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Posted December 03, 2015 - 07:40 PM

The first thing I did was remove the two bolts - I use a method that a friend of mine taught me many years ago that works well if you have a mig welder and the bolts are steel and does very little damage if you are careful with the welder and the grinder.  First I built up the remains of the bolts on the head side with mig weld so I can get a pair of vise grips on to the built up weld - while the weld is still red I hit it with a stream of cold water to cool it and let things sit for a couple of minutes.  Then I clamp a pair of vise grips onto the built up weld and start to wiggle them back and forth just a bit and see if the weld holds, breaks, the vise grips slip or the bolt starts to move a little.  In this case the right side weld broke and on the left side the vise grips slipped.  The nice thing about if the weld breaks you are back to where you started without any damage done and can do it all again - in this case the second time the weld broke again so I cranked the heat setting up one notch on the mig welder and the third time it held and the vise grips slipped on it as well.  I took the die grinder and flattened the welds on two sides to give the vise grips a better hold and started to wiggle the bolt back and forth and they both moved a little bit.  Kept working them back and forth and eventually got a complete turn and then they came out nicely.  Another method that works is to weld a short bolt or nut to the built up weld as the flats on the bolt or nut save using the grinder but costs you a bolt or nut. Ran the 5/16" UNC tap through both holes to clean out the threads and then cleaned up and started to modify the seat pan.   

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  • 1 Bolts Built Up With Mig Welder And Cooled With Cold Water.jpg
  • 2 Bolts Built Up SIde View.jpg
  • 3 Right SIde Did Not Hold.jpg
  • 4 Left SIde Held - Sides Ground Flat.jpg
  • 5 Vise Grips Clamped On.jpg
  • 6 Bolt Out Of Hole WIth No Damage To Threads.jpg
  • 7 Remains Of Bolt.jpg
  • 8 Right SIde Out.jpg
  • 9 Bolt Holes Clear.jpg
  • 10 Seat Pan Clean Up And Modifications Started.jpg
  • 11 Seat Pan Clean Up And Modifications Started.jpg

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Posted December 03, 2015 - 09:30 PM

Stew I like the idea of the white paint,makes sense,I better get my butt in gear on my tractor,the seat will be done before I know it,at least I didn't send the mice up to you
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Posted December 04, 2015 - 07:18 PM

"at least I didn't send the mice up to you"

 

Thank you - hopefully they stayed at your place and did not abandon ship during the journey or else Rob may have some new "friends" he didn't want.  Finished doing the modifications to your seat pan today - hope to get it painted this week end and then attempt to put the white vinyl back on Rob's and yours next week if things go good. 


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Posted December 05, 2015 - 04:25 PM

Just in time for Christmas!
Although to be honest there is no way I'll have that 1000 looking perfect to go with that seat, I may just keep using the 1050 seat/pan until I get it mechanically / esthetically improved first.
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Posted December 05, 2015 - 07:11 PM

Not sure if they will be done for Christmas - it is my hope but time will tell.

 

Rick's seat pan got painted today (used white paint this time) and then I added the slit hose over the rods on Rob's seat and cut out a piece of white vinyl for the back.  This time I did not slit the vinyl at the bend but just folded the sides at the bend into the rods and sewed them using the speedy stitcher - went in about six inches on both sides and made deeper folds than I did on the first seat which made the vinyl tighter and one side turned out well with no puckers but the other has a little pucker between the rod and the hand hole but it is down near the bottom and should not be very noticeable when the seat is on the tractor.  I coated the whole seat and vinyl with adhesive instead of doing the centre back and bottom between the rods and then the outer sides in sections like I did the first time which made the vinyl harder to put on without wrinkles and puckers and once it was stuck it took a lot of pulling to get the vinyl to let go so I could reposition it which I believe is the reason I ended up with the one pucker - when I do the last seat I will do it in sections like the first time.  Then I cut out the red filler and glued it in place and sewed it at each side at the bend - here are some pictures of the results.     

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  • 1 Ricks Seat.jpg
  • 2 Ricks Seat Painted.jpg
  • 3 Ricks Seat.jpg
  • 1 Vinyl Sewn At Bend.jpg
  • 2 Vinyl Sewn Close Up.jpg
  • 3 Seat Pan Sprayed With Glue.jpg
  • 4 Seat Pan SPrayed With Adhesive.jpg
  • 5 Vinyl Sprayed With Adhesive.jpg
  • 6 Right Side At Bend.jpg
  • 7 Left Side At Bend.jpg
  • 8 Bottom View.jpg
  • 9 Side View.jpg
  • 10 Pucker At Left Bend.jpg
  • 10.5 ClLose Up Of Left Bottom.jpg
  • 11 Rear View.jpg
  • 12 Filler Piece Glued In Place.jpg
  • 13 Right Side Sewn At Bend.jpg
  • 14 Left Side Sewn At Bend.jpg

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Posted December 05, 2015 - 07:35 PM

Looking good,I knew you would come up with some different thoughts on this,I think your really doing a nice job,Thanks again


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Posted December 06, 2015 - 07:16 AM

Just been re reading this thread and I have to say your skills are phenomenal. I am going to try and see if I can find someone over here in the UK to replicate your skills.
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Posted December 06, 2015 - 06:31 PM

Thanks for the kind words.  Started to sew the trim around the hand hole using a piece of white vinyl 2-1/2" wide folded back on itself - got about three quarters of the way around and did not like the way the edge was rolling out around the curves as you can see from the pictures.  Ripped the stitching out, sewed up a new strip and cut the centre portions out of it which let it lay a lot flatter around the curves as you can see by the pictures.  Sewing it in place took longer than stapling it but there won't be any staples to rust or catch your hand on.

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  • 1 Sewing Trim Around Hand Hole.jpg
  • 2 Sewing Trim Around Hand Hole.jpg
  • 3 Three Quarters Sewn But Not Laying Flat.jpg
  • 4 Trim Sticking Out.jpg
  • 5 Trim Sticking Out.jpg
  • 6 Cutting Material On New Piece Of Trim.jpg
  • 7 Trim Sewn.jpg
  • 8 Trim Sewn Back View.jpg
  • 9 Trim Sewn Front Side.jpg
  • 10 Trim Sewn Close Up.jpg
  • 11 Trim Side View.jpg
  • 12 Trim Back SIde.jpg

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Posted December 06, 2015 - 08:13 PM

Fantastic work my friend. Absolute talent.


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Posted December 06, 2015 - 11:57 PM

Wow,looks good Stew
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Posted December 07, 2015 - 08:10 PM

Thanks for the kind words.  Tried to fix the foam on Ricks seat where the mice had damaged it.  First I cut the one section out and then I used the right angle die grinder to level out the other damaged areas.  Once I had this done I cut out pieces out of some donor foam from an old car seat and glued them in place.  Since the donor foam was not quite as firm as the original I used a piece of 1" thick foam padding from a kneeling pad under the donor foam where I cut the section out - that section now compresses about the same as the rest of the seat pad - will have to see if Rick can tell where it is once I get the cover on it. 

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  • .5 Foam WIth Pieces Missing.jpg
  • 1 Damaged Area Cut Out.jpg
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  • 3 Other Damged Areas Flattend With Grinder Disc.jpg
  • 4 Close Up.jpg
  • 5 Close Up.jpg
  • 6 Close Up.jpg
  • 7 Close Up.jpg
  • 8 Donor Foam From Old Car Seat.jpg
  • 9 Pieces Cut Out For Sections.jpg
  • 10 Close Up.jpg
  • 11 Pieces Glued In Place.jpg
  • 12 Bottom View.jpg
  • 13 End View.jpg

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Posted December 07, 2015 - 08:13 PM

Once the glue had dried for several hours I levelled the new foam down using a right angle die grinder with a 2" roloc disc.  Here are the results ( sorry about the picture quality as it was dark when I took them - will be glad when the daylight starts getting longer again ).

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  • 18 Tool I Used To Level Foam.jpg
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Posted December 07, 2015 - 08:18 PM

Sewed up a cover for Roberts seat - this time I decided I would only spot sew it in place at the edge to hold it.  When the trim goes on the edge will be sewn all the way along with it so it saves a bit of time I lost sewing the hand hole. 

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  • 4 Cover Spot Sewed.jpg
  • 5 COver Spot Sewed.jpg
  • 6 Cover Spot Sewed.jpg
  • 7 Hand Hole.jpg
  • 8 Almost Ready For Trim.jpg

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Posted December 08, 2015 - 04:33 PM

That Seat us absolute perfection imo. Stitching the hand hole is neater.
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Posted December 08, 2015 - 04:49 PM

Very nice,these seats are going to be just SUPER !!!!!!
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