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Posted May 28, 2016 - 05:27 PM

DH1 has been kind enough to entrust the sheet metal pieces from two seats to me to recover for his Elec-Trak tractors.  One is a seat that appears to be a style that was used on other tractors such as Bolens, Ford and Wheel Horse - attached are a few pictures of the Bolens one that I recovered several months ago.  The other seat is a similar two piece design but the backrest part does not move up and down.

 

I had a chance to start on the backrest for the second style seat today.  Got the padding cut, glued on and then made a cover and glued it on.

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  • 1 Right Side.jpg
  • 2 Front.jpg
  • 3 Corner View.jpg
  • 1 New Padding Cut.jpg
  • 2 Padding Glued On.jpg
  • 3 Padding Glued On.jpg
  • 4 New Cover.jpg
  • 5 NEw Cover.jpg
  • 6 New Cover.jpg
  • 7 New Cover.jpg
  • 8 New Cover.jpg
  • 9 New Cover.jpg
  • 10 New Cover.jpg
  • 11 New Cover.jpg

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Posted May 28, 2016 - 06:34 PM

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Posted May 28, 2016 - 07:41 PM

Looking forward to see my seat cushion recovered by someone that knows.


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Posted May 29, 2016 - 08:14 PM

Tackled the lower sheet metal piece today.  Gave the sheet metal a wire brushing and cleaning where the old adhesive was and then glued the edge molding back in place - noticed there was about a three inch gap so I added a short piece at the rear to fill in the area.  The original padding appeared to be about 3" thick so I glued two 1-1/2" pieces of foam together to make new lower padding.  Once the foam was glued on to the sheet metal I trimmed the excess with an electric knife.  Since there was nothing left of the original lower cover I found a picture on the internet of what I believe the original lower cover looked like, did some calculations and made a new pleated piece.  Then I cut it to what looked promising to fit the padding and did some more calculating and came up with a left and right boxing.  I sewed one on and did a test fit and it looked fairly good so I sewed the other one on and did another test fit.   

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  • 1 Lower Sheet Metal Piece.jpg
  • 2 Two Pieces Of Foam Glued Together.jpg
  • 3 Foam Trimmed.jpg
  • 4 Foam Trimmed.jpg
  • 5 Foam Trimmed.jpg
  • 6 Foam Trimmed.jpg
  • 7 Pleated Section Sewn And Test Fit.jpg
  • 8 Test Fit.jpg
  • 9 Test Fit.jpg
  • 10 Left Boxing Sewn On And Test Fitted.jpg
  • 11 Left Boxing Sewn On And Test Fitted.jpg
  • 12 Left Boxing Sewn On And Test Fitted.jpg
  • 13 Right Boxing Added.jpg
  • 14 Test Fit.jpg

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Posted May 29, 2016 - 08:29 PM

Things looked promising so I glued the cover to the sheet metal - started at the front and then the back.  Once I had them attached I worked on the two sides and trimmed the material a bit around the bolt holes.  Here are the results - hopefully it comes close to matching what the original cover looked like.

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  • 1 Cover Glued And Trimmed Bottom.jpg
  • 2 Cover Glued And Trimmed Bottom.jpg
  • 3 Cover Glued And Trimmed Bottom.jpg
  • 4 Rear View.jpg
  • 5 Right Side View.jpg
  • 6 RIght Front Corner.jpg
  • 7 Front View.jpg
  • 8 Front View.jpg
  • 9 Left Front Corner.jpg
  • 10 Left Side View.jpg
  • 11 Left Rear Corner View.jpg
  • 12 Top View.jpg

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Posted May 30, 2016 - 05:21 AM

Your work is just fantastic ! I read every one of your seat jobs threads and it seems I'm repeating myself here but they get better and better each time . Thank you again for posting these seat rebuild jobs for us
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Posted May 30, 2016 - 07:45 AM

I agree with ALC, you are doing great work. Please keep posting pics and such, upholstery amazes me.


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Posted May 31, 2016 - 07:31 PM

Thanks for the kind words - I find upholstery can be a challenge as it is not an exact science but it is also fun to try and make a tractor seat look close to original with new materials and some time.  I started working on the bottom of the Bolens style seat - all that I have to work with are the original metal piece and a picture that DH1 supplied of a cover that he found (last picture) - will have to see how close I can come to making this one look similar.  I wire brushed the edge of the metal and glued the edge molding back on.  Since I did not have an original padding thickness I went with 1-1/2" padding the same as what the Bolens seat used.  I glued it on to the metal bottom and trimmed it with the electric knife.

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  • 1 Metal Bottom And Back.jpg
  • 2 Metal Bottom Wire Brushed And Edge Reglued.jpg
  • 3 Glue Applied.jpg
  • 4 Foam Clamped In Place.jpg
  • 5 Foam Trimmed.jpg
  • 6 Foam Trimmed.jpg
  • 7 Foam Trimmed.jpg
  • 8 Foam Trimmed.jpg
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Posted May 31, 2016 - 08:10 PM

I laid out a couple of patterns for the pleats on paper and finally settled on one that I think will look like it flows into the upper back rest when I am done - it is not quite as wide as the one in the picture and I changed the angle a little bit.  I cut out the top piece that would form the pleats, glued a piece of sew foam to the back and marked out the pattern with the wax pencil.  Then I sewed the pleats in and set it on top of the padding - things looked good so I sewed two pieces of welt to the sides and then I figured out a pattern for the side boxing, cut one out and sewed it three quarters of the way on starting at the front and did a test fit.  I had to trim it a little where it joined at the rear corner and then I finished sewing it on and did another test fit and things looked good.  I took the piece of material I had trimmed off and set it on the paper pattern and marked out the change and modified the paper pattern.  Then I marked out a mirror image of the pattern for the other boxing, cut it out and sewed it on.  Once I had that done I was ready for a final test fit.  

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  • 1 Cover Top Cut And Pattern Laid Out.jpg
  • 2 Sew Foam Glued Underneath.jpg
  • 3 Paper Layout Of Pleats.jpg
  • 4 Paper Layout Of Cover.jpg
  • 5 Pleats Sewn.jpg
  • 6 Test Fit.jpg
  • 7 Test Fit.jpg
  • 8 Left Boxing Sewed On.jpg
  • 9 Left Boxing Sewed On.jpg
  • 10 RIght Boxing Cut Out.jpg
  • 11 Right Boxing Cut Out.jpg
  • 12 Right Boxing Sewn On.jpg
  • 13 Ready For Test Fit.jpg
  • 14 Ready For Test Fit.jpg

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Posted May 31, 2016 - 08:13 PM

Did a final test fit and things looked ok so I glued the cover in place.  Here are the results.

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  • 1 Cover Over Padding.jpg
  • 2 Cover Over Padding.jpg
  • 3 Cover Over Padding.jpg
  • 4 Cover Over Padding.jpg
  • 5 Cover Glued On.jpg
  • 6 Cover Glued On.jpg
  • 7 Rear View.jpg
  • 8 Left Rear Corner.jpg
  • 9 Left Side.jpg
  • 10 Left Front Coner.jpg
  • 11 Front View.jpg
  • 12 Right Side.jpg
  • 13 Right Rear Corner.jpg
  • 14 Top View.jpg
  • 15 Front View.jpg

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Posted June 01, 2016 - 07:40 PM

Had a look at the bottom cover this morning and was not happy the way the outer edges looked - they had a few puckers and looked flat compared with the pleated area.  I decided to undo the cover along the sides and add a piece of 1/2" padding to bring them up to the same level that the 1/2" sew foam created where the pleats were.  Glued the padding in place and then glued the sides back down.  I think the padding helped - here are some pictures of how it looks now.

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  • 1 Adding Padding At Outer Edge.jpg
  • 2 Front View.jpg
  • 3 Right Front Corner.jpg
  • 4 Left Front Corner.jpg
  • 5 Left Rear Corner.jpg
  • 6 Right Rear Corner.jpg
  • 7 Side View.jpg
  • 8 Side View.jpg

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Posted June 01, 2016 - 08:11 PM

Then I decided to try and recover the back support.  DH1 made a new back plate so I put some door edge molding around it and glued a piece of  1-1/2" padding on to it and laid out a pattern for the back rest to try and match the bottom cover.  Once I had the pattern sewn into the front piece I cut out a boxing piece and a back piece and sewed them all together.  This left me with an inside out cover with no opening so I slit the back piece and turned it inside out and stretched it over the back rest.

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  • 1 BackRest Sheet Metal.jpg
  • 2 Back Rest Sheet Metal.jpg
  • 3 Door Edge Molding Applied.jpg
  • 4 Padding Glued On.jpg
  • 5 Pattern Laid Out.jpg
  • 6 Pattern Sewn.jpg
  • 7 Pieces Ready To Be Sewn Together.jpg
  • 8 Pieces Sewn Together.jpg
  • 9 Pieces Sewn Together.jpg
  • 10 Slit Cut In Back.jpg
  • 11 Cover Turned Right Way.jpg
  • 12 Cover Turned Right Way.jpg
  • 13 Cover Over Back.jpg
  • 14 Cover Over Back.jpg

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Posted June 01, 2016 - 08:13 PM

It looked ok so I glued the cover at the slit and took some pictures - the last ones should give you an idea of how the back rest will look with the bottom piece.

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  • 1 Cover Glued On.jpg
  • 2 Cover Glued On.jpg
  • 3 Cover Glued On.jpg
  • 4 Back With Bottom.jpg
  • 5 Back With Bottom.jpg
  • 6 Back With Bottom.jpg

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Posted June 01, 2016 - 08:28 PM

Then I decided to have some fun and see how hard it would be to make a back cover for the first seat with the name sewn in similar to how the original looked.  Here are the results - I liked it enough that I removed the plain cover off the back rest and installed this one instead - I hope DH1 approves.

 

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  • 1 Original Back COver With Name.jpg
  • 2 Name Sewn In.jpg
  • 3 Name Sewn In.jpg
  • 4 Plain Cover Removed.jpg
  • 5 Cover WIth Name Installed.jpg
  • 6 Cover WIth Name Installed.jpg
  • 7 Cover WIth Name Installed.jpg
  • 8 Cover WIth Name Installed.jpg
  • 9 Cover WIth Name Installed.jpg
  • 10 Cover WIth Name Installed.jpg

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Posted June 01, 2016 - 08:55 PM

I approve, very nice indeed and unexpected. :thumbs:  :dancingbanana:






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