In truth, Ridgefield Auto Upholstery Shop in the charming town of Ridgefield, Connecticut is probably a little of both.
This is no bustling shop with skilled immigrants huddled over sewing machines and a wall of concours trophies. This is a one-man shop with perhaps 1,500 square feet of workspace. It's cozy, and Dave likes it that way.
|Not Sindelfingen, but I was in capable hands.|
Understand that car enthusiasts like myself are always looking for a find, whether it's a cache of New Old Stock parts, a 40-year old hide of German Roser leather, or an old-world craftsman like Dave. My hope was to bring him a small job and to try him out.
I found the company name and phone number on the Internet, but that was all. I like the town of Ridgefield and had plans to be in the area, so I figured it was worth a try. What's the worst that could happen with a door panel that needed a few holes cut into it?
Mind you, interior work is a lost art. Cars have become a collection of kits that are swapped in and out en masse. Few parts are repaired in isolation; you just swap out the entire unit for a new part. Or you do the math and just part out the car. Sad to see, in my opinion.
One week later, the task was complete. Dave even helped me put the door panel back in.
I have some more interior work I'll be needing in the future, so Dave is my man. Watch this blog for an update.