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Hot Rods RPU top cost estimate?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by dmac620, Apr 8, 2015.

  1. dmac620
    Joined: Sep 16, 2007
    Posts: 357


    Anyone have a ballpark estimate for what a upholstery shop would charge to sew up a canvas, top for my '29 RPU. I have the top irons and wood installed already, just need the fabric cut, sewn, and installed. I'm only asking so I can figure out if there is enough money in the piggy bank now or do I need to wait a while longer. I'll eventuall take a ride out to a couple shops in my area but just wondering what others may have paid for the same work.

    BTW, if anyone can recommend a shop in the central NJ area, that would be greatly appreciated.
  2. fine29
    Joined: Sep 13, 2008
    Posts: 524

    from Des Moines

    Here in Des moines Iowa i have had two quotes one was $800 and ones was $1500
  3. Fly'n Kolors
    Joined: Sep 21, 2008
    Posts: 407

    Fly'n Kolors

    Mac's, Snyders, Brattons catalogs?
  4. bantam
    Joined: Oct 16, 2006
    Posts: 322


    Just got a quote last week at $ 1500.

  5. Don's Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 7, 2005
    Posts: 8,319

    Don's Hot Rods
    from florida

    This one was around $1800 and the upholstery guy said he never wanted to do another one.


  6. Craig Owens
    Joined: Jun 28, 2006
    Posts: 435

    Craig Owens

    Mine was $1500...I already had the original top frame and an old top for them to use as a pattern if needed. The upholstery shop bought a pre-made top, but ended up having to remake quite a bit of it. When you do get a top stitched up, make sure the space between the windshield and the top overhang is closed up, and consider a back window section that you can unzip or unsnap to open up the back of the top. Both of these reduce wind buffeting. New threads 6-20-14 004.JPG New threads 6-20-14 004.JPG

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  7. Blue One
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
    Posts: 10,961

    Blue One
    from Alberta

    Not sure on just the covering, Rod Tops is doing a full custom job on my 26 RPU, scratch built removable and collapsible top bows - framework and side curtains. Zip out rear window and storage bag for the top.
    Will end up being $4200 or so.
  8. I welded up the frame for this top from 3/4" square tube. The upholstery guy pop riveted 1/8" panel board to the frame to attach the padding and cloth to. The top is fully padded, inside and out, like a Carson top. The rear window panel zips out, but I never noticed much difference in wind buffeting either way. The shop charged me $1400, I furnished the rear window frame and glass.

  9. 56premiere
    Joined: Mar 8, 2011
    Posts: 1,445

    from oregon

    I am an upholstery guy, and before I read the answers I thought 1500 to 2000 . So it seems I was right. Good luck Jack

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