Jump to content

Nominations for Tractor of the Month
Garden Tractors and Parts on eBay



Photo
- - - - -

Bolens 850 Seat Cover Project


  • Please log in to reply
52 replies to this topic

#16 Chubien ONLINE  

Chubien
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 61561
  • 601 Thanks
  • 381 posts
  • Location: Montreal, Quebec

Posted January 03, 2016 - 10:15 PM

       
refresh my memory the 900 seat has the material crimped under the outer metal lip of the seat pan does it not?


I believe so, I'll try and get a pic for you of what's left of mine.

#17 29 Chev ONLINE  

29 Chev
  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 63590
  • 3,099 Thanks
  • 1,195 posts
  • Location: Ontario Canada

Posted January 04, 2016 - 03:16 PM

Got the lower edge sewed and fished the pull rope around the outside edge.  Then I removed the old padding which was glued to the original cover - it is a little thin in spots so I will have to get some new padding material when I get time.  Did a test fit of the new cover and it appears to fit fairly well - here are pictures of the original and the new cover for comparison.

 

I have started an "in depth" post of the steps involved in making this cover in hopes it will help some other members in the Tractor Restoration Tips And Tricks section http://gardentractor...a-lawn-tractor/  if anyone is interested.

Attached Thumbnails

  • .5 Original Cover.jpg
  • 1 Cover Bottom.jpg
  • 2 Old Cover And Padding.jpg
  • 3 Padding On Pan.jpg
  • 4 New Cover Front.jpg
  • 5 New Cover Side.jpg
  • 6 New Cover Bottom.jpg
  • 7 New Cover Rear.jpg
  • 8 New Cover Corner.jpg
  • 9 New Cover Corner.jpg
  • 10 New Cover With A Little Pressure.jpg

  • Alc, Bruce Dorsi, ClassicBolens and 1 other said thanks

#18 blackjackjakexxix ONLINE  

blackjackjakexxix

    Blackjackjakexxix

  • Senior Member
  • Sponsor
  • Member No: 2194
  • 2,344 Thanks
  • 1,753 posts
  • Location: Pulaski,Pa 16143

Posted January 04, 2016 - 05:20 PM

Very nice Stew
  • 29 Chev said thank you

#19 Bolens 1000 ONLINE  

Bolens 1000

    DR. Bolens

  • Staff Admin
  • Staff
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 7
  • 12,670 Thanks
  • 17,197 posts
  • Location: Western NY

Posted January 04, 2016 - 05:40 PM

have you found any sources to include the padding with your cushions?


  • 29 Chev said thank you

#20 29 Chev ONLINE  

29 Chev
  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 63590
  • 3,099 Thanks
  • 1,195 posts
  • Location: Ontario Canada

Posted January 04, 2016 - 05:50 PM

have you found any sources to include the padding with your cushions?

 

I have talked to a couple of suppliers but I have not made it to their show room to verify the firmness of the padding they offer - both are a two hour drive from me and in the "Big City".  I don't get out much this time of year as the weather can be unpredictable but hope to visit them sometime this month and see what they offer - it is hard to feel the firmness of padding by looking at them on a computer screen.

 

:D


  • Bolens 1000 said thank you

#21 gardentractornut OFFLINE  

gardentractornut
  • Senior Member
  • GTt Junior
  • Member No: 67198
  • 324 Thanks
  • 322 posts
  • Location: Minnesota

Posted January 04, 2016 - 06:23 PM

Looks great Stew!


  • 29 Chev said thank you

#22 rumbleseat OFFLINE  

rumbleseat
  • Member
  • Member No: 67709
  • 124 Thanks
  • 79 posts
  • Location: Southern California

Posted January 05, 2016 - 11:18 PM

Awesome.


  • 29 Chev said thank you

#23 jpackard56 OFFLINE  

jpackard56

    Tractorholic

  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 7225
  • 1,768 Thanks
  • 1,407 posts
  • Location: S.E. Ohio

Posted January 06, 2016 - 11:44 AM

Very Nice :thumbs:


  • 29 Chev said thank you

#24 devans OFFLINE  

devans
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 68585
  • 367 Thanks
  • 256 posts
  • Location: Charlestown, R.I.

Posted January 06, 2016 - 01:43 PM

I have talked to a couple of suppliers but I have not made it to their show room to verify the firmness of the padding they offer - both are a two hour drive from me and in the "Big City".  I don't get out much this time of year as the weather can be unpredictable but hope to visit them sometime this month and see what they offer - it is hard to feel the firmness of padding by looking at them on a computer screen.

 

:D

 

See if they will ship you some samples of the foam you're interested in. The samples could be simply scrap pieces that was headed to the garbage.

Great work BTW and thanks for the how to thread.


  • 29 Chev said thank you

#25 29 Chev ONLINE  

29 Chev
  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 63590
  • 3,099 Thanks
  • 1,195 posts
  • Location: Ontario Canada

Posted January 15, 2016 - 04:43 PM

Been stormy and cold here earlier this week so I have been in snow removal - stay warm in house mode but today I got a bit of time to start cleaning up the seat pan.  First thing I did was take some pictures with sizes of various sections of the seat pan as this may help someone identify as to whether they have the correct seat pan for an 850. 

Attached Thumbnails

  • 1 Width At Front.jpg
  • 2 Depth At Bend.jpg
  • 3 Depth In Centre.jpg
  • 4 Height At Back Centre.jpg
  • 5 Width Edge To Edge At Back.jpg
  • 6 Width Edge To Edge At Front.jpg
  • 7 Width From Bend To Edge At Front.jpg
  • 8 Width From Bend To Lip At Rear.jpg
  • 9 Width From Bend To Edge At Top Of Back.jpg
  • 10 Bolt Spacing.jpg
  • 11 Length Along Edge.jpg
  • 12 Width At Top Of Back.jpg

  • blackjackjakexxix and WrenchinOnIt have said thanks

#26 29 Chev ONLINE  

29 Chev
  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 63590
  • 3,099 Thanks
  • 1,195 posts
  • Location: Ontario Canada

Posted January 15, 2016 - 04:44 PM

Then I sanded the seat pan, cleaned up a few rust areas and gave it a coat of paint.

Attached Thumbnails

  • 1 Bottom View.jpg
  • 2 Bottom View.jpg
  • 3 Top View.jpg
  • 4 SIde View.jpg
  • 5 Front View.jpg

  • blackjackjakexxix and WrenchinOnIt have said thanks

#27 29 Chev ONLINE  

29 Chev
  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 63590
  • 3,099 Thanks
  • 1,195 posts
  • Location: Ontario Canada

Posted January 15, 2016 - 05:03 PM

While the seat pan was drying I decided to try an experiment.  I had some 2-1/2" thick foam that my dad purchased a long time ago and has been rolled up for about 20 years.  It was about 18" wide X 48" long and I unrolled it and let it sit for a few days occasionally rolling it up the opposite way than it had been rolled to get it to lay reasonably flat.  Since the foam for the 850 seat pan is 1-1/2" thick I was trying to think of a way to rip the 2-1/2" thick foam piece to make it thinner so I decided to take a two 2X4 and lay one on each side of the foam to give me a 1-1/2" edge on both sides as a reference.  Then I took a piece of 1/2" plywood about 8" x 12" to use as a way of holding the foam flat on the work table with one hand (I wanted a large surface area contact so that I did not compress the foam while I was holding it) and a regular hand saw and starting at one end ripped the foam length wise by slowly drawing the hand saw towards me on an angle while it lay against the 2X4's to maintain the correct thickness.  Once I had drawn the saw towards me I would stop and reposition it away from me and draw it towards me again and it would rip the foam a bit more.  I continued to do this until I had the foam chunk ripped.  Unfortunately I did not take many pictures while I was doing it but hopefully these will give you an idea of how I did it.  I will have to take the grinder to the surface of the foam to smooth it up a little bit but I think it turned out pretty good in my opinion. 

Attached Thumbnails

  • 1 Foam WIth 2 X 4 On Each Side Cut.jpg
  • 2 Piece Of Plywood On Top To Distribute Weight.jpg
  • 3 Foam Cut To 1.5 Inch Thickness.jpg

Edited by 29 Chev, January 15, 2016 - 06:54 PM.

  • Bolens 1000, blackjackjakexxix, Chubien and 1 other said thanks

#28 blackjackjakexxix ONLINE  

blackjackjakexxix

    Blackjackjakexxix

  • Senior Member
  • Sponsor
  • Member No: 2194
  • 2,344 Thanks
  • 1,753 posts
  • Location: Pulaski,Pa 16143

Posted January 15, 2016 - 07:19 PM

Your always coming up with a way to try and make things work
  • 29 Chev said thank you

#29 Chubien ONLINE  

Chubien
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 61561
  • 601 Thanks
  • 381 posts
  • Location: Montreal, Quebec

Posted January 15, 2016 - 07:29 PM

I guess the replacement cushions could be a little thicker than the original?

Looking good
  • 29 Chev said thank you

#30 29 Chev ONLINE  

29 Chev
  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 63590
  • 3,099 Thanks
  • 1,195 posts
  • Location: Ontario Canada

Posted January 16, 2016 - 07:06 PM

Thanks for the kind words - the foam could be thicker but I am trying to stay with 1-1/2" thick foam for your seat as that is what it was originally.

 

Got the door edge moulding installed around the outer lip of the seat.

Attached Thumbnails

  • 1 Front View.jpg
  • 2 Rear View.jpg





Top