About Shelby Trim

 

Founded in 1979 by owners Dan and Terri Kreucher, Shelby Trim has grown into one of the largest automotive soft trim shops in the Midwest, offering concours quality workmanship at a reasonable price.

Dan had an early start in the automotive world, getting his first car at the age of fourteen, and acquiring and reconditioning several other vehicles prior to reaching driving age. “I would get them running and race them around our family asparagus patch,” recalls Kreucher, “I learned to pull a good hole shot in the sand, and my older brother-in-law could not beat me, even though he had a V8 and I only had a six-cylinder.” Dan went on to work as an automotive and motorcycle mechanic in his late teens, eventually taking a position as a sewing machine operator, and then sewing machine mechanic at Ford Motor Company, prior to starting Shelby Trim.

Shelby Trim serves the general public and corporate accounts, including new car sublet warranty repairs, and has outfitted numerous show vehicles for GM, Ford, Chrysler and Volkswagen. Examples of this work can be found at the Walter Chrysler museum, General Motors Heritage Center, and at GM headquarters in the Renaissance Center, and perhaps the car you’re driving. We perform all aspects of soft trim, from repairs on everyday driven vehicles, to complete interior restorations – both stock and custom. Nobody in the entire Midwest replaces and services more convertible tops than Shelby Trim.

Our staff of experienced veteran technicians (“trimmers” as they’re known in the trade) work in a clean, well lit and organized shop, furnished with all of the proper tools, work tables, and special equipment required to provide you with the the very best in quality craftsmanship.

We’re conveniently located near several highways, in the heart of Macomb County, Michigan, with lots of great places to eat, shop, and visit nearby.

 

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What’s Included In Our Shop Rate?

Highly Skilled Labor

Good trimmer technicians are scarce. Many shops fail to provide adequate compensation, and/or satisfactory working conditions to attract and retain high caliber, skilled employees. Our team of trimmers are all long-term employees, most having fifteen years or more of seniority. We are very proud of our workforce here, both for their skills, and their fine work ethic. Some trim shops will hire whomever will work for low wages, translating into lower quality service and work, but we have striven to retain our team over the years by providing skilled wages and a working environment in which they can thrive.

Administrative Support

At Shelby Trim, you will find a helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly person at the counter to help you with estimates, material selection, phone inquiries, and any other assistance that we can provide. This allows our trimmers to focus on your vehicle’s needs, while the administrative staff answers the phone, greets customers, gives estimates, orders parts, processes all necessary paperwork, and performs accounting duties.

Facility and Equipment

A good trim shop requires more space than a mechanical repair shop, in order to have the necessary space to open up the car doors, and remove the interior or interior parts. A large amount of table space is needed to work on interior parts, and plenty of shelving is necessary to store completed or in-process parts. We have over 10,000 square feet of space, and custom built benches and tables in order to service your project efficiently. Every year, Shelby Trim continues to reinvest in the purchase and upkeep of equipment, so that we may best serve our customers. Many shops consist of little more than a single sewing machine, but we maintain over a dozen different sewing machines, along with a vast array of professional cut and sew equipment, allowing us to duplicate all of the factory stitch styles accurately and efficiently.

Licensed and Insured

Shelby Trim has been legally licensed since its inception in 1979. Our company and employees are fully insured. This is an important consideration when having work performed on your vehicle; you can have peace of mind when leaving it in our care.