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Old 03-31-2011, 09:45 AM
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Gel Foam for T-Bucket Seats

I am making seats for my T-Bucket. I would like them to be comfortable enough that my 60 year old body could tolerate longer trips.
I have a bicycle seat that uses Gelfoam and it is very comfortable but I don't know if it's appropriate for Hot Rod seats.
If not, I could use some suggestions for comfortable seat pads.

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bucket seating

at first i did a full plywood with foam... u get about 20 miles and your sitting on plywood..not fun in a bucket... soooo i pulled the fabric off and cut 2 holes and did a cross weave on the top of the plywood. the weave was as close or over lap as posible.. then i got 2-1" layer of hvac hi-density foam and put tht on and put the seat cover back... MUCH BETTER..
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I am making seats for my T-Bucket. I would like them to be comfortable enough that my 60 year old body could tolerate longer trips.
I have a bicycle seat that uses Gelfoam and it is very comfortable but I don't know if it's appropriate for Hot Rod seats.
If not, I could use some suggestions for comfortable seat pads.
Like Delaware Bill found out, gel foam, or any other foam for that matter, will eventually compress down to a solid base. The base for the foam needs to be flexible and have springs or some other alternative like heavy elastic seat webbing. Your seat foam needs to be at least 2" thick, and very firm compression like 65 or 80 to support your butt properly for any extended period of time. Gel foam is expensive and is pretty much the only alternative for something like a motorcycle seat, but for a car seat it is a waste of money.
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To fab up a seat frame look at a webbed lawn chair for the frame idea and install the webbing and then make the cushion..main thing to understand is that most stock seats are too high for a t-bucket so you wind up with something like a bomber seat..

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seat webbing,and where do you get it?


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Intes Elasbelt is what I use, the 2" wide #7 black with red stripe which is for seats and only stretches 5%. I get it from one of my suppliers, but they only sell to upholstery shops. You can get it here: Rochford Supply
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Thanks so much for the guideance, it's all new to me.
2" thick foam for the seat and very firm 60 - 80 over Intes Elasbelt.
As you know T-Buckets are real stiff, would you go with 60 or 80?
Is 2" enough or should I go 3" in the seat.
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I would use 3" if there's room. 80 compression foam is really really, firm, so if you're a big guy I would use that. If you're an average guy the 65 will support you fine. Either of them will soften up some over time. If you can't find the foam or elastic you need locally or on the internet, PM me.
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Thanks so much. I can construct the seat frame ok and web it but I'm not up to doing the upholstery. I like the look where the lines look carved into the Ultra Leather. Could you suggest a reasonable source to do this type of Upholstery?
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Thanks so much. I can construct the seat frame ok and web it but I'm not up to doing the upholstery. I like the look where the lines look carved into the Ultra Leather. Could you suggest a reasonable source to do this type of Upholstery?
There is a guy up north that does an excellent job, name is DanTwoLakes.
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Thank you, OF, but he said reasonable.
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