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I have a set of 2000 model Chevy bucket seats. I have lowered the seat belt bracket 2 1/2" and removed the head rest to fit into a 1955 GMC truck. I would like to make a different design in the seat. What is the best way to cover the velcro? I would like to make the top of the seat even across the top with the seat belt head. What foam should I use there? I probably will be using ultra-leather with 1/2" sew foam. What would be the best way to secure the seat cover to the seat? Sorry for all the question. I'm New @ Upholstering. Were is a good place to buy new seat belts? I attached a pic of the design. I would like to use for my seats.
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not exactly sure what your asking ''top of the seat even across the top with the seat belt head'' here, but i have modified 2007 ford fusion seats in my 58 chevy. i stripped the covers off and cut 6'' off the top to fit the cab better.



then i sent them over to get recovered in ultra-suede



i'm 6'4'' tall and need a little more leg room. i actually raised my seats 2'' to gain leg room
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I have a set of 2000 model Chevy bucket seats. I have lowered the seat belt bracket 2 1/2" and removed the head rest to fit into a 1955 GMC truck. I would like to make a different design in the seat. What is the best way to cover the velcro? I would like to make the top of the seat even across the top with the seat belt head. What foam should I use there? I probably will be using ultra-leather with 1/2" sew foam. What would be the best way to secure the seat cover to the seat? Sorry for all the question. I'm New @ Upholstering. Were is a good place to buy new seat belts? I attached a pic of the design. I would like to use for my seats.
Thanks for any help.
You are talking about a very elaborate change to the stock seats. This is really not a job for someone who is new to upholstery. The bolster areas need to have something sturdy under them to hold them in place, and to help them keep their shape. That will be tough to do with the stock seat frame. What Velcro are you talking about covering? Are you talking about what was built into the seat foam to hold the original seat cover in place? You really need to strip the seats down to the springs and start over, so the old seat foam with the Velcro attached would have to be scrapped and new seat foam fabricated in the shape you want to end up with. I like to use at least 65 compression foam, and more often 80 compression foam to hold the seat covers in the correct shape. (The higher the number the firmer the foam)
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Sell those seats and find something that fits properly.
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Here is a picture of the seat. I like the two colors and pattern of the other seat.
The shape of the seat can stay the same. I just want to put a piece of foam on top of the seat to make it even. Dan I hope this helps understand better.
I guess I should over with new foam or different seats
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So........ you want to make the top of the seat even with the top of the seat belt assembly, right? You can glue on a piece of 65 or 80 compression foam and shape it to the contour of the seat, but the foam needs to be reinforced so it doesn't come off. I would still use at least some of the original Velcro to define the center section of the seat.
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Thanks Dan
I look online but could not fine 80 foam?
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Foam usually has four numbers. The first two refer to quality which is expressed in density and are from 10 to 38. The higher the number the better the foam. The second two refer to compression or firmness and are generally 20 to 90. The higher the number the firmer the foam. You are looking for something like 2565 or 2580. Some places reverse the two sets of numbers.

Foam can be very expensive. You might be better off going to an upholstery shop who might have smaller pieces they'll sell you.
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