When it comes to automotive projects, interior refurbishment doesn't typically rank very high on most enthusiasts' wish lists. It's easy to understand the apprehension. There's no chart with torque specs to provide assurance for the job's completion. And there's the perception that you'll struggle with upholstery, make an irreversible cut and ultimately end up with coverings that simply don't look good.
Speaking from experience, that's not an entirely unfounded fear, but we're here to encourage, prod and push those of you with a shabby interior into taking the upholstery plunge. You'll need patience, attention to detail and more patience, but if you approach the project with enthusiasm, you'll likely find it's not as challenging as you anticipated. In fact, the quality of interior restoration materials has increased dramatically in recent years, making projects all that much easier.
We discovered that recently when we tackled an interior re-do on a 1990 Mustang convertible. It may not seem like such an old car, but it's just about 25 years old now and its cabin was definitely showing its age. The central problem was the condition of the white leather seats, which, in a word, was terrible. Like so many cars of the era, the quality of the hides used by Ford was not good. They quickly hardened, cracked and split
Published Dec 7th, 2015
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