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Old 01-14-2011, 02:55 AM
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Default Reproduction interiors

Hi Guys
I did a search and came up empty handed on the subject of reproduction interiors from the major suppliers
My 60 Ht interior
Looking at the items they look very good but.... there's always a but
Must say I'm not the impressed with the fit
The seat covers are a pretty ordinary fit and the stitch lines are not consistent between the back and the base so when installed they don't line up to well
Door panels they have a plastic backing and lack the holes for the clips to attach to the door, not quite the right shape on the backing so they don't sit as the originals do, the top edge where the anti rattle/ felt sits is at the wrong angle so it catches on the window (had to readjust the window to clear and only just).
Guess that's what you get from reproduction parts in a lot of cases. I'm sure there can't be too many manufacturers of these especially the door panels, right?
After a lot of fiddling and "adjusting" it looks alright but not perfect

Has anyone else used these?
If you are just be a little cautious but there may be variations in the item from different suppliers. I'm not naming the supplier publicly if you are looking to get them PM me

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Old 01-14-2011, 12:08 PM
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My modest experience is that most reproduction parts are compromised in someway. Some places (Dennis Carpenter) have original dies to work from but that is not common.

So what we get is more of a starting point than a finished product.

I bought carpetting that I was disappointed in. I made mention of it to the vendor and got most of my money back, but was still stuck with the carpetting. I have since bought some raw material of correct color and will take it to
a shop to have it bound to exactly the right size.

then there is the matter of color. . . .

If we can get some people to log their experiences (good or bad) and perhaps identify some desireable vendors, that might be a big help to future restorers.

Asking people who drive the Baby Birds might yield something as they pretty much use the same sources and are generally a demanding group. Unfortunately different forums.

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