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Old 04-11-2014, 08:10 AM
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Here's a front bench from a '65 Chevelle that needs a little help. The previous owner took it out of the car and left it outside for three or four years. Stay tuned.
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Hi Jerry: It's just going to be pre-made covers for the front and rear seat, but the frame prep and padding will be of interest.
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Nice! Looking forward to this Dan.

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Hi Jerry: It's just going to be pre-made covers for the front and rear seat, but the frame prep and padding will be of interest.
I will be watch this one for sure.
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Hi: I finally got some time to post the rest of this info. This is the front seat bottom, which is in very good shape considering how neglected it was. The only thing wrong with it was a clip was missing holding one of the springs to the front border wire. I don't think there ever was a clip there, there were no signs of one ever being there. I used my Hartco gun to re-attach the spring. Next job is to tie all the springs together across the middle. This makes the entire unit act as one and that puts less stress on the individual springs. I used the Hartco gun to attach stake wire under each spring.
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Here's what I did next: This is the passenger side front seat back frame. It too was in very good shape. I did the same thing with it, tying all the springs together across the middle. I had to remove a couple old clips to have a place to attach the stake wire at each end. The driver's seat was broken, and I had to get it welded. I also added a piece of metal on the front side to make the unit more solid. I don't have any pictures of that process.

On all of these frames, I wire brushed the frames around the edges where the seat covers will be attached and sprayed them with a rust killer. I did this because I always pad the frames to prevent damage to the seat covers, and the rust killer gives me a better surface to glue the padding to.
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Old 05-10-2014, 07:37 AM
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Now that all the spring units have been stake wired, it's time to pad the frames. This is the rear seat bottom. The two bottom frames are the easiest to pad. I started by hog ringing a piece of Flex Pad to the border wire, overlapping the edge by an inch or so. Then I glued a piece of 1/2" very firm re-bonded carpet padding to the Flex Pad. After that, I glued a piece of 1" 2665 fire retardant foam over the carpet padding overlapping the edge by about 2". The carpet padding is not overhanging the seat frame at all. I did this to imitate the thickness of the padding that was on the seat frames originally.

In the last picture you can see the padding I glued on the bottom of the seat frame to protect the seat covers. I used a product called Polyfelt cut in 2" wide strips. This product is 3/16" thick and comes in 54" wide rolls 50 feet long. It is reasonably priced, is easy to glue, and forms to the frame very easily.
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Now comes padding the seat backs, which is a different and more time consuming job. The top of the spring unit has to be held in place and also have a place to hold the padding for the top of the seat back cover. To do this, I measured the width (front to back) of the seat cover at the top, and subtracted 1" for the thickness of the foam. Once I had this dimension, I sewed a listing pocket in one side of a piece of Versare, cut the Versare down to the correct size, and sewed it to the Flex Pad. The whole flex pad and Versare unit is then hog ringed to the seat frame. There is a piece of stake wire in the listing pocket which holds the springs in to the correct width. After that, I cut a strip of the same 2665 Fire retardant foam and made an "L" shaped assembly to pad the frame. This assembly was then glued to the Flex Pad and Versare.
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Here's the rest of the rear back frame padding. The first picture shows the bevel I cut on the bottom edge of the foam to go along with the shape of the seat cover. I cut a slight bevel of the top front of the foam as well for the same reason. Then I covered the whole assembly with a Dacron fiberfill wrap that is about 3/4" thick. This is on there to keep the seat cover from grabbing onto the seat cover. This product will allow the seat cover to go on more easily.
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Now for the last two pieces, the front seat back frames. These frames were done just like the rear seat back frame except the back of these frames were padded with the Polyfelt. These were pre-made seat covers from Distinctive Industries. They were made well, but not as good as covers made from my own patterns. This car will be a daily driver, and the owner didn't need anything fancy, just functional.
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hello, Great lessons Dan, thank you
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Great Stuff Dan your my hero,

Very timely for my 64 seats. PUI is just finishing up some proto types covers. I hope to get mine by the end of summer.

Is Flex Pad the same thing as deck pad that you used in other builds? Is flex pad the brand name or just a common name for a cheap vinyl underlayment.

I already bought pre-molded foam for my split bench. Was wondering why you didn't go that route here. Is the foam your using better or is it cheaper your way?

Can I assume the reason you glue each layer is so they don't slid over time?

So the order of material layers you used on seat bottoms was.
1. Flex pad
2. 1/2 high density carpet pad
3. 1" foam with a 2" over lap
4. Polyfelt around the outer frame for protection

Order of materials used on the seat backs was.
1. Versare (Just on top and sewn to the flex Pad)
2. Flex Pad
3. 1 inch foam
4. Dacron fiberfill wrap

Was the Dacron fiberfill wrap use on all the seats both bottoms and backs?

How were the covers of the front seat back attached at the bottom? Mine have a seam there and I can't tell how the seam was closed up.

Did the front seat use seat belt guides?

Just wondering if I could pick up any of these material from a place like joans fabric or would they all have to be special orded.

This is great stuff.

Thanks Dan.
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