A long time ago (roughly 7 years now) I worked in a junkyard. We used all kinds of things from the cars for various non-automotive purposes. For instance, we would take the oil out of the cars and put it into this drip system which was used to heat the shop during the cold months. We also would use the seats from the cars for the seating around the shop. I ate many a lunch whilst sitting on the bench seat out of an old Ford pickup.
One day, as I looked upon some guys sitting in those seats, I thought that it would be really cool to make furniture out of old car parts. The more I’ve thought about it, the cooler the idea has gotten.
Last year, I decided that I wanted to start my own business and I thought that the auto furniture/ restoration would be a cool business to own. I didn’t (and still don’t) have much capital to start this thing, so I decided that I would start an online business.
That’s when I bought the domain automanempire.com. Dave thought up the name from the original idea of automotive furniture.
I quickly lost focus of what I wanted to do and I went through about 10 ideas in rapid succession of what Automan Empire ought to be. What it turned out to be was pretty much nothing. The website now suggests that I could do a restoration for you, but the reality is I can’t. I have nowhere to do it and I don’t even have enough capital to start it if I did have a shop.
I have recently regained my focus, though. I have hashed out a plan in my head a thousand times and pitched it to just about everyone I know and everyone so far has thought it was a good idea, so now I am taking baby steps towards beginning to make auto themed furniture.
I have started by buying the rear seat of 69 Mustang fastback.
I will recover it in black and build a wooden frame for it and stain it a very deep, dark color and polyurethane the bejeebers out of it. I want to make a very functional, high end loveseat.
There are a couple of companies making auto furniture, but it is not exactly what I’m doing. Corbin is one of them. But my pieces will be more designed to look like high end furniture, not campy like their’s are. I want to build pieces that a car guy would want to put in his living room and his wife would not object. I also want the prices to be more in-line with normal furniture prices. $3000 for a loveseat is a bit much, I think.
Well that is my idea. I will keep you updated with how it comes along.