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Hot Rods Lebaron Bonney Bankruptcy

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by krylon32, Mar 19, 2019.

  1. krylon32
    Joined: Jan 29, 2006
    Posts: 5,827

    Alliance Vendor
    from Nebraska

    Just read over on the Ford Barn that Lebaron Bonney has filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Bought a lot of stuff thru the years from them for my hot rods. Another one bites the dirt. Shame.
  2. 2935ford
    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
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  3. F&J
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,174


    That is honestly hard to believe. I thought they had a niche market.....and decades of experience & repeat customer base.
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  4. harpo1313
    Joined: Jan 4, 2008
    Posts: 1,605

    from wareham,ma

    Its been good to me for years, sad.
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  5. flamedabone
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,433


    A friend of mine told me Saturday that they had accidentally sent him a bunch of extra parts and then did not want them back. We were joking about how they must be run by a bunch of Bozos.

    Now I feel like a dick for making fun of them.

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  6. So very sad. They've been there for us for all of these years with great service and fine products. Really hate to hear this.
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  7. CTaulbert
    Joined: Apr 8, 2007
    Posts: 1,036

    from Detroit

    I can't say no one didn't see this coming. There were only so many guys restoring Model As.

    Hopefully we can source where they got the roof insert vinyl, as I thought their kits had a nice look.
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  8. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 10,446

    from Tampa, FL

  9. continentaljohn
    Joined: Jul 24, 2002
    Posts: 4,144


    Crap that place was great and bought lots of goodies from them
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  10. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 25,198


    That really sucks. You never know "why" someone's business goes under though. They have been around so long you have to figure out that management has changed a few times and that can be an issue.
  11. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 3,127

    from Berry, AL

    Maybe somebody will buy their inventory and add it to theirs like
    Heidt’s did with Chassis Engineering.
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2019
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  12. dan griffin
    Joined: Dec 25, 2009
    Posts: 418

    dan griffin

    Most of the people interested in stock As are ether dead or thinking about it. Me Included
  13. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 9,633

    from Raytown Mo

    Didn’t even realize they did model a stuff lol had them make the headliner for my 46’
  14. john worden
    Joined: Nov 14, 2007
    Posts: 1,418

    john worden
    from iowa

    LB offered much more than "stock" items. They acquired Hampton Coach many years ago and were always adding to there Ford and GM line. I pointed that out here when appropriate.
    I urged them to become vendors here as well.
    I hope they survive.
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  15. rockable
    Joined: Dec 21, 2009
    Posts: 2,595


    I sure am glad I got my carpet a couple of months ago. We had a helluva time getting them to send samples. BTW, the carpet was high quality. Sorry they are gone.
  16. Sad to hear. Bought plenty from them over the years...EXCELLENT quality.
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  17. If they do file they can reorganize in the future, it means they can emerge from bankruptcy as an operating company as opposed to liquidating. Then they can use the bankruptcy process to eliminate debt and sell off non-performing assets, restructure long-term debts and possibly bring in new financing and can continue to do business without huge debt.

    I don't know if they have any intent of trying to restructure but I for one hate to see them go under, They have always had a good product. HRP
  18. krylon32
    Joined: Jan 29, 2006
    Posts: 5,827

    Alliance Vendor
    from Nebraska

    I always thought chapter 7 was the end?
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  19. lumpy 63
    Joined: Aug 2, 2010
    Posts: 847

    lumpy 63

    Have been hearing the Lebaron Bonney name since I was a kid, never bought anything from them as most of my stuff is hot rod oriented ...Still very sad to see an old time company with an assload of history bite the dust:(
  20. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 16,090


    "The main difference between Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcy is that under a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing, the debtor's assets are sold off to pay the lenders (creditors) whereas inChapter 11, the debtor negotiates with creditors to alter the terms of the loan without having to liquidate (sell off) assets."

    If it's 7, they are likely all done.
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  22. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 4,439

    jimmy six

    Sad but... Last year I heard they had the factory broadcloth for my 56. I inquired on the phone if they would sell me 4-5 yards. They no.. Interiors only. Too bad, found it at SMS and bought. We can only hope someone like SMS will buy their stock. Prices are high by everyone but if someone has what you need !!!. I'm sorry for the A guys as they had the best.
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  23. chopolds
    Joined: Oct 22, 2001
    Posts: 5,629

    from howell, nj
    1. Kustom Painters

    IIRC, I thought they also had bought out, and perhaps I've used both of them in putting interiors in my Kustoms! I hope someone buys that portion of the business, as it was a great economic alternative to an expensive upholstery shop.
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  24. 62rebel
    Joined: Sep 1, 2008
    Posts: 2,371


    They did. Perhaps taking on those entities was more than they could handle. Personally, I felt that their prices were too high, but that is neither here nor there. It's sad to lose a valuable source of supply
  25. 62rebel
    Joined: Sep 1, 2008
    Posts: 2,371


    We're fortunate in the Charleston area to have several upholstery shops that have to be competitive in pricing. Of course, they usually do boats, but be patient and bring them a clear plan for what you want and you might get a good deal.
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  26. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 9,599

    Atwater Mike

    It was the ratting and hotting of 'A' rods that sent them under...and you know who you are.
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  27. Shamus
    Joined: Jul 20, 2005
    Posts: 1,046

    from NC

    I visited the factory before I started on my roadster when I went home to Boston for a family reunion. Great folks, got a tour. They have hundreds of patterns. The color match between my leather Glide seat & vinyl door panels is perfect. I ordered the material & my upholsterer did the sewing. They sewed the top & it's a perfect fit. Have never installed the side curtains or boot cover but expect they are equal fit & quality. I also bought the perforated headliner in my '51 Ford sedan from Rod Interiors - another perfect fit. They do a lot more than "As".

    Attached Files:

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  28. olscrounger
    Joined: Feb 23, 2008
    Posts: 3,464


    Sad to hear. I had them do a couple of 40 Ford convert tops and they were perfect.
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  29. wood remover
    Joined: Dec 23, 2012
    Posts: 834

    wood remover

    Bought new seat springs for my 34 chev 5 window , rumble seat springs and wood to install .Nice products ,nice fit .
    Shame ,you can get material and upholstery anywhere , Springs not so much .
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