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shine 05-20-2011 06:01 AM

how long to finish ?
just a question for the stitchers here. 37 ford coupe. buckets , side panels, carpet and trunk . no headliner . how long would this take ?

DanTwoLakes 05-20-2011 07:07 AM

One person working on it, 4 weeks or so, depending on how elaborate it is.

shine 05-20-2011 07:12 AM

car has been in shop since nov. car owner is going out of state next week but when he comes back we are taking the trailer and going to pick it up. went by yesterday and all the materials and such were inside the car . noticed another job in the works. i am so frigging tired of excuses from morons who can not run their business. this is one of those shops that lives off deposits.
my last sedan was done in about 6 weeks complete. but that shop went to hell. i am not out of options . i've run out of shops to try. :mad:

thanks dan

DanTwoLakes 05-20-2011 07:41 AM

If he couldn't start your project exactly on time because the work he was doing ahead of yours took longer than he expected, that's one thing, that happens in all businesses. He shouldn't have had the car for 6 months without at least starting it.

shine 05-20-2011 08:07 AM

he picked up the seats in oct , said they would be done in a couple of weeks. took him the car in nov. he had it 3 months and did very little . then he had health problems , then this or that. but seeing a new job there tore down and ours setting aside full of stuff just did it for me. he's broke, cant pay for his lifestyle and chasing deposits. happens in bodyshops all the time. they get half down then spend it and have a full job to do for half the pay. when they run out of room they are done.

timothale 05-20-2011 10:54 AM

legal deposit limit.
I had a building contractors license in Calif and there was a legal limit on how much deposit money you could collect. I worked for one guy that would take his left over materials to a new job and collect a materials delivery charge from the unknowing home owner. AND HE FINally went broke. I know one guy that teaches Auto at the college and also works out of his farm shop. He collects the first month's space rental then every week e mails picts of the work he has done and sends the bill. If there is no payment the space rental applies and the lein procedure starts after 30 days. . the guys that want a big deposit are usually going to rip you off.

shine 06-17-2011 10:52 AM

well after 8 months i went and picked up the 37. not finished and looks like sh&it . this lying sob should be run out of business and i think that is exactly what is going to happen. the owner is going to sue the clown to the stone age. i have never heard so many sob stories and excuses in my life . the only excuse would be i died.
i'll post some pics later.

shine 06-20-2011 07:35 AM

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after 8 months and 3k this what have. seats look like ****. door panels and stuff in trunk. also look like **** . done wrong , not finished , wasted hides. i hope this *** clown ends up bankrupt .

shine 06-20-2011 07:50 AM

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forgot the custom door panels. *** clown used leather and vinyl next to each other. suppose to be all leather.

DanTwoLakes 06-20-2011 09:08 AM

Wow, Shine that work is pretty awful. I've seen beginners do a far better job than that. I hope you didn't have to pay anything for it.

shine 06-20-2011 09:51 AM

it is no way acceptable to me. we are taking it to another shop to be redone. documenting it all and will sue the guy to pay for redoing it. he wasted 2 hides . he threw stuff together each time we came to make it look like he was working on it.
he had the car since nov . i've never been vindictive when it came to a mans livelihood but the clown needs to be run out of business .
the door panels were suppose to have a reverse mustang design to match the seats. i even drew it out for him .he ran out of swede so he just used carpet instead of buying more.

DanTwoLakes 06-20-2011 10:23 AM

People who do work like that are what gives upholstery a bad name, just like the hacks who think they can paint a car.

shine 06-20-2011 12:10 PM

dan , do you think the seats can be saved or will have to be redone ? the wrinkles just wont cut it.

also is it possible to remove the leather that has been glued down .

alittle1 06-20-2011 12:25 PM

....nothing that a heat gun can't take out!

If that don't work, put it in a nice pile, pour gas on and burn it. Where have all the craftsmen gone? Can't get a paint job done either. If the job doesn't turn out, they say, 'well I'm only charging you $5000', and if it does turn out, they up the price a grand or two. Where's the justice???

DanTwoLakes 06-20-2011 01:03 PM


Originally Posted by shine
dan , do you think the seats can be saved or will have to be redone ? the wrinkles just wont cut it.

also is it possible to remove the leather that has been glued down .

No, I don't think they can be saved, at least not the way they are now. I'm sure they could be better, but not like they should be. If the leather that's glued down now is glued down with contact adhesive, it's going to have to be replaced also I'm afraid. Regular leather maybe, but suede is a whole different animal. I think the next guy is pretty much going to have to start over.

Note to alittle1: I assume that was a joke on your part. You never use a heat gun on real leather, especially suede.

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