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Posted November 15, 2015 - 07:28 PM

Picked up some clear 1/2" I.D. hose at the hardware store which had a natural curl to it so I cut a slit in it, tapered the ends and slid it over the rods - this gave the rods a larger diameter and soft covering so the rods would not cut the vinyl at the ends.

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Posted November 15, 2015 - 07:36 PM

Got the white vinyl this week so I cut a piece and decided to try gluing it directly onto the back of the seat to see how close it would match the original plastic cover and whether it would shape around the rods without wrinkling too bad - here are the results.  Had to slit and sew it on each side where the bend is and it does have a few wrinkles.  Not sure whether to go with this or try another plan. 

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  • .7 Orginal Bottom.jpg
  • 1 Test Fit Of Vinyl.jpg
  • 2 Test Fit.jpg
  • 3 Slit To FIt At Bend.jpg
  • 4 Vinyl Glued And Stapled.jpg
  • 5 Side View.jpg
  • 5.5 SIde View.jpg
  • 6 Bottom View.jpg
  • 7 SLit.jpg
  • 8 Down View.jpg
  • 9 Side View.jpg

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Posted November 16, 2015 - 08:58 AM

It's looking more and more like an original seat everyday.

 

I like your idea of using the clear tubing over the tubes, it's cleaner looking than the PVC method IMO, easier to fabricate and cheaper.

 

If you can find a way to get the wrinkles out of the vinyl you have as close to a perfect reproduction as possible.


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Posted November 16, 2015 - 12:55 PM

I agree,great job your doing,I guess I better get moving on the rest of the tractor
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Posted November 17, 2015 - 09:08 PM

Thanks for the kind words.  Since the seat I made did not come with padding I started making the seat cushions today using some 1" thick kneeling pads glued together to get close to the thickness the original cushions are.  The lower cushion is fairly simple (still have to round the edges a bit on it) but the back is a little tricky as it has tapers on the two sides - think I got it close but may still have to work on it a bit.  Also glued the red vinyl filler to the pan that goes between the bottom and back cushion and did a test fit of the rear cover on the new padding. 

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  • 1 Rear Piece Cut Out And Sides Ready To Be Glued.jpg
  • 2 Bottom Piece With Glue.jpg
  • 3 Bottom Piece Glued.jpg
  • 4 Bottom Pieces Together.jpg
  • 5 Bottom Sitting On Pan.jpg
  • 6 Back Side Pieces Glued.jpg
  • 7 Back View.jpg
  • 8 Edges Trimmed.jpg
  • 9 Middle Piece And Outer Edges Glued.jpg
  • 10 Red FIller Piece Added.jpg
  • 11 Test Fit Of Rear Cover On New Padding.jpg
  • 12 Test Fit.jpg

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Posted November 17, 2015 - 09:51 PM

I think your making some real good progress,you sure have a talent
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Posted November 18, 2015 - 06:20 AM

Looking great :thumbs:   Have you ever tried to smoothen out the foam with something like 24 or 36 sanding disc ? 


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Posted November 18, 2015 - 11:46 AM

Looking good

Did you plan on using some softer padding over top of the kneeling pad material? Just wondering if the pleats will form well over the harder kneeling pad material over time....

Something i was thinking of doing with the 1050 seat I got from you.
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Posted November 18, 2015 - 12:56 PM

Thanks for the kind words.  Since the seat I made did not come with padding I started making the seat cushions today using some 1" thick kneeling pads glued together to get close to the thickness the original cushions are.  The lower cushion is fairly simple (still have to round the edges a bit on it) but the back is a little tricky as it has tapers on the two sides - think I got it close but may still have to work on it a bit.  Also glued the red vinyl filler to the pan that goes between the bottom and back cushion and did a test fit of the rear cover on the new padding. 

That is looking really sharp


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Posted November 18, 2015 - 07:01 PM

Looking great :thumbs:   Have you ever tried to smoothen out the foam with something like 24 or 36 sanding disc ? 

I had seen that done in a couple of online videos but had not tried it.  Read your post this morning so I decided to give it a try before supper when I got home from work.  I used a 2" 36 grit roloc disc on a right angle die grinder and it did a very nice job - did it outdoors as you end up with little pieces of foam all over.  Did not have the camera with me so no pictures but I still have a couple of edges to finish so I will try and get some pictures when I go back at it.  Thanks for the tip. 


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Posted November 18, 2015 - 07:11 PM

Looking good

Did you plan on using some softer padding over top of the kneeling pad material? Just wondering if the pleats will form well over the harder kneeling pad material over time....

Something i was thinking of doing with the 1050 seat I got from you.

The seat on my one 1050 is using the same kneeling pad material and it has stood up over the summer.  The other 1050 seat has the original seat padding which is smooth and also about the same firmness as the kneeling pad material and the pleats have stayed ok for the two years I have used it.  I was thinking I may put a soft foam over the pleated area on the original seat cushions as the grooves from the original pleating are about a 1/2" deep on them or I could flatten them down a bit - will wait and see how the reproduction seat turns out first.


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Posted November 19, 2015 - 07:54 PM

Did a little more shaping to the padding - it is getting close but still have a bit more work to do - the back piece needs to be tapered in the centre from top to bottom where the pleating goes which may be tricky to do and the rear corners on the bottom piece need to be tapered from the top to bottom more.  Here are some pictures of the padding after using the sanding disc.  The bottom does not curve around to conform to the seat pan the way I would like so I think I will try a couple of slits on the bottom side the same way the 1050 padding was made to get it to sit down better.  Did a test fit around the hand hole to see how a piece of white vinyl would shape around the opening to make a trim piece - it puckered a little bit but I think it will look ok.

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  • 1 New Bottom Pad.jpg
  • 3 End To End.jpg
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  • 5 Original Pad On Pan.jpg
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  • 7 Original Back.jpg
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  • 8 New Back Pad.jpg
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  • 10 Test Trim Around Hand Hole.jpg

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Posted November 21, 2015 - 07:21 PM

Decided to tackle the trim around the hand hole today so I sewed up a strip of white vinyl with the edges folded back and stapled it in place similar to the way the original trim was held.  It doesn't look too bad but I think I will change the next seat I do and use 1/8" rod for the edge of the hole and make a space where I can sew the trim in place.  I used 1/2" long staples with a block of wood as a backing on the other side when I pulled the trigger on the staple gun and then bent the staples over by hand.  I think if it was sewed in place it would lay flatter and look a little nicer.

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  • 6 Wood Block Removed.jpg
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  • 8 Trim Piece Back Side.jpg
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  • 10 Trim Piece Side View.jpg

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Posted November 21, 2015 - 07:30 PM

Then I decided to remove the staples around the outside edge of the seat and hand sew the edge of the white vinyl using the Speedy Stitcher - the staples were not holding that well and when I sew the seat covers on there will be no steel staples to try and dodge with the needle or catch the thread on.  I wasn't concerned about stitch spacing ( used about 1/2" wide stitches for the most part ) as the sewing will be covered by the white edge trim after the covers are sewn in place.  Then I sewed the outer edges of the red filler piece and cut out the holes for the seat bolts - I am thinking the four holes in the bottom were to act as drain holes if water got under the cushion.

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  • 7 Side View.jpg
  • 8 Back View.jpg
  • 9 Holes Cut Out.jpg
  • 10 Front View.jpg
  • 11 Side View.jpg
  • 12 SIde View.jpg

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Posted November 21, 2015 - 07:46 PM

Looking good, cant wait to see the finished product!

I bet your right on those drain holes


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