Tony Zauhar is restoring his 1948 Chevrolet Fleetline Aero Sedan, and as part of the process is replacing the interior with our Hampton Coach Interiors kit. Tony was kind enough to spend time discussing the process.
Q: How long has your interior been in installed?
A: I’m actually in the process of installing a Hampton Coach Interior myself
Q: What upholstery components are being installed?
A: Basically, I’m doing the whole interior – seats, door panels, rear side panels, carpet and headliner
Q: How did you hear about Hampton Coach?
A: I had heard great things about Hampton Coach for years. Also, I had previously installed a LeBaron Bonney Interior in an older Ford I owned – and the outcome of that installation was excellent.
Q: What was the main reason you purchased your interior?
A: The original interior was very aged and needed to be replaced. I want to keep the car as close to original as possible so I went with Hampton Coach.
Q: What do you feel are the best attributes of your Hampton Coach interior?
A: The quality of materials, construction, as well as fit and finish are top-notch.
Q: Were you having any particular problems that LeBaron Bonney solved?
A: I wasn’t having a particular problem. However, before purchasing the interior the interior I asked LeBaron Bonney a lot of questions. During conversations they informed me that there would be “blind nailing” – which I didn’t know about. They explained how it should be handled, and I was able to do it myself successfully.
Q: Have you ever had any problems with your interior?
A: The installation of the LeBaron Bonney Interior in the Ford went fine and there were no problems. So far the installation of the Hampton Coach Interior in the Chevrolet is going well.
Q: What do you see as the primary benefits of LB products and company?
A: Period correct materials. Hampton Coach is as close as you can get to original.
Q: Is there anything else you would like to add about installing your Hampton Coach Interior?
A: I watched the LeBaron Bonney videos and decided I can handle this. It just takes time and patience. Everyone I talked to was very helpful – top notch stuff.
Here are some in progress photos of my interior restoration that I started in the fall/winter of 2015. I started by replacing the all the side glass (No photos) and when that was finished, started removing all of the interior. I then scraped off all the carpet glue with a heat gun and razor knife/scraper (A LOT of hours in that alone), then I put down new insulation, and started installing the new interior beginning in March 2016. As I get further along, I will send you more pics. The rear cushions are next. BTW, I am nothing more than a novice/amateur car restorer and this is the first time I have attempted to do this level of interior installation. The LB interior is a perfect fit and the instructions and videos they have are very helpful.
Rear Side Panels
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