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PostPost by: davidc » Wed Jun 21, 2017 3:20 pm

been making steady progress of late.

rear part of interior is back in
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had the coat hook bolts but badges seem to have fallen off. printed logo obtained from google images on thick gloss paper and glued onto round bolt face :D
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boot lettering back on (and spelt right!)
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grills and wipers
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grills and roof trims
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rebuilt door hinges which was easier than I thought and re hung doors, maybe it was luck but the alignment was spot on at first attempt :D
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Wed Jun 21, 2017 4:01 pm

I'm very sorry but I hate green cars! 99.9% of the time but yours really suits it well done.
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PostPost by: wotsisname » Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:08 pm

looking superb.
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PostPost by: Bigbaldybloke » Thu Jun 22, 2017 4:05 pm

Looking good, is that an original head-lining or a replacement? Mine currently has no interior trim!

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PostPost by: davidc » Thu Jun 22, 2017 4:32 pm

original.

only damage to interior was torn drivers seat bolster which I fixed. other than that it is mint.
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PostPost by: Europatc » Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:37 am

Nice work that man you should be very pleased with your efforts :D
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PostPost by: JJDraper » Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:39 am

The headlining material was/is called Lodestar, which I believe is now available again,thanks to the Ford boys.

http://www.aldridge.co.uk/latest_produc ... x.cfm?id=5

No affiliation with the company and I haven't tried them. Last time I tried to get some Lodestar it was regarded as unobtainable (I sourced some old stock), but this seems to have changed.

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PostPost by: wotsisname » Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:53 am

I don't think the picture is "lodestar". It looks to be the later headlining.
Lodestar was on the earlier +2s and as you say hard to get hold of... I got the impression from a chap at Martrim that Aldridge would only supply as a complete headlining... [but, I don't have this direct from Aldridge]
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PostPost by: stugilmour » Sun Jul 02, 2017 5:22 am

Great looking car!

Believe they call the later headlining material (like this car) 'Confetti'.

When I did my Lodestar car a while ago Sue Miller supplied both the sewn headliner and loose fabric by the yard. The loose fabric is required for the C Pillar portions (where the coat hooks and courtesy lights are located.

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PostPost by: nmauduit » Sun Jul 02, 2017 10:57 am

I had been looking for "confetti" material for my S4se, and could not get any a couple years ago (it had been unavailable for a few years, though some approximate vendors located in Crediton sold me generic grained stuff claiming high and strong they had it till I sent them a sample upon receiving their shipment).

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original confetti headliner material


Then a year ago or so confetti material was available at SMS Auto Fabric (Canby, OR 97013), in two variations, one a bit smaller pitch and one a bit larger pitch (it comes in different colors, too) :

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SMS Auto Fabric confetti material


under name edsel on their site :

https://www.smsautofabrics.com/products/headliners.php

I believe confetti kits are now available from several vendors in the UK as well, though I don't know if it is of the exact pitch Lotus used, or possible made of the American material.

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