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I'm looking for someone in the DFW area who has a butterscotch interior, preferably from Les at Classic Datsun, so i can have a color reference for the rest of my vinyl. I'm going to buy seat covers from him in the near future, but i have to do the rest of my vinyl interior immediately and i don't think he's able to send me a sample.

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Check with Bryan Rolfe at Seatz to see if butterscotch is available. He has some of the best restoration quality seat covers available. I'm in the Dallas area but my interior is black - I do have Bryan's covers if you need to check out the product.

http://www.seatzmfg.com/seatz/index.htm

Jim

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I've spoken with Les several times over the past several months about this. When I first called him he had just sold his last Butterscotch interior set. What he had been using was based on a large roll of vinyl he had obtained from one of the original aftermarket suppliers of Datsun seat covers, which he obtained for the Datsun 240Z Restore Program in the late 90's. He then told me he had a couple of possible sources for the Butterscotch vinyl and to check back with him. I called back a month later, but he still hadn't checked his sources. At this point I'm resigned to changing the color altogether to go with a Black interior.

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well shoot. when i talked to him earlier this year, i had the impression that he had someone else make them. does he make them by hand himself?

is there something special about auto upholstery vinyl, or will upholstery vinyl from a fabric store work just fine? i bought several yards of material from a fabric mart over on harry hines with which to cover my A pillars, and i'm sure i could get a lot more. i wonder if les will make seats from material that i provide.

jim, i would like to see your seats :) where are you located?

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Hey there, i too am looking for the butterscotch fabric, i have everything but i have black door panels that i need to recover. I have 3 new oem headliners but dont want to cut them up to cover doors with. I am looking for enough to cover door panels plus cover my fiberglass dashboard and fiberglass console with. Even if someone knows a vinyl sparay that is a close match i would go that way.

I have several yards of off white real leather that could even be dyed if i could find the right color.....

William Cunningham

1975 Datsun 500Z

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I am also looking for the butterscotch interior (everything). I have called a number of companies with the same unfortunate results. As soon as I mention the word "butterscotch" each vendor has the some response. At this time, I am mainly looking for replacement seat covers. Any help in the direction is greatly appreciated.

I have also considered dying new seat covers (color change: white to butterscotch) to match but have been cautioned about the wear and tear qualities of this process. Has anybody else used dye a solution with lasting results? Help!!!!

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Graphx, The PO of my first car had apparently painted the brown vinyl top with a green vinyl spray paint. The very harsh Texas sun eventually got the best of that coating, and it started to wear off. However, it looked pretty good for a while.

Maybe you could put a vinyl butter scotch spray coating over black? (I don't know where you'd find it, though.)

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For what it's worth I have butterscotch door panels, 1/4 window trim, the back light cover and the rear sail panels...oh, and sun visors. I bought them for my car but ended up keeping my white interior.

PM if you are interested in them...they are very clean, no rips, no holes.

Chris

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"Isn't Dallas, TX about 1400 miles or so from Toronto? Just sayin......."

Last I knew, several parcel companies still did business across the border.

If the parts are that scarce, isn't the fact that someone has them available, somewhere, worth determining the amount of effort one has to put into obtaining them?

Just sayin.....

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I routinely buy from California, Oregon, etc as parts are getting harder to find here in the East. I used to be in Vancouver BC where it was easy to slide into Washington but these days, UPS is my friend. Graphx007, I'll get back to you tonight after work...I'll shoot you some pictures and you decide if this is worth your while.

Cheers,

Chris

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Well after i get through all this xmas season i think i am going to try tea or coffee dying on some of the leather i have up in the attic and see how it turns out. I am also going to see if i can find or mix up some rit dye and see if i can get a match. i was out shopping yesterday and went to about 10 different places that sell craft pleathers and had no luck at all. If i ever find anthing close i will make sure and buy several rolls.

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"Isn't Dallas, TX about 1400 miles or so from Toronto? Just sayin......."

Last I knew, several parcel companies still did business across the border.

If the parts are that scarce, isn't the fact that someone has them available, somewhere, worth determining the amount of effort one has to put into obtaining them?

Just sayin.....

Never said it wasn't worth the effort; I was just going by the title of the thread.......
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Hey I am Florida and have a NOS classic industries pair of butterscotch seat covers bought from impact parts in NY , in perfect condition hit me up for some fotos . Seat backs and bottoms . My buddy jerry just happened to know I had these and mentioned the interest on this site .

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For what it's worth I have butterscotch door panels, 1/4 window trim, the back light cover and the rear sail panels...oh, and sun visors. I bought them for my car but ended up keeping my white interior.

PM if you are interested in them...they are very clean, no rips, no holes.

Chris

Do you still have them ? I have a green 71 z,with black interior, n want to change.

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The main problem I see here that you are asking Classic Datsun for 280 interior parts and from what I understand he only deals in 240 interior parts as 280 parts are hard to come by. I just had a conversation about this the other day. The simple thing to do is give him a call and get it straight.

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sorry, i should have updated the thread: i decided to go with jim's suggestion, a company called Seatz. they were a little difficult to communicate with, but the headliner and rails/columns kit they came through with was very nice. i chose a color called Spice... hopefully it'll mesh ok with butterscotch door panels whenever i am able to round some up.

here are some photos of me and dad doing the installation: http://www.flickr.com/photos/76280z/tags/vinylinstallation/

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Have a question for those of you that have interiors, i understand the a pillar and the sheet metal around the inside of the car above the doors and the windshield have the leather glued into place. How is the headliner attached?? i have a new headliner and cant figure out how it is held in place around the edges.

My interior has a piece of that slip on edging all around but cant figure out how it is supposed to be installed. pictures would help,

i remember when i tore mine out the plastic slide on trim was over the side and front pieces but cant remember how the headliner was attached.

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hey sly, you should check out my vinyl installation photos. they're probably the best example you'll be able to find. here's a photo we took of the headliner right after installation:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/76280z/5194049290/

it was by far the easiest part of the whole job. we just lined it up after applying adhesive, applied pressure at the the center first and worked our hands out to the edges, then tucked the slack into that metal lip that goes all the way around the ceiling.

prepare to struggle with that U-shaped pinch strip. it wasn't so bad across the header, but the vinyl on the rails did not go quietly. i'll post a diagram in just a bit to show you how it goes on.

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ok, here's the diagram of how the vinyl and headliner goes on. i've taken some liberties with the scale, and the headliner you bought may or may not have as thick a foam as mine did.

the trouble we had with that pinch strip was that it kept stretching out so it wouldn't stay on the steel. i don't know if that's because we used the original strip, and if it is, i don't know if new is available. having two sets of hands made it possible though; i couldn't have done it without dad. also, we didn't use any adhesive under the pinch strip. i don't know if that's advisable, but once we got it on there, it wasn't coming off anyway.

EDIT: also note, we doubled up the foam padding under the vinyl, though i don't show it in this diagram, and also made it as wide as possible so the vinyl would look nice and smooth.

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