I see the welting, 15th mil looks like it had welting too