|One of the more difficult tasks in the restoration of the Dodge involved
finding the original material to assemble into seat covers. While black and white vinyl
and fabric inserts are fairly easy to find, blue is nearly impossible. I purchased a
number of NOS seat covers and several yards of NOS fabric from Original Auto Interiors in
Michigan. I also located some NOS vinyl at SMS Auto Interiors in Oregon. Still, we were
short one piece of light blue vinyl.
As luck would have it, I was heading down to
look at some dry California fenders on a parts car in New York. When I got to the parts
car, there was a set of 59 Dodge Coronet front seats sitting on top of the parts car. And
they were blue!
|After a little cleaning, the missing piece of
light blue vinyl was removed for use in the new set.
I also had to find a competent upholsterer. A
woman with over a decade of auto seat upholstering was located at Manchester Motor Car in
Manchester, CT. Laurie was knowledgeable and well equipped to handle the job.
You can see the results above.