Footman Loops, and Upholstery

Footman Loops, and Upholstery

footman loops

The luggage strap mounts were missing on the 330GTC I’ve been working on. Sometime during reassembly after the paint job, the previous shop misplaced the hardware that secures the luggage straps to the rear package shelf. These mounts are called “footman loops,” and I found a pair to replace the originals. The chrome plates that go below the footman loops were also missing, and after a fruitless search for replacements, fabricating new ones was the only option.

I bought some sheet brass, cut the shapes out with tin snips, and filed the flat stock into the shape I needed. Before polishing them, I measured and drilled the brass pieces to fit.

I mocked them onto the rear package shelf to check for fit and alignment.

I sanded and polished the pieces and sent them out for chrome plating, and they should be back in a week.
splash shields

The splash shields were finished by Jay, my fabricator, and I mounted them on the GTC as well. The may look simple, but there was a real three dimensional shape to them that required several fittings to get perfect. With weather stripping in place and some undercoating, another project is completed.
rear seat pad

The rear seat pad for the PF coupe came back from Quid, our upholsterer. He managed to sew a new foam piece to the original padded vinyl seat pad in the PF Coupe. The original foam pad had crumbled away, so we needed something to give the seat pad a little more puffiness.
rear seat pad

The original foam would have been sewn in along with the pleats, but this would have been impossible without destroying the vinyl material. Quid managed to do the next best thing, which was to carefully catch the edge of each original pleat and sew the new foam to it. It gave our seat a little bit of padding, and looks a lot better than the flat no-foam look we had before. I trimmed, fitted, and secured the pad in place, striking another “to-do” off the list!

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Save the Date! Fourth Annual Radcliffe/ Spring Car Show on Saturday May 7th 2011. Richard Garre and I are looking forward to planning this show and more details will follow here and the Radcliffe Motorcar Company Website, but if you want to mark you calendar, the date to remember is May 7th, 2011!

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