Interior Help for the 1973 Mustang

While the block is out for machining I can turn my attention to one of the MANY other sub-projects  on #ProjectSportsRoof.

If you’ve followed the blog you know that I’ve tackled the heater box (more to come on that) and as well as cleaning up the engine bay.  As you’ve seen the interior needs work.  I’ve completed floor pans (sealed/coated), new under-layment and new carpet.  That was just the beginning, so much more to do on the inside.

One thing that makes restoring the interior go a bit smoother is having all the little things like screws and other fasteners.   That’s where AMK Products comes in.

I saw an AMK commercial on one of the car restoration shows.

I saw an AMK commercial on one of the car restoration shows.

Here’s a brief look at what it contains:

 It is pretty complete and well labeled for application.  You can find more on their website.  Go to .

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Thanks checking back in with the 1973 Mustang (#ProjectSportsRoof). I’m moving right along with getting the progress on the 351C tear down posted up.

ThrowBackThursday A 1969 Dodge Coronet 440

I had to sneak this one in for #ThrowBackThursday.

One of my frequent reader sent over a couple of shots of him with his 1969 Dodge Coronet 440 from back in the day (1980).   ‘Wish I kept this one!” Bill says.


Thanks Bill.


Nice Car Mr. Bill!!!  Yeah...we all have one we should have kept.

Nice Car Mr. Bill!!! Yeah…we all have one we should have kept.



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1969 Dodge Coronet 440 Coupe – Lucky Motors

Green 1969 Dodge Coronet 440 Chicago, Illinois Lucky Motors. Click on our link now to view our wide selection of new, used, and preowned cars, trucks and SUV’s.
Curbside Classic: 1969 Dodge Coronet 440 – Bread and …

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1969 Dodge Coronet 440 R/T | Muscle Car

1969 Dodge Coronet 440 R/T. Engine – 440ci , Built 1/5/72, Casting # 2536430-9. Transmission – Numbers Matching A-833 4-Speed. RearEnd – Sure-Grip Dana 60, 4.10:1 Gears. B5 Blue Paint. 1969 Dodge Coronet 440 RT · 1969 Dodge …

Car Upholstery/Interiors: “Muscle Car Interior Restoration” Book Review

Every now and then I share a book that I’ve found useful while I’m doing a restoration or managing a restoration for some who loves their car and wants is restored, but doesn’t have the knowledge or time to manage it themselves (in progress a rare 1975 VW standard – article forth coming as we are just about to marry the body back on the chassis).

A few posts back I mentioned the upholstery project I did on my 1970 Mustang (now residing in a small collection in Nebraska).  Along with the upholstery I did a lot of work on the interior – dash, carpeting, headliner…the works.  I was reminded of the books I used for the process and one in particular was authored by Daniel Strohl entitled “Muscle Car Interior Restoration”.


There are a few books out there but this one covered the fundamentals very well.  So well, in fact that I’m going to give a copy away to one of my readers.  Drop me a note  at or or post up on my Facebook page – with a pic and some info.

Muscle Car Interior Restoration  by   Daniel Strohl

Muscle Car Interior Restoration by
Daniel Strohl


You can catch Daniel’s writings over on and the Hemmings Motor News.  As you know I love the Hemmings’ publications.  

Get me a pic of your project (completed or in progress – love the in progress photos) and get chance to pick up a free copy of “Muscle Car Interior Restoration”.


Thanks for reading.


Post Script:  Other than a happy consumer, I have no relationship with Hemmings or Dan Strohl.



Artico – it’s vinyl upholstery by another name

Leathercloth. Naugahyde. Ambla. These are just a few of the words that car-makers have used to name vinyl upholstery. Name and euphemistically disguise a badly hidden truth in fact, because vinyl has almost always been seen as inferior to cloth trim or
Warning: Hikers crossing in Bennington, Vt.

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BLOG: Auto Upholstery 101 | Performance & Hotrod Business

If you are like me you tend to be excited about some portions of the car restoration hobby and not so much with others.  Digging in to the engine – love it!   Brakes or exhaust – let’s “get ‘er done”!  Upholstery – OH…no…no…noooooooooo!!!

Just the thought of damaging the upholstery is sickening, these materials don’t patch well and I can’t stand the thought of driving around with ripped interior…it’s just unacceptable!!!    Fixing it just isn’t something I look forward too.   I have had success with kits and they are a bit of work, but nothing like what a good custom shop can put out.

You can see my handy work at the links below (some video’s are missing – lost in the cloud when one company bought out another).

Mustang Upholstery Part III

Mustang Upholstery Part IV

Mustang Upholstery Part V

Mustang Upholstery Front Seat Finale



So when I ran across the article below, I thought that this is something I would benefit from reading.  Even if I’m not going to buy a heavy-duty sewing machine and start my own upholstery shop there will be some good tips to learn.   I won’t be posting them here, so chase the link below and bookmark it.



BLOG: Auto Upholstery 101

Harry Weimann

December 23, 2014

I’ve been writing “Interior Insights” articles for over three years now. Most of my articles have been focused on the business portion of the automotive upholstery industry. I’ve talked about everything from customer service, looking for new talent to marketing your business.

Starting in 2015, I will be taking a new direction on article topics. I plan on launching a series of articles that deals primarily with basic auto upholstery.

These articles will reach out to the novice as well as experienced individuals who are interested in auto upholstery and want a better understanding. I will cover materials, tools, specific interior components and techniques used when reupholstering a vehicle. I will also touch on all types and styles of vehicles.

This is a lot of ground to cover and a variety of subjects to address. I would appreciate feedback as I write on new topics each month—areas that you would like to know more about. I have years and years of experience and a true love for the auto upholstery industry; I love teaching others what I know.

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Tools of the trade

Tools of the trade – even if you are using a kit


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Wallace ‘Wally’ Sanders, 79, led career in auto upholstery business

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Parking Lot Spotlight – 1958 Porsche – Survivor!

We all love vintage cars.  On a trip to Dana Point, Ca this past weekend I happened to spot this beauty in the hotel parking lot.


This 1958 Porsche 1600 Speedster appeared to be all original.  The seats appeared to be still clad in the original – nicely worn leather.  This is the 356A which was a modification of the 356 body (from 1957) it was known as Type 2 in the factory (or T2).

This beauty is in the  original color, maybe original paint, but interior looks stock, right down the thin rubber floor mats.


I did notice a couple of things – the steering wheel looks to be metal, they were originally wooden and the under the dash gauges of course are after market. As the 356 was track raced the wooden steering wheels were quickly identified as a safety issue.  During crashes they would splinter and pierce the drivers body – some career ending injuries.  They were often swapped out for metal.

The engine was a OHV flat four with 60 bhp, 1,582 cc and horizontally-opposed OHV four-cylinder engine (the four-cam “Carrera” engine was a more power/extra cost option for the 356A).  It came with a four-speed manual transmission, torsion bar independent front suspension, swing axle independent rear suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.

The production numbers were around 21, 000 for the period of 1955-1959.

Great tail lights!!

Great tail lights!!

Now that's what I like to see - bug spots....this car gets driven!!!!

Now that’s what I like to see – bug spots….this car gets driven!!!!

Missing the 'cage' that often covered the headlights.

Missing the ‘cage’ that often covered the headlights.


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1958 porsche 356a


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A Great Car Collection and Super Cool Garage!!

With Barrett Jackson Auction just a few days way.  Take a look at Craig Jackson’s Garage  in Paradise Valley, AZ


Very cool






Mopar Door Panel Project – The LeBaron

Some time ago I wrote about repairing my 1984 Corvettes door panel.  The panel its self was not well made … read “cheap” and didn’t stand up well to time/use.  Unfortunately, I can’t say there was any improvement in “quality” of the door panels in my 2007 Vette.  But this project isn’t a Corvette door panel,  but my son’s Chrysler LeBaron.

The LeBaron is 1990’s car and the door panels are 1990’s cheap, no nice way to say that.  This quick project was didn’t start out about the door panel, other than we had to take it off to check the multiple window control switch.  The window controls were part of a plastic insert that also has the remote control for the drivers’ side mirror poked through it.  It stays put, normally by 3 prongs that push into “V” clips that are on stand-a-lone braces that are mounted on the door panel directly – but not well done.

Since the insert has slid down over the past few months, it seemed that either driving vibrations and/or normal door operations, so while we are in there we’d push the prong back in.  Seemed simple enough.

The back of the panel a fiber board/plastic composite – not really fiberglass but similar and it’s pretty sturdy.

Back side of the door panel.

Back side of the door panel.

Here you can see the brackets I mentioned above.  However, the way in which the bracket are attached to the board is meant to last forever.  They are held together with bits of glue in holes along the edges of the bracket.  In the heat of Arizona and the great condition our roads are in (tongue in cheek) this type of connection is not ideal.

Here you can see the glue and at the back of the bracket and that is oozed out into the holes.

Here you can see the glue  the back of the bracket and that is oozed out into the holes.

This image below is the results of the glue pulling off – separating from the fiber board.

Part clue - Part fiber board. This was laying at the bottom of the door panel

Part clue – Part fiber board. This was laying at the bottom of the door panel

I’ll finish this up in the next post.

Thanks for reading.





Lacking updates of late for good reason.

It’s strange thinking that if I don’t post photos, it feels like i don’t shoot……Having the style and aesthetic of a photojournalist/documentary photographer, the process really isn’t finished until I share with like-minded people.

Over the last month I have purchased and currently importing my future wife…….a 53 Belair Hardtop


1954 Buick Special



This Ocean Mist green and Arctic white 1954 Buick Special sedan is all original and was found near Chicago, Illinois.A total of 70,356 Deluxe sedans were produced in 1954.

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This Ocean Mist green and Arctic white 1954 Buick Special sedan is all original and was found near Chicago, Illinois.

Part and Parcel: State of the Swap

Each July the tiny town of Iola, Wis., is invaded by a sea of humanity and old iron. Many in attendance come strictly for the swap meet, which covers about 4,500 spaces.

Old car hobby doing well — at least ‘parts’ of it

By John Gunnell

“Don’t tell me there’s no recovery going on,” said Kurt Kelsey, an Iowa City-based vendor of new-old-stock Pontiac parts. According to Kelsey, his business this year is much better than it has been in a long time. “The phone has been ringing off the hook every day,” he said.

Kelsey’s observation about an up-tick in the market isn’t alone. Positive reports have come from other vendors, parts manufacturers and catalog retailers since late last fall. Despite an unsettled national economy and high unemployment, the old-car parts business seems to be in the midst of a boom.

During a Dynamat seminar at the Hot Rod & Restoration Show in March, company owner Scott Whitaker said one-day shipping of Dynamat automotive insulation products has been impossible to promise lately, because a large increase in orders has outpaced new hiring. “The bump in sales wasn’t expected and caught us off guard,” he said.

In early April, Bob Marx at Marx Parts in Arpin, Wis., came to visit us and he, too, was upbeat about his rising sales. Marx has been growing his inventory of vintage gaskets and rear main seals and is now rebuilding fuel pumps, but he said that new products do not explain all of the growth he is seeing. Like several other industry veterans, Marx pointed to the TV exposure of the Mecum and Barrett-Jackson auctions as a factor that’s helping the hobby grow. “New people are getting involved with old cars,” he said.

“After a winter of inactivity, old cars tend to leak or fail when they are put back on the road,” said Fred Kanter of Kanter Auto Products, who wonders if the business boom might be seasonal. “March, April, May every year, it’s the same thing — spring,” Kanter said. He pointed out that from spring through summer every year, his most popular items are fuel pumps and water pumps. “There’s a lot of factors that affect our business.”

You never know what you’ll see at big swap meets. You might come across a 1958 Edsel Pacer looking for a new home.

Al Suehring of Amherst Junction, Wis., specializes in ring gears and is another vendor who feels that the market is strong. We caught up with him at the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America dinner in Chilton, Wis., and he said that his business from the United States and abroad has been showing noticeable increases lately.

Ray Yager of Classic Industries said the level of growth of reproduction parts sales is “hard to keep up with.” His firm supplies MoPar, 1955-’57 Chevy, Camaro, Firebird, Nova, Impala and Chevy truck parts, and parts sales for these vehicles are moving in a positive direction. Yager thought the company’s 18-month-old MoPar parts catalog may account for some, but not all, of the huge increase in business he’s seeing. At least one vendor who solely deals in Chevrolets is likewise seeing increases in business.

“I’m having a really good year,” said Ron Kellogg of Chevy Tri-Power. “Rather amazing since I’m selling restored multi-carb setups in an era of $5-a-gallon gas prices. I’ve probably sold 25 Tri-Power units — normally a year’s worth — since November 2011.”

Kellogg’s increase proves that car collectors still want high-performance options on their classics.

In addition to new products, increased TV exposure of the hobby and added catalogs, parts suppliers said both the use of the Internet and increased advertising seem to be attracting more customers. Some big companies such as Mid America Motorworks and Eastwood have begun sending daily e-mails to thousands of potential customers. This takes time and money and employees with Internet skills, but their efforts are paying off with increased sales.

Many mom-and-pop operations that can’t afford daily e-marketing efforts are creating websites, Facebook pages, blogs and Twitter accounts to reach the marketplace. Hobby events aimed at professionals — such as the Racing & Performance Expo, the British Motor Trade Association and the SEMA Show — all offer seminars on Internet marketing techniques to these businesses.

As their marketing efforts become more sophisticated, parts sellers are also discovering that they can use print media to drive customers to their websites. Companies that never ran a print ad before are discovering that a clean-looking space ad with the right design and not much text can generate strong client interaction. The right picture of a car can catch the potential customer’s attention and a simple e-mail address or website link is all that’s needed to bring business knocking. A good ad will pay for itself much faster these days.

While an increase in parts sales would suggest that restoration shops and collector car sales are both on the increase, growth in those parts of the hobby isn’t as clear-cut as it is when a part is “checked out” in an online catalog. Collector car dealers such as Colin Comer of Colin’s Classic Auto in Milwaukee and market players such as Joe Bortz are fairly universal in the belief that collector car prices are off 15-20 percent in today’s market. Some restoration shop owners say that they are busier than they’ve ever been, but others say the opposite.

From all of the indications we have seen and all the comments we’ve heard, it appears the old-car parts niche is improving for 2012 and this trend will presumably filter down to other parts of the hobby. The hobby is changing in many ways, and the wise businessmen in it are getting more sophisticated as the market grows.

Sources mentioned

Kurt Kelsey
NOS Pontiac parts

automotive insulation products

Marx Parts
vintage gaskets

Kanter Auto Products
mechanical components

Al Suehring
ring gears

Classic Industries
restoration parts

Ron Kellogg
most tri-power units

Joe Bortz
vintage vehicle sales

Mid America Motorworks
Corvette and VW restoration parts

restoration equipment

Colin’s Classic Auto
vintage vehicle sales