Workshop news up to 15th April 2019
Workshop news up to 10th June 2019
I've been guiding a customer through fitting the foam to his
cushion basket. This photo sums it up.
As you can see, the slot in the 'topper' foam is for the front
wire of the cushion basket. There is also a gap between the slot
and the start of the sloping foam. This gap allows the second
front wire to sit correctly on the foam. This spacing is created
when you fit the topper to the pen lines on the base foam -
steps 3 & 4 in your instructions.
I'm getting ahead of schedule! Lots of overtime but well worth
it. Developments galore, best of which is working with Yvonne to increase our
sewing capacity, the early results are looking good.
Claas says that Germany is having a heatwave - perfect for some
top down motoring through the Black Forest!
Workshop news up to 3rd June 2019
Jezail's seat transformation photo's are brilliant. "They're
beautiful! The shadow blue piping looks great with my spit. We
didn't really have any issues putting them together, it was
fairly simple." I love your new seats and am seriously jealous
of your garage. Looking at the old crumbly foam makes my skin
I was in Coventry this week so I dropped in to see a couple of
trimmer friends. Ted (left) is 81 and Pete (right) is in his
70's. I worked with them developing the first Jaguar XK8 seats.
Seriously skilful trimmers who can transform anything on wheels!
Workshop news up to 27th May 2019
Here's a good photo from Dieter.
His new leather covers arrived mid April and he's already fitted
them! "my work may be not 100% perfect, but Im very happy with
the result!" I think Dieter is being too modest. New foams would
have filled out the cushions better but the complete car still
Here's my own GT6 sat outside my workshop... in my dreams! This
delight belongs to Dave in Utah and it sits very nicely. No sign
of a sagging rear end for this pretty car.
In the workshop it has been a very solid week with lots of
overtime just to keep up. I've planned some development time for
the coming week - fingers crossed.
Workshop news up to 20th May 2019
More customer photos, this time from Richard in the USA. He's
fitted leather covers with new foams and I think the results are
Richard says 'The firmer foam is far more comfortable, as the
driver (me) and any passenger no longer sink into the seat
squabs, and the seat backs provide greater support.' New foams
restore that great sporty feel to a Spitfire that is missing on
soft & crumbly old seats.
In the workshop I had a brilliant day on Friday... I finished
ALL of the small orders and got them posted. As a side project
I'm investing to remove plastic from my packaging.
Workshop news up to 13th May 2019
Here is a photo from Bjoern who has added an armrest to the
seats that he trimmed up a few years ago. The results are lovely
and look so much better in the car.
Back in the workshop I think these tan covers look great...
and they're only propped up on my workbench. I can only hope
that I get to see them trimmed up! The best news is that they
are a standard item at £210 before discount and £189 after
discount. I will be adding them to my website but you can always
email me if you can't wait!
Several big orders sent out last week, glad to send them off
safely and on time. I'm making foams this week and shipping out
some smaller kits
get back to quick fire orders.
Workshop news up to 6th May 2019
The first set of tan covers went out this week. They look very
smart and much better than as vinyl on the roll. The sculpting
of the flute pads really shows up well in the lighter colour. I
also like the shiny headrest bezel up against the padded top
panel, scrummy! I have also made the door panels to finish off
the trim panel set. The black carpet and weld lines are very
distinctive after years of only seeing black on black. I can see
a lot of options needing to be added to the website - new
colours, basketweave fluting, contrast piping... I'd better stop
waffling and get on with it then!
Workshop news up to 29th April 2019
Good news... I've added the seat back webbing strips to my
Spitfire IV 1500 GT6 Mk3 - Seat back webbing - Recliner
Triumph Spitfire IV 1500 GT6 Mk3 - Seat back webbing -
I've been meaning to do this for SO long and I've already
received orders for them. This is one of the magical things
about the internet. I create something in my workshop in the
middle of England then post it on my website. While I'm asleep a
Spit or GT6 enthusiast goes ahead and buys my new product - what
a GREAT gift to wake up to! Today is a good day for me, thank
Friday afternoon was fun as well because I made some
tan vinyl trim panels. The vinyl is coarse grain and I'm making
some seat covers this week as well. Here's a few of photos to
show you how good they've turned out...
Workshop news up to 23rd April 2019
"Somone's been busy!" was the assessment of the lady at
the Post Office
I sent out lots of small orders last
week. I'm now waiting on some more peel rivets - the
seat stiffener boards have been flying out of the
workshop. I've had quite a few emails about leather
colours other than black. The best way is to get samples
of automotive leather colour that you like sent to you
from suppliers on the internet. You could try Martrim,
Danilo Lucchi or Boyriven. When you've made your choice
we can work together to get your interior made. There's
a lot of extra work planning and cutting a set of seats
from a single hide so as a rule of thumb I suggest you
cost up your seats in black leather then add the cost of
at least 5 square metres of your chosen hide = 1 very
large hide or 2 normal hides.
Smooooth!!! Payback for all the hard work put in earlier for no
visible reward. The orders flew out this past week and I even
managed some emails. I'm cutting out some beige and tan
interiors this week ready for sewing. This will please my sewing
machinists who get a bit bored of black. I will be going through
the small orders and sending out what I can as well. The weather
is sunny but colder - the woolly hat came out again which is not
Workshop news up to 8th April 2019
Well that was an awkward week. I was held up by my back foams
not being completed on time. This meant juggling several
half-finished orders in the workshop. Thankfully I've picked
them up this morning and have started to ship orders. Thankfully
I still managed to meet all of the scheduled completion dates.
This coming week I want to get my head down and get some orders
Workshop news up to 1st April 2019
I'm most pleased about sending out several small orders
at the end of last week. I managed to get ahead of the
production plan enough to post the small kits out. The
weather cheered up a bit which was good and as a bonus
we're now in British Summer Time - feel the love!
I have also had some more photos of interiors. A few
weeks ago I put up a photo of a leather set with green
piping... here it is already fitted! I especially like
the armrest in matching leather & piping.
There's also an update on a coarse grain vinyl set
with royal blue plastic piping. The seat back straps
have been replaced with my kit and the covers are
looking lovely. Spitfire seats really are great for
Workshop news up to 25th March 2019
Lots of orders sent out, all on time or early YAY! Lots
of emails about contrast piping and coloured interiors.
I have started to design a piping page but it is not
ready to go live just yet. I have also sorted through my
stock of piping vinyls. There were 4 cream vinyls that
were almost identical... all for the same customer a few
years back. They looked different on the roll but tend
to look the same when sewn into piping. Motto - don't
stress the small stuff!
Workshop news up to 18th March 2019
Not long since the last update but plenty of work done. I've
been working out prices for coloured vinyls and pipings. I plan
to spend some time adding them to my website so that you can all
benefit rather than having to resort to emails. I've left up the
white and carmine piping covers from last week.
Here are some new photos from the Netherlands. A fine set of
photos of a fine set of seats!
Workshop news up to 14th March 2019
Good and bad this week. Good - I sent out all of the small
orders and lots more orders have come in. Bad - I've spent days
in the office replying to emails and planning orders. I'm off to
the workshop now to complete the orders that I have scheduled
for this week. Hopefully I can avoid having to work all
I nearly forgot! Here are another couple of contrast
piping seats. The classic white piping and the very smart
carmine piping. Judging from the interest, these won't be the
Workshop news up to 4th March 2019
How about this for a teaser photo from a customer... I can't
wait to see the full set finished! The basketweave option is not
on the website yet - email me to order it for an extra £25 in
black only. It was used in the GT6 and also in the Stag. I also
had a photo of a smart looking smooth grain armrest - a great
kit to start on. I've been sending orders out steadily and this
coming week I'm going to push out the small orders.