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outdoor waterproof cover
Hello. We have a 1936 Austin 7 Opal two seater tourer. We need a waterproof car cover for when are away from home and have to park out in the open. Any suggestions please.
Cheers from Chris and Hilary
Are you wanting a cover for the cockpit area e.g. a tonneau? Or for the whole car?
The whole car, to serve two purposes; 1 to keep the interior of the car dry, 2 to keep the car covered overnight during runs and therefore less obvious to potential thieves.
Cheers from Chris and Hilary
Hmm, I understand how you feel but I think you are better off choosing safer places to park up rather than throwing a cover over.
If buying a waterproof car cover you need to be careful to find one which is not going to chafe against your paintwork i.e. it needs a soft lining. When I'm 'on tour' I simply use a tonneau cover to keep rain out.
Good point Chris thankyou. any suggestions where we get a good tonneau cover.
Cheers from Chris and Hilary
I made my own but if you want a professional-looking job I hear good reports about :

Address: The Barn at rear of 56 Sea Road, East Preston, West Sussex, BN16 1LP
Phone: Mobile: 07453 772070 Workshop: 01903 775860
Services: Interior trim including carpets, seats, tonneaus, sidescreens etc
covers Have a look at Halfords car  covers for outdoor use very pleased with mine Andrew
The simplest form of tonneau is a rectangle with an eyelet in each corner, and elastic in each eyelet which can be tied or hooked onto the spokes of each wheel.

If you get suitable good quality fabric - like the re-inforced plastic used for boat covers, and make the holes with a soldering iron, you don't even need a hem.
Thank you Andrew. Brilliant suggestion. We have been to Halfords and were lucky enough to get an extra small, all seasons waterproof cover which should be perfect for when we are away from home and the car is not in a garage.

Thank you Simon. Great suggestion. We will have a go, as this seems an easy way of making a Tonneau which should be perfect for days out.
Cheers from Chris and Hilary
For not much more work, starting with an oversize piece of material and some pins, you can tailor a few pleats here and there to make the cover look a little "fitted".

You can get eyelet kits and plastic snap hooks from a chandlery, and they may also have some thin twine and a heavy duty needle - a stitch every centimetre or so is all you need, if you don't have access to a machine.

Even better, make a pattern from an old sheet, using pins instead of stitches.   That way, you make your mistakes on something expendable.

To make sure the water doesn't just make a big puddle in the middle,some sort of ridge pole may help.   Plastic water pipe, bamboo or an old windsurfing sail batten, maybe.

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