The car was bought with a 'new' Leather interior and new black carpeting (Range Rover), which whilst it may not suit the purists out there (as post war Paris built Tractions were very basic), is going to be used in the car and give it the more luxurious look of a pre war Traction.
However only the seats and interior door cards were covered in leather leaving a lot of other parts in original blue cloth and in some areas, some near white 'vinyl' so thought had to be given on what to do.
The rear of the car looked like this (seats removed) and you can see that the area around the bottom of the headlining at the rear window and parcel shelf didn't look good. This was hidden behind a home made 'bolster' that looked a head rest so wasn't spotted until we got the car home.
You can also see the 'vinyl' on the head pad and wheel arch in the image above that someone has added before.
However when the rear window frame was removed the reason for the rotting head lining became apparent as the rear window fell out!
The sealant had completely failed allowing water to leak in and it looks like it has been doing it for years as the lower half of the rear window wooden frame used to secure the head lining has rotted away.
In the picture, the parcel shelf 'carpet' and under-felt has been peeled off and a coat of Hammerite applied as a temporary measure. As the head lining is original, we are going to see if a way can be found to save it and we want to retain as much original character where practicable.
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