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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 07-25-2019, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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The restoration is FINALLY complete!

In typical fashion what I thought was going to be a 2 month project actually took me 7! I never liked the interior or paint on my Roadster. So over Christmas break I stripped the car down in my garage and brought it over to my brothers shop for paint. After over a year of deliberating between Viking Blue and Lexus Indigo Blue...I just kept coming back to Viking Blue over and over.

After the paint was finished I decided I'm going to tear this entire interior out and replace it real quick. "Real Quick"...the words that haunt me !!!

It's such a small interior, but when you're trying to get everything just right...man, does it take time! I covered the dash, transmission tunnel, seats, door panels and rear bulkhead in leather. The main issue on the long time frame was the leather. One mistake and a $500 hide is ruined! I attempted to do the rear in one piece, but there are just to many curves for that to happen. Two pieces and a nice breaking point did the trick. However, there were nights where I spent a good 2-2 1/2 hours down in the garage looking at the rear wall trying to figure out everything...next thing you know it's after midnight and I got 5 minutes worth of work done! Then there was the issue with the seats and transmission tunnel...do I just cover them, do I make a pattern, do I change from black? Decisions, decisions.

I finished Tuesday night and snapped some pictures yesterday. Here's how everything turned out...
Cobra2 by John Smith, on Flickr

Cobra by John Smith, on Flickr

Cobra3 by John Smith, on Flickr

Cobra4 by John Smith, on Flickr

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Damn that interior is great, love the color.

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looks awesome. i'd like to do something similar for my interior with tan leather. did you do all the stitching yourself or find an upholstery shop to do the work?

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Looks great 👍
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Wow! That is awesome.
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John, you did a fantastic job on that interior. The contrast to the blue is what makes it stand out. Gorgeous!
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Great color combination. Well Done!
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I’ve always really liked that color blue.

I want to repaint mine as well to correct some age spots and do some of the things that were not avail when I built. I’m no painter so I’d have to farm that out.

I’d love for Kleiner to paint mine since he does such great work.

Interior looks great too.

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Damn that interior is great, love the color.
Thanks, I really appreciate that.
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looks awesome. i'd like to do something similar for my interior with tan leather. did you do all the stitching yourself or find an upholstery shop to do the work?
An upholstery shop near me did it. It was the right time of year where he wasn't flooded and could do more custom type stuff like this.

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John, you did a fantastic job on that interior. The contrast to the blue is what makes it stand out. Gorgeous!
That's what I was going for...I was hoping the tan would "pop" against the blue paint and the black carpet.
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Ive always really liked that color blue.

I want to repaint mine as well to correct some age spots and do some of the things that were not avail when I built. Im no painter so Id have to farm that out.

Id love for Kleiner to paint mine since he does such great work.

Interior looks great too.
Every time I looked at that particular color I stopped and looked some more...I will say this, it's been extremely popular with everybody, women especially for some reason. Usually it's the husbands at a restaurant or gas station that take notice and come over first, it's been 50/50 maybe 40/60 skewed towards the wives now.

There were a group of 4 kids with their mom at Chick-fil-A the other afternoon just eyeballing the car. We both pulled in about the same time and the kids came running over from their van as soon as I got out. I asked the kids if they wanted to get in, which they all yelled YESSSSS. Their mother thanked me very much and then followed that up with..."but I'm first".
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Nicely done! That blue was my 2nd choice, and what I would go with if I ever re-do mine.
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The wood steering wheel, the tan interior.... viking blue and a chrome roll bar.... I cant put a coherent thought together... beautiful.

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Awesome job. Tan interior is one of my favorites. Congratulations on an outstanding job. And yes, most of us work slower than we would like or could imagine. LOL
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The wood steering wheel, the tan interior.... viking blue and a chrome roll bar.... I cant put a coherent thought together... beautiful.
Man, I really appreciate that...thank you so much!
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Looks Amazing!!!
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Viking blue rocks! Very nicely done and that interior, wow.
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Nicely done! That blue was my 2nd choice, and what I would go with if I ever re-do mine.
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Sadly the AZ sun has taken it's toll after 12 years. Besides the chips/dings there's some spots that need sanded down and re-cleared.

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Sadly the AZ sun has taken it's toll after 12 years. Besides the chips/dings there's some spots that need sanded down and re-cleared.
You won't regret Viking Blue...promise you that!
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You nailed it! Good job!

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Beautiful job restoring the car. Great color combination and excellent work on the interior.

Thanks for sharing!

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You nailed it! Good job!
Thank you!
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Beautiful job restoring the car. Great color combination and excellent work on the interior.

Thanks for sharing!
And thank you for the feedback!
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When I read "Viking Blue" my first thought was I do not know if it will work....then I scrolled down. So nice. And then I saw the interior. Talk about truly a classy look. Well done.
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When I read "Viking Blue" my first thought was I do not know if it will work....then I scrolled down. So nice. And then I saw the interior. Talk about truly a classy look. Well done.
Sincerely appreciate that...thank you very much!
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Sincerely appreciate that...thank you very much!
I am now just wondering how much these pictures of your interior are going to cost me....
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I am now just wondering how much these pictures of your interior are going to cost me....
Let me help you with that...

2 hides for the seats and transmission tunnel $998
1 hide for the door panels and dash $450
1 hide for the rear bulkhead $250 (leatherhidestore.com)
Miami corp "Bentley" carpet $250

I paid $1,500 for the stitching on the trans tunnel piece and seats, which included installing the custom cover of course.

TOTAL: $3,448

With that being said I could have saved probably $600 on hides if I had bought everything at theleatherhidestore.com. The problem is I didn't want to play the waiting game with send me this sample and this sample and this sample until I liked the color OR just choosing what I thought looked good off of a picture on my computer screen. We have a local leather store and I could just walk in and select the color I want. The rear bulkhead was just black so that was pretty simple so I bought that online.

You could go vinyl, but the feel and smell just aren't there. When I went for a drive Saturday morning, I could immediately smell the richness of the leather when I sat inside...like a baseball glove.
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When I went for a drive Saturday morning, I could immediately smell the richness of the leather when I sat inside...like a baseball glove.
Priceless.

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