Flashback: Chrysler’s ‘Mobile Director’ Package

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on August 26th, 2016

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - 1967 Chrysler Imperial Crown Mobile Director

The 1960s proved to be a defining decade in American automotive history, especially in regards to luxury cars. During that period, rivals Lincoln, Chrysler and Cadillac were in constant competition to see which could manufacture the most opulent cabin. Of course, Cadillac always came out on top. But the rivalry spawned a number of unique interior features. Among them was the Chrysler Imperial Crown’s “Mobile Director” package, which transformed the coupe’s cabin into a mobile conference room.

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Goodguys: Upholstery Tips from the Pros 2

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on August 25th, 2016

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Interior Tips from the Pros 2

There’s a lot to love about Goodguys Rod & Custom Associations‘ new article series “Upholstery Tips from the Pros.” The insight it provides is helpful to rookies looking to improve their craft, as well as car enthusiasts who may not fully understand or value what we do.

Fortunately, the second installment is just as awesome as the first. This time, Good Guys talks to Hudsons Rod and Customs, Sid Chavers Company and Recovery Room Hot Rod Interiors.

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California Upholstery Shop Wins Economic Award

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on August 24th, 2016

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Belluz Upholstery

A hearty congratulations to Belluz Upholstery in Lompoc, California, for winning its hometown’s “Economic Vitality Award,” and serving as an example for other upholstery shops across the United States.

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Haartz on the Future of Convertible Cars 2

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on August 23rd, 2016

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - 2016 Jaguar F-Type

The “Great Recession” hit the automotive industry hard, and convertible tops were no exception. During that period, which spanned from the late 2000s to early 2010s, so many automakers discontinued their convertible models that industry analysts began to speak of the segment as if it was already dead.

Well, they were wrong. Because as soon as the economy rebounded, so did the demand for drop tops. However, drivers didn’t just want any old vinyl top, they demanded high-quality fabrics in a range of designs and practical functions.

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Goodguys: Upholstery Tips from the Pros 1

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on August 22nd, 2016

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Interior Tips from the Pros

It’s always great when master trimmers offer advice to rookies and the general public, as it helps grow our craft, and establish an understanding and appreciation for what we do.

That’s why we were excited to see that Goodguys Rod & Custom Association recently launched an article series titled “Upholstery Tips from the Pros.” The first installment features M&M Hot Rod Interiors and Ron Mangus Hot Rod Interiors, two auto upholstery shops we’ve written about and admired for a long time.

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Flashback: The First-Ever Seat Belt Alarm

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on August 19th, 2016

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Seat Belt Alarm

In June 1960, a man named Wes Jayne in Woodhaven, New York, wrote a letter to Popular Science magazine boasting about how he finally convinced his wife to wear a seat belt. However, his victory wasn’t the result of rational argument or even trickery. It was clever engineering.

What Jayne did is rig his car’s front passenger seat to sound an annoying buzzer and flash a dashboard-mounted light until she strapped herself in — both securing her safety and inadvertently inventing the first seat belt alarm.

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2016 SEMA Show to Host Student Career Day

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on August 18th, 2016

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - 2016 SEMA Show Career Day

For the time ever, SEMA will host a “Student Career Day” at its annual show — with the goal to “introduce high school and college students to the diversity of careers available to them in the aftermarket industry.”

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Where to Find Mustang Door Panel Vinyl

Published by Naseem Muaddi on August 17th, 2016

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Door Panel Vinyl

Since its debut in 2005, the fifth-generation Ford Mustang has been plagued by falling door panel inserts. While this has resulted in a lot of business for auto upholstery shops, the original vinyl has long been discontinued — making it quite difficult to find an adequate match. Fortunately, Spradling is now reproducing the original vinyl as part of its “Softside” collection.

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Shop Profile: TM Custom Auto Trim & Glass

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on August 16th, 2016

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - TM Custom Auto Trim and Glass

It’s always fun to read about other auto upholstery shops, especially those that have been around for decades, as their stories provide valuable lessons on how to run a successful and lasting business.

Case in point: Check out the September 2016 issue of The Shop magazine for a profile of TM Custom Auto Trim & Glass Ltd., which was founded nearly 60 years ago in Ontario, Canada, and has since done a fantastic job of adapting to this new digital age.

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Automakers are Racing for the Ultimate Car Seat

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on August 15th, 2016

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Kia Cross Concept

After decades of ignoring vehicle interiors, automakers are locked in a race to see which can invent and patent the ultimate car seat — and they’re pulling out all the stops. BBC Autos, which recently profiled the rivalry, says marquees have gone beyond the car seat in search of the greatest “seating experience.”

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