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Old 11-22-2018, 01:45 PM   #11
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I have some pictures of the kind of things that I was addressing in the articles. The bulge where the driver sits that is caused by weak springs can be seen here.



When the foam on 57 seats is rolled over on the side, its difficult to get it smooth, and it can build up too much for the side of the seat back, depending on how much it takes to fill up the seat cover. This is something to check for while making adjustments on the foam.



The factory didn't seem to try stretching the vinyl at all while putting it on the seat shells.





A lot of the installers have some trouble with the seat shell puckers also.

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I had a limited supply of Naugahide reserved for seat shells or armrests. This was high quality vinyl that is easier to work with when stretching was required.

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Great articles on upholsterying the seats, Lee! Thanks! and the seats look SUPER when finished!! (Look Ma!! No wrinkles!!)

PS. If you have an online source for the materials, like burlap, linen cloth, various foams, etc.. Perhaps you could provide a link and suggestions? I did have a local Materials store, but they closed down!
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Thanks for your positive remarks Gary....I will get in touch with LEE T.....Also, will see if Terry will chime in.
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Active foam is the supplier that I used, I think they are the supplier for local upholstery shops, they have a big warehouse, and can cut foam any size you want from a large block.
I also found a local furniture store that had limited supplies, they had a room in the back where they did repairs and some reupholstery, and there are two furniture repair shops close to me that were willing to sell supplies.

I think Active foam is a supplier for the Midwest, but I'm sure they will ship anywhere. If you do a search you might find the supplier to your area
http://www.activefoam.com/products/FOAM.aspx

Here is another one
https://foamforyou.com/?SID=ecc9ua21gfo646urphji0uo574

Here is some foam information for the guys with later model cars or bucket seats in a tri 5
http://innovationsautointeriors.com/...holstery-foam/

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I also found a local furniture store that had limited supplies, they had a room in the back where they did repairs and some reupholstery, and there are two furniture repair shops close to me that were willing to sell supplies.
Foam sold for furniture isn`t the right density foam needed for automotive work. 2 different animals there.
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Quick question about the foam on the back of a 4 door front seat, how much foam should be on the back after it curves over the top and starts down the back? There wasn't any foam in that area on mine, but my seats had been reupholstered in the early 70's so I don't know what was original.
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Sorry, I don't know anything about the 4 door, maybe someone else will speak up. Or you might try asking Gina at Ciadella.
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There is a metal piece that goes across the back at the top about 5 inches wide, and I don't think there was anything below it under the seat cover.

As stated its not a 4 dr, but what you are asking is probably the same as the 2dr, and I know some other guys don't have all of the old material left to see how the factory did it, so I'll show it here. Also I didn't show the foam process I used on the seat back because I tried so many different ways that didn't work. That included the reproduction molded foam, the same original cotton the factory used, and different ways of using foam, but I didn't get pictures of the final way that worked for me.

So here is a seat back I pulled down from my storage with all the original material on it, I will reverse the removal process of the original and tell you what I did with mine, after that. The factory starting with this material glued on the side. Also take note of the gaping hole above it.




That hole is covered with this thin hard board





They used cotton on the other side, but not all the way down.





First thing to go on the springs is burlap with the fine wire to keep the foam from being pushed into the springs, and a layer of material on the top.





Heavy formed mat was next





The heavy mat was tucked in under the metal piece on the back, and cotton was laided over the mat and across the seam







Its a fairly thin layer of cotton, as seen here at the bottom of the seat back.




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The burlap with the fine wire went on first, then covered all the metal that the seat cover would come in contact with. I used a thin layer of this dense material down the back side, and half inch everywhere else.










These springs were pushing hard against the seat cover.





One inch foam here provided backing for the foam that will be put on the side of the seat back.







I used a half inch of dense material first, only on the springs, then a one inch layer of dense foam, just to cover the very front and not the sides, it tucks in under the metal piece at the top of the back side.
Then a layer of half inch medium density foam to just cover the front and not the sides, and it goes over the top and covers the seam between the springs and the metal piece. All the foam was glued.

One inch foam was cut to fit each whole side, and what ever else is needed to make the seat cover fit right.

This is what worked for my seats, but it might take more or less foam for your seats, depending on how high or low your springs sit.
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