THE QUALITY YOU'VE COME TO EXPECT, QUICKER, BETTER, LOWER PRICE
I upholstered my first car in 1964 while still in high school. During my stint in the Air Force I helped friends and Classic T-Bird club members improve their upholstery. After my discharge, while attending college on the GI Bill, I continued my part time business of auto upholstery and restoration to help make ends meet.
After graduating I continued restoring and upholstering cars while teaching, coaching and later even when I became a school administrator. In the early 80’s I decided to turn my efforts completely to auto restoration. I then formed Phantom Auto Works
One of my repeat customers had several Studebakers. After exhausting every vendor, I realized there was no reproduction upholstery available. My customer simply said “couldn’t you make kits?” I had never thought of it that way and it became the start of a new direction. After months and months of research and hunting for material sources, the manufacturing of reproduction Studebaker upholstery kits became a reality. As time progressed and more patterns were developed, the business grew rapidly.
It didn’t take long to outgrow the little shop behind our house. After moving to a larger shop, I asked my wife, to quit her job as office manager and help me in our business. She took up the responsibilities of the office, shipping and helped out when and where I needed her. With the addition of my wife, I was able to use my time more efficiently and the business began to expand even more.
Continuing growth, we added employees so we could try and keep up with the demand. After the addition of our new guys it was easier to complete the orders without sacrificing the quality of our products.
In 2006 we decided to sell Phantom Auto Works. After 3 years of semi-retirement, and many request of our customers, the desire and drive is still strong. We are back in the Studebaker reproduction upholstery business as Southeast Studebaker, LLC. You can look forward to more of the quality and accurate reproduction kits, show winners, and friendly service at fair prices for the future.