My NOS winter enclosure kit is here!

After 5 yrs of searching I finally scored some doors! Actually a full NOS winter enclosure kit. I’m not sure how old it is, but the packaging looks PRETTY OLD. I had my doubts about the canvas and plastic condition when I ordered it, but the seller said the canvas was NOT dry rotted and the windows were still clear and pliable.

I went to the next town to pick up the package because it was oversize. The box was about 4’x4′. When I opened the box and pulled the original packaging out of it, I was NOT thinking good thoughts! I was thinking the worst. The original tar impregnated paper wrapping was dry rotted and falling apart.

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I cut the string holding the wrapping together and unfolded it until I reached the first piece of cardboard covering the first side curtain. Once I removed it, I was pleasantly surprised at the condition! The canvas looked (and felt) great! The window was clear with a little haze, but I think window cleaner will clean that off. Two of the buckles had a little rust on them and there were a few very small specks of rust discoloring the canvas. The metal plate for the door handle had some rust on it also.

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I removed the next piece of cardboard and the second side curtain was in similar condition. Under the next piece of cardboard was the driver door. The frame had a few rust places on it and some of the turn buttons had some corrosion. The canvas was perfect (except for a few places where it contacted something that was rusted), and the windows were great! The door handles has a little rust on them, but not bad.

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The hardware kit was still in the original bag and the channels for the upper door were in their original package. The hardware kit was pretty much complete (missing the 4 – 1/4″x 1 1/4″ bolts for the upper hinges and 2 – 6/32″ nuts (the screws were there) for the vertical side curtain rod upper bracket.

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Unboxing an NOS M38a1 winter enclosure kit (part 1)

Unboxing an NOS M38a1 winter enclosure kit (part 2)

I looked at the kit laying on the floor while I drank a beer and decided to go ahead and start installing it. I installed the driver side curtain first. The vertical rod upper bracket that I welded on the top horizontal rod was in the wrong place (of course!), so the side curtain wasn’t tight. Next, I installed the door without securing the upper part of the cover.

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Next, I opened up the door and marked the position for the turn buttons, drilled the holes and installed them.

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I made sure they were in the correct position, then removed the door (had to remove the upper hinge to remove the door. I slid the upper part of the door cover into the rope channel, then reattached the upper hinge and secured the turn buttons. When I closed the door and secured with the door handle. The canvas was tight, but pulled itself in the frame to its final position.

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Once I remove the upper side curtain lug and install the adjustable bracket that came in the hardware kit, then adjust the side curtain rod to vertical, it will look pretty good!

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