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The Chevy Bench Seat - Part 5 - Sep 30, 2007

I took the seat to class Tuesday, September 25th and started disassembly. I managed to take a total of three pictures, when the batteries in my camera decided to crap out. Such is life. As a result, I don't have any pictures of actually marking the seat bottom cover, then taking it apart. I also don't have any pictures of taking the back cover off, and steaming all of the foam to rejuvenate it. I put new batteries into the camera when I got home, and tucked a couple more into my book bag, just in case.

The first step is to separate the back from the bottom. This required Torx head drivers that are a bit off sized. I got a set of drivers that snap onto my 3/8" drive ratchet for about $25 at Ace Hardware. The driver I needed was a T-47.

With the back separated from the bottom, I flipped the bottom upside down on the table and started cutting the hog rings that secure the cover to the frame. It's a waste of time to try to do anything but cut the hog rings. They're not salvageable, they're very cheap, and you'll just do more damage to the cover by trying to bend them back open. Take note of where and how the hog rings are installed. I marked the holes in the seat frame with a pen. Get a good, stout pair of diagonal cutters and start cutting them off, retrieving the pieces from each one before you move on - the cut ends are sharp, and tossing them before you move on will save wear & tear on your hands.

With the hog rings off, I took the cover loose from the frame, lifted the frame off of the foam, and then lifted the foam out of the cover. I took all of the parts outside and blew them off with an air nozzle. Don't be surprised at what you find when you disassemble the seat. There's years of dust, cobwebs, dead insects, foxtails, and just general crud hiding in there. The consensus is that taking an old seat apart will always make a dirty mess.

Picture 1: The Torx head bolts I needed to remove to separate the seat back from the seat bottom.

Picture 2: Hog rings cut away and the cover pulled back, off of the frame. Note the J channel sewn to the back of the cover (bottom of the picture) which attaches to the frame, pulling the cover tight along the entire width of the seat. Save this! You'll reuse it.

Picture 3: The frame flipped over, off of the foam. From here the foam can be lifted out of the cover.
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