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Hot Rods Upholstery?.... Sure why not

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 51box, Dec 16, 2019.

  1. 51box
    Joined: Aug 31, 2005
    Posts: 835

    from MA

    This is going to be a first timers walk through doing a hot rod interior with no experience, but plenty of determination.
    If you look back at my 28 coupe build thread you’ll see I am willing to take a stab at most anything and really enjoy the learning experience.

    So let’s start off with getting a machine and getting a work area figured out. A pair of 8 foot folding tables was cheap and worked out well.

    I had been looking at used machines but bit the bullet on a Sailrite Fabricator when they had a big sale going on. Figured where I was going to need to learn from scratch, I’d like to make it a operator error only type of situation.

    3D1A6BB5-6A03-4C46-AD48-498F521CCCAE.jpeg 07BBA715-FD46-480B-BD70-499C86EC21E1.jpeg B595033F-6B49-4B3A-BD89-8DA768C68DB1.jpeg

    I watched a bunch of YouTube videos from “Chechaflo” and “The Lucky Needle” , looked at tons of pictures mostly 50’s style interiors and got myself going. Bought some supplies to practice on as seen above. Tuck and Roll, hand stuffed pleats, top stitch stuff etc. just trying to get my feet wet with it.


    After a couple weeks of messing around, I just needed to start on something permanent for the coupe. Pulled the trans cover out, made a pattern and just went for it. Far from perfect but man it felt good to get going.

  2. Looks like you are well on your way. So, when can we schedule work to be done?;)
  3. 6inarow
    Joined: Jan 24, 2007
    Posts: 2,183


    Im digging this. You go sir!
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  4. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,786


    Having a dedicated work area is a big plus. My wife does quilting and she took over the entire upstairs room that I created. There is an upholstery group on here if you want to check it out. Happy Sewing, Carp.
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  5. 51box
    Joined: Aug 31, 2005
    Posts: 835

    from MA

    Next up I bought some 1/8” foam board from a local plastic supplier. It’s cheap at about $30 for a 4’ x 8’ sheet, cuts with a razor and can be heated and formed into corners etc. 6D73BC29-C77F-4092-B249-638339598B5C.jpeg

    With the advice of stanlow69 on here, I bought some Chrysler style door clips. I had to drill out the original holes to 5/16” and they push in snug.


    Laid out a basic pattern using my clear vinyl template and stitched up a tuck and roll style insert.



    I glued some 3/8” thick foam to the panel only behind the white part, stretched and stapled till it was stuck down. Clipped it on the door and was really digging the look so got right to work on the passenger side.
  6. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 5,994


    Wow that looks GREAT!!!!!:D
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  7. dana barlow
    Joined: May 30, 2006
    Posts: 3,640

    dana barlow
    from Miami Fla.

    Last edited: Dec 16, 2019
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  8. wheeltramp brian
    Joined: Jun 11, 2010
    Posts: 835

    wheeltramp brian

    Awesome man,looks great
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    Joined: Sep 8, 2015
    Posts: 767

    from West, TX

    Man, you and I are on the same wavelengths! I am far from interior work but thinking ahead. Used machines are high and what are you getting?
    Full speed ahead!
  10. If you stitched the pleated piece to the white on the door panel, you've got it figured out.
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    Joined: Dec 14, 2009
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    Looks great, very neat ya got it right :cool::cool:

    I’ve done upholstery in the past, no biggie once you get the hang of it

  12. I spit out mouth full of beer when I saw this!!:D
  13. Excellent! I’ll be following this thread and trying to learn something myself.

    Great stuff so far...
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  14. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 3,375

    from Oregon

    Mr. VANDENPLAS , your an inspiration :D I might even be able to do that eventually:). Like your lines. Durable too.:p
  15. Lloyd's paint & glass
    Joined: Nov 16, 2019
    Posts: 1,253

    Lloyd's paint & glass

    Hell yeah! Just when you think skilled people are a thing of the past.... it kills me that nobody is picking up these trades and carrying them on! Nobody was born running a sewing machine, but they can learn. I stay busy in my body shop because i work and see my jobs through, unlike most. People just don't want to work but rather complain about not having anything. Every, and i mean every, upholstery shop in my area has closed. They all got older and retired, with nobody to carry the torch. Kudos to you. Keep up the great work and best of luck to you!
  16. So you say, but you got no eye for color match.
  17. 51box
    Joined: Aug 31, 2005
    Posts: 835

    from MA

    A couple kick panels came next. Ended up keeping it very simple with just 1/4” foam because foot room is tight as is on the drivers side. 55B1CE4E-CEAE-4C3C-A8C3-FA1E3CD9D434.jpeg


    The carpet I got from Albright’s Supply, it’s a square weave I think it was called true black.

  18. ccain
    Joined: Jun 13, 2009
    Posts: 237


    Holy cow, that looks fantastic! Subscribed!
  19. 51box
    Joined: Aug 31, 2005
    Posts: 835

    from MA

    Yes it is all stitched together
  20. 51box
    Joined: Aug 31, 2005
    Posts: 835

    from MA

    Thanks for the positive words guys, this is pretty much where I’m at. Working on the firewall piece now. Will keep this updated as I make progress.
  21. Bugguts
    Joined: Aug 13, 2011
    Posts: 616


    Wow! Some people are born with the ability to do “IT”.
    Some people can be taught to do “IT”.
    Others will never be able to do “IT”.

    You sir were born with “IT”! Very cool skills.
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  22. 51box
    Joined: Aug 31, 2005
    Posts: 835

    from MA

    This is the coupe the interior is going in for reference 0D1A9156-66D3-478F-A805-75069AE18C8F.jpeg
  23. Doublepumper
    Joined: Jun 26, 2016
    Posts: 514


    Oh man!! The jealousy hurts!!
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  24. Fortunateson
    Joined: Apr 30, 2012
    Posts: 2,696


    That's quite good but to really make it look pro I'd run a strip of your upholstery material around the perimeter. Would be easy and it wouldn't let you challenge all the well known guys like Syd Cheesers!
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  25. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 8,101


    Beautiful coupe and great job on the upholstery.
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  26. That looks killer!!! Been playing with the idea of doing this same type of thing in my 39. Time to buy a machine! Subscribed!!!
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  27. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,499

    from California

  28. WB69
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,043


    Big thumbs up to the work you've done so far!!
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  29. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 4,271

    from So Cal

    That looks awesome. The whole coupe looks awesome, what a great car!
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