A few years back we upholstered our '32 Ford highboy using an EZ Boy upholstery kit by LeBaron Bonney. Since it was a driver we never bothered to upholster the trunk. The idea was we could just throw our tools, chairs, and spare tire in the trunk and not worry about tearing up the upholstery. Recently we updated the car with new paint, chrome wheels, and wide whites. Since the EZ Boy interior was still in great shape, we only replaced the carpet. However, tiring of everyone looking in the trunk when we opened it only to see a stack of "stuff", we decided to upholster the trunk as part of the overhaul. The key issue was where to go with all of the stuff. After some thought, and a few sketches, a plan was developed and we would build in hidden compartments to hold the stuff and when it was all buttoned up it would be a fully upholstered trunk.
The project started off with Cabinet Building 101. A false floor with a hinged door was constructed. This allowed the stuff to pretty much remain where it was, under the false floor. A hinged door would allow access. A storage box was then constructed in the front area of the trunk between the false floor and the top of the trunk area. This box, with a hinged front door, would contain the battery, a bottle jack, and other stuff we may choose to store there. The framework was constructed to hold panels in place on each side of the front storage box. The decklid hinges determined the size of the storage box, as well as the design of the framework. Remember when the decklid comes down the hinges have to have some place to go. The hinged doors were secured using compact, simple, push-button latches we found in our Speedway Motors catalog. While we were in the catalog we added a couple of stainless steel braided battery cables, and a simple battery box/hold down to our order.
With the woodworking complete, it was on to upholstery. We contacted EZ Boy by LeBaron Bonney and explained what we had in mind, and that the upholstery for the trunk would need to match the interior. The people at EZ Boy are knowledgeable, friendly, and very willing to help.
LeBaron Bonney is best known for their restoration upholstery kits, tops, and so on. The EZ Boy brand is their custom upholstery line. Panel design, size of pleats, and color of piping is up to the customer. If you can design it, they can probably send you the materials to complete your own interior. They have over 6,000 seat cover patterns. If you know what your seat came out of chances are good that they have a pattern and can sew you up a custom cover for your seat. You can go online at lebaronbonney.com, click on Custom Interiors, and design your own interior using the sample material swatches and panel designs on their website. You can order your interior package right there or call their customer service department to get answers to any questions and make sure you have everything you need. They even have complete interior packages for most popular street rods.
In our case we wanted a red bolster on the top, and black, 1-3/4-inch-wide pleats on the bottom, with black welting separating the two. The plan was to match our EZ Boy interior. We also wanted carpet for a decklid underside cover, as well as carpet for the trunk floor. We sent samples of our existing upholstery material and they matched it exactly. The carpet in our recent update was black Daytona Weave and they matched that as well.