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Re: Jim Carter Upholstery Problem [Re: aggie jon] #1306523
Tue Apr 09 2019 03:39 PM
Tue Apr 09 2019 03:39 PM
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posey  Offline
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MI
I have a 54 deluxe 1/2 ton and ended up having them custom made. I found the original fabric pattern from a place in Oregon, shipped in the fabric ad had a local guy make the upholstery.

Was well worth it, had the original covers under vinyl cover so I know it matched original.

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Re: Jim Carter Upholstery Problem [Re: bartamos] #1306527
Tue Apr 09 2019 04:00 PM
Tue Apr 09 2019 04:00 PM
tclederman  Offline
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Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 27,953
Jarvisburg, NC
Looks, good, posey

SMS Auto Fabrics, perhaps?

They are excellent.
I also got two-tone interior/exterior 1954 pick-up truck material from them (and, odd/uncommon 54/55 GMC 2-ton COE upholstery material from them).

Gigantic selection, good prices, good service.
They say to send a sample, and they will find a match (and, send you a small sample for your approval).


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban - part of the family for 50 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic - part of the family for 14 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE - now part of Dave's family
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler.
Re: Jim Carter Upholstery Problem [Re: bartamos] #1306528
Tue Apr 09 2019 04:03 PM
Tue Apr 09 2019 04:03 PM
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Hotrod Lincoln  Offline
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Posts: 18,597
Dellrose, TN
One sneaky trick for installing kit-type seat covers is to toss the material into a clothes dryer for a few minutes on the low heat setting. It will soften up and be a lot easier to handle, with less of a tendency to pucker and wrinkle, if it's warm. Setting it out in the open for a couple of hours on a hot, sunny day also works, if the weather in your area is cooperative.
Jerry


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Re: Jim Carter Upholstery Problem [Re: bartamos] #1306531
Tue Apr 09 2019 05:05 PM
Tue Apr 09 2019 05:05 PM
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Mesa, AZ
Here is another option. On three of my trucks I have called Jim Carter and ordered the fabric sent to me. You have to talk to a sales person who will get back to you with a price. Using two different upholstery shops I have the local places deal with my padding, broken springs,etc. Both shops commented on the fine quality of the seat material.

Kent


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Re: Jim Carter Upholstery Problem [Re: tclederman] #1306541
Tue Apr 09 2019 06:20 PM
Tue Apr 09 2019 06:20 PM
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posey  Offline
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MI
Yes, SMS. Left the old original fabric upholstery to use for a pattern and he replicated it exactly.

Re: Jim Carter Upholstery Problem [Re: bartamos] #1306603
Wed Apr 10 2019 12:31 PM
Wed Apr 10 2019 12:31 PM
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posey  Offline
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Posts: 78
MI
Of course the job would not be complete without the use of the horse hair padding (2 layers) and cotton batting. (no foam).

https://www.upholsteryconnection.com/products/rubberhair-rubberized-curled-hair

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Re: Jim Carter Upholstery Problem [Re: aggie jon] #1306672
Thu Apr 11 2019 12:53 AM
Thu Apr 11 2019 12:53 AM
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Jay Zed  Offline
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Joined: Aug 2016
Posts: 156
USA
Originally Posted by aggie jon
Since it appears Jim Carter's seat cover kit is still on backorder, I found a seat cover from The Filling Station. Anyone have any experience with that product, or should I just wait for Jim to get restocked??


Re-read the thread: Jim Carter seat covers are not really on "backorder" per se, they are sewn to spec when you place your order.

Re: Jim Carter Upholstery Problem [Re: bartamos] #1306674
Thu Apr 11 2019 01:14 AM
Thu Apr 11 2019 01:14 AM
tclederman  Offline
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Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 27,953
Jarvisburg, NC
I have bought kits from JC.

The person who makes his covers is excellent.

If you are interested in 47-55st Suburban covers, please send me a PM with your phone number. JC is not mindful of the fact that there were two cushion-set sizes during that period. His seamstress is up on this difference

By the way, in case this is not posted/noted in above posts: JC's installation kits are inadequate - they are missing a key layer (you and your passengers' butts will suffer/feel-it).


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban - part of the family for 50 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic - part of the family for 14 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE - now part of Dave's family
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler.
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