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02-16-2008 04:36 PM
Dusty82 Of course you know I'm going to take you up on that, Dan. I'll be doing some new things this time, and I'm sure I'll have a bunch of questions - although most of them won't have anything to do with sewing this time...

These Dodge seats are so old, the vinyl on the top of the rear seat back shatters if you put any pressure at all on it. I'm going to be using marine grade vinyl for that reason. We really get some intense sun here, and the UV rays have just baked the bejezus out of the vinyl. I'll probably have to soak those pieces for a few hours to get them pliable enough to use for a pattern. Oh well - I'll get it.
02-16-2008 02:38 PM
DanTwoLakes There's no need to feel obligated to me in any way, Mark. It was my pleasure to help you out with the seat-a-lator. I'm glad you're back in business now. If you need help with the seats, just let me know.
02-16-2008 02:29 PM
Dusty82 Ok, the final updates have been made, and the journal is done. For now, anyway...

I've learned a lot from this project - primarily to slow down and do it right the first time. I learned to take more pictures than you'll ever think you'll need as you take things apart, because you'll need them when it comes time to put things back together. I have a total of 307 pictures of the Chevy seat project, and that still wasn't enough. There were a lot of little details I couldn't see in my pictures, but needed to see those details when it came time to work in that area. Lesson learned.

This semester, I've moved on to doing the interior of my wife's hot rod - a Dodge Dart Swinger. This is going to be a fun project, because I'll be doing 2 seats (front split bench and standard rear,) 2 rear quarter panels, 2 front door panels, and a rigid headliner. I'll cheat and buy carpet, and I'm debating on having the dash pad redone professionally, or using a cover. I've seen some well done dash covers that looks so much like a stock dash, you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference.

I have no plans to document that interior as heavily as I did the Chevy bench seat, but I'll post pictures and descriptions as I make progress. I'm working on the back seat now, and have the old covers off, cut apart, and getting them ready to use for patterns. I'll start on the front seat this weekend. My wife still has to decide on what colors she wants, but she knows she wants cloth "hidden seam" or "tuck & roll" inserts in the seats. (Hint - time to do that tutorial, Dan…) We'll see if I'm up to that or not…

Thanks to everyone in this forum for giving me so much encouragement and inspiration, along with the motivation to actually try this. Thanks especially to Dan for being my long-distance mentor, and providing me with more help than you'll ever know you provided me. I really appreciate you sending the Seat-a-lator, and hope to repay you one day - even though you say otherwise…

Thanks for following along folks. I'll see you around the forums!
02-16-2008 12:43 AM
horvath
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Originally Posted by Dusty82
Be warned folks - Specbrands has evidentially gone out of business, taking my money along with it, and not shipping my motor, so I'm out $149.00 ... You might want to check it out and take down the link from your site, Alan.
Thanks!

I found another supplier (same price) and changed the link on my site:
Here's the new supplier - Click Here

Sorry to hear about your computer crashing, etc.!
02-15-2008 07:20 PM
Dusty82 Ok, I posted 3 updates this evening, and the final two will get posted tomorrow evening. I still have a lot going on with updates to this computer being downloaded and installed, so posting time is still just a bit limited. I'll get it though.
02-15-2008 01:46 PM
Dusty82
He's Baaaaaaaak!

Well, that was fun. Lot's of upheavals, some bad luck, and real life just getting in the way have conspired against me. This includes a change in jobs, a hard drive giving up the ghost, a company closing down, and losing lots of pictures and updates for the project journal.

I've pieced things back together and gotten myself back online, so the updates to the project journal will be forthcoming starting later this evening. I got a chance to log on and look at the site from my wife's computer at her office, but I didn't get to stay very long - and I certainly didn't have anything to post from there. Well, I'm back, and I'll get cracking.

Be warned folks - Specbrands has evidentially gone out of business, taking my money along with it, and not shipping my motor, so I'm out $149.00. What I can piece together is they stopped shipping in October, but left their website up until well into December, taking orders and collecting funds the entire time. I ordered my motor in November, so I was right in the middle of that whole mess. My bank is doing what they can to settle things with them, but it doesn't look good so far. You might want to check it out and take down the link from your site, Alan. Anybody in Boca Raton, Florida want to go knock on some doors?

Like I said, I'll start posting updates this evening, and getting the project journal finished up. Right now I have a few loose ends to tie up here on this computer, and some software updates to download and install, so that's going to take up most of my time this afternoon. I'll come back later and start uploading.

Cheers everyone!
12-14-2007 11:36 PM
horvath Congratulations, Mark!
12-14-2007 10:15 PM
Dusty82 Those adhesives were provided by the school. This semester is over, thank God, and I won't see Bob again until the end of January when the next semester starts. I'll ask him then who his supplier is, if you'd like.
12-14-2007 09:15 PM
NEW INTERIORS
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Ok, the seat is done! I'm updating the project journal as I have time, and I'm writing as fast as I can. Everything turned out pretty well. I made some mistakes, and learned a LOT in this class. I'm already registered for the Advanced Upholstery class, and have plans on doing my boat upholstery for the class. It's not very big job - it's a lot of small jobs that equal a big job.

Again, I'll update as I have time, and I'll try to have it done in just a few days.
Dusty82 Were do you get your keyston adhesive from?And do you need to have a licenses to buy it?Thanks
12-14-2007 08:20 PM
Dusty82 Ok, the seat is done! I'm updating the project journal as I have time, and I'm writing as fast as I can. Everything turned out pretty well. I made some mistakes, and learned a LOT in this class. I'm already registered for the Advanced Upholstery class, and have plans on doing my boat upholstery for the class. It's not very big job - it's a lot of small jobs that equal a big job.

Again, I'll update as I have time, and I'll try to have it done in just a few days.
12-02-2007 10:43 AM
horvath No rush ... take your time -- we're all getting busy at this point, with the holidays!

You're gonna love that SewQuiet motor, Mark!
12-02-2007 10:31 AM
Dusty82 So much for making plans. I started updating the journal today, and will keep going until I'm all caught up. It might take a couple of days to do. Still a lot going on here. A sudden windfall has also kept us busy spending money on things we've really needed and paying bills. We're getting a new living room set delivered tomorrow, so today is a combination of moving out old furniture, vacuuming and shampooing carpets, and just tidying up the living room in general.

For those of you who are keeping score, I have 2 more classes this semester. The seat WILL be done in time - I plan on taking the completed seat in this Tuesday night. I'll add the finished plastic corner caps in class so that the final touch will be done there - kind of a symbolic thing, but hey...

I enrolled in the Advanced Upholstery class next semester, and I'll tackle the interior of my boat then. I'm also taking welding classes, so my time is going to be split between getting dirty in the metal shop and cleaning up to upholster my boat. Classes start January 22nd.

Another thing that has been keeping me away from the computer is assembling my new table saw, which took a full day to do. I'll need a table saw to cut out new plywood pieces for the boat interior, and the motor burned out on my old one. I got a new Rigid model #3650 10" contractor's saw, and so far I love it!

I also ordered a Sew Quiet servo motor for my Juki, and it should be here Monday or Tuesday. I also have a couple more back-cut welting feet ordered, and they should get here next week as well.

All in all, it's been a busy month. I'll be posting here and there as I have time, but for now I'm off to move furniture.
11-25-2007 01:32 PM
Dusty82 I know I haven't updated my project journal in a while, but rest assured my hands haven't been idle. We have 2 people out with injuries at work (one dislocated his shoulder and the other blew out his knee for the second time this year,) and that's messing with my work schedule. Between that, canceled classes, and having family over for Thanksgiving, I just haven't had time to sit down and type out the updates. I have been chronicling everything with my camera, so it's just a matter of getting time to sit down and type descriptions. I'll get on it either this evening or tomorrow morning.

One thing I can say without hesitation is that SEM Color Coat really reeks!
11-16-2007 07:36 PM
Dusty82 Yeah! Happy Birthday Dan!!!!!! I had no idea - I rarely load the Hotrodder's Homepage. Hope your b'day was a good one!

And thanks again for all of your help!
11-16-2007 05:34 PM
DanTwoLakes Thanks Alan!
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