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Care of Convertible Tops






Care of Convertible Tops With proper care, your convertible top can remain looking great, and its lifespan can be extended. There’s not much you can do to reverse damage once it’s already been done. The best course of action is to take care of it from the beginning. The following are suggested care techniques for keeping your convertible top in tip-top condition. Cloth Top Care Fabric top maintenance is essentially the same as vinyl top maintenance, except you want to select products formulated for fabric. Convertible top cleaners are usually suitable for either vinyl or fabric. Use a moderately stiff brush to loosen dirt from the fibers. It’s a marvel of modern science that fabric tops repel water as well as they do, but all good things must come to an end. Fabric tops are chemically treated during manufacturing to repel water and contamination, but these chemicals diminish as time.. Read More

Learn How to Use Wire on Welting






With over 56 years of experience, we know a lot about auto interior restoration From upholstery kits and tops to carpeting, fabrics, and tools and supplies, if you’re planning on restoring your car or truck we have all the essentials for you to achieve award winning results. How to Use Wire On Welting: Learn How LeBaron Bonney’s Master Technician Doug shows how to use wire on welting, and demonstrates expert techniques for achieving professional quality results. What you will need: Click on Button to View Component: Would you prefer to have your wire on welting professionally installed by a LeBaron Bonney Authorized Installation Expert?  

Care of Wool Blend Carpeting






Care and Maintenance: Wool Blend Carpeting Cut pile wool blend carpeting looks and feels great, and with proper care will last longer and continue to look great for years to come. Please note that the following information is specifically addressing carpets that are machine made with wool or wool-blend fibers. Some instructions don’t apply to carpets made with synthetic fibers and may not be appropriate. THE CARPET CARE PROGRAM: A comprehensive carpet care program consists of four elements: Preventive Maintenance Vacuuming Stain Removal Regular Cleaning Preventative Maintenance Avoidance is the best preventative maintenance – if you can avoid tracking soil and moisture onto carpeting. Another point to remember is that after cleaning your carpet, allow time for the carpet to completely dry before stepping on the carpet. Vacuuming The most important step in caring for your carpet is vacuuming. Vacuum thoroughly and frequently, particularly in high traffic areas. Bear in.. Read More

Care of Mohair Auto Upholstery






Mohair fabric was used for auto upholstery in many vehicles of the 1930’s and ’40’s, and is often the fabric of choice for our customers when ordering a LeBaron Bonney or Hampton Coach Upholstery Kit. What is Mohair Fabric? Mohair fabric is silk-like and made from the hair of the Angora goat. Durable, resilient, and exceptionally soft, mohair is notable for its high luster and sheen, which has helped give it the nickname the “Diamond Fiber”. Mohair takes dye exceptionally well. Mohair automotive fabrics have a pile woven from an extra set of yarns that interlace with the warp and the weft. They have a tight weave and a short pile so that they will wear well and resist crushing. Mohair Fabric Care Do not allow dust and dirt build-up to become excessive, otherwise it will be more difficult to remove. Upholstery fabrics should be cleaned regularly to ensure prolonged life and.. Read More

We’re Your Restoration Experts






With over 56 years of experience, we know a lot about auto interior restoration From upholstery kits and tops to carpeting, fabrics, and tools and supplies, if you’re planning on restoring your car or truck we have all the essentials for you to achieve award winning results. 1931 Ford Model A Roadster Top Installation: Learn How LeBaron Bonney’s Master Technician Jeffery shows how to put the top on a 1931 Ford Roadster. What You Will Need:  Click on Button to View Component: https://www.lebaronbonney.com/cart/comp_kits.php https://www.lebaronbonney.com/cart/itemdesc.php?ic=1213 https://www.lebaronbonney.com/cart/itemdesc.php?ic=1215 https://www.lebaronbonney.com/cart/itemdesc.php?ic=4892 https://www.lebaronbonney.com/cart/itemdesc.php?ic=4868 https://www.lebaronbonney.com/cart/itemdesc.php?ic=4866 https://www.lebaronbonney.com/cart/itemdesc.php?ic=4891 https://www.lebaronbonney.com/cart/itemdesc.php?ic=4907 https://www.lebaronbonney.com/cart/itemdesc.php?ic=4920 https://www.lebaronbonney.com/cart/itemdesc.php?ic=4927 Want It Done for You? Would you prefer to have your top professionally installed by a LeBaron Bonney Authorized Installation Expert?    

LeBaron Bonney Design Service Facilitates Challenging Cadillac Restoration






Ken Dennison is no stranger to auto restoration. He purchased his first hobby car, a 1929 Ford Pickup, which he owned for about 45 years. “I have taken that truck completely apart and put it back together a few times” says Ken. He also has experience restoring the rare cars in his collection. Including an Auburn Supercharged Cabriolet, and a 1928 Buick. When the opportunity arose to acquire a 1940 Cadillac V-16 seven passenger Imperial Sedan, of which there were only twenty examples made, Ken just couldn’t pass it up. He purchased the vehicle from a member of his car club, the second owner, who owned the car for 57 years, bought it from a used car dealer in Tucson, AZ. The first owner had traded it in when the car overheated during a road trip to California. After owning the Cadillac for a period of time, the second owner.. Read More

See Gas Monkey Garage’s LeBaron Bonney Equipped ’37 Panel Delivery!






Check out this 1937 Ford Panel Delivery built by Gas Monkey Garage for the Fast N’ Loud TV show! We are pleased they came to us looking for interior components. For the seats they used our Gray Wool Broadcloth (Part# 8-LM), along with our Graphite Insight Patterned Cloth (Part# INS-021). They installed these fabrics over a Glide Engineering Seat Frame (which we also offer). For the door panels they used the Gray Wool Broadcloth, and our Gray Square Weave Carpet (Part# BC-36). The Gray Square Weave Carpet was used throughout the interior as well. We also supplied Dark Gray Napped Cotton headliner material (Part# A611). The car turned out great, and we are proud to have been a part of it. You can see this car on the Fast N’ Loud TV show. It airs on Monday September 12, 2016 at 7:00 PM on Discovery Channel. The episode is titled.. Read More

Our Stitch Styles and What They Mean to You






When ordering your LeBaron Bonney Interior you may be presented with a choice of “stitch styles”. Most people aren’t familiar with the term “stitch styles”. They might be thinking “is that like cross stitch, or embroidery, or a zig-zag stitch like my mom did with her sewing machine?” Actually, when we refer to stitch styles it is the construction and appearance of seat faces, which are the center sections of the seat, as opposed to the border. The diagram below will help you visualize this. LeBaron Bonney offers four stitch styles: Flat Material – It’s just like it sounds – a flat panel of fabric, leather, or vinyl. The only stitching is around the perimeter of the fabric where it attaches to the borders. Heat-Sealed Channel Quilted Vinyl – This gives a vinyl face pleats and is produced by sandwiching batting, that is specialized for the heat sealing process, between.. Read More

Authorized Installer Hatfield Restorations Calls LB a Partner






Located in Canton, TX, Hatfield Restorations is a LeBaron Bonney Authorized Installer with a twenty six year history installing our interiors. We spoke with Tony Chamberlain, an Assembly and Upholstery Specialist with the company, about Hatfield Restorations and their experience with LeBaron Bonney. Q: How long have you been in business? A: Twenty six years Q: What services does your shop offer? A: Complete automotive restoration services. We do all aspects of our business in house, except for re-chroming, which is sent out. Q: What is your specialty? A: Upholstery and woodworking. Q: How did Hatfield get into this business? A: Our owner, Gary Hatfield, had been involved with cars since he was a kid – racing and restoring them. He had been in construction and decided to open a garage on property he owned. He built that into Hatfield Restorations, a multi-million dollar company. Q: What do you like most about.. Read More