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Seat upholstery kit

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:03 am
by Mark Osterman
I’m starting to think about replacing my seat covers on the ‘23 runabout. I love the fact that my car has original upholstery but I drive it so much that it’s not going to survive much longer. So, I’m buying a new seat bottom spring and am thinking of buying the seat cushion kit from Langs. Anyone out there used their kit and have opinions. I made all my leather upholstery from scratch for my last T but have never used a vinyl ready made kit before.

Re: Seat upholstery kit

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:49 am
by RustyFords
I'm thinking about doing the same thing Mark, so I'm interested in the feedback you get.

Re: Seat upholstery kit

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:10 am
by john in kzoo
I used the kit from Clastique. Couldn't be happier

Re: Seat upholstery kit

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:34 am
by svibert
Get the Classique kit you will like it

Re: Seat upholstery kit

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:45 am
by Russ T Fender
I used Clastique for my '14 runabout and was very satisfied.

Re: Seat upholstery kit

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:09 am
by twrenn
Mark...by all means...only use Classtique! And by all means, also, I would HIGHLY suggest
you pony up a little extra and just have Mike do the seat bottom work there. Trust me, it's worth
every extra penny! Just ship him your springs and wait for the excellence to return. I also had Elizabeth
from "Class it Up" come out and do the seat backs. Again, money well spent! Just my two cents!

Re: Seat upholstery kit

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:14 am
by Mark Osterman
So, I was actually asking about the kit that Lang’s has in their catalog. Is this one made by Classique or do you have to order from them?

Is the Classique that much better for over a $100 difference?

I have reupholstered from scratch. Here is the vintage seat assembly from my old speedster that I rebuilt using leather from a sofa I found on the curb. Also built the bottom assembly from scratch. So, maybe I can do the seat bottom myself. I see that these are compressed during the covering operation.

Re: Seat upholstery kit

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:42 am
by Jim_PTC_GA
I used the Clastique kit with no problems. 24 Roadster.

Re: Seat upholstery kit

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2019 11:46 am
by Gary Gregory
I can tell you I've dealt with Don Lang personally and he will treat you right. I'll probably be ordering the upholstery for my 27 Roadster from him. How much difference are there from the kit from Langs and a kit from Classtique ?

Re: Seat upholstery kit

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:58 pm
by Will_Vanderburg
I've heard people have good luck with Cartouche (which I think is the kits Langs sells), but I have not personally had any experience with it. I used Classtique just like most have responded.

I also know people who have used Cartouche and said they never would again: Ill fitting and made wrong.

Re: Seat upholstery kit

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:11 pm
by Mark Osterman
Ok .. so that is scary to hear. I have heard a lot of good things about Classique ... so the extra $100 + is worth it?

Re: Seat upholstery kit

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:38 pm
by Gary Gregory
I'd would like to hear from guys who have used Cartouche if this is what the vendors are selling.

Re: Seat upholstery kit

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2019 4:39 pm
by Jim Sims
I have used Cartouche upholstery and top kits about 6 or 8 times Every thing I got from them needed replacement of at least one part of these kits. Made wrong or wrong size. Ok after having them correct the problems. Only used them because my customers wanted the cheapest. Sure miss Carters cut and cover.

Re: Seat upholstery kit

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:52 pm
by svibert
The answer to your question Mark is this for a $100 extra I would go with the Classique kit I had a cartouche kit in my 26 roadster and hated how it was built

Re: Seat upholstery kit

Posted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:35 am
by TMiller6
One caveat. Regardless of who you order your cushion kit from, you need to specify if you want the factory crimping rope sewn into the bottom cushion hem. I received one kit where it was assumed I would hog ring the vinyl under the cushion.

Re: Seat upholstery kit

Posted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:47 am
by Steve Jelf
The question of Cartouche is moot. If any of the dealers have their stuff in stock, when it's gone there won't be any more. The company has gone belly up.

Re: Seat upholstery kit

Posted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:16 pm
by Gary Gregory
Steve I think you're a bit confused. It was Labonny that closed its doors. Unless Cartouche did also ????

Re: Seat upholstery kit

Posted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:20 pm
by Will_Vanderburg
Cartouche would impossible to find information on. I've done deep dive searches for it, and it only comes up with Mac's as an authorized dealer, although I know other dealers sell them.

Re: Seat upholstery kit

Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:48 am
by Mark Gregush
Re;"Cartouche would impossible to find information on" Did a quick check, lots of dealers carry it' but couldn't find any info on who makes it. Cartouche is a trademark not a company from what I could find.

Re: Seat upholstery kit

Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:06 pm
by Will_Vanderburg
If it's a trademark, then who the hell is the manufacturer?

Re: Seat upholstery kit

Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:38 pm
by Mark Gregush
Good question. Maybe call Lang's or one of the other suppliers.

Re: Seat upholstery kit

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:46 pm
by BHarper
Cartouche is owned by Mac's. I guess that you could call it a side or back room operation. And, yes, they do sell it to most of the Model T parts vendors.

Re: Seat upholstery kit

Posted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:41 am
by Original Smith
Mac's is in fact Car Touche. I've not heard one good thing about them. I would go with Classtique. I know Langs sells their kits but I still wouldn't do it.

Re: Seat upholstery kit

Posted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:59 pm
by DHort
Cartouche made my top. It took me three years to install it. The original was too small. I mailed it back to them and sent me a new top with my measurements. It fit just fine. Cartouche took care of me, and I am happy with their service.