Author Topic: 1939 Beechcraft Staggerwing Aircraft Interior Restoration  (Read 266 times)

Offline 39Staggerwing

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  • Name: J. Holmquist
1939 Beechcraft Staggerwing Aircraft Interior Restoration
« on: May 12, 2017, 10:59:08 AM »
We are currently attempting to authentically restore a 1939 Beech Staggerwing and have been referred to your club as a possible resource.  We have information that during that period, there was an overlap between auto manufacturers and aircraft manufacturers with regard to interior upholstery, leathers and carpets.  Specifically our airplane used,

Seats and Ceiling - Aristocrat Parma Blue #9725
Sidewalls - Lackawanna Leather  Blue HC 307
Carpet - Laidlaw # C-2300

We have reached a (hopefully temporary) dead end with the Beechcraft archives and are attempting to tap the knowledge base of some of the car clubs.  We are trying to present the airplane just as it left the factory in 1939 and any help or direction you could point us in would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks very much,

Mark Holmquist

Offline jagbuxx #12944

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Re: 1939 Beechcraft Staggerwing Aircraft Interior Restoration
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2017, 03:05:20 PM »
Hey Mark, sounds like an awesome project. Try SMS auto fabrics in Canby Oregon.
They are the go-to source for correct vintage/nos auto fabrics.
Frank Burns #12944
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Offline Carl Fielding

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Re: 1939 Beechcraft Staggerwing Aircraft Interior Restoration
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2017, 05:54:51 PM »
HI Mark ! Lots of fly boys and gals here. In addition to Frank's source , the Grand Old Man of automotive fabrics and leather is Bill Hirsch.  800-828-2061 . Bill is getting on , but explain your project to Eric , or whoever pics up the phone. See if you can talk directly to Bill. I have dealt with him for over 1/4 century. He always had time on the phone , or in person. He may know exactly another source , also. Lebaron - Bonney is an automotive fabric specialist , 800-221-5408. Another must call is RS : , 814-467-9842 , 9-5 EDT. Always check to see if any source has stock on hand. You don't want to hang around waiting for them to shear sheep or tan hides if you don't have to. Good luck , Mark ! I am assuming you have emailed aviation museums and restoration venues ? Please keep us informed of your progress , (web site ?) , and let us know how any of our recommendations have worked , or not for you.  -  Another once fledgling , now aging , pilot with two stripe training , Cadillac Carl (Just trying to get to the point of closing out my flight plan down here on Earth getting by on a V.F.R. mind in an ever more I.F.R. world.)  :-)
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Offline CLC 30326

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Re: 1939 Beechcraft Staggerwing Aircraft Interior Restoration
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2017, 06:08:22 PM »
You can post pictures of the materials you do have. It will most likely help a lot.
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Offline gary griffin

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Re: 1939 Beechcraft Staggerwing Aircraft Interior Restoration
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2017, 06:23:02 PM »

If you have any of the original upholstery and it is not going to be used except for patterns I suggest you find some scrap pieces from under seats or other concealed locations and send samples to the vendors recommended herein  in addition to finding an upholsterer with a lot of gray hair.  Since there are probably no other planes to compare it to you can get away with about anything that looks period correct and made from similar materials. Being an old pilot myself I love the Stagerwing and would love to see it if it is ever in the Seattle area.
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Offline KD

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Re: 1939 Beechcraft Staggerwing Aircraft Interior Restoration
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2017, 12:54:11 PM »
The Staggerwing was one of the prettiest plane ever made and highly sought after.
I had a piper PA-14 on floats for over 20 years until I left Alaska. there were only 200 produced.
Good luck with your restoration.
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