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I'm slowly doing some custom interior upgrades and styling to my trep. I rebuilt the leather shift knob. Dyed the leather and used red thread to sow it back up. I'm going to copy the steering wheel soon.



Still have a few ideas on the chalkboard.
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Great job it looks very good.
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That looks really nice. Damn good stitch work there. Can't wait to see the other ideas completed.
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awesome idea.....
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What type of thread did you use? I went through a few different types of threads before I found some stuff that really does the job well and will survive the test of time.
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Damn TC where the hell have you been hiding?

Nice work on the shifter looks great man.
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I've been busy with the new family. Some of you might know from the other site that i'm married and have taken on four step kids. Not to mention a new job on top of that working the graveyard shift as a manager for the old McDonald's I use to work for a few years ago.

I used Embroidery floss from a arts and crafts store. Only cost 36 cents. The needle I used was for upholstery hook needle. I just analyzed the stitch pattern before cutting the old stuff off and just followed it back with the new thread. Took two tries total and took a few hours.

Like I said the plan is the steering wheel next. Maybe a leather center console lid and try to add some red to the back seat area.
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Lookin good man.. Did you strip the leather off and re-stitch /re-wrap it..or you just take the stitching out?
I re-stitched my shifter boot and plan on doubling up on the stitching to see how it looks.. no where around here has thread thick/strong enough for the application.. I got a donor shift knob and tore the crappy leather off..I plan on re-doing it with nice new leather.. they make them things next to impossible to disassemble though. the interior mechanics of the knob are in there good
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I've been busy with the new family. Some of you might know from the other site that i'm married and have taken on four step kids. Not to mention a new job on top of that working the graveyard shift as a manager for the old McDonald's I use to work for a few years ago.

I used Embroidery floss from a arts and crafts store. Only cost 36 cents. The needle I used was for upholstery hook needle. I just analyzed the stitch pattern before cutting the old stuff off and just followed it back with the new thread. Took two tries total and took a few hours.

Like I said the plan is the steering wheel next. Maybe a leather center console lid and try to add some red to the back seat area.
Well congratulations on your marriage and the new family and don't be such ah stranger around here.
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I've been busy with the new family. Some of you might know from the other site that i'm married and have taken on four step kids. Not to mention a new job on top of that working the graveyard shift as a manager for the old McDonald's I use to work for a few years ago.

I used Embroidery floss from a arts and crafts store. Only cost 36 cents. The needle I used was for upholstery hook needle. I just analyzed the stitch pattern before cutting the old stuff off and just followed it back with the new thread. Took two tries total and took a few hours.

Like I said the plan is the steering wheel next. Maybe a leather center console lid and try to add some red to the back seat area.
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Lookin good man.. Did you strip the leather off and re-stitch /re-wrap it..or you just take the stitching out?
I re-stitched my shifter boot and plan on doubling up on the stitching to see how it looks.. no where around here has thread thick/strong enough for the application.. I got a donor shift knob and tore the crappy leather off..I plan on re-doing it with nice new leather.. they make them things next to impossible to disassemble though. the interior mechanics of the knob are in there good
I'll be curious how the embroidery thread holds up. Shifters generally pick up a lot of dirt and grime from your hands, and embroidery thread is not at all designed for heavy traffic like that. It may work out great though, I'm not criticizing.

The steering wheels are the same style of baseball stitching, with a couple differences. The threads go the opposite direction when you're stitching, give one a run and you'll see.

The shift boots, console lids, and seats are a totally different style of stitching.

One part is that the baseball style stitching on the shifter and wheel is done by a machine that twists three threads together as it stitches the leather. That is why you can't buy thread to match the factory thickness, it isn't one thread.

On the other stuff, each seam is done with 5 threads (maybe six, been a while since I hacked into that inner seam, I forget which style it is). The threads you see on each side of the seam are just laying on top, they don't actually loop through the fabric ever. From the underside there is another piece of thread that loops around the top thread to pull it into each hole. I have some ideas for making that go much faster (different needles for the job than the baseball stitching).

With the baseball style shifting I've refined my methods to be pretty fast. I don't examine the factory thread at all, I follow the markings in the leather to tell which way to cross each time. Also, I use two needles so that I never have to take the thread off the needles while I stitch each half of the shifter. I can do a shifter start to finish in under an hour and a half now.



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damn cap'n sounds like you know your stitches.. out of curiosity..how much do you charge to thread a shifter knob.. the thread I got was the strongest jo-anne fabrics had to offer.. It almost cuts through your hand before you can break it
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I pulled off the leather, dyed it and put it back on with the red thread. The underside of the leather is what I like to call elephant snot (Rubber cement). Gives the leather grip on the rubber part of the shift knob so it doesn't slide around.

I know it was a machine that sowed this stuff begin with but it can be some what copied. It's not totally as strong as OEM but enough that it will hold for a few years. If I used new leather I bet I would still be stitching it as we speak lol.

I need to look at the center console lid. Sadly I don't have one yet but it's on the list.
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I pulled off the leather, dyed it and put it back on with the red thread. The underside of the leather is what I like to call elephant snot (Rubber cement). Gives the leather grip on the rubber part of the shift knob so it doesn't slide around.

I know it was a machine that sowed this stuff begin with but it can be some what copied. It's not totally as strong as OEM but enough that it will hold for a few years. If I used new leather I bet I would still be stitching it as we speak lol.

I need to look at the center console lid. Sadly I don't have one yet but it's on the list.
Was it a bitch to get the leather to lay properly into the "button hole" I know it was a PITA to remove from there..... The stitching I used on my shifter boot..I just traced over top of the existing black stitching..you cant even tell it's there.

I plan on tracing the pattern of the old leather onto new, and using a punch & hammer to duplicate the hole locations.. I might see how much the leather shop would charge to wrap it.. i'm sure them biker dudes never got anything like that comin into the shop..lol

The arm rest below the leather is molded foam..probably adhered pretty good.. In that situation I plan on doing a slight shave down of the foam and adding a 1/4" layer of memory foam just to give it a bit softer feel if possible.. I


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