Engine Cover Rehab - U22
Posted: Tue Nov 10, 2015 7:01 am
I am midway through the restoration of my 1948 U22's engine box/cover. The box is largely constructed in plywood and is original. The covering from the factory was blue tolex which was the same as the seat upholstery. Currently the upholstery is red vinyl and I am returning the interior to a blue vinyl that is an extremely close match to the original blue tolex both in color and grain. When I removed the existing red vinyl there was a very thin synthetic material stapled to the plywood. I am assuming this synthetic material was not original since it was stapled and not tacked in place. I found many old tacks still in the plywood that I am assuming was left from the original installation. The rusty tacks had minute traces of what appears ro be a cotton material. The synthetic materail that I removed does not offer and "padding" between the plywood and the vinyl. It appears to be more of a material that helps slip the vinyl over the plywood reducing friction when installing. The question I have is what material was used originally between the plywood and the outside covering or what is used today for this restoration?