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#31 29 Chev OFFLINE  

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Posted January 16, 2016 - 07:08 PM

Then I levelled the foam where the saw marks were, marked and cut out the back piece with the electric knife.

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  • 2 Bottom Of Back Foam Cut To Shape.jpg
  • 3 Slits Marked In Back Foam.jpg
  • 4 Marking Outer Edge Of Back.jpg
  • 5 Front View.jpg
  • 6 Outer Edge Marked.jpg
  • 7 Outer Edge Cut With Electric Knife.jpg
  • 8 Test Fit.jpg
  • 9 Test Fit.jpg

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Posted January 16, 2016 - 07:09 PM

Then I did the same with for the bottom section.

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  • 6 Electric Knife.jpg
  • 7 Bottom Foam Cut.jpg
  • 8 Depth Of Slit.jpg
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  • 10 Fit Without Hand Pressure.jpg

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Posted January 16, 2016 - 07:18 PM

Then I reinstalled the cover - it definitely appears to fit better with the new padding in my opinion.  The bottom pleated section wants to curve up along the seam with no weight on it as you can see in the second picture - with a bit of weight (I set the stapler on top of the pleated area) it sits flatter the way it is supposed to.  I am going to try gluing the foam to the cover to make it lay flat the way it should but I do not want to do that right now as I still have to finish sewing another cover up and want to try it on to make sure it fits ok and I am still not sure if this foam is quite firm enough to do the job.  As I stated earlier I still want to get to a foam store and see what options they have available.

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  • 2 Curves With No Pressure.jpg
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  • 7 Bottom View.jpg
  • 8 Bottom View.jpg

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Posted January 16, 2016 - 08:05 PM

Very nice Stew,Chubien sent my cover out today,can't wait to see it


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Posted January 16, 2016 - 08:27 PM

Very nice Stew,Chubien sent my cover out today,can't wait to see it

Glad it is on the way to you (hope it is still attached to the rest of the seat) :rolling: Can't wait to see it on your tractor and hear any comments on it (good or bad)


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Posted January 17, 2016 - 09:20 AM

It does indeed look much nicer, I was thinking of adding some softer padding in addition to the knee pad foam that I have on for 1050 cover. The knee pad foam provides a strong base but lacks the rebound of the soft foam to inflate the pleats the way your 850 does. Do you suppose I could glue the 2 foams together and then to the cover?
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Posted January 17, 2016 - 12:26 PM

"Do you suppose I could glue the 2 foams together and then to the cover?"

 

Yes - you can glue a piece of 1/2" or 3/4" foam on top of what you have if you wish and then glue them to the inside of the cover.  I use 08088 3M General Trim Adhesive which seems to do a pretty good job - there is an adjustment at the spray valve (turn from left to right) to control the amount of adhesive and you can also turn the nozzle (rotate it) to change the pattern direction.  Just be careful when you are spraying the adhesive that you do not get it on anything else or the outside of the cover - I use masking paper to protect the surrounding areas but newspaper or cardboard would work as well.  Follow the directions on the can, use in a well ventilated area and this time of year make sure the adhesive, foam and cover are warm enough (minimum of 65 degrees Fahrenheit).

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Posted January 17, 2016 - 02:09 PM

Glad it is on the way to you (hope it is still attached to the rest of the seat) :rolling: Can't wait to see it on your tractor and hear any comments on it (good or bad)

I'm sure all is good,Robert says it wrapped real good for shippment


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Posted March 10, 2016 - 03:37 PM

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

Been busy with other projects (and breaking things) so it has been a while but I finally got back to the 850 seat project.  I was able to find a foam store that will supply foam in various sizes, thickness and density.  I went with a 1-1/2" thick Grade 2545 Deep Comfort product that they recommended for seats - it has a nice "plush" feel to it and appears to be about the same density as the rebounded foam.  I decided to glue it to the underside of the cover the way the original padding was bonded to the cover.  The first time I glued the pleated section and the outer pieces to the foam but I did not like the way it looked on the seat as it still wanted to roll a bit on the bottom and the pieces beside the pleated section on the bottom and above the pleated section on the back looked "stiff". 

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Posted March 10, 2016 - 03:44 PM

Since I was making two covers I glued the foam to the inside of the second cover just where the pleated areas were and it worked much better in my opinion.  The lower pleated section lays flat and the back has a nice ninety degree bend at the pleat which matches the way the original cover fit.  Once I saw the way the second cover looked I broke the bond where the first cover was glued to the sides and back piece around the pleats and it laid down much nicer as well.  In the one picture you can see how the cover looks pre shaped with the padding even though it is not on the seat pan.

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  • 3 Foam Cut.jpg
  • 4 Ready To Glue Foam To Pleated Section.jpg
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  • 6 Seat Cover On Seat.jpg
  • 7 Side Vew.jpg
  • 8 Different Angle.jpg
  • 9 Corner View.jpg
  • 10 Rear View.jpg
  • 11 Two Covers.jpg
  • 12 Cover Not On Seat.jpg
  • 13 Bottom View Of Cover With Padding.jpg
  • 14 Covers Stacked.jpg

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Posted March 10, 2016 - 03:56 PM

From an old upholsterer, great job! If you don't mind I'll give you a couple of helping tips on other projects, if foam is old and packed down, steam will bring it back to original shape in most cases, and if you need to make detailed or rounded shapes, a sheet of 36 grit sandpaper rolled around a piece of radiator hose, or just rolled up, will work wonders.
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Posted March 10, 2016 - 04:04 PM

From an old upholsterer, great job! If you don't mind I'll give you a couple of helping tips on other projects, if foam is old and packed down, steam will bring it back to original shape in most cases, and if you need to make detailed or rounded shapes, a sheet of 36 grit sandpaper rolled around a piece of radiator hose, or just rolled up, will work wonders.

Thanks for the kind words - but I don't think you are much older than me as I turned 60 last year.  I appreciate the tips - that is how we all learn and gain value from forums like this.  On this seat the original foam was beyond steaming as it was falling apart.


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Posted March 10, 2016 - 04:20 PM

Yeah, I saw that, it was just for future reference. FYI I'm 63 so not far apart.
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Posted March 10, 2016 - 07:04 PM

Attention to detail is probably what matters most for this job and you sure invest the time required to make it right. Looks great.
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Posted March 11, 2016 - 09:03 PM

I love the job u did on that seat in basically done restoring my grandfathers 850 with a Danuser cd-1 posthole digger an I need a new seat cover an the ones on eBay don't have the ribs in them. Would u be interested in doing another one?
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