Ford Model A Pickup Restoration October 2015

Last month, I have protected the hood against scratches.

Ford Model A Restoration October 2015

For this hood clip I've made some leather caps.

Ford Model A Restoration October 2015

In the back of the picture you see the ones you can buy. First I have used these but after some open / close of the hood, they did not protect anymore and I had scratches on my hood. Since the hood corners are also made from leather, I decided to use leather for my self made versions too - see front of the picture.

Ford Model A Restoration October 2015

I recommend to start with such a pattern (thin plastic or cardboard). Then you can transfer the shape to the leather. The used leather is 1 mm thick.

Ford Model A Restoration October 2015

The sketches can be found here (in mm). I recommend to sew a prototype first and see whether it does fit or not. Depending on the hood clip (original or reproduction part) there may be differences in size and you have to adapt.

Ford Model A Restoration October 2015

As soon as the first parts are cut, you can start with sewing.

Ford Model A Restoration October 2015

I have folded the leather and fixed it with a clamp, which normally holds a paper stack. The stitches are 2 mm from the edge.

Ford Model A Restoration October 2015

After the first versions are made and also do fit …

Ford Model A Restoration October 2015

… I can continue with the rest. Before fixing it with some glue on the hood clips, I have mounted them for a week, so they had time to get it's final shape. Now I don't expect some future paint damage.




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