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Interior money question

I have a 37 chevy 4D that needs a complete interior upholstery job..For just a basic job how much should i expect to spend?
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My experience tells me you should expect to pay approx 1800.00 for a complete do-over. this would include having it done in a custom fasion.
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more than likely your going to be looking at 1600 - 2000 depending on whether it is leather or not. I am doing a 1940 ford tudor right now and my quotes are ranging in that area. I would expect your to run the same.
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By basic job, do you mean re-doing the interior that's in the car right now without changing anything? Are you talking about doing it original, like hanging the headliner from bows?

The price is going to depend on how much work needs to be done. For example: If there's a headliner in the car now that can be used for a pattern, it will cost less than doing it from scratch. Are there door panels or do they have to be done from scratch? Do the seats need to be repaired? Do you want carpet installed? What type of fabric do you want to use? There are way too many variables to give you a reasonable answer without seeing the car.

BTW All leather would cost you a lot more. A four door car would take about 9 to 10 hides at 45 -50 square feet per hide. Even at $3.00 a square foot (if you could even find decent leather for that price) at the smallest amount it would be $1200 just for the leather, and leather doesn't come in rolls, so it's more labor intensive.
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Thanks for the replies..i have two new power bucket seats that came with it..but i just want to change the fabric on those because they are black and i want to go with a tanish color..i like the ultraleather stuff but not dead set on it..i have the rear seat however it is in bad shape..im not sure if the frame can be salvaged or not.their are no door skins or headliner or anything..it is completely stripped.
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Ultraleather (100% polyurethane, not vinyl which is polyvinyl chloride) at a bargain price, (not counting close-outs) is $40 to $50 a yard. A linear yard, (what almost all upholstery fabrics are sold by) is 36" by 54", which is 13.5 square feet, and you will need 20 to 25 yards to do a 4 door standard interior. A hide of leather equals about 3 1/2 yards. With labor on top of that and nothing from the old interior to work with, you are looking at a lot more than $2000. I'm talking about an upholstery shop, not somebody that does it in his spare time. Check references and ask to see examples of their work before you have the car done.
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You can not buy the material for $1800. A custom interior, with leather can cost between $12000 and $ 30000. Do not be shocked when you here $8000 or more for a basic interior. Some of the really bib dogs are spending $45000. Yes that is $45K.
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While that is true, you're talking about a custom car built from the ground up by big name builders who are sparing no expense to please the new owner. That interior would be with all leather, sound proofing, wool carpet, custom console, etc. A regular car, if you stick to basics can be done for $6000 to $8000 with quality material. Every fancy feature you ask for raises the price.
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Full leather jobs in street rods in my area are running from $6K to around $10K. These are on cars with existing interiors in them and the work is not what you would call extravagant.

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Just to chime in, which I don't do much anymore, I agree with the last couple of posts.

I would quote that interior at around 9000ish for synthetic (UltraLeather is a popular synthetic, maybe a bit cheaper for Inifinss or others) and 10,000ish in a GOOD quality leather. I emphasized good quality leather because there is a lot of junk leather out there. If you or your upholsterer come up on a good deal on leather that is almost too good to be true, then 99.9% of the time it is too good to be true. I am VERY picky about the leather we use in our interiors. I have been doing interiors for almost 10 years now, and I have tried a bunch of different "brands" of leather, and have narrowed it down to 2 or 3 different companies that I buy leather from. I've had numerous people/customers call the shop and want an interior done, but they have their own leather because "my buddy got me a good deal on some leather." And then upon inspecting their leather, I have to inform them I won't use their leather, which I hate to do because usually they think I am just being a jerk. Usually once you explain to them that it's like putting a show quality paint job on a car using the generic spray paint sold at Home Depot, they understand.

So what's the moral of the story behind my lunchtime ramblings.....if you are using leather, let your upholsterer use the leather that he/she likes, and that he/she is most comfortable with. Just like a painter who uses DuPont might not like to spray a car with PPG, another upholsterer might not like using the leather I use, or the leather DanTwoLakes uses, etc etc etc.

(I just went through this scenario with a potential customer, they had some "great quality" leather that they got a good deal on. I told them I needed to see the leather first before I agreed to anything. They sent me a piece cut off of one of their hides. Upon inspecting this stuff, I concluded that I would have an easier time making a seat look good made out of sewn together posterboard than the leather they had.)
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Thank you Shawn, I was hoping you'd jump in on this thread. Everything you say is 100% true. I stick with two or three suppliers of leather because I know what I'm getting and I know the customer will be happy with it. I tell people with their own fabric, leather, Ultraleather or vinyl that I won't use it unless I am satisfied with it's quality. Vinyl is the biggest culprit. I won't use anything but high end vinyls like marine vinyl and absolutely refuse to use any vinyl if I don't know its pedigree. I also, like every other upholsterer in the world, charge a cutting charge for using a customer's own material. This would be like going to get my car repaired and taking my own parts with me. I also tell customers I will absolutely not guarantee anything but the workmanship if I use their fabric, and have these customers sign a release stating that so I have it in writing.

BTW, if you haven't seen Shawn Krist's work, check it out here: www.kristkustoms.com
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I have been reading stuff on this site for a while and am finally going to post some replies. Thank you guys for posting some actual prices for interiors! How could somebody expect to get a full interior on a 4 door car for $2000.00? I get this alot, along with the shock of how much I estimate cost for a job. I have been in business since 1999 and have lost quite a few jobs because of estimates I've given. I've also gotten jobs by low-balling and wishing I was done with them half way thru because I'm loosing my you know what. I have seen low cost interiors at car shows and its work I would not even put my name on! I'm not doing the type of work I see krist kustoms doing, which is incredible, but maybe someday. Anyway,thanks again.
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It always amazes me what passes for good interior work. It seems that the owner is only interested in the interior being the right color! I was asked to judge interiors in a small local car show this summer, and couldn't believe some of the horrible work I was seeing. I hope they paid for what they got, which, in a lot of cases, was not very good.
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I couldnt agree with you more. There is one shop here that does alot of custom interiors and the work is awful! Then you talk about interior work with somebody and theyll say $%#^ &*^% did my buddies interior. All I can say is "really". They do some high profile work and I don't understand why people think their the greatest! I still think my work sucks after all this time but definately not embarassing. I had a car at a car show and this guy had his camaro there, talking with him that I did interiors he wanted to show me his interior done by $%#^ &*^%, after looking at his car we walked to the car I was showing, he looked at it for a minute and I said "look...no wrinkles", I don't know if he even knew what I was getting at! Oh, and these are not cheap. (price)
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The problem is that the average guy really doesn't know what to look for or what constitutes good quality work, and unfortunately, some of the people in the business are the same way.
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