1955 Are these both the rear drop cloth?

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Hello!

Sorry if this is a stupid question. I wish to replace my rear deck garnish (metal trim) and vinyl, is the top deck vinyl and drop cloth one and the same? I attached a pic.

Thank you!

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Yes, But confuse the Tonneau cover which fit over the entire cockpit and dash. I have both on my 56.Tannou Cover 57.jpgBack curtain.JPGTannou Cover B.jpg
 
Hello!

Sorry if this is a stupid question. I wish to replace my rear deck garnish (metal trim) and vinyl, is the top deck vinyl and drop cloth one and the same? I attached a pic.

Thank you!

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My recollection is that that the answer to your question is "no". If my memory is right, the order of assembly is that the edge of the drop cloth has to be cut to fit the contour of the shelf since it curves at the ends. Then the edge of the drop cloth is cemented down to the metal shelf. The shelf is "formed" to have room for the parts being put onto it along the edge. Then there is a metal piece, maybe 2 or 3 inches wide (front to back of the car) that is shaped to fit the formed shelf shape. That metal piece is wrapped with a piece of material (the same stuff the drop cloth is made from) so it looks nice on the top side, which I think is what your right arrow is pointing to. You have to cement that piece of material to the metal. You wrap it around and get the seam on the bottom where it doesn't show. Then that bolts down over the drop cloth you just cemented in place. Lastly there is the chrome trim piece which goes on top of those to finish it off. Doing it this way makes it so the drop cloth is held in place mostly by the bolted down metal piece rather than just relying on cement. That's my recollection, it's been three years so I might be recalling it wrong but I'm pretty sure that's how it does together.
 
Wow! Glad I asked, and didn’t assume. Was hoping the process was fairly simple, guess it’ll take longer than anticipate. Really appreciate the detailed information! Thank you!!
 
I found a couple photos.
 

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I found a couple photos.
Most excellent! Thank you a ton! I‘ll start digging into removing that metal piece, can’t be too difficult. I have an upholstery shop that can re-cover as long as I remove it. You made my day!
 
The upholstery shop can make you a Tonneau cover....
 
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