Monday, 21 November 2016

FH Tool Roll

Eventually, I will buy some material and make a tool roll for my FH.

Until then, here are some pictures of the 6640-54 tool roll supplied by John Sullivan, AOMCC member from Austin, Texas who did a lot of research into the later tool rolls which was written up into an article which appears in Cheval, July 2007:

Here's his description:


The tool roll appears to be black Vynide (same material as the original Ariel seat cover). It is a simulated leather material of small pebble grain and texture with a black cloth lining for its offside, which becomes the inside lining. The main assembly consists of three Vynide pieces, the main body section and two end pieces. The body section is a rectangle 13" (330mm) long by 8 1/2" (216mm) wide. The top two corners are rounded, with a radius of about 1" (25mm), and the bottom two corners have a radius of 3/8" (9.5mm). Binding is applied completely around. Side pieces are rectangles 4" (102mm) by 2 1/2" (64mm) with binding completely around; all four corners are rounded with a radius of 3/8" (9.5mm). There is a black binding of the same material (Vynide) around each body piece, of approximately 1/4" (6mm) on each side; ie 1/2" (13mm) binding wrapped around from front to back side and sewn. Stitching is a medium-size black thread, probably cotton. Stitch length is approximately 6 1/2 stitches per inch (1/6"; 4mm) long. The tie is a black, flat, woven cloth ribbon (twill tape), 1/2" (13mm) wide and 24" (70cm). long. It is sewn to the tool roll in the pattern of an X within a rectangular box, 1 1/2" (38mm) long by 3/8" (9.5mm) wide, starting 5" (127mm) from the top of the open section of the roll and centered between left and right sides. 


Sew binding around all three body pieces. Sew tie to main section at location indicated. Sew side pieces to main section after aligning edge of each side piece with edge of main body piece and with the stitches on the outside. Body stitching is approximately 1/4" (6mm) from edge, typically right at the edge of the binding (only through two layers of material) and only occasionally extending over the binding.

Here is the toolkit list from the 1956 parts list. Added to this for 1957 is a 'single ended box spanner for rear wheel nuts', number 6601-57:

Currently my FH tool kit looks like this:

A tool box full of spanners
And I found this:

So here we go. Here's the material marked out with a Sharpie. Very simple compared to the old canvas tool rolls:

Cut out and ready for stitching:

Binding the opening:

Opening bound and ready to start on the main section. I've skipped the stitching in two places, to allow the main section binding to fit under the opening binding:

I've hemmed the ends of the tie:

And here's the tie in place:

Stitched to the main tool roll as described in Cheval:

Stitching around the corners, binding as you go is not easy - the material is quite sticky under the pressure foot, and the binding is quite thick. The pressure foot slides sideways off the binding and this drags the stitching out of line:

Top edge of the flap. Unfortunately it's white inside:

Completed the prototype. You can see that I've allowed the binding to slip along that top edge:


Closed & tied up
A bit untidy, but it will do for the moment. We'll fill it up and see how it goes in the toolbox.

And again

Here are a few links to my other toolkit pages:

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