1957 Ford Pop V8 hot rod

Here we have something rather special. A 1957 Ford Popular "Sit Up & Beg" that has received the full hot rod treatment. From the chopped roof to the completely chromed and polished Jaguar rear axle, and not forgetting the 3.9 litre V8 engine under the vented bonnet, practically this entire car is a custom build. As such, it needed a very special interior.

The entire cabin needed to be trimmed. Top to bottom, front to back... everything. The front half of the headlining has been replaced by bespoke boards and these have been covered in ivory Alcantara, as has the rear headlining and the sun visor recesses.

Surrounding the windows and doors are custom trim panels and these have had a layer of foam added before being trimmed in Crest Vele Tan leather hide. The rear speaker shelf, dummy rear seats and head unit storage box are all wearing Vele Tan leather as well, with the dummy seats having diamond quilted centre panels.

The front seats have been changed from a traditional bench to a pair of Recaro-esque bucket seats from an Alfa Romeo. These are quite a tall seat and they ran the risk of dominating the cabin so the decision was taken to do away with the headrests. As with almost everything else in this car, the centres are diamond quilted.

The lower dashboard is an entirely custom-built wooden affair and it presented a few problems as I wanted to minimise the number of visible screws on show once the trimming was finished. So certain mounting points were adapted or changed entirely before it was leather-trimmed to achieve this.

The doorcards and rear quarters have diamond quilted panels with a sweeping lower curve. The doorcards also have a carpeted section at the bottom, which leads nicely into the Kensington Old English White carpet. Where required, this has been bound with tan edge binding. The bespoke floor mats are made to match and secured with two snap fasteners apiece.

To say there are a lot of hours in this car would be a huge understatement, but it's essentially the finishing touch for the entire build and it's quite the statement. The contrast between the tan leather and the ivory Alcantara and carpets is incredibly vivid, as is the contrast between the interior colours and the sleek black exterior paintwork.

This hot rod will be driving around a number of shows and meetings this year and onwards and I really hope that the owner's dedication and hard work (and mine!) are rewarded with some trophies!

Ford Pop V8 hot rod trimmed in diamond quilted leather. Ford Pop V8 hot rod trimmed in diamond quilted leather. Ford Pop V8 hot rod trimmed in diamond quilted leather. Ford Pop V8 hot rod trimmed in diamond quilted leather. Ford Pop V8 hot rod trimmed in diamond quilted leather. Ford Pop V8 hot rod trimmed in diamond quilted leather. Ford Pop V8 hot rod trimmed in diamond quilted leather. Ford Pop V8 hot rod trimmed in diamond quilted leather. Ford Pop V8 hot rod trimmed in diamond quilted leather. Ford Pop V8 hot rod trimmed in diamond quilted leather. Ford Pop V8 hot rod trimmed in diamond quilted leather. Ford Pop V8 hot rod trimmed in diamond quilted leather. Ford Pop V8 hot rod trimmed in diamond quilted leather. Ford Pop V8 hot rod trimmed in diamond quilted leather. Ford Pop V8 hot rod trimmed in diamond quilted leather. Ford Pop V8 hot rod trimmed in diamond quilted leather. Ford Pop V8 hot rod trimmed in diamond quilted leather. Ford Pop V8 hot rod trimmed in diamond quilted leather. Ford Pop V8 hot rod trimmed in diamond quilted leather. Ford Pop V8 hot rod trimmed in diamond quilted leather. Ford Pop V8 hot rod trimmed in diamond quilted leather. Ford Pop V8 hot rod trimmed in diamond quilted leather. Ford Pop V8 hot rod trimmed in diamond quilted leather. Ford Pop V8 hot rod trimmed in diamond quilted leather. Ford Pop V8 hot rod trimmed in diamond quilted leather. Ford Pop V8 hot rod trimmed in diamond quilted leather.       

VW Eos TSi

The factory trim on this Eos just screamed "German saloon car." Various shades of grey and black... it was very functional and, to be honest, incredibly dull.

When they were looking to buy one of these cars, the owners had a fairly specific spec in mind: it had to be red, it had to be the TSi variant and it had to have heated leather seats. Unfortunately, they could either have a red TSi with non-heated cloth or they could have a different colour and trim level, but with heated leather. So they chose the first option and then came to see me!

Manufacturing techniques for cars have come a long way and one of the recent(ish) developments is the rise of injection moulded parts. Usually headrests, the cover is fitted to a jig, the posts are inserted and then the foam is injected into the cover so it forms the required shape and creates a finished headrest. The downside to this, from a trimmer's point of view, is that the cover is essentially bonded to the headrest itself and that makes a retrim much more difficult and time-consuming. You can imagine my surprise when I discovered that the complete rear seats on this Eos had been constructed in such a fashion!

That revelation presented a number of challenges but they were overcome with a lot of hard work. So the seats, doorcard and rear quarter inserts, armrest and gear gaiter are all made from Crest Shelly black leather hide and finished with a red topstitch. The steering wheel, gearknob and handbrake handle are the same, but hand-stitched instead. The steering wheel rim has also been thickened up a touch at the owners' request.

Beneath the front seat covers, a set of carbon fibre heating elements has been fitted. These have a 5 stage control and the switches have been very carefully mounted into blanks above the gearstick in the centre console.

The transformation is complete. Gone is the drab and uninspired factory interior, replaced by a very classy black leather cabin. There's just enough red stitching to make it interesting, without being overpowering. And it's nicely timed for some summer motoring too!

VW Eos trimmed in black leather with a red topstitch. VW Eos trimmed in black leather with a red topstitch. VW Eos trimmed in black leather with a red topstitch. VW Eos trimmed in black leather with a red topstitch. VW Eos trimmed in black leather with a red topstitch. VW Eos trimmed in black leather with a red topstitch. VW Eos trimmed in black leather with a red topstitch. VW Eos trimmed in black leather with a red topstitch. VW Eos trimmed in black leather with a red topstitch. VW Eos trimmed in black leather with a red topstitch. VW Eos trimmed in black leather with a red topstitch. VW Eos trimmed in black leather with a red topstitch. VW Eos trimmed in black leather with a red topstitch. VW Eos trimmed in black leather with a red topstitch. VW Eos trimmed in black leather with a red topstitch. VW Eos trimmed in black leather with a red topstitch. VW Eos trimmed in black leather with a red topstitch. VW Eos trimmed in black leather with a red topstitch. VW Eos trimmed in black leather with a red topstitch.

MG-TF

Sometimes people have an idea and it absolutely has to be seen through to fruition. The owners of this MG-TF had such an idea, and this is the end result.

They love Scotland and everything associated with its culture. Especially tartan. So there was no other option but to add genuine Scottish tartan into their retrimmed cabin. It's been teamed with Crest Shelly black leather and a dark green topstitch finishes things off nicely.

The result is an interior that will no doubt divide opinions everywhere, but nobody can deny that it's a striking addition to this iconic little British sports car. The owners absolutely love it and really, that's the only thing that matters.

MG-TF trimmed in black leather with genuine Scottish tartan. MG-TF trimmed in black leather with genuine Scottish tartan. MG-TF trimmed in black leather with genuine Scottish tartan. MG-TF trimmed in black leather with genuine Scottish tartan. MG-TF trimmed in black leather with genuine Scottish tartan. MG-TF trimmed in black leather with genuine Scottish tartan. MG-TF trimmed in black leather with genuine Scottish tartan. MG-TF trimmed in black leather with genuine Scottish tartan. MG-TF trimmed in black leather with genuine Scottish tartan. MG-TF trimmed in black leather with genuine Scottish tartan.

Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo 2+2

The Z32 300ZX is both an icon and an underdog at the same time. One area in which the car was certainly lacking was the interior, especially the early models; a sea of grey tweed. Very drab indeed and not in keeping with such a striking car at all.

The owner of this example wanted something that would be both eye-catching and subtle. Impressive, without being over the top. So we settled on trimming everything in Crest Shelly Black leather and finishing with a bright red topstitch. The bolsters have all been treated to some custom insert panels and, of course, there's the diamond quilting (all designed and sewn without computer assistance, as ever) and "Fairlady Z" embroidery.

The lower panels are all trimmed in the same leather and finished with a red topstitch where necessary, and the steering wheel and handbrake handle both sport a matching red hand-sewn Bentley stitch.

Less is actually more in this cabin now; the seats do the lion's share of the talking, with the rest of the cabin quietly adding to the overall presence. Eye-catching yet subtle? Job done!

Nissan 300ZX Z32 trimmed in black leather with red diamond quilting. Nissan 300ZX Z32 trimmed in black leather with red diamond quilting. Nissan 300ZX Z32 trimmed in black leather with red diamond quilting. Nissan 300ZX Z32 trimmed in black leather with red diamond quilting. Nissan 300ZX Z32 trimmed in black leather with red diamond quilting. Nissan 300ZX Z32 trimmed in black leather with red diamond quilting. Nissan 300ZX Z32 trimmed in black leather with red diamond quilting. Nissan 300ZX Z32 trimmed in black leather with red diamond quilting. Nissan 300ZX Z32 trimmed in black leather with red diamond quilting. Nissan 300ZX Z32 trimmed in black leather with red diamond quilting. Nissan 300ZX Z32 trimmed in black leather with red diamond quilting. Nissan 300ZX Z32 trimmed in black leather with red diamond quilting. Nissan 300ZX Z32 trimmed in black leather with red diamond quilting. Nissan 300ZX Z32 trimmed in black leather with red diamond quilting. Nissan 300ZX Z32 trimmed in black leather with red diamond quilting. Nissan 300ZX Z32 trimmed in black leather with red diamond quilting. Nissan 300ZX Z32 trimmed in black leather with red diamond quilting.

VW Golf Mk1 Cabriolet - Recaro LS upgrade

Old VWs are cool. That's just a given nowadays. But 30-odd year old interiors have a tendency to look... well, 30-odd years old! The proud owner of this Golf Cabriolet wanted something that could've been from the options catalogue back in the day, but that also looked modern and contemporary.

The car has been treated to a pair of Recaro LS front seats from an Escort RS Turbo. These seats are something of a speciality here at Hide N Seat, so a foam bolster was replaced and then everything was trimmed in Crest Vele Chalk White leather with a white topstitch.

The VW rear seats were trimmed to match and the centres given additional pleats to mirror the design of the front seats.

This interior is very white indeed and really lifts the whole car!

VW Golk Mk1 Cabriolet with Recaro LS seats, trimmed in white leather with a white topstitch. VW Golk Mk1 Cabriolet with Recaro LS seats, trimmed in white leather with a white topstitch. VW Golk Mk1 Cabriolet with Recaro LS seats, trimmed in white leather with a white topstitch. VW Golk Mk1 Cabriolet with Recaro LS seats, trimmed in white leather with a white topstitch. VW Golk Mk1 Cabriolet with Recaro LS seats, trimmed in white leather with a white topstitch. VW Golk Mk1 Cabriolet with Recaro LS seats, trimmed in white leather with a white topstitch. VW Golk Mk1 Cabriolet with Recaro LS seats, trimmed in white leather with a white topstitch. VW Golk Mk1 Cabriolet with Recaro LS seats, trimmed in white leather with a white topstitch. VW Golk Mk1 Cabriolet with Recaro LS seats, trimmed in white leather with a white topstitch. VW Golk Mk1 Cabriolet with Recaro LS seats, trimmed in white leather with a white topstitch. VW Golk Mk1 Cabriolet with Recaro LS seats, trimmed in white leather with a white topstitch.

Ford Fiesta with Sparco Torrino seats

There's a bit of history with this job. The Sparco Torrino seats (formerly from Ford's limited edition Racing Puma) had been vandalised and set on fire during a previous ownership. As an understandable result of this, they were in a very sorry state!

Very little is insurmountable though, so I set about repairing all the damage to the foam. The brief for the retrim was to keep the original design of the seats, but change the Alcantara colour. So I used a bright red Alcantara and tweaked the embroidery colours so everything tied together. The bolsters and rear panels are in a similar cloth to the factory finish - even the semi-perforated wear panels are as close to the factory finish as possible.

The owner sourced brand new tilt levers and harness guides to complete the transformation and he also had a brand new steering wheel (new old stock) trimmed in the same Alcantara. It's a very OEM finish, which is exactly the result that was wanted.

There's been a lot of hours and money been poured into this Fiesta overall, and those efforts were certainly rewarded when it won Best On Stand at Ford Fair 2017... it's debut show!

Images are used with kind permission from JR Photography.

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Mercedes-Benz S500 (W140)

Here we have something a little different and quite a departure from the sort of work I usually do: a retrim in velvet.

The owner of this S-Class wanted to really put his own stamp on the car and he absolutely had his heart set on a rich purple velvet. That on its own would be pretty striking, but then he decided to opt for diamond quilting and embroidery on the headrests!That all but guaranteed that this car would be one of a kind.

First order of the day was to find a suitable velvet. Unfortunately, there wasn't any true automotive velvet in a suitable shade, so I decided to use some heavy-duty contract velvet from Clarke & Clarke. The style and shade is called Palais Pansy and, as the pictures suggest, it's a very vibrant shade of purple. The diamond quilting and embroidery were all finished in a bright white thread which, even though it does sink into the pile of the fabric a little, it stands out well against the velvet background. Even the central armrest in the rear seat is now sporting a diamond quilted top panel.

The finished product is a radical departure from the factory black leather and it ticked absolutely every box that the owner had. It's a very sumptuous place to be now!

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Veilside Nissan 350Z

Let's get the obvious bit out of the way, shall we? Yes, this is a very big car. The 350Z has big hips from the factory anyway but, when the Veilside bodykit is added, those hips become BIG! It certainly made an entrance when it pulled up outside the workshop.

From the carbon fibre bonnet to the lime green "Rising Sun" design on the roof, this is not a subtle vehicle. It's one that shouts, even when the engine isn't running. It's a genuine head-turner. That said though, the interior was, by and large, as Nissan built it, albeit carrying some wear from a decade or so of use.

The owner had a very specific colour scheme in mind: black and lime green leather. The finer details were left to me, for the most part. I decided to extend the green hide into the shoulder "wings" to make the seats look bigger than they are. The matching topstitch really stands out against the Crest Vele Black leather, and the black-embroidered "Veilside" logo in the upper centres adds a detail to everything.

The doorcards. These are my own bespoke design and they completely transform the cabin's appearance. The original vinyl covering that Nissan used was removed entirely and then the new leather covers constructed and fitted. The window switch panels and the passenger grab handle insert were painted satin black to blend them in against the retrimmed armrests on the doorcards.

The steering wheel had been reshaped elsewhere a couple of years previously, but the cover and stitching looked out of place so it was stripped back and treated to perforated black leather grips and a lime green TDC ring. The matching stitching was the finishing touch. The airbag cover was debadged, filled and smoothed before being trimmed in the Vele Black leather.

Final additions were the gear and handbrake gaiters, as well as a custom armrest for the centre console and a pair of seatbelt pads with the "350Z" logo embroidered into them.

To say the owner was pleased would be downplaying things somewhat. There is apparently a magazine article or two in the pipeline for this 350Z once the bodywork has been revamped, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

Veilside Nissan 350Z with black leather and lime green leather. Veilside Nissan 350Z with black leather and lime green leather. Veilside Nissan 350Z with black leather and lime green leather. Veilside Nissan 350Z with black leather and lime green leather. Veilside Nissan 350Z with black leather and lime green leather. Veilside Nissan 350Z with black leather and lime green leather. Veilside Nissan 350Z with black leather and lime green leather. Veilside Nissan 350Z with black leather and lime green leather. Veilside Nissan 350Z with black leather and lime green leather. Veilside Nissan 350Z with black leather and lime green leather. Veilside Nissan 350Z with black leather and lime green leather. Veilside Nissan 350Z with black leather and lime green leather. Veilside Nissan 350Z with black leather and lime green leather. Veilside Nissan 350Z with black leather and lime green leather. Veilside Nissan 350Z with black leather and lime green leather. Veilside Nissan 350Z with black leather and lime green leather. Veilside Nissan 350Z with black leather and lime green leather. Veilside Nissan 350Z with black leather and lime green leather. Veilside Nissan 350Z with black leather and lime green leather.

Ford Escort SE500 Cabriolet

The SE500 Cabriolet was a limited edition and came in a stunning shade of blue. The interior was grey leather with red and blue horizontal pleats. With some forethought, Ford would have used Recaro seats and created a truly sumptuous cabin... but they didn't. Instead they used the standard XR3i seats and treated them to a fancy outfit.

When this interior came to me, the front seats had seen far better days. Both seat bases were deteriorated to the point of no return so, before anything meaningful could happen, a superior pair of foams needed to be sourced. That took a good few months but, once a suitable pair had been found, work commenced.

The owner was adamant that this interior had to look as if it had just rolled out of a Ford dealership. Matching the original shade of leather proved to be a challenge but a shade was found that was seriously close. The pleats also had to be done in the exact style as Ford originally used and it's these that help to give this car such a distinctive look.

Even though it was the subject of a nut and bolt rebuild (the headrest posts have been stripped and zinc-plated again, for example!), the owner was taken with the idea of having a new tonneau cover made to match the brand new paintwork. Naugahyde was used for this and it compliments the colour very well. The same grey topstitching was used on the cover and the seats.

It was quite the labour of love to complete, but a very happy customer means that it was all worthwhile!

Ford Escort SE500 Cabriolet retrimmed back to OEM spec. Ford Escort SE500 Cabriolet retrimmed back to OEM spec. Ford Escort SE500 Cabriolet retrimmed back to OEM spec. Ford Escort SE500 Cabriolet retrimmed back to OEM spec. Ford Escort SE500 Cabriolet retrimmed back to OEM spec. Ford Escort SE500 Cabriolet retrimmed back to OEM spec. Ford Escort SE500 Cabriolet retrimmed back to OEM spec. Ford Escort SE500 Cabriolet custom tonneau cover. Ford Escort SE500 Cabriolet custom tonneau cover. Ford Escort SE500 Cabriolet custom tonneau cover. Ford Escort SE500 Cabriolet custom tonneau cover. Ford Escort SE500 Cabriolet custom tonneau cover. Ford Escort SE500 Cabriolet custom tonneau cover. Ford Escort SE500 Cabriolet custom tonneau cover. Ford Escort SE500 Cabriolet custom tonneau cover.

MG-F

This MG-F arrived having had the original cream leather refinished in a shade of cream. Sadly, the finish wasn't all that good so the owners decided for a thorough revamp.

The original spec was to use the same colour throughout and break things up using a perforated finish on some sections. After a bit of brainstorming though, we decided that some blue leather could liven things up and help the car to stand out in a crowd. So Crest Vele Old English White has been used, along with Navy leather for the centre and bolster inserts. The design for the seats is completely bespoke and it's all been finished off with a navy topstitch and the "MG" emblem embroidered into the backrests.

The doorcard inserts, gaiters and steering wheel have also received some much needed attention and the whole package really gives this little 2-seater a much-needed lift!

MG-F retrim in white and blue leather. MG-F retrim in white and blue leather. MG-F retrim in white and blue leather. MG-F retrim in white and blue leather. MG-F retrim in white and blue leather. MG-F retrim in white and blue leather. MG-F retrim in white and blue leather. MG-F retrim in white and blue leather. MG-F retrim in white and blue leather. MG-F retrim in white and blue leather. MG-F retrim in white and blue leather. MG-F retrim in white and blue leather. MG-F retrim in white and blue leather. MG-F retrim in white and blue leather. MG-F retrim in white and blue leather. MG-F retrim in white and blue leather. MG-F retrim in white and blue leather. MG-F retrim in white and blue leather. MG-F retrim in white and blue leather. MG-F retrim in white and blue leather. MG-F retrim in white and blue leather. MG-F retrim in white and blue leather. MG-F retrim in white and blue leather. MG-F retrim in white and blue leather. MG-F retrim in white and blue leather.