Saturday, 12 July 2014 23:36

Ragtop Beetle Full Retrim

Ragtop beetle trimmed in beige leather throughout, with wool cloth headliner, square weave carpet and mohair sun roof outer. Parcel shelf includes retro style speaker build.

Published in VW Beetles
Friday, 11 April 2014 00:00

Various Interior Work

Published in Gallery Blog
Thursday, 10 April 2014 09:50

Back to 85

Built in the early 80s by Street Machine's tech editor Colin Burnham and then featured in the December 1985 issue, this 1968 bug was an inspirational VW for many and is recognised as one of the UK's first British Cal looks. Now owned by Russell Ritchie and restored from the ground up by The Paintbox, we were drafted in to bring the interior back to life exactly how Colin originally had it. This included a grey wool cloth headliner, black carpets, restore the front and rear interior panels using 3mm birch face ply with the original cloth inserts (cleaned) & new black PVC. We also reinstalled the original factory sliding sunroof which included adjusting, setting up, and realigning with many new parts.

Published in VW Beetles
Friday, 20 December 2013 22:43

Buerstner Motorhome

A Burstner motorhome remodeled to the customers design. Front seats trimmed in 2 tone grey leather with the rear seating area remodeled in matching leather. New wall panels, under bed panels and bed guard in 2 tone Sanderson fabric with a light great tweed headliner.

Published in Campers & Vans
Tuesday, 17 September 2013 14:01

1963 VW Beetle Restoration

This soon to be Ultra VW featured restoration came to us as a rolling shell which we built back up with new parts where possible and some added accessories supplied by the customer. We completely rewired the car including a retro stereo install. The seats and panels were trimmed in red recycled leather, with a red deep pile carpet throughout including under the bonnet and a cream fabric headliner.

Photos 1-4 courtesy of Paul knight/Ultra VW

Published in VW Beetles
Monday, 16 September 2013 14:14

23 Window Samba Ragtop

23 window VW Type 2 Samba trimmed in beige & cream vinyl PVC, beige wool cloth headliner, biscuit German square weave carpet, mohair ragtop and checkered floor tiles. Other work carried out was Dynomat sound proofing through out and some cable laying for split charger and ICE installation.

Published in Campers & Vans
Monday, 22 July 2013 14:55

T2 Bay Window Microbus

Early Microbus trimmed in black vinyl with basket weave inserts. Full headliner in cream vinyl including the full metal sliding sunroof which we also had to get working.

Published in Campers & Vans
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
Tuesday, 24 April 2012 00:00

Saab 96

Saab 96 trimmed in Oyster grey leather (plane & perforated), wool cloth headliner, square with carpet and Alcantara door cappings / dash top

Published in Other Marques
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
Saturday, 22 October 2011 00:00

Purple Ragtop

Stock seats and door panels trimmed in cream leather with beige pipping and polished aluminium door panel trims . Carperts, parcel shelf and under bonnet in beige square weave. Headlining and ragtop inner in beige West Of England wool cloth. The glove box is custom trimmed in matching West Of England to house the stereo head unit, and the parcel shelf features hidden speakers trimmed in beige speaker cloth.

Published in VW Beetles
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 00:00

'53 Ragtop Oval

Beard Super Seats trimmed in tan leather, brown piping and fat biscuit cloth inserts. Rear seat and door panels have matching leather and fat biscuit cloth combination. Oatmeal square weave carpet throughout with herringbone cloth binding. West of England cloth takes care of the full headlining and ragtop inner, while the ragtop outer is finished in black mohair.

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
Friday, 04 February 2011 00:00

Karmann Ghia

Stock seats & panels retrimmed in burgandy leather. Headliner trimmed in grey West Of England wool cloth. The original carpets were left.

Published in Other VWs
Tuesday, 11 January 2011 00:00

54 Oval Beetle No Longer In Crisis !

Yep, it's "that" infamous car from the TV series, and we were given the task of completey retrimming it from scratch. This included restyling the rear seat with rolled top/front and XR3 Recaro seats in the front, all trimmed in Alpaca (beige) leather with Alfa Romeo style twin stitching. The front and rear panels are also trimmed in matching leather and stitching. The headlining is Caramel West Of England 100% wool cloth with Oatmeal square weave carpet throughout.

Published in VW Beetles
Saturday, 04 December 2010 00:00

1303 Headliner & Carpets

Perforated vinyl headliner and square weave carpet. We do not use kits. Everything you see is individually tailored, hand cut and fitted to each vehicle.

Published in VW Beetles
Friday, 22 October 2010 00:00

1970 1302 Cabriolet

This 1970 1302 cabriolet has been fitted with a new grey headliner, internal wading bag and a black mohair hood. The hood frame has been extensively reconditioned by The Paintbox, before we fitted new rear & front wooden bows, hood latches and new seals. The front and rear seats have been totally retrimmed in burgundy leather with door panels to match. To complete the interior, a full set of grey square weave carpets with black herringbone binding have been hand made and fitted along with sound proofing underfelt and a parcel shelf.

Published in VW Beetles
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 00:00

1970 Savannah Beige Beetle

This 1970 Savannah Beige beetle  has been fully trimmed and fitted with a new retro looking radio. Seats are Porsche and have been trimmed in black PVC with basket weave inserts. Panels are trimmed in matching black PVC with original type pattern. The rear seat has been modified to reflect the style and pattern of the Porsche front seats. Behind the rear seat there is a custom built-in parcel shelf/storage area where the rear speakers are fitted. The headliner is beige West of England 100% wool cloth. To finish the interior it has been carpeted in biscuit square weave carpet with cloth herringbone binding.

Published in VW Beetles
Monday, 13 September 2010 00:00

Lotus white '67 Beetle

The seats and interior panels are trimmed  in Mocca vinyl following a stock style, 100% wool cloth West of England headliner and carpet in biscuit square weave with cloth tape binding.

Published in VW Beetles
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
Friday, 09 July 2010 00:00

Triple White Cabriolet

Seats, door panels, headliner and hood in pure white vinyl, with grey German square weave carpet

Published in VW Beetles
Monday, 14 June 2010 00:00

Red Stripe Promo Bus

Seats, door panels and other internal coverings trimmed in a mixture of red & white vinyl, with a grey 100% wool cloth West Of England headliner.

Interior woodwork by Interior Motive (www.interiormotiveuk.com)

Published in Campers & Vans
Friday, 04 June 2010 00:00

Various Split Screen Campers

A selection of campers we have worked on in collaboration with master cabinet maker / designer Simon Wietz of Interior Motive.

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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