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Engine Compartment Material

Posted: Sun May 06, 2018 8:37 pm
by Jonathan Schneiderman
I am in communication with Autos International regarding the engine bay liner materials and color. My car is a ‘55 coupe. I would like to do grey, but I am unsure about the texture of the material? This is the sample they sent me:

Re: Engine Compartment Material

Posted: Sun May 13, 2018 10:19 am
by tom coughlin
That's what I've got in my '55. Check the Stoddard listing which has a picture you can look at.
http://www.stoddard.com/64455198100-nla.html
Look in the "more views" for a square piece. Tom

Re: Engine Compartment Material

Posted: Sun May 13, 2018 10:32 am
by Jonathan Schneiderman
I just checked. The Stoddard material appears more ‘pebbled’ to me while the Autos Internstional material has a definite grain. Is your liner original or did you get it from Stoddard?

Re: Engine Compartment Material

Posted: Sun May 13, 2018 10:42 am
by James Davies
Most of the original, unrestored '54-55 cars I've seen which have their original padding have either a beige or brown material in the rear. Though I have seen one light grey one. It is vinyl with sewn-in horse hair padding. Here's some photos of original ones.

Re: Engine Compartment Material

Posted: Sun May 13, 2018 10:48 am
by James Davies
Steve Harrison also had the original padding from his '55 coupe. You can see it here

viewtopic.php?p=204778#p204778

Looks like it was originally dark brown like those above, but was colored black or dark grey.

Re: Engine Compartment Material

Posted: Sun May 13, 2018 11:06 am
by Jonathan Schneiderman
Thanks for the photos. It looks like brown or tan/beige might be the way to go rather than grey.

Re: Engine Compartment Material

Posted: Tue May 15, 2018 11:19 am
by Vincent Gillespie
Hello, what was left of my original engine quilts in my '55 is grey, to match the interior upholstery, but the quality was about 1/2 that of the interior, really thin and the stitching was somewhat haphazard to say the least. I was able to borrow a set from another '55, to make patterns, this was also grey matching the interior and the stitching on these was also really hit & miss, Steve also mentions this feature.

I went to a local upholstery supplier to get the best match I could from their sample books, they told me it wasn't possible to get such 'crappy' quality today, but the grain is a pretty good match. I have the patterns and due to minimum purchase amount I'm sure I have enough spare in storage for you to make what you need. I'm up to my eyeballs until mid/end June so I won't be able to do anything until July but if you are not in any hurry and it's grey you need I'm happy to post it to you.

V

Re: Engine Compartment Material

Posted: Thu May 24, 2018 12:58 pm
by Jonathan Schneiderman
Maybe one of these would be a better option considering my car is Turkish Red with Tan interior.

Re: Engine Compartment Material

Posted: Fri May 25, 2018 5:28 am
by Vincent Gillespie
Hello Jonathan, just a back up message in case my email reply via 'who knows where' didn't get to you I'll be in touch mid June and we can see if stuff I have is of any use to you.
V

Re: Engine Compartment Material

Posted: Fri May 25, 2018 9:58 am
by James Davies
Vincent, could you post a photo or two of your engine compartment material when you get a chance?

Re: Engine Compartment Material

Posted: Fri May 25, 2018 2:58 pm
by Tom Kaiser
Here is one original material from a 55

Re: Engine Compartment Material

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:26 pm
by Jonathan Schneiderman
Thank you for all the advice. Here is the finished product. I went with the ‘Saddle’ material from Autos International. They did a very good job making the liner as well.

Re: Engine Compartment Material

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:22 pm
by John Lindstrom
Looks like a clean installation, very nice.

Re: Engine Compartment Material

Posted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:22 am
by Ross Copeland
From what month/year did the factory introduce Engine Bay lining?

Re: Engine Compartment Material

Posted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:46 am
by James Davies
The early split-window cars had engine bay lining. The bent-window cars did not from ~April 1952 through May 1954. Reutter then brought it back for the rest of 1954 and 1955.

1953 cars just had schutz, just like in Charlie White's photos.