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billy
Posted 2017-04-17 2:03 PM (#538253)
Subject: Interior costs



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Pretty sure I'm going to open a snake pit with this question, but here it goes....What would you pay for a complete interior re-do? Headliner, door panels, kick panels, rear deck, seats re-done and new carpet??? I'm not looking for a show car, but want something nice to tool around in...just curious what others have paid to have this done....For those of you who say "why don't you do it yourself?" Unfortunately my 60 year car body is in better shape than mine these days...some ideas on costs would be appreciated...
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Powerflite
Posted 2017-04-17 2:56 PM (#538258 - in reply to #538253)
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I am having a hard time finding someone willing and able to deal with removing my front and rear windshields (and the trim), installing a headliner, putting the windows back with new rubber, and re-installing the trim. No shop seems capable or willing.
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56D500boy
Posted 2017-04-17 3:42 PM (#538262 - in reply to #538258)
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Powerflite - 2017-04-17 2:56 PM I am having a hard time finding someone willing and able to deal with removing my front and rear windshields (and the trim), installing a headliner, putting the windows back with new rubber, and re-installing the trim. No shop seems capable or willing.


I am going to need a new headliner at some point (unless I can figure out a way to "paint" or "tint" the existing one). So thinking replacement, I have an original Mopar service manual that describes the installation of the headliner, including the need to have the rear window out. HOWEVER, I have been looking at the gasket on my 56 Dodge rear window and I *think* that there is enough of a lip and the rubber is pliable enough that it would be possible to tuck that end of the headliner UNDER the window gasket (with an appropriate glue) and AVOID removing the rear window, etc. The front edge is under removable metal trim.

Work-arounds are going to be my life with this car. NOT opening cans of worms whenever they can be avoided with some ingenuity.

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59 in Calif
Posted 2017-04-17 3:54 PM (#538263 - in reply to #538253)
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I have the wife's 59 Dodge at the upholstery shop now for a complete upholstery job, including carpet the trunk and cover the spare tire. This guy does really good work but is a bit pricey. Quoted $4900. At this point and time in my life I can afford this. Was a time when I wouldn't have been able to. There are other upholstery shops in the area who could've done it cheaper. But this my wife's dream car. This makes her happy and gets her active in the car hobby. So I guess what's her smile and happy dance worth ???? Ya only go around once so ya gotta get all the gusto ya can !!! Jerry
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GaryS
Posted 2017-04-17 4:49 PM (#538268 - in reply to #538253)
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The non-stock bucket seats, rear seat and door panels for my '56 Plymouth cost $1700 and they included enough vinyl for me to cover kick panels, package shelf and console myself. Premium cut pile carpet material was another $250, and I don't yet have a price on the headliner, but I will be making it myself.

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Mike McCandless
Posted 2017-04-17 5:51 PM (#538271 - in reply to #538253)
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I've had complete redo's go from 5-7k.
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Mr Bob
Posted 2017-05-07 2:23 PM (#539612 - in reply to #538253)
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I just had the headliner in my 59 Imperial 4 Dr hardtop replaced, without pulling the windshield or back glass. The glass guy was unwilling to pull them for fear of damaging the seals or the glass. Upholstery shop installed tack strips instead. Looks great!

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Powerflite
Posted 2018-02-10 9:42 PM (#557883 - in reply to #538262)
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I just saw your reply Bob. Sounds interesting. I'll have to look into those tack strips to see what they are like. Got a link for them?
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SaratogaFan
Posted 2018-02-24 12:37 PM (#558763 - in reply to #538253)
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As for the original question, I guess every car is done to each person's taste. Some people want the $5000 total package some are ok with a shag carpet remnant on the floor and an off the shelf Bench seat cover.

Some times as in my case the interior was basically gutted when I got it so there was no carpet or headliner to begin with. I plan to do it myself using some online tutorials. I am sure it wont be 100 points but I too am just looking for a nice weekend hobby.

To each their own.

ps. I am glad to hear that tack strips can make do instead of removing the window. I was not looking forward to finding someone to try and do that.
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billy
Posted 2018-04-09 2:20 PM (#561311 - in reply to #538253)
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Is it just me, or does SMS take forever to do anything including responding to a inquiry? I got samples quick enough, but i asked them a couple questions on price and turn around a month ago...is this typical from them? do they take forever? Is it worth the wait? Any feedback would be appreciated.
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firedome
Posted 2018-05-14 10:11 AM (#563343 - in reply to #538253)
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Billy - check the SMS threads under vendors, they are fairly notorious for being super-slow in some cases.

Where are you upstate NY? I'm in Binghamton. There's a really excellent upholstery place here, J & R., they do really nice work.
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billy
Posted 2018-05-14 1:46 PM (#563355 - in reply to #538253)
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Roger, I'm closest to Rochester....getting close to pulling the trigger on SMS parts...I have a local shop that will help me with the interior install..probably be next winter, so i have some time to gather all the materials...
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billy
Posted 2018-05-14 1:48 PM (#563356 - in reply to #538253)
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Congrats by the way Roger....I see you have another project...
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57chizler
Posted 2018-05-14 3:06 PM (#563369 - in reply to #538258)
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Powerflite - 2017-04-17 11:56 AM

I am having a hard time finding someone willing and able to deal with removing my front and rear windshields (and the trim), installing a headliner, putting the windows back with new rubber, and re-installing the trim. No shop seems capable or willing.


They're afraid of glass breakage. The upholstery shop I used for years simply pushed the glued ends of the headliner fabric into the rubber using a dulled putty knife. Never had one come loose.
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Powerflite
Posted 2018-05-14 3:33 PM (#563373 - in reply to #538253)
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That would be great except that my rubber is hard as a rock. If you attempt to move it, it will crumble into pieces. So it really needs to be done at the same time.
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57chizler
Posted 2018-05-15 2:24 PM (#563453 - in reply to #563373)
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In that case, the safest way is to cut the gasket to make the glass removal less risky and install the glass with a new gasket before taking to the upholstery shop or take it to be upholstered with the glass/gasket removed .
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billy
Posted 2018-05-18 1:25 PM (#563604 - in reply to #538253)
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pulled the trigger on the SMS order yesterday.....5-18-2018.....lets see how long it takes...
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Powerflite
Posted 2018-05-18 1:58 PM (#563606 - in reply to #538253)
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What did you order, just the fabrics or sewn parts like seat covers and/or door panels? I hear that sewn parts take forever, but the fabrics are much quicker.
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billy
Posted 2018-05-25 1:56 PM (#564017 - in reply to #538253)
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Ordered carpet, windlace, kick panels and door panels.....will go back for headliner once i see the right one and seat material once i figure out how much i need...they said the carpet, windlace and seat materials would be quick, but the door panels will be 2-3 months....i'm ok with that...
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Powerflite
Posted 2018-05-25 2:11 PM (#564019 - in reply to #564017)
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Expect 1-2 years on the door panels. If you are OK with that, then you'll be fine. But let us know when they arrive, if perhaps they have gotten better than before.

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