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08-17-2014 02:52 PM Almost new seats cont.
I got a set of seat covers from Corvette America and used their web site video to install them. I decided to reuse the existing foam but added some foam in a couple places. I didn’t want to use the bar trim that goes near the top of the seat back. I added some foam to fill the void. I also have a bad back so I added some foam to the lower back to give me some lumbar support. After running back and forth from the garage to the house to view the video I finally got the first seat done.


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08-17-2014 02:49 PM Almost new seats
I picked up a set of C3 Corvette seats off of eBay as they have a lower profile than the ones that I had in the truck. When I sat up straight it those seats my eyes were level with the top of the windshield. I stripped them down and found that they had some rust issues. I repaired, sand blasted and painted them. A few of the zigzag springs were rusted off so I got some new ones. That is when I found out that they needed to be cut down to fit. After I cut the springs I noticed that the ends would not fit in the frame. I clamped a vise grip in a vise to hold the spring and bent it to match the originals. They fit like they were made for it.


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07-24-2014 04:16 PM Grooming the cab cont.
Ok back into the cab and fit the trim pieces.


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07-24-2014 04:14 PM Grooming the cab cont.
Next I laid the old liner over the new one, marked it, and cut it to match. I inserted the rods and installed it for a test fit. I found that I needed to taper the corners. I pined them in place and took it back to the sewing machine. This was a time that I needed a second set of hands, thus the squeeze clamps.


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07-24-2014 04:11 PM Grooming the cab cont.
Using the old headliner as a pattern I went to the local fabric store to find some material to sew up the new headliner. After quite a while of searching I ran across some denim. I picked a shade that went with the piece of cab that I had with me. Other than sewing patches in uniforms and helping to repair canvas while in the military my skills were limited. But what the heck I’ll give it a try. The old headliner had pockets for the rods sewn to the top of the cloth. I figured that I would make my pockets by folding the denim and sewing the pockets that way. Measure once measure twice take a deep breath and go for it. I took a piece of masking tape and attached it to my wife’s sewing machine 1 inch from the needle to give me a guide. I then folded it over and sewed another seem about a ź” from the previous seem.


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