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  • ole 64
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    John, sorry to hear your business decision to shut down but I understand. If you have in your stock a headliner for a 65 Cruiser, I could use one. The car is not quite ready for it but I always assumed you would be around and you have always been very fairly priced.

    Wayne Elks

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  • Bob Andrews
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    Interesting idea. I'm always open to the possibility of a new venture, but knowing zilch about upholstery I'd likely be over my head.

    I hope somebody in the Stude world takes the baton. I love Rene's and Phantom's work, but there's a real need for good driver-quality seats. Hard to justify a $3K interior in a $1K Lark...

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  • mbstude
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    Originally posted by rockinhawk View Post
    Who are they? I need a headliner.
    Rene Harger is one of them, he just doesn't advertise it. I think Dave Thibault might as well.

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  • rockinhawk
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    Originally posted by mbstude View Post
    Not to steal anything away from what JP has been doing, but there are a couple of other dealers for the same stuff.
    Who are they? I need a headliner.

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  • unclemiltie
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    I am sorry to hear this. I bought several sets of Autocraft seat covers from John and bought several sets prior to that from I think his name was Winston whom use to advertise in Turning Wheels many years ago (sad how we tend to forget names after 20 years). It has been nice dealing with these guys whom specialize in Studebaker as they know the in and outs of what to order to get the job done right. My last set was for one of my 50 Commanders and not all vendors would know that in the Starlight the rear seat is narrower. I have been pleased with every set of them I have had.

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  • mbstude
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    Not to steal anything away from what JP has been doing, but there are a couple of other dealers for the same stuff.

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  • Welcome
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    Originally posted by JDP View Post
    Too much of a hassle for the small profit involved and with me now working full time. If I get a few returns for a year for the color that is wrong or off or the like, I'm barely breaking even. If Matt or someone wants to get hooked up with the vendors I use to make them, PM me. I'd suggest moving up the markup over the 10-15% I foolishly tried to use to cover a occasional return. I'll have some open box returns to sell, but not taking new orders.

    SAL, worked very well together. Is/was SAL interested in carrying on that part of your business??? TIA

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  • BubbaBear
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    Originally posted by dnevin View Post
    Nooooo!!!!

    (unfortunately, they didn't have a "bawling my eyes out" emoticon!)
    I have one. The products are great in quality and price. I hope someone can take over to provide that AND also importantly the excellent service that JDP provided. Thanks JDP.

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  • ozarkman
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    Originally posted by JDP View Post
    Just to be clear, the business was just one of several balls I had in the air at the same time, it's not like I actually made the stuff, I just ordered it and helped with perfecting the patterns. All the next guy needs to do is get a business tax number and have a credit card, know something about Studebaker interiors and I'll put them in touch with my 4 factories.
    If you put a ad in TW, you might get a order or two a week, enough to earn some pocket change, but not exactly a new career.
    I wonder if I could make a go at it...hmmm.

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  • JDP
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    Just to be clear, the business was just one of several balls I had in the air at the same time, it's not like I actually made the stuff, I just ordered it and helped with perfecting the patterns. All the next guy needs to do is get a business tax number and have a credit card, know something about Studebaker interiors and I'll put them in touch with my 4 factories.
    If you put a ad in TW, you might get a order or two a week, enough to earn some pocket change, but not exactly a new career.

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  • John Brayton
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    Shoot!

    Glad you're simplifying and hope someone takes over your system. Let me know if you have red or black covers for a 64 GT Hawk.

    Regards,

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  • kmac530
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    John I get that feeling. I have owned a few businesses, mostly construction, and always end up just working for a big company. You loose some freedom at times but you cant beat a regular pay check, benefits, and less headaches. I always ended up doing bids in the evenings and working on plans at night, p/u supplies in the AM and building ALL day, ends up being 14-16 hour days and usually for a meager profit. I ended up joining the carpenters union back in the early 90s and have made a better living, in less hours, and with less headaches overall than with my own company.

    Sorry to see a well know and respected Stude specialist leave the industry, but best wishes to you in the future and I hope you will keep posting here and stay involved in the fun part of this hobby. I have learned a number of things specifically from you, so thanks, and keep it up.


    PS: If you have any custom return stuff for a 2 piece NON sliding '49 C-cab seat, not the one that is a welded frame, the one you lift and slide forward over the peg to adjust forward, I like something pleated or diamond tuck style and am flexible on color, PLEASE let me know.

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  • studeclunker
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    I'm very, very sorry to hear this, John. I suppose to say something motheaten and worn, we all have to pass on the torch eventually. All the best.

    Here's the wave and a cheer for all the years of excellent service though:




    dnevin
    Nooooo!!!!

    (unfortunately, they didn't have a "bawling my eyes out" emoticon!)
    Here's a few for you:

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  • 9echo
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    Sorry to hear this John. I understand your reasoning.
    I had planned to purchase seat covers for my Starlight Coupe in the spring. Do you know if anyone has seat covers like we used to install back in the early 50s? What I would like to find is the woven plastic with vinyl accents.
    Good luck with your new job. I think that line of work would be a blast.

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  • dnevin
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    Nooooo!!!!

    (unfortunately, they didn't have a "bawling my eyes out" emoticon!)

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