This page is for information on what to expect when planning an interior. We also have some good tips and information on prepping your car for an interior
Pricing: Estimates in person are only good for six months without a deposit. The pricing of a job via telephone is only a "ballpark" price. Prices can range based on labor and cost of materials. Anything added to the job that was not previously discussed at the time of the initial estimate or “ballpark” figure can and will raise the price. Every interior job is different, even if they are the same body style of automobile. They will be different inside because of the way they have been set up (wiring, a/c, seats, console, radio etc...). When you call, it is best to have in mind the style of interior that you are looking for. This way the shop can do it is best to give you the best "ballpark" estimate and the more details you can tell us, the better we can estimate your job.
Appointment: Please reach out to us ahead of time for scheduling, which can range anywhere from 6 to 12 months out at that time. It is easier to cancel or adjust your appointment than to not have an appointment at all. Also keep in mind, this is when your vehicle should be ready for interior. In order to keep your time slot, please stay in touch with the shop. All materials are ordered after the vehicle arrives at the shop. If you do not make your scheduled appointment and fail to communicate with us ahead of time you will lose your place in the schedule. We will work with you if you are running behind by moving someone else up and placing you back in the schedule at a later time. We need to have 3-4 week’s notice to do this.
Deposits: We require a deposit to schedule your interior. This helps us keep our workflow and schedule on track. Just as any business, we field inquiries and calls daily, so to assume an appointment and not send a deposit will not ensure your place on the list. We can only guarantee scheduled spots to those who are fully committed and paid. Scheduling deposits secure calendar time and cover communication and design time only. Deposits are non-refundable.
Wiring: Your wiring should be completed when you bring your vehicle to the upholstery shop. Always have your fuse box mounted. Please ensure that your wiring is clean and organized so we are able to fully cover and conceal them for the best finished look. Messy and unorganized wiring causes the shop to fix and re-route them. This would be an added price not included in your vehicle interior’s estimate. to keep in mind are door locks, door poppers, power locks, power windows, wipers, A/C, heater, radio, speakers, CD changer, amp, third brake light, dome light, courtesy lights and any things that will be placed in the console. Wires should have enough slack under the dash to come over the top of the kick panels and fire wall panel at the very bottom of the dash (You can use a ruler or stick to check this). If you can run the wires overhead, it will make your floor a lot cleaner and easier to work with. If you plan on putting a console in, running your wires down the middle of the car will be easier to conceal. All wiring should be neat and tied up with plastic ties. It is also a good idea to have a battery cut off switch and a remote battery post under the vehicle for easy charging.
Note: Some fuel injected vehicles cannot have the battery power cut to the computer. If you have shaved door handles have a hidden switch or some other way to get in the car so if something happens.
Heater Hoses: Have all heater hoses installed and checked for leaks. Also make sure the hoses have a little slack in them to ensure movement if necessary. Make sure the drain hose is neatly ran to an area that is not highly visible.
Air Conditioning: The A/C and heating unit panel should be in place, wired and working. If you plan on putting the A/C panel in the console, you can set it in a small box in the floor with foam wrapped around it for the interior shop to mount. All of the duct work should be fastened on the unit and routed to where the vents/louvers will go. If the vents/louvers are made into the dash, all should be in place.
Windows and Garnish Moldings: All side and quarter windows need to be in and functioning. Power windows and door locks should be installed, wired and working. Front and back glass can be left out in some projects ask your interior shop. All window felting should be in place. Have all the window garnish moldings fitting the windows and painted.
Heat Shields And Sound Deadening : It's always a good idea to use insulation in your car or truck. Floor and firewall should be sealed. It's best to use spray-on insulation in the doors because water can get behind the glue / stick on type insulation and sweat. We prefer a butyl type sound deadner like Dynamat or your brand of choice. Do not put deadner on top of the package tray or on the door where the door panel clips on to the car. Do not used the foil insulation with bubbles in the middle, the bubbles pop and the foil will de laminate. We will remove it from the car and start over before we do the interior.
Radio and Speakers. All radios should be wired and working, if you want a radio in a console, leave enough slack in the harness for us to place the radio where its needed. Speakers should be mounted and wires ran. If you are unsure of the location we can mount speakers, just run the wires from the radio and leave rolled up, we will run them to the speakers.
Seats and SeatBelts: It's best to mount your seat(s) lower than you think they should be placed in your car. When new foam and new upholstery are put on the seat it will raise you up in the car. Make sure that your seats are square in every way and that the seat tracks are also square to each other before installing them. (Check for: side to side, the backs, across, stand in front of the car and look to see if they look straight to each-other. Also make sure that they fit the car and that they aren't too tight. If you are using the original seat and it's in bad shape and will need to be refoamed, go ahead and take all of the old stuff off old nails, springs, foam etc. You may want to paint the frames. If so, stack them on top of one another. This help will save paint. If you plan on using seatbelts or a harness, please install securely. Three-point harness belts need to be installed when the car is being built.
Door Handles and Window Cranks : It's best to have them when you take your car to the interior shop. If not this will add a few hundred dollars to your bill. Some shops add 15% for parts of this kind. Street Rod parts suppliers should sale them.
Running Boards : Some older cars have Running Boards. It's best if you have the running boards off your car so they will not get scratched. If you are unable to we tape and protect them but keep in mind we are in and out of a car a couple hundred times during an interior build.
Trunk : Have your trunk working. Make sure you have a way to make the truck stay open. If your trunk uses some kind of electric opener, try to make sure it does not stick out past where the panel should be flush. make sure to have all weather stripping in place.
Weather Striping: have all weather striping in place in door and trunk jams. make sure everything works correct.
Deadlines: It's best to not push a custom interior shop to make a deadline for a car show. Any deadlines we agreed to ahead of time, we must have the car on the date we say and everything must be in working order.