I need to replace the Robe Rail in Jane’s 32. Joe lost one of the brackets when he had replated years ago, and we got a good matching set from John Cislak, and Paul’s Chrome did a marvelous job of restoring and replating them, along with straightening a trim strip that I munched. I now need about a 6′ section of 1/2″ rigid steel tubing that is slit lengthwise like the original so fabric can be tucked into the slit. Any source?”
Itâ€™s called open seam tubing. Itâ€™s out there but hard to source. Iâ€™d make it if it were me, take regular tubing and have a metal worker friend grind or machine the slot.
The other method would be to cut your cover fabric to the exact circumference needed, glue to a solid rod with seam on lower back of rod, and hand sew the seam. Iâ€™ve done it that way on a few cars…..
Do you have access to a vertical mill? Jim L
Pipe and conduit are basically sold on the ID dimension, so no, 1/2″ rigid is .840 OD and EMT is .607 if I remember.
I’ll do some digging and see what I have or can make.
You can find 1/2 inch OD steel or SS tube stock at McMaster Carr fairly reasonable with quick shipping.
Try Onlinemetals.com for tubing and they sell short lengths. Jim L