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I used to think I built my cars, but watching your build for a long time I realized I just kinda build my cars.
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I used to think I built my cars, but watching your build for a long time I realized I just kinda build my cars.
You do just fine yourself!

I don't know of anything that has given me any more satisfaction than learning to do the metal shaping and interior work over the years. I just love to be able to go the the basement and get in the "zone." I will admit, I miss the time I used to have.

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All of the seat cushion patterns are marked out, alignment marks done, Glued to scrim and ready to sew and assemble. Probably, Friday will be my next oportunity to work on it.

The top platform is done. At least you can get a feel for where I am going with it.

John




BTW, The convertible top alignment pins, sun visor brackets, license guard and rear quarter window frames went to the chrome platers today. There is a 90 day turn around and estimate of $550 bucks.


I am not surprised at the price but disappointed that it maybe April before I see them again.

John


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All of the seat cushion patterns are marked out, alignment marks done, Glued to scrim and ready to sew and assemble. Probably, Friday will be my next oportunity to work on it.

The top platform is done. At least you can get a feel for where I am going with it.

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Man that's pretty!
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If I had another hour or two, I would have been installing my cushion cover but alas. It was not to be.


The black strips you see in first picture are the listing tubes. Wire will go in them and then slots will be cut in the foam allowing those seams to be pulled down. This is what gives the seat shape and definition.

The second picture shows seam and welt where the top plate and the band meet with the piping. I cheated on this seam and assembled it with a hand stapler designed for 50 pages. By stapleing it together ever 4 inches or so, I did not have to worry about hitting my alignment marks right. Also, there was no issue trying to hold the piping, top plate and band all at the same time.

Would a professional do that? Probably not but it is one of the things a hobbiest can do to get professional results without spending years sitting in front of a sewing machine.

Lastly, here is the almost finished cover. I still need to hem the tail panel and make a strap that covers the hinge where the back rests connect.

All in all, I had a good afternoon for sure.

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You make it look easy John. Nice.
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Not just easy, but you make it look gorgeous too!
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Sewed a little strap to cover the hinge bracket.



Used a bread knife to cut a slot in the foam for the listings.



Installed wire into the listing and pulled them down with button twine.



Finished pulling the cover on and hog ringing it. I will be moving on to the back rests..........finally.

Thank goodness I don't depend on my speed to earn a living......





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Keep those patterns...I'll drop off my '54 seat when I make a run to NC next month...
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Keep those patterns...I'll drop off my '54 seat when I make a run to NC next month...
Oh mannnnn! I hate this. I just gave those patterns to a fellow who was passing through town in a 56 Henry J that had a 54 Bel Air seat in it.

If you had just let me know an hour earlier. I feel so bad.

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Stunning! Such a classic look.
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