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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:31 pm 
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My 58 Speedster currently has a canvas boot cover. It is in the picture with the brown leather tie down. Also in the picture is the now correct vinyl boot cover I just received. The tie down on it is white. Is white correct? I've been to many car shows, and seem to remember the concours correct cars having the brown leather tie down. I've taken hundreds of pic's of these cars over the years, but none of them show what I need. The place where I purchased it is looking into it. I was just curious what the board here thinks/knows. Thanks all!!!


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:24 am 
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Original black tonneau covers on early Speedsters typically had black leather straps. I have never seen an original black tonneau cover from a '58 Speedster but I'm pretty confident black or tan straps would be the norm. Red tonneau covers and beige tonneau covers originally had tan leather straps. All original tonneau cover straps were assembled with a roller buckle and a separate keeper loop, as shown below.
You might be able to change the color of those white straps with black leather dye.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:20 pm 
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Thanks Donald,
While my car is not concours level, I would like the leather to be correct. The car is ruby red, and a black boot with white buckle doesn’t look correct.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:12 pm 
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OK, so on your Speedster, what does this "tie down" with its buckle, tie down to?
My '57 car doesn't have it.
Thanks.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:23 pm 
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Dan Macdonald wrote:
OK, so on your Speedster, what does this "tie down" with its buckle, tie down to?
My '57 car doesn't have it.
Thanks.

Dan,

From behind the skirt the straps are threaded through the collapsed frame linkage then around and out to the front of the skirt into the buckles.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:59 am 
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Donald Zingg wrote:
Dan Macdonald wrote:
OK, so on your Speedster, what does this "tie down" with its buckle, tie down to?
My '57 car doesn't have it.
Thanks.

Dan,

From behind the skirt the straps are threaded through the collapsed frame linkage then around and out to the front of the skirt into the buckles.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:43 pm 
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Thanks Guys,
Anyone have a photo of the tonneau with the straps in place around the frame?
Maybe can retrofit my tonneau (?)

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:13 pm 
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Original boot cover.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:21 pm 
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Thanks Mike! Super-helpful!

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