Our hybrid concept for Project FearleSS continues with a visit to a top-notch interior shop that could execute our vision. Obviously, we’re not talking about a “hybrid” in the sense of an electric car, but the word itself refers to the combining of two different elements to make a unique project, which we have set out to do. We combined the stock aspects of a ’68 SS Impala and the modern day performance amenities of an updated drivetrain, and so in today’s tech article we bring you the modern times upholstery for the projects interior.

We stopped at Distinctive Industries in Santa Fe Springs, California, where Research & Development Specialist Fernando Rodriguez helped us out with our build. Distinctive Industries has been around for over 40 years and the company specializes in classic car interiors. With the capabilities of building a complete interior from scratch, this project was nothing hard for their expert team. The hardest aspect of this build was to choose a design and color for the interior. Some of the design elements included eliminating the factory welts and replacing them with a double stitch design. They are also building the interior using real leather, instead of the original vinyl, which was sometimes known to make you sweat during hot weather drives.

With the show season in full bloom and SEMA around the corner, we knew we were in the right hands to update our custom interior. Now, let us show you what it takes to build a custom interior with the professionals at Distinctive Industries.

<strong>1</strong>. Here is a look at our before shot of the interior from Project FearleSS.<strong>2</strong>. When we visited our friends at Distinctive Industries, they showed us the array of leather and suede that they offer, making the design part even harder.<strong>3</strong>. Fernando went over the designs and that included him researching the vast, original company archives. This ensured that we got the original modern-style interior that we wanted for the Impala.<strong>4</strong>. The rear stock seat had some wear and tear from years of usage and needed to be repaired.<strong>5</strong>. Angelo reinforced the seats by adding some spring reinforcements, which will be able to hold the weight and take the normal abuse of a rear seat.<strong>6</strong>. Once reinforced, the seat was given a foundation, or liner, that protects the new foam from being cut up by the metal springs.<strong>7</strong>. The seat frame was checked by running a measuring tape across the frame, the Distinctive crew could see that it was as square as it was when it came from the factory. Then we installed the Cars, Inc. seat foam.<strong>8</strong>. The Cars Inc. seat foam fits perfectly and will give us a <strong>9</strong>. The seat covers go on with no difficulties, making the Distinctive Industries interior kit easy to install.<strong>10</strong>. The backrest was in better shape and didn't need to be reinforced, but we still added the new padding to the seat. This will give whom ever sits in the back a comfortable feel when using the seat.<strong>11</strong>. The stock interior was completely dissected to allow new patterns to be duplicated. This process was done throughout the interior, allowing us to get the designs that we were looking for.<strong>12</strong>. Here is a look at the templates that were made. These stencils were then transferred to an electric computerized leather cutter.<strong>13</strong>. These patterns were transferred manually.<strong>14</strong>. As you can see, our leather piece was identical to the transfer template.<strong>15</strong>. Industrial interior glue was used as it was spread on the leather.<strong>16</strong>. The backing or foam also needed to have glue sprayed onto it. This will allow the foam panel and leather to make a good bond once it dries.<strong>17</strong>. Once the leather and glue dried together, it was cut out.<strong>18</strong>. The stencil designs still needed to be transferred. These stencils were done in chalk so whoever was going to be sewing could follow the design.<strong>19</strong>. Ignacio followed the straight lines, leaving the double-stitch design.<strong>20</strong>. The powdercoated seats will give the car interior a new look. Our friends over at Millennium Powder Coating, who have done all of the Project FearleSS powdercoating and media blasting, also handled the seating.<strong>21</strong>. Here is a look at the completed front seat that the pros over at Distinctive Industries demonstrated a distinct look and style.