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Old 06-01-2019, 05:27 PM   #1
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Unusual request , Can a leather back Vicky be changed to a steel back ,ie fill tack holes & re work the rear window area ? Been done ?? how big a job ?
Have found a rough leather back but for intended purpose would like a steel back , New sister for Lickety Split , ??
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Old 06-01-2019, 09:03 PM   #2
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you might consider what I did years ago. Bought a rear window section from a sedan and welded that in place of the wood framed rear window, the window is just a touch larger than the Victoria window. then cut metal strips to fill in the tact strips and used body cement to hold the strips in.
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Old 06-01-2019, 11:02 PM   #3
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anything can be done with a lot of work. it easier if you could a top section from the belt line up. and the upper wood on the inside is different. the gutter on the steel back are welded on and there is no lip to facilitate the top molding.
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Old 06-02-2019, 10:22 AM   #4
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It would much easier and cost effective to find a Steel-Back body. The differences between the Leather-Back and Steel-Back bodies are significant:
>Rear window is larger on the Leather-Back;
>Interior wood is different;
>Sheet metal above the belt line is different.


Ironically, it is more common to convert a Steel-Back to a Leather-Back. Out of 518 surviving 190A Victoria Coupes on record, 311 are Leather-Backs, so it may be that Leather-Backs left on the planet outnumber the Steel-Backs.
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Old 06-02-2019, 07:31 PM   #5
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Thanks for replies, Now is there a kit produced or how hard to fit a leather back top , Sold my Vicky steel back so no longer belong too the Vicky club, Might have to join up again , winter has arrive , But the smell of salt gets stronger each day ??
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Old 06-08-2019, 03:29 AM   #6
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Magoos in Masterton have one in their shop that they are converting/ have converted. Might be worth a call to Lloyd to see what is involved.
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Old 06-08-2019, 06:48 AM   #7
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funny, I much prefer the leatherback.


wouldnt buy a steelback........
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Old 06-09-2019, 09:24 AM   #8
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Had one come in the shop, the covering was taken off and top sprayed with what looked like bed liner. (It wasn't) It was an ok job but there are a lot of holes for the nails that hold the trim welting around the edges.
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Old 06-09-2019, 11:14 AM   #9
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Drove mine to C.W. Moss yesterday, about 150 miles round trip. Ran great at about 65-70 on the freeway. It was a hot day but Vicky stayed cool. I said this to make you jealous!
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Jim , Hmmmm Will we see you at speed week ?
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Old 06-09-2019, 03:19 PM   #11
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Drove mine to C.W. Moss yesterday, about 150 miles round trip. Ran great at about 65-70 on the freeway. It was a hot day but Vicky stayed cool. I said this to make you jealous!



JIM!
did you really do that speed? Amazing--
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Old 06-10-2019, 10:49 AM   #12
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Ftiz, yes. My Vicky has a Rutherford OHV conversion, twin 97's and a T-5 five speed trans, 26% O.D. Speed was confirmed by GPS.

Derek, Not planning on it. Going to Lincoln, NE next week and a long cruize in Nov. Good luck to you on the salt!
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Old 06-10-2019, 06:01 PM   #13
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Jim if you had invited me to go to Lincoln I might have gone , no one hear wanted to go , going to do it in two years time, Be sure to take a pic of you along side the green cabbage ??? You driving or flying ?? Yes going to need lots of luck , been living in Hope NZ for 70 years & still no luck,
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Old 06-11-2019, 06:47 AM   #14
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been living in Hope NZ for 70 years & still no luck,



town in nearbly PA called New Hope


for those that know the place- it is nicknamed


No Hope!
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Derek, Taking the speedster with one of those rare and exotic BRIERLEY heads, and cam. Wish me luck! Al Zannino is going with me, Kathy says she's been there too many times.
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