A Makeover For The Seats Of Our 1954 Bristol 405

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By Craig Ranson

Managing Director – Bridge Classic Cars

Quite a bit of interior work has been done on our 1954 Bristol 405 lately. The seats have been a focus of Lydia as she has been working hard to get them into a much more presentable condition.

She has been busy sewing calico onto the front seats and fitting them onto their foams and frames. Lydia has also been cleaning up and re-painting the metal parts of the seats too.

Once the front seats were done, the rear seats, which are also fluted, went through the same process of having a small draft of the flutes made to check measurements before being made for real out of leather. The rear seats have a calico backing and are stuffed with foam and wadding (like the front seats).

Finally, the piping was sewn on before Lydia marked and cut out the leather for the skirt pieces.

While Lydia was busy working on the seats of our 1954 Bristol 405, Brian was making door panels. He first marked these out using paper patterns before cutting out the rear door panel. He also had to cut holes for the handles and armrests.

While Lydia and Brian were working on the interior components of our 405, Paul was working on the outer doors.

Paul spent some time assessing the doors and coming up with a plan of action to get them back into the shape they need to be in order for this classic car to be driven back out on the road.

Our 1954 Bristol 405 still has a long way to go but progress continues and we look forward to seeing what the future has in store.

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