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Posted June 07, 2017 - 05:56 PM

Wrechinonit also entrusted me to put new padding and a cover on a Bolens 900 seat pan that he was kind enough to run through the sand blaster before he sent it.  Got the lip spread, removed the remains of the old cover, cleaned up the bit of gunge that was in the lip and put a couple of coats of self etching primer on the padding side of the seat pan.  Thought I would post a few pictures of the progress - hope they don't bore anyone.

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  • 7 Top Of Seat Primed.jpg
  • 8 Top Of Seat Primed.jpg

Edited by 29 Chev, June 07, 2017 - 05:56 PM.

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Posted June 07, 2017 - 10:20 PM

No bother! We love to see your work. I'll be sending you some work , your way soon.
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Posted June 08, 2017 - 06:45 AM

I'm sure it will turn out just as good as the one you did for me!


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Posted June 08, 2017 - 07:14 AM

Going to be interesting to see this project progress.  Wondering how you will that lip squeezed back down to hold the cover and not damage the paint.  Mask it off and paint later maybe.


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Posted June 08, 2017 - 07:53 AM

Going to be interesting to see this project progress.  Wondering how you will that lip squeezed back down to hold the cover and not damage the paint.  Mask it off and paint later maybe.

You are correct - install the padding and cover, squeeze the lip back up and then mask the cover off and paint the seat pan.  Originally I don't believe the seat pans were painted on the padding side as they are usually quite rusty on that side - the padding and cover were stuck right to the bare metal.  This thread will not have a lot of detail but you can see the whole process and do one yourself if you like as there is a detailed "How To" in the Tips and Tricks section - http://gardentractor...ped-outer-edge/ .


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Posted June 08, 2017 - 03:27 PM

Got a new cover sewed up and new 1" padding glued to the seat pan.  Then I stuck the cover on to the padding trying to keep any wrinkles and puckers to a minimum, put in a small piece of cord to act as welt to hold the cover down in the lip groove.  It looked fairly good in my opinion so I squeezed the lip back shut making sure I did not squeeze the lip too much and cut the new vinyl. 

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Posted June 08, 2017 - 03:49 PM

That looks awesome! Another great job.


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Posted June 08, 2017 - 04:10 PM

That looks awesome! Another great job.


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Posted June 08, 2017 - 04:25 PM

Saaaay! Thats perfect. Perfect seams. That would probably drive me nuts poking the vinyl in the lip.


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Posted June 08, 2017 - 06:02 PM

Saaaay! Thats perfect. Perfect seams. That would probably drive me nuts poking the vinyl in the lip.

Not perfect but it looks decent in my opinion - to be perfect it would be made out of one piece of molded vinyl and the pleats would be pressed in with heat rather than sewn in.  The secret is to poke the cord welt into the lip which takes the vinyl into the lip with it.  Poking the vinyl could result in puncturing it and if that happens you get to start all over again.


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Posted June 08, 2017 - 06:49 PM

Another great job
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Posted June 08, 2017 - 07:46 PM

Not perfect but it looks decent in my opinion - to be perfect it would be made out of one piece of molded vinyl and the pleats would be pressed in with heat rather than sewn in.  The secret is to poke the cord welt into the lip which takes the vinyl into the lip with it.  Poking the vinyl could result in puncturing it and if that happens you get to start all over again.

Stew another fine job. My take, If somehow someway one was to discover a time capsule that held let's say a 900 and it was perfect except for the seat cover then maybe I'd concede that an heat pressed pleated one would be only more original and therefore letter correct. My thoughts are yours are made from much better material. The sewn pleats are MUCH NICER looking than the pressed in shiny vinyl original ones, hands down ,no contest. My bet is you ask Brian on any of his meticulously restored pieces that a 29Chev seat is the perfect finishing touch he'll agree, his units are as good as new and probably better looking when he's done based on his attention to detail, your seats match that attention to detail, already know Rick feels the same way about your seat on his beautiful 1000. Bet the fan club includes all your customers. I know this , I own several, every one of them is the nicest thing on the tractor, just the facts buddy. As long as you continue to put thread thru the needle, shear the fabric and cut the foam, I'm sending my pieces to you. You're talented , I'm a fan , big fan. Thanks again.
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Posted June 09, 2017 - 04:29 PM

Thanks for the kind words Kevin.  Got the seat pan masked off and painted and here are the results.  Got a run in the paint at the back - oops - always figured a run meant that there was lots of paint so less chance of rusting.

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  • 1 900 Seat.jpg
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