I have just a few Lift-The-Dots to install and am wondering whether the expensive tool for cutting the holes in the fabric is really necessary.
Has anybody else in this select group of thrifty souls ever done the job ? How did it work out and what are the pitfalls ?
No, it isn't necessary, just more convenient if you have a lot of them to do. If you have just a few, you can use an X-acto knife to cut the short slits for the bend-over tabs.
For the center hole, you can either use the X-acto knife again, or fold the material over on itself at the intended center of the hole and use a hole punch to punch a half-moon out of the folded material. When you unfold the material, you will have a circular hole in the desired spot.
Thanks for the insight, Mark. Upholstery material is pretty expensive for plowing fresh ground. Now I have the confidence to just go for it.
Am I wrong? I think Ford only used lift the dot's on '26-7s. They used common sense fastners on '25 on back, and plenty of Anzo fastners. I lucked out at a swap meet last year, and found a common sense punch for $5. The list for $50!
Larry, maybe it was a mistake, but the Classtique kit for my '24 came with six lift-the-dot fasteners to fasten the rear curtain wings to the rear bow. The pegs are double height to allow room for the rear side curtains.
Mark, I know it did, but that doesn't make it right! If you do your homework, you will find Ford used Anzo fasteners in those locations.
Larry's right (as usual)! Here's an earlier thread where Dan Treace talks about Anzo and Lift-the-Dot fasteners.
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Mark: Thanks for the kind words. I try to do my best. With Russ's help, I've been able to get some important changes made in the judging guidelines that will benefit all.
Hey Larry, I have a question:
After searching through old threads, I couldn't find a picture of what the holes in the side curtains look like on a car that uses Anzo fasteners to attach the rear curtain wings onto the rear bow. Are they just plain holes in the side curtain material, or is there some kind of grommet around the hole?