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Re: Convertible top install

 by John Long ¦  Tue Dec 29, 2020 9:48 pm ¦  Forum: Automotive ¦  Topic: Convertible top install ¦  Replies: 14 ¦  Views: 2149

@John Do you have a personal preference for Kee , EZ On, Electron or other brand?

Re: Convertible top install

 by John Long ¦  Mon Dec 28, 2020 2:11 am ¦  Forum: Automotive ¦  Topic: Convertible top install ¦  Replies: 14 ¦  Views: 2149

The average book time for a top and rear curtain will be around 10-12 hours not counting pads, replacing tack strips, etc. You will not put your first top on that quickly, of course, but that will give an idea of what the normal charge might be. There are several YouTube videos on installing tops an...

Re: Making a convertible top from scratch

 by John Long ¦  Wed Dec 23, 2020 8:01 pm ¦  Forum: Automotive ¦  Topic: Making a convertible top from scratch ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 347

Just to be clear, The top on my car is a Kee brand top. I did not make it, nor, have I ever made one from scratch.. I hope my post was not misleading. I do believe I could make a top that would, in some ways, fit better, but I would probably not go to the trouble and aggravation to make the rear cur...

Re: Making a convertible top from scratch

 by John Long ¦  Tue Dec 22, 2020 11:21 pm ¦  Forum: Automotive ¦  Topic: Making a convertible top from scratch ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 347

If you will do a search on YouTube. there is a video on making a scratch made top by Steve Holcomb for a ‘59 Impala. Steve used a factory rear curtain and scratch made the top. He does a beautiful job of it and explains the process very well. I think you will find it worth looking at. I am just fini...

Re: Ultraleather question and intro

 by John Long ¦  Thu Dec 10, 2020 2:18 am ¦  Forum: Beginner Questions ¦  Topic: Ultraleather question and intro ¦  Replies: 16 ¦  Views: 1128

Do you remember the name of the mfr. @BigRig

John Long

Re: Newbie Intro and Staple gun question

 by John Long ¦  Thu Dec 10, 2020 2:16 am ¦  Forum: Beginner Questions ¦  Topic: Newbie Intro and Staple gun question ¦  Replies: 14 ¦  Views: 1021

You can shoot a 5/32 through the panel at an angle without going through.

John Long

Re: Newbie Intro and Staple gun question

 by John Long ¦  Wed Dec 09, 2020 7:12 pm ¦  Forum: Beginner Questions ¦  Topic: Newbie Intro and Staple gun question ¦  Replies: 14 ¦  Views: 1021

If I am not mistaken, the BEA is what John Pollock uses to shoot staples into ABS in all of his instruction videos. I will have to check my stapler to see which model it is. I have bought a sheet of ABS and fully expect the BEA to work just fine. I have used it on PVC solid panel many times. John Long

Re: Newbie Intro and Staple gun question

 by John Long ¦  Wed Dec 09, 2020 5:18 pm ¦  Forum: Beginner Questions ¦  Topic: Newbie Intro and Staple gun question ¦  Replies: 14 ¦  Views: 1021

My advice, @Mark M , would be to be sure and buy a stapler that will accept “series 71" staples. They will be 3/8 crown by whatever leg length you buy. The reason for this recommendation is you can buy the series 71 staples in stainless steel which are really needed in automotive work and absolutely...

Re: Ultraleather question and intro

 by John Long ¦  Wed Dec 09, 2020 4:18 pm ¦  Forum: Beginner Questions ¦  Topic: Ultraleather question and intro ¦  Replies: 16 ¦  Views: 1128

Weellll....@BigRig, we are all waiting! :-))))))

Re: Ultraleather question and intro

 by John Long ¦  Wed Dec 09, 2020 2:29 am ¦  Forum: Beginner Questions ¦  Topic: Ultraleather question and intro ¦  Replies: 16 ¦  Views: 1128

@BigRig It really is a shame. I loved working with it.

John Long

Re: Ultraleather question and intro

 by John Long ¦  Wed Dec 09, 2020 1:35 am ¦  Forum: Beginner Questions ¦  Topic: Ultraleather question and intro ¦  Replies: 16 ¦  Views: 1128

If it is ok for me to add my 2 cents. I used Ultraleather in my personal '36 Ford roadster. I loved the way it felt and I loved the way it sewed. With that said, it has worn terribly. I would not pay $15 a yard for any more of it. I can't afford, nor do I have the time to do a job that no longer loo...

Re: Help needed sewing marine vinyl

 by John Long ¦  Wed Nov 18, 2020 3:19 pm ¦  Forum: Marine ¦  Topic: Help needed sewing marine vinyl ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 512

Unfortunately I have to agree with @souperdoo . Commercial Grade only means it is designed for continuous duty. Shirt factories run commercial machines but they are designed to sew light cotton not heavy duty vinyls. I started out with a light duty walking foot machine and quickly realised I would h...

Re: Thread tension seems off...

 by John Long ¦  Sat Nov 14, 2020 2:10 pm ¦  Forum: Sewing Machines & Tools - Reviews / Problems / Fixes / Etc... ¦  Topic: Thread tension seems off... ¦  Replies: 12 ¦  Views: 1333

Take it out of the bottom guide where the needle attaches and see if it is not binding or abrading there. That looks like a good place to have a sharp edge. I have an Adler machine so I have not seen thread pass quite that way before but it looks "iffy" to me there.

John

Re: Foam questions

 by John Long ¦  Wed Nov 11, 2020 5:10 pm ¦  Forum: Beginner Questions ¦  Topic: Foam questions ¦  Replies: 10 ¦  Views: 1069

@John Even though I have been around the auto trim business through much of my life, I am not licensed and my local jobber will not sell directly to me. I always bought through my good friend until he retired about a year ago. It is frustrating to not have an available jobber handy but, it is what ...

Re: Foam questions

 by John Long ¦  Mon Nov 09, 2020 1:10 pm ¦  Forum: Beginner Questions ¦  Topic: Foam questions ¦  Replies: 10 ¦  Views: 1069

That is why John ends up with 71 lb foam for the cushion instead of 50 lb. The 33 density he mentions is even better than the 2.7 but is requiring a higher firmness rsting to accomplish what he needs. For any folks here who are not familiar with the designations for foam, the first two digits are th...

Re: Foam questions

 by John Long ¦  Sun Nov 08, 2020 11:39 pm ¦  Forum: Beginner Questions ¦  Topic: Foam questions ¦  Replies: 10 ¦  Views: 1069

@John I think you are spot on John. I have not seen many places advertising 3371. That would be a very high quality, dense foam as well as being nice and firm for a cushion. Is there a good on line source for it?

John Long

Re: A humbling project

 by John Long ¦  Sun Nov 08, 2020 11:31 pm ¦  Forum: Show Off Your Projects ¦  Topic: A humbling project ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 503

I have no clever words but thank you for caring and sharing......

John

I just bought Allante for less than 20 bucks a yard. I think it was $17 but am afraid to swear to it. When you consider 5-6 yards will do a complete interior, it just does not make sense to me to use an inferior product. Your time and hard work deserve lasting success that will command positive comm...

Re: welted seams

 by John Long ¦  Tue Oct 27, 2020 10:47 pm ¦  Forum: Beginner Questions ¦  Topic: welted seams ¦  Replies: 9 ¦  Views: 2135

Usually, it is sufficient to just make sure it is all turned the same direction. You can trim the selvedge off if needed. Just don't trim it too close to the stitch weakening the seam.

John

Re: welted seams

 by John Long ¦  Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:32 pm ¦  Forum: Beginner Questions ¦  Topic: welted seams ¦  Replies: 9 ¦  Views: 2135

Another thing to consider is, you can see your stitches if you run it through one way but not if you turn it over. If you run it through in such a way that you can see the previous stitch you can always be sure you are not going to leave an exposed stitch because it is too loose. There are times you...

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