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Custom Stitched Shift Boot

So to go along with the fancy shifters there are a handful of other parts that I've talked with people about over the years. The steering wheel is a large project, but the same style of stitching as the shifters so I know I can do them, it's just time consuming.

The shift boot is the next obvious target, but this is the other style of stitching in the car that can be redone for cosmetic purposes. Instead of the baseball cross stitch it uses a double seam that is actually 6 separate threads. I toyed with it before and quickly realized that it would be far more difficult to redo by hand and look good. I have now approached it with a renewed vigor.

Here is a tease of my first full attempt. I just did the vertical seam down one side. I have to do the other side before I can do the small seam around the top of the boot. I think it's looking pretty good for the first time through, and I'm sure I'll get better at it. One odd thing is that the factory stitching that I'm retracing isn't perfectly straight, so in a few places that you'll notice it skews slightly, but I assure you that wasn't by my choice. It just stands out more when the thread is a contrasting color.



I expect to have it finished and installed along with the shifter tomorrow night. Now that I'm figuring out my methods for this watch out. Center console lids to match are finally coming next. There are a couple of people that will be excited about that prospect that contacted me to see if it could be done years ago.



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Also it's not an accident that the thread is thinner than the shifter. That's also the way the factory stitching is done. I'm sure I'll experiment at some point with making this a double stitch and see how I like the look, but I think it may be best to stick to this method.
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Soon, I'm already getting better at this. The other side I tweaked my method and it'll serve as a compare/contrast for you guys. The second style looks more like stock, a little cleaner. On the other hand the red is less pronounced because it pulls through the holes from the front. 95% of people might not even catch the difference, but I'll let you guys be the judge of how it looks.
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That looks really sharp. I never liked the stock look.
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So guys I got the itch bad. I wanted to see this finished, so I haven't slept yet.

This is the side that I did that is more like the factory. The visible thread side is pulled through to the back.


This is the first side I did. On this one the rear thread (non visible side) is pulled through to grab the visible front thread at each hole. It results in more visible thread but I don't think it's as clean of a look.



Can you tell I'm a perfectionist.

Here is the money shot. I undressed the bottom of my new shifter while the glue fully cures just enough to get a sample shot all together.



and boom goes the dynamite.



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Sechs... looking great Dan!
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Sharp looking! I'm already used to seeing things highlighted in red due to the baseball season kicking off here in STL but, that's more to my liking.
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This is Awesome and Thank you so much for all the info on your techniques.
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What size thread did you use on the Shifter and what size on the Boot does it also have a UV guard in it.
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What size thread did you use on the Shifter and what size on the Boot does it also have a UV guard in it.
Here is the thread I use. It isn't treated with any UV protection but the material itself is "Resistant to chemicals, abrasion and sunlight" and I can tell you from experience that it holds up very well.

http://www.threadart.com/c-63-heavy-...on-thread.aspx

I use the same thread on the boot and shifter. The boot are single thread stitches where as this shifter uses triple thread stitches.

If I needed to experiment with thicker thread I would order some stuff from here.

http://www.thethreadexchange.com/miv...lon-thread-207

Edit: Nylon technically isn't a great UV resistant product, so I wonder if perhaps it is treated from threadart. Either way the interior of a car doesn't get enough UV to really cause issues.



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Thanks CaptainMorgan, Really, you have helped me a lot and saved me a boat load of time, I have been researching thread for the last 3 days
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Thanks CaptainMorgan, Really, you have helped me a lot and saved me a boat load of time, I have been researching thread for the last 3 days
I've treid a lot of different types, and bonded nylon is by far my favorite. It looks the best from the start and holds up great for something that gets our grimy hands all over it.
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Thanks again, I checked out the sites you posted and will probably order some test thread this week
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This looks crazy awesome!!
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