Monday, 13 October 2014 16:30

Seat Covers, Panels & Headliner

Grey tweed fat biscuit seat covers, panels & Headliner. It's not often we do self fits for customers, especially with our name on, but a good friend of ours who's recently moved to California really wanted us to do them for his '64 bug. So we obliged. Plus we knew he'd do a good job of fitting them.

Published in VW Beetles
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 08:56

Back To The Future

It all started in the winter of 1988/89 at the age of 18 when Louis built built his first car, a 1967 lemon yellow Cal Looker which was a feature cover car in the June '89 edition of Volksworld Magazine. Although it was no show winner it did receive a fair bit of attention at the time due to the overall concept of following the colour scheme from the outside right through to the inside.

Fast forward 22 years and just after hitting the big 4 0 midlife crisis mark in 2011, and with New Beetle's being fairly cheap now, he thought it would be great to recreate the concept, but with a future retro twist.



Photos by Gwynn Clark courtesy of Ultra VW

Published in Our Cars
Saturday, 20 April 2013 00:00

Cal Look Race Bug

Jazz bucket seats trimmed in black leather with grey diamond stitch tweed inserts, plus a grey diamond stitch tweed headliner. Black leather was also used on the roll cage door bar pads, and a pair of front slip mats were made in grey german sqaure weave carpet.

Published in VW Beetles
Friday, 07 September 2012 00:00

Back To The Future

In this months Ultra VW,  Louis' first project car for many years gets a full 6 page feature.

It all started in the winter of 1988/89 at the age of 18 when Louis built built his first car, a 1967 lemon yellow Cal Looker which was a feature cover car in the June '89 edition of Volksworld Magazine. Although it was no show winner it did receive a fair bit of attention at the time due to the overall concept of following the colour scheme from the outside right through to the inside.

Fast forward 22 years and just after hitting the big 4 0 midlife crisis mark in 2011, and with New Beetle's being fairly cheap now, he thought it would be great to recreate the concept, but with a future retro twist.


Photos by Gwynn Clark courtesy of Ultra VW

Paint & body by iKustoms

Debadged, shaved front indicators, side repeaters, door handles, roof aerial, and 3rd
brake light. Votex side sills and US spec bumper for smaller licence plate with clear
fog light to match reverse light. Black wing mirrors with LHD passenger mirror used
as the drivers mirror so both match.

Interior by Bernard Newbury Auto Interiors
Front and rear (modified) MK4 Golf seats with Audi RS4 head rests, custom dash
with 7" android powered tablet, retro eyeball air vents, smooth solenoid operated
glove box with hidden stereo system, custom interior door panels and Lupo 3L
steering wheel all trimmed in a mix of plain & perforated yellow leather with satin
silver detailing. Modified Bora centre console with added ipod dock, sunglasses
holder, leather handbrake and gear level gator. The Head lining and A/B/C pillars
are trimmed in black tweed with deleted rear view mirror and silver grey seat belts.
The Boot is trimmed in black tweed with JBL sub bass tube trimmed in perforated
leather. Other modifications include custom speaker grilles, sweeping door handle and
smoothed door caps on the front interior door panels and hidden speakers in the rear,
plus hidden power window and boot lock switches.

Wheels, suspension & brakes.
17" satin black Audi A3 sport alloys, fully detailed FK high sport coilovers and fully
detailed stock brakes.

Engine
Detailed stock engine with K&N 57i Induction

Awards/Features

Best New Beetle @ Ultimate Dubs 2012
Best Beetle @ Early Edition 2012
Best Interior @ Early Edition 2012
Best Interior @ Bug Jam 2012
Best Of Show, Best Paint & Best Interior @ VW Action 2012
Featured in August 2012 Ultra VW
Best Beetle @ Deutsch Connection 2013

Published in Other VWs
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 00:00

Back Once Again Like A Renegade Master !

Back in the summer we converted a T5 panel van into a luxury day van which was featured in Ultra VW. Well, not long after, it was sold on to make way for a new project. What was even more surprising is that the new owner, DJ John '00' Fleming, brought it back to us for some more work. He wanted us to take out the rear triple seat and replace it with 2 Porsche tombstones and a small sleeping area. As well as this, he wanted a heater, fridge, table and a smaller cupboard fitted. We also had to fabricate the seat frames so they tilted forward to access the sleeping area.

Published in Campers & Vans
Sunday, 23 October 2011 00:00

Nigel Fleet's '58 Ragtop

More fat biscuit action with Nigel Fleet's stunning '58 ragtop. Orginal front seats and door panels trimmed in beige pvc with beige cloth inserts. The rear seat has been omitted for that slick race look. 1200 style headlining and ragtop inner in beige West Of England wool cloth with black Mohair ragtop outer. Oatmeal square weave carpet completes the overal look.

Published in VW Beetles
Thursday, 01 September 2011 00:00

Luxury T5 Day Van Conversion

Feautred in this months Ultra VW, Gordon Chrystie's luxury T5 day van was brought to us as a bare panel van with just a set of Audi A8 seats.
We set about soundproofing throughout with Dynamat, then making the interior panels from birch faced ply with sculptured inserts. This was then trimmed along with the headlining with black tweed after we had laid all the wiring and electrical work for the split charging system, 240-volt hookup, 12 & 240-volt sockets throughout the van, 12-volt halogen down lighting, LED mood lighting and hidden speakers for the 24-inch LCD TV/DVD screen. 2 tone grey leather features on the retrimmed Audi seats up front, a retrimmed T4 Caravelle seat in the rear, headlining centre panel and rear over head speaker & down lighting box. This is finished off with a Piano-black gloss cabinet and black Wilton carpet through out.

Published in Campers & Vans
Tuesday, 19 April 2011 00:00

T4 Van Conversion

Another one of Louis' rides from 2010. Converted from an old van, we trimmed this using genuine Caravelle seats & panels in grey vinyl & tweed through out. Subtle mods on the outside included lowering, debadged front grill & rear tailgate, clear lenses all round and moon discs

Published in Campers & Vans
Monday, 23 August 2010 00:00

Texas Brown '53 Zwitter

Seats and matching panels are trimmed in black vinyl with tweed fat biscuit inserts. The Headliner is 100% woolcloth West of England  with  German Sonnenland ragtop. The carpet German square weave with cloth tape binding throughout.

Published in VW Beetles

Seats, cushions and panels trimmed in burgundy vinyl with burgundy tweed diamond stitch inserts. The headliner is 100% wool cloth beige West Of England.

Photos by Gwynn Clark courtesy of Ultra VW Magazine.

Published in Campers & Vans
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With over 40 years experience and winning awards for the last 25 years, our work has frequently won Best Of Show and Best Interior at many of the major events such as the Volksworld Show, Bug Jam, VW Action and many more VW & custom car shows. We've also had well over 100 features & cover cars in Ultra VW, Volksworld, Hot VWs, Super VW, Performance VW, Customs Car, Street Machine and many many more.

Split Screen & Bay Window Campers, Beetles, Karmann Ghias, Type 3, T25, T4 & T5 vans & Golfs, as well as Audi, Porsche, other VAG, non VAG, Classic, Hot Rod, Custom and Modified cars. All work carried out on seats, door panels, carpets, headliners and hoods are undertaken with an extensive selection of leather, vinyl, pvc, alcantara, plaid, tweed, wool cloth, carpet (including square weave) and mohair.

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