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#61 ClassicBolens ONLINE  

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Posted May 26, 2016 - 03:29 PM

The 2 piece looks fantastic.
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Posted May 26, 2016 - 04:53 PM

I too think the 2 piece cover looks just fine, and will probably hold the appropriate shape better.


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Posted May 26, 2016 - 09:25 PM

The 2 piece approach will always be easier and look better on complicated, compound shapes. You just can't duplicate a heat mold in your garage.
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Posted May 27, 2016 - 08:19 AM

To me the cut and sew is a more custom, quality appearance anyway, though a bit more time consuming. By the way, that stitching is excellent! :thumbs:


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Posted June 06, 2016 - 05:59 PM

Let the seats sit for a while to let the glue dry and then set them out in the sun on Saturday for about half an hour.  The one piece cover (first picture) stayed stuck this time - the two piece let go in a couple of spots (second picture) which did not surprise me as the foam had already been glued once with the weaker adhesive and probably did not get a good bond with the stronger glue.  It still looked ok but it bugged me so I pulled the welt out and used some 3M weatherstrip adhesive to stick it back to the foam while it was out in the sun - it seemed to stick very well and formed to the foam again.  Left it out for another half hour and then checked it again Sunday morning and it seems to be stuck still so I squeezed the edge back down on both the seats.

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  • 1 One Piece Cover In Sun.jpg
  • 2 Two Piece Cover In Sun.jpg
  • 3 Weatherstrip Adhesive 80010.jpg
  • 4 Two Piece Cover Glued WIth Weatherstrip Adheasive.jpg
  • 5 Two Piece Cover Glued WIth Weatherstrip Adheasive.jpg
  • 6 Welt Back In Two Piece Cover.jpg
  • 7 Welt Back InTwo pIece Cover.jpg
  • 8 Welt Back InTwo pIece Cover.jpg

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Posted June 06, 2016 - 06:02 PM

That looks really good!
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Posted June 06, 2016 - 06:05 PM

Today I masked out the seat with the one piece cover and then I decided to try mounting it on the engine stand so I could rotate it while I was painting it.  I used Chubien's third seat to set up the hole spacing and then I mounted the masked seat on to it, did a bit of prep work to the outside edge and then I repainted it white again.  This time I left the vinyl sticking out and will have to trim it when the paint dries - not sure how well the very edge of the metal lip got painted as the vinyl tended to roll up and cover it in a few spots.  Will have to see what it looks like after it dries - may have to touch up the lip edge.

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  • 1 Seat Mounted To Engine Stand.jpg
  • 2 Seat Rotated.jpg
  • 3 Seat Rotated 180.jpg
  • 4 Edge Painted.jpg
  • 5 Rotated To Paint Along Edge.jpg
  • 6 Bottom Painted.jpg
  • 7 Bottom Painted.jpg
  • 8 Top Edge Final Coat.jpg

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Posted June 06, 2016 - 07:00 PM

Seriously, that seat looks outstanding. Probably better than it was when it was new.
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Posted June 07, 2016 - 08:26 AM

Loving the 2 piece seat cover. For me the 2 piece looks better for some reason. Now I just gotta get myself a 900 so I can send you a seat to do! Also, you have the 1st seat pan rotisserie I've seen. Lol! Great idea.
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Posted June 07, 2016 - 04:56 PM

And to what address do I send the seat pan for my 900? Your hired.

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Posted June 07, 2016 - 05:19 PM

And to what address do I send the seat pan for my 900? Your hired.

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Posted June 07, 2016 - 05:23 PM

Unmasked the seat with the one piece cover and trimmed the vinyl along the edge using a razor blade.  The paint actually did a good job of covering the edge so it looks like I should not have to touch up any spots and the seat doesn't look to bad in my opinion considering it has been painted again.  Here are some pictures of the results.

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  • 1 Seat Unmaksed.jpg
  • 2 Trimming Vinyl With Razor Blade.jpg
  • 3 Close Up Of Seat Edge.jpg
  • 4 Close Up Of Edge.jpg
  • 5 Vinyl Trimmed.jpg
  • 6 Vinyl Trimmed.jpg
  • 7 Vinyl Trimmed.jpg

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Posted June 07, 2016 - 05:32 PM

Then I masked out the second seat with the two piece cover and did some work around the edge and on the back getting rid of some imperfections and pin holes with body filler.  In between coats of filler I managed to find some time to sew up another two piece cover that will be going on Robert's seat that he got with his $75.00 parts tractor.

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  • 1 Two Piece Cover Sewn.jpg
  • 2 Two Piece Cover Sewn.jpg
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Posted June 09, 2016 - 06:29 PM

Got the second seat with the two piece cover painted yesterday, unmasked and the vinyl trimmed today.  I am really happy with the way this cover looks against the white seat pan.  Here are pictures of what it looks like outside on a nice sunny day.

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  • 1 Back Of Seat Painted.jpg
  • 2 Back Of Seat Painted.jpg
  • 3 Back Of Seat Painted.jpg
  • 4 Corner View.jpg
  • 4.5 Top View.jpg
  • 5 Rear View.jpg
  • 6 Front View.jpg

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Posted June 09, 2016 - 06:38 PM

Then I cut new padding and glued it on to the third seat that Robert sent me from his $75.00 tractor find.  Since I had to order some more foam I went with 1" thick foam instead of gluing two 1/2" thick pieces together to make the padding - it was a little trickier to form to the seat pan at the rear curves but I think it still looks ok.  Once I had it glued in place and the outer edge trimmed I glued the pleated area of the new cover and stuck it in place.  Will let it sit overnight and then try and glue the rest of the cover to the padding tomorrow.  If you look closely at the front pleat you will see that it goes straight across rather than curving back along the sides at the outer edge - I think this will look better when the seat is finished.

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  • 1 Glue Applied To Pan.jpg
  • 2 Glue Applied To One Incg Foam.jpg
  • 3 Foam Glued Rough Trim.jpg
  • 4 Final Trim.jpg
  • 5 Final Trim.jpg
  • 6 Padding Final Trim SIde View.jpg
  • 7 Glue Applied For Pleated Area.jpg
  • 8 Glue Applied To Pleated Area Of Cover.jpg
  • 9 Pleated Section Of Cover Stuck In Place.jpg
  • 10 Pleated Section Of Cover Stuck In Place.jpg
  • 11 Pleated Section Of Cover Stuck In Place.jpg





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