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Today 05:02 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by Jeb383 View Post
Have not been active on this site for quite some time now, but on and off I've been following this thread to see what's up with your Bel Air. The work you've done and the results have served as inspiration numerous times in my own projects.

Looks like it's progressing nicely!
Every time someone posts something like this it just tickles me to death. I hope I have shown that this hobby can be enjoyed, even on a budget, and with patience and for-thought can at least pay for itself.

Thank you for your post Jeb383

I was able to get one of my backrests foamed today. I put them back on the cushion temporarily just to try my best to,see that the pleats would line up between them.

So far, so good. I had to adjust the lines on the drivers seat about 3/16

John

Today 11:34 AM
Jeb383 Have not been active on this site for quite some time now, but on and off I've been following this thread to see what's up with your Bel Air. The work you've done and the results have served as inspiration numerous times in my own projects.

Looks like it's progressing nicely!
Yesterday 06:37 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by Too Many Projects View Post
Is there room to put up a 40x60 pole shed too ??? 5 car garage is just for the drivers...
That is what the basement is for. Basements are pretty rare on the beach you know.

John
Yesterday 04:58 PM
Too Many Projects
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Funny you should mention that. Would you believe it has a five car garage and an unfinished basement too?

John
Is there room to put up a 40x60 pole shed too ??? 5 car garage is just for the drivers...
01-15-2020 10:36 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by Too Many Projects View Post
Uh, huh and if I believe that, you have ocean front beach property just down the street I can buy cheap too, eh...
Funny you should mention that. Would you believe it has a five car garage and an unfinished basement too?

John
01-15-2020 09:27 PM
Too Many Projects
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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.

John
Uh, huh and if I believe that, you have ocean front beach property just down the street I can buy cheap too, eh...
01-15-2020 10:07 AM
1971BB427 Stunning! Such a classic look.
01-14-2020 08:25 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by Too Many Projects View Post
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.

John
01-14-2020 08:00 PM
Too Many Projects Keep those patterns...I'll drop off my '54 seat when I make a run to NC next month...
01-14-2020 06:36 PM
123pugsy
01-14-2020 05:07 PM
54'srfun You are the Jo
hn Wayne of street rodding John! Lots of us can do a little bit of everything, but you have shown us you can just about do it all !
01-14-2020 04:39 PM
John long 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......





01-11-2020 10:09 AM
1971BB427 Not just easy, but you make it look gorgeous too!
01-10-2020 07:19 PM
123pugsy You make it look easy John. Nice.
01-10-2020 07:12 PM
John long 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.

John
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