When Fred first brought his car to me for an estimate on the interior, I knew I wanted to build it and would work any way I could with him so he would let me. He had done all the mechanical and paint work himself and would settle for nothing less than perfect. Every detail was pristine. I knew we could build an interior to his satisfaction. Every detail had to be thought out and constructed in the same manner of his work.
We have a lot of nice cars that come through our shop but this would be in the top 3 that I have ever seen. For him to choose us to build his interior was an honor. I went through several styles and colors with Fred until we knew we had the right balance. We added unique touches to catch the eye. When he came to pick it up, I could tell we had a winner. You could tell by Fred’s expression that we lived up to his expectations.
Again it was an honor to work on Fred’s car but without his outstanding work on everything else, the interior may have never been noticed.
Thank you Fred for sharing your “Best of The Best” Award with us!!
You can see Fred’s ’55 Bel Air here
We finally got a break from the cold. I’m thankful we aren’t getting the Artic blast that the rest of the country is getting. When the sun finally pokes its cozy head out, the boating community comes to life. Recently we built a custom storage cover for a Carolina Skiff. The cover was custom fit around his T-top and zipped together to seal out the elements. We used black Stamoid which is waterproof and light. We also built a bright teal canvas cover for the t-top of a Contender center console. Bright canvas and sunshine makes me smile. Car-wise we finished up some leather inserts on a Ford pick-up. The seat has a special order Euro perforated leather that we matched. We had our project of the week when a great long time customer brought in an antique dentist chair that we reupholstered in bright red vinyl. I promise to get the pictures up soon.
My new year’s resolution was to blog weekly about the projects in the shop and the daily fun we have here at the trim shop. Last year was incredible. It seems we had a ton of T-buckets come through from all over. We built custom convertible tops with frames and custom interiors that were rolled and pleated in several different colors for the T-buckets. The last one we finished was one of the coolest we’ve built. The customer,Dewey, had ghost skeleton heads in the paint. We took his idea and used those images for windows. It sewed out beautiful. He picked a tan stayfast material to go with his burnt orange paint. He has one rocking T-bucket….It was also the year of the Porsche. We built another Speedster that has not failed to turn any head that saw it. Between Christmas and New Years we restored the interior of a good friend of mine’s 1963 356 Porsche. He chose a tan leather for the seats, panels and dash and a tan German weave carpet for the floors. We replaced the headliner with the original Ivory vinyl. Cool projects to wrap up the year. The boat business has been remarkable also. More and more customers are holding on to their boats and replacing the worn interiors for a brand new look at a fraction of the cost of replacing the boat. The leather seat market is steady. Most customers are realizing that the “cheap leather kits” that are out there do not hold up to the quality leather kits we offer. They save a little money to start and then realize that the “cheap kit” is mostly vinyl. This week we are restoring a VW Convertible Bug. Blue paint with a blue convertible top. The seats are a bright white and the carpet is a grey loop. Old VW Bugs bring back fun memories. We’ll post some more pictures soon. We are also building two custom bimini tops. One in a teal green and the other in black Recacril. Recacril is an Acrylic that has a lower stretch than Sunbrella and has been great on biminis and full covers. Our Professional Bass Fishermen are in Florida this spring for 2 Elite Tournaments and we plan to custom build several custom travel covers for them as they pass through. We’ve been blessed to keep so many as friends and long time customers. They are a great bunch of guys. Time to sew, staple and stitch. Thanks for the kind words…
Welcome to our blog. Over the last 50+ years we have built or worked on everything imaginable. Antique auto interiors, custom car interiors, jet interiors, boat interiors, custom motorcycle seats, museum displays, all kinds of canvas creations and movie sets. We have met many, many wonderful people. Our customers make our job truly delightful. Use our blog to check up on what we are currently working on or to comment on anything you have seen that we made or worked on. Ask us questions, share your stories or talk about what you are working on.
Recently we finished a 1978 Eldorado Coupe painted flat black. We built a two-tone flat black and red interior with guitars embroidered in the seats. The front seats were modeled off of Johnny Cash’s original guitar and the rear seats were Merle Haggard’s guitar. Our customer plans to do a retro tour of different cities in unannounced parking lots towing a matching trailer, setting up his gigs impromptu….sounds like a lot of fun. Reminds me of the old days…more fun, less hassles.
We also just finished a 20 foot pontoon where we removed the worn interior and carpets and did a complete color change including new graphics on the sides. From ugly faded worn green seats and carpets to bright blue carpets, canvas and seats. It looks fabulous….
We also did a custom design on a custom chopper using purple, lime green and silver metal flake to match the paint design…WOW!!