Update, August 2018
The owner of this great little car decided to pull the dash and have me match the faux painted bird’s eye Maple that I created back in 2014.
The project went great and the finished product is gorgeous, highlighted by the awesome clear coat applied by one of the top custom car painters on the west coast, John Byers of Byers Custom and Restoration.
This was one of those projects that’s just a joy to do and see the results of. The customer was great to work with, the clear coats went flawlessly thanks to John and I’m sure the finished car will look spectacular.
Below is the original post from 2014
This is a project I did in August, 2014 for a fella based in New England. He saw this site and sent me a note through my Service Inquiry form.
The car is a 1952 Hudson Hornet. A legend of auto racing, cherished by collectors and NASCAR history enthusiasts.
After we agreed on a price, he sent me some seat fabric samples and images of the car so I could create a grain unique to his car.
We decided that Birdseye Maple with a reddish tone, to harmonize with the red plaid upholstery, was the way to go. I created a few samples and emailed him photos for approval.
I sent images and communicated progress through each stage of the project. I’ve found this to be one of the most important aspects of my service. People want to know how the job is going. For this reason, silence is bad. Customers want to be updated, so I stay in touch through each stage.
Some pieces base coated and curing (the base color was more yellow than this shot shows due to bright sun light).
This bar escutcheon gets bolted to the back of the rear seat and includes a rope for passengers to hold on to. A very fast car, apparently.
I don’t have pics of the installed work yet, as the car is still in project mode. I’ll update this post when I get them.
Here’s an original advertisement for the car.