Category: Door trim

1929 Model A Sport Coupe Door Trim Improvements

1929 Model A Sport Coupe Door Trim Improvements


The Coupe was missing most of the door furniture and the trims are not really correct

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The door cappings and trims were removed and inspected

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The trims were cut to allow the door lock escutcheons to be fitted, as the door trims are incorrect repairs had to be carried out to allow the fitting of the door furniture

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At this time the holes to allow the fitting of the footmans loop checkstraps were also created. The trims were then fitted to the car. The window winder handle locking pin holes had to be reworked as they were too small for the pins to be fitted. Some slight adjustments were made to allow smooth operation of the windows. Otherwise all is well.

Model A Ford Sport Coupe Windlace Challenge Part 3


Before beginning the removal of the rest of the rivets, I found that the left A pillar windscreen moulding that we originally thought would be difficult to remove proved to be easier than expected, so no need to remove the header rail

Now  it was time to tackle all of the rivets on the left A pillar windlace retainer with the Dremel tool

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After masking everything as best possible it took around two hours to grind off the heads off the rivets and then driving out  the remains out with a centre punch. This enabled the removal of the retainer and the remains of the original windlace.



Model A Ford Sport Coupe Windlace Challenge Part 2


Whilst the top coat was curing on the upper retainers work began on the front left hand side windlace.

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The next piece of work started at the front windscreen opening lever. Upon removing the lever to get access to the window frame trim which in turn allows access to the windlace retainer. The frame trim cannot be removed until the windscreen header bar is removed. To gain access to the header bar the rear view mirror and the header trim needs to be removed. Once the mirror and trim was removed it was found that the bolts were seized, these have been soaked in penetrating fluid and will be revisited after a few days soak. In the meantime the upper dash panel and the left hand kick panel were removed.

The A pillar windlace  retainers are held in place by a number of tubular rivets, these present a challenge. A number of methods have been tried across the Model A community, one of these is to use a carbide tipped tool on a Dremel to grind off  the head of the rivet. After applying some tape to protect the area around the test rivet, the method appears to work quite well.

Part 3 to follow


Model A Ford Sport Coupe Windlacing Challenge Part 1


Been putting it off for some time but the time has come to get it done!

Windlace is the weatherstrip that fits around the door aperture.

On an older car the strip is fitted via a number of methods, nails, rivets and retaining strips and sometimes even glue.

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First job was to refurbish the upper retaining strips on both doors

A lot of old oddly coloured paint and two different sorts of windlace side to side was found.

First job was to start sanding the pieces down and treating them with Hammerite Direct to Rust paint on the rear.

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Next activity was to prep the front of the strips and apply four coats of filler primer. After the primer had dried for 24 hours it was then lightly flatted with 2500 wet and dry abrasive. After this the surfaces were cleaned with pre-painting wipes. Following this four coats of top coat were then applied.

Back soon with Part 2


Crossing the Channel – Replacing 1929 Model A Ford Window Channels


I’ve been meaning to sort out the perished windows channels on the Model A, so I headed over to John Cochran’s for some expert assistance.

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Once we had removed the door trims it was very interesting to find the details from the trim manufacturer from 20 years ago! I may research the detail to see if I can get a bead on who owned the car back then. I’ve tried writing to the owner listed on the title but sadly got no reply.

It was great to drive home with slightly less rattles thanks to John!