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DanTwoLakes 06-06-2007 02:55 PM

What should we do with this seat?
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I've got a bench seat from an old Ford pickup that was given to me. It's solid underneath, and would make a great project for a tutorial. Any requests on how to re-upholster this seat? (It's a beauty, isn't it!)

gator412 06-06-2007 04:14 PM first... how about something like the 60's hotrod style...since I want to do that style in my truck. :thumbup:

Oh yea...can it be done inexpensively also....

Dusty82 06-06-2007 05:15 PM

One vote for a Tuck & Roll job! The colors really don't matter to me, but something easy for the camera to see the little details.

Once again, Dan, you've gone way, way beyond the call of duty to even propose this project. It really says a lot about the man inside when you offer to take time, tools, and supplies from your own business to demonstrate the proper way to finish a project such as this for us. Sure, you might be able to sell the seat once it's completed, but that isn't the reason for your taking the project on - and that screams class. I, for one, really appreciate it, and I really look forward to seeing how you do whatever you decide to do with the seat.

Thank you again, Sir!

cboy 06-06-2007 06:24 PM

Oooooooooooooooooo, that seat looks vaguely familiar.

DanTwoLakes 06-06-2007 07:30 PM

Dewey: You know one man's trash is another man's treasure! Thanks for the seat.

DanTwoLakes 06-06-2007 07:33 PM


Originally Posted by gator412 first... how about something like the 60's hotrod style...since I want to do that style in my truck. :thumbup:

Oh yea...can it be done inexpensively also....

O.K. Define "60's hotrod style" for me.

DanTwoLakes 06-06-2007 07:39 PM


Originally Posted by Dusty82
One vote for a Tuck & Roll job! Sure, you might be able to sell the seat once it's completed.

I'd like to finish the project, sell the seat on E-bay and donate the proceeds to a charitable cause. I would suggest Leader Dogs for the Blind. Any other ideas? Also, what type of fabric should we use? Colors?

Brian_B 06-06-2007 08:40 PM

I just want to watch the progression as you do whatever you do to it. I think its a really cool idea. Thank you for doing this.

At least it will give the rest of us an idea of what is involved when we go to get our interiors done.

BTW: That is not an OLD ford seat. What is it Cboy...early 70s? :D

cboy 06-06-2007 08:53 PM


Originally Posted by Brian_B
BTW: That is not an OLD ford seat. What is it Cboy...early 70s?

It's from the '79 F-150 I used as a donor for my current sedan/delivery project. In fact, here it is as I bought it...

And here's the pile of leftovers that Dan and I pulled the seat out of...

BTW Dan, Leader Dogs For The Blind would be a great place to donate the proceeds.

Brian_B 06-06-2007 08:58 PM

Wait a minute. There is one more usable part in that pile.

I have no clue what it would be though. :D :D

You don't waste much. That is for sure. I was a few years off. Oh well....

OneMoreTime 06-06-2007 09:19 PM

I would go black in the existing vinyl areas with cloth inserts in the seating areas..those cloth areas to be something like a Pendleton blanket material in a good pattern..

But then its not mine..

So how about a button tuft in the seating area..I have not seen one of those in a long while and they look good to me and very comfortable..If you could build up the bolsters a bit to give the seat a bit of bucket feel to it that would be good..

In any case if you can use some of the leftovers from other projects go that way..



S10Fan 06-07-2007 04:04 AM

This is going to be a really cool and fun thread!

Dan, I’d vote for neutral colors with a basic design. I say that because the goal is to teach us “how it’s done” and for you to be able to sell it for charity.

35WINDOW 06-07-2007 07:14 AM

I'm thinking of something that everyone would want to buy/bid on, maybe in a tweed/Leather combo, in a neutral color-maybe too bla, but it would fit in more vehicles-

edit: Woops! S10 has it right!

DanTwoLakes 06-07-2007 07:15 AM

So far, here's what I think: Gator 412 made a comment before that I didn't think much of at the time, but now I think it's important. He wanted to know if it could be done inexpensively. What I will do is keep track of exactly how much it costs me for the raw materials like c-boy does when he's building a rod, and put the figure in my posts as I go along. I think S10fan is right when he says he'd like it kept basic. Everything evolves from the very basic , like this truck seat, and we can make the tutorials more advanced as time goes on. I also like (One More Time) Sam's ideas about building up the bolster areas to make it look more like a bucket-type seat, and making it black with a cloth insert(although I think we'll pass on the Pendleton plaid for the insert) Basic black will probably sell easier. I like 35 window's idea about leather with tweed, but working with leather is a whole different animal, and a whole different lesson.
Where's our resident artist, Alan Horvath, when I need him? He always has good design ideas. Help us out, Alan.

Brian_B 06-07-2007 09:09 AM

Just throwing this out there.

A friend of mine had an original 55 F-100 seat redone recently. They covered it with vinyl, but added some nice stitching patterns where the driver and passenger sit. They added some side bolstering (sp?). They added some padding to the front edge of the seat. They also added a fold down center arm rest w/cup holders. It is the original seat to his truck, but looks awesome.

The folding arm rest was a really nice touch on an old seat. I think they got it from a junk later model and incorporated it into it.

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