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Posted January 01, 2016 - 04:11 PM

Thanks to member chubien I now have a seat off of a Bolens 850 to recover (hope you are not getting sick of me posting these seat projects).  I spent yesterday examining the seat and cover - it appears to be in respectable condition for the age of it - the seat pan shows very little rust and while the cover is ripped in a few areas it is still pliable and should provide an excellent pattern.  The 850 seat is very similar to the 1050 seat but is not as high at the rear and has one less pleat.  Here are some pictures of it.

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  • 1 Bolens 850 Seat.jpg
  • 2 Bolens 850 Seat Front.jpg
  • 3 Bolens 850 Seat Top.jpg
  • 3 Studs In Seat Bottom.jpg
  • 4 Bolens 850 Seat Bottom.jpg
  • 5 Bolens 850 Seat Back.jpg
  • 6 Bolens 850 Seat Bottom.jpg
  • 7 Bolens 850 Cover With Padding.jpg
  • 8 Bolens 850 Padding Thickness.jpg
  • 9 Bolens 850 Seat Pan.jpg
  • 10 Bolens 850 Seat Pan Back.jpg

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Posted January 01, 2016 - 04:13 PM

Spent today taking some measurements and started to make patterns for the various sections.

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  • 1 Bolens 850 Pleat Spacing.jpg
  • 2 Bolens 850 Width Of Pleated Section.jpg
  • 3 Bolens 850 Width Of Pleated Section.jpg
  • 4 Bolens 850 Width At Top.jpg
  • 5 Bolens 850 Width At Front.jpg
  • 6 Plastic Taped Over Seat Piece.jpg
  • 7 Plastic Over Seat Piece.jpg
  • 8 Plastic Marked.jpg
  • 9 Patterns One (1).jpg
  • 10 Patterns (2).jpg

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Posted January 01, 2016 - 05:19 PM

I, for one, never get tired of seeing the work of a craftsman.


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Posted January 01, 2016 - 05:38 PM

Keep-em comin'  :thumbs:


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Posted January 01, 2016 - 06:00 PM

Looking forward to see how this one pans out. One thing for sure it will be another wonderful job done.
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Posted January 01, 2016 - 07:53 PM

I, for one, never get tired of seeing the work of a craftsman.


Ditto,keep up the good work
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Posted January 01, 2016 - 10:23 PM

I like seeing you do these projects.

They always turn out nice too! :thumbs:


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Posted January 01, 2016 - 10:30 PM

Always impressed by seat upholestry. The most loved members on the minibikes site I frequent is the 2 people who make reproduction seats. I've bought several of them and they just complete your project
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Posted January 02, 2016 - 12:26 PM

I never get tired of your craftsmanship Stew! Looks like a good project!


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Posted January 02, 2016 - 05:50 PM

Thanks for the kind words and votes of confidence.

 

Since there does not appear to be many posts on recovering a lawn tractor seat on the site I was thinking of doing a detailed thread in the Tractor Restoration Tips & Tricks section (tools to use, making patterns from an old cover, etc.)  - do you think there would be any interest or do you think most members view tractor seats as something that they would not tackle when redoing a lawn tractor?


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Posted January 02, 2016 - 08:26 PM

Finished making the patterns and cut out the vinyl - should have triple checked the pattern for the two sections that get sewn to the side of the pleated section as they were not quite right (about a half inch too short and not shaped correctly at the top end) - OOPS!  Reworked the paper pattern at the top end by taping on a new piece of paper and cut out two new side pieces which fit.  Got the pleated section made, the top and bottom pieces sewn on to it and then sewed the two corrected side pieces on.  Here are the pictures - as you may notice the pleated section tries to bend by itself at the two rear pleats to go up the back of the seat after I sewed on the side pieces which is a good sign (I hope).

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  • 1 Pieces For Cover Cut Out.jpg
  • 2 Sew Foam Glued To Make Pleated Piece.jpg
  • 3 Pleats Marked Out.jpg
  • 4 Pleats Sewn.jpg
  • 5 Verifying Pleat SPacing.jpg
  • 6 End Pieces Added.jpg
  • 7 New Side Piece Under One That Is Too Short.jpg
  • 8 Pieces SIde By SIde.jpg
  • 9 Pattern Reworked.jpg
  • 10 SIde Pieces Sewn On.jpg
  • 11 Side View - Rear Two Pleats Bend Up By Themselves.jpg
  • 12 Rear View.jpg

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Posted January 02, 2016 - 11:57 PM

Looking forward to following another installment. :thumbs:

 

 

Since there does not appear to be many posts on recovering a lawn tractor seat on the site I was thinking of doing a detailed thread in the Tractor Restoration Tips & Tricks section (tools to use, making patterns from an old cover, etc.)  - do you think there would be any interest or do you think most members view tractor seats as something that they would not tackle when redoing a lawn tractor?

 

That's a fantastic idea! I think when it comes to upholstery work, it is a skill trade that not many of us (including myself) have experience doing. It is one of the reasons why a seat project can get overlooked. Hence, why you have been so busy with these seat projects here. :smilewink:


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Posted January 03, 2016 - 11:22 AM

You sure waste no time Stew, I can't believe I'll have all of my tractor seats restored apart from the 900. You know what's coming your way next... :smilewink:

Edited by chubien, January 03, 2016 - 11:25 AM.

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Posted January 03, 2016 - 06:08 PM

I was thinking of doing a detailed thread in the Tractor Restoration Tips & Tricks section (tools to use, making patterns from an old cover, etc.)  - do you think there would be any interest or do you think most members view tractor seats as something that they would not tackle when redoing a lawn tractor?


I would think a thread like that would end up pinned, or even promoted to article status on the home page.
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Posted January 03, 2016 - 07:47 PM

You know what's coming your way next... :smilewink:          

 

Thanks - as long as it is not two feet of snow I think I can handle it - refresh my memory the 900 seat has the material crimped under the outer metal lip of the seat pan does it not?

 

Got a bit more sewing done - joined the filler and lower side pieces and added the back piece along with the piping at the seams.  The side pieces and lower pieces fit and lined up pretty well using the patterns (in my opinion).   Still have to sew in the bottom edge fold for the pull cord.  Here are more pictures.

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  • 1 Filler And Lower Sides Sewn Together.jpg
  • 2 Close Up.jpg
  • 3 Lower Sides And Bottom Sewn On Back Piece.jpg
  • 4 Bottom View Of Back Piece.jpg
  • 5 Filler And Lower SIdes Added.jpg
  • 6 Filler And Lower Sides Added Inside Look.jpg
  • 7 Checkin Side Joint Alignment.jpg
  • 8 Checkin Side Joint Alignment.jpg
  • 9 Front Joint Alignment.jpg
  • 10 Front Joint Alignment.jpg
  • 11 Aligning And Clamping Back Piece.jpg
  • 12 Back Stapled In Place And Clamps Removed.jpg
  • 13 Back Sewn On.jpg
  • 14 Back Sewn On.jpg
  • 15 Side View.jpg

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