Well it's been a long week of hard work, but I'm happy to say things have been going very well with trimming/installing the headliner and top on this rare 1955 Mercedes 300SC Cabrio.
The first days were spent installing the headliner:
The next few days were spent building up and shaping the big foam pad that goes on top of the headliner/under the top to give the top its smooth shape...
The top pad required a lot of hand stitching and shaping to get the right shape and to fill out the finished top properly. After I was happy with it on Friday I finally started fitting the top itself. It was a tight fit, but she's looking really good so far.
Next week I will be continuing my progress on finishing this top. I still have to hand tack the entire rear section of the top to the body of the car, and install the rear glass window and chrome finishing strips. Once the window is in I will also have to finish the inner headliner which has a separate piece for the rear window area hand stitched in place all the way around.
Without question this is the most elaborate and time consuming top I have ever had to fit, in fact everything on this car has been the same story. You just don't see the craftsmanship like Mercedes had on much else. But at the end of the day time, patients and attention to detail are making this job go smoothly and with stunning results. I've become a better trimmer for it, and on a million dollar car such as this - it's well worth it!
Tune in next week when I'll hopefully finish things off with the top and finish installing the rest of the interior components.
ciao for now -
Classic auto enthusiast, upholsterer, coach trimmer, and fine scale modeler.