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#1 29 Chev OFFLINE  

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Posted April 23, 2016 - 07:37 PM

Met with Chubien today and he got his 850 seat back and left me with a couple of seats off of Bolens 900's - also got to meet member AAHayes face to face at the same time.  The plan is to try and recover one and see how close I can make it look to an original 900 seat - if it turns out ok then I will do the other one for him and possibly have one for sale (if he doesn't find another 900 to rebuild :D)  - time will tell.  I thought I would do a post on this one since it uses a crimped or rolled lip around the outer edge to hold the cover on which presents a new challenge to a seat recovering  - hope you don't mind another seat recover project  Attached are pictures of the two seats and a picture that I found on the site of what I believe the 900 seat should look like (minus the duct tape)- if someone has a better picture of a 900 seat that shows the pattern of the cover feel free to post it as it may be helpful.  The seat I am going to start on has bolts along the edge that appear to have held a replacement cover on it at some point in its life so they will have to be removed and the holes filled in.  This will be a project that will get worked on as time permits so the updates may be intermittent - fyi

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  • 1 Seat 1 Bottom.jpg
  • 2 Seat 1 Bottom.jpg
  • 3 Seat 1 Top.jpg
  • 4 Seat 1 Side.jpg
  • 5 Seat 1 Front.jpg
  • 6 Seat 1 Side.jpg
  • 7 Seat 2 Bottom.jpg
  • 8 Seat 2 Front.jpg
  • 9 Seat 2 Side.jpg
  • 10 Seat 1 Crimped Edge With Bolts.jpg
  • 11 Seat 1 Crimped Edge With Bolts.jpg
  • Original 900 Seat Cover.jpg

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Posted April 23, 2016 - 08:00 PM

As stated here , in the spirit of undertaking an arduous task

https://www.bing.com...817EE&FORM=VIRE

Know a guy who needs one, and oh ya a 900 seat recovered as well. So indeed think two. :D

Edited by WrenchinOnIt, April 23, 2016 - 09:01 PM.

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Posted April 24, 2016 - 06:32 AM

I find it very interesting to watch your work. Please keep posting. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted April 24, 2016 - 11:17 AM

Another interesting restoration thread by 29 Chev which I will be following closely. If it like his previous workmanship, we can expect great things. No pressure :)

Edited by Bolens800uk, April 24, 2016 - 11:18 AM.

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Posted April 24, 2016 - 11:23 AM

I 1st need to find a 900!!! Looking forward to seeing this seat done.
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Posted April 24, 2016 - 04:49 PM

I notice one is red and one is black. They only made them two years , so was the different years have different colors?

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Posted April 24, 2016 - 05:44 PM

I notice one is red and one is black. They only made them two years , so was the different years have different colors?

I believe they were both red when they left the Bolens factory - the black cover is one that someone has made and riveted on to the seat pan at the back.


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Posted April 24, 2016 - 06:29 PM

I believe they were both red when they left the Bolens factory - the black cover is one that someone has made and riveted on to the seat pan at the back.

 

Correct only red pads, black is not OEM 


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Posted April 24, 2016 - 07:31 PM

In between coats of primer and paint on the lawn mower deck cover I removed the old rusty bolts from the seat that will be the test subject (no pressure he says :( ).  Most of the heads of the bolts got ground off with the die grinder and then turned out with a pair of vise grips - the holes are going to be interesting to weld back in on the lip and back side of the seats.  Then I dug out my pair of modified vise grips that I made a few years ago when I did the seat off my brothers Simplicity Landlord and played "roll up the rim" to see if I could win a metal seat pan with the lip spread apart and not badly distorted or ripped (sorry Tim Hortons).  I did one pass around the seat to start the lip to spread and then a second pass to spread it wide enough to remove the remains of the outer edge of the old cover which was still in one piece after 50 years - you can see the welt that was sandwiched in between the cover at the outer edge to keep the cover from moving when the metal lip was crimped down.  I think I won so now I get a chance to play with a metal seat pan to fill in the holes and clean it up in preparation for new padding and a cover.   

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  • 1 Bolts Removed.jpg
  • 2 Starting To Spread The Lip At The Edge Of The Seat.jpg
  • 3 Starting To Spread The Lip At The Edge Of The Seat.jpg
  • 4 Lip After First Trip Around Edge.jpg
  • 5 Lip After First Trip Around Edge.jpg
  • 6 Modified Old Pair Of Vise Grips.jpg
  • 7 Modified Old Pair Of Vise Grips.jpg
  • 8 Lip After Second Trip Around Edge.jpg
  • 9 Close Up Of Lip.jpg
  • 10 CLose Up Of Lip.jpg
  • 11 Remains Of Outer Edge Of Old Cover.jpg
  • 12 Old Cover Out Of Groove.jpg
  • 13 Welt Sandwiched Between Vinyl.jpg
  • 14 Welt Sandwiched Between Vinyl.jpg
  • 15 A Piece Of History.jpg
  • 16 Seat Pan Ready For Repair Of Holes And Clean Up.jpg

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Posted April 24, 2016 - 07:59 PM

Looks much better already
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Posted April 25, 2016 - 02:57 AM

Looks much better already

I was thinking the samething! Just removing the rusted out edge and the old torn material made it look alot cleaner. :rocker2:  You've mastered every seat repair/recover up to this point, Can't wait to see what you come up with for this one! :worshippy1:


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Posted April 25, 2016 - 11:15 AM

Looking great by just removing the 'edging'.

Making an impact already.
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Posted April 25, 2016 - 11:16 AM

I have a 900 that has the bottom 2/3 of the seat left.  I thought maybe they heat-formed that seat vinyl, as there are no "darts" sewn into the fabric to conform to the "bucket" shape.  Maybe they crimped the seat material, heated it, then drew a vacuum using the hole in the bottom of the pan?  I did some searches online and found some heat-formable vinyl material.


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Posted April 25, 2016 - 11:19 AM

This is very interesting and I did enjoy your seat cover post last time. Thanks for taking time to post this.


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Posted April 25, 2016 - 11:35 AM

I have a 900 that has the bottom 2/3 of the seat left.  I thought maybe they heat-formed that seat vinyl, as there are no "darts" sewn into the fabric to conform to the "bucket" shape.  Maybe they crimped the seat material, heated it, then drew a vacuum using the hole in the bottom of the pan?  I did some searches online and found some heat-formable vinyl material.

Could you post a few pictures of what remains of your cover - I am interested in seeing what the pattern looks like and possibley the spacing and width of the pleats?  I believe the original was heat formed to the pan shape when they formed the pleats - unfortunately I have not mastered heat forming vinyl and from what I have seen where the material is stretched during the heat shaping process creates a thin spot that is usually the first place for the material to crack or rip (just my opinion).  I will see what I can come with for a fit by sewing the pleats in and probably adding a seam or two - time will tell.


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