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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-05-2016, 03:46 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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Unique upholstery for 67?

I'm trying to track down replacement upholstery material for a 67 Impala 2 door fastback and I can't find a match to the current material anywhere. It is a cloth black diamond pattern with little white inlays and gold beading. I went to SMS fabrics first since they have been very good being able to provide correct replacements for other projects, but this one has stumped me since SMS says that what I have is not original even though it sure looks to me like it's as old as the car (rusted staples underneath, etc.) I guess it could be some kind of special order or something, and if so that would apply to the door panels also since the same material was used there. I would sure appreciate any assistance you folks might be able to give to determine if special order is a possibility or if it's clear that a prior owner used the current material to replace the original.

Thanks for your help.

Jim
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-05-2016, 07:09 AM
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SMS is correct. That is not original fabric. There were no special orders available either. Curiously, that speaker grill is not original either. I believe it is the one Pontiac used.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-05-2016, 08:26 AM
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Welcome to the Team Michael!

Not everyone was into restoration, some liked to customize their rides.

Just be thankful it is too new to have been sectioned, chopped, and Frenched. There is a reason they called custom fifties cars LEAD sleds. It was because Bondo (a plastic resin) hadn't been invented yet. Trying to restore a fully treated lead sled to showroom stock would be near impossible.

Looks like all you are dealing with is the interior. I would check the Buick, Cadillac, and Olds or Pontiac restoration houses to see if the former owner went to an upholster for a custom diamond tuck interior or just swapped into your Chevy the interior out of a similar B-body car from another GM name plate.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-05-2016, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Thanks for the prompt responses Michael and Big Dave. I suspected this was going to be the answer but still can't figure out why the swapped fabric looks as old as the car........... Your input is very helpful to my decision on which way to go next.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-06-2016, 08:19 AM
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In the old days they used to hunt and skin Naugas to get the material for diamond tuck interiors. I think in this case, as often happens within the house, the previous owner was out voted by she who must be obeyed when it came time to choose the material.

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-06-2016, 12:28 PM
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Absolutely, 100% not original. My guess is that it is MUCH newer than the car. I'll be willing to bet it was done in the 80s. The rear seat speaker looks to be Oldsmobile or Buick.
Go back to original, it will look much better. CARS, Inc. makes a great interior.

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In the old days they used to hunt and skin Naugas to get the material for diamond tuck interiors. I think in this case, as often happens within the house, the previous owner was out voted by she who must be obeyed when it came time to choose the material.

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LOL ... bit of a resurrected thread ... was searching for tuck/roll ...

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SWMBO here is down for the tuck/roll! probably a high-end vinyl?

Has anyone tried to put a fold-down console on the bench? I want to avoid the "rider" type.

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