The last couple of days were spent fabricating and installing the trim for the C pillars and the rear parcel shelf. This was followed by applying felt trim into the boot area.
The C pillar trims had to be made first, as the bottom edge of the vinyl is glued to the metal frame of the parcel shelf.
New pillar panels were traced onto and cut out of 2mm ply. To obtain the correct curvature, the ply was soak in water to make it more flexible, then it was clamped into place and allowed to dry in situ, thus allowing them to form the correct shape. 9mm foam was used as the cushioning.
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The vinyl for the rear parcel shelf is attached to a stiff fibrous 3mm cardboard panel. This was done in two sections. The flat shelf piece and the rear curved section that follows the rear curve of the shelf and the convex curve of the rear windscreen. Paper patterns were made for each section, then traced onto the cardboard. The shapes were tapped together with cloth tape on both sides. The vinyl was attached as one-piece using 3M, 77 adhesives.
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The 3mm felt boot trim was a little more difficult. This was due to the various curved surfaces and levels of the rear-axle housing. As with the parcel shelf, various patterns were drafted. These were mainly done with paper and masking tape. The paper was moulded as best as possible, then masking tape was used to finish the shape. The profile was outlined with a pen and then the paper and tape were carefully removed. The pattern was laid on the bench, with the sticky side of the tape up. More tape was applied over the original tape to give it strength and to prevent the tape getting stuck to other objects. The excess tape was trimmed along the pen lines. After tracing onto the felt, the pieces were cut and trial fitted. When gluing the panels into position, pieces of PVC conduit etc, were clamped into the curved strengthening profiles to achieve the same profile within the felt.
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Although, it was not fitted originally, I attached a piece of felt to the underside of the boot lid. This to help prevent the lid from being dented outwards, when closed on objects within the boot. My ’70 had many.
The paper pattern layout is for the floor carpet.
The tracing and taping technique, was something I picked up from the web, when re-covering the seat on my son’s ’74 Iron Head Harley.