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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Regarding 1957 Chevy restoration
« on: July 06, 2010, 10:52:56 PM »
     I have never cared for the un-even look the rear of these liners have.  I install 1/8 pop rivets between the tabs which hold the cardboard.  This keeps the rear of the liner flat against the roof.  Of course this means you must install the liner starting at the rear, which makes installing the first rear bow a little tight but cures the problem. 
It is also how I solve broken or missing tabs.

     I still do a lot of tri-five Chevys so I am very familiar with them.  Just installed a liner in a 57 hardtop today.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Dealer Discounts?
« on: May 17, 2010, 10:43:38 PM »
   I don’t give a discount on the first job.  Most dealers are looking for the most cost effective and profit generating avenue.  When someone comes along that will do it for less than you or give a bigger discount they forget you.  You not only want him to send you work but for him to return as well.  When he returns you can have a discount based on actual volume or referrals. 
     Remember he had you come out to the marina, measure and work up an estimate.  You probably have a minimum of one hour but more than likely closer to two in the job already.  These are non billable hours you need to figure in when you do the next job.

     The Gel-Pacs are from Pro-Pad.  The memory foam is from Skandia.  Skandia also has a very firm foam that works great for custom chopper seats.  Excellent bonding caracteristics. It also sands and shapes very well.  It is called "Insolite".  Fair warning though, it is very expensive.  These suppliers are all whosale only.  Hope it helps. 

     I think this seat was a V-Star.   A seat like this without making a new cover can be done in 1.5 hours.  The back pad would add .5 to 1 hour.  total charge I get is 160 to 180 for front and 240 to 260 for both. 
     The price would be much higher for a new cover depending on what was done.  Roy.

     I very seldom start posts so I thought I might contribute a Tech Tip.  This is a “How To” on installing a Gel-Pad in a motorcycle seat.  I have shared this with a few on here and they seemed to enjoy it. 

     If this is something you would like to keep please copy the page and save it to a folder on your computer or burn it to a disk.  I am limited to 500 pictures on my web site so I will remove these pictures in a few weeks and the link will no longer work. 

     You can only get to this page through this link on this forum.  It is not accessible through any of my web pages.  And hey, while your there sign my guest book please.  You won’t receive any spam or the like.  I don’t keep any contact info.  Just nice to see who’s looking and where you are from.  Thanks for looking, Roy.   


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