It looks like I might get to drive my car before I find some hood side panels. (See my wanted ad in the classifieds)I would like to run the top panels that I have. How would be a good way to attach the tops, without the sides? I don't want it to look too Beverly Hillbilles.
Slide in the hinge rods and attach leather straps to them that hook onto the hood clamps. Let the hood clamps pull on the straps.
What's wrong with the Beverly Hillbillies look? My TT has had that look for decades. Bungi straps work just fine to hold down the hood.
I used $5.99 leather belts from Ocean State Job Lots - they look like old harness leathers so they fit the rest of the vehicle's look. Made hood shelves from weathered pallet slats (again, to fit the patina of the tractor) and found footman loops on Ebay (packet of 10 cost me about $12.00). Total cost: about $36
(Message edited by Conversiont on June 07, 2017)
Vendors sell purpose-made leather hood straps with springs that a lot of the speedster folks use. They look great but are too "nice" and pricey (around $140 a set) for what I do.
Tommy, I took the side panels off of my hood for my 1914 speedster. What year is your car? I'd be happy to sell mine. They're just sitting in the garage collecting dust.
Sweet tractor Ron !!
I have located a passenger side panel , now need a drivers side.