Leatherette for September 1942 WC56 CC seats

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Leatherette for September 1942 WC56 CC seats

Post by ziro »

Hi,
has someone find the right leatherette material for the CC seats? I would like it to get the material very original.

Here some photos from the original material.

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Re: Leatherette for September 1942 WC56 CC seats

Post by June J »

Hi Zero,
I did not thing leatherette was used on the Commend Cars, I was under the impression the earlier cars were leather, the later were canvas?

I used leather in my 1942 WC 57.

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Re: Leatherette for September 1942 WC56 CC seats

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Real leather on Command Cars, leatherette on pickups. I've also seen at least one WC53 Carryall original jump sat with real leather,
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Re: Leatherette for September 1942 WC56 CC seats

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That is kinda the rule of thumb, but not set in stone
Page 497 master parts list SNL G 657
colors of material for T214 command car
part number 966725 Imitation leather Olive drab
part number 966552 Genuine Leather, Lackawanne Luxor or Brown
Part number 922798 Duck Material Olive drab

These are the only colors listed
nwo i have seen brown, dark green and other dark colors used in the leatherette
but as per the manual
these are the official colors
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Re: Leatherette for September 1942 WC56 CC seats

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And remember
Production runs and dye lots will differ greatly, for the same color or weave detail, even with todays methods
The method used them, made for very varying details,. even though they were accepted as per spec
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Re: Leatherette for September 1942 WC56 CC seats

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June J wrote:
Sat May 16, 2020 6:59 am
Hi Zero,
I did not thing leatherette was used on the Commend Cars, I was under the impression the earlier cars were leather, the later were canvas?

I used leather in my 1942 WC 57.

Ian
Sure they used leatherette. Between leather and canvas was a short time (my WC 56 is September 1942 and it has his original seats) where they used leatherette in Command Cars. Ernie Baals shows the spare part list details, too. Part number 966725 is for leatherette.

My seat is 100% original and there are NO other nail holes inside the wood. So it is the first seat cover which is mounted on the wooden frames.

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Re: Leatherette for September 1942 WC56 CC seats

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Ernie Baals wrote:
Sun May 17, 2020 12:11 am
That is kinda the rule of thumb, but not set in stone
Page 497 master parts list SNL G 657
colors of material for T214 command car
part number 966725 Imitation leather Olive drab
part number 966552 Genuine Leather, Lackawanne Luxor or Brown
Part number 922798 Duck Material Olive drab

These are the only colors listed
now i have seen brown, dark green and other dark colors used in the leatherette
but as per the manual
these are the official colors
Ernie
Thanks Ernie, that you post it here again. I thought I asked it in the G, too. Good to get more answers for that material search.
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Re: Leatherette for September 1942 WC56 CC seats

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That's really amazing that not many known these details or that someone has searched for the same material.

:shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:
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Re: Leatherette for September 1942 WC56 CC seats

Post by Kaegi »

one of my WC 56 had real leather originally. I read somewhere that the reason they stopped was because in Italy the shoe makers would sneak up to them at night and cut the leather out for shoes. Maybe a tall tale. ;/)