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Old 06-15-2009, 11:49 AM
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paper wrapped wire

Dan, I read in one of your tutorials to use paper-wrapped wire to connect all the no sag springs together. I've replaced all the broken springs in the bench seat bottom (the backs are another story) and am ready to do this step now. Problem is, I can't find the wire anywhere. Where do you get it from?

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It's called stake wire and is available from any upholstery supply house or upholsterer. CLICK HERE You'll also need BW (borderwire) clips to attach it with. Attach it on the under side of the springs, not on top of the springs.
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Hello.

Where do I get the roll of spring material as shown in the images on the first post?

I have a 67 Camaro and the seats are weak with some broke in the front. As for the rear seat, it is really funky on the bottom portion. Replacements for these frames/springs is quite high since I feel I can repair what I have.

If I could only find the helical spring material so I can re-fabricate my originals.
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Here is a place that has the roll of zig-zag springs: CLICK HERE You want the 8 gauge, not the 11 gauge. You really need a "D" ender to bend the end of the springs so they won't come out of the clips that hold them. If you want, you can PM me the length and quantity of springs you need, and I can cut and bend them for you.
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Here is some more seat spring repair. This seat is out of a 1964 Ford Galaxie 500. As you can see, there are three spring braces that have been broken over time. I call them braces as opposed to springs, because I tested them to see if they bent easily, and they did which means they are made from 9 gauge border wire, and are not tempered like springs are. This was a relatively simple fix. I cut three pieces of the 9 gauge border wire and marked the bends on all three pieces at the same time to make them as identical as I could. Then I simply bent the wire on my shop vise. I did not try to make the back ends the same as the originals because I had no way of making the spiral twist they used to interlock with the springs. Instead, I just made a straight bend with an offset to hold the braces to the springs with edgewire clips. BW clips would also work, but I like to use the 3 prong clips wherever I can when attaching springs and wires. The reason is I think I they hold a little tighter, and are easier for me to close than BW clips. The middle picture shows the new braces in place. They are the ones with the shiny new clips at each end.

Also, the termination of the border wire where it attaches to the seat frame on the driver's side of the front seat was broken. All I needed to do here was make a 90 degree bend at the ends of the flat border wires of about a 1/4" and re-insert the ends in the slots that hold them in place. I did this with a Channel lock locking pliers. The last two pictures show the before and after of this repair.
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You can make the wires out of stake wire like the 60's Mustangs had, and glued to the foam. They need to be in the shape of the seat cover's middle insert like on the original foam.
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