It's hard to believe, but my 1946 sedan-turned-roadster pickup is almost finished. I mean actually finished, painted, upholstered, and lift-off hardtop roof finally covered. It's been a long time since I had a finished car! That removable roof had been the final piece of the puzzle (OK the seat upholstery is the actual final piece, but that's in the works as I write this), as I'd been driving the truck around with the roof in bare aluminum for 2 1/2 years.

It had always been the plan from the start to get it padded and covered, to resemble a folding roof, hence the use of top bows and flat sections between them, as a genuine early folding roof has no compound curves. But I never seemed to get around to it. The truck was on the road, the roof did its job, and all my money for over a year was ploughed into my Bonneville race car.

However, I figured its time had come, so during our discussions with Luis Loyola at Loyola Auto Interiors regarding the Tribute T interior, we arranged for him to tackle my roof once we got the T back. I couldn't have hoped for a better result, with the outside covered in high-density foam, then Mercedes cloth, and the inside treated to a foam-backed headliner, but keeping the top bows visible. It looks for all the world to a casual observer as if it would fold, yet is solid, and still easily removable via a few bolts.

SOURCE
Loyola Auto Interiors
1859 West 169th St.
Unit B
Gardena
CA  90247
800-979-0122
http://www.loyolaautointeriors.c
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