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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 itch!

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 I’m 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 looks fantastic.

 
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 wonderful.

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 website YAY!
Triumph Spitfire IV 1500 GT6 Mk3 - Seat back webbing - Recliner
Triumph Spitfire IV 1500 GT6 Mk3 - Seat back webbing - Non-Recliner
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 you all.

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.
Workshop news up to 15th April 2019…
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 good.

 

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 out smoothly.

 

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 novice trimmers.

 

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 weekend. 

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 last!

 
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.
 
Workshop news up to 25th February 2019…
PLEASE LET ME KNOW if you know that you will be away  before your scheduled completion date. I want to ship orders when it is convenient to you... I'm happy to hold onto your completed trim. I put a LOT of hours in this past week. I'm now bang on track to my production schedule. One good looking set was black leather with dark green handmade piping. I had the vinyl for the piping in stock so it only added £35 to the covers. I think that the effect is well worth the extra. I've got a couple of other contrast piping jobs ready for sewing so I need to remember to take photographs for you...

Page design updated : 4 March 2019 17:20

 

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