I just realized one of my posts got lost.
RE: lamp shades
I would suggest going to a electrical/plumbing specialty store (not big box, we have one up here in Ontario called Living Lighting) and ask about flexible lampshade materials that are rated to take the heat. Or, you could switch to LEDs which hardly heat at all (or use much power) and use a nice paper of your choice.
Our lamp shades are just perforated metal, and it doesn't look like they had any other covering inside that, now that I look at them really closely.
I will be installing LEDs just for the efficiency. The price has really come down and the quality of light is improving leaps and bounds.
I am ordering our new axle from Colin H next week so that I will be ready to go when we finally thaw out. Just have to: finish clearing out garage/workshop space, strip Bubbles out, build gantries, remove rivets, lift shell, and on, and on, and on.
Can't wait to get started.... finally.