Monday, 13 October 2014 16:30

Seat Covers, Panels & Headliner

Grey tweed fat biscuit seat covers, panels & Headliner. It's not often we do self fits for customers, especially with our name on, but a good friend of ours who's recently moved to California really wanted us to do them for his '64 bug. So we obliged. Plus we knew he'd do a good job of fitting them.

Published in VW Beetles
Saturday, 12 July 2014 23:36

Ragtop Beetle Full Retrim

Ragtop beetle trimmed in beige leather throughout, with wool cloth headliner, square weave carpet and mohair sun roof outer. Parcel shelf includes retro style speaker build.

Published in VW Beetles
Saturday, 12 July 2014 23:20

Vauxhal Nova Recaro Retrim

Vauxhal Nova Recaro retrim in grey brushed nylon with genuine check inserts. We also trimmed the front door panel tops in check, and included a speaker build to fit in with the orginal door pocket / arm rest.

Published in Other Marques
Saturday, 31 May 2014 10:29

'67 Beetle Seats & Panels

1967 Beetle seats & panels trimmed in plain and basket weave black vinyl. The seat frames have been stripped & powder coated with crackle finish side plates.

Published in VW Beetles
Friday, 11 April 2014 00:00

Various Interior Work

Published in Gallery Blog
Thursday, 10 April 2014 09:50

Back to 85

Built in the early 80s by Street Machine's tech editor Colin Burnham and then featured in the December 1985 issue, this 1968 bug was an inspirational VW for many and is recognised as one of the UK's first British Cal looks. Now owned by Russell Ritchie and restored from the ground up by The Paintbox, we were drafted in to bring the interior back to life exactly how Colin originally had it. This included a grey wool cloth headliner, black carpets, restore the front and rear interior panels using 3mm birch face ply with the original cloth inserts (cleaned) & new black PVC. We also reinstalled the original factory sliding sunroof which included adjusting, setting up, and realigning with many new parts.

Published in VW Beetles
Tuesday, 17 September 2013 16:53

Race Shop Double Cab

Ex Darrell Vitone's Race Shop Double Cab at European Bug-In 2013. Seats and panels trimmed  in black plain/basket-weave vinyl

Published in Campers & Vans
Tuesday, 17 September 2013 14:01

1963 VW Beetle Restoration

This soon to be Ultra VW featured restoration came to us as a rolling shell which we built back up with new parts where possible and some added accessories supplied by the customer. We completely rewired the car including a retro stereo install. The seats and panels were trimmed in red recycled leather, with a red deep pile carpet throughout including under the bonnet and a cream fabric headliner.

Photos 1-4 courtesy of Paul knight/Ultra VW

Published in VW Beetles
Monday, 16 September 2013 14:14

23 Window Samba Ragtop

23 window VW Type 2 Samba trimmed in beige & cream vinyl PVC, beige wool cloth headliner, biscuit German square weave carpet, mohair ragtop and checkered floor tiles. Other work carried out was Dynomat sound proofing through out and some cable laying for split charger and ICE installation.

Published in Campers & Vans
Monday, 22 July 2013 14:55

T2 Bay Window Microbus

Early Microbus trimmed in black vinyl with basket weave inserts. Full headliner in cream vinyl including the full metal sliding sunroof which we also had to get working.

Published in Campers & Vans
Monday, 22 July 2013 14:09

VW Bug Fat Biscuit Seats & Panels

Beetle seats and panels in caramel leather with brown pipping and fat biscuit fabric inserts

Published in VW Beetles
Monday, 22 July 2013 09:44

Mk1 Golf Cabriolet Retrim

Published in Other VWs
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 08:56

Back To The Future

It all started in the winter of 1988/89 at the age of 18 when Louis built built his first car, a 1967 lemon yellow Cal Looker which was a feature cover car in the June '89 edition of Volksworld Magazine. Although it was no show winner it did receive a fair bit of attention at the time due to the overall concept of following the colour scheme from the outside right through to the inside.

Fast forward 22 years and just after hitting the big 4 0 midlife crisis mark in 2011, and with New Beetle's being fairly cheap now, he thought it would be great to recreate the concept, but with a future retro twist.



Photos by Gwynn Clark courtesy of Ultra VW

Published in Our Cars
Friday, 25 January 2013 00:00

Porsche 356

Porsche 356  speedster seats, rear seats, dash top door, quarter and bulk head panels trimmed in brown/oxblood leather with fat biscuit stitching and beige squareweave carpet through out. We also sound proofed the whole car with dynomat before a heavy dose of carpet underfelt.

Published in Porsche
Sunday, 09 September 2012 00:00

Porsche 993 RS Style

Porsche 993 with Recaro Pole Position seats trimmed in tan leather. The rear seats were deleted to make way for a full roll cage. The front and rear area were completely carpeted in black carpet. New front interior door panels were made to look like ones from an RS with simple door pulls and trimmed in black leather and tan stitching. Door cappings were trimmed in tan leather. The whole rear end was reworked round the roll cage and then trimmed in black leather with tan cappings. Finally the dash and center console were trimmed in a combination of black and tan leather to follow the theme of the rest of the interior.

Published in Porsche
Friday, 07 September 2012 00:00

Back To The Future

In this months Ultra VW,  Louis' first project car for many years gets a full 6 page feature.

It all started in the winter of 1988/89 at the age of 18 when Louis built built his first car, a 1967 lemon yellow Cal Looker which was a feature cover car in the June '89 edition of Volksworld Magazine. Although it was no show winner it did receive a fair bit of attention at the time due to the overall concept of following the colour scheme from the outside right through to the inside.

Fast forward 22 years and just after hitting the big 4 0 midlife crisis mark in 2011, and with New Beetle's being fairly cheap now, he thought it would be great to recreate the concept, but with a future retro twist.


Photos by Gwynn Clark courtesy of Ultra VW

Paint & body by iKustoms

Debadged, shaved front indicators, side repeaters, door handles, roof aerial, and 3rd
brake light. Votex side sills and US spec bumper for smaller licence plate with clear
fog light to match reverse light. Black wing mirrors with LHD passenger mirror used
as the drivers mirror so both match.

Interior by Bernard Newbury Auto Interiors
Front and rear (modified) MK4 Golf seats with Audi RS4 head rests, custom dash
with 7" android powered tablet, retro eyeball air vents, smooth solenoid operated
glove box with hidden stereo system, custom interior door panels and Lupo 3L
steering wheel all trimmed in a mix of plain & perforated yellow leather with satin
silver detailing. Modified Bora centre console with added ipod dock, sunglasses
holder, leather handbrake and gear level gator. The Head lining and A/B/C pillars
are trimmed in black tweed with deleted rear view mirror and silver grey seat belts.
The Boot is trimmed in black tweed with JBL sub bass tube trimmed in perforated
leather. Other modifications include custom speaker grilles, sweeping door handle and
smoothed door caps on the front interior door panels and hidden speakers in the rear,
plus hidden power window and boot lock switches.

Wheels, suspension & brakes.
17" satin black Audi A3 sport alloys, fully detailed FK high sport coilovers and fully
detailed stock brakes.

Engine
Detailed stock engine with K&N 57i Induction

Awards/Features

Best New Beetle @ Ultimate Dubs 2012
Best Beetle @ Early Edition 2012
Best Interior @ Early Edition 2012
Best Interior @ Bug Jam 2012
Best Of Show, Best Paint & Best Interior @ VW Action 2012
Featured in August 2012 Ultra VW
Best Beetle @ Deutsch Connection 2013

Published in Other VWs
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 00:00

British Racing Green Mk2 Jaguar

Mk2 Jag fully trimmed in sage green leather & vinyl including seats, door panels and centre console, with dark green wilton carpet throughout.

Published in Other Marques
Monday, 18 June 2012 00:00

Stephan's Low Light Ghia

After doing work for Stephan Dendievel on his Dyno Pincher race car, he brought to us his Low Light Ghia to work our magic. The seats & door panels were trimmed in a brick red vinyl with matching cloth instert and cream piping, while the carpets were beige square weave with heringbone cloth binding.

Published in Other VWs
Saturday, 31 March 2012 00:00

Mk1 Golf Cabriolet Seats In Leather

Mk1 Golf seem to be like buses. We can't remember the last time we worked on one and then we do 2 within a matter of weeks.

First up are the seats from a Mk1 Cabriolet. As well as trimming all the seats and panels in burgundy leather, we modifed the faux rear split seat to look like a single bench, and had to do lots of repairs the bolsters.

Published in Other VWs
Sunday, 23 October 2011 00:00

Nigel Fleet's '58 Ragtop

More fat biscuit action with Nigel Fleet's stunning '58 ragtop. Orginal front seats and door panels trimmed in beige pvc with beige cloth inserts. The rear seat has been omitted for that slick race look. 1200 style headlining and ragtop inner in beige West Of England wool cloth with black Mohair ragtop outer. Oatmeal square weave carpet completes the overal look.

Published in VW Beetles
Saturday, 22 October 2011 00:00

Purple Ragtop

Stock seats and door panels trimmed in cream leather with beige pipping and polished aluminium door panel trims . Carperts, parcel shelf and under bonnet in beige square weave. Headlining and ragtop inner in beige West Of England wool cloth. The glove box is custom trimmed in matching West Of England to house the stereo head unit, and the parcel shelf features hidden speakers trimmed in beige speaker cloth.

Published in VW Beetles
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 00:00

'53 Ragtop Oval

Beard Super Seats trimmed in tan leather, brown piping and fat biscuit cloth inserts. Rear seat and door panels have matching leather and fat biscuit cloth combination. Oatmeal square weave carpet throughout with herringbone cloth binding. West of England cloth takes care of the full headlining and ragtop inner, while the ragtop outer is finished in black mohair.

Published in VW Beetles
Sunday, 05 June 2011 00:00

We're Not In Kansas Anymore...

It's not often you see a Wizzard Roadster these days. The owners have had this for nearly 20 years and have taken the last 10 years restoring it. We were given the task of putting the finising touches in terms of fitting it back up and trimming it.The interior features hand fitted bucket seats in Burgundy Brookland UK Hide plus matching rear rear seat & door panels, with hand fitted carpets in grey square weave through out.

Published in VW Beetles
Tuesday, 17 May 2011 00:00

Electric Blue T25 Dash

T25 camper van dash in electric blue Alcantara®, with door panels and rear cushions in matching Alcantara® & black PVC vinyl.

Published in Campers & Vans
Tuesday, 19 April 2011 00:00

Turbo New Beetle

Remodelled Golf Mk4 Recaros for the front and the standard rear seat in raspberry PVC. We have also trimmed and smoothed out the front and rear door panel inserts to match, with old school Beetle type map pockets and custom made rear speaker grills to compliment the raspberry vinyl. Other touches include matching armrest, gearshift gator, front grab handle and seat belt buckle covers.

Published in VW Beetles
Tuesday, 19 April 2011 00:00

T4 Van Conversion

Another one of Louis' rides from 2010. Converted from an old van, we trimmed this using genuine Caravelle seats & panels in grey vinyl & tweed through out. Subtle mods on the outside included lowering, debadged front grill & rear tailgate, clear lenses all round and moon discs

Published in Campers & Vans
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 00:00

AC Cobra

This was delivered to us as a rolling bare shell which was a built up with many parts being hand formed from aluminium sheet and marine ply. The seats were fibreglass shells that were hand fitted (patterns made from scratch) and trimmed in magnolia leather with navy blue piping along with the rest of the panels, plus navy blue Wilton carpet.

Published in Other Marques
Friday, 04 February 2011 00:00

Karmann Ghia

Stock seats & panels retrimmed in burgandy leather. Headliner trimmed in grey West Of England wool cloth. The original carpets were left.

Published in Other VWs
Thursday, 20 January 2011 00:00

Bad Habbit

Missy Manda's from The Paintbox "Bad Habit" Karmann Ghia. Seats & door panels trimmed in black vinyl with pink metal flake vinyl diamond stitch inserts. The car was featured in Ultra VW back in 2005

Published in Other VWs
Tuesday, 11 January 2011 00:00

54 Oval Beetle No Longer In Crisis !

Yep, it's "that" infamous car from the TV series, and we were given the task of completey retrimming it from scratch. This included restyling the rear seat with rolled top/front and XR3 Recaro seats in the front, all trimmed in Alpaca (beige) leather with Alfa Romeo style twin stitching. The front and rear panels are also trimmed in matching leather and stitching. The headlining is Caramel West Of England 100% wool cloth with Oatmeal square weave carpet throughout.

Published in VW Beetles
Monday, 08 November 2010 00:00

'55 Oval Seats & Door Panels

These are the latest from our workshop. The seats are totally rebuilt and trimmed in biscuit leather. We have made new door panels also finished in biscuit leather with new aluminium trim strips.

Published in VW Beetles
Friday, 22 October 2010 00:00

1970 1302 Cabriolet

This 1970 1302 cabriolet has been fitted with a new grey headliner, internal wading bag and a black mohair hood. The hood frame has been extensively reconditioned by The Paintbox, before we fitted new rear & front wooden bows, hood latches and new seals. The front and rear seats have been totally retrimmed in burgundy leather with door panels to match. To complete the interior, a full set of grey square weave carpets with black herringbone binding have been hand made and fitted along with sound proofing underfelt and a parcel shelf.

Published in VW Beetles
Tuesday, 05 October 2010 00:00

Karmann Ghia Cabriolet

We realised today that we didn't have many photos of Karmann Ghia's that we have worked on. So we had a quick search on the internet and found Craig McKenzie's website, which is dedicated to his beautiful Ghia cabriolet that we trimmed in 2001.

You can check out the car and more photos at http://www.craigmckenzie.co.uk/karmannghia

Published in Other VWs
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 00:00

1970 Savannah Beige Beetle

This 1970 Savannah Beige beetle  has been fully trimmed and fitted with a new retro looking radio. Seats are Porsche and have been trimmed in black PVC with basket weave inserts. Panels are trimmed in matching black PVC with original type pattern. The rear seat has been modified to reflect the style and pattern of the Porsche front seats. Behind the rear seat there is a custom built-in parcel shelf/storage area where the rear speakers are fitted. The headliner is beige West of England 100% wool cloth. To finish the interior it has been carpeted in biscuit square weave carpet with cloth herringbone binding.

Published in VW Beetles
Monday, 13 September 2010 00:00

Lotus white '67 Beetle

The seats and interior panels are trimmed  in Mocca vinyl following a stock style, 100% wool cloth West of England headliner and carpet in biscuit square weave with cloth tape binding.

Published in VW Beetles
Monday, 23 August 2010 00:00

Texas Brown '53 Zwitter

Seats and matching panels are trimmed in black vinyl with tweed fat biscuit inserts. The Headliner is 100% woolcloth West of England  with  German Sonnenland ragtop. The carpet German square weave with cloth tape binding throughout.

Published in VW Beetles

Seats, cushions and panels trimmed in burgundy vinyl with burgundy tweed diamond stitch inserts. The headliner is 100% wool cloth beige West Of England.

Photos by Gwynn Clark courtesy of Ultra VW Magazine.

Published in Campers & Vans
Friday, 09 July 2010 00:00

Triple White Cabriolet

Seats, door panels, headliner and hood in pure white vinyl, with grey German square weave carpet

Published in VW Beetles
Monday, 14 June 2010 00:00

Red Stripe Promo Bus

Seats, door panels and other internal coverings trimmed in a mixture of red & white vinyl, with a grey 100% wool cloth West Of England headliner.

Interior woodwork by Interior Motive (www.interiormotiveuk.com)

Published in Campers & Vans
Friday, 04 June 2010 00:00

Various Split Screen Campers

A selection of campers we have worked on in collaboration with master cabinet maker / designer Simon Wietz of Interior Motive.

Published in Campers & Vans
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With over 40 years experience and winning awards for the last 25 years, our work has frequently won Best Of Show and Best Interior at many of the major events such as the Volksworld Show, Bug Jam, VW Action and many more VW & custom car shows. We've also had well over 100 features & cover cars in Ultra VW, Volksworld, Hot VWs, Super VW, Performance VW, Customs Car, Street Machine and many many more.

Split Screen & Bay Window Campers, Beetles, Karmann Ghias, Type 3, T25, T4 & T5 vans & Golfs, as well as Audi, Porsche, other VAG, non VAG, Classic, Hot Rod, Custom and Modified cars. All work carried out on seats, door panels, carpets, headliners and hoods are undertaken with an extensive selection of leather, vinyl, pvc, alcantara, plaid, tweed, wool cloth, carpet (including square weave) and mohair.

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