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66 Chevelle Buckets

After 4 years of hobby experience at this I'm still a genuine rookie but learning every day. My latest project really has me discouraged. I have 2 original cover, bucket seats from a 66 Chevelle to install premades (sorry quality) and new foam. I am having an extremely hard time getting the backs done. In fact, it just seems like the covers are too small and the new foam is too big when I'm trying to get them on. Just eyeballing though they look like the right ones. Anyone had this experience and maybe having any tips for getting this done. The seat bottoms don't appear that they will be that bad.

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Best thing to do is heat up the vinyl before/during installation. Use a steamer if you have one, or lay them out in the sun until they get soft. Then as you are installing them you can use a heat gun or a hair dryer (with caution) to soften as you go along.
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Yep, a good bake in the Sun, then turn them inside out & roll them on.
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A thin plastic bag over the foam helps as well.

Mine also gave me fits----to the point I took the backs to an upholstery shop.
Since the rest of the seat frame was prepped, he only charged $50 to pull the covers on.
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"Sorry Quality" says it all.
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The heat gun and the steamer should be a last resort. The vinyl will cool off before you can get the covers on anyway. Take them to an upholsterer. You might be missing something that will allow the covers to go on.

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