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bgagne
11-01-2016, 08:07 PM
I am planning to purchase a new interior for my 1988 Minx. After looking at old posts, I am confused with the best route to purchase. Should I go direct to PPI or to Donzi Direct? I am under the impression that either way it would be made by PPI. Had they been making the oem interiors for Donzi and if so for how long? Who has personal experience going either route? It looks like I will be spending over $3k, so I want to go with the best.

gcarter
11-01-2016, 08:27 PM
If you can find a local upholsterer who specializes in hot rods,
you can probably save some money. There's really no need to
buy new seat shells, for instance.
The Classic pleated upholstery is expensive to duplicate, but
it'll still probably come in well under the other sources.
Besides, doing it locally gives you more control.

smokediver
11-01-2016, 08:53 PM
I am not sure who PPI uses as a vinyl supplier but be aware that all vinyl isn't created equal. Having a local person do the job will save some money but make sure you are getting the same weight and quality of vinyl

Pat McPherson
11-02-2016, 12:41 PM
I have related questions and will start my own thread.
I'm having a local quote to bump against Donzi direct.

CHACHI
11-02-2016, 02:27 PM
FWIW, I was told by John Harmon (original Bilt Rite)that when a seat back cushion for the rear bench is properly made, it should stand on it's own because of the curve of the back cushion.

Ken

gcarter
11-02-2016, 03:14 PM
I am not sure who PPI uses as a vinyl supplier but be aware that all vinyl isn't created equal. Having a local person do the job will save some money but make sure you are getting the same weight and quality of vinyl

John brings up an important point. If you do use local talent, you have a lot more say (and selection) in every part of the process.

bgagne
11-02-2016, 07:34 PM
Nothing is ever simple. I got a few quotes today and the pricing is substantially less than Donzi Direct, but I will be concerned about the end product. I definitely want the exact oem look and have seen a lot of examples of less than perfect Donzi classic interiors. For me there is nothing worse than this style interior poorly done.

Morgan's Cloud
11-03-2016, 06:55 AM
Nothing is ever simple. I got a few quotes today and the pricing is substantially less than Donzi Direct, but I will be concerned about the end product. I definitely want the exact oem look and have seen a lot of examples of less than perfect Donzi classic interiors. For me there is nothing worse than this style interior poorly done.


I've done a few total restos that required entire interiors and never have I gone to any factory to purchase already made stuff.
If you use someone who does all types of marine work including sails you should end up with something that makes you very happy.

If you're concerned about what you're getting into ask the companies that you've contacted if they have a portfolio of their work .
The person I last used for the Magnum and the St T took extensive photos of the finished product to include in their portfolio and I've seen other upholstery shops that do the same .