When it comes to upholstery, the first thing that runs into my mind is 7th grade home economics. The needle and thread at my fingertips, the teacher breathing down my neck, and the only thing on my mind are the McDonald's double cheeseburgers I will be dining on in 47 minutes! Long story short, let's just say that I focused my studies elsewhere. To this day, the thought of sewing to me is about as entertaining as trying to put lipstick on a bear. For that reason, I've never even began to think about upholstering any of my rides. Well, I did throw some color coordinating blankets over some buckets seats one time if that counts! But real upholstery, fu-get-da-bout-it.

If one was to look through a '73-'87 C10 LMC Truck catalog they would notice that they cater to the DIY weekend warrior. Ranging from suspension, trim, body panels and much more, the array of products runs deep and rampant. In fact, LMC even dabbles in a DIY taboo, upholstery. Between those pages is everything needed to do an entire interior in the cab of '73-'87 trucks. From the headliner to the flooring and door to door, LMC truck has the catalog numbers to cover every square inch of the cab. They even carry upholstery for the seat. Whoa, pump the brakes! Yes, the previous sentence read upholstery, however, there is absolutely no sewing, stitching, gluing, cutting, or anything else one might find on that old jr. high home economics test. Instead, the upholstery is simple seat covers that install with hog rings, and hog rings only. All in all, the entire upholstery for the GM trucks is something any weekend warrior can handle with no previous upholstery knowledge or skill.

Instead of hiring some sort of focus group to decide colors and styles, LMC went straight to the source, GM. All of the upholstery products offered are direct replacement products molded, designed and created to look just like OEM products. The appearance is just how GM intended, and the fitment and installation is more of the same. LMC products are also designed to install just like OEM products.

For those looking to add some style to their interior, LMC has a solution as well. Along with direct replacement products, they also offer bolt-in aftermarket products that add some zing. For instance, LMC offers billet trim found along the dash, door panels and sill plates. By installing the new trim package, the interior retains that vintage GM vibe, yet takes on a modern twist that adds more vibrancy and life to the persona of the cab.

The next few pages will demonstrate that upholstery and interior work can be another project in the garage, which means no more shopping around for the right price and the right look at an interior shop. Instead, one can pick up a catalog, have parts delivered to the door, and the wrenching can begin. A week later, a truck emerges from the garage with a whole new attitude.

Being that an entire interior is going to be installed, it's going to take more than a few pages; therefore, this interior install will be broken down into two parts. Working from the ground up, part one will begin with the flooring. First, sound and heat barriers will be laid down, and then they will be covered with carpet. Next up, the seat will be recovered with a black vinyl and grey velour seat cover. Lastly, new door panels with billet trim will find their way into the mix. In next month's install we'll cover installing a new dash pad with all the trimmings, a billet steering wheel, and a new headliner with accessories. So take a look and watch how simple, easy, and quick it is to transfer the look of that cab into something that won't make you wanna tint your windows!