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Old 04-13-2020, 12:30 PM   #1
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For those of you who would like to make a copy of the original Lap Robe that Ford sold during the Model A era, here is some information on just how to do it:

http://www.plucks329s.org/pdf/studie...ordLapRobe.pdf

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Old 04-13-2020, 01:47 PM   #2
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Pluck,


Thanks for the info. One of those lap robes would look good in my roadster.


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That is neat to see, probably some survived but nobody knows what they really are. I was expecting to see a big Ford script on it.
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For those of you who would like to make a copy of the original Lap Robe that Ford sold during the Model A era, here is some information on just how to do it:

http://www.plucks329s.org/pdf/studie...ordLapRobe.pdf

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Old 04-13-2020, 09:10 PM   #5
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Does anyone know what "body cloth" is as mentions in the post? Just curious.
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Old 04-13-2020, 09:18 PM   #6
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Does anyone know what "body cloth" is as mentions in the post? Just curious.
Seat upholstery fabric.

When Ford had remnants left at the end of a bolt, too small to upholster a seat, it got sent over to the Lap Robe people.
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Any ideas of where these would have been made? Appears to be a perfect fit for a Ford cottage industry operation.

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Hi Steve,
Nice job researching the lap robe. It would be nice to include the robe rails too. Thanks so much for sharing your work.
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Most of Ford's upholstery in the model A era was made in a section of the repurposed Highland Park plant. They made up upholstery sets in kit form to send to all the various body assembly organizations and contractors.

The Highland Park plant was a pretty good sized facility and some of it still exists in Detroit. Briggs Body had a fire destroy one of their plants in Detroit so Ford rented them a pretty good chunk of the facility with no stipulations. Briggs made bodies for Chrysler and others so there were competitors bodies coming from an old Ford plant as well as Ford bodies.
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Number #749 on the list of things I did not know about Model A's
Henry was so frugal he probably spent many a sleepless night trying to figure out how to re-use the air in tires.
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Hi Steve:


Great information as usual,


Thanks for sharing.
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