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Old 02-19-2019, 12:50 AM   #1
Jerold Ebke
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Default 55 Crown Vic upholstery kit reccomendations

Friends,
I have searched unsuccessfully for upholstery kit threads.
I have not been active in restoring my car now for 15 years. It is complete except for totally devoid of interior.
ABC was the King of Kits back in the day. I called Mr Alexander ( I think) a couple years ago and he said he still made kits one at a time and it seems like there was a 2 or 3 year wait. Discouraged me back to inactivity.
I am interested in moving forward again. I told my oldest grandson he could drive the car to prom. This is a couple years in the future, but I need to get started.
Any suggestions for present day suppliers of quality kits with complete inventory of needed items for total interior installation?
I have spring sets and headliner bows.
Thanks.
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Old 02-19-2019, 10:18 AM   #2
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Default Re: 55 Crown Vic upholstery kit reccomendations

LeBaron Bonney lists a kit for the Crown Victoria cars but folks have been having some issues with service from them lately. I really wouldn't trust too many other suppliers with trim in kit form. If you have any local trim shops, ask around and see who might be the best. SMS Auto Fabrics is a good source for original type fabrics and they even have some embossed stuff for cars that had that type upholstery.

I do my own trim since no one ever makes kits for the cars I end up with. LB has some videos on upholstery installation if you want to see what will be good info to know.

Just to add: Mac's has piece part upholstery (I don't know if it's Cartouche or not). Seat covers, door panels, and sun visors but I can't give you any guarantees that any of it is good quality or fit. It may get you by for a while if you don't like the fit. Availability is another question I can't answer.

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Old 02-19-2019, 04:22 PM   #3
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Default Re: 55 Crown Vic upholstery kit reccomendations

Larry's T-bird & Mustang in California says they carry kits for '55-'56 Crowns and '55 high-roof Victorias like mine.

As for trimmers in the Omaha-Lincoln area (not knowing where in Nebraska you're at as I'm outside of Gretna) I haven't dealt with any, but am needing to gear up to find one. The new Eastern Nebraska/Western Iowa Car Council directory will be available at the Lincoln Swap Meet in a few weeks and there are usually several upholstery shops that advertise in it.
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Old 02-19-2019, 05:33 PM   #4
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Check with Roger Peters. He's in Juniata Ne and has done a few 55-56 Crowns. I don't think he's on here but he does have a Facebook page.
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Old 02-19-2019, 10:08 PM   #5
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The guy who owned ABC (sold to LB) is back in business as Ron's Auto Upholstery 215-378-0894
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Old 02-19-2019, 10:34 PM   #6
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It’s been 15 years since I bought my bird interior from Larry’s, but in those days they sewed all their own interiors. The quality was great, and they could make minor modifications so long as you stayed with the vinyl and carpet in stock. They made my carpet without the cut out for the floor mounted throttle, since mine was a Lokar. They’d be worth a phone call to see what they still do.
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Old 02-21-2019, 07:54 AM   #7
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I got my kit from Concours restoration parts, looks like a good kit and the best price.
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Old 02-21-2019, 10:59 AM   #8
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Thanks for your responses.
I have begun reaching out to sources.
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