INTERIORS BY SHANNON
ALEXANDER CITY, ALA.
1938 CHEVROLET COUPE, 1998 CHEVROLET SILVERADO
Reviewed June 7, 1999
f you're looking for the lowdown on the hot rod scene, Interiors By Shannon is the place to start. Beaming with Southern hospitality, the site was designed and is maintained by Alabama upholsterer Shannon Walters to showcase his award-winning custom leather car interiors and share his true love for 'rodding.
In a trade occupied by aged master craftsmen, Walters, at just 27, is already turning heads with his work after sewing his first stitch in trade school just five years ago. Originally planning to train as a studio artist, Walters parlayed his artistic talent into the more practical trade of upholstery, learning the fundamentals on furniture. The transition from sofas and chairs to cars and trucks was natural for the son of a hot rod fan. "I've worked around old cars for most of my life," Walters writes in his on-site bio.
Walters's most recent project was the leather interior of a beautiful pale yellow and white 1955 Chevrolet Convertible, currently on display at the site. His signature style becomes evident after browsing the interior photos of the 17 cars on display at the site from a 1936 Ford Coupe to a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro. You'll also be able to see the exterior of the cars as well as "before" pictures for the full effect. And for the ultimate before shots, there's even a page of Old Pics featuring derelict would-be rods with the obligatory trees growing through them.
On his site, Walters keeps an invitation posted to the local weekly Saturday cruise night, and lists upcoming national events he'll be attending. "I trade links with everyone I can," Walters says, a practice that has resulted in a huge hot rodding network. The Upholstery Links section includes other shops across the country and even one in Australia as well as sources for materials, kits and equipment for the do-it-yourselfer. He also offers a downloadable list of tips for readying your car for the upholstery shop that's useful regardless of where you take for rod for custom interior work.
Reported by Andrius Mikonis for cars.com
Read Walters' helpful tips for preparing your vehicle for custom upholstery.
OLD CAR PHOTOS
MY 1938 CHEVY COUPE
View the work of another custom auto upholsterer.
PETER'S 1938 FORD COUPE
DR. CHOP'S STREETROD PAGE