Thanks! That does help. I do have other questions though. (stupid ones perhaps) What is referred to with "ivy gold"? What is actually leather and what isn't (seats only I assume, but the inserts are whiter then the rest of the seat). Carpet color? This one is a very dark green, I originally thought it was black till It was in bright sun. Does anyone offer seat coverings or is all leather repair custom? Sorry for all the questions,but it's my 1st leather project! Bob
Hey man, the only stupid questions are the ones you don't ask!
Besides that I know for myself I feel kind of cool if I can help someone out by answering a question, so don't feel guilty about it. It's what keeps these fora alive.
Don't know the answer to your question by the way, so I might have asked it myself. Although I remember reading once about John's classic cougars offering aftermarket seat coverings...
You might try a search on it, but I'm sure someone here knows.
baddad the marine corps taught me there is no such thing as a stupid question! If you dont know you dont know thats why you are asking correct, dont ever be afraid to ask. American cars inveriably always when doing the seats for the most part used leather when leather was offered on the sitting portion and vinyl on the outer areas. you will find this to be true on your xr7 as well. Stangit used to offer the best leather seat covers but i am not sure who bought the patterns from them when they decided to close up shop. But here is a small tip since My buddy john has looked around and is now recovering his gte seats. We looked for seat covers and finallydecided to just go with a local guy to remake the seats. His is a hot rod specialist (which i recomend if your having it done) and has many cars in our area with owner praise from each and everyone. he is using a good close cell foam and is doing some custom things john asked for and front and back total with leather is going to be around 1500.00 which is a great bargain. I recomend this apraoch when going with leather now if your just wanting to do some vinyl then most of the cougar vendors offer them and if your really cheap like UMMHM a certain idividual who has a spiderman avatar but will remain nameless you could always use the mustang covers which usually run 100.00 less than the cougar covers.
Sorry Baddad, I don't know what "Ivy Gold" really means. I will go out on a limb and say that any dark items such as carpet, headliner? , etc will be green and the light pieces such as seats would be the white. Since you have leather interior your car is an XR7, correct? If so, the seats themselves are leather. The seat back panels, map pockets and headrests are vinyl. The door panels, quarter panels and armrests are vinyl. If you have a console then the padded lid is vinyl.
I purchased my leather seat covers from John's Classic Cougars ( http://www.johnsclassiccougars.com ) for about $1500 if I remember correctly, and was VERY satisfied. They fit like a glove and look identical to the originals. Took me about 4 hours start to finish on the front buckets. (I plan to do a product review/How to on this as soon as I scan my photos and get some "extra" time...). I did not do the rear seat since it is still perfect.
I few years back I had a local place redo some leather seats for me. Had them done in vinyl that looked just like the original leather. Same grain and everything, but they still looked like plastic compared to the leather ones.
It's up to you, what you can afford, etc. but if you have an XR7 with the leather and go to vinyl, make sure that you do all of the seats or risk it being real obvious that some is vinyl. The vinyl feels different too.