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Old 10-29-2013, 03:52 PM
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Pix of '60 Cat uphostery project

I've made more progress on the Catalina upholstery. I'm posting some pictures. I'm pretty happy with the back seat, but the front will be much more of a challenge. I cut the fabric for the top of the bottom part today and marked the lines for sewing the pleats. Oh, and we got the door panels in. It was kind of difficult because not all of the nails lined up with the holes in the door. My husband is very resourceful, so he figured out how to make it work. We even bought some windlace, died it the interior color and put it in by the back of the door.

I have a question about the split front seat. Notice that the pleats go all the way to the back of the top on the back rest. I'll do that on the front back rests also. I think it's called a waterfall effect. Since I'll be using 1/2 inch scrim foam on the upholstery, would it be all right to not use 1 inch foam on the front of the back seat rests. I'm showing you a picture of what I've done to prepare the back rest. What do you think? If I do use 1 inch foam there, I have to glue it to some fabric to be able to hog ring it in place because the 24 inch foam doesn't reach to the hog ring places.

What a project! I haven't even begun to think of how I'll deal with all the problems that a split seat presents!

Thanks again for the advice you've given.

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looks good. do not stop now. you got a handle on it. Dantwolakes will help you through it.
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Just use softer 1" foam on the seat backs. This will insure that you fill out the seat cover, and it will compress easily. As far as attaching the foam to the seat, just glue it in place over the rebonded felt you have attached to the seat back frame.


Those nails are a ridiculous way to attach the door panels. I always drill new 1/4" holes for panel clips. I have a '48 Chevy I'm working on right now that was the same way. There was also a flange on the bottom of the door that I removed to make room for the holes.
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Thanks, Dan. I looked on-line at Rochford Supply and found some foam called "comfort soft 1" HR 2024. It costs $16.88. Is that what you had in mind?
Yesterday I sewed the pleats in part of the bottom front seat and will do the other half today. I think I'll finish the bottom before I start on the back rests.

We put the front bumper on yesterday and it looks really nice.

I'm glad we got the door panels in. Those nails were hard to work with. I'll be taking a break after today, but will have more questions later. I really appreciate your help.

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Yes, 2024 would be perfect. Below 24 compression would be way too soft. Bottom seat foam should be at least 45 compression.
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I'm wondering about the top and sides of the seat backs. If the foam doesn't come around to fill that area, how should I fill it, or even should I?

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How was the original seat padded? I normally recommend taking pictures of the old padding on the frame, and keeping the old padding to use for a reference. You will have to glue some flexible fabric between the spring decking and the back of the frame, or there won't be any place for extra padding to go.


Or, if 1" of soft foam won't fill the cover out, add another layer of 1" foam.

Here's a split seat that I just finished. It's out of a '48 Chevy.
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There again, the springs were bare when we got the car. We had to do some work on them to reinforce the springs, but otherwise the seats are in pretty good shape. I've had to pad the springs with what's available and I'm sure it isn't what would have been done in 1960. My problem is that the seat top measures 6 1/2 inches front to back without any foam glued on. I would like it to measure about 5 inches at the top. Can I make the seat cover so that the springs will be compressed to fit? Do people do that? Will it be too much tension on the seams?

By the way, I love working with the ultraleather since it's very soft and pliable.

Your seats are beautiful! I'm sure your customer will be very happy.

Today, I'm working on the bottom of the front seat. The 1960 Cat had no seat belts, so I have to be sure to make room for them.

Again, thanks for the advice.

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You have to make the seat cover so that it compresses the springs, or it won't fill out the seat cover. Usually, you can use 1" foam as padding, and for seat backs, you will probably need some padding at the top.
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More progress on '60 Cat upholstery

We hog ringed the bottom front seat cover to the seat this morning, so thought I'd post some pictures. We didn't connect the back part yet or the back of the sides because my husband has to put in the seat belts and I have to do the seat backs and put them in first. We're pleased with the result. I ordered some softer foam to use on the split seat backs and will start work on them when that comes by UPS. I ordered it from Rockford Supply. Thanks, Dan for the help on that decision.

Best wishes to all for a Happy Thanksgiving weekend.

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'60 Cat upholstery is done and in!

My husband and I put the front seat in the Pontiac Catalina today and we're happy with the results. I want to thank DanTwoLakes for all the help and advice. I wouldn't have been able to do it without. Here are some pictures of the car and interior. Now we'll be able to start the engine for the first time!

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My husband and I put the front seat in the Pontiac Catalina today and we're happy with the results. I want to thank DanTwoLakes for all the help and advice. I wouldn't have been able to do it without. Here are some pictures of the car and interior. Now we'll be able to start the engine for the first time!

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The 60's are pretty cars. Looks good. I know you have to be pleased to see the end result.

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Looks good. You did a great job on those seats. Way to keep a Poncho alive!
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Love the 1960 Pontiac 2 door hardtops. Great job on the interior. You've got to be feeling really good about your accomplishment.
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Our Pontiac Catalina in 2009

Thanks, John, UJSLost and KVP. I have so much respect for my husband now knowing a little better what he goes through building a car. He did most of the work to make this car beautiful. I'll post some pictures of what it looked like when we got it in March of 2009. He did the wiring, the brakes, the exhaust, the paint and body work. We did the headliner together and he gave me lots of encouragement and advice on the upholstery...He helped me with the hog ringing, too. I love how it looks.
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