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Old 07-26-2010, 07:44 PM
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Repairing Leather Seat?

Hoping you guys can help. As some of you know, I restore/modify Jaguars. (Hey, everybody's got to have a vice or two.) Anyway, I am using the rear seat out of an '86 Jaguar XJ6 Vanden Plas (VDP) in an '84 I'm building as a daily driver.

For those of you who don't know, the VDP is the fancy gussied up XJ6 or XJ12 or just about any other Jag. When you get the really nice interior/exterior package on a Jag it's usually called a VDP.

Now the seats in the VDP are all leather, no vinyl. My rear seat is in really good shape, no tears at all, but a little of the stitching has torn. One area on the back of the bottom seat about 8" long (on the rear, out of sight) and another small area about 6" long between two of the pleats. In addition, the burlap cloth that went between the foam padding and the springs is also gone thanks to some mice so wire springs are just beginning to push up into the foam padding. What needs to happen is that the seat cover needs to come off and be re-sewn and the burlap replaced. I am in the process of rejuvenating the leather to relax it and make it really soft & supple again and I will be redying the leather prior to installing the seat.

So, here are my questions. First, once the leather is completely rejuvenated and softened, can I remove the hog rings etc and remove the leather for re-sewing or should I have a shop do it? Can I re-install the cover myself or should I also farm that out? Finally, is there anybody on the board that would do the job? (I'd certainly be want to pay for it, I'm not looking for a freeby.) I want to emphasize that this will be a daily driver, not a show car. I'm looking for a stock looking repair but would rather deal with a fellow HBB'er than somebody I don't know. FWIW, I have two extra leather back bench seats and four extra front buckets if somebody needs them.

What say ya guys?

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Yes, you can take it off yourself and put it back on, rear bottom seats are as easy as it gets. If you send me a PM, I can repair it for you if it is exactly like you say it is, and is not cut through at the stitch lines. It would really help to have pictures of what you're talking about.
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Thanks, Dan

I'll get some photo's in the next couple of days. The leather is not torn (I don't think) but I'll take a closer look.

I'll send you an email with the photos.

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Please make sure you do this off the board in the private message system. If you click on my user name, you should get my e-mail address.
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