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#31 29 Chev ONLINE  

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Posted October 11, 2015 - 10:02 PM

Added the two side pieces, put a new piece of plastic on the padding and did a quick test fit.  It looked not to bad but it was hard to tell without tension on the cover so I borrowed an idea from the 1050 cover.  Since this is a test cover I did not want to glue the cover onto the pan so I sewed multiple cord pulls onto the bottom edge of the vinyl.  This let me run a pull cord around the outside and still add individual cords to put more tension on certain sections of the cover. 

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  • 1 Side Pieces Sewn On.jpg
  • 2 Multiple Pulls Sewn On.jpg
  • 3 Seat Padding.jpg
  • 4 Seat Padding WIth New Plastic.jpg
  • 5 Seat Padding Bottom.jpg
  • 6 Cover In Position.jpg
  • 7 Cover In Position Bottom View.jpg
  • 8 Pull Cord SNugged Up.jpg
  • 9 Other Cords Applied ANd Snugged Up.jpg

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Posted October 11, 2015 - 10:05 PM

It looked ok to me so I decided to bolt it temporarily to the seat frame to see how it looked on it - here are the results.  

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  • 2 Side View.jpg
  • 3 Rear View.jpg
  • 4 Side View.jpg
  • 5 Top View On Seat Frame.jpg
  • 6 Bottom View On Seat Frame.jpg
  • 7 SIde View On Seat Frame.jpg
  • 8 SIde View.jpg
  • 9 Front View.jpg
  • 10 Front View.jpg

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Posted October 12, 2015 - 07:50 AM

Nice work as usual!


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Posted October 12, 2015 - 02:36 PM

Thanks for the kind words.  Used the back piece to make a pattern to mark out the vinyl with and cut out some one inch padding - figure with the 1/2 of foam on the back of the front piece should be pretty close to the original for thickness.  I did not want the foam where the pieces joined together with the welt so I masked off the outer edges of the front piece, glued a piece of foam to a piece of vinyl for backing and then stuck the foam to the back of the front piece.  Printed off a mirror image of the "BOLENS" and the outline full size on 8.5" x 11" printer paper, cut it out and aligned it with the centre of the front piece on the back side and taped it on with masking tape.  Sewed the outline through the paper from the back side which worked well as the paper was not trapped underneath the outer thread.  Then I slowly sewed the outlines of each letter from the back side turning the sewing machine by hand so I could control the location of the needle - found the paper was tearing a bit under the sewing machine feet as I turned the corners so I reinforced it with masking tape over top which kept the paper from tearing - just used a pen to draw the outline of the letters on the masking tape so I could see them better.  

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  • 1 Pattern And Padding.jpg
  • 2 Area Masked Where Foam Won't Be.jpg
  • 3 Faom And Vinyl Back Glued On.jpg
  • 4 Front Side.jpg
  • 5 Mirror Image Of Bolens Printed On 8.5 x 11 Paper.jpg
  • 6 Cut Out And Taped To Back Side.jpg
  • 7 Outline Sewn From Back.jpg
  • 8 Front View Of Sewing.jpg
  • 9 B Sewn From Back.jpg
  • 10 B From Front.jpg
  • 11 B Filled In.jpg
  • 12 E Done.jpg
  • 13 Bolens.jpg
  • 14 Close Up.jpg
  • 15 Masking Tape Reinforcing Paper.jpg

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Posted October 12, 2015 - 02:46 PM

Marked and cut out the filler piece that would go around the front piece and sewed it on.  Then I cut out another piece of vinyl for the rear and cut a slit in it across the back similar to the way the picture that pharmer supplied at the beginning of this post.  Stapled it on to the filler piece to make sure it would fit ok and there would be no puckers when I reached the starting point and then sewed it on.  Peeled off most of the paper around the Bolens sewing, turned the cover inside out and slid it over the back piece and padding.  Since this is only a temporary cover I taped the back together where the slit was with masking tape and decided to try it on the seat frame to see how it would look.

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  • 1 Filler Strip.jpg
  • 2 Filler Strip Stapled To Front Piece.jpg
  • 3 Filler Piece Sewn On.jpg
  • 4 Test Fit.jpg
  • 5 Rear Piece Sewn On.jpg
  • 6 Most Of Paper Removed.jpg
  • 7 Right Side Out.jpg
  • 8 Ready To Put Cover On.jpg
  • 9 Cover Slid On.jpg
  • 10 Back Side.jpg
  • 11 Back Taped For A Test Fit On Seat Frame.jpg

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Posted October 12, 2015 - 02:52 PM

Here are the results.  I am not happy with the slight gap where the welt meets around the rear back rest but it is underneath so it should not be too noticeable.   Need to find a 5/16" bolt with a knob for the back piece and will have to order some material that is close to the original colour and sew up a cover with it. 

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  • 2 Right Side.jpg
  • 2.5 Left Side.jpg
  • 3 Front View.jpg
  • 4 Under View.jpg
  • 5 Down View.jpg
  • 6 Close Up Of Bolens.jpg

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Posted October 13, 2015 - 12:40 AM

Absolutely outstanding!! Looks just like a factory seat!


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Posted October 13, 2015 - 06:55 AM

Hey Stew, THATS NIIIIIIIIIICE! If I could do that I'd quit my day job! WONDERFUL WORK!
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Posted October 17, 2015 - 05:57 PM

Thanks for the kind words.  Got some material this week that I believe is close to the original colour - may be a little orangier.  It definitely does not match the top that has been weathered over the years - you can be the judge on the bottom where the original cover is not faded.

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  • 5 A Little More Orangey Red.jpg

Edited by 29 Chev, October 17, 2015 - 08:04 PM.

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Posted October 17, 2015 - 06:02 PM

Sewed up a cover with the new material - here are the results.  Also got a knob to adjust the rear cushion - not quite the same as the original but it will work for me.  Will have to see if I can make the rest of the 1053 look as good - thinking about resurrecting it if I can find a hood and a few other parts that are missing.

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  • 1 Right Side.jpg
  • 2 Front.jpg
  • 3 Corner View.jpg
  • 4 Left View.jpg
  • 5 Back.jpg
  • 6 Rear Corner.jpg
  • 7 Bottom View.jpg
  • 8 View Underneath Rear Cushion.jpg
  • 8 Welt Join.jpg
  • 10 Back Cushion.jpg

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Posted October 17, 2015 - 06:07 PM

Now that is some fine work!!!!! :dancingbanana: :worship: :worship:

I'm sure alot of people will be wanting these for their machines, myself included

 

I'm glad you came along its about time we got a seat guy for these tracors! :D , now we just need a gear maker for the tranny's and we'll have these tractors going another 50 years with a current source of parts for all areas!

 

I do stock the OEM type knobs for the seats if you ever need them


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Posted October 17, 2015 - 06:19 PM

Very nice Stew,can't wait to see the results on my seat for the 1000
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Posted October 17, 2015 - 06:21 PM

Chubien may have my seat for you in a week or so

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Posted October 17, 2015 - 06:42 PM

Stew, absolutely, positively AWESOME!! super impressed , AGAIN!! you is something man.
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Posted October 17, 2015 - 07:21 PM

Stew, absolutely, positively AWESOME!! super impressed , AGAIN!! you is something man.

I have to agree...   Stew... you the man...   Wish I had that talent...


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