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Old 09-17-2010, 10:14 PM
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Question on 50's upholstery please?

Here is the upholstery in a 57' Cadillac I picked up. Is there a particular name for this type of fabric material? You can see in the second pic, under a tear in the seat fabric there looks like the original seat fabric or just an older seat cover with a slightly different fabric pattern. Do different fabric patterns have specifically different names?
Thanks, Im still wondering what Im going to do with these seats because they look worse than the pics show.

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The name of the family of fabrics that is on the outside of your seats is brocade. I'm not sure if I'm answering your question correctly, but this would be a type of fabric, and the pattern on the fabric has nothing to do with it.

At some point, your seats were re-done using the old seat covers as a base. Whoever did the work put a layer of cotton over the old seats and made new seat covers to go over everything. Check out this thread: CLICK HERE
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Thanks Dan, I have reupholstered muscle car seats that had the vinyl seat covers pre-made. Are there original looking seat covers pre-trimmed like those that you can get for these seats or do they need to be done from scratch?
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Because your car is not a much sought after car like a Mustang or a Camaro, you probably won't find any seat covers pre-made. You can get cloth, vinyl, leather, etc. to match the original through places like SMS Fabrics in Canby, Oregon and make your own seat covers. They also sell headliners, windlace, door panels, etc. www.smsautofabrics.com
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Thank you so much!
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I know someone who has a bunch of material from 50s. I don't know if the shop has that patern or color. They take apart the original seat covers and use it as a patern. There are warehouses full of old material. You can send the seat cover and they can make you new ones.
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If you can get the name and color of the original material, I can go to the place and take some pictures of the material if it's there.
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If you can get the name and color of the original material, I can go to the place and take some pictures of the material if it's there.

Oh man thank you for the info! But I couldn't ask that of you! Im still debating if Im going with the original interior green or not because its not so easy on the eyes!
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If you have some kind of idea what you want, it's no big deal for me to go there and take some pictures. They ended up with a bunch of material from another shop that had it. The last time I was there they showed me some material they used on T Birds. It's real resonably priced. You would have to install it. They can sew it up.
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