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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

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

Custom Upholstery Kits Combine Original Patterns, Stitch Styles, and the Custom Fabrics of Your Dreams

It’s usually easy to find automotive restoration upholstery kits that have an original appearance. However, what if you want an awesome and ready to install upholstery kit that uses the same patterns, stitch styles and assembly techniques of the original upholstery, but is made with custom fabrics? You know; upholstery that fits just like the original, but uses fabrics the factory never dreamed of? You might be thinking; “Wouldn’t that be cool? Now what? Where do I go? This is going to cost an arm and a leg isn’t it?” Relax, LeBaron Bonney has got you covered. We’ll produce a complete and ready to install (by you or an upholstery shop) custom upholstery kit for your vehicle using the same factory original patterns, stitch styles, and production techniques that we use for our concours winning restoration interiors. Only we’ll produce it with the custom fabrics of your Kustom Dreams. You.. Read More

With EZ Boy Daily Driver Series Interiors, it’s the Fabrics that Make the Difference

Our EZ Boy Daily Driver Series Interiors were developed for individuals who want exacting fit, high quality, and a lower price point, but don’t need exacting original type materials. They’re more than happy with materials that look like those original from the factory, yet are more appropriate for casual use rather than a concours winning restoration. Let’s step back and ponder the words “lower price point”. That’s a phrase everyone likes. Who doesn’t like to save money? I know I do. But what’s the catch? There has got to be one – especially when seemingly contradictory words like “excellent fit” and “high quality” are thrown into the mix. “Lower price point” is often associated with “shortcuts”, and “I would like to return this item for a full refund”. However, sometimes with “lower price point” you can have your cake and eat it too. By the way, I also like cake… Read More

A Tribute to Houndstooth Fabric

ABOVE: A few examples of the Houndstooth Fabrics we offer Houndstooth fabric is a woven wool cloth that was created in Scotland in the 1800’s. The fabric is distinguished by a pattern of broken checks or abstract four-pointed shapes. Incidentally, versions of the fabric with small checks is known as Puppytooth. Houndstooth fabric was originally used to make outer garments worn by shepherds. Eventually, the fabric founds its way into high fashion in the late 1800’s, being used to make suits sold at high-end clothiers. As the 1900’s marched on, Houndstooth fabric became a status symbol for the wealthy and was used for clothing and accessories by such famous designers as Christian Dior, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Emporio Armani. Coming from humble roots, the fabric became a star. Auto designers took notice as well. In the late 1950’s-1960’s vinyl and non-wool materials featuring Houndstooth patterns gained prominence for use in.. Read More

Hampton Coach to Announce New Buick Restoration Interiors on Father’s Day

Are you doing a Buick restoration? These fine automobiles deserve the best restoration interiors, and Hampton Coach delivers. We have supplied Buick restoration interiors to enthusiasts and installers for decades, and we’re well respected for quality, fit, and accuracy we deliver. Hampton Coach has many Buick interior kits available, with components including seat upholstery, door and interior panels, carpeting, and headliners. We have recently developed many new Buick kits, and will be announcing year and model applications this Sunday. Be sure to visit the website then! In the meantime, you can check out our current patterns for Buicks and other makes at https://www.lebaronbonney.com/cart/comp_kits.php.

The LeBaron Bonney Design Service – Simplifies a Difficult Situation!

So you are restoring your car or truck? You probably have great expectations about the quality of the completed restoration, as well as concerns about the hassle and stress of the restoration procedure. Some things will be easy, and some things will be hard. Take your interior for example. You might find a readily available restoration correct interior kit; that was easy. However, you may find no kit is available, original materials are nowhere to be found, and that the cost for an upholstery shop to reproduce your interior is outside your comfort zone; that’s hard. Discouraged you think “Now what do I do?” No worries, the LeBaron Bonney Design Service has you covered. A little background on the Design Service: Since 1960, LeBaron Bonney has created new interior kits by using patterns we make from original vehicle interiors, and sourcing correct original type fabrics. We developed a very high.. Read More

1967 and 1968 Chevrolet Caprice Restoration Door Panels and Seat Upholstery Now Available

Our Hampton Coach division is at it again! Now we offer restoration seat upholstery and door panels for the 1967 and the 1968 Chevrolet Caprice Four Door models. Hand crafted in our Amesbury, MA shop using original patterns and original type fabrics, these interior kits will help make your Caprice look factory new. For more information about Hampton Coach Caprice Interior Kits go to: https://www.lebaronbonney.com/lb-interior-kits-new.php