Is there a go-to upholstery installer for Model T's in Houston, Texas?
Ignacio, I'm sure there are capable auto upholsterers in the Houston city limits, but I live west at Katy. Trendsetters Upholstery Shop is here and I used him to install a Cartouche kit in mine. He is a one man shop so he stays booked up. I was on his waiting list for 6 months. He did a #1 job, even considering he said some of the kit wasn't cut right and he had to modify it in some places. I couldn't see where the mods were made. He does a lot of vintage cars, rods, and classics and is experienced in installing Cartouche, Le Baron Bonney and most other kits. Send me a personal message by the Forum if you want his contact info.
Ignacio...I'm assuming at this point you are starting "from scratch" and don't necessarily already have the actual materials on hand. That said I highly recommend calling Mike at Classtique, go on line for his info and number. Here's his link. https://www.classtiqueupholstery.com/ He has all the prices for everything you'd need. He works closely with Elizabeth, (don't even know her last name!) who used to own his business, for installing. She and her assistant(s) travel the country in a huge red trailer and will install at your place. It all depends on timing, of course. I got lucky and she stopped in my place last March on her way down south, and yes, even to Texas so it worked great! Good luck and here's her link. https://www.classtiqueupholstery.com/
Classtique Upholstery, owner Elizabeth Estepp. She comes to your door. She did a '14 for me a few months ago, and did a full interior and top. It was the best. She is a Installer/Consultant on Model T's & A's. Very busy but well worth the wait. Shop is in Ham Lake MN. Phone 763-439-4441. Shop is 651-484-9022. Toll free 800-208-9032. www.ClasstiqueUpholstery.com
Elizabeth sold Classtique to one of her apprentices, and Classtique's address has changed:
I don't know if she is still doing it, but Elizabeth was focusing on her roving upholstery installation business, it is called "Class-it-up":
Do it yourself. I bought the leather classtique kit for my 1913 from Mike and it arrive a few weeks ago. I've been taking my time and doing the install. It comes with everything you need. I'm stuffing mine with cotton batting for the comfort thing. Patience is all you need.
Mark..thanks for putting in the correct link for Elizabeth's business. I don't know how I ended up duplicating "Classtique's" in my post.
James..."patience is all you need"...well, that's where I fall short... I'm no doctor, 'cause I have no patience!...LOL. Little play on words..ha ha. Your job looks good. Keep it up. Maybe I'll hire you some day on the next car!
For those of us who have done it, it seems like a simple thing, but in reality it isn't! Tim, check around, look at cars done by folks in your area, talk to other owners. Carter's Cut-N-Cover used to advertise something like, "The quality of good materials is remembered long after the low price of poor materials." Thought I'd remember their line, but I've forgotten it!