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71 - 73 Seat Upholstery - Distinctive Industry or TMI ?


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I am trying to decide between Distinctive Industry and TMI for Standard or Deluxe Seat Upholstery complete set on a 1971 Mustang Coupe w/ Medium Green interior.

I believe I like the "Standard" better than the "Deluxe" because I have had deluxe for 15 years and don't like the color difference, plus the "Comfort Weave" is pressed vinyl and not true comfort weave and lastly the standard look nicer to me.

But I am NOT sure which brand makes a better quality product to be honest and most Forum entries on this same Topic or very Dated circa 2004 timeframe...

 

Apparently back then TMI was more accurate reproduction for "Show Car" w/ better piping (extruded welting chord piping) and Distinctive was better overall quality with thicker vinyl and padding (but w/ wrapped vinyl piping) for "Daily Driver".  

But back then both were actually made in USA, now Distinctive is made in Mexico, according to Label Tag's that I found on the web. 

Distinctive has been around since 1969 though and are generally carry a cheaper price tag.

 

I actually called CJPony and they told me Distinctive was still better quality than TMI and that they sell allot more of their brand, they also said TMI was better for Custom Colors regarding Mach I's.

 

Have any of you Classic Mustang Owners perhaps used both companies or sets of Vinyl  or has anybody actually compared these (2) side by side to note the key differences ?

Which one wears better and which one looks better ?

 

 

 

 

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I just purchased deluxe vermilion interior seats for my 70 Mach 1 from TMI after getting a few samples from them.  I have gotten them yet, but I liked what I have seen of others who have installed interior from TMI. 

 

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I used TMI.  Black and grey comfortweave Mach 1 seats.  I like it.

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Only thing I don't like about TMI is the huge logo they put on the sides of their seats. And they would actually sell MORE if they didn't do that. 

 

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Chris - BIG RED MACH 1

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I went with the TMI Sport seats up front and standard seat in back - Love It!  Then again, mine's more of a restomod than restoration.

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I installed TMI deluxe covers and foam on my Mach 1. They fit very well with good comfort. During a recent cleaning, after about 3 years since installed I found a couple of splits in the vinyl on the bolster of the drivers seat. I do not believe anything can be done with it to correct, just an FYI.

thanks, Jay

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So nobody has used Distinctive Industries ?  That is what I pulled out of my 1971 that has been installed and held up for about 15 years...

Like I said, all the research I have done reveals (2) main points.

 

1)  TMI is more accurate for MACH I's and has the correct for Piping (Extruded Welted Chord).

2)  DISTINCTIVE was more durable for Daily Driver and didn't fall apart, rip or tear as easily.

 

Thanks everybody for your input and feedback !

 

 

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On 9/5/2020 at 9:08 AM, clevelandcoupe said:

I installed TMI deluxe covers and foam on my Mach 1. They fit very well with good comfort. During a recent cleaning, after about 3 years since installed I found a couple of splits in the vinyl on the bolster of the drivers seat. I do not believe anything can be done with it to correct, just an FYI.

thanks, Jay

The side bolster  panels can be replaced. I did that on mine because there was a hog ring that had not been crimped and had made a hole. Fortunately I have a friend who is a custom upholsterer, so easy for me.

Geoff.

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i used the Distinctive Industries upholstery
for my 71 vert and I posted several pictures of my progress in a thread last winter as i recovered all seats and redid the interior of my stang.

 

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Have you checked with SMS upholstery in Oregon to see if they have the real comfort weave material in Green? Will be expensive but will be correct if you had comfort weave. I put off buying mine and they ran out of white. I wish I had bought years ago when they had the white material.

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David

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