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Old January 11th, 2010, 08:55 PM
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Black Rack Fabric

I need about 3 yards of the Exmoor Black Rack fabric from the center of the seats. Want to re-trim my rear bench. I have a local shop that will do it, and have a close match but would really prefer to have the fabric.

Anyone have any ideas on where to source the material? Exmoor hasn't responed.

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Old January 11th, 2010, 10:02 PM
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For some reason people in the UK do not do well with email, I would call Exmoor if you need a fast response.

I think it took them 3 - 4 days to respond by email when I sent them one.

Oh and you might try calling or emailing John Craddock and see if they can get it for you, I have purchased a bunch of stuff from them and they have shipped to the US


Let me know who you use and how close they can match the Leather as I have the XS black rack seats and want to get something made to match my current seats.
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Old January 12th, 2010, 08:09 AM
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Old July 12th, 2010, 02:25 AM
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I've emailed a few Exmoor distributors and Exmoor directly to see if they'd make a re-trim in both leather and black rack in the right fabrics for the rear bench, with the outer portions leather and the inner portions in black rack. John Craddock advertizes bespoke work on their site, so I am hopeful for now. Did you guys find a solution to this?
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Old July 12th, 2010, 09:55 AM
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Exmoor will do it and sell it to you via Craddock. Call Exmoor and talk to them directly. It took me months of calling to get them to do it and then calling Craddock to get them to follow up with Exmoor but they will do it since they have the pattern already and the fabric. I think I called both of them every week for 2 months before they finally had it in production.

It's not cheap either. So be prepared for some sticker shock.

Here is a not so great photo of my rear bench re-trimmed.

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Old July 12th, 2010, 10:08 AM
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Did you re-carpet the bottom?
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Old July 12th, 2010, 10:39 AM
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It's all included- on back piece and one lower seat part. New black carpet on the bottom. Pins to install it and no instructions in true UK form I didn't do new foam for the rear bench since mine was in great shape. You could get the foam from Exmoor or you can have a local shop cut it. Mince wasn't in need of a new cover yet, it just didn't match my front seats.

When I did the front seats I had an upholstery shop finish the seat backs since I didn't have the strength to get them together. They steamed the leather to get it to stretch more. Be warned that leather is easy to rip.

Rear bench was significantly easier.
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Old July 13th, 2010, 01:42 AM
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Nicely done on the rear bench. I am going to try the method of calling until it is easier for them to make it instead of continuing to deal with my repeated phone calls. Thanks for the help and advice. Sounds like this will be interesting...

If you have a picture of your front seats, would you mind posting it?
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Old July 13th, 2010, 09:54 AM
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The flash grays out the fabiric so they aren't the greatest of shots.

Another idea is to post something about a group buy and see if you can't get more folks interested in it. I know a few folks have the front seats so they may want the bench or rear jumps. Could help lower the price too if they are making more than one at a time. Doubt it will decrease the prodcution time though.

Since you are local if you want to come see it all you are more than welcome.
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Old July 13th, 2010, 02:22 PM
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Looks great.. thanks for posting those pics. Exmoor responded to me right away, as did John Craddock. They are going to make the rear seat re-trim kit of 292 plus VAT. Your truck looks awesome inside. I'll shoot you a message next week if you wouldn't mind showing it to me. If anyone is interested in this, I can send you my contact at Exmoor that has been really helpful and responsive.
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Old July 13th, 2010, 03:51 PM
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Now comes the fun part. Don't forget to follow up with them on a regular basis. I think it was 2 months from when they agreed to when it was ready to ship from Craddock. IIRC correctly you shouldn't have to pay VAT.

Just let me know when you want to see it.
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