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Old 06-28-2004, 10:16 AM
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I am here just ask me

Hey everyone, Starting a new project an need new ideas. But I am here to help as well. I have 19 years of interior experiance ranging from simple seats to complex installations. I can help with materials as well as applications. Just let me know
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Old 06-28-2004, 10:23 PM
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Doing my own interior

Welcome Aboard!

OK, here is your first question... should have everything else done on this project by around September. Interior work has always been a mystery to me but I would like to play around with it some. Could you take a look at my project and tell me what you might recommend as a way to start ?
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Welcome and im sure a lot need your help.Rock on
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Old 06-29-2004, 07:05 AM
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1st take alot of dimensions. On a coupe the floor is narrower at the front than the back this will limit the seat widths that you can get in that car. I like to always consider getting in and out of the car first (it really limits enjoyment if you feel like you are forcing yourself in and out of the car).

Leg swing and wheel clearance are the first things I consider. You will want to have about 12 inches for legs in and out and 5 inches under the wheel. Those are a minimum because the floor board is set back so far. Get the steering wheel mocked up, height to the bottom of the wheel will be the starting point to measure down from. Then draw a line from the front edge of the door opening this is a reference line, then draw another back 12 inches. Take a dimension from the new 12" line to the deepest part of the car at centerline of the car. This would be the longest seat and widest if you dont make anything real custom. If you want to go more custom measure the the floor at the back of the door and the back of the car. using the rear door opening and the back of the car for the other width dimension)

Next take the centerline of the car (mark it when you take previous dimension). Hopefully you will end up with a dimension front to back of atleast 24" minimum. and a width of 28".

Seats tend to be 24" long by 22" wide. Best seat cushion lengths are 18" shorter make your legs go to sleep, and 21" wide (fuller figures like wider seats) but we will get as much as possible later.

Get these first and get back on the board.
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C.I.,
Can you recommend an inexpensive, yet capable sewing machine for interior work. I want to do my own interior on my 40 Chevy. I have taught myself everything else, from body and paint to engine and drivetrain, and consider myself proficient in the above, so now it's time to round out the education.......
I did some part time work for a one man upholstery shop in college, so I can remember 'some' of the basics, but I would consider myself starting from scratch.
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Old 06-29-2004, 11:51 AM
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Cheapest most reliable and easiest to get parts for is the old singer 211. If you get one without reverse and a small bobbin it will be more than capable. You should be able to pick one up fairly inexpensively depending on what you intend on doing in the future (a good machine will pay for itself in 3 or 4 jobs).

In Michigan (alot of automotive around) we can get them between 300 and 1000 bucks.

The parts (sewing feet are interchangable with the Juki 563) are cheaper than a consew or Phaff.
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