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    Circle City Hot Rods 29 Ford

    Gettin’ started on my next project in the shop- another collaboration with my friends at Circle City Hot Rods....

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    Recycling leather

    I recycled some old seat leather out of a 1970 Mercedes 280 SEL and a 1979 Mercedes 300TD to...

  • Fat Lucky's sewing
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    Night shift

    Elaine Reid stopped by for a visit the other night and snapped some pics on with her phone while...

  • Blue and tan Sisal mats
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    Sisal mats part 2

    I got a couple more sets of sisal floormats stitched up, I’m really diggin’ the blue and tan combo....

  • Speedway Bomber seats
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    Speedway Bomber

    I dusted off an old project last night and put a couple hours in. These are just plain-jane Speedway...

  • Brown Sisal floor mats
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    Sisal mats

    I’m sewing up some custom sisal floor mats today. natural fiber mats have always been popular in European cars,...

  • Mercedes Benz 280 SEL at sunset
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    Now that's a sunset!

    One last cruise in the 280 SEL before tearing the seats out. The Mercedes gets all new leather and...

  • 1934 Ford Delivery wood
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    Carpentry practice in the 34 Ford

    I’ve been cutting and fitting a lot of oak. I like this woodworking stuff more and more. Possible career...

  • 1934 Ford Sedan Delivery interior
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    Making progress

    on the 34 this week!

  • 50's roadside side chair
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    50s side chair project begins

    I plucked this chair out of it’s roadside grave and plopped it into my furniture orphanage, where it has...

  • 1934 Ford panel delivery
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    Busy busy

    This week I moved another trailer load to LA and I’m setting up the new space. Already got my...

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    Rusty's busted springs

    Usually I have to repair or replace 3 or 4 broken springs. This time I had to repair and...

  • Staple in my thumb
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    Thumbs up!

    This is a good omen! All my best work has my blood on it, and this started bleeding like...

  • Rat rod upholstery
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    Now with 20% more rat!

    I found this guy and his wife entombed inside a 1959 Cadillac seat. His wife was pretty ugly.

  • Fat Lucky's Panhead seat
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    Greg's Panhead seat

    I wrapped up this seat just in time for my buddy Greg (of El Ojo Photo fame) to get...

  • Glide seat side cover
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    Seat hinge makeover

    A little before and after of the Glide seat recliner mechanism in the 37. It’s still a plastic box...

  • Collings Guitars mandolin case
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    Collings Guitars

    I’ve been spending some time consulting Bill from Collings Guitars about materials and methods for finishing out their new...

  • The new home of Fat Lucky's
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    Sweatshop!

    After the years of overworking myself, burning out, dropping out, and roaming the world as self-unemployed upholsterer vagabond I’m...

  • 1958 Volkswagen seats
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    1958 VW Seats

    Making progress in the shop this week. Got these 1958 Volkswagen seats all finished up.

  • Consew leather skiving machine
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    Leather skiver!

    New equipment in the shop- I got a leather skiving machine. This thing will shave a piece of leather...

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    Casino Royale before and after

    I have so many big projects with no clear ending, I decided to take some time today to do...

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    1968 Mercury Commuter

    The new Fat Lucky’s grocery getter. Literally the first thing I did in this car was go get groceries....

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    Bubble Trouble Update

    Still growing strong!   I gotta say the people at Coker Tire may have sold me a bubble, but...

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    A Long Way, the complete video trilogy

    My latest adventure with JG- Fairbanks, Alaska to Los Angeles, California in a ’76 Mercedes- caught on tape by...

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    Bubble Trouble

    I don’t usually keep track of what day it is, but I get the feeling that today is Monday.

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    3 feet high and rising

    Out in the upholstery shop I’m up to my kneecaps in leather. I’ll be up to my armpits pretty...

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    Endless Summer ended

    and I’m back to work in the upholstery shop. This time on a 1937 Ford pickup.

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    DicE/Tri-Co grand opening shindig

    I showed up late and only took one picture (0n film!). I didn’t really care about the party as...

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    In the beginning

    I just stumbled across these pictures of the very first car I ever upholstered, Kwik’s 1963 Impala. Looks terrible,...

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    Autoblogged

    My latest roadtrip got picked up by Autoblog. Summer Vacation’s almost over, next stop- workaholism relapse in Austin. Autoblog-...

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    Summer vacation continued

    The Achilles’ Heel of 70’s Mercedes? Gotta be the oil pan. This time we’re fixing it roadside in Beaver...

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    Cuttin' the Rug: a video

    Havin’ some backyard fun at JG’s place.

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    Summer vacation

    Off the beaten path with the talented Jeff Brock, talkin’ art, land speed racing, and some cool future collaborations.

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    Koolsville

    Officially I’m in Kansas to start the interior on McPhail’s 58, but really I’m just cruising the backroads with...

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    Amarillo Hootep’s

    Suddenly I find myself driving a 1975 Mercedes across the country. Pit stop in Amarillo to pay off an...

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    Berlin!

    Two things got upside down in Berlin- this car and my bank account.

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    Praha!

    Hunting for old Russian cameras & lenses in Prague.

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    Oslo!

    I survived my first Coupe Devils Rod & Kustom Bonanza in Oslo, Norway. Amazing show- thanks for everything guys!!...

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    Amsterdam!

    Travel update: Amsterdam. On the way to the Coupe Devils’ Bonanza in Norway.

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    Continental Gallery tonight!

    I’ve got a couple pieces hanging in the Continental gallery starting tonight.

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    Trim rings

    I pulled these things out of a 56 Chevy to use for the shift boot and column/pedal trim rings....

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    Crawling along

    32 update. If you thought this thing would be done by now you’re not the only one. I thought...

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    Rodder's office chair

    Steve talked me into upholstering his office chair to go along with his 32.

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    Groundhog Day

    Ever feel like you’re in the movie ‘Groundhog Day’? Another black 32, another car show, another week without sleep.

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    60's Drag Buckets

    I picked these up this morning. Anybody building a 60’s style drag car/show rod?

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    St. Patrick’s Day

    I inadvertently spent St. Patrick’s day stitching a shamrock into a long overdue bicycle seat project.

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    Goin' home

    Got things wrapped up in California- no pun intended. Next stop Austin to finish the Bass 32 roadster.

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    Classics- A Way Of Life

    Taking a break from my hectic upholstery schedule to make a cameo appearance in a short documentary for Mercedes...

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    Empty Space! pt. 2

    I had some time to finish my side project this morning. Next stop: craigslist.

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    Empty space!

    My garage is empty today! I’m not quite sure what to do with all the open space. I might...

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    Reggie's 32 top

    I have spent years doing everything possible to avoid doing tops… and here I am making a pattern for...

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    Something a little different

    Here’s a dumpster couch that I rescued and upholstered about ten years ago, using vintage cloth that I got...

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    Reggie’s bench

    A few years ago my friend Reggie gave me a 700-R4 for my truck. I finally repaid him by...

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    Kodachrome at Day of the Drags

    Day of the Drags. Shot on a roll of Kodachrome that’s been expired for 20+ years.

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    Tobias Albert Benefit skate.

    Just finished this skate deck. I’m donating it to an auction benefitting pro skater Tobias Albert who was recently...

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    Indian red sunset

    The upholstery career is still in limbo while I continue to drive these old Mercs around the country taking...

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    ‎4th of July!

    Time to break out the beer, fireworks, mini-bikes, and bandages- basically just like every other weekend . 

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    Rod and custom cover car

    The blue Merc I did is in print this month!

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    Business as usual

    We ripped a big hole in the oil pan while performing a high speed suspension test on a middle...

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    Seriously?

    Does this Mercedes make me look gay?

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    JG’s Mercedes

    JG’s Los Feliz workshop… Helping him re-foam his Mercedes seats.

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    Doin' dirt

    Finally having some fun on this road trip!!

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    Git back to werk!

    Alabama backroads.

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    Asheville -> Los Angeles

    Back on the road- Asheville to Los Angeles in an 80 Mercedes.

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    CCHR Vicky pt. 4

    Anybody have some White-Out I can borrow? I need to make a few corrections…

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    CCHR Vicky pt. 3

    Making big strides on Operation Baby Steps…

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    CCHR Vicky pt. 2

    Still doesn’t look like much.

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    Circle City Vicky

    Helping my friends at Circle City Hot Rods put together a 31 Vicky… doesn’t look like much yet, does...

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    Mercedes Motoring

    Nice little change of pace- I’ve been helping a friend restore these three Mercs in Costa Mesa. Mercedes Motoring

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    Fat Lucky

    Christmas 1990… The young pup Lucky dressed as a reindeer. Happy Holidays kids!!

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    Benefit auction bonus!

    I’m donating another skateboard to the Tobias Albert benefit auction… check it out here.