When fabric ages, it often falls victim to many ailments. These can include but are not limited to: fading, tearing, pulling loose at the seams, being eaten by rodents and losing shape. When it comes to the interior of classic cars, fabrics can be the first to age. When restoring a classic vehicle, one aspect you’ll need to review is the interior fabric.
Interior fabrics found in classic cars range from the seats themselves to the carpeting underfoot. And those fabrics ranged in materials. For example, the 1960s had many vehicles outfitted in ultra-suede, a synthetic, woven fabric that is washable.
And in the 1970s, velour fabric with accents made out of chrome and plastic came into style. You can find these fabrics through fabric dealers like www.fashionfabricsclub.com or www.alibaba.com/showroom/woven-fabric-synthetic.html.
Restoring the interior of a classic requires careful review of the original materials used. You’ll also want to decide if you want to keep your vehicle authentic, or are OK with replicating authenticity while using newer materials. Car enthusiasts are known for posting photos of classic car interiors online, however, make sure to research if the photos are of an authentic interior, or something that has been remodeled.
Finding replacement interior parts requires a bit of research because of the problem that fabric materials can age faster than the body of the vehicle. You can always search online vehicle auctions like Copart.com for replacement interior parts like seats, seat belts, kick panels or even sun visors. Just be sure to search the same make and model as your classic car and carefully review the vehicle to determine if the interior parts are authentic.