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#1 29 Chev ONLINE  

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Posted November 09, 2017 - 06:40 PM

Member Pk67 has been kind enough to entrust me to make and install a new seat cover for the seat off of his Power King tractor so I thought I would start a thread on it.  After he cleaned up the seat pan and primed it he shipped it to me and I got it this week. Attached are some pictures of the seat pan, the original padding and the remains of the original cover which should work nicely to provide the pleat pattern and spacing that I will try to match in a new seat cover.  Since the padding is approximately 1-1/2" thick at the front I will probably use a new piece of 1-1/2" thick padding to replace it and trim the edge down to the correct thickness using a small diameter sanding disc.  It is my hope that it will turn out looking as good as the Bolens 900 seat in the last picture that I recovered for another member earlier this year.  While the seats are similar the Power King seat cover is black with 12 pleats that are spaced much closer together at just under an inch apart.  

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  • 1 Seat Pan.jpg
  • 2 Original Cover.jpg
  • 3 Pleat Spacing.jpg
  • 4 Width Of Pleated Section.jpg
  • 5 Original Padding.jpg
  • 6 Padding Thickness Along Outer Edge.jpg
  • 7 Padding Thickess At Front.jpg
  • 8 Bolens 900 Seat With New Cover.jpg

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Posted November 09, 2017 - 07:06 PM

Looking forward to this thread.   Thanks,   Rick


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Posted November 09, 2017 - 08:26 PM

Hi 29Chev, likewise I'll be following along thanks for taking the time to document this project, that Bolen's seat looks great


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Posted November 10, 2017 - 04:27 AM

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Posted November 10, 2017 - 06:10 AM

I'll be lurking!


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Posted November 10, 2017 - 07:59 AM

I'm in! :dancingbanana:


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Posted November 10, 2017 - 02:47 PM

Thanks for the interest - it is my hope that the information of what the original cover looked like and what this style of seat can be made to look like with a sewn cover will help some members now and in the future and may even inspire some members to try recovering one.

 

I cut a piece of 1-1/2" thick padding approximately 22" x 24" and marked a centre line on the seat and the bottom side of the padding.  Starting at the front edge in the centre I stuck the padding to the seat pan with some hi strength trim adhesive - worked my way back to the rear and up the back and then out to the sides using the palm of my hand to make sure the padding was stuck to the seat pan which caused the padding to take the curved shape of the seat pan.  Once it was stuck I trimmed the outer edge of the padding to match the edge of the seat pan using a sharp utility knife - an electric carving knife can also be used to cut the padding.  Once that was done I drew a centre line on the top side of the padding - the line will serve as a reference to align and centre the new seat cover.  I then marked where I wanted to round and thin the outer edge of the padding and used a 36 grit roloc sanding disc mounted in a small right angle die grinder to feather and shape the outer edge of the padding (if you use a sanding disc to shape the padding I recommend you do it outdoors as you will end up with little particles of foam everywhere  which can be interesting to sweep up).  Since the Power King seat has a 1/2" stud and a finger bracket on the bottom side I cut a small block of wood to slide over the stud to let the seat sit nicely on a flat surface.

 

For anyone who wants more in depth information on installing the padding and how the outer steel lip can be spread apart without marking or distorting the metal there is a very detailed thread on how I did the Bolens 900 seat here - http://gardentractor...ped-outer-edge/   

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  • 1 New Padding Glued To Seat Pan.jpg
  • 2 New Padding Glued To Seat Pan.jpg
  • 3 New Padding Glued To Seat Pan.jpg
  • 4 New Padding Glued To Seat Pan.jpg
  • 5 Outer Edge Area Marked To Be Trimmed.jpg
  • 6 Outer Edge Trimmed With Sander.jpg
  • 7 Outer Edge Trimmed With Sander.jpg
  • 8 Outer Edge Trimmed With Sander.jpg
  • 9 Outer Edge Trimmed With Sander.jpg
  • 10 Outer Edge Trimmed With Sander.jpg
  • 11 Block Of Wood Over Stud Between Mounting Fingers.jpg

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Posted November 10, 2017 - 08:23 PM

Beautiful seat, Stew! Glad to see a PK seat done by you. :thumbs:

 

Exceptional job as always. :worshippy1:


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Posted November 11, 2017 - 01:23 PM

Got a piece of black vinyl and a piece of 1/4" sew foam cut out to form the pleated section of the new cover.  Stuck the foam to back of the vinyl, marked out and sewed seams to form the pleats.  Once the pleats were formed I verified that the spacing was close to the original cover pattern and then washed off the white guide lines I drew on the vinyl with a grease pencil.  They align with the edge of the presser foot and are offset from where the actual seam is sewed which I find makes removing the lines easier.  Then I set the pleated section on the seat to see how it looked and verified where the front pleat would go in relation to the front edge of the seat padding.

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  • 1 Vinyl Cut For Pleated Area.jpg
  • 2 Quarter Inch Sew Foam Ready To Be Glued To Vinyl.jpg
  • 3 Pleats Marked Out And Sewn.jpg
  • 4 Checking Pleat Spacing Against Original Cover.jpg
  • 5 Guide Marks Washed Off.jpg
  • 6 Checking Placement On Seat.jpg
  • 7 Checking Placement On Seat.jpg
  • 8 Checking Placement On Seat.jpg

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Posted November 11, 2017 - 01:45 PM

Once I had the location of the pleated section figured out I made a pattern using masking paper to figure out the shape I would need to make the rear section of the cover.  The paper pattern was slit underneath where the pleated section sits and then I pulled the front sides of the paper under the pleated piece so that the paper fit nicely against the sides and back making sure that I left provision for a 3/8" seam allowance where the two pieces would be sewn together.  Then I taped two pieces of paper to the front of the sides so that the paper extended to match the front edge of the pleated piece.  The paper pattern was then laid out flat and I traced the outline onto the vinyl and cut a piece out that would form the rear part of the cover as shown in the second picture.  The two pieces were then sewn together to form the new cover and I set it on the seat to see how it would shape around the curved parts of the seat at the rear and sides.  Things looked good so I glued the pleated part to the padding making sure it was centred and the front pleat was where I wanted it in relation to the front edge of the seat.  Once it was stuck in place I then stuck the rear and side sections to the padding with 3M weatherstrip adhesive making sure the vinyl was stuck to the padding without much puckering of the vinyl by using the palm of my hand to form the vinyl against the padding. I started at the centre at the rear of the pleated section and worked my way up and out slowly sticking a little bit at a time. Once I had the cover stuck in place I used a small diameter rope cord to act as a welt and starting at the centre at the front I pushed the cord into the groove to trap the vinyl into the lip around the outer edge of the seat pan. 

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  • 1 Making Paper Pattern For Rear Section Of Cover.jpg
  • 2 Rear Section Cut Out And Ready To Sew To Pleated Section.jpg
  • 3 Pieces Joined To Form Cover And Test Fit On Seat.jpg
  • 4 Pieces Joined To Form Cover And Test Fit On Seat.jpg
  • 5 Pieces Joined To Form Cover And Test Fit On Seat.jpg
  • 6 Cover Glued To Padding.jpg
  • 7 Cover Glued To Padding.jpg
  • 8 Cover Glued To Padding.jpg
  • 9 Rope Welt Pushed Into Outer Seat Lip.jpg
  • 10 Rope Welt Pushed Into Outer Seat Lip.jpg
  • 11 Rope Welt Pushed Into Outer Seat Lip.jpg
  • 12 Rope Welt Pushed Into Outer Seat Lip.jpg

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Posted November 11, 2017 - 02:15 PM

Boy that looks good you are an artist and with your posting looks easy but I know its not that's for thus thread I'm really into ot.


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Posted November 12, 2017 - 12:09 PM

Went back to the seat after a few hours rest and double checked my work.  Things looked good so I marked where the seam joins were at the front edges and then pulled the material out of the lip and trimmed the material so it would be below the lip when the lip gets closed back up at those two points (arrows in picture #1). Then I used a razor blade and carefully trimmed the extra material around the seat lip.  With that done I squeezed the metal lip closed which traps the cover and welt the way it was originally.  Since Pk67 is going to paint the seat pan it is now ready to be returned to him - hopefully he will be pleased with the results. 

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  • 1 Seam Material Trimmed At Joins.jpg
  • 2 Seam Material Trimmed At Joins.jpg
  • 3 Cover Material Trimmed Around Outer Edge.jpg
  • 4 Cover Material Trimmed Around Outer Edge.jpg
  • 5 Cover Material Trimmed Around Outer Edge.jpg
  • 6 Lip Squeezed Closed.jpg
  • 7 Lip Squeezed Closed.jpg
  • 8 Lip Squeezed Closed.jpg
  • 9 Lip Squeezed Closed.jpg
  • 10 Lip Squeezed Closed.jpg
  • 11 Lip Squeezed Closed.jpg
  • 12 Lip Squeezed Closed.jpg

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Posted November 12, 2017 - 01:05 PM

Hi 29 Chev that looks new just great


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Posted November 12, 2017 - 03:22 PM

Very nice looking seat there!


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Posted November 14, 2017 - 11:46 AM

Outstanding!


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