October 23, 2012

34 Oldsmobile interior

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The exterior of a very rewarding project

October 12, 2012

Worst To First

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When I received this chaise it was covered in pet hair and the only thing holding it together was the upholstery. When I took it apart I found a broken frame and bush league repairs.

After many hours of scarfing in new pieces and repairing joints I had a useable frame

With a now solid frame I was able to retie the springs and attach the new upholstery.

July 13, 2011

MGA Roadster Cockpit Rails

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I recently had the pleasure of reupholstering the cockpit of an MGA roadster. The catch was there were no original parts to use as a pattern. I had to do some research. After an exhaustive search I came to the conclusion there was not much about MGA roadster cockpit rail repair and upholstery on the internet. If you have the pleasure of undertaking this task the goal of this post is to make your life easier.

I started with bare rails.

To the best of my knowledge my client bought a rail kit from Moss Motors www.mossmotors.com. I could not find a kit on the site myself so I can’t confirm it exists, but I was brought a kit with all the frame rails, a couple pieces of leather, and a couple pieces of vinyl. That is where the mystery started. It became apparent very quickly there was some hardware missing. If you find yourself in this position do yourself a favor and order the ”HARDWARE KIT for all cockpit rails” part number 321-810. Things will look a lot clearer when you receive the hardware kit.

After you sort through the nuts and bolts you will need to start assembling all the parts. When you have the kits in front of you assembly is not hard to figure out. You can also look on the Moss Motors site and get some hints from their exploded diagrams.

Line up the door top rails and door corner rails. I prefer to center them as much as possible. You will need to use some filler later, and centering minimizes the amount of filler on one side or the other.

Mix up your filler of choice and start covering anything that isnt smooth. If you neglect to do this eventually you will see every crack and screw head recess through your covering. Also every edge is a point for potential wear.

Your rails look terrible. Sand them smooth.

I don’t have any pictures showing the application of the upholstery. My advice is: Use short staples on the aluminum parts and longer staples on the wooden parts. If you have a steamer it will help you get the leather on the corner sections smooth. If you have a heat gun it will help you with they vinyl. Don’t burn yourself. Practice if you can.

This is what it looks like when assembled.

The door rail.

The rear corner rail.

So far I have found the two best sources for parts and information on the internet to be Moss Motors www.mossmotors.com and Victoria British www.victoriabritish.com

April 1, 2010

Cafe Rat Racer

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My bike, and truck.  Custom seat pan and upholstery on the bike. More on these later

Cafe Rat Racer

March 28, 2010

Harley Davidson Motorcycle Seat

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One of my latest projects was recovering a Harley seat. Harley Davidson started making this model out of thin molded vinyl. It’s easy to rip and difficult to make patterns for. It’s also cheaper for Harley to produce. Step one: make a pattern.


after a series of sewing, marking, sewing, marking, repeat, I ended up with this. I figured out how harley probably used this seat pan before they moved to a molded cover. The seams may be a little different but the end product is likely very close.

Harley Saddle

This is the final product. I think the additional seam and topstitch make it a little more interesting.

February 21, 2010

More Space

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The cabinets were getting kind of tight. It was getting difficult to find the spice I was looking for while I was cooking. Something needed to be done.

I decided to build an open front cabinet.

I kept the front open so the cabinet wouldn’t make the room seem smaller. Originally I was going to match the cabinet to the knotty pine walls of the house. Though I like the kitsch of the walls I decided to go in a different direction. I thought I would still use pine but instead of staining the cabinet to match the other walls I used clear shellac. I went with the natural color of pine to keep the kitchen light. I also went with clear pine because I prefer the straight grain. I painted the interior a cool grey to contrast the color of the exterior.

Upholstery Project With Crypton Fabric

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One of my latest projects was an upholstered chair using Crypton fabric. Crypton is extremely durable. It has a built in moisture barrier and is highly resistant to stains and dirt. It also looks great.


September 15, 2009

Porsche Boxster Rear Window Replacement

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This past week I installed a rear window in a porsche boxter. I used a kit my client bought from www.emiata.com. I will say it is a decent kit if you don’t have the means to take the top off, sew in a new window, and put the top back on. They claim it will take you 2.5 hours with two people sewing(one inside, one outside.) If you want trim inside to cover the window edge and you care about how your stitches look on the outside it will take much more than 2.5 hours. I will never use this kit again. I will do the research and come prepared to take the top off so I can stitch the window in with my machine.  That said, it turned out nice and my legs are incredibly sore from getting in and out of the car twice for every hole.

porsche boxster upholstery

June 8, 2009

Plymouth Fury V.I.P.

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I recently finished and installed rear upholstered panels for a 1968 Plymouth Fury VIP. I was able to order the original fabric to match the interior. I was also able to reuse the original metal buttons. The owner should be very proud of this rare beauty.

May 22, 2009

Automotive Door Panels

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I’ve been working on door panels this week. I did 4 panels for a 51 Plymouth Belvedere using vintage fabric. Also on the menu for this week were a pair of rear panels for a 68 Plymouth Fury. The pattern on the originals were pressed so I had to reproduce it with stitching.Plymouth Belvedere Front Door Panels

51 Plymouth Belvedere Rear Panels

68 Plymouth Fury Rear Panels