As we tore the seat down, we used a marker to write notes on the various vinyl panels. The trim shop was going to make new panels and these notes would help them figure out how things went back together. When the seat was stripped to the frame, we put the frame in the bead blaster and cleaned it up. Then, we took the frame to Vintage Works in Suamico, Wis., to get the frame welded. As usual, the crew there did a great job at an unbelievable price and even threw in powder coating so the frame will stay rust-free forever.
Seat teardown was done carefully, step by step, and a marker was used to make notes oh the old vinyl upholstery panels.
After seat covers were removed, we would be able to get the cracks and bad repairs to the seat frame repaired.
With the frame taken care of, we took it and the upholstery we had removed to Red's Upholstery LLC in Bonduel, Wis. Walking into Red's is like walking back into time. Automotive trim shops like this one operated by Troy Temple and Leslie Kaschel are largely a thing of the past throughout the country. Jobs such as recovering a seat or installing a convertible top are largely lost arts.
Upholstery material is sold by the yard and over its 28+ year history, Red's Upholstery Shop LLC has compiled a big inventory of fabrics for older cars.
The shop is full of fabric rolls, tools and equipment. If they don't have upholstery for your car, they know where to get it.