Leather Buckets

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Leather Buckets

Post by rcode » 06 Dec 2017, 20:55

So, I bit the bullit and ordered the factory leather, vinyl and corinthian inserts for my 69 XR7 front buckets from SMS. Lot's of $ but I promise I'll keep you all informed in the outcome. Im hoping for the best....

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Re: Leather Buckets

Post by 1969XR7Vert » 07 Dec 2017, 09:02

rcode wrote:
06 Dec 2017, 20:55
So, I bit the bullit and ordered the factory leather, vinyl and corinthian inserts for my 69 XR7 front buckets from SMS. Lot's of $ but I promise I'll keep you all informed in the outcome. Im hoping for the best....

rcode
Out of curiosity, what did they quote you? Did you happen to compare with John's Classic Cougar's price (assuming he still is doing them)? I got mine from JCC and am happy with them.

Also, if at all possible, I suggest getting a hold of and sending them the vinyl insert "strips" that are in the '69 bottoms and backs (front and rear). Upholsterers try to mimic this with some vinyl and beading but it is not the same as original - so less correct.

On a side note, these OEM inserts were a much better choice in Isabel's seats, much less chance of having problems with them given her 408C engine puts out 450-500HP, the severe G forces and all...

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Robert
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Re: Leather Buckets

Post by Blitz » 07 Dec 2017, 12:29

Will be interested to see how this turns out too. SMS does quality work, and they seem to have correct materials that nobody else has - they're just not the greatest when it comes to customer service.

They also can create door panels and rear interior panels, which mystifies me since there are heat-pressed logos and patterns. Do they have original tooling? Or are they taking molds of the old panels? Seems like some detail would get lost. I forget who posted these pictures, they may have been on one of the facebook Cougar groups, but I was pretty impressed by this.

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This map pocket isn't quite right, looks like they used a steering wheel emblem for the walking cat. Still, it works.

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Anyway I don't mean to hijack and make this an SMS advertisement, but it made me think of this. I don't know of any other company that can pull off something like this. I used one of their "premium" vinyl tops on my car and am glad I did, the quality is far better than the economy version.
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-1968 Mercury Cougar: original family owned, Polar White, 289-2V, auto, AC / "Snowball" view project thread
-1973 Opel Manta: 1.9L, 5-speed (restored)
-1991 Mazda Miata: fun driver
-1986 Volvo 240: dependable beater / "Goldilocks"
-1979 Volvo 245: magnificently ugly brown wagon

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