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09-24-2019 12:54 PM
HealeyRick Great pictures, Paul. Thanks for sharing. After making it to Monterey this year, this is the next one on my bucket list.
09-22-2019 10:16 PM
WIS89 Paul-

Thanks for the wonderful updates! Your car looks terrific, and the gaiter adventure just adds to her history! ;-o)

Goodwood looks like the event of a lifetime! Those cars are simply extraordinary, and I really love those pedal cars! What fun for the kids, and to have J. Stewart waving the checkered is a real treat.

I really liked seeing all your pictures, and reading your update! Thanks so very much for sharing, and taking the time to show us all what you have been up to!

All the best!


09-22-2019 06:13 PM
Paul L 2019 Goodwood Revival – Part 5
Here are a few more shots from trackside.

I was volunteering in the paddock with over 70 Austin J40 pedals cars.

Children raced them on Saturday and Sunday morning and the crowd really cheered them on.

They even had Jackie Stewart waving the chequered flag at the finish line on both days.

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There was a large collection of planes on the ground.

Plus several air displays, this was a Spitfire and two Mustangs.

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I’ll end this round of updates with a few videos that I took.

Goodwood Revival 2019 Videos:
Part 1 – Sights and sounds from paddocks and track, plus campsite and journey home.
Running Time 4m 53s


Part 2 – A walk around the open paddocks.
Running Time 5m 37s


Part 3 – A walk around the restricted paddocks.
Running Time 8m 52s


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Until next time, take care, Paul.
09-22-2019 06:11 PM
Paul L 2019 Goodwood Revival – Part 4
There were Porsches of all shapes and sizes.

Plus, a similar variety of Ferraris.

There was also bike racing.

End of Part 4…
09-22-2019 06:08 PM
Paul L 2019 Goodwood Revival – Part 3
Aston Martin DBR1s.

Another gorgeous Aston Martin with a row of Jaguar E Types in the background.

D Types

C Type - A joy to behold.

Bentleys as far as the eye could see.

John Surtees’ Lola T70

All kinds of open wheeled racers.



Paddy Hopkirk and his Monte-Carlo Rally winning Mini.

End of Part 3…
09-22-2019 06:05 PM
Paul L 2019 Goodwood Revival – Part 2
Given what the bulk of this forum drive, I’ll start with some of the Cobras…

Here is a very short clip from the race itself.

End of Part 2…
09-22-2019 06:03 PM
Paul L 2019 Goodwood Revival – Part 1
This really is a unique event where classic cars, bikes and planes are both displayed and seen in action.

Back in 2015, it managed to bring all six original Shelby Daytona Coupes together for the first time.

During the dark days of my build I held on to the dream of going to this event in a car fit for the grid.

In my case, it is the Sussex Trophy race that is closest to my car’s design.

A HUGE part of the Goodwood Revival is the fact that 90% of the crowd go in period costume.

I took my inspiration from the light blue racing overalls of the drivers at this time.

Then found some cleaner’s overalls on Ebay for just over $10.

Which I turned into my own tribute to the drivers of this era.

I ended up going as a volunteer and they have their own camp site away from the main crowds.

This was Friday morning, when lots of people were still arriving.

Dawn breaking on Sunday morning, with the moon still visible in the sky.

Here I am on duty.

And here I am on the way home on Monday morning.

I hope the following posts will give you a hint at the scale of this event.
09-22-2019 06:00 PM
Paul L Handbrake Gaiter – Part 2
I roughly sanded the alloy panel and drilled all the holes required for the rivets.

Then drilled the matching holes in the base of the leather and riveted it all together.

This is what it looked like on the underside.

I must confess, I was feeling pretty pleased with myself as I carried this up from the Summer House to fit it.

But, as they say, Pride comes before a fall…

And the air turned blue as I realised that I had fixed the leather in the wrong way around.

Yes, after all these years of car building, I’m still making schoolboy errors.

So, I just had to go back to square one and drill out all of the rivets.

I then discovered that I didn't have enough larger head rivets to match the ones I'd used previously.

But, by this point, I was happy to use the smaller rivets I had, as long as they worked.

Which left the gaiter looking like this when finally fitted.

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Special Effects
Someone on another forum I use, turned this photo…

Into this.

09-22-2019 05:58 PM
Paul L Handbrake Gaiter – Part 1
After looking back through this thread, I realise that I started work on this back in March 2019.

But it took me until July to make even a small bit of further process when I test fitted the base panel.
( While I was fitting the alloy panels to the cockpit walls . )

After a bit of trimming and hammering I was left with this.

This panel will be scuffed before final fitment, as this looks way too shiny here.

It was then early September before I restarted the process and mocked up this.

I know this mock up material looks a mess, but I just needed a pattern to mark up the leather.

Folded the two edges that will joined on the underside of the lever at the front.

Then folded the top edge and added an extra layer of leather to hold a pair of zip ties in place.

I will be using black zip ties with fixing this to the car.
This was the ‘Take 2’ version of the second piece compared to some of the photo below.

Folded the top edge of the small connecting piece.

Then joined this to the main section on one side.

I then finished sewing the front section in (inside out).

Which now looked like this, when pulled the right way out.

End of Part 1…
09-22-2019 05:56 PM
Paul L
Triumph Swordfish 1500

Summer Lovin’
Saturday, 31st August 2019 marked three years and just over 4,000 miles since I first got on the road.

So, as the days of driving wearing shorts and a T-shirt draw to a close, here is a belated catch up…

Meeting an old friend for lunch.

Spotted this GTO inspired kit, based on Mazda MX5/Miata.

I do like tree covered lanes.

And fields.

Stopped to help a very nice Mustang that had overheated on the UK’s record-breaking hottest day.

Filling up.
( As a guide, a USA sized gallon of gas costs approximately $6.50! )

Classic car night at the Ace Café.

The Grove golf club.

One of the libraries of Harrow Boys School.

07-04-2019 06:20 PM
Paul L Happy Independence Day!
Just a flying visit to wish you all (or is that y’all? ) a great 4th July.

Since my last update, the seats and seat belts are now back in.

And I found just enough screws to complete the rear access panel.

So, I’m now back on the road and enjoying the sunshine.

Cheers, Paul.
07-02-2019 08:50 AM
Paul L With one thing, or another, my car has been off the road for most of June.

So, I’ll end this round of updates with some photos from previous months…

The weather ranged from hailstones one day…

To warm enough to wear just a light jumper/sweater for a morning drive another.

Whilst I am not really part of the Selfie generation, I did pull over and park to take the one above.

In fact, this was where I parked.

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Got caught in a sudden rain shower one day…

Which left me parked under a tree in order to get some shelter before heading home.

Another shopping trip.

Lots of building work going on around Wembley Stadium.

This ‘drone’ view was taken by hanging out of a first-floor window.

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Car Parks
I still enjoy parking my car next to ‘normal’ ones.

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That’s all for now, so until next time, take care, Paul.
07-02-2019 08:47 AM
Paul L Cockpit Panelling – Part 3
There was just one small job to do before the panels were finally fitted.

As I had found a small amount of gas sloshing around inside the float from the fuel gauge sender.
( When I was checking my fuelling problem. )

I ordered and fitted this new replacement float.

Before added a lick of paint to the area between the cockpit wall and the gas tank.

In order to fix the panels in place I had to use three different bits for my drill.

One to drill the hole in the alloy, one to drill a pilot hole in the plywood wall & one to fix the screw in place.

At some points, I was having to fix one screw at a time using all three bits as I hammered the panels before fitting.

So, I’ll spare you the highly repetitive nature of this work and cut to the chase…

I have extra screws matching the ones used on the rear wall access panel "somewhere", but can’t find them.

Rather than waste any time now, I simply 'borrowed' four from the rear panel to fit the side mirror bolt covers.

Which left some gaps in the rear panel that I will fix in the next few days when I track down the missing screws.

However, you can still get a pretty good idea of how it will look in the end.

Plus, here are the side panels.

Finally, some wider-angle shots.

I must confess that this has worked out much better than I ever could have expected.
07-02-2019 08:45 AM
Paul L Cockpit Panelling – Part 2
Eventually I had made cardboard templates for the five panels I would need.

The next step was to start cutting them out.

In order to fit the panels, some panel beating was required so the flat ally would match the curved surfaces.

Starting point.

Some work in progress along the top edge of this panel.

This was a slow process as there was some also some alloy trimming required.

But eventually, things were starting to take shape.

Leaving the rear cockpit wall panel looking like this.

I had already ordered a load of these Torx screws to fix the alloy panels to the plywood cockpit walls.

In addition to the panelling, I also need to make access panels for the bolts holding the two side mirrors in place.

End of Part 2…
07-02-2019 08:43 AM
Paul L Cockpit Panelling – Part 1
Previously, I’d bought some alloy off cuts and had planned to make a 'patchwork quilt' inside the cockpit.

However, the longer I spent trying to work out the best way of doing this, the more issues I faces.

As I realised the odd shapes and angles in my cockpit walls would really stand out on a shiny flat surface.

So I found some second hand 'stucco' aluminium sheets on Ebay that I hoped would make a better alternative.

I bought three sheets in total, that were left over from an industrial building site.
( Think of the venting that Bruce Willis ends up crawling thru in Die Hard movies. )

I wanted to make some carboard templates, but couldn’t reach the rear wall with the seats and belts in place.

I could at least make a start on the side panels, but again the seats were in the way.

So while the car was off the road anyway with fuelling issues, I started to remove the seats.

And the seat belts.

This gave me the room I need to add a small extension piece to the passenger side panel.

My original plan was to extend this panel further at the rear so it would wrap around the rear corner.

There is plenty of room on the aluminium sheet to do this.

But I realised the rear wall would be higher than the sides, like so.

This is due to this 'hump' section of original Spitfire.

This is a long-winded way of saying that I will need a pair of corner panels instead.

Something like this.

End of Part 1…
07-02-2019 08:40 AM
Paul L Car Troubles #1 – Part 2
Eventually I found a small kink in the copper fuel line near the rear of the car.
( Not easy to see in the photo. )

In order to remove the P-Clip holding this section of pipe in place, I had to remove the wheel.

I then bit the bullet and cut the pipe off before the kink and removed this rear whole section.
( Which ran thru the trunk floor and up to a rubber hose connecting it to the gas tank. )

As a simple test, I was able to run a length of clothes line from the engine bay at the front...

To the point where I’d made this cut at the rear, so the remaining section of hard line was clear.

So I ordered new copper pipe and some new rubber fuel lines while I was at it to replace all of this old stuff.

I then did a quick test to confirm the problem was located in this rear section of pipe…

I reattached some pipes at the front to a Jerry can.

I know a photo isn't the best way to show this, but the engine fired up with no issues.

I even left it running for a while just to be on the safe side and I was a very happy boy indeed.

When the new parts arrived, I fitted two new sections of rubber hose to connected the fuel pump to the hard line via the fuel filter.
( You can also just about see a new rubber hose going from the fuel pump to the carbs. )

I used a short length of rubber hose to join the old and new copper pipes together.
( The new pipe then curves up nicely into the truck floor. )

Inside the trunk, another new section of rubber hose joins the hard line to the gas tank.

Once again, the engine fired up with no issues and I was glad that another problem had been fixed.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t take the car out for a drive to celebrate as there were no seats in it!

As with the car effectively off the road while I fixed the fuelling problem, I had started another job…
07-02-2019 08:39 AM
Paul L It has been a while, so here is a bit of a catch up…

Car Troubles #1Not here, not now.
I was cruising along a local main road (3 lanes in each direction), when the engine revs dropped to tickover.

It took me a few seconds to realise that the accelerator pedal was going straight to the floor.

Shortly after that, it dawned on me that I was now coasting to a halt in the middle of fast-moving traffic.

Just as I was reaching for my hazard-lights I spotted a left turn ahead and swung the car into it.

Thankfully, the road was downhill and there was a space for me to pull into and park.

Up went the hood…

And a missing pin from the end of the throttle cable was the cause of the problem.

Thankfully, I was able to temporarily bodge it together using a couple of zip ties.

Which was enough to get me home while adopting a very gentle approach to putting my foot on the gas.

The joys of Ebay meant that it didn’t take long for the replacement pin to arrive and get fitted.

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Car Troubles #2 - "Outta Gas"
On another day, the car started up OK and I reversed out of my driveway with no problems.

The engine was idling OK (on choke) while I was parked up and sorting out my seatbelt.

But then the engine died as soon as I pulled away to start my journey and then refused point blank to re-start.

So I had to push it back to the side of the road to see what was going on.

Regardless of the engine problems, I still get a kick out of the fact I designed and made the hood hinges myself.

Anyway, it had sounded like a fuel problem and whilst my fuel gauge was low, it was certainly not empty.

However, I thought it was worth a quick trip in my normal car with a ‘Jerry can’ to get more gas just in case.

But still nothing.

Then I noticed the fuel filter was messy.

So that was stripped down and cleaned by the side of the road.

I then tried again to restart the car and I could see there was no fuel reaching the filter.

The fuel pump is by the engine, so the problem was between the front of the car and the gas tank in the back.

Which meant I had to give up for now and push the car back across the street and into my driveway.

End of Part 1…
03-19-2019 10:53 AM
Paul L Out and about
I’ll finish this round of updates with some photos taken in the last few weeks.
( Which include some close ups of the mirror plinth. )

Unfortunately, it is still Winter here, so occasionally the sky above can make me very nervous indeed.
( You can barely see the car in this photo as the clouds made it so dark. )

Similarly, despite the sunshine, I am still wearing a woolly hat, as it is bloody COLD!

Finally, winter driving has left the car looking filthy.

Did I mention that I really must get around to washing it one of these days.

The good news is that I know Spring is coming when I need to start pruning my 'garage' wall.

Until next time, take care, Paul.
03-19-2019 10:50 AM
Paul L Handbrake Gaiter
Looking at the handbrake lever, I need my gaiter arrangement to cover the cable too.

My current plan is to cover this area with an oversize aluminium panel, which will have a curve in it.

Something like this.

This way, I can have a much smaller leather section.

Which, based on the lessons learned from the gear lever, will be made up of four pieces.

The first trial fitting quickly highlighted the fact I had not shaped the material properly.

Although part of the problem is this bracket at the top of the lever.
( Which is where the original handbrake warning light switch was attached. )

As I don't need this, I think I will cut it off before I rearrange the material into a neater shape.

Next, I marked up some aluminium, leaving a bit of extra metal at either end.

After drilling a pilot hole, I was able to cut out the centre section using my tin snips.

Which looked a lot neater by the time I’d tidied it all up.

I then cut out four pieces that will be used to rivet the leather to the base plate.

Not easy to see in the photo, but this is a slightly different approach to the gear lever.
( Where the fixing plate was a single piece going all the way around. )

Next job will be to put a curve into the panel, remembering this is the sunny side up.

But that is as far as I’ve got with this project so far.

More to follow...
03-19-2019 10:49 AM
Paul L Mirror Plinth – Part 3
Unfortunately, I had to weld outside, just as some gusts of wind arrived to mess things up.

But at least I was still able to get the first two support columns attached despite the ugly welding in places.

By the time I had welded in the third column and removed the temporary brackets I was left with this.

With the brackets removed I could then finish the welding off around the bases of all three columns.

This view shows the way that middle column is set at a different angle to the other two.

Then it was time to set up my ‘paint shop’ and get some etch primer on.

I then made a bit of a mess putting some filler over the messy welding.

After sanding the filler down, it was looking a bit more respectable.

But as soon as the second coat of etch primer went on, I realised I hadn’t sanded it down enough.

Thankfully, the plinth is supposed to look like a last-minute pit lane modification, so this look works.
( Well, that is my excuse and I’m sticking to it. )

And the first coat of black paint make it look a bit more respectable.

I used a few layers of old inner tube to go between the base plate of the plinth and the body shell.
( Despite how they look in the photo, they are all roughly the same size. )

Then I bolted the mirror to the top plate, using the original plastic base.

It was very cold when I was fixing the plinth in place and the nuts were hard to reach inside the cockpit.

Which is my excuse for not noticing the rubber base had slipped down as I was tightening everything up.
( So at some point I will redo this so the rubber is tucked neatly out of view. )

Despite this, I was really happy with the way this plinth turned out.

More to follow...
03-19-2019 10:47 AM
Paul L Mirror Plinth – Part 2
Next, I used the plastic mirror base to mark up another section of sheet steel.

Then I turned the base around to give me a guide to extending the 'short' edge.

To leave me with something like this, with extra space for the supporting tube.

After the usual round of cutting, drilling and grinding…

You can see how the mirror would attach to the top plate like so.

Then I needed a way to set up, and subsequently fix, the distance between the two side mirror plinth plates.

Eventually, I used some ‘Builders’ Band’, which I’d previously used to hold fibreglass sections together.

The four bands were then bolted to the car like so.

I then went for a short drive around the block to see what the view from the mirror looked like.

After a few stops to make adjustments to the mirror position I was able to a pretty decent view.

Despite the sun setting in the background, I hope you can see there is a slight inward angle.

As a rough guide, the mirror is now raised approximately 6cm / 2+ inches.

Obviously, all these wonky brackets will be removed once I've welded the first two cross bracing tubes into place.

Next job was to carefully remove this from the car and bolt both plates directly to the brackets.

Then I used strips of cardboard to give me the rough angles for the support pillars.

Before cutting sections of steel tube to match.

End of Part 2…
03-19-2019 10:45 AM
Paul L Mirror Plinth – Part 1
The mirror on the passenger side of the car looks nice, but provides no view worth seeing.

As far back as 2015, I had mocked up this design for a mirror plinth to be made in metal.

As this approach would allow me to reuse the existing mirror holes in the side of the body shell.
( As seen here after I had removed the mirror. )

I marked up some sheet steel for the bottom mounting plate, but please ignore the wonky line.

The extra space to the right of the base gasket will provide space for one of the supporting tubes to be welded.

After cutting this cut, I drilled some holes, tidied up the edges and test fitted it.

Where the obvious problem was the curve of the body shell vs. the flat of the plate.

Regular readers will know I do not have much in the way of metal working tools (or skills!).

So I used my mate's panel hammer and my own lump hammer…

Together with a couple of clamps and a piece of wood…

To put a curve in the base plate like so.

I also used my angle grinder to round off the corners of the base plate.

After some more hammering, test fitting and repeating…

I finally had a good fit on all four edges.

End of Part 1…
03-19-2019 10:43 AM
Paul L Headrests
In my last round of updates, I showed the ‘fir trees’ that are attached to the back of the headrests.

These needed some corresponding holes drilled into the aero humps.

These allow a solid friction fit when the headrests are pushed/gently tapped into place.

So the good news was that the headrests fitted nicely with no problems.

The bad news was I had created some optical illusions by putting a straight edge near a curve.

If you are looking completely square on, the bottom edge looks pretty horizontal.

But as soon as you step further back, or move to one side, the body shell makes the headrests look tilted.
( The difficulty I had pulling the leather tight in one corner of the passenger headrest isn't helping either. )

At some point I really must clean the car, as there is a layer of white 'crud' all over the green paint.

Thankfully, with so much experience of this car not looking 100% right in places, I know this doesn’t matter.

Which was confirmed when I took the car out for its first decent drive since the engine was fixed.

As while I can see every detailed fault in my build, most people only see the overall picture.

So that was one job done and it was on to the next one…
02-15-2019 05:46 PM
Paul L Oil Leaks
I got the call from the Triumph garage/shop to say my engine was back in the car.

So, subject to some final checks and engine set up I would be able to collect it the next day.

The bad news is that my garage was looking like this at the time.

At least I shouldn't need the oil drip tray any more.

As always, there was a nice collection of cars in Enginuity when I went to collect my car.

But their Instagram account gives you a much better idea of how packed their workshop was.
( The Daimler 250 was particularly nice. )


Actually, my car made their Instagram page too.
( The Winter sun making it look a bit more 'survivor' than usual. )


Despite the cold, the car ran really smoothly on the short(ish) journey home.

The garage replaced countless oil seals and gaskets and repaired a number of stripped threads.
( Which should mean that everything is now joined together tightly the way it is supposed to be. )

Also, a closer inspection of the carbs revealed this bent needle, complete with mole/vise grip marks.
( Not a great photo, but hopefully you get the general idea. )

Thankfully, all the roads were clear of snow with the exception on my own driveway.
( Which spends most of the Winter months in the shade. )

I took it very gingerly parking and aimed high up the slope just in case the car started to lose grip.
( As I had a real fear that the car would simply slide gently down the slope into the side of the house! )

Once I have fitted the headrests I will take the car out for a longer drive to make sure everything is OK.

So until next time, take care, Paul.


D'Oh! - It looks like the first four posts of today's update have ended up on the previous page.

So you will need to go back a page to see my attempts at sewing leather.
02-15-2019 05:45 PM
Paul L Gear lever gaiter – Part 1
This ‘brim’ would then fix to the bottom of the alloy plate like so.

Then the cut 'tabs' could be pushed through and join the main cone on the sunny side.

To cut a very long story short, my initial plan was to mark the sewing holes required on the outside like so.

But then sew the tabs from the base to the inside of the main cone.

Unfortunately, this turned out to be beyond the reach of my limited sewing skills.

So the tabs from the base were sewn to the outside of the cone and then trimmed back.

Giving me something that looked like this.

By now, I had the two aluminium base plates prepared.

The larger one goes on top and the smaller one is there to sandwich the leather.

Which would look something like this from the underside.

Then I clamped it all together, so I could work my way around one rivet at a time.

One the base was fixed in place, I could hammer the top layer into shape.

This also helped the outside edges to cover both the leather and lower plate.

You can see the zip tie holding the gaiter in place at the top.
I also added some stitches to close the ‘gap’ that was left between the top and the join.

Hopefully, this will blend in better when I finally get around to adding aluminium panels to the cockpit walls.

The frustrating thing is that with the lessons I learnt from making this, a MkIII version would be much better.

But I will try to finish off my list of other odd jobs before I think about redoing this one!
02-15-2019 05:42 PM
Paul L Gear lever gaiter – Part 1
If I thought the headrests were tricky to make, they were a walk in the park compared to this gaiter.

I had started by roughly marking up an old cloth, to give me an idea of the material required.

My first problem was how to slip the gaiter over the widest part of the gear lever knob.

This was my MkI design, which still needed some excess material trimmed from the bottom.

After further test fitting, it became clear that I had too much material at the top of the gaiter.

So, whilst it slipped over the widest part of the gear knob with ease, it wouldn't gather tight.

In the photo above, the white cardboard is a template for the fixing plate where the leather needs to attach.

Something like this…

I set up a test piece to work out how the leather could be joined to the aluminium base.

I tried three different sized rivets to sandwich the leather between two strips of alloy.

After a liberal application of some hammers, the underside looked like this.

This was gaiter MkII.
( The string was just there as a guide for sewing and will be replaced by a cable/zip tie. )

I’d also gone back to how I used to make witches' hats for my daughters when they were small.

These would start out as a cone on top, with flaps, that were then joined to the separate brim.

So I needed the equivalent of a leather 'brim' for the bottom of my gaiter.

End of Part 1…
02-15-2019 05:40 PM
Paul L Headrests – Part 2
The first problem was the foam acting as a shock absorber when I tried to hammer the ‘tacks’ in.

In the end, I had to hold the leather in place, then squeeze the foam, then hammer, something like this.

Then, when the foam was released, the 'excess' leather went back into position.

There was a lot of trial and error and, thankfully, just one hammer vs. thumb incident.

Eventually, I finished the driver's side and it looked pretty good on the sunny side.

Not perfect by any means, but for my first attempt at headrest making, I'd call that a solid pass.

Unfortunately, I used too many tacks on the first headrest, so the back looked a real mess.

So here is the back of the passenger headrest, which was a neater job, but still gives you the general idea.

The tacks were then covered in tape.

Which left me with two headrests ready to go.

I was running out of daylight when I double checked the marks I had made on the aero humps.

Thankfully, all the ‘fir trees’ lined up, so I just need to drill the holes and the headrests can be fitted.

Despite needing to use the camera flash, I think this photo still gives a good idea of the final look.

Obviously, the aero humps are not aligned with the seats, but that is a different story.
02-15-2019 05:38 PM
Paul L Headrests – Part 1
Not for the first time, I’m tackling a job that is harder in practice than it appears in theory.

So I’ll spare you all the mistakes, undoing stitches, re-sewing, etc.

Instead, here is a headrest as seen from the inside after I had sewed the three leather panels together.

When the leather was pulled ‘inside out’ and the foam put back in, I had this.

These are the 'fir trees' that will hold the headrests to the aero humps.

And this was a test piece with the fixing holding together some scrap plywood, fibreglass and leather.

When in position, the dome of the fixing would be covered by the foam and leather of the headrest.

I then drilled four holes in each of the real plywood headrest pieces and sanded all the edges down.

These were taped into position on the aero humps.
( The one on the right was raised slightly after I took the photo. )

Whilst allowed me to mark up the holes for drilling.

Once I had added a few coats of wood preserver, I fitted the 'fir trees' to both headrest panels.

Then I just needed to work out the best way to pull the leather evenly over the back of plywood panels.

End of Part 1…
01-23-2019 11:24 AM
Paul L Leather for Headrests
Unfortunately, I had a slight technical hitch when I started to cut out the leather required for the headrests.

There was no problem with the 'faces'.

But even cutting on the diagonal, I didn’t have big enough pieces of leather to make the 'edge' as a single piece.

So the edge will now be made up of two pieces:
- The longer section will cover the top curve.
- The shorter section will cover the flat bottom.

I've also made a start on putting the sewing holes in the faces.

But I will make the holes in the other pieces once I have pinned it all together.
(To ensure the stitches line up on both sides.)

Which is why I have 'fat' margins to give me enough space for the pins.
(This excess leather will be trimmed back when the pieces are sewed together.)

I've also ordered a second needle for sewing leather so that I can use a 'saddle' stitch.

Which requires a needle on each end of the thread to sew both sides of the stitch at the same time.

Previously, I have done a single 'running' stitch and then gone around again over the 'gaps' to double stitch.

Other things to do include sorting out the holes in the plywood for the 'fir trees' fixings.

I will also give the plywood some more coats of wood preserve when all the holes are drilled.

But that is where I’ve got to for now, so until next time, take care, Paul.
01-23-2019 11:21 AM
Paul L Headrest Designs
If you look closely at the photos of car #602 above, you can see the head rest matches the hump contours like so.

But that seems to highlight the different depths of my body shell lip on either side of the hump.
(Not easy to see clearly in the photo above.)

So I tried a variety of different shapes:

A rough oval (final shape would be a better fit).

I even looked up how the original WWII Spitfire planes did it…

And tried two different sized circles.

Unfortunately, the reality was that any ‘perfect’ shape highlighted the fact the aero hump was not a symmetrical design.
(As there is no need for it to be.)

Eventually I decided a ‘cut down’ version of the hump contour would be the solution.

As this would be a match at the top, but hopefully far enough away from the bottom to disguise the difference there.

The fact that both of these templates are the same depth quickly highlighted the fact the passenger hump is smaller.

So back to the drawing board once again, as I attempting to split the difference:
- I extended the depth of the driver's side.
- I reduced the depth of the passenger side.

Hard to tell from the photo, but the bottom corners of both templates are about the same height from the body shell on either side.

Then, from my various ‘left overs’ piles, I've also cut out both the foam and plywood for the headrests.

Again, based on old photos of #602, I worked out that the headrest was made of two pieces:
- A single 'hump' shaped piece at the front.
- A second 'band' piece added around the edges of the ‘face’ for the depth of the foam.

So I cut out two small pieces of leather just to test how a bottom corner of the headrest might work in practise.

From the inside, the ‘band’ piece looked a bit odd.

Note: You have to sew them together with the inside faces on the outside.

However, this whole thing only works when you pull it inside out.

Note: I will be using black thread for the real covers and the stitches will be pulled tighter.

Once I was happy that I had a decent idea of what I needed to do, it was time to cut out the leather properly.

End of Part 3…
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