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Old 01-27-2010, 06:34 PM
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My first attempt at installing new seat covers

Been working on just this seat for the last couple of days.
In the afternoons, after work.
Monday---was spent putting jute in between springs so they don't squeak as they touch.
Tuesday, was pent figuring out how this thing was going together, and then securing the side bolster listings.
Today--(Wed) I finally got it all secured to the frame,

The next seat should go much easier now that I discovered a couple of tricks.
(That side bolster listing-----PITA )
Maybe just 2 days

Then I will tackle the the seat backs.


I am told that a heat gun or hair drier may smooth out the side bolsters, may give that a shot later on.

You upholstery guys earn every dime
I doubt I will ever second guess a price to have something recovered again.

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Old 01-27-2010, 06:54 PM
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I am told that a heat gun or hair drier may smooth out the side bolsters, may give that a shot later on.
My advice would be to hold off on the heat gun until Dan has a chance to comment and provide his input.

I've never had any experience with one but it seems to me heat expands things...and you want to contract things. So I've never been able to understand the folks who recommend heat guns to shrink something up.

But hopefully Dan will stop in shortly and steer you in a proper direction.
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looks like I would try massaging the bolsters toward the back first.
may or may not work, but it's the easiest thing to try before anything.
dan will definitly have a better idea.
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Old 01-30-2010, 03:59 PM
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Forget the heat gun. A heat gun is not a magic fix for getting the wrinkles out of a seat cover. You've done as good a job as you can, and the center area looks great, but it's still not quite right. When it doesn't look right, there is a reason and you need to figure out what it is. It looks to me like the bolster areas need to be built up with some soft 1" foam (like 1825) glued in place. It should be cut on a bevel right next to the center insert. This happens a lot when using the old seat foam that has lost some of it's density.

Is this a Corvette seat? They are notorious for needing a little help from some additional foam.
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New seat frame assy.s and foam.

I had intended to get new springs for my existing seats, but alas, the place where all of the suppliers get their springs folded late last year.

Now the only way to get springs, it to get the whole frame Assy.

I just finished the other seat-----looks about like the first. But the seat in the picture seemed to relax some over the last couple of days just sitting in the front room. I'll do some more pulling on it in the morning.

I just started examining the backs-----this could be interesting, but I will not give up!

Not actually looking for show quality------when this car is done, it will become my daily commuter.
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Looking good Bryan I been thinking about doing my camaro myself Hummmm i think i will.


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