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Workshop news up to 7th October 2019…
Here's the re-trimmed dash top that Darren finished last week:

You can see how he's prepared the surface, glued the surface carefully and then trimmed off the excess. The result is really smooth and professional. This is a great job for indoors when it is raining. The dash top can be removed completely (click here for instructions)

This is Hielke's eyecatching Spit. Stripes are hard to get right but this Spit is really smart. The narrow outlines on either side of the main stripes work really well. It gives it a Le Mans type of feel somehow. I bet the view from the driver's seat would be pretty cool.

In the workshop this week I have been sending out trim as soon as the order comes in. I love being able to send items out so quickly, it means that you can get on with your Triumph without delay.

Workshop news up to 30th September 2019…
In the workshop this week I am finally building up my stock of finished parts. I have vinyl and leather seat covers ready for shipping. I will be adding some foams over the coming week so that I can send your order out without delay.
Workshop news up to 23rd September 2019…
In the workshop things are coming together now. Improvements that I made over the summer mean that I can complete your orders more smoothly. This is good news because the build up towards Christmas starts now! Last year the cut-off for pre-Christmas delivery was reached in November. Please don't miss out by leaving it too late to book.
Workshop news up to 16 September 2019…
Here's what you can achieve with new seat foams in a set of houndstooth covers.

Dave bought the seat foams, armrest and door boards from me. I like the way the foams bring shape back to the seats. As far as the trimming goes I would be happy to turn up at a show in Dave's Spitty... just so long as nobody asked me what the dash binacle does!

Here's a welcome return of Dave P's pretty GT6 (see News 27 May 2019). The interior really does justice to the outside now. The new seat covers and foams look smooth and tight. I also love the painted door cappings. It brings a highlight into what can be a very black on black interior.

It has been a really productive week in the workshop this week. I've just shipped an interior that was needed quickly ready for a car show in the USA. This was on top of the planned orders so everyone is happy.
Workshop news up to 9 September 2019…
Tuesday was a really lovely day and I found a real gem of a car museum. I was in Bourton on the Water on business so I thought I would pop in to the Cotswold Motoring Museum.

It felt like I was exploring a series of workshops while the mechanics were on their lunch. No ropes, no glass panels, just lots of fascinating treasures and the glorious aroma of old cars. The atmosphere brought the cars and their era to life. I can honestly say that it knocked the spots off Monaco!

In the workshop this week I completed the rest of the bespoke beige set.

I really can't wait to see what everything looks like in the car. Elsewhere, the mould for the new foam was being made this weekend... I'm like a kid waiting for Christmas on this one! The past couple of prototypes did not fit well enough but I'm really confident this time.

Workshop news up to 2 September 2019…
In the workshop this week I'm particularly pleased with a bespoke set of door boards that I made.

They're part of a beige vinyl interior with bright red trimmings. This is only the second time that I've ever been asked for this colour combination. The results are much better than I expected. Hopefully I will get some photos back of them once fitted.
Workshop news up to 26 August 2019…
Here's a photo sent in by Chris.

After a shaky start and a few emails I think the final result is good. A quick ride-and-drive evaluation should confirm that everything is coming together nicely. I can't wait to see the rest of his interior.

In the workshop this week has been pretty calm. I've even sent out some small orders pretty much as soon as they came in! I've also spent the evenings working on a new plug for a foam mould. This foam has been 'in development' for at least 2 years so I'm pretty pleased. A couple of weeks for the mould to be made and then I can get my hands on the first-off foam to see if they work. fingers crossed.
Workshop news up to 19 August 2019…
A bit of variety inside the workshop this week. Martin popped round with some GT6+ seats that he wants re-trimming. These were the first high back seats that I've seen in the flesh. They're from an Arizona car that he's just bought and they were well baked! This is going to be a long term project but I've given my word that I will do them so no backing out now.
Workshop news up to 12 August 2019…
Here are some lovely seats with white contrast piping...

David Aspinall trimmed them up for one of his clients. He is my longest standing customer so he knows his way around a set of Spitfire seats. If you look at the headrests you will notice that they have piping. I do this on all seats with contrast piping as it finishes them off nicely. The matching armrest makes a big difference too.
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Inside the workshop has been good this week. I'm pretty much a week ahead of schedule at the moment. This has given me the time to stay on top of the smaller orders. I have been doing really well on these and been sending them out within a couple of days. The coming week is full of trim panels - 3 complete sets. A nice change from covers and foams.

Workshop news up to 7 August 2019…
Inside the workshop is busy. I've spent half the past week cutting out foams and the other half cutting out covers. Not the sort of variety that I enjoy but it does give me lots to ship out. Over the weekend I planned how to re-arrange the workshop to give me more space around the press. A lot of work but I can break it down into stages. The result should be some increased capacity and more scope for larger parts.
Workshop news up to 30th July 2019…
My favourites from the Royal car collection museum in Monaco.

The seats and interior of the Fiat were brilliant. There was nothing like it in the museum but I saw a mint example parked on the street earlier, pure joy! The poise and elegance of the Citroen were stunning. It was like a flowing gown amongst a room of denim. Finally a photo of my favourite Ferrari... there were three crushed up in the foyer. Made my day!

Inside the workshop… is a tip! I pushed through a big rush job before I left on holiday. I just left everything to tidy up my first day back. I ended up doing a detour to the UPS depot on our way to the airport! It's looking a bit better now and I've answered the emails that came in while I was away which is excellent for me.

Workshop news up to 15 July 2019…
Here's Andy's GT6 just back from the paint shop...

The sun was out and Andy is local so I thought I would drop his order off in person. I'm glad I did because his car is wonderful... and he's had it since new! You can see the original ribbed cloth seats and a smart engine bay. Every car has a story and I really enjoyed hearing the ups and downs of this one.

Inside the workshop, I'm recovering from shipping ALL of July's orders AND completing a major rush job. When we re-open from our summer shutdown I've put aside a day just to tidy up! I'm still up to date on small orders, sending some out today that came in over the weekend… very good for me!


Workshop news up to 1 July 2019…
This is what a professional trimmer can achieve with new covers and foams on non-recline frames...

I have mentioned Yvonne to many of you over the years. She's a skilled trimmer as well as doing most of my sewing. I particularly love the sculpting of the cushion where the flute pad, side bolster and front roll meet - gorgeous!

Inside the workshop, lots of orders completed this week. I finished all of the small orders just in time for some new orders to come in. I'm planning a push over the next couple of weeks to get the July orders out early.


Workshop news up to 24th June 2019…
I'm leaving last week's photos up for another week. My email was playing up so I couldn't let Benoit and Alex know that they were famous...

Two LEFT HAND DRIVE interiors for you to envy this week!
The first is from Benoit whose new leather seats look sumptuous.

The second interior is a work-in-progress update from Alex "I then took a position in the new seat after first sitting in the existing (original) driver's seat for comparison... what a difference!! The comfort and support are extraordinary, Owen!"

Alex opted for black covers with yellow piping - a combination that many people ask about.

I really respect everyone that takes the time and commitment to keep a Spit or GT6 on the road. It feels great to see such beautiful cars and I take my hat off to you!

In the workshop I've cut extra covers so that I can get ahead on orders. I'm getting some more storage as well so that I can hold stock. I've listened to some customers who find selecting from all of the options a bit daunting. I'm in the process of adding a 'one-click-kit' for seats. This will add the covers, foams, clips etc automatically. There's a bit more to do before it goes live but I'm hoping to finish it this week.


Workshop news up to 10th June 2019…
I've been guiding a customer through fitting the foam to his cushion basket. This photo sums it up.

As you can see, the slot in the 'topper' foam is for the front wire of the cushion basket. There is also a gap between the slot and the start of the sloping foam. This gap allows the second front wire to sit correctly on the foam. This spacing is created when you fit the topper to the pen lines on the base foam - steps 3 & 4 in your instructions.

I'm getting ahead of schedule! Lots of overtime but well worth it. Developments galore, best of which is working with Yvonne to increase our sewing capacity, the early results are looking good.

Claas says that Germany is having a heatwave - perfect for some top down motoring through the Black Forest!


Workshop news up to 3rd June 2019…

Jezail's seat transformation photo's are brilliant. "They're beautiful! The shadow blue piping looks great with my spit. We didn't really have any issues putting them together, it was fairly simple." I love your new seats and am seriously jealous of your garage. Looking at the old crumbly foam makes my skin itch!

I was in Coventry this week so I dropped in to see a couple of trimmer friends. Ted (left) is 81 and Pete (right) is in his 70's. I worked with them developing the first Jaguar XK8 seats. Seriously skilful trimmers who can transform anything on wheels!


Workshop news up to 27th May 2019…
Here's a good photo from Dieter.

His new leather covers arrived mid April and he's already fitted them! "my work may be not 100% perfect, but I’m very happy with the result!" I think Dieter is being too modest. New foams would have filled out the cushions better but the complete car still looks fantastic.

Here's my own GT6 sat outside my workshop... in my dreams! This delight belongs to Dave in Utah and it sits very nicely. No sign of a sagging rear end for this pretty car.

In the workshop it has been a very solid week with lots of overtime just to keep up. I've planned some development time for the coming week - fingers crossed.


Workshop news up to 20th May 2019…
More customer photos, this time from Richard in the USA. He's fitted leather covers with new foams and I think the results are wonderful.

Richard says 'The firmer foam is far more comfortable, as the driver (me) and any passenger no longer sink into the seat squabs, and the seat backs provide greater support.' New foams restore that great sporty feel to a Spitfire that is missing on soft & crumbly old seats.

In the workshop I had a brilliant day on Friday... I finished ALL of the small orders and got them posted. As a side project I'm investing to remove plastic from my packaging. 


Workshop news up to 13th May 2019…
Here is a photo from Bjoern who has added an armrest to the seats that he trimmed up a few years ago. The results are lovely and look so much better in the car.

Back in the workshop I think these tan covers look great... and they're only propped up on my workbench. I can only hope that I get to see them trimmed up! The best news is that they are a standard item at £210 before discount and £189 after discount. I will be adding them to my website but you can always email me if you can't wait!

Several big orders sent out last week, glad to send them off safely and on time. I'm making foams this week and shipping out some smaller kits… get back to quick fire orders. 


Workshop news up to 6th May 2019…
The first set of tan covers went out this week. They look very smart and much better than as vinyl on the roll. The sculpting of the flute pads really shows up well in the lighter colour. I also like the shiny headrest bezel up against the padded top panel, scrummy! I have also made the door panels to finish off the trim panel set. The black carpet and weld lines are very distinctive after years of only seeing black on black. I can see a lot of options needing to be added to the website - new colours, basketweave fluting, contrast piping... I'd better stop waffling and get on with it then!
Workshop news up to 29th April 2019…
Good news... I've added the seat back webbing strips to my website YAY!
Triumph Spitfire IV 1500 GT6 Mk3 - Seat back webbing - Recliner
Triumph Spitfire IV 1500 GT6 Mk3 - Seat back webbing - Non-Recliner
I've been meaning to do this for SO long and I've already received orders for them. This is one of the magical things about the internet. I create something in my workshop in the middle of England then post it on my website. While I'm asleep a Spit or GT6 enthusiast goes ahead and buys my new product - what a GREAT gift to wake up to! Today is a good day for me, thank you all.

Friday afternoon was fun as well because I made some tan vinyl trim panels. The vinyl is coarse grain and I'm making some seat covers this week as well. Here's a few of photos to show you how good they've turned out...


Workshop news up to 23rd April 2019…
"Somone's been busy!" was the assessment of the lady at the Post Office… I sent out lots of small orders last week. I'm now waiting on some more peel rivets - the seat stiffener boards have been flying out of the workshop. I've had quite a few emails about leather colours other than black. The best way is to get samples of automotive leather colour that you like sent to you from suppliers on the internet. You could try Martrim, Danilo Lucchi or Boyriven. When you've made your choice we can work together to get your interior made. There's a lot of extra work planning and cutting a set of seats from a single hide so as a rule of thumb I suggest you cost up your seats in black leather then add the cost of at least 5 square metres of your chosen hide = 1 very large hide or 2 normal hides.
Workshop news up to 15th April 2019…
Smooooth!!! Payback for all the hard work put in earlier for no visible reward. The orders flew out this past week and I even managed some emails. I'm cutting out some beige and tan interiors this week ready for sewing. This will please my sewing machinists who get a bit bored of black. I will be going through the small orders and sending out what I can as well. The weather is sunny but colder - the woolly hat came out again which is not good.


Workshop news up to 8th April 2019…
Well that was an awkward week. I was held up by my back foams not being completed on time. This meant juggling several half-finished orders in the workshop. Thankfully I've picked them up this morning and have started to ship orders. Thankfully I still managed to meet all of the scheduled completion dates. This coming week I want to get my head down and get some orders out smoothly.


Workshop news up to 1st April 2019…
I'm most pleased about sending out several small orders at the end of last week. I managed to get ahead of the production plan enough to post the small kits out. The weather cheered up a bit which was good and as a bonus we're now in British Summer Time - feel the love!

I have also had some more photos of interiors. A few weeks ago I put up a photo of a leather set with green piping... here it is already fitted! I especially like the armrest in matching leather & piping.

There's also an update on a coarse grain vinyl set with royal blue plastic piping. The seat back straps have been replaced with my kit and the covers are looking lovely. Spitfire seats really are great for novice trimmers.


Workshop news up to 25th March 2019…
Lots of orders sent out, all on time or early YAY! Lots of emails about contrast piping and coloured interiors. I have started to design a piping page but it is not ready to go live just yet. I have also sorted through my stock of piping vinyls. There were 4 cream vinyls that were almost identical... all for the same customer a few years back. They looked different on the roll but tend to look the same when sewn into piping. Motto - don't stress the small stuff!
Workshop news up to 18th March 2019…
Not long since the last update but plenty of work done. I've been working out prices for coloured vinyls and pipings. I plan to spend some time adding them to my website so that you can all benefit rather than having to resort to emails. I've left up the white and carmine piping covers from last week.

Here are some new photos from the Netherlands. A fine set of photos of a fine set of seats!

Workshop news up to 14th March 2019…
Good and bad this week. Good - I sent out all of the small orders and lots more orders have come in. Bad - I've spent days in the office replying to emails and planning orders. I'm off to the workshop now to complete the orders that I have scheduled for this week. Hopefully I can avoid having to work all weekend. 

I nearly forgot! Here are another couple of contrast piping seats. The classic white piping and the very smart carmine piping. Judging from the interest, these won't be the last!

Workshop news up to 4th March 2019…
How about this for a teaser photo from a customer... I can't wait to see the full set finished! The basketweave option is not on the website yet - email me to order it for an extra £25 in black only. It was used in the GT6 and also in the Stag. I also had a photo of a smart looking smooth grain armrest - a great kit to start on. I've been sending orders out steadily and this coming week I'm going to push out the small orders.
Workshop news up to 25th February 2019…
PLEASE LET ME KNOW if you know that you will be away  before your scheduled completion date. I want to ship orders when it is convenient to you... I'm happy to hold onto your completed trim. I put a LOT of hours in this past week. I'm now bang on track to my production schedule. One good looking set was black leather with dark green handmade piping. I had the vinyl for the piping in stock so it only added £35 to the covers. I think that the effect is well worth the extra. I've got a couple of other contrast piping jobs ready for sewing so I need to remember to take photographs for you...

Page design updated : 4 March 2019 17:20


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