Reupholster front seat

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Re: Reupholster front seat

Post by appetite » Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:54 pm

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Colin,

That's an excellent tutorial.

I see that the late bus has an easy way to separate the back from the seat. Not so much for the early bus.The back and seat are riveted together.

Did you add additional padding on top of the Wolfsburg West horsehair?

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Re: Reupholster front seat

Post by Amskeptic » Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:25 pm

appetite wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:54 pm
Colin,

That's an excellent tutorial.

I see that the late bus has an easy way to separate the back from the seat. Not so much for the early bus.The back and seat are riveted together.

Did you add additional padding on top of the Wolfsburg West horsehair?

You can see it. Some was jute, some was WalMart pillow batting. I was very sensitive to the contours of the seat because I did not want Typical Overstuffed American Sofa, I wanted taut German form-fitting. In the earlier Baywindow buses, they were not contoured, but they were excellent comfortable good support none-the-less. Look at owners manuals and literature/press photos carefully. Yeah, make it like them.
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Re: Reupholster front seat

Post by 71whitewesty » Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:17 am

appetite wrote:
Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:22 pm
71whitewesty and Zabo,

Did you separate the back from the seat before you reupholstered?
I did not separate the seat back and bottom. Didn’t want to mess with that rivet. It’s doable with out separating them.

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Re: Reupholster front seat

Post by appetite » Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:58 pm

71whitewesty,

Thanks. I agree: I don't want to mess with that rivet either.

So I have the seat stripped now. The PO had a horse hair pad and then two layers of formed foam under the cover. There were 4 broken springs that the PO seemed to try to salvage with zip ties (!!!). Its a wonder that my heiney has never been poked! Ha... :bootyshake:

I used this guy's method to repair the springs:



It worked well, I think. In the absence of a real crimper, I used a hefty pair of vice grips to secure it on the spring. We'll see how it holds up in real world conditions.

Finally, I got some samples from TMI to try to match the upholstery.

I'll update with progress.

James

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