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Automotive Upholstery & Interior Restoration (Restoration How-to Sa Design)

CarTech
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After disassembling and gutting your car, it is easy to feel that you're in way over your head when it comes to the upholstery. This is why so many do-it-yourself restorers outsource the work, at considerable expense, to an experienced upholstery shop. Taking the time to acquire the skills for upholstery restoration may feel like a daunting task, but what if an experienced upholsterer presented every skill you needed to restore upholstery yourself?

Starting with a list of necessary tools, author Fred Mattson guides you through all the required tasks, including seat restoration; door panel removal, patterning, assembly, and installation; headliner removal and installation; carpet cutting; and even convertible top restoration. The easy-to-follow step-by-step presentation allows for a thorough understanding of all the processes. Every photo in this book provides a hands-on approach that shows you how to repair and restore a car’s interior to concours, show-quality specifications.

Other restoration books may show you beautifully restored interiors, but they don't show you how to produce them. This book helps you develop the skills needed with instruction from a professional upholsterer, saving you thousands of dollars over outsourcing the restoration. If you are interested in saving money, doing a complete restoration yourself, or simply want to know how it's done, this book is a handy addition to your automotive library.

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How to Restore and Customize Automotive Interiors (Motorbooks Workshop)

Motorbooks
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A major part of any auto restoration is bringing the interior back to life, and How to Restore and Customize Automotive Interiors provides you with the tools and knowledge you need to tackle any job on any type of car, from prewar classics to full-on customs to modern vehicles. Veteran author Dennis Parks takes you step-by-step through all the processes, from restoring seats, door panels, floor coverings, and headliners to adding sound dampening and thermal insulation. With tips and advice for selecting the right tools and planning your job, as well as maintaining your restored interior, How to Restore and Customize Automotive Interiors is the only book you’ll need to get the job done. 

  • Installing Floor Coverings
  • Repairing and Re-covering Seats
  • Making Custom Door Panels
  • Crafting Custom Headliners, Consoles, and More
  • Upholstery Maintenance and Care
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Automotive Custom Interiors (Idea Book)

Motorbooks
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Inside, it’s personal. The interior--perhaps more than any other aspect of a vehicle--lends itself to customization, to the expression of a character, a desire, a conviction. The question is, how far to go? How different, how comfortable, how functional, how wild? Whatever the answer might be, this book will help you get there. With images of an incredible assortment of custom interiors-- from the ultimate in luxury to the totally high-tech, from race-inspired minimalism to retro hot rod styling, from suede to tuck 'n' roll, inlaid wood to engine-turned metal--Automotive Custom Interiors gives you the means to make your dream interior a reality. The book covers every aspect of design--seat and upholstery, dashboards and gauges, door panels and armrests, consoles, steering wheels, pedals, shifters, knobs and hardware, floor coverings and headliners, audio and high-tech accessories, and cargo areas and trunks. With hundreds of color photos and thorough descriptions of a wide variety of parts and accessories, this is the ultimate resource for anyone contemplating a custom interior.

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Custom Auto Interiors

California Bill's Automotive Hnbks
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Expert trimmers Don Taylor and Ron Mangus share two lifetimes of auto upholstery experience and secrets in this fantastic book. More than 800 color photographs capture every detail you'll need to create your own exciting and award-winning custom interiors. Precise step-by-step instructions show you how to turn out completely professional custom interiors. This is an advanced-level book.
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Chevy Tri-Five Custom Interiors (Ron Mangus' Custom Hot Rod Interiors)

California Bill's Automotive Hnbks
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Award-winning cars and interiors will inspire you with design possibilities for your own 1955-1957 Chevy hot rod. You will learn the concepts behind a great interior. Large full-color photos and detailed explanations show and explain how Ron Mangus executes these design ideas. Get a detailed look at creative solutions for seats, door, kick, and rear quarter panels, carpet, mats, headliner, trunk, seat bolsters, and many other interior design areas. From the stock look to wild customs, you'll find a wide range of new ideas to adapt to your own car's interior.
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Speed Read Car Design: The History, Principles and Concepts Behind Modern Car Design

Motorbooks
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There’s so much more to car design than simply looking good. Speed Read: Car Design beaks down every element a team accounts for when designing vehicles.

People have never been more broadly aware of design as a concept and how it fits into their everyday lives. Even the simplest of consumer products compete to offer something that will better catch the public’s eye and reflect the taste and perceived lifestyle of each individual.

Like all design, car design is complex subject. It's one in which many people have an interest--and not just gearheads. Every part of a car represents myriad decisions by the design team ruled by engineering, aesthetics, human interface, and emotionSpeed Read: Car Design helps the reader understand the hows and whys of that design process, offering an engaging review of history, theory, key concepts, and key designers. It’s a book for car enthusiasts, design fans, and anyone with a desire to better understand why our wheeled world looks the way it does.
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Ford Roadster Custom Interiors (Ron Mangus' Custom Hot Rod Interiors)

California Bill's Automotive Hnbks
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Ford Roadster Custom Interiors will inspire you with 18 examples of award-winning interiors by Ron Mangus. Many different 1929-1935 Ford roadster interior design styles are shown, from the modified stock sleeper look to unrestrained show stoppers. Get a detailed look at creative interior design solutions for seats, door, kick, and rear quarter panels, carpet, mats, headliner, trunk, seat bolsters, and many other interior design areas. After experiencing this book, you'll want to personalize your own Ford roadster interior.
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