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Old 02-12-2019, 12:32 PM   #1
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Does any parts house offer the open car arm rest/protector as shown in the pic? Or is this a homemade option?
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Old 02-12-2019, 12:44 PM   #2
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Try one of the upholstery places. LeBarron Bonney used to be the one I would recommend but they have got a lot of bad press recently.

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Does any parts house offer the open car arm rest/protector as shown in the pic? Or is this a homemade option?

It's just a piece of fabric hemmed around the edge with a couple snaps in the corners and maybe a sewn-in backing. I'd think any local upholstery shop could whip one up.
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I had Classtique Upholstery make mine for our '29 Phaeton. They made my kit years ago. They used vinyl that matched the seat covers and backed it with a soft non-scratching cloth. Side curtain fasteners were installed to allow them to mount to the body sockets. There was a 1/8" x 3/4" length of steel stock sewn between the layers to act as a weight to keep the rest in place (draped over the door) as the car is driven.
On my phaeton, I have them on the front door and on the section of the body that the rear side curtain mounts to. The rear ones protect the body from top bow chips when the top is down. None on the rear doors as I felt it was not needed. Car was rebuilt in 2000 and no chips/scratches on the door tops yet!

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Those are pretty cool.
Would they be an acceptable accessory on any Model A...say maybe a '31 sedan?
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Those are pretty cool.
Would they be an acceptable accessory on any Model A...say maybe a '31 sedan?
I don't see how they would work on a sedan. The roadsters, phaetons and other cars with soft sides (side curtains) have the body sockets where these covers are attached to. A sedan has no body sockets.
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I don't see how they would work on a sedan. The roadsters, phaetons and other cars with soft sides (side curtains) have the body sockets where these covers are attached to. A sedan has no body sockets.
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A stitched double fabric with magnets glued inside should stay in place with the magnets holding it to the door panel. Otherwise maybe metal bent to a square U shape to clip over door opening.
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That's not a bad idea Tom. Thanks
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Old 02-16-2019, 07:43 AM   #9
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I have them on my 30 RPU. Mine have flexible strip magnets sewn in the outside part.I'm not sure who made them,I bought them at a swap meet 20 years ago.They were in the original box,I just can't remember who they were from.I don't think I've lifted them up off the doors in 15 years.
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I have them on my 30 RPU. I don't think I've lifted them up off the doors in 15 years.
How do you wash your car?
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They are available at Classtique and at Mike's A-ford-able. Classtique's has weights on the inside. Don't know about Mike's.
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Classtique’s door protector is $205.00, Mike’s is $90.00.
I think I will make my own as suggested above.
Thanks for all your help.
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Wash the car?? Why would I do that? I do usually wash it once a year or so.It's an open car so I just don't squirt much water up around the openings.I will have to look,but I think my door top covers have the magnetic strips on both the inside and outside.I didn't put them on there to protect the paint,but to keep my arm from being burned.Because of my shoulders I HAVE to have my arm out the window in an A.I can't drive a closed A more than a few miles with the window rolled up.
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