Reupholster front seat

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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

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.
BobD - 1978 Bus . . . . . . . . . . .111,155 miles
Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,820 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 00,000/7 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . 55,510 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 78,885 miles

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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


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.


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Re: Reupholster front seat

Post by busboytom » Tue Feb 19, 2019 10:37 am

[image][/image]I am fortunate to have a friend who performs upholstery miracles but mostly inside Gulfstream corporate jets. Some pretty famous fannies sit on his work. He just happens to have a shop at his home, too. I was planning on stock covers for my newly acquired 68 Westy but someone piped up and said "I bet he'd make you something really nice, let's go see what he has..." We rummaged through rolls of high end leather and fabric and came up with tough as nails fabric with creamy tan and brown leather accents. We like. Cleaned and reused frames and pads were in amazing condition given condition of bus when we nabbed it. Now for some "fanny time" :bootyshake:
71 Squareback
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Appleby popup camper

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