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Jim Carter Upholstery Problem #1280873
Thu Sep 20 2018 06:54 AM
Thu Sep 20 2018 06:54 AM
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bartamos  Offline OP
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Posts: 5,907
State48 Ranch
99% of Jim's 60-66 seat covers are on backorder. That can't be. All those colors and styles? Why does he not tell us he lost his vendor or what the heck is really going on?
Backorder is code for what?

What few pictures there are, are ridiculous. This is not like him at all.


1960 GMC K1001 (The Oreo SpeedWagon)
To each his own or the Highway.
All I know is what the voices in my head tell me and a little from watching TV.




Re: Jim Carter Upholstery Problem [Re: bartamos] #1280969
Fri Sep 21 2018 12:41 AM
Fri Sep 21 2018 12:41 AM
Achipmunk  Offline
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Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 14,643
Boiling Springs, S. C. 29316
.....call Jim, ask for him personally, or for them to have him call you back, and ask him that question. Nothing like going to the "main man".
...or since Bowtie Tim knows him so well maybe he can drive by and ask in person.


1937 Chevy Pickup
1952 Chevy Panel
Pictures in my Photobucket
1950 Chevy Coupe

52 Chevy Panel

I'd rather walk and carry a Chevy hub cap than ride in a Ferd.
I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you smile
Re: Jim Carter Upholstery Problem [Re: bartamos] #1281409
Tue Sep 25 2018 12:15 AM
Tue Sep 25 2018 12:15 AM
HandyAndy  Offline
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Joined: Dec 2013
Posts: 605
SE Iowa
I recently purchased a seat cover kit for a '47 AD when I was at Jim Carter's Truck Parts in July. The front counter man, John, told me the the AD seat cover I wanted was on back order because it's locally manufactured in the KC area. When you place a seat cover order, JC contacts their local supplier and the seat cover is put together. If this is true, I would suppose there is some lag time from order to delivery. In my case, the seat cover was delivered in approximately 10 days after I placed the order........


Andy

His: 1947 Chevrolet 3100
Hers: 2008 American Saddlebred

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." - Douglas Adams
Re: Jim Carter Upholstery Problem [Re: bartamos] #1281417
Tue Sep 25 2018 12:39 AM
Tue Sep 25 2018 12:39 AM
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bartamos  Offline OP
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State48 Ranch
The word "backorder" is the wrong word for them to use. It connotes "out of stock" "waiting for restock from vendor". "Don't know when". In other words, a negative vibe.

It's nice you got to talk to a person and had it explained. Some buyers may move on to one of the many other sites that sell seats.
Because of your info, I found a note on the shopping cart page. Seen after you hit "add to cart". It says "requires 14 days to complete and ship".

I would have that note on the description page if I were them. Under the picture. Instead of the words "on backorder". Also there are no pictures of most of the covers. Anyone you sells online knows that you must have good clear pictures. It's all we have to decide if it will look good in our truck.

Jim Carter is a very good and honest company. It just caused me to pass them up. Good to know that the seat covers are not on backorder per se.


1960 GMC K1001 (The Oreo SpeedWagon)
To each his own or the Highway.
All I know is what the voices in my head tell me and a little from watching TV.




Re: Jim Carter Upholstery Problem [Re: bartamos] #1281438
Tue Sep 25 2018 04:08 AM
Tue Sep 25 2018 04:08 AM
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sstock  Offline
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Joined: Jan 2013
Posts: 1,225
Gig Harbor, WA
I ordered my seat cover and it took a month and a 1/2 to get. Like other person said, local company sews them, but well done and worth the wait IMHO.

Last edited by sstock; Tue Sep 25 2018 01:33 PM.
Re: Jim Carter Upholstery Problem [Re: bartamos] #1281443
Tue Sep 25 2018 07:08 AM
Tue Sep 25 2018 07:08 AM
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bartamos  Offline OP
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State48 Ranch
Are you talking J. Carter truck seat covers? or buell motorcycle? or what?


1960 GMC K1001 (The Oreo SpeedWagon)
To each his own or the Highway.
All I know is what the voices in my head tell me and a little from watching TV.




Re: Jim Carter Upholstery Problem [Re: bartamos] #1281459
Tue Sep 25 2018 01:33 PM
Tue Sep 25 2018 01:33 PM
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sstock  Offline
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Posts: 1,225
Gig Harbor, WA
lol, typo JIm Carter

Last edited by sstock; Tue Sep 25 2018 01:34 PM.
Re: Jim Carter Upholstery Problem [Re: bartamos] #1283214
Wed Oct 10 2018 07:19 PM
Wed Oct 10 2018 07:19 PM
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aggie jon  Offline
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Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 539
Temple Texas USA
So is Jim Carter the best source for an accurate seat upholstery kit? I've learned there are good suppliers, and there are the best suppliers. Jim has become my go to for parts that are right and on the level as far as proper for a restoration.

Re: Jim Carter Upholstery Problem [Re: bartamos] #1283245
Thu Oct 11 2018 12:47 AM
Thu Oct 11 2018 12:47 AM
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46Sparky  Offline
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Posts: 963
USA
I ordered the seat upholstery kit from J Carter’s a few years ago. I tried installing it myself. I ended up taking the project to a pro after finding the kit was too big. They ended up having to alter; remove several inches of extra material. My understanding from them was it is really hard to get a kit and expect it to fit tight without wrinkles and puckers. There are too many unknowns at the beginning, such as spring conditions, foam thickness, condition and type and padding thickness and use or no use of same. They did a super job. I don’t recall off hand the cost, but it was less than $200, I think.

Last edited by 46Sparky; Thu Oct 11 2018 02:20 AM.
Re: Jim Carter Upholstery Problem [Re: bartamos] #1299077
Fri Feb 15 2019 03:02 PM
Fri Feb 15 2019 03:02 PM
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aggie jon  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 539
Temple Texas USA
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: 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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Posts: 76
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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Posts: 27,911
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  Online
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Posts: 18,551
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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The coroner blamed the crime on a cereal killer!

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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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Lightholder's Dad  Online
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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


1937 Chevy 1/2 ton (project in progress)
1942 Chevy 1/2 ton
1947 Diamond T Model 509
1951 Chevy 1/2 ton
1950 Chevy COE Model 5700 ~ "Barney" ~ And more pix
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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Posts: 76
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: 76
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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Posts: 155
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
Boltergeist
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 27,911
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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