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Old 08-14-2009, 12:06 PM
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T Bucket upholstery question

I have been lurking around this site for quite a long time. I have learned a whole lot of valuable information from the people who post here.
I have been working on a T Bucket for about 4 years. Now I am ready to try the interior.
I have a sewing machine (walking foot) and all the basic tools. What I don't have is alot of experience. I am always trying to learn a new skill.
My question is about the rolled foam padded area that runs across the upper part of the seat back. I have tried several times (unsuccessfully) to get a smooth roll around that area. I have a total performance manual that shows how to install their ready made interiors. There is a lot lost in the translation. So what I am asking is...what is the procedure for making and installing this part?
Any advice would be appreciated .....Thank you in advance for any help

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Look over this thread: CLICK HERE This should answer pretty much any questions you have. If it doesn't, keep asking.
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T Bucket upholstery question

Thanks Dan ....I have been reading your articles for a couple of years and have picked up alot of very useful info.
What I am refering to is the roll that attaches to the body of a T Bucket. it goes around the passenger compartment and covers about the top 6 to 8 inches. the reccomended foam size is 4 inch thick. This is common on most T Bucket roadsters. I have searched the net and cannot find any specific information on how this is installed. I have foam in 3 sizes and convertible tack strip (vinyl).I cannot get around the corner cleanly with no wrinkles as I see in the mags.
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O.K., now I'm on the same page as you. In the picture you posted, do you see the two seams in the corners where the "roll" as you call it turns toward the front of the car? Do you see the "V" shaped channel in the corners below the seams just below the roll? That's how you get the upholstery to turn the corner without leaving any wrinkles. It's not possible to make an inside curve like that without using seams of some sort to eliminate some of the extra fabric if you want the upholstery to be smooth. You could use wrinkles all the way around. That way you can use one long piece of fabric, but making controlled wrinkles is harder than making it smooth.

If I tell you that the fabric needs to be blind stapled to a tacking rail attached to the car's frame behind the fabric and then pulled down over the foam do you know what I'm talking about? I didn't think so. You can simplify this process by putting dacron polyester wrap over the foam so that the vinyl does not grab the foam and keep you from pulling the fabric down tight behind the seat cushion, which is a separate piece attached last.

There are lots of ways to do this, and all but one involve putting in those seams to take up the extra fabric. I'll try to post some pictures to explain this.
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Thanks Dan
I think I understand what you are getting at and it makes perfect sense. I will incorporate a seam on each side to get the fabric around the corner. I will use the vinyl tack strip and start with the panel upside down...that will hide the tack strip (is this blind tack?) I have to purchase more fabric this week before I can try again. Will post some shots of results...
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Yes, that is called blind tacking.
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