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Performance & Hotrod Business - April '15

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HOTROD W ith so much attention cast on auto upholstery shops that spe- cialize in custom hot rods, we sometimes forget about those that focus on classic res- torations—an integral part of our industry that we at The Hog Ring aim to highlight more of in the near future. Make no mistake, the projects these shops take on are just as challenging as custom work—with, of course, the added difficulty of ensuring that every last detail is period-correct. Among the best in the business is master trimmer Dan Kirkpatrick, who we're honored to interview for the latest installment of The Hog Ring's popular "10 Questions" series. Kirkpatrick launched his career in upholstery in the 1970s, when—straight out of high school—he took a job at a local furniture factory. From there, he went on to work for a couple of auto glass and upholstery shops, where he narrowed his scope to cars and honed his skills. As he excelled in the craft, he transi- tioned from general auto upholstery to custom work, but eventually found his niche in the highly specialized world of classic car restoration. Today, he is owner and operator of Dan Kirkpatrick Interiors in Chouteau, Oklahoma—where car collectors from all over the United States flock to have their rare and often-priceless automobiles restored. He completes about six full res- torations a year, and is usually booked six months to a year in advance. Renowned for his master craftsman- ship and meticulous attention to detail, Kirkpatrick's work has won numerous awards and been featured in countless magazines. Nevertheless, he remains as humble and hardworking as ever. For Kirkpatrick, auto upholstery isn't just a job, it's his passion—evident in the thoughtful answers he shared with us in the following interview. By Naseem muaddi, ThehogRiNg.com 10 Questions for Master Trimmer Dan Kirkpatrick Dan Kirkpatrick restores rare and priceless automobiles for car collectors from all over the United States. 1929 Duesenberg J-108 Murphy disappearing top convertible. 66 n Performance & Hotrod Business n April 2015

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