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Posted November 08, 2015 - 07:18 PM

While waiting on the white vinyl I decided to try sewing up a test cover for the bottom cushion.  Tried to shape a piece of vinyl around the corners and it puckered quite a bit so I decided to add a few extra seams.  I will probably use a welt in the u shaped seam that runs from the back around the front and to the back again.  Got the spacing on the pleats a little wide and the front seam is not quite right but here are the results.

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  • 1 pleated piece.jpg
  • 2 outer fillers.jpg
  • 3 outer fillers sewn on.jpg
  • 4 Left Side Piece Attached.jpg
  • 5 Side View.jpg
  • 6 Both Sides Attached.jpg
  • 7 Corner View.jpg
  • 8 Back View.jpg
  • 9 Back View.jpg
  • 10 Front Piece Added.jpg
  • 11 Corner View.jpg
  • 12 Side View.jpg

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Posted November 08, 2015 - 07:22 PM

Then I decided to try making a test cover for the back piece - got the pleat spacing fairly close but did an oops and added an extra pleat at the bottom.  Here are the results and a test fit of both cushions on the modified seat pan with some clamps.

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  • .5 Pleated Section For Back.jpg
  • 1 Outer Piece Added.jpg
  • 2 Back Filler Sews On.jpg
  • 3 SIde View.jpg
  • 4 Bottom View.jpg
  • 5 Test Fit Of Bottom And Back.jpg
  • 6 Test Fit SIde View.jpg
  • 7 Front View.jpg
  • 8 Top View.jpg

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Posted November 08, 2015 - 08:13 PM

I really think your making good head way,really looking good
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Posted November 09, 2015 - 12:21 AM

I really think your making good head way,really looking good


Ditto! He could've made these for Bolens back in the day.

Edited by Austen, November 09, 2015 - 11:43 AM.

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Posted November 09, 2015 - 08:39 AM

Excellent work!!!!


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Posted November 09, 2015 - 10:30 PM

Made a covering for the two rods on the back by using some white 3/4" pvc pipe with a slit cut in it and a couple of modified pvc elbows - bent the pvc pipe with the help of a heat gun.  Could cover the back with the white vinyl and then put the pipe and ends over top.  I am going to wait until the white vinyl I have on order shows up and see if I can come up with another solution that will look more the same as the original back but this is one option that I came up with.

I might have a suggestion. I do crazy stuff with plastics on a daily basis at work. Try filling the pvc tube with sand, heat it and bend it. Then cut the slot in using a router table. You may get a cleaner bend.
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Posted November 10, 2015 - 08:49 PM

Made up a new bottom cover after I got the pleat spacing figured out.  I modified the outer seam by moving it in about 3/8" along the sides at the back so it will line up better with the rear cushion seam and added piping to the seam which gives it a more finished look (in my opinion).  I sewed two pulls at the front and some at the rear on the bottom to get it to form the shape around the foam cushion without having to glue it to the foam.  Here are pictures of the result.

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  • 1 Pleated Section.jpg
  • 2 Side Pieces Added.jpg
  • 3 Front View.jpg
  • 4 Edge Pieces Sewn Together.jpg
  • 5 SIde Piece Sewn Around And Pulls Added.jpg
  • 6 Top View.jpg
  • 7 Cord In Pulls.jpg
  • 8 COrd In Pulls.jpg
  • 9 Test Fit.jpg
  • 10 Corner View.jpg
  • 11 Top View.jpg
  • 12 Back View.jpg

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Posted November 10, 2015 - 08:57 PM

Dang Stew,that looks SUPER !!!!
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Posted November 10, 2015 - 09:47 PM

Nice work, I'm thinking that seat will be too nice to put on the tractor!
Hopefully I get a chance to get the 1000 looking better over the course of winter
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Posted November 11, 2015 - 09:21 PM

Nice work, I'm thinking that seat will be too nice to put on the tractor!
Hopefully I get a chance to get the 1000 looking better over the course of winter

 

Not sure that it will be too nice for your tractor - time will tell.  While seats should look nice and tractors can be made showroom condition I think lawn tractors can be made to look good and still be used for the purpose they were intended giving us pride and enjoyment of ownership in multiple ways.  



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Posted November 11, 2015 - 09:28 PM

Sewed up a new back cover - here are the results.  I think I have the seams lining up fairly well now and the covers appear to be fitting not bad (in my opinion).  Hopefully the white vinyl will show up soon and I can tackle the back and then join the back and front together in a happy marriage around the outer edge. 

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  • 1 Pleats Sewn.jpg
  • 2 Outer Pieces Sewn.jpg
  • 3 Pulls Sewn.jpg
  • 4 Test Fit SIde View.jpg
  • 5 Test Fit Other Side View.jpg
  • 6 Down View.jpg
  • 7 Corner View.jpg
  • 8 Top View Close Up.jpg
  • 9 Back And SIde Meet.jpg
  • 10 Back And Side Meet.jpg
  • 11 Front View.jpg

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Posted November 11, 2015 - 09:37 PM

Coming along nicely!

 Are you sure you didnt work in Bolens seat division years ago? :poke:



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Posted November 11, 2015 - 09:53 PM

Coming along nicely!

 Are you sure you didnt work in Bolens seat division years ago? :poke:

Thanks for the kind words.  Perhaps in a former life as I would have been about 10 years old when this seat was designed and sewed together the first time back in 65. 



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Posted November 11, 2015 - 10:46 PM

Wow Stew,really looking good,Thanks for all the time with this one
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Posted November 15, 2015 - 07:24 PM

Decided to rework the outer edge of the seat pan so I would have an open area to staple and sew the back to the front.  Trimmed the lip so it 1/4" wide and then I used some 1/8" round rod about 3/4" long and welded pieces to the 1/4" lip of the seat pan about every two inches.  Then I welded a 1/4" ribbon of sheet metal to the 1/8" rod to provide an outer edge - if I was doing it again I would use 1/8" rod to make the outer edge as it would be just as strong and easier to work with.  Once I was done welding I gave it a quick paint job.

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  • 1 Edge Of Seat Pan Trimmed.jpg
  • 2 Welding Round Stock On.jpg
  • 3 Round Stock Welded On And Trimmed.jpg
  • 4 Bottom View.jpg
  • 5 Side View.jpg
  • 1 Ribbon Added.jpg
  • 2 Ribbon Added.jpg
  • 3 Painted.jpg
  • 4 Painted.jpg

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