I am replacing the upholstery and top kits in my 1920 Touring. I see that MACS has 15% off for the month of September. Are these good kits for the do it yourself to install? Any installation tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Charlie
Welcome to the FORUM. I bought the upholstery and top kits from MAC's last year for my 15 touring and installed it myself (first time) in less than a week. I'm satisfied with it. I just got a set of side curtains from them, also. I've heard great things about Classtique, but, I've never used them. I did call them about side curtains, but, I couldn't get them before Hershey and MAC's had a set in stock for about half the price. I did have a young man helping me, but the greatest thing I had going for me was that I did it before I put the body on. Body was on sawhorses for interior, then lowered to blocks for the top. Recommend an air stapler and definitely use stainless steel staples.
I purchased a top kit and an upholstery kit from Mac's on sale for my '16. Overall they are pretty good but the instructions are a bit brief.
I purchased a kit from Macs and it turned out fine.
Had a issue with the door trim material and they replaced it with the correct size at no charge and with prompt service.
Others will have other opinions but that goes with any other suppliers products.
The instructions are "lacking" for a first timer, but, don't hesitate to call them and you can ask. I just had to replace my top bows and re-use my top. They emailed me instructions. They made more sense this time, after having already installed it once!
Are they still using covered upholstery buttons, or have they finally learned how to do it right?
Great to know!! Been putting off ordering a kit for my Roadster!
I'm sure they fall in the category of "you get what you pay for". They are not to the standard of the ones made by a friend, now deceased, who could fold the diamonds and hold them in place with the buttons--his seats sat better than an expensive chair. After being in place for a year, with a lot of sliding in and out from behind the wheel, I popped the top off one of the buttons. A local guy was able to make me a few spares--they are the ones that just stick through and spread out like a cotter pin. So far, I'm still satisfied.
Considering the instructions I got from Carter Cut and Cover, those instructions are fantastic. Carter, now out of business, made an excellent kit, but their instructions were nearly, "use your imagination and see what you can figure out". Royce Peterson, senior, on the upholstery, and Nolan Renfro, on the top, saved the day for me.
Just about to do upholstery for my 16 touring. It's my first time.
I'm actually a little nervous about it. Was thinking about subing it out.
Mike: I love the idea of doing this with the car on horses and then on blocks for the top.
I initially looked for an upholsterer locally with no luck, then ordered the kits when they were on sale over the winter. When I got ready to install, I looked seriously--must have talked to several dozen shops, some over a 100 miles away. The upholstery didn't look too tough, but the top scared me. Most willing to tackle it had done several old cars--55-57 chevys! I didn't feel very confident with them, so, I tried it myself. Glad I did. If you can do all the rest of the car, you can do the top.
I don't want tot hijack this thread, so I'll pose a new question on another thread. Thanks MIke..
I used Cartouche on my 26 coupe and 24 fordor,most of the instructions were for a Model A, the material is good and i had good response from Mac's as several parts dis not fit, the pieces over the doors are 1" they sent 11/2" the two rear quarter panels on the fordor were wrong, the header piece was 4" and should have been 2",they are all done and look good but the instructions suck.
I recommend that you buy extra cotton to fill out the hollow places between the pleats (especially in the backrest), my personal experience was that the Cartouche seat kit didn't come with enough padding.