Top Gear’s ‘Renault Espace Convertible Challenge’

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on August 22nd, 2014

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We’ve seen some terrible DIY convertible tops, but the folks over at Top Gear win first prize for the worst of all time.

Back in 2009, they chopped the top off a Renault Espace minivan to create their own retractable soft top. The result was comical (to says the least), but the real fun didn’t start until they were challenged to put it through its paces.

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Photo: Leopard-Print Chevy S-10 Dashboard

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on August 21st, 2014

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We’re filing this custom leopard-print dashboard  in our “Ugly Upholstery” category for obvious reasons…

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Are You Prepared for the 2014 SEMA Show?

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on August 20th, 2014

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The 2014 SEMA Show is less than three months away. As you make final preparations to showcase your products and services, tune in to SEMA’s free online seminar — today at 10:00 am PDT / 1:00 pm EDT — hosted by show director Tom Gattuso. It’ll tell you everything you need to know for a successful showcase.

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Carlex Design’s Maserati Grandiamond

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on August 19th, 2014

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Last March, we challenged The Hog Ring community to “move beyond traditional diamond pleats.” Since then, trimmers from all over the globe have emailed us photos of their own unique takes on the age-old stitch pattern. We’ve seen long tails, double long tails, single columns and even a few other awesome oddball designs.

However, no one has quite met the challenge like Carlex Design — which thought so far outside the box on this one that they crafted an entire interior to resemble the classic geometric shape of a diamond gemstone.

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Shop Profile: Compton Custom Interiors

Published by Naseem Muaddi on August 18th, 2014

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One of the greatest pleasures for me in running The Hog Ring is the opportunity to speak with auto trimmers and shop owners from around the world and learn how they got their start in our highly specialized craft.

I recently spoke with Jimmy Compton, a retired U.S. Army veteran, who told me all about his new-found career in auto upholstery and his shop, Compton Custom Interiors, an up-and-coming hot rod interior shop making a strong name for itself in Fort Worth, Texas, and far beyond.

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What’s New at Albright’s Supply?

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on August 16th, 2014

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If you haven’t already set up a business account with Albright’s Supply, you’re missing out. In addition to free shipping and their popular “10 Yard Store,” they offer a long list of services, fantastic sales and fun promotions.

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Pictorial: How to Rebuild a Mustang Bench Seat

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on August 14th, 2014

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Enthusiast website Mustang 360 recently published a fantastic pictorial on how to rebuild a 1965-1969 Ford Mustang bench seat. Every rookie trimmer should check it out!

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Johnson Controls on Smart Interior Surfaces

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on August 12th, 2014

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In recent years, automakers have marketed ambient lighting as a way to change the color of your car’s interior without having to pay extra for new trim. However, the feature has never amounted to anything more than a gimmick.

Johnson Controls, one of the world’s largest suppliers of vehicle interiors, plans to change that. Through the use of “smart” surfaces, they aim to make it possible for you to actually change the color of your car’s interior at the touch of a button.

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Georgia Trim Shop Destroyed in Fire

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on August 11th, 2014

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Sad news to report from Douglasville, Georgia — Town and Country Fabrics and Upholstery fell victim to a massive fire last Tuesday, destroying the business and sending one fireman to the hospital.

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What’s New at DLT Upholstery Supply?

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on August 8th, 2014

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DLT Upholstery Supply is shaking things up with its new “Certified Shop Loyalty Program” — which awards trim shops that regularly order from them with a long list of benefits, including discounts and customer referrals.

Read all about the new program – as well as some great tips, sales and promotions – in the August issue of “Upholstery & Trim News.”

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