Mac's Upholstery specializes in custom upholstery for classic cars and other collector vehicles. Our craftsmen use period-specific materials or modern fabrics — whichever the customer prefers. We rebuild old car seats, repair or replace automotive carpeting in classic cars, reupholster vintage trailers and trucks. We also build and restore seats for classic motorcycles.
Upholstery For Vintage Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles and Trailers
Automotive restoration projects require more than skill and the right materials. Refurbishing a classic car interior, an old Airstream or a vintage motorcycle seat demands passion and a commitment to excellence. Working on collector vehicles is something our technicians relish. Their craftsmanship and breadth of experience are truly amazing. You see it in the projects we've recently completed (below).
Distinctive Industries, Al Knoch Interiors & Corvette America
If a car is under warranty, the manufacturer is required to make replacement parts available. After the warranty period ends, parts become increasingly difficult to find, especially for low value, low production vehicles. Finding the right parts, fabrics and foams is an important element of automotive restoration.
There are only a handful of companies that fabricate vintage car and truck seat covers. Distinctive Industries, Al Knoch Interiors and Corvette America are among the few we trust. Distinctive Industries, for example, pioneered vintage aftermarket replacements. It provides quality aftermarket OEM interiors for 1960's, 1970's, and 1980's muscle cars and collectible vehicles. On the rare occasion when we can't obtain the correct fabric, foam or carpet, we'll contact one of these proven suppliers.
British Motor Corporation launched the MGA Roadster in 1956. Three years later, the snazzier MGA 1600 was introduced. It featured a larger 79.5 horsepower engine and front disc brakes. The 1600 and 1600 De-Luxe were only manufactured for a couple of years in the early sixties.
1961 MGA 1600 Replacement Top
Crystal Clear Rear Window
This cherry red 1600 is one of those cars. As you can see, it's still in mint condition. The new paint job and polished chrome are not the only reason this vintage car looks so great. Check out the replacement top we just installed. Thanks to our meticulous, steam-enhanced installation procedure, the top is flawless and the rear window is crystal clear.
1964 Corvette Replacement Top
Vintage Corvettes are big time collectables. A '64 Sting Ray in mint condition is sure to turn heads — especially a car equipped with original parts. Original parts are crucial when restoring a Corvette because collectors value authenticity. Even the tiny warning tag sewn into a Corvette's convertible top is an important detail.
Replacement Top For Corvette
Rear Window Warning Tag
A warning tag may not seem like a big deal, but a top without the tag is no good. With that in mind, we made sure the replacement top we recently installed on a customer's vintage Sting Ray featured the rear window warning tag.
1933 Buick Victoria Coupe
Franklin Roosevelt had just been elected President and America was mired in the Great Depression when this Buick Victoria Coupe was manufactured. It was 1933. One out of every four workers was unemployed. The economy was in turmoil. It was not the best time to sell upscale automobiles.
But, unfortunate circumstances didn't prevent Buick from designing some iconic cars. One of the best was this 1933 two door.
1933 Buick Before New Upholstery
1933 Buick After New Upholstery
Restored 1933 Buick
Restored 1933 Buick
Seats in these vintage cars were manufactured with coil suspensions instead of foam. The owner wanted the seats to look and feel like the originals, so we kept the coils. After restoring each individually pocketed coil, we upholstered the seats and side panels in a plush, burgundy furniture fabric. We finished our work by custom installing brand new carpeting.
The Roaring Twenties was long gone by the time this car was built, but with the black paint, white walls and fancy upholstery you half-expect to find a Tommy Gun in the trunk.
1969 Rambler Rogue
AMC built fewer than 21,000 Rambler Rogues during the car's brief four year production run. The Hornet replaced it in 1970. This 1969 Rogue is one of the last manufactured. After repairing and repainting the body, the owner asked us to rebuild the bench seats and split-back front seats before reupholstering the interior.
1969 Rambler Rogue
1969 Rambler Rogue Reupholstered
Rambler Door Panel
Rogue New Upholstery
Instead of restoring the seats to their original condition, the owner wanted to try something a little different. He asked us to square the rounded seat tops to better match the car's lines. We also used durable modern vinyl in contrasting colors to upholster the seats and door panels. While not a true restoration, the modifications defintely suited the car.
1952 Woodhill Wildfire Interior
Ready for a rapid-fire round of Hollywood trivia?
What Seattle upholstery shop helped restore the sports car featured in the 1954 Tony Curtis Film "Johnny Dark"?
What "Gilligan's Island" actor appeared in "Johnny Dark"?
How many degrees of separation between that "Gilligan's Island" actor and Kevin Bacon?
The answer to the first question is pretty obvious or we wouldn't be asking it. The Gilligan's Island actor was Russell Johnson AKA The Professor. As for the final question, one of Russell Johnson's co-stars in "Johnny Dark" was Piper Laurie. Laurie was in "The Crossing Guard" with Jack Nicholson who also starred in "A Few Good Men" with — ta-dah — Kevin Bacon.
Anyway, back to the sports car. It's a 1952 Woodhill Wildfire, famous for being the first production prototype manufactured with a fiberglass body. We sometimes forget how exotic fiberglass was when this car was built; the idea of manufacturing a car body from sheets of thin glass fibers seemed crazy.
There are some interesting articles on the Web about the Woodhill Wildfire. You'll see kit car versions of the Wildfire every now and then, but there's only one prototype still on the road. The owner, a local car collector, brought it to Mac's for some finish work.
Wildfire Seat Before Dying
Wildfire Interior Stripped
Wildfire Interior Before New Upholstry
Wildfire Seat Cushion After Dying
Wildfire Custom Carpet Installed
Wildfire With New Upholstery
The historic car pulled into our shop with a fresh coat of paint. It looked showroom new, except for the crummy upholstery. Careful to protect the new finish, we removed the seats and stripped the car down to its fiberglass floor pan. While the original seats and cushions were being dyed black, we repaired the interior and fabricated new carpeting for the cabin and trunk.
Originally, the owner wanted to go with standard loop carpeting, the sort of material found in many of today's cars. We recommended carpeting similar to the stuff used when the Wildfire was manufactured. GM still makes period-specific automotive flooring for restoration projects, so we used that style of carpet along with an accent fabric matching the new paint. Our technicians finished the edges using a rolled binding technique.
After a touch-up here and there, we installed the seats and the old Wildfire was out the door.
Bonus trivia points if you get this question right; how many degrees of separation between Mac's Upholstery and Tony Curtis? Just one — a 1952 Woodhill Wildfire.
1965 Ford Fairlane Auto Seat Repair
Restoring seats from a vintage car or truck is the true test for an automotive upholstery shop. In most cases, seat cushions from an old car are hopelessly trashed — covers torn, springs snapped and padding infused with a moldy stench that would scare off Pepé Le Pew. When a bench seat from a '65 Fairlane was brought into our shop we had our hands full.
1965 Ford Fairlane
Trashed Fairlane Seats
Bad Foam & Springs
Auto Seat Repair
Vinyl Upholstery Repair
Auto Upholstery Repair
Aside from the frame and most of the suspension coils, there wasn't much worth saving. We repaired what we could and tossed the rest. After stripping the cover, underlayment, padding and webbing, we rebuilt the seat from scratch. It was important to maintain the original size and appearance, but there was no reason we couldn't improve the materials. Today's polyurethane padding and vinyl are far better than what was used back in 1965 when the car was manufactured.
As you can see, the bench seat turned out great. You'd have a hard time distinguishing between the restored seat cushion and the original one that rolled off the assembly line more than half a century ago.
1963 Bonneville Custom Interior & Car Seat Upholstery Repair
Bonneville was Pontiac's luxury car during the 1960s. Among its many distinctive features, Bonneville sedans and convertibles boasted deluxe interiors. But, even the finest interior work doesn't last forever. As you can see from the pics below, the seat covers, doors and rear side panels in this 1963 Bonneville convertible are shot. Time to call Mac's Upholstery.
Car Seat Upholstery Repair
Rear Seat Upholstery Damaged
Hole In Door Panel
Auto Seat Repair
Auto Seat Repair
Auto Seat Repair
The auto upholstery experts at Mac's can turn any "junkyard car" into a collector's gem. The extensive work we did on this convertible is a case-in-point. Check out the before and after pics above. This is a remarkable example of how superior custom upholstery can transform a rusty old car.
New Custom Interior For Willys Pickup
This Jeep Pickup was manufactered in the years following World War II by the Willys-Overland Company. A couple hundred thousand were made before the model was retired in 1965. Few of these old-timers remain and they're really hard to find. Our Bellevue shop designed and installed custom upholstery for this collector car.
The original door panel armrests were not available, so we had to design them from scratch. We tweaked a GMC truck seat to fit inside the jeep, then upholstered it with contrasting colors of recycled leather. The embroidered Willys logo turned out great.
Recycled Leather Seat Covers
Custom Truck Seat Covers
Jeep Dash Restored
Custom Truck Carpet
We covered the custom headliner and wind lacing with premium Ultrasuede. Then we installed plush automotive carpet on the floors and seat risers. Finally, we fabricated and installed modern shoulder harness/seat belts for enhanced safety. The happy owner drove off with a classic Willys Pickup with plenty of modern conveniences.
Restoring 1966 Airstream Interior
Mac's Upholstery recently enjoyed the rare opportunity of restoring the interior of a vintage 1966 Aistream Trailer. The snapshots in the first row were taken before the restoration. The pictures below were taken after we fabricated and installed the new padding, upholstery and curtains. What a difference!
Bench Seating Before Restoration
Airstream Bed Before Restoration
Tattered RV Curtains
New Airstream Curtains
Lively Accent Pillows
Reupholstered Airstream Trailer
For this restoration project, period-specific fabric was unnecessary. Instead of using an old-fashioned cotton or Rayon blend, we fabricated everything from curtains to seat covers using Sunbrella. High performance Sunbrella is a solution-dyed acrylic fabric. Durable and attractive, Sunbrella also resists stains, mildew and fading. It's ideal for this sort of restoration.
New Top For 1965 Fiat
At first glance, this mid-sixties ragtop is a dead ringer for the tiny Sunbeam in the old TV series "Get Smart". But, as Maxwell Smart might say, "Sorry about that Chief. Missed it by that much." This is not Agent 86's Sunbeam Tiger equipped to battle the evil forces of KAOS; it's a mild mannered Fiat Cabriolet. Easy to mistake the two. Both were manufactured at roughly the same time. Both are about the same size. And both are now collector cars.
1965 Fiat Cabriolet
New Top For Fiat Cabriolet
Tight As A Drum
Even a carefully maintained covertible top on a collector car eventually wears out. Fortunately, a well-crafted replacement top for this popular model is still available. In addition to the new top, we installed a brand new carpet set. The owner drove away from the shop in a vintage sports car that looked brand new.
1963 Convertible Top Replacement
Few American cars are more revered than a mid-sixties Corvette Stingray. General Motors hit a home run when it redesigned and re-engineered the Corvette in 1963. Now half a century old, the '63 Corvette Stingray remains a favorite of car collectors worldwide. One of them asked us to restore the top for his cherry red '63 convertible.
Convertible car tops on these Corvettes operate manually. The cloth top and rear plastic curtain are attached to a sturdy accordion frame. To drop the top you simply fold the top frame assembly into a compartment behind the seats.
1963 Corvette Sans Top
Powder-Coated Top Frame
Convertible Top Repairs
This Corvette's top frame needed work. Before doing anything else, we removed the top frame assembly and applied a glossy, protective powder coating. Then we installed new seals and fastners. Once the frame assembly was back in place, our convertible top guys went to work installing a brand new cloth top from Gahh Automotive.
Convertible Top Installation
Corvette Convertible Top
Convertible Top Replacement
The cloth top on a Stingray is smaller than many convertibles. You might think a small top would be easier than a large one to install. In fact, the opposite is often true. Every car has quirks, especially older models. Accommodating these differences requires that each cloth or vinyl top be hand-fitted; a process that requires the fabric be steamed or stretched into place. There's less fabric in a small top so there's not as much "give".
With the top installed, we test and tweak the frame to make sure the assembly folds smoothly when the top is down. Tops manufactured by industry leader Gahh are guaranteed for a minimum of three years. Count on this one to last a lot longer.
Recovering Bicentential Bike
The Honda CB400F, commonly know as the Honda 400 Four, is a rare bike. It was only built for three years: from 1975 to 1977. The 400 Four has an air-cooled, transverse mounted 408 CC inline four cylinder engine. As you'd expect, it was only a matter of time before a 40 year old bike needed a new seat cover.
Recovered CB400F Seat
Attention To Detail
The owner wanted to maintain the bike's original look, so he purchased a 400 Four seat cover and had Mac's install it. There was some rust on the seat pan, but aside from that, everything was in good shape. Even the foam was still okay!
If you have an old bike, such as a Honda 400 Four, there are plenty of ways to recover the seat; go for an original looking cover, or have the seat redesigned to fit your body.
The Finest Craftsmanship
When it comes to motorcycle seats, our reputation precedes us — in a good way.
Bike owners from as far away as Washington DC send us seats for foam repair, shaping, upholstery work and custom gel pads. Just recently, a biker from Glendale, California sent us a badly damaged motorcycle seat from a Honda Scrambler 305 with instructions and schematics. This was a restoration project; he wanted the seat to look just like it did in the showroom back in the 1960s.
Honda Scrambler 305
Honda Scrambler 305
As you can see from the pre-restoration pic below, there wasn't much left of the original motorcycle seat. Instead of a gel pad to soften the ride, somebody way back when had strapped chunks of blue foam under the old cover. Holes from the diamond tufting had turned the seat foam into swiss cheese. In short, the old seat was trashed.
Seat Before Restoration
Honda Seat After Restoration
We began the restoration by stripping the seat. As you might expect on a bike this old, we discovered lots of rust on the seat pan. After treating the rust and repainting the seat pan, we cut brand new foam and installed a state-of-the-art custom gel pad. We used durable, marine-grade vinyl for the new seat cover. Finally, we dressed-up the seat with precision diamond stitching, a matching welt and a passenger grab strap.
When it went back to California the restored Scrambler seat was even better than the original. You don't have to live in Seattle to get the best motorcycle seats. Just drop a dime and pop your seat in the mail. We'll do the rest.