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american stitches

They have done MK2 steering wheels and shift knobs on a previous group buy.

They now can make shift boots.

For steering wheels, the color match and stitching is the closest to factory I've seen.

Group Buy Pricing (quoted on 23.August.2005)

$229 @ 10 steering wheels.
$201 @ 20 steering wheels.

$65 @10 shift knobs
$55 @20 shift knobs.

$40 @10 shift boots
$30 @20 shift boots.

Shipping not included.

Some side notes:
  • Group buy pricing is when they have all donors in house for recovering.
  • They have the closest matching maroon leather.
  • The steering wheel padding needs to match stock thickness.
    There has been some customer confusion about when they say "standard" padding, which is "like" factory. It's *not* the same thickness as Toyota. Seems we were not the only one's affected by this.
  • The prefer not to do console lid covers (requires dual stitching).
    [*]Example maroon MK2 wheel on their site
 

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Jim, Would it be possible for them to make shorter shift boots to better work with your short shifter? Could these be part of their 10-20 count for pricing or would they need to have 10-20 of each specific size?

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More dorky questions....

Can they also do Black again, but it would be in a seperate GP???

Shift Boots: Will they still need our metal hoops, or they can supply??

Would like to do a Maroon shift boot to go with the knob I have from 4 years ago.

If anyone wants to see personal pics of their products, LMK. I had two 84 - 86 wheels done (1 Black & 1 Maroon) on the last GP, and a Maroon knob. I still have the protective wrapping on my steering wheels, so I can only see so much of the stitching.

For those of you curious about how the knobs look, I have pictures posted here already in another thread. I would need to find them, I still have the pics in photobucket.

And just to confirm on the other "old" information that was still in effect from 4 years ago:

1. They still can't do Blue & Terra Cotta yet until they can get some accurate color samples, correct???

2. They still can't do 82/83 Steering wheels until someone can send one in, so that they can digitize the stitching pattern, correct???

I can help w/ the Terra Cotta color & the early steering wheel stuff, but it's going to be awhile before I can actively participate in this. Need to address the "I need a job/employment" problem first before I can do more.
 

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First, I'll note that this is informational.

It's not a group buy, but I'm just providing the details.

Plus we can "shop and compare" between them and Alan Gunn, etc.


It would be any color they have in stock that matches.

For any other color, blue, terracotta, they would require a sample to match.

I don't see any reason why they couldn't do a shorter shift boot.

As for shift boot wire thingie, I did collect some. This might help.
Or they might be able to do it.
 

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DBDANIEL posted this on the console foam replacement thread under the Group Buys section:

"I just got off the phone with Alan Gun of Alan Gun Leather Accessories in Florida see website or call 1-800-780-4500 http://www.aglausa.com/
He will offer 10% to website clubs like celicasupra.com with NO minimums so leather armrests shipped to him would be 10% off regular pricing, steering wheels, and he does shift boots also. If you decide to ship them something be sure you mention this post or put in a note mentioning celicasupra.com. They'll mail out samples of leather to you for insepction also. Ol Supra Guy can attesty to the quality I haven't had anything doen there yet, but my original sterring wheel and armreast and shift boot wil be on the way as soon as I get the leather sample from them.
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I may be biased but Alan Gun does great work and his pricing and turnaround was better than what American Stitches quoted me about a year ago, when I needed my steering wheel recovered, ( I missed that group buy.) He can do any color if you send him a color sample or have a good color spot on your old item. Of course he can already do maroon, having redone my maroon wheel. (I sent Jim King a picture of my recovered wheel yesterday.) Alan used the correct baseball type stitching on my wheel, and added the right amount of foam padding underneath for the stock rim diameter. Alan's shop is in Ft Lauderdale, Fla, and he does a lot of work for owners of high end automobiles who are very particular about maintaining the stock look of their Porsces, BMWs, etc.
 

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FYI, You can get good quality (Black only) shift boots on ebay from bonniebbuttons. I ordered one last week and it came in about 3 days. I didn't have to supply the wire or anything. I think it was $30 including shipping!!! Good quality too. No console covers though :( - Bill
 

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I bought a blue shift boot and console cover from bonnie buttons, shift boot $30, and the console cover and additional leather to do the top of the door panels was $40. This is shipping included to Canada. Looks good, dont have the console cover installaed yet but will post pictures soon.
 

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Updates: (and for the 2 of you that hijacked this thread about bonnie buttons....:mm_twak: ).

American Stitches has now changed/merged their name to Craft Customs. Location has changed as well, AS was located in Mesquite, TX & Craft Customs is now in Rockwall, TX.

Hopefully the same quality that they have done on their steering wheels & shift knobs in the past. I still have not seen the shift boots yet, so if anyone has pictures of theirs, please post one up.
 

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I just reinstalled my burgundy steering wheel that was reskinned for me for Christmas by craftcustoms. It looks great. I will post pics as soon as I can get around to it.
 

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I thought I would upload some pics of my Supra's reskined steering wheel, shift boot and console lid. Craftcustoms.com did everything. My wife had these items done for Christmas this past year. In the pics the color may look a little off, but its just the camera, everything matches perfectly and looks beautiful. I def. recommend them to you all. Also I have replaced the dash pad with a new one b/c the old one had a huge crack in it. Slowly but surely, everything will be restored to new.





 

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Great match and great worksmanship on the maroon!

Damn Terra Cotta. Damitol. Such a hard color to match.
 

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I just finished redoing my maroon leather. Now I need to get the wheel done.

Why does the camera see the new leather like it is clown red?
I see it did it to you too on the new leather stuff you have.
 

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I just finished redoing my maroon leather. Now I need to get the wheel done.

Why does the camera see the new leather like it is clown red?
I see it did it to you too on the new leather stuff you have.
Yeah I dont know. I cant remember if the flash went off or not. Either way though, Im happy as it turned out perfect. Now I just need to redo the seats and door panels. Im thinking of redoing everything completely stock looking, except have the middle of the seats made with perferated leather
 

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One stop shopping!

Craftcustoms (was American-Stitches) had the closest available matching maroon leather I found. It's actually sourced from a company in NJ.

It's a shade lighter than factory, though matching any maroon/burgandy is a challenge.

And since the maroon interior "fabrics" fade at different rates, we take what we can get.
 

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I ended up buying a new Console lid and shifter boot from Toyota (apparently they have some Black ones in stock) Hopefully I will get them next weekend. I would like to get the seats redone with a Maroon and maybe some Black highlights since I am going to be doing both colours for the interior.
 

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My experience with Alan Gun

Here is my experience, for what it's worth...

Sent my wheel to this joker in December. Did not get it back for 4 and a half months. When it came back, it was the most awful thing you could lay eyes on. I so wish I had pictures, but I called him from my mechanic's shop, where it was delivered, and he told me to pack it back up, and he would have FedEx pick it up, to make it right. After many calls, he sent it back out, and this is the result. Believe it or not, this is the 'New & Improved' version. Straight out of the shipping container. It is awful leather, very poorly stitched, lumpy, and he left glue slopped on the spokes. I just hope it will clean off. Anyway, trying to call him to get my steering wheel, 90% of the time I just got voicemail, which he NEVER called back, and when I did reach him, I got the sorriest excuses. Which all would have been water under the bridge had I received a decent product at the end. How someone stays in business with his lack of customer service, and beyond poor workmanship, is beyond me. Just hope this gets around, and people don't have to learn by the same mistake I did, to the tune of $350.

BTW, it's the wheel for a 1957 Benz 190SL.

Here is one of many links I found too late... just hope y'all can learn from my mistake. Just Googling Alan Gun should tell you what others have gone through.

http://forums.rennlist.com/rennforums/porsche-cayman-s/489026-agla-cayman-custom-steering-wheel-special-features.html
 

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jjbenzo, how close would you say the wheel and shift boot are to the original, both in terms of color and style? The shift boot looks a bit high to me, but I'm comparing that to my original '83 one which is pretty beat up at this point.
 
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