TMI Automotive Products, Inc
TMI SEMA 2019
The halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center get filled to capacity every Fall when SEMA rolls into town with manufacturers large and small showing off their wares. The showgoers are there to see the latest in what the automotive aftermarket has to offer for current release and maybe take a glimpse into what will be arriving in the future. In 2019, TMI took the latter route and showed off a quartet of vehicles with interior components that were going to be released in the near future. TMI took the opportunity to highlight the abilities and creativity of their Research and Development department with product lines that had been in development for some time. All the vehicles featured in the TMI booth were super popular models that already had a huge following, and it made sense to release interior products to take advantage of their station in the public opinion.
1969 Chevy Chevelle
The entire Chevy Chevelle model line has been a favorite with gearheads of all sorts either looking to make a mildly custom runner to cruise around on weekends, maybe build a full-on show car with a gleaming engine bay, all the way to the high-horsepower builds that shred tires and time slips! Either way, the Chevelle is firmly planted as a highly sought-after model, and it was the perfect time to release a full line of products for it.
This 1969 Chevelle was outfitted with a set of Pro-Series Lowback seats in the Sport 1000 pattern dressed up in Dark Reno leather and vinyl with Perforated Dark Reno vinyl sections, Parchment Pearl white stripes running down the middle, and white contrast stitching to tie it all together.
To show the SEMA attendees what TMI can do, the entire interior was matched to the front seats. That included the molded door and quarter panels, dashpad, 14-inch sport steering wheel, sun visors, headliner, rear seat with console, package tray, and the six-piece premium carpet kit. The trunk even got the royal treatment as well with a matching five-piece kit.
1959 Chevy Impala
The mighty Impala model is an icon in the car world. The design group at Chevy in the late ‘50s capitalized on the trends of the day and produced a long, low, and sleek two-door that just skated down the road. The trend of the day was to have a set of fins that accented the stylized taillights and Chevy hit it out of the park with their 1959-1960 2nd gen Impala.
This gorgeous 1959 Impala is a modern restomod take on the original factory offering, and TMI wanted to keep all the elements that made this car great while improving it that much more. The interior boasts a Pro-Grand powered driver’s seat in QR pattern, with the passenger seat being identical but not powered. Both are done up in Military Blue with white accents. The interior was then customized with Sport QR molded door and quarter panels, headliner, rear seats, a 14-inch polished Sport FXR steering wheel, sun visors, and package tray.
1964 Chevy Impala The 3rd gen 1961-1964 Impalas were just as regal as their older brothers, but the designers felt it was time to add a little attitude and toughness to the model to reflect the time period. The ’61 Bubbleback had retained a bit of that ‘50s flair, but by the time ’64 rolled around the Impala was much more square and that became a favorite among customizers of all sorts.
This ’64 was no different, proudly wearing its attitude adjustment on its shoulders. Inside was a bevy of new products starting with a powered Pro-Grand driver's seat in Sport LR, and a matching manual passenger seat both wearing White Chalk vinyl, White Madrid vinyl, with black stripes and black contrast stitching. The rest of the interior was color matched and included rear upholstery, flat door panels, sun visors, and a 14-inch Sport FXR steering wheel.
1992 Chevy CK Truck
The Single Cab/Short Bed truck craze kicked off with the introduction of the Chevy/GMC CK series in 1988. It was the Typhoid Mary of the custom Sport Truck era and for good reason too. Chevy and GMC dominated truck sales at the time and their introduction of the CK SC/SB was both a solid workhorse as well as a good-looking truck that was just ripe for customization.
TMI chose this 1992 Chevy to be their test-bed for products and just decided to go full bore with it and produce this beautiful truck for the SEMA show to have people drool over. The driver and passenger were treated to a set of Pro-Series lowbacks in Sport-AR in bright red vinyl, with black contrast stitching. The rest of the single cab was stuffed with all the custom that space could handle and included molded power door panels, a molded headliner, deluxe sport console with armrest and storage, a dash pad, premium carpet kit, and two-piece floormats.
Doing it up Big in Las Vegas
With their focus being firmly on the future, TMI was able to create product lines for models that resonated with all types of auto enthusiasts. The combination of a Chevelle, two Impalas, and a Chevy CK was a huge draw and kept the TMI display booth hopping the whole show.