Cadillac Allante Forum Discussion, dying my seats and updating interior in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Hi Gang, Just wanted to share that I recently starting dying some new seats I got for my 88. I ...
Hi Gang, Just wanted to share that I recently starting dying some new seats I got for my 88. I am using Leather Magic, and I must say it is extremely easy, and the color match is great, ( and I'm actually changing the color of the seats I bought to that of my interior) I have an 88 that is in amazing condition, I bought it from the original owner like 8 years ago, and it has very high miles ( 205k) but still looks and drives amazingly, except that the original seats are showing their age, leather is hard, the foam had stiffened, and the seams have ripped. I spent the last few years softening up the leather in hoes of saving the original seats, but stumbled on a donor car lately with such a nice interior I couldn't pass it up. Unfortunately the doner is a 92, so the seats have a different pattern, and are made with less leather then the 88, it is also a different color ( beige) my 88 is Saddle Tan. So I guess I am doing a resto mod instead of actually restoring. but anyway SO excited that I will have soft luxurious recarros again for my little cad.
Wow , this is how you get intimate with your Allante, been removing the interior of my 88 and dissembling all the parts from my donor car and my original, picking the best of each and dying and recoloring so that everything looks stock when back together. My car originally came with the factory phone, so the console interior is different, and BOY oh BOY are there a ton of wires and plugs for those old phones. The handset wasn't with my car when I bought it, other wise I would have kept it all, just for nostalgia sake.
So far I've discovered the differance between 88, and 92 interiors seem to be this. the seats have less leather and more vinyl on them, and the leather is much softer.
Also the console itself has leass leather, the storage compartment on the 88is real leather, the lid on the 92 is vinyl, appears to be the same with the ash tray cover and surround, the 88 again a formed leather, where as the 92 vinyl .
The shift knob/handle is a different style too, but both are leather covered.
Here's a pic of the new seats, and one of a seat cushion dyed to Saddle color, and the shift handle cover being dyed.
Since I have everything out of the car, I'm going to make sure the carpets are cleaned as well, I may even tackle replacing the belt on my cassette player, since things are pretty easy to get to.
So here's a few pics of the finished product along with a shot of my original seat and the "after" of the new seat dyed.. I was very pleased with the results, now we'll see how it all holds up. I changed the color of 2 seats, the back panels, the console, console lid, ash tray and surrounds, seat trim, and head rests. and I did change color from beige to this saddle and the dye kit came from leather magic, the color was absolutely spot on, and I didn't have to send a sample, they are one of the few dye providers that actually have Allante Saddle color in their stock color library. http:// http:// http:// http://
That looks really good. A friend has an '89 and she is the original owner. She had the seats recovered and while they look very nice, the color doesn't match the original and they are hard as a rock. I'd encourage anyone to resto mod an Allante as much as possible. The next task would be to deal with the horrible steering wheel these cars had. Such a thin ring and a cover can't solve the problem. Something with leather and wood fits the bill. Sure it is easy to spend other people's money but I always hated the steering wheel ring in these cars.
Thanks Mike, the shift handle came out of the 92 too LOL I couldn't find an armrest with the cup holders! and I'm too cheep to pay retail for one.. I can get one at the pic your part yards for under $15.00 but everyone wants $100 or better online and NO ONE has them in saddle! ( even if they did i wouldn't pay that) , so I continue my search, plus I still have enough dye to make a salvage yard find perfect.. I'm very patient, I've waited over 8 years for the seats, I can go a bit longer on the cup holders..