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1/23/14 2:28am - Reply: 'Re: Reccomendations for seat cover vendor please'
HighDesertDave
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Carson City, NV - USA

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Numbers matching 1972 350 4 speed, silver pewter body with blue interior

Joined: 12/4/2013
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I have a couple of quotes from Bairs....they sell Corvette America....she said she wasn't supposed to tell me but I've heard people say the box says corvette America on it....not sure why they would hide that fact...especially since Bairs's price is lower. I'm going back and forth on leather vs. vinyl. Man, I had one car with a full leather interior and it was so nice...smelled great too. 

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My Christmas present to ME! Bought Sat 11-30-2013. 72, 350 4 spd, Silver with blue interior...Can't you just hear Pablo Cruz playing in the background?

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1/23/14 10:08am - Reply: 'Re: Reccomendations for seat cover vendor please'
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Sykesville, MD - USA

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1979 Corvette Coupe Corvette Light Blue Midnight Blue interior Mirrored Glass T-tops

Joined: 4/27/2008
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I like the leather much better, more comfortable. All I can tell you is that one of our members got the vinyl covers and both he and his wife HATE them. He is going to be getting the leather instead. Don't cheap out at the expense of comfort!
 
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1/23/14 2:34pm - Reply: 'Re: Reccomendations for seat cover vendor please'
HighDesertDave
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Carson City, NV - USA

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Numbers matching 1972 350 4 speed, silver pewter body with blue interior

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You funny Barry....hey the vinyl was OE so you know what your getting. I just happened on a new L88 hood some dude is offing for $500....only so much $$ to work with.....what to do, what to do. I do anticipate running the vette around lake tahoe in the summer, no AC and in my shorts....ya leather is much nicer...skin to skin feels pretty good. Peeling your sweaty thigh off a plastic seat...not as nice. Of course a beach towel will fix that....what to do what to do.....

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My Christmas present to ME! Bought Sat 11-30-2013. 72, 350 4 spd, Silver with blue interior...Can't you just hear Pablo Cruz playing in the background?

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1/26/14 6:11pm - Reply: 'Re: Reccomendations for seat cover vendor please'
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Bethany, CT - USA

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1981

Joined: 11/14/2013
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i just had my seats done and recarpet the center console trim, and door panels redone by a local person, he did a great job at a fair price, the material was tops, he did a  color matching arm rest pad too and also does custom Corvette logo in seats he sells them on e bay any interest  e mail me and i will pass along his phone number, he does shipping too.

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2/7/14 11:55am - Reply: 'Re: Reccomendations for seat cover vendor please'
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Las Cruces, NM - USA

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1975 Stingray Coupe - Yellow/White

Joined: 3/11/2006
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Contact the following website Al makes all the stuff for mid america and several others and is about 30% cheaper direct

http://www.alknochinteriors.com/welcome.htm


I bought nearly all my interior replacements from him

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2/7/14 3:34pm - Reply: 'Re: Reccomendations for seat cover vendor please'
HighDesertDave
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Carson City, NV - USA

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Numbers matching 1972 350 4 speed, silver pewter body with blue interior

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Oooo I like the sound of that!
Thanks,
Dave


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My Christmas present to ME! Bought Sat 11-30-2013. 72, 350 4 spd, Silver with blue interior...Can't you just hear Pablo Cruz playing in the background?

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2/9/14 4:15pm - Reply: 'Re: Reccomendations for seat cover vendor please'
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CANTON, MI - USA

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`82 Shark

Joined: 10/13/2013
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So, this was my solution for my `82 - admittedly, in order to preserve it as original I went a bit out of my way.  I found the original slate gray (silver gray) at SMS Fabrics Co. in Oregon - the stuff is $89/yard and you require 3 yards.  Then, I had them send it directly to Al Knoch who did an incredible job, including foam installation and for additional, they embroidered the logos on the back of the seat.  I'm keeping this car forever, so I went the extra distance.  The original cloth fabric cost a little more than leather, but my wife and I prefer the OE cloth fabric - especially now that it will look like new when I install them in the Spring. 

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2/24/14 3:28pm - Reply: 'Re: Reccomendations for seat cover vendor please'
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Long Valley, NJ - USA

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1972 454 Coupe, 4 speed, Targa Blue with blue interior, luggage rack

Joined: 3/21/2007
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I see lots of praise for Al Knoch, and that was my opinion too.  However, bought a set of comfort weave covers for my 72 at Carslisle last year, finally got around to working on the seats and I discovered a small stain on on of the seat bottoms.  After getting no response to my emails I called and was told "you should have opened up the seat covers and inspected them within 30 days".  Well maybe I should have, but I think it's quite common for do it yourself Vette restorers to purchase parts and put them on the shelf until needed.  I have had no issues with other suppliers when asking to return/exchange parts purchased in anticipation of a restoration.  The sales rep offered to sell me a replacement for over $100.  Don't think this represents "dedicated to making sure our interiors surpass your expectations!"  as it says on their web site.  Just passing along,  draw your own conclusions. 

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2/25/14 8:03am - Reply: 'Re: Reccomendations for seat cover vendor please'
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Canonsburg, PA - USA

Vette(s):
1972 Corvette Convertible V.I.N. 1Z67K2S511495 Paint / (946) Elkhart Green …with white convertible top Trim / (417) Dark Saddle - Standard Comfort Weave Vinyl

Joined: 2/22/2014
Posts: 7

Dave,

I bought door trim panels, seat covers, windshield pillar trim and a console "T" cushion from Ecklers for my '72. The fits were exact and the color match perfect.  I also bought a convertible top (their source was Kee Top Co. in North Carolina) plus new weatherstrip kit and attaching kit; again perfect fits.

Good luck,

Dan


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2/25/14 1:32pm - Reply: 'Re: Reccomendations for seat cover vendor please'
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Grapevine, TX - USA

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1972 LT-1 convertible with factory air.

Joined: 8/26/2006
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persico said: I see lots of praise for Al Knoch, and that was my opinion too.  However, bought a set of comfort weave covers for my 72 at Carslisle last year, finally got around to working on the seats and I discovered a small stain on on of the seat bottoms.  After getting no response to my emails I called and was told "you should have opened up the seat covers and inspected them within 30 days".  Well maybe I should have, but I think it's quite common for do it yourself Vette restorers to purchase parts and put them on the shelf until needed.  I have had no issues with other suppliers when asking to return/exchange parts purchased in anticipation of a restoration.  The sales rep offered to sell me a replacement for over $100.  Don't think this represents "dedicated to making sure our interiors surpass your expectations!"  as it says on their web site.  Just passing along,  draw your own conclusions. 


Sorry to disagree, but I think that's on you.


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2/25/14 5:42pm - Reply: 'Re: Reccomendations for seat cover vendor please'
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Long Valley, NJ - USA

Vette(s):
1972 454 Coupe, 4 speed, Targa Blue with blue interior, luggage rack

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F4Gary said:
persico said: I see lots of praise for Al Knoch, and that was my opinion too.  However, bought a set of comfort weave covers for my 72 at Carslisle last year, finally got around to working on the seats and I discovered a small stain on on of the seat bottoms.  After getting no response to my emails I called and was told "you should have opened up the seat covers and inspected them within 30 days".  Well maybe I should have, but I think it's quite common for do it yourself Vette restorers to purchase parts and put them on the shelf until needed.  I have had no issues with other suppliers when asking to return/exchange parts purchased in anticipation of a restoration.  The sales rep offered to sell me a replacement for over $100.  Don't think this represents "dedicated to making sure our interiors surpass your expectations!"  as it says on their web site.  Just passing along,  draw your own conclusions. 


Sorry to disagree, but I think that's on you.


Really!  Maybe I'm wrong but I think if the product was defective, the passage of some arbitrary period of time should not absolve them from providing what I paid for, and unblemished seat cover!  But that just my opinion.

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