Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: San Juan Capistrano
Kits or from-scratch for seat upholstery
1750GT: I do not have a $ quote for re-doing my FB seats. My car came into the upholsterers as a painted shell on a dolly, and he is still working on headliner/ carpets/sound insulation/dash + the various vinyl that glues to the door edges of a Bertone coupe. Once that's done, the shell will come home for reassembly, and the upholsterer will move on to the removable components: seats, door panels, etc. Once he does do the seats, the cost for those will get lumped into the total bill, so I won't have a break-out. I'm probably happier not knowing.
From my experience, upholsterers ALWAYS prefer cutting their own vinyl, rather than installing kits sewn up by others. This is not a knock on World or anyone else. I'm sure that much of the upholsterer's motivation is having more of the work done in their shop, so they can charge for it. But also, I can believe that an ill-fitting kit would be more work to install than something that was put together from the seat dimensions. And, that ill-fitting kit might not be due to a screw-up by the supplier - if the seat has been re-foamed, or just had its original foam compress, then the pre-sewn kit isn't going to fit very well.
Another advantage of having the upholsterer sew up your seats is that you are ensured that the same material is used on the seats, door panels, dash top, ... Sure, you could send World a few yards of the vinyl you are using, and have them make up their kits from that (of course, they would tell you it was too thin, too thick, too cheap, ....) OR, you could buy extra material from World for use on the doors & dash (and have your upholsterer tell you that it was too thin, too...). Usually, it's best to keep things simple, and just let the upholsterer do it all.
The lore is that every upholsterer who works on FB seats swears that they will never do another, or will jack up his quote for the next pair.
San Juan Capistrano, CA
'63 Guilia spider
'65 Guilia Sprint GT
Last edited by Alfajay; 06-22-2007 at 04:18 PM.