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mexican blanket

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 46jimbo, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. 46jimbo
    Joined: Feb 1, 2012
    Posts: 71


    i know its become a cliche', but what is the history of mexican/indian blankets being used as seat covers? i have my own opinion on them, depending on aplication... but am curious about the history, and what you guys think of them.
  2. scottb356
    Joined: Jun 10, 2011
    Posts: 172


    Brian Setzer started it a couple years ago
  3. not sure of the history behind them, but i kinda like em................... sometimes.
  4. big creep
    Joined: Feb 5, 2008
    Posts: 2,945

    big creep

    ^no mexican have been doing it for years!

  5. slammed
    Joined: Jun 10, 2004
    Posts: 8,151


    Some people can blend them in a build, and results are good. BUT, like RED wheels and FLAT black they is WAY over done by the lookie Lou's. Search 'mexican blanket' for a 12 page thread of applications.........
  6. TERPU
    Joined: Jan 2, 2004
    Posts: 2,275



    My Uncles were doing this back in the early 70's and before I was born. They've been used for decades at the submarine races too.

    They are the most comfortable interim covers available for the cheap.
  7. jcmarz
    Joined: Jan 10, 2010
    Posts: 4,633

    from Chino, Ca

    is this a trick question??
  8. el Scotto
    Joined: Mar 3, 2004
    Posts: 4,438

    el Scotto
    from Tracy, CA

    I heard they used to use them as seat covers on horses....
  9. F&J
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,223


    Correction: " been doing it for centuries"

    The Spaniards brought horses to the new world and some escaped. The natives captured these runaways and then used their blankets on the horses back. ...and there you go.;)
  10. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 29,799


    In the old days you threw one over the seat to cover up the tears so a girl would be willing to sit on it. My 51 Merc came with one when I bought it in 1963. It was a get by thing for broke guys then or a guy threw one over new custom upholstery when he drove the car to work to keep the new seats clean. Now it's one of those fads that has been over done by the "gotta be cool" guys.
  11. poncho62
    Joined: Nov 23, 2005
    Posts: 1,094


    Sorry, but it was me.....and its poncho not pauncho
  12. Seat wore out.... threw a blanket on.
    $6 instead of $300 for new upholstery.

    In Mexico they're just called blankets.
  13. big creep
    Joined: Feb 5, 2008
    Posts: 2,945

    big creep

    nope they call them manta or
    cobija. depending on where in latin america you're in they also call them chamarras!

  14. slacker1965
    Joined: Aug 17, 2007
    Posts: 120


    I like 'em...for the correct they are cheap which is always a bonus for me.....
    yes they have been overdone somewhat, what hasn't?
  15. its cheap , fast and easy! like my first wife!
  16. 46jimbo
    Joined: Feb 1, 2012
    Posts: 71


    thanks Mr48chev, i guess i should have been more specific about "history". i plan on using one in my 46 ford coupe, but only until i can afford the tuck 'n roll i want. it was cheap and my original seat definatly shows its age. i dont want to fit into a cliche or a stereotype, but this is my only option for now. i knew it was a traditional, low/no budget method, but was curious where it originated
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  17. Drive Em
    Joined: Aug 25, 2006
    Posts: 1,748

    Drive Em

    Does a Mexican blanket have to be made in Mexico to be traditional, or can you use a USA or Chinese made Mexican blanket?
  18. 46jimbo
    Joined: Feb 1, 2012
    Posts: 71


    most the parts we have available are made in other countries today... but done and used in a traditional style.... and thats what counts IMHO
  19. the-rodster
    Joined: Jul 2, 2003
    Posts: 6,801


    They actually race submarines?

    I didn't know that.

  20. swissmike
    Joined: Oct 22, 2003
    Posts: 1,297


    Once there was an Indian who was bitterly cold....
    (start of the history of the Indian blanket)
  21. My Dad had his 57 Sedan Delivery upholstered in TJ. So waiting while things were being done, he bought blankets to keep the seats clean. I'm sure 'many' others had the same thought, when having there new upholstery job done in white. I remember him telling me the trimmers used lit newspaper, tightly twisted up in a cone.. to heat & stretch out the wrinkles, in the headliner.
  22. rcoffey
    Joined: Dec 13, 2007
    Posts: 161


    It wouldnt be mexican then now would it?
  23. volksjunky
    Joined: Oct 23, 2007
    Posts: 213


    Ah , yours too !
  24. 61 chevy
    Joined: Apr 11, 2007
    Posts: 891

    61 chevy

    how bout a army blanket, its made in usa, i hope
  25. Dan in Pasadena
    Joined: Sep 11, 2009
    Posts: 862

    Dan in Pasadena

    A "new" way of doing an old thing. (Not mine by the way but I gotta say I like it)


    "Old things" and overdone things get that way because guys liked 'em. Chrome reverse, red rims, wide whites, finned valve covers and Mexican blankets. I wonder if you'd have to back the Mexican blanket cloth with some other heavy cloth or if it is strong enough not to shred without it?
  26. Dane
    Joined: May 6, 2010
    Posts: 1,351

    from Soquel, CA

    While on tequila and beer weekend runs, people bought them cheap in Baja or Mexico mainland and brought them back. Soon they realized they looked good covering a crusty/nasty old bench seat. Just a natural extension of hot rodding. If you've ever raised hell south of the border you know. This started many decades ago, not some new idea...
  27. SlmLrd
    Joined: Oct 27, 2007
    Posts: 988

    from DAGO

    Im using a moving blanket to cover my seat. My mexican blankets keep me warm on the couch. :)
  28. Too trendy! But they can be alright --

  29. Hahahahaha, nice

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