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How to Restore and Customize Auto Upholstery and Interiors (Motorbooks Workshop) Paperback – September 29, 2005


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Dennis W. Parks has written numerous bestsellers for the Motorbooks Workshop series, including How to Paint Your Car, How to Build a Cheap Hot Rod, Hot Rod Body and Chassis Builder’s Guide, and The Complete Guide to Auto Body Repair. Parks has also been a longtime contributor to several hot rod–related magazines, such as Street Rodder, Rod & Custom, Custom Classic Trucks, and several others. He is currently a contributor to the new magazine RoddingUSA. Parks’ personal hot rod projects currently include a complete buildup of a 1955 Chevy pickup truck. He lives in Cedar Hill, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis.
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Product Details

  • Series: Motorbooks Workshop
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; 1st edition (September 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760320438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760320433
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 16, 2005
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I really like these Motorbook workshop series. These guys are taking automobile how-to books to a new level. This one is really good and ranks up there with those written by Don Taylor on upholstery/interior subject matter. I found this and his books make a strong basis for doing upholstery for the do-it yourselfer. I needed these books for my airplane, but the process is pretty much the same for an auto and these are really the only things out there.

This book is really good and I belive it is a complement and fills in the blanks where Taylors books left off. For example I found Taylors books great on Armrests, Panels and sewing tips, but then this book is great on seats and especially foam work. Taylors explains panels really well, but this goes onto discuss painting them too, if thats what your into.

You can't go wrong buying all these books as a set and at $40-50 for all of em, thats small peas compared to the price of taking a chance on the 3-7 video series that exisit out there on trying to explain what these books do.

If your working on a homebuilt or ceritfified GA aircraft these are really your only choices, do not think even the EAA has courses on this subject, althouhg your homebuilt manufacturer may have something.

What I would really have liked to have seen is a 1-2 page discussion of foam and ergonomics in car seating. Using tradition poly foam vrs some of the more exotic confor or memory foam would be nice.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Chris Sellick on July 6, 2006
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This is a great book.A comprehensive guide on how to customize your auto interior.This book guides you through the planning,choosing materials,advice,a step by step guide(the green pages section)to reupholstering a bucket seat,door panels and much more.These "Motorbooks Workshop" series of books are the best books as they are detailed and in shown with colour photos throughout.Even though the book shows various hot rods the book is about customizing any vehicle interior.Its Great value.

I would also recommend this book:
"Custom Auto Interiors",By Don Taylor and Ron Mangus.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Pailwriter on December 3, 2006
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I bought this book because of the high ratings. However, compared to other books available, this one is just OK, three stars at best. There are lots of large photos, some of which convey little information and seem to serve only as filler for what would otherwise be a very thin book.

The book is well written from the point of view of an "observer" but lacks the depth and insight which would be expected had it been written by an experienced upholsterer.

A much more comprehensive treatment of the subject can be found in Custom Auto Interiors by Don Taylor and Ron Mangus.
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