Take a behind-the-scenes look at how hot rod trimmer Tim Amanns of Pro Auto Custom Interiors builds a one-off center console for a 1968 Pontiac Firebird.
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Forty years ago, Danny Gray started out in this business with a typical upholstery shop working on cars, boats, golf carts and everything in between.
However, it was the beauty and comfort of his custom motorcycle seats that attracted iconic chopper builders like Arlen Ness, Dave Perewitz and Don Hotop to his shop – eventually allowing him to focus on this niche.
I’ve always been a fan of classic cars with modern upgrades. Fortunately, in our field, there’s no shortage of aftermarket parts that we can install to enhance the look, feel and function of retro cars.
Want to learn how to make custom headliners? Ron Mangus is offering a special two-day extended seminar in October on how he does it. Believe us, if there’s one person you want to learn from, it’s this guy. His award-winning designs have been featured in magazines from Street Rodder to Super Chevy, and he’s even written a couple books.
Members of our Auto Upholstery Forum recently requested a subsection dedicated solely to how-to guides. We thought the idea was a great one, so we added one titled “Auto Upholstery Tutorials“. This subsection will be a place for industry professionals to post or request pictorials, videos and other helpful instructions.
Last month there was a lot of talk within our Auto Upholstery Forum about unique pleat designs for insert panels on car seats. The one design that seemed to have everyone scratching their heads over how to sew was the hexagon tiling pattern (a.k.a. the hextille) found in the new Aston Martin Cygnet (pictured above).
Sid Chavers is one of the most respected names in auto upholstery. His hot rod interiors have donned the pages of car magazines for over three decades and won too many awards to count.
In 2007, Sid built the interior of a ‘32 Ford Coupe for Street Rodder Magazine that was turned into a pictorial. If you haven’t already, follow Sid as he crafts this traditional-style interior from scratch. Remember to pay close attention to the tricks of the trade he shares along the way.
Fabricating interior panels from fiberglass is a skill that auto trimmers often overlook or underutilize. The benefits, however, should not be ignored – as working with this medium allows you to create shapes and structures that cannot be easily done with wood and panel board alone.