Top and Upholstery

Here is a picture of the top of a 1932 Plymouth roadster.  You may note that part of the side curtain is attached to the windshield post.  I don't plan to change a thing about the top. I have the original top, side curtains, and even the "boot" to use as patterns.  The top bows will need to be restored, but are intact.




I saw a roadster interior on the Jalopy Journal's Hokey Ass Message Board (H.A.M.B.) that had a plaid insert in the seat.  It looked very period-correct for what I'm trying to do.  The interior of the 1941 Chrysler Highlander shown here is something like I envision (with a more red-yellow plaid), but perhaps with bucket seats.





This week (7-17-2012), Dan got the windshield assembly aligned and assembled and was able to set the top in place.  This is all part of the "pre-assembly" process to make sure everything fits and that no parts are missing.  Next, we'll tear it all back down to resume work on the chassis.

7-24-2012 -- For two weeks I searched for the canvas panel that fits behind the seat and contains the rear window frame.  I had just about concluded that it was lost when I finally set eyes on it.  While I was looking for it I also found the boot that covers the top when it is folded down.  It looks like the original item.  It's made of a kind of rubberized fabric, much like the top material used on sedans and coupes of the same era.  Now I'm looking for the rear view mirror.  The problem is that the car was somewhat dismantled when I acquired it.  I brought it home in several trips and much of it in several boxes.  And I never was quite positive that I received every part.  That was over ten years ago, so I'm looking for things that I may not even have...

March 11, 2013 -- While at the shop today, Dan invited me over to the car while he opened the rumble seat.  To my surprise, the bare seat springs were in place with no upholstery in sight.  Then Dan said he had a surprise.  He reached under the car and pulled out the original upholstery!  It had been hidden under the ugly red and white Naugahyde that was in the car when I acquired it.  The original material was backed by cotton batting and then burlap:

On the back of the upholstery was imprinted the following:


So, it seems that the upholstery was put together in May, 1932 and was made of a material called "Leatherwove."  It turns out that this product, Leatherwove, was a synthetic leather made by the L.C.Chase Company of Boston, Massachusetts.  Here's part of an ad they ran in 1918:


Remarkably, along the edges, where the "leather" was tacked, the color, an original crimson, is still quite bright.




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