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post #46 of (permalink) Old 10-24-2013, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
Paul L
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Car Cover vs. The Weather:
My donor car came with a cover that provided the kit's only means of shelter.
It was pretty good at keeping the rain out, but the wind really attacked it.
I fixed the first wind induced tear with some strong tape...

This held for a long time before the wind struck again and made a bigger mess.
So this time I put some new tape on the underside of the cover as before.
Then I used a needle & thread to cross stitch either side of the split.
I did small sections at a time working from the rip edges back to the middle.

Obviously it rained on me while I was trying to do this work.
So I had to wait until the top side had dried out before I could add tape over the top of the stitches.

So far, so good. But, unfortunately, within a month of that repair, the cover looked like this...

When I tried to remove it, it simply came away in strips, is completely brittle & beyond repair.

Thankfully the cover I had used on the rear framework & wheel arches was now available.

But, let's be honest, it looked a complete mess, also the green cover is meant to be protecting our garden furniture!

Due to delays in getting a "fitted" cover delivered, I had to buy a cheap emergency cover just to tidy up a bit.

Also, as this was a regular sight with the old cover...

I decided to knock up a very rough & ready tonneau cover for the middle of the car.

If I get the chance I will get some more wood to run extra lengths "side to side".

This then sits on the car, located around the hump.

I then threw an old dust sheet over the top to avoid any edges scraping the cover.

The "fitted" cover then just sits over the top with no issues.

Until I get the chance to sew the old cover's straps onto the "cheap" cover, I've have to hold it in place.
( Without these straps it would simply blow away given the weather we have been having lately. )

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