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#1 Benoit_Dupont

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Posted 12 October 2019 - 05:32 PM

Allright, so It has been a busy saterday, I can tell you.  :proud:

 

Following a suggestion from Mini forum member (Chris1275gt) , I wanted to explore the possibility to make another leather strap for interior. And here is what I came up with:

 

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picture is a bit dark as I just finished and it's now pitch blacks in the french alps as I write. basically, on my desk it looks like this:

 

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it is a (quite heavily modified) guitar amp handle. it's called a fender strap for a reason, hence the title of the topic today.  ;D

 

I ditch the terrible plastic strap and made my own (automotive grade) leather handle. it's back stitched by hand using cross stitch point. similar to what you find on steering wheel, to some extend. Of course, again, once on the door, you don't see it. but I know it's there and it's well made. that's what matters.

 

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turned out that the suggestion from Chris1275gt is a good one. it's still a pain in the b*** to make but it will keep the strap flat while driving. :)

 

cheers guys !

 

 



#2 Curley

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Posted 12 October 2019 - 06:44 PM

Looking forward to seeing the whole door assembly once all your projects come together.



#3 Chris1275gt

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Posted 13 October 2019 - 09:11 AM


Looks good Benoit.

#4 Benoit_Dupont

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Posted 13 October 2019 - 10:51 AM

Looks good Benoit.


Thanks and it was a good idea.

#5 MikeRotherham

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Posted 14 October 2019 - 05:57 AM

Just a thought, if the strap is flush with the door panel, over time the vinyl of the door panel would get worn with the driver's hand grabbing hold of it wouldn't it?



#6 Benoit_Dupont

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Posted 14 October 2019 - 08:05 AM

Just a thought, if the strap is flush with the door panel, over time the vinyl of the door panel would get worn with the driver's hand grabbing hold of it wouldn't it?

Hi Mike,

 

Well, to be honest before you wear out a door panel that you put your hands maybe only 4 or 6 times a day at worse, it will be quite a long time, probably your car will breakdown before it.  ;D

 

It's really not an issue.

 

I also did modify the metal fixing that normally are meant for amplifiers: they have pins to dig in the wood of the amplifier. here I grinded everything and smoothed all the edge so it does not harm the leatherette of the panel.






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